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Post-Traditional Perspectives: Understanding the Needs of Adult Learners

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-26 17:05

by Laurie Quinn, Evolllution

In January 2018, Champlain College Online released Adult Viewpoints 2017: Online Learning & the Back To School Decision, a survey that reveals significant new findings on how US adults between the ages of 23 to 55 perceive the value of higher education, the barriers and motivators for them to return to school, and the quality of online learning. In this interview, Dr. Laurie Quinn shares her insights into the survey’s findings and her views on the opportunities and challenges facing online higher education more broadly.

Post-Traditional Perspectives: Understanding the Needs of Adult Learners

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Rise of the Net-Trainers

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-26 17:02

by Gina Krishnan , Business Today
“Online learning is about lifelong learning,” says Ishan Gupta, Managing Director, Udacity, India. What he means is that the speed of change in the IT industry – and its ripple effect across other industries – requires professionals today to keep upgrading their knowledge and skills throughout their working lives. Those who stop doing so, cease to acquire further qualifications at the right time, risk redundancy, as the current paradox in the IT industry clearly shows – even as experts in Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Blockchain and more are in desperate demand, large numbers of people are being laid off.

https://www.businesstoday.in/magazine/the-hub/rise-of-the-net-trainers/story/273850.html

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How AI and machine learning are redefining cybersecurity

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-25 17:20

by NEIL C. HUGHES, the Next Web

The stakes are now much higher than a large corporation experiencing a data breach. We have already seen the devastating effects that a cyberattack can have on the aviation industry. Attacks on power grids and even hospitals highlight how everything with an online connection is now a target. The genie is officially out of the bottle, and it has never been easier to learn the tricks of the trade online. Machine-learning software is readily available, and video tutorials are also just a search away. By automating the tailoring of content to a potential victim, cybercriminals can quite quickly wreak havoc on a business or individual.

https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2018/04/05/cybersecurity-ai/

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Virtual reality excites Baylor students, professors for the future

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-25 17:16

By PHILLIP ERICKSEN, Waco Tribune

Virtual reality, defined as a computer-generated simulation of an interactive three-dimensional environment, has wide potential, from entertainment to education. VR is already in use for general instruction in some college classrooms, and Baylor officials are exploring its potential. Education by VR is far more relaxing than the nightmarish fantasies some games feature. One application at Baylor lets users take close looks at human anatomy — lungs before and after years of smoking, for instance, or immersive experiences inside of a stomach.

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/higher_education/virtual-reality-excites-baylor-students-professors-for-the-future/article_2552eb05-e81f-5392-9bc5-6955c0673e09.html

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Granite State College Closes Claremont Campus

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-25 17:14

by Patrick O’Grady, Valley News

The decision to close the Granite State College campus on Pleasant Street is a reflection of the rapidly changing method of taking courses to earn degrees, college President Mark Rubinstein said this week. Granite State, which opened in the city to great fanfare in 2006, officially moved out of the renovated first floor of the former Odd Fellows building at the end of March, when the lease expired. In a phone interview this week, Rubinstein said more and more students have elected to take courses online rather than in a classroom setting, a shift that led to the decision late last year to close the Claremont campus.

http://www.vnews.com/Granite-state-college-sees-no-need-for-Pleasant-Street-presence-with-more-and-more-students-taking-classes-online-16651079

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Granite State College Closes Claremont Campus

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-25 17:05

by Patrick O’Grady, Valley News

The decision to close the Granite State College campus on Pleasant Street is a reflection of the rapidly changing method of taking courses to earn degrees, college President Mark Rubinstein said this week. Granite State, which opened in the city to great fanfare in 2006, officially moved out of the renovated first floor of the former Odd Fellows building at the end of March, when the lease expired. In a phone interview this week, Rubinstein said more and more students have elected to take courses online rather than in a classroom setting, a shift that led to the decision late last year to close the Claremont campus.

http://www.vnews.com/Granite-state-college-sees-no-need-for-Pleasant-Street-presence-with-more-and-more-students-taking-classes-online-16651079

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Virtual reality excites Baylor students, professors for the future

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-25 17:02

By PHILLIP ERICKSEN, Waco Tribune

Virtual reality, defined as a computer-generated simulation of an interactive three-dimensional environment, has wide potential, from entertainment to education. VR is already in use for general instruction in some college classrooms, and Baylor officials are exploring its potential. Education by VR is far more relaxing than the nightmarish fantasies some games feature. One application at Baylor lets users take close looks at human anatomy — lungs before and after years of smoking, for instance, or immersive experiences inside of a stomach.

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/higher_education/virtual-reality-excites-baylor-students-professors-for-the-future/article_2552eb05-e81f-5392-9bc5-6955c0673e09.html

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How AI and machine learning are redefining cybersecurity

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-25 17:01

by NEIL C. HUGHES, the Next Web

The stakes are now much higher than a large corporation experiencing a data breach. We have already seen the devastating effects that a cyberattack can have on the aviation industry. Attacks on power grids and even hospitals highlight how everything with an online connection is now a target. The genie is officially out of the bottle, and it has never been easier to learn the tricks of the trade online. Machine-learning software is readily available, and video tutorials are also just a search away. By automating the tailoring of content to a potential victim, cybercriminals can quite quickly wreak havoc on a business or individual.

https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2018/04/05/cybersecurity-ai/

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ABA proposal would allow law schools to offer more classes online

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-24 17:25

by Marilyn Odendahl, the Indiana Lawyer

Now, the American Bar Association appears poised to allow law schools to meet the demand for more online options. The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar has proposed a new rule for distance education that would increase the amount of law courses that can be taught on the internet. Under the current Standard 306, law schools may not grant more than 15 credit hours from online courses toward a J.D. degree, and may not enroll any first-year students in distance education. The proposed new rule would permit law schools to offer up to one-third of the credits for a J.D. degree online, and first-year students would be able to take up to 10 credits online.

https://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/46586-aba-proposal-would-allow-law-schools-to-offer-more-classes-online

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Online Learning Shouldn’t Be ‘Less Than’

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-24 17:21

by Sean Michael Morris, Inside Higher Ed

Learning done online — from automated corporate training to classes offered in an LMS to MOOCs — has always been viewed with some skepticism, viewed as something “less than.” And for most of its evolution, online learning has warranted this criticism. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy made possible by antiquated pedagogies and educational technologies that limit teaching to button mashing, knowledge consumption and test taking.  But we’re not still in those early years. It’s not pragmatic today to think that classroom and online college experiences can remain separate — in terms of quality, but especially in terms of ideology.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2018/04/04/are-we-giving-online-students-education-all-nuance-and-complexity

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Florida’s push for online courses benefits all, including STEM students

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-24 17:15

by Ned Lautenbach, Orlando Sentinel

Online education expands access. A new report by the Board of Governors, which oversees Florida’s 12 public universities, shows that 65 percent of undergraduates who took only distance-learning courses during the 2016-2017 academic year were women, a group with a history of underrepresentation in STEM fields. Similarly, the average age for students in distance-learning programs is 28 (compared to 22 for traditional programs), indicating that students are advancing their educations at a time when they’re likely to have family or job responsibilities.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-state-push-for-online-learning-benefits-all-stem-too-20180403-story.html

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ABA proposal would allow law schools to offer more classes online

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-24 17:10

by Marilyn Odendahl, the Indiana Lawyer

Now, the American Bar Association appears poised to allow law schools to meet the demand for more online options. The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar has proposed a new rule for distance education that would increase the amount of law courses that can be taught on the internet. Under the current Standard 306, law schools may not grant more than 15 credit hours from online courses toward a J.D. degree, and may not enroll any first-year students in distance education. The proposed new rule would permit law schools to offer up to one-third of the credits for a J.D. degree online, and first-year students would be able to take up to 10 credits online.

https://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/46586-aba-proposal-would-allow-law-schools-to-offer-more-classes-online

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Online Learning Shouldn’t Be ‘Less Than’

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-24 17:04

by Sean Michael Morris, Inside Higher Ed

Learning done online — from automated corporate training to classes offered in an LMS to MOOCs — has always been viewed with some skepticism, viewed as something “less than.” And for most of its evolution, online learning has warranted this criticism. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy made possible by antiquated pedagogies and educational technologies that limit teaching to button mashing, knowledge consumption and test taking.  But we’re not still in those early years. It’s not pragmatic today to think that classroom and online college experiences can remain separate — in terms of quality, but especially in terms of ideology.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2018/04/04/are-we-giving-online-students-education-all-nuance-and-complexity

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Florida’s push for online courses benefits all, including STEM students

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-24 17:03

by Ned Lautenbach, Orlando Sentinel

Online education expands access. A new report by the Board of Governors, which oversees Florida’s 12 public universities, shows that 65 percent of undergraduates who took only distance-learning courses during the 2016-2017 academic year were women, a group with a history of underrepresentation in STEM fields. Similarly, the average age for students in distance-learning programs is 28 (compared to 22 for traditional programs), indicating that students are advancing their educations at a time when they’re likely to have family or job responsibilities.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-state-push-for-online-learning-benefits-all-stem-too-20180403-story.html

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Sinclair C5 tips to empower users with data visualization

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-23 17:23

BY GEORGIA MARIANI, eCampus News

Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio has been a leader in the use of data and analytics for years, thanks to the efforts of Karl Konsdorf, Sinclair’s director of research, analytics, and reporting.   Konsdorf deployed a new data-visualization strategy that allows users to conduct interactive reporting, visual data discovery, and self-service analytics. Enrollment managers, department heads, deans, and advisers can interact with reports, collaborate on insights, and slice and dice data to make proactive decisions about enrollment, retention, performance, and degree completion. For example, what is enrollment this year compared with the same time last year? Based on his data-visualization success, Konsdorf offers the following five tips for colleges and universities hoping to increase self-service access to reports so that decision-makers can quickly get the answers they need.

5 tips to empower users with data visualization

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Instructional design improves engagement in online courses

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-23 17:20

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
A new survey of online education leaders from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research indicates that instructional design (ID) support can be a major part of how well online learners interact with each other in digital classrooms, as reported in Campus Technology. Courses where ID professionals were mandated to support classroom created a nearly 30% increase in student-to-student engagement against classroom where instructional design personnel were not used or not a mandated resource in the learning experience. According to Campus Technology, only 31% of 182 surveyed chief online officers said their campuses required instructional design input in online offerings, and that most ID help was requested for large online programs and mostly used at for-profit institutions in comparison to four-year and two-year institutions.  Common reasons participants gave for not including ID in were a lack of resources and to preserve faculty independence in teaching and learning.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/instructional-design-improves-engagement-in-online-courses/

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Fast track degrees can pay off for students and institutions, but there’s a caveat

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-23 17:15

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
With greater demand surrounding accelerated degree options and the ability to help students cut the cost of tuition, colleges like American University, Drexel University and Georgia State University, among others, are investing in quality fast-track programs that allow students to officially graduate earlier with the help of advisors and school support, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Purdue University’s “Degree in 3” option has been growing in popularity, as the institution has begun advertising the program more heavily, and out-of-state students are realizing they can save around $20,000 on tuition — which can help the institution stand out in a competitive college choice marketplace, particularly for students who want to enter the workforce more quickly. Officials are aware, however, that the institution must confront a reality that the college experience is more than just classes and traditional students may not be attracted to the option,

https://www.educationdive.com/news/fast-track-degrees-can-pay-off-for-students-and-institutions-but-theres-a/

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Computer Science Degrees and Technology’s Boom-and-Bust Cycle

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-23 17:09

By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

Many economists call the current era of technology growth a boom era, not unlike previous gold rushes such as the Dot-com bubble. But the thing about bubbles is, they usually pop. And that has some people concerned. Is another bust on the horizon? It’s not only tech employees who are paying attention to these patterns. In higher education, the number of computer science bachelor’s degrees follows market trends in finance and technology in particular—growing when times are good and plummeting when economies crash.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-04-03-computer-science-degrees-and-technology-s-boom-and-bust-cycle

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States Take a Look at Online Learning Prices

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-23 17:02

by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

As tuition and student debt levels continue to rise, so has the political and public pressure on colleges to keep costs for students under control. Online education, still emerging, hasn’t escaped those conversations. Legislatures in several states have taken steps in recent years to curb fees that institutions charge exclusively to online students, or to incentivize institutions to spend less on their online programs. (They’re also taking a look at fees charged to both residential and online students, but that’s a separate issue with its own nuances.)

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/04/04/states-pursue-methods-reduce-burden-students-online-programs

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Instructional design improves engagement in online courses

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-23 17:00

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
A new survey of online education leaders from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research indicates that instructional design (ID) support can be a major part of how well online learners interact with each other in digital classrooms, as reported in Campus Technology. Courses where ID professionals were mandated to support classroom created a nearly 30% increase in student-to-student engagement against classroom where instructional design personnel were not used or not a mandated resource in the learning experience. According to Campus Technology, only 31% of 182 surveyed chief online officers said their campuses required instructional design input in online offerings, and that most ID help was requested for large online programs and mostly used at for-profit institutions in comparison to four-year and two-year institutions.  Common reasons participants gave for not including ID in were a lack of resources and to preserve faculty independence in teaching and learning.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/instructional-design-improves-engagement-in-online-courses/

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