Online Learning Update

October 15, 2018

Nearly all states slashed college funding over last decade

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

James Paterson, Education Dive
Adjusted for inflation, state funding for higher education has fallen by more than $7 billion since 2008, before the Great Recession caused deep cuts in spending on public two- and four-year colleges, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).  While state revenues have largely returned to pre-recession levels, higher education funding has been slow to increase. Funding was largely flat from the 2017-18 to 2018-19 academic years, with an average 3.4% increase per student in 18 states and an average 2.6% decline in 31 states.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/nearly-all-states-slashed-college-funding-over-last-decade/538941/

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Here’s how to build a student-centered university

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

BY LAURA ASCIONE, e Campus News
Higher-ed leaders have to change the lens through which they view students if they hope to create learner-centered universities–and part of that change starts with segmentation. Student segmentation involves using survey results and data to “segment” students in order to build new academic offerings and personalize campus services. This is where leaders can begin the process to better align a higher-ed institution with learn, according to The Future of Learners, just released by Pearson and higher education expert Jeff Selingo. Students coming to campus in the 2020s will be more racially and ethnically diverse than ever before, and these Gen Z students will have different expectations for campus services, instruction, and technology. Because these students are more vocal about what they want and expect, institution leaders can leverage the data from digital survey tools to start tailoring educational experiences to students’ preferences.

Here’s how to build a student-centered university

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Ivy Tech CC Rolls out Interactive, Adaptive Digital Biology Course

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

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana recently announced it will use BioBeyond as the standard course for all of its online introductory biology courses. The college, which has more than 40 campus locations serving nearly 71,000 students, piloted the digital biology course over the summer, and now plans to use it in 37 online sections. BioBeyond “takes students on a journey to learn how life works,” according to a company statement. Designed to replace traditional textbooks, the course offers 56 adaptive lessons, using virtual field trips, interactive simulations and other inquiry-based materials to teach students to make observations, test hypotheses and engage with science. “This new course is a game changer, both in how students engage with and understand the course material, and the insights instructors gain on students’ grasp of concepts throughout the semester,” said Reid Morehouse, assistant professor of life and physical sciences at Ivy Tech, in a statement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/09/ivy-tech-cc-rolls-out-interactive-adaptive-digital-biology-course.aspx

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October 14, 2018

How to Create a Future Ready Collaborative Leadership Team

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

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The mission of the future ready movement is to increase digital learning opportunities for all students. Obviously, a task this large will require effort from more than one stakeholder. This is why collaborative leadership teams are uniquely well-positioned in order to help improve student outcomes by becoming future ready themselves. One easy way to do this is to institute and encourage the use of micro-credentials by the collaborative leadership team. This is a powerful way to ensure that all team members are focused on developing their edtech skills in an organized approach. It also permits specialization by the team so that resources can be maximized. Another way to create a future ready leadership team is to stay abreast of the latest developments in the future ready movement.

How to Create a Future Ready Collaborative Leadership Team

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Falling Confidence in Higher Ed

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

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
Just under half (48 percent) of American adults have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in higher education, according to an analysis released by Gallup. That figure is down from 57 percent in 2015 and represents a larger than typical decline in confidence in an American institution in a relatively short time period, according to Gallup. The largest confidence drops were found among Republicans. And based on this year’s responses, higher education enjoys more confidence than do many other institutions (including the presidency, Congress, newspapers and public schools). Only the military, small business and police enjoy more confidence than does higher education.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/10/09/gallup-survey-finds-falling-confidence-higher-education

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AI is perhaps the biggest revolution of the modern age

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

by Sebastian Thrun, Live Mint

For me, AI is perhaps the biggest revolution of the modern age. The fundamental innovation is that in the past, the computer would blindly follow rules. But with the use of AI, and Machine Learning in particular, the computer can now get examples and find its own moves. It takes years of training to become a good doctor or a lawyer but with AI, we could turn people into instant experts on day one. For example, we trained an AI system to recognise skin cancer–it became as good as a certified doctor who has spent years and years in training.

https://www.livemint.com/Technology/ANftFSfsFkfZm1GcehZ0IO/AI-is-perhaps-the-biggest-revolution-of-the-modern-age-Seba.html

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October 13, 2018

First-Generation University Adult Learners and the Choice of an Online Learning Model

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

by Yoram Neumann, Diverse Learning

The question remains whether or not online education can play a significant role in leveling the playing field and eventually reducing income inequality. According to the U.S. Department of Education and the Center of Education at Georgetown University, about a third of undergraduate students in U.S. universities and colleges are first-generation learners whose bachelor degree graduation rates within six years from starting their studies are only 25 percent. About 54 percent of these first-generation students are adult learners (ages older than 24). 4.5 million undergraduate students are both first-generation and low-income and their bachelor degree completion rate is only 11 percent.

First-Generation University Adult Learners and the Choice of an Online Learning Model

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The Evolving World of Community Colleges: Market Position, Competition and the Future

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

Ian Roark, Evolllution

Our industry often subscribes to the notion that community college enrollment is inversely tied to the business cycles of the American economy: We tend to cling to this notion as if it must continue to be this way; as if it’s immutable. While the business cycle is one factor among many in our enrollment patterns, it may be counterproductive for community college leadership to say that a bad economy is good for community college enrollment—and conversely, to blame low enrollments on a booming economy.  A second trend that we need to keep in mind is the impact of artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT) and automation. That is, we need to address the notion that, “The robots are coming!” A recent study from the McKinsey Global Institute stated that 30 percent of all Americans could be displaced by advanced technologies by 2030.

The Evolving World of Community Colleges: Market Position, Competition and the Future

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What is Artificial Intelligence?

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

Darrell M. West. Brookings

Today, AI generally is thought to refer to “machines that respond to stimulation consistent with traditional responses from humans, given the human capacity for contemplation, judgment, and intention.” According to researchers Shubhendu and Vijay, these software systems “make decisions which normally require [a] human level of expertise” and help people anticipate problems or deal with issues as they come up. As argued by John Allen and myself in an April 2018 paper, such systems have three qualities that constitute the essence of artificial intelligence: intentionality, intelligence, and adaptability.

What is artificial intelligence?

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October 12, 2018

The 5 Keys for Developing Effective Online Learning Courses

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

Christopher Pappas, Business2Community

Customers are busier than ever — in fact, more than 60 percent of people work at least 40 hours a week on top of countless hours of housework. Even with this full plate, they still must make well-informed buying decisions and find ways to familiarize themselves with brands. As a result, your organization should provide personalized customer online training resources that audiences can peruse at their own pace. With eLearning course development, you can tailor your brand to tech-savvy customers instead of relying on traditional strategies that feel more intrusive. Developing effective online learning courses isn’t easy — especially when you’re just starting out. It’s important to consider a few circumstances before implementing an online training course.

https://www.business2community.com/strategy/the-5-keys-for-developing-effective-online-learning-courses-02127651

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FutureLearn launches fully online BA

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

by Patrick Atack
FutureLearn, the online learning platform attached to the British Open University, has launched its first undergraduate full degree program, in partnership with the University of Newcastle, Australia. The degree will be available across four subject areas of: Film, Media and Cultural Studies; English and Writing; History; and Sociology and Anthropology. Students will choose major and a minor subjects, picking individual courses accordingly. “It’s an important expansion of the university’s long history of flexible delivery” Each of the programs will consist of 12 weeks of teaching, broken down into four, three-week courses.

FutureLearn launches fully online BA

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A comparison of human-machine working hours for 2018 and 2022

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

Future of Jobs Survey 2018, World Economic Forum

Will we humans lose more jobs than we gain when machines take over the world of work, or will it be just the opposite? The experts are still trying to figure that out. In December 2017, a report from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, “Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation,” predicted that between “almost zero” and a third of work activities could be displaced by 2030, with wide variation among countries. (The more advanced the economy, the more likely the impact of automation.) While workforce transitions could hit between 75 million and 375 million people, overall, McKinsey found, more occupations will change than will be lost in a machine-driven world.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/03/the-future-of-work-when-machines-take-it-over.aspx

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October 11, 2018

View Printable Version AFRICA Online MOOCs battle against traditional mindsets

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

by  Wachira Kigotho, University World News

“Free MOOCs are also being used to accelerate youth employment in Africa,” she told University World News. The MOOCs are also being targeted at graduate and postgraduate teachers, head teachers, teacher educators and education officers, in order to improve teaching skills and the curriculum, said Olivier Biard, senior project manager at Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) – a consortium coordinated by the Open University in the UK, offering open online courses to teachers in developing countries. “Our main objectives are disrupting traditional teaching practices through e-learning and introducing new pedagogies relevant in the 21st century,” Biard told University World News.

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20181003160049490

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MIT – edX MicroMasters Adds Harvard Extension School and Four More Institutions

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

By IBL News
The list of universities that recognize the MITx / edX MicroMasters credential has grown until 19 pathway institutions in 11 countries and 58 different pathways to a master’s degree. The last five institutions joining the MicroMasters are:

Harvard Extension School for the programs in supply chain management (SCM) and data, economics and development policy (DEDP);
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México for DEDP;
Hong Kong Polytechnic University for SCM;
Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, in Thailand, for SCM, DEDP, and the programs in manufacturing principles and statistics and data science; and
Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg, in Germany, for SCM.

MIT – edX MicroMasters Adds Harvard Extension School and Four More Institutions

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Older students are the new normal at college. The reason? The recession and new technology

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

Leigh Guidry, Lafayette Daily Advertiser

American universities are becoming less traditional — or at least their students are. People over 25 or those with children are enrolling in college classes — so many that nearly 74 percent of American undergraduate students are “nontraditional.” They’re compelled by a recession that especially hurt less-educated employees, along with the worry that advancing technology could leave them without a job. Nontraditional students now outnumber those who start as 18-year-old freshmen supported by their parents, according to data from RTI International, a North Carolina think tank.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/10/03/adult-older-nontraditional-college-students-louisiana/1504180002/

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October 10, 2018

15 of the Best Tools for Blockchain Development

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

by Blockgeeks
The blockchain has evolved pretty drastically over the last few years. What started as a means to power up a decentralized payment network has morphed into a decentralized supercomputer where developers from all around the world can come and create their own software applications. This is a truly exciting space with lots of scope for development. However, as a developer who is a new entrant in this space, you might feel a little lost. So, we have created this guide specifically for you.

https://blockgeeks.com/guides/15-best-tools-blockchain-development/

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WeWork Spurs Online Learning’s Next Step Forward

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

Michael Horn, Forbes
WeWork, the leader in coworking spaces, has been turning heads in education circles for the last year. It acquired Flatiron, a prominent coding bootcamp, and MissionU, a one-year college alternative. Then came its partnership with 2U, the standout online program management company. Among other things, the partnership allows 2U students to use WeWork’s office space as study halls, and the two companies will build a learning center together in 2019. The place-based aspect of the partnership is what is so interesting, as it is points to what will happen next with the disruptive innovation of online learning, namely how it will improve.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhorn/2018/10/04/wework-spurs-online-learnings-next-step-forward/

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October 9, 2018

Research Dispels Myth that Adult Students Don’t Cheat in Online Classes

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

Lindsey Rae Downs, WCET Frontiers

The results have been consistent: adult students often cheat on exams. They search the web for answers. They use smart phones and mobile devices, so locking down browsers while taking a test has little, if any, effect on cheating. They use Google searches and specialized websites that provide answers to open-ended as well as closed-ended assessments. They perceive less opportunity to cheat when they are monitored by automated proctoring systems.

 

Research Dispels Myth that Adult Students Don’t Cheat in Online Classes

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A Two-Minute Guide To Artificial Intelligence

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

Parmy Olson, Forbes

If you keep hearing about artificial intelligence but aren’t quite sure what it means or how it works, you’re not alone. There’s been much confusion among the general public about the term, not helped by dramatic news stories about how “AI” will destroy jobs, or companies that overstate their abilities to “use AI.” A lot of that confusion comes from the misuse of terms like AI and machine learning. So here’s a short text-and-video guide to explain them:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2018/10/03/a-two-minute-guide-to-artificial-intelligence/

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How to Get Reluctant Professors on Board with Mobile Learning

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

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

 

Mobile learning is a growing trend for students who are increasingly searching for ways to take their education with them. They tend to prize flexibility when it comes to their academics, making it essential that professors start to add more mobile learning components to the curriculum. Old-school professors tend to be more reluctant to get on board with the mobile learning options that students love. However, this hesitancy can set them and their students up for failure as they move forward. How can you get a tentative teacher to start incorporating more mobile learning into their classroom? Here are a few tips to make the idea more palatable to a professor who isn’t quite ready to embrace edtech in the classroom.

How to Get Reluctant Professors on Board with Mobile Learning

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October 8, 2018

Here’s how to boost enrollment with chatbots

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

BY DENNIS PIERCE, eCampus News
Georgia State University’s virtual assistant helps incoming freshmen navigate the student enrollment process, leading to a significant increase in enrollment. As recently as last year, nearly one in five students who committed to attending Georgia State University (GSU) never showed up for classes in the fall. This problem isn’t unique to GSU, and it’s commonly referred to as the “summer melt.” But GSU has taken an innovative approach to solving this challenge, using an artificially intelligent (AI) chatbot that has led to a significant increase in student enrollment. Summer melt most commonly affects low-income students, many of whom are the first in their family to be accepted into college. Navigating the complex student enrollment process can be intimidating for anyone, but especially these students—and many just give up before they complete the process.

Here’s how to boost enrollment with chatbots

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