How to Use Online Learning as Part of Your Test Prep

March 26th, 2015

by Chuck Cohn, Huffington Post

In recent years, online learning has become an increasingly popular option for many students. Because online learning shatters the traditional borders of education, students can immediately access many benefits that were previously unavailable to them. Resources like MOOCs, OCW, and OERs can help with classes, employment skills, and even test prep. If you’d like to strengthen your test prep with these tools, here is everything you need to know:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chuck-cohn/how-to-use-online-learnin_b_6880340.html

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Online Course Provision Grows As Three University of London Colleges Sign Up To Digital Partnership

March 26th, 2015

by Shannon Greenhalgh, MISCO

The move to online course provision by UK universities is under way, as three University of London colleges, including Goldsmiths, enter a partnership that will enable their students to participate in massive open online courses (MOOCs), Government Computing has reported. The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and St George’s, alongside Goldsmiths, have announced an agreement to offer MOOCs through the FutureLearn platform – joining a network of 51 other higher and specialist education institutions globally which are using the service to offer courses online. FutureLearn (owned by the Open University) has already been adopted by other universities in the UK, with industry experts predicting that MOOCs will play a “complementary” role in higher education.

http://www.misco.co.uk/blog/news/02804/online-course-provision-grows-as-three-university-of-london-colleges-sign-up-to-digital-partnership

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EdX Partnership with Microsoft, Smithsonian Could Provide Professional Preparation

March 25th, 2015

By HANNAH SMATI, Harvard Crimson

EdX, a massive open online course platform founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012, will launch seven courses on programming and cloud technologies in collaboration with Microsoft. A motivation behind the partnership might have been to reach edX’s student audience, according to Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois Springfield. Schroeder said there is an increasing number of employers looking for students that have specific technical skills for entry-level jobs, and so collaborating with edX would be a good way to target potential employees.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2015/3/24/edx-microsoft-smithsonian-collaboration/

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LinkedIn Expands Efforts to Help Colleges Keep in Touch With Students and Alumni

March 25th, 2015

by Casey Fabris, the Chronicle of Higher Ed

LinkedIn is doing more these days to attract college students, and to work with colleges to use the website to get better data on what their students do after graduation. The social-networking company announced on Wednesday a new feature that allows college students and graduates to add their college affiliation to the education section of their profile by clicking a button on the college’s website or in an email from the college. When they do that, public information from their profile, such as where they live and work and what they do, is then compiled into college-specific metrics.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/linkedin-expands-efforts-to-help-colleges-keep-in-touch-with-students-and-alumni/56171

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Access free online courses with your L.A. County library card

March 25th, 2015

by Colleen Park, My LA News

Everyone with a Los Angeles County library card now has access to free online video courses teaching business, technology and creative skills, the county’s lead librarian announced Tuesday. The new program, dubbed lynda.com, can be accessed remotely and on mobile devices, allowing users to learn at their own pace. “All you need is a county public library card and PIN to access lynda.com’s vast collection of courses,” County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd said. “Our patrons can take an unlimited number of lynda.com classes with 24-7 access on their computer or smartphone.”

http://mynewsla.com/education/2015/03/17/access-free-online-courses-with-your-l-a-county-library-card/

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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Market 2015-2020

March 24th, 2015

by MarketWatch

MOOCs appears as a very lucrative and commercially interesting solution for many companies looking to implement effective training programs for employees, MOOCs have the potential to revolutionize the corporate learning industry. Visiongain believes that 2015 will be a pivotal year and one of significant growth for MOOCs market as vendors address demands of higher education providers, schools and organizations. Not only will the MOOCs market flourish across education & learning sector. This growth will also generate additional demand across many industries especially wireless infrastructure, big data and cloud computing. The IT sector will also witness huge growth through widespread implementation of Big Data to derive maximum value from the valuable data collected via MOOCs and Cloud services for the seamless delivery of MOOCs no matter where you are located. As a consequence, Visiongain expects global MOOCs revenue to reach $1.5 billion in 2015.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/massive-open-online-course-mooc-market-2015-2020-meducation-distance-open-e-learning-in-higher-education-enterprise-2015-03-17

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People Who Use Firefox or Chrome Are Better Employees

March 24th, 2015

by JOE PINSKER, the Atlantic

Cornerstone’s researchers found that people who took the test on a non-default browser, such as Firefox or Chrome, ended up staying at their jobs about 15 percent longer than those who stuck with Safari or Internet Explorer. They performed better on the job as well. (These statistics were roughly the same for both Mac and PC users.)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/03/people-who-use-firefox-or-chrome-are-better-employees/387781/

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Online course aims to put public gardens on a community mission

March 24th, 2015

By Alex Koeberle, Cornell Chronicle

Cornell has joined an effort to teach public garden educators how to use natural assets as a resource for learning and social change within their communities. Crnell has joined a national online education effort designed to help public garden educators transform their natural assets into community resources for scientific knowledge and social change. The first online class co-hosted by Cornell, a free six-week online course called EECapacity for Public Garden Educators, wrapped up last month and is part of an ongoing national environmental education training program. Lectures were delivered as a series of live videos, with opportunities for participants to answer questions and provide feedback on Facebook.

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2015/03/online-course-aims-put-public-gardens-community-mission

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Engaging Faculty in Online Education

March 23rd, 2015

by Karen H. Sibley and Ren Whitaker, EDUCAUSE Review

By drawing on direct experience, facilitating learning from peers, and exploring engagement practices, Brown University’s online development team is creating an online learning “adoption wave” among faculty. The online development team continues to introduce ways of helping faculty and senior administrators more fully understand and expand on the opportunities online learning presents. An institution steeped in the traditions of residential education and initially dubious of online education now builds on its early success with online learning.

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/engaging-faculty-online-education

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Faculty Success Means Student Success: Supporting Online Faculty

March 23rd, 2015

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology

The push for “student success” is all around us. Today, new campus IT implementations, software development efforts, and academic program redesigns all seem conceived in the popular context of student success, or they are in some significant way connected to it. But what about the notion of “faculty success”? Michael E. Cottam is Webster University’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of its Online Learning Center. He has moved innovative support programs for online faculty forward there and in his previous posts with very large online programs at higher education institutions including Rio Salado College and Mount St. Mary’s University Online. Michael Cottam: I think faculty are the most important piece in achieving student success. In spite of all the supports we might provide (advisors, success coaches, counselors, tutors, and so forth) I do not believe that student success will happen without really effective faculty.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/03/17/faculty-success-means-student-success.aspx

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World-first internet braille course launches in North Rocks

March 23rd, 2015

by David Catt, Hills Shire Times

The Kelly family, Julian, Charlie, and Michelle are one of the first to use the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s eLearning Braille course. It is hard to imagine the isolation that being blind can create, especially when you live in a far-flung outback town like Tamworth. Until now. The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children at North Rocks has launched the world’s first eLearning system for braille that is aimed at teaching people who can see the incredibly challenging language.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/the-hills/world-first-internet-braille-course-launches-in-north-rocks/story-fngr8i1f-1227265112688

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Higher ed gets a new domain in .college

March 22nd, 2015

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

XYZ, the company that owns .college, is opening the first sales period for its domain today to registered trademark holders looking for matching .college addresses. The “sunrise” period lasts until April 17 and will offer domain registry for free, XYZ announced today. XYZ is announcing its sales push for .college domains as a way to open opportunities for colleges and universities that were previously restricted by the regulations surrounding .edu. Accredited, post-secondary, U.S.-based institutions were the only ones with access to .edu, while .college will be available to higher education institutions, organizations trying to recruit the campus community, and individual professors, departments, or programs, according to XYZ. Back in 2013, XYZ CEO Daniel Negari said he expected .college to supplement .edu, not replace it. That is probably a safe bet as .college sales get underway this week.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-gets-a-new-domain-in-college/375843/

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University of Illinois to offer more online summer courses

March 22nd, 2015

By Liyuan Yang, Daily Illini

This summer the University will offer over 300 online courses, including more than 20 new ones, in a range of subjects. So far, 138 graduate sections and 186 undergraduate sections have been added, though more are on the way, Deanna Raineri, associate provost for Education Innovation, said. Registration starts April 6 for students with Chancellor’s Honors status, and eligible veterans or service members. Courses were chosen based on a survey conducted by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning during the winter term, said Raineri. The “two big ones” students asked for were general education and business courses, she said.

http://www.dailyillini.com/news/article_3e1c2b30-cc47-11e4-ab80-c75a1a5072f3.html

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24 Data Science Resources to Keep Your Finger on the Pulse

March 22nd, 2015

by Cheng Han Lee, Udacity

There are lots of resources out there to learn about, or to build upon what you already know about, data science. But where do you start? What are some of the best or most authoritative sources? Here are some websites, books, and other resources that we think are outstanding.

http://blog.udacity.com/2014/12/24-data-science-resources-keep-finger-pulse.html

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How to get an MBA education for less than $1,000

March 21st, 2015

by Lauren Everitt, Forbes

Laurie Pickard started her journey in August 2013 and planned to complete 16 courses over two to three years. Now, a little more than halfway in, she’s completed 20 courses, exceeded the MBA curriculum, and can “graduate” at any time. However, she has no intention of stopping now. “I have to keep my finger on the pulse and keep my skills fresh,” she says. She also has no plans to leave her current job as a development and entrepreneurship specialist at USAID. “I just see this [MOOCs] as a totally new field, and I want to be in it,” she says. Pickard plans to offer a No-Pay MBA community and support package, including a handbook, a regularly updated course guide, a course checklist, support networks, a digital credential, and a web presence where No-Pay MBAs can present their work to potential employers. Pickard plans to launch the program in June 2015 with a tiered pricing structure.

http://fortune.com/2015/03/16/how-to-get-an-mba-education-for-less-than-1000/

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Online Technologies Will Reshape Continuing and Professional Ed

March 21st, 2015

by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

John L. Hennessy, president of Stanford University, speaking at the annual ACE meeting, said the “unbundling” of degrees that many are predicting — where students assemble the learning they want, offered in person or online, by one or more institutions to earn credentials — is something that Hennessy predicted was the future of continuing education and professional education. “Online technologies will dominate this marketplace,” he said. And this will include many professionally oriented master’s programs, he said.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/03/16/stanford-president-offers-predictions-more-digital-future-higher-education

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3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

March 21st, 2015
by  Goldie Blumenstyk and Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Ed
Student privacy, easier-to-use digital tools for instructors, and efforts to offer alternative credentials were some of the most-talked-about topics this week at the South by Southwest Edu conference, an offshoot of the popular South by Southwest music festival. The event brings together a mix of participants from different parts of education — teachers, administrators, and publishers in elementary, secondary, and higher education.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/3-big-issues-we-heard-about-at-sxswedu/56063

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Microsoft Looks Forward To Creating Free Online Programming Courses for EdX

March 20th, 2015

By David Barry, US Markets Daily

The world is going after initiatives that help humanity to grow further, and corporate houses don’t seem to miss this opportunity. The newest addition to the list of corporate houses that tend to offer free services for social betterment is Microsoft Corporation. According to reports, Microsoft has decided to enter the world of free education. The company has partnered with EdX, based in Cambridge, MA.

http://www.usmarketsdaily.com/microsoft-corporation-nasdaqmsft-looks-forward-to-creating-free-online-programming-courses-for-edx-10346

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Earning a bachelor’s degree the new way

March 20th, 2015

By Jennifer Doody, Harvard Gazette

Jonathan Haber earned his bachelor’s degree, in chemistry, from Wesleyan University in 1985. Nearly three decades later, he decided to earn another bachelor’s, this one in philosophy. He also resolved to complete his studies in just one year, entirely online, for free. Haber documented those 12 months on the website Degree of Freedom, detailing his experience completing the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree using Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, and other forms of free learning. As the inaugural HarvardX Visiting Fellow, Haber recently spoke at the Harvard Ed Portal about what he had learned during his year of intense online study. Appropriately, in addition to nearly three-dozen Ed Portal visitors, more than 80 people watched the talk online.

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2015/03/earning-a-bachelors-degree-the-new-way/

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E-learning advice from 4 troops who are making it work

March 20th, 2015

By Adam Stone, Military Times

For those who wear the uniform, the appeal of online learning is obvious. Deploy with a laptop and you’re still in school, regardless of where you go. When the marching pace picks up, put the books aside and learn when it’s convenient. Don’t be lulled, though. Just because it’s convenient doesn’t mean it’s easy. Timing matters when chasing a degree. Technology tools can ease the load. And just as when out on maneuvers, it always pays to plan ahead. Here, four military members and veterans share what they’ve learned about making the most of online learning opportunities.

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/best-for-vets/education/2015/03/14/e-learning-advice-from-4-troops-who-are-succeeding/23224055/

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The Human-Technology Intersection: A Framework

March 19th, 2015

by Paul J. LeBlanc, EDUCAUSE Review

The enthusiasm of the ed-tech and DIY sectors sometimes lapses into a kind of insurgent rhetoric. In this narrative, all traditional colleges and universities are dinosaurs, and the meteor that will spell their doom is about to hit. A key part of this “disruptive innovation” argument is the broad displacement of faculty and staff by technology. In truth, higher education, like health care, is a highly regulated industry that remains slow to change. There is no precipice. But there are certainly tough times ahead. Even if technology will not soon replace people, it seems poised to dramatically redefine roles and to change the nature of faculty/staff work.

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/human-technology-intersection-framework

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