Is faster better for postsecondary learning?

July 22nd, 2016

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Considered major players in the education disruption business, companies like Udacity and EdCast are working with colleges, universities, and entrepreneurial leaders to develop shorter degree pathways (nanodegrees) and shorter online learning experiences. Udacity has partnered with tech giants such as AT&T, Google, Facebook and Amazon to reinvent job training via nanodegrees. Udacity has enrolled more than 11,000 students in its nanodegree programs and graduated 3,000 of those. EdCast’s EdCasting invites educators and entrepreneurs to create mini-MOOCs on its social sharing platform, otherwise known as “Twitter for education.”EdCast also launched its microlearning series, the “10 Minute Insights” series, mobile-enabled live-streamed/live-cast and then archived mini-discussions hosted by Silicon Valley innovators representing a broad range of expertise is various subjects.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/business-news/faster-nanodegrees-microlearning/

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Using Websites and Videos to Support Hybrid Programs

July 22nd, 2016

By David Olson, THE Journal

Hybrid courses can provide new, exciting and effective learning experiences. They also provide flexibility in terms of time and place of study. We have hundreds of students visiting the school library each week who benefit from the resources and the help of our staff. One of the first things we did was develop a hybrid course website and hybrid orientation video. The Hybrid Helper website is designed to be a “one stop shop” for students to assess their readiness for hybrid classes along with information and links to develop their independent study skills. Here is a brief description of each of the Hybrid Helpers sections.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/07/13/using-websites-and-videos-to-support-hybrid-programs.aspx

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7 Universities Receive Grants to Implement Adaptive Learning at Scale

July 22nd, 2016

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Seven public research universities are embarking on a three-year project focused on improving undergraduate education through personalized learning and adaptive courseware. Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Georgia State University, Northern Arizona University, Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Mississippi will each receive $515,000 from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) as part of its Adaptive Courseware Grant program. The program is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/07/14/7-universities-receive-grants-to-implement-adaptive-learning-at-scale.aspx

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Mobile in and Out of the Classroom

July 21st, 2016

By Toni Fuhrman, Campus Technology

A history professor at the University of Texas at Arlington is improving class performance by encouraging the use of mobile devices. “Using this technology, if I ask a question and it falls flat, I can usually figure out why,” Cole said. “If I’m getting a lot of flags [signifying confusion], I know I need to go back and find a different way of explaining my point.” To engage students in additional discussion, she sometimes asks a question and looks at the results without revealing the answer. She will then ask students to talk in groups of two or three to try to convince the others of the answer they gave. “This means they talk to each other about the concept, and use their own words to justify a given answer.” In such a scenario, Cole noted, she’s getting students to help her get her point across. “This style of active learning works best for me,” said Cole. Outside of class, with a study guide beside them, students can click on a slide and listen to just that segment of the lecture for review or clarification.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/07/12/mobile-in-and-out-of-the-classroom.aspx

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Can colleges get ahead of the VR curve?

July 21st, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Virtual reality is a growing tech platform in a number of industries, including tourism, gaming, cinema and education. Inside Higher Ed says that colleges should quickly consider adding VR for disciplines like engineering, or to student resources like library services. Costs for wearable technology and high-powered computers to run VR programs is still prohibitive for many schools outside elite Ivy League and large public institutions.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/can-colleges-get-ahead-of-the-vr-curve/422603/

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Boost Social Media Skills With Online Courses

July 21st, 2016

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Whether students pursue a free versus a paid online course in social media depends on their goals and class format preferences, experts say. “What we’re finding is there’s a large number of people out there with passion and talent but who were trained in non-digital media, or earned their degrees 10 or 15 years ago,” says Michael Weigold, director of online graduate programs at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, which offers an online master’s in social media. That’s where online learning might come into play. There are plenty of options out there for those looking to boost their social media skills.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2016-07-14/boost-social-media-skills-with-online-courses

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Online classes are growing at local universities and it’s affecting on-campus enrollment

July 20th, 2016

BY ELIZABETH DONALD, Belleville News Democrat

The Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University saw fewer summer students this year, while the Edwardsville campus saw a slight increase — and school officials are saying online classes had an impact on both. On-campus summer enrollment at SIUC dropped 14.2 percent this year, or 571 fewer students than last. This is 1,334 fewer students than who were enrolled in summer 2014. However, when online classes are factored in, the summer enrollment at SIUC is down 5.1 percent — still a drop, but not as significant. In fact, online class enrollment grew by 8.5 percent this year.

http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article89824447.html

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Five Ways to Help Students Succeed in the Online Classroom

July 20th, 2016

By: Amy Hankins, Faculty Focus

More and more students are flocking to the online classroom for the convenience of earning college credits from the comfort of their home. However, many of these students are ill-prepared for the dedication and discipline needed to be successful in the online environment. Oftentimes students have misconceptions concerning the rigor of online courses, and they often underestimate the amount of time and discipline necessary to complete assignments, discussions, quizzes, and projects. Therefore, it is important for the instructor to set the tone of the course to help students succeed. So how do you help your students succeed in the online classroom?

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/five-ways-help-students-succeed-online-classroom/

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Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

July 20th, 2016

By Michelle Pacansky-Brock, EdSurge

Developing critical listening and speaking skills is an essential element of a student’s higher-education experience. However, verbally presenting one’s ideas and listening to contributions made by student peers are not typical experiences for online students, as most activities in online classes consist of reading and writing. As online course offerings increase, institutions have an obligation to ensure faculty are empowered to teach with tools that enable students to learn out loud. These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-07-15-learning-out-loud-make-online-courses-meaningful-and-accessible

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Why to Consider Game-Based Online Learning

July 19th, 2016

By Joe Chapman, US News

Games can make online education more fun and allow students to apply what they learn to real-life situations. One of the primary benefits of game-based learning is that it offers custom learning experiences for students, which is important as every student learns differently. Throughout games, students can make mistakes, course correct and revisit concepts, allowing them to better understand course material and specific concepts they may struggle with. Another important benefit is that game-based learning is fun, and students enjoy learning. As opposed to some traditional education tactics that could feel passive or dull, game-based learning engages and motivates students, allowing them to actively learn, acquire skills and build thought processes.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2016-07-15/why-to-consider-game-based-online-learning

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9 Fresh Ways to Promote Your Online Course

July 19th, 2016
by Monica Montesa, Business2Community
At the end of the day, the success of your online course is directly tied to how valuable it is to your target audience. If your course isn’t helpful, no amount of promotion and advertising dollars will make up for that. And unfortunately, you’ll see that in your metrics when you don’t meet your goals. From the get-go, you should be confident that the course you’re encouraging them to sign up for is something people want. If you think you might need to go back and make some updates, I encourage you to do that now before you put in the effort to tell the world about it. Another thing: Before you start promoting anything, make sure you have clearly defined goals for your course. What action do you want course attendees to take after the course? How many people do you want to sign up for your service or purchase a product? Whatever it may be, this will have a significant impact on your promotion strategy. To keep your plan targeted, you want to make sure you’re meeting people where they are.

http://www.business2community.com/brandviews/aweber/9-fresh-ways-promote-online-course-01597669#GmJQlJb0yT6ee0GW.97

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The Internet of Things, IoT Systems, and Higher Education

July 19th, 2016

by Chuck Benson, Educause Review

The Internet of Things and IoT systems have the potential to bring significant value to higher education institutions, but without thoughtful implementation, that value will not be realized. The Internet of Things (IoT) and IoT systems have the potential to bring significant value to higher education institutions. Colleges and universities can benefit from IoT systems such as traditional building automation systems (e.g., HVAC), energy management and conservation systems, building and space access systems, environmental control systems for large research environments, academic learning systems, and safety systems for students, faculty, staff, and the public. However, without thoughtful implementation, that value will not be realized.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/6/the-internet-of-things-iot-systems-and-higher-education

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Microsoft Tackles IT Skills Gap With Online Learning Program

July 18th, 2016

By Pedro Hernandez, eWeek

Beginning with data science, the software giant aims to help close the IT skills gap with its new Microsoft Professional Degree program. During its Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto this week, Microsoft took the wraps off an online “learning-as-a-service” program that will teach professionals the skills required for today’s technology-focused, in-demand jobs. Based on the Azure-hosted Open edX online education platform, the software giant’s new Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program will “offer employer-endorsed, university caliber curriculum for professionals at any stage of their careers,” Alison Cunard, general manager of Microsoft Learning Experiences, said in a July 13 announcement. Open edX is an open-source online teaching and courseware development platform.

http://www.eweek.com/it-management/microsoft-tackles-it-skills-gap-with-online-learning-program.html

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Designing Competency-Based Education for Underprepared College Learners

July 18th, 2016

by Amy Girardi and Rachel Crew, Jobs for the future

Despite rapid growth, competency-based programs currently serve a narrow slice of the college-going population. The majority are designed for students who are already well prepared for college coursework; few are intended for students who lack college-level math and literacy skills. This means that the millions of individuals who attend college every year with a need to improve basic academic skills are rarely able to access competency-based approaches. They are disproportionately from low-income backgrounds and often the first in their family to seek postsecondary education. Assessed when they arrive on campus, most end up in developmental education classes of questionable quality and few ever see success in credit-bearing courses, let alone graduate.

http://www.jff.org/sites/default/files/publications/materials/CBE-paper%20070716%5B1%5D_0.pdf

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SIU on-campus enrollment dips 14 percent as more opt for online classes

July 18th, 2016

by MOLLY PARKER, the Southern

On-campus SIU enrollment is down about 14 percent this summer compared to summer 2015. That means there are 571 fewer students taking classes on the SIU campus compared to the previous summer. And there are 1,334 fewer students taking on-campus summer classes this summer compared to summer 2014, a decline of nearly 28 percent. Total enrollment is down compared to summer 2015 about 5.1 percent, according to data SIU provided on Friday in response to a request by the newspaper. Accounting for the difference is that off-campus enrollment has continued to climb, and increased by 8.5 percent this summer compared to summer 2015.

http://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu/summer-slump-siu-on-campus-enrollment-dips-percent-as-more/article_c958932a-ed37-58f6-a8aa-00c920a1feee.html

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Online ‘university of anywhere’ opens to refugees

July 17th, 2016

By Sean Coughlan, BBC

An online university is offering 500 refugees from Syria’s civil war free places on its degree courses. The University of the People, based in California, is a fast-growing, non-profit project designed to provide higher education for those with the academic ability to study, but without the ability to pay or without any practical access to a traditional university. “There isn’t a better reason for the invention of the internet,” says the university’s founder and president, Shai Reshef. The university offers fully accredited four-year degrees, completely taught online, with students scattered across 180 countries. “We open the gates to higher education. We are an alternative for those who have no other alternative – survivors of the genocide in Rwanda, refugees from Syria, the earthquake in Haiti,” says Mr Reshef, speaking to the BBC in London.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36738442

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Walmart and Cengage Learning Deliver H.S. Diploma and Career Certificate Opportunities for Associates

July 17th, 2016

by Walmart and Cengage

Cengage Learning has partnered with Walmart to offer accredited high school diplomas and credentialed career certificates through Career Online High School (COHS). Part of Walmart’s Lifelong Learning program, COHS is designed to reengage adults in education and is free for Walmart associates beginning on the first day of their employment. To date, more than 130 associates have received their high school diploma through COHS, with another 433 currently enrolled. “Working with Walmart, we have a tremendous opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of associates who are seeking a better future,” said Dawn Gerrain, General Manager, Skills Group, Cengage Learning. “The Career Online High School program is designed to help people succeed – whether to get better jobs with greater salary potential or to position individuals for further education.”

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-cengage-learning-deliver-h-130500673.html

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Juggling work and university study in 2016 couldn’t be easier

July 17th, 2016

by the Independent

There was a time when juggling studies with work, social life, and a family was just not possible. Thankfully, though, in the digital age and amid an ever-changing modern-day learning climate, dealing with all of the aforementioned couldn’t be easier with the help of the Internet, along with other options. This option allows students to learn remotely and without the need for regular face-to-face contact with a teacher in the classroom and, according to The Complete University Guide (CUG), more than 270,000 undergraduates are taking their first degrees by distance learning this year, along with around 108,000 postgrads. “In recent years, the advent of the Internet and widespread use of the computer has led to a huge growth in distantly delivered tuition and study,” CUG adds among distance learning’s many advantages.

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/Studies/juggling-work-and-university-study-in-2016-couldn-t-be-easier-a7133326.html

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Raytheon introduces online classes to prepare US residents for extreme weather

July 16th, 2016

by Raytheon Company

Raytheon has launched a suite of weather preparedness training modules to help teach the general public and school-aged children how to keep themselves safe before, during and after significant weather events. The modules, which were developed by Raytheon as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative, incorporate feedback from both NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “These interactive videos provide individuals with useful information on actions to take to prepare for extreme weather and water events,” said National Weather Service Director Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D. “Working together, our Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors are helping to improve weather readiness across the nation through projects like this one.”

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/raytheon-introduces-online-classes-prepare-124000712.html

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10 ONLINE BIG DATA COURSES AND WHERE TO FIND THEM 2016

July 16th, 2016

by Hannah Augur, Dataconomy

Who doesn’t want to learn about data scientist these days? The field is still hot, and the ample job listings for data scientists might make folks working in other fields instantly jealous. For young students, there are full degree programs and specialized courses to prepare them for the data-driven world but for those already in the field it’s not so simple. Going back to school is a huge and pricey ordeal. Thankfully, there are several online options. Whether you want to learn the basics for fun, sharpen your technical knowledge, or feel properly trained on specific platforms, there’s a course for you. Choosing a course isn’t easy. It’s important to know exactly what goal the course should fulfill and what your limitations are.·

http://dataconomy.com/10-online-big-data-courses-2016/

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NYU seeks to expand online learning in Shanghai

July 16th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

New York University has launched a series of instructional videos on social media to pilot content delivery to students at its Shanghai campus, attracting hundreds of thousands of views in just days. The school plans to expand the series, working around censorship issues and cultural barriers to potentially offer college degree programs to students in China. Shanghai’s middle class is an untapped opportunity for student recruitment from families which can afford NYU tuition.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/nyu-seeks-to-expand-online-learning-in-shanghai/422453/

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