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July 23, 2017

How to Build a Successful Blended Learning Model

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By Tara Beams, THE Journal

When you make the switch to a blended learning model, you find yourself making instructional choices for students that empower them to utilize technology in a very independent and deliberate manner. Defined by the nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank Clayton Christensen Institute as any formal education program in which students learn at least in part through online learning with “student control over time, place, path and/or pace,” blended learning needs to be a purposeful and thoughtful endeavor.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/12/how-to-build-a-successful-blended-learning-model.aspx

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Indian techies are taking these online courses to get reskilled amid layoffs

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by Raghu Krishnan, Business Standard

Infosys, India’s second largest software exporter this year, has set a bet for graduates who are given campus offers. A graduate is asked to pick a paid course on front-end development (of website or an app) on Udacity, the online technology education provider. The person must get a nano degree or pass the course before being put on training at its Mysuru campus. Once he or she gets placed after training, Infosys pays back the student the course fee on Udacity. With this, Infosys is ensuring that it gets trained engineers in thousands who are ready to be put on digital projects — a segment that is disrupting the company and the Indian IT services industry. For a perspective, business from newer digital technologies is growing at 25 per cent, while legacy business is shrinking at 2.5 per cent, according to Everest Group, a global technology consultancy.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/indian-techies-are-taking-these-online-courses-to-get-reskilled-amid-layoffs-117071201440_1.html

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How to Help Faculty Build Online Courses

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Before 2015, faculty at the University of Arizona who wanted to teach online didn’t have much in the way of formal support for building their online courses. There were no established processes or requirements. For some faculty, that was the end of the onboarding experience. “That’s all you got,” said Angela Gunder, associate director of the Office of Digital Learning (ODL). “You [were] now an online instructor.” Instructional designers assumed that meant a more structured approach with “benchmarks” and “steps,” but Melody Buckner, director of ODL, had a different idea: focusing on faculty. Buckner decreed, “[Instructional designers are] going to listen to faculty about how they teach, how their students prefer to learn and the unique challenges they face in the classroom,” as Gunder recalled. “The faculty are going to drive the process, with the instructional designer there to support and facilitate production.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/12/how-to-help-faculty-build-online-courses.aspx

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July 22, 2017

Evaluating the Success of Your Ed Tech Program

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by Jeff Mao, THE Journal

Despite the limitations of the technology back then, I learned a lot from my time at Brewster Academy. One of the things that we did well, that I still recommend to schools today, is to be targeted and intentional about how you use the technology. At Brewster, we measured success one skill at a time and one student at a time. A decade later, I joined the team at the Maine Department of Education that led the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) — a much larger initiative. Whereas Brewster’s total student body was fewer than 350 students, MLTI served about 35,000 students in more than 230 schools.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/12/evaluating-the-success-of-your-ed-tech-program.aspx

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Carnegie Mellon professor: Better tech enables higher-quality online courses

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by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Carnegie Mellon University Professor Bob Monroe discussed in a recent interview with Education Dive how the largely-held perception that Massive Open Online Classes would replace the traditional college lecture was largely overblown. The result, of the introduction of MOOCs into the higher ed landscape has been subtler, with it becoming increasingly clear that online learning opportunities offer an “evolution” of classroom instruction which allows faculty members to create a unique classroom experience via an online platform. Monroe said many higher ed institutions are also incorporating more focused learning opportunities into shortened programs, and online instruction is opening the door for class discussions to go deeper as they unfold over the course of days, rather than be confined to a classroom schedule.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/carnegie-mellon-professor-better-tech-enables-higher-quality-online-course/446984/

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Expanding your employment options: Learning opportunities for over 50s

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by Emma Brook, Virtual College

Online training courses provide people of all ages with access to learning new skills and areas of knowledge, which, in turn, helps to expand their employment options. Across the UK, there are thousands of people aged over 50 and under the state pension age that are out of work, either due to early retirement or because of the struggle to find work. Life begins at 50, right? So why are so many over 50s out of work? Although laws seek to protect us from discrimination of any type – whether this is based on age, gender or race – older job seekers are more likely to experience long-term unemployment than any other age group. However, in today’s world, being over 50 means very little when you have the right skill set. And with new tools and technology easily at the ready, there’s no stopping the older workforce.

https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/news/education/2017/06/expanding-your-employment-options-over-50
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July 21, 2017

Report: 2 in 3 Parents Say Classroom Tech Is Key to Student Futures

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By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Two-thirds of parents report that effective classroom technology use provides an opportunity for their children to develop college and career skills, according to a new report from Project Tomorrow and Blackboard. Meanwhile, motivating teachers to change their instructional practices is the biggest challenge to adopting digital learning or deploying new technology, according to school and district technology leaders. The report, “Trends in Digital Learning: Building Teachers’ Capacity and Competency to Create New Learning Experiences for students,” is based on a survey of more than 38,000 teachers, 29,000 parents and 4,500 administrators.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/06/29/2-in-3-parents-say-classroom-tech-is-key-to-student-futures.aspx

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A conversation with Yale University Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller

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by Coursera Blog

Robert Shiller, who won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, is the instructor of Financial Markets, one of the most popular courses on Coursera. Broadly, I think that the internet age is a fundamental revolution in our society, and I want to see it work. I think that the kind of education that used to be reserved for a few people at elite colleges should be shared around the world, and I’m happy to be a part of that. In terms of my course specifically, after I received the Nobel Prize, I had the opportunity to think about my role as an academic and what I could do to support others in the field. I realized that the Coursera platform could help me reach thousands of learners and give back to the community by sharing my knowledge. So, in February 2014, I partnered with administrators at Yale to launch the Coursera Financial Markets course.

https://blog.coursera.org/conversation-yale-university-nobel-prize-winner-robert-shiller/

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This Is What A University Of The Future Looks Like

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by Nick Morrison, Forbes

Coventry University is to offer 50 wholly online degrees over the next five years, in one of the most significant steps yet in the development of a new model of higher education. If successful, it could herald the long-awaited disruption of the degree market away from the traditional campus approach and towards an entirely online experience. ‘Higher education is not limited by the physical or geographical boundaries that it once was, and we believe online learning has a huge role to play in the future of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship,’ said Ian Dunn, Coventry’s deputy vice-chancellor for student experience.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nickmorrison/2017/06/28/this-is-what-a-university-of-the-future-looks-like/#62dba2dc4296

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July 20, 2017

1 in 5 L.A. community college students is homeless, survey finds

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by Gale Holland, LA Times

The survey results come during a time of intense competition over the distribution of proceeds from a quarter-cent county sales tax for homeless services. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors this month designated homeless college students among the beneficiaries of the tax fund, which is expected to produce $3.55 billion over 10 years. The California State University system last year released a preliminary study saying that 1 in every 10 of its 460,000 students was homeless, and 1 in 5 had spotty access to food.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-community-college-20170628-story.htm

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The Future Of Our Economy Rests On Innovating Our Higher Education System

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by Jeb Bush and Joe Lonsdale, Forbes

Today, there are more than 5.5 million unfilled jobs in the U.S. labor market, up from 3.2 million just five years ago. It’s not due to a lack of workers aspiring for better jobs, but a lack of workers qualified for the very positions employers need filled. America is facing a skills gap that only continues to grow as innovation outpaces our education system. A recent study by McKinsey and Company found that nearly half of today’s jobs could be automated using current technology, a challenge on par with the industrial revolutions of the 19th century. When it comes to improving higher education today, one major obstacle is government bureaucracy. Our government has long set up insidious funding structures that saddle Americans with astronomical student loans, poor educational outcomes and little applicable, real life experience.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2017/06/29/the-future-of-our-economy-rests-on-innovating-our-higher-education-system/#3731ff9b3f4b

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College Degrees With the Highest (And Lowest) Starting Salaries In 2017

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by Karsten Strauss, Forbes

The top-paying bachelor’s degree, by the numbers, is electrical engineering. Though the starting annual salary average is $62,428, a job seeker coming out of school may see a variety of offers when scoping out the jobs market as the salary range for such a degree is between $25,000 and $130,000. In second place, software design earns new graduates an average $61,466. The salary ranges one might see on the jobs market span from $25,000 to $134,000, depending on a variety of factors like experience and responsibilities involved. In third place is chemical engineering – which claimed first place last year – which CERI discovered offers an average starting salary of $61,125. The salary range in the chemical engineering arena spans from $31,000 to $125,000.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2017/06/28/college-degrees-with-the-highest-and-lowest-starting-salaries-in-2017/#430c71ad2343

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July 19, 2017

MIT Professor Gives A Dire Warning to the U.S. About Funding Science

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by Dom Galeon, Futurism

In a video shared by Bill Gates, Broad Institute director Eric Lander warns that the decline of support for private and public research sectors could lead to the U.S. falling behind as a global leader in research and innovation. They say there’s no alternative to hard work, but most researchers probably wouldn’t turn down the opportunity for more collaborative research that’s well-funded. That’s the philosophy behind what the Broad Institute at MIT calls the Miracle Machine. The Miracle Machine produces amazing advances in science and technology as a result of federal support an funding for the public and private sectors of the research community. However, as a video narrated by Broad Institute director Eric Lander explains, one of America’s greatest assets is “falling into disrepair.”

https://futurism.com/mit-professor-gives-a-dire-warning-to-the-u-s-about-funding-science/

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8 Things Computer Engineers Can Do to Stay on Top of Their Game

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by Peter Daisyme, Entrepreneur

Despite a large number of openings in the field, candidates are dealing with stiff competition for every position, often finding that they’re interviewing alongside highly skilled professionals from across the globe. Engineers who want to gain an edge over that competition need to find ways to stand out, including packing their resumes with impressive skills and certifications. The key here is lifelong learning: Lukas Biewald, chairman and founder of Crowdflower, told me, for instance: “When I’m hiring engineers, I always look for someone who shows a dedication to lifelong learning. Whether it’s side projects, contributing to open-source communities or taking online classes, I love to see candidates that have a commitment to making themselves better.”

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/296342

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University email addresses especially prone to cyber theft, report finds

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by Shalina Chatlani, University Dive

University email addresses with .edu credentials are particularly vulnerable to cyber theft, as students can receive significant discounts in online purchases, according to the Digital Citizen Alliance’s latest report, “Cyber Criminals, College Credentials, and the Dark Web.” Authors looked at the availability email credentials from the 300 largest U.S. colleges and universities, and found that 13,930,176 email addresses and passwords belonging to faculty, staff, students were available for purchase on sites in the dark web, which is an area of the Internet where illicit goods and services can be sold and bought. Acquisition of these credentials can have serious consequences for members of the institution and the institution itself, as they are more often than not being used for illegal activity. The report found that the University of Michigan had the most credentials offered on the dark web, followed by other large state schools — Penn State, University of Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio State, and University of Illinois.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/university-email-addresses-especially-prone-to-cyber-theft-report-finds/446011/

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July 18, 2017

California, Pennsylvania disrupt the two-year business model

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by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

California and Pennsylvania are making efforts to boost enrollment in their community college systems, utilizing different approaches to target underrepresented student populations, according to Inside Higher Ed. A California proposal seeks to close gaps caused by declining enrollment over the last 10 years by creating an online-only college which targets unemployed or underemployed adults who may want additional schooling. Pennsylvania is looking to use an “interactive television” model to reach students in rural areas. The Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania will target students living in nine counties in the northwestern part of the state where there are no public community colleges. The state’s Department of Education approved the new school last month, where students will interact on television with an instructor teaching students live.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/california-pennsylvania-disrupt-the-two-year-business-model/445989/

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Tech and Trek at Hiram College

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by President Lori E. Varlotta, University Business

This fall, Hiram College becomes one of just a few universities in the country—and the only four-year college in Ohio—to launch a campuswide mobile technology program. Thanks to a $2.1 million gift, Hiram will issue all full-time undergraduates and all faculty and staff an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and keyboard bundle in an effort to promote “mindful technology.” As we see it, mindful technology is more than simply knowing how to use technology. It is also about delving into the when, where and to-what-extent questions that are sometimes out of sight or overlooked in the technology-saturated world we now inhabit.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/tech-and-trek-at-Hiram-College

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Stunning market data predicts the future of online learning

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BY MERIS STANSBURY, Campus Technology

Today’s colleges and universities know that online learning is a must for satisfying the learning demands of a rapidly changing student body. Now, recent market data exposes just how big the business of online learning really is, as well as how much it’s expected to grow in the near future, and which components of online learning are expected to bring in the most revenue. Recent findings detailed in “Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017,” find that thirty percent of all students in higher education are now taking at least one online course. Those online learners are split almost evenly between students who are exclusively online (14 percent) and those who take some courses in person (16 percent).

https://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/market-future-online-learning/

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July 17, 2017

8 terrific learning podcasts for students

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BY BRONWYN HARRIS, eSchool News

When podcasts first gained popularity in the early 2000s, they seemed to be a quaint throwback to radio. But that changed quickly as more and more people jumped in and started experimenting with the medium. Now, hits like Serial have launched podcasts into the mainstream. You can find podcasts on nearly every topic — from movie reviews to academic lessons to celebrity gossip — and in nearly every genre, from short fiction to in-depth journalism to comedy. Podcasts are a great way to hook kids into learning about a topic. They draw listeners into the story in a unique way, providing different viewpoints from what students are usually exposed to. Teachers can use podcasts to supplement the curriculum with high-quality, free content. And you can find podcasts that will work for every grade level and subject area. Check out a few of our favorites to get started!

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/06/26/learning-podcasts-students/

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Machine Learning Is Creating A Demand For New Skills

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BY Hovhannes Avoyan, Forbes

Google released three months’ worth of online courses on deep learning, which also serves as an example of how tech giants are embracing the skills shortage challenge while at the same time educating the industry to work on its products. In my opinion, in order to satisfy the global demand for highly skilled professionals in the field, basecamps, universities and other educational organizations need to collaborate with big companies in order to teach a new generation of data scientists. They are the ones who will define our future and replace engineers, who, ironically, may be working hard to design robots that will one day take over their jobs.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2017/06/26/machine-learning-is-creating-a-demand-for-new-skills/

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Why is it so hard to find expertise in IoT & AI?

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by Nihal Kashinath, Financial Express

Traditional learning avenues like schools and colleges haven’t kept pace. While many engineering colleges offer electives in IoT or AI as part of the curriculum, the course content is very basic. Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been two of the fastest growing fields of technology in recent history—in India and across the world. The potential they hold to transform business and economy has been capturing the attention of CEOs, entrepreneurs, young professionals and students alike. Over the last four years that we’ve been tracking this space, the use-cases and business-cases being explored have matured significantly, and in the last 18 months there has even been an uptick in the number of companies ready to make investments in exploratory efforts. Yet we don’t see many pilot projects going on in India.

http://www.financialexpress.com/industry/technology/online-learning-why-is-it-so-hard-to-find-expertise-in-iot-ai/735576/

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