Online Learning Update

March 20, 2019

The Growing Profile of Non-Degree Credentials: Diving Deeper into ‘Education Credentials Come of Age’

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

Sean Gallagher, Evolllution

The world of credentialing is changing fast. Employer needs have evolved in concert with improving hiring support technologies. Higher education institutions are now in a difficult position, responding to changing employer and student demands for credentials that signal job readiness. In Educational Credentials Come of Age, Sean Gallagher shares the results of a comprehensive study on the progress and growth of non-degree credentials when it comes to supporting employability. In this interview, he expands on some of those findings.

https://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/the-growing-profile-of-non-degree-credentials-diving-deeper-into-education-credentials-come-of-age/

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What’s at stake in a possible accreditation overhaul

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

Ben Unglesbee, Education Dive
Speakers at this year’s meeting of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), in January, often struck an existential note about their role in the higher ed regulatory “triad”: federal and state governments and nonprofit accreditors together tasked with safeguarding educational quality and more than $120 billion in federal student aid spending. “It’s a dangerous time,” said James Gaudino, president of Central Washington University and a CHEA director, at the event. “Imagine what’s going to happen if we don’t change,” he added, invoking the possibility accreditors could be pushed “out of existence” by for-profit organizations or “quasi-government” entities.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/whats-at-stake-in-a-possible-accreditation-overhaul/549946/

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Sharing Courses Far and Wide

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

by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

John Brown University is one of six of that consortium members overseen by the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities, that are also participating in a larger online course-sharing consortium organized by the Council of Independent Colleges. More than 50 colleges are in the process of joining, and 250 others have expressed interest, according to Richard Ekman, president of CIC. Both agreements are made possible by College Consortium, a tech company that offers institutions an online course-sharing platform and services like transferring academic credit and disbursing revenue. As competition for enrollment grows steeper and news of closures, mergers and acquisitions ramps up, institutions that lack public funding or nationwide name recognition are striving for efficiency. The arrangements are designed to help institutions pool resources and serve students a wider range of academic options.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/03/06/online-course-sharing-grows-more-complex-support-college

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March 19, 2019

Meeting Human Needs in the Virtual Classroom

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

By Cynthia Clay, TD

Training participants often log into our virtual classrooms ready to passively observe a monologue. It’s up to us to create the kind of learning environment that shifts them from passive to active learners. As you prepare to deliver an online training experience, think about the human needs of your participants: the need to be included, the need to feel safe, the need to be right, the need to be competent, and the need to be appreciated. More importantly, think about what a skilled virtual facilitator should do to meet those needs. Let’s take a closer look at each need.

https://www.td.org/insights/meeting-human-needs-in-the-virtual-classroom

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A Guide to Using Private Companies for Online Education

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

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
A South African university research center issued a report this week that assesses how different universities are working with outside companies to deliver their online academic programs. The report was produced by the Center for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town. It looks at common funding models, the nature of the arrangements and institutional use cases.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/insights/2019/03/06/advice-using-private-companies-online-education

the complete report:

https://open.uct.ac.za/bitstream/handle/11427/29813/Czerniewicz_Walji2019.pdf

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The high cost of college textbooks, explained

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

Gaby Del Valle, Vox

Textbook publishers, for their part, have begun acknowledging that textbooks and other course materials have become so expensive that some students simply can’t afford them, even if it means their grades will suffer as a result. Publishers claim that new technologies, like digital textbooks and Netflix-style subscription services, make textbooks more affordable for all. But affordability advocates say that if anyone is to blame for the fact that textbook costs have risen more than 1,000 percent since the 1970s, it’s the publishers — and, advocates claim, these new technologies are publishers’ attempt to maintain their stranglehold on the industry while disguising it as reform.
https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/3/6/18252322/college-textbooks-cost-expensive-pearson-cengage-mcgraw-hill

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March 18, 2019

What Do Faculty Think of Open Educational Resources?

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

BY DARIA KIRPACH, BizEd AACSB
Because so many of their students struggle with the cost of course materials, more professors are opting to use free open educational resources (OER) in their courses, rather than expensive traditional textbooks. But other faculty worry that the quality of OER might not equal that of traditional textbooks, according to a report conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

https://bized.aacsb.edu/articles/2019/march/what-do-faculty-think-of-open-educational-resources

 

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SXSW EDU 2019: Taking OER to the next level

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

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive

Mike Silagadze, CEO and co-founder of Top Hat, a digital learning company that offers OER, acknowledges those issues. The solution, he said, is creating a peer-led community around producing OER content. “Until that happens, OER is going to continue not being up to par with what the textbook publishers are providing,” he said. Last spring, the company hired a chief product officer to help it find new revenue opportunities. The company has reached more than 2.8 million students at North American institutions.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/sxsw-edu-taking-oer-to-the-next-level/549850/

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A big reason rural students never go to college: Colleges don’t recruit them

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

by AARON GETTINGER, Hechinger report

Colleges and universities prefer to recruit at high schools in communities where the average family income is above $100,000, while forgoing visits to those where it’s $70,000 or lower, according to a study of 140 institutions conducted by researchers at UCLA and the University of Arizona. They also concentrate disproportionately on private schools. Rural areas usually have neither wealthy families nor private schools. This anemic outreach is among the reasons comparatively low numbers of high school graduates from rural high schools end up in college the following fall — 59 percent, compared to 62 percent of urban and 67 percent of suburban high school grads, according to the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks this.

https://hechingerreport.org/a-big-reason-rural-students-never-go-to-college-colleges-dont-recruit-them/

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March 17, 2019

Online Education: From Good To Better To Best?

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

Brandon Busteed, Forbes
There are a growing number of examples where students prefer online over traditional classroom education. For a while now, online education has been a good option for students who – for various reasons – can’t access on-the-ground education. And although there are still examples of rudimentary online courses out there (think compliance training), both the technology and the pedagogy powering online learning have gotten considerably better over the last decade. And now, fairly suddenly it seems, there are a growing number of cases where online education is actually outperforming its traditional classroom counterpart. Evidence of student success and, indeed preference, for the online classroom is mounting – and this will serve widespread benefits for all of us.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brandonbusteed/2019/03/05/online-education-from-good-to-better-to-best/#6516a1a06912

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Life is complicated: Distance learning helps

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

by John Hanc, Seattle Times

Now, according to an annual survey by the Babson Survey Research Group and the Online Learning Consortium, more than 6.3 million students took at least one distance education course in the fall 2016 semester (the most recent academic year for which data is available). That’s 31.6 percent of all higher education enrollments, according to the study, and about half of them were taking all of their classes online. Many of these students are traditional age. But for adult students (generally defined as those 25 and over, working full-time jobs or with parenting responsibilities) online education is a particularly attractive option. Citing several studies, Louis Soares, chief learning and innovation officer for the American Council on Education, says that about a third of all adult students — roughly 13 million — are pursuing advanced degrees online.

https://www.seattletimes.com/explore/special-sections/life-is-complicated-distance-learning-helps/

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Establishing and Maintaining Program Responsiveness in Continuing Education

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

Kelly Otter, Evolllution

Continuing Education (CE) divisions that don’t keep a finger on the pulse of industry change risk being overlooked in favor of schools that better respond to market needs. In this interview, Kelly Otter discusses the critical importance of program responsiveness, and explains how Georgetown University’s vision, mission and values are key to developing content that non-traditional learners need.

Establishing and Maintaining Program Responsiveness in Continuing Education

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March 16, 2019

A Proposal for a Blockchain College System

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

Tobe Phelps, Evolllution

The proposed next step in this evolution is a blockchain college. As Feng Hou (fellow blockchain evangelist and recent recipient of Oral Roberts University’s Blockchain for Education Vision Award) is fond of stating: “It is not the money but the brightest ideas that will prevail.” With this in mind, the blockchain college is a culmination of technologies that will allow students and employers to work together in a decentralized fashion. There is no reason for the college to play intermediary to the student-employer relationship. It only delays any communications and creates an artificial barrier to the efficient exchange of information.

https://evolllution.com/technology/tech-tools-and-resources/a-proposal-for-a-blockchain-college-system/

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How Student Expectations Are Driving Digital Transformation

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

Susan Grajek, Evolllution

Changing student expectations are a key driver of higher education’s digital transformation. In particular, students want a customer experience that is personalized and seamless. They want a home base for their education, but they want their institution to offer access to a larger higher education marketplace. They want to be at a competitive advantage when they graduate, and that means having job-ready skills and competencies and new and innovative learning opportunities.

https://evolllution.com/technology/tech-tools-and-resources/how-student-expectations-are-driving-digital-transformation/

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How do you know what news is being written by artificial intelligence, and does it really matter?

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

By Alex Lemieux , Republican Standard

How do you know that what you’re reading was actually written by a human? Interesting question considering the times.  As the rise of artificial intelligence (A.I.) begins to creep into more and more facets of life, a conversation over a network – just like this one – can leave some wondering: Am I reading what another human is writing, and how do I know? Machine-generated journalism is emerging as a tool used by many major news organizations like Associated Press, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and others. Meanwhile, reporters and editors are finding themselves packing up their broadsheet news writing skills and press passes after becoming victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike.

https://therepublicanstandard.com/a-i-s-turing-test-for-modern-journalistic-standards/

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March 15, 2019

Is your campus ready for AI and other technology trends?

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

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Have you prepared your campus for augmented reality and artificial intelligence? A survey from the Center for Digital Education (CDE) recently found that college and university leaders are focusing on transforming academics, securing students and data, improving student services, and modernizing IT. These for core areas, they believe, will establish a solid foundation to support future innovation on campus. Within those four core areas, higher-ed leaders are focusing on these 10 top priorities to lay the groundwork for future transformation:

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/01/campus-ready-ai-other-technology-trends/

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Can you tell the difference between a real face and an AI-generated fake?

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

By James Vincent, the Verge
Earlier this month you may have seen a website named ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com doing the rounds, which uses AI to generate startlingly realistic fake faces. Well, here’s the sequel: WhichFaceIsReal.com, which lets you test your ability to distinguish AI-generated fakes from the genuine article. Just head to the site and click on who you think is the real person!  WhichFaceIsReal.com also has a higher purpose though. It was set up by two academics from the University of Washington, Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom, both of whom study how information spreads through society. They think the rise of AI-generated fakes could be trouble, undermining society’s trust in evidence, and want to educate the masses.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/3/18244984/ai-generated-fake-which-face-is-real-test-stylegan

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Popularity of online education grows rapidly in China

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

Xinhua
China saw rapid growth in online education last year, with the number of users of such services rising 29.7 percent year on year to 201 million, accounting for 24.3 percent of total Internet users, according to a statistical report on Internet development. Around 194 million people in China accessed online education via mobile phones, up 63.3 percent compared with 2017, said the China Internet Network Information Center report. Wider use of smart devices and improved quality and accessibility of mobile Internet creates more opportunities for online education growth and makes learning via mobile devices much easier.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/03/c_137864471.htm

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March 14, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Regulation May Be Impossible

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

Michael Spencer, COGNITIVE WORLD
Artificial intelligence is a tool humanity is wielding with increasing recklessness. We say it’s for our common good with machine learning hype equal to business profits. But what happens when we don’t have the code of ethics, laws, government accountability, corporate transparency and capability of monitoring the space to be able to achieve AI regulation?  Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. But what happens when humans are unable to regulate, control and monitor how AI is being developed, integrated and upgraded? What happens when foreign states use it to achieve their own political agendas and economic programs without careful monitoring as to what it could one day become?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/03/02/artificial-intelligence-regulation-will-be-impossible/#7dceca5811ed

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CREATING AN ONLINE MBA AT A TOP BUSINESS SCHOOL: THE LATEST FROM MICHIGAN ROSS

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

By Henry Kronk, e-Learning Inside
One of the most ambitious efforts in online education is currently underway at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Since August, the #7 business school in the country has been working to put together an Online MBA degree offering for the fall semester of this year. Earlier this month, they announced they had signed with Noodle Partners, an OPM, to help the process along. To learn more, eLearning Inside got in touch with Eliot Gattegno, managing director of the Office of Digital Education at Michigan Ross. While Gattegno won’t be teaching any courses at Michigan Ross, he and his department are responsible for overseeing the creation of the Online MBA.

https://news.elearninginside.com/creating-an-online-mba-at-a-top-business-school-the-latest-from-michigan-ross/

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How education will change to support lifelong learning

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

STEVE PATCHIN, Mining Gazette

A study by the Pew Research Center found 54 percent of working adults believe it was essential to continuously update their skills to be successful in their careers. Why? To keep up with advances in technology that are disrupting industries from automakers to retail. So what changes will support this need and how can higher education help?

http://www.mininggazette.com/opinion/columns/2019/03/how-education-will-change-to-support-lifelong-learning/

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