Educational Technology

August 9, 2020

Work-study jobs may be remote, in-person or rescinded entirely this fall depending on colleges’ policies.

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By Emma Kerr, U.S. News & World Report

Students who rely on part-time jobs funded by the federal work-study program to pay for college may see their financial aid options limited or rescinded this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether students can access work-study funding, which is a form of aid that requires them to work for wages paid in part by the U.S. Department of Education, will depend on the policy in place at the college they attend. Work-study typically only accounts for a small piece of the pie when it comes to paying for college: In 2019-2020, 18% of families relied on work-study to pay for college, and the average aid amount among those families was $1,847, according to Sallie Mae’s How America Pays for College 2020 study.

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/what-work-study-looks-like-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic?

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Now, more than half of Americans are millennials or younger

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William H. Frey, Brookings Institution

To many Americans—especially baby boomers themselves—this news may come as a shock. For them, the term “millennial” has been associated with a youthful, often negative, vibe in terms of habits, ideology, and politics. Now, the oldest millennial is 39, and with their numbers exceeding those of baby boomers, the millennial generation is poised to take over influential roles in business and government. But the current political environment suggests this takeover could be contentious. Millennials and their juniors (Gen Z and younger) are more racially diverse than those that preceded them, with nearly half identifying as a racial or ethnic minority.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/07/30/now-more-than-half-of-americans-are-millennials-or-younger/

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When looking for a new job, there are certain things you’ll need to know

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Mashable

When you’re looking for a new job, there are certain skills you’ll need just to get noticed. We recommend taking an online course to walk you through the specifics, but here are some pointers to get started. Get serious about LinkedIn. If you’re hitting that “Easy Apply” button on LinkedIn, your profile better look pristine. Convenience means there’s probably a larger applicant pool. So get a real headshot and spend more time on LinkedIn than Instagram.

https://mashable.com/roundup/how-to-find-a-job-online-learning/

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August 8, 2020

A new neural network could help computers code themselves

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Will Douglas, MIT Technology Review

The tool spots similarities between programs to help programmers write faster and more efficient software. Intel’s Jutin Gottschlich and his colleagues call this machine programming. Working with a team from Intel, MIT and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, he has developed a system called Machine Inferred Code Similarity, or MISIM, that can extract the meaning of a piece of code—what the code is telling the computer to do—in much the same way as natural-language processing (NLP) systems can read a paragraph written in English.

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/07/29/1005768/neural-network-similarities-between-programs-help-computers-code-themselves-ai-intel/

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How learning journals can help students grow

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JIANG XUEQIN, Big Think
Jiang Xueqin is a China-based educator and writer and researcher at the Global Education Innovation Initiative at Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Jiang Xueqin endorses learning journals as a good method to promote meta-learning for students during the coronavirus pandemic. Learning journals can be kept for any activity and have three components: defining a goal “concretely and precisely,” writing down the process, and writing down observations and reflecting on the experience.
While learning journals are primarily a personal exercise, Xueqin says that teachers can play a crucial role as coaches who motivate the student and find ways for them to improve with new learning strategies.

https://bigthink.com/future-of-learning/learning-journals

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Why the move to online instruction won’t reduce college costs

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Steven W. Hemelt and Kevin M. Stange, Brookings Insitution

WILL ONLINE INSTRUCTION LOWER COSTS OVER THE SHORT RUN?
Based on our analysis, the short answer is, surprisingly, no. Simply moving more instruction online does not fundamentally alter the cost equation. We look at many departments over time and associate changes in online offerings with changes in average instructional cost per student. We find a negligible association between online credits and instructional costs, as shown in Figure 2. Shifting online instruction from zero to 10% of credits is associated with about a 1.04% reduction in departmental instructional costs, which we cannot statistically distinguish from no effect. Patterns are similar for undergraduate and graduate education.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-center-chalkboard/2020/07/28/why-the-move-to-online-instruction-wont-reduce-college-costs/

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August 7, 2020

Expanding Indian Higher Education

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Joyce Lau, Times Higher Education

India’s plans to completely overhaul its higher education system and to open it to international branch campuses have been hailed as impressive by observers, although they remain uncertain about how the country will achieve its lofty goals. Government plan envisions “top 100 universities in the world” being given permission to operate in the country. The National Education Policy (NEP), approved after 12 months of public consultation, sets out a 20-year blueprint to nearly double higher education capacity.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/08/06/india-adopts-major-plan-higher-education-expansion

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Make Super Simple Videos for Teaching Online

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Michael Wesch, EDUCAUSE Review

The hard part can be getting the confidence to talk to the camera, but making simple videos for online teaching can help you engage with students. This video was produced by Michael Wesch, professor at Kansas State University. You can find more videos like this on his YouTube channel @Michael Wesch.

https://er.educause.edu/multimedia/2020/7/make-super-simple-videos-for-teaching-online

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EdX Advisory Council Calls for Short-Term Credential Programs, Industry-Aligned Curricula

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By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
Learning platform edX recently convened the first (virtual) meeting of its MicroBachelors Program Skills Advisory Council, a group launched in early 2020 that brings together foundations, corporations and academic institutions to “solve shared challenges around reskilling and upskilling in order to address the demands of the future workplace.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2020/07/28/edx-advisory-council-calls-for-short-term-credential-programs-industry-aligned-curricula.aspx

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August 6, 2020

Multiple Digital Learning Modes to Optimize Class

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Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed
As many of us prepare for a digitally delivered fall term, we should consider the variety of options that can be employed in our classes, enabling flexibility and optimizing learning outcomes. These COVID-19 times are disrupting our lives, our work and our learning. They force us to find new ways to deliver our curriculum and to best connect with our learners at a distance. For many, remote teaching at the end of the spring term and summer session was little more than firing up a Zoom session to synchronously deliver classroom sessions. Unfortunately, this was less than satisfying to many faculty members and students. It left some with a distant feeling that was less personal and less engaged than they had felt in the prior face-to-face model. Fortunately, there are many more online options than merely turning on the camera.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/multiple-digital-learning-modes-optimize-class

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Digital innovations aimed at enhancing democracy experts predict by 2030

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Emily A. Vogels, Lee Raine, Janna Anderson, Pew Research

Experts who were canvassed about the relationship between people’s technology use and democracy also expressed serious concerns about how things will unfold in the next decade. Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor of online learning at the University of Illinois, Springfield, wrote, “Dramatic shifts in employment and education are likely to take place in the coming decade…. New education models such as just-in-time AI-enhanced adaptive learning will emerge, as will truly personalized learning. These will grow in the context of broad social structures that emerge both within and outside formal education as we know it.”

https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2020/06/30/innovations-these-experts-predict-by-2030/

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Community Colleges shifting toward more career and technical education

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Matthew Dembicki, CC Daily

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, El Paso Community College (EPCC) in Texas was already shifting from being primarily an academic transfer institution to expanding more of its career and technical education (CTE) programs based on local demand for those skills among employers, according to President William Serrata. “I believe the pandemic will accelerate this shift,” said Serrata, chair of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) board of directors, during a panel discussion Friday at the virtual Education Writers Association National Seminar.

https://www.ccdaily.com/2020/07/shifting-more-toward-cte/

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When Learning Becomes Leading, Leading Becomes Learning

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Mary Grush, Campus Technology
At Georgia State University, students learn not only the technical competencies deemed necessary for “digital literacy”; they learn how to pair their new technical understanding with fledgling leadership skills. And while the GSU program, “Digital Learners to Leaders” (DLL) began as a popular co-curricular option back in 2018, it has gained recognition on campus as a solid support for students’ academic, career, and personal choices. It is now incorporated into many of GSU’s undergraduate programs.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2020/07/13/when-learning-becomes-leading-leading-becomes-learning.aspx

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August 5, 2020

Higher-ed is digitized–now, let’s modernize it

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SAAD EL YAMANI, eCampus News

Thanks to the hard work of faculty and the dedication of students, college campuses are hotbeds for innovation and discovery. The internet, antibiotics, the Richter scale, and Google’s algorithm are just a handful of the innovations that have been created on university soil. But, when it comes to technology’s role in supporting innovative teaching and learning practices in higher ed, U.S. institutions face significant barriers.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/07/24/higher-ed-is-digitized-now-lets-modernize-it/

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New Questions in the Wake of COVID-19: Insights from an ELI Analytics Roundtable

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Kate Valenti and Linda Feng, EDUCAUSE Review

Pre-pandemic measurements of student engagement would have drawn from in-person observation as well as metrics from the student’s digital ecosystem, such as number of LMS logins. Now, institutions must learn how to measure the active interest and motivation of their students and assess learning progress in a fully online interaction, with the added challenge that every single student has a valid reason to be distracted or “disengaged.” Discussion during the ELI session drew out several implications of the move to online interaction, both in the early stages of the crisis and now as we all plan for the fall semester.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/7/answering-new-questions-in-the-wake-of-covid-19-insights-from-an-eli-analytics-roundtable

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Google Adds 3 New Certificates on Coursera

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Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
Google has announced three new certificate programs on Coursera: Data Analytics, Project Management, and User Experience Design. Part of the company’s Grow with Google initiative, the Google Career Certificates are available to anyone, with no degree required to enroll. Google’s first certificate program, the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, launched in 2018, with 80 percent of participants reporting that the program helped them advance their job search or career within six months.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2020/07/14/google-adds-3-new-certificates-on-coursera.aspx

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August 4, 2020

Coronavirus has made already-stressed college students even more anxious and depressed, study finds

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Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post
A Dartmouth study shows a marked increase in anxiety and depression among college students during the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The study, published last month in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, suggests the impact of the coronavirus reaches beyond physical health and safety. More Americans are dealing with the mental health effects of spending more time indoors, away from loved ones and, in many cases, unemployed, experts say. But mental illness has long been a pressing concern for college students: More than 40 percent have felt “so depressed that it was difficult to function,” according to a 2019 report from the American College Health Association.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/coronavirus-has-made-already-stressed-college-students-even-more-anxious-and-depressed-study-finds/2020/07/24/75608c50-cdb6-11ea-bc6a-6841b28d9093_story.html

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Microsoft told employees to work from home. One consequence was brutal

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Chris Matyszczyk, ZDNet

Microsoft was proactive in sending many of its employees home. It’s also been proactive in studying the consequences. The results of this study were recently published in the Harvard Business Review and, as if it were possible, they’ve elevated my concerns for the future of humankind. We’re supposed to believe that tech makes us more efficient and makes our lives easier and better. In some areas, that’s surely true. Yet one overarching result of being stuck at home — at work — is that the working day has become longer. “People were ‘on’ four more hours a week, on average,” say the researchers.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-told-employees-to-work-from-home-one-consequence-was-brutal/

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An Ideological Taxonomy of Our Postsecondary Digital Learning Community

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Josh Kim, Inside Higher Ed

As with any attempt to articulate big categories in which individuals fall, this effort to place digital learning professionals within broad categories of progressive/moderate/libertarian is imperfect. People are never one thing. They have beliefs and priorities that span ideologies, and circumstances and constraints dictate their actions. I am trying to offer this modest and flawed taxonomy to get at what I think are the ideological roots of much of the controversies and disagreements that confront our digital learning community.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/learning-innovation/ideological-taxonomy-our-postsecondary-digital-learning-community

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August 3, 2020

Community of Practice Coalesces to Launch Open Pedagogies of Care Collection

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Tori Mondelli, EDUCAUSE
Sixteen educators from across the country find common cause in putting student well-being at the center of instruction. Now, the collection aids small and/or budget-restricted centers for teaching and learning. The idea that student well-being ought to be at the heart of our decisions about course design, instructional activities, assessment, and student success was the generative idea. My co-editor of the collection, Thomas J. Tobin, shared how the “ethos of care” lineage stretches back to Florence Nightingale’s instruction for nurses. It was picked up by 20th-century pre-K–6 educators, and, presently, the concept gains ground with higher educators thanks to scholars including Maha Bali and others. Make no mistake, it’s a gendered and racialized concept. It’s also humanizing.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/7/community-of-practice-coalesces-to-launch-open-pedagogies-of-care-collection

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SUNY Empire no stranger to remote learning, offers guidance to fellow NY schools

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WRGB

Finding a way to teach students remotely isn’t new for SUNY Empire State College, the college has been providing distance-learning for its students since the institution opened in 1971… and has been offering online classes since 1995. Among SUNY schools, SUNY Empire is considered the leader in online education. It’s been offering its expertise and guidance on remote learning not only to other higher ed institutions but even K-12 educators.

https://cbs6albany.com/news/coronavirus/suny-empire-no-stranger-to-remote-learning-offers-guidance-to-fellow-ny-schools

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