Don’t make this unfortunate online program mistake in 2017

January 20th, 2017

BY SETH ODELL, eCampus News

In response to widespread stagnation in postsecondary enrollments, many institutions look to scale their programs and attract students beyond their own backyards. And since online education makes logistical sense for delivering instruction to wider audiences, an online program is often looked at for expansion opportunities. Yet frequently, colleges and universities don’t realize just how competitive the national online education market is. Not only are they stepping onto a court with the biggest brands in higher education, but national marketing efforts are notably costly compared to local marketing efforts. The fact of the matter is that for most institutions, online education is most successful when considered as an alternative modality for local students familiar with an institution’s brand rather than a path to the national market. One common mistake is to try and make an online program go national right away; instead, go local for better success, sustainability.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/online-learning/online-program-mistake-2017/

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Internet of Things Spending to Reach $1.29 Trillion by 2020

January 20th, 2017

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

A new forecast from International Data Corp. estimates that the total worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) will reach $1.29 trillion by 2020. According to the market research firm’s Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide, that represents a compound annual growth rate of 15.6 percent over the 2015-2020 forecast period. Much of that spend will go toward hardware — the largest spending category throughout the forecast, followed by services, software and connectivity, according to IDC. The company predicts that hardware spending will approach $400 billion by 2020; modules and sensors that connect endpoints to networks will represent the bulk of hardware purchases. On the other hand, IDC said, hardware will be the slowest growing IoT technology category, beaten out by software and services.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/01/05/internet-of-things-spending-to-reach-1-29-trillion-by-2020.aspx

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‘Embrace digital technology for better teaching, learning experience’

January 20th, 2017

by ANDHRA PRADESH, the Hindu

Digital technologies would help in improving teaching methods while digital learning can improve student achievement if the tools are integrated into teaching and learning, according to I.V. Subba Rao, Chief of Literacy, Basic Education and Non-formal Education at Unesco. A panel discussion on ‘pedagogy and teacher in the digital era’ was held at the Navyandhra Pustaka Sambaralu (book festival) here on Friday. On the occasion, Mr. Subba Rao said that technology would act as an assistant to a teacher. Both teaching and learning processes would be simplified and improved with digital technologies. Time and space were no barriers to learning through open online courses. At the same time, digital technologies would not eliminate the teacher from the learning process as human interface was a must in this aspect, he said.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/%E2%80%98Embrace-digital-technology-for-better-teaching-learning-experience%E2%80%99/article17003490.ece

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Well educated RNs are critical to country’s future

January 19th, 2017

by Jane M. Kirschling, Baltimore Sun

RNs make up the single largest segment of the health care workforce, with more than 3 million in the United States and more than 79,000 in Maryland. The demand for nurses will continue to increase along with demands on the nation’s health care system as America’s population ages and as we strive to address inequities in the care that racial and ethnic minorities experience. To have a substantive impact on health outcomes given these emerging challenges, nurses must continue to advance their education. Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs are providing RNs the option of completing their coursework in traditional face-to-face formats and through online learning.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-nursing-force-20170108-story.html

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​The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers

January 19th, 2017

By Amy Ahearn, EdSurge

As a thought experiment, I tried to recast my Strava fitness app experience in pedagogical terms. I realized that I was recording hours of deliberate practice (my early morning runs), formative assessments (the occasional speed workout on the track) and even a few summative assessments (races) on the app. Strava was motivating my consistent use by overlaying a digital grid on my existing offline activities. How could we apply the same practices to learning? I’ve come to believe that one of the biggest misunderstandings about online learning is that it has to be limited to things that can be done in front of a computer screen. Completing the course on top of other priorities required an almost superhuman effort for sometimes limited external validation. That motivation was provided by Strava.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-01-06-the-future-of-online-learning-is-offline-what-strava-can-teach-digital-course-designers

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Machine Learning and Online Security in 2017

January 19th, 2017

by Doug Black, Enterprise Tech

As companies increase their digital footprints, ‘identify and diagnose’ capabilities will not defend against the growing array of security threats, according to analysts at Gartner Group. Because the types of data ingested by analytics packages are evolving from structured to hybrid data–containing text, objects and other formats– the market will respond to that transition by offering packaged applications that utilize more powerful predictive and prescriptive analytics. Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) (I use these terms interchangeably) continue to be hotly debated in security circles. The pessimists believe hackers will always outmaneuver ML, while the believers view AI as an essential companion to finding and displaying threat patterns in a complex, cloud-enhanced IT environment. While both sides have merit, the market itself is moving ahead with real-life ML applications in 2017.

http://www.enterprisetech.com/2017/01/05/machine-learning-online-security-2017/

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5 Online Education Trends to Watch in 2017

January 18th, 2017

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Experts predict more online programs will offer alternative credentials and degrees in specialized fields. Online students: There’s a lot in store for you in 2017. In the past few years, more students enrolled in online courses, more organizations offered alternative credentials such as digital badges and nanodegrees and more employers accepted online degrees from job candidates. Here are five trends experts say students might see in online education in 2017.

http://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-01-05/5-online-education-trends-to-expect-in-2017

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S. Korean idol stars to join upcoming online class on Korean culture

January 18th, 2017

by Yonhap News

An online class in which South Korean idol stars talk about Korean traditional and pop culture will open for foreigners this month, a Seoul-based foundation disseminating the Korean language and culture abroad said Friday. “Korean Wave stars like girl group Laboum and Sungjae, a member of boy group BTOB, will show up in the Internet class at www.sejonghakdang.org,” the King Sejong Institute Foundation said. The Korean Wave refers to the global popularity of Korean dramas, films and pop music. The stars, who have a lot of fans abroad, will introduce traditional Korean music, pop songs, current foods and fashion in the class, and will join campaigns to disseminate Korean culture, the foundation under the Culture Ministry said.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/culturesports/2017/01/06/0701000000AEN20170106012500315.html

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Student-designed courses thrive at Cal-Berkeley

January 18th, 2017

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Courses on wizardry allegories in Harry Potter and political strategy as illustrated in ‘Game of Thrones’ are just a few of the courses available in the University of California – Berkeley’s “Democratic Education at Cal” program. The noncredit initiative, which encourages student innovation in teaching and learning on important topics, enrolls more than 8,000 students annually in 200 courses throughout the university. Students say the courses offer a productive opportunity to relieve stress, to expand personal networks and to gather new perspectives on culture and society.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/student-designed-courses-thrive-at-cal-berkeley/433483/

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20 OF THE BEST TEACHING AND LEARNING APPS

January 17th, 2017

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate

Technology is changing the way we teach and learn at a rapid speed. While it’s still as relevant as ever to step away from the screen and learn through hands-on experiences, there are things you can teach and learn using apps that will greatly enhance the experience. Here are 20 of the best teaching and learning apps for 2017.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/20-of-the-best-teaching-and-learning-apps/

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Online Language Learning Market in the US to Grow 8% by 2021

January 17th, 2017

by Research and Markets

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Online Language Learning Market in the US 2017-2021″ report to their offering. The report forecasts the online language learning market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 8.6% during the period 2017-2021. The education market in the US has seen the emergence of new pedagogical techniques. Advances in technology have not only increased broadband network but also introduced schemes like bring-your-own-devices (BYOD). These schemes have brought about a change in the education paradigm with the implementation of innovative learning methods such as flipped classrooms, blended learning, simulations, experiential, and inquiry-based learning.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170104005970/en/Online-Language-Learning-Market-Grow-8-2021

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Moving Beyond the Tired Classroom Laptop Debate

January 17th, 2017

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Can we get beyond the tired old discussion about if laptops should be banned from the classroom? The discussion that we should be having is about how we can harness the digital competencies – and the digitally inspired behaviors – that our students bring to their own learning. Have you ever observed a college student watching an online video? They are not passive video consumers. They actively control the in-video watching experience by speeding up and scrubbing through the video. They keep their cursor on the video controller and skip through the “slow” parts. Not only do students compress their video consumption by speeding and scrubbing, they also simultaneously interact with other content while watching. A video will share screen real estate with social media sites. They will chat, post, upload, compose, edit, scan, and scroll while also watching the video. How might we harness these digital video viewing behaviors to improve learning?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/moving-beyond-tired-classroom-laptop-debate

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Best Jobs in America – Mobile App Developer Tops the List

January 16th, 2017

by CNNMoney/PayScale

2017

Rank Job title Median pay 10-year job growth

1 Mobile Applications Developer $97,100 19%

2 Risk Management Director $131,000 7%

3 Landman $93,600 7%

4 Product Analyst $74,900 19%

5 Information Assurance Analyst $98,900 18%

6 Quality Assurance Coordinator (RN) $69,000 16%

7 Clinical Applications Specialist $77,000 21%

8 Hospital Administrator $120,000 17%

9 Database Analyst $70,100 11%

10 Finance & Administration Director $97,300 7%

http://money.cnn.com/pf/best-jobs/index.html

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Online Course Providers Put Their Money Where Their MOOC Is

January 16th, 2017

By Eleanor Lamb, MeriTalk

EdSurge’s report states that no major venture funding rounds were awarded to MOOC providers in 2016, as they were in previous years. This year’s lack of funding meant that providers had to make more money through their courses. As a result, certain features, such as certificates, graded assignments, and content, were no longer offered for free. “That means for many providers, monetization became a priority,” Shah said. “All the major providers already have or plan to launch courses that are paid only. And it seems to be working. The “Big Three” MOOC providers—Coursera, Udacity, edX—combined have potentially made around $100 million in 2016.” The variety of courses also increased in 2016. This past year, 2,600 new courses were announced among cloud providers; 1,800 new courses were released in 2015. As of now, 6,850 courses are offered across 700 universities.

https://www.meritalk.com/articles/online-course-providers-put-their-money-where-their-mooc-is/

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Scaling Up With Adaptive Learning

January 16th, 2017

by David Raths, Campus Technology

Last year, eight universities across the country embarked on a bold experiment to see if they can scale up the use of adaptive courseware to increase retention and graduation rates. With support from the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU), these schools have set a target of using adaptive courseware for 15 to 20 percent of general education course enrollments between spring 2017 and fall 2019. APLU’s Personalized Learning Consortium is overseeing the grant program, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tailoring a course to adaptive learning can be difficult, as we learned when Campus Technology interviewed faculty members involved in pilot implementations of the technology. Despite being encouraged by the results, those pioneers reported being exhausted by how much work is involved in retrofitting their courses to the adaptive platforms. We spoke with two executives participating in the grant program about their goals and the early challenges they see.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/01/04/scaling-up-with-adaptive-learning.aspx

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4 ways your institution can combat ransomware

January 15th, 2017

BY LAURA DEVANEY, eCampus News

Education has a much higher rate of ransomware attacks than other industries, according to a recent report that analyzes how different sectors are managing the security challenges these attacks pose. The rate of new ransomware attacks has jumped in recent years, as numerous industries, including higher education, fall victim to the attacks and struggle to fight them off, according to the report. Thirteen percent of the higher education sector has been infected with ransomware, according to The Rising Face of Cyber Crime: Ransomware, a BitSight Insight Report. In fact, advanced strains of ransomware encrypt data on an organization’s network or lock users out of their devices. Hackers then demand a ransom, usually in the form of Bitcoin, before they’ll restore data to normal. Some hackers use “ransomware-as-a-service,” which offers malware-construction kits designed to be easily deployed even with little hacking experience.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/it-newsletter/combat-ransomware/

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Competency exam certificate now available for MITx Introduction to Biology course

January 15th, 2017

by MIT Office of Digital Learning

The new option for online learners tests subject mastery and provides meaningful certificates for one of the most popular MITx courses. One of the most popular MITx on edX courses now challenges online learners to put their knowledge to the test. MITx 7.00x (Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life), which has been an exciting educational option for learners to engage with biology since 2013, now offers a rigorous competency exam certificate. The next competency exam opens on Feb. 21 and is available to learners enrolled in the verified-certificate track. The competency exam is designed to test a learner’s mastery of the course learning objectives, tying together techniques and materials from different topics to provide a more thorough and robust means of evaluating online learners — and a more meaningful certificate for those who excel.

http://news.mit.edu/2016/competency-exam-available-for-mitx-introduction-to-biology-0103

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Why online learning works for these Indiana kids

January 15th, 2017

BY SHAINA CAVAZOS, Chalkbeat

Online schools offer opportunities that can be life-changing for children who need flexible learning, even though the schools have broadly demonstrated a poor track record in Indiana so far. Indiana Connections Academy, along with every online school in the state that tested students in 2016, received an F grade from the state last month. But the Neiers and Taylors, who have been with Indiana Connections Academy since it opened in 2010, are happy with their choice. They said the self-paced nature of virtual learning, the lack of social distractions and the ability to learn anytime, anywhere, have given their kids the environment they need to be successful. The families — who are from Franklin and related — learned about virtual schooling when Stephanie Neier, a mother of five, enrolled her kids after hearing rave reviews of Connections Academy from a friend. Her oldest son has autism, and traditional high school wasn’t working for him, she said.

http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2017/01/03/why-online-learning-works-for-these-indiana-kids/

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Survey finds children are going online at younger age

January 14th, 2017

by RTE Ireland

A new survey has found that children are starting to use the internet from a younger age. Pupils in first class started to go online from under the age of five, compared to their sixth-class peers who on average first used the internet at the age of 7.7, the study found. The School Digital Trend Report from online safety firm, Zeeko, found 86% have access to a smart phone, tablet or iPod. Two thirds of sixth-class children use smart phones to access the internet, play online games, use apps, etc. However, younger children depend mostly on tablets for their online access, with laptops, games consoles, iPods, e-books and smart TVs also widely used by pre-teens to access internet-based content.

https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0103/842414-online/

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How technology will shape new trends in college learning

January 14th, 2017

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

GettingSmart.com profiles several areas of tech engagement that will help to attract and retain students in a climate where enrollment may shrink due to high costs and waning confidence in higher education. Officials say education should become more personalized through distance learning and tutoring systems, virtual learning environments which can help with professional development, and gamification to induce increased participation from diverse student populations. Microlearning, or reducing traditional lectures into smaller video tutorials, may also prove to be a change agent in keeping students’ attention and improving learning outcomes.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/how-technology-will-shape-new-trends-in-college-learning/433161/

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3 greatest edtech challenges specific to state universities

January 14th, 2017

BY THOMAS GOLDRICK, eCampus News

Most Higher Ed IT departments face similar challenges with budget restraints, hiring and retaining talented staff, and balancing the maintenance of existing systems with the need to implement emerging technologies. As if that weren’t enough, IT departments at state universities also run into a variety of specific problems that can further complicate how they operate. From a decline in state funding, to the needs of an evolving student base, there’s a lot that state university IT departments need to keep in mind, but there are ways to make edtech challenges easier. Let us walk you through some of those challenges so that your state university IT department can compete against Higher Ed’s most pressing issues on more equal footing.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/it-newsletter/edtech-challenges-state-universities/

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