Online Learning Update

October 23, 2020

With No Study Buddies, More College Students Turn to Cheating

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

Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

With so many classes online during the pandemic—many of them taught by professors still struggling to figure out how to teach in the format—students are increasingly turning to homework-help websites. While many students say they’re looking for the assistance they’re not getting from their colleges, professors argue that students are using these sites to cheat on quizzes and tests. Joseph Ching, a junior at Purdue University, says many of his professors have warned students not to use sites like Chegg, where students are posting homework and quiz questions and getting answers from tutors.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-10-06-with-no-study-buddies-more-college-students-turn-to-cheating

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Virtual Signs of Serious Mental Health Problems: A Teacher’s Guide to Protecting Students

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

Isaiah Pickens, EdSurge

Today’s students are the most at-risk for mental health problems in a generation. That was already true before the start of this turbulent year, thanks to the advent of the smartphone, the rise of social media and the growing dominance of internet culture in daily life. Now, students face a minefield of new and ongoing trauma-producing challenges, including the upheaval of normal school life caused by COVID-19, financial and social-emotional problems at home related to a parent’s job loss or family death due to the pandemic, parents’ frustrations from juggling multiple demands, and the stressful, systemic realities of racial injustice.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-10-07-virtual-signs-of-serious-mental-health-problems-a-teacher-s-guide-to-protecting-students

 

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The US role in advancing gender equality globally through girls’ education

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

Christina Kwauk, Brookings

Analysis at the Brookings Institution estimates that education gaps between rich and poor girls will take a long time to close; universal secondary education for the poorest girls in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to be achieved by 2111. The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening this timeline. Girls’ increased burden on domestic work and unpaid care during stay-at-home orders, their increased vulnerability to gender-based violence due to limited mobility during lockdown, and their lower access to technology and the internet means girls have less time and fewer resources to engage in remote learning, are at risk of unwanted and unplanned pregnancies, and are more likely to remain out of school when they eventually reopen.

https://www.brookings.edu/essay/the-uss-role-in-advancing-gender-equality-globally-through-girls-education/

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October 22, 2020

8 practices to build an online learning community

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

MIKE DI GREGORIO, eCampus News

Before COVID-19 turned the academic world upside down, community and connection happened almost spontaneously. Students could walk into a classroom and introduce themselves to the people around them and instantly feel part of their learning community. They could linger afterwards to ask a question or organize a study group. Outside of class there were endless opportunities to socialize through clubs, sports teams, and other activities. Fast forward to 2020 and, for most students, the campus experience, at least as we’ve known it, has become another casualty of the ongoing pandemic. For better or worse, the virtual classroom is now the place for students to find that all important sense of community.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/10/09/8-practices-to-build-an-online-learning-community/

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Emerging practices for measuring students’ relationships and networks

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

Christensen Institute

Most schools and programs wholeheartedly agree that relationships matter. But far fewer actually measure students’ social capital. Oftentimes, relationships, valuable as they may be, are treated as inputs to learning and development rather than outcomes in their own right. In turn, schools routinely leave students’ access to relationships and networks to chance. To address this gap, a host of early innovators across K–12, postsecondary, and workforce development are making important strides toward purposefully building and measuring students’ social capital in an effort to expand access to opportunity. Drawing on those emerging practices, this paper offers a framework for measuring social capital grounded in both research and practice.

https://whoyouknow.org/measurement-report/

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A Student Perspective on Learning Remotely

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

Aya Hammouda, PharmD candidate at Touro College of Pharmacy

Overall, virtual learning has made it possible to have learning experiences very similar to those we enjoyed on campus. We have achieved an almost seamless transition for attending class in-person or remotely. Our college has made tremendous efforts to mimic the benefits of on-campus learning as closely as possible while meeting all accreditation standards. They’ve adjusted schedules and given us the means to reach professors when needed, and our education is not suffering. We recognize there are challenges even with face-to-face learning. As a P4 student, I look forward to even better online education experiences as we move ahead.

https://tcop.touro.edu/news/stories/a-student-perspective-on-learning-remotely.php

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October 21, 2020

Zoom fatigue and all-nighters: Online learning takes a toll on students’ mental health

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

Carlos Fuentes, University of Portland Beacon

According to Carol Dell’Oliver, director of the Health and Counseling Center, COVID-19 has made school more stressful for many students.  “It has significantly impacted mental health, and there’s more worries and anxieties around COVID related concerns,” Dell’Oliver said. “There’s also more of a sense of isolation when they’re not around their friends as much, which is an important protective factor in their mental health. There is also more unpredictability and things that are out of their personal control.”

https://www.upbeacon.com/article/2020/10/zoom-fatigue-and-all-nighters-online-learning-takes-a-toll-on-students-mental-health

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Tools to help with online learning

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

Zain Alden, University of Manchester Union

Attending university online is an unusual event, and one which makes it harder to engage with your learning. This week, I’ve put together some tools which should help you out as you struggle through your studies.

https://mancunion.com/2020/10/09/tools-to-help-with-online-learning/

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How cybercrime has evolved since the pandemic hit

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

REUBEN JACKSON, Big Think

McAfee’s user base has been seeing an average of 375 new threats per minute during the pandemic. Once everyone got situated in their home offices and their company’s security teams started taking the appropriate measures, how did the attackers adjust? Ransomware on cloud servers, hijack attempts on IoT gadgets and business email compromise (BEC) attacks increased in volume as well as sophistication over the course of Q3 2020.

https://bigthink.com/cybercrime-evolved-during-pandemic

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October 20, 2020

3 Ways to Improve Online Learning Security

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

MarketScale

Over the last weeks, students, professors and caregivers alike have adjusted to the modern-day classroom – many of which consist of a full or hybrid online learning model. This virtual shift brought on by COVID-19 comes with many unique challenges, and one of the most concerning is ensuring optimal online learning security across new and emerging technologies.

https://marketscale.com/industries/education-technology/3-ways-improve-online-learning-security/

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Social media use in distance learning raises privacy concerns

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

Shawna De La Rosa, Education Dive

Connecting with students over social media raises equity and privacy concerns, The 74 reports. Though social media sites give teachers a convenient way to connect with students, children younger than 13 are prohibited from signing up for many social media platforms because they collect user data, which runs counter to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Students also may not have access to social media or they may have connectivity issues, making content streaming difficult, and the practice can also raise concerns about the potential for educator misconduct. Parents are concerned about the digital safety of students, as well, according to a report from the Center for Democracy and Technology that found 62% of parents reporting they are at least somewhat concerned about the privacy and security of data collected by schools, and only 40% saying their child’s school explained to them how it protects this information.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/teachers-turn-to-social-media-raising-privacy-concerns/586538/

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Online Learning: Perseverance and Perspectives

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

Lena Cassidy, the Whit

Online learning is not universal. There is no global fix to conquer all of the learning curves between majors. A nursing major and a writing major cannot learn the same way. Zoom is not a comprehensive resource for everyone. The only commonality between all majors that were asked is that class and home cannot coexist. Being in class at home is emotionally draining and physically exhausting. Staying mentally active in class while having all of the distractions of home is the first challenge.

https://thewhitonline.com/2020/10/features/online-learning-perseverance-and-perspectives/

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October 19, 2020

3 Reasons to Go Online with New Student Orientations

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:07 am

Leslie Mojeiko; et al, EDUCAUSE Review

Moving new student orientations to a fully online or blended format has made these programs more affordable, convenient, and accessible for students and their families, and more efficient and streamlined for college and university staff. Observing how these orientations develop to meet these challenges will be exciting. During this time of change, three notable benefits of online or blended orientations have emerged: increased convenience, affordability, and accessibility. While many institutions may go back to an in-person orientation in future academic years, colleges and universities should consider maintaining at least a portion of their orientation programs in an online format within their institution’s learning management system (LMS).

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/10/3-reasons-to-go-online-with-new-student-orientations

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The Virus Moved Female Faculty to the Brink. Will Universities Help?

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

Jillian Kramer, New York Times

The pandemic is a new setback for women in academia who already faced obstacles on the path to advancing their research and careers.  The pandemic has laid bare gender inequities across the country, and women in academia have not been spared. The outbreak erupted during universities’ spring terms, hastily forcing classes online and researchers out of their laboratories. Faculty with young or school-aged children — especially women — had to juggle teaching their students with overseeing their children’s distance learning from home. Many universities struggled to put meaningful policies in place to help faculty, especially caretakers and women.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/science/covid-universities-women.html

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Is spectrum shortage a thing of the past?

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

Tom Wheeler, Brookings

Now, the largest user of spectrum, the Department of Defense (DoD), has put out a Request for Information (RFI) that seems to propose that at least some of the spectrum traditionally used by the military could be shared for a fifth generation (5G) wireless network. The DoD cites a component of 5G technology called dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) as the vehicle to accomplish this. The DoD concept for spectrum sharing is the simple application of digital electronics. Such sharing is a good idea as 5G networks put even more pressure on the need for spectrum.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2020/10/05/is-spectrum-shortage-a-thing-of-the-past/

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October 18, 2020

Overcoming 3 data management pitfalls of online learning

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

JON TOOR, eCampus News

Operating fully or partially online brings with it a number of key data management challenges for higher-ed IT leaders to overcome.  Storing the majority of data on-premises or in a private cloud in a highly scalable platform can cost significantly less than using the public cloud and can also offer universities secure cloud-like file sharing capabilities, without the risk of cloud data breaches. Furthermore, the costs are predictable, and administrators can maintain full control over storage locations and access points to monitor usage.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/10/06/overcoming-3-data-management-pitfalls-of-online-learning/

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Student Loan Default Rates by School & State

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

Mike Brown, LendEdu

The national student loan default rate for the 2017 fiscal year was 9.70%, which is a decrease of 0.40 percentage points from when the student loan default rate was 10.10% for the 2016 fiscal year (last year’s report). Not surprisingly, for-profit institutions had the highest collective student loan default rate (14.70%), followed by public institutions (9.30%), and private institutions (6.70%).
https://lendedu.com/blog/student-loan-default-rates-by-school-state-2020/

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Faculty Confidence in Online Learning Grows

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

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Survey finds significant increases in professors’ confidence in virtual learning and their sense of support from their colleges — but continuing concerns about equity for underrepresented students. But the report on the survey, “Time for Class COVID-19 Edition Part 2: Planning for a Fall Like No Other,” from Every Learner Everywhere and Tyton Partners, also suggests that instructors’ increased — if forced — experience with remote learning last spring has enhanced their view of how they can use technology to improve their own teaching and to enable student learning. The proportion of instructors who see online learning as effective may still be just under half — 49 percent — but that’s up from 39 percent who said so in a similar survey in May.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2020/10/06/covid-era-experience-strengthens-faculty-belief-value-online

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October 17, 2020

The shift online has colleges looking to share courses

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

Alia Wong, Education Dive
Dozens of institutions have joined consortia for exchanging online classes since the pandemic began, and new options have sprung up. Course-sharing networks historically have tended to comprise small groups of neighboring colleges with similar curricular goals, such as the Five College Consortium in Western Massachusetts and the Claremont Colleges in Los Angeles County. While the early course-sharing happened in-person, newer initiatives let students take classes online from schools all over the country. But demand for course-sharing services has soared since the pandemic began. Forced to quickly adjust to remote instruction, some colleges looked to consortia for help filling out their online program offerings.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/the-shift-online-has-colleges-looking-to-share-courses/586346/

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Americans are reconsidering investing in higher education due to COVID-19

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

Holly Chilsen, WSAW

Since the COVID-19 pandemic upended the education sector, Americans are reconsidering investing in higher education, according to a new Edward Jones and Morning Consult study. Respondents cited concerns over the current economic climate and the quality of online learning as top reasons some students are considering skipping higher education and choosing to look for full-time employment or internships instead.

https://www.wsaw.com/2020/10/02/americans-are-reconsidering-investing-in-higher-education-due-to-covid-19/

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We Are Underestimating Artificial Intelligence and BCI

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

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

We are planning for AI to help universities recruit, oversee adaptive learning and drive intelligent chat boxes, but there is much more ahead in the near future. Are we are underestimating the future of AI connected through a brain-computer interface in education?
 
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