Online Learning Update

July 20, 2017

FAMU seeks millions to invest in STEM faculty, online technology upgrades

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

by Byron Dobson , Tallahassee Democrat

Florida A&M University is seeking more than $24 million from the state in its education budget next year, with most of the money directed at hiring faculty and support staff, strengthening its academic portfolio and advancing online education. Of that, more than $7 million is needed for technology improvements throughout the campus, while another $1.3 million is needed for upgrades at the 3,800-acre agricultural research campus in Brooksville it inherited from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2015. The legislative budget requests call for a combination of one-time funding and money FAMU needs annually.

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/06/30/famu-seeks-millions-invest-stem-faculty-technology-upgrades/444055001/

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July 17, 2017

California, Pennsylvania disrupt the two-year business model

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

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

California and Pennsylvania are making efforts to boost enrollment in their community college systems, utilizing different approaches to target underrepresented student populations, according to Inside Higher Ed. A California proposal seeks to close gaps caused by declining enrollment over the last 10 years by creating an online-only college which targets unemployed or underemployed adults who may want additional schooling. Pennsylvania is looking to use an “interactive television” model to reach students in rural areas. The Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania will target students living in nine counties in the northwestern part of the state where there are no public community colleges. The state’s Department of Education approved the new school last month, where students will interact on television with an instructor teaching students live.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/california-pennsylvania-disrupt-the-two-year-business-model/445989/

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July 14, 2017

New sports analytics class proves popular at University of Arizona

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

By Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star

For the first time, the UA is offering a class in sports analytics, a booming industry in the world of professional athletics. “MGMT 359 Sports Analytics,” part of the Eller Sports Management Program, provides students with an entry point to the data analysis that has become an essential ingredient in front offices across every major sport. Ricardo Valerdi, who created the curriculum and is teaching the class, is hopeful it can supply aspiring Billy Beanes with the tools they need to land jobs in sports analytics and similar fields. The class is taught online, so Valerdi, with the aid of Eller’s multimedia department, made short, lighthearted introductory videos for each “inning.”

http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/new-sports-analytics-class-proves-popular-at-university-of-arizona/article_d09f9d54-90d3-5d62-9133-30fc84032d05.html

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June 25, 2017

New Analytics Tool Tracks Cheating Patterns for Online Testing

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

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Online proctoring and identity verification company Examity today launched examiDATA, a data platform designed to “aggregate and analyze information on test performance and academic integrity.” The tool examines information from hundreds of thousands of students at colleges and universities across the country to discern test-taking patterns, measure the rate of test-taking violations and help institutions benchmark against their peers, according to the company. Cheating information is broken down by category, such as tuition level, type of school and department of study.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/06/08/new-analytics-tool-tracks-cheating-patterns-for-online-testing.aspx

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June 13, 2017

This technology will dominate higher ed within 5 years

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

BY JAMI MORSHED, eCampus News

The desire for a more digital campus has also come hand-in-hand with the rise of the non-traditional student, a population of which is generally characterized by part-time attendance, student swirl, working either full or part time, and taking classes either partly or entirely online. [Read: “Is it time to rethink the term nontraditional student?”] Online learning platforms change the lecture and classroom experience to allow students to connect with the university through a familiar medium–their mobile device. Many forward-thinking colleges are embracing digital strategies to modernize their administrative side as well, such as processes for financial aid, course sign up, campus enrollment, the bursar’s office and others previously operated independently. Digital integration between departments can streamline tasks and make them accessible online to adapt to the needs of remote students, meaning campuses can put the student first and can streamline operations to follow the student journey.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/technology-digital-5-years/

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June 11, 2017

Helping Graduate Students Join an Online Learning Community

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

by Christina Yao, Brian Wilson, Crystal Garcia, Erica DeFrain and Andrew Cano; Educause Review

Online learners in graduate studies often face two new realities at the start of their academic careers: shifting identity into becoming graduate students, and developing online course competency. The Student Success Center — a strong orientation to online learning and graduate education — provides a foundation for establishing a community of online graduate program learners. Through that community of learners and with frequent interactions with instructors and staff, students can begin the process of becoming socialized into our department and their field of study. Finding collaborative ways to reduce their feelings of isolation and help online graduate students realize that they are part of a learning community that spans the university greatly improves the student experience and helps foster their success.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/5/helping-graduate-students-join-an-online-learning-community

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June 9, 2017

Southern Cross University education masters borrows from MBA to teach leadership

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

by Tim Dodd, Financial Review

As teachers and school principals are faced with increased challenges in leading people and managing organisations Southern Cross University (SCU) has added elements of an MBA degree to a postgraduate course for teachers. The university’s new online master of education, which commences in July is meant to give senior teachers the skills to be a school principal or department head. “Most masters of education do not offer MBA components,” said Jo-Anne Ferreira, who heads SCU’s school of education.

http://www.afr.com/leadership/management/business-education/southern-cross-university-education-masters-borrows-from-mba-to-teach-leadership-20170519-gw8rbj

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May 30, 2017

ASU athletes rely on online classes for high-demand schedule

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

By Samantha Pell, Cronkite News

Whether it is football, basketball, soccer or gymnastics, student-athletes have the added pressure to perform not only on the field but in the classroom. Practices, workouts, film sessions and travel days take up chunks of their weeks and demand creativity to build schedules with full-time academic loads. Enter online classes. At Arizona State, athletes are able to learn on an equal playing field with their in-class peers. Athletic department time commitments can’t be blamed for missing lectures or quizzes. Taking multiple online classes is common. This semester, ASU men’s basketball player Shannon Evans has all but one class online. During her senior year, former ASU women’s soccer player Lucero Lara had all online classes. The exception is freshmen athletes, who are expected to take all classes in person.

https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2017/05/15/online-classes-asu-athletes/

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May 15, 2017

Purdue’s Kaplan Purchase: Shoring Up the ’21st-Century Land-Grant Mission’

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

“To be a 21st-century land-grant school, to meet the obligation, really, the great opportunity, the noble opportunity that we have always embraced here at Purdue, we must be active in online education in a way we are not now,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels in a prepared statement. Currently, Purdue encompasses a main campus in West Lafayette and two regional campuses, Purdue Fort Wayne and Purdue Northwest. The deal has drawn support from one unique quarter: Arne Duncan, who, as secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, drew the wrath of for-profit schools for his continual efforts to reign them in. “I’m excited by this opportunity for a world-class university to expand its reach and help educate adult learners by acquiring a strong for-profit college,” said Duncan in a prepared statement. “This is a first, and if successful, could help create a new model for what it means to be a land-grant institution.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/01/purdues-kaplan-purchase-shoring-up-the-21st-century-land-grant-mission.aspx

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May 5, 2017

Option of shorter online courses gaining popularity at Fort Hays State

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

by Hays Daily News

Eight-week courses are gaining popularity at Fort Hays State and are available in a broad range of programs through the university’s Department of Advanced Education Programs, which offer core courses across several programs. Instead of enrolling in a traditional 16-week course in time for the fall and spring semester start dates, online students can now choose from several other dates to enroll in the same course that is completed in half the time. “These offerings are being developed to meet the needs of the adult students who are looking for both an expedited timeline to complete their degree and/or have decided to go to school after one of the three traditional start dates,” said Dennis King, assistant vice president for student affairs. “The idea is to offer something for the adult student who presses to move through their program at a little faster pace.”

http://www.hdnews.net/press_releases/option-of-shorter-online-courses-gaining-popularity-at-fort-hays/article_10df9398-492a-5831-94f2-0916bfc25a00.html

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April 23, 2017

U of Phoenix-HBCU Partnership Expands

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

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Another historically black institution — South Carolina State — teams up with the University of Phoenix to offer online courses to a greater number of students. S.C. State will waive a $35 readmission fee and offer students a 50 percent discount on tuition rates, dropping the cost of a three-credit-hour course to $651. Students can take up to 27 credits from Phoenix. After the university reviews the students’ accounts for academic or financial holds, the academic departments map the courses they need to finish the degree they were pursuing before stopping out to equivalent courses offered by Phoenix. The BARC program is the latest product of an “alliance” that Phoenix and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund entered into in November 2014 to boost online education at historically black colleges and universities.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/04/11/south-carolina-state-latest-hbcu-partner-phoenix-online-education

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April 17, 2017

Thinking Small About Online Learning

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

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Online programs can be a vehicle to highlight differentiation. What school, department, program, or area of research does your school do better than anybody else?What degree programs are you most proud? What areas of teaching and knowledge creation have you build a critical mass of faculty? Building online programs around your strengths is a way not to compete with the Liberty’s, WGU’s, and SNHU’s of the world. My advice is that you don’t want to compete with these schools anyway. They have figured out the efficiencies around scale. Competing against the recruitment and student services and course development and instructional engines that they have built is a losing proposition. So do something different. The economics of online education mean that it is possible to build a very small program that is financially sustainable. If the focus is institutional differentiation and program quality – economic sustainability should be enough.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/thinking-small-about-online-learning

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April 8, 2017

UI to offer online master’s program in accounting

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

by Julie Wurth, News-Gazette

A third online-only master’s program, this one from the top-ranked accounting department, will soon be available at the University of Illinois. Offered in partnership with the online learning platform Coursera, the program is geared toward professionals who want to beef up their accounting credentials, refresh their skills or change careers. The UI is the first top five accounting program to offer a master of science in accounting completely online, dubbed the “iMSA.” The UI helped pioneer this model with the Silicon Valley-based Coursera last year with an “iMBA,” an online master’s degree in business administration for $20,000, a fraction of the cost of the on-campus MBA program. It currently has 500 students from around the globe.

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2017-03-29/ui-offer-online-masters-program-accounting.html

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April 1, 2017

4 Facts About Internships for Online Bachelor’s Students

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

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Prospective online undergrads should consider whether a program allows students to intern near home, experts say. Though some online students live far away from their institution’s campus, they might be allowed to find opportunities in their own communities. “That becomes a real benefit to the experience because these students are building those networks in the community that they’re ultimately going to work in,” says Shannon Corkery, director of human development and family studies online programs at Pennsylvania State University—World Campus, which has a required internship component for bachelor’s students. It’s also not uncommon for online students to find internships with their current employer in a different department.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-03-23/4-facts-about-completing-internships-as-an-online-bachelors-student

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March 14, 2017

‘No Plans’ to Delete Free Content

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 11:17 am

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

The recent decision by the University of California, Berkeley, to restrict public access to free online educational content has raised questions about whether other colleges and universities will do the same to avoid legal action. Disability rights groups have been open about continuing to take the legal route to ensure that institutions don’t discriminate against students with disabilities. Inside Higher Ed asked several universities that offer free online courses and other educational content if they are considering following in Berkeley’s footsteps. The institutions that did respond were unanimous in their responses: they will continue to offer publicly available content. It is unclear whether the Justice Department will take as active a role in accessibility lawsuits under President Trump.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/03/14/after-uc-berkeley-announcement-universities-say-they-will-continue-offer-free

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March 6, 2017

Berkeley Will Delete Online Content

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 10:08 am

by Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

The University of California, Berkeley, will cut off public access to tens of thousands of video lectures and podcasts in response to a U.S. Justice Department order that it make the educational content accessible to people with disabilities. Today, the content is available to the public on YouTube, iTunes U and the university’s site. On March 15, the university will begin removing the more than 20,000 audio and video files from those platforms and require users sign in with University of California credentials to view or listen to them. Cathy Koshland, vice chancellor for undergraduate education, says “This move will also partially address recent findings by the Department of Justice, which suggests that the YouTube and iTunes U content meet higher accessibility standards as a condition of remaining publicly available.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/03/06/u-california-berkeley-delete-publicly-available-educational-content

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March 5, 2017

Berklee College of Music professor’s online courses provide access for all

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

by Sandra Larson, Bay State Banner

“Every time music gets played, someone gets paid,” John Kellogg is fond of saying. The musician, lawyer, book author and Berklee College of Music professor follows the statement with his signature advice for anyone involved in music performance and production: “You should get paid, not played.” Kellogg’s music business wisdom has accrued over a multi-faceted working life that spans songwriting and singing with the band Cameo in the 1970s, decades as an entertainment lawyer representing star R & B and rap acts, and educating students at University of Colorado and now at Berklee, where he also is assistant chair of the music business/management department. So far, nearly 70,000 people from around the world have accessed “Introduction to the Music Business,” a six-week course offered four times per year on the EdX platform, or the shorter “Music Business Foundations” offered every few weeks on Coursera.

http://baystatebanner.com/news/2017/feb/22/berklee-college-music-professors-online-courses-pr/

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February 25, 2017

Is higher ed ready for the big edtech explosion?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:11 am

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

New infographic details the causes of, and advice for, the incredible growth of college and university edtech spending over the next three years. According to recent research, edtech spending is on the rise, with an estimated $252 billion to be spent by colleges and universities on campus edtech by 2020. IT leaders and campus admin are projected to invest in everything from online learning solutions to personal devices, as well as investments in up-and-coming technologies as listed in the recent Horizon Report. The research was conducted by conducted by Marketwatch, the U.S. Department of Education, EDUCAUSE, Computer Economics, TDX Market Study, and HDI, and condensed into an informative infographic by TeamDynamix.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/higher-edtech-explosion/

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February 6, 2017

Brief interventions help online learners persist with coursework, Stanford research finds

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

BY ALEX SHASHKEVICH, Stanford University News

A study, published in the Jan. 20 issue of Science, found that people in less-developed countries are completing MOOCs at a lower rate than those in the more developed parts of the world. But, the researchers found, brief psychological interventions that affirm class takers’ sense that they belong can help close the global achievement gap. “MOOCs have expanded access to education but this doesn’t guarantee equal opportunities for people around the world,” said René Kizilcec, the lead author of the study and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication. “Providing access to the Internet and courseware is not enough. People need to feel welcome in online-learning environments to reach their potential.”

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/01/19/brief-interventions-help-online-learners-persist-coursework-stanford-research-finds/

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December 30, 2016

ED publishes final rules on distance education

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by Jarrett Carter, Education dive

The U.S. Department of Education has finalized its guidance on colleges and universities offering online degrees in states and territories beyond their home location, requiring that schools receive authorization from every state where domestic students do, or could pursue degrees. The guidance allows for continuation of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, which allows degree offerings in 44 states so far. According to Inside Higher Ed, some observers are not sure if the new guidance will be maintained under the incoming Trump Administration, which has shared on the record a desire to rollback several key elements of educational regulation.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/ed-publishes-final-rules-on-distance-education/432747/

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December 21, 2016

Is Distance Ed Rule DOA?

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

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Education Department finally issues rule on state approval of online programs, but with opposition in Congress, it may never go into effect. The U.S. Department of Education, with a month to go until the transition of power, has finalized a rule that clarifies how colleges become authorized to offer online programs to students in other states — an effort in the works since the first years of the Obama administration. But the rule is by all indications dead on arrival. President-elect Trump has support for undoing Obama’s regulatory legacy in Congress. Representative Virginia Foxx, Republican of North Carolina, said in an interview with Inside Higher Ed last month that her party is looking to “deal with” certain “onerous rules and regulations” as part of how it approaches higher education. Foxx, the incoming chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, specifically mentioned the state authorization rule as one example. She has over the last several years introduced bills that would block or repeal that and other rules issued by the Education Department.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/12/21/state-authorization-rule-long-works-faces-opposition-new-congress

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