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More women look to online classes to earn degrees

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-12 17:02

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, The New Service of Florida
More women than men opt to take only online classes to earn bachelor’s degrees in Florida’s state university system, according to a new report from the system’s Board of Governors. Sixty-five percent of the undergraduates who took only distance-learning courses in the 2016-2017 academic year were women, who make up 56 percent of the overall undergraduate student body.

https://www.news4jax.com/education/more-women-look-to-online-classes-to-earn-degrees

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Online courses benefit Chinese children in poor areas

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-11 17:23

by China.org.cn

A news report by China.org.cn on China’s live streaming industry transforming the classes in poor areas: There are only three students at Lumacha Primary School in a remote, mountainous area of northwest China’s Gansu province. As the children from better-off families in the community have been sent to more well-equipped schools, the three remaining have come to represent the most underprivileged members of Chinese society. Fortunately, live streaming, the trendiest social activity among Chinese youth, is transforming the classes in Lumacha. With only an internet cable, an overhead projector and a webcam, the three students are now able to take part in online courses.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/online-courses-benefit-children-in-poor-areas-300621558.html

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High-tech active learning spaces transform teaching

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-11 17:20

by Education Dive
It’s been more than a decade since a small group of professors at Dawson College started to experiment with active learning. Today, those early initiatives have evolved into a movement that’s transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. “It has injected new life into the kinds of things I can do in the classroom,” says Chris Whittaker, a physics professor and one of the college’s early proponents of the student-focused approach to teaching. Based on the academic literature and research done in his own classrooms, Whittaker is confident that his students learn better when they spend less time listening to him lecture and more time working together through collaborative activities and projects. “Students are getting to much deeper levels of conversation, asking me much more profound questions and engaging with the material in a way that I’ve never seen before.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/high-tech-active-learning-spaces-transform-teaching/

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A deep dive into college data: The state of higher ed marketing analytics 2018

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-11 17:15

by Karine Joly, University Business

Why is digital marketing—so easily measurable—not measured in higher education at the level it is in other industries?  Since this project was conducted around an assessment—and not a mere survey—of the gap between best and current practices, the study participants all received a final grade computed on a 100-point scale to illustrate the distance completed on the road to digital marketing analytics, the HEDMAR score. The distribution of these resulting scores is a great tool to visualize the digital marketing analytics maturity of the industry. With 77 percent of participants scoring under 50 on the HEDMAR scale, the need for improvement across the industry couldn’t be clearer. Yet, the 14 percent of participants scoring between 55 and 80 prove that higher levels of analytics maturity are possible in higher education.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/deep-dive-college-data

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Harrison College is ending enrollment at its campus in downtown Lafayette and is now offering online-only classes

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-11 17:09

by WFLI

According to Harrison Executive Vice president Michael Crowley, students currently enrolled will be able to continue working on their degree on campus and online until they graduate. Because online enrollment has increased in the past few years, the institution is planning on testing out their online classes for this upcoming quarter for incoming students. “Most of the post-secondary education now occurs in community colleges or for-profit colleges like ours for proprietary schools…a lot of it is online,” Crowley said.

http://www.wlfi.com/content/news/Lafayette-Harrison-College-offers-online-only-classes-for-new-students-478227033.html

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Udacity VP of Learning: ‘We Never Start Anything Out of Academic Interest’ By Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-11 17:05

Udacity also has a history of working with with colleges and universities—but company officials say this isn’t the direction the company will be heading in the future. For example, Udacity previously partnered with San Jose State University to offer MOOCs for credits, and the company offers an online Master’s degree in computer science with Georgia Tech. While other MOOC providers such as Coursera have recently added more of these kinds of degree programs to their platform, Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun said his company has no plans to expand its offerings in coordination with other universities. “Udacity focuses on industry,” Thrun said. Christian Plagemann, Udacity’s VP of learning, had a less-strict attitude at the event, saying the company is “open to anything” when it comes to potential future collaborations with universities. However, he echoed the sentiment that Udacity is more interested in working with industry partners.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-03-28-udacity-vp-of-learning-we-never-start-anything-out-of-academic-interest

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Udacity announces School of AI with 4 new nanodegrees and 3D simulator

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-11 17:02

by KHARI JOHNSON, VB

The new and existing AI offerings together is Udacity’s attempt to make a comprehensive set of choices for those who wish to become AI practitioners. To make the School of AI, the company launched new courses for computer vision, natural language processing, and AI programming with Python. A reinforcement learning nanodegree will launch later this year. The new nanodegrees join a series of other AI-related courses like those for self-driving cars, deep learning, or autonomous flight. To fuel its growth, Udacity VP Christian Plagemann told VentureBeat in an interview the School of AI will receive additional funding and staff resources. Making a School of AI sends a signal to the world and Udacity itself about the importance of AI, Plagemann said.

Udacity announces School of AI with 4 new nanodegrees and 3D simulator

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Data analytics can improve the college experience

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-10 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Data analytics is opening more doors regarding the college experience than ever before. While many experts are touting its benefits for the student population, the truth is that these numbers can improve the experience all around. The statistics are beneficial for everyone ranging from educators to administrators.  What does the data have to say about the college experience? The exact statistics may not be quite as important as the advantageous view they give regarding higher learning. Here are just a few of the ways that this data can begin improving college experiences across the board.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/data-analytics-can-improve-college-experience-everyone/

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How my university is disrupting higher education

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-10 17:20

BY MARK LOMBARDI, eCampus News
Disruption in higher education needs to happen everywhere, from admissions processes to business practices to the way we teach and assess.  If higher education is a ship, it has struck an iceberg. It’s taking on water rapidly, and while the situation is urgent, many people on board simply refuse to acknowledge what’s happening. The lifeboats in this metaphor? Disruption. That may sound a little dramatic, but it’s undeniable that many colleges and universities are stuck in 20th-century—or even 19th- century—models of higher education. In our 21st-century world, that’s no longer acceptable. Institutions are floundering, and if they don’t start to catch up, they are going to sink. Disruption in higher education needs to happen everywhere, from admissions processes to business practices and from the way we teach to the way we determine student outcomes.

How my university is disrupting higher education

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NSF Grant to Cover Master Degrees in STEM Teaching and Bonuses

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-10 17:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
A six-year project at the University of Houston will develop, mentor and retain 30 STEM teacher-leaders in high-need school districts. The $2.8 million from the National Science Foundation will cover tuition and fees for teachers working in middle and high schools to earn their master of education degrees with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math; they’ll also receive a $10,000 annual stipend for four years afterwards to train other teachers in schools serving populations of students who are under-represented in the STEM fields.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/03/21/nsf-grant-to-cover-master-degrees-in-stem-teaching-and-bonuses.aspx

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How my university is disrupting higher education

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

BY MARK LOMBARDI, eCampus News
Disruption in higher education needs to happen everywhere, from admissions processes to business practices to the way we teach and assess.  If higher education is a ship, it has struck an iceberg. It’s taking on water rapidly, and while the situation is urgent, many people on board simply refuse to acknowledge what’s happening. The lifeboats in this metaphor? Disruption. That may sound a little dramatic, but it’s undeniable that many colleges and universities are stuck in 20th-century—or even 19th- century—models of higher education. In our 21st-century world, that’s no longer acceptable. Institutions are floundering, and if they don’t start to catch up, they are going to sink. Disruption in higher education needs to happen everywhere, from admissions processes to business practices and from the way we teach to the way we determine student outcomes.

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GDPR – What businesses need to know – Virtual College

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-10 17:06

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new piece of EU legislation that overhauls the UK’s laws on data protection and cyber security. It will come into force on 25th May 2018, and will apply to businesses and public-sector organisations of all sizes, enforcing new guidelines and regulations for data handling. It’s something every business needs to prepare for, as it impacts how you communicate with your customers and how you handle any information you store about them. Read our guide below to understand what GDPR will mean for businesses.

https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/guides-and-reports-training/a-guide-to-gdpr

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GDPR: What you need to know about the new data protection laws

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-10 17:05

by Nick Richards, Training Journal

The GDPR is all about protecting the rights of individuals, with data use and responsibility at its core. The new legislation will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 and firmly puts the burden of proof on businesses, whilst empowering individuals to take control of their data. The price for failing to be GDPR-compliant is high – hefty fines await those who fail to meet the new standards. The maximum penalty for breaching GDPR is €20m or 4% of a business’s global revenue, whichever is greater. Add to this the associated reputational damage for your business following a data breach, and it becomes clear why becoming compliant for the GDPR rollout in May 2018 is absolutely essential.

https://www.trainingjournal.com/articles/features/gdpr-what-you-need-know-about-new-data-protection-laws

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Foundation for Blended and Online Learning Report Examines Tech Solutions to Rural Ed Challenges

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-09 17:25

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal
Rural schools face a raft of challenges schools in more densely populated areas do not, including declining enrollments, high socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, high transportation costs, lack of computer and internet access in student homes, low teacher pay, high teacher turnover, fewer teachers and fewer courses available to students. A new report from the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL) and the Evergreen Education Group looks at policies and programs in 15 states that use technology to help address some of those problems.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/03/27/foundation-for-blended-and-online-learning-report-examines-tech-solutions-to-rural-ed-challenges.aspx

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Report: The Real Role of Blended Learning in Instruction

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-09 17:19

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

A new guide on blended learning reminds school district leaders that blended isn’t a goal unto itself; nor is it a specific instructional approach. Blended can be integrated into a “variety of educational models” and serves as the “vehicle” for providing innovative instruction. The report, “Blending Teaching and Technology: Simple Strategies for Improved Student Learning,” was produced by Future Ready Schools, an initiative of the Alliance for Excellent Education. Blended learning, as the guide explained, “refers to a variety of practices and strategies” for enabling students to learn online at least some of the time and maintain a level of control over the “time, place, path or pace of their learning.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/03/28/report-the-real-role-of-blended-learning-in-instruction.aspx

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What education hashtags should you be using?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-09 17:14
by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

As an education blogger, its hard to keep up with the latest social media trends, especially when it comes to hashtags. I am sure that all educators who use social media can relate to this. I found this great infographic that contains the hashtags that all educators should be using in 2018.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/what-education-hashtags-should-you-be-using/

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Steps You Should Take for GDPR Compliance

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-09 17:09

by Webster University

Compliance Steps.
Do you collect, store or transmit any personal data in your role with Webster? Faculty, staff and students at all Webster University campuses should be aware of how GDPR affects business processes and the handling of personal data. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will go in effect on May 25, 2018. The regulation is the most far-reaching change to data protection in a generation. Review these steps to compliance provided by the GDPR project team. You may find useful this one-page handout [PDF] containing all of the steps listed below. Discuss them with your colleagues and supervisors. Make sure you are prepared for the compliance deadline of May 25.

http://news.webster.edu/employee/2018/steps-gdpr-compliance-preparation.html

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Online Learning’s Complex, Fractured Landscape

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-09 17:05

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

A new survey of those who oversee online learning programs at their institutions reveals significant diversity in the online education landscape, from differences in colleges’ strategic goals in going online to how they structure and price their programs and how much they require/encourage faculty members to work with professional designers to craft their courses. The report, “The Changing Landscape of Online Education: A Deeper Dive,” is the second such report from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research, leading them to dub it CHLOE2.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/03/28/survey-chief-online-officers-shows-complexity-digital-learning

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What education hashtags should you be using?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-09 17:02
by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

As an education blogger, its hard to keep up with the latest social media trends, especially when it comes to hashtags. I am sure that all educators who use social media can relate to this. I found this great infographic that contains the hashtags that all educators should be using in 2018.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/what-education-hashtags-should-you-be-using/

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Apple Tries to Regain Education Market Share With iPad Changes

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-08 17:26

by Tripp Mickle, Wall Street Journal
Apple Inc. said it is updating its entry-level iPad with capabilities designed to appeal to students and new software for teachers, as the company tries to recharge sales of the tablet and shore up its dwindling share of the U.S. education market. The company Tuesday said its new 9.7-inch iPad includes a faster processor and works with the Apple Pencil stylus, which previously worked only with higher-end iPad Pro models. The entry-level iPad’s price remains at $329, the lowest-priced tablet available from the company. Schools, which receive discounts on pricing, can buy the device for $299.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-updates-ipad-with-stylus-support-1522167400

 

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