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Trump says he ‘doesn’t know what a community college means’

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-18 17:20

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
In a speech, President Donald Trump expressed a desire to return to the days of vocational schools — both in name and function — saying he doesn’t know what a community college is, other than knowing it’s a two-year school. Touting the need for expanded financial aid to support “short-term training programs that equip Americans to succeed in construction and the skilled trades” during remarks on his infrastructure plan, the president said he knows what vocational “and technical perhaps” mean, but suggested the term “community college” is too nebulous. He again lauded the importance of apprenticeship programs as the key to workforce development, equating them more closely with technical and vocational training.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/trump-says-he-doesnt-know-what-a-community-college-means/520367/

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Report: Instructional Design Support Helps Increase Student-to-Student Interaction in Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-18 17:15

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

When instructional designers are involved in online course design, student-to-student interaction goes up, according to a new survey of online education leaders from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research. The survey compared reported student interaction levels at institutions where instructional design support is required for online course development vs. those where such support is absent or optional. Perhaps not surprisingly, respondents perceived interactivity to be significantly higher for the former.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/02/report-instructional-design-support-helps-increase-student-to-student-interaction-in-online-courses.aspx

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How Teaching Online Can Improve Your Face-to-Face Classes

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-18 17:10

By: Lolita Paff, Faculty Focus

When teachers are tasked with developing an online course, their thinking often follows along these lines: This is what I do in class. How can that be translated online? What if we reversed our thinking? Instead of assuming what’s done on ground is ideal, what if we looked at teaching online as a means of improving our face-to-face teaching skills? The process of developing an online course, starting with a clean slate instead of converting resident instruction via technology, leads to an examination of our classroom-based course design, assumptions about learning, and ultimately improves instructional practice in both settings along several dimensions: teaching persona, power distance, instructional clarity, student interaction, and learning assessment.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/resources/online-learning/course-design-online-learning/how-teaching-online-can-improve-your-f2f-classes/

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How Can I Facilitate Online Discussions?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-18 17:05

by Torria Davis, Visual Design for Online Learning via Tomorrow’s Professor

Providing opportunities for asynchronous and synchronous communication between learners in the course is an important part of creating a sense of presence and building a learning community in an online course. Learning to work with others across time and distance is a new skill for many taking online courses. Although learners may use social media to communicate with family and friends who are not in close proximity, they are not always cognizant of how to do this for academic purposes. Therefore the skill of interacting and collaborating with peers online must be taught and purposefully planned by the instructor.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1634

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AI Hive Mind Chooses Clean Water Over Education as Top World Priority

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-18 17:01

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Universal access to clean water should be the world’s highest priority, according to a recent pronouncement by a “swarm artificial intelligence” system that connected 70 people in real time via AI algorithms designed to turn them into a “hive mind.” Participants in the swarm were attendees of the South by Southwest conference this month in Austin, who were gathered by AI company Unanimous AI to “think together” on a variety of topics and provide “optimized insights.”  “With the rise of AI, it’s important to keep human knowledge and wisdom in the loop, especially when weighing complex social priorities,” commented Louis Rosenberg, CEO of Unanimous AI, in a statement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/21/ai-hive-mind-chooses-clean-water-over-education-as-top-world-priority.aspx

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University of Akron to lift the curtain on new esports program at forum in April

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-17 17:26

By Joey Morona, cleveland.com
The University of Akron will unveil more details about its new esports program at a forum next month. The purpose of the event is “to discuss how the esports varsity teams and club will function, and how the program will contribute to the greater Akron area through community involvement,” a university spokesperson said in a release. Akron’s esports — or competitive video gaming — program is scheduled to launch this fall with both varsity and club teams. The varsity team will field between 50 to 55 players competing against other universities in games such as League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, Hearthstone and Rocket League. Like other student-athletes, varsity esports players will be eligible for scholarships.

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/03/university_of_akron_esports.html

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Why EdTech hasn’t solved education’s problems

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

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Many educators and teachers loudly espouse the innumerable benefits of edtech to solve today’s most prevalent classroom issues. Technology certainly does play a major role in the development of students and academics, but it doesn’t solve everything. In fact, there are a few major issues that still exist in today’s education system that edtech may be unable to solve.

Are you wondering why some of these issues still exist? Check out some of these reasons why edtech falls short in solving some of education’s most significant issues.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/why-edtech-hasnt-solved-educations-problems/

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Roving robot lets UCI student attend classes virtually while on bed rest

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-17 17:16

By PRISCELLA VEGA, Los Angeles Times

The robot is self-balancing, with six- to eight-hour battery life. It sells for about $3,000. Members of UCI’s class of 2016 used their senior class gift to buy four telepresence robots for the university. Law and political science professor Rick Hasen described the experience with the Double 2 as unusual, but said it helped instill camaraderie in his class. In past years, Hasen said, classes would be recorded and students would watch later and email him with questions. “It wasn’t bad, but this was much better,” Hasen said.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-uci-robot-20180330-story.html

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The textbook market exploits students. We shouldn’t accept that.

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

by Gaurav Dahal, Diamondback (student opinion)

Traditional textbooks — the ones we are assigned in most of our classes — are unnecessarily expensive. The high cost of textbooks can be attributed to the textbook market, which is structured to victimize students. AEI.org reports that textbook prices have increased 812 percent since 1978, which is a greater increase than both medical and home prices. This astronomical increase has led to students spending an average of $1,250 a year on books and supplies, according to the College Board. That $1,250 is on top of the cost of tuition, mandatory fees and housing associated with going to college. It’s the textbook market and the publishers profiting off students that are to blame.

http://www.dbknews.com/2018/04/01/college-affordable-textbooks-open-source-copyright-openstax/

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University of Akron to lift the curtain on new esports program at forum in April

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-17 17:06

By Joey Morona, cleveland.com
The University of Akron will unveil more details about its new esports program at a forum next month. The purpose of the event is “to discuss how the esports varsity teams and club will function, and how the program will contribute to the greater Akron area through community involvement,” a university spokesperson said in a release. Akron’s esports — or competitive video gaming — program is scheduled to launch this fall with both varsity and club teams. The varsity team will field between 50 to 55 players competing against other universities in games such as League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, Hearthstone and Rocket League. Like other student-athletes, varsity esports players will be eligible for scholarships.

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/03/university_of_akron_esports.html

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Beyond Vocational: Adult Education Confronts the Fourth Industrial Revolution

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-17 17:02
by Tommy Perkins, EvolllutionAs technology advances, the needs of the labor market and employers change as well. And while traditional-age students are enrolled in programs that help them adapt to these changes, adults are unfortunately being left behind. Advanced applications for big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence can take us to new heights, or plunge us into a dystopian future where robots absorb jobs, unemployment soars and precious few humans are qualified to guide the machines ethically. Of course, they’ll create some new jobs, but the projections of how much of our economy automation will consume are daunting.

Beyond Vocational: Adult Education Confronts the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Asynchronous Discussions, Group Projects Still Dominate in Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-16 17:26

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Asynchronous discussions and group projects are the most important techniques currently used for online learning, according to a new survey of online education leaders from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research. When asked which online learning methods were most important at their institutions, respondents pointed to those two activities first, followed by problem-based learning, quizzes and research projects.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/30/asynchronous-discussions-group-projects-still-dominate-in-online-courses.aspx

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Working the Online Crowd: Humor and Teaching with Tech

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-16 17:20

by Joe Barnhart, Campus Technology

Humor is a tough nut to crack. In the face-to-face classroom, it works great to keep the troops awake and actively breathing. Effective techniques include goofy activities, oddball writing assignments and witty comments. Prodding students into a laugh proved to be a viable strategy and I was very successful at it. What really helped was reading the class’s body language: those subtle shifts in attitude where I could deliver one of my dry zingers, producing the desired jovial results. Those experiences proved to me that humor was a dominating factor when creating an interactive classroom. So, moving to the online format was a little disconcerting. Could humor achieve the same responses online as in real life? Well, I’ve come to find out the answer is, “Absolutely!”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/28/working-the-online-crowd-humor-and-teaching-with-tech.aspx

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Technology isn’t going to replace teachers anytime soon

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-16 17:15

by John Sarkar, Times of India

There is this constant and misguided thought of technology as a replacement for teachers. Technology acts in one of two ways. One, it helps students in ways that teachers alone would not be able to, for example, on Toppr experts solve doubts for students at 4am, unthinkable without the platform. Two, technology amplifies the effect of teachers. A good teacher can now reach millions of students where he was earlier limited to the seats in his classroom. While technology will help an increasing number of kids learn better with less dependence on teachers, a teacherless future is very far away.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/people/technology-isnt-going-to-replace-teachers-anytime-soon/articleshow/63546486.cms

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Report: Adaptive Learning, Learning Analytics Are Most Wanted Tech for Online Programs

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-16 17:10

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

When asked what tools and technologies they would most like to adopt for their online programs, online education leaders cited adaptive learning and learning analytics as their most wanted tech, according to a recent survey. The second annual Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE 2) report, a joint initiative of nonprofit Quality Matters and Eduventures Research, the research and advisory services division of the National Research Center for College & University Admissions, surveyed 182 chief online officers (COOs) at U.S. colleges and universities about policies, practices and plans around online education. Researchers defined “chief online officer” as any position that manages online education for an institution — with responsibilities spanning course and program development, training, technology selection, support and oversight, budgeting, quality assurance, planning and policy.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/29/report-adaptive-learning-and-learning-analytics-are-most-wanted-tech-for-online-programs.aspx

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Asynchronous Discussions, Group Projects Still Dominate in Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-16 17:05

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Asynchronous discussions and group projects are the most important techniques currently used for online learning, according to a new survey of online education leaders from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research. When asked which online learning methods were most important at their institutions, respondents pointed to those two activities first, followed by problem-based learning, quizzes and research projects.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/30/asynchronous-discussions-group-projects-still-dominate-in-online-courses.aspx

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Working the Online Crowd: Humor and Teaching with Tech

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-16 17:02

by Joe Barnhart, Campus Technology

Humor is a tough nut to crack. In the face-to-face classroom, it works great to keep the troops awake and actively breathing. Effective techniques include goofy activities, oddball writing assignments and witty comments. Prodding students into a laugh proved to be a viable strategy and I was very successful at it. What really helped was reading the class’s body language: those subtle shifts in attitude where I could deliver one of my dry zingers, producing the desired jovial results. Those experiences proved to me that humor was a dominating factor when creating an interactive classroom. So, moving to the online format was a little disconcerting. Could humor achieve the same responses online as in real life? Well, I’ve come to find out the answer is, “Absolutely!”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/28/working-the-online-crowd-humor-and-teaching-with-tech.aspx

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What “The Right to Disconnect” Could Mean for Online Training

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-15 17:26

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Last week, New York City Councilor Rafael Espinal proposed a law that would make it illegal for employers to expect employees to log-on to their work email accounts outside official work hours. If Espinal’s The Right to Disconnect bill passes, New York City will become the first North American jurisdiction but not the first jurisdiction worldwide to put the kibosh on after-hours work-related communications. Notably, similar legislation has been in place in France since late 2016.

What “The Right to Disconnect” Could Mean for Online Training

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How EdTech Leaders Can Model EdTech Best Practices

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-15 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

First, leaders can get serious about privacy and security. This means that they frequently change their passwords, use two-step authentication where it is available, and avoid falling for phishing schemes. Students and other stakeholders will know—sometimes in subtle ways (if they see a prompt for a far-overdue security update) and sometimes in not-so-subtle ways (if a leader has experienced identify theft)—if educational leaders are taking privacy and security seriously. Second, leaders need to demonstrate strong information literacy skills.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-education-leaders-can-model-edtech-best-practices/

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Telepresence Robots Give Online Students Better Way to Connect

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-15 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Distance and online learning are becoming major trends in higher education, as well as in the mandatory years of K12 schooling. When students are unable to make it into the physical classroom setting, they miss out on some of the most important aspects of academics, including making connections with other students through socialization. Connecting via social media or online message forums simply isn’t the same as having face-to-face interactions with like-minded peers. To solve this growing dilemma, developers started to create the basis for telepresence robots. The robots can take multiple forms depending on the model and manufacturer. Some allow for distance learners to show their face but are unable to maneuver themselves from place to place. More expensive models come standard with Segway wheels that can cart these “digital students” from one classroom to the next.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/telepresence-robots-give-online-students-better-way-connect/

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