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How the Future of Work Will Influence the Future of Learning #DLNchat

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-03-07 16:03

By Michael Sano, EdSurge

The #DLNchat community recently explored this question of work and learning, and while there was some disagreement about how much society can predict about specific jobs in the coming decades, there was agreement about how higher ed institutions can help prepare its students for whatever careers lie ahead. Automation looms large in many predictions about the future of work. In response, #DLNchat-ters posited that universities can strengthen the cultivation of skills like critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and literacy. “Prensky says to let technology do what it does best and hone our skills, as humans, to do what we do best—responding, reacting, engaging as humans who understand nuance and beauty,” said Erin Crisp. Many argue this focus on so-called “soft skills” has long been what learners gain from a liberal-arts education. Just don’t call them “soft skills” at #DLNchat.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-02-21-how-the-future-of-work-will-influence-the-future-of-learning-dlnchat

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The Maturing MOOC

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-03-06 16:27

By Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

In the summer of 2011 we produced eduMOOC — a constructivist massive open online course about online learning with the help of a small group of talented and expert professionals at the University of Illinois Springfield as well as colleagues around the country who were then, and continue to be, among the leaders in our field of online learning. By the time it concluded in August, eduMOOC had reached 2,700 learners in 70 countries — making it among the largest such classes produced up to that time.  MOOCs will continue to evolve. The groundbreaking work of Ashok Goel at Georgia Tech in developing a virtual teaching assistant is a key milestone in enabling these large-scale classes to engage students and to potentially personalize learning. In the meantime, the essential online, at-scale characteristics will make them affordable and attractive to students around the world.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/maturing-mooc

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Reframing the Conversation about OER

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-03-06 16:25

By Kenneth C. Green, Inside Higher Ed

It’s time to add OER – Open Education Resources – to a list of technologies (or technology resources) that might really be a catalyst for major change in higher education. The basic OER arguments, offered with great passion by OER advocates and evangelists, are compelling.  First, commercial textbooks are expensive.  Second, OER offers a seemingly pragmatic strategy to provide “Day One” access to core course materials for students in critical gateway courses.  And third, the absence of copyright and related clearance issues means that OER provides significant flexibility for faculty as they select and mix curricular materials from various sources for their syllabi.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/digital-tweed/reframing-conversation-about-oer

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From AI to personalization: Here are 2019’s biggest search trends

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-03-06 16:14

Emily Alford, ClickZ

Survey results reveal the top search trends 2019 looks to have in store for marketers. Here are the top five, along with tips for how to handle them. Recently, ClickZ teamed up with Chatmeter, the all-in-one local brand management platform, to collect data from 700 US-based marketers. We asked them what they believed were the top five search trends this year…. According to our survey, 36.1% of respondents said they’d focus on voice search in 2019.  See details on all five below:

https://www.clickz.com/survey-top-five-search-trends-2019/226086/

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The Maturing MOOC

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-03-06 16:12

By Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

In the summer of 2011 we produced eduMOOC — a constructivist massive open online course about online learning with the help of a small group of talented and expert professionals at the University of Illinois Springfield as well as colleagues around the country who were then, and continue to be, among the leaders in our field of online learning. By the time it concluded in August, eduMOOC had reached 2,700 learners in 70 countries — making it among the largest such classes produced up to that time.  MOOCs will continue to evolve. The groundbreaking work of Ashok Goel at Georgia Tech in developing a virtual teaching assistant is a key milestone in enabling these large-scale classes to engage students and to potentially personalize learning. In the meantime, the essential online, at-scale characteristics will make them affordable and attractive to students around the world.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/maturing-mooc

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What Are The Top 10 Soft Skills For The Future Of Work?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-03-06 16:06

Adi Gaskell, Forbes

The future of work is likely to herald a wide range of new jobs, many of which we can scarcely conceive today (although that hasn’t stopped consultancy firm Cognizant having a go). There has been understandable attention given to the kind of skills these jobs might require. For instance, at the tail end of last year, the University of Memphis proposed that collaborative problem solving would be the most important skill in the coming decades. “Collaborative problem solving is an essential skill in the workforce and the community because many of the problems faced in the modern world require teams to integrate group achievements with team members’ idiosyncratic knowledge,” the researchers explain.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adigaskell/2019/02/22/what-are-the-top-10-soft-skills-for-the-future-of-work/#3f6bdec87f1f

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A Q&A with Alt-Ac Katie Linder: Alternative academic scholarship and practice.

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-03-06 16:04

Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Dr. Katie Linder is the Research Director for Ecampus at the Oregon State University. Katie agreed to answer my questions about her work as a leading alternative academic scholar and practitioner.   As the director of this unit, I get to design and conduct original research on online teaching and learning, assist faculty with conducting this kind of research, and create tools that help the field of distance education digest current and future research to advance online student success, educational development, leadership and program administration.  Along with my team, I get to work on a lot of really amazing projects as part of my job. We studied how instructional designers engage in research on teaching and learning; explored how closed captioning helps students learn; collaborated with colleagues to write the first book on high-impact practices in online classrooms; researched student device preferences for online learning; launched a database of efficacy studies comparing online, blended/hybrid, and face-to-face modalities; and, most recently, launched a Report Reader Checklist tool to help contribute to increased research literacy in our field.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/qa-alt-ac-katie-linder

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Editorial: High Hopes for First Online Community College

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-03-05 16:23

San Diego Union-Tribune
Online education has not lived up to its hype yet, but if any state can make a go of it, it should be California, the tech capital of the world. The online college is the brainchild of former Gov. Jerry Brown. Heather Hiles, a former tech entrepreneur and senior official with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is expected to begin work today as the first president and CEO of former Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet project: California’s first and only online community college. Hiles’ background and ambition seem perfect for the online college, which has as its goal helping the millions of adults who lack a college degree or certificate they need to get well-paying jobs and to begin promising careers. To achieve this goal, the online college will offer specialized courses that are specifically designed to qualify students for existing jobs and that can be finished in a year — a format unlike any seen in the state’s other 114 community colleges.

http://www.govtech.com/education/Editorial-High-Hopes-for-First-Online-Community-College.html

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What Higher Ed Can Learn From the Newspaper Industry

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-03-05 16:20

Scott Carlson, Chronicle of Higher Ed
Colleges, heed the warnings of my industry. Newspapers are generally for-profit enterprises; colleges in most cases are not. But the parallels between journalism and academe are striking: We both deal in knowledge and have public service at our core. We have legacy institutions (Harvard, The New York Times) and upstarts (Coursera, Vice Media). Smart, intractable, and often underpaid people — professors and reporters — form the foundation of our industries, taking complex or specialized information and breaking it down for an audience. For many of those people, their academic or journalistic professions are all they ever imagined doing with their lives. To watch their industries crumble is a source of great heartache. And while we might blame macro trends and disruptions — anti-intellectualism, the internet, the machinations of our political opponents — the fact is, we kind of did it to ourselves.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-Higher-Ed-Can-Learn-From/245723

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Does Innovative Teaching Work? A New Effort Aims To Help Faculty Find Out.

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-03-05 16:15

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Two universities—Duke University and Carnegie Mellon University—are releasing templates and best practices for getting IRB approval for classroom research and are encouraging other colleges to use them.  Leaders of the effort admit that templates alone are unlikely to lead to a revolution in self-study by faculty. But the tools are the first output of a nationwide effort to spread teaching innovation in higher education. That broader project, called the Empirical Educator Project, was started a year ago by e-Literate, a blog run by two longtime edtech consultants, Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill. The group held an invitation-only summit where they encouraged participants to identify projects that they can share with colleagues elsewhere.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-02-15-does-innovative-teaching-work-a-new-effort-aims-to-help-faculty-find-out

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University students saved $177 million in 2018 using OpenStax OER

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-03-05 16:10

John Liu, EdScoop
University administrators and faculty are increasingly buying in to the idea of open educational resources — encouraging the adoption of free online textbooks on a course-by-course basis, said David Harris, editor in chief of OpenStax, a Rice University-based publisher. “What we’re seeing is a shift in the market from what we would call individual adoption to institutional-supported adoption and adaption of OER,” Harris told EdScoop. “The institutions are now helping faculty drive affordability for students. That’s a significant change.”

https://edscoop.com/university-students-saved-177-million-in-2018-using-openstax-oer/

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Reframing the Conversation about OER

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-03-05 16:03

By Kenneth C. Green, Inside Higher Ed

It’s time to add OER – Open Education Resources – to a list of technologies (or technology resources) that might really be a catalyst for major change in higher education. The basic OER arguments, offered with great passion by OER advocates and evangelists, are compelling.  First, commercial textbooks are expensive.  Second, OER offers a seemingly pragmatic strategy to provide “Day One” access to core course materials for students in critical gateway courses.  And third, the absence of copyright and related clearance issues means that OER provides significant flexibility for faculty as they select and mix curricular materials from various sources for their syllabi.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/digital-tweed/reframing-conversation-about-oer

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U.K. Government To Fund AI University Courses With £115m

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-03-05 16:03

Sam Shead, Forbes

The U.K. government is planning to fund thousands of postgraduate students that want to study a Masters or a PhD in artificial intelligence as it looks to keep pace with the U.S. and China. AI is poised to become the most significant technology for a generation but there are only so many people that know how to develop the technology, which could have a huge impact on industries such as healthcare, energy, and automotive. Business Secretary Greg Clark and Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright announced on Thursday that the government will commit up to £115 million towards training the next generation of AI talent.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/samshead/2019/02/20/uk-government-to-fund-ai-university-courses-with-115m/#73a9fcbb430d

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See how other colleges support active learning

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-03-04 16:26

BY ELLEN ULLMAN, eCampus News

At Dawson College in Montreal, Canada, there are three active-learning classrooms that the college calls “smart classrooms.” These rooms are designed with group tables and interactive whiteboards around the perimeter of the room. Two of the rooms have SMART Board technology while the third, and newest, has eight Nureva Walls that stretch around the room, providing 56 feet of digital workspace. It is the largest installation of Nureva visual collaboration solutions in a single classroom. eCampus News spoke with Chris Whittaker, physics professor and coordinator of Dawson’s smart classrooms, about active learning and what goes on in a smart classroom.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/02/21/colleges-support-active-learning/

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EAB’s Adult Learner Survey: Shifting Adult Learner Mindset

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-03-04 16:20

EAB

As projections for undergraduate enrollment wane, many colleges and universities are looking to adult learner programs for growth and revenue. However, the adult learner market is complex, and adult learners’ mindsets are shifting. In order to gain market share and effectively recruit students, institutions need to understand how today’s adult learners think. To help our partners better understand this mindset, EAB recently conducted a
survey of current and prospective students of graduate, undergraduate degree completion, online, and certificate programs. As we will elaborate in the following pages, the responses indicate that today’s adult learners are savvy, digital consumers who approach their education with a consumer-like mindset.

http://pages.eab.com/rs/732-GKV-655/images/Understanding%20the%20Shifting%20Adult%20Learner%20Mindset.pdf

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More Teenage Girls Than Boys Plan for 4-Year College

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-03-04 16:15

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Today’s teenagers appear likely to reinforce, rather than reverse, the widening gender gap in four-year college enrollment, a survey by Pew Research Center finds. The Pew study explores the views of teens aged 13 to 17 on a range of issues, including anxiety, academics and future plans. All told, 59 percent of those surveyed said they planned to attend a four-year college, but that was true for 68 percent of girls and 51 percent of boys. Twelve percent of students said they would enroll in a two-year college, and 5 percent or fewer said they would work full-time, enroll in a technical school or join the military.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/02/21/more-teenage-girls-boys-plan-4-year-college

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Online Learning a Top Challenge for Community College Students (tied with campus parking)

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-03-04 16:09

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
In a recent survey, community college students cited online learning as one of their top five challenges to success. Conducted by researchers from North Carolina State University, the Revealing Institutional Strengths and Challenges (RISC) Survey polled 50,097 students at 10 community colleges across the United States on the challenges they face in five areas: academic support services; campus environment; finances and financial aid; succeeding in their courses; and work and personal issues. Work was the No. 1 challenge reported by students, cited by 34 percent of survey respondents. That was followed by paying expenses (also 34 percent), family and friends (30 percent), online classes (21 percent) and parking on campus (21 percent).

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/02/21/online-learning-a-top-challenge-for-community-college-students.aspx?admgarea=news

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Editorial: High Hopes for First Online Community College

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-03-04 16:06

San Diego Union-Tribune
Online education has not lived up to its hype yet, but if any state can make a go of it, it should be California, the tech capital of the world. The online college is the brainchild of former Gov. Jerry Brown. Heather Hiles, a former tech entrepreneur and senior official with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is expected to begin work today as the first president and CEO of former Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet project: California’s first and only online community college. Hiles’ background and ambition seem perfect for the online college, which has as its goal helping the millions of adults who lack a college degree or certificate they need to get well-paying jobs and to begin promising careers. To achieve this goal, the online college will offer specialized courses that are specifically designed to qualify students for existing jobs and that can be finished in a year — a format unlike any seen in the state’s other 114 community colleges.

http://www.govtech.com/education/Editorial-High-Hopes-for-First-Online-Community-College.html

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What Higher Ed Can Learn From the Newspaper Industry

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-03-04 16:03

Scott Carlson, Chronicle of Higher Ed
Colleges, heed the warnings of my industry. Newspapers are generally for-profit enterprises; colleges in most cases are not. But the parallels between journalism and academe are striking: We both deal in knowledge and have public service at our core. We have legacy institutions (Harvard, The New York Times) and upstarts (Coursera, Vice Media). Smart, intractable, and often underpaid people — professors and reporters — form the foundation of our industries, taking complex or specialized information and breaking it down for an audience. For many of those people, their academic or journalistic professions are all they ever imagined doing with their lives. To watch their industries crumble is a source of great heartache. And while we might blame macro trends and disruptions — anti-intellectualism, the internet, the machinations of our political opponents — the fact is, we kind of did it to ourselves.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-Higher-Ed-Can-Learn-From/245723

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