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UC Berkeley Rolls Out Tech for Accessible Course Content

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-04-02 17:05

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Following a semester-long pilot of Blackboard’s Ally solution for accessible course content, the University of California, Berkeley is expanding its use of the technology across campus. The rollout will begin this fall, and by the end of next year, the system will provide accessible course materials to more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students, according to a news release.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/21/uc-berkeley-rolls-out-tech-for-accessible-course-content.aspx

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Study finds race and gender bias in online classes

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

BY EMILY DAVIS, Daily Tar Heel
Online course instructors show bias in their responses to students based on perceptions of gender and race, a recent study found.  The study was conceived and conducted by the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis. The authors of the study believe it is the first to demonstrate biases among both students and instructors in these settings. According to the study, instructors are 94 percent more likely to answer comments posted by white male students than any other students. The study failed to find general evidence of bias in responses from other students.

http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2018/03/online-class-bias-0321

 

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Best Practices for Rollout of a Digital Device

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-01 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

When a school district decides to implement more edtech in their curriculum, it comes with a major hurdle everyone must face. How can you roll out all of these digital devices at once with the greatest success rates? This is one of the key issues at the heart of edtech programs in their early stages. However, it is crucial to handle this now so that your school district can take advantage of these helpful devices in the near future. Fortunately, plenty of school districts are already paving the way for the best practices in a digital device rollout. Following the example set by others can help you to implement your own rollout more effectively. You can take a few tips from some of these key concepts to help your device implementation move more smoothly.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/best-practices-for-a-digital-device-rollout/

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How to flip your STEM classroom

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-01 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In a flipped classroom, students watch recorded lectures or review material for homework and complete assignments, labs, and tests in class. This individualizes learning for students, allowing students to move at their own pace. It also provides teachers with the opportunity to work one-on-one with students who need more support, and students can easily catch up on missed lessons. Using this classroom model, students learn content outside of the classroom, freeing up class time to engage in hands-on, collaborative application. One variation on the flipped classroom is to provide instruction on one or two days of the week, devoting the rest of the week to student-centered, self-paced activities based on the content you’ve delivered.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/flip-stem-classroom/

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Quality Matters: 2018 CHLOE 2 Report

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-01 17:14

by Quality Matters
QM and Eduventures have teamed up to conduct a multi-year study to examine the changing landscape of online education, provide results to those who can use them and help those involved with online education place their institution within a broader context and possibly influence strategic decisions and organizational changes. Please complete the form on this page to gain access to the 2018 CHLOE 2 Report. The third iteration of CHLOE is scheduled for April 2018 and focuses on in-depth coverage of issues such as governance of online programs, blended learning and the influence of subject matter on the design and delivery of online programs. If you are a Chief Online Officer and wish to participate in the next CHLOE Survey, or if you wish to nominate the COO at your institution, please contact QM’s Manager of Research & Development Barbra Burch.

https://www.qualitymatters.org/qa-resources/resource-center/articles-resources/CHLOE-2-report-2018

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CHLOE 2 Results Shed Light on Issues Affecting Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-01 17:14

by Quality Matters
Quality Matters and Eduventures teamed up in 2017 to survey Chief Online Officers. Through the survey, we identified some important practices and trends, including the reasons and motivations behind policy and strategic decisions advancing online learning.

  • The presence of ID support in course design is consistent with a higher degree of reported student-to-student interaction — one of the most widely accepted best practices in effective online learning.
  • Fully online programs are the most likely to emphasize student-to-student interaction online, suggesting that such programs work harder to stimulate student interaction to compensate for the complete absence of classroom contact.
  • CHLOE 2 data on interest in adopting new technology suggest that learning analytics is the only currently non-mainstream technology destined for truly mainstream adoption in the near future.

https://www.qualitymatters.org/research/first-CHLOE-report-download

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The General Data Protection Regulation Explained

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-01 17:12

by Barmak Nassirian, EDUCASUSE Review

The European Union set an effective date of May 25, 2018, for the General Data Protection Regulation, which replaces its Data Protection Directive of 1995 and significantly expands personal privacy rights for EU residents. Not only is the GDPR more enforceable compared to the DPD, it applies to entities with no physical EU presence if they control or process covered personal information of EU residents. US institutions with EU-based operations or significant numbers of EU residents as students — particularly those delivering distance education programs to such students within the EU — should be in the final stages of implementing GDPR-compliant practices now.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/8/the-general-data-protection-regulation-explained

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This $10 online course will get you up to speed with the EU’s new internet regulations

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-01 17:05

by Mashable

The GDPR forces all companies that do business in/with the European Union or the European Economic Area to be fully transparent with their data collection up front. They must tell users what information they want to collect and what they plan on doing with this information. And if they run afoul of any of these rules, they will be subjected to substantial fines: up to €20 million.  This is big stuff, so you need to get your company and your employees up to speed with these new regulations ASAP. There’s a GDPR Certification Course that you can take online, and it’s a great way to start. This online course will teach you all about the new data-collection rules and what you need to do to stay in compliance

https://mashable.com/2018/03/22/gdpr-eu-internet-regulations-online-class/

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Opinion: How The MOOC Became A Cash Cow For Business Schools

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-31 17:22

by Marco De Novellis, Business Because

Although the global MOOCs market is predicted to grow by more than 30% annually between 2018 and 2022—according to market research firm Technavio—the freebie days are over. This month, Coursera announced the launch of six new online degrees in partnership with universities, including its first ever bachelor’s program. The MOOC, in its original form, is under threat. Resuscitated, remodeled, exploited by business schools, what we may refer to as MOOCs today are less open and more affordable online courses.

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/opinion/5156/opinion-mooc-cash-cow-business-schools

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5 Ways EdTech Can Help Universities Connect with Their Students

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-31 17:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Educational technology is reinventing all aspects of learning, but this is especially true in the college setting. EdTech is improving higher education at a rapid pace around the country and allowing students to keep up with course material in a way that is most accessible to them.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-ways-universities-can-use-edtech-to-better-connect-with-their-students/

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How EdTech Makes Learning More Accessible

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-31 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In education, material that is “accessible” meets the needs of students from a wide variety of backgrounds, abilities, and learning styles. Based on this definition, it’s clear that accessibility is vital. All students, at all ability levels and from all backgrounds, should be able to understand and learn from the content delivered in a classroom. Fortunately, the influx of edtech has made learning more accessible than ever before. Here are just a few ways that edtech makes learning more accessible:

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/edtech-makes-learning-accessible/

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Opinion: How The MOOC Became A Cash Cow For Business Schools

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-31 17:05

by Marco De Novellis, Business Because

Although the global MOOCs market is predicted to grow by more than 30% annually between 2018 and 2022—according to market research firm Technavio—the freebie days are over. This month, Coursera announced the launch of six new online degrees in partnership with universities, including its first ever bachelor’s program. The MOOC, in its original form, is under threat. Resuscitated, remodeled, exploited by business schools, what we may refer to as MOOCs today are less open and more affordable online courses.

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/opinion/5156/opinion-mooc-cash-cow-business-schools

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5 Ways EdTech Can Help Universities Connect with Their Students

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-31 17:03

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Educational technology is reinventing all aspects of learning, but this is especially true in the college setting. EdTech is improving higher education at a rapid pace around the country and allowing students to keep up with course material in a way that is most accessible to them.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-ways-universities-can-use-edtech-to-better-connect-with-their-students/

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How to Find Legit Online Colleges (and How to Avoid the Scams)

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-31 17:01

by Dori Zinn, Student Loan Hero

When Ryan Yousefi decided to go back to school to get his degree, he knew it had to be online. He came across a news segment that featured Western Governors University (WGU), an online-only school. “I took my time and made sure WGU was accredited,” Yousefi said. Regardless of where you decide to get your college education, researching schools is a vital part of applying. Weeding through accredited online colleges might seem like tiresome work, but choosing the right school is important. There are a few steps you can take to find the right online college or university for you.

How to Find Legit Online Colleges (and How to Avoid the Scams)

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This Professor Uses Virtual Labs to Teach Real-World IT Skills That Employers Want

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-30 17:25

By Wendy McMahon, EdSurge

Steph YoungGonzaga credits online learning with enriching her education and helping establish herself as an IT thought leader.  YoungGonzaga recently returned to her roots. She pivoted her career in order to focus on supporting students who, just as she did, are pursuing their education online.  As Assistant Professor and Program Chair at the Forbes School of Business and Technology at Ashford University—a fully online university—she developed the new Master of Information Systems Management degree program. Today, she’s focused on giving students the hands-on experience and peer connections they need to become the the next wave of IT leaders. A key part of her arsenal? Virtual labs.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-03-12-this-professor-uses-virtual-labs-to-teach-real-world-it-skills-that-employers-want

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Online Courses Turn Profs From ‘Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side’

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-30 17:20

By Eleanor Bent, Cornell Sun

Cornell has made 12 MOOCs ranging a variety of subjects. Some of the most successful have been in the sciences, notably “Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation” conducted by Prof. William E. Bemis, ecology and evolutionary biology. His four-week-long course, which uses a combination of brief informational videos and interactive exercises to apply new concepts, aims to give participants an introduction to shark biology and conservation. The course has attracted “more than 25,000 learners to date from more than 180 countries,” according to Bemis and has an extremely high completion rate, something many MOOCs have failed to achieve.

http://cornellsun.com/2018/03/12/online-courses-turn-profs-from-sage-on-the-stage-to-guide-on-the-side/

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Why Do We Need Blockchain Technologies in Education?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-30 17:15

by NewsBTC

There is a real buzz around new EdTech companies such as NTOK.io at the moment. They are creating a future vision of global learning and tuition that uses blockchain technology at its core. Although EdTech is in its early stages, it’s likely that education will be disrupted in the same way that FinTech has changed the financial world. Cryptocurrency transactions are made secure by blockchain technology allowing for significant decentralization of finances. In other words, the big banks and governments no longer have power over finances. The blockchain makes all data transactions untraceable, including financial ones. If we extend this idea of secured blockchain currency and data transactions to EdTech, it’s clear to see that this will transform education into something far more democratic.

Why Do We Need Blockchain Technologies in Education?

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Blockchain-Based Online Learning Platform To Connect Tutors And Students

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-30 17:10

By Connor Blenkinsop, CoinTelegraph
A peer-to-peer online learning platform is gearing up to bring the “out of date” education sector into the 21st century by becoming a one-stop shop for tutors and students. Blockchain-based NTOK says its ecosystem helps to fundraise education and removes geographical hurdles for teachers and pupils – and will offer a high-quality learning environment furnished with textbooks and courses from prominent publishers. The concept is already being put to the test, with an Alpha version of the platform being used as an online English language school. NTOK executives say they are obtaining “rapid feedback” from users so extra features can be developed. Although the company is planning to specialize in foreign languages, other offerings will include pre-school education, supplementary learning for primary and secondary school students and courses in coding and Blockchain.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/blockchain-based-online-learning-platform-to-connect-tutors-and-students

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This Professor Uses Virtual Labs to Teach Real-World IT Skills That Employers Want

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-30 17:05

By Wendy McMahon, EdSurge

Steph YoungGonzaga credits online learning with enriching her education and helping establish herself as an IT thought leader.  YoungGonzaga recently returned to her roots. She pivoted her career in order to focus on supporting students who, just as she did, are pursuing their education online.  As Assistant Professor and Program Chair at the Forbes School of Business and Technology at Ashford University—a fully online university—she developed the new Master of Information Systems Management degree program. Today, she’s focused on giving students the hands-on experience and peer connections they need to become the the next wave of IT leaders. A key part of her arsenal? Virtual labs.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-03-12-this-professor-uses-virtual-labs-to-teach-real-world-it-skills-that-employers-want

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Online Courses Turn Profs From ‘Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side’

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-30 17:03

By Eleanor Bent, Cornell Sun

Cornell has made 12 MOOCs ranging a variety of subjects. Some of the most successful have been in the sciences, notably “Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation” conducted by Prof. William E. Bemis, ecology and evolutionary biology. His four-week-long course, which uses a combination of brief informational videos and interactive exercises to apply new concepts, aims to give participants an introduction to shark biology and conservation. The course has attracted “more than 25,000 learners to date from more than 180 countries,” according to Bemis and has an extremely high completion rate, something many MOOCs have failed to achieve.

http://cornellsun.com/2018/03/12/online-courses-turn-profs-from-sage-on-the-stage-to-guide-on-the-side/

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