Carnegie Mellon and Uber partner on self-driving car research

February 17th, 2015

By Keith Button, Education Dive

Carnegie Mellon University is partnering with Uber to create a new advanced technology center. The center, near Carnegie Mellon’s campus in Pittsburgh, will look to develop driverless vehicle technology, Campus Technology reports. By funding Uber Technologies Center, Uber is setting itself against an investor, Google, which has been a pioneer in driverless vehicle research.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/carnegie-mellon-and-uber-partner-on-self-driving-car-research/362588/

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9 coding schools higher ed should keep an eye on

February 17th, 2015

By Keith Button, Education Dive

Coding schools — programs that teach short courses aimed at professionals in programming and developing online and mobile applications — are growing more popular because of their stripped-down approach to teaching high-demand skills that appeal to employers. Regardless, given the popularity of these programs and the competition they present to traditional continuing education, here are nine of the most popular coding schools higher ed should be aware of.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/9-coding-schools-higher-ed-should-keep-an-eye-on/361796/

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Report: Distance Education Is Here to Stay

February 17th, 2015

BY COLIN WOOD, Center for Digital Education

A new survey shows that while not all higher education faculty like distance learning, it has become entrenched and is part of education throughout the nation. Distance education is almost done with its growing pains. Growth in the sector is slowing and nearing a plateau, having established itself as a regular part of education throughout the nation. Distance education students increased 3.7 percent year-over-year, which is the lowest rate of increase in 13 years, according to a 2014 report titled Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States, released Feb. 5. Babson Survey Research Group Co-Director Jeff Seaman says “I think we’re almost there, it’s no longer experimental.” Perhaps one of the most telling numbers for the future of distance education is that 74 percent of academic leaders said they think distance education is comparable or superior to face-to-face learning.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/higher-ed/Distance-Education-Is-Here-to-Stay.html

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Did higher education get these trends right?

February 16th, 2015

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

NMC and EDUCUASE release the 2015 Horizon Report, outlining 18 trends in higher-ed technology over the next 1 to 5 years. “Makerspaces” will gain traction long before adaptive learning; and improving digital literacy is a breeze compared to determining how to reward educators for teaching. These are just two of the findings released as part of the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) 2015 Higher Education Horizon Report, jointly conducted with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. The Report charts the five-year horizon for the impact of emerging technology in learning around the world.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/horizon-report-trends-215/

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5 Free Tools For Making Digital Portfolios

February 16th, 2015

By Kristen Hicks, Edudemic

Students create a truly outstanding amount of work over the course of a year. Back when everything was done on paper, most of that work was either thrown in the trash, stuffed in a drawer somewhere, or stuck in a box in the garage. How many essays, stories, you labor over during your years as a student that you’ll never see again? Now that so much of what students create in school (and in life) is in the digital realm, teachers have an opportunity to help students value their work more and for longer. Digital portfolios allow students to collect the work they’re most proud of and see their progress over time in a tangible way.

http://www.edudemic.com/tools-for-digital-portfolios/

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Online Courses – What is Lost, What is Gained and What about Something Called Rigor?

February 16th, 2015

by James Keating, Tomorrow’s Professor

Rigor is what counts. Rigor is important in the traditional classroom and is equally significant online. Rigor is that which leads a student to the understanding, knowledge, applications, skills, and competencies that are required for academic success, regardless of whether the student is sitting in a classroom or before a computer screen. There is nothing wrong with online learning when it is done well. And of course, the same can be said about the physical classroom. If professors, students, administrators, or anyone wonder at the rigor of online education, it’s because its advocates have not made the case for how it is useful and successful. They have not elevated well designed and taught courses as models for all to see. Those exemplars should guide our perception of online learning and also how we work to develop and improve it over time.

http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/enewsletter.php?msgno=1385

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School officials: Digital learning initiative gives students individualization

February 15th, 2015

BY CLAIRE BYUN, the Sun News

School districts nationwide are sharpening their own PDL programs, and Ambrose said Horry County was among the first in the state to jump into digital learning. She said student reading skills scores have improved. “Talk to the students, talk to the teachers,” Ambrose said. “The students are engaged, we see a huge difference now.” Horry County schools rely on the Lexile Framework – a national measure to match reading skills to appropriate texts – to help determine student growth and performance. After using PDL programs for a semester, student’s Lexile scores in grades 6-12 improved nearly twice as much as the district anticipated, Ambrose said.

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2015/02/07/4774631/school-officials-digital-learning.html

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What can we learn from the badging movement?

February 15th, 2015

by CHRIS BERDIK, Hechinger Report

The digital badge buzz got started when U. S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called them “a game-changing strategy” that could trigger “a quantum leap forward in education reform.” Badges? Yes, like the Boy and Girl Scouts — but online. A quantum leap forward? I know. But here’s the argument: In today’s world, learning can and should extend beyond school walls — in after-school programs, volunteering, clubs and online — and badges can make all of it count.

http://hechingerreport.org/what-can-we-learn-from-the-badging-movement/

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Needed: A Better Measure of College Learning Than “Seat Time”

February 15th, 2015

By: Stuart M. Butler, Brookings Institution

Two years ago the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced that it was going to “rethink” the credit hour as the benchmark for learning in higher education and other levels of schooling. So it was disappointing last week when Carnegie’s long-awaited report on its rethink finally came out. The Foundation agreed with most of the criticisms of the credit hour, calling it “a crude proxy” for learning. Other problems recognized in the report are that tying federal aid to credit hours undertaken is an inefficient way to link financial support with student progress. Moreover, with the growth of online learning, which allows students to learn at their own pace, seat time is not a meaningful measure of progress.

http://www.brookings.edu/research/opinions/2015/02/06-need-bettermeasure-of-college-learning-butler

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Why these 5 campus security concerns are high-priority

February 14th, 2015

By Phillip Britt, eCampus News

What IT needs to know to stay one step ahead of cyber attacks and student data leaks. Security of college students is a growing concern for the students themselves; for their parents, relatives and friends; and for colleges and universities. The security concerns are two fold, both for the physical security of the students themselves and for the security of the student data on university systems. Both those seeking to cause physical harm and those seeking to attack data systems continue to advance their techniques, pushing college security experts to continue to evolve security strategies to stay ahead of the threats. To better help institutions keep one step ahead, here are the top five campus IT security trends for 2015.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/campus-it-security-390/

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Generate: How do I engage my learners more effectively in online learning?

February 14th, 2015

by John Kennard, Training Zone, UK

Last week, Learning Technologies took over much of the Kensington Olympia events complex for its eponymous two-day conference and expo, a permanent fixture in most L&D professionals’ calendars, and one of the biggest events of its kind in Europe. Normally we would have a stand in the exhibition hall with an iPad or two, but this year we thought we’d try something different. Teaming up with leading industry benchmarkers Towards Maturity we created Generate, a community-led initiative that aimed to solve a few L&D’s problems. And it went pretty well! And beneath are the answers to question 1: How do I engage my learners more effectively in online learning?

http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/blogs-post/generate-how-do-i-engage-my-learners-more-effectively-online-learning/188316

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And now, online preschool classes. Really.

February 14th, 2015

By Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

It was only a matter of time. Online school classes for toddlers and preschoolers are here. VINCI Education is offering what it calls a “groundbreaking virtual school” for youngsters, which was featured by by Dr. Gadget®, the nationally recognized TV and radio personality, on CBS’s “The Talk” late last month. VINCI Education, according to its Web site,”is a pioneer in providing Blended Learning Curriculum, Assessment Tools and Data Analytics for the Early Childhood Education.” It operates preschools and day-care centers in Los Angeles, Ottawa and Beijing, which use technology and blended learning strategies to, the Web site says, “strengthen the main developmental areas of a child’s mind.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/02/and-now-online-preschool-classes-really/

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California District Deploys 23,000 1-to-1 Devices, Works To Quell Parental Concerns

February 13th, 2015

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Manteca Unified School District in California is in the next phase of its $30 million project to outfit its 23,000 students with computers. In response to earlier parental concerns regarding the program, the district posted information on its site addressing the most common questions and held two seminars specifically to educate families about software usage.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/02/03/california-district-deploys.aspx

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New UW-Madison web portal to help adults take classes online

February 13th, 2015

By Karen Herzog, Journal Sentinel

While most people still think of college as a bastion for young adults fresh out of high school, a new effort by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Continuing Studies gives evidence to the evolving role of higher education by making courses for working adults easier to find online. UW-Madison announced Thursday that it launched a new one-stop web portal, advanceyourcareer.wisc.edu highlighting the important details that busy professionals want to know about the flagship’s flexible and online degree and certificate programs that may help them advance their career or move into a specialized field.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/new-uw-madison-web-portal-to-help-adults-take-classes-online-b99436643z1-290942501.html

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In-flight college courses come to Jet Blue and Virgin America

February 13th, 2015

By Keith Button, Education Dive

Jet Blue and Virgin America airlines now offer video college lectures during flights. The airlines plan to update the lectures with new selections about every month, according to Money magazine. Jet Blue’s lectures are from MOOC provider Coursera, while Virgin America offers selections from the Great Courses series.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/in-flight-college-courses-come-to-jet-blue-and-virgin-america/361454/

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App Gives Students an Incentive to Keep Their Phones Locked in Class

February 12th, 2015

by Casey Fabris, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Resisting the urge to pull out your phone in class is quite difficult for many students, apparently. There are texts to answer, emails to read, snapchats to send, and rude comments to post on Yik Yak. But two students at California State University at Chico have created something they hope will persuade students to keep their phones tucked firmly in their pockets: An app that rewards them with coupons for local businesses when they exhibit self-control and leave their phones untouched during class.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/app-gives-students-an-incentive-to-keep-their-phones-locked-in-class/55647

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Distance Learning: Moocs May Be Key To Pay Rise And Promotion

February 12th, 2015

by Seb Murray, Business Because

Additional qualifications such as MBA and masters degrees may be the key to unlocking a pay rise and promotion. Nearly half of employers surveyed by the Open University say work-related qualifications gained through additional education are the number one reason they would offer a salary increase or a higher-level position. The OU, a distance learning specialist, polled 1,000 UK employers and 1,000 employees last year. Completing work-related training programs was the second most desired attribute among these employers when offering pay rises and promotions, flagged by 33% of poll respondents. In a fillip for the OU, gaining work-related knowledge through free online courses or by reading relevant books or articles was the third most common thing employers looked for when offering salary increases and career advancements.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/3085/moocs-may-be-key-to-payrise-and-promotion

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Online education: the next big thing in India

February 12th, 2015

by Anita Babu, Business Standard

Better start-up environment along with higher internet and smartphone penetration is aiding the sector. The education sector in India is no longer bound to just classrooms. Thanks to new start-ups and higher internet and smartphone penetration, the online learning space in India is growing manifold. The e-learning market in India is estimated to be around $3 billion. The central government’s efforts to make digital learning available to students in every corner of the country is also aiding the sector. Another reason why online training will gain momentum is because of the need for re-skilling, For instance, about a decade ago, all that a software professional was required to know were programming languages. Now these professionals need to update themselves on other aspects like big data analytics and cloud computing. Better salary hikes and promotions are also the reasons why people undertake new courses.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/online-education-the-next-big-thing-in-india-115020600130_1.html

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Pearson SVP shares 5 key strategies for successful online degree programs

February 11th, 2015

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive

With nontraditional students quickly becoming the new traditional, online degree programs have increased in prominence. As U.S. News & World Report noted in September, their reputation has also risen to that of an alternative, equally prestigious route. The latest study from Babson Survey Research Group shows that while online enrollment has slowed, its still grew 3.7% in 2014, increasing to 5,257,379, and a majority of higher ed leaders reported that it’s essential to long-term strategy. But in a more competitive market, what do colleges and universities need to do to make sure they differentiate their offerings and stay in the game. We spoke with Pearson Senior Vice President of Online Learning Services Todd Hitchcock, who shared the following five strategic tips with us.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/pearson-svp-shares-5-key-strategies-for-successful-online-degree-programs/359585/

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Online Degrees Can Help Adults Switch Careers

February 11th, 2015

by Jordan Friedman, US News

If you are considering pursuing a new career field, online learning might be the right choice for you. While both online and face-to-face learning can help students achieve their new career goals, online study often allows for greater flexibility, particularly when it comes to balancing a job with an education, says Melissa Venable, online instructor and course designer at Saint Leo University and University of South Florida. In a 2014 survey conducted by Aslanian Market Research and Learning House, Inc., a company that helps colleges and universities develop and deliver online degree programs, 26 percent of undergraduate respondents and 19 percent of graduate respondents said they pursued online learning because they wanted a career in a new field.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2015/02/04/online-degrees-can-help-adults-switch-careers

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Higher Education’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2015

February 11th, 2015

by Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE

The technologies report provides a snapshot of the relatively new technological investments colleges and universities will be spending the most time implementing, planning, and tracking in 2015. The trends report (scheduled for publication in late February) will summarize the influence on institutional IT strategy of trends such as shared services, IT complexity, and agile approaches to change. Together the reports provide context and insight to guide higher education IT strategy. The interactive graphic enables you to filter the technologies list by institutional characteristics.

http://www.educause.edu/top-10-strategic-technologies-2015-resources

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