Educational Technology

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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Zoom Alternatives: Best Free Services for Group Video Chatting During the Pandemic

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Michael Muchmore, PC Magazine

With all the prohibitions against in-person gatherings, most business and education has moved online, and as a consequence Zoom’s users have has grown from about 10 million daily to over 200 million, according to the company’s blog. And it’s not just businesses, either. Some of the services below have lower participant limits, but most don’t cut your group off after a specified time. All the services linked below have free accounts for the public to use, but they vary greatly in functionality. Read on for the details on each—how many participants they allow, the platforms they work on, and their special features or requirements.

https://www.pcmag.com/products/zoom-alternatives-best-free-services-for-group-video-chatting-during-the

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August 2, 2020

Sending AI Off to School

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Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
Plenty of discussions about the use of artificial intelligence talk about how AI could help educators by shrinking the amount of time they have to spend on the trivia that pervades their work and freeing them up to focus on the job of teaching. In the latest CoSN IT leadership survey, more than half of respondents (55 percent) said that AI would have a significant or even transformational impact on teaching and learning within the next five years, if privacy issues can be addressed to everybody’s satisfaction.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2020/07/08/sending-ai-off-to-school.aspx

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Half of colleges will require faculty training for an online fall, report finds

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Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive

While more than three-quarters of colleges’ chief online officers deemed the abrupt transition to virtual classes earlier this year to be largely or very successful, half said their schools will require faculty training in remote learning this fall, according to a new report. The annual Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE 5) survey polled 308 college COOs in May. Three-quarters of officials said poorly prepared faculty presented the biggest challenge pivoting to online learning this spring, and 62% said it was underprepared students. As the pandemic persists and more institutions forgo in-person instruction this fall, they will be looking for ways to improve their online offerings.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/half-of-colleges-will-require-faculty-training-for-an-online-fall-report-f/582007/

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Landscape of post-pandemic transnational higher education

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Agustian Sutrisno, University World News
The COVID-19 pandemic impacts the landscape of transnational higher education (TNHE) in three dimensions: student mobility, economic recession and international political tension. As a health catastrophe, COVID-19 affects cross-border mobility, opening up opportunities for TNHE to absorb the demand for international qualifications. The 1997 Asian Financial Crisis shows how TNHE may come into its own during a recession. However, the international political climate is less than certain and TNHE providers are facing a landscape filled with rising nationalistic rhetoric and self-serving interest.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200714143605966

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August 1, 2020

Free and Discounted Ed Tech Tools for Online Learning During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Updated July 24, 2020)

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Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
As more and more colleges and universities have shut down their campuses in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, education technology companies have stepped forward to help move student learning to the virtual realm. Some companies are making their paid services free through the rest of the school year; others are lifting limits to services and/or adding premium features to what’s free. The following list will be updated regularly as announcements are made.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2020/05/06/updated-free-and-discounted-ed-tech-tools-for-online-learning-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic.aspx

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Looking towards the future: Automation, training, and the middle class

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Marcus Casey, Brookings Institution

Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are projected to either replace or fundamentally change human effort in many occupations. Some jobs may become obsolete. But the potential gains in productivity and efficiency from these technologies will likely transform legacy industries and lead to the emergence of new industries, generating new tasks and jobs. Displaced workers and new labor market entrants alike will therefore need to invest in skills and knowledge that complement these technologies.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/07/22/looking-towards-the-future-automation-training-and-the-middle-class/

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Public colleges are the workhorses of Middle-Class Mobility

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Brookings Institution
In 2018, private, four-year colleges accounted for just 20 percent of total freshman enrollment, as compared to 45 percent for public, four-year colleges and universities.[1] Public four-years go beyond enrolling many students, however – they are the workhorses of upward mobility for the middle class. In our new report, which draws on data produced by Opportunity Insights, we show that students who attend college – particularly a four-year college – are significantly more likely to experience upward mobility in adulthood, relative to their parents’ position in the income distribution, than nonattenders.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/07/22/public-colleges-are-the-workhorses-of-middle-class-mobility/

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July 31, 2020

Library offers free online courses to help the unemployed

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By LINDA MCINTOSH, San Diego Union-Tribune

The Oceanside Public Library, which is temporarily closed because of the pandemic, provides free online courses to help folks who lost their jobs.  The courses are offered through the Coursera for Workforce Recovery program. The courses range from computer programming, digital literacy, data analytics/business analysis and software or app development to entrepreneurship, web design project management, marketing and business English among others.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/north-county-community-news/story/2020-07-21/library-offers-free-online-courses-to-help-the-unemployed

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Students Think Online College Should Cost Less

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Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A single-question survey of more than 17,000 incoming college students across the United States and Canada has found that students believe online courses don’t have the same value as the in-person experience. The vast majority of U.S. students — 93 percent — told surveyors that tuition should be lower for online programs. Another 6 percent said tuition should have an “opt out” for services and facilities that aren’t available. Less than half a percent suggested there should be no changes to tuition. In Canada, 88 percent of students felt tuition should be lower; 11 percent wanted an “opt out” option; and just under 1 percent thought there should be no changes.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2020/07/21/students-think-online-college-should-cost-less.aspx

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Analysis finds 6,300 coronavirus cases tied to US colleges

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Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

More than 6,300 coronavirus cases are tied to U.S. colleges and universities, according to a recent New York Times analysis. The Times surveyed every public, four-year college, as well as elite private research universities and schools that compete in Division I sports. The publication found at least 14 deaths related to the virus at colleges and 11 institutions that have seen 100 or more cases. The findings suggest the coronavirus is spreading on campuses ahead of the fall term — a foreboding sign for colleges that plan to bring students back amid the pandemic.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/analysis-finds-6300-coronavirus-cases-tied-to-us-colleges/582561/

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July 30, 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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How to Improve Remote Learning Experiences

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Eileen, Bielestock, EdTech

Classroom teachers and support professionals are especially burdened with the responsibility of sustaining academic growth and the well-being of their students in the new normal. With Wi-Fi hotspots and routers temporarily replacing brick-and-mortar walls, educators and students still need to connect, engage in exciting learning opportunities, strengthen and build skills, and explore and personalize learning with project-based activities. As committed educators, teachers and support professionals seek to continue using data to drive instruction, assess for mastery, differentiate based on learning abilities and styles, develop relationships, and care for the emotional and physical well-being of their students.

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/07/how-improve-remote-learning-experiences

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How colleges with hybrid instruction this fall can support online students

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Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

Using the right technology, setting clear expectations and being mindful of the differences between in-person and remote learning are key, experts say. As colleges release their plans for the fall semester, even those hoping to reopen their campuses are leaning heavily on remote instruction to spread out students and give them more options. Under some hybrid models, instructors will teach classes in person and simultaneously livestream those lessons to remote students.  But it can be tough to ensure remote and in-person students get the same quality of education when they take classes together. Here’s how several ed tech and higher education experts say colleges can prepare for a hybrid fall.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-colleges-with-hybrid-instruction-this-fall-can-support-online-students/582141/

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