Is Online Tutoring the Future of Personalized Learning?

April 18th, 2016

by Dave Frey, EdSurge

Change is imminent. How schools adapt to incoming change, however, remains to be seen. In the face of an extensive range of education-technology resources, what are the best ways to move forward? Decades-old research has pointed to the clear advantages of one-on-one learning, but only in recent years has technology become capable of providing everyone access to it. This change begs the question: Which edtech resources should educators focus on in order to produce the healthiest future of education, and where does one-on-one tutoring fit into that?

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-04-09-is-online-tutoring-the-future-of-personalized-learning

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Georgia Tech brings its Online Masters in Computer Science to India

April 18th, 2016

by Education Diary

Online Masters of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS), the much acclaimed online Master’s course from GeorgiaTech, has been launched in India. Dr Zvi Galil, Dean College of Computing, GeorgiaTech, on the sidelines of an event here in Delhi, said that discussions were underway for an association with Bennett University, wherein students undertaking online courses from Georgia Tech will receive on ground support from Bennett University. The Online Masters in Computer Science Program (OMS-CS) was started in the year 2013, in partnership with Udacity and AT&T. President Obama, at a recent event, held the programme as an example of the kind of innovation needed by their education system to address the rising costs of higher education.

http://indiaeducationdiary.in/Shownews.asp?newsid=38469

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New online courses are for people wanting to progress their careers

April 18th, 2016

by Tim Dodd, Financial Review

Massive open online course provider Coursera has packaged new courses aimed at people wanting to move up in their careers. Coursera offers a group of four courses on leading people and teams from the University of Michigan. Starting on April 11, and including a capstone project, it costs $717. The four courses cover: inspiring and motivating people; managing talent; influencing people; and leading teams. It has also packaged together nine short courses, plus a capstone project, covering essential skills for the workplace. These cover project management; time management; finance; communication; business writing; negotiation; management; problem-solving and decision-making; and entrepreneurship. It costs $439 and comes from the University of California Irvine.

http://www.afr.com/technology/apps/education/new-online-courses-are-for-people-wanting-to-progress-their-careers-20160410-go2pz2

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UMassOnline joins the ranks of alternative credentialers

April 17th, 2016

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

The University of Massachusetts’ online arm, UMassOnline, has announced a non-credit badge program in project risk management, bringing the university in line with an alternative credentialing trend sweeping the higher ed marketplace. According to eCampus News, the self-paced program is made up of three modules that teach risk management planning, risk identification, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, risk response planning, and risk control. Students can progress as quickly as possible through the modules or take up to a year from the time of enrollment, and, once they pass the assessments, they receive a digital badge for display on resumes and social media profiles.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/umassonline-joins-the-ranks-of-alternative-credentialers/416742/

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Apps, websites and podcasts to extend your learning beyond the classroom

April 17th, 2016

By Chandra Johnson, Deseret News

For millions of Americans with Internet access, technology has become more than a fun way to pass the time or keep in touch with friends and family; it can also open them up to a world of knowledge. But that’s only if they know how to access it. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that while most Americans (73 percent) consider themselves “lifelong learners,” few were aware of the many digital tools available to keep learning long after they finished school. Of the just over half of Americans who have a smartphone and a home broadband connection, 82 percent engaged in some “personal learning” activity in the past year, yet most Americans said they were “not too much” or “not at all” aware of how technology can help with education such as distance learning or massive open online courses from major companies and universities.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865651722/A-sampling-of-apps-websites-and-podcasts-to-satisfy-a-yearning-for-lifelong-learning.html

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Tips for designing an online course from a NextGen Leader

April 17th, 2016

By Yizhu Wang, EdScoop

Blended learning experts shouldn’t be afraid to push other teachers into an online learning environment. That’s what Michele Eaton, virtual education specialist of Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, suggested to school technology chiefs and administrators during CoSN’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. last week. Eaton helps to oversee the Achieve Virtual Education Academy at her district in Indiana. She created an online forum for teachers to share their experiences using text or video, and post questions.

http://edscoop.com/tips-for-designing-an-online-course-from-a-nextgen-leader

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Adapting to Online Collaborative Learning

April 16th, 2016

by Akanksha Sharma, ATD

Online collaborative learning is one strategy that enables employees to work in groups, which may be geographically dispersed but interconnected, to foster a culture of productive learning and build an active learning community. Benefits include: learning through online communities of practice; active learning and sharing of expertise; breakdown of knowledge silos; meaningful connections with different points in a discussion; participants who are encouraged to reflect and expand their learning horizons, because they have time to consider all responses behavioral competencies such as teamwork, cooperation, communication, and problem solving; easy-to-manage content and organizational knowledge; access to recorded interactions, which makes it easy to monitor and assess various aspects and check understanding of concepts covered.

https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/L-and-D-Blog/2016/04/Adapting-to-Online-Collaborative-Learning

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Study: Most K-12 online learning content does not meet needs of students with disabilities

April 16th, 2016

by KU Today

Online education is growing rapidly, reaching millions of students every day. However, a Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities at the University of Kansas study has found the majority of online educational products are not designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities and struggling learners. Sean J. Smith, professor of special education and a co-principal investigator with the center, has authored “Invited In: Measuring UDL in Online Learning.” The report analyzes how six popular vendors of online learning products meet the principles of Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, the concept that education should be designed to meet the needs of all students. It also provides a tool that K-12 school districts across the country can use to evaluate online education programs they are using or considering for their students.

http://today.ku.edu/2016/03/22/ku-study-finds-majority-nations-k-12-online-learning-content-does-not-meet-needs-students
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North Alabama system letting students customize classes

April 16th, 2016

by Associated Press

A north Alabama school system is allowing high school students to customize their education in a way that seemed impossible a decade ago. The district, Hartselle City Schools, will expand those opportunities next year when it adds a law component to its system of academies, school officials said. The academies are subject-specific disciplines that offer elective classes students can take to start their freshman year. The academies give students who may not plan to attend college an opportunity to earn certification in certain vocations. For those seeking higher education, it’s an opportunity to earn college credit while gaining hands-on experience.

http://www.ccenterdispatch.com/news/state/article_8cc0e6b4-100f-5689-acc7-603120ae88ad.html

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How To Satisfy Demand For The Biggest Job Of The 21st Century

April 15th, 2016

by Lydia Dishman, Fast Company

Data scientist is one of the most in demand jobs of the future. These three companies are trying to fill the skills gap. Harvard Business Review once called it “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” Data scientist is not only the top job this year (the position ranked number one on Glassdoor’s top jobs for 2016) but based on hiring demand and the potential for salary growth it’s poised to be the top job in the future as well. But there may not be enough people to fill it. A McKinsey report predicted that by 2018, “the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills, as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.”

http://www.fastcompany.com/3058502/the-future-of-work/how-to-satisfy-demand-for-the-biggest-job-of-the-21st-century

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Communications is next ‘top’ technical skill

April 15th, 2016

by LISA KATZ, Crain’s Business

According to data from the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN), 40 percent of job postings identify communications skills — including verbal, written, and interpersonal skills — as a need. It is likely that the true number of job postings emphasizing communications skills is even higher, but the attribute is not specifically stated in the posting. WIN’s Eureka Report on preparing the workforce for innovative and disruptive technologies further underscores this research: It found that employers are less concerned about young peoples’ technical skills and more concerned about their abilities to relate and engage with others in the workplace.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160405/BLOG107/160409927/communications-is-next-top-technical-skill

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The State of Education Video 2016

April 15th, 2016

By Paul Riismandel, Streaming Media

Both inside and outside the classroom, video is as essential to students as email and Wi-Fi. Look for live streaming to increase in higher-ed, especially for popular events. Online video in education is the new normal. To grasp the full impact of that declaration, it’s important to take a step back from thinking only about memories of our own classrooms. Sure, video has come a long way in traditional teaching environments—something I won’t neglect in this review. But video takes a central role in learning in general. By the looks of it, LinkedIn agrees. Last April the company spent $1.5 billion to acquire Lynda.com, an early—and profitable—pioneer in providing skills-based video courses online. Lynda is a go-to destination to gain proficiency in areas such as web design, as well as courses on topics as diverse as accounting fundamentals and “The Neuroscience of Learning.”

http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/The-State-of-Education-Video-2016-110211.aspx

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Clarkson University Educator Merges Teaching, Learning and Technology

April 14th, 2016

by Clarkson University

Phylise Banner, director of online teaching and learning at Clarkson University’s Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, has been selected to serve a new two-year term as an Adobe Education Leader (AEL). Phylise Banner“It’s a big honor in the industry to be an Adobe Education Leader,” she says. “While the designation isn’t new to me, it is special each time it’s renewed. Adobe Education Leaders get together for workshops and summits, and share ideas on how to best meet the needs of faculty and students. This is a great network for sharing with other educators.” Through the Education Leaders Program, a network of outstanding educators inspires each other, shares ideas, and collaborates. The program provides the leadership and professional development to help administrators and faculty think in new and creative ways.

http://www.clarkson.edu/news/2016/news-release_2016-04-04-1.html

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Enrollment in MCC dual-credit courses explodes

April 14th, 2016

by Madhu Krishnamurthy, Daily Herald

McHenry County College is seeing an explosion in enrollment growth for dual-credit courses — a 61 percent increase in two years, from 916 in 2014 to 1,475 in 2016. The increase largely is due to a computer literacy course launched this year in which 600 high school students are enrolled and being taught by their own teachers. Eighty percent of those students are freshmen and sophomores, officials said. The computer literacy course is free and offered as part of the College in the High School option. Though typically only juniors and seniors are allowed to take dual-credit courses, MCC got a waiver from the Illinois Community College Board to offer its computer literacy course to freshmen and sophomores, as well.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160404/news/160409645/

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24 EdTech Tools And 5 Benefits Of Integrating Technology In The Classroom

April 14th, 2016

by Sarah Smith, eLearning Industry

There are many ways of integrating technology in the classroom; ways that do not directly involve the use of computers. Some of the traditional classroom tools have found equivalent technology tools. Schools or teachers that have adopted or replaced traditional classroom tools with equivalent technology tools are seen to be teaching with edTech tools.  See a summary of 24 key edtech tools linked below.

http://elearningindustry.com/integrating-technology-in-the-classroom-24-edtech-tools-5-benefits-educational-technology-integration

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Take Note: How to Curate Learning Digitally

April 13th, 2016

by Beth Holland, Edutopia

Curation implies more than just collecting resources into a folder or notebook. It assumes a level of thoughtfulness as the curator considers the value that each artifact possesses within the context of the overall experience. Last year, Sabba Quidwai, Director of Innovative Learning at Keck USC Medical, tackled the issue of curation with her physician assistant students. She worked with them to develop a system using Evernote. Whether her students annotated presentation slides in Notability, wrote in a paper journal, or posted to an online discussion, they ultimately curated all of their content into Evernote notebooks as links, PDFs, photos, or text so that every artifact had a home.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/take-note-curate-learning-digitally-beth-holland

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7 Steps for Turning Around Under-Resourced Schools

April 13th, 2016

by Maurice Elias, Edutopia

Under-resourced schools face many challenges that are difficult. However, I believe that they can be conquered with sufficient time, dedication, and resources. Above all, success with these challenges stems from a belief in the potential of students and staff to achieve victory despite the odds. The barriers that have to be overcome are deeply unfair, and political efforts must be made to reduce educational and socioeconomic inequities. But our students cannot wait for that to occur. They need help now, and schools need to embark on the path to turnaround sooner rather than later. However, there are no shortcuts, and efforts to rush the process can lead to disappointment.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/7-steps-turning-around-under-resourced-schools-maurice-elias

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Data Privacy Legislation Scrutinized in NASBE Report

April 13th, 2016

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

The tangle of data privacy regulation for education is heating up as state and federal lawmakers increasingly consider laws intended to protect students. Last year 187 bills in 48 states were introduced that touch on some aspect of student data privacy, up from 110 in the previous year; 34 states have passed new laws on student data privacy; and the United States Congress has seven bills under consideration related to the topic. Simultaneously, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) calls for states to use “evidence-based interventions” in order to improve school performance. That evidence is generated through education research, which in turn requires access to student data. What’s a state to do? A new example-rich report from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) offers guidance to state policymakers worth considering before they take action.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/04/04/data-privacy-legislation-scrutinized-in-nasbe-report.aspx

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Is virtual reality poised to transform higher ed?

April 12th, 2016

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

The Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland College Park is at the forefront of visual communication and learning, and virtual reality is expected to become an important element for students and faculty. EdTech reports the latest generation of virtual reality technology, including the recently released Oculus Rift headset, could achieve mainstream adoption in five to 10 years, giving students a way to experience their lessons firsthand, without leaving the classroom. The University of Maryland is launching a major in immersive multimedia design, training the students who will go on to create virtual reality content to meet the demand in the classrooms of the future.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/is-virtual-reality-poised-to-transform-higher-ed/416741/

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Florida institutions have to get creative with developmental ed

April 12th, 2016

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Since the Florida legislature banned college from requiring high school graduates to take placement tests before enrolling in college-level courses, schools have had to get creative in figuring out how to serve students who may need more help than they know. Inside Higher Ed reports St. Petersburg College created a new assessment process to inform placement recommendations, and Indian River State College has seen great success with a modular approach that provides additional support for students while they take credit-bearing courses, like corequisite remediation. Indian River is also participating in the American Association of Community Colleges’ Pathway Project, offering students more structure as they progress through their degree programs.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/florida-institutions-have-to-get-creative-with-developmental-ed/416743/

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Portage schools launch E-Learning Day

April 12th, 2016

Michael DePasquale, Portage Schools

We all know that technology can be used for a variety of reasons. Technology use in our schools is increasing at a rate similar to the use seen in many other professions. Thus it would make sense that an E-Learning Day at Portage Township Schools would take place and a new age of using technology for student learning has begun. Last month, Portage Township Schools had their first E-Learning Day. On that day the students were able to attend school from home. It certainly was a full day of school as students either logged into Schoology (a learning management system) or visited the district website and worked through problems and projects online.

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/columnists/portage-twp-schools/portage-schools-launch-e-learning-day/article_d168a627-f2da-5dd1-9b05-28905b4e109a.html

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