Educational Technology

April 20, 2019

Community Colleges And Tech Companies Are Co-Branding Credentials To Solve The Skills Gap

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Allison Dulin Salisbury, Forbes

There’s an important lesson there for higher education and it’s not just anecdote. Employers increasingly use applicant tracking systems that often screen for very specific skills. A resume for a digital marketing job, no matter how stellar, that doesn’t mention experience with platforms like Facebook Ad Manager or Hubspot may not even make it through the first automated round of screening. Same goes for an application for a data analyst that doesn’t mention a facility with Tableau or Microsoft Excel, a game developer without Unity, or a sales rep without Salesforce. In that sense, it’s not broad digital skills that matter, but rather skills tailored to one specific platform that is state-of-the-art in an applicant’s chosen field.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/allisondulinsalisbury/2019/04/08/community-colleges-and-tech-companies-are-co-branding-credentials-to-solve-the-skills-gap/#1094cf6949b5

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Aligning the Regulatory Environment with the 21st Century Realities

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Robert Hansen,  Kathleen Ives, Russ Poulin; EvoLLLution
Despite changing student demographics and technological advancements, the American higher education regulatory infrastructure and related legislation continue to address only the needs of traditional postsecondary students. In this interview, leaders from three associations serving providers of non-traditional higher education—Robert Hansen from UPCEA, Kathleen Ives from OLC and Russ Poulin from WCET—discuss some of the critical reforms needed for federal legislation to better fit the 21st-century model of higher education.

Aligning the Regulatory Environment with the 21st Century Realities

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OPMs Are Losing the Battle for Hearts and Minds

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Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Rather than passing along the savings of online education to students — as Carey argues that online means “no buildings to maintain, no lawns to mow, no juice bars and [no] lazy rivers” — the tuition dollars are being instead converted to corporate profits for the OPMs.  The classic online program management business model is for the company to fund the costs of developing the online programs, recruiting the students and running the programs — and in exchange the OPM received a share of the tuition. This revenue share to the OPM is typically around 60 percent. The OPM market is growing, with Carey quoting Trace Urban from Tyton Partners saying that the market is likely to be worth $8 billion by 2020.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/opms-are-losing-battle-hearts-and-minds

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April 19, 2019

Ray Schroeder Discusses The Plight of Small Colleges in the Age of Online Learning and the Promise of AI in Personalized Learning

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Henry Kronk, IBL News

Professor Emeritus Ray Schroeder finds it difficult to stop working. As the Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Illinois Springfield and the founding director of the National Council for Online Education at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), he has a lot on his plate. IBL News recently got in touch with Professor Schroder to discuss his current work and a few trends in online learning. The interview occurred on the afternoon of March 12th, and the first topic of conversation had to be the admissions scandal that had come to light that morning.

Ray Schroeder: “Universities Have to Change To Meet Students’ Needs”

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Credential Clout: How Higher Education Can Prepare for an Evolving Job Market: a survey of US students and recruiters

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Ellucian

This survey report outlines perceptions and prospects for careers among students and HR recruiters.  Among the results: GenZ students feel less prepared than prior generations and employers are seeking an array of soft skills led by communication, industry-specific skills, critical thinking and accountability.  Both students and employers agree that continuous learning is necessary.

https://www.ellucian.com/assets/en/white-paper/credential-clout-survey.pdf

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Will AI Save Journalism — or Kill It?

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Meredith Broussard and Seth Lewis, Knowledge @ Wharton

In the past year, you have most likely read a story that was written by a bot. Whether it’s a sports article, an earnings report or a story about who won the last congressional race in your district, you may not have known it but an emotionless artificial intelligence perhaps moved you to cheers, jeers or tears. By 2025, a bot could be writing 90% of all news, according to Narrative Science, whose software Quill turns data into stories. Many of the largest and most reputable news outlets in the world are using or dabbling in AI — such as The Washington Post, The Associated Press, BBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times and Sunday Times (U.K.), Japan’s national public broadcaster, NHK, and Finland’s STT.

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/ai-in-journalism/

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April 18, 2019

VR, AR, AI Worldwide Perspectives

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by Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

There is much at stake in the development of AI. The “big nine” corporations are the linkages that ideally will bring cultures together and create a compass for development in this field. Action must be taken now to assure that the underlying assumptions are in the best interests of the learners. A first model for a governance framework for AI has been developed by the Personal Data Protection Commission of Singapore. The 27-page instrument is well worth reading to gain a better understanding of AI and its implications.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/vr-ar-ai-worldwide-perspectives

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What the Tech? App of the Day: LinkedIn Learning

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WFMZ
If you’ve ever thought about changing careers, you might have also thought about going back to school.   It can be expensive and time-consuming, but thanks to online learning, you can take classes anytime you want.  LinkedIn Learning is an app that offers online training for jobs that are in demand now, like web and graphic design, sales and marketing. You can learn dozens of skills, including Google and Microsoft software. Learn how to create your own business plan or become a web developer.

http://www.wfmz.com/features/what-the-tech/what-the-tech-app-of-the-day-linkedin-learning/1066867860

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Pennsylvania School District Trims Budget with Cyber Charters

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SARAH HOFIUS HALL, THE TIMES-TRIBUNE

Bills in the state House and Senate would allow districts with their own cyber programs to stop paying tuition to cyber charter schools. If a student decided to attend a cyber charter school, the family would be responsible for the tuition. Education Voters of Pennsylvania, a statewide public education advocacy organization, also called for reform. In a February report, the group found that by basing cyber school tuition on what it actually costs to educate a child virtually, districts statewide could save more than $250 million annually. In NEPA, savings could be as much as $24.5 million each year. In the 2017-18 school year, 2,799 students in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties attended cyber charter schools.

https://www.govtech.com/education/Pennsylvania-School-District-Trims-Budget-with-Cyber-Charters.html

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April 17, 2019

Dexter elementary students learn through virtual reality

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By Lonnie Huhman, Sun Times News

Through the 5 C’s and virtual reality, Wylie Elementary School students have been working at creating their own “dream world” or “happy place.” All 500 or so of the third- and fourth-graders at the Dexter school spent about the last month or so planning and designing their projects by using creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, cooperation, communication and technology. This work culminated in the school organizing a VR Museum.

 

https://thesuntimesnews.com/dexter-elementary-students-learn-through-virtual-reality/

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Stepping Back from the Cliff: Facing New Realities of Changing Student Demographics

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Jim Shaeffer, The EvoLLLution
Most universities that plan to stick to the status quo and serve exclusively traditional learners are facing a cliff. CE divisions can help their institutions avoid a potential drop, but only if they’re empowered. Demographics of students enrolling at colleges and universities are evolving. And students’ expectations are evolving as well. As the numbers of 18-22 year olds fresh out of high school drop, the recruitment of non-traditional students is becoming more important than ever. In this interview, James Shaeffer discusses the role continuing education (CE) departments can play as drivers of innovation and reflects on how CE leaders can help their main campus colleagues embrace transformational change.

https://evolllution.com/managing-institution/higher_ed_business/stepping-back-from-the-cliff-facing-new-realities-of-changing-student-demographics/

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How adaptive learning changes the game

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BY DENNIS PIERCE, eCampus News

Time and cost are two key barriers standing in the way of college completion, and that’s especially true for working adults going back to school. To eliminate these barriers and help registered nurses make faster progress toward earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the University of Memphis School of Health Studies is using adaptive learning technology and other practices to accelerate completion—reportedly saving participants more than $100,000 in collective tuition costs in a single year. “Students shouldn’t get bogged down with paying to learn things they already know,” says Richard Irwin, dean of UofM Global, the university’s online program. “Adaptive learning helps students move through the content at a more rapid pace.”

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/04/05/benefits-adaptive-learning/

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April 16, 2019

ASU opts for smaller classes, online tools and phasing out traditional classrooms

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Jennifer Auh, Fox 10 Phoenix

Arizona State University is currently phasing out the traditional classroom setting, at least for its math and science courses.  This new way of teaching is about providing a more interactive learning experience for students, and the new system has been so successful that it has been adopted by about 30 other universities across the country. Instead of going to class to listen to lectures, students in Professor Susan Holechak’s class do that online. Then, they go to class to work on problem-solving in small groups. “I feel the students are more engaged, because in a setting like this, they work in groups and able to go table by table, group by group. I can interact with them,” said Holechak, an instructor at ASU’s School of Life Sciences.

http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/asu-phasing-out-traditional-classrooms-in-favor-of-new-approach-to-teaching

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Everyone learns their own way. So what’s best for you and your team?

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By Helen Lammers-Helps, Country Guide
We’re told there has never been a time in all of human history when things have changed at such a rapid pace. And this is especially true for agriculture. Nor are farmers just letting it happen. Instead, they’re embracing lifelong learning to prepare and to adapt, whether it’s learning new software programs, farm business management skills or any of a thousand different things. Fortunately, the internet has made it easier for those in rural and remote areas to access a wide array of new information from anywhere in the world, provided of course that you can put up with interruptions due to bandwidth and program speed.

https://www.country-guide.ca/guide-life/do-you-know-what-learning-styles-work-best-for-you-and-your-team/

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How to Use ‘Active Learning’ to Teach Critical Thinking in the Lab

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Tomorrow’s Professor

Graduates of the revised course attest to the value of its active-learning approach. Karl Wessendorf, BS ’16, who was in the first cohort of the new ChemEng 185, went to work in the biotech industry, where he came to appreciate how the course taught him to learn from failed experiments. “I had a much easier time transitioning from being a student to a working professional because I’d already made this leap,” Wessendorf said. Encouraged by student reactions, Sattely and Hwang have submitted a proposal to the university’s long-range planning process to create a “Catalyst of Teaching” at Stanford. “We’d like to spark a conversation about collaborative teaching,” Sattely said.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1707

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April 15, 2019

4 career connections to help get more girls in STEM

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
Getting girls in STEM careers will take more than encouragement–it will take female representation in the STEM workforce. Representation matters everywhere, and nowhere is it more important than in the workforce. As the U.S. faces a shortage of STEM workers, female STEM workers are particularly underrepresented. But to get girls in STEM, they have to see themselves in the field. No representation means fewer girls in STEM–women make up almost 50 percent of the workforce, but hold less than 25 percent of STEM jobs. It’s time for us to help girls see themselves in STEM careers.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/04/04/career-connections-girls-in-stem/

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Clemson College of Education to discount online degree programs for S.C. educators

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Michael Staton, Clemson College of Education
The Clemson University College of Education honors teachers every year during Extra Yard for Teachers. Its new SC Teacher Incentive Program is one of many ways it will say “Thank you” to dedicated South Carolina educators all year long.  South Carolina teachers pursuing graduate education programs in Clemson University’s College of Education will receive a 10 percent tuition reduction thanks to the college’s new SC Teacher Incentive Program beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. The program will apply to four of the college’s online master’s programs: its Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning, M.Ed. in Literacy and both the M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision. The discount will apply to any South Carolina teacher currently employed in a K-12 classroom.

http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/clemson-college-of-education-to-discount-online-degree-programs-for-s-c-educators/

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When Colleges Consider Outsourcing Online Programs, Calculations Can Get Complicated

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By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

A growing number of colleges are turning to for-profit companies to help them run their online programs, and to help finance them. These companies are known as online program managers, or OPMs. The relationships can mean a clash of cultures. One college official recalled a meeting where the head of a popular OPM showed up wearing a gold chain and talking about the “cost of acquisition” of students. That focus on sales can be uncomfortable for traditional colleges, who prefer to talk about their nonprofit missions of preparing students to be good citizens.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-04-04-when-colleges-consider-outsourcing-online-programs-calculations-can-get-complicated

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April 14, 2019

Can audiobooks be the great equalizer for students with learning differences?

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BY VALERIE CHERNEK, eSchool News
It’s time to find new approaches to personalize learning for students who learn differently. Low reading ability is a major contributor to learning inequality in our schools. An estimated 26 million students have learning differences, including tens of thousands of students with dyslexia, a neurological condition that affects reading and related language-based processing skills. Unless educators can find new approaches to deliver reading instruction and personalize learning environments for these frustrated learners, many will fail.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/04/04/audiobooks-great-equalizer-learning-differences/

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Online Learning: Examination of Attributes that Promote Student Satisfaction

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Marianne C. Bickle, Ryan D. Rucker, Katherine Annette Burnsed; OJDLA

The purposes of this study were to examine students’ satisfaction with online learning and identify attributes that contribute to humanizing the online classroom. A total of 228 students participated in the study, which attempted to determine whether students perceived a social presence in the online course as a result of a variety of communication tools used in group participation assignments. Findings revealed students’ perceptions of a high-quality course were dependent upon continual communication with the instructor, a predetermined method of connecting students with one another and students’ ability to express their opinions. Different group activities and the use of technology allowed online learners to make humanistic connections with other students and the instructor.

https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/spring221/bickle_rucker_burnsed221.html

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‘Blizzard bags,’ online learning could make up for missed school days in Maine

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WMTW
A proposal at the state house would allow Maine school departments to make up snow days in new ways. According to “An Act To Give Maine Schools Additional Options To Make Up Missed School Days,” the bill would add language to the state law to allow schools make up snow days with packets of homework or develop plans to make up days under state guidance. The homework that is meant to cover a snow day is sometimes referred to as a blizzard bag. According to the Department of Education, current law allows schools to make up missed school days by rescheduling the day, postponing the end of the school year, holding weekend classes and adding hours to the school day.

https://www.wmtw.com/article/blizzard-bags-online-learning-could-make-up-for-missed-school-days-in-maine/27040767

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