Facebook Commits $15 Million to Code.org to Diversify Computer Science Education

July 28th, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal

Facebook is pledging $15 million over the next five years to Code.org to enable the nonprofit to expand access to computer science education, in an effort to improve diversity in the technology industry. The news comes after Facebook released a report on the diversity of its own employees earlier today. Data indicates the company still has a long way to go before it has a diverse employee base, particularly for its senior leadership and technical employees. For senior leadership, 27 percent are women, 3 percent are African American and 3 percent are Hispanic. Only 17 percent of technical workers are women, 3 percent are Hispanic and 1 percent is African American.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/07/14/facebook-commits-$15-million-to-code.org-to-diversify-coding-education.aspx

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New Research Debunks Online College Student Myths

July 28th, 2016

by Learninghouse

The report found that online college education has expanded access to students who previously might not have attended; this was primarily due to issues around time and finances. Of note, 50 percent of online college students reported that they “would not,” “probably would not,” or were “unsure” whether they would have pursued higher education had their program not been offered online. The researchers also found that potential students are choosing their schools faster, and limiting the number of institutions they consider, with many selecting the first program that engages with them. The expectation of rapid communication translates to all materials they submit, including those related to financial aid and transfer credit eligibility. The research also found that awareness of alternative pathways — including massive open online courses, micro degrees and bootcamps — is low; 66% of those surveyed reported either “no knowledge” or “minimal knowledge” of these options.

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/new-research-from-learning-house-aslanian-market-research-debunks-online-college-student-2143911.htm

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Half of Online Students Would Not Opt for Live Courses

July 28th, 2016

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

New research into the demographics of online college students found 50 percent of them would probably not choose to attend classes on a physical campus. Half of higher education students taking advantage of online instruction said in a survey they either would not or were not sure they would attend live courses even if they were available to them. That’s according to the fifth annual survey by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research on the demographics of students who are pursuing online college degrees. This year’s study, entitled “Online College Students 2016: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences,” found that while online courses were the only option for half of students, 90 percent of students who had taken live on-campus courses said they either prefer online courses or found them just as satisfying.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/07/20/half-of-online-students-would-not-opt-for-live-courses.aspx

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Online courses give students, teachers flexibility

July 27th, 2016

by Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun

More than 900 students from Indian Prairie District 204, Naperville District 203 and Wheaton Warrenville District 200 are participating in the first session of an online learning consortium known as eLo, or Expanding Learning Opportunities. Neuqua Valley junior Diego Hernandez took an American government class in June and still had time to sightsee around Germany, where he was visiting for the month. He was one of 917 students from Indian Prairie District 204, Naperville District 203 and Wheaton Warrenville District 200 participating in the first session of an online learning consortium known as eLo, or Expanding Learning Opportunities. The consortium touts that its courses are taught by teachers in the three districts with the same rigor as students experience in the school year.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-online-school-benefits-st-0720-20160719-story.html

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Delft University attracts one million students for its online courses Education

July 27th, 2016

by DutchNews.nl

Delft University of Technology has signed up its one millionth student for its online lectures or Massive Open Online Course programme. The university launched its first courses, on solar energy and water treatment, in September 2013. It now offers 36 different MOOCs, ranging from ‘leadership for engineers’ to aerospace. There is even a programming class, in Dutch, geared towards children ages 8 and up Students can select which courses to take via edX, a non-profit platform for online education that is also used by MIT, Harvard and other universities to make their courses available to anyone on the planet with access to the internet. Some 20% of Delft’s subscribers hail from the United States and 13% are based in India. The most popular course so far has been solar energy, which has drawn 131,000 enrolments. Creative Problem Solving, the second most popular, has attracted 113,000.

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2016/07/delft-university-attracts-one-million-students-for-its-online-courses/

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College Research Initiative is Anything but Traditional

July 27th, 2016

by Barnes & Noble College, Education Dive

But after a brief conversation with Mary Ellen Deutsch, the time-crunched second year student, talk soon shifts to family, a house on Chicago’s North Shore and the pressures of the job as an HR executive. It also includes her participation in the part time EMBA program at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. “It didn’t require a lot of thought,” says the ‘forty-something’ Deutsch. “I just saw this as a window, as a good time — probably the only time I would be able to get back to college and finish up my education,” she says. Increasingly, students like Deutsch are becoming the norm in a bid for better jobs, better salaries and career advancement. These nontraditional students have little in common with their 18-21 year-old counterparts, as they weave widely differing lifestyles, incomes and age groups with their motivation for further education. As an important emergent group, they are becoming the future of higher education.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/college-research-initiative-is-anything-but-traditional/422790/

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Considering a mobile app for your institution? Keep these 5 things in mind

July 26th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Understanding the goal of how to best help students is one of several points to consider in developing an institutional mobile app. Researching best practices among peer institutions, gathering intel on price point and maintenance, and testing strategies are vital considerations before selecting a developer for an app creation and launch. Branding the app presents an ideal opportunity to dive into institutional photo repositories and to engage students in creating and designing the function and appeal of the app.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/considering-a-mobile-app-for-your-institution-keep-these-5-things-in-mind/422932/

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5 Best Sites That Will Help You Hone Your Skills

July 26th, 2016

by Diana Coker, HR Digest

Do you want to hone your existing skills or pick up some new one? But, do you have time to do so? Are you willing to go back to school to learn those skills? Do you lack some of the skills that you may require once your change careers? If so, you can rely on online courses in order to develop what you lack. Online courses allow you to develop those much-needed skills at your own pace. They are self-regulated, shorter than a typical college semester, and cover all the topics and skills that you can possibly imagine. The hard part of taking online classes is to find online learning sites that are reputed and provide an online class in the field that you are looking for. But the good news is, we have done your part of hard work and have made a list of online sites that offer a variety of free and paid courses. Here are some top online learning sites.

http://www.thehrdigest.com/5-best-sites-online-courses-will-help-hone-skills/

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How to Make E-Learning So People Really Learn: Q&A With Ethan Edwards

July 26th, 2016

by ATD

In this Q&A podcast, I speak with Ethan Edwards, who facilitates ATD’s E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate and Advanced E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate. Ethan has been designing online instruction for almost 25 years, beginning with work at the PLATO laboratory at the University of Illinois, continuing through positions at Authorware, Macromedia, Microsoft, and as a consultant with a host of top companies in the United States and abroad. The problem with most e-learning courseware, according to Ethan, is that designers get caught up in the media. Meanwhile, on the end of the spectrum, subject matter experts are applying pressure on designers to “just present content”—a lot of content. Consequently, too much e-learning—and training, for that matter—is presented like a trivia contest. What’s more, Ethan reminds, that “reading or listening to content without purpose is one of the most dull things in the universe.”

https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Learning-Technologies-Blog/2016/07/How-to-Make-Elearning-so-People-Really-Learn-QA-with-Ethan-Edwards

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How to fix the college lecture

July 25th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A recent study indicates lecture hall-style classes increase the probability of failure by 55%. Lecturing may present a disadvantage to students from low-income high schools or communities, because they may have work schedules beyond the classroom and may learn best with more individualized attention. Lectures are most prevalent in secondary systems serving affluent learners. Some professors are incorporating multimedia into traditional lecture formats to try to reach 21st century students.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/how-to-fix-the-college-lecture/422786/

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Facebook Commits $15 Million to Code.org to Diversify Computer Science Education

July 25th, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal

In an effort to increase the number of women and other underrepresented groups in the computer science field, Facebook is pledging $15 million over the next five years to Code.org to enable the nonprofit to train teachers to teach computer science in urban public school districts and to expand learning opportunities for students. Facebook released a report on the diversity of its own employees earlier today, admitting the company has a long way to go before it has a diverse employee base, particularly for its technical departments and senior leadership. Only 17 percent of technical workers are women, while 3 percent are Hispanic and 1 percent is African American. For senior leadership, 27 percent are women, 3 percent are African American and 3 percent are Hispanic.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/07/14/facebook-commits-$15-million-to-code.org-to-diversify-coding-education.aspx

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Survey: College business officers say higher ed in crisis

July 25th, 2016

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A survey conducted by Inside Higher Ed found a majority of college business officials agree higher education is in financial crisis, with a bleak outlook for the next 10 years. More than 80% of business officers believe institutions must be more innovative and cost-conscious about academic offerings. More than half of survey respondents indicated faculty do not play a significant role in major budgeting decisions.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-college-business-officers-say-higher-ed-in-crisis/422779/

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7 Universities Receive Grants to Implement Adaptive Learning at Scale

July 24th, 2016

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Seven public research universities are embarking on a three-year project focused on improving undergraduate education through personalized learning and adaptive courseware. Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Georgia State University, Northern Arizona University, Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Mississippi will each receive $515,000 from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) as part of its Adaptive Courseware Grant program. The program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/07/14/7-universities-receive-grants-to-implement-adaptive-learning-at-scale.aspx

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Can colleges get ahead of the VR curve?

July 24th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Virtual reality is a growing tech platform in a number of industries, including tourism, gaming, cinema and education. Inside Higher Ed says that colleges should quickly consider adding VR for disciplines like engineering, or to student resources like library services. Costs for wearable technology and high-powered computers to run VR programs is still prohibitive for many schools outside elite Ivy League and large public institutions.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/can-colleges-get-ahead-of-the-vr-curve/422603/

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Boost Social Media Skills With Online Courses

July 24th, 2016

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Whether students pursue a free versus a paid online course in social media depends on their goals and class format preferences, experts say. “What we’re finding is there’s a large number of people out there with passion and talent but who were trained in non-digital media, or earned their degrees 10 or 15 years ago,” says Michael Weigold, director of online graduate programs at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, which offers an online master’s in social media. That’s where online learning might come into play. There are plenty of options out there for those looking to boost their social media skills.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2016-07-14/boost-social-media-skills-with-online-courses

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6 Reasons To Start Thinking About A Virtual Reality Career — NOW

July 23rd, 2016

By Christopher Watkins, Udacity Blog

Today, Virtual Reality still offers opportunities to get in on the ground floor. The field is set to grow exponentially in the next few years, and if you join late, opportunities will be fewer, competition will be stiffer, and established experts will be tenacious about maintaining their positions. Betting on VR now by jumping in while it’s still comparatively early days is arguably a risk, but it’s only a bad bet if the field goes belly up, and no one believes that’s going to happen.

http://blog.udacity.com/2016/07/6-reasons-start-thinking-virtual-reality-career-now.html

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Summer online classes are growing at local universities and it’s affecting on-campus enrollment

July 23rd, 2016

BY ELIZABETH DONALD, Belleville News Democrat

The Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University saw fewer summer students this year, while the Edwardsville campus saw a slight increase — and school officials are saying online classes had an impact on both. On-campus summer enrollment at SIUC dropped 14.2 percent this year, or 571 fewer students than last. This is 1,334 fewer students than who were enrolled in summer 2014. However, when online classes are factored in, the summer enrollment at SIUC is down 5.1 percent — still a drop, but not as significant. In fact, online class enrollment grew by 8.5 percent this year.

http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article89824447.html

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Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

July 23rd, 2016

By Michelle Pacansky-Brock, EdSurge

Developing critical listening and speaking skills is an essential element of a student’s higher-education experience. However, verbally presenting one’s ideas and listening to contributions made by student peers are not typical experiences for online students, as most activities in online classes consist of reading and writing. As online course offerings increase, institutions have an obligation to ensure faculty are empowered to teach with tools that enable students to learn out loud. These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-07-15-learning-out-loud-make-online-courses-meaningful-and-accessible

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Why to Consider Game-Based Online Learning

July 22nd, 2016

By Joe Chapman, US News

Games can make online education more fun and allow students to apply what they learn to real-life situations. One of the primary benefits of game-based learning is that it offers custom learning experiences for students, which is important as every student learns differently. Throughout games, students can make mistakes, course correct and revisit concepts, allowing them to better understand course material and specific concepts they may struggle with. Another important benefit is that game-based learning is fun, and students enjoy learning. As opposed to some traditional education tactics that could feel passive or dull, game-based learning engages and motivates students, allowing them to actively learn, acquire skills and build thought processes.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2016-07-15/why-to-consider-game-based-online-learning

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9 Fresh Ways to Promote Your Online Course

July 22nd, 2016
by Monica Montesa, Business2Community
At the end of the day, the success of your online course is directly tied to how valuable it is to your target audience. If your course isn’t helpful, no amount of promotion and advertising dollars will make up for that. And unfortunately, you’ll see that in your metrics when you don’t meet your goals. From the get-go, you should be confident that the course you’re encouraging them to sign up for is something people want. If you think you might need to go back and make some updates, I encourage you to do that now before you put in the effort to tell the world about it. Another thing: Before you start promoting anything, make sure you have clearly defined goals for your course. What action do you want course attendees to take after the course? How many people do you want to sign up for your service or purchase a product? Whatever it may be, this will have a significant impact on your promotion strategy. To keep your plan targeted, you want to make sure you’re meeting people where they are.

http://www.business2community.com/brandviews/aweber/9-fresh-ways-promote-online-course-01597669#GmJQlJb0yT6ee0GW.97

9 Fresh Ways to Promote Your Online Courseby Monica Montesa, Business2CommunityAt the end of the day, the success of your online course is directly tied to how valuable it is to your target audience. If your course isn’t helpful, no amount of promotion and advertising dollars will make up for that. And unfortunately, you’ll see that in your metrics when you don’t meet your goals. From the get-go, you should be confident that the course you’re encouraging them to sign up for is something people want. If you think you might need to go back and make some updates, I encourage you to do that now before you put in the effort to tell the world about it. Another thing: Before you start promoting anything, make sure you have clearly defined goals for your course. What action do you want course attendees to take after the course? How many people do you want to sign up for your service or purchase a product? Whatever it may be, this will have a significant impact on your promotion strategy. To keep your plan targeted, you want to make sure you’re meeting people where they are.

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Want to learn to code? These 5 apps make it easy

July 22nd, 2016

By Christian de Looper, Digital Trends

Some say coding is the new literacy, which makes it pretty important for kids to start learning young — and for adults to learn the basics of coding if they want to be a part of our increasingly digital world. Luckily, there are plenty of great apps out there to help you and your kids learn how to code, whether it be to build an app or to learn how to command a robot. These apps are designed to make the task of learning to code easier, and there’s something out there for students of all ages and skill levels. Here are some of the best learn-to-code apps around.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/the-best-learn-to-code-apps/

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