Online Learning Update

May 20, 2018

Stackable degrees could be the future of higher education, experts say

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

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
The alternative credential market is growing and the pace will not slow down, higher education experts said during a Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board briefing last week about the Higher Education Act. One of the panelists, Scott Pulsipher, president of Western Governors University, said that around “two-thirds of jobs are going to require some postsecondary credential, while only about 42% of adults currently have any postsecondary credential of any sort.”  Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor of the California Community Colleges, added to these sentiments during the briefing, noting that she has seen the demand for “booster shot” credentials in the workplace especially as new technologies continue to be introduce. “As we begin to see the economy shift in that direction,’ she said, “people will be building up portfolios and reputations that are beyond how we treat credentials in the current day.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/stackable-degrees-could-be-the-future-of-higher-education-experts-say/

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State of the Commons

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

by Creative Commons
The past few years have been transformative for Creative Commons. In 2015, we set out with an ambitious new strategy to nurture a vibrant, usable Commons powered by collaboration and gratitude. Our ambition is fueled by our technology projects and an energetic and productive global community. Each of CC’s initiatives works in support of this goal, unleashing the potential of the Commons through the work of our committed global communities. In 2017, we hosted our largest Global Summit yet, organized by our community and supported by new sponsors and donors. With your guidance, we redesigned the Creative Commons Global Network in a massive, collaborative, international process, and we built new online infrastructure to support this unprecedented expansion of the movement for sharing. Our new engineering team shipped the CC Search beta and established new partnerships to expand our reach. We launched an exciting certification program, meeting demand for the course from librarians and educators around the world. We fought against the TPP and for copyright reform in Europe, and helped national governments adopt open education policies.

https://stateof.creativecommons.org/

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Free textbooks? Federal government is on track with a pilot program

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

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post
Open-source textbooks have emerged as a cost-effective solution for cash-strapped college students. They can download the material free or print copies for a nominal price.  The federal government’s first major investment in the free use of textbooks remains on track, Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said Monday in a letter examining a pilot program by the Education Department. Congress designated $5 million in the fiscal 2018 budget to support the creation or expansion of open-educational resources: peer-reviewed academic material released under an intellectual property license that permits free use. The money is an outgrowth of legislation Durbin introduced in the fall.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2018/05/08/education-dept-sets-course-for-open-textbook-pilot-program/

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May 19, 2018

2018’s Cities with the Most & Least Student Debt

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

by WalletHub

Student-loan debts are more unsustainable in some places than others. WalletHub therefore compared the median student-loan balance against the median earnings of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree in each of 2,515 U.S. cities to determine where Americans are most overleveraged on their college-related debts. Read on for our findings, expert advice from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

https://wallethub.com/student-loan-calculator/

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It’s time to break silos, look at education as a continuum, leaders say

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

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
A recent Gallup poll revealed that only about one in four adults believe that students who graduate from high school this year are prepared for college or a career, and Lone Star Community College Chancellor Stephen Head agrees. “I really don’t care what your background is, most students are not prepared for college — they’re just not,” Head said to a crowd assembled last month in Washington, D.C. for a Communities In Schools event. “Grades are one thing, but emotionally, they’re just not ready. They need the background of social help behind the scenes … They don’t even know what they don’t know.” “They need job skills,” he added. “We help them with that, but they need to know how to show up on time, how to handle conflict resolution, how to [succeed].”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/its-time-to-break-silos-look-at-education-as-a-continuum-leaders-say/522869/

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3 proven ways to improve higher-ed collaboration

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

BY MATT LOECKE, eCampus News

Working across higher-ed departments is not easy but it can strengthen the institution’s ability to get things done. Collaboration across departments has been identified as the fundamental differentiator in achieving strategic objectives in not only the business community but also in higher education. Today’s challenging higher-ed environment can benefit from more collaboration, particularly between IT, business, and finance leaders. The EDUCAUSE/NACUBO 2017 Enterprise IT Summit identified four main areas that can markedly enhance collaboration:

development of institutional relationships and partnerships
improvement of analytics and data governance initiatives
a forward -thinking leadership team to align unit goals with university goals
cultivation of a better understanding of IT costs and strategic value

3 proven ways to improve higher-ed collaboration

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May 18, 2018

Campus network security officials step up fight against cyberattacks

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

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
University of Arizona Chief Information Security Officer Lanita Collette told EdTech Magazine that when it comes to securing the university campus, there is a “tension between our need to provide an open environment where people can collaborate easily and the need to protect private information.”  At Arizona, IT security officials make sure that servers remain updated, there are intense monitoring procedures in place, and the team continuously uses the latest patches to prohibit digital currency mining, which can overload the system — a similar approach that was taken by IT officials at Northwestern University when computer chip malfunctions could have potentially disrupted the institution’s entire network.  University of Wisconsin-Madison CISO Bob Turner told EdTech Magazine that ransomware is high on his monitoring and response list and suggests campuses adapt to better respond, explaining that “in order to deal with risk, you have to deal with the pace of technology, along with the pace of the threats that are coming at your organization,” he said.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/campus-network-security-officials-step-up-fight-against-cyberattacks/522922/

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It’s time to break silos, look at education as a continuum, leaders say

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

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
A recent Gallup poll revealed that only about one in four adults believe that students who graduate from high school this year are prepared for college or a career, and Lone Star Community College Chancellor Stephen Head agrees. “I really don’t care what your background is, most students are not prepared for college — they’re just not,” Head said to a crowd assembled last month in Washington, D.C. for a Communities In Schools event. “Grades are one thing, but emotionally, they’re just not ready. They need the background of social help behind the scenes … They don’t even know what they don’t know.” “They need job skills,” he added. “We help them with that, but they need to know how to show up on time, how to handle conflict resolution, how to [succeed].”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/its-time-to-break-silos-look-at-education-as-a-continuum-leaders-say/522869/

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Coursera Could Be a Multi-Billion-Dollar-a-Year Company

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

by Cheddar.com

The online education platform offers its 31 million users thousands of courses from established universities for a fraction of the price of on-campus classes. Coursera wants to expand further and bring “the highest quality education” to even more people, says its new CEO Jeff Maggioncalda.

https://cheddar.com/videos/coursera-could-be-a-multi-billion-dollar-a-year-company-2

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May 17, 2018

Student to graduate from both high school, LCC this year

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

By Colleen Williamson, Parsons Sun
Skylar Burzinski, though she took honors courses since her freshman year and achieved straight A’s throughout high school, will not be honored as a salutatorian or valedictorian, as she was unable to complete one of the Kansas Regents Curriculum courses required for the honor. While it would have been nice, there simply wasn’t enough time in Burzinski’s busy schedule working toward a greater reward — graduating with her high school diploma and graduating from Labette Community College with her associate degree in general studies, only days apart, giving her parents Jody and Thad Burzinski two commencements to attend back to back. Her junior year, Burzinski began “seriously” taking college classes, though receiving her degree by the time she graduated high school was not forefront in her mind at that time.

http://www.parsonssun.com/news/article_892baa64-5002-11e8-88ba-47d1e1808464.html

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10 free online courses to shape the future of the education

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

by Christian Guijosa , Observatory of Education/Innovation

Experts describe a future educational ecosystem in which students have new technological devices; classes happen in virtual and augmented reality classrooms; there are increased distance learning interactions; educational programs teach soft skills; among other characteristics still unexplored. On the other hand, automation and AI are expected to create new jobs that would demand specialized skills. How to face the educational challenge imposed by this rapid technological evolution? Teachers need to adapt and prepare continuously to achieve the success of the new educational programs. For this reason, we share ten free courses of educational tools so that you add skills and competencies to your professional career and begin to shape the future of education.

http://observatory.itesm.mx/edu-news/10-free-online-courses-to-shape-the-future-of-the-education

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Congress must establish clear, equitable internet rules now

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

 

by Robert Hahn, Brookings

First, let’s make all firms in the internet space adhere to a single clear, common set of privacy principles. Right now, internet privacy is a grab bag. Many users were surprised to learn that they can actually control some of what Facebook shares, but its not intuitive, transparent or for many, easy. Think, for example, about how many times you tap the “I agree” button on your smartphone to download an app without having the slightest notion of what you’ve agreed to. Furthermore, the information that Facebook collects is different than what Google or LinkedIn collects, or what your internet service provider may ask for.

Congress must establish clear, equitable internet rules now

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May 16, 2018

Education Dept. dismantles team focused on fraud at for-profit colleges: report

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

by Brett Samuels, the Hill

The Education Department has in recent months largely dismantled a team charged with investigating abuses by for-profit colleges, The New York Times reported Sunday. The investigative team was created in 2016 to look into widespread fraud claims against for-profit colleges. Roughly a dozen investigators and lawyers were later added to the unit. The Times reported that the team now consists of three employees, who focus mainly on student loan forgiveness applications. The investigations into for-profit colleges have largely come to a stop, according to the report.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/387507-education-department-dismantles-team-focused-on-fraud-at-for-profit

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Higher education should serve state’s working class

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

by SANDY STRUNK, Lancaster Online

Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney was quick to respond, “It would be relatively cheap and cowardly to close and merge.” Kenneth Mash, President of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties agreed, stating the RAND report should have suggested more funding so the state system can “truly deliver on (its) legislatively mandated mission to provide a high-quality, affordable education for working-class Pennsylvanians.” In its July 2017 report assessing the viability of PSSHE, the National Center of Higher Education Management Systems described PSSHE’s “bleak fiscal future,” noting if the current trends continue, “it is just a matter of time before all of the universities become financially unsustainable. The report goes on to deliver a scathing indictment of the governance structure, which “stifles effective and strategic leadership.”

https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/columnists/higher-education-should-serve-state-s-working-class/article_26cbde6e-4f05-11e8-b629-eb55fb49d51b.html

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Are Etextbooks Affordable Now? In a bid to gain market share, publishers have slashed the cost of digital textbooks

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

by Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

New print textbooks can still cost students hundreds of dollars, but the cost of etextbooks is falling fast, according to data from etextbook distribution platforms VitalSource and RedShelf — both of which work with all major publishers. Since 2016, the average price of etextbooks on VitalSource has fallen by 31 percent, from $56.36 in 2016 to $38.65 in 2018. Some areas, such as mathematics, have seen more drastic change, said VitalSource. In 2016, the average math etextbook cost $79. Now it’s $39 — a decrease of almost 50 percent. RedShelf confirmed a similar price drop. In 2015, the average etextbook cost $53.11, the company said. Now it’s $39.24.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/05/01/publishers-race-reduce-costs-digital-textbooks

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May 15, 2018

How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age

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

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Universities first opened these offshoots more than 100 years ago, and at the time they were innovative—throwing open the campus gates by offering night classes without any admission requirements.  EdSurge recently sat down with the dean of Harvard’s Extension School, Hunt Lambert, to ask him to sort through all these offerings and give his vision of where his school is headed.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-03-how-harvard-is-trying-to-update-the-extension-school-for-the-mooc-age

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THE PERKS OF DISTANCE LEARNING

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

By Victoria Bailey, WCBI

Ashley Jensen is now a Mississippi State University Alum but has never stepped foot on campus till graduation day. “Distance education at Mississippi State is really designed for adult learners, mostly, because we have so many students that have families, that have jobs, and as much as they would love to come to this beautiful campus sometimes you just can’t do that,”said Distance Education Director Dr. Susan Seal. Ashley now has a Masters in Middle Level Education.

The Perks Of Distance Learning

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Before ‘Solo,’ Ron Howard debuts an online directing class

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

 

By JAKE COYLE, AP

Howard’s continued exhilaration for the challenges of filmmaking are evident in an online course he developed that debuted Thursday. The class, featuring 32 roughly 10-minute video lessons, is part of the online tutorial series MasterClass, an instructional program that gives paying students access to the advice and teachings of famous experts. (Customers can learn ball-handling from Steph Curry, jazz piano from Herbie Hancock, or screenwriting from Aaron Sorkin.)

http://journaltimes.com/news/national/before-solo-ron-howard-debuts-an-online-class/article_d0895fee-93ce-53f6-9deb-ccdce430cb44.html

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May 14, 2018

American Higher Education Hits a Dangerous Milestone

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

by RONALD BROWNSTEIN, the Atlantic

Drawing almost no attention, the nation crossed an ominous milestone last year that threatens more economic polarization and social division: For the first time, public colleges and universities in most states received most of their revenue from tuition rather than government appropriations. This historic shift away from tax dollars funding the bulk of public higher education comes precisely as the nation’s youth population is crossing a succession of milestones to become more racially diverse than ever. As statisticians would say, it’s an open question whether these twin trends represent an example of causation or just correlation. But whether resources are shrinking because diversity is growing, or the two trends are proceeding independently, their convergence is still a dangerous development—not only for higher education, but also for the nation’s economic future.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/american-higher-education-hits-a-dangerous-milestone/559457/

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Higher ed embraces the new ‘traditional’ student

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

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
The Wall Street Journal profiles the growing culture of making higher education more accessible for adult learners. With 41% of students over the age of 25 and likely trying to balance school, work and family, students are receiving financial support to eliminate gaps in financial need after loans are applied to tuition costs. States like Tennessee and Indiana are using grants tied to workforce development or credential attainment to entice adults to enroll. Tennessee’s Reconnect Scholarship program pays tuition and fees for students enrolled at any public technical or community college or applied technology institution, while Indiana’s Workforce Ready grant funds enrollment in programs for construction, health sciences, manufacturing and other technical trades. Both programs require students to apply for federal financial aid as a prerequisite for receiving the state grants.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-embraces-the-new-traditional-student/522765/

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Free tool allows institutions to easily analyze, compare IPEDS data

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

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Data USA, a free-and-open data-visualization platform that launched in April 2016, added profiles on more than 7,300 higher education institutions, with information including tuition costs, demographics, acceptance rates, financial aid and endowments sizes, among other statistics gleaned from U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).  The platform, a collaboration between Deloitte, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Datawheel, lets users observe publicly available data in an integrated, visualized format, according to César Hidalgo, director of MIT’s Collective Learning group, who told Education Dive the resource allows users to do things like “see the data and visualize it and merge points right away.” Hidalgo said users can compare yields, how many of the students are accepted at a university decided to go there, and much more.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/free-tool-allows-institutions-to-easily-analyze-compare-ipeds-data/522688/

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