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What Faculty Need to Know About ‘Learner Experience Design’

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

By Patrice Torcivia & Whitney Kilgore, EdSurge

The emerging field of Learner Experience Design or LX design is about balancing the need for quality course design with the central role of human interaction in online learning. It’s a collaborative process that engages faculty in the design and improvement of online courses. But LX design doesn’t have to be daunting or complicated. Here are three big LX ideas for faculty who may be new to online learning, and hope to create and facilitate more humanized online learning experiences.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-11-10-what-faculty-need-to-know-about-learner-experience-design

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College leaders identify the top IT challenges

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

by Jarrett Carter, Educaton Dive

Security, data management and governance, and next-gen enterprise were among the top networking concerns for CIOs at Educause this year. IT impact from affordability, funding and leadership were also among chief concerns. Next generation enterprise and the digital transformation of learning were rated by attendees as the top two themes of importance during one session of the conference.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/college-leaders-identify-the-top-it-challenges/430256/

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More schools are online than ever before – but it’s far from perfect

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

by Nichole Dobo, Hechinger Report

Even though more schools are online, leaders say they will need more modern connections in the coming years to keep up with the pace of technological advancement. Nearly 60 percent of school leaders surveyed by CoSN said ongoing costs remain a major challenge. “The good news is districts are making real progress in supporting modern technology infrastructure,” Keith Krueger, the CEO of CoSN, said in a statement. “However, it remains clear that more work and investment are needed over the long run to address the digital equity challenge of today and provide robust broadband connectivity for all students in and outside of school.”

http://hechingerreport.org/more-schools-are-online-than-ever-before-but-its-far-from-perfect/

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5 Tips For Learning A New Language Efficiently

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

by Huffington Post

Vacations are fabulous opportunities to immerse ourselves in new cultures and experiences. However, with more than 4,000 languages spoken around the world, communication remains a constant barrier for those who are not multilingual. While we would all would like to learn the language of the country we’re visiting before actually getting there, the fact of the matter is learning the nuances of an entire language can be almost impossible before embarking on a holiday. Not being able to easily communicate while vacationing can create feelings of isolation or, even worse, lead to problems if you are misunderstood.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/strip/new-language-efficiently_b_12880526.html

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Air Force Engineer Kicks Off Boots, Studies Online to Advance Her Career

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

by University of Arkansas

Danielle Tabb, a U.S. Air Force engineer, hopes to advance her career by earning a Master of Science in Engineering degree online from the University of Arkansas. Danielle Tabb, a U.S. Air Force engineer, hopes to advance her career by earning a Master of Science in Engineering degree online from the University of Arkansas. Danielle Tabb, a civil engineer, has a blueprint to advance her career and make industry connections. And she’s doing it online. Tabb is earning a Master of Science in Engineering degree online from the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas while she is stationed with the United States Air Force in Little Rock. Originally from Washington state, Tabb studied civil engineering in the United States Air Force Academy and graduated in May 2015.

http://news.uark.edu/articles/37085/air-force-engineer-kicks-off-boots-studies-online-to-advance-her-career

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This district is using novel methods to teach familiar skills

Friday, November 18th, 2016

BY DAVID SINGER, CENTRE DAILY TIMES

From gamifying popular works of literature, to pitching invention ideas in “Shark Tank” productions, school districts are rethinking how to get beyond homework and traditional lectures to engage students. Teachers in Pennsylvania’s Avella, Burgettstown, Canon-McMillan and Carmichaels districts have offered up how they’re reworking class time to help young pupils value their education and take it beyond the classroom. Though it all can’t be fun and games, even the nuts and bolts of mathematics can be made more captivating. Joelle Cooper is right at home teaching geometry and calculus at Avella. A district graduate, the math teacher has been facilitating innovative team-building lessons through a blended learning model the district is piloting this year through Carnegie Learning.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/11/07/this-district-is-using-novel-methods-to-teach-familiar-skills/

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Online Education Can Provide You With These Degrees And Certificates

Friday, November 18th, 2016

By Emily Marks, University Herald

Online education is slowly changing the way students earn their degrees. It is definitely more convenient and, oftentimes, more affordable than traditional college. It has helped several working adults finish their degrees, whether graduate or post-graduate, and continue with their respective careers at the same time. Moreover, there are ree online fcourses that anyone can enroll in. This may be one of the best solutions to the ever-growing worry over college debt. U.S. News collated a list of the degrees and credentials that students can earn through online education. Students can plan their education according to what they want to achieve and what their career goals are.

http://www.universityherald.com/articles/47798/20161106/online-education-provide-degrees-certificates.htm

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Does your organisation have an agile learning strategy?

Friday, November 18th, 2016

by L&D

Focusing on mentoring at the expense of authority is at the heart of what Kim Shepherd’s company Decision Toolbox does. L&D professionals can learn a lot from this approach. The one ingredient in e-learning that people often forget is agility in responding to emerging opportunities.  This includes ensuring employees can access support easily. Agility is creating a learning function with rapid development built in, to meet the demand of changes in the workforce. As such, providing up-to-date, relevant content for employees is a core mandate for L&D teams. However, there are many challenges that make this difficult, Rachel Kuftinoff, learning consultancy director at KnowledgePool told Training Journal.

http://www.ldphub.com/general-news/does-your-organisation-have-an-agile-learning-strategy-226267.aspx

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“This house believes AI could, should and will replace teachers”

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

by OEB

At this year’s OEB, we’re looking to provide some of that nuance in our annual Plenary Debate on the motion entitled “This house believes artificial intelligence (AI) could, should and will replace teachers”. This is not only a debate about the capabilities of technology, but also about its ethical implications. In this particular case, it’s as much a question of philosophy as of technological practicality. What exactly is a teacher? Some would say that in many schools, teachers have become little more than devices for transmitting information in the hope of achieving defined educational outcomes and that these functions can be taken over – and even improved on – by a machine. For Donald Clark (proposition) the case for teaching bots is fairly obvious: they would be “free from cognitive… racial, gender and socio-economic biases. They never get ill, don’t forget much of what they are taught, operate 24/7, and can deliver from anywhere to anywhere where there is an internet connection. Unlike our brains they don’t sleep for eight hours a day and, in a fatal objection to human frailty, neither get burnt out, retire or die.”

http://www.online-educa.com/OEB_Newsportal/this-house-believes-ais-could-and-will-replace-teachers/

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Students worldwide competed to improve security software in a contest led by UMD

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

By Rachel Kuipers, Diamondback

Some University of Maryland professors are trying to change how software designers approach their work. Three cybersecurity professors — Michelle Mazurek, Andrew Ruef and Dave Levin — and computer science professor Michael Hicks were among those to host the Build It, Break It, Fix it security contest, which aims to teach students how to construct more secure programs, according to the contest website. This is the fifth contest the group has held in the past two and a half years, Hicks said. “We want to make software security better [and] help developers who aren’t security experts do a better job of writing secure software,” said Mazurek, who is also a member of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center. “There’s a gap between what seems like it should work and what actually should work in the real world.”

http://www.dbknews.com/2016/11/07/university-of-maryland-computer-science-software-contest/

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No matter where you turn, the Internet shapes us

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

By Zhu Shenshen, Shanghai Daily

Virtual reality English learning is just one example of Internet Plus services in Shanghai — a merging of online applications and offline lifestyle trends. This latest digital trend covers a wide range of services, including the panoramic view of a restaurant when you book a table via smartphone, sharing bicycles unlocked by mobile apps, and paying for Metro trips and drinks by smartphone or even smart watches. Internet Plus services are turning Shanghai into one of the world’s most “digital smart” cities and, at the same time, changing human experiences and habits in education and entertainment, dining, transportation, payment and investment.

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/business/economy/No-matter-where-you-turn-the-Internet-shapes-us/shdaily.shtml

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Wyoming Department of Education releases Digital Learning Plan

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

By Kristine Galloway, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

State education officials are a step closer to revamping the delivery of education statewide. The Wyoming Department of Education recently released the 2017-2021 Digital Learning Plan. “This comprehensive five-year strategic plan was written around the importance of incorporating digital learning and education technology into the classroom and addresses the need for equitable access to educational opportunities for all students,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said in a news release. The introduction of the plan imagines a new world of education, in which a student will have some traditional classes, some classes that are offered entirely online, and some taught in a classroom with students working at their own paces through the use of digital tools.

http://www.wyomingnews.com/news/wyoming-department-of-education-releases-digital-learning-plan/article_f16b8d66-a31e-11e6-9de9-13dc8b6b5612.html

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Survey: Students Think Schools Should Use Personal Data to Improve College Experience

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

Seventy-seven percent of college students think schools should do a better job of using their personal data to improve the college experience, according to a new survey from Ellucian. The company released the results of a survey on the same day as its new data analytics platform, Ellucian Analytics. The online survey was conducted by Wakefield Research from October 13 to 18 and included 1,000 United States college students. The key takeaway from the survey is that students already share vast amounts of personal data with their schools, and they expect those schools to use that data in ways that benefit them.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/10/31/survey-students-think-schools-should-use-personal-data-to-improve-college-experience.aspx

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6 ed tech products to note from Educause 2016

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

by Roger Riddell, Education Dive

From solutions for boosting cybersecurity to new accessibility components on familiar platforms, these solutions are worth a closer look. Between keynotes, panels and interviews, Education Dive took time to check out what Educause 2016’s close to 300 exhibitors had on display. From solutions for boosting cybersecurity to new accessibility components on familiar platforms, here are six products we saw worth noting.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/6-ed-tech-products-to-note-from-educause-2016/429723/

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Highland Community College in Freeport at the top of its class in online education

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

By Derrick Mason, Journal Standard

Online classes are becoming more popular with college students, and Highland Community College is making sure to keep up with the trend. Highland was recently named the top two-year school in Illinois to offer online classes by OnlineColleges.com. The site generated its rankings based on data from the National Center of Education Statistics. Pete Willging, director of community relations and marketing at Highland, said it was important for the school to learn about the criteria that went into the ranking. “Whenever we do receive a ranking from an institution, such as this one, we ask for the methodology that they use so we can see what we’re doing well,” he said. Willging said the most heavily weighted category for the ranking was the number of programs offered via distance education. Highland offers 18 percent of its courses as online or hybrid classes, he said.

http://www.journalstandard.com/news/20161103/highland-community-college-in-freeport-at-top-of-its-class-in-online-education

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San Diego Unified’s Grad Rate Miracle Relied on Online Courses

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

by Mario Koran, Voice of San Diego

Last school year, 1,381 seniors – more than 20 percent of San Diego Unified’s class of 2016 – took an online version of a course required for graduation. Roughly 92 percent of them passed. It’s an impressive pass rate. And it was crucial for the class of 2016. That group ended up setting the highest graduation rate on record. They achieved that even as the first class to be subject to far more rigorous graduation requirements. Researchers had predicted it would be impossible, in fact, for the class of 2016 to graduate at the rate they did. But the academics hadn’t factored in the new online courses that would quickly allow students to catch up.

http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/education/san-diego-unifieds-grad-rate-miracle-relied-online-courses/

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U.S. Ed Department Launches Free Online Tool to Rapidly Evaluate Ed Tech Products

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

The United States Education Department’s Office of Educational Technology is unveiling a new online tool that’s designed to rapidly evaluate ed tech products and help educators decide whether a product or tool is worth their money. The Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation (RCE) Coach is a free, openly licensed, web-based platform created in partnership with Mathematica, a policy research organization. The RCE Coach guides educators step-by-step through an ed tech purchasing or renewal process.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/10/28/us-ed-department-launches-free-online-tool-to-rapidly-evaluate-ed-tech-products.aspx

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Teachers share formative assessment strategies that work

Monday, November 14th, 2016

BY DAWN NELSON AND ASHLEIGH SCHULZ, eSchool News

Today’s students have too many tests to take—but today’s teachers still need insight into their classes’ knowledge and skills. Adding new tests every time students need to prove mastery rarely seems like the right answer. For some classrooms, the solution lies in formative assessments, which gauge their students’ understanding and personalize their lessons in real time. Here, two educators share how formative assessments are transforming their students’ learning across the board.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/10/31/teachers-share-formative-assessment-strategies-that-work/

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Engaging videos help students learn about STEM concepts with real-world relevance

Monday, November 14th, 2016

by eSchool News

More often than not, students pick up a mobile device or use a computer to access videos and digital media online. With a dearth of resources online, educators can find content that meets students where they’re comfortable learning, with interactive and engaging presentation. TED Talks have grown in popularity in part for their inspiring and frank perspectives on any number of world issues, and educators can leverage these resources for learning. Educators can build lessons around any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube video through Ted-Ed. Once they locate the video they wish to use, they next use the TED-Ed Lesson editor to add questions, discussion prompts and additional resources. When the lesson is published, educators can monitor their progress and submitted work.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/11/01/10-ted-ed-videos-students-can-use-today/

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How a small district turned every student into a music composer

Monday, November 14th, 2016

BY JOHN ZIRKLE, eSchool News

New software and a big collaboration changed how one rural school’s students think about music; the Achievement Program seeks to establish the first national standard in the United States for measuring musical aptitude in students of all ages. There are moments in my life when the world slows down long enough for me to have incredibly emotional experiences linked to music. Those moments are pure joy. My goal as a music educator is to facilitate opportunities for my students to connect in that very same way. One of the purest ways to imbue students with these amazing experiences is through music composition. Spending seven years as music teacher in Big Sky’s rural community, I encounter daily the educational benefits that a small school district offers students, particularly in its abilities to offer more intimate backdrops for learning.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/11/03/small-school-turned-every-district-music-composer/

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New website offers alternatives to class schedule stress

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

by Alexander Holcomb, UT Daily Beacon

A new, free website is making it easier for University of Tennessee students to plan and enroll in the classes they need. The website, coursicle.com, notifies its users when a previously filled class has an open seat and creates potential schedules for the next semester. Tara Aida, the co-founder of the site, helped build coursicle.com during her freshman year at Harvard. “We offer two main services,” Aida said. “The first is an online course search engine and planner, and it allows students to browse classes easily, save them to a weekly calendar, save multiple schedules and also see what classes their friends are considering taking — their Facebook friends. And the second service is a notification system which allows students to sign up to receive a text message as soon as a class has an available seat.”

http://www.utdailybeacon.com/news/new-website-offers-alternatives-to-class-schedule-stress/article_b96bf0a8-a12b-11e6-80cd-07c8096167ad.html
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