Online Learning Update

November 18, 2019

Udacity will offer 100,000 free programming classes as part of the ‘Pledge to America’s Workers’

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Jonathan Shieber, Tech Crunch

Under the leadership of newly minted chief executive Gabe Dalporto, Udacity is committing to giving away free introductory technology training classes to 20,000 applicants every year. The program is focused on teaching front-end web development, mobile app development and data analytics. There are no prerequisites for applicants, but the scholarships are reserved for low-income individuals looking to learn programming skills.

https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/10/udacity-will-offer-100000-free-programming-classes-as-part-of-the-pledge-to-americas-workers/

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Career Change Is the New Normal: How Does eLearning Help?

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

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals born in the latter years of the baby boom era (1957-1964) change their career twelve times during their working life. Research company Gallup calls millennials the job-hopping generation. A recent Gallup report on the millennial generation reveals that 21% of millennials say they’ve changed jobs within the past year. There are many reasons why employees decide to make a career change, but whatever the reason, taking an eLearning course or two can smooth the process. Let’s discuss five ways that taking an online course can help with a career change.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/career-change-is-the-new-normal-how-does-elearning-help/

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Some College, No Degree: A 2019 Snapshot for the Nation and 50 States

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

National Student Clearinghouse

In the United States, approximately two million people each year enter postsecondary education for the first time. Eight years later, one-third of those who started have not earned any formal credential and are no longer enrolled.1 While it is true that more people have been going to college than ever before, the college completion rate hasn’t changed much. Because of this, we expect the number of people who start—but don’t finish—college to grow as well.

https://nscresearchcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/SCND_Report_2019.pdf

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November 17, 2019

Veterans say non-degree credentials pay off

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

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A survey of more than 30,000 military veterans shows that they value non-degree credentials–here are 4 ways to better recognize new credential pathways.  Veterans without degrees are much more likely to hold non-degree credentials than their non-veteran peers, according to a survey.  Those non-degree credentials provide meaningful financial returns: veterans with certificates or certifications earn an average of $10,000 more per year than veterans with no postsecondary credentials.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/10/29/veterans-say-non-degree-credentials-pay-off/

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Improving Online Teaching Through Training and Support

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

Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

At Hawaii’s Kapi’olani Community College on the island of Oahu, a growing demand for online courses sparked a need for more faculty training, to help instructors create or convert their courses for online delivery. So when Instructional Designer Helen Torigoe was asked to “do something about training the online faculty,” she looked for a way to scale her experiences at a previous campus working individually with online instructors. When online instructors struggled through building their courses, she recalled, what really helped them was when they could see the course from the perspective of a student.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/10/30/improving-online-teaching-through-training-and-support.aspx

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Digital Transformation Signals: Is Your Institution on the Journey?

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

by Malcolm Brown, Betsy Reinitz and Karen Wetzel, EDUCAUSE Review
Digital transformation is a journey, not a destination. The digital transformation signals listed in this article indicate progress along the way and provide guideposts for the journey. In the context of sweeping social, economic, technological, and demographic changes, digital transformation (Dx) is a series of deep and coordinated culture, workforce, and technology shifts that enable new educational and operating models and transform an institution’s business model, strategic directions, and value proposition. Dx can make institutions more resilient, flexible, and relevant as they face an array of increasingly difficult challenges that include declining student enrollment, increased public skepticism, and skyrocketing student debt.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/10/digital-transformation-signals-is-your-institution-on-the-journey

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November 16, 2019

UMN College of Biological Sciences looking to add in-demand online biology classes

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

By NATALIE CIERZAN, Minnesota Daily

The Center for Online Biology Education would include a website featuring CBS online classes, resources for faculty and a new research program about biology online teaching.  Faculty from the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences are working to fill the demand for online biology classes. They are creating the Center for Online Biology Education, which would include a website that features all available CBS online classes. Faculty said they hope to launch the website by the end of fall semester. The center also includes faculty resources and a mentorship program for instructors looking to teach an online class.

https://www.mndaily.com/article/2019/10/n-umn-college-of-biological-sciences-looking-to-add-in-demand-online-biology-classes

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A Certificate, Then a Degree: Certificate-first programs can help tackle America’s college-completion crisis

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Clark G. Gilbert and Michael B. Horn, Education Next

Helping students earn certificates upfront offers a promising path to address the dropout rate. Postsecondary institutions offer these credentials of student educational attainment in a growing variety of subjects, which run the gamut from auto mechanics to unmanned aircraft systems to finance. Although community colleges have long offered such programs, name-brand institutions also have gotten involved: the extension program at the University of California, Los Angeles, for example, provides certificates in subjects like cybersecurity and interior design, and delivers some of its programs through an app.

https://www.educationnext.org/certificate-then-degree-programs-help-tackle-college-completion-crisis/

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IBM Looks Beyond the College Degree

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

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Citing a serious skills gap, the multinational International Business Machines Corporation is looking for different recruiting channels for its workforce of 360,000 employees. IBM’s view is that “new-collar” jobs in cybersecurity, cloud computing and other high-demand fields don’t necessarily require a traditional college degree. The company also has created one of the most developed digital badge portfolios for an employer, which both its workers and those outside IBM can earn, and it is adding more and different apprenticeship opportunities as well launching its own boot camp-style offerings. At the same time, IBM continues to partner with traditional colleges, particularly through its expanded work with community colleges.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/10/29/interview-ibm-official-about-companys-new-collar-push-look

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November 15, 2019

Online learning sees advances for students’ needs

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By Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle
Online learning has become a powerhouse for today’s students. Each year improvements in technology and methods enhance the virtual classroom.
The use of interactive media, such as audio, video, and gamification, the use of gaming and gaming technology, are now widely used. Also popular are augmented and virtual reality (VR), where learners in a realistic environment can demonstrate they have mastered the required skills.
“Online learning continues to grow and outpace overall higher education enrollment,” said Dr. Dwight Smith, Lone Star College, vice chancellor of academic success. “Lone Star College has seen a 52 percent increase in distance-learning course enrollments from fall 2015 to fall 2019. Distance learning includes fully online courses and hybrid classes, which are a combination of face-to-face and online learning.”

https://www.chron.com/education/article/Online-learning-sees-advances-for-students-14562566.php

 

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Should Computer Science Be Required?

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

By Robert Sedgewick, Inside Higher Ed
Every college student needs a computer science course, and most need two or more. More and more educators are beginning to recognize this truth, but we are a long way from meeting the need. Should we require all college students to take a computer science course? That is perhaps debatable. But, without question, we need to make such courses available to all students.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2019/10/28/why-every-student-should-study-computer-science-opinion

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6 Ways to Adapt Your Mobile Learning Strategy to the Needs of Modern Learners

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

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Smartphones have been part of our lives for over a decade now. These little computers in our hands have put the world at our fingertips; from the ability to access Google Maps to tracing a health tech company that specializes in finding cures for rare diseases. Your mobile device is also an access point for mobile learning. Mobile learning, defined as education or training conducted using portable computing devices such as smartphones or tablet computers, is only viable if you give the following points serious consideration.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/6-ways-to-adapt-your-mobile-learning-strategy-to-the-needs-of-modern-learners/

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November 14, 2019

The role of universities in a highly technological age

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Gerard A Postiglione, University World News

Universities are, however, facing the challenge of how to align their core missions with the rapid emergence of technological innovations such as artificial intelligence, big data and algorithms, facial recognition, biosensors, augmented reality, gamification, blockchain, cloud computing and other yet-to-be-created technological innovations. These can become disruptive, but they can also be tapped for their potential to improve how students are selected, how courses are offered, how student learning is programmed and evaluated, how higher finance is managed, how knowledge networks are organised, accessed and expanded, and how more graduates can be prepared for entrepreneurial jobs, smart cities and sustainable development.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20191023081415452

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‘Backchannel’ Tools Let Students Ask Questions Anonymously. And That Brings More Voices.

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By Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge

So the professor developed a backchannel tool that allows students to submit questions online during class and receive real-time answers from a teaching assistant. Question-askers remain anonymous to fellow students, but Samson and his TA can see their names. As Samson suspected, students had plenty of inquiries when offered an alternative method to raise them. But to be sure the backchannel made a real difference, Samson teamed up with colleagues from the university’s school of education to study his tool. They found that the use of the backchannel dramatically increased student inquiry in class.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-24-backchannel-tools-let-students-ask-questions-anonymously-and-that-brings-more-voices

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Study: Less state funding has hiked college tuition by nearly 40% since 2008 crisis

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

ByDaniel Uria, UPI

Decreases in state funding have pushed the cost of higher education to historic levels over the past decade, according to a new report by a budgetary think tank. The 22-page analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Thursday the average cost for tuition at four-year public institutions in all 50 states increased by nearly 40 percent between 2008 and 2018, or a little over $2,700. Overall funding for two- and four-year state colleges and universities, meanwhile, decreased by $6.6 billion.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/10/25/Study-Less-state-funding-has-hiked-college-tuition-by-nearly-40-since-2008-crisis/6241571963849/?sl=2

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November 13, 2019

5 Microlearning Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Microlearning is a modern educational tool that provides learners with bite-sized pieces of content on their mobile devices, be it smartphones, tablets, or laptops. In today’s complex business environment and with technologies evolving all the time, employees must continue to learn and upskill. According to the Deloitte report The Future of Work, 47% of today’s jobs will be gone in ten years, and 67% of employees believe they must continuously reskill themselves to stay relevant in their careers. The fact that microlearning focuses on short learning content to cater to an audience whose attention span has shrunk doesn’t mean that that is all microlearning is about. Let’s clear up some misunderstandings about microlearning.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-microlearning-myths-you-need-to-stop-believing/

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10 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels For Professors

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

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

With thousands upon thousands of videos added to the service every hour, YouTube can be an unwieldy service to parse through for college professors looking for useful and applicable content. With that in mind, we decided to highlight the 10 best YouTube channels for college professors looking for an extra dose of material or inspiration.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-incredibly-useful-youtube-channels-for-professors/

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Decreased higher ed market share signals shift in online program management

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

Tim Goral, University Business

As more colleges and universities add online courses to their catalogs, the market share for online program managers (OPM) has begun feeling the effect. At the end of July, 2U, an OPM, issued its latest report on earnings, which were well below expectations. The announcement led to an almost immediate 25% drop in the company’s stock price, although it soon rebounded. It was enough for CEO and co-founder Christopher “Chip” Paucek to announce a change of course, recognizing that the online education market is in transition. As part of 2U’s strategy, he noted plans to reduce new graduate program starts by at least half over the next few years and lower enrollment expectations. He said the change was the result of seeing what was ahead and that other OPM vendors would face similar challenges.

https://universitybusiness.com/changes-ahead-for-the-online-higher-ed-learning-market/

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November 12, 2019

Building Community in an Online Class

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

University of Nebraska – Tomorrow’s Professor

So, how is a community of learners formed in an online course? What are the typical characteristics and practices? Taking an online course is more than sitting in front of a computer. Connecting with fellow students and the faculty member is crucial to get the most out of the experience (Rovai et al, 2004). Instructors might encourage students to reach out to classmates with similar life circumstances as the first step to building relationships in the online environment. Fellow students could be cohorts in the same graduate degree program or students from a variety of other disciplines taking a required general course, e.g. statistics or research methods. Students may also form their own communities from the online courses. If your instructor has asked you to introduce yourself to your classmates, your classmates may have provided information about shared interests or work experiences.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1741

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Not Future-Ready

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

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Survey of four-year-college leaders finds they lack confidence in their institutions’ ability to adapt — and aren’t planning ahead in ways that would ensure success. The report, “The Transformation-Ready Higher Education Institution,” included a survey of nearly 500 senior administrators at four-year colleges and universities, roughly half of whom were presidents and chancellors. The survey sought to gauge the campus leaders’ assessments of the most significant challenges awaiting their institutions in the next three to five years, how prepared they felt to respond to those pressures, and whether their institutions were structured and managed with agility and responsiveness in mind.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/10/22/four-year-college-leaders-not-feeling-ready-future

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Report: College leaders not confident they can beat new competition

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

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive

When it comes to strategic planning, just one in six colleges is looking a decade or more ahead, according to a new report from the American Council on Education (ACE), Huron and the Georgia Institute of Technology based on a survey of 495 leaders at four-year institutions. They cite several challenges ahead: more competition for new students, particularly from national universities investing heavily in online education; an increase in nontraditional students; less state and federal support; and declining public confidence in higher ed’s value. While they say their institutions are prepared to meet students’ changing needs, they are less confident in their ability to address new forms of competition or change how the public views higher ed.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-college-leaders-not-confident-they-can-beat-new-competition/565483/

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