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Connecting Cashiers to College Degrees

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-06-26 17:25

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

For a corporation routinely criticized for its low pay and anti-unionization efforts, announcing the new employee perk had the added benefit of making Walmart appear civic-minded by helping to educate a historically undereducated and low-skilled work force. Starting this fall, part-time and full-time employees who have worked at Walmart for at least 90 days will be eligible to study online and earn associate or bachelor’s degrees in business administration or supply chain management, with almost all learning costs covered by the company. The workers will be required to make a $365 annual contribution toward tuition, the equivalent of $1 per day. Walmart will pay for its employees to study at three nonprofit universities: Bellevue University, Brandman University and the University of Florida Online.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/06/12/guild-education-creates-business-broker-employer-financed-college-degrees

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5 Free Online Machine Learning Courses

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-06-26 17:15

by Jessica Davis, Information Week

“Data scientist roles have grown over 650 percent since 2012, but currently 35,000 people in the US have data science skills, while hundreds of companies are hiring for those roles – even those you may not expect in sectors like retail and finance – supply of candidates for these roles cannot keep up with demand,” the report said. What’s more, the report cites the growth rate for machine learning engineer jobs to be higher than that of any other job over the last 5 years. With that in mind, InformationWeek has put together a short list of 5 free online Machine Learning courses created by some of the top schools in the country. These courses are not entry level. Even the one course that is listed as introductory has some prerequisites. Prerequisites for these courses overall tend to include computer programming and advanced mathematics. But if you are a professional looking to transition to one of the highly paid, in high demand positions of machine learning engineer, here’s a selection of online courses that can help you get the skills you need to make the move.

https://www.informationweek.com/big-data/ai-machine-learning/5-free-online-machine-learning-courses/d/d-id/1331950

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5 ways for universities to build corporate partnerships

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-06-26 17:12

BY MARY DAVIS, eCampus News

When it comes to higher education and corporate partnerships, it’s not a “nice to have;” it is mission-critical for colleges and universities to survive. The job market is evolving so quickly that institutions need a steady stream of information from employers on what they want and need from their workforce so curriculum and learning can reflect those needs. The key here is “partnership.” Think quality over quantity. Both sides—institutions and employers—are looking for return on investment (ROI), and these five approaches will help universities build impactful relationships with mutual benefits.

5 ways for universities to build corporate partnerships

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3 higher ed experts share their blended learning advice

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-06-26 17:05

BY THOMAS GOLDRICK, eCampus News
With a growing non-traditional student population, many colleges and universities are looking to blended learning technology and strategy to meet their pedagogical needs. But finding a combination of online and in-person components that match the expectations of both students and faculty can be daunting. Thankfully, higher ed’s collaborative culture makes networking and sharing expertise with other IT professionals easier. On March 1st, the higher ed IT Professional’s Meetup gathered at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., to discuss how attendees could find the right blend for their university’s blended learning offerings. A panel of industry experts came together: Eric Palson, director of academic technologies at Babson College; Kristen Palson, director for Simmons Online at Simmons College in Boston; and Gaurav Shah, director of academic technologies at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. Elmore Alexander, the dean of the Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass., moderated the discussion.

3 higher ed experts share their blended learning advice

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People with More Education Have a More Positive View of the Internet

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-06-26 17:03

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
The share of online adults who say the internet has been good for society is on the decline. While 76 percent in 2014 said the internet has been “mostly” good, by 2018, the proportion sharing that sentiment had dropped to 70 percent. Among older adults, those 65 and older, the shift was starkest, dropping from 78 percent in 2014 to 64 percent this year. Young people — ages 18 to 29 — were slightly more upbeat; 79 percent said the internet has been mostly good for society in 2014 compared to 74 percent in 2018. These results came from a phone survey of 2,002 adults, 18 years or older, run by the Pew Research Center during January 2018.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/12/people-with-more-education-have-a-more-positive-view-of-the-internet.aspx

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Online Course Creation for Dummies

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-06-25 17:25

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Developers at Penn State believe their new tool will make creating online courses easier than ever, even for the non-tech savvy.  Creating an online course requires time, patience, ingenuity — and, often, technical expertise beyond the grasp of many instructors accustomed to teaching primarily face-to-face. Developers at Pennsylvania State University’s main campus have created a tool they think will address the latter hurdle. The Headless Authoring Experience (HAX) organizes in a single browser screen all the functions necessary to create an online course or an open educational resource. Its aim, according to Bryan Ollendyke, an instructional technology systems developer, is to make the creation of online courses possible even for instructors with limited technical capabilities. “HAX is basically a way to let people write really complex HTML without having any idea that that’s what they’re doing,” Ollendyke said.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/06/13/open-source-tool-aims-make-online-course-creation-accessible-all

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Homeland Security launches new training course to counter online terrorist activities

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-06-25 17:20

by Dave Kovaleski, Homeland Preparedness News
The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Task Force has launched an online training course designed to educate social media companies about how terrorists may seek to exploit their platforms. The training course, called “Countering Terrorists Exploitation of Social Media and the Internet,” was presented to members of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) this week.

Homeland Security launches new training course to counter online terrorist activities

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STEM: At the Crossroads of Traditional and Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-06-25 17:15

By Donald E. Bossi0, THE Journal

In the age of online learning, educators, parents and students around the world — especially including from diverse and rural populations — have more access than ever before to educational resources. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education community, where innovation and hands-on learning experiences are critical, often finds itself at the exciting crossroads of traditional and online learning. The role we play in classrooms and communities across the country has taught us an important lesson: As online learning continues to change the face of education, those of us at this intersection have a tremendous opportunity to embrace digital advancements and, ultimately, enhance traditional classroom environments and hands-on programs for our students. After all, what is online learning but an incredible STEM innovation?

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/06/12/stem-at-the-crossroads-of-traditional-and-online-learning.aspx

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The Prime Real Estate of a Library Address

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-06-25 17:10

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

We all know the 3 most important attributes when it comes to real estate: location, location, location. Higher education offices are just another form of real estate. And the most valuable real estate on campus is in the library. Today, academic libraries are both physical and digital spaces. As a digital learning person, I care greatly about the services and resources available via browsers and phones – and which can be accessed from anywhere in the world at any time. A robust digital library presence is the enabler of our online learning revolution.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/prime-real-estate-library-address

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UJ introduces 100% online degrees

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-06-25 17:04

by Sibahle Malinga, IT Web

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has introduced 100% online degree programmes as part of its strategy to create a learning ecosystem that aligns with international benchmark institutions. The newly introduced 100% online programmes, according to UJ, are part of the institution’s commitment to provide alternative means of acquiring internationally renowned qualifications available to students who are not able to attend face-to-face lectures.

https://www.itweb.co.za/content/O2rQGMApKRD7d1ea

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Face-to-face versus online training for the interpretation of findings in the fiberoptic endoscopic exam of the swallow procedure

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-06-25 17:02

by Susan L Brady, Dove Press open access to scientific and medical research

The aim of this study was to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of an online, interdisciplinary, interactive course designed to increase the ability to accurately interpret the fiberoptic endoscopic exam of the swallow (FEES) procedure to traditional, face-to-face (F2F) lectures for both graduate medical education (GME) and graduate speech language pathology (GSLP) programs….  Conclusion: Incorporating technology into GME and GSLP programs yielded comparable gains to traditional lectures. Findings support the use of online education as a viable alternative to the traditional F2F classroom format for the instruction of the cognitive component of the FEES procedure.

https://www.dovepress.com/face-to-face-versus-online-training-for-the-interpretation-of-findings-peer-reviewed-article-AMEP

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As Demand for Online Schools Grows, So Does Need for Accurate Evaluation

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-24 17:24

By Kevin P. Chavous, THE Journal

Families are opting for online and blended education because the models allow for greater customization to meet the needs of each student in ways that many traditional schools cannot. Learning systems used in online and blended schools also empower teachers to more effectively personalize learning — measure progress, adjust pace, and provide extra support when needed for every learner — which is a major advantage for both struggling students as well as high-achievers. This level of personalization can be a challenge to achieve in a traditional classroom. Yet, while the report acknowledges the growing demand for virtual schools, it relies on inaccurate and unavailable data to evaluate the schools’ effectiveness. The report’s claim that virtual schools are less diverse, and serve a lower number of low-income and special needs students are inconsistent with data from K12-partner schools (which make up 39 percent of online schools).

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/06/13/as-demand-for-online-schools-grows-so-does-need-for-accurate-evaluation.aspx

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Crowder starts new program to lighten the load on students

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-24 17:19

By: Ashley Godwin, Four States

Crowder College administration is seeing a pattern of students balancing course work with other priorities, but they have found a way to help.  Through a Title 3 grant, Crowder is implementing a new style of higher educational learning called uConnect where students can still be considered a full-time student, but not take so many classes at once. “So for example when I take 15 credit hours a semester that’s usually 5 classes. The first 8 weeks I’ll do two of those classes and then the next 8 weeks I’ll do the other three classes, so I’m still getting my 15 hours a semester, but I’m only studying two or three subjects at a time,” says Cindy Brown. “You have time to breathe. You have a lot of time to breathe, and just take a step back, because you need that for your mental health,” says Amy Leyva. Crowder will start uConnect this fall. And with technology becoming more prevalent in education, as the program progresses, Crowder is looking to add online or partial online classes.

 

http://www.fourstateshomepage.com/news/crowder-starts-new-program-to-lighten-the-load-on-students/1237539490

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Facebook Plans to Team Up With 15 Community Colleges. What Will That Entail?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-24 17:15

By Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle
Something rang both haphazard and familiar in the announcement Facebook made last week, promising to create as many as 15 partnerships with community colleges by the end of 2018.  The company is creating those partnerships alongside its larger “Community Boost” program, which is designed to train more than one million people in 50 cities in digital skills. Both moves come as Facebook faces increasing public criticism for how it has allowed members’ private data to be shared with outside companies and political operatives. In the past six weeks it has announced partnerships with Des Moines Area Community College, Central New Mexico Community College, and Greenville Technical College, in South Carolina; on Friday it unveiled two more, at Bunker Hill and Roxbury Community Colleges, both in Massachusetts. Exactly how those institutions were chosen — or how future ones will be — is unclear.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Facebook-Plans-to-Team-Up-With/243641

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Survey: Most Students Say Online Learning Is as Good or Better Than Face-to-Face

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-24 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

In a survey of 1,500 students who are seriously considering, currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a fully online program, most (86 percent) considered the value of their degree equal to or greater than the cost they paid to take it. Among those who have attended face-to-face and online courses, the majority (85 percent) said that online learning is as good as or better than attending courses on campus. In fact, two-thirds of online college students (67 percent) reported that they’d achieved the original goal that motivated them to enroll in their program; graduate students were more likely than undergraduates to feel that way (76 percent vs. 62 percent). The survey was conducted by Learning House, a company that manages online programs for colleges and universities, and Aslanian Market Research, a research arm of EducationDynamics, which performs student prospecting and enrollment management.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/18/most-students-say-online-learning-is-as-good-or-better-than-face-to-face.aspx

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Online Course Creation for Dummies

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-24 17:03

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Developers at Penn State believe their new tool will make creating online courses easier than ever, even for the non-tech savvy.  Creating an online course requires time, patience, ingenuity — and, often, technical expertise beyond the grasp of many instructors accustomed to teaching primarily face-to-face. Developers at Pennsylvania State University’s main campus have created a tool they think will address the latter hurdle. The Headless Authoring Experience (HAX) organizes in a single browser screen all the functions necessary to create an online course or an open educational resource. Its aim, according to Bryan Ollendyke, an instructional technology systems developer, is to make the creation of online courses possible even for instructors with limited technical capabilities. “HAX is basically a way to let people write really complex HTML without having any idea that that’s what they’re doing,” Ollendyke said.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/06/13/open-source-tool-aims-make-online-course-creation-accessible-all

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Scaling programs that support unique needs of online students

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-24 17:02

By James Paterson, Campus Technology
Colleges must support online offerings with many of the same initiatives they offer to on-campus students, though some programs may need to be tailored to the online learner’s unique needs, according to three officials at the Arizona State University who are helping to shepherd the online university, which is a priority with the university. Writing in The evolllution, the three suggest that Arizona State actively recruits online learners with approaches that best suit them, including communications through various media, unobtrusive automated contact technology that can be easily customized, and a website that fully informs the students and allows for a growing number of “stealth applicants” who interact with the admissions office very little or not at all. University officials also make close connections to the business community for these students. The authors suggest that colleges can support them with initiatives such as student services and online communities, noting that research shows the top reasons online learners drop out they feel the university doesn’t care about them.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/scaling-programs-that-support-unique-needs-of-online-students/525435/

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Why Companies Are Taking It Upon Themselves to Help Workers Learn New Skills

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-23 17:26

by Lydia Belanger, Entrepreneur

“Companies are having trouble keeping up,” says Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of online learning platform Coursera, of the rapid rate of technological acceleration worldwide today. “Even large companies that have a dedicated learning and development function don’t have the resources and expertise to teach all of those new skills to people spread around the world.” For small companies, such resources are obviously even more limited. According to a Bank of America report, small-business owners listed training and developing existing staff as the number-one priority for using loan capital in 2015. But as Deloitte found in a 2017 survey, more than half of companies do not have learning programs focused on building skills for the future. But the tide could be changing.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/314943

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Preparing students for workplace of the future

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-23 17:20

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
The workplace of the future will be marked by unprecedentedly advanced technologies, as well as a focus on incorporating artificial intelligence to drive higher levels of production with fewer resources. Employers and education stakeholders, noting the reality of this trend, are turning a reflective eye toward current students and questioning whether they will be workforce ready in the years to come. This has become a significant concern for higher education executives, who find their business models could be disrupted as they fail to meet workforce demands. A 2018 Gallup-Northeastern University survey shows that of 3,297 U.S. citizens interviewed, only 22% with a bachelor’s degree said their education left them “well” or “very well prepared” to use AI in their jobs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/preparing-students-for-workplace-of-the-future/525536/

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IIT Hyderabad builds dataset to understand online user-engagement

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-23 17:16

Shubashree Desikan, the Hindu
The annotated datas can be used by deep-learning frameworks employed in AI to learn the model accurately. Understanding user engagement in online interactions is important in many contexts, with online shopping, advertising, e-learning and healthcare being just a few sectors. Now, IIT Hyderabad has built DAiSEE (Dataset for Affective States in E-Environments), the first multilabel video-classification dataset for recognising boredom, confusion, frustration and engagement. The dataset comprises 9,068 video snippets captured from 112 individuals. For each of these affective states, there are further four levels of labels – very low, low, high and very high. These labels are provided by observing the viewer’s reactions.

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/iit-hyderabad-dataset-to-understand-online-user-engagement/article24180468.ece

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