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The future of learning doesn’t involve classrooms. Here’s how we can prepare for it now.

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-05-16 17:15

 

Jeb Bush, Washington Post

It’s time to learn the lessons from these heroic efforts and plan for a future in which public education can continue without access to classrooms — not just because of a pandemic but because that’s the future of learning. In the near term, many issues loom. A vaccine for covid-19 is months away. Even if schools are able to reopen this fall, rolling closures are likely when the pandemic reappears. Some parents simply won’t send their children to school — especially if family members have underlying health conditions — and will demand at-home accommodations.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/03/jeb-bush-its-time-embrace-distance-learning-not-just-because-coronavirus/

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New Udemy Report Shows Surge in Global Online Education in Response to COVID-19

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-05-16 17:10

Udemy

Udemy today released “Online Education Steps Up: What the World is Learning (from Home),” a special data report that provides a comprehensive look at online learning and teaching around the globe as the COVID-19 pandemic, shelter-in-place orders, and social distancing impact the world.  As remote working becomes the new normal, the findings reveal significantly increased demand globally across every segment:

425% increase in enrollments for consumers
55% increase in course creation by instructors
80% increase in usage from businesses and governments

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200430005243/en/

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Higher ed groups challenge policies of interstate distance learning pact

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-05-16 17:05

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf , Education Dive

Consumer protection groups are seeking changes to policies that govern how distance education is offered across state lines in most of the U.S. They have made several recommendations to NC-SARA, the organization that controls the nation’s only multistate reciprocity agreement for online learning, including proposed rule changes on professional licensing and resolving student complaints. While reciprocity agreements such as NC-SARA’s are meant to ease barriers for institutions to offer online education to out-of-state students, the organization has come under fire for having weak standards.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-groups-challenge-policies-of-interstate-distance-learning-pact/577116/

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The future of learning doesn’t involve classrooms. Here’s how we can prepare for it now.

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-05-16 17:03

Jeb Bush, Washington Post

It’s time to learn the lessons from these heroic efforts and plan for a future in which public education can continue without access to classrooms — not just because of a pandemic but because that’s the future of learning. In the near term, many issues loom. A vaccine for covid-19 is months away. Even if schools are able to reopen this fall, rolling closures are likely when the pandemic reappears. Some parents simply won’t send their children to school — especially if family members have underlying health conditions — and will demand at-home accommodations.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/03/jeb-bush-its-time-embrace-distance-learning-not-just-because-coronavirus/

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F2F Seat Time vs Online Engagement Hour – Suggested Equivalencies Chart / Carnegie Units

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-05-15 17:29
CalState East Bay
Whether they are traditional, blended, or fully online courses, many courses now include online components and other types of activities as part of instructional time. Any course that does not meet face-to-face for all instructional credit hours must consider Instructional Equivalency while designing its online component.   https://www.csueastbay.edu/online/f2f-seat-time-vs-online-engagement-hour.html Share on Facebook

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Harvard University Offers Free Online Courses To Learn During Lockdown

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-05-15 17:24

By Manikanta Immanni, TechDator
Harvard University is now directly allowing the public to take any course of their like from its list of 70+ free online courses. Any certificate from Harvard will be cool, if not great. Being a part of the Ivy League, Harvard’s reputation will be added to your resume if you add any of the works from there. So here’s your choice.

 

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The Rise Of Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-05-15 17:15

Ilker Koksal, Forbes
Online learning has shown significant growth over the last decade, as the internet and education combine to provide people with the opportunity to gain new skills. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, online learning has become more centric in people’s lives. The pandemic has forced schools, universities, and companies to remote working and this booms the usage of online learning. Even before the pandemic, Research and Markets forecasts the online education market as $350 Billion by 2025, so the numbers might be updated after analyzing the growth impacts of COVID-19 on the online learning market.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ilkerkoksal/2020/05/02/the-rise-of-online-learning/#73a2b77572f3

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Harvard University Offers Free Online Courses To Learn During Lockdown

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-05-15 17:10

By Manikanta Immanni, TechDator
Harvard University is now directly allowing the public to take any course of their like from its list of 70+ free online courses. Any certificate from Harvard will be cool, if not great. Being a part of the Ivy League, Harvard’s reputation will be added to your resume if you add any of the works from there. So here’s your choice.

https://techdator.net/harvard-university-offers-free-online-courses-to-learn-during-lockdown/

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F2F Seat Time vs Online Engagement Hour – Suggested Equivalencies Chart / Carnegie Units

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-05-15 17:05
CalState East Bay
Whether they are traditional, blended, or fully online courses, many courses now include online components and other types of activities as part of instructional time. Any course that does not meet face-to-face for all instructional credit hours must consider Instructional Equivalency while designing its online component.   https://www.csueastbay.edu/online/f2f-seat-time-vs-online-engagement-hour.html Share on Facebook

The Rise Of Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-05-15 17:03

Ilker Koksal, Forbes
Online learning has shown significant growth over the last decade, as the internet and education combine to provide people with the opportunity to gain new skills. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, online learning has become more centric in people’s lives. The pandemic has forced schools, universities, and companies to remote working and this booms the usage of online learning. Even before the pandemic, Research and Markets forecasts the online education market as $350 Billion by 2025, so the numbers might be updated after analyzing the growth impacts of COVID-19 on the online learning market.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ilkerkoksal/2020/05/02/the-rise-of-online-learning/#73a2b77572f3

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We’re Tracking Employees Laid Off or Furloughed by Colleges

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-05-15 04:32

Dan Bauman, Chronicle of Higher Ed

As the coronavirus outbreak erodes financial health and administrative confidence at universities and colleges across the country, some have started to lay off or furlough employees en masse to thwart colossal budget shortfalls. Amid this unprecedented challenge to higher education’s business model, The Chronicle is tracking those employment actions to better understand what America’s higher-education work force will look like after the pandemic abates.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/We-re-Tracking-Employees/248779

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Free WiFi for Online Learning During COVID-19

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-05-14 17:25

THE Journal

We developed the compilation by starting with a list of telecommunications companies that have signed the Federal Communications Commission’s “Keep Americans Connected” pledge. Editors culled through the list specifically seeking information online about those companies that provided free service to students in their coverage areas and/or free public WiFi hotspots that students could access for some portion of each day while sitting in their cars or otherwise being physically isolated from others in the vicinity.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2020/04/30/free-wifi-for-online-learning-during-covid19.aspx

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Online Learning Minute: The Role of Game-Based Learning and Gamification

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-05-14 17:20

Brian Runo, Market Space

On this special episode of the MarketScale Online Learning Minute with Brian Runo, Lenovo Director, Global Education Solutions Rich Henderson outlined the high points of gamification and game-based learning in today’s educational landscape – and how those concepts have driven tremendous results.

https://marketscale.com/industries/education-technology/virtual-reality-classroom-technology-lenovo/

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What’s Next: As colleges make cuts, new ways to make (and save) money emerge

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-05-14 17:15

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive

As the costs associated with the coronavirus pile up for colleges, it seems almost moot to point out that in certain areas, institutions are netting immediate savings. After all, some colleges and systems forecast losses in the tens of millions of dollars. So halting aspects of campus operations — as well as large-scale events such as commencements and recruitment fairs — can save some cash. But their losses are big enough that a little savings here and there won’t rescue their budgets.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/whats-next-as-colleges-make-cuts-new-ways-to-make-and-save-money-emerg/577039/

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Free WiFi for Online Learning During COVID-19

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-05-14 17:10

THE Journal

We developed the compilation by starting with a list of telecommunications companies that have signed the Federal Communications Commission’s “Keep Americans Connected” pledge. Editors culled through the list specifically seeking information online about those companies that provided free service to students in their coverage areas and/or free public WiFi hotspots that students could access for some portion of each day while sitting in their cars or otherwise being physically isolated from others in the vicinity.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2020/04/30/free-wifi-for-online-learning-during-covid19.aspx

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Online Learning Minute: The Role of Game-Based Learning and Gamification

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-05-14 17:04

Brian Runo, Market Space

On this special episode of the MarketScale Online Learning Minute with Brian Runo, Lenovo Director, Global Education Solutions Rich Henderson outlined the high points of gamification and game-based learning in today’s educational landscape – and how those concepts have driven tremendous results.

https://marketscale.com/industries/education-technology/virtual-reality-classroom-technology-lenovo/

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What’s Next: As colleges make cuts, new ways to make (and save) money emerge

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-05-14 17:03

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive

As the costs associated with the coronavirus pile up for colleges, it seems almost moot to point out that in certain areas, institutions are netting immediate savings. After all, some colleges and systems forecast losses in the tens of millions of dollars. So halting aspects of campus operations — as well as large-scale events such as commencements and recruitment fairs — can save some cash. But their losses are big enough that a little savings here and there won’t rescue their budgets.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/whats-next-as-colleges-make-cuts-new-ways-to-make-and-save-money-emerg/577039/

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Professional Development Certificates

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-05-14 06:13

UPCEA

The field of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education (PCO) has truly come of age in the 21st century – and our importance and sophistication continues to expand exponentially as our members play an increasingly critical role in the success and survival of their institutions. This reality has prompted UPCEA to elevate the profession itself with the most significant initiative ever undertaken by the association: the creation of industry standards for what it means to be a professional in the PCO field, with certificate programs designed around those standards.

https://upcea.edu/professional-development-certificates/

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Professional Development Certificates

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2020-05-14 06:13

UPCEA

The field of Professional, Continuing, and Online Education (PCO) has truly come of age in the 21st century – and our importance and sophistication continues to expand exponentially as our members play an increasingly critical role in the success and survival of their institutions. This reality has prompted UPCEA to elevate the profession itself with the most significant initiative ever undertaken by the association: the creation of industry standards for what it means to be a professional in the PCO field, with certificate programs designed around those standards.

https://upcea.edu/professional-development-certificates/

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The HyFlex Option for Instruction if Campuses Open This Fall

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2020-05-13 17:25

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

“You want to be able create a fully online version and a fully face-to-face version and find ways to bring them together into a single course experience that has multiple participation paths … And the student gets to control whether they’re doing it online or in the classroom.” Creating an instructional model that allows students to toggle back and forth between educationally comparable in-person and virtual formats depending on the circumstances at the moment has a lot of resonance at a time like this.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2020/05/13/one-option-delivering-instruction-if-campuses-open-fall-hyflex

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