Online Learning Update

September 18, 2020

Helping universities learn, change and grow with digital transformation

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

Times Higher Education

In a panel session at the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit 2020, academic and industry leaders from across four continents met to discuss best practice for digital transformation policies and the resources that have proven most effective since campuses were forced to close or reduce their capacity to teach in-person. Rorden Wilkinson, pro vice-chancellor of education and student experience at UNSW Sydney led the conversation by saying that it was clear students were “responding well” to working online, but that a key focus going forward would be the teaching of soft skills. “Making sure that students authentically network and collaborate” was important when limited to digital communication platforms, he explained. “The two things we have to work out in tandem are: how do we assess and how do we record those skills in our students?”

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/hub/coursera/p/helping-universities-learn-change-and-grow-digital-transformation#

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Upskilling Workers For The Post-Pandemic Economy

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

Adam Millsap, Forbes

The pandemic has permanently altered the labor market and many people currently unemployed or furloughed will never return to their old jobs. Instead, they will need to learn new skills to find new jobs in growing sectors of the economy. Businesses, non-profits, and higher-education institutions are partnering to provide the training people need to succeed in the post-pandemic economy and beyond.  It has always been important for workers to learn new skills throughout their careers. When skills stagnate, careers stagnate, and that’s especially true in our fast-paced service economy driven by rapid technological change.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adammillsap/2020/09/04/upskilling-workers-for-the-post-pandemic-economy/

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Steering universities through crisis, upheaval and protest

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

Yojana Sharma, University World News

The demands of the past six to eight months have been unprecedented for university leaders steering their institutions through the COVID-19 pandemic, planning for an economic squeeze that could heavily impact teaching and research and responding to societal upheaval caused by both the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement sparking demands for change on campuses around the world .

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200904122429941

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September 17, 2020

Blockchain Can Disrupt Higher Education Today, Global Labor Market Tomorrow

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

Andrew Singer, CoinTelegraph
Blockchain can play its part in the education sector — record-keeping in 2–3 years and then adoption by the labor market? In the post-pandemic world, individuals will need to seize ownership and control of their educational credentials — documents like degrees and transcripts — from schools, universities and governments. That notion received key support last week from the American Council on Education in a study funded by the United States Department of Education focusing on the use of blockchain in higher education.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/blockchain-can-disrupt-higher-education-today-global-labor-market-tomorrow

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$900,000 Blockchain Innovation Challenge Seeks Solutions for Sharing Learners’ Skills with Employers

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am
Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

The American Council on Education (ACE) has announced a $900,000 competition designed to identify blockchain-based solutions that will help underserved learners document their skills and credentials and share them with potential employers. The Blockchain Innovation Challenge is part of ACE’s Education Blockchain Initiative. Selection criteria include: Building community and consensus around solving a common problem through blockchain technology; interoperability and open design; and
Providing individuals with data literacy skills and agency over their own data. The application deadline is Oct. 30.

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Blockchain could help colleges like ASU provide better, more secure online education

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

Bill Detwiler, ZDNet

Tasks that were once conducted face-to-face, now have to be accomplished remotely. Blockchain could help schools perform some of these administrative tasks with more security and transparency. Technology makes the shift possible, but challenges abound.  ASU has a goal of supporting 100,000 online learners by 2025. They are already have 55,000 students. Blockchain will play a key role in helping them meet that goal by allowing ASU to better track and certify each student’s “learning accomplishments,” Kidewell said.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/blockchain-could-help-colleges-like-asu-provide-better-more-secure-online-education/

 

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September 16, 2020

Ed Talk: Online Education for Adults

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

Vernon Miles, ARL Now

While elementary and secondary school students across the country adjust to full-time distance learning, adults have been learning online for years. Online courses offer adults the flexibility to continue their education while working and taking care of families. Some enroll in these courses to learn new job skills and expand their employment opportunities. Others are lifelong learners who enjoy studying the arts, literature, language, history and a myriad of other subjects offered online.

https://www.arlnow.com/2020/09/04/ed-talk-online-education-for-adults/

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How Theater Programs Are Adjusting to Online Learning

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

YASMIN ZACARIA MIKHAIEL, Teen Vogue

Hannah Baity, 18, and her ensemble were nearly performance ready for their next play in a year-long theater program when things took a turn at the end of March. “[It] was really nice [when the director] called to say we were moving to virtual rehearsals and a virtual show,” recalls the youth ensemble member with Free Street Theater (FST) in Chicago. During this time, Hannah, like artists nationwide, were met with emails announcing cancelations or digital transition plans. To get the opposite reaction from her program director was a relief, but also a challenge. “We had actually devised the whole play when COVID-19 happened with [the following city] shelter-in-place [order]. We had to rewrite it for the digital space and I almost quit,” Hannah tells Teen Vogue.

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/theater-programs-adjusting-to-online-learning

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Using Covid-19 As Catalyst For Lifelong E-Learning

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

Jeroen Kraaijenbrink, Forbes

Lifelong learning is important at three levels: For the individuals who learn, it increases their knowledge and skills and thereby increases their employability for future jobs and satisfies their desire to learn and develop. For organizations it is an important source of innovation and helps making sure that they can keep up with the changes in their environment and be an attractive employer. And for society, lifelong learning increases the likelihood that key challenges such as poverty, inequality and climate change can be resolved.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeroenkraaijenbrink/2020/09/04/using-covid-19-as-catalyst-for-lifelong-e-learning/#33b9f9c37e42

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September 15, 2020

15 skills LinkedIn say will help you get hired in 2020 – and where to learn them

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

World Ecomonic Forum
LinkedIn has created a list of the most in-demand hard and soft skills in the 2020 job market. The company used data from 660+ million professionals in its network and 20+ million job listings to determine the skills in high demand relative to their supply. You’ll find the 15 hard and soft skills linked below, as well as online courses you can take to build them.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/09/linkedin-online-elearning-skills-jobs-hiring/

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More than Half of Students May Lack Reliable Access to High-Speed Internet

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

Rhea Kelly, eCampus News
According to a new survey from Visual Objects, 51 percent of high school and college students do not have consistent access to high-speed internet and WiFi. The company, which helps businesses find and hire creative firms, surveyed 400 students across the United States about how they are adapting to remote learning. Sixty-three percent of students surveyed intend to take online classes this fall. But among those remote learners, about 35 percent will be staying home rather than living on campus, meaning “they may be without computers, software, and other resources available at school,” the survey report noted.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2020/08/31/more-than-half-of-students-may-lack-reliable-access-to-high-speed-internet.aspx

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ASU Initiative Aims to Redesign Higher Education

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

Rhea Kelly, eCampus News

Specific goals of the initiative include building partnerships with other university leaders to drive innovations at their institutions; developing a stackable credential system to make it easier for students to select courses that reflect their individual skills and interests as well as document their competencies in their preferred career paths; developing technological components for a Trusted Learner Network to support a verifiable, learner-owned record system and potentially replace traditional transcripts with a competency-based credential system.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2020/09/02/asu-initiative-aims-to-redesign-higher-education.aspx

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September 14, 2020

The Comeback Story: How Adults Return to School to Complete their Degrees

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

Hadass Sheffer, Iris Palmer, Annette B. Mattei; New America

The new majority of college students have adult responsibilities, such as parenting, earning a living, and paying for college. Unfortunately, adult students are often treated as an afterthought by colleges and policymakers. Over the last 20 years, more than 37 million students have left without receiving a degree that would greatly improve their economic prospects. This joint report from the Graduate! Network and New America examines the journeys of determined individuals who get back on track, persevere, and earn their degree—known as comebackers—to show how policy makers and postsecondary institutions can design systems that support success for this new majority and better serve all students.

https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/reports/comeback-story/

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Working from home: The 12 new rules for getting it right

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

Daphne Leprince-Ringuet, ZDNet

From video-conference etiquette to triple-checking your emails, here are some do’s and dont’s to help you navigate the new digital workplace.  And while most organizations switched their staff to remote working almost overnight, the new codes that are emerging are here to stay. Three quarters of CFOs, according to Gartner, intend to shift some of their employees to remote work permanently. While there might be hundreds of best-selling business etiquette handbooks out there, not many have anticipated such a radical turn of events. But experts are already thinking about the digital etiquette of the future – and here are some of the do’s and don’ts of the remote business space that they have already identified.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/working-from-home-the-12-new-rules-for-getting-it-right/

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Here’s why an MBA is important during COVID-19

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

eCampus News

Business school hopefuls who are wondering whether MBA courses will address the coronavirus pandemic should know that this topic will be routinely discussed in classes at many B-schools, according to U.S. News & World Report. Even when the world isn’t in a state of crisis, MBA courses frequently incorporate current events, and that will be even more true now that the world is facing unprecedented challenges, MBA deans and faculty say. They note that it is essential for business school students to grapple with the financial and economic problems posed by the pandemic.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/09/02/heres-why-an-mba-is-important-during-covid-19/

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September 13, 2020

Interface University and Other Scenarios for the AI Economy

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

David Staley, EDUCAUSE Review

As artificial intelligence moves us to a world without work, what does that mean for higher education institutions and their mission in the new economy? But if predictions of a world without work come to pass, the link between higher education and job preparation will be torn apart.  As a result, higher education will become unnecessary for many. A small number of institutions of higher learning might remain, as places where students go to engage their minds, but many colleges and universities will be shuttered if a central core of their mission has been eliminated. Higher education would return to its pre–Morrill Act status as a leisure activity for the few.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/8/interface-university-and-other-scenarios-for-the-ai-economy

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Identifying, Evaluating, and Adopting New Teaching and Learning

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

Pat Reid, EDUCAUSE Review

Having a systematic review process in place can help instructional designers and educational technologists as they consider proposals for the adoption of new teaching and learning tools. At various times, instructional designers and educational technologists (IDs/ETs) are put in the position of recommending teaching and learning technologies. While large systems (e.g., an LMS) are assigned a project manager and a team, smaller applications (e.g., assessment development systems, wikis, and most apps) are left to be managed by the IDs/ETs.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/8/identifying-evaluating-and-adopting-new-teaching-and-learning-technologies

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Blockchain And Online Learning Are A Powerful Combination

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

Sean Stein Smith, Forbes

Blockchain seems almost tailor made to help secure and protect this new model of education with a combination of information security, as well as the ability to share this data among a wide network of counterparties, and to do so in a completely virtual manner. Specifically, there are a few considerations and opportunities for online educators, institutions offering education online, and private sector blockchain organizations to improve the educational process and product.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/seansteinsmith/2020/08/31/blockchain-and-online-learning-are-a-powerful-combination/#688f6d95718d

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September 12, 2020

7 Things You Should Know about Virtual Labs

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

EDUCAUSE ELI

Virtual labs are interactive, digital simulations of activities that typically take place in physical laboratory settings. Virtual labs simulate the tools, equipment, tests, and procedures used in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biology, and other disciplines that include a laboratory component in the  curriculum. A key characteristic of virtual labs is their interactivity—video recordings or renderings of lab activities that cannot be manipulated by users fall outside this discussion. Similarly, physical equipment such as radio telescopes orelectron microscopes that can be controlled by distant users is considered remote instrumentation rather than a virtual lab.

https://library.educause.edu/-/media/files/library/2020/8/eli7174.pdf

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2025: Google U. Vs. Microsoft U.?

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

Richard Vedder, Forbes

Both Google and Microsoft, along with many other high tech private powerhouses, are moving headlong into teaching employable skills, and certifying vocational competence. Why? For many Americans, traditional higher education is vastly too expensive and too hung up on weird and even threatening left-wing ideology and indoctrination, rather than scholarly dissemination and discovery. Many mostly semi-affluent Americans still want four or five gap years between adolescence and life, provided by residential “colleges” serving the strange triple functions of country clubs, hedonistic party sites, and halls of learning. However, an increasing proportion of the population of our slow growth, aging and debt ridden society are just saying “no” to traditional college.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardvedder/2020/08/31/2025-google-u-vs-microsoft-u/#42513e79396a

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Creating Emotional Engagement in Online Learning

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

Melissa Fanshawe, et al; EDUCAUSE Review

With the increasing use of online course delivery in higher education, it is important to identify aspects of the online course that students consider essential to engage in learning. Typically, a student’s engagement within a course is measured by their performance, their access to the course content, or the time and effort they invest in the course.1 While these things are important, a framework for online student engagement developed in 2018 by Petrea Redmond and colleagues suggests that students engage in learning via five dimensions: cognitive, behavioral, social, collaborative, and emotional.3 This means that rather than focusing only on student access to the content and the course design, educators also need to facilitate social and collaborative interaction to ensure students are emotionally connected within the course.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/8/creating-emotional-engagement-in-online-learning

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