Could CIO position become a new presidential pipeline?

July 1st, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

The role and responsibilities of campus Chief Information Officer has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, with some saying the CIO position has shifted from a practical technician focus to cabinet-level oversight on budget and strategic planning. The growth of the education tech industry has pushed CIOs into new territory around contracts and service provision, and building relationships with tech vendors and campus constituents. Most CIOs quoted for Campus Technology’s report on the evolving role of the CIO said understanding the business of higher education is critical to staying power in the challenging role.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/could-cio-position-become-a-new-presidential-pipeline/421522/

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Google’s online nanodegree course will teach newcomers how to write Android apps

July 1st, 2016

By Rob Thubron, Tech Spot

If you’ve got an idea for a killer app that’s going to make millions but are held back by a total lack of coding knowledge, Google could have the answer. The search giant is teaming up with online learning platform Udacity to offer a course that teaches people with zero experience how to create Android apps. The Google Android Basics Nanodegree is aimed at that those who are new to programming looking to eventually become an Android developer. The course covers topics such as interactivity, layouts, object-oriented programming basics, data storage, and multi-screen apps.“We built this program with Google specifically to support aspiring Android Developers with no programming experience. Our goal is to ensure you get the real-world skills you need to actually start building Android apps,” Udacity says.

http://www.techspot.com/news/65318-google-online-nanodegree-course-teach-newcomers-how-write.html

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Crowded Out: The Outlook for State Higher Education Spending

July 1st, 2016

By: Dan White and Sarah Crane, Moody’s Analytics

The report includes 10 papers and the final report focus on answering three primary questions related to reaching the 60 percent goal. First, how do we realign incentives and retarget existing public funding to make the entire system more efficient and to increase graduation rates for students generally and students of color and from low-income families in particular? Second, what are the new, innovative models to deliver postsecondary education that can both lower the cost and increase the productivity of the entire system? Third, what options do federal and state governments and the private sector have for increasing funding for higher education? It is important to stress here that the interest is in the “ value proposition “ that underlies these three primary questions. The” value proposition “ focuses on the national imperative of building a more highly skilled and educated work force not merely a more credentialed one.

http://web1.millercenter.org/commissions/higher-ed/CrowdedOut.pdf

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Freakonomics author: 4 ways data could be tricking you

June 30th, 2016

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

Stephen J. Dubner, Freakonomics co-author, explains why using data to predict future trends is trickier than you may think. When higher ed leaders discuss big data these days, as well as its potential to help predict future trends and, therefore, courses of action, stories about turkey breasts, hand washing and monkey sex don’t also make the rounds; but according to the Freakonomics author, they should. “What people say they feel or say they do versus what they actually do are often two completely different things,” explained Stephen J. Dubner, journalist, author and this year’s Infocomm 2016 Las Vegas keynoter. “And this is what makes the use of data tricky whenever industry looks to it for answers in behavior.”

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/freakonomics-data-tricking/

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Matching degrees to jobs adds up to much higher lifetime earnings

June 30th, 2016

By MARK SCHNEIDER, CHERYL OLDHAM AND BRANDON BUSTEED, Tribune News Service

Recent graduates often wonder whether all the money and time they spent pursuing a degree was worthwhile. Meanwhile, employers across the nation are having difficulty filling millions of jobs because of a mismatch in the skills students have and the skills employers need. As a result, we have people without jobs and jobs without people. Discussions about the value of college need to focus on enabling students to make informed choices that lead to well-paying careers and meaningful lives. This means choosing the right college and the right major. While students have every right to pursue their passions, they should also have information to see what their future might look like if they do.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/mcclatchy/degrees-jobs-earnings/

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Lifeliqe Creator Allows Educators to Create Their Own 3D Content for Free

June 30th, 2016

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

Lifeliqe, a platform for interactive, educational 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality, today launched Lifeliqe Creator, a program that gives teachers the power to create and publish interactive presentations and e-books that integrate 3D models, rather than 2D images. Lifeliqe users can explore objects — such as dinosaurs or the inside of a shark — with interactive 3D views. They can zoom deep into the structure of objects, experience augmented reality, view supplementary text on a subject and change the language for a bilingual view in English or Spanish. With the Lifeliqe Creator feature, any of the 1,000 interactive 3D models can be dragged and dropped right into a presentation, e-book or lesson plan, so teachers can provide students with interactive 3D experiences.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/06/21/lifeliqe-creator-allows-educators-to-create-their-own-3d-content.aspx

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What the Bot Revolution Could Mean for Online Learning

June 29th, 2016

by Daily bits, Huffington Post

Online learning service with a passion for personal development and daily learning. Many people are betting on bots becoming the new apps. My co-founder and I are two of those people. Before I tell you more about why that is, let’s take a paragraph to explain what bots are. The bots I’m referring to are the so-called chat-bots. They’re “smart” programs that you can have a conversation with, and get help from, via the messaging app of your choice. This could be a bot that sends out a survey to your team and then sends you a recap (check out the bot How.dy for Slack). Or it could be a bot serving you with the best personalized news via Facebook Messenger (check out CNN’s bot for Facebook).

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daily-bits-of/what-the-bot-revolution-c_b_10564554.html

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The Ever-Changing CIO Job Description

June 29th, 2016

By David Raths, Campus Technology

The chief information officer position continues to evolve as technology becomes more central to the mission of the university. How has that affected what the CIO does day to day? Campus Technology asked several longtime IT leaders, including Suess, to reflect on how they have seen the job change during their tenures.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/06/23/the-ever-changing-cio-job-description.aspx

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Higher ed systems expanding access to open-source materials

June 29th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Several higher education systems in the northeast have launched campus-based publishing imprints and initiatives designed to expand open-source and digital textbook production and usage. The State University of New York and University of New Hampshire systems are encouraging faculty to make broader use of open source publishing for research, teaching titles and learning opportunities to become more familiar with the technology. Programs that have moved from pilot to campus- or system-wide initiatives have begun to yield student savings — about $148,000 at the University of New Hampshire last year.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-systems-expanding-access-to-open-source-materials/421430/

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Study examines whocj students choose for-profit education

June 28th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

More than two million students are enrolled in for-profit schools. These students tend to be older, minority students from low-income families with low levels of educational attainment. Typically divided into three categories, for-profit schools enrolled more than 11% of students in enterprises colleges, super systems or internet institutions at the height of their success, but have fallen to just over 9% in recent years. A field study of students at Millennium College revealed executive transparency was a major challenge, but in-person instruction and the fostered accountability and maturity among students was viewed as an asset of the blended online and in-person school structure.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/study-examines-why-students-choose-for-profit-education/421361/

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Higher ed requires drastic changes to remain competitive for students

June 28th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

More than 50 million Americans owe student loan debt, a number that exceeds the amount of people receiving benefits for Social Security and Medicaid. Demographics suggest the U.S. population is increasingly older and earns a lower median income than it did 10 years ago — a reality that clashes directly with increasing college costs across the country. Not only that, but the population is also shifting from the traditionally white, affluent male student population many schools are used to recruiting and educating to a broader cross-section of the country’s actual population. Competency-based instruction, predictive analytics and online education delivery are the keys to reducing costs and improving student outcomes in the 21st century.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/report-higher-ed-requires-drastic-changes-to-remain-competitive-for-studen/421338/

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Law Schools Are Going Online to Reach New Students

June 28th, 2016

By ELIZABETH OLSON, NY Times

Law schools, in the face of marked declines in enrollment, revenue and jobs for graduates, are beginning to adopt innovative new ways of delivering legal education. Some law schools are moving away from relying solely on classic settings and instead are blending classroom learning with online instruction, said Michael B. Horn, a founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute, a research institution in San Mateo, Calif., that explores disruptive innovation in education. “Legal education is confronting the most imminent threat in higher education,” Mr. Horn said. “Law schools are increasingly out of step with shifts in the legal services market.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/23/education/law-schools-are-going-online-to-reach-new-students.html?_r=0

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More Brits turning to online learning sites, figures show

June 27th, 2016

by Erin O’Neill, London School of Business and Finance

More Brits are turning to online learning sites to develop new skills, according to research from Hitwise. Figures released by the company showed that over 4 million people in Britain searched “how to” queries in the first quarter of 2016, whilst 1.3 million Brits visited a learning site over the same period. The research looked at the different age groups when it came to what Brits are searching for online and found that those aged 18 to 34 are over three times more likely to search for “how to code.” Those aged over 34 were found to be more likely to search for topics relating to entrepreneurship. Brits in this age group are 135 per cent more likely to search for advice on how to become self-employed and 109 per cent more likely to search for how to create a business plan. The figures also showed that the younger generation make the most visits to online learning sites, accounting for 50 per cent of all visits.

http://www.lsbf.org.uk/blog/news/education-careers/more-brits-turning-to-online-learning-sites-figures-show/100206

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Aaron Sorkin to Teach Online Course on Screenwriting

June 27th, 2016

by Todd Spangler, Yahoo!

For $90, Aaron Sorkin will share his tricks of the screenwriting trade. Sorkin, scribe of such films such as “A Few Good Men,” “Steve Jobs” and “The Social Network” and TV shows including “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom,” will provide more than 25 video lessons through online-education startup MasterClass later this summer. The course — the first for the award-winning screenwriter — will also include a 30-page workbook and interactive assignments. “There’s a great tradition of writers from one generation giving a hand to the next group coming up — a tradition I got a lot of benefit from,” Sorkin said in a statement. “I think new screenwriters will come away from the MasterClass with a new sense of confidence.”

https://www.yahoo.com/movies/aaron-sorkin-teach-online-course-screenwriting-203350164.html

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Why you can’t discuss online learning without discussing video accessibility; but what’s really required?

June 27th, 2016

by Justin Beck, eCampus News

With nearly 1 in 5 Americans classified as having a disability, according to the 2010 census, and 13 percent of all public school students receiving special education services, accessibility is more important to educational institutions than ever before. While procedures for handling traditional materials have been well established for some time, higher ed educators’ increased reliance on video for lecture capture, supplemental materials, distance and online learning, and more is bringing the issue of video accessibility standards to the forefront. The key to accessible videos is captioning: 99 percent accurate captions, using a 508-compliant video player optimized for accessibility, make it possible for people with hearing, visual, and motor impairments to use video materials. But adding captions to an entire library of video materials can be daunting. How necessary is it?

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/video-accessibility-online/

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Coursera, State Department Launch Online Classes For Asylum-Seekers

June 26th, 2016

BY JULIA GLUM, International Business Times

Refugees trying to start their lives over in new places are about to have a whole host of new learning opportunities. The U.S. State Department announced Monday a collaboration with the free education site Coursera aimed at helping recent transplants access more than 1,000 massive open online courses, nicknamed MOOCs, according to a news release. The program appeared to be live Monday morning at refugees.coursera.org. Timed to launch on World Refugee Day, the initiative is intended to give refugees a chance to gain “important skills that will help them in the global economy,” Evan Ryan, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, told reporters on a press call last week, Quartz reported. Nonprofits around the world can apply to Coursera to get fee waivers that will fund refugees’ participation in MOOCs, which are run by institutions like Stanford University.

http://www.ibtimes.com/world-refugee-day-2016-coursera-state-department-launch-online-classes-asylum-seekers-2384332

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What to do when yoga funds run short – go online

June 26th, 2016

By: Jen Mulson, Gazette

There are definite perks to attending a yoga class, including hands-on adjustments from the teacher and the energy of a group of yogis sharing the same practice. But there are times when you simply can’t make it to class. Maybe the weather is bad or your schedule is hectic or you can’t afford studio prices. Fortunately, yoga has expanded in dramatic ways, which include a giant well of excellent online classes. And fees are more than reasonable – often you can get a month of unlimited classes for the same price as a single class at a studio. Many sites also offer a free trial period.

http://gazette.com/live-well-do-online-yoga-classes-when-time-funds-are-short/article/1578656

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Robots won’t replace teachers because they can’t inspire us

June 26th, 2016

BY ERIC JOHNSON, Recode

But artificial intelligence is coming to colleges in some form, Coursera president Daphne Koller says. Artificial intelligence is going to change everything in every industry. Right? Not so fast, says Coursera president and co-founder Daphne Koller. Her education company markets itself as being ahead of technological disruption, but even it isn’t so sure AI can do everything that a human college professor can do. “Instructors are valuable, first of all, in creating the content. That’s really important,” Koller said in an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher on the latest episode of Recode Decode. “But I also think it’s important to have someone there to answer the really challenging questions if you really get stuck. And also, people will tell you that one of the most inspirational experiences they’ve had, that have often shaped their life, is someone who’s been a really inspirational teacher.”

http://www.recode.net/2016/6/22/11985726/robot-teachers-artificial-intelligence-coursera-daphne-koller

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10 Best Online Schools and Resources for Students with Disabilities

June 25th, 2016

A new guide from OnlineSchoolsCenter ranks the top 10 disability-friendly schools and offers guidance to students with disabilities. OnlineSchoolsCenter.com, a virtual publication that evaluates online higher education, issued an informational guide on online education opportunities for students with disabilities. “Navigating an Online Education for Students with Disabilities,” written by author and higher education researcher Kenneth Williams, includes a ranking of the top 10 disability-friendly schools in the country. Schools were evaluated and selected based on accessibility and willingness to accommodate to students with disabilities.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/06/14/10-best-online-schools-and-resources-for-students-with-disabilities.aspx

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The U.S. State Department and Coursera Offer Free Online Courses to Refugees

June 25th, 2016

by EdSurge

Coursera has announced the launch of Coursera for Refugees in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. The initiative lets refugees and nonprofits supporting them apply for financial aid to access Coursera’s library of online courses. Coursera is not the first to offer a MOOC-for-refugees program—edX stepped into this space in February—but it is the first to partner with the State Department, which will provide in-person facilitation at embassies and consulates and help identify partner organizations currently supporting refugee communities. In 2013, the State Department announced its MOOC Camp initiative, hosted at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, partnering with Coursera as a Global Learning Hub. Coursera for Refugees continues this partnership, potentially enabling refugees to build career skills to find employment as now any nonprofit (501(c)(3) or international equivalent can apply for at least one year of comprehensive group financial aid.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-20-the-u-s-state-department-and-coursera-offer-free-online-courses-to-refugees

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Adaptive Learning Holds Promise for the Future of Higher Education

June 25th, 2016

by Education Dive

As an educational model, differentiated instruction has been around since the time of Socrates. As a method of providing a classroom of students, often with differing abilities, instruction based on individual aptitudes for learning, it has been an effective alternative to repetitive rote memorization that is still widely practiced in many countries around the world. Today, with the widespread availability of new learning software and platforms, differentiated instruction can take on a revolutionary role under the guise of adaptive learning, and it could alter our thinking about education and the way students learn. Supporters of adaptive learning say it could be the answer to what has become now known as the ‘iron triangle’ of education’s biggest challenges: cost, access, and quality.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/adaptive-learning-holds-promise-for-the-future-of-higher-education/421228/

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