Online Learning Update

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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Who is MasterClass for? Talking to the people who take online classes with big-name celebs

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

by Lizzie Plaugic, the Verge

Nick Kennicott lives in rural Georgia, so when Gordon Ramsay asked him to go buy truffles and sea urchin to make an omelette, he balked. “I can’t get sea urchin and white truffle,” he said. “They’re like $500 per ounce.” Kennicott is a student in Ramsay’s MasterClass, an online course made up of 20 videos, each under 10 minutes long. The video recipe that called for sea urchin and white truffle is called “Make: Elevated Scrambled Eggs.” In it, Ramsay stands in a pristine, well-lit kitchen and monologues about the importance of not overcooking your scrambled eggs. This technique is the first thing he learned in Paris, he says to camera, and he’s going to teach you how to do it in this six-minute video. This is an insiders-only tip.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/15/15640354/masterclass-users-werner-herzog-gordon-ramsay

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3 must know’s about the rising “phigital” student-and why their impact is enormous

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

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

A major generational clash is underway, says a foremost expert, and it’s affecting all industries, including education. The clash is coming from so-called Gen Z, the first generation to be considered fully “phigital”—unwilling or unable to draw a distinction between the physical world and its digital equivalent. So what does that mean for educators? Well, buckle up and hold on. In an article published in, of all places, Delta’s Sky Magazine, writer Allison Kaplan details her interview with generational expert and author David Stillman on how Generation Z will begin graduating from college this year and what businesses should expect. Here’s a hint: Don’t expect Millennials.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/education-gen-z-phigital-student/

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May 29, 2017

Who’s Up and Who’s Down in Online Education?

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

By Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Online enrollments at private, nonprofit institutions are growing at the fastest rate, and these institutions now enroll more distance students than do the for-profits, the report shows. The for-profit declines have come overwhelmingly at the undergraduate level; the private nonprofits have seen growth among both undergraduate and graduate students. Online enrollment remains very concentrated: Just 5 percent of institutions account for nearly half of all distance-education students. The 50 institutions with the most online students in 2015 enrolled more than 1.4 million students, nearly one-quarter of the those taking at least one distance-education course.

http://www.chronicle.com/article/Who-s-UpWho-s-Down-in/239964?cid=wcontentlist_hp_latest

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Questions stack up for Purdue’s new online school

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

by Meghan Holden , Journal & Courier

At Purdue, faculty passed a resolution that called out the university for failing to seek their input on the plan and requested inclusion in future decisions made about the new online university. The resolution came after a special University Senate meeting in which faculty grilled Purdue President Mitch Daniels and other officials on the deal. The Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors also released a statement that said it “objects strenuously” to the deal, while another statement opposing the deal was penned by faculty members from Indiana public universities. Purdue held a listening session on its West Lafayette campus Friday for faculty and staff to generate questions and ideas about potential academic opportunities with the new university.

http://www.jconline.com/story/news/college/2017/05/12/questions-stack-up-purdues-new-online-school/101574858/

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How Google Has Not Taken Over the Higher Ed Classroom

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

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

My theory is that the reason that Google feels less present in higher ed is the LMS (learning management system). The LMS may be, as Phil Hill has so memorably opined, the minivan of education. A lack of glamour, however, does not mean that the LMS has lost its place as the central edtech platform. Every online course – and many residential courses – depends on the LMS. Google does not have an enterprise level LMS. Google platforms do not integrate with the SIS (student information system). Google – for all its centrality to the lives of students, faculty and staff – has done little to advance the learning in higher ed.  Imagine…

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/how-google-has-not-taken-over-higher-ed-classroom

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May 28, 2017

Report: Americans Value College Degrees But Say Higher Ed Falls Short on Delivering Promises

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

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Top survey findings include: Slightly more than half (51 percent) of respondents agree that there are well-paying jobs that do not require a college degree; However, there still is widespread agreement across groups that a college degree carries weight in the job market, with 75 percent of respondents answering that it is easier to be successful with one than without one; Most respondents want to see changes made in higher ed, with just 25 percent answering the system is “just fine the way it is” and helps students succeed;

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/12/americans-value-college-degrees-but-say-higher-ed-falls-short-on-delivering-promises.aspx

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5 Online Learning Sources to Boost Your Business Acumen

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

by Dan Scalco, Entrepreneur

There’s never been a better time to be in business. As the world has grown increasingly interconnected, the internet has become a veritable treasure trove of information on how to run a successful company. No matter your industry or experience level, there’s always something new you can learn. Here are five online resources to help you take your business acumen to the next level.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/292835

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How Long It Takes to Earn an Online Master’s Degree

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

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Experts say many prospective online master’s students – who often plan to balance their education with a job – wonder about how much time they will spend earning a degree as they aim to move up in their current role or switch careers. “They want to know how long they should plan on a degree taking as they will be working it into their lifestyle,” says Vickie Cook, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois—Springfield. The simple answer: It depends on the program, among other factors including how many courses a student takes each term.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-05-12/us-news-data-how-long-it-takes-to-earn-an-online-masters-degree

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May 27, 2017

Face-Face VS Online Courses

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

by Monique Shifflette, Cactus

Online classes may be more convenient for someone with little free time, as they can access their course at any time of day, and anywhere they have internet access. Online classes provide an opportunity for people with mental or physical disabilities to get their education, or students from different states can enroll into a college without having to go to the campus. Enrolling in an online program at a university can even be cheaper than enrolling as an on-campus student. Some universities provide entire degree programs online, and the tuition is significantly cheaper. However, online classes may not be for everyone. Professors’ who teach online courses can make or break a class for a student.

http://caccactus.com/9108/editorial/face-face-vs-online-courses/

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College Board: 115-Point Rise with Free Khan Academy Online Class

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

by 2Paragraphs

The College Board anointed Khan Academy the king of score improvement, releasing data that credit 20 hours spent on the free Official SAT Practice with an average 115-point score lift on the new SAT. The study considered nearly 250,000 test takers using Khan Academy program. Even those students with a less rigorous commitment showed improved scores, with students spending 6-8 hours of Khan practice jumping 90 points on average. The Official SAT Practice at Khan Academy uses video lessons, tips, and practice questions to prepare students for the standardized tests. Khan and The College Board are paired in what they call the “College Readiness Project.” Khan Academy says: “We’re here to help you support your students and children on their path to college. ” Here is Khan Academy founder Sal Khan announcing the results.

http://2paragraphs.com/2017/05/college-board-115-point-rise-with-free-khan-academy-online-class/

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Jordan joins hands with Google to launch Arabic online learning platform

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

by Xinhua

The Queen Rania Foundation and Google.org announced Wednesday that they have joined forces to create an online learning platform for Arabic open educational resources. The online platform will target students from kindergarten to 12th grade and their teachers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, said the foundation in a statement a copy of which was obtained by Xinhua. The initiative comes at a crucial time to ensure millions of children across the region have access to better education. Presently, an estimated 13 million children in the MENA region, or 40 percent of school aged children, are missing out on an education due to conflict and displacement.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/10/c_136271914.htm

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May 26, 2017

The University of Chicago Re-Engages Alumni Through Online Learning

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

by Elyse Dupre, DMN

Not every interaction generates an immediate return. Brands often have to engage target audiences multiple times to establish relationships and get them to perform desired actions. Take the University of Chicago, for instance. The school is exploring the benefits of engaging former students through an online learning community to drive donations later down the line. Emily Bembeneck, associate director of pedagogical innovation for the University of Chicago’s Graham School, said the school’s alumni weren’t “super connected” to their alma mater. Bembeneck wanted to re-engage the university’s alumni and create an “enduring” learning community that would remind them of the positive experiences they had on campus, which would, ultimately, help the University of Chicago meet its long-term fundraising goals.

http://www.dmnews.com/social-media/the-university-of-chicago-re-engages-alumni-through-online-learning/article/655450/

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How to Sell Your Online Course

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

by Greg Rollett, Entrepreneur

Have you created an online course that could really make a difference, and then been disappointed to find it isn’t selling? In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Greg Rollett explains three reasons why your product might be failing and how to correct it. First, have you spent enough time and resources on marketing your product? Too many people spend all their time on content creation — thinking that if they just create a perfect product, it will sell itself. It won’t. Watch the video to learn more about how to market your product and to learn the other two reasons why your online course isn’t selling.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/video/293875

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4 Things You Might Not Know About Online Education

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

by Stephanie Larson, US News

When you are deciding whether to pursue your education online, there are more than a few things to consider. The flexibility of online students’ schedules and the fact that they can be anywhere in the world are great when you are traveling for business or the military, or if you just want that added convenience. Before you sign up, here are four things you might not know about online programs that can help you decide if one is right for you.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-05-08/4-things-you-might-not-know-about-online-education

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May 25, 2017

New MOOC-Based Online Programs Take Aim at Career Prep

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

By Jordan Friedman, US News

“You can start just by sticking your toe in the water and try a completely free MOOC, auditing that, all the way up to a full degree, and everything in between,” says Adam D. Fein, assistant provost for educational innovation at the University of Illinois. Many MOOC-based credentials explore fields where employers are hiring, experts say. Data science and analytics, computer science and business are among the most common offered by Coursera, according to a written statement from the company. Coursera and edX consider employer demand when building programs. Another company that also does so through online learning is Udacity, which offers several nanodegree programs for about $200 a month. These credentials – for those planning on entering the tech industry – have students complete projects that showcase their skills in particular areas, such as web development.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-05-08/new-mooc-based-online-programs-take-aim-at-career-prep

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Leveraging online courses: Experiences of a 9th grader

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

By Soham Bhatt, American Bazaar

I have experienced the power and benefits of MOOC first-hand, and hope my experiences would encourage students to leverage such platforms. How does a young, curious and motivated mind satisfy its desire to understand such topics? After having studied Newtonian Kinematics during 6th and 7th grade, I got deeply interested in theoretical physics. I experienced the joy of understanding Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity through a MOOC course by Cornell University on edX. The course equipped me to comprehend this fascinating and intuitive theory, and gave me the confidence to interact with theoretical physicists and students at prestigious institutions like the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in India and Harvard and UPenn in the United States. This culminated into a review paper on “Understanding of Special Theory of Relativity.”

https://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2017/05/07/leveraging-online-courses-experiences-of-a-9th-grader-425138/

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Why Windows must die. For the third time

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

By Jason Perlow, ZD Net

Microsoft knows Windows is obsolete. Here’s a sneak peek at its replacement. Windows 10 S is just like the Windows 10 you use now, but the main difference is it can only run apps that have been whitelisted to run in the Windows Store. That means, by and large, existing Win32-based stuff cannot run in Windows 10 S for security reasons. To bridge the app gap, Microsoft is allowing certain kinds of desktop apps to be “packaged” for use in the Windows Store through a tooling process known as Desktop Bridge or Project Centennial. The good news is that with Project Centennial, many Desktop Win32 apps can be re-purposed and packaged to take advantage of Windows 10’s improved security. However, there are apps that will inevitably be left behind because they violate the sandboxing rules that are needed to make the technology work in a secure fashion.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/why-windows-must-die-for-the-third-time/

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May 24, 2017

Trump budget seeks huge cuts to science and medical research, disease prevention

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

By Joel Achenbach and Lena H. Sun, Washington Post

President Trump’s 2018 budget request, delivered to Congress on Tuesday with the title “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” has roiled the medical and science community with a call for massive cuts in spending on scientific research, medical research, disease prevention programs and health insurance for children of the working poor. The National Cancer Institute would be hit with a $1 billion cut compared to its 2017 budget. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute would see a $575 million cut, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases would see a reduction of $838 million. The administration would cut the overall National Institutes of Health budget from $31.8 billion to $26 billion. The National Science Foundation, which dispenses grants to a variety of scientific research endeavors, would be trimmed $776 million, an 11 percent cut.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/22/trump-budget-seeks-huge-cuts-to-disease-prevention-and-medical-research-departments

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Justice by algorithm: AI predicts the results of Supreme Court trials better than a human

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

by Shivali Best, Daily Mail

The algorithm was developed by researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and South Texas College of Law.They used the US Supreme Court Database, which holds information on court cases dating back to 1791.Based on this data, the algorithm could correctly predict 70.2 per cent of the court’s 28,000 decisions, and 71.9 per cent of the justices’ 240,000 votes from 1816 to 2015. While 70 per cent accuracy may not sound that precise, it is higher than the 66 per cent accuracy with which human experts can predict Supreme Court outcomes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4476718/Machine-learning-algorithm-predicts-Supreme-Court-outcomes.html

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Chicago Public Library Recognized for Digital Leadership

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by Maya Miller, Chicago Tonight

When it comes to innovation in digital learning, Chicago is getting noticed. A program developed by the Chicago Public Library and the nonprofit Peer 2 Peer University won a 2017 Digital Inclusion Leadership Award on Tuesday in the category of “most innovative.” Chicago was one of six cities to be recognized by Next Century Cities and Google Fiber. The program, called Learning Circles, brings together online students to take free courses and study the material in a group setting. Peer 2 Peer University says you can think of it as “a book group for learning.”

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/05/05/chicago-public-library-recognized-digital-leadership

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