Online Learning Update

November 14, 2019

The role of universities in a highly technological age

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

Gerard A Postiglione, University World News

Universities are, however, facing the challenge of how to align their core missions with the rapid emergence of technological innovations such as artificial intelligence, big data and algorithms, facial recognition, biosensors, augmented reality, gamification, blockchain, cloud computing and other yet-to-be-created technological innovations. These can become disruptive, but they can also be tapped for their potential to improve how students are selected, how courses are offered, how student learning is programmed and evaluated, how higher finance is managed, how knowledge networks are organised, accessed and expanded, and how more graduates can be prepared for entrepreneurial jobs, smart cities and sustainable development.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20191023081415452

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‘Backchannel’ Tools Let Students Ask Questions Anonymously. And That Brings More Voices.

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

By Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge

So the professor developed a backchannel tool that allows students to submit questions online during class and receive real-time answers from a teaching assistant. Question-askers remain anonymous to fellow students, but Samson and his TA can see their names. As Samson suspected, students had plenty of inquiries when offered an alternative method to raise them. But to be sure the backchannel made a real difference, Samson teamed up with colleagues from the university’s school of education to study his tool. They found that the use of the backchannel dramatically increased student inquiry in class.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-24-backchannel-tools-let-students-ask-questions-anonymously-and-that-brings-more-voices

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Study: Less state funding has hiked college tuition by nearly 40% since 2008 crisis

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

ByDaniel Uria, UPI

Decreases in state funding have pushed the cost of higher education to historic levels over the past decade, according to a new report by a budgetary think tank. The 22-page analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Thursday the average cost for tuition at four-year public institutions in all 50 states increased by nearly 40 percent between 2008 and 2018, or a little over $2,700. Overall funding for two- and four-year state colleges and universities, meanwhile, decreased by $6.6 billion.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/10/25/Study-Less-state-funding-has-hiked-college-tuition-by-nearly-40-since-2008-crisis/6241571963849/?sl=2

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November 13, 2019

5 Microlearning Myths You Need to Stop Believing

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

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Microlearning is a modern educational tool that provides learners with bite-sized pieces of content on their mobile devices, be it smartphones, tablets, or laptops. In today’s complex business environment and with technologies evolving all the time, employees must continue to learn and upskill. According to the Deloitte report The Future of Work, 47% of today’s jobs will be gone in ten years, and 67% of employees believe they must continuously reskill themselves to stay relevant in their careers. The fact that microlearning focuses on short learning content to cater to an audience whose attention span has shrunk doesn’t mean that that is all microlearning is about. Let’s clear up some misunderstandings about microlearning.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-microlearning-myths-you-need-to-stop-believing/

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10 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels For Professors

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

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

With thousands upon thousands of videos added to the service every hour, YouTube can be an unwieldy service to parse through for college professors looking for useful and applicable content. With that in mind, we decided to highlight the 10 best YouTube channels for college professors looking for an extra dose of material or inspiration.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-incredibly-useful-youtube-channels-for-professors/

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Decreased higher ed market share signals shift in online program management

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

Tim Goral, University Business

As more colleges and universities add online courses to their catalogs, the market share for online program managers (OPM) has begun feeling the effect. At the end of July, 2U, an OPM, issued its latest report on earnings, which were well below expectations. The announcement led to an almost immediate 25% drop in the company’s stock price, although it soon rebounded. It was enough for CEO and co-founder Christopher “Chip” Paucek to announce a change of course, recognizing that the online education market is in transition. As part of 2U’s strategy, he noted plans to reduce new graduate program starts by at least half over the next few years and lower enrollment expectations. He said the change was the result of seeing what was ahead and that other OPM vendors would face similar challenges.

https://universitybusiness.com/changes-ahead-for-the-online-higher-ed-learning-market/

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November 12, 2019

Building Community in an Online Class

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

University of Nebraska – Tomorrow’s Professor

So, how is a community of learners formed in an online course? What are the typical characteristics and practices? Taking an online course is more than sitting in front of a computer. Connecting with fellow students and the faculty member is crucial to get the most out of the experience (Rovai et al, 2004). Instructors might encourage students to reach out to classmates with similar life circumstances as the first step to building relationships in the online environment. Fellow students could be cohorts in the same graduate degree program or students from a variety of other disciplines taking a required general course, e.g. statistics or research methods. Students may also form their own communities from the online courses. If your instructor has asked you to introduce yourself to your classmates, your classmates may have provided information about shared interests or work experiences.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1741

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Not Future-Ready

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

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
Survey of four-year-college leaders finds they lack confidence in their institutions’ ability to adapt — and aren’t planning ahead in ways that would ensure success. The report, “The Transformation-Ready Higher Education Institution,” included a survey of nearly 500 senior administrators at four-year colleges and universities, roughly half of whom were presidents and chancellors. The survey sought to gauge the campus leaders’ assessments of the most significant challenges awaiting their institutions in the next three to five years, how prepared they felt to respond to those pressures, and whether their institutions were structured and managed with agility and responsiveness in mind.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/10/22/four-year-college-leaders-not-feeling-ready-future

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Report: College leaders not confident they can beat new competition

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

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive

When it comes to strategic planning, just one in six colleges is looking a decade or more ahead, according to a new report from the American Council on Education (ACE), Huron and the Georgia Institute of Technology based on a survey of 495 leaders at four-year institutions. They cite several challenges ahead: more competition for new students, particularly from national universities investing heavily in online education; an increase in nontraditional students; less state and federal support; and declining public confidence in higher ed’s value. While they say their institutions are prepared to meet students’ changing needs, they are less confident in their ability to address new forms of competition or change how the public views higher ed.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-college-leaders-not-confident-they-can-beat-new-competition/565483/

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November 11, 2019

Students serving our country

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 10:59 am

Data Points, AACC

About 6 percent of all undergraduate students indicate that they are currently serving in the military, in the reserves or National Guard, or are a veteran of military service, according to data in the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study of 2015-16. For-profit college students have the highest rate of participation with nearly 14.1 percent being veterans, 3 percent on active duty and 0.2 percent in reserves/National Guard.

https://www.aacc.nche.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/DataPoints_Military-Students.pdf

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Algorithms are grading student essays across the country. Can this really teach kids how to write better?

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

Loren Katz, Vox

The reason it’s so hard to figure out who’s affected by AI grading is because there’s not just one program that’s being used. But they’re all made in basically the same way: First, an automated scoring company looks at how human graders behave. Then, the company trains an algorithm to make predictions as to how a human grader might score an essay based on that data. Depending on the program, those predictions can be consistently wrong in the same way. In other words, they can be biased. And once those algorithms are built, explains Reset host Arielle Duhaime-Ross, they can reproduce those biases at a huge scale.

https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/10/20/20921354/ai-algorithms-essay-writing

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AI Can Help You—And Your Boss—Maximize Your Potential. Will You Trust It?

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

Marco Annunziata, Forbes

Would you trust an Artificial Intelligence (AI) to tell you how to become more effective and successful at your job? How would you feel if you knew your HR department uses AI to determine whether you are leadership material? Or that an AI just suggested to your boss that she should treat you better or else you might soon quit and join a competitor—well before the thought of jumping ship entered your mind? Meet Yva, introduced by her creator David Yang in this fascinating podcast discussion.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcoannunziata/2019/10/20/ai-can-help-youand-your-bossmaximize-your-potential-will-you-trust-it/

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The world’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors

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

Heather Long, Washington Post

As humanities majors slump to the lowest level in decades, calls are coming from surprising places for a revival. Some prominent economists are making the case for why it still makes a lot of sense to major (or at least take classes) in humanities alongside more technical fields. Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller’s new book “Narrative Economics” opens with him reminiscing about an enlightening history class he took as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. He wrote that what he learned about the Great Depression was far more useful in understanding the period of economic and financial turmoil than anything he learned in his economic courses.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/10/19/worlds-top-economists-just-made-case-why-we-still-need-english-majors/

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November 10, 2019

Stanford and Michigan university are the most popular among Coursera’s 5 million Indian users

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

By Manavi Kapur, Quartz

A large number of Indians seem happy to forego textbooks and adopt tech-savvy online courses. This is a marker of both India’s skilling needs and Coursera’s potential to fulfil them, according to Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera. “If you look at what’s happening demographically, there are 300 million people that are going to be entering the workforce, a 100 million in the next 10 years in India alone,” he told Quartz. IIM Calcutta and Indian School of Business in Hyderabad were the first two institutes to sign on, and Coursera hopes there will be many more to follow.

https://qz.com/india/1729832/indians-on-coursera-are-lapping-up-stanford-michigan-courses/

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MIT Reaffirms Commitment to Open Access

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

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has published its final recommendations on how to increase the open sharing of MIT publications, data, software and educational materials. An open-access task force was convened in 2017 to update and revise MIT’s open-access policies. A draft set of recommendations was released in March 2019 for public comment. “Scholarship serves humanity best when it is available to everyone,” said Hal Abelson, Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, who co-chaired the task force with MIT Libraries director Chris Bourg.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/10/21/mit-reaffirms-commitment-open-access

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4 Personas of Adult Learners

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

By Madeline St. Amour, Inside Higher Ed

Lipman Hearne, a Chicago-based marketing firm with a focus on higher education and enrollment, surveyed adult learners and created four “personas” to better understand them. Kirsten Fedderke, senior vice president and account director at the firm, said while much of what they found in the survey matches common assumptions about adult learners, some data point to nuances of the population that are often ignored. For example, while respondents said their top reason for enrolling in college was to have a good job, the next three reasons were more emotional, like “be confident and prepared for life” and “be well-rounded and professionally responsible.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/10/21/marketing-firm-breaks-down-personas-adult-learners-help-colleges-recruit-better

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November 9, 2019

More Colleges Use Chatbots to Communicate Online

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

Voice of America

In recent years, chatbots have become a common tool for banks and large companies around the world. Having human beings available to answer people’s questions and complaints can be costly, requiring many workers. And in most cases, employees can only work a set number of hours in a day, increasing the amount of time customers wait for a response. So not just companies, but a growing number of colleges and universities have also begun using chatbot technology, says Keith Rajecki. He is with Oracle Higher Education, a computer software company that serves these institutions.

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/more-colleges-use-chatbot-to-communicate-online/5128366.html

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Computer Vision Can Transform Education

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

Naveen Joshi, Forbes

The education sector has long treated every student the same. However, every student is unique and has different learning capabilities. The use of computer vision in education can help to maximize students’ academic output by providing a customized learning experience based on their individual strengths and weaknesses.  The main advantage of computer vision in education is the ease and non-obstructiveness of the assessment process compared to traditional classroom education. Teachers can observe whether a pupil is motivated or disinterested in the class without interrupting their activities. Affective computing techniques, availability of low-cost cameras, and their widespread use in electronic devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets, allow educators to measure learners’ engagement levels using computer vision.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/10/19/computer-vision-can-transform-education/#8d08b6b1c4cc

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10 Powerful Women Leaders Discuss Keeping AI Safe for Humanity

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

Tyler Gallagher, Entrepreneur

‘History has shown that whenever a great invention gets into the wrong hands, evil tends to prevail. Right now, we’re in the early stages of AI and currently exploring the many potential benefits of using AI for good.’ In an effort to highlight some of the accomplished women in this sector, Authority Magazine interviewed women leaders in artificial intelligence as part of a series. Each was asked the following question: “As you know, there is an ongoing debate between prominent scientists about whether advanced AI has the future potential to pose a danger to humanity. This debate has been personified as a debate between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. What is your position about this?

https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/340907

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November 8, 2019

The AI-Enabled Future

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

Ron Schmelzer, Forbes

The pace of artificial intelligence continues inexorably forward. Every day we see continued development of new technologies, new applications, and greater investment in AI, machine learning, and the host of cognitive technologies. While we might be able to easily see how some of these technologies will be implemented in the short term, what does the future hold for widespread adoption of AI? …. the future world of AI will most likely have much greater impact in a much different way than what we might be assuming today.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/10/17/the-ai-enabled-future/#51a711973339

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Here’s What’s Next At The Explosive Intersection Of AI And On-Line Education

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

Lauren deLisa Coleman, Forbes

Artificial Intelligence is poised to disrupt many industries, but education arena has not typically been at the forefront of such conversations.  “In 1980’s faster computers were just a dream, now even the smartphones in our pockets are 50 times more powerful than the supercomputers of that era. Using smart education backed by artificial intelligence will become just as commonplace and advanced. We do not wish to replace teachers completely, but make quality education more accessible by those students who cannot afford it. Nothing can replace the human mind, but supporting it with advanced technology couldn’t hurt.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurencoleman/2019/10/18/heres-whats-next-at-the-explosive-intersection–of-ai-and-on-line-education/#279a894f276f

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