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July 15, 2017

Have Media Habits Changed Among Millennials and Teens?

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by eMarketer

Millennials say they are spending more time with video and social, but they are not necessarily cutting back their time with other media. But according to a recent study, younger internet users, those ages 13 to 17, are shifting away from text-based online content—and a bit from TV—while spending more time with video and social. Change* in Usage of Select Media According to US Teen vs. Millennial Internet Users, March 2017 (% of respondents) The data comes from a March 2017 survey by streaming solutions and content provider Fullscreen and market research agency Leflein Associates, which polled 1,173 US internet users ages 13 to 34.

https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Have-Media-Habits-Changed-Among-Millennials-Teens/1016040

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38 Community Colleges Share What It Takes to Launch an OER Degree Program

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By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

The program, which kicked off in 2016, shared its first set of findings today about what faculty are learning it takes to create an OER degree. “OER can be an essential pillar of the community college student success agenda,” says Karen Stout, president and CEO of ATD. “It has the potential to trigger changes in teaching and learning and help students complete their courses and degrees.” There will be at least 53 degree pathways offered by the 38 schools. In this past spring semester, the ATD study shows students on average have saved about $134, or 5 to 22 percent of what they were paying, per course. The goal is to drastically bump those numbers up, Stout says, by the time full majors are slated to be complete in fall 2018.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-06-22-38-community-colleges-share-what-it-takes-to-launch-an-oer-degree-program

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How Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods Highlights the Hybrid, ‘Omnichannel’ Future of Higher Ed

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By Sean Gallagher, EdSurge

Given that success in all things online, it’s worth noting how much of Amazon’s recent bets involve establishing a brick-and-mortar presence. For years, Amazon has been strategically investing in physical presence, including fulfillment centers closer to its customers and recently piloting brick-and-mortar bookstores. The strategy is that the online and offline commerce worlds are converging in unprecedented ways, not just in selling groceries but in all kinds of areas. There’s a lesson for higher education, about the importance of offline channels in a digitally-driven economy—and a moment to reflect on the impactful trends that have materialized in the online education market.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-06-22-how-amazon-s-purchase-of-whole-foods-highlights-the-hybrid-omnichannel-future-of-higher-ed

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July 14, 2017

Ten Online Teaching Tips You May Not Have Heard

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By: Noura Badawi, Faculty Focus

At a time when online institutions are in fierce competition for students and accreditation agencies are taking a critical look at online course quality, it is becoming increasingly important for online instructors to ensure that they are exceeding their institution’s expectations. Students are also expecting more from their online courses. And while most of us know the importance of addressing students by name in the discussion board and offering students substantive feedback on assignments, there many more things we can do. In this article, I outline 10 online teaching tips that may be less well-known but can lead to a more positive experience for both professor and student.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/ten-online-teaching-tips-may-not-heard/

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Connected Learning: the new, socially-interactive approach to online training

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by Nic Pillow, Training Zone

Online elearning has been hugely successful in allowing training to be delivered cost-effectively to very large audiences. However, training that’s purely online often results in a reduced experience and quality of learning compared to interactive classroom training. By contrast, we have found that a new online approach – Connected Learning – can provide even greater interaction, engagement, and training success than does the smallest of classes. Connected Learning was pioneered by Jonathan Worth in Phonar – an award-winning university photography course. From an inauspicious start with 9 students in the back-room of a cinema, within 3 years, it become the most heavily over-subscribed course in the university where it attracted 35,000 online participants

https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/deliver/training/connected-learning-the-new-socially-interactive-approach-to-online-training

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Look for 4 Student Services in an Online MBA Program

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By Marian Stoltz-Loike, US News

Employees who need an MBA to get a promotion or change jobs may find an online program valuable and suited to the demands of their work schedules. Earning an MBA is about more than just learning relevant academic material; it’s about positioning oneself for career success by gaining access to well-connected individuals and valuable resources. The following support services should be components of any online MBA program students pursue.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-06-23/4-student-services-online-mba-students-need

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July 13, 2017

Online classes, new text help keep Cherokee language alive

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By Kim Murdock, the Times Record

Ed Fields, an online Cherokee language course instructor, uses a live video stream to reach thousands of students across the world each year. Keeping alive a language and culture that were on the verge of dying is critical, and making Cherokee language classes available online has successfully contributed to the effort, said B.J. Foreman, multi-media director for the Cherokee Nation. The online classes are available to the public free of charge, Foreman said; an internet connection and free online registration at www.cherokee.org is all that is needed to access the classes. The classes can be located by clicking “Language Classes” under “Quick Links” on the left side of the website.

http://www.swtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20170623/online-classes-new-text-help-keep-cherokee-language-alive

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UM System announces plan to adopt open educational resources

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by GABRIELA VELASQUEZ, Missourian

Parents’ eyes lit up Wednesday when UM System President Mun Choi announced an initiative to move the system towards adopting open educational resources. Or, more simply, free books. Open educational resources are published with open access copyrights, are free for students and can be distributed and used for little to no cost. Instructors also can write and add chapters to tailor textbooks to specific courses. They are accessed online, usually as PDFs, and can be revised and updated fairly quickly, according to previous Missourian reporting.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/higher_education/um-system-announces-plan-to-adopt-open-educational-resources/article_0ea53ee2-569b-11e7-9195-53257ada9554.html

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The evolution of social learning

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by Ben Pipe, Virtual College

More than ever before, learners are turning to their colleagues, friends and online forums to aid them in their knowledge. Here we take a look at the evolution of social learning. Social learning is a buzzword in the learning and development world that is transforming the way we absorb knowledge. But what does this term actually mean? In short, social learning focuses on learning by interacting and discussing content with others. It plays a large role in the workplace and includes behaviours such as: collaborating with other employees on project deliverables, guided learning programs, and the use of social media for learning purposes.

https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/news/virtual-college/2017/06/the-evolution-of-social-learning

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July 12, 2017

More Universities Add Blockchain Courses to Meet Market Demand

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by Alex Leilacher, Bitcoin Magazine

In recent months, there has been a surge in the demand for blockchain professionals. Data from the professional networking site LinkedIn has shown that blockchain related job postings have tripled in the last 12 months. This shows that there is a high demand for blockchain experts as the potential and applicability of blockchain technology becomes more apparent to corporations. Recognizing this opportunity, several universities have added blockchain studies to their fields of study to tailor their educational offerings to these new developments in the job market. The University of Edinburgh, for example, has recently announced the launch of a blockchain technology laboratory within its School of Informatics through a collaboration with technology startup Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK). The new lab will focus primarily on blockchain studies.

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/more-universities-add-blockchain-courses-meet-market-demand/

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Free Stanford tool enhances collaborative learning in classes focused on reading, writing

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BY ALEX SHASHKEVICH, Stanford University

Lacuna, a free online annotation platform developed at Stanford, promotes collaborative learning and interdisciplinary conversations. The platform is being used at higher education institutions around the world. An online annotation tool developed at Stanford is helping students and researchers with reading, writing and fostering an exchange of ideas in the fields of humanities and social sciences. Lacuna is an online platform that encourages interdisciplinary conversations and peer-to-peer learning. Developed in 2013 by researchers in Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), Lacuna is an online platform that encourages interdisciplinary conversations and peer-to-peer learning.

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/06/22/annotation-tool-helps-students-beyond-stanford/

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Education experts say school week could be cut, online lessons added

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by MONIQUE HORE, Herald Sun

The school week could be cut to three days as Victoria’s growing cohort of students are taught in shifts, according to an education expert. The state faces an education boom with an extra 50,000 students predicted to enrol over just eight years. Deakin University associate professor of digital learning Tom Apperley said ballooning numbers might send students online. He said schools could introduce shifts — rotating students through fewer classroom lessons and offering top-up education online. “In 20 or 30 years, school won’t be an everyday affair,” he said. “As state-funded schools continue to grow, they might only offer a student three or fours days a week. Or they might just go to offering half-days and shifts for students.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/future-melbourne/education-experts-say-school-week-could-be-cut-online-lessons-added/news-story/483db0db9349642fd96108e1122571cb

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July 11, 2017

Wichita Public Library Begins Learning Circles Program For Online Classes

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By DEBORAH SHAAR, KMUW

The Wichita Public Library is beginning a new program this week that offers online learning in a social, small group setting. The sessions are called Learning Circles, and they’re free. Ten Learning Circles are planned from now through November on topics such as fake news, the art of poetry, superheroes and how to make a website. The idea is to get a group of 10-15 people together to take an online course and talk about it along the way to completion. Library Director Cynthia Berner says this shared experience keeps people motivated to actually finish an online class. “The curriculum has been vetted. It comes from experts,” Berner says. “What the library will be doing is bringing a facilitator to the Learning Circle and our staff will actually be learning together right with the other participants.”

http://kmuw.org/post/wichita-public-library-begins-learning-circles-program-online-classes

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How Can Technology Be Used to Cut the Dropout Rate?

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

In the end, the lifetime earnings of high school dropouts are $260,000 LESS than peers who earn a diploma. In response to this crisis, The Tech Edvocate decided to put forth the idea that the explosion of edtech can be leveraged to decrease the drop rate in America, provided that educators have the right tools. In this article, we decided to share with our readers a list of edtech tools that we believe can be used to prevent students from dropping out. However, before we get into that, let’s talk about why we should be concerned about the dropout rate.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/can-technology-used-decrease-dropout-rate/

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‘I Started at Zero’: How a Syrian Refugee Is Rebuilding His Life Through Education

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by Katie Reilly, Time

Nearly 18 months after his arrival in Turkey, Althib has found a way to continue his education. Like thousands of other refugees across the world, he has been taking online courses offered by universities as far-flung as Amsterdam and Baltimore, through programs that offer free classes to those who are displaced from their homes. As the global refugee crisis deepens — Althib is one of more than 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide, according to the UN Refugee Agency — many experts have called for a long-term approach to providing refugees with an education. That’s especially important for refugees from countries like Syria, who may not be able to return home and resume their studies anytime soon.

http://time.com/4825289/world-refugee-day-education-hadi-althib/

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July 10, 2017

11 Amazing Tools and Games That Teach Kids to Code

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By Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Parents and educators across the country understand the importance of teaching kids how to code. Not only can it help them learn valuable skills that they can use into their technology-driver future, but it also helps them learn to approach problems differently. But determining the best method for teaching a child to code isn’t always obvious. In most cases, people agree that a traditional textbook approach is insufficient for subjects like coding. While the idiosyncrasies of the language can be introduced that way, it’s hard to assimilate the information until it is in used entirely. But sticking children in front of a blank screen and having them write line after line, though functional, isn’t very inspiring or even interesting.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/11-amazing-tools-games-teach-kids-code/

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The Ever-Expanding of Online Degree Options

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Today, more than 17 percent of higher education schools offer full-time online degree programs, and the options are incredibly diverse. Nearly every student in nearly every field can find courses available online, bringing the world closer to affordable, attainable higher education. To celebrate, here is a brief history of online degree options — and what we can expect from online education in the near future.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/ever-expanding-list-online-degree-options/

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MOOCs Moving On, Moving Up

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By Cathy Sandeen, Inside Higher Ed

With some exceptions noted, MOOCs are mainly a technology business, focused on providing a return on investment (even for nonprofits like edX) by targeting the large nondegree professional development and technology training market. Though the MOOC experiment over the past five years has resulted in many positives, this era also reminds us that when it comes to degree attainment, there really is no magic bullet. The hard, in-the-trenches work of helping the students of today get and remain focused, learn, and stick it out to degree completion remains the province of mainstream higher education — MOOCs or no MOOCs.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/06/22/essay-looking-back-predictions-about-moocs

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July 9, 2017

A National Study of Online Learning Leaders in US Higher Education

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by Eric E. Fredericksen, Online Learning Journal

Online learning in US higher education continues to grow dramatically. The most recent estimates indicate that about 30% of all students enroll in at least one online course (Allen & Seamen, 2016). As this important type of academic offering has become increasingly important to institutions of higher education, Presidents and Provosts have frequently established leadership positions to coordinate and direct their efforts in this area. But what do we know about the leaders who have been charged with managing this academic transformation? This systematic national study, a first of its kind, sheds light on the leadership that is guiding this new teaching and learning environment.

https://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/view/1164/270

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Fixing the Textbook Model

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Indiana University’s Brad Wheeler explains how his institution is ditching the college textbook and replacing it with digital alternatives that are accessible to students from day one. Here’s the idea that kicked off the pilot: to negotiate with willing publishers to lower the pricing of their textbooks in return for getting the near-guarantee that every student in a course section would pay for it all upfront as a course fee and receive it in digital form. That included the ancillary content (“digital thingies” in Wheeler’s parlance) such as labs, flash cards and other digitized resources, which the university would take over and distribute — reducing support hassles.
https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/06/21/fixing-the-textbook-model.aspx
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Google Now Employs AI to Help You Land a New Job

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by Dom Galeon, Futurism

As promised during its annual developer conference, Google launched its search engine for jobs yesterday. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), this specialized job search uses Google’s Cloud Jobs API. Instead of requiring users to download a new app, this new AI-powered tool allows job seekers in the U.S. to use Google’s existing search function, which are accessible via desktop and mobile. The new feature, currently available only in English, uses the same simple language Google searches are known for. Simply type “jobs near me,” “teaching jobs,” “writing jobs,” or any other query along these lines. The results page would then show the new job search widget, accompanied by a wide range of jobs — from across several online job boards like LinkedIn, Monster, WayUP, and even Facebook — which you could then refine further depending on your preferences.

https://futurism.com/google-now-employs-ai-to-help-you-land-a-new-job/

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