Educational Technology

February 26, 2021

Microsoft introduces Viva: Here are 10 things you should know about this new employee experience platform

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Rahul Raj, Silicon Canals

Microsoft Corp has launched a new employee experience platform called Microsoft Viva. According to the tech giant, it is the first employee experience platform to bring tools for employee engagement, learning, wellbeing, and knowledge discovery, directly into the flow of people’s work. It is designed to offer new experiences that integrate with the productivity and collaboration capabilities in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams.

https://siliconcanals.com/news/microsoft-introduces-viva/

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February 25, 2021

8 Higher Education IT Trends to Watch in 2021

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Adam Stone, EdTech

“With the pandemic, technology came in through the front door. We all recognized that technology was critically important to keeping teaching, learning, research and administration going,” says Susan Grajek, vice president for partnerships, communities and research at EDUCAUSE. “That has brought technology up into leadership-level conversations.” So, where are those conversations heading? To better prepare for the post-pandemic future of higher education, here are eight trends that leaders and IT teams are watching this year.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2021/02/8-higher-education-it-trends-watch-2021

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Making digital MBA learning add up

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Seb Murray, Financial Times

“Last year, for many, represented a tipping point that has undoubtedly taken business education into a new phase from which we may never return,” says Andrew Main Wilson, AMBA chief executive. Business schools are now reimagining which aspects of the MBA should be delivered online and which are better experienced in person. “Through practice and revision, conceptual content can be more easily learnt online, whereas discussions, application of theory and contextualisation can probably be achieved more efficiently in the classroom,” says Nick Barniville, associate dean for degree programmes at ESMT.

https://www.ft.com/content/ea9ed4b5-39a7-4dd9-80cb-6bdd28f3eb06

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Students, faculty embrace collaborative learning in another online semester

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RONI KANE, Michigan Daily

With Early Action decisions for the Class of 2025 having been released Jan. 29, the newly admitted Wolverines are likely excited to begin working on the “academic experiences,” “exciting projects” and “strong partnerships” that the University of Michigan promotes at the top of their “Prospective Students” webpage. Though University President Schlissel is optimistic the Fall 2021 semester will be much closer to a normal, in-person semester, many current U-M students told The Michigan Daily they continue to feel disconnected from peers and professors in the winter semester’s online environment.

https://www.michigandaily.com/section/academics/students-faculty-embrace-collaborative-learning-another-online-semester

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February 24, 2021

More colleges are partnering with boot camps to tap demand for short-term programs

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Natalie Schwartz, Highered Dive

Coding boot camps have long been viewed as the antithesis of traditional higher education. They focus more heavily on technical training. Their programs usually last weeks instead of years. And they are mostly free from the heavy regulation that pervades the rest of the sector. But recently, more of them have been joining forces with colleges and universities. This month, for instance, Flatiron School announced it is working with the University of Cambridge, in the U.K., to launch a 10-week data science program through the college’s continuing education department.

https://www.highereddive.com/news/more-colleges-are-partnering-with-boot-camps-to-tap-demand-for-short-term-p/594295/

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Shutting down the internet

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Darrell M. WestFriday, Brookings Institution

Research by Netblocks, a nonprofit devoted to tracking internet disruptions, has found dozens of shutdowns and documented how they last longer and take place at the national level, thereby disrupting networks on a far grander scale. National leaders need to understand the harmful costs of this maneuver. Not only do shutdowns and restrictions harm democratic expression and public communications, they hurt the business community, limit small and medium-sized enterprises, and weaken social and economic activity. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these shutdowns also have costly consequences. With more people using the internet for online education, telemedicine, e-commerce, and remote work, internet closures limit the ability of individuals to learn, work, and purchase goods and services. Shutting down the internet is counter-productive at virtually every level.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2021/02/05/shutting-down-the-internet/

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The Promise of Dual-Mission Colleges

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Jamie Merisotis and Carrie Besnette Hauser, Inside Higher Ed

In recent years a group of colleges started offering a mix of programs challenging the notion that college credentials must come in neat two-year or four-year packages. From our respective perches, we believe that these “dual-mission” institutions offer another way forward for higher education in the post-pandemic period. We got here in part because a group of higher ed leaders, led by former University of California president Clark Kerr, worked to create some order out of a rapidly growing and changing system. The Carnegie classification system was designed in the early 1970s, a time when higher education was booming following the passage of the Civil Rights Act, rapid expansion of community colleges and the adoption of the Higher Education Act, which launched many of the federal financial aid programs that still benefit millions of college students today.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2021/02/04/dual-mission-colleges-offer-novel-and-needed-approach-higher-education-opinion

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February 23, 2021

The critical role of workforce training in the labor market recovery

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Wendy Edelberg and Paige Shevlin, Brookings Institution

In this analysis, we examine the impacts of the pandemic recession across different dimensions, including employment, labor force participation, and the need to switch industries. This analysis provides texture and evidence to the emerging understanding that women and people of color, working in the service industry, have been the most negatively affected. The challenge of long-term unemployment for some workers, coupled with the high likelihood that some industries will see weaker labor demand for some time, requires a workforce development strategy that supports workers who will need to switch industries and occupations.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2021/02/04/the-critical-role-of-workforce-training-in-the-labor-market-recovery/

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Small Maine College Asks: Do We Need a Main Campus?

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Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Unity College in Maine, which frames itself as “America’s Environmental College,” has opened up debate about whether small institutions really need to have flagship campuses to survive. In a recently updated FAQ, college leaders wrote that for the time being, the school planned to “continue to offer face-to-face, experiential, environmentally-focused programs” on its 240-acre campus — once the campus reopens. At the same time, they noted, “If it is no longer financially viable, the college leadership has the ability to explore selling the main campus or any other college assets … in order to ensure resources are allocated to best serve our students, their needs and the long-term sustainability of the college.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2021/01/26/small-maine-college-asks-do-we-need-a-main-campus.aspx

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Transitioning to the World of Online Learning: Preparing Higher Education Instructors and Students for Success

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Linda Dale Bloomberg, TC Press

While it is acknowledged that face-to-face teaching competencies such as knowledge of curricula and pedagogy do transfer to online contexts, it is also important to recognize some of the unique competencies required for online teaching success. Online learning systems employ a variety of online tools and software, which place new and often unfamiliar demands on the technical competence of teachers. Modes of communication differ, with a greater reliance on asynchronous communication methods which do not occur in “real time”. The ability to effectively communicate, manage technology, deliver and assess content, monitor student progress, and follow-up on issues or barriers encountered by students are critical to minimize the likelihood of student disengagement or withdrawal.

https://www.tcpress.com/blog/transitioning-world-online-learning-preparing-higher-education-instructors-students-success/

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February 22, 2021

How to choose the best way of online learning

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Kimberly Argueta, Daily Cougar

For some, their schedules may be full of strictly asynchronous classes or strictly synchronous classes; others may even have a mix of both. As the one year mark since lockdown approaches, most people should have a good idea of what type of online learning works for them. Ultimately, these are just online classes, not the real experience, but everyone must make the most out of this situation and continue to live life because things will get better eventually and we must be prepared for when they do.

http://thedailycougar.com/2021/02/03/online-learning-synchronous-vs-asynchronous/

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Olivet Nazarene U. launches virtual tuition-free classes for adults

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Jake Williams, EdScoop

Adult learners at the Olivet Nazarene University School of Graduate and Continuing Studies can now access online general education classes for no up-front cost. The courses are part of the Christian university’s “YourWay” program, “an online, completely asynchronous flipped classroom” open exclusively to adult learners. “[These] general education courses are tuition-free, so that adult students from across the nation have equitable access to college,” Ryan Spittal, vice president for the university’s global division, said in a press release

https://edscoop.com/olivet-nazarene-u-launches-virtual-tuition-free-classes-for-adults/

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3 Ways to Future-Proof Your University

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Shwetabh Mittal, Campus Technology

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on higher education. Here’s how to weather the emerging “new normal” for the next semester and beyond. What started as a short-term response to the COVID-19 crisis will result in an enduring digital transformation of higher education. While the move off campus won’t be permanent for all undergraduate students, higher education as we know it will evolve. The past year has been a catalyst for universities to make online learning core to their student experience, and best practices for this “new normal” have started to emerge. Here are three steps you might consider taking to future-proof your university for next semester and beyond.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2021/01/28/3-ways-to-future-proof-your-university.aspx

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February 21, 2021

Campus transition: FSU students, staff adjust to online learning

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Jordan Krampf, Times-News

Frostburg State’s Counseling & Psychological Services office has been busy implementing new services with its telehealth model to keep mental health at the forefront. “Students continue to have access to our full range of services and meet with their counselor over a HIPAA-compliant program, which ensures their information remains confidential and protected,” said Counseling & Psychological Services office Clinical Director Susan Mandell. “We saw an increase in the number of students who utilized our services over the summer in comparison to past years, but as the school year progressed, less students accessed our office than in previous years. This is a trend that has been seen in college counseling centers across the state and the reason is unclear.” Frostburg State professors have also felt the effects of the pandemic when teaching formats suddenly became drastically different.

https://www.times-news.com/news/campus-transition-fsu-students-staff-adjust-to-online-learning/article_ad9f2052-6250-11eb-b7bb-b7f4067b5bf9.html

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These Popular Online Courses Let You Learn Music Production at Home

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OSCAR HARTZOG, Rolling Stone

Music production is more technical than ever — but it’s also more necessary than ever. Whether you’re an aspiring hip-hop beatmaker or electronic producer (or you’re simply looking to polish acoustic recordings), being able to make music digitally and use production software can seriously advance your career. Luckily, you don’t have to attend a fancy school or even leave the house to break into the biz. You can now enroll in some of the best online courses for music production right from your home.

https://www.rollingstone.com/product-recommendations/lifestyle/best-online-courses-music-production-1121635/

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Stackable credentials can open doors to new career opportunities

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Katharine Meyer and Ben Castleman, Brookings Brown Center
Policymakers are increasingly looking to workforce training for displaced workers as one solution to a faster economic recovery. Though workforce training recruitment often targets individuals who never attended college as a young adult, even individuals who already hold a postsecondary credential may need additional training to recover from current unemployment and to prepare for the post-COVID-19 economy.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-center-chalkboard/2021/02/02/stackable-credentials-can-open-doors-to-new-career-opportunities/

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February 20, 2021

A Brighter Day for Higher Education

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Terri E. Givens, Tomorrow’s Professor

Higher education will be needed more than ever as students face a changing job market, and learners of all ages learn to pivot to new careers. I believe that our organization can play a leading role in creating a brighter future for higher education and the learners who will be relying on us. We need to create options that are affordable, flexible and relevant to the future of work. It’s time for higher ed leaders to work together to find the solutions that will allow them not only to survive the current crisis, but to thrive. We are expanding our offerings to help leaders not only manage issues like strategic planning, but also issues like diversity, equity and inclusion. We are expanding our mentoring program so that leaders have opportunities to share with each other, and to get advice from leaders who understand the unique situations facing faculty and administrators.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1844

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2021 CEO Study: Find your essential

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IBM

The central, overarching question of this new era: what will it take to be essential—to your customers, your employees, your community, and your investors? The CEOs we spoke with almost uniformly emphasized that focusing on the sharpest edge of their businesses, what differentiates their organizations and delivers the most value, has become the overarching imperative. Out of the chaos has come clarity: get rid of diversions and indulgences, root out “tradition for tradition’s sake,” and exploit distinctive advantages. This applies externally, in products and services, as well as internally. Who is essential to your organization, and what is essential to the operation of your business?

https://www.ibm.com/thought-leadership/institute-business-value/c-suite-study/ceo

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Trustworthy AI: Bridging the ethics gap surrounding AI

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Deloitte AI Institute
As more companies adopt AI, leaders grapple with ethical decisions about its design and use. Global AI regulations will eventually address ethics concerns, but until then the Deloitte AI Institute is working to bridge the ethics gap. While AI can deliver exponential benefits to companies that successfully leverage its power, if implemented without ethical safeguards, it can also damage a company’s reputation and future performance.

https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/deloitte-analytics/solutions/ethics-of-ai-framework.html

 

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February 19, 2021

Making Zoom work: Tips on making the most of online learning

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Salma Reyes, the State Press

The basics of Zoom etiquette seem simple at first, but a year into remote learning, students and faculty realize Zoom courtesy is much more than just showing up. With the University continuing its hybrid ASU Sync model this spring, students and faculty have come up with their own tips to help make learning through Zoom as smooth as possible: Don’t forget when you’re unmuted, don’t spam the chat, try to keep the camera on and more.

https://www.statepress.com/article/2021/01/spcommunity-tips-on-making-zoom-hybrid-classes-work-asu-students-professors#

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Why online Higher Ed should be about learning, not teaching

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David Baume, University World News

What is that one fundamental question? I suggest: “What are we putting online?” This may not be the question you were expecting. This is not a technical question, about resources and learning activities. It is a much more profound than that. The longer version of the question is: “What are we putting online? Teaching? Or learning?” Why do I say “or”? Surely they are the same thing, or at any rate two sides of the same coin or banknote? Teaching leads to learning. What’s the problem? Why “or”? A few reasons. Which together drive us towards the question. And together suggest an answer.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20210126142422302

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