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Inflategate? After losing its #1 U.S. News ranking, Temple’s online MBA program faces many challenges

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-05 17:14

by Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer

After scaling the heights, Temple’s online MBA program has hit a low point: The school topped U.S. News’ rankings for four straight years but then was completely dropped from the magazine’s prestigious national rankings this year for misrepresenting its data. A Temple MBA student is now suing the university, alleging that he and others were defrauded. And the Jones Day law firm has been hired to investigate what went wrong. The reversal threatens to tarnish the fast-growing online MBA program.

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/temples-online-mba-program-sued-u-s-news-rankings-jones-day-law-firm-investigation-20180322.html

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If you want to understand Blockchain, try to understand Switzerland

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

by Jeremy Epstein, ClickZ

In our latest guest post from Jeremy Epstein, he takes a high-level view of Switzerland’s decentralized governance model, which gives us a sneak peek into what blockchain-based governance may enable at global scale.  Ethereum is the world’s second most valuable cryptocurrency after Bitcoin, with a total market cap of $75 billion dollars.  This new economic paradigm relies on blockchain, or more accurately distributed ledger, technology. What makes Buterin’s invention so special is that it takes the fundamental innovation of Bitcoin – that you can immediately have total trust in another entity without a third-party vouching for that entity- and adds a powerful layer.

 

If you want to understand Blockchain, try to understand Switzerland

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Inflategate? After losing its #1 U.S. News ranking, Temple’s online MBA program faces many challenges

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-05 17:05

by Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer

After scaling the heights, Temple’s online MBA program has hit a low point: The school topped U.S. News’ rankings for four straight years but then was completely dropped from the magazine’s prestigious national rankings this year for misrepresenting its data. A Temple MBA student is now suing the university, alleging that he and others were defrauded. And the Jones Day law firm has been hired to investigate what went wrong. The reversal threatens to tarnish the fast-growing online MBA program.

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/temples-online-mba-program-sued-u-s-news-rankings-jones-day-law-firm-investigation-20180322.html

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Boost a Hospitality Career With Online Courses, Programs

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-05 17:03

by Jordan Friedman, US News

For those looking to open a hotel or restaurant, plan events for a living or manage a travel agency or company, there are various ways to study hospitality online. “The hospitality industry covers things like the lodging piece, and the food and beverage piece, and the entertainment piece and the travel piece. It’s a very broad industry with lots of employment opportunities,” says Nancy Swanger, associate dean and director of the hospitality management school at the Washington State University Carson College of Business.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-03-22/boost-a-hospitality-career-with-online-courses-programs

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10 Tips for Up-and-Coming CIOs

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-04 17:24

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

What does it mean to be a higher education chief information officer? For those aspiring to the position, it can be a daunting combination of technical know-how and business savvy, diplomacy and communication, management skills and more. We asked IT leaders at colleges and universities across the country what advice they would give someone looking to become a CIO — what they have learned from serving in the role, what newbies should watch out for, what is most important to know. Here’s what they said.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/22/10-tips-for-up-and-coming-cios.aspx

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Hosting a Twitter chat in your classroom

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

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Today, teachers often face an uphill battle against digital distractions in the classroom. In particular, students tend to get sidetracked by social media, such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. So instead of waging war against social media, why not turn it into a teaching tool? Repurposing social media for educational use might sound impossible, but it’s actually pretty simple. One easy, effective way to utilize social media is to host a class Twitter chat in your classroom.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/hosting-a-class-twitter-chat-in-your-classroom/

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Need a Teaching Assistant? AI to the Rescue

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

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Keeping up with the grade book, student correspondence, and the daily minutiae of teaching can be a serious drain. For many educators, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything well. Unfortunately, budget cuts and constraints often prevent teachers from hiring an assistant that they truly need. With the advances made in modern science, there may soon be a new option for teachers to consider. Your next teaching assistant could very well be a programmed machine that could help you to interact with students using artificial intelligence. The AI teaching assistants can cut down on the costs of a real assistant and save educators valuable time on grading and answering questions.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/need-teaching-assistant-artificial-intelligence-rescue/

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Where Do Digital Learning Innovation Evangelists Gather?

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

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

There is a new sort of gig in higher ed: the digital learning innovation evangelist. Who are these people? What do they do? Are their jobs really different from leadership roles that have come before? What is their professional home? What is their professional association? And where do they gather? These are all good questions. One place where I’ll be trying to get some answers is this summer’s SOLA+R: Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable. This University Professional and Continuing Education Association event brings together folks who are thinking about digital and online learning through an institutional lens. I’ve gotten involved in UPCEA through my work as an (unpaid) fellow for the association’s National Council for Online Education.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/where-do-digital-learning-innovation-evangelists

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10 Tips for Up-and-Coming CIOs

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

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

What does it mean to be a higher education chief information officer? For those aspiring to the position, it can be a daunting combination of technical know-how and business savvy, diplomacy and communication, management skills and more. We asked IT leaders at colleges and universities across the country what advice they would give someone looking to become a CIO — what they have learned from serving in the role, what newbies should watch out for, what is most important to know. Here’s what they said.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/22/10-tips-for-up-and-coming-cios.aspx

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Dreamers Offered Access to Online Courses at Southern New Hampshire University

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

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

In early March, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), in collaboration with The Shapiro Foundation and TheDream.US, announced plans to offer 1,000 DACA students full scholarships to pursue associate and bachelor’s degree programs at SNHU. Dreamers who pursue the program will have access to both SNHU’s on-campus and extensive online program offerings.

Dreamers Offered Access to Online Courses at Southern New Hampshire University

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Is there still time to save the Open University from slow strangulation?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-03 17:25

by Steven Rose, the Guardian

The report that the Open University plans to axe more than a third of its courses and slash its teaching staff makes grim reading for anyone who cares about the consequences for its original mission of making tertiary education open to all. Of course, the cuts must be set in the context of what has been happening to higher education as a whole, but there is clearly a danger that the OU’s unique contribution to public education over the half-century since it was created will be lost.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/23/open-university-cut-staff-courses-tertiary-education

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Spike Lee to launch online class for filmmakers

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-03 17:20

by Najja Parker The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta-born director is partnering with MasterClass, a platform that hosts dozens of celebrity-led tutorials, to educate up-and-coming artists about the craft. For $90, Lee will discuss the technicalities of writing stories, collaborating with actors, choosing music, financing and picking the best camera angles. He will also take a critical look at the current film industry, sharing his personal experiences and advising filmmakers how to overcome hurdles within the field. “There are no absolute truths in filmmaking and no one way to be a filmmaker,” Lee said in a statement. “I’ve learned in 30 years things that I can give back. I’m teaching this MasterClass because very few people get to sit in my classes at NYU, so this is an opportunity for me to share what I’ve learned with as many students as possible, no matter where they are in their film career.”

https://www.ajc.com/news/world/spike-lee-launch-first-online-class-for-filmmakers/EDlmlYsrpbSFwXZYqbNZ7J/

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Study offers insight into the adult learner profile

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-03 17:15

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
The Chronicle of Higher Education has produced a new report profiling the growth of adult learners as a critical part of the American college student profile. According to the executive summary, about 80 million people between the ages of 25 through 65 have earned high school diplomas but have not earned a college degree. About 15 million adult learners have earned at least an associate’s degree.  When compared to traditional college student profiles, a majority of adult learners are African-American women who attend college part time and receive Pell Grant funding support.  The report highlights several areas of emphasis for institutions to help adult learners persist and complete degrees. Child care and supporting financial aid programs, the report authors say, is a critical element of helping students to become stable in degree pursuit.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/study-offers-insight-into-the-adult-learner-profile/519710/

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This Stanford Computer Science Genius Aims To Crack The Code Of Learning And Leadership

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-03 17:10

by Caroline Howard , FORBES

“It’s not that a white male can’t lead. I’ve done it,” says John Hennessy, the 65-year-old president emeritus of Stanford University, long-time Google board member and new non-executive chair of its parent company, Alphabet. “It’s that we all benefit by being exposed to a diverse cohort of people, working in a diverse community. Because if you’re in a leadership position, you’re not leading just people who look like you.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinehoward/2018/03/23/this-stanford-computer-science-genius-aims-to-crack-the-code-of-learning-and-leadership/

 

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Spike Lee to launch online class for filmmakers

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-03 17:05

by Najja Parker The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta-born director is partnering with MasterClass, a platform that hosts dozens of celebrity-led tutorials, to educate up-and-coming artists about the craft. For $90, Lee will discuss the technicalities of writing stories, collaborating with actors, choosing music, financing and picking the best camera angles. He will also take a critical look at the current film industry, sharing his personal experiences and advising filmmakers how to overcome hurdles within the field. “There are no absolute truths in filmmaking and no one way to be a filmmaker,” Lee said in a statement. “I’ve learned in 30 years things that I can give back. I’m teaching this MasterClass because very few people get to sit in my classes at NYU, so this is an opportunity for me to share what I’ve learned with as many students as possible, no matter where they are in their film career.”

https://www.ajc.com/news/world/spike-lee-launch-first-online-class-for-filmmakers/EDlmlYsrpbSFwXZYqbNZ7J/

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Study offers insight into the adult learner profile

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-04-03 17:03

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
The Chronicle of Higher Education has produced a new report profiling the growth of adult learners as a critical part of the American college student profile. According to the executive summary, about 80 million people between the ages of 25 through 65 have earned high school diplomas but have not earned a college degree. About 15 million adult learners have earned at least an associate’s degree.  When compared to traditional college student profiles, a majority of adult learners are African-American women who attend college part time and receive Pell Grant funding support.  The report highlights several areas of emphasis for institutions to help adult learners persist and complete degrees. Child care and supporting financial aid programs, the report authors say, is a critical element of helping students to become stable in degree pursuit.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/study-offers-insight-into-the-adult-learner-profile/519710/

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Diversity drives progress— in business and higher ed

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-02 17:25

by David Steele-Figueredo, Education Dive

Today, Apple claims that “diverse teams make innovation possible.” A key to the power of diversity is opinion diversity. It helps to shape the answer to a problem or issue.  While gender and ethnic diversity has evolved from a business imperative to a moral and social imperative, today’s higher education system has been comparatively slow to emphasize the importance of a diverse, multicultural experience.  In the last 15 years, however, higher education has prioritized creating an inclusive climate and valuing the richness of different perspectives. To a large extent, the diversity trend has been driven by colleges to prepare our workforce for multinational understanding, and to recognize the increasing number of women and minorities in positions of power.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/diversity-drives-progress-business-and-higher-ed

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Navigating online professional degrees — potential and caution

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-02 17:20

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
When it comes to the future of learning, a debate rages within higher education circles over the question of whether certain types of curriculum can be scaled through digital technologies, as an alternative to the traditional residential classroom setting. A number of institutions already have invested in online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs — and now, there has emerged a number of professional degree programs online. The questions surrounding this trend are largely the same as with other iterations of the cyber classroom, but there’s something different about this type of education that begs this question: Does earning a professional credential in an online environment offer students the quality education they need to be considered expert practitioners in their fields, especially when the experiential learning component is reduced?

https://www.educationdive.com/news/navigating-online-professional-degrees-potential-and-caution/518847/

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Enhancing Learning with Robots

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-02 17:15

by Michigan State University
Michigan State University is leading the way in the research and use of robots in higher education online classes. To help advance online learning, MSU researchers are using robots to help distance learners feel more connected in their classes. Christine Greenhow, MSU associate professor of educational psychology and educational technology, was one of the first in higher education to put robots to work in the classroom. Her studies have found that using robots can contribute to a better, richer learning experience for both remote and in-class students and their professors.

https://msutoday.msu.edu/feature/2018/enhancing-learning-with-robots/

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Diversity drives progress— in business and higher ed

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-02 17:10

by David Steele-Figueredo, Education Dive

Today, Apple claims that “diverse teams make innovation possible.” A key to the power of diversity is opinion diversity. It helps to shape the answer to a problem or issue.  While gender and ethnic diversity has evolved from a business imperative to a moral and social imperative, today’s higher education system has been comparatively slow to emphasize the importance of a diverse, multicultural experience.  In the last 15 years, however, higher education has prioritized creating an inclusive climate and valuing the richness of different perspectives. To a large extent, the diversity trend has been driven by colleges to prepare our workforce for multinational understanding, and to recognize the increasing number of women and minorities in positions of power.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/diversity-drives-progress-business-and-higher-ed

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