12 strategies to get your online learning program off the ground

December 11th, 2016

BY LAURA ASCIONE DEVANEY, eSchool News

A new report looks at online learning’s growth in recent years and recommends ways to bolster these programs’ online-learning-strategies. Online learning is on the rise at private colleges and universities, with 61 percent offering fully online degree programs in some fields, according to to a new report–but what are the strategies that create these successful programs? The increase is a jump from 52 percent of private institutions that reported offering fully online degrees just three years ago, according to the report from from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and The Learning House, Inc. This growth is in line with growing acceptance of online curricula among faculty, as well as an increase in demand from traditional college-age students.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/online-learning/strategies-online-learning/

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Beginning of a revolution in Education through Coursera

December 11th, 2016

by GAURAV SANGWANI, Business Insider

Coursera is basically an education-focused technology company that offers courses and learning experiences from the world’s top universities and education institutions including Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, University of Virginia, and ISB. It has more than 22 million registered learners worldwide who can access over 1,600 courses and 160 Specializations in dozens of topics including business, technology, social sciences, health, and art. This education-focused technology company now has a recommendations engine that will tell you about courses and specializations that teach the skills you need; kind of like a career counselor.

http://www.businessinsider.in/Beginning-of-a-revolution-in-Education-through-Coursera/articleshow/55436075.cms

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Google and Udacity Intro New Android Dev Fast Track Course

December 11th, 2016

By Tom Dawson, Android Headlines

When it comes to platforms to develop for, there’s no other that has the amount of users that Android does, and there are few other platforms that can reach as many parts of the globe as Android, either. As such, it should come as no surprise that the majority of developers either already develop for Android, or want to learn how to develop for Android. With more and more people coming online with an Android device, this massive user base is only growing, too, which makes Android a more attractive prospect than it has ever been. Learning how to develop for Android isn’t too difficult, and while it’s tricky to approach as a complete novice, those with some sort of coding experience can transition quite successfully, and this new Fast Track course from Google and Udacity is designed to help those exact users.

http://www.androidheadlines.com/2016/12/google-udacity-intro-new-android-dev-fast-track-course.html

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ODU students helping firefighters, law enforcement through drone class

December 10th, 2016

By Mike Connors, The Virginian-Pilot

Old Dominion University students have spent this semester working with drones – but not to spy on anyone. Rather, they’ve focused on projects to help firefighters find blazes in remote areas and aid law enforcement in navigating water rescues. They’ve worked with crews in Carova, N.C., an Outer Banks community filled with dirt and sand roads and long stretches of beach that aren’t easy to reach. The course is offered jointly by James Madison, George Mason and Old Dominion universities. Forty-one students, 16 from ODU, meet on Wednesday nights, sometimes through videoconferencing.

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/education/public-schools/odu-students-helping-firefighters-law-enforcement-through-drone-class/article_84d13646-c204-54a9-a33a-75c6107ba742.html

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What is Udemy And How Can I Use It For Business?

December 10th, 2016

by Michael Guta, Small Business Trends

Type “Online marketing courses” in a browser, and you will get 29+ million results with every option imaginable. And one of the search results undoubtedly will be Udemy, an online learning platform. Udemy has a library of over 40,000 courses, 20k instructors, and 12 million students in 190 countries around the world, so it has reach. The question is, in addition to earning money by creating courses, can you use Udemy for a business you already have. The answer is yes, and here are some of the things it can do that can directly increase the presence of your business in the digital world, while earning you money from the courses.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2016/12/what-is-udemy.html

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A beautiful escape: Heather McCune Bruhn’s online art history course

December 10th, 2016

by Stephanie Swindle, Penn State

Whether a student takes an introductory art history course in a classroom or at a computer in an active battle zone, Heather McCune Bruhn, Penn State instructor in art history, wants the experience to be transformative. “I have had students who are active military members in Afghanistan write to me and say, ‘This is the only thing that is beautiful in my day. This is my escape.’ That alone is a reason to do this,” explained Bruhn. An early supporter of online education, Bruhn has been teaching courses in the College of Arts and Architecture e-learning Institute since 2009. Her courses, Art History 111 and Art History 112, both covering Western art, are general education offerings that feature slideshows of works of art with Bruhn lecturing over them.

http://news.psu.edu/story/440230/2016/12/02/beautiful-escape-heather-mccune-bruhn%E2%80%99s-online-art-history-course

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Harvard Professor Swaps Content For Connections In EdTech Strategy U-Turn

December 9th, 2016

by Adam Gordon, Forbes

There are three seemingly rational behaviors that companies follow, that turn out to be flawed, they miss or undervalue connections. Connecting people. Connecting products. Or connecting decisions. Professor Bharat Anand teaches digital strategy at Harvard Business School, yet when he came to co-developing the HBS digital education business (HBX) he fell headlong into the very trap he tells leaders to avoid. That is to say, the content trap. In The Content Trap (Random House, 2016) Anand shows how the primacy of connections in the digital era—across users, across product and services complements, and across the firm and its specific context—puts three previous holy cows of business strategy to the sword. In other words, these flaws are all of a kind: they miss or undervalue connections. Connecting people. Connecting products. Or connecting decisions.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/adamgordon/2016/12/04/harvard-hbx-edtech-digital-strategy/#2c715eff1b4c

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Now at Udacity, Google X founder talks self-driving cars and jobs

December 9th, 2016

By Carolyn Said, SF Chronicle

Sebastian Thrun wears many hats. He’s an expert in robotics and artificial intelligence, a scientist, educator, inventor and entrepreneur. He’s best known for founding Google X, a lab for world-changing, “moonshot” projects, and helping to pioneer self-driving cars at Google and Stanford, where he is a research professor. Now he’s focusing on workforce training through his 5-year-old Mountain View startup Udacity, which offers online courses to quickly prepare students for tech jobs. Udacity’s 12 “nanodegree” programs, which include certificates in self-driving engineering and artificial intelligence, cost a few hundred dollars, take a few months and are tailored to needs outlined by employers.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Google-X-founder-now-at-Udacity-talks-10687730.php

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MOOC Course Report: December 2016

December 9th, 2016

by Class Central

1100 free online courses are starting this month. But to keep list managable we removed courses that are offered every month or even weekly schedule. Those courses can be found here: class-central.com/courses/recent . Courses that are being offered for the first time or have been launched recently are marked with the [New] tag. Self-paced courses are not mentioned below, but they can be easily found over at Class Central.

https://www.class-central.com/report/mooc-course-report-december-2016/

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What if Computers Become Smarter Than Humans?

December 8th, 2016

by Knowledge at Wharton

Computer scientist Donald Knuth summed it up well: “‘AI has by now succeeded in doing essentially everything that requires ‘thinking’ but has failed to do most of what people and animals do ‘without thinking.’” Experts classify today’s AI as Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI) because it is programmed to solve particular types of problems but doesn’t have the breadth of human intelligence. AI may progress from ANI to AGI, or Artificial General Intelligence. “It’s not [just] picking out your music, helping you search on Google, or helping an airline set ticket prices. It’s … smart, generally.” According to many experts, said Tim Urban, author of the popular blog Wait But Why, which counts Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg among its fans, if AGI is developed, then the third category of AI won’t be far behind: artificial superintelligence, or ASI. This is software that theoretically would be smarter than humans.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/will-superhuman-artificial-intelligence-turn-us-paper-clips/

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Leveraging Organizational Learning and Best Practices in Online Leadership

December 8th, 2016

by Vickie Cook, Evolllution

Most of us have attended many conference sessions and webinars on best practices within our field of online learning and online leadership. But, how might we leverage what we learn in these informative sessions? How can we best implement what we have learned so that these practices have a lasting effect on our institutions? This article will discuss the concepts of Do It, Be It, Know It, Test It, and Revise It. Leveraging the process of organizational learning to build best practices in online leadership is an important consideration for today’s leaders charged with building and sustaining online initiatives. Competition within the field of online learning is greater today than ever before. Finding, strategically implementing, and evaluating creative solutions is critical to on-going success of any online initiative. In order to leverage best practices and lessons learned in an organization, it is necessary to follow an organizational learning roadmap.

http://evolllution.com/revenue-streams/distance_online_learning/leveraging-organizational-learning-and-best-practices-in-online-leadership-do-it-be-it-know-it-test-it-revise-it/

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A Dozen Things You Need to Know about Adult Learners

December 8th, 2016

by Ralph G. Brocket, Tomorrow’s Professor

The second key to effective teaching is to know the adult learner. In 1928, E.L. Thorndike and his colleagues published an important study that showed adult learning ability is more stable than previously believed. Since then, educators and psychologists have been pushing back the frontiers of knowledge to the point where, today, we know much about cognitive and psychomotor processes in adulthood and have developed a vast range of theories designed to explain how adults learn. An in-depth discussion of theory and research is beyond the scope of this book. However, I would like to introduce you to some ideas that can help you gain a basic understanding of adult learner characteristics. In this chapter, I share a dozen points and some tips for each that you can use immediately to help you better understand the adults you are teaching.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1529

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Taking Undergraduate Computer Science Online

December 7th, 2016

by Military Technologies

Georgia Tech and McGraw-Hill Education are teaming up on an innovative approach to make elite education more broadly accessible. They’re launching an online, undergraduate course in computer science that will debut this spring for current Tech students and be made available in MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) format to help future Georgia Tech applicants earn college credit before they ever set foot on campus. The online “Introduction to Computing Using Python” course will feature the same rigorous content as Georgia Tech’s on-campus course (a requirement for all undergraduates) and will be created with McGraw-Hill Education’s adaptive “SmartBook” technology. Like many other MOOCs, it will be freely available through edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT.

http://military-technologies.net/2016/11/29/taking-undergraduate-computer-science-online/

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Enrollment in Indiana University online classes reaches new heights

December 7th, 2016

by Kelly Evans, Indiana Daily Student

In the fall of 2012, IU announced the implementation of a new learning curriculum with the hopes of extending education to more groups of students and truly making the IU culture and what it means to be a Hoosier accessible to young minds everywhere. Today students know this program as IU Online — or informally known as the online alternative to many in-person courses. Just four years after its development, more than 25 percent of IU students are enrolled in online classes through the program at IU, according to IU Online.

http://www.idsnews.com/article/2016/11/online-class-enrollment-reaches-new-heights

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Udacity guarantees graduates job placement or full tuition rebate

December 7th, 2016

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

For-profit boot camp company Udacity asserts that its graduates will find gainful employment within six months of completing its programs, or the company will give students a full return on tuition payment. Some states such as New York and California prohibit such guarantees, and while states frequently work with the federal government to monitor such claims, there is little room for punitive response against those companies operating without accreditation or which don’t receive federal financial aid for training. Supporters say the guarantees offer a different level of accountability for institutions based on the quality of students that their education can produce.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/udacity-guarantees-graduates-job-placement-or-full-tuition-rebate/431356/

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Free online courses from University of Oxford: OxfordX

December 6th, 2016

by edX

Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It has been at the forefront of understanding the world – and shaping it – for centuries. Students at Oxford enjoy studying at an internationally renowned university with a centuries-old reputation for innovation and outstanding academic achievement. For the intensity, breadth, quality and impact of its research, Oxford has few peers in the world. Oxford’s outstanding academic researchers are today developing new ways of working together, across traditional disciplinary boundaries and across continents, to meet the key challenges of a modern, globalised world. The University of Oxford course linked below can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee. Select the course below to learn more.From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development – Learn about the role of government and the key political, social, and economic processes that elevate any society from poverty to prosperity.

https://www.edx.org/school/oxfordx

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Reclaiming the Watch List

December 6th, 2016

By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed

Professor Watchlist faces challenge from Watchlist Redux, where being named is intended as a badge of honor and where “radical” applies to Socrates, Jesus and Alan Turing, as well as those singled out today. Some professors were troubled by Professor Watchlist when it debuted last month, viewing it as a serious threat to academic freedom. Yet others saw the site — which names and monitors professors “who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom” (the “promoting anti-American values” criterion has since been removed) — as more annoying than dangerous. Some submitted complaints about Indiana Jones, Professor Plum or other fictional academics, for example. Others joked they wished they’d been named, saying they’d wear it as a badge of honor. But now Professor Watchlist has met its match in a new blog, Watchlist Redux, where being named is intended as a badge of honor.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/12/06/professor-watchlist-receives-challenge-new-blog-watch-list-redux-where-being-named

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Strategy, Differentiation, and Online Learning

December 6th, 2016

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

The place to start an online program is around your school’s strengths. It is doubtful that every student who wants to learn what your school does best can move to where your school is located. Online learning solves this challenge. An online program does not need to be big to be sustainable. The beauty of online learning is that it can aggregate worldwide demand, and then be run without building one more physical classroom. 2017 will be the best year ever to start an new online program – as all the platforms, tools and technologies that you will need to teach at a distance are already on campus. You don’t need a new LMS (learning management system) for online courses because you already have one. The technology of online become both commoditized and ubiquitous.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/strategy-differentiation-and-online-learning

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A Faster, Cheaper Master’s Degree – From MIT To Boot

December 6th, 2016

by Kirk Carapezza, WGBH

Top colleges and universities around the world are partnering with edX – MIT and Harvard’s online learning platform – to offer MicroMasters. There’s User Interface Design from the University of Michigan, Entrepreneurship from the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, and Artificial Intelligence from Columbia University. Industry leaders – including General Electric, Walmart, IBM, and Volvo – who say they can’t find enough qualified candidates, are looking for these very specialized skills. To some degree, they’ve all recognized MicroMasters, saying they will consider applicants who master the work online. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is also embracing the idea. “We need kind a revolution in higher education to make it more accessible, more affordable, and we need to have far higher success rates,” said Chris Gabrieli, chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

http://blogs.wgbh.org/on-campus/2016/11/28/accelerated-more-affordable-path-masters-degree/

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Virginia Foxx Named Chair of House Education Committee

December 5th, 2016

By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed

North Carolina Republican Virginia Foxx, a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s higher education policies, will be the chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Foxx, a former community college president, replaces Minnesota Republican John Kline, who is retiring at the end of the 114th Congress. In a postelection interview with Inside Higher Ed, Foxx said studying how those regulations could be repealed would be a top priority. And she said she would support scaling back the size of the Department of Education in the next Congress. Foxx’s committee will also play a key role in shaping education policy through the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/12/05/foxx-named-chair-house-education-committee

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MIT task force releases preliminary “Future of Libraries” report

December 5th, 2016

by Peter Dizikes. MIT News Office

An MIT task force is releasing a preliminary report featuring a set of proposals aimed at steering MIT’s library system toward becoming an “open global platform” enabling the “discovery, use, and stewardship of information and knowledge” for future generations. The report, based on a year of work since the formation of the task force, contains general recommendations intended to develop “a global library for a global university,” while strengthening the library system’s relationship with the local academic community and public sphere. “For the MIT Libraries, the better world we seek is one in which there is abundant, equitable, meaningful access to knowledge and to the products of the full life cycle of research,” the report states. “Enduring global access to knowledge requires sustainable models for ensuring that past and present knowledge are available long into the future.”

https://news.mit.edu/2016/mit-task-force-releases-preliminary-future-libraries-report-1024

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