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

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-16 17:04

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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More than half of online learners want to change careers

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-16 17:02

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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What’s the Price of an Online Education?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-15 17:25

Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

How much students should pay for online programs varies widely from institution to institution.  We’re not breaking any revelatory news in saying that college and university pricing is … less than straightforward. But it can be instructive to examine how institutions make decisions about pricing. Luke Dowden arrived at Alamo last year after eight years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. There, his bosses expected his online programs to be self-supporting, and cost and price were aggressively monitored. At Alamo, he has pushed to establish a financial model that will inform further pricing decisions.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/06/05/pricing-online-programs-involves-decisions-around-competition

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CONTINUOUS LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION – A CLOSER LOOK

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-15 17:20

BY LEO GIOSUÈ, Jerusalem Post

The traditional methods of imparting knowledge to other people are becoming less and less dominant, with the emphasis instead being on online platforms and social media to deliver the necessary information required for learners to succeed. If the education system wants to maintain high demand and a steady influx of learners, they need to change their methods to suit the new landscape. Some areas have chosen to introduce continuous learning into the digital world via the use of tools like micro-credentials. These types of courses and development seminars provide short, concentrated bursts of information and knowledge, which is potentially more suitable for the modern audience.

https://www.jpost.com/Special-Content/Continuous-Learning-in-Higher-Education-A-Closer-Look-591554

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Early-years education online: the rise of the virtual preschool

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

BY NEIL SELWYN, the Sector
Legislators in North Carolina in the US recently passed a bill to fund an online preschool program for ‘at risk’ children. This means that children aged three and four years can take their preschool education at home in the form of online ‘kindergarten readiness programs’. Children engage with online games, ‘virtual field-trips’ and other digital learning activities, while parents are sent teachers’ guides and boxes of resources. So, is this merely an instance of a technological ‘innovation’ providing an elegant and efficient ‘solution’ to educational problems? If not, what needs to be done instead? These are important choices, and it’s crucial that we all begin to properly discuss the values and trade-offs implicit in what might otherwise seem to be another inevitable step in the ongoing digitisation of education.

https://thesector.com.au/2019/06/04/early-years-education-online-the-rise-of-the-virtual-preschool/

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What’s the Price of an Online Education?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-15 17:05

Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

How much students should pay for online programs varies widely from institution to institution.  We’re not breaking any revelatory news in saying that college and university pricing is … less than straightforward. But it can be instructive to examine how institutions make decisions about pricing. Luke Dowden arrived at Alamo last year after eight years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. There, his bosses expected his online programs to be self-supporting, and cost and price were aggressively monitored. At Alamo, he has pushed to establish a financial model that will inform further pricing decisions.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/06/05/pricing-online-programs-involves-decisions-around-competition

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Is Your Workforce Large, Mobile, and in Need of Safety Training? Online Learning Could Help

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-15 17:04

By David Galt, EHS Daily Advisor
Do you believe the best employee learning occurs while on the job and within the context of the work? There are well-tested steps to follow for rolling out a training solution for a large, mobile workforce. Courtney Cordova, Director of Change Enablement at Whole Foods Market, presented 5 Steps to Implementing a Modern Mobile Learning Solution Across a Distributed Workforce and discussed how she implemented a form of mobile learning at the 2019 ATD International Conference and Exposition in Washington, DC.

https://ehsdailyadvisor.blr.com/2019/06/is-your-workforce-large-mobile-and-in-need-of-safety-training-online-learning-could-help/

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CONTINUOUS LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION – A CLOSER LOOK

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-15 17:03

BY LEO GIOSUÈ, Jerusalem Post

The traditional methods of imparting knowledge to other people are becoming less and less dominant, with the emphasis instead being on online platforms and social media to deliver the necessary information required for learners to succeed. If the education system wants to maintain high demand and a steady influx of learners, they need to change their methods to suit the new landscape. Some areas have chosen to introduce continuous learning into the digital world via the use of tools like micro-credentials. These types of courses and development seminars provide short, concentrated bursts of information and knowledge, which is potentially more suitable for the modern audience.

https://www.jpost.com/Special-Content/Continuous-Learning-in-Higher-Education-A-Closer-Look-591554

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Survey: Most Students Say Online Learning Is as Good or Better Than Face-to-Face

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-14 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
In a survey of 1,500 students who are seriously considering, currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a fully online program, most (86 percent) considered the value of their degree equal to or greater than the cost they paid to take it. Among those who have attended face-to-face and online courses, the majority (85 percent) said that online learning is as good as or better than attending courses on campus. In fact, two-thirds of online college students (67 percent) reported that they’d achieved the original goal that motivated them to enroll in their program; graduate students were more likely than undergraduates to feel that way (76 percent vs. 62 percent).

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/18/most-students-say-online-learning-is-as-good-or-better-than-face-to-face.aspx

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Survey: Students Choosing Online Programs Closer to Home

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-14 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
In spite of the notion that students could conceivably take online courses from an institution anywhere in the world, two-thirds stick close to home — choosing a college or university within 50 miles of where they live. In fact, 44 percent selected a school within 25 miles of their homes. And the share of students enrolling in a school more than 100 miles from home fell from 37 percent in 2014 to 15 percent in 2019.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/06/04/survey-students-choosing-online-programs-closer-to-home.aspx

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Wharton establishes new online courses at the intersection of finance and technology

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-14 17:12

By Jason Yan, Daily Pennsylvanian
Wharton professors will teach ‘fintech’ — a cross between finance and technology — to students around the world in a new online program. Wharton Online released the fintech specialization on Coursera, an online learning platform, on May 30. The program, titled “Fintech: Foundations and Applications of Financial Technology,” contains four courses and covers subjects from cryptocurrency and blockchain to crowdfunding and robo-advising. The courses will each cost a monthly fee of $79 and will be taught by Wharton finance and Penn Law professors.

https://www.thedp.com/article/2019/06/penn-wharton-fintech-finance-online-tech

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Survey: Most Students Say Online Learning Is as Good or Better Than Face-to-Face

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-14 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
In a survey of 1,500 students who are seriously considering, currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a fully online program, most (86 percent) considered the value of their degree equal to or greater than the cost they paid to take it. Among those who have attended face-to-face and online courses, the majority (85 percent) said that online learning is as good as or better than attending courses on campus. In fact, two-thirds of online college students (67 percent) reported that they’d achieved the original goal that motivated them to enroll in their program; graduate students were more likely than undergraduates to feel that way (76 percent vs. 62 percent).

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/18/most-students-say-online-learning-is-as-good-or-better-than-face-to-face.aspx

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Survey: Students Choosing Online Programs Closer to Home

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-14 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
In spite of the notion that students could conceivably take online courses from an institution anywhere in the world, two-thirds stick close to home — choosing a college or university within 50 miles of where they live. In fact, 44 percent selected a school within 25 miles of their homes. And the share of students enrolling in a school more than 100 miles from home fell from 37 percent in 2014 to 15 percent in 2019.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/06/04/survey-students-choosing-online-programs-closer-to-home.aspx

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Wharton establishes new online courses at the intersection of finance and technology

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-14 17:03

By Jason Yan, Daily Pennsylvanian
Wharton professors will teach ‘fintech’ — a cross between finance and technology — to students around the world in a new online program. Wharton Online released the fintech specialization on Coursera, an online learning platform, on May 30. The program, titled “Fintech: Foundations and Applications of Financial Technology,” contains four courses and covers subjects from cryptocurrency and blockchain to crowdfunding and robo-advising. The courses will each cost a monthly fee of $79 and will be taught by Wharton finance and Penn Law professors.

https://www.thedp.com/article/2019/06/penn-wharton-fintech-finance-online-tech

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Leading Without an OPM in the Age of ‘Bigger Is Better’

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:25

Evangeline J. Tsibris Cummings and Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Inside Higher Ed

Building and managing their own online programs helps institutions transform themselves and prepare for the future, Vin Del Casino and Evie Cummings argue. To survive and prosper in this moment of massive change in higher education and the noise of “mega-universities” and to lead higher education into its next quarter century, it will take great courage, clarity of vision and purpose, and the empowerment and high expectations for impact among our faculty and staff. We must be mindful that while it requires leadership at your university, building an effective and integrated online experience also demands partnership with external stakeholders — state officials, university boards and accrediting agencies — whose focus on student completion and success must be geared toward the long game of a sustainable future.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2019/06/05/universities-can-go-online-without-corporate-partner-even-age

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The 4 Things Every Digital Learning Leader Should Know

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:22

Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

The answer always depends on the individual asking, but anyone who claims that there is a single route to a career in digital learning has not spent much time with leaders in the profession. A strength of the field is the range of diverse perspectives and training that practitioners bring to the work. Whatever one’s educational background, and independent of the decision to study for a Ph.D., there are a number of areas that everyone working in digital learning should know. These are subjects that neither of us learned anything about in our own traditional Ph.D. programs, but they have proven vital navigating our careers in higher education digital learning.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/4-things-every-digital-learning-leader-should-know

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7 Things You Should Know About LTI Advantage

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:15

EDUCAUSE

LTI Advantage is the next generation of the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard, which was designed to enable plug-and-play integration of educational applications and tools within an institution’s digital learning environment. LTI Advantage features three extensions that enable faster setup and configuration, improved user functionalities, and more advanced security to protect student data. LTI Advantage improves an institution’s digital learning ecosystem by making it more intuitive for faculty to integrate third-party resources, applications, and tools into a course.

https://library.educause.edu/resources/2019/4/7-things-you-should-know-about-lti-advantage

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Leading Without an OPM in the Age of ‘Bigger Is Better’

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:05

Evangeline J. Tsibris Cummings and Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Inside Higher Ed

Building and managing their own online programs helps institutions transform themselves and prepare for the future, Vin Del Casino and Evie Cummings argue. To survive and prosper in this moment of massive change in higher education and the noise of “mega-universities” and to lead higher education into its next quarter century, it will take great courage, clarity of vision and purpose, and the empowerment and high expectations for impact among our faculty and staff. We must be mindful that while it requires leadership at your university, building an effective and integrated online experience also demands partnership with external stakeholders — state officials, university boards and accrediting agencies — whose focus on student completion and success must be geared toward the long game of a sustainable future.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2019/06/05/universities-can-go-online-without-corporate-partner-even-age

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The 4 Things Every Digital Learning Leader Should Know

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:03

Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

The answer always depends on the individual asking, but anyone who claims that there is a single route to a career in digital learning has not spent much time with leaders in the profession. A strength of the field is the range of diverse perspectives and training that practitioners bring to the work. Whatever one’s educational background, and independent of the decision to study for a Ph.D., there are a number of areas that everyone working in digital learning should know. These are subjects that neither of us learned anything about in our own traditional Ph.D. programs, but they have proven vital navigating our careers in higher education digital learning.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/4-things-every-digital-learning-leader-should-know

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Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:02

by AARON CANTÚ, The Hechinger Report

Across the country, many universities are seeing increases in Latinx populations. Between 2000 and 2015, the number of Latinx college students more than doubled, to 3 million. Their share of overall college enrollment rose between 1996 and 2016 from 8 to 19 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In response, some universities are starting to cater to their growing Latinx populations. They’re adding more faculty who reflect the school’s increasing diversity, introducing cultural programming and establishing counseling and mentoring programs to help Latinx students overcome stubborn academic resource gaps.

https://hechingerreport.org/universities-try-to-catch-up-to-their-growing-latinx-populations/

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