Online Learning Update

December 12, 2017

What higher ed leaders need to know about what’s going on in Washington

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

By Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

Advocacy experts talk what’s happening on Capitol Hill and how institutions will be impacted. The proposed tax reform legislation working its way through Congress has raised a lot of concerns for higher ed stakeholders and advocates. Brian Flahaven, senior director of advocacy for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, said “negotiations [between the conferees] are really happening already” and the convening of a conference committee is really “more of a theater conference.” “It’s now or never on the conference issues,” he said during a session at the Higher Education Relations Conference Thursday. “If you have been weighing in, if you have been talking about your presidents about weighing in, weigh in now.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/tax-bill-hea-and-budgets-oh-my-what-higer-ed-leaders-need-to-know-abou/512623/

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Syracuse University’s 2018 budget projections, shows growth in online education programs

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

By Michael Burke, Daily Orange

Syracuse University’s fiscal year 2017 budget and projected 2018 budget each feature a surplus and illustrate a growing presence of online education programs at the university, a University Senate report shows. The distribution of the university’s revenues and expenses outlined in the report closely mirror distributions in years past, but the report does highlight one new trend at SU: There has been rapid growth of online education in recent years. Tuition revenue from online graduate programs has more than doubled since 2015, a period of growth that coincides with the launch of partnerships between several of SU’s schools and colleges and 2U Inc., a provider of online education degree programs.

http://dailyorange.com/2017/12/committee-report-outlines-syracuse-universitys-2018-budget-projections-shows-growth-online-education-programs/

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Leaders dissect the partisan divide over higher education’s value

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

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

“How can higher education be so bad when there’s so much data” from analytics on jobs and earnings data to quality of life indicators, constantly showing all of the positive outcomes associated with a college degree, asked Shaun Harper, Executive Director of the USC Race and Equity Center and a professor of education and business at the University of Southern California. The question was posed during the Higher Education Government Relations Conference in San Diego Wednesday as a response to a growing partisan divide — and specifically, what seems to be a Republican retreat — on the value of higher education. “I don’t think it’s that necessarily Republicans hate higher ed and Democrats love it, I think it’s that nobody knows what to do with it,” said Arizona Board of Regents President Eileen Klein.

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https://www.educationdive.com/news/leaders-dissect-the-partisan-divide-over-higher-educations-value/512513/

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December 11, 2017

This is how you measure the viability of academic programs

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

BY KARLI GRANT, eCampus News
One of the most frequent questions I hear when visiting colleges and universities is, “What about a tool for measuring the viability of our academic programs?” Institutions are seeking greater insight into the true value of programs beyond traditional metrics or accounting methods, especially as budgets continue to shrink and regulatory accountability for student outcomes increases. This is difficult to achieve through traditional higher education accounting, in which revenues, program needs, and student success initiatives are often opaque to each other and treated as discrete functions. To gain greater insight into program and institutional ROI, more institutions are looking at the way businesses use activity-based costing to determine the bottom line value of products and services. The goal is to tie the cost of these discrete functions to the big picture of operational and student success.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/viability-academic-programs/

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The Case for Synchronous Online Courses

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

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

For many learners, online degrees are ideal because they are non-synchronous. They allow people to complete their studies and further their career on their own time, outside of a semester schedule. They can keep their jobs, maintain their roles in their family, and remain with their community while learning.  This benefit also has its downsides. Most importantly for many learners, remote degrees can feel isolating. Many people hope to engage with their instructors and other learners while they get their degree. These relationships can lead to friendships and helpful professional connections Unfortunately, many iterations of eLearning—such as most MOOCs, many online university degrees, coding bootcamps, and other programs—do not allow for a social learning experience.

The Case for Synchronous Online Courses

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Google’s ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI

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

by SHIVALI BEST and JOE PINKSTONE, Daily Mail

Google’s latest artificial intelligence, AlphaZero, has defeated one of the best chess programs in the world after learning the game from scratch in just four hours. The ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI played 100 games against rival computer program Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them. The AI is the work of Google’s DeepMind division, and is the latest in a series of incredible AI achievements by the company. An earlier version of the machine, dubbed AlphaGo, was able to defeat the world’s top human players of the Chinese board game Go.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5155009/Googles-AI-mastered-chess-four-hours-scratch.html

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December 10, 2017

Why Online Law Degrees Are Unlikely to Gain Legitimacy

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

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

The law profession carefully regulates which programs can gain accreditation and so far, online law degrees have made few gains, even as other professions rush to scale up their online offerings. Indeed, as stated on the American Bar Association (ABA) website, “Currently, no law schools that provide a J.D. degree completely via distance education are approved by the ABA.” The ABA even warns prospective students that “Earning an education completely via distance education may drastically limit your ability to sit for the bar in many states.” The key reason the law profession appears to be resistant to online degrees is tradition. Gregory Duhl, an associate dean for strategic initiatives at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law recently told US News, “I think the legal profession and legal education are just very resistant to change.” This was also the conclusion reached when a promising online JD program at Syracuse was rejected by the ABA earlier this year.

https://news.elearninginside.com/why-online-law-degrees-are-unlikely-to-gain-legitimacy/

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Research proves learning is a lifelong process

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

by Peter Rule, The Conversation

Aging brings a slight deterioration in functions like short-term memory. But it has the advantage of accumulated experience. This means you know what you want to learn and how you want to apply it, and can link it to experience and concepts you’ve already acquired. Children at school typically learn a prescribed curriculum for future application. Adults tend to choose their learning and want it to count here and now. Learning as an adult is not easy. You have to admit what you don’t know. Sometimes past learning experiences have been negative and associated with feelings of fear and failure. And adults have multiple responsibilities: work, family, social involvements and ageing parents, to name a few. Learning means negotiating these commitments and your own feelings. When you decide to embark on new studies, it’s important to let those around you know; explain how it will change things and enlist their support.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-12-lifelong.html

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What to Know About Earning an Online Degree in a Cohort

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

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Despite what some prospective students may believe, many online degree programs still allow for plenty of student interaction. When looking into different online undergraduate or graduate programs, prospective students should understand whether they will be part of a cohort, although this type of program’s exact structure may vary among schools. Here are three aspects to know about completing an online degree in a cohort.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-12-04/3-facts-about-earning-an-online-degree-in-a-cohort

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December 9, 2017

Effective student support key to online learners’ success

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

by Joseph J. Grilli, Times Leader

Nationwide, colleges and universities are reporting tremendous growth in adult students taking classes online instead of working toward their degrees via the more traditional brick-and-mortar format, according to a recent study published by Aslanian Market Research. In nine short years, the profile of the adult learner has changed dramatically, according to the study. With an average age of 29, less than one-third of these students who consider themselves tech-savvy, prefer classroom-based study. In 2006, the average age of this target audience was 35. Adult learners have other unique characteristics and preferences that separate them from the traditional 18-year-olds fresh out of high school.

http://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/684137/effective-student-support-key-to-online-learners-success

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North Dakota districts use online courses to expand offering

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

by Associated Press

North Dakota rural schools with limited finances are using online classes to expand course offerings for students. The North Dakota Center for Distance Education, which offers hundreds of online courses, has seen a considerable increase in course enrollments after the state Legislature started subsidizing course costs. Students enrolled in 7,350 courses at the center this year, compared to about 2,170 in 2011, according to the center’s data.

 

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/North-Dakota-districts-use-online-courses-to-12400518.php

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Class Room Vs. Online Learning

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

by Michelle Lee, Toolbox

To be able to take online classes, you will need good time management skills. Without time management, you will not have an easy time with online classes. You will have to find the right courses to take that will work with your schedule. I can only study at night or on weekends, so I need a provider who I can get help from at those times. Online learning is a great way to get an education if you are self-motivated. You will need to have access to a good computer with a high speed Internet connection and a quiet place to study. Anyone with the basic Internet skills can get an education through online courses. I am glad that I chose online learning versus class room learning since it offered me more options for my education.

http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/this-is-it/class-room-vs-online-learning-79137

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December 8, 2017

Online and Adult Learners More Satisfied with College Experience than Traditional Students

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

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

According to a new national survey, online and adult students are generally more satisfied with their overall college experience than traditional on-campus students. The 2017 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report from Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a provider of enrollment management, student success and fundraising solutions for higher education, found that 67 percent of adult learners and 74 percent of online students rated their satisfaction level as “satisfied” or “very satisfied,” while only 53 percent of students at four-year public institutions and 54 percent at four-year privates said the same. Students at two-year public institutions and career schools were in the middle, at 64 percent and 66 percent satisfied, respectively.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/28/online-and-adult-learners-more-satisfied-with-college-experience-than-traditional-students.aspx

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Study Uncovers How Ed Tech Decision-Making Works

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Higher education people most often turn to each other when they’re trying to make decisions about education technology. And it’s not uncommon for them to start with a particular technology and then find a problem to solve, vs. identifying a pedagogical need and then looking for the tech tools that would address the challenges.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/29/study-uncovers-how-ed-tech-decision-making-works.aspx

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The top skills career-minded students need in today’s digital workforce

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

BY FRANK CONNOLLY, eCampusNews

Once seen as merely “nice to have,” critical thinking skills have emerged as a flat-out necessity in today’s knowledge-based economy. For soon-to-be college graduates, it’s a tough job market out there–in many fields, perhaps the most competitive ever. To stand out from their peers, tomorrow’s grads will need to show that they have the skill sets that businesses value most. [Read: “World-renowned futurist Michio Kaku: This is what higher ed should be teaching students right now.“] Here are four of the skills that top the wish lists of many major employers:

The top skills career-minded students need in today’s digital workforce

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December 7, 2017

Robot Learning Improves Online Student Engagement

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

by Michigan State University

The first-ever study of Michigan State University’s pioneering robot-learning course shows that online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom. Stationed around the class, each robot has a mounted video screen controlled by the remote user that lets the student pan around the room to see and talk with the instructor and fellow students participating in-person. The study, published in Online Learning, found that robot learning generally benefits remote students more than traditional videoconferencing, in which multiple students are displayed on a single screen.

https://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2017/12/robot-learning-improves-online-student-engagement

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5 Tips to Help You Register for Online Courses

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

By Bradley Fuster, US News

After you decide to pursue an online degree, one of your first tasks will be to register for classes. Diligently selecting which online courses to take, with which faculty and in what order will impact your satisfaction with the program and academic success. Many universities provide online students with an academic adviser early on to aid in course selection and registration. While online advisers are excellent resources, here are five tips to help you during the course-selection process.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-12-01/5-tips-to-help-you-register-for-online-courses

 

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MOOCs Struggle to Meet Financial Demand of Master’s in Social Work with Varying Success

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

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

The Master’s in Social Work (MSW), for example, at the University of Michigan is currently the top-ranked program of its kind in the U.S. 416 students currently matriculate. The annual cost to attend this program currently stands at $25,756 for Michigan residents and $41,272 for out of state students, which is certainly well above average for a MSW program. It is, however, currently the best. Still, a good wage for a social worker currently brings in a $45,000 salary, but professionals with only a degree on their wall and little experience might expect something more like $30,000.

https://news.elearninginside.com/moocs-struggle-meet-financial-demand-masters-social-work-varying-success/

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December 6, 2017

Study Explores Social Media and Mobile Use in Flipped Learning And Help-Seeking

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

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Many things have changed since the ‘90s, especially regarding online education and education technology. Some professors have made incredible commitments to online presence, such as Al Filreis who maintains a massive online open course (MOOC) version of his poetry class at the University of Pennsylvania. He and his team respond to students usually within the hour. Professor Ashok Goel at Georgia Tech created a teaching assistant chatbot for his computer science courses. But by and large, these efforts are fantastic anomalies. The issues of isolation for online learners remain today. “[S]tudents suffer isolation when they study in an online environment and this situation is often considered to be unavoidable,” Professor Wen-Li Chyr writes.

https://news.elearninginside.com/study-explores-social-media-mobile-use-flipped-learning-help-seeking/

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Why Digitizing Traditional Learning Isn’t Innovation

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

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Technology has been hailed by many as the answer to every problem in education. Digital technology is supposed to allow students to learn in entirely new ways, bringing new innovations to every classroom. But this isn’t always the case. In fact, many EdTech programs and tools are simply digitizing traditional teaching—and it isn’t innovation. Instead, teachers should be looking for ways to use technology to get students active. That doesn’t mean physically active, but mentally active. With technology, it’s possible to get students to do more critical thinking, evaluating, and creating. Students can take responsibility for their own learning.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/digitizing-traditional-teaching-isnt-innovation/

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Massachusetts Commits to Digital Education and Lifelong Learning

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

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said that he plans to establish a Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning. The intent of the commission is to sound the depths of the current state of employment and the Massachusetts workforce. Baker hopes the commission will provide insight on how to create conditions and incentives for Massachusetts residents to more easily receive education and workforce training in growing fields. The announcement occurred at the recent “Governor’s Online Digital Learning Summit,” which was hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The summit brought together education administrators from the state government along with businesses and education institutions.

Massachusetts Commits to Digital Education and Lifelong Learning

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