Online Learning Update

January 22, 2019

First-ever online law program starts at Syracuse University

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

by WSYR

Law is the chosen field for nearly three dozen people in Syracuse University’s newest law school class that started their program this week. The university is offering a law degree program online– the first ever full interactive law program approved by the American Bar Association. “I live within two miles of five law schools in Chicago, all of which have part-time programs, but I really am comfortable with this type of learning,” said Ray Scannell, an online law student through SU. Educators say the program is just as rigorous as if the students came to Dineen Hall everyday.

https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/first-ever-online-law-program-starts-at-syracuse-university/1696438243

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How to make online learning work for you

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

by Valley Star

Many students juggle work and family, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which found that 62 percent of students work full- or part-time, and 29 percent have at least one dependent. Today’s college students are just as likely to be moms and dads themselves, full-time and part-time employees or members of the U.S. armed forces. Needing flexibility and variety in course offerings, more students are turning to online learning to design a path that fits their lifestyle. As a result, online learning is seeing significant growth. A recent study found more than 6 million students take online courses across the U.S., and that number continues to rise. For example, at ASU Online, programs have grown significantly, with a 60 percent increase in freshman enrollment since fall 2016 to more than 35,000 students in over 175 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

https://www.valleymorningstar.com/online_features/money_and_finance/how-to-make-online-learning-work-for-you/article_9710c03a-7d8e-597e-aa0d-e855ca16a96c.html

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Can MOOCs Predict the Future of Online Education?

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

by JONATHAN SHAW, Harvard Magazine

Anant Agarwal agrees that it is much too soon to write off online education on the basis of an evaluation of MOOCs alone. “Edx remains committed to developing a sustainable business model, and making sure that we are able to reimagine education both in quality and scale for everybody, but it is going to take time,” he says. “Seven years in the grand scheme of things is a very short period of time to assess whether the technology has had a big impact” (although 40 million learners reached in every country in the world is a good start). “Once we get sustainable, and the non-profit begins generating a surplus, we can invest in quality and in reaching people we would not otherwise have reached.” Right now, he says, “I think we are just barely scratching the surface.”

https://harvardmagazine.com/2019/01/mooc

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January 21, 2019

3 Higher Ed Predictions for 2019

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Predictions abound at the beginning of a new year, and Encoura’s Eduventures chief research officer, Richard Garrett, has weighed in with three of his own for 2019. First, Garrett said he expects “at least five more R1 universities” to introduce low-priced online master’s degrees, akin to Georgia Tech’s master’s in analytics ($9,900) or the University of Texas at Austin’s master’s in computer science ($10,000). While these programs traditionally have emphasized the MBA, data science and cybersecurity, the new breed of graduate study will focus on fields such as healthcare management and accounting, he said. These programs will be characterized by the “same admission standards, same rigor, same faculty,” but the schools will emphasize “mass enrollment at a low price.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/10/3-higher-ed-predictions-for-2019.aspx

 

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Online classes cost reduced to same as on-campus classes

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

Ryan Stark, Daily Helmsman
The price of online courses through the University of Memphis have been reduced to become the same price as on-campus courses. Previously, online courses at the UofM required an additional tuition premium that made them more expensive than on-campus courses. The Board of Trustees has approved a proposal to reduce the price of online classes equal to on-campus classes. “What this means for UofM students is that regardless of what modality they elect to take their classes in, be it traditional, on-the-ground courses or online courses, the tuition rate will be the same,” said Raajkumar Kurapati, the Chief Financial Officer at the UofM. “Students can mix and match classes (online or on-ground) to fit their needs and not have to pay an additional tuition premium.”

http://www.dailyhelmsman.com/news/online-classes-cost-reduced-to-same-as-on-campus-classes/article_bece8c08-1461-11e9-85d7-8fa01ad4df95.html

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DeVos Announces More Support for College Online Learning

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

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside
Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, has made one thing clear from the beginning of her tenure: She’s a huge supporter of college online learning. This week she continued to follow through on her promise to support the cause. In an announcement on January 7, DeVos said she would change the rules for what counts as a course at the postsecondary level and as a result, extend federal funds to a wider range of postsecondary providers. The announcement is good news for certain institutions that have clashed with federal regulators in the past over what counts as a course, but not everyone is happy about DeVos’s latest announcements.

https://news.elearninginside.com/devos-announces-more-support-for-college-online-learning/

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January 20, 2019

AI will displace 40 percent of world’s workers as soon as 2035, leading expert warns

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

By Christopher Carbone, Fox News

Forty percent of the world’s jobs could be done by machines in as soon as 15 years, according to a top expert on artificial intelligence (AI). Kai Fu Lee, a pioneer in AI who also works in venture capital in China, told “60 Minutes” that a wide range of blue-collar and white-collar jobs will be overtaken by machines in the next two decades. “AI will increasingly replace repetitive jobs, not just for blue-collar work, but a lot of white-collar work,” Lee, who has worked for Apple and Google, told CBS. “Chauffeurs, truck drivers, anyone who does driving for a living — their jobs will be disrupted more in the 15 to 25-year time frame.” The venture capitalist, who wrote a book about AI last year, said in the show that “many jobs that seem a little bit complex – chef, waiter, a lot of things – will become automated.”

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/ai-will-displace-40-percent-of-worlds-workers-as-soon-as-2035-leading-expert-warns

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Americans want to regulate AI but don’t trust anyone to do it

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

by Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

Americans have mixed support for the continued development of AI and overwhelmingly agree that it should be regulated, according to a new study from the Center for the Governance of AI and Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute. These are important lessons for policymakers and technologists to consider in the discussion on how best to advance and regulate AI, says Allan Dafoe, director of the center and coauthor of the report. “There isn’t currently a consensus in favor of developing advanced AI, or that it’s going to be good for humanity,” he says. “That kind of perception could lead to the development of AI being perceived as illegitimate or cause political backlashes against the development of AI.”

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612734/americans-want-to-regulate-ai-but-dont-trust-anyone-to-do-it/

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Purdue U’s access to adult learners

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

By Hallie Busta , Education Dive
By the time the ink was dry on Purdue University’s acquisition of for-profit Kaplan University, the higher ed sector was entrenched in two distinct camps: those who thought the deal unfairly let a for-profit college operate under the guise of a nonprofit, and those who argued the move was critical for the public land-grant university to compete in the growing online education realm. For $1, Purdue got Kaplan’s some 30,000 students and 2,500 instructors, forming the basis of its online college, Purdue University Global. The deal’s low price also obligates the university to share revenue from the new entity with Kaplan Higher Education, which handles several of its administrative functions, including admissions support, financial aid, marketing and advertising.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-purdue-global-is-expanding-purdue-us-access-to-adult-learners/545554/

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January 19, 2019

Negotiators for accreditation rulemaking have deep stakes in online, alternative education

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

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
The U.S. Education Department has released the list of industry representatives who are set to participate in the negotiated rulemaking session on college accreditation scheduled to begin later this month. The diverse group of stakeholders represents students, accreditors and various types of higher education institutions, including the University of Alaska, the parent company of for-profits Strayer University and Capella University, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and Brigham Young University.  The agency has indicated the sessions will tackle a range of issues, including the definition of the credit hour, accreditor oversight and requirements for teacher-student interaction in online programs. The stakeholders will have until the end of March to come to an agreement about the proposed regulatory overhaul.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/negotiators-for-accreditation-rulemaking-have-strong-stakes-in-online-alte/545545/

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From campus to computer: How one school is transforming online education

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

Study International

What drives international students to choose the digital screen over the global campus? Many may assume it’s the financial benefit of staying put. Remaining in your home country saves you money on flights, as well as the hefty costs attached to securing accommodation. Others disagree, claiming that technology is the future and that soon, the majority higher education courses will be delivered in a virtual format without the need for physical classroom presence. To address this shift in learning styles, Harvard Business School (HBS) in the US decided to alter the title of their online platform to raise awareness of the trend.

https://www.studyinternational.com/news/from-campus-to-computer-how-one-school-is-transforming-online-education/

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How Can Online Instructors Get Students to Talk to Each Other?

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

By Bonni Stachowiak, EdSurge

It can be a delicate balance to try to not overwhelm students by the quantity of educational technology we use in a class, while still keeping things interesting through the element of surprise. The easier a tool is to use, the more likely students will feel comfortable engaging with each other. As an example of the kind of tool that is easy to use, I was recently introduced to a brainstorming tool called Tricider (thank you Michelle Pacansky-Brock, faculty mentor for digital innovation at California Community Colleges). Tricider has us identify what crowdsourced decision we want to make, or what type of brainstorming we’d like to spark, and we are up and running. Students can add ideas, pros and cons, and vote on items. The instructor can decide if you want to let anyone who has the link be able to collaborate, protect your ideas with a password, or require people to set up accounts before they can engage.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-01-09-how-can-online-instructors-get-students-to-talk-to-each-other

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January 18, 2019

Purdue’s Online Strategy, Beyond ‘Global’

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

by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Purdue last month established a central administrative office, Purdue Online, to act as an online program manager of sorts for the institution’s three on-ground campuses as well as Purdue Global, which now exists as a public benefit corporation and does not receive state funding.  Representatives of the original Purdue campuses have been meeting regularly with instructors and deans at Purdue Global, sharing ideas and identifying areas of potential academic collaboration while drawing lines between the two entities’ focus areas and target audiences. Purdue administrators have also been paying close attention to high-profile competitors on the online landscape, including Arizona State University, which administrators cite as a model for their ambitions.

http://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/09/purdue-prepares-online-expansion-support-newly-acquired-profit

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(Early) Signs of (Modest) Online Saturation

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Bold pronouncements about trends in the fast-moving, and somewhat data-poor, landscape of online learning should be approached with great skepticism — which is why this isn’t one. What it is is a high-level view of some data in an analysis published last month by Public Insight, which collects and makes available public data in accessible formats. The blog post by the company’s CEO, Dan Quigg, carried the provocative title of “Has Distance Education Hit Its Peak?” — a question inspired by federal data showing that the proportion of all academic programs that were offered via distance education declined to 10.5 percent in 2016 from 10.8 percent in 2017. It was the first such decline since the federal government’s main higher education database, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, began collecting data on online education in 2013.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/09/are-we-seeing-early-signs-saturation-online-academic-programs

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Faculty Survey Finds Awareness of Open Educational Resources (OER) Up Amid Growing Concern with Textbook Costs

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

by Cision
Awareness of open educational resources (OER) among U.S. higher education teaching faculty has increased by 12 percentage points over the past three years, but remains less than a majority, according to the new report.The study by the Babson Survey Research Group, Freeing the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2018, was supported by a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and is based on responses from over 4,000 faculty and department chairpersons. The study shows improvements in OER awareness, and growing concern among faculty regarding the cost of course materials.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/faculty-survey-finds-awareness-of-open-educational-resources-oer-up-amid-growing-concern-with-textbook-costs-300775651.html

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January 17, 2019

Takedown of Online Education

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

By Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Fully online programs widen achievement gaps and often are unaffordable, says report seeking to discourage politicians from pulling back on federal policy protections.   Spiros Protopsaltis, an associate professor and director of the Center for Education Policy and Evaluation at George Mason University, co-wrote the report with Sandy Baum, a fellow at the Urban Institute and professor emerita of economics at Skidmore College.  Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois at Springfield [also, Founding Dir of the UPCEA National Council for Online Education], said the report by Protopsaltis and Baum painted online education with too broad a brush.    For example, its comparisons between online programs and on-campus ones failed to acknowledge the low graduation rates and default rates of many traditional programs…. Likewise, Schroeder said the report ignored the value of subdegree credentials such as online certificates and industry certifications. And he said it did not account for the growing potential of technology like adaptive learning to boost student results online.  “The tools we have in higher education are being refined by AI, machine learning and the ways we can engage students,” said Schroeder.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/16/online-learning-fails-deliver-finds-report-aimed-discouraging

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No Tuition, but You Pay a Percentage of Your Income (if You Find a Job)

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

Andrew Ross Sorkin, NY Times

What if there were a way to eliminate student debt? No, really. Student debt reached a new height last year — a whopping $1.5 trillion. A typical student borrower will have $22,000 in debt by graduation, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Now, Silicon Valley is backing a novel idea that proposes to rewrite the economics of getting an education. The concept is deceptively simple: Instead of charging students tuition — which often requires them to take out thousands of dollars in loans — students go to school for free and are required to pay back a percentage of their income after graduation, but only if they get a job with a good salary. The idea, known as an Income Share Agreement, or I.S.A., has been experimented with and talked about for years. But what’s happening at Lambda School, an online learning start-up founded in 2017 with the backing of Y Combinator, has captivated venture capitalists.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/business/dealbook/education-student-loans-lambda-schools.html

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Harvard Business School Ditches HBX Name

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

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

The school’s online learning platform will change its name to Harvard Business School Online, having proven itself worthy of the prestigious brand.  For an Ivy League business school once wary of entering the online education space, the rebranding is significant. Nitin Nohria, dean of Harvard Business School, once famously proclaimed that the school would not enter the online education arena in his lifetime.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/08/harvard-business-school-finally-puts-its-stamp-online-learning

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January 16, 2019

Does Higher Education Still Prepare People for Jobs?

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

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic & Becky Frankiewicz, Harvard Business Review

In short, we believe that market demands clearly call for a paradigm change. More and more students are spending more and more money on higher education, and their main goal is largely pragmatic: to boost their employability and be a valuable contributor to the economy. Even if the value attached to a university degree is beneficial to those who obtain it, companies can help change the narrative by putting less weight on “higher education” as a measure of intellectual competence and job potential, and instead, approach hiring with more open-mindedness.

https://hbr.org/2019/01/does-higher-education-still-prepare-people-for-jobs

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Temple pays $5.5M to settle lawsuit over U.S. News ranking inflation

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

James Paterson, Education Dive
Temple University has agreed to pay nearly $5.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit with students in its Fox School of Business who said the university provided inflated data to U.S. News & World Report’s popular college ranking. The lawsuit alleged Temple claimed its entire incoming class for its online MBA program submitted a Graduate Management Admission Test score when only one-fifth of students actually did, leading to inflated average test scores and a higher spot in the ranking. U.S. News removed Temple’s program from the ranking as a result. The plaintiffs said the scandal “will have a long reaching negative impact on [the] school’s reputation, prestige and peer ratings.” Temple will pay $4 million to students enrolled in its online MBA program between 2015 and 2018 and an additional $1,475,000 to students who attended six other programs within its business school over the same period. It also will establish a $5,000 scholarship in business ethics. ​

https://www.educationdive.com/news/temple-pays-55m-to-settle-lawsuit-over-us-news-ranking-inflation/545474/

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Congress in 2019: Democrat-led House oversight is likely in store for DeVos

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

Elizabeth Mann Levesque, Brookings

In the past two years, with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ leadership, the department has taken a number of steps to roll back federal regulations, in lockstep with the Trump administration’s broader playbook. As a result, during the midterm elections, Ms. DeVos was an easy and often-invoked target for Democrats. Although Democrats took control of the House, with the Senate and White House still under Republican control, it seems unlikely that there will be much in the way of legislation that undermines or changes policies implemented by DeVos. Nonetheless, with control of committee chairs in the House, Democrats could make life difficult for DeVos starting in 2019. Indeed, several incoming chairs have signaled plans to use their oversight authority to examine DeVos’ policies. What might we see in the way of congressional oversight of education during the 116th Congress?

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2018/12/29/congress-in-2019-democrat-led-house-oversight-is-likely-in-store-for-devos/

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