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Going Beyond the Digital Diploma

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-06-19 17:16

By Sara Friedman, Campus Technology

In 2017, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Central New Mexico Community College became the first institutions in the United States to experiment with offering students the option to receive a digital diploma through a blockchain-based app. Both institutions use the Blockcerts open standard that was developed at the MIT Media Lab and by Learning Machine as an alternative to the burdensome process used by most colleges and universities through the National Student Clearinghouse. With Blockcerts, the process for verifying a diploma is simplified into two steps rather than waiting on the Clearinghouse to certify the credentials. Now, other institutions like Southern New Hampshire University and East Coast Polytechnic Institute University are following the lead of MIT and CNM and using Blockcerts to explore how digital diplomas can be used to make the verification process easier for their students.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/06/04/going-beyond-the-digital-diploma.aspx

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The Role of Librarians in Supporting ICT Literacy

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-06-19 17:10

by Lesley Farmer, EDUCAUSE

One model that captures the idea of expertise needed by academic librarians is TPACK: Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge. This model shows the kinds of knowledge needed for instruction in the Digital Age (see figure 1). Although one might think that the course instructor should possess all these knowledge bases, that isn’t always the case. If TPACK is applied to instruction within a course, theoretically several people could be contributing this knowledge to the course. A good exercise is for librarians to map their knowledge onto TPACK.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/5/the-role-of-librarians-in-supporting-ict-literacy

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Moving from textual thinking to visual thinking

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-06-19 17:05

BY TOM HAYMES, eCampus News
Instead of forcing visual thinkers into textual thinking, we need to see the world differently and develop critical thinking skills.  We need to start seeing the world in different ways if we hope to make effective use of the tools of the digital age. However, our educational institutions are still locked into profoundly text-based paradigms that have limited our capacity to use and teach visual and multidimensional problem-solving skills. I see the effects of this in my students and in my colleagues. Our industrial education model is designed to teach visual thinkers to think textually. It is baked deeply into the system and starts from an early age. It profoundly limits the way we perceive the world to artificially linear tracks.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/06/05/moving-from-textual-thinking-to-visual-thinking/

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Going Beyond the Digital Diploma

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-06-19 17:04

By Sara Friedman, Campus Technology

In 2017, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Central New Mexico Community College became the first institutions in the United States to experiment with offering students the option to receive a digital diploma through a blockchain-based app. Both institutions use the Blockcerts open standard that was developed at the MIT Media Lab and by Learning Machine as an alternative to the burdensome process used by most colleges and universities through the National Student Clearinghouse. With Blockcerts, the process for verifying a diploma is simplified into two steps rather than waiting on the Clearinghouse to certify the credentials. Now, other institutions like Southern New Hampshire University and East Coast Polytechnic Institute University are following the lead of MIT and CNM and using Blockcerts to explore how digital diplomas can be used to make the verification process easier for their students.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/06/04/going-beyond-the-digital-diploma.aspx

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Curated Reading List Professional, Continuing, Online Ed Passes 1,000,000 reads – Ray Schroeder

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-18 17:23

This is a more personal posting – my UPCEA curated reading list has just passed one million reads.  Since 2011, the blog has steadily grown in readership; more than 1,000 leaders in our field subscribe via email to get the daily updates of news, research, and trends that are most important to those leading professional, continuing and online education.  I invite you to visit the site and subscribe via email (free, no advertising, no spam) using the subscribe box in the upper right hand corner.  Know that you can search the 10,000 postings via keyword.

https://continuingedupdate.blogspot.com/

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As Higher Education Evolves, Nontraditional Students Require Nontraditional IT

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-18 17:20

David Hutchins, EdTech Magazine

Consider that over the next six years, the number of people 35 and older who enroll in college will grow 20 percent, compared to 13 percent for the traditional 18- to 24-year-old set, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report. And today, across all age groups, roughly one-third of students are taking at least one distance education course, according to NCES data. This break with tradition is breaking IT. A prime example is legacy student information systems that were never designed to accommodate noncredit courses, distance learning, boot camps, self-paced study that doesn’t neatly fit into academic calendars and the increasingly diverse mix of private, public and institutional financial aid sources.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/06/higher-education-evolves-nontraditional-students-require-nontraditional-it-1

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Close the Achievement Gap

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-18 17:14

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Achievement gaps occur when one group of students (such as students grouped by race/ethnicity, gender) outperforms another group and the difference in average scores for the two groups is statistically significant. The achievement gap between students who come from different socio-economic backgrounds is a pervasive problem in education. Disparities in achievements between high and low socio-economic groups can be observed in children as young as 3 years and mostly stay with them for their lifetime. With the achievement gap established at a very early age, the resulting lack of achievement only decreases the likelihood of these children ever reaching the same levels of achievements as their more privileged peers. Well-designed AI solutions can help to resolve the achievement gaps that exist between various groups of students.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-artificial-intelligence-to-close-the-achievement-gap/

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Curated Reading List Professional, Continuing, Online Ed Passes 1,000,000 reads – Ray Schroeder

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-18 17:10

This is a more personal posting – my UPCEA curated reading list has just passed one million reads.  Since 2011, the blog has steadily grown in readership; more than 1,000 leaders in our field subscribe via email to get the daily updates of news, research, and trends that are most important to those leading professional, continuing and online education.  I invite you to visit the site and subscribe via email (free, no advertising, no spam) using the subscribe box in the upper right hand corner.  Know that you can search the 10,000 postings via keyword.

https://continuingedupdate.blogspot.com/

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Engaging your virtual learners

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-18 17:05

Michelle Wright, Training Zone

The quality of eLearning has improved enormously but it’s important to engage the learners before, during and after the courses. Otherwise you risk your best learning material being undiscovered, uncompleted and even obsolete.  Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy has created the world’s biggest portfolio of courses for fundraising professionals in arts organisations.  We’re keen that this portfolio doesn’t become a dusty library of content that no one enters.  Here’s what we’ve learned about engaging with the learners:

https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/community/blogs/michelle-wright/engaging-your-virtual-learners

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7 Things That Prove the Efficiency of Tech Advancements in Education

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-18 17:03

Mose Niccky, Thrive Global

Those teachers who underestimate the role of tech innovations should read this post to find out how they and their students can benefit from using some. Both education and technologies have a high impact on our wealth today. They contribute to the knowledge of humanity. In many ways, education looks much the same as it was centuries ago. The difference is while the professor is lecturing from a podium in front of the audience, they are also using various tech devices and tools to help students understand the topic better. Some of the students have tablets in front of them instead of heavy, lengthy textbooks. Some of them scroll down the newsfeed to offer fresh ideas for discussion while others search actively on the web to find an answer to another tricky question of their tutor. Only a cynic would claim that technologies have nothing to do with academics.

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/7-things-that-prove-the-efficiency-of-tech-advancements-in-education/

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From badges to performance reviews, here’s how colleges are reinventing the Work-Study job

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-06-17 17:27

By James Paterson, Education Dive

One idea comes from Chicago-based education technology firm Parker Dewey. Its online platform features a directory of short-term micro-internships that give students between five and 40 hours of paid experience in work such as content creation, candidate sourcing, market research and lead generation. “It is a win-win in several ways,” said Jeffrey Moss, Parker Dewey’s founder and CEO. “Companies test out a student interested in their firm and fill a need for handling a short-term project.” For colleges and universities, it promises better job placement and stronger employer relationships.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/from-badges-to-performance-reviews-heres-how-colleges-are-reinventing-the/556098/

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Walmart expands $1 a day degree program

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-06-17 17:18

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Walmart announced Tuesday that it is adding more degrees, college partners and a path for high school students to its one-year-old program offering full- and part-time U.S. employees access to a college degree for $1 a day. Southern New Hampshire University, Purdue University Global and Wilmington University will join the program, which adds 14 associate degrees, bachelor’s and certificate options in technical fields such as cybersecurity and computer science. Courses are offered through online degree marketplace Guild Education.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/walmart-expands-1-a-day-degree-program/556120/

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Enrollment Declines and College Closures Will Get Worse Before they Get Better

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-06-17 17:15

Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside
Education Dive has been tracking college closures since 2016. Due largely to regulatory pressure, college closures have far and away been led by the for-profit sector. The publication reports that over 100 for-profits closed between 2016 and 2018, while 30 non-profits have shut their doors. In December, however, Fitch Ratings projected these closures to increase in 2019.

https://news.elearninginside.com/public-universities-bank-on-distance-learning-and-emerging-markets-to-offset-enrollment-declines/

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As Higher Education Evolves, Nontraditional Students Require Nontraditional IT

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-06-17 17:11

David Hutchins, EdTech Magazine

Consider that over the next six years, the number of people 35 and older who enroll in college will grow 20 percent, compared to 13 percent for the traditional 18- to 24-year-old set, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report. And today, across all age groups, roughly one-third of students are taking at least one distance education course, according to NCES data. This break with tradition is breaking IT. A prime example is legacy student information systems that were never designed to accommodate noncredit courses, distance learning, boot camps, self-paced study that doesn’t neatly fit into academic calendars and the increasingly diverse mix of private, public and institutional financial aid sources.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/06/higher-education-evolves-nontraditional-students-require-nontraditional-it-1

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Open Video Repositories for College Instruction: A Guide to the Social Sciences

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-06-17 17:04

Michael V. Miller and A. S. CohenMiller, Online Journal
Key features of open video repositories (OVRs) are outlined, followed by brief descriptions of specific websites relevant to the social sciences. Although most were created by instructors over the past 10 years to facilitate teaching and learning, significant variation in kind, quality, and number per discipline were discovered. Economics and psychology have the most extensive sets of repositories, while political science has the least development. Among original-content  websites, economics has the strongest collection in terms of production values, given substantial support from wealthy donors to advance political and economic agendas. Economics also provides virtually all edited-content OVRs. Sociology stands out in having the most developed website in which found video is applied to teaching and learning. Numerous multidisciplinary sites of quality have also emerged in recent years.

https://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/view/1492/827

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Walmart expands $1 a day degree program

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-06-17 17:03

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Walmart announced Tuesday that it is adding more degrees, college partners and a path for high school students to its one-year-old program offering full- and part-time U.S. employees access to a college degree for $1 a day. Southern New Hampshire University, Purdue University Global and Wilmington University will join the program, which adds 14 associate degrees, bachelor’s and certificate options in technical fields such as cybersecurity and computer science. Courses are offered through online degree marketplace Guild Education.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/walmart-expands-1-a-day-degree-program/556120/

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Moving From 5% to 85% Completion Rates for Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-16 17:25

By Amy Ahearn, EdSurge

At Acumen, where I design online courses, we’ve also been offering selective cohort-based programs for the past year that achieve completion rates of 85 percent. That’s a far cry from five years ago, when only 5 percent of the students were finishing the MOOCs I was designing. How have instructional designers collectively moved the needle so dramatically on completion rates? Unsurprisingly, some of the biggest drivers of these improved metrics include making people pay for online programs, increasing the selectivity of courses, and adding program managers and teaching assistants to follow up with learners. However, there are other meaningful interventions that help more students stick with online educational experiences. Here are seven practices for moving completion rates for online courses from 5 to 85 percent:

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-06-06-moving-from-5-to-85-completion-rates-for-online-courses

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More than half of online learners want to change careers

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-16 17:19

James Paterson, Education Dive
More than half (53%) of college students enrolled online are doing so to change careers, while 18% are preparing for their first professional job, according to an annual survey from online program manager Learning House and Aslanian Market Research. The large majority (84%) of current and past students said their online programs were worth the cost, and 81% of online students said they felt confident they would graduate with the knowledge and skills needed in the job market. Nearly half (47%) of current students said they’d like to return to their alma mater to take additional courses. From 2014 to 2019, the share of undergraduates indicating their online courses were “better” than in-person classes fell from 50% to 39%, while the percentage who indicated they were “about the same” rose from 41% to 50%. More graduate students (52%) ranked online courses as better than in-person classes in 2019 than did in 2014 (43%).

https://www.educationdive.com/news/more-than-half-of-online-learners-want-to-change-careers/556307/

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Smart Glasses: Looking at Education with New Lenses

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-16 17:15

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

While his students work in collaborative groups, Mr. Jacobs reviews recent achievement data for each student. He’s looking to see how students answered questions on each objective for their last curriculum-based assessment, but he’s nowhere near his computer or a printout. Instead, Mr. Jacobs is wearing smart glasses. The data is right in front of his eyes. His glasses also audio- and video-record, display texts messages from parents and colleagues, and allow for Internet navigation.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/smart-glasses-looking-at-education-with-new-lenses/

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Moving From 5% to 85% Completion Rates for Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-16 17:10

By Amy Ahearn, EdSurge

At Acumen, where I design online courses, we’ve also been offering selective cohort-based programs for the past year that achieve completion rates of 85 percent. That’s a far cry from five years ago, when only 5 percent of the students were finishing the MOOCs I was designing. How have instructional designers collectively moved the needle so dramatically on completion rates? Unsurprisingly, some of the biggest drivers of these improved metrics include making people pay for online programs, increasing the selectivity of courses, and adding program managers and teaching assistants to follow up with learners. However, there are other meaningful interventions that help more students stick with online educational experiences. Here are seven practices for moving completion rates for online courses from 5 to 85 percent:

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-06-06-moving-from-5-to-85-completion-rates-for-online-courses

 

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