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July 26, 2017

E-learning is imperative to build individual and workforce capability

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by Arun Rajamani, Economic Times CIO

Learning has becoming operationally mission critical for individuals and companies. Learning is driving talent transformation, business agility and ROI for the business. Chief Learning Officers are finding seats in executive decision making more than before and are collaborating actively with the C-suite to find ways to effectively operationalize business strategies. For individual, skill development will be a key career catalyst helping them find jobs in the new tech-led services market. Indian enterprises will shift more of their learning investments to online platforms. With digital-led services being the next growth lever for the Indian IT industry, online platforms will be used to re-skill employee base on digital technologies via talent transformation initiatives. Individuals who are already used to consuming content in a multi-channel environment (desktop, laptop, tv, mobile) will welcome digital-enabled learning platforms

http://cio.economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech-talk/reskill-before-restart-e-learning-is-imperative-to-build-individual-and-workforce-capability/2485

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3 big ways today’s college students are different from just a decade ago

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BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Recent data shows just how much college students, and their experiences, have changed in just a few short years. Gen Z, the digital generation, non-traditional students, and potentially many more descriptions have been used to label the current postsecondary body of students, but what may not be so evident is exactly how much their preferences, lifestyles and experiences have radically changed from even a decade ago. And it’s these large changes that are critical for colleges and universities not just to take notice of now, but also to anticipate what students and their needs may look like in 2027.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/college-students-different/

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President Trump’s support for apprenticeships puts them back into the spotlight

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by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

With growing state support, K-12 and higher ed have a role to play in the workforce development model. Though some critics still say that such programs disrupt higher education enrollment and shortchange a liberal arts curriculum that gives students lifelong “soft” skills they need for success, more and more stakeholders in the industry are deciding to embrace it as they see long-run advantages.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/president-trumps-support-for-apprenticeships-puts-them-back-into-the-spotl/446856/

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July 25, 2017

Is innovation severely lacking in online education?

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by LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A new survey tracks online education’s growth, along with technology innovations. Online education programs are seeing steady growth, though lower tuition and the use of innovative technologies and tools seem to be lagging, according to the Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE). CHLOE is a new survey of chief online officers at community colleges and four-year public and private nonprofit institutions and focuses on the management of online education as it becomes more mainstream at U.S. institutions. The emergence of the chief online officer position at many institutions is strong evidence that online education is becoming more mainstream, and the CHLOE survey draws upon feedback from 104 chief online officer responses to inform its report on current online education trends, including resource allocation, emerging tools, instructional innovations, and more.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/online-learning/online-education-wheres-innovation/

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OER Pioneer OpenStax Launches Personalized Learning Tool for 3 Courses

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The Rice University non-profit that has released almost two-dozen free textbooks into academia is beta-testing a new personalized learning system that works with its materials. OpenStax, which stated that it provides open educational resources to a million students each year, has been developing OpenStax Tutor for three years. The new service will be available this fall for three courses: college physics, biology and sociology. The tutoring service, which is available online, uses web-based OpenStax textbooks to deliver content, simulations, videos, “spaced” practice questions and instant feedback.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/12/oer-pioneer-openstax-launches-personalized-learning-tool-for-3-courses.aspx

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How Boundaries Between Colleges and Companies Will Continue to Blur

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By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Some employers are starting to focus more energy on offering educational benefits to their employees, while colleges are struggling to respond to the growing interest by students in helping them land a job. A new center at Northeastern University sits at the intersection of these two areas—called the Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy. Its director, Sean Gallagher, thinks it’s time for college leaders and employers to sit down and collaborate, even as he stresses that colleges need to assert their broader educational goals (such as preparing people to continue learning beyond just the skills of today). EdSurge sat down with Gallagher during the ASU+GSV Summit in May to learn about why he predicts that when it comes to education, the line between colleges and companies will continue to blur.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-07-10-how-boundaries-between-colleges-and-companies-will-continue-to-blur

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July 24, 2017

Effective Teaching Online

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By Sharon O’Malley, Inside Higher Ed

Four authors of books about online course development offer guidelines for engaging learners in distance education courses. Inside Digital Learning asked for their expert advice on how instructors and their institutions can excel in virtual course instruction. The authors agreed that the online classroom is different enough from the traditional one that faculty members and adjuncts need to create courses for digital delivery that are substantially different from those they teach on campus. And they said teaching online requires an even keener focus on student engagement than the face-to-face model does.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/07/12/7-guidelines-effective-teaching-online

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Road-Tripping for OER

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by Jennifer Goodman, Inside Higher Ed

A math professor takes his ideas for open educational materials to campuses across Georgia to try to help save students millions of dollars. It makes sense that the College of Coastal Georgia math professor and OER advocate German Vargas relies on open educational materials to help reduce textbook and material costs for courses like calculus and trigonometry. But he’s equally passionate about the importance of open materials for courses in economics, philosophy and sociology – and not just for his college’s students. Vargas, who has been assistant vice president for academic student engagement at Coastal Georgia since October 2015, is meeting with instructors and department heads at colleges across Georgia to share his message that OER makes sense in every discipline.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/07/12/german-vargas-crisscrosses-georgia-advocating-oer

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31 Apps, Tools and Games That Teach Kids to Code

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In most cases, people agree that a traditional textbook approach is insufficient for subjects like coding. While the idiosyncrasies of the language can be introduced that way, it’s hard to assimilate the information until it is in used entirely. But sticking children in front of a blank screen and having them write line after line, though functional, isn’t very inspiring or even interesting. If you want to capture the interest of young students while giving them access to a valuable skill set, then turning to coding tools and games may be the ideal method. To help you get started, we have compiled a list of 31 apps, tools and games that teach kids to code.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/tech-edvocates-list-31-apps-tools-games-teach-kids-code/

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July 23, 2017

How to Build a Successful Blended Learning Model

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By Tara Beams, THE Journal

When you make the switch to a blended learning model, you find yourself making instructional choices for students that empower them to utilize technology in a very independent and deliberate manner. Defined by the nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank Clayton Christensen Institute as any formal education program in which students learn at least in part through online learning with “student control over time, place, path and/or pace,” blended learning needs to be a purposeful and thoughtful endeavor.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/12/how-to-build-a-successful-blended-learning-model.aspx

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Indian techies are taking these online courses to get reskilled amid layoffs

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by Raghu Krishnan, Business Standard

Infosys, India’s second largest software exporter this year, has set a bet for graduates who are given campus offers. A graduate is asked to pick a paid course on front-end development (of website or an app) on Udacity, the online technology education provider. The person must get a nano degree or pass the course before being put on training at its Mysuru campus. Once he or she gets placed after training, Infosys pays back the student the course fee on Udacity. With this, Infosys is ensuring that it gets trained engineers in thousands who are ready to be put on digital projects — a segment that is disrupting the company and the Indian IT services industry. For a perspective, business from newer digital technologies is growing at 25 per cent, while legacy business is shrinking at 2.5 per cent, according to Everest Group, a global technology consultancy.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/indian-techies-are-taking-these-online-courses-to-get-reskilled-amid-layoffs-117071201440_1.html

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How to Help Faculty Build Online Courses

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Before 2015, faculty at the University of Arizona who wanted to teach online didn’t have much in the way of formal support for building their online courses. There were no established processes or requirements. For some faculty, that was the end of the onboarding experience. “That’s all you got,” said Angela Gunder, associate director of the Office of Digital Learning (ODL). “You [were] now an online instructor.” Instructional designers assumed that meant a more structured approach with “benchmarks” and “steps,” but Melody Buckner, director of ODL, had a different idea: focusing on faculty. Buckner decreed, “[Instructional designers are] going to listen to faculty about how they teach, how their students prefer to learn and the unique challenges they face in the classroom,” as Gunder recalled. “The faculty are going to drive the process, with the instructional designer there to support and facilitate production.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/12/how-to-help-faculty-build-online-courses.aspx

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July 22, 2017

Evaluating the Success of Your Ed Tech Program

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by Jeff Mao, THE Journal

Despite the limitations of the technology back then, I learned a lot from my time at Brewster Academy. One of the things that we did well, that I still recommend to schools today, is to be targeted and intentional about how you use the technology. At Brewster, we measured success one skill at a time and one student at a time. A decade later, I joined the team at the Maine Department of Education that led the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) — a much larger initiative. Whereas Brewster’s total student body was fewer than 350 students, MLTI served about 35,000 students in more than 230 schools.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/12/evaluating-the-success-of-your-ed-tech-program.aspx

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Carnegie Mellon professor: Better tech enables higher-quality online courses

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by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Carnegie Mellon University Professor Bob Monroe discussed in a recent interview with Education Dive how the largely-held perception that Massive Open Online Classes would replace the traditional college lecture was largely overblown. The result, of the introduction of MOOCs into the higher ed landscape has been subtler, with it becoming increasingly clear that online learning opportunities offer an “evolution” of classroom instruction which allows faculty members to create a unique classroom experience via an online platform. Monroe said many higher ed institutions are also incorporating more focused learning opportunities into shortened programs, and online instruction is opening the door for class discussions to go deeper as they unfold over the course of days, rather than be confined to a classroom schedule.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/carnegie-mellon-professor-better-tech-enables-higher-quality-online-course/446984/

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Expanding your employment options: Learning opportunities for over 50s

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by Emma Brook, Virtual College

Online training courses provide people of all ages with access to learning new skills and areas of knowledge, which, in turn, helps to expand their employment options. Across the UK, there are thousands of people aged over 50 and under the state pension age that are out of work, either due to early retirement or because of the struggle to find work. Life begins at 50, right? So why are so many over 50s out of work? Although laws seek to protect us from discrimination of any type – whether this is based on age, gender or race – older job seekers are more likely to experience long-term unemployment than any other age group. However, in today’s world, being over 50 means very little when you have the right skill set. And with new tools and technology easily at the ready, there’s no stopping the older workforce.

https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/news/education/2017/06/expanding-your-employment-options-over-50
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July 21, 2017

Report: 2 in 3 Parents Say Classroom Tech Is Key to Student Futures

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By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Two-thirds of parents report that effective classroom technology use provides an opportunity for their children to develop college and career skills, according to a new report from Project Tomorrow and Blackboard. Meanwhile, motivating teachers to change their instructional practices is the biggest challenge to adopting digital learning or deploying new technology, according to school and district technology leaders. The report, “Trends in Digital Learning: Building Teachers’ Capacity and Competency to Create New Learning Experiences for students,” is based on a survey of more than 38,000 teachers, 29,000 parents and 4,500 administrators.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/06/29/2-in-3-parents-say-classroom-tech-is-key-to-student-futures.aspx

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A conversation with Yale University Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller

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by Coursera Blog

Robert Shiller, who won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, is the instructor of Financial Markets, one of the most popular courses on Coursera. Broadly, I think that the internet age is a fundamental revolution in our society, and I want to see it work. I think that the kind of education that used to be reserved for a few people at elite colleges should be shared around the world, and I’m happy to be a part of that. In terms of my course specifically, after I received the Nobel Prize, I had the opportunity to think about my role as an academic and what I could do to support others in the field. I realized that the Coursera platform could help me reach thousands of learners and give back to the community by sharing my knowledge. So, in February 2014, I partnered with administrators at Yale to launch the Coursera Financial Markets course.

https://blog.coursera.org/conversation-yale-university-nobel-prize-winner-robert-shiller/

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This Is What A University Of The Future Looks Like

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by Nick Morrison, Forbes

Coventry University is to offer 50 wholly online degrees over the next five years, in one of the most significant steps yet in the development of a new model of higher education. If successful, it could herald the long-awaited disruption of the degree market away from the traditional campus approach and towards an entirely online experience. ‘Higher education is not limited by the physical or geographical boundaries that it once was, and we believe online learning has a huge role to play in the future of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship,’ said Ian Dunn, Coventry’s deputy vice-chancellor for student experience.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nickmorrison/2017/06/28/this-is-what-a-university-of-the-future-looks-like/#62dba2dc4296

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July 20, 2017

1 in 5 L.A. community college students is homeless, survey finds

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by Gale Holland, LA Times

The survey results come during a time of intense competition over the distribution of proceeds from a quarter-cent county sales tax for homeless services. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors this month designated homeless college students among the beneficiaries of the tax fund, which is expected to produce $3.55 billion over 10 years. The California State University system last year released a preliminary study saying that 1 in every 10 of its 460,000 students was homeless, and 1 in 5 had spotty access to food.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-community-college-20170628-story.htm

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The Future Of Our Economy Rests On Innovating Our Higher Education System

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by Jeb Bush and Joe Lonsdale, Forbes

Today, there are more than 5.5 million unfilled jobs in the U.S. labor market, up from 3.2 million just five years ago. It’s not due to a lack of workers aspiring for better jobs, but a lack of workers qualified for the very positions employers need filled. America is facing a skills gap that only continues to grow as innovation outpaces our education system. A recent study by McKinsey and Company found that nearly half of today’s jobs could be automated using current technology, a challenge on par with the industrial revolutions of the 19th century. When it comes to improving higher education today, one major obstacle is government bureaucracy. Our government has long set up insidious funding structures that saddle Americans with astronomical student loans, poor educational outcomes and little applicable, real life experience.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2017/06/29/the-future-of-our-economy-rests-on-innovating-our-higher-education-system/#3731ff9b3f4b

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College Degrees With the Highest (And Lowest) Starting Salaries In 2017

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by Karsten Strauss, Forbes

The top-paying bachelor’s degree, by the numbers, is electrical engineering. Though the starting annual salary average is $62,428, a job seeker coming out of school may see a variety of offers when scoping out the jobs market as the salary range for such a degree is between $25,000 and $130,000. In second place, software design earns new graduates an average $61,466. The salary ranges one might see on the jobs market span from $25,000 to $134,000, depending on a variety of factors like experience and responsibilities involved. In third place is chemical engineering – which claimed first place last year – which CERI discovered offers an average starting salary of $61,125. The salary range in the chemical engineering arena spans from $31,000 to $125,000.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2017/06/28/college-degrees-with-the-highest-and-lowest-starting-salaries-in-2017/#430c71ad2343

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