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What the Tech? Coursera for a college education

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-07-06 17:20

by WRCB
Coursera is an online learning platform used by around 24 million people. It allows anyone to take classes, earn certificates and, in some cases, degrees.   If you’ve ever thought about changing careers you’ve likely hesitated because of the financial risk. Switching careers might require more education or even a second (or first) college degree. There’s never been a better time to go back to school than now thanks to apps and websites like Coursera. Coursera is an online learning platform used by around 24 million people. It allows anyone to take classes, earn certificates and, in some cases, degrees. Classes are taught by professors from some of the leading universities from around the world: Stanford, Michigan, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Yale to name a few.

http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/38544040/what-the-tech-coursera-for-a-college-education

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What Geography Says About Online College Students, The Future Of Studying Online

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-07-06 17:15

by Derek Newton, Forbes

In May, The Learning House, an academic program manager offering solutions and services for colleges and universities, released their Online College Students 2018 report in collaboration with Aslanian Market Research. It shows that most undergraduate students studying online or considering doing so, study quite close to home. According to the report, fully two-thirds of online undergrads were taking online classes less than 50 miles from a campus of the school where they enrolled. Nearly half (45% overall) studied online within 25 miles of campus. More than three in four (78%) online students enrolled at a school with a campus within 100 miles.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dereknewton/2018/06/29/what-geography-says-about-online-college-students-the-future-of-studying-online/#3d4c35f41e9c

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Can Online Education Inspire? I Think So

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-07-06 17:07

by Marvin Krislov, Forbes

But perhaps the most inspiring commencement ceremony was for students graduating from our online education programs. These students tend to have families and careers, responsibilities well beyond coursework and exams. But they’re motivated to complete their degrees, and their stories are moving. Several dozen made it to our lower Manhattan campus for their graduation. They came from all over the country, some with children, a few stepping onto a college campus for their first time ever as a student. Their stories remind us of the important role high-quality online education, following a rigorous curriculum and tied to an educational institution, plays in educating underserved communities. And they highlight the importance of finding ways to make education accessible to all students—of all ages, in all locations, on all schedules, to help those who are seeking new skills, transitioning to new careers, or otherwise working hard to make themselves better-prepared employees.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/marvinkrislov/2018/06/28/can-online-education-inspire-i-think-so/

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What Geography Says About Online College Students, The Future Of Studying Online

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-07-06 17:02

by Derek Newton, Forbes

In May, The Learning House, an academic program manager offering solutions and services for colleges and universities, released their Online College Students 2018 report in collaboration with Aslanian Market Research. It shows that most undergraduate students studying online or considering doing so, study quite close to home. According to the report, fully two-thirds of online undergrads were taking online classes less than 50 miles from a campus of the school where they enrolled. Nearly half (45% overall) studied online within 25 miles of campus. More than three in four (78%) online students enrolled at a school with a campus within 100 miles.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dereknewton/2018/06/29/what-geography-says-about-online-college-students-the-future-of-studying-online/#3d4c35f41e9c

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New Udacity Nanodegree to develop blockchain applications

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-07-06 17:01

by Christian Guijosa, Observatory of Educational Innovation

According to Udacity, the global demand for blockchain specialists will grow 60% annually. Hence, the importance of starting to prepare the next developers of this technology. In general, the meaning of blockchain is linked to cryptocurrencies and specifically to Bitcoin. However, this technology has the potential to become the new foundation for any type of transaction; through it, contracts could be validated without the need for legal instances, cloud storage would be safer, and people’s ID’s could be more reliably consulted, among an infinite number of applications. Blockchain Developer Nanodegree:
This new Udacity alternative credential promises to instruct the skills, tools, and computer security practices that a blockchain developer needs.

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Online classes allow for flexible schedules

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-07-05 17:26

By Kelly Guess, Spartan News

Summer at Michigan State University doesn’t always mean it’s time for summer vacation. As degree requirements become more demanding, many students enroll in the university’s summer sessions as a way to get ahead or stay on track to graduate. Skylar Austell, a senior at MSU, is taking online courses this summer so that she can graduate in August. “Without the opportunity to take the classes, I would have had to do a whole other semester just for two classes,” she said. Both of her classes are online classes, giving her the opportunity to go home or travel for job interviews without missing school. “The flexibility of having classes online allows me to breath a bit and focus as I prepare to transition into postgraduate life,” Austell said. “I have friends who are from out of state and took online classes over the summer.”

Online classes allow for flexible schedules

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FlatWorld Survey Highlights Professors’ Price Sensitivity When Evaluating College Textbooks

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-07-05 17:20

by FlatWorld

FlatWorld received responses from 139 professors across more than a dozen academic fields. Approximately 70% of the respondents were from four-year colleges, and 30% from two-year colleges.  The results shed light on a variety of criteria that professors use to evaluate textbooks, concerns about open education resources, and a continued demand for print in an increasingly digital world.  “Professors are keenly aware that the prices of many textbooks on the market today are simply absurd,” said Alastair Adam, co-CEO of FlatWorld. “They want to use high quality textbooks, but also realize that assigning a textbook with an exorbitant price tag will result in much of their class searching for outdated editions, or simply not buying the textbook.

http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/Digest/FlatWorld-Survey-Shows-How-Professors-Evaluate-Textbooks-125959.asp

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What’s Really Driving High Tuition In Online College Programs

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-07-05 17:15

by Derek Newton, Forbes

Most online college programs cost the same as on-campus alternatives. Some even cost more. There’s evidence that pricey online tuitions may be driven by hidden, expensive costs in designing, delivering and marketing those programs. Still, online programs at some schools are generating profit. A plurality (45%) of schools surveyed in The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE2) by Quality Matters and Eduventures/Encoura – a survey of 182 academic and institutional officers in charge of digital learning at their schools – said their online programs were a “revenue generator.” Just 18% said they cost more than they generated.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dereknewton/2018/06/26/whats-really-driving-high-tuition-in-online-college-programs/#495555cf3b08

 

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Online classes allow for flexible schedules

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-07-05 17:08

By Kelly Guess, Spartan News

Summer at Michigan State University doesn’t always mean it’s time for summer vacation. As degree requirements become more demanding, many students enroll in the university’s summer sessions as a way to get ahead or stay on track to graduate. Skylar Austell, a senior at MSU, is taking online courses this summer so that she can graduate in August. “Without the opportunity to take the classes, I would have had to do a whole other semester just for two classes,” she said. Both of her classes are online classes, giving her the opportunity to go home or travel for job interviews without missing school. “The flexibility of having classes online allows me to breath a bit and focus as I prepare to transition into postgraduate life,” Austell said. “I have friends who are from out of state and took online classes over the summer.”

Online classes allow for flexible schedules

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FlatWorld Survey Highlights Professors’ Price Sensitivity When Evaluating College Textbooks

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-07-05 17:06

by FlatWorld

FlatWorld received responses from 139 professors across more than a dozen academic fields. Approximately 70% of the respondents were from four-year colleges, and 30% from two-year colleges.  The results shed light on a variety of criteria that professors use to evaluate textbooks, concerns about open education resources, and a continued demand for print in an increasingly digital world.  “Professors are keenly aware that the prices of many textbooks on the market today are simply absurd,” said Alastair Adam, co-CEO of FlatWorld. “They want to use high quality textbooks, but also realize that assigning a textbook with an exorbitant price tag will result in much of their class searching for outdated editions, or simply not buying the textbook.

http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/Digest/FlatWorld-Survey-Shows-How-Professors-Evaluate-Textbooks-125959.asp

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What’s Really Driving High Tuition In Online College Programs

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-07-05 17:02

by Derek Newton, Forbes

Most online college programs cost the same as on-campus alternatives. Some even cost more. There’s evidence that pricey online tuitions may be driven by hidden, expensive costs in designing, delivering and marketing those programs. Still, online programs at some schools are generating profit. A plurality (45%) of schools surveyed in The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE2) by Quality Matters and Eduventures/Encoura – a survey of 182 academic and institutional officers in charge of digital learning at their schools – said their online programs were a “revenue generator.” Just 18% said they cost more than they generated.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dereknewton/2018/06/26/whats-really-driving-high-tuition-in-online-college-programs/#495555cf3b08

 

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Study: Online learning growth will level off by end of decade

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-07-04 17:26

By James Paterson, Education Dive
The rapid growth of online learning in higher education will likely ebb and even off by 2020, according to a new report. The study, produced by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research, predicts the market will peak at 4 million students in about two years amid strong competition among colleges, according to Study International. The online course market grew by 3% in 2017. The report provides four key findings: Courses should be mobile friendly, online students need access to career services, online programs are becoming increasingly diverse and are believed by participants to be a good value. About 86% of online students surveyed said they feel “the value of their degree equals or exceeds the cost they paid for it,” which is a higher percentage than for those who just took traditional face-to-face courses.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/study-online-learning-growth-will-level-off-by-end-of-decade/

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High school grads want job skills next, survey shows

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-07-04 17:20

By James Paterson, Education Dive
A new report from the College Savings Foundation (CSF) finds that 81% of high school students in its survey seek skills training, and an increasing number are considering technical schools and community colleges. The survey showed the number of students intending to go to community college increased 9% from 2015 to 2018. About 53% plan to attend a traditional four-year college and 36% a community college or vocational school, the report said.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/high-school-grads-want-job-skills-next-survey-shows/526285/

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Linux Foundation and edX Offer New Introductory Blockchain Course and Blockchain for Business Professional Certificate Program

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-07-04 17:15

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced enrollment is now open for a new LFS170x – Blockchain: Understanding Its Uses and Implications training course, as well as for a Blockchain for Business professional certificate program. Offered through the edX training platform, the new course and program provide a way to learn about the impact of blockchain technologies and a means to demonstrate that knowledge. LFS170x is a free course offering an introduction to blockchain distributed ledger technology and how it is changing the way business is executed. The Blockchain for Business professional certificate requires students to obtain a verified certificate for the new LFS170x as well as the existing LFS171x – Blockchain for Business: An Introduction to Hyperledger Technologies course.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/as-demand-skyrockets-for-blockchain-expertise-the-linux-foundation-and-edx-offer-new-introductory-blockchain-course-and-blockchain-for-business-professional-certificate-program-300673633.html

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New Resource Helps Students Ask the Right Questions About Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-07-04 17:08

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
Five organizations with expertise in online education have collaborated on a new resource for students looking for online programs. Together, Berkeley College, the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), the Online Learning Consortium, Quality Matters and the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) formulated a list of questions students should ask themselves in order to find an online program that best fits their needs.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/28/new-resource-helps-students-ask-the-right-questions-about-online-learning.aspx

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Study: Online learning growth will level off by end of decade

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-07-04 17:05

By James Paterson, Education Dive
The rapid growth of online learning in higher education will likely ebb and even off by 2020, according to a new report. The study, produced by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research, predicts the market will peak at 4 million students in about two years amid strong competition among colleges, according to Study International. The online course market grew by 3% in 2017. The report provides four key findings: Courses should be mobile friendly, online students need access to career services, online programs are becoming increasingly diverse and are believed by participants to be a good value. About 86% of online students surveyed said they feel “the value of their degree equals or exceeds the cost they paid for it,” which is a higher percentage than for those who just took traditional face-to-face courses.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/study-online-learning-growth-will-level-off-by-end-of-decade/

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Linux Foundation and edX Offer New Introductory Blockchain Course and Blockchain for Business Professional Certificate Program

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-07-04 17:02

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced enrollment is now open for a new LFS170x – Blockchain: Understanding Its Uses and Implications training course, as well as for a Blockchain for Business professional certificate program. Offered through the edX training platform, the new course and program provide a way to learn about the impact of blockchain technologies and a means to demonstrate that knowledge. LFS170x is a free course offering an introduction to blockchain distributed ledger technology and how it is changing the way business is executed. The Blockchain for Business professional certificate requires students to obtain a verified certificate for the new LFS170x as well as the existing LFS171x – Blockchain for Business: An Introduction to Hyperledger Technologies course.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/as-demand-skyrockets-for-blockchain-expertise-the-linux-foundation-and-edx-offer-new-introductory-blockchain-course-and-blockchain-for-business-professional-certificate-program-300673633.html

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Summer Reading: Strategies to boost online learning programs

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-07-03 17:26

By Jean Dimeo, Education Dive
This summer, Education Dive is providing readers with compilations of stories on a variety of topics that we’ve published during the past year that provide solutions to challenges facing colleges and universities nationwide. Next up — online learning.

 

https://www.educationdive.com/news/summer-reading-strategies-to-boost-online-learning-programs/525411/

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Udacity launches blockchain nanodegree program

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-07-03 17:20

PAUL SAWERS, Venture Beat

Online learning platform Udacity is doubling down on its mission to offer courses in transformative technologies to plug current and anticipated employment gaps. The latest program to emerge from Udacity’s education vaults is the blockchain developer nanodegree, aimed at developers already proficient in JavaScript and object-oriented programming. The program promises to teach the fundamentals of building a blockchain that manages and stores data and to enable developers to build their own supply chain web app based on blockchain technology. Tech talent marketplace Toptal recently claimed that it had seen demand for blockchain engineers increase by 700 percent since January 2017. And there are 14 positions available for each blockchain engineer, according to Katheryn Griffith Hill, lead recruiter at Blockchain Developers. It’s against this backdrop that Udacity is launching its blockchain program, with interested students able to apply online from today here ahead of the inaugural kickoff on July 10.

 

Udacity launches blockchain nanodegree program

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Are Schools the Next Big Cyber-Targets?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-07-03 17:15

Are Schools the Next Big Cyber-Targets?

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

While the healthcare industry has hardly learned its lessons about security, many cybercriminals are turning their attention to other opportunities – namely, schools. In October 2017, the U.S. Department of Education warned that school districts would soon suffer an onslaught of attacks, and they were right. Here’s a brief history of the recent cyberthreats to schools and what schools can do to stay safe and secure.

Are Schools the Next Big Cyber-Targets?

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