Archive for December, 2016

Northeastern University’s EdD program helps students put their ideas into practice

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

by Northeastern University

Now available in Hong Kong thanks to the assistance of Kaplan Higher Education, Northeastern’s doctor of education (EdD) program combines a first-rate syllabus with the advantages of distance learning. The program can be completed in three years and offers a hybrid learning experience with online classwork, plus face-to-face learning experiences. Designed for professionals who want to advance their careers, the program aims to foster the leadership skills and knowledge base needed for participants to effect meaningful change. It also enables students to remain committed to their communities while studying. Dr Mya M. Mangawang, Northeastern’s director of graduate programs in education, says “By connecting qualified, innovative, and passionate individuals with others from around the world, we are making it possible for our students to become true agents of change.” Northeastern University is based in Boston, US.

http://www.scmp.com/presented/news/topics/online-curriculum-overseas-edd-programme/article/2055756/northeastern

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What Will Be The Next Trend In Online Education?

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

by Ken Mazaika, Forbes

Delivery of the right content, at the right time, in the right medium. Let me explain through an example. Say you’re trying to learn about software development in a physical classroom. The quality of your experience would be limited by four key things: The structure/pacing of your course materials/outline. How fast/slow your classmates can learn software development. The mediums available to teach software development in a physical space. The depth of knowledge of your teacher in software development. When done correctly, online education has the power to break every single one of these limitations. It can flip the way we learn completely upside down by ushering in a brand new model. People sometimes refer to this as the student-led model, which, through technology, gives students the power to get the right content, at the right time, in the right medium.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2016/12/19/what-will-be-the-next-trend-in-online-education/#8be68a74e5bb

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Can faculty productivity be predicted with an algorithm?

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have developed a predictive analytics model that can forecast the future publishing and research activity of faculty members based upon previous research and writings. The data is published in Operations Research, and suggests that bibliometrics based upon citations and co-authorship and scholarly networking helped their system to make more statistically sound, virtual tenure decisions for more than 50 Ph.D. earners since 1995. The system does not account for service, and skeptics say that scholars could cheat the system to meet its basic standards of performance, and that any use in actual tenure decisions would be an incomplete notion of promotion.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/can-faculty-productivity-be-predicted-with-an-algorithm/432736/

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ED publishes final rules on distance education

Friday, December 30th, 2016

by Jarrett Carter, Education dive

The U.S. Department of Education has finalized its guidance on colleges and universities offering online degrees in states and territories beyond their home location, requiring that schools receive authorization from every state where domestic students do, or could pursue degrees. The guidance allows for continuation of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, which allows degree offerings in 44 states so far. According to Inside Higher Ed, some observers are not sure if the new guidance will be maintained under the incoming Trump Administration, which has shared on the record a desire to rollback several key elements of educational regulation.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/ed-publishes-final-rules-on-distance-education/432747/

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Four Questions For: Sebastian Thrun

Friday, December 30th, 2016

by Byron Reese, GigaOm

“In the future, education will shift from once-in-a-lifetime to lifelong. We are already seeing an increasing number of people demanding new education and new credentials as they walk through life. In the tech space, Udacity has become the go-to place for millions of people, not least because of our very strong ties to the tech industry, who eagerly hires our graduates. I also believe the sky-high tuition fees of existing universities will crumble…. AI will make us superhuman. Just as cars have made us superhuman (we can now “run” at 100mph), and phones have made us superhuman (we can now talk with people thousands of miles away), AI will give us superhuman memory, problem solving abilities, and an ability to get things done. 300 years ago, most of us worked in farming, doing the same physical task over and over again. Today, most of us work in offices, doing the same mental task over and over again. AI will do to boring repetitive mental work what the steam engine did to repetitive physical work in the fields.”

https://gigaom.com/2016/12/19/four-questions-for-sebastian-thrun/

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Colleges watch changes in federal administration

Friday, December 30th, 2016

by Melissa Ezarik, University Business

Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of education, billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos, is more of a household name in K12 than higher ed circles. DeVos has worked to promote school choice and voucher programs, including creation of Detroit’s charter school system. She sits on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, whose mission is “to build an American education system that equips every child to achieve his or her God-given potential.” As for what this means to the higher ed side of the fence, DeVos’ stances and potential actions as head of the department are much less clear—but there’s still much scrutiny over the announcement via social media and formal statements.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/federal-administration-watch

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Teaching ‘Truthiness’: Professors Offer Course On How to Write Fake News

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

It sounds like a fake news story: Two professors plan a free online course on how to write fake news. But this course is real—as well as an act of satire. It’s called “How to Write and Read Fake News: Journalism in the Age of Trump,” and it’s being offered as a kind of performance art to draw attention to the problem of the influential falsehoods that are spreading online. The course is the latest offering from a long-running satirical project called UnderAcademy College, whose previous courses included “Grammar Porn” and “Underwater Procrastination and Advanced Desublimation Techniques.”

http://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-12-19-teaching-truthiness-professors-offer-course-on-how-to-write-fake-news

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The 5 biggest tech trends of 2016: ZDNet editors sound off

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

by ZD Net

1. Cybersecurity: Data breaches accelerate

2. Cloud: AWS built on its lead as cloud providers mature

3. Apple: Can’t get out of its own way

4. The PC: Dead like vinyl records

5. Governments: The underfunded giants are at risk in tech

http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-5-biggest-tech-trends-of-2016-zdnet-editors-sound-off/

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Let there be light! Online platform lets students do science in real time

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

by Dyllan Furness, Digital Trends

Dubbed the Biology Cloud Lab, the interactive platform is designed to engage scientists of all ages by letting them remotely control LEDs around communities of light-responsive cells. Although the single-celled organisms (Euglena) depend on light to make energy, they retreat when the light source is too strong. By manipulating the light’s direction and intensity, users can watch the Euglena react in real time and, later, hypothesize about the cells’ behavior. “Classic microscopy is just passive observation,” Stanford assistant professor of bioengineering and co-lead of the project, Ingmar Reidel-Kruse, told Digital Trends. “The Cloud Lab is interactive, i.e. a user can push a button, turn on a light, and see a cell responding. That is a paradigm change, which enables a totally new type of firsthand experience.”

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/let-light-online-platform-lets-211339148.html

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Learning is fun for Western Nevada College Jump Start students

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

by Nevada Appeal

Western Nevada College Jump Start students celebrated the conclusion of a fall semester of Advanced Manufacturing training by holding an Olympics of sorts on Thursday morning. The Career and Technical Education students, who represent Carson and Dayton high schools, put their newfound industrial technology knowledge into a series of Olympic-type games. “This is an end-of-semester project demonstrating coding and building of small robots, and presentation skills for students studying advanced manufacturing,” said WNC Professor of Electronics and Industrial Technology Emily Howarth. “This class and lab work has reinforced for students the importance of initiative and drive on the job, showing them that they can learn and do a variety of technical work tasks.” Individuals can take three classes (online and in-class options) in one semester to become certified to work in an above entry-level-position in Advanced Manufacturing.

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/local/learning-is-fun-for-western-nevada-college-jump-start-students/

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Atlantic Cape, U.S.C.G. Training Center Cape May Partnering to Provide Educational Opportunities to Service Personnel

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

by Cape May Herald

Atlantic Cape Community College and the United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May are partnering to provide educational opportunities to Coast Guard service members, reservists and civilian employees. The training center is the Coast Guard’s fifth largest base and the sole accession point for the entire enlisted workforce.

To re-affirm this collaboration, college representatives recently visited the training center to discuss admissions procedures, degree programs, course scheduling, transfer of credits and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA.)  Andre Richburg, dean of Enrollment Management and College Relations, said that Coast Guard members have the option of taking traditional courses at the Cape May County Campus, located in Cape May Court House, as they pursue any of 46 associate degree or certificate programs. Students also have the option of taking online courses and may complete any of 13 associate degree programs completely online.

http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/community/article_e958c640-c40f-11e6-b393-37016afdf4ea.html

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35% of colleges missed enrollment goals in 2016

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a recent survey of more than 440 colleges and universities nationwide, of which more than 40% of private schools and 30% of public institutions reported missing at least one enrollment goal of increased first-year student numbers or tuition revenue for this academic year. Nearly 40% of schools surveyed met both goals, but say the numbers are down from previous years and were adjusted to meet forecasts based upon appropriations, industrial growth and demographic trends in the surrounding region. College officials say that it is nearly impossible to read growth in one year as the beginning of a trend, or a one-time bump which could decline in the following year.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/35-of-colleges-missed-enrollment-goals-in-2016/432131/

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Online learning benefits those juggling jobs/studies

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

By Frank Matys, Simcoe.com

Decades after earning a diploma in chemical engineering technology, Rettinger — who entered policing in 1990 after initially working in the private sector — enrolled in online studies at Georgian College. “Most of my peers at Georgian weren’t even born when I graduated the first time,” he told Simcoe.com. Eligible for retirement from his job as staff sergeant with the Midland Police Service in 2018, Rettinger decided to pursue a degree in police studies in the hope of joining the college faculty part-time and training students in law enforcement.

http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/7016453-online-learning-benefits-those-juggling-jobs-studies-midland-police-sergeant/

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3 Steps to Choose the Right Online Degree Major

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

By Joe Chapman, US News

Prospective online students should consider their career goals and virtually connect with an enrollment counselor. For some, choosing an online degree program can be daunting. With dozens of programs to choose from, deciding on the right fit can be tough – especially considering the financial investment. Remember, your online degree choice should reflect your interests and passions and ultimately lead to a career that is satisfying and rewarding. For online students, choosing the right degree program can be easier if online education is being used to further a current career path, because you most likely have an idea of the degree you need to continue. However, it’s still important to follow these steps, as you may discover a new degree option or career path that piques your interest and ultimately achieves your goals in a different way.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2016-12-16/3-steps-to-choose-the-right-online-degree-major

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E-Learning Market Expected to Experience Major Growth Over Next Five Years

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

The e-learning market is predicted to experience significant global growth over the next five years, largely driven by advances in technology, evolving business needs and a number of emerging learning and development trends, according to Docebo’s newly released research report, “E-Learning Market Trends and Forecast 2017-2021.” For instance, the report says the global corporate e-learning market is projected to reach approximate revenues of $31 billion by the end of 2020. This information initially came from Technavio’s report, “Global Corporate E-Learning Market 2016-2020.” Docebo reports that social and collaborative tools, followed closely by mobile delivery, lead the pack at the top of the list of top learning technology priorities. This initially came from Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Learning Technology Study.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/12/08/elearning-market-expected-to-experience-major-growth-over-next-five-years.aspx

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5 brilliant ways top universities are handling Millennials’ web needs

Monday, December 26th, 2016

BY IVO PASCUCCI, eCampus News

From LMS to Facebook, and from streaming in class to proliferating devices, universities are coming up with new ways to satisfy the Millennials’ digital age. The proliferation of connected devices (Gartner predicts that 20 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020) is coming with a generation of people who will leverage the internet in novel ways. Already, online courses and web-based resources are an everyday option on campuses all over the country thanks to Millennials’ web needs. To handle this new digital paradigm, universities are coming up with new ways to leverage students’ expanding use of technology and adapt their networks to meet new demands. Current teaching styles and innovative campus technologies supporting these Millennials’ needs are leading to a shift in how higher education plans and deploys its IT infrastructure.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/it-newsletter/universities-millennials-web-needs/

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Trending: Online courses in game theory, 3D printing

Monday, December 26th, 2016

by Lavina Mulchandani, Hindustan Times

As massive open online courses, or MOOCs, catch on, the number of students registering is climbing by as much as 70% a year, and hallowed institutes that never offered them before — like Oxford University — are opening their doors virtually too. “MOOCs used to be seen as almost an extra-curricular activity. But even the book-centric Indian students are learning that it can be very enriching, personally and professionally, to attend a prestigious foreign university virtually,” says education consultant Karan Gupta. “It also helps expand the horizon when it comes to higher study options, as MOOCs allow students to opt for standalone courses in topics like game theory, antimicrobial resistance or 3D printing.”

http://www.hindustantimes.com/education/now-trending-online-courses-in-game-theory-3d-printing/story-Rn0A7XG2Fxwt3m7wPftEAK.html

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10 Most Popular edX Courses in 2016

Monday, December 26th, 2016

BY JERRY HAMEDI, eDX

As the year comes to a close, we take a look back at our ten most popular courses of 2016, as selected by you, our learners. Our list, based on total enrollments and learner ratings, showcases your favorite courses and what you’ve had to say about them.

http://blog.edx.org/10-most-popular-courses-edx-courses-in-2016

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Switching Careers: Advice from a Nanodegree Graduate

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

by Elyse Kolin, Udacity

Udacity students pursue a wide array of career goals. Many are preparing to launch new careers, while others are switching careers—turning their existing skills and interests in new directions. In this post we feature Mike Miller, a Nanodegree Plus graduate who successfully switched his career from mathematics educator to iOS developer. In an in-depth interview, Mike generously shared details about his journey from software hobbyist to full-time iOS developer. He discussed his challenges, described his successes, and explored the role that Udacity playe

http://blog.udacity.com/2016/12/switching-careers-advice-nanodegree-graduate.html

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Michael Lewis discusses his new book, The Undoing Project

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

by Knowledge@Wharton

The Huffington Post calls Michael Lewis “one of the premier chroniclers of our age.” It’s hard to argue with that description. His best-selling books, including Moneyball, The Blind Side and The Big Short, have all been turned into blockbuster films. The Undoing Project: The Friendship That Changed Our Minds explores the fascinating relationship between Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman that helped produce seminal thinking about how the mind works – and how it can reach more accurate analyses. Lewis recently appeared on the Knowledge@Wharton show on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM channel 111 to discuss the book and explain how his latest project is something of a prequel to the data analytics strategies found in Moneyball.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/161212a-kwr-lewis/
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This online software makes learning a new language simpler and more affordable than ever

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

by Alessia Grunberger, Insider Picks

There are a lot of benefits to being bilingual. Besides the obvious social advantages — like traveling with ease and sounding awesome to your unilingual friends — being able to speak more than one language makes you an invaluable asset to employers. For these reasons and many others, picking up a new tongue is always one of the top New Year’s resolutions people make year after year.

http://www.businessinsider.com/babbel-learn-foreign-language-online-software-2016-12?r=UK&IR=T

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