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May 22, 2017

Students to colleges: Please use our data this way

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BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Younger students in colleges and universities say they’d like their personalized data to be leveraged toward a more beneficial, meaningful experience—right away. When institutions use student data, it’s usually internally and to overhaul or make adjustments to campus services year-to-year. Yet, thanks to a younger student body’s familiarity with customized communications based on personalized data, innovative institutions are trying to increase enrollment, boost retention and help place students on a career track with on-the-go data.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/big-data/students-colleges-use-data/

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4 out of 5 Companies Have Hired a Coding Bootcamp Graduate

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By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

With tech skills in high-demand, coding bootcamps are doing pretty well, with Course Report estimating 18,000 graduates by the end of this year. These accelerated programs use a disruptive education model to quickly equip students with computer science (CS) skills and land jobs in the tech industry. As it turns out, four out of five companies will hire coding bootcamp graduates, according to Indeed. Overall, perceptions of coding bootcamp graduates are mostly positive. About 51 percent of survey respondents think that coding bootcamps are a good way to bring diversity into the tech industry, while 50 percent say coding bootcamps efficiently retrain employees. Perhaps for these reasons, 42 percent of hiring managers and recruiters admitted they don’t have a preference as to whether a job candidate graduated from a traditional academic institution or a bootcamp.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/03/4-out-of-5-companies-have-hired-a-coding-bootcamp-graduate.aspx

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4 No Nonsense Suggestions to Make the Most of Online Learning

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By Patrick Wraight, Academy Journal Blog

Online learning is tough. The instructor is somewhere, hopefully in a quiet office with a fast internet connection. That instructor needs to bring an energy that is really different from a classroom. The content needs to be compelling and the visuals that are used really need to be on point to keep the audience’s attention. Maybe we’ll talk about everything that a virtual instructor needs to bring to another day. Today, let’s talk a little about what you, the audience, need to do to help yourself to connect with the instructor and the content. Here are four no nonsense ways to get all that you can out of your online (webinar) learning.

http://www.insurancejournal.com/blogs/academy-journal/2017/05/03/449631.htm

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May 21, 2017

Higher ed leaders: It’s time to strengthen your social media strategy

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by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

A new EAB study found underrepresented minorities rely more heavily on social media to help guide their college search and selection process than do other students. The survey found 27% of first-generation students, 25% of Hispanic students, 24% of African-American students, and 24% of students from households with $60K or lower income levels report they first discovered a college on social media, compared with significantly lower percentages of legacy, Caucasian and higher-income students. According to a survey of 5,580 college-bound students released Tuesday, underrepresented students are less likely to see their family and friends as resources, and they are less likely to have opportunities to visit prospective schools in person.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-leaders-its-time-to-strengthen-your-social-media-strategy/441858/

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Are micro-credentials the key to personalizing professional development?

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by Roger Riddell, Education Dive

Micro-credentials, which offer learners the ability to master a single topic based on their needs or interests, offer administrators a way to personalize teachers’ professional development, Education Week reports. Delaware, Florida and Tennessee are among states, along with individual districts elsewhere, that have experimented with the model through providers such as the nonprofit Digital Promise, some of which allow educators to provide evidence including student work or videos and award digital badges for LinkedIn. Amid the growth in popularity, there is also increasing attention to the need for standards around rigor, value for stakeholders, oversight and teacher incentives for earning them.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/micro-credentials-key-personalized-learning-professional-development/441782/

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Finding a Balance between Teaching and Tech

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

According to eSparks Learning, teachers regardless of age or experience level harbor doubts about their ability to successfully use classroom technology. So, if teacher’s skills and technology are to exist in harmony, there needs to be a balance. We need teachers’ talents and at the same time encourage them to start looking to the future. The majority of today’s student population have never known the world without high-speed internet. It acts as a source of information, a place to socialize and now, a place for them to gain a formal education. Teachers need to see technology as another way to engage with their students and not as a replacement for their talents and their jobs. So, in hopes of finding a balance between technology and teaching, here are some ways to make sure there is a balance between teaching and technology.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/find-balance-teaching-technology/

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May 20, 2017

New Course In Connecticut Targets Dearth Of Job-Ready Software Developers

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By HARRIET JONES, WNPR

A Milford-based entrepreneur is launching a training course designed to help with a shortage of web and mobile software developers — an issue that’s only expected to get worse in coming years. It’s estimated that nationwide, employers will need 1.4 million software developers over the next 10 years. The nation’s universities are only projected to produce 400,000 computer science graduates in that time. “So we’re going to have a deficit of about a million people who have the digital skills to work in web, mobile, marketing, and advertising — even TV, as TV becomes increasingly application oriented,” said Mark Lassoff. Those developers are going to have to come from somewhere.

http://wnpr.org/post/new-course-connecticut-targets-dearth-job-ready-software-developers

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Students Are Drawn Towards Online Programs

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by Bluffton Today

Ten years ago, online degrees weren’t even in conversations. There were a number of universities with distance learning programs, but students generally went to brick-and-mortar universities to pursue a degree they wanted. In 2013, studies revealed that discussions about online programs were more dynamic, but 78% of students still preferred to attend classes to learn. In just four years since that study was published by USA Today, the education landscape has changed completely. Now, more students prefer to take online courses. This shift is also affecting students living in Bluffton and nearby areas.

http://www.blufftontoday.com/event/students-are-drawn-towards-online-programs

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Solving the World’s Problems One Online Class at a Time

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BY SOPHIA STUART, PC Magazine

Online tools can engender a greater understanding of other cultures; who doesn’t love the ability to peek into the quotidian existence of people around the globe via Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook? But what about more serious issues such as peace in the Middle East; does the internet have a place to play there? The organizers of YaLa Academy, founded in 2011 by the Peres Center for Peace and YaLa Palestine, believe it does. The online education platform provides distance learning and encourages collaboration between those from nations that have traditionally been in conflict. Students take online courses to develop skills as future peace leaders, including negotiation and conflict management, taught by various experts from organizations like the US Institute of Peace and Harvard Program on Negotiation.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353408/solving-the-worlds-problems-one-online-class-at-a-time

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May 19, 2017

Researchers develop course for online blended learning

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by Mike Krings, Phys.org

Across the country, classrooms are making the transition to blended learning models. Typically, students work together, with devices, with a teacher and seek information from a number of educational resources. Recently, researchers at the University of Kansas developed an online course to help teachers create blended learning environments by moving from teacher-centered to student-centered learning, which increases opportunities for personalized learning. Early evaluation of the online course indicated that teachers find the course helpful in providing planning guidance and support necessary to shift to a blended learning model of instruction. With support from the OAK Foundation, KU’s Center for Research on Learning developed the online course. It helps teachers understand blended learning, identify what they want to include in their courses and to design and implement instructional plans.

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-online-blended.html

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Distance learning enrollment ticks up, though for-profits see declines

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by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Distance learning continues to grow, with more than six million higher ed students taking at least one distance education course in 2015, according to a report from Digital Learning Compass. The report found growth at non-profit institutions occurred at a rate of 11.4%, while private for-profit institutions, on the other hand, saw their distance enrollment numbers decline at a rate of 9.4%. Year-over-year, the number of students enrolled in a distance education class grew by 3.9%, and more than one in four students enrolled in higher ed took at least one distance education class.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/distance-learning-enrollment-ticks-up-though-for-profits-see-declines/441754/

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Online Educator Udacity Adapts Courses to Changing Labor Market

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By Christopher Beach, Real Clear Education

In the fall of 2016, online educator Udacity announced the launch of a “nanodegree” program for self-driving car engineering. For $2,400, a student proficient in coding could enroll and learn the skills. The one-of-a-kind program and curriculum were designed in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, Nvidia and Uber ATG. The first class has yet to conclude but already some impressive results are coming in. Chrysler has indicated that it wants to hire 40 graduates, according to Sebastian Thrun, founder and president of Udacity. “There are more than 1 million people dying every year in traffic accidents — largely due to human error and distracted or impaired driving. Employers are looking for thousands of engineers with the skills needed to solve this urgent, global problem. This is why making self-driving car engineering education accessible and efficient is so important.”

http://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2017/05/02/online_educator_udacity_adapts_courses_to_changing_labor_market_110152.html

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May 18, 2017

The top 10 skills that will get you hired

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by Marguerite Ward, CNBC

LinkedIn’s new list of top skills for 2017 confirms what experts have been saying for years. Tech skills are more important than ever, as digital advancements have radically transformed the working world. “While some skills expire every couple of years, our data strongly suggests that tech skills will still be needed for years to come in every industry,” LinkedIn career expert Catherine Fisher said in the report. The world’s largest professional social network analyzed hiring and recruiting activity on its platform between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1. Analysts then identified the skills that belonged to members who were more likely to start new jobs and receive interest from recruiters. Linked below are the 10 most in-demand skills.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/20/the-top-10-skills-that-will-get-you-hired.html

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10 attributes of successful online students

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BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

As online learning becomes increasingly popular, what are the skills and habits necessary for student success? Recently, eCampus News posted an article about the latest online learning myths, one of which was “earning an online degree is easy.” Typically, only those online students who are self-motivated tend to succeed, but are there other more define-able characteristics that characterize successful online students? In author Joel English’s book, Plugged In: Succeeding as an Online Learner, students about to embark in online learning are given a list of should-have skills or habits in order to succeed. English, as well as Cengage Learning (which produced an infographic based on the key points of English’s book) recommend instructors share these 10 boiled-down characteristics with their online students before starting the course or class.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/attributes-online-students/

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How Teachers And Students Benefit From Technology

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by TechTree

The past decade has seen big changes in educators’ approaches to using technology. High school students now communicate with their peers and teachers via online forums. An aspiring multilinguist can connect with an online Chinese tutor on Preply and start learning over Skype in mere minutes. Smartphone apps provide game-like learning environments for children learning the basics of coding. Technology has the potential to revolutionize how classrooms function, a fact that has not gone unnoticed over the years by teachers and legislators alike. Determining how schools should best capitalize on that potential has been a process of trial and error, with some approaches proving, ultimately, ineffective.

http://www.techtree.com/content/features/12798/how-teachers-students-benefit-technology.html

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May 17, 2017

IT skills that employers need in 2017

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by CIO
Unemployment rates in the IT industry are still hovering around historic lows, and some roles — like network and security engineers and software developers — are showing unemployment rates of around 1 percent. A recent survey from Robert Half Technology showed that the majority of CIOs will either expand their IT teams or focus on filling out vacant roles, while the 2017 IT Forecast from TEKsystems shows that confidence is high and IT budgets are rebounding. Overall, it’s a fairly rosy outlook for IT professionals this year, especially those with specific skill sets. Here, our experts tell us which skills will be hottest in 2017.

http://www.cio.com/article/3164125/hiring/10-it-skills-that-employers-need-in-2017.html

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Purdue’s Kaplan Purchase: Shoring Up the ’21st-Century Land-Grant Mission’

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

“To be a 21st-century land-grant school, to meet the obligation, really, the great opportunity, the noble opportunity that we have always embraced here at Purdue, we must be active in online education in a way we are not now,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels in a prepared statement. Currently, Purdue encompasses a main campus in West Lafayette and two regional campuses, Purdue Fort Wayne and Purdue Northwest. The deal has drawn support from one unique quarter: Arne Duncan, who, as secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, drew the wrath of for-profit schools for his continual efforts to reign them in. “I’m excited by this opportunity for a world-class university to expand its reach and help educate adult learners by acquiring a strong for-profit college,” said Duncan in a prepared statement. “This is a first, and if successful, could help create a new model for what it means to be a land-grant institution.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/01/purdues-kaplan-purchase-shoring-up-the-21st-century-land-grant-mission.aspx

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A peek into the digital future of education

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by Aditya Malik, Financial Express

The evolution of digital education is nothing short of a revolution. We have seen educational efficacy changing digitally with each passing day. It has not only provided teachers and students unlimited teaching and learning opportunities, respectively, but also improved students’ erudition, participation in the learning process and innovation. From chalk-and-talk lessons and assisted learning methods to advanced educational tools, digital education continues to be the new wave of learning. A recent report stated that over 5.8 million students enrolled for online courses in 2016, which is a 263% increase over the last 12 years. The proliferation of digital tools, including apps, tablets and laptops, has transformed learners’ communication, engagement, opportunity for collaboration and feedback, as also delivery procedures.

http://www.financialexpress.com/education-2/a-peek-into-the-digital-future-of-education/648423/

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May 16, 2017

Seattle librarians start fake news survival class

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by Michelle Li, KING

The Seattle Public Library system is now arming patrons with the tools they need to weed out fake news by launching a class called the Fake News Survival Guide. It’s already sparked a lot of interest from the public, other city libraries, and even libraries across the country. Many used the Seattle Public Library system as a real-life, human Google during the last election cycle. Last year Seattle public libraries answered roughly 850,000 phone calls, emails, and chats. Librarians around the country have been fielding reference questions in person and online for months. “We had a lot of questions regarding fact checking,” said Di Zhang, reference librarian. “So we put our library hats on and did the digging and found resources for people.”

http://www.king5.com/news/local/seattle-librarians-start-fake-news-class/435509535

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Purdue’s decision to acquire Kaplan a ‘high-risk, high-reward’ move

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by Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal

“It’s very surprising,” said Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor of higher education at Seton Hall University. “I think it’s a fairly high-risk, high-reward strategy.” “Purdue gets essentially all of Kaplan’s students,” Kelchen said. “They get a lot of national attention and they get a ready-made online or adult student infrastructure that they didn’t really have. The question then becomes, was it better for them to essentially acquire Kaplan, or start something on their own?” Lumina Foundation CEO Jamie Merisotis said the deal is interesting because it bucks a trend of for-profit universities acquiring not-for-profit, private colleges. Merisotis said Purdue’s big jump into online is a bit of a coming-of-age moment for adults in higher education and a “big signal about the market.”

https://www.ibj.com/articles/63603-purdues-decision-to-acquire-kaplan-a-high-risk-high-reward-move

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Is this the future of college: Online classes, but no degree

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by Associated Press

With college costs rising steadily and with more courses available online for free, some observers are beginning to question the need for a traditional college education that may include lectures on Greek philosophy but burden graduates with massive student loans. Education startups are offering alternatives — from boot camps, to one or two-year tracks, to accredited degree programs — and their founders say these options will give students a more relevant education in today’s job market, and at a lower price. But some experts caution against betting on a narrow, practical education geared toward a specific field that is in demand today but could leave them unprepared for the jobs of tomorrow. They also say most applicants still need a college degree from an established institution to get a good job.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/30/is-this-future-college-online-classes-but-no-degree.html

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