Online Learning Update

November 20, 2018

Why women dominate the online learning space

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

JENNIFER LEWINGTON, Globe and Mail

Experts say the flexibility of online learning is especially attractive to women juggling work, family and personal demands. “It is really about fitting the learning pattern to the lifestyle,” says David Porter, chief executive officer of eCampusOntario, a non-profit, government-funded agency that publishes a directory of 16,000 online courses and 700 programs at colleges and universities across the province. According to Statistics Canada (which does not track gender splits in online learning), women accounted for 56 per cent of students on campus at colleges and universities in 2013-14, but the ratio is higher in distance learning, as reported by individual institutions and agencies. For example, women account for two-thirds of participants in online offerings, according to the Ontario College Application Centre.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/education/article-why-women-dominate-the-online-learning-space/

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Living ‘in the middle of nowhere’ is no obstacle for online students

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

MATTHEW HALLIDAY, Globe and Mail
He is among the growing number of Canadian students who are not only taking advantage of the flexibility of online education but also using it to dramatically open up their living options. No home location is too remote for online students as long as they’ve got an internet connection. “The typical bread and butter for universities has long been the Grade 12 graduates, but Canada’s demographics are changing,” says Tina Reed, director of recruitment and partnerships for Contact North, a provincially funded organization that works with universities and colleges in Ontario to deliver distance education to that province’s small and remote communities.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-living-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-is-no-obstacle-for-online-students/

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A New Reality for Online Education

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

Suzanne Standard, NCSU

Picture this: You’re walking through an organic chemistry lab on NC State’s campus. You put on your safety goggles and follow the professor over to a whiteboard, checking out the equipment around you along the way.  A pretty standard student experience, right? It would be, except for the fact that you’re actually sitting at your kitchen table in front of your laptop. Thanks to immersive technology experiences developed by DELTA (Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications), online students can receive all the benefits of being on campus — and, in many cases, even more.

https://news.ncsu.edu/2018/11/a-new-reality-for-online-education/

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November 19, 2018

Why Higher Ed’s Global Brands Are Starting Nondegree Online Programs

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:13 am

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed
Are we at the leading edge of a trend that will see demand for master’s programs from regional institutions eroded by the emergence of nondegree/non-credit-bearing online programs from elite institutions? A drop in the demand for master’s degrees would have significant consequences for many colleges and universities. Over the last 45 years, the number of master’s degrees conferred annually by colleges and universities in the U.S. has more than tripled, from 236,000 in 1970 to 759,000 in 2015. Many schools rely on revenues from master’s programs to offset the costs associated with undergraduate degrees, and in particular, the growth of undergraduate tuition discounting. Whereas over 80 percent of undergraduates receive some institutional financial aid, less than 40 percent of master’s candidates have their tuition discounted. The average annual tuition for a master’s program is around $15,000 per year and over $20,000 at private institutions. At many regional universities, the tuition for master’s programs runs much higher.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/why-higher-eds-global-brands-are-starting-nondegree

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Who is really responsible for identifying, tracking student outcomes?

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

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
How are colleges and universities using data and analytics to capture and support efforts to improve student outcomes? And whose job is it, anyway?  A report out earlier this year based on a study by three industry groups explores the roles of three key stakeholder groups whose responsibilities, they found, overlap more often than anticipated when it came to measuring student success. Those groups are institutional research, student affairs and information technology; more than 900 responses were collected.  “No one part of the field owns student success,” said D. Christopher Brooks, director of research at the Educause Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR), during a panel session Wednesday discussing the findings at the association’s annual meeting in Denver. “It requires partnerships across the institution, breaking down the silos and looking for ways we can collaborate from the beginning of the process.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/who-is-really-responsible-for-identifying-tracking-student-outcomes/541134/

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So You Think You Need a Chief Digital Officer?

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

Knowledge@ Wharton
Back in 2000, many enterprises wondered whether they needed a head of e-commerce. Today, the question has become: Do you need a chief digital officer (CDO) to drive business in the digital age? But that’s not the fundamental question, write Scott A. Snyder and Shaloo Kulkarni in this opinion piece. “By making sure you start with the right questions instead of the answer you will be more likely to put yourself on a path towards being a digital leader,” they add. Snyder is a senior fellow at Wharton and a partner, digital and innovation, at Heidrick & Struggles. Kulkarni is principal, digital transformation, at the firm.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/do-you-need-a-chief-digital-officer/

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November 18, 2018

Online Education Ascends: New Record Enrollments Nationally

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

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

The Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics, published Tuesday shows that while overall postsecondary enrollment dropped by almost 90,000 students, nearly half a percentage point, from fall 2016 to fall 2017 — confirming data previously published by the National Student Clearinghouse — the number of all students who took at least some of their courses online grew by more than 350,000, a healthy 5.7 percent. The proportion of all students who were enrolled exclusively online grew to 15.4 percent (up from 14.7 percent in 2016), or about one in six students. The share of all students who mixed online and in-person courses grew slightly faster, to 17.6 percent in 2017 from 16.4 percent in 2016. And the proportion of all students who took at least one course online grew to 33.1 percent, from 31.1 percent in 2016. That last data point represents a steady march in the normalization of online learning, as the proportion of all enrolled students who had studied online stood under a quarter in 2012. But while fans of online learning are likely to be heartened by that slow but sure rise in acceptance, the pure increase in online enrollments — at a time of overall dips in postsecondary attendance — may be just as noteworthy.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/11/07/new-data-online-enrollments-grow-and-share-overall-enrollment

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‘Outcast mavericks’ teach traditional universities a few things about online education

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

DAINA LAWRENCE, GLOBE AND MAIL

Online and distance education have been the bread and butter for decades for some Canadian postsecondary institutions, including Athabasca University in Alberta and Victoria-based Royal Roads University. But the country’s traditional halls of higher learning, known more for their on-campus offerings, are increasing their online programs as well to ensure they don’t lose or inconvenience students who want the flexibility of taking classes and programs online. Now, Canada’s traditional universities are knocking on the doors of Dr. Grundy and his online-centric counterparts to see what they can do to adopt more e-learning into their academic models. “We’ve certainly been open with people who want to explore the way we do it and there’s certainly increasing interest, for sure, from everybody,” he says.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-outcast-mavericks-teach-traditional-universities-a-few-things-about/

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Putting Standardization Second (or Lower) in Online Learning

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

Scott Moore, Inside Higher Ed

The primary goal should be to deliver an excellent learning experience. The definition of “excellent” will vary by program, by institution, by faculty member and by student. You have one set of needs in a liberal arts undergraduate program and a different set in a master’s engineering program. However, the common goal should be the same: to deliver an excellent learning experience. It’s not that budget and standardization aren’t important, but there is such a thing as focusing on them too early and placing too high a priority on them.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2018/11/07/online-learning-should-prioritize-quality-and-mission-over

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November 17, 2018

Voice engine optimization

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

by Emily Alford, ClickZ

By 2020, as many as 70 million U.S. households will own an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Sonos One. That’s probably because smart speakers and voice assistants save time and make life easier; at least that’s what smart speaker owners say. According to the IAB, 18% of American consumers already own smart devices, and 65% of those owners say they couldn’t imagine going back to life without them. Studies show that more than half of consumers are using smart devices for convenience. It’s just much easier to ask Alexa how long to roast a chicken than it is to Google it yourself. And studies indicate that consumers would like to extend that use of voice search to finding local businesses and making purchases. In fact, 27% are already using voice search as their primary means of finding local businesses.

https://www.clickz.com/voice-engine-optimization-strategy/220274/

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4 ed tech trends colleges should be ready for

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

Hallie Busta, Education Dive
The blockchain and artificial intelligence are among several technologies and practices poised to impact higher ed. The way America goes to college is changing. Rising tuition and new workforce development pathways are encouraging prospective students to consider alternative post-secondary education options. Meanwhile, higher education is consolidating and the colleges remaining are taking programs online to reach a wider audience. And technologies such as augmented and virtual reality are changing the nature of instruction. Yet interest in addressing and even capitalizing on these changes has been measured among higher education leaders. Just 12% of college presidents ranked institutional research in information technology as an important area of development in the American Council on Education’s (ACE’s) latest American College President Study, according to ACE President Ted Mitchell during a presentation at Educause’s annual convention last week in Denver. That’s not to say transformation isn’t quietly underway. “It’s currently happening, and right under our noses,” said Mitchell.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/4-ed-tech-trends-colleges-should-be-ready-for/541384/

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Distance Learning in Corporate Training – The Business of Learning podcast, Episode 11

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

Training Industry

For National Distance Learning Week, Ken Conn (past president and chairman of the board, U.S. Distance Learning Association) and Melissa Loble (senior vice president of customer success and partnerships, Instructure) share their thoughts on distance learning, what the future of online training looks like, and what corporate L&D leaders can learn from K-12 and university education.

https://trainingindustry.com/articles/e-learning/the-business-of-learning-episode-11-distance-learning-in-corporate-training/

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November 16, 2018

Online Student Services: What, Where, Who, When, How, and Most Importantly, Why

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

by Kayla Westra, EDUCAUSE Review

While many colleges and universities are offering online student services to support their online learners, the types and levels of support vary widely. Accrediting bodies have been concerned with student services for online students for some time, and a very simple tenet to follow is that whatever student services are offered for on-campus students should be offered in an equitable fashion for online students. While this tenet may seem simple, its implementation can be complex and involved.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/10/online-student-services-what-where-who-when-how-and-most-importantly-why

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An Online Mentoring Model That Works

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

By: Mary Jane Pearson, Faculty Focus

Recent findings indicate that higher education enrollment is being outpaced by online enrollments while overall enrollment in higher education has declined over the last three years (Betts, 2017). Data analyzed from the U.S. Department of Education confirm that enrollment in online courses in higher education has more than tripled in the years from 2002 to 2014: 2002, 1.6 million; 2014, 5.8 million (Poulin & Straut, 2016). Robinia (2008), in a study on the efficacy of online teaching faculty, found that effective faculty supported the value of instructional expertise and peer/mentoring support. Mentoring adjunct faculty is beneficial as it helps them become connected and part of a community; they feel valued and inspired, and they are invested in the university in which they teach (Linton, 2017). Moreover, such mentoring should exist throughout the retention of the adjunct faculty member, and not be limited to only new adjunct faculty, to continue to achieve positive results with students.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/an-online-mentoring-model-that-works/

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How artificial intelligence and virtual reality are changing higher ed instruction

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

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) are rapidly expanding opportunities for teaching and learning, and they are giving college administrators new and different ways to track student outcomes. To learn more about the impact of these technologies, we attended a handful of panels on the topic led by higher education and technology leaders at Educause’s annual conference in Denver this week. From teaching with VR to tracking student success with AI, we explore how colleges and universities are using new technologies to conduct research, teach students and create smarter campuses.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-artificial-intelligence-and-virtual-reality-are-changing-higher-ed-inst/541247/

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November 15, 2018

Search in a Post Truth Era

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:14 am

by Ray Schroeder, Inside Digital Education

Yet, the value of Google search increasingly is tarnished as more and more nefarious players have become sophisticated in promulgating their materials on sites that look more like places that we have come to trust. And, of course we are constantly combating sites that install malware and steal information from browsers. This has not gone unnoticed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Danny Hillis, SJ Klein and Travis Rich are developing Underlay — a new knowledge base. As described at the MIT site, the concept of Underlay is to provide deeper citations of sources in order to better inform users

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/search-post-truth-era

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What would a post-secondary institution that was designed for maximum student success look like?

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

BY SUSANNA WILLIAMS, eCampus News
Connecting students to experience and resources should be your college’s mission.  What would a post-secondary institution that was designed for maximum student success look like? What would a college look like where a student could define what they were looking to get out of the experience?

“I want an education that allows me to:

work full time / go to school full time
continue earning enough money to pay my rent and living expenses / focus on my studies
increase my income by ____% $____ per hour or year / pursue my passion for _____”

 

 https://www.ecampusnews.com/2018/11/02/what-would-a-post-secondary-institution-that-was-designed-for-maximum-student-success-look-like/

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Harvard or MIT? Choice may become obsolete with ‘stackable’ online degrees custom-built like Lego, edX CEO says

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

by Peace Chiu, South China Morning Post

Speaking in Cambridge, Massachusetts last week, edX founder and CEO Professor Anant Agarwal said the firm was working towards launching “stackable” MicroBachelors courses in three years. “You can think of education as Lego,” said the electrical engineering and computer science expert, who was recently awarded a Yidan Prize for his innovations in education development. He said MicroBachelors courses could be used to customise an undergraduate degree and shorten study time.

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2171613/harvard-or-mit-choice-may-become-obsolete-stackable-online

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November 14, 2018

Creating educational pathways for development professionals

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

By Michael M. Crow, Devez

For the first time in history, technological advances in online educational delivery and personalized learning have made cost-effective, high-scale teaching and learning possible, creating the opportunity for democratic and inclusive educational pathways. We can usher in an era of universal learning that serves learners from all socioeconomic backgrounds, at every stage of work and learning, with educational, training, and skill-building opportunities. Through novel institutional models and partnerships that effectively apply new technologies in teaching and learning, we can not only democratize education globally, but also dramatically enhance the effectiveness of development practitioners in emerging countries.

https://www.devex.com/news/sponsored/opinion-creating-educational-pathways-for-development-professionals-93393

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The Rise of AI and Employment: How Jobs Will Change to Adapt

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

By John Loeffler

There is no doubt the rise of AI will affect the employment sector. We take a look at which jobs are the most vulnerable, which are the most resistant and which engineering jobs may even thrive.  According to the World Economic Forum’s The Future Of Jobs Report, within the next five years alone, a majority of companies expect to scale back their full-time workforce to make room for automation. The chief economist for the Bank of England predicted that there might be as many as 80 million jobs automated in the US alone. With fully half of all workplace tasks being performed via automation within the next decade, some jobs are more susceptible to this shift than others.

https://interestingengineering.com/the-rise-of-ai-and-employment-how-jobs-will-change-to-adapt

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Ignore AI Fear Factor at Your Peril: A Futurist’s Call for ‘Digital Ethics’

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

by Doug Black, Enterprise Tech

This time, AI isn’t fooling around. This time, AI is in earnest, and so are its related technologies: robotics, 3-D printing, genomics, machine/deep learning, man-machine interface, IoT, HPC at the edge, quantum – the gamut of new data-driven technologies. In decades past, AI has gotten off to hyped false starts, but not this time, the building blocks are in place for the convergence of data-driven power evolving toward an AI supernova that will bring with it profound changes to human existence over the decades to come. With this expectation has come serious thinking – and worrying – about AI’s potential negative impacts. Naturally, AI investors and developers are going full speed ahead while airily dismissing AI fear as generally baseless. Rarely from within the industry do we hear voices – Elon Musk’s is an exception – calling for controls on AI.

 

https://www.enterprisetech.com/2018/11/03/ignore-the-ai-fear-factor-at-your-peril-a-futurists-call-for-digital-ethics/

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