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December 24, 2016

Online Classes A Popular Way To Learn

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by KOA Radio

Online classes are popular. Yet, many people don’t know a lot about how they work. Dr. Jon Bellum is the Provost of Colorado State University-Global Campus and he joined us on Colorado’s Afternoon News to talk about how the online campus works, the type of education experience students get and to debunk some myths about online education.

http://koanewsradio.iheart.com/onair/colorados-afternoon-news-54737/online-classes-a-popular-way-to-15384207/

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The Year in Search: 2016

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by Ben Gomes, Google

It’s that time of year — when we look back at the last 12 months and reflect on the trends that defined the year in Google Search. From Powerball numbers to Olympic champions, whether making dessert or becoming a mannequin, this year affected us all in different ways. Through all the highs and lows, people came to Search to learn more and understand. So to celebrate the end of 2016, here’s a peek at some of the trending U.S. topics that caught our attention as especially unique to this year.

https://blog.google/products/search/year-search-2016/

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edX’s 2016 Year in Review

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by Dhawal Shah, Class Central

By the end of 2016, edX will cross ten million registered users. EdX is the second largest MOOC provider in the world but, compared to Coursera’s 23 million registered users, it’s a distant second. EdX seems to be closing the gap on Coursera. It added four million new users this year, compared to Coursera’s six million new users in 2016 (six million being the same number Coursera added in 2015). EdX made further inroads in its push for credit by expanding its MicroMasters program, which has now been adopted by fourteen universities located in eight different countries.

https://www.class-central.com/report/edx-2016-review/

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December 23, 2016

Building an Online Learning Community That Fosters Relationships

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By Crystal Browning, KQED

Building relationships between students can be tricky. In order to create a positive classroom community, I need to do the impossible — get teenagers to push passed the gossip and drama that rests on campus like a fog. An online community is a great place to break down some of the barriers that exist. Discussion and blog post assignments provide opportunities for students to communicate digitally with classmates that they might not speak to in person. I take an active role in building these new relationships. When I first assign a discussion question on Schoology, I make sure to leave comments. When students create blogs, I choose a Blog of the Day and highlight what makes that student’s blog unique.

https://ww2.kqed.org/learning/2016/12/13/building-an-online-learning-community-that-fosters-relationships/

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Older college students face completion crisis

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by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Forbes reports on a growing trend among college students who begin school after the age of 24 and make up more than 24% of the enrollment population, but who drop out of school at nearly double the rate of younger students. According to National Student Clearinghouse Research data, students aged 30 and up are four times more likely to pursue a credential or an associate degree from higher education than students younger than 30 years old, but even in these categories, older students still finish at a lower rate. Some observers suggest that older students with family, jobs and homes are limited in college options, and thereby quicker to drop out of a program which proves to be too difficult or a mismatch with their personalities or professional goals.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/older-college-students-face-completion-crisis/432157/

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State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Policy and Operations Manual

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by National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity

The SARA Manual incorporates, updates and replaces previous versions of SARA Policies and Standards and AQs, now arranged by policy issue. Please see the document’s Table of Content or Index for document navigation. Any degree-granting institution in the U.S. must be authorized by a governmental entity to issue degrees. The “government” is typically a state government, but it can also be Congress or an American Indian tribe. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education requires proof of state authorization as a condition of eligibility to participate in Title IV student assistance programs. Policy is intended to be consistent with federal law and is therefore subject to change based on federal rulemaking.

http://nc-sara.org/content/sara-manual

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December 22, 2016

Innovation Center Provides Global Hub for Flipped Learning

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By Rhea Kelly, THE Journal

Teachers around the world have a new resource for connecting, problem-solving, innovating and sharing best practices in flipped learning. The International Flipped Learning Innovation Center (IFLIC) is an online platform designed to support collaboration and innovation among flipped learning practitioners worldwide. The center was created through a merger of the Flipped Learning Community, and the Flipped Learning Global Initiative (FLGI), devoted to “expanding adoption of flipped learning all over the world.” (Earlier this year, FLGI launched a certification program for flipped learning pedagogy and practices.) The merger “connects some 29,000 registered members to a larger global network of flipped learning, practitioners, researchers, master teachers, technologists, administrators, advocates and thought leaders,” according to a press release. The mission: “to build bridges between the silos of robust flipped learning activity occurring worldwide.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/12/05/new-innovation-center-provides-global-hub-for-flipped-learning.aspx

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U Delaware live streaming service places multiple servers in strategic locations

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by eCampus News

The Media Services department at the University of Delaware was looking for a live streaming solution to help raise the profile of the school and keep students, parents, donors and alumni connected to the school activities, sports, and special events. University of Delaware hosts many world renowned speakers on campus for lectures, live talks, debates, and special events. Previous speakers include Sonia Sotomayor, DeRay Mckesson, Michael Chertoff, Maya Angelou, Bill Cohwer, Daryl Strawberry, Cornell West, John Quinones, Wynton Marsalis and Anderson Cooper.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/live-streaming-events/

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UIS Chancellor Susan Koch: Nontraditional becoming traditional at UIS

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By Susan Koch, State Journal Register

Adult learners, sometimes referred to as “nontraditional students,” have been a growing presence on college campuses for several years. That is certainly true at the University of Illinois Springfield, where, almost 41 percent of UIS undergraduate students this year are over the age of 24. According to Vickie Cook, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, about 1,500 students are pursuing their degrees online at UIS this year, which allows them to schedule time to study and participate in coursework based on their individual schedules. “Our faculty design online courses that engage students and promote a learning community,” says Cook, “and online program coordinators provide sustained support and services to ensure a positive learning experience, and ultimately, program completion.” Looking at the trending demographics of today’s college student body, nontraditional may, in fact, become the new traditional.

http://www.sj-r.com/news/20161210/susan-koch-nontraditional-becoming-traditional-at-uis

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December 21, 2016

Deakin University leads the world in disrupting traditional education

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by Tim Dodd, Australian Financial Review

In a world first Deakin University has decided to offer a suite of its degrees through a global massive open online course (or MOOC) provider, bypassing its own sophisticated learning management platform in search of a larger market. From early next year six Deakin post-graduate masters degrees will be available through the rapidly growing UK-based MOOC provider FutureLearn. ​The degrees will be in cyber security, information technology, financial planning, property, diabetes education, and humanitarian and development action. ​The move is a significant step towards a possible future for higher education in which universities are no longer be the main channels through which students study for degrees. Companies such as FutureLearn, which was founded by The Open University in Britain, could become large-scale aggregators of university courses.

http://www.afr.com/news/policy/education/deakin-university-leads-the-world-in-disrupting-traditional-education-20161209-gt86yy

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Proposals to Use Blockchain to Secure Digital Voting Systems

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By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab today recognized three universities for their work on using blockchain technology to secure digital voting systems. As part of the 2016 Cybersecurity Case Study Competition, the participants were tasked with designing blockchain-compliant systems to address specific security challenges, such as voter privacy, undecided voters and voter fraud. A total of 19 teams from universities across the United States and United Kingdom provided written and video submissions detailing their proposals. Entries were judged by a panel of Kaspersky Lab experts. The top three proposals, as described by a company statement:

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/12/08/3-universities-recognized-for-proposals-to-use-blockchain-to-secure-digital-voting-systems.aspx

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E-Learning Market Expected to Experience Major Growth Over Next Five Years

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By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

The e-learning market is predicted to experience significant global growth over the next five years, largely driven by advances in technology, evolving business needs and a number of emerging learning and development trends, according to Docebo’s newly released research report, “E-Learning Market Trends and Forecast 2017-2021.” For instance, the report says the global corporate e-learning market is projected to reach approximate revenues of $31 billion by the end of 2020. This information initially came from Technavio’s report, “Global Corporate E-Learning Market 2016-2020.” Docebo reports that social and collaborative tools, followed closely by mobile delivery, lead the pack at the top of the list of top learning technology priorities. This initially came from Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Learning Technology Study.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/12/08/elearning-market-expected-to-experience-major-growth-over-next-five-years.aspx

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December 20, 2016

The growing problem of data access in education

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by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

NPR examines the growing trend of inaccessible or incomprehensible data provided by states on secondary education performance, which offers citizens broken links and hard-to-read education jargon on what scores and access really means. The report is aligned with similar complaints from the higher education community regarding the federal government’s data keeping on colleges and universities, which offers a number of resources providing a number of varying views on retention, graduation rates, postgraduate job placement and other key factors which influence funding and public perception of schools. Without the information, parents across all levels of education are deprived of an accurate context for which schools are an ideal fit for their children, or for their money.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/the-growing-problem-of-data-access-in-education/431647/

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Mobile and Community Colleges

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by Julia Gray, EDUCAUSE Review

In “Community Colleges: Somewhat Different,” a recent Connections: Community College Insights column, Bret Ingerman addressed a number of issues regarding the role of information technology in community colleges and the conversations that community college IT organizations need to have to help support our students.1 One area to discuss is how to ensure that our Internet/web-based systems can be used by our students. Our role must be to look at who our students are and at the available data on what technology our students have and how they access the Internet.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/10/mobile-and-community-colleges

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Colleges face a new reality, as the number of high school graduates will decline

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by MIKHAIL ZINSHTEYN, Hechinger Report

Though the country’s number of high school graduates grew by 30 percent between 1995 and 2013, to 3.47 million students, by next year colleges will see a high school graduating cohort that is smaller by 81,000 students – a dip of 2.3 percent. After a few years of some growth, the report projects that from 2027 to 2032 the annual graduation totals will each be smaller by 150,000 to 220,000 people than the ones the nation had in 2013. Fueling the decline will be decreases in the overall student population and growth among specific student groups. An increase in low-income and minority-group students will challenge colleges to serve them better.
http://hechingerreport.org/colleges-face-new-reality-number-high-schools-graduates-will-decline/

Though the country’s number of high school graduates grew by 30 percent between 1995 and 2013, to 3.47 million students, by next year colleges will see a high school graduating cohort that is smaller by 81,000 students – a dip of 2.3 percent. After a few years of some growth, the report projects that from 2027 to 2032 the annual graduation totals will each be smaller by 150,000 to 220,000 people than the ones the nation had in 2013. Fueling the decline will be decreases in the overall student population and growth among specific student groups. An increase in low-income and minority-group students will challenge colleges to serve them better.

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December 19, 2016

10 essential skills for today’s technology leader

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BY KEITH KRUEGER, eSchool News

CoSN defines their essential skills with support of the NSF; aims to advance district technology leadership. Leading a school district in the digital age can be both exhilarating and formidable. Technology has proven to enhance the educational experience of students and educators, preparing everyone for success in the ultra-competitive, highly connected, ever-shrinking world. What core competencies do school system technology leaders exactly need to succeed? And what skills should a superintendent look for in his/her technology leader? CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), the national association of school district technology leaders, has thought long and hard about this question, and we have developed the first-ever aspirational leadership certification to address this need.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/12/07/essential-skills-technology-leader/

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Don’t miss this recap of the latest technology product news, reports, and research

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BY LAURA DEVANEY, eSchool News

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change. Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/12/07/marketplace-funding-technology-learning/

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How to make higher education technology investments that pay off

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BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

It’s a blessing and a curse: As more needs and services are required by colleges and universities, more technology solutions are entering the market. But with so many options available for practically every type of implementation, how can purchasers make the best decision possible? According to higher education directors and deans, and industry CEOs, making the fiscally responsible, effective decision on technology purchases requires a combination of research, planning and foresight. Also, choosing the technology that allows for the most collaboration possible is always a wise choice.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/it-newsletter/higher-ed-technology-investments/

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December 18, 2016

Deakin to offer postgrad degrees via FutureLearn

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by Natalie Marsh, Professionals in International Education

UK-based online learning platform FutureLearn has announced a partnership with Deakin University in Australia, making it the first MOOC provider to offer a series of postgraduate degrees from one partner institution. FutureLearn and Deakin University partner to offer online postgraduate degreesDeakin University will offer these courses through FutureLearn from 2017. The six master’s degrees and two postgraduate certificates will be launched towards the start of next year, in six different subject fields. Students will also be able to enrol in a free, two week taster course before fully enrolling. “This is a testament to how far we have come in just three years” Taking the step to offering full degrees was a natural progression for FutureLearn, according to Mark Lester, its director of partnerships.

https://thepienews.com/news/futurelearn-deakin-partner-postgraduate-degrees/

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Online Language Learning in the US – Market Drivers and Forecasts

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by Technavio

The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the online language learning market in the US for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, Technavio analysts consider the revenue generated from the sales of foreign language learning products and services provided by online language learning providers. The widespread penetration of smartphones and mobile devices and increased Internet accessibility have boosted the online education system. This has led to the evolution of m-learning. Consequently, many foreign language learning mobile apps are developed to provide online language courses to end-users. All these fundamental developments in schools and colleges are encouraging language learning companies to invest in software, which can provide language learning solutions to diverse student population base in the US.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161209005026/en/Online-Language-Learning-%E2%80%93-Market-Drivers-Forecasts

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More Mississippi State Students Choosing to Take Online Classes

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By: Quentin Smith, WCBI

This is the weekend that many students at Mississippi State University have been working so hard for. Graduation. Both traditional and online students will finally be able to accomplish their goals when they walk across the stage in their cap and gown and receive their diplomas. More and more people are opting to take classes online rather than in person. Many of the new graduates at Mississippi State have never to Starkville prior to graduation this weekend. The university’s Distance Learning Program doesn’t require them to set foot on campus while they’re earning their degrees.

http://www.wcbi.com/people-choosing-take-online-classes/

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