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Efforts grow to help students evaluate what they see online

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

by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction. Lawmakers in several states have introduced or passed bills calling on public school systems to do more to teach media literacy skills that they say are critical to democracy. The effort has been bipartisan but has received little attention despite successful legislation in Washington state, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Mexico. Trump will stay in check till 2020.  Several more states are expected to consider such bills in the coming year, including Arizona, New York and Hawaii.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/education/article/Alarmed-by-fake-news-states-push-media-literacy-12463548.php

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Online course enrollments continue to grow

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-06 16:15

By Jeremy House, Education Dive
According to new federal data, the number of college students taking online classes continues to grow, reports Inside Higher Ed. In academic year 2016, 6.34 million students were enrolled in at least one online course, compared with 5.99 million students in 2015.  Even as overall enrollment at postsecondary institutions is flat (unlike recent numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse, the federal data show enrollments staying roughly constant, not declining), online enrollments climb.  Enrollment dipped for a few universities with large online programs — especially those offered by for-profits — but most experienced a online student enrollment boost.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/online-course-enrollments-continue-to-grow/514255/

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Digital Literacy: the most important lifelong learning skill

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-06 16:04

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

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-01-06 16:02

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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What’s ahead on the edtech landscape in 2018

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

by  Richard W. Walker, EdScoop

John O’Brien, president and CEO of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association for higher ed IT leaders, thinks that 2018 may mark the beginning of real digital transformation in education. “I am convinced that this year we will see demonstrable developments at the intersection of higher education and technology,” he told EdScoop. “First, we’re convinced that 2018 will be marked by the shift from digitization to digital transformation. Whether we’re talking about enterprise technologies in general or teaching and learning in particular, we think the days of ad hoc innovations and one-off digital breakthroughs will — and should — be replaced by increasingly interrelated, interdependent and interoperable digital transformation experienced across campus divisions.”

https://yourstory.com/2017/12/udacity-preparing-young-developers-jobs-tomorrow-says-md-ishan-gupta/

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How Tech Companies Woo Higher Ed (and What They Seek in Return)

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-05 16:25

By Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

Phil Hill, an edtech consultant and blogger at e-Literate, expects the “Big Five” tech companies—Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft—to continue their outreach to colleges and universities next year. Another higher education outreach forthcoming in 2018 may come from Google, which offered a peek at its virtual reality platform, Daydream, earlier this year at EDUCAUSE, a major higher-ed conference. Currently the company is soliciting interest from institutions interested in piloting the Daydream. According to the form, those who are selected will get a six-month loan that includes, among other things, a Google Jump camera and a Google Expeditions kit. According to a Google spokesperson, the higher ed pilot will launch sometime in 2018.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-12-27-how-tech-companies-woo-higher-ed-and-what-they-seek-in-return

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Can robotics teach problem-solving skills to students

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-05 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Advocate

Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are essential to success at university and in later life. However, the traditional classroom model has done a poor job of imparting these skills to students. The way children have learned in the classroom for generations has focused on lectures and worksheets. Past generations would depend on group sports, clubs and teenage jobs to impart these vital skills onto students. However, new ideas suggest that robotics may hold the key to teaching problem-solving skills to students. Using robots to teach real-world skills may be a strange concept, but is it worth exploring? We think so and here’s why.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/can-robotics-teach-problem-solving-students/

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What’s ahead on the edtech landscape in 2018

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-05 16:13

by  Richard W. Walker, EdScoop

John O’Brien, president and CEO of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association for higher ed IT leaders, thinks that 2018 may mark the beginning of real digital transformation in education. “I am convinced that this year we will see demonstrable developments at the intersection of higher education and technology,” he told EdScoop. “First, we’re convinced that 2018 will be marked by the shift from digitization to digital transformation. Whether we’re talking about enterprise technologies in general or teaching and learning in particular, we think the days of ad hoc innovations and one-off digital breakthroughs will — and should — be replaced by increasingly interrelated, interdependent and interoperable digital transformation experienced across campus divisions.”

http://edscoop.com/predictions-whats-ahead-on-the-edtech-landscape-in-2018

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How Tech Companies Woo Higher Ed (and What They Seek in Return)

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-05 16:10

By Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

Phil Hill, an edtech consultant and blogger at e-Literate, expects the “Big Five” tech companies—Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft—to continue their outreach to colleges and universities next year. Another higher education outreach forthcoming in 2018 may come from Google, which offered a peek at its virtual reality platform, Daydream, earlier this year at EDUCAUSE, a major higher-ed conference. Currently the company is soliciting interest from institutions interested in piloting the Daydream. According to the form, those who are selected will get a six-month loan that includes, among other things, a Google Jump camera and a Google Expeditions kit. According to a Google spokesperson, the higher ed pilot will launch sometime in 2018.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-12-27-how-tech-companies-woo-higher-ed-and-what-they-seek-in-return

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3 Key Machine Learning Trends To Watch Out For In 2018

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-05 16:04

Janakiram MSV, Forbes
2017 witnessed the meteoric rise of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. From large platform vendors to early-stage startups, AI and ML have become the key focus areas. VCs poured billions of dollars in funding AI-related startups. Platform companies increased their R&D budget to accelerate research in AI & ML domains. The number of online courses offering self-paced learning has hit the roof. Finally, there is no single industry vertical that’s not impacted by AI. Though it has become a cliché, ‘democratizing machine learning’ has taken off in 2017. Amazon, Apple, IBM, Google, Facebook and Microsoft are competing with each other to make ML accessible to developers. The availability of tools and frameworks doubled in just one year. 2017 also saw the beginning of AI infusion in business applications.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/janakirammsv/2017/12/28/3-key-machine-learning-trends-to-watch-out-for-in-2018/#2cd3e46d1280

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OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-05 16:02

By Mike Silagadze, EdSurge

For example, both the City and State University of New York systems are investing millions in OER. Ohio University is doing the same. Meanwhile, at least 70 OER-related bills were introduced in more than half the country’s state legislatures in 2017. And at the last ASU + GSV Summit in Salt Lake City there was a clear consensus across the entire industry, from traditional textbook publishers to online renters to cloud-based platform developers, that the pace of adoption in OER is only going to quicken in the months ahead. It won’t be long before we’ll have an iTunes-style central repository for all OER materials in higher education. Now that OER has the backing of college administrations and state legislatures, it’s about to face a new spate of challenges in 2018. As its users move beyond the early adopters and into the mainstream, OER will be competing much more directly with traditional textbook publishing.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-12-28-oer-had-its-breakthrough-in-2017-next-year-it-will-become-an-essential-teaching-tool

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Who Is Studying Online (and Where)

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-01-05 04:46

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

New federal data show continued growth in online course taking in 2016, even as overall college enrollments were flat or falling. Big gainers: Western Governors and Arizona State. Big losers: the big for-profits.  The overarching story is a familiar one: even as overall enrollment in postsecondary institutions stays flat (unlike recent numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse, the federal data show enrollments staying roughly constant, not declining), online enrollments climb. As a result, so, too, does the proportion of all students at institutions eligible to award federal financial aid who are taking at least one course at a distance, as seen in the table linked below.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/01/05/new-us-data-show-continued-growth-college-students-studying

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TIPS FOR TEACHING WITH APPS

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-01-04 16:24

By Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Teaching with apps is not new. We have compiled lists of apps and tech resources that can be used in the classroom and for education outside the classroom. However, we haven’t necessarily offered any tips for successfully using apps for teaching. Finding, downloading, and having students use apps for learning is one thing. Teaching with apps effectively and making use of the data they track is another task entirely. The goal of using an app in education is not simply to use it because it’s available but to enhance learning and individualized teaching approaches. We’ve listed some tips as to how you as an educator, or even parent, can optimally teach with apps in an effective way.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/tips-teaching-apps/

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Where Technology Goes, So Too Must Culture

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-01-04 16:20

by Heather Chakiris, Evolllution

The shift to a student-centric institutional culture shows many different forms, from changes in curriculum design to shifts in service availability to the improved leveraging of data. From the perspective of students, one major tell that an institution has transitioned to a greater level of student centricity is in the personalization of communications and outreach, and CRMs have a massive role to play here. But the implementation of a tool does not a culture create. In this interview, Heather Chakiris reflects on the benefits CRMs bring to the table when it comes to delivering a personalized experience to learners and shares her thoughts on how the implementation of a CRM system must be accompanied by a broader culture shift to be truly effective.

https://evolllution.com/technology/tech-tools-and-resources/where-technology-goes-so-too-must-culture/

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In 2018, Get Ready for the Convergence of IoT, AI, Fog, and Blockchain

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-01-04 16:15

By Maciej Kranz, RTI

The third technology vital to IoT’s growth in 2018 is fog computing, which has quickly become a mainstream concept describing a distributed cloud environment. With many bandwidth-intensive IoT applications requiring real-time data processing, traditional cloud computing focused on batch processing is no longer sufficient. Fortunately, fog computing breaks down this adoption obstacle. A great example of fog computing in use involves an offshore oil rig that generates terabytes of data daily. Rather than spending days waiting for that data stream to be transmitted to the cloud, fog computing brings the power of the cloud closer to earth – real-time information can be locally processed and analyzed based on centralized policies from the cloud; only exceptions and alerts are sent through satellite.

https://www.rtinsights.com/in-2018-get-ready-for-the-convergence-of-iot-ai-fog-and-blockchain/

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Best Online Classes for Job Skills

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-01-04 16:09

by Elizabeth Woyke, MIT Technology Review

In 2017, people flocked to online classes about artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, and data analytics. In 2018, expect more of the same, say leading online-education providers Codecademy, Coursera, edX, and Udacity. In response to a request from MIT Technology Review, they calculated their most popular courses of the past year and revealed which topics they think will lure the most students in the next.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609636/best-online-classes-for-job-skills/

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Entering the age of participatory mobile, micro-learning

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-01-04 16:05

BY SO-YOUNG KANG, Manila Times

There are three major trends that I believe should define Digital Learning 2.0.

1. The first is the rapid growth of the mobile workforce. According to IDC, there were over 1.3 billion mobile workers globally in 2015 and PWC are forecasting over 1 billion mobile workers in Asia alone by 2020. <br>

2. Smartphone penetration rates have now surpassed 30 percent globally and the Philippines is reported to be the third largest and fastest growing smartphone market in Southeast Asia with over 30 million smartphone users. This, coupled with 4G access means that >50 percent of the world is now connected to the Internet via a mobile phone. <br>

3. There is a broader trend within learning overall which is the shift towards more experiential, hands-on learning. This trend is based heavily on andragogy, the science of adult learning, and transformative learning theory which says that adults learn through reflection, peer dialogue and application.

http://www.manilatimes.net/digital-learning-2-0-entering-age-participatory-mobile-micro-learning/370925/

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An Award-Winning Approach to Educating Nontraditional Students

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-01-04 16:02

by Erin Brereton, EdTech

Weber State University offers insight into what has made its adult learning courses a success. EdTech recently spoke with Bruce Davis, dean of online and continuing education; Andrea Jensen, executive director, digital learning and design, and Kristie Nielsen, director of continuing education marketing, about how the Ogden, Utah school has leveraged technology to engage both traditional and nontraditional students — and what’s changed since it began offering courses 18 years ago.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/12/qa-inside-award-winning-approach-educating-nontraditional-students

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Tech giants taking on talent shortage, developing own curricula

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-01-03 16:25

BY DAN COOK, Benefits Pro

A recent study by the partner relationship management firm Impartner found that nine out of 10 respondents in the sales arena can’t fill available positions, and that the problem has intensified in the past year. Managers who have the good ones now realize they need to do what it takes to keep them, because finding a replacement on the open market is like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Many of these managers point to today’s educational system as the reason they can’t find well-rounded talent. Universities simply aren’t graduating highly trained professionals quickly enough—particularly in such fields as computer science, medicine and finance.

http://www.benefitspro.com/2017/12/26/tech-giants-taking-on-talent-shortage-developing-o

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5 Online Courses That Will Give You a Leg Up in the Job Hunt

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-01-03 16:20

By Brittany Hawes, Uloop

Students already have limited time so sometimes, the best way to learn new skills will be through online courses. So, which online courses are really going to give you the skills to give you a leg up in the job hunt? Read on to find out! (Note: You won’t have to pay thousands of dollars or search through dozens of YouTube tutorial videos to learn these skills!)

https://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/255752/5-Online-Courses-That-Will-Give-You-a-Leg-Up-in-the-Job-Hunt

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