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Global Boom in Private Enrollments

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-19 17:25

By Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education
One in three students globally is enrolled in private higher education institutions, according to research that reveals the huge growth and wide reach of private providers.  The analysis, the first study based on comprehensive data on the size and shape of private higher education internationally, finds that private institutions have 56.7 million students on their books, or 32.9 percent of the world’s enrollment. Times Higher Education logoWhile the U.S. has historically towered over the rest of the world in terms of the size of its private sector, the proportion of students in the country in private higher education stands at 27.5 percent, lower than the global average, and it now accounts for only a tenth of global private enrollment.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/03/08/survey-finds-global-boom-private-higher-education-enrollments

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

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-19 17:20

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. The concept of student success holds many meanings, with data at the core of all of them. For some schools it’s wrapped around the notion of alerts pinned to particular student activities: Gosh, he hasn’t logged into the learning management system in two weeks; inform the instructor to reach out. Or, oh, she’s not using her meal card; notify her adviser for follow-up. For others, it’s all about targeting “best-fit” students and better managing recruitment and enrollment funnels. But, really, in this era of accountability, maybe the ultimate definition of student success ought to be somebody graduating with the smarts, skills and connections needed to get a good job in a given field.

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

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What is the future of for-profit higher ed?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-19 17:15

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

“Ultimately, I think that there won’t be for-profit universities or institutions as we know them today. And by the same token, I don’t think there’s going to be traditional universities the way we know them today” either, said former University of Phoenix President Bill Pepicello in a recent phone conversation. Pointing to the industry-disrupting model initiated by Purdue University’s acquisition of Kaplan University, Pepicello predicts “the future of higher ed in general is going to be an institution that comes out of the morphing of for-profit and traditional institutions.” “What I predict is the Purdue-Kaplan thing will begin to develop a business model that looks more like a for-profit business model. Whether you’re a fan of for-profit or not, it does have a functioning business model, and in that fact, I think that’s where higher ed in the U.S. is suffering right now: The current business model is not sustainable,” he said.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/what-is-the-future-of-for-profit-higher-ed/

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Race and Gender Bias in Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-19 17:10

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

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-19 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. The concept of student success holds many meanings, with data at the core of all of them. For some schools it’s wrapped around the notion of alerts pinned to particular student activities: Gosh, he hasn’t logged into the learning management system in two weeks; inform the instructor to reach out. Or, oh, she’s not using her meal card; notify her adviser for follow-up. For others, it’s all about targeting “best-fit” students and better managing recruitment and enrollment funnels. But, really, in this era of accountability, maybe the ultimate definition of student success ought to be somebody graduating with the smarts, skills and connections needed to get a good job in a given field.

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

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What is the future of for-profit higher ed?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-19 17:03

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

“Ultimately, I think that there won’t be for-profit universities or institutions as we know them today. And by the same token, I don’t think there’s going to be traditional universities the way we know them today” either, said former University of Phoenix President Bill Pepicello in a recent phone conversation. Pointing to the industry-disrupting model initiated by Purdue University’s acquisition of Kaplan University, Pepicello predicts “the future of higher ed in general is going to be an institution that comes out of the morphing of for-profit and traditional institutions.” “What I predict is the Purdue-Kaplan thing will begin to develop a business model that looks more like a for-profit business model. Whether you’re a fan of for-profit or not, it does have a functioning business model, and in that fact, I think that’s where higher ed in the U.S. is suffering right now: The current business model is not sustainable,” he said.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/what-is-the-future-of-for-profit-higher-ed/

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One UMass affordability option is to offer more online courses

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-03-18 17:25

By Hector Molina, WWLP

The University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan wants to improve access to online learning options. Meehan has outlined a five-point plan to keep UMass financially within reach for students of all backgrounds. Affordability is one of UMass top priorities. One affordability option is to offer more online courses. UMass already serves more than 30,000 students online, and plans to improve technology and work with students and industry to reach more people.

Improving online courses could help make UMass more affordable

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Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-03-18 17:19

by JACKIE MADER, Hechinger Report

Inside a rural high school, five Advanced Placement physics students furiously scribbled notes about a video of a Yale University professor speaking more than 1,200 miles away. With textbooks open, they watched a lecture about Newton’s Laws on a giant screen, while their classroom teacher simultaneously offered examples of those laws in action. When the lecture ended, they had yet another to chance to learn: A physics video chat with their tutor, a sophomore physics major at Yale. The unconventional flurry of both in-person and virtual academics in a school that had never before offered AP physics is part of a broader experiment that experts say could herald the future of education, especially for rural schools.

http://hechingerreport.org/can-online-learning-level-ap-playing-field-rural-kids/

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AI + Student Evaluations = the Future?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-03-18 17:15

by Mark Liebereman, Inside Higher Ed

Digital alternatives to traditional end-of-semester student evaluations seem more numerous by the day. One new tool hopes to advance that landscape with the help of artificial intelligence.  Hubert, launched last fall and currently in use by more than 600 instructors worldwide, appears to students as a chat bot that asks questions about the quality of the class and the teaching. The conversational messenger format is designed to make students feel more comfortable sharing honest praise and criticism, and the low amount of required effort allows instructors to collect feedback at several points throughout the semester.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/03/07/hubert-ai-helps-instructors-sort-and-process-student-evaluation

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Reflecting on the Original Big Idea for MOOCs

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-03-18 17:10

By James DeVaney, Inside Higher Ed

MOOCs are far from dead. Rather, they appear to hatch derivatives. Sean Gallagher of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy refers to this as “the new ecology of credentials”, a landscape transforming rapidly as we move from the early knowledge economy to the digital, AI, Gig economy. Which leads those of us close to the action to reflect often upon the original big idea for MOOCs. Typically stating a goal to “democratize” is followed by “access to” something. In hindsight, it’s clear we hadn’t fully considered the potential of what we might be democratizing. What, in fact, are we scaling? Is it content and courses? Curriculum and credentials? Communities and college towns?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/reflecting-original-big-idea-moocs

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Harvard offers free online course to teach the world about religion

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-03-18 17:06

By Study International

A free, online course offered by Harvard University kicked off this week, aiming to teach the international community more about each other’s religions in order to promote better interfaith understanding and tolerance. Entitled Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures, the course seeks to help students “better understand the rich and complex ways that religions function in historic and contemporary contexts” by exploring the faith systems of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism.

Harvard offers free online course to teach the world about religion

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One UMass affordability option is to offer more online courses

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-03-18 17:03

By Hector Molina, WWLP

The University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan wants to improve access to online learning options. Meehan has outlined a five-point plan to keep UMass financially within reach for students of all backgrounds. Affordability is one of UMass top priorities. One affordability option is to offer more online courses. UMass already serves more than 30,000 students online, and plans to improve technology and work with students and industry to reach more people.

Improving online courses could help make UMass more affordable

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AI is the new electricity, says Coursera’s Andrew Ng

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-17 17:25

by E Kumar Sharma, Business Today

No discussion in information technology today is complete without reference to artificial intelligence or AI, in quickspeak. Needless to say, experts in AI are in great demand. Among them, Andrew Ng is often referred to as a go-to guru on AI. Andrew, wears several hats. He is the co-founder of Coursera, which offers online courses. He is also an adjunct professor at the Stanford University and was formerly the head of Baidu AI Group, and Google Brain. He calls AI, the new electricity. In response to an email from Business Today, he explains why and shares his thoughts on what companies need to do.

https://www.businesstoday.in/opinion/interviews/ai-is-the-new-electricity-says-courseras-andrew-ng/story/271963.html

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Coursera to offer degrees from UK universities

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

by Times Higher Ed
Online learning platform Coursera is set to offer its first degrees from UK universities, including its first ever bachelor’s programme. The Californian company announced on 6 March that it would host a new public health master’s from Imperial College London, as well as a computer science bachelor’s from the University of London.  It also announced four new master’s degrees from US institutions, including computer science programmes from Arizona State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and public health and applied data science degrees from the University of Michigan. The new programmes, which bring the number of degrees available via Coursera up to 10, are all expected to launch later this year or in 2019.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/coursera-offer-degrees-uk-universities

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Bolstering Academic Integrity in the Online Classroom

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

by Jacob Bane, EDUCAUSE Review

The need to ensure student identity and academic integrity is paramount across education sectors. Although this issue is not new, it has been brought to the forefront by the continued expansion of distance learning. Academic integrity is critical for the accurate assessment of student learning. It protects the integrity of an institution and ensures compliance — the Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 2008 requires institutions to verify that the student who registers for a course is the same student who completes the coursework.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/2/bolstering-academic-integrity-in-the-online-classroom

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Coursera to offer degrees from UK universities

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-17 17:09

by Times Higher Ed
Online learning platform Coursera is set to offer its first degrees from UK universities, including its first ever bachelor’s programme. The Californian company announced on 6 March that it would host a new public health master’s from Imperial College London, as well as a computer science bachelor’s from the University of London.  It also announced four new master’s degrees from US institutions, including computer science programmes from Arizona State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and public health and applied data science degrees from the University of Michigan. The new programmes, which bring the number of degrees available via Coursera up to 10, are all expected to launch later this year or in 2019.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/coursera-offer-degrees-uk-universities

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How edtech can help increase your university’s graduation rate

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-17 17:04

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvoate

The college classroom often maintains the status quo of traditional teaching tactics, but there is a high likelihood that a shift toward edtech could be useful. Universities haven’t often considered the value of retaining their student population year over year. In fact, few of them have even considered what the driving forces behind their low retention and graduation rates could be. With the push toward edtech, your university may suddenly be more likely to increase their graduation rate. How is it possible that instituting more technology in the classroom could lead to better student success? Here are a few key ways that colleges are making use of the developing technology.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/edtech-can-help-increase-universitys-graduation-rate/

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Bolstering Academic Integrity in the Online Classroom

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

by Jacob Bane, EDUCAUSE Review

The need to ensure student identity and academic integrity is paramount across education sectors. Although this issue is not new, it has been brought to the forefront by the continued expansion of distance learning. Academic integrity is critical for the accurate assessment of student learning. It protects the integrity of an institution and ensures compliance — the Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 2008 requires institutions to verify that the student who registers for a course is the same student who completes the coursework.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/2/bolstering-academic-integrity-in-the-online-classroom

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Online MBA With Data Analytics In High Demand

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-16 17:23

by Robert Klecha, Business Because

After two years of growth through 2015 and 2016, applications to online MBA programs remained ever popular last year, according to the GMAC 2017 Application Trends Survey Report. This steady rise coincides with the growth of the global digital economy and is symptomatic of shifting preferences towards flexibility and mobility. With online programs having applicants with the highest level of work experience after Executive MBAs. 33% of applicants have 10 or more years of work experience, showing busy business leaders are looking online to upskill themselves. One area which is particularly in need of skilled employees is data analytics—making sense of big data and putting it to use—with a recent report from e-skills UK and SAS claiming the demand for data-savvy staff will increase by up to 23% per annum over the next five years.

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/5087/online-mba-data-analytics

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Learning Designers as Digital Nomads

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-03-16 17:20

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Will more higher ed people go permanently mobile? If you are as clueless as I was about the digital nomad life, here is the quick and dirty summary. Digital nomads, as you would expect, combine global travel with laptop mediated employment. They work wherever they live, and live wherever they work. Anyone who has gone full digital nomad does not have a permanent address, a lease, or a mortgage. What they do have is the need to earn an income by working. The digital nomad either works remotely for a single employer, or strings consulting and freelance jobs together in the digital gig economy. The digital nomad life is such a thing that companies such as Roam have been started to cater to this creative wandering class. Roam has live / work spaces in Bali, Miami, London and Tokyo – with more on the way. For $500 a week you get a sparsely furnished private bedroom and bathroom, good WiFi, and access to a communal kitchen. You also get a community of fellow remote workers and freelancers, all working together on their separate projects.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/learning-designers-digital-nomads

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