3 blossoming fields of study with massive potential

May 21st, 2016

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

For institutions eager to help their students not only leap into the job market, but enter a future-proof career, these fields of study are wise investments. As students become more concerned with leveraging their postsecondary education for entry into the job market, colleges and universities must look beyond traditional fields of study to ones that directly lead to future-ready careers. Future-ready, or future-proof, careers refer to careers that not only have a significant number of current job openings, but whose openings are expected to increase in the future. These careers also offer competitive salaries, and are available in multiple markets (i.e. business, education, healthcare, etc.). Using data from job-hunting site Glassdoor, CareerBuilder, Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., as well as recent research from the education sector, eCampus News lists three burgeoning fields of study that any campus would do well to incorporate into their curricula.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/fields-of-study/

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Can Facebook boost MOOC retention?

May 21st, 2016

BY LAURA DEVANEY, eCampus News

A new study on MOOC course design reveals that students prefer Facebook’s collaboration and interaction features to those of built-in MOOC communication tools. Social media tools might be the key to keeping students engaged in MOOCs and preventing course dropouts, according to new research on MOOC course design that was presented at the annual ACM conference on Learning at Scale on April 26. A study comparing students’ use of their MOOC course’s built-in message boards and forums to the same students’ use of course Facebook groupe revealed that students seemed more engaged in the Facebook groups. Students told researchers they preferred social media interaction to interacting with the MOOC communication tools. Results of the study have implications for future MOOC course design, the researchers said in their paper, parts of which are available by registering for the Learning at Scale flipped conference online.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/mooc-course-design/

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Survey: Instructional Designers ‘Pivotal’ in Tech Adoption

May 21st, 2016

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Managing projects is the most common task instructional designers undertake during their days, followed by technology and pedagogical training. Their biggest obstacle to success on the job is faculty resistance. The most important expertise they possess as a whole is the ability to learn new technologies, followed by project management and learning science or theory. Their favorite tools to work with are Camtasia and Adobe products; their least-favorite are Blackboard and learning management systems in general. Those are some of the findings that have come out of a new survey undertaken by Intentional Futures, a self-described “strategy and design studio,” undertaken on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Next Generation Courseware Challenge.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/05/09/survey-instructional-designers-pivotal-in-tech-adoption.aspx

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ASU President Michael Crow on innovation, tenure and meeting demands

May 20th, 2016

By Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow took the reigns of the university 14 years ago, and under his leadership, the institution has implemented a number of programs and innovations, including the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, the University Innovation Alliance, eAdvisor, Learn-Explore-Advance-Design, ASU 101, the Student 360 view and retention dashboard. Arizona State has an 86% freshman retention rate, thanks in no small part to its concentrated efforts around the Global Freshman Academy, which Crow says “draws in students who, because of life balance or a need for greater confidence, have shied away from attempting higher education,” and the institution’s First-Year Success Center — “which pairs highly trained upper-division graduate students with freshmen and sophomores to offer free, personal academic support and advocacy.”

http://www.educationdive.com/news/eduvation-spotlight-asu-president-michael-crow-on-innovation-tenure-and-m/418153/

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Online courses for game-changers

May 20th, 2016

by Molly Brown, Mt. Shasta News

Deep in the Amazon rainforest, spanning the borders of modern-day Ecuador and Peru, the Achuar people have lived and thrived for centuries. In 1995, the Achuar made the courageous decision to reach out to the modern world that was threatening their very existence. A group of people, including Bill and Lynn Twist and John Perkins, traveled to the rainforest at the invitation of Achuar leaders. The Achuar shared with this group the urgent threat to their lands and culture, their vision for self-determination, and a request for allies from the North who would ‘change the dream of the modern world’ ” shifting our culture of overconsumption to one that honors and sustains life.The Alliance has created, among many other projects, two dynamic courses to enable people to discover the value of ancient wisdom in addressing our modern crises and their personal role in bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet.

http://www.mtshastanews.com/article/20160512/BLOGS/305129999/-1/news

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Taking Competency-Based Credentials Seriously in the Workforce.

May 20th, 2016

by John K. Waters, Campus Technology

Companies like AT&T and Google are expanding their partnerships with online education providers, creating new educational pathways to real jobs. It sounds cutting-edge, but the concept of a competency-based education that results in an institution-agnostic microcredential isn’t new. For well over a century, industries have worked with colleges and universities through various types of extension programs to salt the workforce with better-qualified candidates. But in the Age of the Internet, for-profit online education providers such as Udacity and Coursera have tweaked that model by collaborating with companies to develop programs tailored to their specific needs. AT&T was one of the first companies to work with the new generation of online education providers to develop a credentialing program designed to fill a specific staffing gap.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/05/11/taking-competency-based-credentials-seriously-in-the-workforce.aspx

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How to Learn Anything Online, Including Programming

May 19th, 2016

by Tomas Laurinavicius, Huffington Post

I believe that education is the most powerful force in the world. To be exact, self-education. It doesn’t matter if you are in a university or studying in a library, it’s self-education. If you want to learn something, you’ll find a way, and on the other hand, if you don’t want to learn, even the best university or teacher won’t be able to put knowledge into your head. Learning online allowed me to become my own boss and focus on things that excite me. Instead of following orders and lesson plans designed for general public, I was able to learn things on my own, copy others, ask questions and even start working for money by applying those skills I’ve learned. Could it get even better?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tomas-laurinavicius/how-to-learn-anything-online_b_9856754.html

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Granite Geek: The art of college and online learning

May 19th, 2016

by DAVID BROOKS, Concord Monitor

MOOCs were a hot new thing three or four years ago when they looked as if they might upend the traditional college business model. “Structures” is part of EdX, a compilation of MOOCs from a variety of high-profile universities around the world that was created by MIT and Harvard. The advantage of the approach is obvious: it’s a great way to spread education. May says a whopping 15,000 students have taken the class. She plans to use a rerun for research into educational methods, performing so-called A/B tests in which single variables of the approach are tweaked for different groups so the results can be compared.

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Organization Tips For Students Taking Online Classes

May 19th, 2016

By Kylie Exline, ULoop

Taking online classes is not always super fun, but they can definitely be easier for you. For instance, you can still travel and vacation since attendance is not a thing (or it is simply a click on your laptop). Or stay in your PJ’s all day just because you do not have to leave the house for any reason whatsoever. Sounds golden. In order to do well in these online courses, you definitely need to stay organized. Without it, you may not do that well, and maybe even regret taking the class at all. Do not regret it.

http://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/200718/Organization-Tips-For-Students-Taking-Online-Classes

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Artificial Intelligence Course Creates AI Teaching Assistant

May 18th, 2016

By Jason Maderer, Georgia Tech

College of Computing Professor Ashok Goel teaches Knowledge Based Artificial Intelligence (KBAI) every semester. It’s a core requirement of Georgia Tech’s online master’s of science in computer science program. And every time he offers it, Goel estimates, his 300 or so students post roughly 10,000 messages in the online forums — far too many inquiries for him and his eight teaching assistants (TA) to handle. That’s why Goel added a ninth TA this semester. Her name is Jill Watson, and she’s unlike any other TA in the world. In fact, she’s not even a “she.” Jill is a computer — a virtual TA —implemented on IBM’s Watson platform. The students, who were studying artificial intelligence, were unknowingly interacting with it. Goel didn’t inform them about Jill’s true identity until April 26. The student response was uniformly positive.

http://www.news.gatech.edu/2016/05/09/artificial-intelligence-course-creates-ai-teaching-assistant

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3 Theories Why We Are Intrigued By Mobile Learning

May 18th, 2016

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Why are we so interested in mobile learning? What is it about moving online education from our laptops to our phones and tablets that has gotten us so intrigued? Is it because the world of social media has largely moved to mobile? Over three-quarters of all the time that people in the U.S. spend on social media is done so on a mobile device. 90 percent of people that access Facebook on a daily basis are doing so via mobile, and over 50 percent of Facebook users only access the social network on a mobile device. Over 80 percent of Twitter users are mobile users. More than half of YouTube views come from a mobile device. I have 3 theories about why we are so intrigued by the siren song of mobile learning.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/3-theories-why-we-are-intrigued-mobile-learning

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Ignoring Non-Traditional Students Invalidates Most College Ratings

May 18th, 2016

Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin Colleges and Extension as reported in Evolllution

There’s no shortage of publications and systems available for students to track institutional performance and student success. Unfortunately, the truth of many of these systems is that they ignore or overlook the vast majority of learners enrolled in higher education today. In this interview, Cathy Sandeen shares her thoughts on the validity of the College Scorecard, released by the federal government, and reflects on its value as a mechanism to measure institutional success.

http://evolllution.com/attracting-students/accessibility/ignoring-non-traditional-students-invalidates-most-college-ratings/

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The Best Way To List Online Classes On Your Resume, According To Recruiters

May 17th, 2016

by MELANIE PINOLA, Lifehacker

First, as with every other item on your resume, make sure it’s relevant. Listing online programming classes, for example, when the job role doesn’t involve coding or any knowledge of it could be distracting. Don’t list low-level or introductory classes if the position is for an expert. They can make you seem less experienced and detract from your credibility. You might want to only list online courses if you’ve gained a major certification or another credential. Show how you used the skills you got from your online education — in projects, volunteer work and so on. As always, you want your resume to focus on results — quantifiable results — and the skills that will add value to the company. Your online classes can help demonstrate that you’re a lifelong learner, but also make sure they put you in the best light as a candidate for that particular job.

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/05/the-best-way-to-list-online-classes-on-your-resume-according-to-recruiters/

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College Affordability Diagnosis presents sobering picture of higher ed

May 17th, 2016

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Families making less than $30,000 per year have to pay 47% of their income just go to to community colleges in Mississippi, after accounting for financial aid. In Minnesota, it’s 61.5% of family income, on average, among the bottom quintile of earners. Julie Davis Bell, education program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, calls these findings among the most important to come out of the recent College Affordability Diagnosis, http://www2.gse.upenn.edu/irhe/sites/gse.upenn.edu.irhe/files/Natl_Affordability2016.pdf produced by the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and the Higher Education Policy Institute.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/college-affordability-diagnosis-presents-sobering-picture-of-higher-ed/418788/

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What higher education institutions can do in the mobile internet era

May 17th, 2016

by The Jakarta Post

In recent years, the mobile internet has surged globally. In Indonesia, sales of smartphones exceed 71.25 million and will surpass 100 million in 2018, making it the fourth-largest country by smartphone user after China, India and the US. In the coming years, thanks to the demographic dividend, an upsurge in mobile internet penetration, startup companies and a technical framework that builds a mature mobile ecosystem, users will undoubtedly play a crucial role in mobile internet development. The emergence of the internet has changed talent cultivation in higher education. The mobile internet has taken the global communication network onto a new level and will force higher education to create a new model of talent cultivation.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/adv/2016/05/09/what-higher-education-institutions-can-do-in-the-mobile-internet-era.html

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Mixing It Up in the Design Lab: The Virtuality-Reality Continuum

May 16th, 2016

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology

Established in 2015, the Mixed Reality Lab at Oklahoma State University focuses on research and instruction in augmented reality, virtual reality, and digital prototyping for design. It provides space and infrastructure for both students and faculty researchers to work on design-related projects that incorporate AR, VR, and 3D printing tools. The lab helps students, researchers, and, through outreach activities, the broader community learn how to apply these technologies in design. CT asked Tilanka Chandrasekera, an assistant professor in the department of Design, Housing and Merchandising at OSU, about the Mixed Reality Lab’s goals for research and instruction.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/04/19/the-virtuality-reality-continuum-in-design.aspx

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Northwestern U Develops New Digital Learning Website

May 16th, 2016

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

Northwestern University in Illinois has launched a new Digital Learning website to showcase the innovative online and blended learning practices of campus faculty and provide information for those who want to implement digital learning. “The primary goal of the new website is to provide a glimpse into what is happening inside the Northwestern classroom and to help connect the dots between various innovations in teaching and learning,” stated a news release from the university. The site is a partnership project between the Office of the Provost and Northwestern Information Technology, with input from other campus offices, administration and faculty members. The people who created the site hope faculty from Northwestern and other educational institutions will look to the site for information about digital learning and examples of best practices.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/05/05/northwestern-u-develops-new-digital-learning-website.aspx

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Higher Ed Slow To Shift to Digital Experiences

May 16th, 2016

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Public universities could really use some help in sorting out how to use their digital content, technologies and practices to do a better job of interacting with their “customers” — students and families. Likewise, they’re making glacially slow progress on meeting the expectations of prospective students. Those findings come out of a sponsored survey that examined the current state of content management practices in higher education. The project was undertaken by Digital Clarity Group (DCG), a consultancy that works with organizations to improve their “customer experiences.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/04/28/higher-ed-slow-to-shift-to-digital-experiences.aspx
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Security Awareness at Eastern Michigan University

May 15th, 2016

by Allan Edwards, EDUCAUSE Review

At Eastern Michigan University (EMU), information security is a challenge. We in the IT department understand and recommend security best practices but cannot always insist on them to the degree that we would like. For example, endpoint management tools that catalog the software on users’ machines are viewed as intrusive. Mobile device management is also not possible since the devices in question are owned by the users and not supplied by the university. Because of this, much of our focus needs to be on training and education. But how can an IT department, which is small compared to the entire university, make a meaningful impact?

http://er.educause.edu/blogs/2016/4/security-awareness-at-eastern-michigan-university

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Developing Institutional Cloud Strategies

May 15th, 2016

by Mara Hancock,et al: EDUCAUSE Review

Chief information officers expect a shift within the next five years, from primarily managing infrastructure and technical resources toward managing outside relationships. Increasing acceptance of increasingly available cloud technologies and services allow redefining higher education’s approach to enterprise IT. Four institutions explain their cloud strategies as developed in response to enterprise challenges and share their lessons learned.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/5/developing-institutional-cloud-strategies

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Thinking about the Future of Work to Make Better Decisions about Learning Today

May 15th, 2016

by Marina Gorbis, EDUCAUSE Review

Fundamental transformations are making distinctions between work, learning, and living ever more artificial. The Institute for the Future (IFTF), in partnership with ACT Foundation, recently published Learning Is Earning in the National Learning Economy—a visual synthesis of future forces that are shaping this transformation. The work shows how the proliferation of online learning resources (free and for pay), the rise of alternative learning and making spaces (from TechShop to General Assembly and makerspaces), and the diffusion of mobile technologies and peer-to-peer communities allow every moment of the day to become a learning moment. At the same time, the way we have come to think about work—that is, 9-to-5 predictable jobs in formal organizations—is less and less a reality for the growing number of working-age adults. So in thinking about the future… we need to think about the forces and signals of transformation and what they mean for higher education today and tomorrow.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/5/thinking-about-the-future-of-work-to-make-better-decisions-about-learning-today

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