Online Learning Update

June 25, 2018

Survey: Most Students Say Online Learning Is as Good or Better Than Face-to-Face

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

In a survey of 1,500 students who are seriously considering, currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a fully online program, most (86 percent) considered the value of their degree equal to or greater than the cost they paid to take it. Among those who have attended face-to-face and online courses, the majority (85 percent) said that online learning is as good as or better than attending courses on campus. In fact, two-thirds of online college students (67 percent) reported that they’d achieved the original goal that motivated them to enroll in their program; graduate students were more likely than undergraduates to feel that way (76 percent vs. 62 percent). The survey was conducted by Learning House, a company that manages online programs for colleges and universities, and Aslanian Market Research, a research arm of EducationDynamics, which performs student prospecting and enrollment management.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/18/most-students-say-online-learning-is-as-good-or-better-than-face-to-face.aspx

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Online Course Creation for Dummies

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

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Developers at Penn State believe their new tool will make creating online courses easier than ever, even for the non-tech savvy.  Creating an online course requires time, patience, ingenuity — and, often, technical expertise beyond the grasp of many instructors accustomed to teaching primarily face-to-face. Developers at Pennsylvania State University’s main campus have created a tool they think will address the latter hurdle. The Headless Authoring Experience (HAX) organizes in a single browser screen all the functions necessary to create an online course or an open educational resource. Its aim, according to Bryan Ollendyke, an instructional technology systems developer, is to make the creation of online courses possible even for instructors with limited technical capabilities. “HAX is basically a way to let people write really complex HTML without having any idea that that’s what they’re doing,” Ollendyke said.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/06/13/open-source-tool-aims-make-online-course-creation-accessible-all

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Scaling programs that support unique needs of online students

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

By James Paterson, Campus Technology
Colleges must support online offerings with many of the same initiatives they offer to on-campus students, though some programs may need to be tailored to the online learner’s unique needs, according to three officials at the Arizona State University who are helping to shepherd the online university, which is a priority with the university. Writing in The evolllution, the three suggest that Arizona State actively recruits online learners with approaches that best suit them, including communications through various media, unobtrusive automated contact technology that can be easily customized, and a website that fully informs the students and allows for a growing number of “stealth applicants” who interact with the admissions office very little or not at all. University officials also make close connections to the business community for these students. The authors suggest that colleges can support them with initiatives such as student services and online communities, noting that research shows the top reasons online learners drop out they feel the university doesn’t care about them.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/scaling-programs-that-support-unique-needs-of-online-students/525435/

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June 24, 2018

Udacity and Google Launch Free Online Career Courses

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Google and Udacity have teamed up to offer 12 free career courses for recent graduates, mid-career professionals and those re-entering the workforce. The duo tested out the concept in March, when Udacity launched a “Networking for Career Success” course for 60,000 “Grow with Google” learners in Europe and the United States. The Grow with Google program is an initiative to help students and teachers, business owners, job seekers, startup operators and developers get better at what they do. Now 12 courses have been produced, and the classes have been opened to everybody.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/12/udacity-and-google-launch-free-online-career-courses.aspx?admgarea=news

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The Number of Students Taking Online Courses Is Quickly Rising, But Perceptions Are Changing Slowly

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

By Jenny Abamu, EdSurge

Researchers that have looked into public perceptions of online learning note that over the last 15 years views inched in a more positive direction, evidenced by the increase of students enrolling in courses and surveys given to pupils and professors. A Gallup poll conducted back in 2015, found that 46 percent of Americans “strongly agree” or “agree” that online colleges and universities offer a high-quality education—up 30 percent from when the poll was conducted in 2011. However, researchers caveat these findings, noting that these perception changes happen within particular pockets and are sometimes the result of strategic practices, such as universities not listing the medium of learning on student transcripts.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-06-12-the-number-of-students-taking-in-online-courses-is-quickly-rising-but-perceptions-are-changing-slowly

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Price Matters but Doesn’t Rule

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

by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Issues of price and perceived value are increasingly central in many discussions of higher education, as tuitions climb and public questioning of higher education intensifies. The survey comes at matters of price from several angles, to try to “add nuance” to the topic, as the Learning House’s Andrew J. Magda put it. Tuition and fees easily outdistanced other reasons when respondents listed their three “most important factors” in choosing a specific online program, with 34 percent saying that, followed by program reputation (13 percent), reputation of the college (11 percent) and location of the institution (11 percent).

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/06/13/online-students-price-matters-doesnt-dictate-choice

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June 23, 2018

Crowder starts new program to lighten the load on students

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

By: Ashley Godwin, Four States

Crowder College administration is seeing a pattern of students balancing course work with other priorities, but they have found a way to help.  Through a Title 3 grant, Crowder is implementing a new style of higher educational learning called uConnect where students can still be considered a full-time student, but not take so many classes at once. “So for example when I take 15 credit hours a semester that’s usually 5 classes. The first 8 weeks I’ll do two of those classes and then the next 8 weeks I’ll do the other three classes, so I’m still getting my 15 hours a semester, but I’m only studying two or three subjects at a time,” says Cindy Brown. “You have time to breathe. You have a lot of time to breathe, and just take a step back, because you need that for your mental health,” says Amy Leyva. Crowder will start uConnect this fall. And with technology becoming more prevalent in education, as the program progresses, Crowder is looking to add online or partial online classes.

 

http://www.fourstateshomepage.com/news/crowder-starts-new-program-to-lighten-the-load-on-students/1237539490

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Haley Bohon Founded Pop-Up Class Startup SkillPop to Bring Back In-Person Learning

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

BY MURIEL VEGA, Hypepotemus

In today’s world, you’re a few clicks away from a how-to video or an online course covering anything you might want to learn. But for Haley Bohon, the in-person networking and community building aspect of learning is missing from those tools. “On the community side, I felt like a lot of my peers who had just moved to the city went to pop-up fitness classes and networking groups, looking for things to do outside of work, with new people,” says Bohon. “You should be able to take a photography class and that learning should be happening in your community.”

Haley Bohon Founded Pop-Up Class Startup SkillPop to Bring Back In-Person Learning

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Udacity looks to double down on enterprise game

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

By J Vignesh, Economic Times

Udacity, an online education platform, is doubling down on working with enterprises to both upskill employees and also add more hiring partners in India. The enterprise clients include IT giants like Infosys and Wipro to new age companies like Flipkart and Myntra. The firm has also partnered with around 100 firms including Flipkart, HCL, Myntra, Tata Elxsi, Ola, Swiggy and Zomato to be its hiring partners. In the first half of 2018, Udacity has already done more than twice the enterprise business revenue of 2017.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/newsbuzz/udacity-looks-to-double-down-on-enterprise-game/articleshow/64581098.cms

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June 22, 2018

Preparing students for workplace of the future

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

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
The workplace of the future will be marked by unprecedentedly advanced technologies, as well as a focus on incorporating artificial intelligence to drive higher levels of production with fewer resources. Employers and education stakeholders, noting the reality of this trend, are turning a reflective eye toward current students and questioning whether they will be workforce ready in the years to come. This has become a significant concern for higher education executives, who find their business models could be disrupted as they fail to meet workforce demands. A 2018 Gallup-Northeastern University survey shows that of 3,297 U.S. citizens interviewed, only 22% with a bachelor’s degree said their education left them “well” or “very well prepared” to use AI in their jobs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/preparing-students-for-workplace-of-the-future/525536/

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Trustees add five initiatives to Purdue strategic plan – Purdue

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

The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (June 15) reaffirmed Purdue Moves as the university’s current strategic plan and added five initiatives to the plan to reflect several strategic updates. Building on the original Purdue Moves plan, trustees voted to add online learning, data science, life sciences and three-year degrees as priority initiatives.

https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q2/trustees-add-five-initiatives-to-purdue-strategic-plan.html

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Final Day of the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace Conference at Columbia University

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

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Dr. Guralnick, a faculty member at Columbia University and the founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Learning, reflected, “I have always viewed ICELW as a fairly unique conference, in that we bring together researchers and practitioners from such a wide variety of countries and backgrounds.”  In early June, Guralnick told eLearning Inside News that among other highlights, he anticipated that this year’s conference would feature far more discussions on the integration of virtual reality and augmented reality. This certainly proved to be true over the course of the three-day meeting. While the conference did still attract a certain number of presenters engaged in asynchronous online learning projects, discussions of virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality definitely dominated this year’s meeting.

Final Day of the ICELW Conference at Columbia University

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June 21, 2018

An Upbeat Higher Ed SOLA+R Conference

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

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

The one area where higher ed malaise seems largely absent is in the world of online learning. At least that is what I found after hanging out for a few days in DC at the UPCEA powered SOLA+R. I can’t remember when I’ve been with a group of 400+ positive higher ed people. Why were the online learning leaders who gathered at SOLA+R so upbeat? My theory is that, like most everything else in higher ed, the answer comes down to money. Online education has a business model.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/upbeat-higher-ed-solar-conference

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Study: People Remember Information Better Through VR

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

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

University of Maryland found that people recall information better when it is presented to them in a virtual environment, as opposed to a desktop computer. The researchers asked 40 volunteers to familiarize themselves with printouts of well-known faces, such as Abraham Lincoln, the Dalai Lama, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Marilyn Monroe. Participants were then shown the faces placed in various locations within a “memory palace,” an imaginary physical location designed to promote “spatial mnemonic encoding,” or visual-based recall of an object in a specific place.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/14/study-people-remember-information-better-through-vr.aspx

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Institutional Innovation: Disrupting the faculty member evaluation model

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

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Scholars have long pointed out the inherent flaws and potential biases of student evaluation systems — and the fact that these scores can possibly unfairly determine whether faculty members receive tenure or a raise. While these long-used assessment metrics were created with the intention of improving instruction, many institutions are starting to recognize that these largely opinion-driven standards do little to inform administrators on how well a faculty member is performing, which can be negative for the integrity of the business model. That’s why the University of Oregon decided to turn the evaluation system on its head, with administrators developing an evaluation system that would rely more heavily on qualitative measurement, rather than having students rate instructors with arbitrary numbers.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/another-community-college-approved-for-bachelors-degrees/525562/

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Despite overall setbacks, one MOOC on AI gains ground

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

By James Paterson, Education Dive
Despite some setbacks, some massive open online courses are growing, with three of the 10 most popular courses provided on Coursera, a leading provider of MOOCs, produced by Deeplearning.ai, according to a report in EdSurge. Students are drawn to artificial intelligence courses led by Andrew Ng, the firm’s founder and a leading figure in AI who co-founded Coursera while at Stanford University. Ng’s machine learning course, which was Coursera’s first MOOC, has enrolled more than 1.7 million, and his new series of courses introduced last year have enrolled 250,000, which means, according to EdSurge, that he “teaches more people than anyone else on the planet.” Typically, Coursera students pay a $49 a month fee, which allows them access to courses, talks with the professor and a graduation certificate. The presenters get half the course’s revenue. Another online MOOC provider, Udacity, founded by another former Stanford professor, Sebastian Thrun, offers most of its courses without university help, and is valued at more than $1 billion.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/despite-overall-setbacks-one-mooc-on-ai-gains-ground/525812/

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June 20, 2018

5 WaysDigital Connectivity is Revolutionising Education

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

by Global Banking and Finance Review
Gone are the blackboards of yesteryear. Instead, many schools and higher education institutions are using a range of connected devices, both at school and at home, as part of a wireless revolution in the education sector.With the growth of automation, cyber-security and AI, the role that technology will play in the education sector is already shaping a future job market. In preparation for these new advancements, schools and students will need to adapt to a constantly changing way of digital learning. Here Performance Networks discuss 5 ways digital connectivity is revolutionising the education sector, as well as offering insight into how digital learning technology will shape schools in the future.

5 WaysDigital Connectivity is Revolutionising Education

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4 Powerful Ways to Use Games in eLearning

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

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Learning games provide greater benefits than passing the time in class or entertaining students to keep them occupied. Experienced teachers know that using games in the classroom can invigorate interest in learning, so why wouldn’t eLearning incorporate using gaming in digital courseware and learning tools? Learners who participate in instructional games have improved their performance scores by as much as 30% and increased their confidence by 20%, likely because of the motivation and engagement games produce. In short, gaming in the classroom improves overall retention by 17%. Not only are learners more engaged and better motivated to learn, but they also are more likely to remember what they’ve learned. Games have specific purposes in instruction. Incorporating games at specific instructional points in eLearning can augment the instructional program, and here are four ways to do it:

4 Powerful Ways to Use Games in eLearning

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Imagining A Blockchain University

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

by Tom Vander Ark , Forbes
A couple of Oxford faculty imagine a different kind of university, one that is distributed and democratic. Joshua Broggi, Faculty of Philosophy, is the founder of Woolf Development, a platform startup that aims to leverage distributed ledger technology to remove higher education intermediaries, support decentralized governance structures and ensure the security of data. Blockchain, and other distributed ledger technologies (DLT) can address several other problems. First, a distributed ledger eliminates the risk that individuals claim a degree from an institution they did not graduate from. DLT also addresses the risk that an individual earned a credential from an institution that goes out of business. A third benefit of a DLT could be the efficiency of accumulating credits from multiple providers over time. A final benefit is cost savings from automating a number of administrative procedures and reducing overhead.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/06/13/woolf-building-the-first-blockchain-university/#615810d15ae5

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June 19, 2018

Pearson Releases Study on Demand-Driven Education

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

By Joe Deegan & Nathan Martin, Pearson

Key points include:

1. develop and measure the specific skills that will be most in
demand, especially interpersonal skills and complex thinking;
2. utilize dynamic and work-based pedagogy to grow learners’
competencies, while also preparing educators to embrace
new forms of teaching and learning;
3. respond to the needs of the labor markets to ensure
continuous alignment;
4. create flexible and adaptive pathways to allow learners to
rapidly convert learning to earning; and
5. support changes that make the entire education landscape
function better, enabling traditional and alternative providers to
participate in creating the future of education alongside industry.

https://www.pearson.com/content/dam/one-dot-com/one-dot-com/global/Files/about-pearson/innovation/open-ideas/DDE_Pearson_Report_3.pdf

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What do online students want

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

By Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Ed

What do online students want? According to a new survey, they want to conduct more of their course activities on their mobile phones or tablets, and they’d like better career-planning services. Their biggest regrets? They all relate to not having done enough research about the college and what it would cost before they enrolled. The survey, produced by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research, is based on responses from 1,500 past, current, and prospective online students.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-Do-Online-Students-Want-/243653

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