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Where will UK online education be in five years?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-10-24 17:06

by Geoff Webster, Times Higher Education

Given the uncertainties around Brexit, and idiosyncratic US leadership, it is brave to envisage what the sector will look like in five years’ time. However, of the 120 mainstream universities in the UK, we expect more than half to have committed strategically to online learning. Institutions will deliver a wide range of purely online and blended degrees, short courses, and other accredited activities to a broad range of domestic and global students. Some will be expansive, offering the broadest range of subjects and competing in multiple markets; others will seek to differentiate by specialising in their traditional niches. Online pedagogy and technology will, in turn, improve the on-campus experience of traditional students.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/where-will-online-education-be-five-years

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EdX Appoints Adam Medros as President and COO

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2017-10-24 17:02

by Business Wire

edX.org, the leading nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, has announced the appointment of Adam Medros as the company’s president and chief operating officer. Medros will assume the day-to-day management and oversight of edX’s operations, contribute to edX’s strategy and growth and report to Anant Agarwal, edX CEO. Medros comes to edX from TripAdvisor, Inc. where he was Senior Vice President of Global Product, leader of the hotels vertical, and a member of the executive team. Medros brings experience in building strong teams and driving innovation. His appointment comes at an exciting time for edX, as the company continues to grow, expanding its global learner base to over 13 million students and offering new, innovative programs and credentials designed to help learners advance their careers.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171018005253/en/EdX-Appoints-Adam-Medros-President-COO

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The Impact of Binging on Education Content

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-10-23 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
Binge-watching leads to poorer sleep, less family time in front of the TV and even less enjoyment of the content. But at the same time could it also generate better learning outcomes and higher completion rates? That’s the question toyed with in “Binge Consumption of Online Content,” a research project that took place at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/10/10/the-impact-of-binging-on-education-content.aspx

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Can the Performing Arts Boost Student Outcomes in STEM Disciplines?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-10-23 17:20

By Adam Stone, Campus Technology

Can participation in the arts really bolster scientific learning? Can dance, in particular, spark STEM success? A recent paper from North Carolina State University suggests this might just be the case. The authors conducted interviews and focus groups with students who took part in on-campus dance companies as undergraduates. Fifteen of the 25 subjects were STEM majors, studying in field such as applied mathematics, engineering and chemistry.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/17/can-the-performing-arts-boost-student-outcomes-in-stem-disciplines.aspx

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3 ways the modern school is becoming more like the modern workplace

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-10-23 17:14

BY BLAKE ZALCBERG, eSchool News
As the office has evolved to allow a more creative and collaborative workplace, many educators have taken note, bringing those same features to classrooms. There was a time when American schools, like American offices, were drab and stuffy places. But things are changing.  As the office has evolved to allow a more creative and collaborative workplace, many educators have taken note, bringing those same features to classrooms, school libraries, lunchrooms and other common areas. Today’s schools, are now being equipped with outlets from the floors to the walls allowing students to easily plug in and charge laptop computers, phones and other devices wherever they work. They have furniture designed for the way students sit and stand. And they have collaborative spaces designed to allow them to work together in small groups and in teams.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/10/17/modern-school-like-workplace/

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Woz U and the Future of Learning

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-10-23 17:08

By Shayan Ushani, Bryant Archway
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and speaker at Bryant University in the Spring of 2017, has launched his latest venture – Woz U. Wozniak was always into learning and tinkering perhaps more so than his former business partner Steve Jobs. Now he wants to give back. Wozniak said, “People often are afraid to choose a technology-based career because they think they can’t do it. I know they can, and I want to show them how.” This is just one of many ventures that aims at solving the shift in demand for specialized skills in the labor market as well as innovating the education marketspace.

http://bryantarchway.com/woz-u-and-the-future-of-learning/

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The benefits of blended online MBA programs

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-10-23 17:05

By Morgan Golliver,  UC Tangerine

Many Utica College students and staff have gone digital as the college has added more online courses and degree programs to its curriculum. UC currently offers 24 online degrees, including the Master of Business Administration program. Students pursuing a MBA degree have the option of sitting in a physical classroom or staying at home to participate in the course through the internet, which is called a blended course. Patricia Swann, professor of public relations and journalism, has recently moved to the Clark City Center and teaches one of the MBA blended courses.

https://uctangerine.com/2017/10/20/benefits-blended-online-mba-programs/

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Educator MOOC Adds Micro-Credentials on Personalized Learning

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2017-10-23 17:03

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, which conducts research and delivers professional development out of its operations at North Carolina State University, has recently connected its MOOC platform for educators to the Learner Positioning System developed by Digital Promise Global. The institute’s MOOC-Ed provides massive, open, online courses specifically for educators. The system from Digital Promise is an online resource that lets educators look up current research on aspects of personalized learning. Each micro-credential starts with an overview of a construct or idea in personalized learning supported by research to help educators gain a deeper understanding of its importance in the learning process.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/10/19/educator-mooc-adds-microcredentials-on-personalized-learning.aspx

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The New, Improved IPEDS

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-10-22 17:24

by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

The Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics has unwraped a revision of the IPEDS database that will expand the government’s tools for measuring postsecondary outcomes, especially for the students who, for lack of a better term, are frequently called “nontraditional” (even though they now outnumber the “traditional” 18- to 22-year-olds). While the changes are partial and leave many policy makers wanting more — most of which cannot be accomplished unless and until the federal government ends its ban on collecting student-level data — they are widely seen as a vast improvement. “This is a step in the right direction, and it’s a big step forward for community colleges, particularly,” said Andrew Nichols, director of higher education research and data analytics at the Education Trust, which advocates for low-income and minority students.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/10/12/new-federal-higher-ed-outcome-measures-count-part-time-adult-students

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Digital textbooks equal cost savings for Auburn students

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-10-22 17:20

by Kara Coleman, Opelika-Auburn News

Auburn University says it has saved students nearly $1 million since 2014, crediting a focus on going digital textbooks. “We’ve actually saved students $941,000, just in three years,” said Russell Weldon, assistant director in charge of course materials at the university’s bookstore. “On average so far, we’ve saved students 45 percent overall, for everything they’re buying through the All Access program. So we’re literally cutting the cost of materials in half.” Three years ago, Auburn began implementing All Access as a trial in its freshman orientation course. All Access is a program that works with textbook companies to make course materials available digitally to students at roughly half the cost of a hard copy of a textbook. The program also helps the university save money, as it is a big cost to the school when the textbooks stocked at the campus bookstore don’t sell, Weldon said.

http://www.oanow.com/news/auburn/digital-textbooks-equal-cost-savings-for-auburn-students/article_1e5ea449-63be-55ac-b937-6d6be6e37263.html

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Online Learning Now a Core Form of Delivery of Courses and Programs in Canadian Colleges and Universities – Newswire

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-10-22 17:15

by Newswire

Online learning is now a core form of delivery for Canadian universities and colleges, according to a report released today at the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto. This survey of online learning, the first covering all Canadian public post-secondary institutions, was conducted by a small group of independent Canadian researchers, under the leadership of Dr. Tony Bates, a visiting professor at Ryerson University and a Research Associate at Contact North, Ontario.   Online enrollments have expanded at a rate of 10%-15% per annum over the last five years; online learning now constitutes between 12%-16% of all post-secondary teaching for credit,

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3523443

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The New, Improved IPEDS

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-10-22 17:05

by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

The Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics has unwraped a revision of the IPEDS database that will expand the government’s tools for measuring postsecondary outcomes, especially for the students who, for lack of a better term, are frequently called “nontraditional” (even though they now outnumber the “traditional” 18- to 22-year-olds). While the changes are partial and leave many policy makers wanting more — most of which cannot be accomplished unless and until the federal government ends its ban on collecting student-level data — they are widely seen as a vast improvement. “This is a step in the right direction, and it’s a big step forward for community colleges, particularly,” said Andrew Nichols, director of higher education research and data analytics at the Education Trust, which advocates for low-income and minority students.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/10/12/new-federal-higher-ed-outcome-measures-count-part-time-adult-students

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Employer Advice Most Valued, Least Used in Choosing College Major

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-10-22 17:02

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Advice about what to study in college comes from four primary sources, according to new survey results: “Formal” sources, such as high school and college counselors and print and internet media; The “informal” social network, including family, friends and community leaders; The “informal” school network, counting non-advisor staff and coaches; and “Informal” work-based sources involving employers, coworkers and people with experience in the field.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/17/employer-advice-most-valued-least-used-in-choosing-college-major.aspx

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Online Learning Now a Core Form of Delivery of Courses and Programs in Canadian Colleges and Universities

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-10-22 17:02

by Newswire

Online learning is now a core form of delivery for Canadian universities and colleges, according to a report released today at the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto. This survey of online learning, the first covering all Canadian public post-secondary institutions, was conducted by a small group of independent Canadian researchers, under the leadership of Dr. Tony Bates, a visiting professor at Ryerson University and a Research Associate at Contact North, Ontario.   Online enrollments have expanded at a rate of 10%-15% per annum over the last five years; online learning now constitutes between 12%-16% of all post-secondary teaching for credit,

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3523443

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5 Apps to Help All Students with Math

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-10-21 17:25

by Calvin Hennick, edTech Magazine

A big part of offering up science, technology and math (STEM) opportunities for students of all abilities is differentiating instruction for each students’ needs. “Anything can be adapted for students with disabilities,” says A. Harry Moore School Technology Coordinator Stephanie Talalai in an EdTech article. “It’s just a matter of what accommodation you are going to give them.” One great way to provide accommodations for all students is through the use of mobile apps. For the “M” of STEM in particular, several mobile apps let teachers help students access high-interest, leveled math content.

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/10/5-apps-help-all-students-math

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Best Practices for Cybersecurity Are Simple and Keep Users in Mind

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-10-21 17:20

by Nicci Fagan, edTech Magazine
To keep networks safe, higher education leaders need to ensure security measures are easy to navigate. The Department of Homeland Security recently released its themes for October, from basic online safety to cybersecurity careers. Each week, DHS and its partners will release resources relating to each theme that IT staff can incorporate into cybersecurity education and training.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/10/best-practices-cybersecurity-are-simple-and-keep-users-mind

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How Will AR Transform Education? [#Infographic]

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-10-21 17:16

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, edtech Magazine
Meghan is an associate editor with EdTech: Focus on Higher Education. She enjoys coffee, cats and science fiction TV. In the summer of 2016, nothing was quite as buzzy as the smartphone game, “Pokémon Go.” Thanks to its augmented reality (AR) format — which blends real-world interactivity with an immersive video game world — the game spiked in popularity among K–12 and college students. It also introduced the concept of AR into the education sector. By 2018, the AR device market is expected to reach about $660 million, a new infographic from the New Jersey Institute of Technology reports. While AR is still up and coming, several mobile apps have emerged to let students (both at the K–12 and higher ed level) engage with interactive books about space and human anatomy charts.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/10/how-will-ar-transform-education-infographic-0

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UNM sees sharp increase in online enrollment

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-10-21 17:10

By Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal

The number of online-only students at the University of New Mexico has climbed 65 percent in three years – something leaders consider a positive step toward broadening the student base but no cure-all for the institution’s larger budget woes.
Based on fall 2017 figures, 7 percent of all students at the state’s largest university now attend exclusively through the internet, and nearly one out of every three UNM students take at least one online course. The growth follows UNM’s increasing emphasis on web-based offerings. By spring, the university will have 10 “managed online programs” – those that provide a structured path toward a degree in subject areas that include psychology, construction management and Native American studies. Several more are in planning or under discussion.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1078458/unm-sees-sharp-increase-in-online-enrollment-excerpt-increase-comes-as-total-head-count-falls.html

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Oversight of online learning programs lacking in some schools, report finds

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-10-21 17:04

By Meredith Roaten, GW Hatchet

The quality of some of the University’s online and off-campus programs may be suffering because of a lack of University-wide standards and the large number of adjunct and part-time faculty teaching those courses, according to a Faculty Senate report released Friday. A faculty task force, in an extensive report presented to the Faculty Senate, found that oversight of online and off-campus programs – those taught at locations other than the University’s three campuses – was spotty and varied across schools. Faculty said that as online learning becomes a larger part of the University’s educational blueprint, there are issues with how the courses are being monitored and how they are impacting face-to-face programs that haven’t been addressed. The task force found that courses approved for in-person instruction could be moved online without review and that online courses were duplicating on-campus versions of courses, creating a “cannibalizing” effect. The review found that in some cases doctoral candidates were teaching online courses to master’s degree students.

https://www.gwhatchet.com/2017/10/16/oversight-of-online-learning-programs-lacking-in-some-schools-report-finds/

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7 MUST-HAVE ENGINEERING APPS AND TOOLS

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-10-21 17:03

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

As STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) curriculum grows in popularity, more schools are adding engineering classes. Students in elementary school through high school are enjoying the benefits of being exposed to engineering in the classroom. As Teach Engineering explains, “Research around effective learning in K-12 classrooms demonstrates that an engineering approach to identifying and solving problems is valuable across all disciplines.” As you teach engineering, consider adding these seven must have engineering apps and tools to your professional toolbox.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-must-engineering-apps-tools/

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