Study examines whocj students choose for-profit education

June 28th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

More than two million students are enrolled in for-profit schools. These students tend to be older, minority students from low-income families with low levels of educational attainment. Typically divided into three categories, for-profit schools enrolled more than 11% of students in enterprises colleges, super systems or internet institutions at the height of their success, but have fallen to just over 9% in recent years. A field study of students at Millennium College revealed executive transparency was a major challenge, but in-person instruction and the fostered accountability and maturity among students was viewed as an asset of the blended online and in-person school structure.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/study-examines-why-students-choose-for-profit-education/421361/

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Higher ed requires drastic changes to remain competitive for students

June 28th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

More than 50 million Americans owe student loan debt, a number that exceeds the amount of people receiving benefits for Social Security and Medicaid. Demographics suggest the U.S. population is increasingly older and earns a lower median income than it did 10 years ago — a reality that clashes directly with increasing college costs across the country. Not only that, but the population is also shifting from the traditionally white, affluent male student population many schools are used to recruiting and educating to a broader cross-section of the country’s actual population. Competency-based instruction, predictive analytics and online education delivery are the keys to reducing costs and improving student outcomes in the 21st century.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/report-higher-ed-requires-drastic-changes-to-remain-competitive-for-studen/421338/

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Law Schools Are Going Online to Reach New Students

June 28th, 2016

By ELIZABETH OLSON, NY Times

Law schools, in the face of marked declines in enrollment, revenue and jobs for graduates, are beginning to adopt innovative new ways of delivering legal education. Some law schools are moving away from relying solely on classic settings and instead are blending classroom learning with online instruction, said Michael B. Horn, a founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute, a research institution in San Mateo, Calif., that explores disruptive innovation in education. “Legal education is confronting the most imminent threat in higher education,” Mr. Horn said. “Law schools are increasingly out of step with shifts in the legal services market.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/23/education/law-schools-are-going-online-to-reach-new-students.html?_r=0

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More Brits turning to online learning sites, figures show

June 27th, 2016

by Erin O’Neill, London School of Business and Finance

More Brits are turning to online learning sites to develop new skills, according to research from Hitwise. Figures released by the company showed that over 4 million people in Britain searched “how to” queries in the first quarter of 2016, whilst 1.3 million Brits visited a learning site over the same period. The research looked at the different age groups when it came to what Brits are searching for online and found that those aged 18 to 34 are over three times more likely to search for “how to code.” Those aged over 34 were found to be more likely to search for topics relating to entrepreneurship. Brits in this age group are 135 per cent more likely to search for advice on how to become self-employed and 109 per cent more likely to search for how to create a business plan. The figures also showed that the younger generation make the most visits to online learning sites, accounting for 50 per cent of all visits.

http://www.lsbf.org.uk/blog/news/education-careers/more-brits-turning-to-online-learning-sites-figures-show/100206

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Aaron Sorkin to Teach Online Course on Screenwriting

June 27th, 2016

by Todd Spangler, Yahoo!

For $90, Aaron Sorkin will share his tricks of the screenwriting trade. Sorkin, scribe of such films such as “A Few Good Men,” “Steve Jobs” and “The Social Network” and TV shows including “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom,” will provide more than 25 video lessons through online-education startup MasterClass later this summer. The course — the first for the award-winning screenwriter — will also include a 30-page workbook and interactive assignments. “There’s a great tradition of writers from one generation giving a hand to the next group coming up — a tradition I got a lot of benefit from,” Sorkin said in a statement. “I think new screenwriters will come away from the MasterClass with a new sense of confidence.”

https://www.yahoo.com/movies/aaron-sorkin-teach-online-course-screenwriting-203350164.html

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Why you can’t discuss online learning without discussing video accessibility; but what’s really required?

June 27th, 2016

by Justin Beck, eCampus News

With nearly 1 in 5 Americans classified as having a disability, according to the 2010 census, and 13 percent of all public school students receiving special education services, accessibility is more important to educational institutions than ever before. While procedures for handling traditional materials have been well established for some time, higher ed educators’ increased reliance on video for lecture capture, supplemental materials, distance and online learning, and more is bringing the issue of video accessibility standards to the forefront. The key to accessible videos is captioning: 99 percent accurate captions, using a 508-compliant video player optimized for accessibility, make it possible for people with hearing, visual, and motor impairments to use video materials. But adding captions to an entire library of video materials can be daunting. How necessary is it?

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/video-accessibility-online/

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Coursera, State Department Launch Online Classes For Asylum-Seekers

June 26th, 2016

BY JULIA GLUM, International Business Times

Refugees trying to start their lives over in new places are about to have a whole host of new learning opportunities. The U.S. State Department announced Monday a collaboration with the free education site Coursera aimed at helping recent transplants access more than 1,000 massive open online courses, nicknamed MOOCs, according to a news release. The program appeared to be live Monday morning at refugees.coursera.org. Timed to launch on World Refugee Day, the initiative is intended to give refugees a chance to gain “important skills that will help them in the global economy,” Evan Ryan, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, told reporters on a press call last week, Quartz reported. Nonprofits around the world can apply to Coursera to get fee waivers that will fund refugees’ participation in MOOCs, which are run by institutions like Stanford University.

http://www.ibtimes.com/world-refugee-day-2016-coursera-state-department-launch-online-classes-asylum-seekers-2384332

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What to do when yoga funds run short – go online

June 26th, 2016

By: Jen Mulson, Gazette

There are definite perks to attending a yoga class, including hands-on adjustments from the teacher and the energy of a group of yogis sharing the same practice. But there are times when you simply can’t make it to class. Maybe the weather is bad or your schedule is hectic or you can’t afford studio prices. Fortunately, yoga has expanded in dramatic ways, which include a giant well of excellent online classes. And fees are more than reasonable – often you can get a month of unlimited classes for the same price as a single class at a studio. Many sites also offer a free trial period.

http://gazette.com/live-well-do-online-yoga-classes-when-time-funds-are-short/article/1578656

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Robots won’t replace teachers because they can’t inspire us

June 26th, 2016

BY ERIC JOHNSON, Recode

But artificial intelligence is coming to colleges in some form, Coursera president Daphne Koller says. Artificial intelligence is going to change everything in every industry. Right? Not so fast, says Coursera president and co-founder Daphne Koller. Her education company markets itself as being ahead of technological disruption, but even it isn’t so sure AI can do everything that a human college professor can do. “Instructors are valuable, first of all, in creating the content. That’s really important,” Koller said in an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher on the latest episode of Recode Decode. “But I also think it’s important to have someone there to answer the really challenging questions if you really get stuck. And also, people will tell you that one of the most inspirational experiences they’ve had, that have often shaped their life, is someone who’s been a really inspirational teacher.”

http://www.recode.net/2016/6/22/11985726/robot-teachers-artificial-intelligence-coursera-daphne-koller

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10 Best Online Schools and Resources for Students with Disabilities

June 25th, 2016

A new guide from OnlineSchoolsCenter ranks the top 10 disability-friendly schools and offers guidance to students with disabilities. OnlineSchoolsCenter.com, a virtual publication that evaluates online higher education, issued an informational guide on online education opportunities for students with disabilities. “Navigating an Online Education for Students with Disabilities,” written by author and higher education researcher Kenneth Williams, includes a ranking of the top 10 disability-friendly schools in the country. Schools were evaluated and selected based on accessibility and willingness to accommodate to students with disabilities.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/06/14/10-best-online-schools-and-resources-for-students-with-disabilities.aspx

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The U.S. State Department and Coursera Offer Free Online Courses to Refugees

June 25th, 2016

by EdSurge

Coursera has announced the launch of Coursera for Refugees in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. The initiative lets refugees and nonprofits supporting them apply for financial aid to access Coursera’s library of online courses. Coursera is not the first to offer a MOOC-for-refugees program—edX stepped into this space in February—but it is the first to partner with the State Department, which will provide in-person facilitation at embassies and consulates and help identify partner organizations currently supporting refugee communities. In 2013, the State Department announced its MOOC Camp initiative, hosted at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, partnering with Coursera as a Global Learning Hub. Coursera for Refugees continues this partnership, potentially enabling refugees to build career skills to find employment as now any nonprofit (501(c)(3) or international equivalent can apply for at least one year of comprehensive group financial aid.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-20-the-u-s-state-department-and-coursera-offer-free-online-courses-to-refugees

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Adaptive Learning Holds Promise for the Future of Higher Education

June 25th, 2016

by Education Dive

As an educational model, differentiated instruction has been around since the time of Socrates. As a method of providing a classroom of students, often with differing abilities, instruction based on individual aptitudes for learning, it has been an effective alternative to repetitive rote memorization that is still widely practiced in many countries around the world. Today, with the widespread availability of new learning software and platforms, differentiated instruction can take on a revolutionary role under the guise of adaptive learning, and it could alter our thinking about education and the way students learn. Supporters of adaptive learning say it could be the answer to what has become now known as the ‘iron triangle’ of education’s biggest challenges: cost, access, and quality.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/adaptive-learning-holds-promise-for-the-future-of-higher-education/421228/

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Online Classes To Take As A Graduate

June 24th, 2016

by Francine Fluetsch, Uloop

Congrats to the class of 2016! We’ve slaved long and hard to earn those bachelor’s degrees, and now we need to decide where we will go next. Some people start to feel at a loss if they aren’t taking classes anymore, so who says it has to stop? You now have a fancy schmancy degree, but that doesn’t mean your learning capacity is over. Online classes are a great way to keep your mind active and there are tons of classes you can take. This can be a great way to ease into grad school, or just a way to further your knowledge while you transition into the real world and get a real job. Here are some ideas of online classes that should make it into your shopping cart.

http://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/204841/Online-Classes-To-Take-As-A-Graduate-

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Coursera president Daphne Koller: Your old college diploma isn’t good enough for the 21st century economy

June 24th, 2016

By ERIC JOHNSON, Recode

A college degree, per the old conventional wisdom, was your ticket to a career of better work and higher pay. That may still be true, but the digital economy demands ever more, Coursera president and co-founder Daphne Koller said on the newest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. Coursera’s pitch to students is that education should last a lifetime and that it’s too big a risk for them to stop learning new skills in their 20s. “The things you learned in college 15 years ago are no longer the skills that you need for your next job,” Koller said. “Millennials today are expected to change jobs something like every three years. The job that they need next is going to have a completely different skillset than the job that they previously had.”

http://www.recode.net/2016/6/20/11974092/daphne-koller-coursera-online-college-education-podcast

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Coursera on a Mission to Help Refugees

June 24th, 2016

By Lauren Camera, US News

The online course provider is launching an ambitious effort to help refugees gain the skills they need to transition to new lives. At the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, the online course powerhouse will provide English-language instruction to refugees. Along with Libraries Without Borders, it will work with refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and in partnership with the Institute of International Education, with refugees in Jordan. With Samaschool in Jordan and Kenya, Coursera will help refugees focus on technology skills. Any nonprofit working with refugees also can apply to Coursera for one year of financial aid to pay for courses for refugees. The nonprofits will be able to access an individual online portal allowing them to track the progress of refugees taking the courses, and also to interface with other nonprofits to share best practices.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-06-20/coursera-on-a-mission-to-help-refugees

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College Board and Khan Academy ‘revolutionising’ student learning in US

June 23rd, 2016

by Rebecca Marriage, Relocate Global

As students in the US receive their SAT test results, the university preparation association, the College Board and online learning platform, the Khan Academy are celebrating an unparalleled online learning uptake by the nation’s students. Enlisting the help of the hugely successful and free online learning platform for school-age children, the Khan Academy, the College Board has developed interactive practice tools to create a tailored online learning experience to help students prepare for the test. Going live almost exactly a year ago, the College Board and Khan Academy have seen more than 1.4 million unique users take up the ‘Official SAT practice’ program online. The program is free to use and, says the College Board, is reaching students, ”across race, ethnicities, and income levels.” But, most importantly, the results of tests issued to students by the College Board are then communicated with the Khan Academy and students receive personal study recommendations.

http://www.relocatemagazine.com/news/education-college-board-and-khan-academy-revolutionising-student-learning-in-us

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USC Keck School of Medicine Offers Lectures on Demand

June 23rd, 2016

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Instructors at USC’s Keck School of Medicine now have a new resource for flipping the classroom. Using Wirecast streaming production software from Telestream, the institution’s Preventive Medicine Soto Studio is creating on-demand video lectures for the Master of Public Health Online Program as well as instructional content for multiple departments. “Our goal is to produce videos of our college lectures that offer the same high-quality production standards that viewers have come to expect from a TV newscast,” explained Gary San Angel, distance education specialist/media technology, Department of Preventive Medicine at Keck School, in a prepared statement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/06/16/usc-keck-school-of-medicine-taps-wirecast-for-lectures-on-demand.aspx

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Get Set Up to Succeed in an Online Degree Program

June 23rd, 2016

By Joe Chapman, US News

Understanding the number of credits required for completing your online degree gives you a goal and end date to work toward. Before beginning classes, explore your access to student resources, like digital libraries and online tutoring. Once you have chosen your online degree program, you may be uncertain about how to now ensure your success. You may not even know what steps to take next. Perhaps you are also worried about how you will manage your online studies while juggling everyday life. However, fear not. There are a few easy steps you can take to ensure you are prepared to start your online degree program.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2016-06-17/get-set-up-to-succeed-in-an-online-degree-program

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Trend: Online learning going personal

June 22nd, 2016

BY RONALD BETHKE, eCampus News

Personalized support and advising achieved through new advances in technology and data analytics are all recommended for helping today’s online students. In a recent online learning panel, innovative institutions that have achieved measurable success in their online learning programs waxed poetic on how harnessing technology to bolster personalized learning experiences is the key to online learning’s success; specifically in helping students advance toward their educational goals and create a culture of success. The panel was part of a recent webinar hosted by The New Media Consortium (NMC) called “Getting Personal,” and featured insight from college and university IT and technology leaders on how advancements in online learning environments and adaptive learning technologies are making it possible to support learners’ individual paths.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/personalized-learning-online/

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For-profit coding bootcamps better as educational add-on

June 22nd, 2016

y Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Software engineering jobs are expected to increase by more than 18% over the next seven years, nearly triple the rate of the entire labor market. Coding bootcamps are offering crash courses in this rapidly growing industry — and at a fraction of the cost attached to an associate’s or four-year degree in computer science. Skeptics say crash courses in coding do not offer the full range of skills sought by most employers in the industry.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/for-profit-coding-bootcamps-better-as-educational-add-on/421089/

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5 EdTech Trends Shaping Business Education — From Artificial Intelligence To Virtual Reality

June 22nd, 2016

by Seb Murray, Business Because

The edtech trend on the tip of everyone’s tongue at this year’s EdtechXEurope event is artificial intelligence. By harnessing the power of AI and deep learning, educators can glean insights from the vast quantities of data hoovered up from their students. AI could also help lecturers make better decisions and could improve student retention rates, according to experts. “AI is a tool to make better sense of data,” says Satya Nitta, director of education and cognitive sciences at IBM. The world’s top online learning platforms are working with business schools such as Yale SOM and Duke Fuqua, and are offering advanced analytical tools to help them refine and enhance student learning. Meanwhile, virtual reality is immersing itself into elite schools like Stanford GSB. MIT Sloan, for instance, has trialled Google’s Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR devices.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/4023/5-edtech-trends-shaping-business-education

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