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Great Online Resources for Improving Accounting Skills

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-23 17:02

BY MARY KYLE, Business.com

Businesses look for and need candidates with top notch accounting skills to help them navigate today’s complex financial world. Whether you’re an entrepreneur trying to go it alone or an established professional seeking to maintain currency, quality accounting skills is a must to maintain the financial health of your business. Obtaining or maintaining those accounting skills can be challenging, but fortunately, the internet has revolutionized learning, taking it out of the traditional classroom and moving it directly into the home.  If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to online accounting training, below you’ll find some great online training resources we found to help you navigate your way through online learning.

https://www.business.com/articles/online-resources-improve-accounting-skills/

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Universities Deploy Chatbots to Aid Students in the Admissions Process and Beyond

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-23 17:02

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

Chatbots assist people daily with everything from ordering pizza to dealing with customer service issues. So, it’s no surprise that higher education institutions are embracing them to interact with their No. 1 customer: students. Whether it’s navigating the admissions process or scheduling classes, universities have embraced artificial intelligence to streamline student interactions and offer timely support.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/03/universities-deploy-chatbots-aid-students-admissions-process-and-beyond

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Student Demographics in Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-22 17:25

by Urcoo
When people think of a college student, they often imagine an unmarried High school graduate in their late teens or early 20’s attending full time on campus. The reality is different, with diversity increasing in many key areas in recent years. Here is a breakdown of student demographics at American universities.

https://blog.ucroo.com/blog/2018/2/28/united-states-student-demographics

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7 Reasons to Use Microlearning in Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-22 17:20

by Digital Marketing Institute

As microlearning begins to prove successful among employers, the educational sector is now recognizing that the way people learn is changing, while the platforms they learn on are also evolving. Focused on specific learning outcomes, microlearning is a means of teaching and delivering content to learners in small, succinct bursts. It offers a way for learners to be in control of what and when they learn. For educators looking to offer working professionals with valuable skill-honing opportunities, microlearning offers a way to stand out from the crowd. In this article, we look at 7 reasons microlearning can successfully upskill graduates and professionals.

https://digitalmarketinginstitute.com/the-insider/06-03-18-7-reasons-to-use-microlearning-in-higher-education

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Using artificial intelligence to help students with learning disabilities

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-22 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Educators can have a challenging time adapting their teaching style to match every student, especially when there are students with learning disabilities in their classroom. A learning disability presents a unique obstacle to traditional teaching methods. It can be difficult in a contemporary classroom for teachers to give students the attention and instruction they really need. Now, they might be able to receive that instruction through the use of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence is rapidly growing more useful by the day. Researchers are developing cognitive systems that can help to support those with disabilities in the unique ways that suit them. These AI programs may be able to present material in a fresh way that can help students to better understand independent of teacher instruction.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-artificial-intelligence-help-students-learning-disabilities-learn/

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3 predictors of students’ workforce confidence

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-22 17:10

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Just roughly half (53 percent) of students believe their major will lead to a good job, according to a nationally-representative survey of 32,000 students at four-year universities. Only one-third of students said they think they will graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the job market (34 percent) and in the workplace (36 percent), according to the Strada-Gallup 2017 College Student Survey.  The report points to a skills gap between higher ed and industry; 96 percent of chief academic officers said they believe their institution is very or somewhat effective at preparing students for the workforce, but just 11 percent of business leaders strongly agreed.

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Reinventing Community College To Reach Millions Of Workers — Online

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-22 17:05

by Claudio Sanchez, NPR

Create a new, online community college for people in the workforce who’ve been shut out of higher education. It’s the brainchild of Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor for the California Community Colleges. He’s a product of California’s community college system — and now its chancellor. He says it’s a system that urgently needs to re-think how it delivers the courses students need, when and where they need them. It’s a fascinating idea, yet one that faces hurdles — not the least of which is the cost to get this new system up and running. Gov. Jerry Brown loves Oakley’s idea and has proposed $100 million in startup funding in his budget, which state legislators have yet to approve. I spoke with Oakley about his idea and why he thinks its time has come.

https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/03/09/589113650/reinventing-community-college-to-reach-millions-of-workers-online

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Student Demographics in Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-22 17:03

by Urcoo
When people think of a college student, they often imagine an unmarried High school graduate in their late teens or early 20’s attending full time on campus. The reality is different, with diversity increasing in many key areas in recent years. Here is a breakdown of student demographics at American universities.

https://blog.ucroo.com/blog/2018/2/28/united-states-student-demographics

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How to create unforgettable online learning experiences

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-21 17:26

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

With over 80% of higher education students using some form of an online learning tool, and with the number of learners enrolled in online degree courses expected to hit 5 million by 2020, there is no denying that universities need to ensure that they are providing excellent quality in their online educations. An unforgettable online learning experience should be engaging, stimulating, and enjoyable. Here are three edtech tools that you can use to create these experiences for your students.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/create-unforgettable-online-learning-experiences/

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More than Half of U.S. Employees Fear Losing Their Job to Robots

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-21 17:20

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Forty-two percent of managers believe that the adoption of robotics and automation will result in the elimination of jobs. And just 18 percent said that automation will help to create jobs. According to the report, a mix of hard and soft skills is key for employees to outperform robots. About 40 percent of managers, however, said that their employees are currently lacking in both areas. The soft skills that will best separate humans from robots include:

  • Creative thinking (cited by 30 percent of respondents);
  • Critical thinking (29 percent);
  • Communication (21 percent);
  • Decision-making (21 percent); and
  • Negotiation (20 percent).

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/06/more-than-half-of-us-employees-fear-losing-their-job-to-robots.aspx

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Using Data to Expose Industry Needs — and Design Degree Programs Accordingly

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-21 17:14

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Here’s a university that started planning its degree programs with the end in mind: making sure students had what they needed to find and keep a good job in their field. To get a bead on opportunities in the field of business analytics education, Montclair State University turned to a team of internal data experts to figure out what a new education program should cover — the very same people who would eventually be teaching its courses. In a paper published in 2015 in Information Systems Education Journal, three faculty members described how they used data to map out curriculum for a proposed business analytics program. Development of this kind of program was being undertaken in a highly competitive atmosphere. As the paper noted, graduate and undergraduate programs on business analytics had already been introduced at 130 institutions in just the previous five years. What set this effort apart, however, was its intended emphasis on “competency-based instruction” — if they could pinpoint just what that meant in this context.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/08/using-data-to-expose-industry-needs-and-design-degree-programs-accordingly.aspx

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How to create unforgettable online learning experiences

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-21 17:10

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

With over 80% of higher education students using some form of an online learning tool, and with the number of learners enrolled in online degree courses expected to hit 5 million by 2020, there is no denying that universities need to ensure that they are providing excellent quality in their online educations. An unforgettable online learning experience should be engaging, stimulating, and enjoyable. Here are three edtech tools that you can use to create these experiences for your students.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/create-unforgettable-online-learning-experiences/

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Confusion Over Distance Education Rules

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-21 17:06

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Colleges are struggling to prepare for new distance education rules, which are scheduled to take effect in July. Under the new regulations, all higher education institutions that offer classes online must demonstrate that they are authorized to operate in every state where they enroll students who receive federal financial aid. The rules also mean that institutions must make clear their refund policies and procedures for receiving student complaints. Additionally, institutions must provide specific information to students who are pursuing professions that require state licensure, which is common for nurses, teachers and counselors, among others. Institutions will be required to inform students if they are taking a program that will not qualify them to practice their chosen profession where they live. This means every institution must track the requirements for professional licensing in every state where they operate. Failure to meet these requirements could result in institutions losing eligibility for federal financial aid.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/03/09/universities-stall-%E2%80%98confusing%E2%80%99-distance-education-regulations

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The Master’s as the New Bachelor’s Degree: In Search of the Labor Market Payoff

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-21 17:03

by AEI

  • American universities awarded roughly 760,000 master’s degrees during the 2014–15 academic year, yet we know little about the payoff associated with these degrees, especially by field of study.
  • Using new data from three states, we show that field of study is closely related to postgraduation earnings from master’s degrees. Master’s graduates in fields such as philosophy, art, and early childhood education have the lowest median earnings—often less than graduates with bachelor’s or even associate degrees.
  • The highest-paid graduates earned master’s degrees in fields such as business, information technology, engineering, or real estate. Differences in state labor markets also led to variance in postgraduate earnings, more so for high-paying fields than low-paying fields.

The Master’s as the New Bachelor’s Degree: In Search of the Labor Market Payoff

 

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4 Things to Know About the Gadget That Will Charge Devices in Seconds

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-20 17:25

by Abby Norman, Futurism

Donald Highgate, director of research at Superdielectrics Ltd. and his team have set out to make that vision a reality. Highgate’s team has created a material that amps up the potential of supercapacitors – devices that can both charge up and release their energy rapidly.  Their capacitance for storing energy is “super” because it’s both electrostatic and electromechanical. Therefore, supercapacitors (also called “ultracapacitors”) are kind of like a mashup of normal capacitors and a normal battery. Highgate has teamed up with researchers from Bristol University and Surrey University to create a supercapacitor that’s not just better than traditional batteries, but that could one day be superior to lithium-ion batteries. So how do they plan to do it? Here are four things to know.

4 Things to Know About the Gadget That Will Charge Devices in Seconds

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Professor on online activities: They get ‘students talking more and me talking less’

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-20 17:20

by JENNIFER LEWINGTON, Globe and Mail

Last fall, University of Alberta school of business accounting professor Michael Maier experimented with his traditional lecture delivery, giving students the opportunity to watch short videos on technical topics outside of class time.   His use of videos is one example of how business professors at U of A – and elsewhere – are experimenting with technology to imagine variations on the traditional lecture format. On mid-term exams last fall, the class average in his accounting course was 82 per cent – about 10 percentage points higher than average scores in the lecture-based classes he has taught over the past eight years.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/business-education/professor-on-online-activities-they-get-students-talking-more-and-me-talking-less/article38232748/

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Race and Gender Bias in Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-20 17:15

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Many proponents of online education have speculated that the digital learning environment might be a meritocracy, where students are judged not on their race or gender, but on the comments they post. A study being released today by the Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University, however, finds that bias appears to be strong in online course discussions. The study found that instructors are 94 percent more likely to respond to discussion forum posts by white male students than by other students. The authors write that they believe their work is the first to demonstrate with a large pool that the sort of bias that concerns many educators in face-to-face instruction is also present in online education.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/03/08/study-finds-evidence-racial-and-gender-bias-online-education

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More than Half of U.S. Employees Fear Losing Their Job to Robots

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-20 17:10

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Forty-two percent of managers believe that the adoption of robotics and automation will result in the elimination of jobs. And just 18 percent said that automation will help to create jobs. According to the report, a mix of hard and soft skills is key for employees to outperform robots. About 40 percent of managers, however, said that their employees are currently lacking in both areas. The soft skills that will best separate humans from robots include:

  • Creative thinking (cited by 30 percent of respondents);
  • Critical thinking (29 percent);
  • Communication (21 percent);
  • Decision-making (21 percent); and
  • Negotiation (20 percent).

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/06/more-than-half-of-us-employees-fear-losing-their-job-to-robots.aspx

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Using Data to Expose Industry Needs — and Design Degree Programs Accordingly

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-20 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Here’s a university that started planning its degree programs with the end in mind: making sure students had what they needed to find and keep a good job in their field. To get a bead on opportunities in the field of business analytics education, Montclair State University turned to a team of internal data experts to figure out what a new education program should cover — the very same people who would eventually be teaching its courses. In a paper published in 2015 in Information Systems Education Journal, three faculty members described how they used data to map out curriculum for a proposed business analytics program. Development of this kind of program was being undertaken in a highly competitive atmosphere. As the paper noted, graduate and undergraduate programs on business analytics had already been introduced at 130 institutions in just the previous five years. What set this effort apart, however, was its intended emphasis on “competency-based instruction” — if they could pinpoint just what that meant in this context.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/08/using-data-to-expose-industry-needs-and-design-degree-programs-accordingly.aspx

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Professor on online activities: They get ‘students talking more and me talking less’

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-20 17:02

by JENNIFER LEWINGTON, Globe and Mail

Last fall, University of Alberta school of business accounting professor Michael Maier experimented with his traditional lecture delivery, giving students the opportunity to watch short videos on technical topics outside of class time.   His use of videos is one example of how business professors at U of A – and elsewhere – are experimenting with technology to imagine variations on the traditional lecture format. On mid-term exams last fall, the class average in his accounting course was 82 per cent – about 10 percentage points higher than average scores in the lecture-based classes he has taught over the past eight years.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/business-education/professor-on-online-activities-they-get-students-talking-more-and-me-talking-less/article38232748/

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