Educational Technology

July 7, 2020

E-Learning experience to drive further innovation in EdTech

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Imran Mojib, Gulf Today

Technology has become a great equaliser now, this e-learning experience will pave the way for new educational technology tools to come in to classrooms to enhance the learning experience, and bandwidth needs will continue to grow as we support more and more e-learning avenues going forward. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will continue to enhance student learning, by providing teachers deeper data insights into individual student attainment, allowing them to tailor learning experiences for each child. Augmented reality (AR) will also provide unprecedented virtual learning opportunities for students, allowing them to truly experience the past, present and future!

https://www.gulftoday.ae/news/2020/06/27/e-learning-experience-to-drive-further-innovation-in-edtech

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The Future of Peer-to-Peer Online Learning Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Michael Garbade, Coin Telegraph

Peer-to-peer learning is changing as the online education sector grows. Some students prefer to watch video content instead of reading notes. The same thing can be said for young professionals who are likely more interested in watching practical projects in advancing their careers. Peer-to-peer learning platforms are aimed to bridge this gap by providing practical step-by-step learning content delivered in video format.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/the-future-of-peer-to-peer-online-learning-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic

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‘We Could Be Feeling This for the Next Decade’: Virus Hits College Towns

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Shawn Hubler, NY Times

Mayor Steve Patterson of Athens estimates an undercount could cost his small city up to $40 million over the next 10 years “for things like community development block grants, jobs and family services and senior services that rely on a strong census count to get a full funding.” “We could be feeling this for the next decade,” Mr. Patterson said. In California, where Democrats have prioritized the census, the city of Davis and its surrounding county partnered long before the pandemic with the university to maximize its response rate, which is now higher than the state average. But the exodus of students has cut sales tax revenues by 50 percent, Mr. Frerichs said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/28/us/coronavirus-college-towns.html

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July 6, 2020

A New Guide Helps Faculty Plan Equitable Online Courses For Fall  

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Sara Weissman, Diverse Education

A new guide for faculty, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to help professors plan their online courses for fall as the coronavirus pandemic continues. The faculty playbook, called “Delivering High-Quality Instruction Online in Response to COVID-19,” came out of a collaboration between Every Learner Everywhere, a network of non-profits focused on student outcomes, and two of its member organizations, the Online Learning Consortium and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). Their aim is to offer equity-minded online education strategies, especially for faculty who made their first foray into online education this year.

https://diverseeducation.com/article/180188/

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Experimentation in higher education must become the norm

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Dara Melnyk and Daniel Kontowski, University World News

Not all universities will survive the COVID-19 crisis. Many niche institutions will alter their models to stay afloat. Other vulnerable higher education institutions without effective safety nets may downsize, consider mergers or declare bankruptcy. New institutions with new solutions will come to replace them.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200624152437652

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Taking your training program digital? Ask these 3 questions

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Ashish Rangnekar, Chief Learning Officer

When you choose to put a training program online, the technology you choose to buy is one of the most important considerations. Sure, you need great design, too, but without the right technology you can’t provide the training your employees need. According to WestMonroe’s 2019 report, “The Upskilling Crisis: Effectively Enabling and Retraining Employees for the Future,” 70 percent of companies introduced a new technology in the past year. Yet, a third of employees report never being trained on the new technology. Obviously, untrained employees won’t provide the promised benefits. Employees need on-demand, digital training programs to increase digital adoption. However, online training programs are only as good as the underlying learning technology.

https://www.chieflearningofficer.com/2020/06/26/taking-your-training-program-digital-ask-these-3-questions/

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July 5, 2020

The Smart Way to Improve Online Learning

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MICHAEL M. CROW and JEFFREY SELINGO, Politico

Thirty years after the internet age began, the pandemic has shown us that it is long overdue for the federal government to help higher education capitalize on the promise of digital resources. If digital education is a critical piece of our national security infrastructure, we need to know more about its reach and efficacy.  A similar benefit to the nation can occur with a new digital education interstate system, one that might initially be built to deal with a national emergency like the one we’re living through now, but whose ultimate impact will be far greater on a generation of learners.

https://www.politico.com/news/agenda/2020/06/25/the-smart-way-to-improve-online-learning-338664

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Get A Comfortable Chair: Permanent Work From Home Is Coming

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Uri Berliner, NPR

Tech companies Twitter and Facebook captured headlines with announcements about permanent work from home. But the news from a 94-year-old company based in the heartland — Columbus, Ohio — may have been even more significant. Nationwide Insurance is shutting five regional offices since remote work has gone off so smoothly during the pandemic. And thousands of employees will permanently ditch their commutes for home offices. According to Global Workplace Analytics, “a typical employer can save about $11,000 year for every person who works remotely half of the time.” And workers can bank between $2,500 and $4,000 a year working remotely half time.

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/22/870029658/get-a-comfortable-chair-permanent-work-from-home-is-coming

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COVID-19 Highlights Advances in Online Learning Opportunities

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CPA Practice Advisor
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique opportunity to expand your professional knowledge and accelerate your lifelong learning.  While the coronavirus has forced many large venues to close their doors, preventing in-person training and conferences, many organizations, including the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (Association), which combines the strength of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), have successfully transitioned to online conferences, webcasts and online trainings to assure members stay current in their professions.

https://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/firm-management/news/21143722/covid19-highlights-advances-in-online-learning-opportunities

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July 4, 2020

Just-in-Time Online Tutoring: Supporting Learning Anywhere, Anytime

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Stefan Hrastinski, EDUCAUSE Review
Although there is an abundance of digital education resources, we must find better ways to support learners when and where they have a need.  What if learning could be supported anywhere, anytime, based on the needs of learners?  Although an abundance of digital education resources are available online, learners have questions and need guidance when they are studying. Just-in-time online tutoring attempts to meet this need. It also has great potential as a complement to scheduled education. Just-in-time learning has been defined as “anywhere, anytime learning that is just enough, just for me and just in time.”1 Margaret Riel outlines three principles of just-in-time learning.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/6/just-in-time-online-tutoring-supporting-learning-anywhere-anytime

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How AI-Based Interviewing Will Transform Career Preparation in Higher Education

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Alan Jones, Suzan Harkness and Nathan Mondragon, EDUCAUSE Review

The increased growth of emerging technologies and AI interviewing provides a multifaceted approach to candidate profiling and screening.  Competency and personality-trait profiles can be created with AI-trained algorithms to identify and score behaviors and responses during the recorded interviews. The AI-based profiles can then be mitigated for bias (which, if successful, could increase the diversity of candidate pools). The resulting profiles would then be used to screen and select candidates to move forward in the process, thereby significantly improving the efficiencies of the hiring process.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/6/acts-of-meaning-how-ai-based-interviewing-will-transform-career-preparation-in-higher-education

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Looking Beyond the College Degree

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Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

As the pandemic wreaks havoc on the job market, a quarter of American adults say they plan to enroll in an education or training program within the next six months, according to the latest results of a national poll conducted by the Strada Education Network. That share was 37 percent for 18- to 24-year-olds and 23 percent for 25- to 64-year-olds. A quarter of Americans say they would pursue education or training within six months if they lost their job, but most prefer nondegree training over the traditional college route.
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July 3, 2020

COVID-19 ushers in a new era of cybersecurity

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BY BILL CONNER,  eCampus News

This semester, higher-ed institutions around the world have struggled to keep up with the digital demands of remote learning. As these organizations build the infrastructure that will support distance learning moving forward, it’s more critical than ever for the education industry to consider the safety and security of its students and faculty members as we look ahead to how COVID-19 will continue to impact learning institutions. College campuses have long been a target for cyber threat actors. In fact, EDUCAUSE reported that the number one IT issue academic institutions face in 2020 is adopting a sound information security strategy.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/06/19/covid-19-ushers-in-a-new-era-of-cybersecurity/

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Bowdoin announces most classes will be taught online this fall

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RACHEL OHMSTAFF, Press-Herald
Most students will not return to campus in the fall and nearly all classes will be taught online, according to a letter sent to students, faculty and staff Monday morning.  The liberal arts college in Brunswick announced its plan for the fall semester in a letter from President Clayton Rose to students, faculty and staff Monday morning. The plan calls for some students, but not all, to return to campus and for almost all classes to be taught online.

https://www.pressherald.com/2020/06/22/bowdoin-announces-most-classes-will-be-taught-online-this-fall/

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Data Security for New Norm Distance Learning

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Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Whatever the future of distance learning, online classroom offerings will still be a draw for working adults. This survey by the Strada Education Network showed that over half the Latino and Black (52% and 54%), as well as a significant portion of Caucasians surveyed (34%), plan to enroll in online education and training programs after the pandemic passes.  In the meantime, with students spending more time on line, data security concerns are greater than ever. Students tend let their guard down in their eagerness to find information and source material for their classes and assignments.

https://signalscv.com/2020/06/data-security-for-new-norm-distance-learning/

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July 2, 2020

Universal Broadband: The Time Has Come

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Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

In the weeks of COVID-19 isolation, the disparity of access to the internet has become more obvious as school-age children and adult learners have been deprived access to education and livelihoods. After we emerge from the pandemic, the internet will be even more prominent than before in education, business, government and social engagement. In isolation, we have built a deeper reliance upon the net and we will soon see an expansion of “work from home,” requiring a wider variety of network access for an increasing number of occupations. Katherine Guyot and Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution predict, “In the post-pandemic world, it may stay with us as a popular practice that, if done well, can improve job satisfaction, raise productivity, reduce emissions, and spread work to more remote regions.” In order to avoid further disenfranchising the rural and lower-income workers, it is critically important that we find a way to provide universal access to the massive education and work venue that the internet has become.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/universal-broadband-time-has-come

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How MIT Is Crowdsourcing Its Reopening Plans for the Fall

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Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

As MIT considered whether to hold classes online or in person in the fall, and how to operate safely in either case, it decided to tap the collective wisdom of its faculty, staff and students. So it decided to run a giant crowdsourcing effort. That included running 69 community forums via Zoom, where participants were broken into groups of 10 to 12 to brainstorm and voice their opinions on a menu of options.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-06-19-how-mit-is-crowdsourcing-its-reopening-plans-for-the-fall

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Online learning during lockdown helps us find ways to teach differently abled students

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Marcia Lyner-Cleophas, Maverick

Students are usually assessed in specific ways during a specific period, such as two or three hours answering memorised questions. Given the current online reality, we are now forced to consider and to work with students with varying abilities who do not fit into the average mould described above. More importantly, we must think of all students and the type of teaching, learning and assessment that would work best for all students. The use of assistive technology has always been part of the support needed for many students with disabilities, but its availability was mixed.

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2020-06-18-online-learning-during-lockdown-helps-us-find-ways-to-teach-differently-abled-students/

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July 1, 2020

7 ways the coronavirus pandemic could change college this fall and forever

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Abigail Hess, CNBC

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see enrollment in residential college programs drop by roughly 10% or so in the fall, and revenue to fall around 20% if students won’t be able to attend in-person in the fall,” says Horn. “On the flip side, I think we will see enrollments in online programs rise quite a bit, driven by adult learners — many of whom have been recently laid off — looking to wait out the recession and use their time productively by skilling up.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/19/7-ways-coronavirus-pandemic-may-change-college-this-fall-and-forever.html

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One of the Largest Experiments ever Conducted in Higher Education and Lifelong Learning Happened on edX. Here is what they Learned.

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ANANT AGARWAL, EDX NEWS

Today, we’re excited to share insights from a new study on online learning. The study, which is one of the largest experiments ever conducted in higher education and lifelong learning, shows the incredible power and potential of at-scale online learning platforms, specifically edX, as particle accelerators for learning.  This new study underscores one of the pillars of edX’s founding mission, to advance teaching and learning through research. The study, which was conducted by researchers from MIT, Harvard, Stanford and Cornell, looked at ways to help learners complete online courses.

https://blog.edx.org/one-largest-experiments-ever-conducted-higher-education-lifelong-learning-happened-edx-learned/

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More than half of Yalies consider time off if classes go online

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MATT KRISTOFFERSEN, Yale Daily News

As the Yale community awaits announcements regarding how education will continue in the fall semester, the News surveyed Yale College students from the classes of 2021 through 2023 about their opinions regarding online learning. Results from the survey suggest that 52 percent of student respondents are at least “likely” to postpone enrollment if students are not allowed to return to campus. If students are able to live, learn and attend classes in person, roughly 7 percent would consider taking time off from school. The anonymous survey — which began accepting submissions on May 21 and closed on May 25 — received 2,129 responses, representing about 35 percent of the undergraduate student population

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2020/06/20/fall-2020-more-than-half-of-yalies-consider-time-off-if-classes-go-online/

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