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5 Easy Ways to Learn a New Language on the Internet

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

by Diogo Costa, Tech.co

The internet is a useful tool for many things, including learning a new language. Possible sources are online courses, specific websites or watching videos spoken in other languages, for example. But there are many more sources that can be used to learn a new language without leaving home. Even social networks like Twitter and Facebook can be considered in the category of useful tools for learning languages online. In an ever more globalized world, knowing a second language is very important. Professionally, it can even be a differentiating factor, giving you extra points when applying for a new job. Some of the aforementioned learning sources are not exactly obvious, which is why it is important to mention them.

http://tech.co/5-easy-ways-learn-new-language-internet-2017-01

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Online degrees, classes expanding curriculum at Central Washington University

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

By MATT CARSTENS, Daily Record

As far as total online enrollment, 3,840 students are enrolled in at least one online class at CWU, which makes up 33 percent of total enrollment. In 2011, that number was just 1,782.The university has been tracking online enrollment since 2011, when 186 students were pursuing online undergrad degrees along with 41 pursuing graduate degrees. Today a total of 1,137 students are enrolled in online degree programs, including 930 in undergraduate studies. That makes up 10 percent of Central’s total enrollment. Schedler said each college at the university has an online degree program. Information technology administrative management is the biggest program. “For the sciences it’s more challenging, definitely,” Schedler said about online instruction. “Most are in the social sciences like sociology, psychology, law and justice.” As far as total online enrollment, 3,840 students are enrolled in at least one online class at CWU, which makes up 33 percent of total enrollment. In 2011, that number was just 1,782.

http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/news/online-degrees-classes-expanding-curriculum-at-central/article_c27b7dfe-f12f-594c-b821-a6b3c413b365.html

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How to Choose the Perfect Laptop for Online Study

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

by Carolina, Hack Read

If you’re considering enrolling in an online degree program, the one piece of technology that you will be relying on for the next four or more years is your laptop, so it’s no surprise that many online students will invest in a new one. We’ve put together some top tips to help you pick the right laptop for online study. When it comes to buying a new laptop, the best thing is that the market is now so huge, so you can find excellent laptops in almost all of the price brackets. However, when putting aside a budget for your new laptop, you will need to think in realistic terms about the amount that you should spend. Often, many online students, particularly those taking advanced courses which require a lot of work, will need to invest in a more high-end laptop in order to ensure that it will last them for the duration of their course. When choosing a laptop, you need to be thinking in terms of long-term value for money, rather than the cheapest price that you can pay at the time.

https://www.hackread.com/how-to-choose-perfect-laptop-online-study/

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President Trump: A backgrounder on the new President and Higher Ed

Friday, January 20th, 2017
by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
As the 45th president is inaugurated, background on his campaign, his stated policies toward higher education and the deep concerns of many in academe. Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated today as the 45th president of the United States. Here is a backgrounder on the new president and higher education.
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/01/20/backgrounder-trump-campaign-and-policies-higher-education
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Don’t make this unfortunate online program mistake in 2017

Friday, January 20th, 2017

BY SETH ODELL, eCampus News

In response to widespread stagnation in postsecondary enrollments, many institutions look to scale their programs and attract students beyond their own backyards. And since online education makes logistical sense for delivering instruction to wider audiences, an online program is often looked at for expansion opportunities. Yet frequently, colleges and universities don’t realize just how competitive the national online education market is. Not only are they stepping onto a court with the biggest brands in higher education, but national marketing efforts are notably costly compared to local marketing efforts. The fact of the matter is that for most institutions, online education is most successful when considered as an alternative modality for local students familiar with an institution’s brand rather than a path to the national market. One common mistake is to try and make an online program go national right away; instead, go local for better success, sustainability.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/online-learning/online-program-mistake-2017/

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Internet of Things Spending to Reach $1.29 Trillion by 2020

Friday, January 20th, 2017

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

A new forecast from International Data Corp. estimates that the total worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) will reach $1.29 trillion by 2020. According to the market research firm’s Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide, that represents a compound annual growth rate of 15.6 percent over the 2015-2020 forecast period. Much of that spend will go toward hardware — the largest spending category throughout the forecast, followed by services, software and connectivity, according to IDC. The company predicts that hardware spending will approach $400 billion by 2020; modules and sensors that connect endpoints to networks will represent the bulk of hardware purchases. On the other hand, IDC said, hardware will be the slowest growing IoT technology category, beaten out by software and services.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/01/05/internet-of-things-spending-to-reach-1-29-trillion-by-2020.aspx

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‘Embrace digital technology for better teaching, learning experience’

Friday, January 20th, 2017

by ANDHRA PRADESH, the Hindu

Digital technologies would help in improving teaching methods while digital learning can improve student achievement if the tools are integrated into teaching and learning, according to I.V. Subba Rao, Chief of Literacy, Basic Education and Non-formal Education at Unesco. A panel discussion on ‘pedagogy and teacher in the digital era’ was held at the Navyandhra Pustaka Sambaralu (book festival) here on Friday. On the occasion, Mr. Subba Rao said that technology would act as an assistant to a teacher. Both teaching and learning processes would be simplified and improved with digital technologies. Time and space were no barriers to learning through open online courses. At the same time, digital technologies would not eliminate the teacher from the learning process as human interface was a must in this aspect, he said.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/%E2%80%98Embrace-digital-technology-for-better-teaching-learning-experience%E2%80%99/article17003490.ece

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Well educated RNs are critical to country’s future

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

by Jane M. Kirschling, Baltimore Sun

RNs make up the single largest segment of the health care workforce, with more than 3 million in the United States and more than 79,000 in Maryland. The demand for nurses will continue to increase along with demands on the nation’s health care system as America’s population ages and as we strive to address inequities in the care that racial and ethnic minorities experience. To have a substantive impact on health outcomes given these emerging challenges, nurses must continue to advance their education. Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs are providing RNs the option of completing their coursework in traditional face-to-face formats and through online learning.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-nursing-force-20170108-story.html

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​The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

By Amy Ahearn, EdSurge

As a thought experiment, I tried to recast my Strava fitness app experience in pedagogical terms. I realized that I was recording hours of deliberate practice (my early morning runs), formative assessments (the occasional speed workout on the track) and even a few summative assessments (races) on the app. Strava was motivating my consistent use by overlaying a digital grid on my existing offline activities. How could we apply the same practices to learning? I’ve come to believe that one of the biggest misunderstandings about online learning is that it has to be limited to things that can be done in front of a computer screen. Completing the course on top of other priorities required an almost superhuman effort for sometimes limited external validation. That motivation was provided by Strava.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-01-06-the-future-of-online-learning-is-offline-what-strava-can-teach-digital-course-designers

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Machine Learning and Online Security in 2017

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

by Doug Black, Enterprise Tech

As companies increase their digital footprints, ‘identify and diagnose’ capabilities will not defend against the growing array of security threats, according to analysts at Gartner Group. Because the types of data ingested by analytics packages are evolving from structured to hybrid data–containing text, objects and other formats– the market will respond to that transition by offering packaged applications that utilize more powerful predictive and prescriptive analytics. Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) (I use these terms interchangeably) continue to be hotly debated in security circles. The pessimists believe hackers will always outmaneuver ML, while the believers view AI as an essential companion to finding and displaying threat patterns in a complex, cloud-enhanced IT environment. While both sides have merit, the market itself is moving ahead with real-life ML applications in 2017.

http://www.enterprisetech.com/2017/01/05/machine-learning-online-security-2017/

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5 Online Education Trends to Watch in 2017

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Experts predict more online programs will offer alternative credentials and degrees in specialized fields. Online students: There’s a lot in store for you in 2017. In the past few years, more students enrolled in online courses, more organizations offered alternative credentials such as digital badges and nanodegrees and more employers accepted online degrees from job candidates. Here are five trends experts say students might see in online education in 2017.

http://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-01-05/5-online-education-trends-to-expect-in-2017

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S. Korean idol stars to join upcoming online class on Korean culture

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

by Yonhap News

An online class in which South Korean idol stars talk about Korean traditional and pop culture will open for foreigners this month, a Seoul-based foundation disseminating the Korean language and culture abroad said Friday. “Korean Wave stars like girl group Laboum and Sungjae, a member of boy group BTOB, will show up in the Internet class at www.sejonghakdang.org,” the King Sejong Institute Foundation said. The Korean Wave refers to the global popularity of Korean dramas, films and pop music. The stars, who have a lot of fans abroad, will introduce traditional Korean music, pop songs, current foods and fashion in the class, and will join campaigns to disseminate Korean culture, the foundation under the Culture Ministry said.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/culturesports/2017/01/06/0701000000AEN20170106012500315.html

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Student-designed courses thrive at Cal-Berkeley

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Courses on wizardry allegories in Harry Potter and political strategy as illustrated in ‘Game of Thrones’ are just a few of the courses available in the University of California – Berkeley’s “Democratic Education at Cal” program. The noncredit initiative, which encourages student innovation in teaching and learning on important topics, enrolls more than 8,000 students annually in 200 courses throughout the university. Students say the courses offer a productive opportunity to relieve stress, to expand personal networks and to gather new perspectives on culture and society.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/student-designed-courses-thrive-at-cal-berkeley/433483/

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20 OF THE BEST TEACHING AND LEARNING APPS

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate

Technology is changing the way we teach and learn at a rapid speed. While it’s still as relevant as ever to step away from the screen and learn through hands-on experiences, there are things you can teach and learn using apps that will greatly enhance the experience. Here are 20 of the best teaching and learning apps for 2017.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/20-of-the-best-teaching-and-learning-apps/

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Online Language Learning Market in the US to Grow 8% by 2021

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

by Research and Markets

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Online Language Learning Market in the US 2017-2021″ report to their offering. The report forecasts the online language learning market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 8.6% during the period 2017-2021. The education market in the US has seen the emergence of new pedagogical techniques. Advances in technology have not only increased broadband network but also introduced schemes like bring-your-own-devices (BYOD). These schemes have brought about a change in the education paradigm with the implementation of innovative learning methods such as flipped classrooms, blended learning, simulations, experiential, and inquiry-based learning.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170104005970/en/Online-Language-Learning-Market-Grow-8-2021

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Moving Beyond the Tired Classroom Laptop Debate

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Can we get beyond the tired old discussion about if laptops should be banned from the classroom? The discussion that we should be having is about how we can harness the digital competencies – and the digitally inspired behaviors – that our students bring to their own learning. Have you ever observed a college student watching an online video? They are not passive video consumers. They actively control the in-video watching experience by speeding up and scrubbing through the video. They keep their cursor on the video controller and skip through the “slow” parts. Not only do students compress their video consumption by speeding and scrubbing, they also simultaneously interact with other content while watching. A video will share screen real estate with social media sites. They will chat, post, upload, compose, edit, scan, and scroll while also watching the video. How might we harness these digital video viewing behaviors to improve learning?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/moving-beyond-tired-classroom-laptop-debate

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Best Jobs in America – Mobile App Developer Tops the List

Monday, January 16th, 2017

by CNNMoney/PayScale

2017

Rank Job title Median pay 10-year job growth

1 Mobile Applications Developer $97,100 19%

2 Risk Management Director $131,000 7%

3 Landman $93,600 7%

4 Product Analyst $74,900 19%

5 Information Assurance Analyst $98,900 18%

6 Quality Assurance Coordinator (RN) $69,000 16%

7 Clinical Applications Specialist $77,000 21%

8 Hospital Administrator $120,000 17%

9 Database Analyst $70,100 11%

10 Finance & Administration Director $97,300 7%

http://money.cnn.com/pf/best-jobs/index.html

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Online Course Providers Put Their Money Where Their MOOC Is

Monday, January 16th, 2017

By Eleanor Lamb, MeriTalk

EdSurge’s report states that no major venture funding rounds were awarded to MOOC providers in 2016, as they were in previous years. This year’s lack of funding meant that providers had to make more money through their courses. As a result, certain features, such as certificates, graded assignments, and content, were no longer offered for free. “That means for many providers, monetization became a priority,” Shah said. “All the major providers already have or plan to launch courses that are paid only. And it seems to be working. The “Big Three” MOOC providers—Coursera, Udacity, edX—combined have potentially made around $100 million in 2016.” The variety of courses also increased in 2016. This past year, 2,600 new courses were announced among cloud providers; 1,800 new courses were released in 2015. As of now, 6,850 courses are offered across 700 universities.

https://www.meritalk.com/articles/online-course-providers-put-their-money-where-their-mooc-is/

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Scaling Up With Adaptive Learning

Monday, January 16th, 2017

by David Raths, Campus Technology

Last year, eight universities across the country embarked on a bold experiment to see if they can scale up the use of adaptive courseware to increase retention and graduation rates. With support from the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU), these schools have set a target of using adaptive courseware for 15 to 20 percent of general education course enrollments between spring 2017 and fall 2019. APLU’s Personalized Learning Consortium is overseeing the grant program, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tailoring a course to adaptive learning can be difficult, as we learned when Campus Technology interviewed faculty members involved in pilot implementations of the technology. Despite being encouraged by the results, those pioneers reported being exhausted by how much work is involved in retrofitting their courses to the adaptive platforms. We spoke with two executives participating in the grant program about their goals and the early challenges they see.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/01/04/scaling-up-with-adaptive-learning.aspx

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4 ways your institution can combat ransomware

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

BY LAURA DEVANEY, eCampus News

Education has a much higher rate of ransomware attacks than other industries, according to a recent report that analyzes how different sectors are managing the security challenges these attacks pose. The rate of new ransomware attacks has jumped in recent years, as numerous industries, including higher education, fall victim to the attacks and struggle to fight them off, according to the report. Thirteen percent of the higher education sector has been infected with ransomware, according to The Rising Face of Cyber Crime: Ransomware, a BitSight Insight Report. In fact, advanced strains of ransomware encrypt data on an organization’s network or lock users out of their devices. Hackers then demand a ransom, usually in the form of Bitcoin, before they’ll restore data to normal. Some hackers use “ransomware-as-a-service,” which offers malware-construction kits designed to be easily deployed even with little hacking experience.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/it-newsletter/combat-ransomware/

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Competency exam certificate now available for MITx Introduction to Biology course

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

by MIT Office of Digital Learning

The new option for online learners tests subject mastery and provides meaningful certificates for one of the most popular MITx courses. One of the most popular MITx on edX courses now challenges online learners to put their knowledge to the test. MITx 7.00x (Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life), which has been an exciting educational option for learners to engage with biology since 2013, now offers a rigorous competency exam certificate. The next competency exam opens on Feb. 21 and is available to learners enrolled in the verified-certificate track. The competency exam is designed to test a learner’s mastery of the course learning objectives, tying together techniques and materials from different topics to provide a more thorough and robust means of evaluating online learners — and a more meaningful certificate for those who excel.

http://news.mit.edu/2016/competency-exam-available-for-mitx-introduction-to-biology-0103

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