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October 23, 2017

The New, Improved IPEDS

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by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

The Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics has unwraped a revision of the IPEDS database that will expand the government’s tools for measuring postsecondary outcomes, especially for the students who, for lack of a better term, are frequently called “nontraditional” (even though they now outnumber the “traditional” 18- to 22-year-olds). While the changes are partial and leave many policy makers wanting more — most of which cannot be accomplished unless and until the federal government ends its ban on collecting student-level data — they are widely seen as a vast improvement. “This is a step in the right direction, and it’s a big step forward for community colleges, particularly,” said Andrew Nichols, director of higher education research and data analytics at the Education Trust, which advocates for low-income and minority students.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/10/12/new-federal-higher-ed-outcome-measures-count-part-time-adult-students

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Digital textbooks equal cost savings for Auburn students

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by Kara Coleman, Opelika-Auburn News

Auburn University says it has saved students nearly $1 million since 2014, crediting a focus on going digital textbooks. “We’ve actually saved students $941,000, just in three years,” said Russell Weldon, assistant director in charge of course materials at the university’s bookstore. “On average so far, we’ve saved students 45 percent overall, for everything they’re buying through the All Access program. So we’re literally cutting the cost of materials in half.” Three years ago, Auburn began implementing All Access as a trial in its freshman orientation course. All Access is a program that works with textbook companies to make course materials available digitally to students at roughly half the cost of a hard copy of a textbook. The program also helps the university save money, as it is a big cost to the school when the textbooks stocked at the campus bookstore don’t sell, Weldon said.

http://www.oanow.com/news/auburn/digital-textbooks-equal-cost-savings-for-auburn-students/article_1e5ea449-63be-55ac-b937-6d6be6e37263.html

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Online Learning Now a Core Form of Delivery of Courses and Programs in Canadian Colleges and Universities – Newswire

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by Newswire

Online learning is now a core form of delivery for Canadian universities and colleges, according to a report released today at the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto. This survey of online learning, the first covering all Canadian public post-secondary institutions, was conducted by a small group of independent Canadian researchers, under the leadership of Dr. Tony Bates, a visiting professor at Ryerson University and a Research Associate at Contact North, Ontario.   Online enrollments have expanded at a rate of 10%-15% per annum over the last five years; online learning now constitutes between 12%-16% of all post-secondary teaching for credit,

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3523443

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October 22, 2017

5 Apps to Help All Students with Math

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by Calvin Hennick, edTech Magazine

A big part of offering up science, technology and math (STEM) opportunities for students of all abilities is differentiating instruction for each students’ needs. “Anything can be adapted for students with disabilities,” says A. Harry Moore School Technology Coordinator Stephanie Talalai in an EdTech article. “It’s just a matter of what accommodation you are going to give them.” One great way to provide accommodations for all students is through the use of mobile apps. For the “M” of STEM in particular, several mobile apps let teachers help students access high-interest, leveled math content.

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/10/5-apps-help-all-students-math

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Best Practices for Cybersecurity Are Simple and Keep Users in Mind

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by Nicci Fagan, edTech Magazine
To keep networks safe, higher education leaders need to ensure security measures are easy to navigate. The Department of Homeland Security recently released its themes for October, from basic online safety to cybersecurity careers. Each week, DHS and its partners will release resources relating to each theme that IT staff can incorporate into cybersecurity education and training.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/10/best-practices-cybersecurity-are-simple-and-keep-users-mind

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How Will AR Transform Education? [#Infographic]

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by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, edtech Magazine
Meghan is an associate editor with EdTech: Focus on Higher Education. She enjoys coffee, cats and science fiction TV. In the summer of 2016, nothing was quite as buzzy as the smartphone game, “Pokémon Go.” Thanks to its augmented reality (AR) format — which blends real-world interactivity with an immersive video game world — the game spiked in popularity among K–12 and college students. It also introduced the concept of AR into the education sector. By 2018, the AR device market is expected to reach about $660 million, a new infographic from the New Jersey Institute of Technology reports. While AR is still up and coming, several mobile apps have emerged to let students (both at the K–12 and higher ed level) engage with interactive books about space and human anatomy charts.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/10/how-will-ar-transform-education-infographic-0

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October 21, 2017

Four Types of AI from Reactive to Self-Aware #infographic

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by Futurism

With advances in computing power – including machine learning, neural networks, natural language processing, genetic algorithms and computational creativity – just to name a few – it increasingly seems likely that artificial intelligence is evolving from simple to self-aware machines.  Here is a look at where AI is now, and the prospect of what it will become.

https://futurism.com/images/types-of-ai-from-reactive-to-self-aware-infographic/

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Google Unveils ‘Teachable Machine’ to Showcase AI to Users

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by Todd R. Weiss, IT Pro Windows

Google has unveiled an AI experiment that’s designed to expand and promote the understanding of artificial intelligence and machine learning by allowing anyone to try their own online AI experiences.  Called “Teachable Machine,” the project is a simple experiment that lets online participants teach a machine using their computer’s camera right within a web browser, with no laborious hand coding required, wrote Barron Webster, a designer and machine learning enthusiast in Google’s Creative Lab, in a recent post on The Google Official Blog. From helping you find your favorite dog photos, to helping farmers in Japan sort cucumbers, machine learning is changing the way people use code to solve problems,” wrote Webster.

http://windowsitpro.com/machine-learning/google-unveils-teachable-machine-showcase-ai-users

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MOOCs Reborn: Online Education’s Student-Friendly Makeover Promises Better 

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by Tom Lindsay, Forbes

A number of MOOCs have taken on the challenge to increase course completion, crafting innovations that are now yielding completion rates that are up to five times the average. They have accomplished this through seeking to ameliorate the “loneliness”—that is, the social isolation—of the long-distance learner. This advance is especially encouraging, given the speed with which MOOCs are multiplying: According to one survey, roughly 2,000 new MOOCs have taken flight since the beginning of the year.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomlindsay/2017/10/11/moocs-reborn-online-educations-student-friendly-makeover-promises-better-results/#4cb83b5949ce

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October 20, 2017

Online Guide Helps Students Learn How to Create Immersive Media

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By Dian Schaffhauser10/12/17
When the New York Times Magazine launched its free virtual reality app, “The Displaced,” which could be viewed on a smartphone inserted into a low-cost cardboard headset, it opened possibilities for educators on bringing immersive experiences to their students. Less than a year later Digital Promise Global teamed up with Oculus VR for Good, a unit within Facebook’s VR headset division, to provide 360-degree production equipment to American high schools for helping students produce their own videos on topics that mattered to them.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/10/12/online-guide-helps-students-learn-how-to-create-immersive-media.aspx

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Report: Taking Just 1 More Course Improves Student Persistence

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By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Taking just one more course per term can increase persistence toward graduation for some students, according to a new report from Civitas Learning. Based on data from 60 institutions and nearly 1.4 million students, the report found that, particularly for part-time and nontraditional students, “even small shifts in course load can have a profound impact on success rates.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/12/report-taking-1-more-course-improves-student-persistence.aspx

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Faculty Predict Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Will Be Key to Ed Tech in 10 Years

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By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
Judging by the outlook of faculty in colleges and universities today, the future is bright for technology in higher education. A full 98 percent of faculty members who took Campus Technology’s second annual Teaching With Technology Survey believe technology will play a positive role in education going forward. That’s a step up from 97 percent who answered the same in 2016. What technologies do faculty think will be important in education over the next decade? The most popular answer to that question by far was virtual/augmented/mixed reality, garnering 81 percent of responses (it topped the list last year as well). Mobile devices and apps, 3D modeling/scanning/printing, adaptive/personalized learning and video/streaming all rounded out the top five.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/11/faculty-predict-virtual-augmented-mixed-reality-will-be-key-to-ed-tech-in-10-years.aspx

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October 19, 2017

The gap between what employers need and the skills of the workforce is growing

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By Mike Averill, Tulsa World

The skills gap refers to the skills required by employers and the training held by the workforce or the number of jobs requiring skills that the workforce does not have.  There are more than 60,000 unfilled jobs in the state, of which nearly 18,000 are deemed critical to growing the economy. In August there were 81,476 unemployed, or about 4.5 percent of the state’s 1.8 million-person workforce. “We have people who have skills who aren’t working and we have jobs that are available but the people who have skills don’t have the right skills for the jobs,” said Shelley Cadamy, executive director of Workforce Tulsa.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/the-gap-between-what-employers-need-and-the-skills-of/article_8142a964-7e45-546c-b641-502a607bb5b0.html

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5 MUST HAVE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT APPS, TOOLS, AND RESOURCES

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate
For most teachers, classroom management is one of the biggest challenges. Managing twenty-six young people with a variety of interests, skill levels, and behaviors is no easy task. Luckily, edtech can help. Use these five classroom management apps, tools, and resources to minimize classroom management issues and maximize instructional time.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-must-classroom-management-apps-tools-resources/

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7 MUST-HAVE PROBLEM BASED LEARNING APPS, TOOLS AND RESOURCES

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Problem Based Learning (PBL) can radically change student learning. Rather than stuff students full of facts or material to memorize, problem based learning encourages students to solve problems independently (or in groups) to find solutions. Additionally, problem based learning is student-centered, which is where all of education is headed. Therefore, teachers must make efforts to provide students with problem based learning activities. To grow your collection of PBL resources, here are seven must-have apps and tools.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-must-problem-based-learning-apps-tools-resources/

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October 18, 2017

Why Is Live Interactive Video Streaming So Rare Among MOOCs and LMSs?

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By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

ELearning is clearly here to stay. As early as 2013, The Wall Street Journal found that, of people seeking higher education in the U.S., only 29% were traditional college students, e.g. 18-22-year-old high school graduates. A much bigger percentage was made up by people over 25 with a full time job and/or a family. In some cases, these lifelong learners will be able to attend class in person, but for most, online courses and other eLearning programs are far more accessible, less expensive, and easier to fit into a demanding schedule.

https://news.elearninginside.com/why-is-live-interactive-video-streaming-so-rare-among-moocs-and-lmss/

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Emerging Tech Boosts Online Education Growth Over Next 4 Years

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by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

A study finds that mobile devices, virtual reality and blending learning programs will spark innovation. With millions of students enrolling in at least one online course, it should be no surprise that a recent Technavio study found that the online education market is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent until 2021. As enrollment and investment in online education increases, the report claims that the industry owes a lot of this growth to mobile devices and increased desire for blended learning opportunities.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/10/emerging-tech-boosts-online-education-growth-over-next-4-years

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A PayPal exec’s favorite interview question reveals the skill all good employees should have

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by Áine Cain, Business Insider

“I would ask this of any candidate — what did you learn this week?” Hann told Business Insider. “Even if it’s only Tuesday. What’s something new you learned this week and how did you apply it in what you do?” Major companies like EY and IBM encourage employees to keep gathering new skills through online learning programs for which graduates earn “digital badges” that certify they’ve completed the course. In fact, reported Business Insider’s Abby Jackson, certain IBM badges can be used toward Northeastern professional master’s degree programs.

http://www.businessinsider.com/paypal-job-interview-question-exec-2017-10

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October 17, 2017

Google Pledges $1 Billion to Improve Education Levels Worldwide

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by Associated Press

Google says over the next five years it will spend $1 billion on nonprofit organizations helping to raise education levels around the world and commit its employees to a million hours of volunteer work doing the same. CEO Sundar Pichai announced the goal Thursday morning in Pittsburgh, the city where he arrived in the U.S. from India 24 years ago. Pichai also unveiled a program called “Grow with Google” aimed at training Americans how to get jobs or grow their businesses. The program aims to outfit people with computer and entrepreneurial skills.

https://www.inc.com/associated-press/google-sundar-pichai-1-billion-nonprofit-organizations-boost-education-grow-with-google.html

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launches ‘Woz U’ tech school

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By Luke Stangel, San Jose Business Journal

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak this week launched Woz U, an online, tech-focused education program owned by a private, for-profit school based in Texas. Woz U offers just two online programs today, an 8-month computer programming track and a 6-month computer support specialist track. The school promises to eventually add programs in data science, mobile app development and cybersecurity, and add physical campuses in 30 cities. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Woz U is “inspired by Steve Wozniak,” according to the school’s website.

https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2017/10/13/apple-steve-wozniak-launches-woz-u-tech-school.html

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Google partners with Udacity to offer 50,000 new scholarships for aspiring developers

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by Scott Scrivens, Android Police

Grow with Google is the company’s educational initiative offering free training and tools to help kickstart the careers of budding developers across the United States. The platform has several partners with which Google works to create learning programs and provide support. One such partner is Udacity, which offers free and paid online courses for a range of different technical disciplines. Together, Google and Udacity are offering 50,000 new scholarships in the US. They will specifically target Android and mobile web developers with a view to training them up and getting them into work. The courses are intended to prepare students for Google’s Associate Android Developer and Mobile Web Specialist developer certifications.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/13/google-partners-udacity-offer-50000-new-scholarships-aspiring-developers/

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