Community college offers no textbook classes

August 30th, 2016

By WSLS.com

Going to college just got a little bit less expensive for students at Wytheville Community College (WCC). WCC now offers students significant savings by providing classes this fall that do not require them to buy books or supplemental course materials. This cost-saving measure is possible through WCC’s use of open educational resources in several selected courses. Nearly 20 courses with almost 30 sections will not require a textbook or will use materials that cost less than $40. These classes will be offered both online and on campus at WCC’s main campus, WCC at the Crossroads Institute in Galax, and WCC at the Summit Center in Marion. Last year, WCC’s administration committed to offering a “zero” textbook cost degree, the Associates of Arts and Sciences in Science with a Specialization in Mathematics.

http://wsls.com/2016/08/22/community-college-offers-no-textbook-classes/

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Online Continuing Education Course on School Bullying

August 30th, 2016

by Health Forum Online

HealthForumOnline (HFO) has recently updated its online continuing education (CE) course, School Children that Bully and Bully Victims: Psychological Theory, Assessment and Intervention, providing mental health professionals with theory- and evidence-based information and skills necessary to identify, assess, prevent and intervene in the context of school-based bullying. HFO offers over 100 online CE courses for psychologists, social workers, counselors and therapists that are fast, convenient and especially cost-effective – with free ongoing access to course updates beyond completion of the CE activity.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/08/prweb13632359.htm

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The Big Opportunity in Data Analytics

August 30th, 2016

by Education Dive

If knowledge is power, as Francis Bacon suggested, its supporting partner would undoubtedly be information. The kind of information that, in today’s world, can connect complex reams of disparate and often isolated data, and can help support better decision making and better outcomes. This is the promise of data analytics and, with its ability to capture behavioral information and provide the ability to manage and act on that data, it’s becoming of increasing interest to the world of education. With proven value in the fields of finance, research and in a thousand online applications, what might a marriage of analysis and academia look like? And what are the opportunities for colleges and universities to use data to secure better outcomes for students and further empower faculty?

http://www.educationdive.com/news/the-big-opportunity-in-data-analytics/424903/

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Harvey Mudd College has tripled female computer science graduation rates

August 29th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Harvey Mudd College’s computer science graduating class featured more women than men this year, a historic trend that matches the school’s aggressive effort to increase participation from women, which has tripled in the last 10 years. Officials say targeted efforts to appoint and promote women in leadership positions throughout the institution, including six department chairpersons and nearly 40% of the campus’ total number of professors, makes the difference in encouraging and modeling success for women in historically underrepresented fields. Changes in curriculum, along with the school’s small size, allow for more adaptive learning opportunities which don’t skew in benefit to male or female students.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/harvey-mudd-college-has-tripled-female-computer-science-graduation-rates/424956/

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Unlocking our children’s ability to learn: the future of personalised learning

August 29th, 2016

by Eric Demoncheaux, LinkedIn

How will each student achieve what he/she ought to be achieving? Education ought to open up doors, it ought to develop abilities and provide them with the talents they need to succeed. It is important that academic faculties and schools improve their standards and share good practice. Eventually, all will come down to whether or not educational establishments can adapt and meet the needs of all learners. It is important that academic faculties and schools develop dynamic learning communities. The world is mutating into different ways and we need to help our learners merge into this changed constellation. We need to place students into this changed constellation and design systems that will help them succeed. One of the greatest challenges is for learners to become autonomous thinkers who can make the right choices.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/unlocking-our-childrens-ability-learn-future-learning-demoncheaux

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North Dakota Open Educational Resources Initiative: A System-wide Success Story

August 29th, 2016

by Tanya M. Spilovoy, WCET Frontiers

The North Dakota University System Open Educational Resources Initiative is a 3-phased plan hinging upon a unique collaboration among the North Dakota legislature, the University System Office, and the faculty at public institutions across the state. At the intersection of these three entities are change leaders who have come together for a common goal of improving higher education by reducing textbook costs for students. A 2015 post previewed this work, and this post outlines the plan, the people, and the product. The initial state investment was $110,000. The first four funded proposals include estimated student cost savings of more than $2 million for school year 2016-2017. Three of the campus projects will provide faculty stipends to revamp general education courses using open source materials and textbooks. One project at the University of North Dakota will make Robinson’s “The History of North Dakota” an open textbook. Another round of grant proposals is due in October, 2016 with four more $10,000 institutional grants anticipated.

https://wcetfrontiers.org/2016/08/23/north-dakota-open-educational-resources-initiative-a-system-wide-success-story/

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Pokemon Go… and Global Success Skills?

August 28th, 2016

by John McCarthy, Edutopia

Not since Minecraft has there been an entertainment program that captures the imagination of so many people. Pokémon Go is addictive for blending imagination from the Pokémon game world into the real environments of our communities. Establishing a learning culture of mutual support for growth is important at the start of and during the school year. Group students by teams with the charge of helping each other collect the same Pokémon into their respective Pokédex. Use the Pokémon Go app to set one or two Lures on or near campus, depending on the number of participants. This will encourage students to migrate between locations rather than standing around. To adequately complete the task, set a number of Pokémon to catch during a specific time period to ensure that all students stay active. Have teams submit their individual Journals (under the player’s name icon) to verify their participation. The Journal tracks each achievement with a timestamp, such as Pokémon caught and items received from a PokéStop.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/pokemon-go-global-success-skills-john-mccarthy

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The Effects of Instructor Control of Online Learning Environment on Satisfaction and Perceived Learning

August 28th, 2016

by the Journal of e-Learning

This paper explores the design of a blended learning environment in a transition from face-to-face and seeks to determine whether learner characteristics and background together with blended learning design elements are significant factors for learning outcomes such as intrinsic motivation, satisfaction, knowledge construction and learning performance in blended learning. It is aimed at examining the learner characteristics and backgrounds such as age, gender, self-regulation, attitudes, family and social support as well as the management of workload in blended learning.

http://distance-educator.com/the-effects-of-instructor-control-of-online-learning-environments-on-satisfaction-and-perceived-learning/

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Three Great Places to Find Free Online Courses

August 28th, 2016

by Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Today we are sharing with you three excellent websites that will help you find the best free online classes or MOOCs from top trending universities. You can lay back in your coach, search for the courses that interest you and sign up to embark on a new exciting learning journey.

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2016/08/three-excellent-places-to-find-free.html

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Half of High School Seniors Lack Access to Computer Science

August 27th, 2016

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

More than half of high school seniors attend schools that don’t offer computer science, according to a new analysis by Change the Equation, a nonprofit organization that aims to mobilize businesses to improve STEM learning. Only 22 percent of 12th graders say they’ve ever taken a computer science course, according to the analysis. Just 44 percent of seniors say they have access to any computer science classes, and less than a quarter of seniors have access to Advanced Placement computer science courses, the analysis said. To conduct its study, Change the Equation (CTEq) examined data from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” which is given to seniors and includes survey questions for students, teachers and schools.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/08/17/half-of-high-school-seniors-lack-access-to-computer-science.aspx

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Carnegie Mellon-Led Project Promotes Data and Technology Fluency

August 27th, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

CMU researchers are working with local teachers to implement a pilot program that encourages students to use data, multimedia and technology to express ideas. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) held summer workshops for Pittsburgh-area teachers to learn how to apply the concepts of data and technology fluency in schools. CMU researchers Jessica Pachuta, Jessica Kaminsky and Beatrice Dias led the workshop for 12 teachers from eight schools. With a 14-month, $593,000 planning grant from The Heinz Endowments, a Pittsburgh-based philanthropic organization, the researchers will create a pilot program for the teachers to implement at their schools. The grant will be used to develop “tools and methods that enable students to use data and technology for asking questions and exploring their environment, for telling cohesive stories, and for articulating opinions and arguments,” according to a CMU news release.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/08/19/carnegie-mellonled-project-promotes-data-and-technology-fluency.aspx

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Social Media App Uses Augmented Reality to Connect College Students

August 27th, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The TeePeedU app uses AR technology to help students build real life connections across their campus. College students will soon be able to interact virtually in class and at sports games, with help from a new augmented reality app. TeePeedU is a free college social media app that aims to get students out of the dorm and connect with each other in real life. The name refers to the act of teepeeing, or stringing toilet paper trails around objects. TeePeedU allows students to teepee each other virtually by “dropping digital graffiti all over campus with everyone you want to know and hang out with,” according to the company. Users can leave photos of themselves around campus, which others can see through the app’s AR ecosystem.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/08/19/social-media-app-uses-augmented-reality-to-connect-college-students.aspx

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City schools reach out to homeschoolers

August 26th, 2016

By Jeff Linville, Mt. Airy News

Parents who choose to homeschool their children see a benefit there, and Morrison isn’t trying to talk them out of that belief. Instead, she wants to focus on what Mount Airy has to offer that they can’t give at home. Perhaps a parent is really good at history and English, but struggles with high school-level math. The student could attend MAHS for a math class, or take an online course with the school. Or the student might want to take chemistry at MAHS because of lab equipment that isn’t available at home.

https://mtairynews.com/news/43550/city-schools-reach-out-to-homeschoolers

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Why smartphones alone won’t close the digital divide

August 26th, 2016

By Sunne Wright McPeak, Sacramento Bee

There is much to celebrate in the Field Poll’s annual survey on the “digital divide” in California. The percentage of Californians with high-speed internet at home has risen to 84 percent in 2016 from 55 percent in 2008. But the divide between those who have broadband at home and those who do not is closing largely because of smartphones. The 2016 survey found that among the 84 percent with home broadband, 14 percent are connecting only through their smartphones. This percentage is a near doubling of smartphone-only users since last year. No doubt, smartphones are marvelous devices that provide access to information and online applications. But they are limited functionally for doing school homework, applying for jobs or college or taking online courses.

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article96594082.html

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Take This Quiz To Find Out If Online Learning Is For You

August 26th, 2016

By Gretchen Kernbach, ULoop

Something you weren’t often faced with in high school was the option to take online classes. Instead, you were forced to sit through lectures and busy work for eight hours a day, five days a week. Now that you have entered a university, online learning is quite popular. However, you may find yourself signing up for something you are not prepared for. So how do you know if online learning is for you?

http://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/210520/Take-This-Quiz-To-Find-Out-If-Online-Learning-Is-For-You

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High schools focus on students’ life success

August 25th, 2016

by Karen Everett Watson, Galt Herald Online

Students will have a number of options for credit recovery and be able to take remedial classes to bring up their math and reading scores. “Both high schools will have a computer lab with a teacher/mentor,” said Kaufman. “Students will be able to take online classes and campus classes. The online classes will be accessible in the labs and from the students’ homes.” College-level course work will also be accessible in these labs so students can go into college having already earned credits, according to Kaufman. This will also allow students to take courses not readily available in most high schools.

http://galtheraldonline.com/articles/2016/08/18/news/doc57b6128bcf775065525693.txt

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5 Free Classes You Can Take to Build Your Resume

August 25th, 2016
by Jill Krasny, Atlanta Journal Constitution
In pivotal ways, the job landscape has changed. The days of pensions are over, and hardly anyone receives a Rolex just for sticking around. Today’s businesses move fast, and employees are expected to know how to keep up. Fortunately, the World Wide Web has made it easy to bone up on skills that matter in today’s workforce. Whether you’re looking to debunk big data or bolster your email writing, we’ve rounded up some free online courses that promise to get the job done. To prove they’re worth your time, we tapped a couple of recruiters for insight. Read on to see our 10 favorite courses — all within budget.

http://www.ajc.com/feed/business/personal-finance/5-free-classes-you-can-take-to-build-your-resume/fCRP3W/

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Stanford seeks the ‘why’ in the student experience

August 25th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Stanford University pilots a new exhibit, ‘The @Stanford Project,’ which envisions a learning environment for undergraduate students learning, working, and serving to meet industrial and personal missions, rather than achieving proficiency in a major. The project challenges students to visualize the ways in which Stanford will evolve in its research, workforce development and philanthropic support, with the influences of technology and encouraging students to follow personal missions instead of professional objectives. Helping students to visualize missions early in their academic careers could spur new outcomes in international study and recruitment, startup innovation, and community outreach — all important elements of the 21st century college profile.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/stanford-seeks-the-why-in-the-student-experience/424419/

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Virginia Tech requires online diversity course for incoming students

August 24th, 2016

By Robby Korth, Roanoke.com

Before new Virginia Tech freshmen start classes next week they’ll be required to take an online course on diversity. New students now have to take a trio of online courses to raise awareness of issues that they may face in college, including alcohol, sexual violence and being inclusive of people from different races and backgrounds. “Providing it to new students is consistent with and reflects the value we place on inclusion and diversity at this university,” Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski wrote in an email. “Virginia Tech is proud to promote inclusion and diversity as an important part of our land grant mission.

http://www.roanoke.com/news/education/higher_education/virginia_tech/virginia-tech-requires-online-diversity-course-for-incoming-students/article_c4f0730a-7403-5968-9bae-2fdd67534c87.html

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N.J. university chosen for pilot program studying online courses

August 24th, 2016

by Kevin Shea, NJ.com

Thomas Edison State University has been chosen as one of eight universities nationwide for an experimental federal pilot program seeking to connect students using non-traditional training with federal financial aid. Thomas Edison’s role in the program will study how to use financial aid to cover the cost of alternative credit courses through Study.com, and ultimately help students complete their degrees. The pilot program is called Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships, or, EQUIP and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and university unveiled it Tuesday.

http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2016/08/nj_university_chosen_for_pilot_program_studying_on.html

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What are the top 10 most popular search engines?

August 24th, 2016

by Christopher Ratcliff, ClickZ

You know, apart from the most obvious search engine. And possibly the second most obvious one too. In fact I’ll start again, what are the eight most popular search engines after Google and Bing? The first list below contains the most popular search engines currently available, ordered by most to least popular in the US. The ranking is according to eBiz, it’s in order of estimated unique monthly visitors and is accurate as of August 2016. The second list is a global overview of most popular search engines, according to Net Market Share, which is ranked in order of market share and is again accurate as of August 2016. As opposed to our previous list of search engine alternatives to Google, this list will concentrate purely on informational searches rather than say… Gifs or copyright free images.

https://www.clickz.com/what-are-the-top-10-most-popular-search-engines/104620/

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