LinkedIn’s CEO says the U.S. cares too much about four-year college degrees

December 4th, 2016

by HAKAN SEL, New Day Post

There’s a good reason Weiner has these views: LinkedIn may be more equipped than most to try to bridge this educational gap. That’s because the company bought online learning company Lynda.com back in the spring of 2015, and has spent the last 18 months trying to incorporate the site’s video library into LinkedIn’s other products. Here’s LinkedIn’s vision: The company knows what jobs are available, what skills are needed to qualify for those jobs, and then which online classes candidates will need to acquire those skills. It can, theoretically, provide the necessary training for each job opening on LinkedIn. The challenge, though, is in line with Weiner’s original point: The value of four-year degrees is often higher than simply acquiring one-off skills. So could LinkedIn offer certificates for online classes? Or even a LinkedIn degree?

http://newdaypost.com/linkedins-ceo-says-u-s-cares-much-four-year-college-degrees-0195480

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OER revolution in higher ed

December 4th, 2016

by Matt Zalaznick, University Business

The University of Maryland’s open source textbook initiative, known as “MOST,” has guided faculty through more than 50 OER adoptions. The program helps instructors assemble resources to significantly keep down the cost of course materials. The University of Maryland’s open source textbook initiative, known as “MOST,” has guided faculty through more than 50 OER adoptions. The program helps instructors assemble resources to significantly keep down the cost of course materials. Open educational resources have grown over the last few years from one-off oddities in single courses to the basis of entire degree programs. Cutting out textbook costs for students tops the list of reasons administrators encourage faculty to develop and adopt these free—or very inexpensive—resources, also known as OER.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/oer-revolution-higher-ed

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The Future of Online Education: Will Our Courses Foreshadow Our Ends?

December 4th, 2016

Anthony Picciano, Evolllution

American higher education is moving to a model where almost every course offered will have an online component. This is desirable during a time when enrollments will rise and perhaps get a boost if calls for debt-free public college education gain momentum. Because of state funding constraints, there will likely be fewer full-time, tenure-track faculty as a percentage of the total faculty as contract, untenured adjunct faculty, and tutors will take on more of the teaching load. Instructional approaches such as learning analytics, adaptive learning, competency-based instruction, interactive media, and mobile technology will mature in the 2020s. In the 2030s and beyond, it is likely that major new technology breakthroughs such as artificial intelligence, massive cloud computing, and brain machine interfaces will emerge that will change many aspects of human endeavor including education.

http://evolllution.com/programming/teaching-and-learning/the-future-of-online-education-will-our-courses-foreshadow-our-ends/

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Understanding Blended Learning Through Innovative Professional Development

December 3rd, 2016

By Stepan Mekhitarian, EdSurge

There are two common practices used during professional development sessions that are limited in their applicability and effectiveness: First, teachers learn about multiple sites or tools they can use in their classrooms and are given time to experiment with them. Second, teachers discuss instructional practice for application in a traditional classroom, but are then expected to apply it in a blended setting. Neither of these practices melds effective pedagogical practice with educational technology to train teachers on how to offer individualized differentiation and constructivist learning opportunities for students. Another approach, however, can dramatically impact the effectiveness of blended learning professional development. Follow the steps below to apply a blended approach to professional development while focusing on effective instructional practice: Start with a pedagogical concept such as questioning or grouping that applies to all teachers.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-11-19-understanding-blended-learning-through-innovative-professional-development

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Professors in doubt over value of distance education

December 3rd, 2016

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A new survey from Gallup suggests that a predominant number of college and university faculty members, about 55%, are not confident in the outcomes of distance education when measured against traditional learning models. Of a respondent pool of more than 1,600 professors from all private, public and for-profit institutions, 40% said they have taught at least one online class, and 32% believed that learning was possible through digital and traditional classroom settings at any institution. More than 60% of professors with no online teaching experience believe that positive outcomes are possible in either academic setting.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/professors-in-doubt-over-value-of-distance-education/431074/

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Why I’m Intrigued by Pearson’s HoloLens Initiative

December 3rd, 2016

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Let’s take a step here. First, most of us have not gotten our heads around augmented reality. We tend to conflate VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality). The biggest news in VR over the past few years has been the $2 billion purchase of the VR company Oculus by Facebook in 2014, and the release of the Oculus Rift this year. AR is different from VR in that the user is not fully immersed in the virtual world, but rather interact with a combination of holographic images (and sound) with the physical environment. Microsoft calls this “mixed reality” – and for an idea of what wearing a HoloLens is like you should check out this video on their HoloLens site.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/why-im-intrigued-pearsons-hololens-initiative

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A ‘Moon Shot’ for Libraries

December 2nd, 2016

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Chris Bourg, director of libraries at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, describes the MIT report as a “moon shot” for libraries. The wide-ranging report covers digitization, open access, redesign of physical spaces and more, but it ultimately recommends libraries focus on four “pillars”: community and relationships, discovery and use, stewardship and sustainability, and research and development. Bourg said, “Providing access to credible information and the tools to assess, use, understand and exploit it is what libraries, librarians and archivists have always done. It’s more important than ever now.” MIT, with its focus on science, technology, engineering and math, is in a different position to grapple with those issues compared to universities with traditional strengths (and extensive library collections) in the humanities and social sciences, other library directors and researchers said.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/11/23/massachusetts-institute-technology-invites-academe-collaborate-future-libraries

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What degrees can you earn online?

December 2nd, 2016

by “Ask NAIJ”

The education through the Internet is more than real. Simply choose a training course, pay for it, and get the access to the database on the website of one or another educational institution. Then it all depends on your desire to achieve something great. Many grown-up people want to continue learning during all their life. However, they can’t attend college for obvious reasons. The need to work and earn money doesn’t leave them any time for a full time studying. The strict schedule and stable requirements are not an option, as well. Here come the online educational programs that suit all the needs of working people because they offer flexible schedules and study plans. Completing online programs allows you to combine work and learning things you’ve always wanted to learn. If you are an ambitious person and desire to achieve both academic and professional goals, then online education is certainly for you.

https://ask.naij.com/education/what-degrees-can-you-earn-online-i28473.html

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Changing the Landscape of Higher Education

December 2nd, 2016

by David M. Kirby, Huffington Post

Education is ever-changing, especially in a world with rapid technology advancement. As new technologies and methods become available, the way we teach and are taught must by necessity change as well. Core principles and basics of education remains, yet the method by which these are accomplished must by necessity adapt to meet the needs of students and the workforce. Education continues to evolve at a rapid pace because how we learn has importance. There’s never been only a single way to learn, and the educational system is reflecting that. MOOCs and other online courses are both examples of adapting education to suit the needs of the evolving modern student. Technology plays an important role in this, especially as education becomes more accessible to students regardless of their location or background.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-m-kirby/changing-the-landscape-of_b_13127826.html

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A Mobile Personal Assistant Tuned to Student Needs

December 1st, 2016

By Meg Lloyd, Campus Technology

In an effort to help freshmen manage the college transition, the University of San Diego created a smart personal assistant app designed to help students prioritize and track their tasks. To help students cope, Senior Director of Enterprise Technologies Avi Badwal (project lead) and Vice Provost and CIO Chris Wessells worked with campus developers to create the Insight Mobile App: a smart personal assistant app that allows students to prioritize and track their tasks. The app is designed to be specifically relevant to USD and its systems, according to Wessells: “Generic personal assistants aren’t very effective for our students, because they are not tied in with our Student Information System or our Constituent Relationship Management System,” he said. “To do something more powerful, we connect Insight with those two systems.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/11/08/a-mobile-personal-assistant-tuned-to-student-needs.aspx

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Microsoft, Code.org Use Minecraft to Teach Coding

December 1st, 2016

By David Nagel, THE Journal

Microsoft and Code.org have come together to debut Minecraft Designer, a free tutorial for students aged 6 and up that uses the Minecraft environment to teach coding. Minecraft Designer is a free, hour-long, interactive online tutorial (with offline capabilities for those who want to work when they don’t have access to the Internet) that teaches basic coding in Minecraft and, perhaps more importantly, is designed to inspire interest in computer science, particularly among groups that might not traditionally pursue CS.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/11/15/microsoft-code.org-use-minecraft-to-teach-coding.aspx

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Online law degrees flourish under tight supervision

December 1st, 2016

by: Ian Wylie, Financial Times

The latest law school to say it will venture a hybrid JD programme is Syracuse University College of Law. From 2018, pending approval from the American Bar Association, students will take classes online then come to campus for weeklong residential sessions. The school, which hopes the programme will help reverse its enrolment decline, is delivering the course with edtech company 2U. The school’s intake for 2016 is up 14 per cent on last year, but — in line with the national trend — still almost a fifth lower than a decade ago. The cost of tuition will be the same as the standard JD programme at Syracuse but the “opportunity cost” of attending will be “significantly lower”, says Nina Kohn, associate dean for research. “Students can continue working while completing their degree and will not have to move their families or leave their existing support systems,” she says. Syracuse will be only the second law school accredited by the ABA to offer such a hybrid JD programme; Mitchell Hamline School of Law launched the first last year. In 1998, non-ABA-accredited Concord Law School rolled out the first online JD programme, and other non-ABA accredited schools soon followed.

https://www.ft.com/content/41458ab4-9ab7-11e6-8f9b-70e3cabccfae

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The IT Issues Ahead

November 30th, 2016

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Educause recently revealed its Top 10 IT Issues for 2017, prioritizing information security for the second year in a row and emphasizing data, infrastructure and IT leadership. What issues will most impact your institution? Each year at the Educause annual conference, I make sure to catch the preview of the coming year’s Top 10 IT Issues. It’s always a packed room (it’s a good idea to arrive early to find a seat), full of attendees with cameras ready to capture the presentation slides as they appear on the projection screen. After all, the Top 10 IT Issues are like a bellwether for the year ahead, pointing to key trends and challenges that every higher ed IT leader should be thinking about.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/11/10/the-it-issues-ahead.aspx

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Carnegie Mellon Tool Displays Visualization of Malware Attack Patterns

November 30th, 2016

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

A security research project at Carnegie Mellon University could simplify the process of identifying how malware is being distributed through visualization. Researchers at the institution’s CyLab Security and Privacy Institute have created a tool that lets a network or security administrator display network traffic in a way that helps identify the changes and patterns The results could eventually help organizations stop the kind of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that brought down major websites in late October.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/11/14/carnegie-mellon-tool-displays-visualization-of-malware-attack-patterns.aspx

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Mixed Reality: From the Design Lab to the Professions

November 30th, 2016

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology

Earlier this year, we spoke with Dr. Tilanka Chandrasekera, an assistant professor in the department of Design, Housing and Merchandising at Oklahoma State University, about the “virtuality-reality continuum” and its significance for design fields. OSU opened a Mixed Reality Lab on campus in 2015, where design students can explore this continuum and experience the latest design tools in their field of interest. Today, we’ll get an update from Chandrasekera on OSU’s more recent expansion of the Mixed Reality Lab this past August and find out how the inclusion of mixed reality in the curriculum at OSU is impacting design students like Ashtyn Shugart.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/11/15/mixed-reality-from-the-design-lab-to-the-professions.aspx

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Students: 3 ways we want universities to use our data

November 29th, 2016

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Younger students in colleges and universities say they’d like their personalized data to be leveraged toward a more beneficial, meaningful experience—right away. When institutions use student data, it’s usually internally and to overhaul or make adjustments to campus services year-to-year. Yet, thanks to a younger student body’s familiarity with customized communications based on personalized data, innovative institutions are trying to increase enrollment, boost retention and help place students on a career track with on-the-go data.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/students-personalized-data/

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University seeks approval for MBA program

November 29th, 2016

By Phil Wenzel, the Soo Evening News

Officials with Lake Superior State University are hopeful the university is still on track to begin offering a master of business administration degree, possibly by next year. The university offered an MBA before, which Finley has said peaked in the 1990s. That was before classes could be offered online, which led to a limited supply of students in the Eastern Upper and Northern Lower Peninsulas. Plans for the new program call for classes to be presented one-at-a-time, each lasting about seven weeks. It would take just-under two years to complete the entire program. Instructors would use a blended format, meaning much of the content will be delivered online but each class would be required to meet in person at least once. In addition, members of each program cohort would have to participate in a week-long, project-based class or activity. That would most likely be held during the summer.

http://www.sooeveningnews.com/news/20161118/university-seeks-approval-for-mba-program

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Books are history as campus bookstore goes online

November 29th, 2016

By Vanessa McCray, Toledo Blade

When students visited the remodeled store this semester, they found one notably absent college staple: Textbooks. Gone are the shelves of history and biology books that once populated the store’s second floor, space converted into a career center. The shop, about half its former 24,000 square feet, now directs students to order textbooks online rather than browsing its banished stacks. To underscore the closed chapter, the university even dropped “bookstore” from the stop’s title. The sleek, swag-stuffed showroom has been renamed Falcon Outfitters.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2016/11/20/Books-are-all-history-as-campus-bookstore-goes-online.html

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Visionary Leader in Adult Higher Education John F. Ebersole dies

November 28th, 2016
by Albany Times Union
John F. Ebersole, the former president of Excelsior College, has died, the college announced Thursday. Ebersole, 72, took a leave earlier this year because he was battling myelodysplastic syndromes, Excelsior President James N. Baldwin said in a news release. Baldwin called Ebersole “our former president and a visionary leader in adult higher education.” In taking his leave, Ebersole said Excelsior’s “staff, faculty, and leaders are passionate and committed to providing educational opportunity to those who need it most. The future is bright. Ever upward.” A native of Windsor, Mo., Ebersole served in the U.S. Coast Guard, enrolled in officer candidate school and served for 21 years, including combat service in Vietnam. He had a 30-plus-year career in higher education including the University of California Berkeley, Colorado State University, and Boston University.
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Former-Excelsior-President-John-F-Ebersole-dies-10634660.php
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Open Online Education and Liberal Arts Schools

November 28th, 2016

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

As the open online learning movement comes to it fourth year of life, it is natural for attention to focus on matters of economic sustainability. The path to cover the costs of open education will surely go through online courses that focus on career building and job skills. The fees that students pay for alternative credentials in these programs represent the surest path to cost recovery for both the schools creating these courses and programs. As those of us in the open online learning world turn our attention to professional education, we would be wise to not lose our connection with the founding liberal arts institutions of the open online education movement.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/open-online-education-and-liberal-arts-schools

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Six new tech rules that will govern our future

November 28th, 2016

By Vivek Wadhwa, The Washington Post

Technology is advancing so rapidly that we will experience radical changes in society not only in our lifetimes but in the coming years. We have already begun to see ways in which computing, sensors, artificial intelligence and genomics are reshaping entire industries and our daily lives. As we undergo this rapid change, many of the old assumptions that we have relied will no longer apply. Technology is creating a new set of rules that will change our very existence.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2016/11/15/these-six-new-technology-rules-will-govern-our-future/

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