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eSchool Media’s Annual Trends Report: 25 Trends for 2018

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-01-09 16:26

by eSchool Media

In this straight-forward report, eSchool Media discusses what to expect, overall, in 2018; how 2017 compares to 2018 for both K-12 and higher ed; and predictions from educators and industry on both K-12 and higher ed trends for the new year. 2018 promises to be a year that epitomizes the term “transformational.” Are you ready? It’s going to be a wild, wonderful ride.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/files/2017/12/eSMtrends2018final1.pdf

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Students should be taught to be digital leaders instead of digital citizens

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-01-09 16:25

by Matthew Lynch, tech edvocate

Digital leaders do more than consume information. They synthesize learning and use it in collaborative environments. Digital leaders are dynamic change agents who transform the status quo, facilitate better communication and understanding, and integrate a variety of technology tools in their lives. Also, digital leaders improve technology experiences not just for themselves, but for others as well. They look out for the greater good.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/students-taught-digital-leaders-instead-digital-citizens/

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In Pennsylvania, OER is a ‘grassroots effort’

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-01-09 16:21

by EdScoop

For edtech directors such as Jared Mader, who is part of the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units, that means working with teachers, curriculum coordinators and content experts to help them make the most of their districts’ one-to-one programs — in particular, using the devices to access openly licensed digital materials. Mader oversees the education technology initiatives for one of Pennsylvania’s 29 intermediate units, which are regional educational service agencies established by the state legislature that provide online, innovative and technology-rich learning services. Mader’s intermediate unit serves over 100,000 students in 25 school districts, nearly all of which have deployed some variation of a one-to-one program.

http://edscoop.com/tv-radio/in-pennsylvania-oer-is-a-grassroots-effort-jared-mader

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CAOs tell all on their top 4 IT priorities

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-01-09 16:10

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A resounding majority of chief academic officers (CAOs) (86 percent) said they believe digital learning tools and resources make learning more efficient and effective for students, according to a recent survey. In the same survey, Provosts, Pedagogy, and Digital Learning Survey, 92 percent of those CAOs said adaptive learning technology has great potential to improve learning outcomes for students. Nearly 90 percent said they would like their faculty to use adaptive learning technologies more in entry-level and gateway courses. Despite this enthusiasm, less than one-third of surveyed CAOs said they believe their campus investment in data analysis and managerial analytics, as well as IT resources and support services, for students and faculty has been very effective.

CAOs tell all on their top 4 IT priorities

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Higher ed’s 3 digital literacy resolutions for the new year

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-01-09 16:05

BY KAREN MCCAVITT, eCampus News

While the courses students take will expand their breadth of knowledge and grow their intellect, many of the post-graduation skills students need are what we call “soft skills.” Soft skills can enhance students’ learning and improve their assignments, and they also can improve students’ chances of employment upon graduation. Perhaps the biggest soft skill? Digital literacy. The New Media Consortium’s 2017 Digital Literacy Impact Study offers a detailed insight into what digital literacy means for today’s students, what employees are looking for, and how higher education institutions can improve digital literacy.

Higher ed’s 3 digital literacy resolutions for the new year

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Lack of Tech Savvy Holding Back Higher Ed Developmental Ed Efforts

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-01-09 16:03

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Research released this past fall found that technology is not the silver bullet needed to help students in developmental education — without a few other elements in place as well. For example, according to a report by the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR), it’s a mistake to assume that “digital native” students can handle the education tech they’re expected to work with.  Developmental ed is described in “How and Why Higher Education Institutions Use Technology in Developmental Education Programming” as the instruction and academic support given to students who enter college without college-ready skills in reading, writing or math in order to develop the skills they need for doing college-level work.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/03/lack-of-tech-savvy-holding-back-developmental-ed-efforts.aspx

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An education in screen time

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-08 16:24

By RALPH HEIBUTZKI – Herald-Palladium

Lake Michigan College’s new Virtual Learning Environment model allows students to switch between attending classes online or in person, depending on what’s convenient for them. That makes perfect sense to Jay Keeler, lead faculty in application development and geospatial technology at LMC’s computer information systems department. “It’s all about flexible delivery,” he said. “It’s hard to be everything to everyone, but this methodology allowed us to do that.” LMC officially debuted the new system at a technology open house Dec. 4-5. However, the first pilot classes rolled out in the fall of 2015 at LMC, which initially wanted to solve some class scheduling problems.

http://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/an-education-in-screen-time/article_160cc61e-32d8-550d-8303-a9b903715eab.html

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5 trends poised to shake up higher education in 2018

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-08 16:20

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
In 2017, a focus on adult learners was named the Education Dive: Higher Education Obsession of the Year, and for good reason: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 8.1 million students enrolled in higher education — or more than 40% — in 2015 were 25+ years old. While 2017 saw a lot of attention placed on adult learners, the industry still has a long way to go on properly serving these students. But leaders may soon realize that many of the adjustments needed to better serve this population would also benefit other students. And it is likely that implementing these strategies may cut down on the overall cost of higher education and communicate additional value, as the physical campus experience is de-emphasized in the name of reaching more students where they already are.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/5-trends-poised-to-shake-up-higher-education-in-2018/

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Five Educational Technologies, Circa 1918

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-08 16:15

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

One hundred years ago, today’s classroom would have been unimaginable. From white boards to laptops to learning management systems that enable learners to learn anywhere and anytime, there is not much about today’s classroom technologies that reflects those present in a classroom from 1918.  However, this doesn’t mean that our counterparts back in 1918 didn’t have their own form of “ed tech.” From magic lanterns to early radio, our 1918 counterparts were also the beneficiaries of a wide range of educational technologies.

Five Educational Technologies, Circa 1918

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Institutions target baby boomers with hefty tuition fellowship programs

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-08 16:08

by Jeremy House, Education Dive
The Wall Street Journal reports that a growing number of post-secondary fellowships are geared toward advanced-career workers and retirees to study alongside traditional undergraduates.  Stanford and Harvard universities piloted the first advance-career education fellowship offerings, according to the WSJ. Other schools, including the University of Notre Dame and the University of Minnesota, now are following suit.
College representatives say these fellowships, which often cater to baby boomers seeking a second act, are a win for institutions’ bottom lines because they target white-collar workers paying sometimes hefty tuition fees.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/institutions-target-baby-boomers-with-hefty-tuition-fellowship-programs/

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Leadership in an age of disruption

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-08 16:06

by MICHAEL BARRY, InBusiness

This article offers a perspective on leadership in an age of disruption and what’s at stake for those who don’t get it right.  Speed and agility will trump perfection as businesses are pressured to address these challenges with faster innovation, an enhanced end-to-end customer experience, cost reductions, etc. — calling on leadership to be more agile and efficient. Traditional command and control leadership approaches are slow, rigid, and stifle creativity and innovation; hence, they are becoming quickly outdated, and, in their place, more agile leadership models are emerging — comprised of high levels of collaboration, engagement, empowerment, and communication within a decentralized decision-making framework. Ten progressive leadership qualities best define an agile leadership model.

http://www.ibmadison.com/Blogger/Open-Mic/September-2017/Leadership-in-an-age-of-disruption/

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5 trends poised to shake up higher education in 2018

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-01-08 16:05

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
In 2017, a focus on adult learners was named the Education Dive: Higher Education Obsession of the Year, and for good reason: According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 8.1 million students enrolled in higher education — or more than 40% — in 2015 were 25+ years old. While 2017 saw a lot of attention placed on adult learners, the industry still has a long way to go on properly serving these students. But leaders may soon realize that many of the adjustments needed to better serve this population would also benefit other students. And it is likely that implementing these strategies may cut down on the overall cost of higher education and communicate additional value, as the physical campus experience is de-emphasized in the name of reaching more students where they already are.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/5-trends-poised-to-shake-up-higher-education-in-2018/

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It’s going to be a Happy New Year for Artificial intelligence and robotics experts in 2018

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-07 16:25

By Rica Bhattacharyya, Varuni Khosla, Economic Times

“Machines are taking over repetitive tasks. Robotics, AI, big data and analytics will be competencies that will be in great demand,” said Shakun Khanna, senior director at Oracle for the Asia-Pacific region. Organisations are being pushed to become even more efficient as jobs turn predictable, said Rishabh Kaul, cofounder of recruitment startup Belong, which helps clients search for and hire AI professionals.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/jobs/its-going-to-be-a-happy-new-year-for-artificial-intelligence-robotics-experts/articleshow/62320776.cms

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Is Our Mind A Machine Learning Algorithm?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-07 16:20

by Anna Powers, Forbes

When we think about our mind, it is much like an ML algorithm. We feed our mind certain data, in the form of stories we tell ourselves, the experiences we have, beliefs, things we read or watch, the music we listen to and the ideas we get from the people we interact with.  In feeding our mind this data, we form a belief system and pick the next data point which best matches the belief system we have formed based on the information that our mind has received from us.  So for example, if we have a series of positive experiences with working out, our brain develops a neural pathway which associates pleasure with physical exercise.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/annapowers/2017/12/31/is-our-mind-a-machine-learning-algorithm/

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Leadership in an age of disruption

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-07 16:16

by MICHAEL BARRY, InBusiness

This article offers a perspective on leadership in an age of disruption and what’s at stake for those who don’t get it right.  Speed and agility will trump perfection as businesses are pressured to address these challenges with faster innovation, an enhanced end-to-end customer experience, cost reductions, etc. — calling on leadership to be more agile and efficient. Traditional command and control leadership approaches are slow, rigid, and stifle creativity and innovation; hence, they are becoming quickly outdated, and, in their place, more agile leadership models are emerging — comprised of high levels of collaboration, engagement, empowerment, and communication within a decentralized decision-making framework. Ten progressive leadership qualities best define an agile leadership model.

http://www.ibmadison.com/Blogger/Open-Mic/September-2017/Leadership-in-an-age-of-disruption/

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Online Learning and Residential Colleges

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-07 16:10

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Online learning should be part of the strategic plan of every college and university. Too often, university leaders make the mistake of thinking that online education is relevant only for institutions with large online programs. They see online education as marginal to the core missions of the institutions that they lead. This blind spot can be particularly large among those leading traditional, face-to-face schools. The reality is that small residential colleges should be prioritizing online learning. Here are 4 questions about online education that every president, provost, dean, and trustee should be asking in 2018.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/online-learning-and-residential-colleges

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What Is ‘Open?’ Openwashing and the Half-Truths About Openness – Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-07 16:03

by Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

The term openwashing, as defined by Audrey Watters, is “having an appearance of open-source and open-licensing for marketing purposes, while continuing proprietary practices.” Others, however, believe that openwashing refers only to open-source code. A marketing campaign or technology vendor, therefore, might use the word ‘open’ to refer to any number of qualities. Administrators, educators, and students, might hear the word ‘open’ and believe to mean something besides what they have read or heard. This may very well be the reason why a majority of college professors do not trust vendors who seek to bring their courses online and make them ‘open.’ When contemplating an ‘open’ educational resource or technology, therefore, make the following distinctions:

https://news.elearninginside.com/open-openwashing-half-truths-openness/

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It’s going to be a Happy New Year for Artificial intelligence and robotics experts in 2018

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-01-07 16:01

By Rica Bhattacharyya, Varuni Khosla, Economic Times

“Machines are taking over repetitive tasks. Robotics, AI, big data and analytics will be competencies that will be in great demand,” said Shakun Khanna, senior director at Oracle for the Asia-Pacific region. Organisations are being pushed to become even more efficient as jobs turn predictable, said Rishabh Kaul, cofounder of recruitment startup Belong, which helps clients search for and hire AI professionals.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/jobs/its-going-to-be-a-happy-new-year-for-artificial-intelligence-robotics-experts/articleshow/62320776.cms

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How to Save on College and Increase the Likelihood of Finishing Your Degree

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-06 16:26

by Adrian Ridner, Milwaukee Courier

Study.com CEO and Co-Founder Adrian Ridner says many students and parents should use a combination of tactics to reduce the cost of college. “Research has shown that it takes an average of 21 years for a student to repay their student loans,” comments Ridner. “Also, students and parents may not immediately realize the various hidden costs of completing a college education including books, housing and other fees.” The longer it takes to finish a degree, the higher those costs may be. Ridner points out that, “More than 80 percent of students at state universities do not graduate in four years, which means many students are underestimating their college costs by as much as 25 to 50 percent.

http://milwaukeecourieronline.com/index.php/2017/12/30/how-to-save-on-college-and-increase-the-likelihood-of-finishing-your-degree/

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Digital Literacy: the most important lifelong learning skill

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-06 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

With the increased importance of technology in society, digital literacy is gaining recognition as the most valuable tool for lifelong learning. What does this mean? Essentially, as citizens of a global society, the influence of social media, technology, and online resources is massive. For children, the access to a home computer with internet increases their likelihood of college attendance exponentially. For adults, the ever evolving tech world can either help them succeed or hold them back. Society has changed over the last 15 years. It has become increasingly important to continue education after entering the workforce. The influence of technology on business is the main reason for this new mandate. In early learning through adulthood, digital literacy is showing the most promise for success. The edtech industry has long-focused on the value of digital competency for children. It’s time digital literacy was incorporated into adult education in the same way, but with a few adjustments.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/digital-literacy-important-lifelong-learning-tool/

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