Online Learning Update

June 25, 2020

Forging bonds is the solution to online learning

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

CHINAT YU, Johns Hopkins News-Letter

The University should focus on finding more ways to build small, tight-knit communities that would foster strong interpersonal relationships. Rather than emphasizing solely the flexibility of learning alone, Hopkins should explore new ways to help students bond. For example, Hopkins could significantly expand existing programs like Peer-Led Team Learning (PILOT) and Study Consulting. This would encourage greater peer mentorship while simultaneously creating more work-study opportunities. This would help alleviate the burden for students facing challenging financial situations and supplement lost on-campus jobs.

https://www.jhunewsletter.com/article/2020/06/forging-bonds-is-the-solution-to-online-learning

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Momentum for “Micro-Credentials” Builds as Workers Seek New Skills

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

John Marcus, Public News Service

First they get a credential in a skill they need, then another and another. Each of these can quickly pay off on its own by helping to get a job, raise or promotion. And they can add up over time to a bachelor’s degree. “Even if I chose not to finish, I would still have these pieces and I’d say, ‘Look what I’ve done,’ as opposed to, ‘I have two years of college'” but nothing to show for it, said Nelson, who works as an information technology consultant and hopes to move into an administrative role. “I don’t think it really dropped on me until I sat down to update my resume,” she said. That’s when Nelson realized that each of those certifications had already increased her value on the job market, she said.

https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2020-06-11/education/momentum-for-micro-credentials-builds-as-workers-seek-new-skills/a70487-1

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California’s online-only community college is flunking out with legislators

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

Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle

When California set aside $100 million to launch its first fully online community college, supporters led by then-Gov. Jerry Brown said the school would prepare adults stuck in dead-end careers for the modern workforce. After two years of halting progress, state lawmakers facing a budget disaster and mounting complaints from faculty unions are pushing to scrap the college entirely.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/California-s-online-only-community-college-15327724.php

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June 24, 2020

The 7 elements of a good online course

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

George Velestianos, the Conversation

As an education researcher who has been studying online education and a professor who has been teaching in both face-to-face and online environments for more than a decade, I am often asked whether online learning at universities and colleges can ever be as effective as face-to-face learning. The answer isn’t as unequivocal as some would like it to be. Individual cherry-picked studies can support any result. But systematic analyses of the evidence generally show there are no significant differences in students’ academic outcomes between online and face-to-face education.

https://theconversation.com/the-7-elements-of-a-good-online-course-139736

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Online Education for the New-Collar Work of Tomorrow

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

Ritika Pradhan, Udacity

These are tough times for everyone and the best you can do is to be prepared. Jobs of tomorrow are not going to be the same as the jobs of today or yesterday. As a senior IBM leader in their IT org told us, “Learning can be a comfort; it’s something we can control. If your situation allows it, use the time you used to spend commuting to focus on your Nanodegree program and learning new skills.” And this is our recommendation to you as well. Try to use your time at home to learn a new skill and prepare yourself for the future jobs. The future is of hard-employable practitioner level skills in fields like programming, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, data science. There can’t be a better opportunity for you to train yourself in one of these emerging new-collar jobs.

https://blog.udacity.com/2020/06/online-education-for-the-new-collar-work-of-tomorrow.html

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People can’t get enough of these online classes right now

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

Gwen Moran, Fast Company

With stay-at-home orders lingering for months, some of the leaders in online courses and programs have seen dramatic spikes in people learning from home. LinkedIn recently announced that, in the first week of April alone, people watched 1.7 million hours of learning content on LinkedIn Learning. Udemy enrollments had a 425% spike overall and an 80% increase in business consumption. During the 30-day period ending May 20, Coursera saw nearly 300% more course enrollment than for the same period in 2019.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90512719/people-cant-get-enough-of-these-online-classes-right-now

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June 23, 2020

Leveraging Feedback Experiences in Online Learning

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

Erin Crisp, EDUCAUSE Review

Feedback is a powerful construct in the design of quality online learning, and quantified dimensions of learners’ feedback experiences can be leveraged to improve effectiveness, increase efficiency, and maintain appeal in online courses. What if real-time data could provide proactive insight into a student’s experiences? What if mentors and leaders could monitor experiences and intervene to remedy negative learning situations? Are there online-learner behaviors (rather than algorithms, which can be biased) that mentors and leaders could observe as early-warning signs of problems with the effectiveness of the instruction, the efficiency of the design, or the overall appeal of the courses? What are the key ingredients of learning, and could they be measured and monitored on a large scale?

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/6/leveraging-feedback-experiences-in-online-learning

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Unlocking Education and Workforce Opportunity Through Blockchain

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

Kerri Lemoie and Louis Soares, ACE

As we make our way through the crisis and into recovery, that imperative should encourage experimentation with approaches to credentialing (and hiring) that leverage the potential of new technologies to provide more granular descriptions of skills and improved communication among education and training organizations, individuals, and employers.  Blockchain, in particular, holds promise to create more efficient, durable connections between education and work. It can provide the technological fabric to help displaced workers translate their skills for new education opportunities and employers, and may hold particular value for those currently underserved by the existing education-to-employment paradigm.

https://www.acenet.edu/Documents/ACE-Education-Blockchain-Initiative-Connected-Impact-June2020.pdf

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Remember the MOOCs? After Near-Death, They’re Booming

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

Steve Lohr, NY Times

Coursera… added 10 million new users from mid-March to mid-May, seven times the pace of new sign-ups in the previous year. Enrollments at edX and Udacity, two smaller education sites, have jumped by similar multiples.  “Crises lead to accelerations, and this is best chance ever for online learning,” said Sebastian Thrun, a co-founder and chairman of Udacity.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/26/technology/moocs-online-learning.html

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June 22, 2020

Can HyFlex Options Support Students in the Midst of Uncertainty?

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

 

Brian Beatty, EDUCAUSE

When campuses closed due to the spread of the coronavirus and the threat posed by the COVID-19 illness, faculty who were teaching HyFlex classes were already prepared to teach high-quality, fully online courses. The term HyFlex originates from faculty work to support both online and traditional students—without developing a completely separate online master’s degree program—in the Instructional Technologies master of arts program at San Francisco State University.2

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/5/can-hyflex-options-support-students-in-the-midst-of-uncertainty

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As Harvard Goes Online, Will Students Pay Top Dollar For Higher Education?

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

Robert Farrington, Forbes

To be clear, it’s not that online learning is low-quality; it’s that many courses were never created for an online learning environment, yet schools had no choice but to fashion one out of nothing in a matter of weeks. With the spring semester of college practically over and a new school year well on its way this fall, there are more questions than answers in the world of higher education right now. Will colleges be able to open for on-campus learning, or will some be forced to renew the year with more weeks or months of distance learning?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertfarrington/2020/06/08/as-harvard-goes-online-will-students-pay-top-dollar-for-higher-education/#f0e8f1465e75

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Orienting Students to Online Learning: A Must for Student Success

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

Jaimie Hoffman , Megan Eberhardt-Alstot and Jill Leafstedt; EDUCAUSE

Orientation experiences support students’ transition to the first year of college, which is essential for student success.1 This support is particularly important for those students from historically marginalized populations.2 Orientation for online learners should be holistic and would ideally mirror content delivered in the onsite orientation experience, since students enrolling in online courses may come to campus infrequently or possibly not at all. Student orientation helps to foster student success; research suggests that those who participate in orientation programs generally perform better than those who do not and persist to graduation at a higher rate.3

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/5/orienting-students-to-online-learning-a-must-for-student-success

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June 21, 2020

Leveraging OER for COVID-19 Response Efforts and International Partnerships

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

Jennryn Wetzler, Creative Commons
Currently, we face both a swell of support for open educational resources (OER) and devastating upheaval of our traditional education systems. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 1.5 billion youth are out of school, countless teachers and parents are pivoting to online teaching and education systems face immense financial strain. While OER is not a magic cure for the current education crisis, there are opportunities to work with open education efforts to build greater resiliency within our learning ecosystems and also support cross-national partnerships.

https://creativecommons.org/2020/06/01/leveraging-oer-for-covid-19-response-efforts-and-long-term-international-partnerships/

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Skills that will be necessary to find a job post-COVID-19

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

Kevin Dickinson, Big Think

Data from LinkedIn suggests soft skills will be the most in-demand as the economy begins to rebuild and 2020 grads look for work. Today’s graduates are entering the worst job market since the Great Depression. LinkedIn’s annual “Grad’s Guide to Getting Hired” report states that soft skills like leadership and communication will be the most in-demand. Even before the coronavirus economy, experts extolled soft skills as critical for tomorrow’s work force.

https://bigthink.com/coronavirus/skills-needed-for-a-job

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Good College Teaching Does Not Require Sharing Air with Students

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

Michael Hunter Schwartz, Tomorrow’s Professor

Ask your friends to tell you about their best teachers. They likely will describe people who were passionate about their fields and student learning, knew their subjects cold, communicated great faith in students’ capabilities and insisted they live up to those expectations, were excellent explainers, and were caring, authentic, respectful, and well prepared for class. For the past 20 years, I have been publishing books and articles about effective teaching approaches; the qualities your friends would name are typical of the best teachers. Poor in-person teaching happens every day at every university…. Poor online teaching also happens every day. But great teaching and deep learning also happen online.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1803

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June 20, 2020

Seven myths about online education

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

A. Joseph Dorairaj, the Hindu

An effective transition to an online mode of teaching-learning requires the debunking of several false views.  COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. All sectors, including the education sector, have been drastically affected all sectors including education. The world is searching for new strategies to cope with this pandemic and its aftermath. Higher educational institutions are now looking at online teaching-learning as a window of hope. Many institutions and teachers have taken efforts to incorporate online education and are trying to use tech tools to such as Learning Management Systems (LMS) and web conferencing platforms.

https://www.thehindu.com/education/seven-myths-about-online-education/article31766396.ece

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Gaining Skills Virtually to Close the Inequality Gap

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

Steve Lohr, NY Times

Mr. Chertavian and the leaders of other programs, which operate in dozens of American cities, from Seattle to Miami, said they saw opportunity beyond their immediate challenges. The forced march online, they said, has triggered a drastic rethinking across the education-to-employment field and will most likely bring lasting change — and perhaps open the door to significant expansion. Program directors spoke of a post-pandemic model, in a year or so, in which half or even three-quarters of instruction and coaching would be done virtually, and the remainder face-to-face.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/07/technology/virtual-skills-inequality-gap-virus.html

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COVID-19 Could Be End of Line for Some Regional Colleges

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

Sophie Quinton, Pew Trusts

The pandemic has thrown every college revenue source into question, from student tuition payments to endowment earnings, football ticket sales and university hospital revenue. It’s also landed colleges and universities with unexpected extra costs, such as paying to launch online versions of in-person classes.  If state higher education funding and enrollments take a dive in the months to come, layoffs likely will accelerate, higher education experts say. A collapse in enrollment and employment could, in turn, hurt college towns that rely on students, faculty and other workers to shop and eat local.

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2020/06/04/covid-19-could-be-end-of-line-for-some-regional-colleges

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June 19, 2020

App State’s Dr. Paul Wallace is pushing the boundaries of online teaching and learning

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

Rebekah Saylors, Appalacian State

Social robotics is a field that deals with robots that work together with people in industries such as education, health care, retail and therapy. Wallace is exploring how online users interact with avatars that differ from their own ethnic or cultural backgrounds as well as the role avatars and virtual reality play in understanding a concept from an alternative point of view.

https://today.appstate.edu/2020/06/02/wallace

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Revisiting Accountability in Online Learning

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

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

For an online learning course to succeed, students must be held accountable for engaging in all essential and required course requirements. Whether that participation is time-stamped by the eLearning application itself or the honor system is employed, students must be held to a standard of complete engagement and nothing less. In addition, a set of ground rules must be laid out for how students conduct themselves in an online learning environment. These rules should run the gamut from engagement to the quality of discourse. These rules should be laid out in plain language and posted on the site for easy access at any time.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/revisiting-accountability-in-online-learning/

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UT Austin reveals fall plans for some online learning, limited classroom capacity

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

 

Melanie Torre, CBS Austin

Wednesday interim UT-Austin president Jay Hartzell shared an update on planning for the Fall 2020 semester. In a letter to Longhorns he said about 20 percent of classes would be designed for online learning and classrooms would only be filled to 40 percent capacity. He also explained plans to ramp-up COVID-19 testing.

https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/ut-reveals-fall-plans-for-some-online-learning-limited-classroom-capacity

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