Online Learning Update

February 25, 2018

Future economy demands workers who can learn online

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

BY ANNE TRUMBORE, the Hill

The New York Times recently published an article entitled Online Courses Are Harming The Students Who Need the Most Help. The piece, by Susan Dynarski, a well-respected professor of education, public policy and economics at the University of Michigan, makes the reasoned, evidence-based case that online courses that are offered with little to no instructor interaction are detrimental to students who struggle in traditional classrooms. Why should we care if learners learn to learn online? Because the future will demand self-directed lifelong learning from a significant portion of the workforce. Current data suggests workers could have have 12 jobs in their lifetimes.  There will be more demand for post-baccalaureate training and education, and it will have to be delivered online. But if we relegate underperforming students to in-person-only instruction, as Dynarski suggests, we risk widening the digital divide, not closing the achievement gap.
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‘MicroMasters’ Surge As MOOCs Go From Education To Qualification

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

by Adam Gordon, Forbes
The future shape of graduate and executive education is coming into focus with the surge of “MicroMasters” certificate programs on edX, to which 1.7 million students have registered in a year. The number of programs on offer has exploded from one to 46 during this time. This is the kind of extraordinary exponential growth that rips apart and rebuilds industries. MicroMasters certificates (MMs) are online, examined and graded, credit-eligible graduate-level courses that involve about a quarter of the coursework of a traditional Masters degree. At edX they cost about $1,000.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamgordon/2018/02/13/voice-of-employers-rings-out-as-moocs-go-from-education-to-qualification/#4caabd2c564b

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Sharing Courses? Google It

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

by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Presidents of six small liberal arts colleges in rural Michigan have been talking for a decade about the possibility of adopting a consortium model to facilitate sharing courses and other resources. Online programs are increasingly popular solutions to this issue in higher education, but they don’t necessarily meet the small-classroom characteristics of a liberal arts education. Last fall, at long last, a surprising path forward emerged. Just three months later, at lightning speed for a cross-college collaboration, three of those institutions — Alma, Albion and Calvin Colleges — have begun a pilot course-sharing program that makes use of Google hardware, including its brand-new Jamboard for interactive videoconferencing.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/02/14/michigan-liberal-arts-colleges-use-google-share-courses

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February 24, 2018

Law School Accreditor Proposes Easing Limits on Online Education

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

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

The American Bar Association panel that accredits law schools has proposed loosening its restrictions on online education. Currently, the rules of the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar say that no more than 15 of an ABA-accredited law school’s required credits can be completed in distance learning courses, defined as those in which at least a third of the course work is done online. Most law school programs include between 83 and 90 credits over all. The ABA has in recent years granted (and rejected) several law schools’ requests for variances from the restriction on online courses. Under the proposal initially approved by the ABA council last week, students could earn up to a third of their credits (between 28 and 30) in distance courses. The ABA proposal would also allow first-year law students to take up to 10 credits online; law schools are now barred from offering distance education to first-year students.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2018/02/13/law-school-accreditor-proposes-easing-limits-online-education

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How Technology And Online Learning Will Impact The Future Of Executive Education

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

by Thomas Nugent, Business Because

At the MERIT Higher Education Summit in Lisbon last month, change was in the air. As executives and business school representatives mingled over Pastéis de Nata and espresso pods aplenty, the conversation was geared towards one thing: lifelong learning and the future of work. Online learning and technology, it seems, will impact heavily on the executive education space in the coming years, revolutionizing the way we approach the development of our personal and professional skills. For Carlo Giardinetti, associate dean of Business School Lausanne, that raises an important question.: “How do we redesign the on-campus experience knowing that the importance of technology and off-campus learning will continue to grow?”

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/emba/5069/technology-online-learning-future-executive-education

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UT System pulls the plug on $75 million online learning institute

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

BY MARIA MENDEZ, Daily Texan
The UT System’s Institute for Transformational Learning was supposed to pioneer an online brand for UT, but it shut down two weeks ago. After investing a total of $75 million in the institute, the UT System decided the institute’s five-year revenue of $1 million was not enough for it to continue operating, according to the Texas Tribune. Francisco Cigarroa, former UT System chancellor, first allocated the institute with $50 million in 2011 from the UT System’s $20 billion Permanent University Fund. The institute was intended to make a UT education more accessible, UT System spokesperson Karen Adler said.

http://dailytexanonline.com/2018/02/12/ut-system-pulls-the-plug-on-75-million-online-learning-institute

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February 23, 2018

Jane Goodall to lead new CU Boulder online course on compassionate leaders

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

By Elizabeth Hernandez, Daily Camera

Jane Goodall, known worldwide for her research on the relationship between chimpanzees and humans, will lead a new massive, open online course for the University of Colorado about developing compassionate leaders. The noted scientist and conservationist is holding the free course kicking off this summer through a partnership between CU and the Jane Goodall Institute’s youth program, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, according to a CU news release. “There are many reasons to be hopeful for the future of our planet but perhaps most inspiring is the energy, commitment, and hard work of young people who we can empower as they grow to be better, more compassionate decision-makers within their society,” said Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.

http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-news/ci_31661507/jane-goodall-lead-new-cu-boulder-online-course

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Supporting Post-Traditional Students Drives Broad and Significant Benefits

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

by Louis Soares & Jonathan Gagliardi, American Council on Education, Evolllution

The analysis revealed patterns that have major implications for how post-traditional students engage in learning, and for how policymakers and campus leaders design policies, programs, and services that meet their needs. Post-traditional learners need academic programs that are stackable and which offer more structured entry and exit points to and from employment. Many would benefit from flexible learning models that give credit for applied and experiential learning, and which focus less on traditional measures of seat time. Better articulation agreements across campuses and within systems could help hedge against the potential for credit-loss that occurs in the transfer process. Services that make it easier for them to be parents, soldiers, full-time employees, and students could also help post-traditional learners integrate work, life and school.

Supporting Post-Traditional Students Drives Broad and Significant Benefits

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Forging Pathways to Good Jobs Without a BA: Assessing the Value of Sub-Baccalaureate Credentials

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

by Neil Ridley, Evolllution

For four-year universities across the United States, the focus—and often the metric used to judge their success—is degree completion. But how important is a bachelor’s degree to finding good work and launching a career? Depending on the industry and geographic location, the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce has found that the degree might not serve as the only pathway to employment that we once thought. In their recent report, Good Jobs That Pay without a BA: A State-by-State Analysis, researchers dove deep into their prior national report findings to understand how sub-baccalaureate credentials support students’ pathways to good jobs across the United States. In this interview, Neil Ridley reflects on some of their findings and shares his thoughts on how colleges and universities could leverage this data to improve employment pathways for learners.

 

Forging Pathways to Good Jobs Without a BA: Assessing the Value of Sub-Baccalaureate Credentials

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February 22, 2018

4 WAYS ONLINE CLASSES CAN MAKE YOU MORE ATTRACTIVE TO EMPLOYERS

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:25 am

By Tabitha Prisinzano, Columbia College of Missouri

Online education is the way of the future and employers are viewing online education more favorably in recent years.  Since more and more jobs have entered the digital realm, studies show that employers increasingly view online degrees favorably, as opposed to just a few years ago. Increasingly, nonprofit, brick-and-mortar schools have started offering distance-learning programs, and at some point, most students enrolled in conventional college programs will take at least one class online. Plus, even as the stigma of online education continues to fade, the benefits of a computer-based classroom are becoming increasingly apparent. In fact, online classes teach students skills and learning techniques that are invaluable in a digital workplace, yet often go untaught in traditional classroom settings.

4 Ways Online Classes Can Make You More Attractive to Employers

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Maltzman defends online learning programs after faculty report

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:21 am

By Meredith Roaten, the Hatchet

After a report raised questions about unequal standards and oversight of courses taught online, Provost Forrest Maltzman defended the quality of the University’s online learning programs in a presentation to the Faculty Senate Friday. Maltzman insisted the University’s online offerings are equally as strong as traditional classes, citing data showing that programs have high student satisfaction and often outperform peers in national rankings. But he also recommended departments and programs act to increase monitoring of those courses using surveys and retaining lectures. “There is no reasonable examination of this that anyone can walk away and say our online programs are worse than our other programs,” Maltzman told the Faculty Senate.

Maltzman defends online learning programs after report raises concern

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How to Choose an Online Science Course

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:15 am

by Jordan Friedman, US News

Students in online science classes should check how much time they must commit to coursework each week, especially if there’s a lab requirement. Between lab requirements and the use of classroom equipment to conduct research, the hard sciences – biology, chemistry and physics, to name a few – may not initially seem suited for the online format. But some schools have found ways for students to explore these fields remotely.Experts say online courses in the hard sciences may also attract nondegree students taking classes for general interest or to fulfill prerequisites before transferring elsewhere. Whatever their goals may be, here are six questions experts recommend prospective or incoming students ask as they research online science courses and speak with their academic or enrollment advisers.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-02-12/ask-6-questions-to-choose-an-online-science-course

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February 21, 2018

Northeastern University Launches Micro Credential Program in Computer Science

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

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Northeastern University has created a new Micro Credential program for working professionals in California’s Bay Area looking to hone their skills in computer science. The program was created in partnership with mobile security company Lookout and is an extension of Northeastern’s Silicon Valley campus. Students who complete three courses can earn a Micro Credential in computer science. The credential will also count as credit toward earning a master’s degree in computer science at Northeastern.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/02/09/northeastern-university-launches-micro-credential-program-in-computer-science.aspx

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4 actions to improve the future of higher education

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

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, with funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York, convened the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education (CFUE), comprised of leaders from higher education, philanthropy, business, and government. The Commissioners were charged with assessing the state of undergraduate education and making recommendations for a future with better institutions and better-positioned graduates. The report, The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America, zeroes in on four national priorities that offer actionable solutions to improve undergraduate education and increase the number of students who complete their education without unmanageable debt, said said CFUE Co-chair Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and CEO of TIAA.

4 actions to improve the future of higher education

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How self-service options improve the student experience

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

BY JENNIFER WILSON, eCampus News

Further, students’ expectations—particularly the Gen Z crowd—to manage all of their needs online has led senior institutional leaders to re-examine their processes, chiefly the back office or administrative tasks, enabling self-service capabilities and offering the next generation of paperless functionality. Implementing new or expanding the use of existing technologies, such as enterprise content-management tools that provide access to e-forms and reduce paper processes, can yield increased efficiencies and productivity, and offer value that improves the overall student experience.

How self-service options improve the student experience

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February 20, 2018

The Changing Business Model For Colleges And Universities

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

by Lucie Lapovsky, Forbes

In terms of changes to the business model on the cost side a variety of strategies to reduce the cost of running colleges and universities are being implemented. These include the continued reduction in the percent of full-time faculty at private institutions which has declined from 78% of the faculty in 1970 to 51% today and the decline in tenured faculty among institutions with tenure which, in the last 20 years, has fallen from 50% to 44%. Beyond changing the composition of faculty, schools are offering programs in different formats including on-line and hybridwhich increase accessibility of the programs and minimize facility use. Forward-thinking institutions are working to minimize their idle capital by using their campuses much more fully year-round. A few campuses now operate year round with three terms where groups of students are required to attend the summer term.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lucielapovsky/2018/02/06/the-changing-business-model-for-colleges-and-universities/#662f315e5ed5

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What approval of the budget deal really means for higher ed

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

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

The bill itself outlines appropriations for disaster relief aid toward institutions that were affected by wildfires and hurricanes, increases scientific research funding for groups like the National Science Foundation, exempts Berea College in Kentucky from having to pay a tax on its endowments as it provides free tuition, and provides state funding for abstinence education. The continuing resolution until March 23 — which is tacitly agreed upon but not concrete — includes “$4 billion [over two years] for programs that aid college affordability, including those that help police officers, teachers, and firefighters.”  The agreement doesn’t specify what the $4 billion will go toward beyond “affordability,” and includes no provisions around those students under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Though, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke for nearly eight hours opposing lack of action in the budget for Dreamers and called on Speaker Paul Ryan to address the issue in an immigration reform bill.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/what-approval-of-the-budget-deal-really-means-for-higher-ed/516766/

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Are Online Courses for You? 8 Questions to Ask Yourself

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

By Brittany Hawes, ULoop

Are you looking to take one or more online courses next semester? If this is your first time and you’re nervous about switching from a physical classroom to a virtual one, don’t feel too overwhelmed! Online courses and courses that you take on campus share many similarities. Here’s the low-down on online courses. Even if it’s an online course, you’ll still be earning the same amount of credits you would earn by taking the same course in a classroom instead. The material you cover should be the same but will most likely be given to you in a different format.

https://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/259171/Are-Online-Courses-for-You-8-Questions-to-Ask-Yourself

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February 19, 2018

What to Know About ED’s New Stance on Data Breach Reporting

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

by Sean Tassi, Campus Technology

Until recently, colleges and universities that experienced a data breach had no unique reporting obligations to the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions were expected to analyze security incidents under applicable federal and state laws and, when appropriate, notify affected individuals and appropriate federal and state agencies. Because the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not contain a breach reporting obligation, ED had taken the position that a report directly to ED was optional. ED, however, has now changed its stance and has started levying Cleryesque fines — up to $56,789 per violation — against institutions that fail to report a data breach directly to ED.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/02/08/what-to-know-about-eds-new-stance-on-data-breach-reporting.aspx

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Look for MBA Courses on Artificial Intelligence

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

By Ilana Kowarski, US News

Business school courses on AI should acknowledge its limitations and distinguish facts from exaggerations, experts say.  “AI is transforming everything about the way the world does business, so any aspiring business leader will be better prepared by understanding where we’re headed,” Josh Tyler, executive vice president of engineering and design at Course Hero, an online learning platform, said via email. Advocates of taking AI courses in business school point to the abundance of AI-based companies in Silicon Valley. Artificial intelligence powers the recommendation engines on Amazon and Netflix, and it is also the technology that makes ride-sharing apps and self-driving cars possible.

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/2018-02-08/look-for-high-quality-mba-courses-on-artificial-intelligence-robots

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Faculty Learning Communities: Making the Connection, Virtually

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

By: Angela Atwell, Cristina Cottom, Lisa Martino, and Sara Ombres, Faculty Focus

Research has shown that interactions with peers promotes faculty engagement (McKenna, Johnson, Yoder, Guerra, & Pimmel, 2016). Faculty learning communities (FLC) have become very popular in recent years. FLCs focus on improving teaching and learning practice through collaboration and community building (Cox, 2001). Usually, FLCs are face-to-face meetings hosted at a physical location at a specific date and time. We understand the benefit of this type of experience. However, we recognize online instructors will likely find it difficult to participate in a traditional FLC. So, we set out to integrate FLC principles to provide our faculty, living and working all over the globe, a similar experience.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/faculty-development/faculty-learning-communities-making-connection-virtually/

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