Online Learning Update

November 12, 2019

Building Community in an Online Class

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:12 am

University of Nebraska – Tomorrow’s Professor

So, how is a community of learners formed in an online course? What are the typical characteristics and practices? Taking an online course is more than sitting in front of a computer. Connecting with fellow students and the faculty member is crucial to get the most out of the experience (Rovai et al, 2004). Instructors might encourage students to reach out to classmates with similar life circumstances as the first step to building relationships in the online environment. Fellow students could be cohorts in the same graduate degree program or students from a variety of other disciplines taking a required general course, e.g. statistics or research methods. Students may also form their own communities from the online courses. If your instructor has asked you to introduce yourself to your classmates, your classmates may have provided information about shared interests or work experiences.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1741

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Not Future-Ready

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Survey of four-year-college leaders finds they lack confidence in their institutions’ ability to adapt — and aren’t planning ahead in ways that would ensure success. The report, “The Transformation-Ready Higher Education Institution,” included a survey of nearly 500 senior administrators at four-year colleges and universities, roughly half of whom were presidents and chancellors. The survey sought to gauge the campus leaders’ assessments of the most significant challenges awaiting their institutions in the next three to five years, how prepared they felt to respond to those pressures, and whether their institutions were structured and managed with agility and responsiveness in mind.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/10/22/four-year-college-leaders-not-feeling-ready-future

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Report: College leaders not confident they can beat new competition

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive

When it comes to strategic planning, just one in six colleges is looking a decade or more ahead, according to a new report from the American Council on Education (ACE), Huron and the Georgia Institute of Technology based on a survey of 495 leaders at four-year institutions. They cite several challenges ahead: more competition for new students, particularly from national universities investing heavily in online education; an increase in nontraditional students; less state and federal support; and declining public confidence in higher ed’s value. While they say their institutions are prepared to meet students’ changing needs, they are less confident in their ability to address new forms of competition or change how the public views higher ed.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-college-leaders-not-confident-they-can-beat-new-competition/565483/

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November 11, 2019

Students serving our country

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 10:59 am

Data Points, AACC

About 6 percent of all undergraduate students indicate that they are currently serving in the military, in the reserves or National Guard, or are a veteran of military service, according to data in the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study of 2015-16. For-profit college students have the highest rate of participation with nearly 14.1 percent being veterans, 3 percent on active duty and 0.2 percent in reserves/National Guard.

https://www.aacc.nche.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/DataPoints_Military-Students.pdf

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Algorithms are grading student essays across the country. Can this really teach kids how to write better?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

Loren Katz, Vox

The reason it’s so hard to figure out who’s affected by AI grading is because there’s not just one program that’s being used. But they’re all made in basically the same way: First, an automated scoring company looks at how human graders behave. Then, the company trains an algorithm to make predictions as to how a human grader might score an essay based on that data. Depending on the program, those predictions can be consistently wrong in the same way. In other words, they can be biased. And once those algorithms are built, explains Reset host Arielle Duhaime-Ross, they can reproduce those biases at a huge scale.

https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/10/20/20921354/ai-algorithms-essay-writing

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AI Can Help You—And Your Boss—Maximize Your Potential. Will You Trust It?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

Marco Annunziata, Forbes

Would you trust an Artificial Intelligence (AI) to tell you how to become more effective and successful at your job? How would you feel if you knew your HR department uses AI to determine whether you are leadership material? Or that an AI just suggested to your boss that she should treat you better or else you might soon quit and join a competitor—well before the thought of jumping ship entered your mind? Meet Yva, introduced by her creator David Yang in this fascinating podcast discussion.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcoannunziata/2019/10/20/ai-can-help-youand-your-bossmaximize-your-potential-will-you-trust-it/

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The world’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

Heather Long, Washington Post

As humanities majors slump to the lowest level in decades, calls are coming from surprising places for a revival. Some prominent economists are making the case for why it still makes a lot of sense to major (or at least take classes) in humanities alongside more technical fields. Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller’s new book “Narrative Economics” opens with him reminiscing about an enlightening history class he took as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. He wrote that what he learned about the Great Depression was far more useful in understanding the period of economic and financial turmoil than anything he learned in his economic courses.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/10/19/worlds-top-economists-just-made-case-why-we-still-need-english-majors/

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November 10, 2019

Stanford and Michigan university are the most popular among Coursera’s 5 million Indian users

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

By Manavi Kapur, Quartz

A large number of Indians seem happy to forego textbooks and adopt tech-savvy online courses. This is a marker of both India’s skilling needs and Coursera’s potential to fulfil them, according to Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera. “If you look at what’s happening demographically, there are 300 million people that are going to be entering the workforce, a 100 million in the next 10 years in India alone,” he told Quartz. IIM Calcutta and Indian School of Business in Hyderabad were the first two institutes to sign on, and Coursera hopes there will be many more to follow.

https://qz.com/india/1729832/indians-on-coursera-are-lapping-up-stanford-michigan-courses/

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MIT Reaffirms Commitment to Open Access

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has published its final recommendations on how to increase the open sharing of MIT publications, data, software and educational materials. An open-access task force was convened in 2017 to update and revise MIT’s open-access policies. A draft set of recommendations was released in March 2019 for public comment. “Scholarship serves humanity best when it is available to everyone,” said Hal Abelson, Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, who co-chaired the task force with MIT Libraries director Chris Bourg.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/10/21/mit-reaffirms-commitment-open-access

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4 Personas of Adult Learners

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

By Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed

Lipman Hearne, a Chicago-based marketing firm with a focus on higher education and enrollment, surveyed adult learners and created four “personas” to better understand them. Kirsten Fedderke, senior vice president and account director at the firm, said while much of what they found in the survey matches common assumptions about adult learners, some data point to nuances of the population that are often ignored. For example, while respondents said their top reason for enrolling in college was to have a good job, the next three reasons were more emotional, like “be confident and prepared for life” and “be well-rounded and professionally responsible.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/10/21/marketing-firm-breaks-down-personas-adult-learners-help-colleges-recruit-better

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November 9, 2019

More Colleges Use Chatbots to Communicate Online

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

Voice of America

In recent years, chatbots have become a common tool for banks and large companies around the world. Having human beings available to answer people’s questions and complaints can be costly, requiring many workers. And in most cases, employees can only work a set number of hours in a day, increasing the amount of time customers wait for a response. So not just companies, but a growing number of colleges and universities have also begun using chatbot technology, says Keith Rajecki. He is with Oracle Higher Education, a computer software company that serves these institutions.

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/more-colleges-use-chatbot-to-communicate-online/5128366.html

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Computer Vision Can Transform Education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

Naveen Joshi, Forbes

The education sector has long treated every student the same. However, every student is unique and has different learning capabilities. The use of computer vision in education can help to maximize students’ academic output by providing a customized learning experience based on their individual strengths and weaknesses.  The main advantage of computer vision in education is the ease and non-obstructiveness of the assessment process compared to traditional classroom education. Teachers can observe whether a pupil is motivated or disinterested in the class without interrupting their activities. Affective computing techniques, availability of low-cost cameras, and their widespread use in electronic devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets, allow educators to measure learners’ engagement levels using computer vision.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/10/19/computer-vision-can-transform-education/#8d08b6b1c4cc

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10 Powerful Women Leaders Discuss Keeping AI Safe for Humanity

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

Tyler Gallagher, Entrepreneur

‘History has shown that whenever a great invention gets into the wrong hands, evil tends to prevail. Right now, we’re in the early stages of AI and currently exploring the many potential benefits of using AI for good.’ In an effort to highlight some of the accomplished women in this sector, Authority Magazine interviewed women leaders in artificial intelligence as part of a series. Each was asked the following question: “As you know, there is an ongoing debate between prominent scientists about whether advanced AI has the future potential to pose a danger to humanity. This debate has been personified as a debate between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. What is your position about this?

https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/340907

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November 8, 2019

The AI-Enabled Future

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

Ron Schmelzer, Forbes

The pace of artificial intelligence continues inexorably forward. Every day we see continued development of new technologies, new applications, and greater investment in AI, machine learning, and the host of cognitive technologies. While we might be able to easily see how some of these technologies will be implemented in the short term, what does the future hold for widespread adoption of AI? …. the future world of AI will most likely have much greater impact in a much different way than what we might be assuming today.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/10/17/the-ai-enabled-future/#51a711973339

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Here’s What’s Next At The Explosive Intersection Of AI And On-Line Education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

Lauren deLisa Coleman, Forbes

Artificial Intelligence is poised to disrupt many industries, but education arena has not typically been at the forefront of such conversations.  “In 1980’s faster computers were just a dream, now even the smartphones in our pockets are 50 times more powerful than the supercomputers of that era. Using smart education backed by artificial intelligence will become just as commonplace and advanced. We do not wish to replace teachers completely, but make quality education more accessible by those students who cannot afford it. Nothing can replace the human mind, but supporting it with advanced technology couldn’t hurt.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurencoleman/2019/10/18/heres-whats-next-at-the-explosive-intersection–of-ai-and-on-line-education/#279a894f276f

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Three ways EdTech will benefit this century’s learners

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

Felicity Parsisson, Open Access Government

With 66% of millennials and 59% of Gen Z surveyed by Pearson agreeing that ‘technology will transform how college students learn in the future’, it seems clear that the use of technology in teaching and learning contexts is not just predicted: it is expected. Coupled with the majority of Gen Z stating a preference for learning through YouTube videos (59%), as opposed to printed books (47%) and the explosion of MOOCs documented by Class Central (an estimated 101 million learners as of their 2018 research), and it becomes apparent that EdTech is already an important part of the learning landscape. With that in mind, this article considers three key functions of EdTech for this century’s learners.

https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/edtech-will-benefit/76118/

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November 7, 2019

Building operational excellence in higher education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

Suhrid Gajendragadkar, Duwain Pinder, Ted Rounsaville, and Jason Wright; McKinsey

When colleges and universities think about building academic enterprises for the 21st century, they often overlook one of the most critical aspects: the back-office structures needed to run complex organizations. By failing to modernize and streamline administrative functions (including HR, finance, and facilities), universities put themselves at a serious disadvantage, making it harder to fulfill their academic missions.

https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/social-sector/our-insights/building-operational-excellence-in-higher-education

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How colleges are bringing online students into the classroom

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

Researchers have found that fully online programs and classes may contribute to equity gaps and lead to poorer outcomes for the least prepared students. But there are some bright spots, according to speakers at Educause’s annual conference in Chicago. Innovative models for online classroom instruction could be poised to help the sector live up to its goals of expanding college access and making learning possible anywhere. Below, we share how several administrators are moving online education forward at their institutions.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-colleges-are-bringing-online-students-into-the-classroom/565241/

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A look at how Arizona State, Fresno State are using blockchain

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

Hallie Busta, Education Dive

The blockchain is a decentralized, internet-based digital ledger onto which organizations can record transactions. In the case of higher education, those transactions are academic accomplishments: courses completed, badges earned, degrees obtained. Blockchain is more widely used in other fields, such as logistics. And interest from the business community has spurred colleges to add the topic to their curriculum. Advocates of blockchain in higher ed say it can help give students more control over their records, allowing them to share the records in parts or fully with future employers or educators throughout their lives. For instance, MIT and Central New Mexico Community College offer students digital versions of their transcripts.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/a-look-at-how-arizona-state-fresno-state-are-using-blockchain/565226/

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November 6, 2019

A Fresh Look at Blockchain in Higher Ed

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 9:12 am

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

Blockchain is advancing in higher education, as it is in all of society, with some interesting new applications and ramifications. Perhaps most importantly, blockchain will facilitate the difficult shift in higher education that we are now navigating. We are moving from a degree-centric environment in which the university is engaged in the life cycle of the student while on campus to one that is more of a supply-chain design providing lifelong learning. In the emerging mode, the university will engage the student prior to their first arrival on campus (or online) through their degree experience and far beyond.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/fresh-look-blockchain-higher-ed

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At Educause, a Push to Monitor Student Data is Met with Concerns About Privacy and Equity

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge

Digital redlining, as Gilliard defines it, comes in many forms. One is denying students at community colleges access to academic journal subscriptions or using parental controls on websites, a practice that intends to block objectionable material but may also impede research on topics of valid scholarly interest. Another is digital surveillance, through tools that track eye movement while students read, document their paths across campus or, as some companies are trying to encourage, monitor their electrical brain activity while they sit in class.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-17-at-educause-a-push-to-monitor-student-data-is-met-with-concerns-about-privacy-and-equity

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