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January 28, 2020

LSBF re-imagines distance learning through VR

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Kerrie Kennedy, PIE News
London School of Business and Finance has announced it is offering all of its online postgraduate students a new way to gain public speaking skills via virtual reality headsets. So far, hundreds of headsets have been sent to students all around the world, including Germany, Nigeria, India and the United Arab Emirates. Education is expected to become the fourth biggest sector for VR investments, predicted to be worth US$700 million by 2025. Postgraduate students who enrolled on LSBF’s online programs in October 2019 recieved the zero-cost VR equipment this month.

https://thepienews.com/news/edu-tech/lsbf-re-imagines-distance-learning-through-vr/

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Spotting Mobile Learning Opportunities

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Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

It’s almost like a reflex, wanting to keep cell phones and tablets out of the hands of students and employees. These devices are a distraction, some argue, a distraction that takes the focus away from true learning or accomplishments. But what if mobile devices could do just the opposite? What if they could provide teachers and employers with an opportunity to achieve real, engaged learning within their student population or workforce? Below are three categories to explore when considering a switch to mobile learning.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/spotting-mobile-learning-opportunities/

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Google launches online coding course to train workers for tech jobs

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Richard Nieva, C|Net

As the tech industry continues to change the employment landscape for American workers, Google says it wants to prepare them for jobs in the industry. The search giant on Thursday announced a new course in the coding language Python, a key skill that many employers are looking for. The program, called the Google IT Automation With Python Professional Certificate, will be available through the online education service Coursera. It’ll be a six-course program in beginner-level Python, which will culminate in a final capstone project focused on programming for automation.

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-launches-online-coding-course-in-python-to-train-workers-for-tech-jobs/

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January 27, 2020

Moody’s: Slow Student Loan Repayment Driving High Balances, Bringing Social, Credit Implications

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Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed

Slow repayments have become the most important contributor to rising student loan balances, Moody’s Investors Service. In the past, rising tuition and climbing college enrollments were the largest contributors to increasing student loan balances, according to the ratings agency. But the drivers shifted to slow repayment, which is likely to combine with continued elevated levels of borrowing to increase outstanding debt into the future. Moody’s singled out social and credit implications for increasing student debt burdens. Student debt is “weighing on household finances and the broader economy,” according to Moody’s.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2020/01/17/moodys-slow-student-loan-repayment-driving-high-balances-bringing-social

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Crunch Time for Calbright

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Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed

California’s new online-only community college grabbed headlines again with its CEO’s departure. Some observers are raising red flags after the unexpected departure of the president and CEO of California’s new online-only community college. But others chalk it up to the normal growing pains associated with a start-up and say it’s too soon to judge whether the college will be successful.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/01/17/calbright-college-give-it-time-or-doomed-start

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3 Problems That Could Diminish Elearning Growth

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Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Elearning has long been touted as the answer to many problems encountered by institutions and students alike. It is a thriving industry that claims to open doors for learners in most corners of the world and with vastly different learning needs. But while its reach and subsequent success has been growing, there are problems lurking that could ultimately lend themselves to the industry’s downfall.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/3-problems-that-could-diminish-elearning-growth/

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January 26, 2020

‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses

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Emma Goldberg, NY Times

Many students still see employment in tech as a ticket to prosperity, but for job seekers who can afford to be choosy, there is a growing sentiment that Silicon Valley’s most lucrative positions aren’t worth the ethical quandaries. Claire Stapleton worked at Google and YouTube for 12 years. “There was this ambient glow of being part of a company that was changing the world,” she said. “Working at Google or Facebook seemed like the coolest thing ever my freshman year, because you’d get paid a ton of money but it was socially responsible,” said Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci, 21, a senior at the University of Michigan. “It was like a utopian workplace.” Now, he said, “there’s more hesitation about the moral qualities of these jobs. It’s like how people look at Wall Street.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/11/style/college-tech-recruiting.html

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When is higher ed worth it?

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LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

For years, stakeholders have sought to define what, exactly, Americans value from their education. Many have focused on wages, in part due to studies demonstrating that college graduates earn more over a lifetime than their non-graduate peers. But the answer might not be related to wages at all. Instead, people say they see more value in their education when their courses strongly relate to their work, and when they have high-quality, applied-learning experiences and top-notch career and academic advising opportunities.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/01/10/when-is-higher-ed-worth-it/

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January 25, 2020

Collaborative Education In An Online Setting

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Robert Burrus, Wilmington Biz

What message do I attempt to deliver with this narrative? For some of the practical-based courses offered in a university, the potential may exist for “partnerships” with professionals from within the community. The Cameron School of Business prides itself on engagement with the Cape Fear business community. This includes placement of students with local companies and opportunities for business leaders to come to campus in guest teaching roles. Even though the impact of guest lecturing in an online environment might not be immediately perceived, the end results can be very rewarding. Wilmington definitely has its share – if not more than its share – of true professionals who have something to offer in augmenting the educational process in distance learning courses.

http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/insights/robert__burrus/collaborative_education_in_an_online_setting/2616

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3 Tips To Easily Create Interactive eLearning

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Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The reality is this: students will not find boring content interesting simply because it is placed in an online setting. Instructors and course builders must think creatively and use available interactive assets in order to engage learners. Doing so, of course, requires consideration of learning purpose and course objectives. Simply employing interactive tools or templates without consideration of purpose will yield adverse results (i.e. students will not learn or see the value in learning if the tools and/or templates are seemingly pointless). Thus, online learning should be well thought out and carefully planned, just as a course is that is taught solely in a brick and mortar setting. The difference here, of course, is that instructors and learners now have an entire digital world at their disposal.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/3-tips-to-easily-create-interactive-elearning/

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Digital Learning Trends That Have Changed Way Companies Up Skill Employees In 2019

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Business World

In the modern workplace ‘new skills’ are the most in-demand currency. With jobs becoming specialized, rapid automation, digitization and other technologies disrupting traditional roles, effective talent management and upskilling of employees are a must. In 2019, Digital Learning played a key role in businesses training their employees with all the right tools and skill-sets to thrive in their respective industries. Over the course of analysis, reports, market study and conversations with industry leaders, we at Stratbeans realized, developed and implemented e-learning solutions that had a keen focus on developing employees who were ready for the future.

http://www.businessworld.in/article/Digital-Learning-Trends-That-Have-Changed-Way-Companies-Up-Skill-Employees-In-2019/11-01-2020-181734/

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January 24, 2020

How online learning leads to lifelong digital literacy skills

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By Devex

“Professionals need to be aware that the plans they make today are not necessarily going to be applicable in 10 or five years, or even in the short term, as the world pushes toward efficiency and automation.” — Dora Kingsley Vertenten, professor and program coordinator for the Master of Public Administration online program, University of Southern California. Learning online can give students a way of building their online skills and expanding their technological capabilities for life after graduation while studying new subject matter, she added.

https://www.devex.com/news/sponsored/q-a-how-online-learning-leads-to-lifelong-digital-literacy-skills-93196

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The next decade of disruption in education? Unlocking networks

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By: Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute

Who students know matters!  The power of connections is evident to any adult who has benefited from a friend or acquaintance helping him find a job along his professional path. The same is true for students today. In the past decade, we’ve seen how learning technologies have begun generating tectonic shifts in how the education sector now thinks about school as we know it. But the emergence of new networking tools suggests that in the next decade the disruptive potential of the edtech market is no longer confined to breakthroughs in online coursework, productivity tools, or adaptive software programs. Looking ahead, schools can begin to use edtech to connect; disrupting, over time, not just historical limits of how and when students learn, but also whom they know.

https://www.christenseninstitute.org/blog/the-next-decade-of-disruption-in-education-unlocking-networks/

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5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Developing eLearning Assessments

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Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Assessments are a regular part of education, and elearning is no different. To build a proper assessment, however, takes time and careful planning. If assessments are thrown together haphazardly, learning can be put at risk, or not happen at all. Below are 5 common mistakes to avoid when developing elearning assessments.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-common-mistakes-to-avoid-when-developing-elearning-assessments/

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January 23, 2020

EdX launches for-credit credentials that stack into bachelor’s degrees

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By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Online education provider EdX is taking a big step into the undergraduate market by launching two programs called MicroBachelors that students can complete on its platform and earn credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Students can earn credits in an information technology program offered by Western Governors University. A computer science program from New York University is pending approval for credit from Thomas Edison State University. The credits can also transfer to another institution that accepts them. The fully online programs consist of three courses each, cost between $500 and $1,500 total, and take roughly six months to complete.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/edx-launches-for-credit-credentials-that-stack-into-bachelors-degrees/570042/

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Online Courses and Complexities of Graduation Rates

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Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The rate at which students are enrolling into online courses has yet to slow down. Online courses, in this context, refers to courses provided digitally by public colleges and universities, as well as those taught by private non-profit and for-profit institutions. Thousands of students take at least one online course per year. With so many enrollments, one would think that the success rate of online learning must be just as high. However, some data seems to point to lower numbers than were expected, specifically in terms of graduation rates. To understand the complexities surrounding online graduation rates, though, we must first explore some of the issues and misinterpretations that correspond to the data that has been gathered.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/online-courses-and-complexities-of-graduation-rates/

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Online education in Pennsylvania could get more competitive thanks to state community colleges

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by Susan Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer

Graduates of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges can go on to earn their bachelor’s degrees online from a New Hampshire university at a rate that makes it less costly than nearly every other in-state public option, under an agreement signed Wednesday. The agreement with Southern New Hampshire University was arranged through the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, a nonprofit umbrella association, and marks the first transfer agreement between all 14 colleges and a four-year university.

https://www.inquirer.com/education/community-college-distance-education-transfer-competition-20200108.html

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January 22, 2020

White House Proposes Regulatory Principles to Govern AI Use

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Reuters

The White House on Tuesday proposed regulatory principles to govern the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) aimed at limiting authorities’ “overreach”, and said it wants European officials to likewise avoid aggressive approaches. The Trump administration said agencies should “promote trustworthy AI” and “must consider fairness, non-discrimination, openness, transparency, safety, and security.”

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/01/07/technology/07reuters-tech-ces-ai-white-house.html

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Reimagining the public university

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Naomi Schaefer Riley & James Piereson, AEI

The great state universities are not going to disappear, and many will maintain a standard of excellence, but in an age of inefficient governments trying to do all things for all people, they will not have the money to compete as they once did with high-performing private institutions. The financial model built in the post-war years is no longer sustainable under present circumstances. Academic leaders have tried to circumvent this reality by raising tuition, recruiting out-of-state students, and employing other short-term fixes that fail to address the fundamental problems at hand. It is time they adapt their practices to a new and, in some ways, fundamentally different education marketplace.

https://www.aei.org/articles/reimagining-the-public-university/

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The Y2K bug is back, causing headaches for developers again

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Daphne Leprince-Ringuet, ZD Net

Twenty years ago, as the world celebrated the start of a new millennium, IT professionals across the globe were getting cold sweats at the prospect of the Y2K bug kicking in: the fear that important systems relying on two-digit date logs would come to a standstill if computers interpreted the 1 January 2000, registered as 01/01/00, as the first day of the year 1900. No major incident happened, because developers had seen Y2K coming and prepared well. But two decades later, it has become apparent that some resorted to a quicker fix than others, and simply postponed the problem to 2020. A series of incidents seem to have confirmed that Y2020 is tech’s latest unwelcome blast from the past.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/the-y2k-bug-is-back-causing-headaches-for-developers-again/

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January 21, 2020

Americans Rank A Google Internship Over A Harvard Degree

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Brandon Busteed, Forbes
When asked what they believe would be most helpful for a high school graduate to launch a career, Americans overwhelmingly recommend an internship at Google (60%) over a degree from Harvard (40%). This latest finding from research I led at Kaplan (conducted by QuestResearch Group) is based on a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted in December. It says an awful lot about the state of affairs in higher education today. For many, it will be hard to fathom that an internship from a highly admired global company wins out over a full degree from a world-renowned university. But it comes as no surprise when viewed through the lens of the many public opinion studies done on higher education over the past several years.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brandonbusteed/2020/01/06/americans-rank-a-google-internship-over-a-harvard-degree/#25903d6d31b9

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