Online Learning Update

August 18, 2018

10 ways colleges use analytics to increase student success

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

BY GEORGIA MARIANI, eCampus News

The success of higher education institutions depends on the ability to excel across the student life cycle. Regardless of the type, size, or focus of a college or university, they all strive to attract and enroll high-quality students, retain and graduate students, and maintain strong relationships with alumni. One of the keys to realizing these outcomes is using analytics to go beyond reporting on what has happened in the past, to providing a best assessment on what will happen in the future. By applying analytics to student life cycle data, universities can generate deeper insight into students before they arrive, while they are on campus, and after they leave.

10 ways colleges use analytics to increase student success

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Blockchain Gains Currency in Higher Ed

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

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Despite lingering skepticism about the future of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the technology behind them is becoming a focus of university teaching and research.  Growing interest in blockchain by employers has presented them an opportunity to provide workers professional and continuing education. Peter McAliney, executive director for online and extended learning at Montclair State University’s center for continuing and professional education, recently spearheaded the launch of three professional blockchain certificates — one covering the basics, one for developers and one focusing on applications of blockchain in the financial sector.  The three certificate courses cost between $1,995 and $4,250 and are delivered in partnership with The Blockchain Academy — a company that offers corporate training and education in blockchain.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/13/rising-profile-blockchain-academe

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AI can now tell your boss what skills you lack—and how you can get them

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

by  Elizabeth Woyke, MIT Technology Review

Companies need an objective metric to evaluate proficiency.  A new AI-powered tool developed by Coursera aims to be that metric. The feature, which the Bay Area startup announced today, lets companies that subscribe to its training programs see which of their employees are earning top scores in Coursera classes; how their employees’ skills measure up to their competitors’; and what courses would help fill any knowledge gaps. Companies will be able to access the tool, which uses machine learning to derive insights, in the online dashboard of their Coursera profiles later this year.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611790/coursera-ai-skills/

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August 17, 2018

Panicked universities in search of students are adding thousands of new majors

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

by Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

Administrators at universities and colleges across the country have been spending the summer in the same level of suspense as they invest scarce resources in large numbers of new programs they hope will bolster sagging enrollment. Largely unnoticed federal figures show that, even as their finances have become more and more strained and their student populations have declined, public and private higher education institutions have added 41,446 degree or certificate programs since 2012. That’s a 21 percent increase in the number that existed when the dramatic slide in enrollment began.

Panicked universities in search of students are adding thousands of new majors

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Report: Only 5.6% of two-year college students transferred to four-year institutions WITH an associates or other degree/certificate

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

by Halona Black, Education Dive
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Transfer and Mobility study for 2018 reports that only 5.6% of the fall 2011 cohort of students attending two-year institutions in the U.S. transferred to four-year institutions after receiving either a certificate or an associate degree from their starting institutions. The vast majority of students transferred without a degree. Of those students who transferred, slightly more than half (50.5%) started at a two-year institution and transitioned to a four-year institution. Asian and white students at two-year institutions were more likely to transfer to a four-year institution (49.8% and 50.4%, respectively) than black and Hispanic students (33.2% and 39.5%, respectively).

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-only-56-of-two-year-college-students-transferred-to-four-year-ins/529845/

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What if A.I. is coming for jobs faster than we thought?

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

by ALEX SALKEVER, the Big Think

The general consensus on whether robots will take jobs wholesale remains mixed but is trending towards resignation. The optimists believe that, as with the Industrial Revolution and the Agricultural Revolution, the technological improvements that will come from the dawning era of artificial intelligence and its offshoot in modern robotics will create more new jobs than they destroy.  But until now, those conversations have held that the robots and AI will replace human jobs at some point in the future.  What if, in fact, the robots and AI have already started coming for jobs and this is happening not due to simple automation but because these systems are rapidly attaining capabilities and skills once presumed to be defensible by humans?  In fact, the pool of things that “AI Can’t Do” appears to be steadily shrinking.

https://bigthink.com/alex-salkever/what-if-ai-is-coming-for-jobs-faster-than-we-thought

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August 16, 2018

Why Higher Ed Should Do More with Blockchain Tech

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When Oral Roberts University hosted the one-day event, “Blockchain Essentials in Education,” all attendees received a blockchain-based certificate from the Tulsa university verifying their participation. As CIO Michael Mathews, the event’s organizer, explained, blockchain will be as important to transforming education as the internet was. He said he believes those colleges and universities that jump on the secure public ledger concept early enough and begin testing it out will be the ones who could see the biggest benefits. Mathews believes blockchain will have the “biggest payback” within an organization’s processes where trust is essential as part of a “value chain”: student application processing, transcript evaluations, articulation agreements. Blockchain “templates” that run in the cloud could replace “entire cumbersome processes” — akin, he added, to when Microsoft Word templates were first introduced and people figured out how they could optimize word processing and mail merge.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/09/why-higher-ed-should-do-more-with-blockchain-tech.aspx

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Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Online for Less Than $10,000

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

By Institute Communications at Georgia Tech
The Georgia Institute of Technology has announced a new online cybersecurity master’s degree that will be offered for less than $10,000 and delivered in collaboration with edX. The Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity (OMS Cybersecurity) is designed to address a severe global workforce shortage in the field. According to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, the shortage is expected to reach 1.8 million people by 2022.

https://www.news.gatech.edu/2018/08/08/georgia-tech-creates-cybersecurity-masters-degree-online-less-10000

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New approaches needed to prepare students for unknown careers

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

By Amelia Harper, Education Dive

The workplace is “on the cusp of a major evolution, eSchool News reports, and educators need to prepare students for a future in which 85% of the jobs have not been invented yet and many jobs will require increased digital skills and the ability to work with machines as an integrated team. The changing workplace will also allow lesser-skilled workers to accomplish tasks with the aid of machines and AI and could allow workers to focus on more creative and critical thinking efforts when freed from mundane tasks. In order to prepare students for this future, teachers will need to become “collaborative mentors” who encourage the development of creativity and critical thinking skills through the use of project-based learning and the increased use of performance-based assessments that focus on individual mastery of skills.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/new-approaches-needed-to-prepare-students-for-unknown-careers/529604/

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August 15, 2018

EdX Lists 13 Upcoming Online Masters Degree Program

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

by Class Central

A frequent commenter on Class Central’s MOOC Report alerted us to a new page that edX added to their websiBeyond this list of names, not much information is available. The pages for these individual degrees consists of no details and a signup form to learn more. The ‘Masters’ page on edX lists thirteen upcoming master’s degree programs and one Online Master of Science in Analytics Degree from Georgia Tech.

EdX Lists 13 Upcoming Online Masters Degree Program

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Defining ‘Regular and Substantive’ Interaction in the Online Era

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

by Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed

Diane Auer Jones, the administration’s top higher education official, said in an interview last month with Inside Higher Ed that the U.S. Department of Education is considering eliminating not just the standard credit-hour definition of academic course work — it may also overhaul “regular and substantive” requirements. Online education proponents and a few others call it an anachronistic impediment to innovation in an era where one-third of students study at least partially online, but others aren’t so sure. “It is an ancient rule by Title IV standards, but also it is a rule that reflects its time — and that time has passed,” said Dan Madzelan, associate vice president at the American Council on Education who previously served for years as a career official at the Education Department.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/08/08/new-debate-regular-and-substantive-interaction-between

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What will AI and robotics mean for higher education?

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

BY DIANA G. OBLINGER, eCampus News

AI and robotics, as areas of study, are catalyzing the creation of new majors, minors, and certificate programs in our colleges and universities. Beyond the study of AI or robotics are the complexities of how our work as professionals changes alongside increasingly capable machines. As our roles change, educational needs will change. The real challenge for higher education is to look beyond the delivery of higher education to how AI, big data, analytics, robotics, and wide-scale collaboration might impact the substance of education. What students learn, what college credentials signify, and how we keep abreast of changes may all shift.

What will AI and robotics mean for higher education?

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August 14, 2018

Building Tomorrow’s Talent: Collaboration Can Close Emerging Skills Gap

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:07 am

by Bloomberg
Business and academia in the U.S. have traditionally been able to equip new workforce recruits with the hard skills they need to perform at a high level in the workplace. But with the regular flow of new technologies and business models into the market, today’s employees must navigate all this change with a varied skill set. This means soft skills such as adaptability and complex problem-solving are more important than ever for recent college grads, mid-career professionals, and seasoned executives. Employer needs are continually shifting in response to changes in industry and the marketplace, so workers also need to keep refreshing both their hard and soft skills.

https://www.bna.com/uploadedFiles/BNA_V2/Micro_Sites/2018/Future_of_Work/Workday%20Bloomberg%20Build-Tomorrow-Talent_FINAL.pdf

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Program gives prisoners a second chance through college

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

BY Briana Vannozzi, NJTV

Rutgers University undergraduate student Boris Franklin reflects on the long road it took to get where he is today.     “People in our community always rooted for each other to do better because we all knew we were in a similar struggle,” said Franklin. Student isn’t a title Franklin envisioned for himself. He’s working toward a psychology degree after serving an 11-year stint in prison for a deadly drug deal. “I never imagined going to college before NJ-STEP, so I didn’t think, ‘OK, I’m going to get out of prison and go to school.’ This was completely new to me,” said Franklin.

Program gives prisoners a second chance through college

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California’s online community college will break new ground in higher ed

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

by Nico Savidge, EdSource

Gov. Jerry Brown envisions the college as a training option for so-called “stranded workers” – the estimated 2.5 million 25- to 34-year-old Californians who don’t have a college education. Once it opens in 2019 it will become a key piece of Brown’s education legacy for California. Brown and the college’s proponents say it will also help fuel the state’s economy — the fifth-largest in the world — and its insatiable need for skilled labor.

 

California’s online community college will break new ground in higher ed

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August 13, 2018

Cybersecurity Education in CCs Gets ED Boost

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
To help community colleges make technology upgrades that will help them deliver cybersecurity education, the U.S. Department of Education has been allotted $1 million in an omnibus spending law, H.R. 1625, approved by Congress earlier this year. According to an explanatory document that accompanied the spending bill, the money is to be spent on a pilot grant program to help the schools make their programs “state of the art.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/02/cybersecurity-education-in-ccs-gets-ed-boost.aspx

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LMS market after Blackboard-Moodle breakup

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

by James Paterson, Education Dive
Two of the leading learning management system companies are cutting ties after a six-year partnership — a split that Inside Higher Education reported was likely “messy.” U.S.-based Blackboard and Australia’s Moodle separately announced the end to the partnership, which will mean that Blackboard won’t use the Moodle name in the future, but its Moodlerooms product will be maintained. Inside Higher Education reported it was a “bold move” for Moodle to strike out on its own, although Blackboard reported it had taken the action. It said it refused to renew Moodle’s contract, in part because Moodle was prioritizing separate partnerships that allowed clients to self-host rather than work with Blackboard’s Moodlerooms. Moodle CEO Martin Dougiamas said the partnership had been “awkward” and “uncomfortable” from the start.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/lms-market-after-blackboard-moodle-breakup/529147/

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New partnership offers colleges soft skills credentials for their students

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

By James Paterson, Education Dive
Two much-talked about concepts in higher education are coming together in an agreement that joins a organization offering assessments for “21st century skills” with an ed-tech firm that specializes in credentials. Education Design Lab, a nonprofit that uses design-thinking concepts to assess the soft skills that some employers say college graduates are missing, reported it is partnering with the Credly, which provides a platform for workforce skills credentials. Credly says its working with 12,000 institutions. George Mason University in Virginia is one of the institutions that worked with Education Design Lab to develop a blended program to teach students soft skills. The nonprofit piloted the program with a number of institutions to test their methods of assessing, recognizing and badging these abilities.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/new-partnership-offers-colleges-soft-skills-credentials-for-their-students/529188/

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August 12, 2018

Free online courses teach Democrats how to run campaigns

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

DANNY MCAULIFFE, Florida Politics

The curriculum — which covers topics like fundraising, management, messaging and field work — is widely sought after. At the end of June, course registrations exceeded 28,000, according to NDTC. In Florida, 320 Democratic candidates have made use of NDTC’s campaign resources. So far, according to self-reported data, 268 of 369 Democratic candidates who have used the training and have had primaries have won. But according to the NTDC founder Kelly Dietrich, winning local races may not be the best indicator of success. He told media his organization’s goals include electing Democrats to office at every level, creating a deeper bench of candidates for each election, and facilitating an up-ticket effect, which occurs when local candidates help turn out votes for Democrats running for higher offices.

Free online courses teach Democrats how to run campaigns

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Student-Built Online Game Accompanies Online Class

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

By Andy Fell, UC Davis

“Introduction to Research,” BIM 088V, is an exclusively online class taught by Louie, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, for the University of California’s Cross Campus Enrollment program. The class was first offered in spring quarter 2018 and enrolled about 125 students, one-fifth of them from outside UC Davis. The course is intended to introduce undergraduates, especially “first generation” students with no family experience in higher education to draw on, to the ways they could conduct research with a faculty mentor. They explore their interests, practice composing letters to professors applying for a position on a research project, and learn about ethics, integrity and social impact. The accompanying game, “Re: Search, A Campus Story” is intended to engage students and draw them in while reinforcing key points from each week’s work, Louie said. There are nine game levels, with a new level unlocking after each week’s class.

 

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/student-built-online-game-accompanies-online-class

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Reading Signals from the Future: EDUCAUSE in 2038

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

by Paul LeBlanc, EDUCAUSE Review

As EDUCAUSE contemplates its next twenty years, what signals from our future exist today?2 Current trends are fairly well established, even if still in their relative infancy in some cases. Online learning is a mainstay of higher education. Data analytics, common in so many industries, is starting to take hold in higher education. Supplied with that data, machine learning is being applied to a variety of areas such as persistence,3 assessment, personalized learning, and improved workforce pipelines.4 But these are not signals from the future—they are technologies that are already reshaping our work. What are our present-day signals from the future? Although we may flounder and perhaps fail in our current attempts to use them (à la the Newton), I suggest paying attention to four: game play and immersive learning; virtual and augmented reality; connected learners; and artificial intelligence.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/7/reading-signals-from-the-future-educause-in-2038

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