Campuses transition to the ‘Internet of Things’

August 29th, 2015

By Travis Seekins, University Business

Human-to human communications have been the bedrock of our lives. More recently, machine-to-machine streaming has become a dominant and often disruptive dance partner in the communication landscape. And now we are glimpsing a world where human-to-machine links culminate in one seamlessly orchestrated waltz. Imagine smart sensors embedded in the school parking garage, alerting you to a much coveted, and now suddenly available, spot right by your office. Real-time, actionable data will help schools know exactly when to service equipment and achieve savings from the most optimal use of facilities and energy. Smart doors and security cameras will know when to open, shut, lock and monitor movement through a space. The mobile devices flooding campuses today are the first wave of an era of interconnected devices, aptly named the Internet of Things, or IoT. By tapping into the data transmitted by inanimate objects around us, schools can achieve greater revenue and value by moving away from transactional interactions with students, staff, providers and assets.

http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/campuses-transition-%E2%80%98internet-things

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25 ways to strengthen workforce education

August 29th, 2015

by eCampus News

California Community Colleges Task Force on Workforce Education recommends ways to increase competitiveness, job creation: Key recommendations of the task force call on the college system to:

• Revise career technical education (CTE) curriculum approval processes to ensure that instructional programs keep pace with industry needs.

• Increase the pool of qualified CTE instructors through hiring practices and consider options for meeting minimum qualifications to better integrate experienced industry professionals into instructional programs.

• Expand partnerships with employers to increase student work-based learning opportunities such as apprenticeships and internships that provide real workplace experience.

• Strengthen students’ career planning, work readiness, employability and technology skills as they build their occupation-specific skills.

• Establish a sustained, supplemental funding source to increase community college capacity to create, adapt and maintain quality CTE courses and programs responsive to regional labor market needs.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/strengthen-workforce-education-035/

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Technology-enabled learning should prepare students for the workplace

August 29th, 2015

by Rosebank College

“The best approaches to technology-enabled learning recognise that learning, like all development, involves complex, social beings engaged in complex intellectual, social and psychological processes that happen in a fluid space,” says Dr Najma Agherdien, Instructional Designer at The Independent Institute of Education. “It is also true that what and how people learn influences what they are able to do with what they learn,” she says. Agherdien says online learning at higher education institutions should be deliberately structured to promote the skills needed in the world of work. “Key to success in the workplace is the ability to consider problems and scenarios and select the appropriate knowledge needed to resolve the issue. It is also vital that graduates in the workplace know how to, and are able to, access knowledge they do not already possess. This means they need to know how to find sources and then to evaluate the relevance of those sources for the situation that needs resolving,” she says.

http://pressoffice.mg.co.za/rosebankcollege/PressRelease.php?StoryID=260746

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Drake U Supports Diverse Student Devices With Virtualized Applications

August 28th, 2015

By Leila Meyer, Campus Technology

When the time came to refresh the computer hardware in Drake University’s labs, the Infrastructure and Security Services (ISS) team turned to virtualization to reduce their hardware needs while providing students with anytime, anywhere access to applications on their own devices. Many of the students at Drake bring Mac laptops to campus, whereas much of university’s software is Windows-based. The university wanted to implement a virtualization system that would let students access applications regardless of the type of device they were using. “We were looking essentially for a seamless environment that would work for both Windows or Mac users, or really on any platform — iPads, mobile phones,” said Chris Mielke, team lead of ISS Infrastructure Services.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/08/17/drake-u-supports-diverse-student-devices-with-virtualized-applications.aspx

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Online Learning Brings Opportunities and Challenges for Students with Disabilities

August 28th, 2015

By JEFF HILES, WYSO

College students are surrounded by technology inside and outside of the classroom. And increasingly educators are reaching learners through smart phones and laptops. Community Voices producer Jeff Hiles is an instructional designer at Wright State University. He finds that for some students with disabilities, the move to online learning brings new opportunities and new challenges.

http://wyso.org/post/online-learning-brings-opportunities-and-challenges-students-disabilities

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Student loan debt: America’s next big crisis

August 28th, 2015
by Mitchell D. Weiss, Detroit Free Press
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released its latest Report on Household Debt and Credit Developments, and the news isn’t good for student-borrowers. As of the second calendar quarter ending June 30, seriously delinquent student loans (which the FRBNY describes as those whose payments are 90 or more days past due), increased to 11.5% of the $1.19 trillion dollars’ worth of education loans, versus 11.1% in the first quarter. Before you dismiss four-tenths of one percent as decimal dust, consider this: Although student loans make up only 10% of all consumer debt, the amount of seriously past due student loan payments total nearly one-third of all seriously past-due debt payments. What’s more, of the total $1.19 trillion in outstanding education-related loans, only about half that amount is actually in repayment at this time (the balance is deferred because the borrowers are still in school). So instead of 11.5% being seriously delinquent, it’s actually twice that amount: 23%.
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UC MERCED EXPANSION DELAYED BY BUDGET CUTS, ONLINE CLASSES

August 27th, 2015

By MATT KRUPNICK, The Hechinger Report

A decade has passed since America’s newest research university opened amid farmland in central California. And surprisingly little on the landscape has changed. Cows still graze alongside the University of California, Merced. There’s no student union, and some researchers are based miles away at a former Air Force base. Merced’s experience should be a warning, said Henry Eyring, co-author of “The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out” and academic vice president at Brigham Young University’s Idaho campus. As much as politicians like to cut ribbons in front of new campuses, he said, traditional colleges have become much more expensive than online courses and other new means of delivering education.

http://abc30.com/education/uc-merced-expansion-delayed-by-budget-cuts-online-classes/952452/

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The Digital Humanities Are Alive and Well and Blooming: Now What?

August 27th, 2015

by Nancy L. Maron, EDUCAUSE Review

If the notion for the past decade in digital humanities investment has been to let a thousand flowers bloom, it seems to have worked. Digital creation is no longer just the realm of specialists, IT developers, and librarians who manage collections. Today, with digital humanities (DH) hitting its stride, historians, philosophers, and poets not only are learning how to use tools to conduct analysis for their work; they also are building collections, developing their own tools, and constructing platforms. Major funding may still come from just a few usual suspects, but academic and cultural institutions are carving out and reallocating funds to create and support the digital initiatives. This democratization of digital creation signals an exciting time, and yet it can pose institution-wide challenges as well.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2015/8/the-digital-humanities-are-alive-and-well-and-blooming-now-what

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Data, Technology, and the Great Unbundling of Higher Education

August 27th, 2015

by Ryan Craig and Allison Williams, EDUCAUSE Review

In other industries, unbundling has driven fundamental change. Over the past decade, sales of recorded music are down 50 percent and continue to fall each year. Digital technology has forced a revolution in a business model that, in the past, relied on bundling the music that consumers wanted (singles) with the music that they didn’t want (the rest of the album). Now, in a music industry unbundled by technology, consumers purchase only the products they want. In the television industry, viewers now watch individual shows, thanks to DVRs and Netflix, rather than channels or networks. Once viewers are given a mechanism for paying only for the shows they watch rather than the thousands they don’t, cable and satellite TV bills will collapse. Where does this leave the higher education bundle? At present, degrees remain the currency of the labor market. But as currency, they’re about as portable as the giant stone coins used on the island of Yap. What if technology could produce a finer currency that would be accepted by consumers and employers alike?

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2015/8/data-technology-and-the-great-unbundling-of-higher-education

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ASU’s MOOC lets students around globe earn freshman-year credit online

August 26th, 2015

by Kaila White, The Republic

More than 12,500 people from 163 countries have enrolled in ASU’s first for-credit massive open online course, or MOOC, which launched Thursday. Arizona State University has launched the first class of its Global Freshman Academy, which gives anyone in the world the opportunity to earn freshman-level university credit online without having to go through the college admissions process. The countries with the most students are the U.S., India and the United Kingdom.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe/2015/08/20/asu-mooc-global-freshman-academy-edx/32074313/

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6 concerns students have about MOOCs

August 26th, 2015

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

Two research questions were used to guide the authors during their research: 1) What are the common perceptions among college students about the nature of MOOCs; and 2) How do current college students’ perceptions and attitudes toward MOOCs compare with press discussions on MOOCs? Thematic analysis on the qualitative data (the authors asked students to respond to eight open-ended questions about MOOCs) revealed six primary themes concerning MOOC perceptions: Reliability, accessibility, content, learning, communication, and outcomes. The authors state that as the themes identified mirror previously published MOOC commentaries, “pedagogical discussion of MOOCs should move beyond polarized evaluations and incorporate student perspectives in further empirical investigation of MOOCs as a learning environment.”

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/students-concerns-moocs-134/

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How Coursera Cracked The Chinese Market

August 26th, 2015

by Dhawal Shah – Tech Crunch

Coursera announced in July that they crossed 1 million registrations as China became their second largest market, overtaking India. Most U.S. consumer Internet companies have a hard time breaking into China. Cultural differences and the Internet firewall are a huge barrier to entry. Even tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter have pulled out or found themselves on the wrong side of the Chinese firewall. So how did Coursera, a relatively young company, achieve this significant milestone?

http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/21/how-coursera-cracked-the-chinese-market/

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New Stanford Cyber Security Certificate To Study Crypto-Currencies

August 25th, 2015

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

A Stanford University cryptography expert will be kicking off a new online graduate certificate program today by examining the future of bitcoin and cyber security during a free webinar open to the public. The Cyber Security graduate certificate program requires participants to pass four courses from among six topics, including “Computer and Network Security,” “Technology and National Security” and “Crypto Currencies: Bitcoin and Friends.” The latter course is being taught by Dan Boneh, a professor of computer science at the Stanford School of Engineering.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/08/20/new-stanford-cyber-security-certificate-to-study-cryptocurrencies.aspx

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30 percent of Yavapai College students not in a classroom; Online enrollment jumps 100 percent in last five years

August 25th, 2015

by Tom Tracey, Verde Independent

Yavapai College, is balancing course and document access online along with traditional classroom experience and support. Imagine an empty college classroom lit with the vapor glow of a lone computer. While this scenario is not likely anytime soon, the trend is undeniable: Online enrollment at Yavapai College has risen 100 percent over the past five years, with 30 percent of students never setting foot in a classroom.

http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=66901

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Syracuse professor offers free ‘Star Trek’ class to the public

August 25th, 2015

By Amari D. Pollard, USA Today

Syracuse University professor Anthony Rotolo will take his students where no class has gone before. For the first time in it’s five-year history, Rotolo’s Star Trek class will be offered to the public for free. Fans across the U.S. can sign up for the online course, which will run from September until December. Overwhelming interest in the class has seen enrollment increase at warp speed. According to Rotolo, around 2000 people have already registered.

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/08/20/syracuse-professor-offers-free-star-trek-class-to-the-public/

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Achieving Student Success Through Gamification

August 24th, 2015

By David Raths, Campus Technology

To improve retention and outcomes for Pell grant students, Ball State University developed a mobile app that uses gamification to incentivize positive activity outside the classroom. The result, Ball State Achievements, is a mobile app designed to improve retention and outcomes for Pell grant students by gamifying positive activity outside the classroom — providing a gentle nudge for students to take advantage of the opportunities already provided on campus.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/08/19/achieving-student-success-through-non-academic-means.aspx

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‘Women Supporting Women Online’

August 24th, 2015

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Bay Path University is having to adjust downward the number of students it believes will want to study online through its American Women’s College, but university leaders say they see fully online education as one of many endeavors that will help them remain a financially sound women’s college in the future. Bay Path, a private university in Longmeadow, Mass., had hoped to enroll as many as 5,000 adult women in the first five years of the fully online college, which launched in 2013. With roughly 450 students on track to begin studying this fall and a total online enrollment of about 800, the university is less than one-fifth of the way there. “We overestimated the enrollment,” said Carol A. Leary, the university’s president. “But it will get to 4-5,000,” she added. “I can guarantee it, because you’ll have more and more digital natives wanting this kind of education in the future.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/08/21/bay-path-u-seeks-build-data-driven-online-college-women

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Partnership highlights increasing use of digital credentials

August 24th, 2015

by eCampus News

DeakinDigital, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deakin University, is partnering with Credly in the delivery of its new credentialing program, which it touts as an alternative to traditional education models. The move could drastically reduce the time it takes to attain certain degrees, university representatives said. Credly, which offers platforms for managing lifelong credentials, will enable DeakinDigital users to manage and share the digital badges they earn in places where they want to be recognized for the full spectrum of their skills and knowledge.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/partnership-digital-credentials-892/

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Number of Arkansas Online Degrees Increases

August 23rd, 2015

by Jessamy Samuels, Arkansas Traveler

The UofA recently added online degrees to include a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Arts in Secondary Mathematics, said the vice provost for Distance Education. Some students take only one or two online classes while other degree programs require both online and classroom components. There are degrees, however, that can be earned exclusively online. Online classes at the UofA are offered through the Global Campus, said Robert Brady, director of interdisciplinary studies. “We have a reputation as a research university,” said Javier Reyes, vice provost for Distance Education. “To maintain that, we need to make sure that the students who are coming are high-caliber students. We must nurture the environment that gives that reputation for both on-campus and online courses.” The UofA offers more than 350 online degree programs and there is a 50 percent chance that any student at the UofA will take a course online, Reyes said.

http://www.uatrav.com/news/article_f2563e0e-45f7-11e5-b815-0f452f14d1d4.html

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Southeastern offers online program

August 23rd, 2015

by Rudy Kemppainen, J-P

With the growing popularity of online education in the adult world, it should come as no surprise that public education has adopted the same methodology to educate students. This trend has become particularly noticeable in the Southeastern School District, especially as efforts to contain education costs have become more crucial. “All of our foreign language courses are now taught online,” said Tim Kerr, principal and director of the school’s online education program. “This allows us to offer a greater variety of courses to our students. “For example, if we had to hire a certified German teacher and only had one or two students taking the class, that wouldn’t be cost effective.” Thanks to online programming, this is no longer an issue for Southeastern students.

http://www.journalpilot.com/news/article_bb2376fe-45f2-11e5-92f5-efe253291acb.html

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Online learning gains pace in India with on-demand access on mobile

August 23rd, 2015

by IBN Live

Bengaluru: With more study material being available online and growing use of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, the learning process is shifting online in India, a study by talent management firm Skillsoft said on Wednesday. “For many in India, mobile has become their platform of choice, where employees are empowered to access learning on demand,” Skillsoft manager Asia Aruna Telang said in research report, “The state of mobile learning in India”. The report elicited information from 545 decision makers managing human resources or learning and development budgets in organisations and learners across 16 nations in Asia Pacific. A telling insight from the report revealed that nearly 80 percent of the respondents in India agreed that mobile learning would increase learning engagement, while 27 percent felt that mobile learning adoption rate is low in organisations.

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/tech/online-learning-gains-pace-in-india-with-on-demand-access-on-mobile-1048800.html

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