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Blockchain jobs continue to explode, offer salary premiums

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-12-24 16:15

by Lucas Mearian, Computerworld

An uptick in job openings for technologists with blockchain development skills continued through the last quarter of 2017. Blockchain developers rank second among the top 20 fastest-growing job skills, and job postings for workers with those skills have more than doubled this year. Next in the list of fastest-growing job skills is another blockchain-related topic: Bitcoin cryptocurrency developers. Taking second fiddle only to robotics specialists, blockchain technologists are advertising their services for as much as $150 per hour, according to Upwork, an employment site that specializes in freelance workers.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3235972/it-careers/blockchain-jobs-continue-to-explode-offer-salary-premiums.html

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OER Adoptions on the Rise

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-12-24 16:06

by Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

The number of faculty members choosing open educational resources over traditional textbooks has nearly doubled in the last year, but awareness over all remains low. More and more instructors are choosing open educational resources over traditional textbooks, a survey of more than 2,700 faculty members reveals. The “Opening the Textbook” survey, published by the Babson Survey Research Group today, reports that the number of faculty members at two- and four-year institutions using OER as textbooks has nearly doubled in the last year — from 5 percent in 2015-16 to 9 percent in 2016-17.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/12/19/more-faculty-members-are-using-oer-survey-finds

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Professions that pay for college tuition

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-12-24 16:02

by Affordable Colleges Online
Per the Institute for College Access and Success, seven in 10 college graduates had student loan debt in 2014, averaging nearly $29,000 each. The number of students who have debt continues to increase, as does the actual average; in 2016 the Wall Street Journal reported the average amount of debt per college graduate had increased 28 percent, to just over $37,000. But students don’t have to follow this intimidating trend. In addition to common financial aid options like loans, grants and scholarships, there are many other ways to help minimize and even zero-out the cost.

https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/professions-that-pay-tuition/

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Leveraging tech for learning and college administration

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-12-24 16:01

by University Business

An increase in technology spending is the gift that about 4 in 10 campus technology administrators are unwrapping to start the new year. Sixteen percent of the 96 respondents to a UB survey, however, must deal with a decrease in spending. The top area getting significant investment in 2018 is academic technology. One respondent (from an institution with 10,000 to 15,000 students) noted that leveraging technology is certainly not just a tech leader’s domain but rather a must for all higher ed executives.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/leveraging-tech-learning-and-college-administration

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Boosting student performance with robot learning

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-12-23 16:25

By Tim Sandle, Digital Journal
Remote learning is a growing means of delivering education. A downside is with student engagement. This can be overcome, according to new research, when robotic assistants are used. The Michigan State University research has concluded that online students who elect to use the innovative robots can feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom. This, in turn, leads to better understanding on the part of the student and improved educational attainment. In trials the researchers used robots located in the classroom. Each robot was equipped with a mounted video screen. The screen can be controlled remotely by the student who is undertaken the lesson online. This facility allows the student to pan around the room, looking at the teacher or other students or anything else that’s happening.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/boosting-student-performance-with-robot-learning/article/510130

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Students want outside-classroom learning, marketable and flexible workforce skills, survey shows

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-12-23 16:20

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Results from a recent Codeacademy participant survey sent to a subset of the company’s 45 million learners showed 55% of respondents had a university degree when they started the school’s coding courses. 40% said they wanted a software development job, and 30% said they were taking coding course for a potentially higher salary. Meanwhile, 25% said they started coding because they want to work remotely and desired workplace flexibility.  Of respondents who had taken a college-level coding course, 25% said they preferred learning online than in a traditional classroom setting. 10% said online learning made them feel happier, and 5%, particularly women, said learning outside a traditional classroom made them feel less anxious — results reflecting the growing popularity of alternative, flexible online credentialing options especially for nontraditional, adult learners.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/students-want-outside-classroom-learning-marketable-and-flexible-workforce/512686/

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8 MUST-HAVE HIGH SCHOOL APPS AND TOOLS

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-12-23 16:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

As technology continues to become an essential part of education in the high school classroom, it is important for educators and parents to choose the most appropriate apps and tools to benefit student learning. The best apps teach students and prepare them for success in high school and beyond. When searching for apps for high school students, it is important to find apps that are educational, functional, and fun. The following list of apps includes tools for studying, writing, solving math problems, preparing for standardized tests, managing time, and increasing knowledge.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/8-must-high-school-apps-tools/

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N.Y. Attorney General on Why He Refuses to Let Net Neutrality Die

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-12-23 16:10

by Kristin Houser, Futurism

The day before the vote, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released details of an analysis of the FCC’s public comment process that concluded that more than two million comments were made using stolen identities. The FCC refused Schneiderman’s request that the vote be delayed to allow for further investigation, and now, he’s suing to prevent what he calls the “illegal rollback of net neutrality.” Futurism got an exclusive interview with the attorney general in which he details why net neutrality matters, why the FCC’s repeal was illegal, and what he plans to do to stop the repeal from moving forward.

 

https://futurism.com/net-neutrality-ny-attorney-general/

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Report: Federal HED policy must undergo dramatic shift

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-12-23 16:05

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A new policy framework identifies a three-pronged plan to shift the focus of federal policy from higher education to higher learning by ensuring high-quality outcomes, focusing on today’s students and creating a more affordable and responsive system of education and training beyond high school. Most federal higher education policies were designed when the typical college student attended a four-year college directly after high school. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates that 75 percent of students today are now either working adults, part-time students, parents with dependent children or student with some other non-traditional characteristic. In the framework, Higher Learning Advocates argues federal policy should adapt to meet the needs of those students.

Report: Federal HED policy must undergo dramatic shift

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How a seemingly basic technology is driving the university of the future

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-12-23 16:04

BY RICK GAUMER, eCampus News

Investment in Wi-Fi -enabled technologies has university reaping significant results in recruitment, enrollment and retention. At Emory & Henry (E&H), technology is not only transforming our campus into one of the most digitally-connected environments, it is also laying the groundwork for education of the future—thanks to Wi-Fi. With our recent technology initiatives—including triple-digit speed Wi-Fi—we have built a strong foundation for our vision of the campus of the future; including the ability to realize our strategic vision where “blended learning” is a reality, where learning is accessible, personal and affordable to diverse groups of students. This is learning that our students can fully leverage for bigger success pre- and post-graduation.

How a seemingly basic technology is driving the university of the future

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Evolving tech transfer activity: Colleges find success beyond revenue

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-12-22 16:25

by Jason York, University Business
Public universities are evolving their technology transfer activities but must take additional steps to address the demands of the innovation economy, according to a recent report from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The report, “Technology Transfer Evolution: Driving Economic Prosperity,” finds public research universities moving beyond a transactional, revenue-driven approach to selling intellectual property for commercialization purposes. It also calls for universities to accelerate the transition to a model that reflects broad engagement in economic development. Technology transfer offices should develop deeper relationships with industry and other community partners, the report says.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/evolving-tech-transfer-activity-colleges-success-beyond-revenue

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Faculty Advocate for OER As Movement Grows

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-12-22 16:20

by Barnes & Noble College

The recent decision to invest $8 million to provide open educational resources (OER) to students at New York’s SUNY and CUNY colleges, signals a shift in the acceptance of OER in higher education. New York is not alone. Similar programs at Cal State and Georgia’s Affordable Learning Georgia system demonstrate a growing movement, capitalizing on early pilot programs and early adopter tests to firmly establish OER into the academic mainstream. Indeed, research indicates that more than 7 in 10 instructors (71 percent) say they are very, or somewhat, likely to promote use of OER to colleagues, but the advantages OER can bring might also reflect the way the students themselves increasingly want to learn.

https://next.bncollege.com/faculty-perspective-oer/

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Disney’s $52.4 Billion 21st Century Fox Deal and Our Higher Ed Futures

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-12-22 16:15

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

A decade ago the incumbent media conglomerates – the studios and the networks – would have never believed that Netflix or Amazon or YouTube would be a threat to their business model. Today, the large media companies are scrambling to get even bigger in order to control enough of the platforms and content to fend off these born-digital media upstarts. Is there a chance that there will emerge the born-digital postsecondary player that will do to legacy universities what Netflix might do old line studios and networks? Will universities beyond those run by charismatic presidents such as Michael Crow and Paul LeBlanc make really big bets on unproven and digital-first programs, initiatives, and degrees? Might Disney spending $52.4 billion for 21st Century Fox ignite any relevant strategic conversations within our industry of higher education?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/disneys-524-billion-21st-century-fox-deal-and-our-higher-ed-futures

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Making Connections with Multimedia Content

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-12-22 16:10

by Meg Lloyd, Campus Technology
Increasingly, instructors illustrate course content with visual images and rich media to engage students. But it can be cumbersome to try to show the relationships among disparate media elements, as well as challenging for faculty to work with available technologies to annotate and map them. Johns Hopkins University developed a web application to help learners explore and easily document relationships among visual materials. Users can annotate images with rich multimedia content and link to image, audio and video resources to put the materials in a visual context.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/12/13/making-connections-with-multimedia-content.aspx

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Woz U Has Made Some Big Promises. Can It Deliver?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-12-22 16:05

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Earlier this fall, Steve Wozniak announced the launch of Woz U, an online program intended to provide education in tech at a cost that wont mire students in debt.  Students were initially able to sign up for two different massive open online courses (MOOCs): one in software development and the other in computer support. These MOOCs might be better described as full on programs—they last 33 weeks. But besides a certificate of completion at the end of each program, that is the current extent of Woz U’s offerings. Three new courses—in Data Science, Cybersecurity, and Mobile Application—are coming in 2018.

Woz U Has Made Some Big Promises. Can It Deliver?

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How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-12-22 16:03

by Lucas Mearian, Computerworld

Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to ramp up their efforts to test blockchain technology as part of a new method of establishing trust in a digital economy. New research from consultancy Deloitte LLP shows a “trust economy” is now developing around person-to-person (P2P) transactions enabled by blockchain technology and not dependent on more traditional methods such as credit ratings or guaranteed cashier’s checks. “Rather, it relies on each transacting party’s reputation and digital identity – the elements of which may soon be stored and managed in a blockchain,” Deloitte analysts said in a report.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240906/security/how-blockchain-will-underpin-the-new-trust-economy.html

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Making Connections with Multimedia Content

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-21 16:20

by Meg Lloyd, Campus Technology
Johns Hopkins University developed a web application to help learners explore and easily document relationships among visual materials. Users can annotate images with rich multimedia content and link to image, audio and video resources to put the materials in a visual context. Increasingly, instructors illustrate course content with visual images and rich media to engage students. But it can be cumbersome to try to show the relationships among disparate media elements, as well as challenging for faculty to work with available technologies to annotate and map them. At Johns Hopkins University, multimedia developers in the Center for Educational Resources were determined to provide their faculty with an easy-to-use web application that would work in any subject area to orient students to rich media content resources and allow viewers to explore relationships among these media elements. They created the application in house and named it Reveal.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/12/13/making-connections-with-multimedia-content.aspx

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U Iowa offers online nanotechnology course with real-time remote labs

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-21 16:15

By Tricia Brown, UIowa Now

A new online class being taught this fall at the University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility allows students from across the country to participate in laboratory experiments and exercises in real time via state-of-the-art instrumentation that takes them inside the lab despite their physical location. Online Microfabrication offers remote lab sessions in clean-room environments designed to provide a more interactive and immersive experience for students. Students in this course can visualize all the key components of the experiments via various interactive technologies, including a Zoom video conferencing session hosted by the lab instructor that provides them with a sense of their actual presence in the lab.

https://now.uiowa.edu/2017/12/ui-offers-online-nanotechnology-course-real-time-remote-labs

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10 ways online maths tutors are better than in-person help

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-21 16:10

by the Telegraph (UK)

In the decade leading up to 2016, children receiving extra help outside school rose by a third. There is no single reason why parents seek to prop their children’s education with private tutors, which can prove costly. Some children may be struggling in a particular subject; others might need an extra boost for entry into another school or university; large class sizes might mean your child isn’t getting as much attention as they could; perhaps, it’s just that another approach may be what your child needs. Whatever the reason, if your child needs help it’s certainly worth forking out on a tutor. But your next step is to decide between traditional face-to-face teaching and online tutoring.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/0/10-ways-online-maths-tutors-better-in-person-help/

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Boosting student performance with robot learning

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-21 16:05

By Tim Sandle, Digital Journal
Remote learning is a growing means of delivering education. A downside is with student engagement. This can be overcome, according to new research, when robotic assistants are used. The Michigan State University research has concluded that online students who elect to use the innovative robots can feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom. This, in turn, leads to better understanding on the part of the student and improved educational attainment. In trials the researchers used robots located in the classroom. Each robot was equipped with a mounted video screen. The screen can be controlled remotely by the student who is undertaken the lesson online. This facility allows the student to pan around the room, looking at the teacher or other students or anything else that’s happening.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/boosting-student-performance-with-robot-learning/article/510130

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