Online Learning Update

June 21, 2018

Study: People Remember Information Better Through VR

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:11 am

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

University of Maryland found that people recall information better when it is presented to them in a virtual environment, as opposed to a desktop computer. The researchers asked 40 volunteers to familiarize themselves with printouts of well-known faces, such as Abraham Lincoln, the Dalai Lama, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Marilyn Monroe. Participants were then shown the faces placed in various locations within a “memory palace,” an imaginary physical location designed to promote “spatial mnemonic encoding,” or visual-based recall of an object in a specific place.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/14/study-people-remember-information-better-through-vr.aspx

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Institutional Innovation: Disrupting the faculty member evaluation model

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

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Scholars have long pointed out the inherent flaws and potential biases of student evaluation systems — and the fact that these scores can possibly unfairly determine whether faculty members receive tenure or a raise. While these long-used assessment metrics were created with the intention of improving instruction, many institutions are starting to recognize that these largely opinion-driven standards do little to inform administrators on how well a faculty member is performing, which can be negative for the integrity of the business model. That’s why the University of Oregon decided to turn the evaluation system on its head, with administrators developing an evaluation system that would rely more heavily on qualitative measurement, rather than having students rate instructors with arbitrary numbers.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/another-community-college-approved-for-bachelors-degrees/525562/

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Despite overall setbacks, one MOOC on AI gains ground

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

By James Paterson, Education Dive
Despite some setbacks, some massive open online courses are growing, with three of the 10 most popular courses provided on Coursera, a leading provider of MOOCs, produced by Deeplearning.ai, according to a report in EdSurge. Students are drawn to artificial intelligence courses led by Andrew Ng, the firm’s founder and a leading figure in AI who co-founded Coursera while at Stanford University. Ng’s machine learning course, which was Coursera’s first MOOC, has enrolled more than 1.7 million, and his new series of courses introduced last year have enrolled 250,000, which means, according to EdSurge, that he “teaches more people than anyone else on the planet.” Typically, Coursera students pay a $49 a month fee, which allows them access to courses, talks with the professor and a graduation certificate. The presenters get half the course’s revenue. Another online MOOC provider, Udacity, founded by another former Stanford professor, Sebastian Thrun, offers most of its courses without university help, and is valued at more than $1 billion.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/despite-overall-setbacks-one-mooc-on-ai-gains-ground/525812/

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June 20, 2018

5 WaysDigital Connectivity is Revolutionising Education

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

by Global Banking and Finance Review
Gone are the blackboards of yesteryear. Instead, many schools and higher education institutions are using a range of connected devices, both at school and at home, as part of a wireless revolution in the education sector.With the growth of automation, cyber-security and AI, the role that technology will play in the education sector is already shaping a future job market. In preparation for these new advancements, schools and students will need to adapt to a constantly changing way of digital learning. Here Performance Networks discuss 5 ways digital connectivity is revolutionising the education sector, as well as offering insight into how digital learning technology will shape schools in the future.

5 WaysDigital Connectivity is Revolutionising Education

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4 Powerful Ways to Use Games in eLearning

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

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Learning games provide greater benefits than passing the time in class or entertaining students to keep them occupied. Experienced teachers know that using games in the classroom can invigorate interest in learning, so why wouldn’t eLearning incorporate using gaming in digital courseware and learning tools? Learners who participate in instructional games have improved their performance scores by as much as 30% and increased their confidence by 20%, likely because of the motivation and engagement games produce. In short, gaming in the classroom improves overall retention by 17%. Not only are learners more engaged and better motivated to learn, but they also are more likely to remember what they’ve learned. Games have specific purposes in instruction. Incorporating games at specific instructional points in eLearning can augment the instructional program, and here are four ways to do it:

4 Powerful Ways to Use Games in eLearning

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Imagining A Blockchain University

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

by Tom Vander Ark , Forbes
A couple of Oxford faculty imagine a different kind of university, one that is distributed and democratic. Joshua Broggi, Faculty of Philosophy, is the founder of Woolf Development, a platform startup that aims to leverage distributed ledger technology to remove higher education intermediaries, support decentralized governance structures and ensure the security of data. Blockchain, and other distributed ledger technologies (DLT) can address several other problems. First, a distributed ledger eliminates the risk that individuals claim a degree from an institution they did not graduate from. DLT also addresses the risk that an individual earned a credential from an institution that goes out of business. A third benefit of a DLT could be the efficiency of accumulating credits from multiple providers over time. A final benefit is cost savings from automating a number of administrative procedures and reducing overhead.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/06/13/woolf-building-the-first-blockchain-university/#615810d15ae5

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June 19, 2018

Pearson Releases Study on Demand-Driven Education

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

By Joe Deegan & Nathan Martin, Pearson

Key points include:

1. develop and measure the specific skills that will be most in
demand, especially interpersonal skills and complex thinking;
2. utilize dynamic and work-based pedagogy to grow learners’
competencies, while also preparing educators to embrace
new forms of teaching and learning;
3. respond to the needs of the labor markets to ensure
continuous alignment;
4. create flexible and adaptive pathways to allow learners to
rapidly convert learning to earning; and
5. support changes that make the entire education landscape
function better, enabling traditional and alternative providers to
participate in creating the future of education alongside industry.

https://www.pearson.com/content/dam/one-dot-com/one-dot-com/global/Files/about-pearson/innovation/open-ideas/DDE_Pearson_Report_3.pdf

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What do online students want

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

By Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Ed

What do online students want? According to a new survey, they want to conduct more of their course activities on their mobile phones or tablets, and they’d like better career-planning services. Their biggest regrets? They all relate to not having done enough research about the college and what it would cost before they enrolled. The survey, produced by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research, is based on responses from 1,500 past, current, and prospective online students.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-Do-Online-Students-Want-/243653

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Free MOOCs Face the Music

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

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

In its quest to find a sustainable business model, online course provider edX will test charging users for access to previously free content. Observers say the move was inevitable. Massive open online courses got a little less open with edX’s recent announcement that it is introducing support fees for some of its MOOCs. Midway through an innocuous-looking blog post, Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, said the nonprofit would be “moving away from our current model of offering virtually everything for free.” On May 3, edX began testing the introduction of a “modest support fee” that will “enable edX and partners to continue to invest in our global learning platform.” Adam Medrox, edX COO and president, said in an interview that the support fee was just one option being explored to ensure the long-term sustainability of the MOOC provider.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/06/14/edx-introduces-support-fee-free-online-courses

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June 18, 2018

Are We At Peak Learning Innovation Conference? Thoughts as I head off to SOLA+R.

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 9:00 am

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

This week I’m heading to the Summit for Online Learning and Administration + Roundtable (SOLA+R), hosted by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Inside Digital Learning has a good preview of the convening. With the proliferation of events that bill themselves under the umbrella of “learning innovation”, how do folks choose where to go?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/are-we-peak-learning-innovation-conference

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​Affordable Learning Exchange works to increase access by reducing costly course material: Goal is to save students $10 million by 2020

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

By: Chris Booker, the Ohio State University

The Ohio State University is working to move textbooks off the shelves and online to make learning more affordable and accessible to students. An update on the university’s Affordable Learning Exchange program was presented to the Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee at the June Board of Trustees session on Thursday. The program works with Ohio State faculty to find or develop high-quality, open and affordable alternatives to conventional, high-cost textbooks. “A focus has been placed on the cost of textbooks. We talk about the cost of tuition and fees. We talk about housing and dining. We talk about the other costs of school as well,” Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron said. “Sometimes it’s that last dollar that makes a difference if a student is successful or not.”

https://news.osu.edu/news/2018/06/08/affordable-learning-exchange-works-to-increase-access-by-reducing-costly-course-material/

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Take that leukemia: Andrew Jones cleared to take online classes, move into dorm

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

BY WILLIAM WILKERSON, Star-Telegram

Longhorns sophomore guard Andrew Jones, who is battling leukemia, has been cleared to enroll in online classes this summer and will move into a dorm room on campus, the university announced Thursday. “We’re really happy that Andrew Jones has been approved to enroll in web-based coursework for the first session of summer school today,” Texas head coach Shaka Smart said. “Andrew continues to receive treatment, but this is another positive step in his recovery. He will move into a dorm room, which will allow him to have a home base here during the times he is on campus. It will be great to have him around more, as he continues his fight.”

http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-texas/article212810319.html

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Online learning improves retention, graduation rates – Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

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

A new study from Arizona State University suggests that online courses may be better equipped to help retain students and to keep them on the path to graduation, according to a report from Campus Technology. The university examined digital learning trends and outcomes from two public universities, two community colleges and a community college system. It found that three out of four institutions that offered in-person and online courses had higher retention and graduation rates for students who at least enrolled in some digital learning classes. At Houston Community College, for example, first-time freshman retention rates were at least nine points higher among students in exclusively online or blended courses. At the University of Central Florida, students who took between 40% and 60% of their courses online finished their degrees earlier than students who took no online classes. They completed their degrees in 3.9 years compared with 4.3 years for learners who only took in-person courses.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/study-online-learning-improves-retention-graduation-rates/521271/

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June 17, 2018

Google’s AI Manifesto: Accountability, Privacy, and No Killer Robots

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

By Ryan Whitwam, Extreme Tech

We are still in the very early days of useful artificial intelligence, so there aren’t a lot of specifics in Google’s new guidelines. Google’s general objectives for AI include being socially beneficial, avoiding creating or reinforcing unfair bias, being built and tested for safety, being accountable to people, incorporating privacy design principles, upholding high standards of scientific excellence, and being made available for uses that accord with these principles.

Google’s AI Manifesto: Accountability, Privacy, and No Killer Robots

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In the digital age, the standard lecture may not be enough

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

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
For the time being the traditional lecture format still works for higher education, but as “other organizations can create credentials of equal or greater value, universities, as they are currently structured, are in trouble,” wrote Steven Murphy, the president of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, in a guest post for The Globe and Mail.   Murphy contends that while most institutions are trying to experiment, the industry as a whole is lagging behind with innovation, especially as pressure mounts to improve efficiency and reduce operational costs.  To confront this challenge, Murphy offered three pieces of advice. First, institutions should partner with the private sector “to enhance experiential learning.” Second, they should turn risk management into an opportunity for embracing change, where disruptive technological advances can be beneficially leveraged; and, finally, institutions ought to educate administrators and boards of governors on how to prepare for disruption, setting “benchmarks to measure innovation outcomes.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/in-the-digital-age-the-standard-lecture-may-not-be-enough/524499/

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The growth of digital learning

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

by IT News Africa

Most universities and colleges now offer online academic qualifications, making it easier for the career-committed to juggle a full-time job with an education. While some would bring into question the quality and effectiveness of online courses (especially considering that they might need to take out a Personal Loan to fund their lessons), the truth is that it has become a popular option for those looking to study part-time or unable to apply to a traditional learning institution. Technological advancement has made education accessible for people of all ages, and by incorporating different media including video tutorials and slideshows, arguably offers the same quality of learning as a physical classroom. In fact, there is debate around whether the virtual classroom will eventually replace the traditional school day (read what the forecasters are saying here).

http://www.itnewsafrica.com/2018/06/the-growth-of-digital-learning/

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June 16, 2018

Virtual lab to extend reach of science education

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

by Harvard Gazette

“There are many millions of students who, as a result of economic or geographic limitations, simply do not have access to one of the most central aspects of being a scientist, which is working in a laboratory,” said Robert Lue, principal investigator of LabXchange and professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard. “LabXchange addresses this issue with a platform that integrates dynamic experimental simulations with background curriculum and social networking — all created to more effectively expose students of varying backgrounds to the authentic and engaging experience of scientific discovery.”

As founding sponsor, Amgen has awarded $6.5 million in grant funding to Harvard to develop, launch, and grow LabXchange. Amgen will be engaged throughout the development, and its scientists with industry experience will play key advisory roles.

Virtual lab to extend reach of science education

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Facebook, Google offering tech, career courses

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

By Jean Dimeo, Education Dive
Facebook is partnering with community colleges to share curriculum for digital advertising and media training, skills that a growing number of small business owners and staff say they lack, according to Inside Higher Ed.  Facebook recently announced partnerships with two-year institutions Des Moines Area Community College, Greenville Technical College and Central New Mexico Community College, and more partnerships are expected to be announced this week, Inside Higher Ed reported. Meanwhile, Google announced this week that it partnered with Udacity to offer free career and tech courses to recent graduates and mid-career professionals, according to Tech Crunch. Udacity and Google tested an online course in March; they now will together launch 12 free courses.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/facebook-google-offering-tech-career-courses/525069/

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Andrew Ng Is Probably Teaching More Students Than Anyone Else on the Planet. (Without a University Involved.)

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

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

In fact, three of the 10 most popular courses on Coursera aren’t produced by a college or university at all, but by a company. That company—called Deeplearning.ai—is a unique provider of higher education. It is essentially built on the reputation of its founder, Andrew Ng, who teaches all five of the courses it offers so far. Ng is seen as one of the leading figures in artificial intelligence, having founded and directed the Google Brain project and served as the chief scientist at the Chinese search giant Baidu, as well as having directed the artificial intelligence laboratory at Stanford University. He also happens to be the co-founder of Coursera itself, and it was his Stanford course on machine learning that helped launch the MOOC craze in the first place.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-06-07-andrew-ng-is-probably-teaching-more-students-than-anyone-else-on-the-planet-without-a-university-involved

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June 15, 2018

Scepticism over Google plan to replace labs with virtual reality

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

By David Matthews, Times Higher Ed
Google and a Danish technology firm claim that they have removed the need for biology students to set foot in a laboratory by creating virtual reality simulations of experiments, clearing the way for the world’s first online-only biology degree. Arizona State is to be first university adopter of new technology, launching fully online biology degrees. The partnership is a sign that VR is beginning to change how the physical sciences are taught, although there is scepticism over whether the technology can entirely replace hands-on lab experience. Announcing the initiative at Google’s I/O developers conference, Jennifer Holland, a programme manager at the company, said that using VR labs, universities “will now be able to truly offer an online biology degree”.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/scepticism-over-google-plan-replace-labs-virtual-reality

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An Inside Look at Online Carding Courses for Cybercriminals

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

Digital Shadows, Bank Info Security
As customers spend more and more money online each year, the opportunities for fraud increase in parallel; experts project a loss of $24 billion to payment card fraud by the end of 2018. Payment card fraudsters rely on a sophisticated ecosystem and support network that provides a wide range of credit card details, fraud tools and online tutorials. This whitepaper lifts the lid on e-learning credit card fraud courses. These programs coach aspiring criminals to make $12,000 in monthly earnings and point to the increased sophistication of the professional cybercriminal ecosystem as fraudsters seek to up-skill themselves. Think: High-paying job with a degree in cybercrime and membership to Bad Actor Fraternity from Fraudster University.

https://www.bankinfosecurity.com/whitepapers/inside-look-at-online-carding-courses-for-cybercriminals-w-4397

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