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A new state bill could challenge key interstate distance learning pact

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-03-17 17:07

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive

Legislation in Maryland stands to test the limits of new state authorization rules and an agreement that lets colleges offer online programs in other states. The U.S. Department of Education frustrated consumer advocacy groups last year when it issued new federal rules concerning the state authorization of distance learning providers. In the final regulations, the agency deviated from federal negotiators’ initial consensus in at least one significant way: States participating in agreements allowing institutions based in other states to offer distance education for their students could no longer enforce certain laws.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/a-new-state-bill-could-challenge-key-interstate-distance-learning-pact/573513/

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Open Educational Resources Are ‘Moving Up the Adoption Ladder’ Around the World

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-03-17 17:05

By Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge

Open educational resources have gone global and may help make learning more accessible, equitable and inclusive around the world. So says the new Educause Horizon report, which identifies technologies and trends that are changing higher education. This year’s forecast was created by nearly five dozen higher education experts, a third of them from institutions outside of the U.S. OER was one of six “emerging technologies and practices” the panelists highlighted as most likely to significantly influence postsecondary teaching and learning in the future.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-03-03-open-educational-resources-are-moving-up-the-adoption-ladder-around-the-world

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Report: Enrollment woes could push colleges to use AI and data analytics

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-03-17 17:02

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

Colleges may need to lean more on artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics to curb the effects of a declining number of traditional-age students, as well as lower levels of state support, according to a new report from Educause. The 2020 Horizon Report pinpoints some of the challenges higher education leaders are facing and how emerging technology may be able to help. AI and data analytics could aid institutions in finding new pockets of prospective students and help them be more successful while in college, the report’s authors write.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-enrollment-woes-could-push-colleges-to-use-ai-and-data-analytics/573512/

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Best practices in emergency response through online – Ray Schroeder

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-03-17 09:01

Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor of Online at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and UPCEA Senior Fellow shares observations of best practices in the emergency response.  Based on 25 years in the field and having played an instrumental role in the 2005 Sloan Semester emergency response to the Katrina hurricane, Ray shares practical advice to colleges and universities.

https://youtu.be/DeRY0mEqIVI

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Best practices in emergency response through online – Ray Schroeder

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2020-03-17 08:03

Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor of Online at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and UPCEA Senior Fellow shares observations of best practices in the emergency response.  Based on 25 years in the field and having played an instrumental role in the 2005 Sloan Semester emergency response to the Katrina hurricane, Ray shares practical advice to colleges and universities.

https://youtu.be/DeRY0mEqIVI

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How the skills gap is changing the degree path

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-03-16 17:23

By Mikhail Zinshteyn, Education Dive

To address demand for job-specific training, these colleges are giving students more ways to gain work experience and short-term credentials while in school.  Pressed to respond to students’ concerns about the rising cost of higher education and their sometimes-foggy understanding of how their learning translates into jobs, some colleges are reshaping the degree pathway. Their motivation for doing so is not only internal. Nontraditional education providers are proving to be stiff competition. Bootcamps prepare information technology and web-development workers in months, not years. And multinational firms now produce their own certificates that promise to be gateways to meaningful entry-level work.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-the-skills-gap-is-changing-the-degree-path/572382/

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Esports Job Openings Double Year over Year

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-03-16 17:19

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
A UK company that specializes in advertising jobs in esports globally said that the number of opportunities in esports has nearly doubled year over year. According to an analysis of its own data, Hitmarker reported that 11,027 jobs were listed in 2019 compared to 5,896 in 2018. However, nearly 12 percent of those were unpaid. The data for the analysis was taken from 16,923 jobs posted on Hitmarker between Jan. 1, 2918 and Dec. 31, 2019. Among all countries, the United States led the way, hosting 56 percent of job openings in 2019. The bulk of those — two-thirds or 63 percent — of U.S. jobs were located in California, totaling 3,943 for the year.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2020/02/13/esports-job-openings-double-year-over-year.aspx

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Survey Finds Faculty Rate the Quality of Open Educational Resources (OER) as Equal to Commercial Textbooks

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-03-16 17:15

Bay View Analytics

A majority of U.S. higher education teaching faculty now report that they are aware of open educational resources (OER) — an increase of 19 percentage points over the past four years. Increasing numbers of faculty are adopting OER and they rate the quality as equal to commercial alternatives.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/survey-finds-faculty-rate-the-quality-of-open-educational-resources-oer-as-equal-to-commercial-textbooks-301021333.html

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Esports Job Openings Double Year over Year

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-03-16 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
A UK company that specializes in advertising jobs in esports globally said that the number of opportunities in esports has nearly doubled year over year. According to an analysis of its own data, Hitmarker reported that 11,027 jobs were listed in 2019 compared to 5,896 in 2018. However, nearly 12 percent of those were unpaid. The data for the analysis was taken from 16,923 jobs posted on Hitmarker between Jan. 1, 2918 and Dec. 31, 2019. Among all countries, the United States led the way, hosting 56 percent of job openings in 2019. The bulk of those — two-thirds or 63 percent — of U.S. jobs were located in California, totaling 3,943 for the year.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2020/02/13/esports-job-openings-double-year-over-year.aspx

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Survey Finds Faculty Rate the Quality of Open Educational Resources (OER) as Equal to Commercial Textbooks

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-03-16 17:03

Bay View Analytics

A majority of U.S. higher education teaching faculty now report that they are aware of open educational resources (OER) — an increase of 19 percentage points over the past four years. Increasing numbers of faculty are adopting OER and they rate the quality as equal to commercial alternatives.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/survey-finds-faculty-rate-the-quality-of-open-educational-resources-oer-as-equal-to-commercial-textbooks-301021333.html

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How the skills gap is changing the degree path

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-03-16 17:01

By Mikhail Zinshteyn, Education Dive

To address demand for job-specific training, these colleges are giving students more ways to gain work experience and short-term credentials while in school.  Pressed to respond to students’ concerns about the rising cost of higher education and their sometimes-foggy understanding of how their learning translates into jobs, some colleges are reshaping the degree pathway. Their motivation for doing so is not only internal. Nontraditional education providers are proving to be stiff competition. Bootcamps prepare information technology and web-development workers in months, not years. And multinational firms now produce their own certificates that promise to be gateways to meaningful entry-level work.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-the-skills-gap-is-changing-the-degree-path/572382/

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7 Best Practices for COVID-19-Necessitated Online Meetings

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-03-15 17:25

Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

The good news is that most campuses are now well set up to move meetings from face-to-face to online. It is only over the last couple of years that web-meeting platforms have become a ubiquitous campus tool. (Can anyone argue against this assertion, or provide any data to back it up?) The quality of web meetings has also greatly improved in recent years. Again, I give Zoom lots of credit for this advance. Zoom’s focus on simplicity (fewer features) and quality (video and audio streams) has made web meetings a more reliable experience.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/learning-innovation/7-best-practices-covid-19-necessitated-online-meetings

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Online learning can help propel you to higher levels

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-03-15 17:20

New Vision

Many opt for online learning because they have demands, such as jobs and family commitments that they cannot walk away from for prolonged periods. At the same time, in Africa, specifically Uganda, many institutions are unable to accommodate all those who want to take classes on campus while also being flexible with their own responsibilities, escalating the demand for online learning. Marcus Mutyaba earned his master of international business by studying online and highly recommends it. “It required a lot of study time, but I was glad to keep my job and stay close to my family as I studied at a reputable university overseas,” he says. He adds that he earned a promotion after getting a masters degree.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1516128/online-learning-help-propel-levels

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Online learning shift will bring positives, but adapted not replicated content is key

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-03-15 17:15

Kerrie Kennedy, PIE News

In a major effort to keep students on track with their studies, last month NYU Shanghai launched a digital teaching and learning program to deliver 293 courses using state-of-the-art digital tools to engage students and encourage live feedback and interaction.  In order to make it work, “an extraordinarily high level of collaboration and coordination” had to take place internally, explained NYU Shanghai provost, Joanna Waley-Cohen. As more institutions embrace digital technology as a means of mitigating some of the impact of coronavirus-related school closures, questions are arising as to how seamless the switch from offline to online delivery can be, and how both modes of delivery compare in terms of learning impact.

https://thepienews.com/news/sector-shares-mixed-views-on-the-surge-in-online-learning-due-to-travel-bans/

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7 Best Practices for COVID-19-Necessitated Online Meetings

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-03-15 17:10

Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

The good news is that most campuses are now well set up to move meetings from face-to-face to online. It is only over the last couple of years that web-meeting platforms have become a ubiquitous campus tool. (Can anyone argue against this assertion, or provide any data to back it up?) The quality of web meetings has also greatly improved in recent years. Again, I give Zoom lots of credit for this advance. Zoom’s focus on simplicity (fewer features) and quality (video and audio streams) has made web meetings a more reliable experience.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/learning-innovation/7-best-practices-covid-19-necessitated-online-meetings

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Online learning can help propel you to higher levels

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-03-15 17:05

New Vision

Many opt for online learning because they have demands, such as jobs and family commitments that they cannot walk away from for prolonged periods. At the same time, in Africa, specifically Uganda, many institutions are unable to accommodate all those who want to take classes on campus while also being flexible with their own responsibilities, escalating the demand for online learning. Marcus Mutyaba earned his master of international business by studying online and highly recommends it. “It required a lot of study time, but I was glad to keep my job and stay close to my family as I studied at a reputable university overseas,” he says. He adds that he earned a promotion after getting a masters degree.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1516128/online-learning-help-propel-levels

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Online learning shift will bring positives, but adapted not replicated content is key

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-03-15 17:01

Kerrie Kennedy, PIE News

In a major effort to keep students on track with their studies, last month NYU Shanghai launched a digital teaching and learning program to deliver 293 courses using state-of-the-art digital tools to engage students and encourage live feedback and interaction.  In order to make it work, “an extraordinarily high level of collaboration and coordination” had to take place internally, explained NYU Shanghai provost, Joanna Waley-Cohen. As more institutions embrace digital technology as a means of mitigating some of the impact of coronavirus-related school closures, questions are arising as to how seamless the switch from offline to online delivery can be, and how both modes of delivery compare in terms of learning impact.

https://thepienews.com/news/sector-shares-mixed-views-on-the-surge-in-online-learning-due-to-travel-bans/

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This is not my usual post, but I believe it is more important than anything else I can post today

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-03-15 04:38

We are at an inflection point in the US today – if we don’t act seriously now, we will be like Italy and Iran within one week!

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This is not my usual post, but I believe it is more important than anything else I can post today

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-03-15 04:36

We are at an inflection point in the US today – if we don’t act seriously now, we will be like Italy and Iran within one week!

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With $120 million and few students, California’s new online community college faces audit

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-03-14 17:25

Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle

The California state auditor will take a deep look at the state’s unaccredited new online community college, Calbright, to learn whether it’s offering students what it promised — and whether its $120 million cost to taxpayers so far is money well spent, lawmakers said this week.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/With-120-million-and-few-students-15090852.php

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