Online Learning Update

February 23, 2018

Jane Goodall to lead new CU Boulder online course on compassionate leaders

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

By Elizabeth Hernandez, Daily Camera

Jane Goodall, known worldwide for her research on the relationship between chimpanzees and humans, will lead a new massive, open online course for the University of Colorado about developing compassionate leaders. The noted scientist and conservationist is holding the free course kicking off this summer through a partnership between CU and the Jane Goodall Institute’s youth program, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, according to a CU news release. “There are many reasons to be hopeful for the future of our planet but perhaps most inspiring is the energy, commitment, and hard work of young people who we can empower as they grow to be better, more compassionate decision-makers within their society,” said Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.

http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-news/ci_31661507/jane-goodall-lead-new-cu-boulder-online-course

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Supporting Post-Traditional Students Drives Broad and Significant Benefits

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

by Louis Soares & Jonathan Gagliardi, American Council on Education, Evolllution

The analysis revealed patterns that have major implications for how post-traditional students engage in learning, and for how policymakers and campus leaders design policies, programs, and services that meet their needs. Post-traditional learners need academic programs that are stackable and which offer more structured entry and exit points to and from employment. Many would benefit from flexible learning models that give credit for applied and experiential learning, and which focus less on traditional measures of seat time. Better articulation agreements across campuses and within systems could help hedge against the potential for credit-loss that occurs in the transfer process. Services that make it easier for them to be parents, soldiers, full-time employees, and students could also help post-traditional learners integrate work, life and school.

Supporting Post-Traditional Students Drives Broad and Significant Benefits

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Forging Pathways to Good Jobs Without a BA: Assessing the Value of Sub-Baccalaureate Credentials

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

by Neil Ridley, Evolllution

For four-year universities across the United States, the focus—and often the metric used to judge their success—is degree completion. But how important is a bachelor’s degree to finding good work and launching a career? Depending on the industry and geographic location, the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce has found that the degree might not serve as the only pathway to employment that we once thought. In their recent report, Good Jobs That Pay without a BA: A State-by-State Analysis, researchers dove deep into their prior national report findings to understand how sub-baccalaureate credentials support students’ pathways to good jobs across the United States. In this interview, Neil Ridley reflects on some of their findings and shares his thoughts on how colleges and universities could leverage this data to improve employment pathways for learners.

 

Forging Pathways to Good Jobs Without a BA: Assessing the Value of Sub-Baccalaureate Credentials

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February 22, 2018

4 WAYS ONLINE CLASSES CAN MAKE YOU MORE ATTRACTIVE TO EMPLOYERS

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:25 am

By Tabitha Prisinzano, Columbia College of Missouri

Online education is the way of the future and employers are viewing online education more favorably in recent years.  Since more and more jobs have entered the digital realm, studies show that employers increasingly view online degrees favorably, as opposed to just a few years ago. Increasingly, nonprofit, brick-and-mortar schools have started offering distance-learning programs, and at some point, most students enrolled in conventional college programs will take at least one class online. Plus, even as the stigma of online education continues to fade, the benefits of a computer-based classroom are becoming increasingly apparent. In fact, online classes teach students skills and learning techniques that are invaluable in a digital workplace, yet often go untaught in traditional classroom settings.

4 Ways Online Classes Can Make You More Attractive to Employers

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Maltzman defends online learning programs after faculty report

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:21 am

By Meredith Roaten, the Hatchet

After a report raised questions about unequal standards and oversight of courses taught online, Provost Forrest Maltzman defended the quality of the University’s online learning programs in a presentation to the Faculty Senate Friday. Maltzman insisted the University’s online offerings are equally as strong as traditional classes, citing data showing that programs have high student satisfaction and often outperform peers in national rankings. But he also recommended departments and programs act to increase monitoring of those courses using surveys and retaining lectures. “There is no reasonable examination of this that anyone can walk away and say our online programs are worse than our other programs,” Maltzman told the Faculty Senate.

Maltzman defends online learning programs after report raises concern

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How to Choose an Online Science Course

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:15 am

by Jordan Friedman, US News

Students in online science classes should check how much time they must commit to coursework each week, especially if there’s a lab requirement. Between lab requirements and the use of classroom equipment to conduct research, the hard sciences – biology, chemistry and physics, to name a few – may not initially seem suited for the online format. But some schools have found ways for students to explore these fields remotely.Experts say online courses in the hard sciences may also attract nondegree students taking classes for general interest or to fulfill prerequisites before transferring elsewhere. Whatever their goals may be, here are six questions experts recommend prospective or incoming students ask as they research online science courses and speak with their academic or enrollment advisers.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-02-12/ask-6-questions-to-choose-an-online-science-course

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February 21, 2018

Northeastern University Launches Micro Credential Program in Computer Science

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

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Northeastern University has created a new Micro Credential program for working professionals in California’s Bay Area looking to hone their skills in computer science. The program was created in partnership with mobile security company Lookout and is an extension of Northeastern’s Silicon Valley campus. Students who complete three courses can earn a Micro Credential in computer science. The credential will also count as credit toward earning a master’s degree in computer science at Northeastern.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/02/09/northeastern-university-launches-micro-credential-program-in-computer-science.aspx

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4 actions to improve the future of higher education

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

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, with funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York, convened the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education (CFUE), comprised of leaders from higher education, philanthropy, business, and government. The Commissioners were charged with assessing the state of undergraduate education and making recommendations for a future with better institutions and better-positioned graduates. The report, The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America, zeroes in on four national priorities that offer actionable solutions to improve undergraduate education and increase the number of students who complete their education without unmanageable debt, said said CFUE Co-chair Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and CEO of TIAA.

4 actions to improve the future of higher education

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How self-service options improve the student experience

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

BY JENNIFER WILSON, eCampus News

Further, students’ expectations—particularly the Gen Z crowd—to manage all of their needs online has led senior institutional leaders to re-examine their processes, chiefly the back office or administrative tasks, enabling self-service capabilities and offering the next generation of paperless functionality. Implementing new or expanding the use of existing technologies, such as enterprise content-management tools that provide access to e-forms and reduce paper processes, can yield increased efficiencies and productivity, and offer value that improves the overall student experience.

How self-service options improve the student experience

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February 20, 2018

The Changing Business Model For Colleges And Universities

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

by Lucie Lapovsky, Forbes

In terms of changes to the business model on the cost side a variety of strategies to reduce the cost of running colleges and universities are being implemented. These include the continued reduction in the percent of full-time faculty at private institutions which has declined from 78% of the faculty in 1970 to 51% today and the decline in tenured faculty among institutions with tenure which, in the last 20 years, has fallen from 50% to 44%. Beyond changing the composition of faculty, schools are offering programs in different formats including on-line and hybridwhich increase accessibility of the programs and minimize facility use. Forward-thinking institutions are working to minimize their idle capital by using their campuses much more fully year-round. A few campuses now operate year round with three terms where groups of students are required to attend the summer term.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lucielapovsky/2018/02/06/the-changing-business-model-for-colleges-and-universities/#662f315e5ed5

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What approval of the budget deal really means for higher ed

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

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

The bill itself outlines appropriations for disaster relief aid toward institutions that were affected by wildfires and hurricanes, increases scientific research funding for groups like the National Science Foundation, exempts Berea College in Kentucky from having to pay a tax on its endowments as it provides free tuition, and provides state funding for abstinence education. The continuing resolution until March 23 — which is tacitly agreed upon but not concrete — includes “$4 billion [over two years] for programs that aid college affordability, including those that help police officers, teachers, and firefighters.”  The agreement doesn’t specify what the $4 billion will go toward beyond “affordability,” and includes no provisions around those students under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Though, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke for nearly eight hours opposing lack of action in the budget for Dreamers and called on Speaker Paul Ryan to address the issue in an immigration reform bill.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/what-approval-of-the-budget-deal-really-means-for-higher-ed/516766/

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Are Online Courses for You? 8 Questions to Ask Yourself

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Brittany Hawes, ULoop

Are you looking to take one or more online courses next semester? If this is your first time and you’re nervous about switching from a physical classroom to a virtual one, don’t feel too overwhelmed! Online courses and courses that you take on campus share many similarities. Here’s the low-down on online courses. Even if it’s an online course, you’ll still be earning the same amount of credits you would earn by taking the same course in a classroom instead. The material you cover should be the same but will most likely be given to you in a different format.

https://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/259171/Are-Online-Courses-for-You-8-Questions-to-Ask-Yourself

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February 19, 2018

What to Know About ED’s New Stance on Data Breach Reporting

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

by Sean Tassi, Campus Technology

Until recently, colleges and universities that experienced a data breach had no unique reporting obligations to the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions were expected to analyze security incidents under applicable federal and state laws and, when appropriate, notify affected individuals and appropriate federal and state agencies. Because the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not contain a breach reporting obligation, ED had taken the position that a report directly to ED was optional. ED, however, has now changed its stance and has started levying Cleryesque fines — up to $56,789 per violation — against institutions that fail to report a data breach directly to ED.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/02/08/what-to-know-about-eds-new-stance-on-data-breach-reporting.aspx

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Look for MBA Courses on Artificial Intelligence

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

By Ilana Kowarski, US News

Business school courses on AI should acknowledge its limitations and distinguish facts from exaggerations, experts say.  “AI is transforming everything about the way the world does business, so any aspiring business leader will be better prepared by understanding where we’re headed,” Josh Tyler, executive vice president of engineering and design at Course Hero, an online learning platform, said via email. Advocates of taking AI courses in business school point to the abundance of AI-based companies in Silicon Valley. Artificial intelligence powers the recommendation engines on Amazon and Netflix, and it is also the technology that makes ride-sharing apps and self-driving cars possible.

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/2018-02-08/look-for-high-quality-mba-courses-on-artificial-intelligence-robots

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Faculty Learning Communities: Making the Connection, Virtually

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

By: Angela Atwell, Cristina Cottom, Lisa Martino, and Sara Ombres, Faculty Focus

Research has shown that interactions with peers promotes faculty engagement (McKenna, Johnson, Yoder, Guerra, & Pimmel, 2016). Faculty learning communities (FLC) have become very popular in recent years. FLCs focus on improving teaching and learning practice through collaboration and community building (Cox, 2001). Usually, FLCs are face-to-face meetings hosted at a physical location at a specific date and time. We understand the benefit of this type of experience. However, we recognize online instructors will likely find it difficult to participate in a traditional FLC. So, we set out to integrate FLC principles to provide our faculty, living and working all over the globe, a similar experience.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/faculty-development/faculty-learning-communities-making-connection-virtually/

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February 18, 2018

How Penn State student government aims to lower textbook prices, accomplish semester goals

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

by Anshika Agrawal, The Daily Collegian

“We are trying to work with different universities in the state to address how we can lower the cost of textbook prices, whether that be using an older edition of a textbook or using online editions,” said Andrew Ahr, the UPUA College of Arts and Architecture representative. One of their initiatives involves lowering textbook costs, known as Open Educational Resources. “[OER is] a huge thing that schools across the Big Ten… are looking into right now because they’re trying to make a huge shift [from] print resources towards online, more affordable resources,” UPUA At-Large Representation Sophie Haiman said.

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/campus/article_472f8e3c-0b7e-11e8-8688-df19262c0491.html

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Online Software Developed for Hands-On Learning About Evolution

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

by Siobhan Treacy, Electronics 360

Kinesthetic learning is one of the most common types of learning. Hands-on learning is helpful for students in science classes. This is why science classes have a required lab period where students learn through experiments and projects. But one topic covered in science classes has been nearly impossible to learn hands-on until now: biological evolution. It is hard to physically show students how a species evolves over time in a classroom. But now there is a new online tool that can show students the evolution of populations over time.

http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/11068/online-software-developed-for-hands-on-learning-about-evolution

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Distance Learning Discussed at MU

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

By BETSY SMITH, KBIA

The University of Missouri Board of Curators discussed problems and goals of distance learning and collaboration among campuses at a meeting on Friday morning at the Columbia Campus. Choi wants to increase the number of online courses and programs offered. The board of curators says more online classes are necessary for student flexibility. Curator David Steelman says the four campuses need to find a way to use distance learning so students can graduate on time. The board of curators’ task force will work on solving problems and removing boundaries from online courses among the four campuses.

http://kbia.org/post/distance-learning-discussed-mu#stream/0

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February 17, 2018

M.B.A rankings in question

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

by Jeremy House, Education Dive
Citing a “recently discovered issue with data,” Temple University asked that its online master of business administration program not be considered for U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of best online programs, reports Insider Higher Ed. Earlier in the year, U.S. News & World Report removed the Temple M.B.A. program from its 2018 Best Online Programs list because its ranking was discovered to be based on inaccurately submitted data. Temple’s Fox School of Business joins a list of business schools to catch hot water over imprecise data submissions. George Washington University in 2016 and Tulane University in 2013 confessed to supplying erroneous data to U.S. News & World Report for its annual ranking. Additionally, the Financial Times removed Spain-based the IE Business School from its ranking because of irregular survey data.  Questions have also been raised about the value such rankings and the pressure university officials may face to fudge data.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/mba-rankings-in-question/516382/

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As companies step up to train workers in rapidly changing technologies, can universities keep up?

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

by Patti Zarling, Education Dive
Apple’s co-founder joins growing pool of tech wonks launching independent programs to fill skills gap. Steve “Woz” Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple, has joined a growing pool of business leaders looking to take matters to upgrade higher education to meet the needs of today’s tech industries into his own hands. As businesses — including those outside of Silicon Valley — require employees with specialized computer, engineering and tech skills, alternative education programs are popping up to provide training for 21st century jobs some say traditional colleges, mired in 19th century teaching styles, aren’t prepared to meet.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/as-companies-step-up-to-train-workers-in-rapidly-changing-technologies-can/514208/

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Your New Best Friend: AI Chatbot

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

by Kristen C. French, Futurism

Today, the Replika chatbot is available for free for anyone over the age of 18 (it’s prohibited for ages 13 and younger, and requires parental supervision for ages 13 to 18). More than 500,000 people are now signed up to chat with the bot. To do so, users tap the app icon — a white egg hatching on a purple background — on their smartphones and start the conversation where they left off. Each Replika bot chats only with its owner, who assigns it a name, and, if the user wants, a gender. Many users are members of a closed Facebook group, where they share screenshots of text conversations they’ve had with their Replikas and post comments, claiming their Replika is “a better friend than my real friends ” or asking “Has anyone else’s AI decided that it has a soul?”

Your New Best Friend: AI Chatbot

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