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Colleges Offer Resume-Boosting Digital Badges

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-22 16:10

By Courtney Rubin, US News

These smaller credentials recognize students’ specific skills or achievements in online and on-campus undergraduate courses.  Besides their transcript, graduates of Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business can show potential employers that they’ve earned a digital badge for Event Leadership or Mobile – as in mobile programming. At Santa Barbara City College, students can take free courses through the School of Extended Learning – usually eight to 16 hours – to earn badges in Blogging for Business or Workplace Essentials, such as business writing and time management. The badges can be shared on social media, LinkedIn profiles and personal websites.

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2018-01-11/colleges-offer-resume-boosting-digital-badges

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The reimagination of higher education in 21st Century America

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-22 16:03

BY QUARDRICOS BERNARD DRISKELL, the Hill

Higher education must change to fit this new global economy. Moreover, since higher education is huge business in America more students are walking away with higher debt. Is a college education worth its price anymore? The real problem with higher education is with a failure of imagination of the creative possibilities for secondary education – and post-secondary educational options that are alternative to traditional college/university education. The failure of secondary education to be as meaningful as it could be, apart from its socialization effects, is the true great dilemma in preparing future generations for creative and productive life by varied measures. For my parents’ generation, education for them was to get a good education and get a good job. For this current generation, a good education will mostly likely lead them to high debt and employment in retail and/or at fast food restaurants.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/368358-the-reimagination-of-higher-education-in-21st-century-america

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Here’s what U.S. colleges will look like in 2030

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-22 16:03

By Jillian Berman, Marketwatch

Many American colleges will have to look different decades from now if they’re going to survive. That’s one of the many arguments in “Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education,” a book by Nathan Grawe, an economics professor at Carleton College, published late last year. Grawe explores how demographic trends — like the shift from majority white to majority-minority, from northeastern population centers to the Southwest, and declining birth rates — will affect American colleges.  Schools that don’t think creatively about how to adapt to these changes could be forced to merge or shutdown, he concludes. Those same outcomes are predicted by Moody’s Investors Service and others. Schools likely won’t face these challenges acutely until at least 2026 and beyond, but Grawe suggests they use the time they still have to prepare.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-what-us-colleges-will-look-like-in-2030-2018-01-11

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What Government Shutdown Means for Higher Ed

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-22 04:06

by Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed

Congress failed to reach a last-minute agreement Friday night to avoid a government shutdown. That won’t mean immediate consequences for federal student aid recipients or institutional funding. But institutions and students depending on Education Department programs could see an impact if the shutdown drags on. For academics and institutions that receive grants from research agencies, funds already awarded are not affected, but peer review and other activities to select new grants may halt, and new funds will not be going out. Other functions of the Department of Education will be immediately curtailed or frozen, however, from work awarding special grants to the enforcement of civil rights at campuses across the country.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/01/22/impact-government-shutdown-higher-education

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Purdue announces name for new public university: Purdue University Global to serve working adults, online

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-21 16:25

by Purdue University
Purdue University on Thursday (Jan. 11) announced the name of its new online public university for working adults — Purdue University Global. The name was approved by the Executive Committee of the Purdue University Board of Trustees and the Board of Trustees of Purdue NewU. The name will become effective when the acquisition of Kaplan University by Purdue clears the last step in the approval process – review by the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accreditor for both Purdue University and Kaplan University, which is scheduled for Feb. 22.

http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q1/purdue-announces-name-for-new-public-university-purdue-university-global-to-serve-working-adults,-online.html

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Tuning Your Pedagogical Practice: Incorporate Digital and Social Technology

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-21 16:20

By Neelofer Qadir, Inside Higher Ed

Teaching with digital and social technologies often produces stress and tension for teachers and students alike, but I suspect much of that comes from an unclear explanation of why a particular tool is being used and comfort, or lack thereof, with its use. Digital and social technologies are attractive in many ways and we can get excited about working with them, especially in this era where students are dubbed “digital natives.” But these tools require we think about their purpose, method, and audience just as carefully as when we design an essay prompt, a problem set, or any other assessment exercise.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/tuning-your-pedagogical-practice-incorporate-digital-and-social-technology

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New analysis offers insight into what prospective students want

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-21 16:15

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
A recent analysis from Digital Media Solutions offers insight into where students are the most interested in higher education by tracking inquiries and student acquisition activities of institutions, finding that online program inquiry growth has increased tremendously. Online education volume was 34.9% higher in Q3 2017 than campus-based volume, the report said, compared with 8% higher in Q3 2016. Geographic volume data is largely consistent with population trends; the nine most populous states (California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina) are also the top-nine states for higher ed inquiries and acquisitions in the DMS analysis. Arizona, which lands at tenth in higher education inquiries, leapfrogged over four states with higher population levels. Health professions and programs; business management, marketing and related services; and education claimed the top three spots for most-searched potential programs. Liberal arts and sciences/general studies and humanities programs were the ninth-most searched programs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/new-analysis-offers-insight-into-what-prospective-students-want/

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The Open Source University, its smart contracts, and tokens written

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-21 16:10

by Jonathan Myers, IOC News

Open Source Unversity is a university based on the technology of Ethereum Blockchain. This university makes use of a highly customized smart contract. Additionally, it maintains the record of all the learners’ certificates and verifies them in Blockchain by making them accessible and immutable to all the organizations. It has a smart contract of learners and academia that aims to introduce traceability and transparency between academies and learners in a small environment. This smart contract has been built to completely revolutionize the system of learning. B2A smart contract is going to bring flexibility, security, and transparency in the system of education. Moreover, learners can get a lot of benefits from the online courses available on this platform. The ecosystem of the Open Source University has EDU tokens that are going to be used to establish connections between academia, learners, and business.

The Open Source University, its smart contracts, and tokens

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New analysis offers insight into what prospective students want

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-21 16:07

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
A recent analysis from Digital Media Solutions offers insight into where students are the most interested in higher education by tracking inquiries and student acquisition activities of institutions, finding that online program inquiry growth has increased tremendously. Online education volume was 34.9% higher in Q3 2017 than campus-based volume, the report said, compared with 8% higher in Q3 2016. Geographic volume data is largely consistent with population trends; the nine most populous states (California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina) are also the top-nine states for higher ed inquiries and acquisitions in the DMS analysis. Arizona, which lands at tenth in higher education inquiries, leapfrogged over four states with higher population levels. Health professions and programs; business management, marketing and related services; and education claimed the top three spots for most-searched potential programs. Liberal arts and sciences/general studies and humanities programs were the ninth-most searched programs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/new-analysis-offers-insight-into-what-prospective-students-want/

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eMarketer Unveils Latest Worldwide Social Users Estimates (one-third of the world’s population)

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-21 16:02

by eMarketer News

One in three people—2.48 billion—worldwide used a social network in 2017, eMarketer estimates. Rising social network use in emerging markets in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East and Africa drove an 8.7% gain over 2016. Social media use in digitally advanced markets in North America and Western Europe is widespread. Future growth will primarily come from widening and improving internet access in developing markets, thanks to increasingly affordable smartphone models and government investments in mobile broadband coverage.

 

https://www.emarketer.com/content/emarketer-unveils-latest-wordwide-social-users-estimates

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eMarketer Unveils Latest Worldwide Social Users Estimates

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-21 06:31

by eMarketer News

One in three people—2.48 billion—worldwide used a social network in 2017, eMarketer estimates. Rising social network use in emerging markets in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East and Africa drove an 8.7% gain over 2016. Social media use in digitally advanced markets in North America and Western Europe is widespread. Future growth will primarily come from widening and improving internet access in developing markets, thanks to increasingly affordable smartphone models and government investments in mobile broadband coverage.

 

https://www.emarketer.com/content/emarketer-unveils-latest-wordwide-social-users-estimates

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Online learning took a tech turn in 2017

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-20 16:25

by Patrick Atack, PIE
Online learning platform Coursera has revealed a trend towards tech-based courses in 2017. The 30 million-user site divulged the top 10 popular courses, and the most popular specialisations, as signed up for by its “registered learners”.   Machine Learning, a course taught by Coursera’s co-founder Andrew Ng in conjunction with Stanford University, proved most popular, topping the list of courses that were based on the average daily enrolments. This course focuses on artificial intelligence and was among at least three AI-focused courses in the top 10. Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin also feature, which may come as expected, as those have been the feature of many a press clipping in the past 12 months.

Online learning took a tech turn in 2017

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When to Earn a Smaller Credential With Your Online Degree

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-20 16:25

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Online students may pursue a credential like a graduate certificate alongside their degree to satisfy additional career goals.  Experts say more online degree students are also concurrently seeking smaller online credentials to supplement their education. These may include online certificates offered through colleges and universities, digital badges or industry certifications.  Companies such as Coursera and edX, in collaboration with universities, create massive open online courses, or MOOCs.  Technology is constantly advancing, and sometimes an online degree’s curriculum can’t keep up with the latest changes, says Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois—Springfield. A smaller credential may be a good option to keep skills up-to-date. But he cautions prospective online students not to take on more than they can handle.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-01-10/when-to-supplement-an-online-degree-with-a-smaller-credential

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7 facts about the STEM workforce

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-20 16:20

BY NIKKI GRAF, RICHARD FRY AND CARY FUNK, Pew Fact Tank

Employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations has grown 79% since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth. A new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data takes a broad-based look at the STEM workforce from 1990 to 2016 based on an analysis of adults ages 25 and older working in any of 74 occupations. These include computer, math, engineering and architecture occupations, physical scientists, life scientists and health-related occupations such as health care practitioners and technicians, but not health care support workers such as nursing aides and medical assistants. Here are seven facts about the STEM workforce and STEM training.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/01/09/7-facts-about-the-stem-workforce/

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Online learning took a tech turn in 2017

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-20 16:10

by Patrick Atack, PIE
Online learning platform Coursera has revealed a trend towards tech-based courses in 2017. The 30 million-user site divulged the top 10 popular courses, and the most popular specialisations, as signed up for by its “registered learners”.   Machine Learning, a course taught by Coursera’s co-founder Andrew Ng in conjunction with Stanford University, proved most popular, topping the list of courses that were based on the average daily enrolments. This course focuses on artificial intelligence and was among at least three AI-focused courses in the top 10. Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin also feature, which may come as expected, as those have been the feature of many a press clipping in the past 12 months.

Online learning took a tech turn in 2017

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7 facts about the STEM workforce

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-20 16:06

BY NIKKI GRAF, RICHARD FRY AND CARY FUNK, Pew Fact Tank

Employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations has grown 79% since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth. A new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data takes a broad-based look at the STEM workforce from 1990 to 2016 based on an analysis of adults ages 25 and older working in any of 74 occupations. These include computer, math, engineering and architecture occupations, physical scientists, life scientists and health-related occupations such as health care practitioners and technicians, but not health care support workers such as nursing aides and medical assistants. Here are seven facts about the STEM workforce and STEM training.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/01/09/7-facts-about-the-stem-workforce/

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When to Earn a Smaller Credential With Your Online Degree

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-20 16:03

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Online students may pursue a credential like a graduate certificate alongside their degree to satisfy additional career goals.  Experts say more online degree students are also concurrently seeking smaller online credentials to supplement their education. These may include online certificates offered through colleges and universities, digital badges or industry certifications.  Companies such as Coursera and edX, in collaboration with universities, create massive open online courses, or MOOCs.  Technology is constantly advancing, and sometimes an online degree’s curriculum can’t keep up with the latest changes, says Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois—Springfield. A smaller credential may be a good option to keep skills up-to-date. But he cautions prospective online students not to take on more than they can handle.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-01-10/when-to-supplement-an-online-degree-with-a-smaller-credential

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University of Alabama in Huntsville Student Success Center rolls out online academic coaching and tutoring

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-19 16:25

by Jim Steele, UAH

Starting in spring, students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) will have a new and more convenient online tutoring and coaching option. The university’s Student Success Center (SSC) is rolling out a live tutoring and coaching service that works with desktops, laptops, iPads, iPhones and Android devices. The sessions will be held using the Zoom video conferencing software/app. “We piloted the program last semester for classes that we tutor and that are offered online, including writing,” says Melissa Berry, SSC virtual learning coordinator.

 

https://www.uah.edu/news/campus/student-success-center-rolls-out-online-academic-coaching-and-tutoring

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Study: More Students Are Enrolling in Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-19 16:20

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Enrollment in online classes grew more than 5 percent between fall 2015 and 2016, a new report found. Based on federal data from more than 4,700 colleges and universities, more than 6.3 million students in the U.S. – most of whom were undergraduates – took at least one online course in fall 2016, a 5.6 percent increase from the previous year. This is the 14th consecutive year that Babson has reported growth in online enrollment.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-01-11/study-more-students-are-enrolling-in-online-courses

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Gov. Brown proposes California’s first fully online public community college

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-19 16:15

by Teresa Watanabe, San Diego Union-Tribune
Gov. Jerry Brown wants California to launch its first fully online public community college to help 2.5 million young adults without college credentials gain skills for better jobs and greater economic mobility. In the 2018-19 budget plan he unveiled Wednesday, Brown proposed spending $120 million to open such a college by fall 2019, with a focus on short-term credential programs for careers in fields including advanced manufacturing, healthcare and child development. The governor is a longtime advocate of online learning, which he sees as more cost effective than traditional education.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/la-me-online-community-college-20170110-story.html

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