Online Learning Update

March 4, 2021

Bridging the educational divide with tech skilling

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

JACKY WRIGHT, eCampus News
Digital competencies will be essential for students’ future success as workers–here’s why tech skilling is critical. Closing the educational divide and the digital skills gap has always been important to technologically-minded educators, but the disruptions of COVID-19 have brought a new urgency. Ensuring all students can participate equitably and fulfill their dreams in society hinges on having the right access to technology, especially in the education system.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2021/02/12/bridging-the-educational-divide-with-tech-skilling/

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Who is ‘best in class’ for HE digital transformation?

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

Nic Mitchell, University World News
The best in class for the digital transformation of higher education take a holistic approach, covering everything from student recruitment to enhancing the value of the student experience and improving outcomes and employability, according to market research for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group. But they are the exception, with an international survey of 17,000 students finding that 70% of these higher education students worldwide were in institutions “not digitally mature” and some universities were “digitally distraught” when the COVID-19 shutdowns began.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20210212110216804

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Have universities learned how to be ready for a crisis?

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

Nita Temmerman, University World News

The traditional and continuing main functions of universities are to teach and to research and, in so doing, to meet the needs of society and improve it. The organisational structure should ensure teaching and research are both able to flourish. The structure should ensure the organisation is agile and that it encourages innovation. The structure should promote open, understandable communication and timely and appropriate decision-making. Ultimately, it is the leadership at the very top that impacts on what organisational design is adopted and how well governed the university is. Good governance should lessen, not increase, senseless bureaucracy and confusion around decision-making.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20210208125319719

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March 3, 2021

Higher education needs to develop better crisis responses

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

Stefania Giannini and Kristin Vinje, University World News
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that no education system is resilient to crisis. And even if the digital revolution has transformed the higher education system more profoundly than anything else in the past decades, the pandemic has been no less hard-hitting. Its economic impact alone could force up to seven million students to drop out. International students have been stranded. In every country, students are struggling with access to remote learning, social isolation and economic strife. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified fragilities and inequalities across digital, gender, social and educational lines, especially in regions already affected by conflict.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20210211090640737

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UGA professors discuss challenges of virtual and face-to-face learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

Laurel Lee Chatham, Red & Black

The beginning of the University of Georgia’s spring semester has granted students, along with faculty, a variety of class formats to choose from as one can learn online or face-to-face.  Conducting classes online has allowed content to be delivered “anytime, anywhere,” Bramorski said. Online delivery of class material has presented flexibility for both students and faculty. “UGA is best when face-to-face both for students and instructors. Online has merits that I would not have known about but for the pandemic,” Garrison said. “When I go back to a real classroom — next fall, we hope — I will continue to use things I have learned [while] being online.”

https://www.redandblack.com/uganews/uga-professors-discuss-challenges-of-virtual-and-face-to-face-learning/article_006563dc-6db9-11eb-a1ec-43dd2eab8362.html

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Online Learning Boom Opens New Avenues To Spread Indigenous Languages

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

SAVANNAH MAHER, KUMM

As with almost all kinds of other schooling, the pandemic has forced some classes in Indigenous languages to shut down entirely. But it has also spurred development of online options to reach students and to bring new ones into the fold. Among them, the Mountain West News Bureau’s Savannah Maher.

https://www.npr.org/2021/02/13/967600325/online-learning-boom-opens-new-avenues-to-spread-indigenous-languages

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March 2, 2021

Some like it hot: don’t forget to warm up online learning spaces

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:11 am

Lucinda McKnight, Times Higher Education

As we’re all learning, the digital classroom can be a cold and lonely space. But even the most reluctant students and academics must remember that online learning has the potential for rich and meaningful interactions. The lack of “temperature” is one reason why many students prefer to learn face to face, meaning that “warming up” the screen needs to become a priority for educators − especially for video-based tutorials and seminars via platforms such as Zoom. This does not just mean warmth in tone of voice. It’s about designing spaces, educator performances and learning programmes that make students feel welcome and included.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/opinion/some-it-hot-dont-forget-warm-online-learning-spaces

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UMN to pay Google $2.36M for new online learning platform

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

 

Josh Verges, Twin Cities Pioneer Press

The University of Minnesota will pay Google $2.36 million to create a new online learning platform for the health sciences bachelor’s degree program at the Rochester campus. Starting in summer 2022, students will begin working toward their degree on an accelerated schedule, using a combination of virtual and in-person learning. The nearby Mayo Clinic will be integrated into the coursework, providing oversight, mentorship and opportunities for applied, experiential learning.

https://www.twincities.com/2021/02/11/umn-to-pay-google-2-36m-for-new-online-learning-platform/

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Howard University Partners with Coursera to Provide Online Educational Content

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

Alonda Thomas, Howard University

“I am really excited about this partnership with Coursera, one of the preeminent purveyors of educational content in the 21st-century learning landscape, which will help us spread the vision and mission of Howard University beyond our campus,” said President Wayne A. I. Frederick, who is a member of Coursera’s University Advisory Board. “Historically, there has been a disconnect between companies and top-level talent from underrepresented communities who don’t have the same access and resources as other job seekers. These kinds of partnerships can help enhance opportunities for people of color by aligning their education with the needs of businesses.”

https://newsroom.howard.edu/newsroom/article/13831/howard-university-partners-cou

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March 1, 2021

How higher ed can start 2021 off right

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

Casey Welch, eCampus News

Higher education leaders would do well to take COVID-induced changes into consideration when identifying new ways to meet students’ needs.  For example, career preparation has always been top of mind for college-bound teens. But more students now than ever before are beginning to realize the need to plan ahead. A recent survey found that 99 percent of Gen Z recognizes the value of making connections with employers, even when they don’t have jobs currently available.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2021/02/09/how-higher-ed-can-start-2021-off-right/

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Data Privacy Day 2021 Outreach: Six Words about Privacy

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

Svetla Sytch, EDUCAUSE Review
They debuted Six Words on Cybersecurity at UCSD and Six Words about Privacy at U-M, inviting members of their campus communities to submit six words describing what security and privacy meant to them. Listen to this podcast to hear from Corn and Bermann about how they got their projects started. Boiling thoughts down to six words highlights what people consider to be the most important dimensions of a topic. On Data Privacy Day 2021, we look into the topic of privacy through the lens of the University of Michigan’s Six Words about Privacy project.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2021/1/data-privacy-day-2021-outreach-six-words-about-privacy

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First it was Agile software development, now Agile management is remaking the workplace

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

Mark Samuels, ZDNet

Mark Evans, managing director of marketing and digital at insurer Direct Line, says the key to effective Agile management is what’s known as servant leadership, a leadership philosophy in which the main goal of the leader is to serve. Rather than commanding and controlling, leaders need to give other people the power to make decisions. Evans says this shift in behaviours and mindsets is probably the most challenging part of a switch to Agile for business leaders. “I went through a change curve, where I could get the idea that I’m not really in control of anything and I’m just sort of facilitating and helping to prioritise and maybe set the overall vision and mission. But, truthfully, it’s a really big deal to jump to that and feel like your self-worth is still there,” he says.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/first-it-was-agile-software-development-now-agile-management-is-remaking-the-workplace/

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February 28, 2021

Colleges Vowed a Safer Spring. Then Students, and Variants, Arrived.

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

Stephanie Saul and Shawn Hubler, NY Times

With nearly a year of coronavirus experience behind them, leaders at Michigan and other U.S. universities ushered in the new term pledging not to repeat the errors of last year, when infection rates soared on campuses and in the surrounding communities. A New York Times effort has recorded more than 397,000 cases and at least 90 deaths connected to campuses since the pandemic began. The foundation of most university plans for the spring semester is built on ramped-up testing to quickly identify infected students before they display symptoms, then place them in isolation to prevent the virus from spreading.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/09/us/colleges-covid.html

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6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2021

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

Jennifer Gonzolez, Cult of Pedagogy

t’s hard to imagine a time in recent history when we had more distractions, more challenges, more stuff to think about that is way more important than technology. But as someone reminded me earlier today, the show must go on. You still have work to do. You still have students who need an education. And the tools in this year’s Teacher’s Guide to Tech can help. Because technology changes so quickly, I update the guide every year, and when I do, I also put together a list of tools I think are worth checking out in the upcoming year. Here are my six picks for 2021.

https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/6-ed-tech-tools-to-try-in-2021/

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How Open Education Resources (OER) Can Cross the Digital Divide

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

Kevin Hogan, Marketscale

Less than a decade after publishing its first free, openly licensed textbook, OpenStax — Rice University’s educational technology initiative — has saved students $1.2 billion. In this episode of Edtech Today, Kevin Hogan sits down with the Managing Director of OpenStax, Daniel Williamson, to discuss his organization’s efforts to offer openly licensed textbooks integrated with personalized learning technology.

https://marketscale.com/industries/education-technology/how-open-education-resources-oer-can-cross-the-digital-divide/

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February 27, 2021

Asynchronous classes are supposed to make learning flexible. Some students say they’re stressful

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

Sophie Suter, Indiana Daily Studnet

IU introduced different modes for classes before this academic year started due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The three modes are in-person instruction, hybrid classes and completely online classes. One type of online class is asynchronous, in which students have no live meeting times. Asynchronous classes require students to access online materials and learn through prerecorded lectures, videos and online discussions.

https://www.idsnews.com/article/2021/02/iu-asynchronous-in-person-class-stress

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Remote Learning Isn’t Just for Kids

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

Kerry Hannon, NY Times
New online tools and an array of remote classes and programs are ramping up education and training for adults. The internet has empowered adult learners by providing new online tools to ramp up education and training. “The need for workers to keep pace with fast-moving economic, cultural and technological changes, combined with longer careers, will add up to great swaths of adults who need to learn more than generations past — and faster than ever,” said Luke Yoquinto, a research associate at the M.I.T. AgeLab and co-author of “Grasp: The Science Transforming How We Learn.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/09/education/online-learning-older-adults.html

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New USC study shows stressors of distance learning

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

WLTX

A new study by a professor at the University of South Carolina focuses on the effects of distance learning during the pandemic. The goal is to find what areas schools can improve on. For the study, families and teachers were surveyed on how distance learning affected them in the spring, summer and fall of last year. On Monday, Dr. Christine DiStefano with USC’s College of Education shared the results with the Education Oversight Committee.

https://www.wltx.com/article/news/education/new-usc-study-shows-stressors-of-distance-learning/101-7e790acd-13ca-4324-bca7-a9553a45ae30

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February 26, 2021

Vaccinate Against Cheating With Authentic Assessment

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 10:52 am

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

While the students who turn to cheating would seem to be too lazy, busy or unable to learn the assigned material, one can often also say that faculty members may be too lazy, busy or unable to design custom assessments that are relevant, unique and promote creative/critical thinking. The “objective” test is founded in the realities of life prior to the 21st century. Well-formed assessments should be the pinnacle of the course. There is no shortcut to demonstrating that you can apply what you have learned to a unique, newly shared situation. It is authentic. It is only fair to the students to give them this opportunity before they leave the class and attempt to apply their skills and knowledge in society.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/vaccinate-against-cheating-authentic-assessment

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Learn in modules,and then stack them up: Anant Agarwal, Founder & CEO, edX

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

Vikram Chaudhary, Financial Express

Imagine you are 30 years old and working, so being able to find time and money for a two-year MBA may be difficult. But pursuing a course such as the Micro Masters from IIMB that is available in modules (you can complete at your own pace) is easy. In fact, many people may not even need to learn everything that is taught in a two-year MBA—fort hem, learning a component is also enough. Such modular programmes are free and for about $2,000 you can earn certification as well. This cost is a fraction of what you may have to pay if you study on-campus. And MicroMasters pays—as many as 91% of those who earned Micro Masters have told us they saw career enhancement in terms of salary and promotion.

https://www.financialexpress.com/education-2/learn-in-modulesand-then-stack-them-up-anant-agarwal-founder-ceo-edx/2190138/

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3 HyFlex lessons from the pandemic and what’s next

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

Hallie Busta, HigherEd Dive

As the coronavirus pandemic forced college classes online, the highered community was buzzing about an instructional model called HyFlex. As colleges took classes online, some adopted the emerging delivery model that lets students participate on their own terms. But it has limitations.  The concept wasn’t new. In its truest form, HyFlex, sometimes called hybrid-flexible, calls for courses to be created in a way that gives students complete control over how and when to participate, either in-person or online. A small subset of schools was using this format before the pandemic. But the effect of the health crisis on instruction brought new attention to it, as more schools saw its potential to address the uncertainties affecting course delivery.

https://www.highereddive.com/news/3-hyflex-lessons-from-the-pandemic-and-whats-next-1/594606/

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