Archive for February, 2016

What Employers Think About Your Online Nursing Degree

Monday, February 29th, 2016

By Jordan Friedman, US News

After applicants receive their initial training in person, employers will accept​ subsequent degrees earned online, experts say. ​For James Gregory, a graduate of​ the University of South Carolina’s adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner​ master’s degree program, online education seemed like a natural choice, as he was able to attend class on a more flexible schedule, he says. Then, when he was applying for jobs, some employers asked him during interviews whether the quality of his online degree was equivalent to what he would have received in person. He says it was. The online degree program was “very challenging and far different, of course for me, than the days of going and having to be at class at 8, 10:15, or whatever, but the expectation was the same,” says the 54-year old, who now​ works as an acute care nurse practitioner​ in South Carolina.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2016-02-23/what-employers-think-about-your-online-nursing-degree

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Boise State classrooms transition to mobile learning

Monday, February 29th, 2016

by Caroline Campana, the Arbiter

Boise State is starting a mobile learning program. More and more teachers are getting involved with classroom technology. Classes participating in this program are signed up for the use of an iPad for the duration of the semester. Students are introduced to new ways to use this technology and help them prepare for future jobs. “It seems as if more and more students are growing up immersed in technology. To keep students engaged, it’s smart for teachers to adapt to their learning style,” said Christine Moore, professor of public relations. Along with gaining access to one of these electronic devices for the semester, students also learn more about these devices.

https://arbiteronline.com/2016/02/23/boise-state-classrooms-transition-to-mobile-learning/

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What Type of Class Suits You Best?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

by Simon Pierpont, the Clock Online

Every spring and fall, every student on campus undergoes one of the most stressful weeks of the semester. No, it’s not finals week. It’s advising week. When the day to sign up for classes comes around, everyone rushes to their computers as soon as they wake up in an attempt to get the classes that they want for the upcoming semester, but the question then arises, what type of class suits you the best, online or face to face? I prefer on-campus classes. However, some students prefer online classes to face-to-face classes for some interesting reasons. Sophomore Joscelyn Lamoureux said, “I love online classes so much more than regular classes. When I take an online class I am able to complete the class at my own pace for the most part all while sitting in the comfort of my living room, that alone is reason enough for me.”

http://www.theclockonline.com/news/view.php/1017330/What-Type-of-Class-Suits-You-Best

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HOW ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAMS FACTOR INTO HIGHER ED’S FUTURE

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

by Kitty McConnell, Columbus CEO

The Internet has disrupted every sector, and higher education is no exception. Online programs are changing the way students earn degrees at brick-and-mortar colleges and universities. Many of central Ohio’s academic institutions are investing in online initiatives to stay competitive. As eLearning gains wider acceptance among students and administrators, academic institutions and faculty are wrestling with the hows and whys of integrating online courses into traditional college curriculums.

http://www.columbusceo.com/content/stories/2016/02/higher-elearning.html

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MasterClass Raises $15 Million For Online Classes Taught By Celebrities

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

by Connie Loizos, Tech Crunch

MasterClass, a San Francisco-based online education platform that’s luring some of the most talented professionals in their respective fields to teach, has raised $15 million in Series B funding led by New Enterprise Associates. What investors are backing is certainly interesting. MasterClass, which charges $90 for each “MasterClass,” currently features five options, including five hours of acting class that are taught by Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman; two hours of advanced tennis techniques taught by tennis great Serena Williams; 22 lessons on writing taught by bestselling author James Patterson; and 16 video lessons by entertainer Usher on the art of performance.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/23/masterclass-raises-15-million-for-online-classes-taught-by-celebrities/

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These Six EdTech Ventures Are Deploying Big Data To Improve Digital Business Education

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

by Seb Murray, Business Because

A Harvard Business School MBA is launching an edtech venture that will utilize big data analytics to improve students’ online learning. Ashwin Damera has teamed up with MIT Sloan School of Management, Columbia Business School, and Tuck School of Business to bring their world-leading content further into the digital realm. The Emeritus Institute of Management is the latest in a long line of start-ups biting into the rapidly growing online education market — expected to reach $107 billion last year, according to Docebo. Many are utilizing analytics to improve both teaching and learning. The crunching of data, along with a focus on virtual communication and teams, and on the skills needed for managing in the digital economy, are what sets the Emeritus Institute apart, Ashwin said.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/3800/edtech-improves-online-business-training

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The Revolution in Higher Ed Is Coming … But When?

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

Higher ed innovation guru Richard DeMillo talks about how and where to look for the massive transformation of education taking place right before our eyes. When will MOOCs replace the institutions (like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) that started them? At what point does digital learning replace the live classroom? Do intellectual property rights still exist? Is tenure dead? All provocative questions for someone like Richard DeMillo, author of a book with the equally provocative title, Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable. Yet, in many circumstances, his answer to those questions, when asked by consultant and futurist Bryan Alexander in this week’s Future Trends Forum video chat, was, “I don’t know.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/02/17/the-revolution-in-higher-ed-is-coming-but-when.aspx

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6 Major Barriers Impeding Technology Adoption in Education

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

By David Nagel, Campus Technology

Weak digital literacy skills among students and faculty are hampering the effective use of technology in schools. But according to a panel of experts, this problem, as prevalent and pernicious as it may be, is within our power to solve. Some of the other obstacles identified by the panel … not so much. The panel of experts, led by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative, identified six impediments that are hampering education and the adoption of technology in education in significant ways. The findings were published in a report released in February, the NMC Horizon Report: 2016 Higher Education Edition.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/02/16/6-major-barriers-impeding-technology-adoption-in-education.aspx

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5 Reasons To Consider Online Courses

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

By Danielle Wirsansky, ULoop

Attending class is one of the most important elements to doing well while in college. It can be so easy to get side tracked or difficult to get every class you need scheduled. That is why online courses exist, and sometimes, they can save the day. Online classes are not for everyone, but if you are able to effectively learn that way, then there are several good reasons to consider online courses.

http://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/191039/5-Reasons-To-Consider-Online-Courses

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Is the Traditional College Education an Endangered Species?

Friday, February 26th, 2016

by Knowledge@Wharton

Would employers ever come to accept micro-credentials — individual certificates of digital accomplishment — in place of a bachelor’s or master’s degree? “Large employers are looking at these credentials as a way to either promote people or hire people,” Agarwal responded. He noted that edX has collaborated with organizations such as Aspiring Minds, an Indian company that connects learners to employment. Plus, he said, MIT is in discussion with a number of employers who are interested in the idea of a “micro-master’s” credential. He said that to truly alter the educational and employment ecosystem, edX would need to increase its successes, demonstrate that the course quality was good and show that learners were “learning about the same, or more, or close enough to what they would get in a campus education…. Once the press begins talking about it, and cost pressures continue beating up on everybody, I think there is a path forward.”

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/is-the-traditional-college-education-an-endangered-species/

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Coursera Adds Mentors, Project-Based Courses to Online Offerings

Friday, February 26th, 2016

by EdSurge

Coursera began offering mentors for 10 of its courses, Class Central reports. For $248, students can receive 1:1 feedback, email and forum support, and live weekly “office hours” with mentors—professionals from industries relevant to each course. While companies including Udacity and General Assembly have offered mentor-guided courses for years, the space is mostly new for Coursera, whose other guided-course initiative (a peer-to-peer tutoring pilot in 2014) was short-lived.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-02-19-coursera-adds-mentors-project-based-courses-to-online-offerings

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How to Make the Most of Online Learning

Friday, February 26th, 2016

by Demetra Katsifli, CMI

CMI chief executive Ann Francke said: “Many employers need to rethink how they go about helping their managers learn new skills. Just dumping textbooks onto smartphones is a dumb way to upskill managers. Managers want personalised bite-size content, to share knowledge and learn from connected peer networks, to ask questions and get feedback in real time. Why? Because it’s now part of how we work and live.” Today, online distance learning is no longer a poor cousin of the classroom. In fact, recent research has shown that people taking online courses are developing additional skills ¬– such as discipline, focus, accountability and troubleshooting – precisely because this method of learning requires them to be more organised and manage their own educational experience. A key feature of online distance learning is that the students are at the centre of the learning process and they have to take a more proactive role.

http://www.managers.org.uk/insights/news/2016/february/how-to-make-the-most-of-online-learning

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Columbia creates new administrative position for online education, expands online programming

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

BY JESSICA SPITZ, Columbia Spectator

Sandesh Tuladhar will work to centralize efforts to incorporate online education across the University as the new director of online education. Various forms of online education have been present at Columbia for years, including massive open online courses, certification programs, and “flipped” classrooms, which incorporate online resources into a course’s curriculum. However, with the recent creation of a new position for a Director of Online Education and the opening of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Columbia looks to expand the scale of online educational programming even further.

http://columbiaspectator.com/news/2016/02/18/university-hires-first-director-online-education-online-education-efforts-rapidly

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Embry-Riddle plans free online courses to support aerospace workforce in Asia

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

BY GULLI ARNASON, Financial News

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University´s Worldwide campus will launch four free online courses in 2016, known as Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), to address timely aerospace topics. Two of the courses will focus on the Southeast Asian marketplace. Through collaboration with leading regional experts and its Embry-Riddle Asia headquarters in Singapore the university continues its commitment to shaping a sustainable aerospace workforce in the region.

http://www.financial-news.co.uk/33353/2016/02/embry-riddle-plans-free-online-courses-to-support-aeros/

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Students compare online, on-campus classes

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

by Sophia Oswald, WASHBURN REVIEW

Whether or not you prefer online courses or taking a class in person depends on who you are and how you learn. There are many advantages to both types and the preference really depends on each individual student. When students decide to learn in the classroom, they are able to learn face-to-face and can ask questions as soon as they get stumped. These can be difficult for some people because you have to be on campus and are responsible for being there at a certain time. When students decide to enroll in an online course, they aren’t required to be in a class at a certain time and they don’t have to commute to be there. This type of course can help people who work a lot and have tight schedules.

http://www.washburnreview.org/opinion/students-compare-online-on-campus-classes/article_e01c0d60-cec1-11e5-ba95-f391fa677f4c.html

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Higher ed ‘revolution’ hard to predict, but on the way

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

While it’s hard to say when higher education will be on the other side of a major shift and what, exactly, it will look like then, Richard DeMillo, Georgia Tech computing professor and author of “Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable,” believes the ‘revolution’ is inevitable. Campus Technology reports that DeMillo sees a major shift toward online programming and digital technology to better serve students at colleges and universities across the country, both the well-known and more obscure. A reimagined Physics 101 course at Georgia Tech replaced overcrowded labs with videos, made by students who go out into the world to conduct experiments and then report back, creating an entirely new experience for students — not simply an online version that doesn’t have space limitations.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-revolution-hard-to-predict-but-on-the-way/414114/

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Collecting the right data isn’t enough — colleges must know how to use it

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Data collection around student performance has exploded in recent years, and many schools have figured out how to use the data to improve retention rates, make advising more efficient, strengthen classroom pedagogy, and offer the right services to meet student needs. But still, Jeff Ralyea, senior vice president of product management at Ellucian, sees that many campuses are lost. “What we have found is that the schools, even if they have the data, they just don’t know where to start in terms of using the data,” Ralyea said. Ellucian has been working on a set of guided analytics solutions that use heuristics to “teach” the program to anticipate desired analyses based on prior searches and user profiles. The higher education software and services company sees a strong desire for data-driven decision-making among its client institutions. This software makes it possible for a wider range of people to interpret the data in ways that can be meaningful for the organization.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/collecting-the-right-data-isnt-enough-colleges-must-know-how-to-use-it/414040/

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Explore the Pros, Cons of Gamification in Online Education

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

By Jordan Friedman, US News

To keep students engaged, some faculty incorporate game-design elements into online classes. For gamification to be effective, students need to view it as a serious form of learning, experts say. In his online course on ethical decision-making, Greg Andres, a philosophy lecturer at the University of Waterloo in Canada, has students compete for the top spot on the class’ leader board. As they answer questions about how they would respond to various ethical dilemmas, they receive a certain number of points depending on how Andres views their responses in a given context. The goal is “to make course concepts concrete – here’s how it actually plays out in real life,” Andres says. Andres’ class is an example of gamification, a term that generally refers to the implementation of different game-design elements – such as competition or the earning of points or badges – into various settings.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2016-02-17/explore-the-pros-cons-of-gamification-in-online-education

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Is Online Learning The Future Of Education?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

by WorldCrunch

In recent years, online learning has become a huge topic of interest. Although when it was first introduced online learning — or e-learning — was met with a significant amount of skepticism, both students and teachers are currently embracing the power of the internet when it comes to education. Online learning students make up millions of the academic population, with many mature students choosing this option over a traditional college. Experts say that online learning is just as effective as, or even more effective than, traditional classroom learning.

http://www.worldcrunch.com/blog/is-online-learning-the-future-of-education-/c0s20650/

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Study suggests acceptance of online education still lags among high school students

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Most college-bound high school students are concerned about the quality of online education, but many say they are open to the idea of taking some of their courses online, a new study shows. Russell Poulin, director of policy and analysis at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), criticized the authors of the study for designing it around “preconceptions” about online education. Their analysis, he said in an email, reinforces the presumption that high school students aren’t interested in studying online. “Since when is 43 percent of the students equated with ‘almost no interest’?” Poulin wrote, referring to the surveyed students who said they were interested in taking a few, half or most of their courses online. The undecided students, he added, shouldn’t be assumed to be negative toward online education. “Perhaps they would be interested if they try it?” he wrote.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/02/17/study-suggests-high-school-students-hold-negative-views-online-education

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Finding Our Voice: Instructional Designers in Higher Education

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

by Sandra L. Miller and Gayle K. Stein, EDUCAUSE Review

A New Jersey workshop on instructional design gave attendees the opportunity to learn about instructional designers’ roles at different institutions and brainstorm good ideas, tips and tricks, important contributions to the field, and how to overcome shared challenges. Instructional technologists and video production coordinators also are involved in the instructional design process, helping faculty learn how to use instructional tools. A major challenge for instructional designers is faculty resistance to new pedagogies and deliveries — not just to hybrid and online courses. Institutional acknowledgement of skill acquisition in their professional development can lead faculty to place a higher value on technology integration in teaching and learning.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/2/finding-our-voice-instructional-designers-in-higher-education

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