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16 Open Learning Resources that Go Beyond the Textbook

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-02 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The concept of “open learning” encompasses far more than what’s found in a textbook. These sources provide other kinds of resources that will boost your students’ learning.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/03/22/16-open-learning-resources-that-go-beyond-the-textbook.aspx

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Online teaching China: A threat to the classroom?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-02 17:03

By Laura Schmitt, CGTN

The online teaching market is booming in China. Estimated to have surpassed 40 billion U.S. dollars in value in 2018, it has been shaking up the entire education sector. But is this new approach going to replace traditional classroom teaching? In China, where there are extreme variations in the quality of teaching and access to education between the highly developed areas in the east, and the rural southern and western regions, online teaching can help create an even playing field.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414d774d544e33457a6333566d54/index.html

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Are national universities on higher ed’s horizon?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-01 17:49

Laura Ascione, eCampus News

Grant Thornton’s The State of Higher Education in 2019 identifies a handful of trends and issues that are either emerging or expected to emerge in the coming year–and the biggest of those is the idea of national universities. The report urges those in higher ed to “consider the inevitability of national universities.” Those institutions would, logically, operate on a national scale in order to reach more students and meet their needs. While state-funded higher education has established the colleges and universities we know today (and along with it, academic freedoms, innovation, and diverse offerings), it also has resulted in what Grant Thornton principal Matt Unterman notes are institutional inefficiencies, such as a lack of economies of scale and a siloed delivery on educational mission.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/20/are-national-universities-on-higher-eds-horizon/2/?all

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Government, universities launch regional ‘hubs’ to build stronger talent pipeline

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-01 17:21

By Nicole Ogrysko, WFED

It’s no secret by now: the federal government has a talent pipeline problem.

Just 6-to-7 percent of federal employees are under the age of 30. Nearly 30 percent of the federal workforce will be eligible to retire in the next five years. But here’s another statistic that should scare agency leaders and federal managers. The number of new hires of student interns to federal agencies has dropped from 35,000 in 2010 to 4,000 in 2018, according to the most recent budget request from the White House. The Trump administration attributed agencies’ reactions to regulatory changes in student programs as the reason behind the new-hire nosedive.

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/workforce/2019/03/government-universities-launch-regional-hubs-to-build-stronger-talent-pipeline/

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The Open edX Platform Will Allow Accessing Course Content Without Registration

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-01 17:20

By IBL News

The upcoming Open edX release called “Ironwood” will include an option to make course content public. It allows users to access it without registration or enrollment (although discussions, problems, and exams won’t be visible). This feature, called “Public Course Content”, has been sponsored by Cloudera and developed by OpenCraft in collaboration with the edX Architecture and Product teams. It can be seen in action in these seven free courses of the Cloudera OnDemand training platform, based on the Open edX software, and designed to teach how to accelerate the ROI of Cloudera deployments.

https://iblnews.org/2019/03/21/the-open-edx-platform-will-allow-to-access-course-content-without-registration/

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Research: 26% of US adults own a smart speaker as of January 2019

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-01 17:15

Kimberly Collins, Click Z
A new report found that 66.4 million US adults own a smart speaker as of January 2019, up from 47.3 million in January 2018. This is up from 47.3 million in January 2018. They based these numbers on a total US adult population of 253 million.

From these numbers, we can gather that:

26% of US adults currently own / have recently owned a smart speaker
17% of US adults owned a smart speaker as of January last year
That’s a nearly 40% increase from 2018 to 2019

https://www.clickz.com/people-own-smart-speaker-us-2019/227849/

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The Open edX Platform Will Allow Accessing Course Content Without Registration

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-01 17:05

By IBL News

The upcoming Open edX release called “Ironwood” will include an option to make course content public. It allows users to access it without registration or enrollment (although discussions, problems, and exams won’t be visible). This feature, called “Public Course Content”, has been sponsored by Cloudera and developed by OpenCraft in collaboration with the edX Architecture and Product teams. It can be seen in action in these seven free courses of the Cloudera OnDemand training platform, based on the Open edX software, and designed to teach how to accelerate the ROI of Cloudera deployments.

https://iblnews.org/2019/03/21/the-open-edx-platform-will-allow-to-access-course-content-without-registration/

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Research: 26% of US adults own a smart speaker as of January 2019

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-01 17:02

Kimberly Collins, Click Z
A new report found that 66.4 million US adults own a smart speaker as of January 2019, up from 47.3 million in January 2018. This is up from 47.3 million in January 2018. They based these numbers on a total US adult population of 253 million.

From these numbers, we can gather that:

26% of US adults currently own / have recently owned a smart speaker
17% of US adults owned a smart speaker as of January last year
That’s a nearly 40% increase from 2018 to 2019

https://www.clickz.com/people-own-smart-speaker-us-2019/227849/

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Arizona State Accelerates Progress With Adaptive Active Courses

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-03-31 17:25

Tom Vander Ark, Forbes

Work on student engagement began in earnest at Arizona State University in 2007. Advisory services were improved. More data was collected and used to improve student supports. Retention rates climbed from 60% to 85%. To reach a goal of around 90% retention, Vice Provost Arthur Blakemore knew they’d have to get at the heart of learner experience. He launched an adaptive learning initiative and, beginning in 2011, ASU incorporated adaptive software into introductory math courses. After several iterations, the math team selected ALEKS from McGraw Hill. Rather than in content delivery, faculty work in a problem-solving role. Students that need more time to complete a course can stretch their enrollment over a second semester.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2019/03/21/arizona-state-accelerates-progress-with-adaptive-active-courses/#5214563f65d5

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5 Reasons Why Low-Residency is the Future of Higher Ed Employment

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-03-31 17:20

Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Ask academic people about what they think about the idea of having some people work remotely, and you will hear all sorts of concerns. You might hear: “Campus academic cultures are built on face-to-face interactions.” “Informal knowledge sharing in spontaneous campus conversations is as productive as formal work meetings.” “Professors will only meet face-to-face.” Brave higher ed people. It is time to challenge our assumptions about distributed employees. Remote work is the future of higher ed employment. Here are 5 reasons:

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/5-reasons-why-low-residency-future-higher-ed-employment

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Could Remixing Old MOOCs Give New Life to Free Online Education?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-03-31 17:14

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Now, one of the first professors to try out MOOCs says he has a way to reuse bits and pieces of the courses created during that craze in a way that might deliver on the initial promise. The idea comes from Robert Lue, a biology professor at Harvard University who was the founding faculty director of HarvardX, the college’s effort to build MOOCs. He’s leading a new platform called LabXChange that aims to let professors, teachers or anyone mix together their own free online course from pieces of other courses. The key innovation, he says, is to stop focusing so much on courses, and start letting people get at the smaller pieces within them. “The course was actually starting to get in the way,” he says, calling courses large and “relatively unwieldy.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-03-20-could-remixing-old-moocs-give-new-life-to-free-online-education

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Arizona State Accelerates Progress With Adaptive Active Courses

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-03-31 17:07

 

Tom Vander Ark, Forbes

Work on student engagement began in earnest at Arizona State University in 2007. Advisory services were improved. More data was collected and used to improve student supports. Retention rates climbed from 60% to 85%. To reach a goal of around 90% retention, Vice Provost Arthur Blakemore knew they’d have to get at the heart of learner experience. He launched an adaptive learning initiative and, beginning in 2011, ASU incorporated adaptive software into introductory math courses. After several iterations, the math team selected ALEKS from McGraw Hill. Rather than in content delivery, faculty work in a problem-solving role. Students that need more time to complete a course can stretch their enrollment over a second semester.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2019/03/21/arizona-state-accelerates-progress-with-adaptive-active-courses/#5214563f65d5

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Online learning: Expanding access and quality for Montana

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-03-31 17:05

JON HARBOR, Missoulian
Online and hybrid learning are becoming an increasingly important way for Montanans to access high quality education. These programs add to the amazing opportunities that were already available in traditional face-to-face instruction at our colleges and universities. However, this new technology and increased access to education for Montanans poses questions about how online education compares to traditional, face-to-face instruction.

https://missoulian.com/opinion/columnists/online-learning-expanding-access-and-quality-for-montana/article_74873313-ea8c-5821-a4fd-ad9ff043890e.html

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How MOOCs Make Money

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-03-31 17:03

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Dhawal Shah, founder of Class Central, has been tracking the machinations of the MOOC business since before it was a business. Here, he provides perspective on the revenue side of open and online courses.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/03/20/how-moocs-make-money.aspx

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3 Ways AI Augments the Likelihood of Social Mobility

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-03-30 17:25

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate

Education and economic success have long been entwined. Those who improve their ability to think and reason also increase the likelihood of improving their economic situation. Economic success and upward social mobility begin in school. While getting a high school diploma is critical for initial success, real social mobility and sustainable economic strength are the result of obtaining a postsecondary degree. Incorporating artificial intelligence in instructional programs increases the likelihood of a successful education. AI is poised to change not only how learners advance their studies, but also how they can position themselves in social networks.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/3-ways-ai-augments-the-likelihood-of-social-mobility/

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Redefining Norms Critical to Sustained Relevance in the Changing Postsecondary Environment

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-03-30 17:20

Hunt Lambert, The EvoLLLution
Sticking to the status quo will end in disaster for most postsecondary institutions. To stay relevant, institutions have to rethink all aspects of the higher Fast-changing labor demands, evolving learner expectations and transformed market realities are forcing college and university leaders to rethink the traditional postsecondary model and find ways to serve the growing numbers of lifelong learners. This idea has been broadly articulated as the 60-Year Curriculum (60YC), and executing on this vision demands a fundamental change in how higher education institutions must operate to serve students. In this interview, Hunt Lambert expands on the 60YC vision and shares his insights into how the organizational models of postsecondary institutions need to evolve to adapt to this approach.

https://evolllution.com/revenue-streams/market_opportunities/redefining-norms-critical-to-sustained-relevance-in-the-changing-postsecondary-environment/

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AI is the transformative technology of tomorrow, but leaders need to get it up and running today

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-03-30 17:15

By Rhett Power, inc

If artificial intelligence isn’t at the top of your priority list, it should be. Deloitte’s “Tech Trends 2019: Beyond the digital frontier” report shows AI topping the list of tech trends that CIOs are eager to invest in.  Terms like “cognitive technologies” and “machine learning” have become buzzwords, but these trends will strengthen–particularly as these systems begin to harness the scads of data available from which they can extract insights. But AI’s promise is more general than just data mining. Lu Zhang, founder and managing partner at Fusion Fund, describes the technology as applicable to a broad swath of commerce: “AI’s application space has developed. The AI market has great potential across various industry verticals such as manufacturing, retail, healthcare, agriculture, and education.”

https://www.inc.com/rhett-power/3-things-that-will-help-you-leverage-ai.html

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Report: 5 Models for College Reinvention

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-03-30 17:08

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
How will higher ed evolve over the next decade? According to “The Learner Revolution: How Colleges Can Thrive in a New Skills and Competencies Marketplace,” “savvy traditional institutions” will embrace five different models of innovation as they become more responsive to market needs. The report was produced by Education Design Lab, an organization that has consulted with more than a hundred colleges and universities over the last five years to design and implement new approaches for delivering their programs and increasing student success. Many of the institutions cited as exemplars in the report are among the schools the Lab has worked with.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/03/20/report-5-models-for-college-reinvention.aspx

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Could Remixing Old MOOCs Give New Life to Free Online Education?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-03-30 17:04

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Now, one of the first professors to try out MOOCs says he has a way to reuse bits and pieces of the courses created during that craze in a way that might deliver on the initial promise. The idea comes from Robert Lue, a biology professor at Harvard University who was the founding faculty director of HarvardX, the college’s effort to build MOOCs. He’s leading a new platform called LabXChange that aims to let professors, teachers or anyone mix together their own free online course from pieces of other courses. The key innovation, he says, is to stop focusing so much on courses, and start letting people get at the smaller pieces within them. “The course was actually starting to get in the way,” he says, calling courses large and “relatively unwieldy.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-03-20-could-remixing-old-moocs-give-new-life-to-free-online-education

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Congress Might Finally Overhaul Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-03-30 17:03

ADAM HARRIS, the Atlantic

“As the Committee begins to debate solutions for the vast challenges in higher education, the findings in this report must guide our approach,” Scott said in an emailed statement to The Atlantic. “Rather than diminishing the value of a college degree, we should recognize that all students should have access to the substantial financial and social benefits that come with a quality higher education.” The numbers, the report says, speak for themselves. “Two out of three jobs are filled by individuals who have at least some college education,” it reads. The report also advocates for certificate programs, but urges the need for accountability, cautioning against for-profit programs in particular, where students may pay more for less return on their investment. “The cost of attending for-profit colleges is three times that of attending a community college,” the report notes.

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/03/congress-eyes-higher-education-act-reauthorization/584449/

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