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Summer Reading: Strategies to boost online learning programs

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-07-03 17:10

By Jean Dimeo, Education Dive
This summer, Education Dive is providing readers with compilations of stories on a variety of topics that we’ve published during the past year that provide solutions to challenges facing colleges and universities nationwide. Next up — online learning.

 

https://www.educationdive.com/news/summer-reading-strategies-to-boost-online-learning-programs/525411/

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Udacity launches blockchain nanodegree program

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-07-03 17:05

PAUL SAWERS, Venture Beat

Online learning platform Udacity is doubling down on its mission to offer courses in transformative technologies to plug current and anticipated employment gaps. The latest program to emerge from Udacity’s education vaults is the blockchain developer nanodegree, aimed at developers already proficient in JavaScript and object-oriented programming. The program promises to teach the fundamentals of building a blockchain that manages and stores data and to enable developers to build their own supply chain web app based on blockchain technology. Tech talent marketplace Toptal recently claimed that it had seen demand for blockchain engineers increase by 700 percent since January 2017. And there are 14 positions available for each blockchain engineer, according to Katheryn Griffith Hill, lead recruiter at Blockchain Developers. It’s against this backdrop that Udacity is launching its blockchain program, with interested students able to apply online from today here ahead of the inaugural kickoff on July 10.

Udacity launches blockchain nanodegree program

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Ten Facts About Open Educational Resources (OERs)

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-07-03 17:02

Contact North has created this summary infographic on ten key facts about OER. Each fact links to additional readings and resources. This is a great ready reference on Open Educational Resources.

https://teachonline.ca/sites/default/files/tools-trends/downloads/ten_facts_aboutopen_educational_resources.pdf

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3 ways technology has evolved the lecture

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-02 17:23

BY ELISA ESPOSITO, eCampus News

Interactive flat panel displays (IFPDs) have become increasingly common in educational environments, thanks in part to the technology’s flexibility and ongoing evolution. IFPDs let us easily share information with more devices in more ways seemingly every day. As a result, university users are making the most out of their IFPDs, from connecting to smartphones to help turn a lecture into a dialogue to syncing with a learning management system (LMS) to hash out a group project in real time, regardless of participants’ location.

3 ways technology has evolved the lecture

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Coursera for Refugees: Marking Two Years of Impact

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-02 17:18

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

In the week leading up to World Refugee Day, there have been dozens of high-profile reports about the ongoing plight of the world’s refugee and migrant populations. From the perilous journey of 650 migrants who were turned away from two countries before eventually being granted refuge in Spain to the situation facing detained parents and children at the U.S. border, we are currently living in a world deeply shaped by the daily struggles of people who have been forced to leave their homes due to war, poverty, and environmental destruction. Educating the estimated 65 million children, adolescents, and adults who are now part of the world’s refugee population is also an ongoing challenge. Millions of children and young adults who would otherwise be enrolled full-time in school are now unable to attend either because they are on the move or living in one the world’s many refugee camps. As adult refugees arrive in new countries, retraining is also essential. Since 2016, Coursera for Refugees has reached a small but significant portion of this population and has plans to continue supporting migrant learners over the coming years.

Coursera for Refugees: Marking Two Years of Impact

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Public Libraries Have Grown Into eLearning Centers

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-02 17:14

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside
For awhile in the late aughts and early ‘10s, public libraries looked like they were in trouble. Budgets were reduced year after year in regions throughout the U.S., leading to fewer resource acquisitions, cuts in staffing, and decreased hours. And, while libraries remained overly popular in the American public mood, in-person usage began to fluctuate. While 53% of Americans 16 and older visited a library sometime in 2012, by 2015, that figure had dropped to 44%. A reasonable person might have guessed that libraries would become obsolete in the digital age. Access to information, once available primarily at the public institutions, is now everywhere via computers and mobile devices. “The internet infiltrated our niche and filled it to bursting,” said Rachel Cobb, a furthering education librarian at the City of Wolverhampton College in the U.K. “We, as [librarians], are no longer extraordinary. As the internet rises, we shrink. We lose who we are.”

Public Libraries Have Grown Into eLearning Centers

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Public Libraries Have Grown Into eLearning Centers

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-02 17:12

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside
For awhile in the late aughts and early ‘10s, public libraries looked like they were in trouble. Budgets were reduced year after year in regions throughout the U.S., leading to fewer resource acquisitions, cuts in staffing, and decreased hours. And, while libraries remained overly popular in the American public mood, in-person usage began to fluctuate. While 53% of Americans 16 and older visited a library sometime in 2012, by 2015, that figure had dropped to 44%. A reasonable person might have guessed that libraries would become obsolete in the digital age. Access to information, once available primarily at the public institutions, is now everywhere via computers and mobile devices. “The internet infiltrated our niche and filled it to bursting,” said Rachel Cobb, a furthering education librarian at the City of Wolverhampton College in the U.K. “We, as [librarians], are no longer extraordinary. As the internet rises, we shrink. We lose who we are.”

Public Libraries Have Grown Into eLearning Centers

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How Do Diverse Classes Fare with Video-Based Active Learning?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-02 17:05

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Classroom environments that use digital tools and active learning get a lot of attention these days. But discussion tends to lack nuance. An educator might implement a new pedagogy and measure learning outcomes, grades, engagement, or some other ‘across-the-board’ metric. But how does video-based active learning work for students from different socioeconomic backgrounds? With different learning abilities? With different GPAs? A recent study by professors from California State University, Fullerton asks just that. Published in the June issue of the Online Learning Journal (put out by the Online Learning Consortium) the study is titled “Student-Produced Videos Can Enhance Engagement and Learning in the Online Environment.”

How Do Diverse Classes Fare with Video-Based Active Learning?

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Determining The ROI Of eLearning – Using Kirkpatrick’s Model Of Training Evaluation

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-07-02 17:03

By Asha Pandey, eLearning Industry
The measurement of effectiveness of online training is a hot topic right now. In this article, I outline how you can use the Kirkpatrick’s model of training evaluation to measure training effectiveness, its impact, and the ROI of eLearning. The measurement of ROI of eLearning needs an integrated approach that should begin during the Training Needs Analysis or TNA phase and should successively build up right up to the determination of its impact on business. At EI Design, we use the approach shown here. Essentially, we focus on each stage from TNA to ROI calculation as the right action at each stage will impact the ROI of eLearning positively.

Determining The ROI Of eLearning – Using Kirkpatrick’s Model Of Training Evaluation

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Survey: 7 in 10 People Don’t Believe Online Classes Can Provide a ‘True College Experience’

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-01 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
In spite of the fact that nine in 10 people believe online and distance learning programs will grow in popularity over time, seven in 10 don’t think that students can a get a “true college experience” from an online-only program. That drops to five in 10 for those students who have attended a blended learning course. Those results surfaced in “Online Education Trendspots,” a survey intended to understand experiences and perceptions of online or distance education programs. The survey was produced by Verndale, a “customer experience” design agency. The company surveyed 320 people, ages 18 to 55, who have attended at least some level of college. Three-fifths of respondents said they had taken an online course.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/20/survey-7-in-10-people-dont-believe-online-classes-can-provide-a-true-college-experience.aspx

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EdX Partners Support Fees for Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-01 17:20

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

MOOC provider consulted some but not all partner institutions before introducing fees for online courses. Most institutions support the move, but some wonder if it will be effective. By and large, representatives of institutions said they have a rooting interest in keeping edX financially sustainable, and they aren’t surprised that edX needs more money from students to maintain the volume of its output. Most agreed that more changes from edX and its competitors are likely. Some, such as Rebecca Stein, executive director of the online learning initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, thinks edX might end up rethinking its current approach to support fees. Stein believes edX should either charge students significantly more than $9 — currently the smallest support fee edX plans to levy — or nothing at all. A small support fee might not do enough on its own to improve the company’s finances, she speculates.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/06/20/edx-institutions-believe-fees-online-courses-will-help-ensure

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5 Great TED Talks on the Potential of Artificial Intelligence

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-01 17:16

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

People who want to be inspired watch TED Talks, largely because of the stories they tell.  These stories spark imagination and motivate audiences to think in new ways. TED Talks redefine knowledge and point to potential. These five great TED Talks on the potential of artificial intelligence may be some of the most inspiring talks yet:

5 Great TED Talks on the Potential of Artificial Intelligence

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Online Options Give Adults Access, but Outcomes Lag

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-01 17:10

 

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Using newly available federal and state-by-state data, an analyst explores states’ embrace of fully online learning and whether it drives adult students’ access and success.  Using federal data on online enrollments, prices and completions, as well as state-by-state data from the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, Garrett made the case that online education has helped to suppress the tuition prices adult students are paying, and that colleges that enroll many students online are significantly increasing access to higher education for adult students. But the data also show that students at those institutions graduate at sharply lower rates than do those at institutions where in-person and blended modes of learning dominate.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/06/20/online-education-gives-adults-access-student-outcomes-lag

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A mix of in-person and online learning may boost student performance, reduce anxiety

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-01 17:04

by American Physiological Society
Before online learning existed, the traditional lecture was the only option for college courses. Students who skipped class risked missing valuable information. Researchers found that online content accompanied by weekly class meetings — a ‘blended’ course format — may improve performance in students at risk for failing. In addition, fewer students withdrew from the blended format class.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620174609.htm

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EdX Partners Support Fees for Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-07-01 17:02

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

MOOC provider consulted some but not all partner institutions before introducing fees for online courses. Most institutions support the move, but some wonder if it will be effective. By and large, representatives of institutions said they have a rooting interest in keeping edX financially sustainable, and they aren’t surprised that edX needs more money from students to maintain the volume of its output. Most agreed that more changes from edX and its competitors are likely. Some, such as Rebecca Stein, executive director of the online learning initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, thinks edX might end up rethinking its current approach to support fees. Stein believes edX should either charge students significantly more than $9 — currently the smallest support fee edX plans to levy — or nothing at all. A small support fee might not do enough on its own to improve the company’s finances, she speculates.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/06/20/edx-institutions-believe-fees-online-courses-will-help-ensure

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Report: Adolescent Learning Requires a New Science-Based Approach

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-30 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
There’s a science to adolescent learning, which addresses how the many changes — physical, emotional, social, intellectual and psychological — teenagers experience impact how they learn and should impact how educators instruct. A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education offered strategies for making sure that “critical education decisions are driven by science,” as author Bob Wise put it. The Alliance is non-profit that advocates for all students to excel in high school, ready for college, career and citizenship, especially those in under-performing or underserved environments. Science of learning draws from brain and cognitive research and the social sciences. Now the Alliance, known as All4Ed proposes setting itself up as a “broker” to make sure science of adolescent learning (SAL) “knowledge is adopted and implemented.” The report was published as part of a launch of a new initiative focused on bringing the science of adolescent learning into education policy and practice.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/06/21/report-adolescent-learning-requires-a-new-science-based-approach.aspx

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California Lawmakers Include $100 Million in State Budget to Create an Online Community College

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-30 17:20

BY CNN WIRE

There’s going to be a new way for workers to advance their careers in California. Lawmakers included $100 million in this year’s state budget to create an online community college that will offer certificate and credentialing programs. It will get another $20 million annually. The plan was proposed by Governor Jerry Brown and backed by California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. The mission is to retrain workers with skills needed in high-demand jobs. There are 2.5 million Californians between the ages of 25 and 34 who are in the workforce but never completed a college degree.

California Lawmakers Include $100 Million in State Budget to Create an Online Community College

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Where can teachers find free audiobooks for their students

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-30 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Audiobooks are fantastic ways to bring stories to life in your classroom and keep students engaged. Reading Rockets explains, “Audiobooks have traditionally been used in schools by teachers of second-language learners, learning-disabled students, and struggling readers or nonreaders. In many cases, audiobooks have proven successful in providing a way for these students to access literature and enjoy books.” However, educators have found that audiobooks benefit all students! For instance, the widely popular Audible site for downloadable audiobooks is a subscription-based service, but it only allows you to choose one book per month. Instead, take advantage of the wealth of free audiobooks available for teachers and students.

Where Can Teachers Find Free Audiobooks for Their Students

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California Lawmakers Include $100 Million in State Budget to Create an Online Community College

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-30 17:10

BY CNN WIRE

There’s going to be a new way for workers to advance their careers in California. Lawmakers included $100 million in this year’s state budget to create an online community college that will offer certificate and credentialing programs. It will get another $20 million annually. The plan was proposed by Governor Jerry Brown and backed by California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. The mission is to retrain workers with skills needed in high-demand jobs. There are 2.5 million Californians between the ages of 25 and 34 who are in the workforce but never completed a college degree.

California Lawmakers Include $100 Million in State Budget to Create an Online Community College

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Udacity Completes the Switch to Term-based Scheduling for Its Nanodegrees

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-30 17:04

by Dhawal Shah , Class Central
In the past year or so, Udacity’s Nanodegrees have changed a lot. Last year, we wrote about Udacity removing its job-guarantee as well as the “half your money back” programs. Then it shutdown Blitz.com, a freelancing platform for Nanodegree Alumni. We also noticed that the newer Nanodegrees launched by Udacity were term-based i.e it had a start date and end date instead of the monthly subscription model.

Udacity Completes the Switch to Term-based Scheduling for Its Nanodegrees

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