Educational Technology

February 10, 2018

3 ways to actually support nontraditional learners

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

The Post-traditional Learners Manifesto Revisited: Aligning Postsecondary Education with Real Life for Adult Student Success, from the American Council on Education (ACE), notes that more than 1 million Americans could get out of poverty if everyone in the U.S. 25 years or older, with some college but no degree, earned an associate degree.
“Helping more non-traditional learners earn a degree would have lasting and transformative effects on our society, economy, and higher education,” said Louis Soares, lead author of Revisited and ACE’s vice president for strategy, research, and advancement. “Of the 23 million undergraduates, more than 13 million are nontraditional learners. Some start a degree but don’t finish it, racking up debt and adding to their financial burdens.”

3 ways to actually support nontraditional learners

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Rural schools in Illinois implementing online AP courses

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By The ASSOCIATED PRESS

A pilot program is giving students in rural Illinois high schools better access to Advanced Placement courses to prepare for college Seventy-five students at 10 high schools in rural areas of the state are taking online AP classes as part of a new initiative of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, the Herald-Whig reported.  “It is all on your own. We’ve got to try to keep up with time management to stay on pace with everything,” Quincy High School student Ashley Zimmerman said. “It really is like an introduction to college. This is what it’s like.”

http://www.nwherald.com/2018/01/28/rural-schools-in-illinois-implementing-online-ap-courses/ayl9fl0/

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How to set up your digital classroom for success

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by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Whether you teach entirely online or have a physical space, your digital classroom needs to facilitate successful learning. There is no one right way to arrange or present education to your students. However, there are markers and go to ideas for a healthy digital learning environment. A successful digital presence will invite exploration while supporting the organization, routines, and procedures necessary for student growth. The best online classes are integrated seamlessly into your curriculum and physical set up. For optimal presentation, design your digital plan before school begins.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/set-digital-classroom-success/

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February 9, 2018

How to Be an Ed Tech Futurist

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By Bryan Alexander, Campus Technology

Humans have been imagining our future for millennia, using techniques as varied as science fiction, betting and divination, but the futures field as we know it today dates only to the mid/late 20th century. That’s when several visionaries working in business and the military, such as Herman Kahn and Pierre Wack, began codifying forecasting as a set of methods. Those methods have since been honed, extensively studied by scholars, supported by professional associations and deployed internationally.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/25/how-to-be-an-ed-tech-futurist.aspx

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How AI Could Help the Public Sector

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by Emma Martinho-Truswell, HBR

Automatic computer grading, learning from previous answers and getting better as it goes — and it is already being used in some universities and for large online courses (MOOCs). It could grade bundles of student papers quickly, perhaps flagging those with unusual elements that need a bit of human oversight. Teachers would get time back to plan new lessons, give extra tutorials to students who are struggling, do extra reading, or simply get their holiday time back. Machine learning program may be better, cheaper, faster, or more accurate than humans at tasks that involve lots of data, complicated calculations, or repetitive tasks with clear rules.

https://hbr.org/2018/01/how-ai-could-help-the-public-sector

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Virtual schools: where are we headed?

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By Mattew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Ever since they first came on the scene during the twentieth century, virtual schools have taken the nation and the world by storm. Policy makers and reformers have pointed out their potential for lower cost and personalized learning. Students are enamored of the convenience and quick gratification. A few years ago, many were predicting that bricks-and-mortar universities as we know them might even become obsolete. Is that really happening? Are virtual schools really as great as they seem? What are the benefits? And what are the obstacles to a successful virtual school experience now in the 21st century?

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/virtual-schools-headed/

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February 8, 2018

Berklee Online Proves You Do Not Need To Live In Boston To Earn A Master’s Degree From Berklee

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by Brad Auerbach, Forbes
Musicians today face an almost bewildering array of choices when it comes to honing their craft. As in all other areas, the internet has changed the lives of musicians in drastic ways. Much has been written in this column and elsewhere about the tsunami waves that have crashed through the music business because of the internet. This installment will discuss the means by which Berklee Online has used the internet to open its doors for students globally to earn a master’s degree program in two degrees: Music Production and Music Business. Berklee Online is the world’s largest online music school and teaches over 10,000 students a year.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradauerbach/2018/01/26/berklee-online-proves-you-do-not-need-to-live-in-boston-to-earn-a-masters-degree-from-berklee/#3e0551d38cae

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Websites for Learning New Things

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By Ashley Paskill, ULoop
As college students, it is important to learn the most that we can while we have the opportunity. However, with high tuition costs, it can be difficult to take classes that are not within our majors. Fortunately, there are alternatives that allow students and non-students alike to learn new things online for free or for a modest price while earning course certificates.

https://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/258328/Websites-for-Learning-New-Things

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For Edtech to work, it has to embrace neuroscience

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In the growing world of educational technology, the question is often explored whether these applications work for students. The answer is, they can when they take into account how people learn. Products designed with the understanding of the cognitive mind will outperform their competitors. What do edtech developers actually need to consider to succeed? Neuroscience is the study of how the human nervous system develops, its structure, and function. The subcategories of computational, cognitive, cultural, linguistic and developmental neuroscience focus on different pathways in learning. We can derive a greater understanding of how our minds develop, what influences higher education functions, and how to better retain information from the science behind learning.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/edtech-actually-work-embrace-neuroscience/

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February 7, 2018

Makerspace brings high-tech tools to Aptos’ Cabrillo College

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by Nicholas Ibarra, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Makerspace Director and Art Studio Instructor Payson McNett invokes a quote by the late science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Standing in a workshop with the ability to print, etch and cut an array of materials into almost any imaginable design, it is easy to understand what Clarke meant. “This space is truly cross-disciplinary,” McNett said. “It’s all about breaking down the silos, getting everybody from different areas and showing how interconnected our education really is.”

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20180123/NEWS/180129881

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Are computers turning into bigots?

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by Josh Naish, the Daily Mail

Machines that learn to think for themselves are revolutionising the workplace. But there’s growing evidence they are acquiring racial and class prejudices too.  Human bank employees are no longer allowed to use common sense to over-rule the robots. Not only are they being used to decide our access to insurance, loans and whether or not we are a decent credit risk, but they may also be influencing our employment prospects, medical treatment and tax affairs. Even more ominously, as I shall explain, such robots may soon be ruling on whether police patrol your area, and if you are a potential criminal.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5310031/Evidence-robots-acquiring-racial-class-prejudices.html

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Bishop Lynch High School having online school Thursday and Friday due to flu outbreak

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by Dana Branham, Dallas News

Bishop Lynch High School classes will take place online Thursday and Friday due to increased numbers of flu cases at the Dallas school, the principal said. Principal Chad Riley said the school made the decision after advice from Dallas County Health and Human Services. More than 10 percent of the students were absent Wednesday. This year’s brutal flu season has closed schools around the state. Bonham and Gunter school districts announced week-long closures last week to give schools a chance to disinfect their campus spaces. Dallas’ Jesuit College Preparatory School announced closures for Tuesday and Wednesday due to the flu as well.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2018/01/24/bishop-lynch-high-school-online-school-thursday-friday-due-flu-outbreak

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February 6, 2018

Kankakee, Tri-Point participating in online AP classes

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by  John Dykstra, Daily Journal

Ten Kankakee High School students are getting a look at what the future might hold in Illinois for advanced placement courses. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, who leads the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, announced a pilot program for online AP classes. Kankakee is one of 10 school districts participating in the pilot, which includes 75 students. Tri-Point High School, in Cullom, is the other area school participating. The pilot is part of the Illinois Virtual School, which the Illinois State Board of Education runs. The goal of the program is to expand AP classes to students in rural communities so they can earn college credits.

http://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/kankakee-tri-point-participating-in-online-ap-classes/article_eaa9728f-edf7-5d5f-853d-6e727ed0f245.html

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10 Ways EdTech Is Reinventing Higher Ed

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate
Can you remember the times when only a notebook and pen were welcome in a college lecture? Taking notes by hand is quickly becoming an obsolete way of keeping up with the class in the face of educational technology. Edtech inspires students to take the things they learn in lecture and apply them to other areas of their daily life. How exactly is this technology reinventing higher education? Take a look at a few of these top ways students are using edtech to improve their education.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-ways-edtech-reinventing-higher-education/

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Students take lead on creating elearning modules used in classrooms at a Nebraska medical institution

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by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Alternative forms of teaching and learning are generally geared toward increasing students’ enthusiasm and capacity for absorbing the material. The University of Nebraska Medical Center thinks it’s found a way to further that goal: directly involving students in the creation of learning materials. The institution’s E-Learning Program pairs students interested in creating online modules with faculty mentors and instructional designers who guide them through the process. A faculty-only stab at the initiative began in 2013, but eventually it refocused on students, putting them in control of material that ends up in their courses and online as constantly available resources.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/01/24/nebraska-medical-school-puts-students-charge-creating-elearning

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February 5, 2018

Proposals Sought for $500,000 to $4 Million Gates Foundation Grants

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By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is requesting proposals for networks of school improvement (NSIs). NSIs are, according to the foundation’s glossary for the project, groups of schools serving students in grades 6-12 that work on their own and together with an intermediary to implement a continuous improvement process that aims to improve outcomes for black, Latino and low-income students. The organization said in a release that it will be requesting additional proposals to lead NSIs in the coming years, but the current one is specifically for intermediaries, which will receive funding directly.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/01/16/gates-foundation-seeks-intermediaries-for-networks-of-school-improvement.aspx

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Making Virtual Reality a Reality in Today’s Classrooms

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By Meredith Thompson, THE Journal
The market for virtual reality applications is growing at a rapid pace, and is expected to double in the next five years (Bolkan, 2017). As the cost of equipment falls and schools have greater access to technology, there is great interest in virtual reality as an educational tool. A small but growing group of educators have started to integrate virtual reality in their classrooms, with promising results (Castaneda, Cechony & Bautista, 2017). We reached out to teachers and administrators who are currently using virtual reality in their classrooms to hear their perspectives and practical strategies for infusing this resource into their classrooms.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/01/11/making-virtual-reality-a-reality-in-todays-classrooms.aspx

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7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

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By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Whenever we analyze the landscape of higher education technology, we find a range of trends in various stages of development. There are topics with real staying power, such as learning space design (which has factored into our trends list for several years). Others have evolved over time: Virtual reality made our list in 2016, then expanded to include augmented and mixed reality in 2017, and this year makes up part of a broader concept of immersive learning. And while some topics, like video, have been around for ages, new developments are putting them into a different light. To help make sense of it all, we asked a panel of four IT leaders from institutions across the country for their thoughts.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/11/7-ed-tech-trends-to-watch-in-2018.aspx

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February 4, 2018

JCC President: Developing workforce, increasing enrollment priorities for college

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By BRIAN MOLONGOSKI, Watertown Daily Times

In a Times interview Monday, Jefferson County Community College President Ty A. Stone noted that, as job acquisition increasingly requires some sort of degree or certificate beyond grade school, there are currently around 50,000 people in Jefferson and Lewis counties who do not have the appropriate work credentials to earn a living wage. She said this is a problem faced by some of the region’s largest employers, such as the Kraft-Heinz facility in Lowville, where qualified workers have to commute from far away places like Utica because they are unable to hire locally. Dedicating more resources to identifying educational needs to benefit the area, Ms. Stone said, will make the region more attractive to business.

http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/jcc-president-developing-workforce-increasing-enrollment-priorities-for-college-20180123

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HOW AN A.A. DEGREE CAN BECOME A BETTER PATH TO LABOR MARKET SUCCESS

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by MARK SCHNEIDER AND MATTHEW SIGELMAN, American Enterprise Institute

Every year hundreds of thousands of students earn an associate of arts (A.A.) degree from community colleges in the United States. Most graduates intend to use the degree as a stepping-stone to a bachelor’s degree. As a result, most A.A. degree programs focus more on general education than developing marketable skills. Unfortunately, many A.A. students never earn a bachelor’s degree. Without this higher-level degree and without high-value, marketable skills, A.A. degree
holders experience a wage penalty compared to their peers completing career and technically oriented associate degrees and, as we show below, compared to what
employers are willing to pay better-skilled workers.

http://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Saving-the-Associate-of-Arts-Degree.pdf

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What does a future-ready school look like?

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

According to the Alliance for Excellence Education, “Future Ready Schools helps K-12 public, private, and charter school leaders plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies so all students can achieve their full potential.” Ultimately, future ready schools find ways to embrace ever-changing technology in the classroom to help students succeed beyond the classroom walls. While most people assume future ready is strictly focused on technology, this is incorrect. Let’s look at some of the other defining characteristics of future ready schools.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/future-ready-school-look-like/

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