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October 15, 2018

First-Generation University Adult Learners and the Choice of an Online Learning Model

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by Yoram Neumann, Diverse Learning

The question remains whether or not online education can play a significant role in leveling the playing field and eventually reducing income inequality. According to the U.S. Department of Education and the Center of Education at Georgetown University, about a third of undergraduate students in U.S. universities and colleges are first-generation learners whose bachelor degree graduation rates within six years from starting their studies are only 25 percent. About 54 percent of these first-generation students are adult learners (ages older than 24). 4.5 million undergraduate students are both first-generation and low-income and their bachelor degree completion rate is only 11 percent.

First-Generation University Adult Learners and the Choice of an Online Learning Model

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9 ways college is different for millennials than it was for previous generations

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Hillary Hoffower, Business Insider

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of college-educated young adults with a bachelor’s degree is at its highest point yet — 40% of millennial workers aged 25 to 29 had a bachelor’s degree in 2016, compared to 32% of Gen Xers in 2000 and 26% of baby boomers in 1985. But they’re attending college in a different environment. From the price of college textbooks to online learning opportunities, here’s how college differs for millennials.

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-college-is-different-now-then-millennials-vs-baby-boomers-2018-9

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October 14, 2018

The Evolving World of Community Colleges: Market Position, Competition and the Future

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Ian Roark, Evolllution

Our industry often subscribes to the notion that community college enrollment is inversely tied to the business cycles of the American economy: We tend to cling to this notion as if it must continue to be this way; as if it’s immutable. While the business cycle is one factor among many in our enrollment patterns, it may be counterproductive for community college leadership to say that a bad economy is good for community college enrollment—and conversely, to blame low enrollments on a booming economy.  A second trend that we need to keep in mind is the impact of artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT) and automation. That is, we need to address the notion that, “The robots are coming!” A recent study from the McKinsey Global Institute stated that 30 percent of all Americans could be displaced by advanced technologies by 2030.

The Evolving World of Community Colleges: Market Position, Competition and the Future

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What is Machine Learning?

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Chris Meserole, Brookings

The core insight of machine learning is that much of what we recognize as intelligence hinges on probability rather than reason or logic.  Recognizing someone, planning a trip, plotting a strategy—each of these tasks demonstrate intelligence. But rather than hinging primarily on our ability to reason abstractly or think grand thoughts, they depend first and foremost on our ability to accurately assess how likely something is. We just don’t always realize that that’s what we’re doing. Back in the 1950s, though, McCarthy and his colleagues did realize it. And they understood something else too: Computers should be very good at computing probabilities.

What is machine learning?

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What is Artificial Intelligence?

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Darrell M. West. Brookings

Today, AI generally is thought to refer to “machines that respond to stimulation consistent with traditional responses from humans, given the human capacity for contemplation, judgment, and intention.” According to researchers Shubhendu and Vijay, these software systems “make decisions which normally require [a] human level of expertise” and help people anticipate problems or deal with issues as they come up. As argued by John Allen and myself in an April 2018 paper, such systems have three qualities that constitute the essence of artificial intelligence: intentionality, intelligence, and adaptability.

What is artificial intelligence?

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October 13, 2018

The 5 Keys for Developing Effective Online Learning Courses

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Christopher Pappas, Business2Community

Customers are busier than ever — in fact, more than 60 percent of people work at least 40 hours a week on top of countless hours of housework. Even with this full plate, they still must make well-informed buying decisions and find ways to familiarize themselves with brands. As a result, your organization should provide personalized customer online training resources that audiences can peruse at their own pace. With eLearning course development, you can tailor your brand to tech-savvy customers instead of relying on traditional strategies that feel more intrusive. Developing effective online learning courses isn’t easy — especially when you’re just starting out. It’s important to consider a few circumstances before implementing an online training course.

https://www.business2community.com/strategy/the-5-keys-for-developing-effective-online-learning-courses-02127651

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Community colleges see success with varied semester start dates

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Flexible semesters could help nontraditional students complete degrees at community colleges.  Nontraditional students make up more than half of today’s higher-ed student body, and community colleges are stepping up to meet their unique needs in big ways. Research from the American Council on Education shows that almost 60 percent of U.S. undergraduate students are nontraditional, meaning they are 25 or older, work full-time, and have work, family, or other obligations that require flexibility in their educational options.

Community colleges see success with varied semester start dates

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Does your college have a math concierge?

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BY ANGELA PASCOPELLA, eCampus News

The Math Emporium at an Arizona community college pairs technology with human help to increase student success. The Math Emporium, located on the campus of Rio Salado College in Phoenix, Arizona, is an informal, cafe-style study and practice space to help students navigate basic math. But that’s not all. The emporium is staffed by a math “concierge” who acts as tutor, small-group presenter, and coach. As with many community colleges, some Rio Salado students tend to be older than the average college student and/or some left high school early, so they have little memory or knowledge of math concepts. “Less than 20 percent of students can get into and pass a college-level math class,” says John Jensen, faculty chair of mathematics. “A lot of them need practice with lower-level and developmental math; they simply lost [the knowledge] due to lack of use.”

Does your college have a math concierge?

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October 12, 2018

FutureLearn launches fully online BA

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by Patrick Atack
FutureLearn, the online learning platform attached to the British Open University, has launched its first undergraduate full degree program, in partnership with the University of Newcastle, Australia. The degree will be available across four subject areas of: Film, Media and Cultural Studies; English and Writing; History; and Sociology and Anthropology. Students will choose major and a minor subjects, picking individual courses accordingly. “It’s an important expansion of the university’s long history of flexible delivery” Each of the programs will consist of 12 weeks of teaching, broken down into four, three-week courses.

FutureLearn launches fully online BA

 

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A comparison of human-machine working hours for 2018 and 2022.

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Future of Jobs Survey 2018, World Economic Forum

Will we humans lose more jobs than we gain when machines take over the world of work, or will it be just the opposite? The experts are still trying to figure that out. In December 2017, a report from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, “Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation,” predicted that between “almost zero” and a third of work activities could be displaced by 2030, with wide variation among countries. (The more advanced the economy, the more likely the impact of automation.) While workforce transitions could hit between 75 million and 375 million people, overall, McKinsey found, more occupations will change than will be lost in a machine-driven world.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/03/the-future-of-work-when-machines-take-it-over.aspx

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Houston CC Opens Online Campus

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When one Texas community college system launched its seventh campus, the ceremony was digital: At the appropriate moment, event attendees armed with tablets were invited to swipe their fingers across their screens to “cut” the virtual ribbon on Houston Community College’s new online college. HCC Online launched with 31 fully online programs, including 15 associate degree-level and 16 certificate offerings in both academic and workforce areas. It expects to expand the total to 70 by fall 2019.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/04/houston-cc-opens-online-campus.aspx

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October 11, 2018

Older students are the new normal at college. The reason? The recession and new technology

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Leigh Guidry, Lafayette Daily Advertiser]

American universities are becoming less traditional — or at least their students are. People over 25 or those with children are enrolling in college classes — so many that nearly 74 percent of American undergraduate students are “nontraditional.” They’re compelled by a recession that especially hurt less-educated employees, along with the worry that advancing technology could leave them without a job. Nontraditional students now outnumber those who start as 18-year-old freshmen supported by their parents, according to data from RTI International, a North Carolina think tank.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/10/03/adult-older-nontraditional-college-students-louisiana/1504180002/

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15 of the Best Tools for Blockchain Development

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by Blockgeeks
The blockchain has evolved pretty drastically over the last few years. What started as a means to power up a decentralized payment network has morphed into a decentralized supercomputer where developers from all around the world can come and create their own software applications. This is a truly exciting space with lots of scope for development. However, as a developer who is a new entrant in this space, you might feel a little lost. So, we have created this guide specifically for you.

https://blockgeeks.com/guides/15-best-tools-blockchain-development/

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Introducing Bumo Blockchain

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by Blockgeeks

BUMO is a next-generation commercial-grade public Blockchain for ubiquitous and trusted value transfer, which is aimed to build a decentralized application ecosystem featured with extensive digital trust, free-flowing value and public-sharing apps.

https://blockgeeks.com/guides/introducing-bumo-blockchain/

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October 10, 2018

WeWork Spurs Online Learning’s Next Step Forward

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Michael Horn, Forbes
WeWork, the leader in coworking spaces, has been turning heads in education circles for the last year. It acquired Flatiron, a prominent coding bootcamp, and MissionU, a one-year college alternative. Then came its partnership with 2U, the standout online program management company. Among other things, the partnership allows 2U students to use WeWork’s office space as study halls, and the two companies will build a learning center together in 2019. The place-based aspect of the partnership is what is so interesting, as it is points to what will happen next with the disruptive innovation of online learning, namely how it will improve.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhorn/2018/10/04/wework-spurs-online-learnings-next-step-forward/

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Ohio State plans esports program across 5 colleges

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By Hallie Busta , Education Dive
Ohio State University is launching an interdisciplinary gaming studies and esports program that will span five of its colleges — Engineering, Education and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Business and Medicine — and include at least one undergraduate degree, according to the university. The program doesn’t yet have a launch date, though it is expected to be at least a year out. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center already researches mental and physical behavior of elite esports athletes.  The initiative will also include an elective class in esports content production, a gaming speaker series and an online certification. The certification and online classes will be developed after the degree program is in place, a university representative told Education Dive in an email. A planned 4,000-square-foot, 80-plus-seat esports arena will serve the program and be home to a new university esports team.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/ohio-state-plans-esports-program-across-5-colleges/538928/

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3 ways technology & innovation are transforming classrooms

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BY MATT PRUSIECKI, eSchool News

A superintendent shares three tools his district uses to prepare their students for life.  As we continue to embark through the Information Age, it’s crucial for educators to implement new strategies that will meet the needs of both students and industries. Thanks to recent technology and innovative solutions, students are gaining more and more access to education outside the classroom, thereby expanding their learning and career opportunities in a variety of ways. Technology and innovation are a growing priority in school districts nationwide, and the following three tactical tools are ways educators today can use technology to transform their classrooms.

3 ways technology & innovation are transforming classrooms

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October 9, 2018

Research Dispels Myth that Adult Students Don’t Cheat in Online Classes

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Lindsey Rae Downs, WCET Frontiers

The results have been consistent: adult students often cheat on exams. They search the web for answers. They use smart phones and mobile devices, so locking down browsers while taking a test has little, if any, effect on cheating. They use Google searches and specialized websites that provide answers to open-ended as well as closed-ended assessments. They perceive less opportunity to cheat when they are monitored by automated proctoring systems.

Research Dispels Myth that Adult Students Don’t Cheat in Online Classes

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A Two-Minute Guide To Artificial Intelligence

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Parmy Olson, Forbes

If you keep hearing about artificial intelligence but aren’t quite sure what it means or how it works, you’re not alone. There’s been much confusion among the general public about the term, not helped by dramatic news stories about how “AI” will destroy jobs, or companies that overstate their abilities to “use AI.” A lot of that confusion comes from the misuse of terms like AI and machine learning. So here’s a short text-and-video guide to explain them:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2018/10/03/a-two-minute-guide-to-artificial-intelligence/

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Internet Safety Tips for School-age Kids

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

With teens reportedly spending one-third of their days online—and younger kids not far behind—it’s imperative that parents and teachers ensure the safety of school-aged kids on the Internet. Of course, the Internet is a big place, and it’s populated by hackers, bullies, and those who would take advantage of children and teens. So how can we truly monitor kids and keep them safe? Start by following the Internet safety tips below!

Internet Safety Tips for School-Aged Kids

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October 8, 2018

Here’s how to boost enrollment with chatbots

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BY DENNIS PIERCE, eCampus News
Georgia State University’s virtual assistant helps incoming freshmen navigate the student enrollment process, leading to a significant increase in enrollment. As recently as last year, nearly one in five students who committed to attending Georgia State University (GSU) never showed up for classes in the fall. This problem isn’t unique to GSU, and it’s commonly referred to as the “summer melt.” But GSU has taken an innovative approach to solving this challenge, using an artificially intelligent (AI) chatbot that has led to a significant increase in student enrollment. Summer melt most commonly affects low-income students, many of whom are the first in their family to be accepted into college. Navigating the complex student enrollment process can be intimidating for anyone, but especially these students—and many just give up before they complete the process.

Here’s how to boost enrollment with chatbots

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