Online Learning Update

September 18, 2017

Under the Hood: Learning Design Behind Georgia Tech’s Degrees at Scale

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

by Shabana Figueroa and Yakut Gazi, Evolllution

In our at-scale courses and programs, the role of faculty is different than in our residential programs. In residential programs, faculty own and produce the content as the subject matter experts, deliver the content, engage students in learning, and assess student learning and progress. In a degree program with thousands of students, sometimes 400 to 500 students in a single course, we follow a model that unbundles the traditional faculty role.  Faculty are still content owners and creators as well as the face of the course, but delivery of course content and activities is heavily assisted by the instructional team of teaching assistants and instructional designers. Teaching assistants also facilitate learning, actively participating in course discussion forums, conducting real-time recitation sessions, as well as answering student questions. In addition, the student services team answers students’ program-related questions, providing relief to the instructor and program advisors by responding to tier I-type questions.

Under the Hood: Learning Design Behind Georgia Tech’s Degrees at Scale

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Cooperating to Serve Students Across Institutional Boundaries: Leveraging Online Ed in New Ways

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

by David Stone, Evolllution

The Pennsylvania State University created an online course cooperative in 2003 to facilitate online course sharing across the campuses and colleges that comprise Penn State. This initiative has grown into a Digital Learning Initiative that aligns with the University’s access and affordability priority. This effort is a partnership between the Commonwealth Campuses, Undergraduate Education, and World Campus to provide students with access to high demand courses, reduce bottlenecks for program progression, and widely provide access to online course content to faculty for use in both residential and online courses. Many of the Penn State colleges have developed courses as part of programs developed for delivery via the World Campus. The online cooperative, now named the Digital Learning Cooperative, is designed for the planned sharing of these courses across locations. Courses that will be shared are offered on the Digital Learning Cooperative (DLC) for other locations to reserve seats for their location. Each location has the option to reserve or offer courses to other campuses.

https://evolllution.com/revenue-streams/distance_online_learning/cooperating-to-serve-students-across-institutional-boundaries-leveraging-online-ed-in-new-ways/

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Converge Top 30: Witt Salley

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

by Julia McCandless, Converge

When most eighth graders were prepping for high school, he was taking his first college course. By the time he was about 18 years old, he had already earned his bachelor’s degree. In his current role at Maryland University of Integrative Health, he is establishing a new center for online teaching and learning that supports faculty. With a doctorate in education, e-learning and teaching online, Salley has a deep understanding and passion for pedagogical models in the online classroom. For Salley, online learning is not just a way to leverage cutting-edge technology. He recognizes that it’s critical to the future of education. “It is the single most powerful way to transform higher education,” he said. “I think that online education compels us to discover, invent and implement innovative pedagogies that better serve students and yield better learning outcomes.”

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/top30/Witt-Salley-EdD.html

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September 17, 2017

College deans predict higher-ed is in for remarkable changes in 10 years

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

By LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Nearly all deans (91 percent) believe there will be an increase in online education programs at their institution in the next decade. Deans were divided on whether faculty members get enough support in teaching courses online–43 percent said faculty are getting shortchanged in how much help they get in rethinking their courses and teaching with technology, while 40 percent said they believe they are getting enough support and 14 percent are neutral. One-third of deans agree online courses are comparable to face-to-face courses, and roughly the same proportion said they disagree.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/news/college-deans-changes-10-years/

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How adults can compete for ‘new-collar’ jobs

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

by Kevin Johnson, the Hill

It wasn’t so long ago that people with a high-school diploma, a good work ethic, and a strong body could build solid, middle-class careers in blue-collar jobs like manufacturing and construction. That’s no longer possible.
As traditional blue-collar jobs dwindle, another promising category of jobs is growing: jobs that require a baseline of technical skills but not necessarily a four-year degree. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty calls them “new-collar” jobs and cites examples like cloud computing analyst and services delivery specialists. If those titles sound unfamiliar, that’s the point. These roles didn’t exist a short while ago, and workers suited to new-collar jobs will need to retrain to meet employers’ needs.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/labor/349480-how-adults-can-compete-for-new-collar-jobs

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Freshman Orientations Now Include Online Learning

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

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Most colleges and universities now have some sort of online orientation. In some cases, it’s a simple required module solely designed to ensure all new students know how to log into the universities learning platform prior to the start of classes. In some cases, the activity is designed to direct students to use a specific part of the university’s online learning platform. In other cases, the university is asking students to complete essential modules (e.g., on sexual assault) to be in compliance with efforts to address chronic on campus problems. Rutgers University in New Jersey requires freshmen to complete three online courses. If they don’t complete the courses, they can’t register for the Spring semester.

https://news.elearninginside.com/freshman-orientations-now-include-online-learning/

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September 16, 2017

Digital literacy a key factor for employers, report finds

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

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Higher ed institutions ought to be prioritizing digital literacy skills revolving around digital savvy, creativity, and complex thinking, as employers increasingly value these qualities in college graduates. The World Economic Forum predicts 35% of the top ten skills employers say they want will change by 2020, and will increasing include to include these competencies, according to a new report from the New Media Consortium.  The report shares digital literacy frameworks from other nations and U.S. schools they consider worth emulating, such as The University of Pennsylvania, which offers students workshops on how to produce and share digital content legally, writes Campus Technology. Most of these frameworks revolve around how to use technology to develop communication, critical thinking, technical, citizenship, and cultural and political awareness.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/digital-literacy-a-key-factor-for-employers-report-finds/504321/

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Newt Gingrich Went on Hannity to Plug an Online Course He’s Teaching — the Twitter Reactions Are Gold

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

by Joe DePaolo, Mediaite

Thursday night on Hannity, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stopped by to plug an online course he’s teaching called “Defending America.” “It’s really on how to defeat the left intellectually,” Gingrich said. “And remind people why America is unique and why American history matters and why being patriotic is important.”  It’s a standalone course — not being taught in association with any institution of higher learning — for which the former House Speaker is charging $49.99 (with 20 percent off for early registrants). The comparisons to Trump U, of course, are inevitable. And Twitter didn’t disappoint.

https://www.mediaite.com/online/newt-gingrich-went-on-hannity-to-plug-an-online-course-hes-teaching-the-twitter-reactions-are-gold/

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4 Steps for Students to Get Organized for Online Courses

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

By Joe Chapman, US News

Even as thousands of students head back to college campuses nationwide, enrollment in online courses continues to grow. For students starting online courses, it’s important to set yourself up for success – particularly if you work full or part time and juggle other family and personal responsibilities. Get a head start by thinking through your personal and online course schedules, organizing your materials and identifying a solid support structure. Here are a few tips to help online students get organized before beginning classes.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-09-08/4-steps-to-get-organized-for-online-courses

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September 15, 2017

Standardization in Online Education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:15 am

By Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Accreditor’s [HLC] rejection of Scottsdale Community College’s online expansion suggests that consistency and mandated faculty training could become a focus for quality control in online education.  A regional accreditor recently denied an Arizona community college’s bid to increase its online degree offerings, with a decision that highlights challenges colleges may face when seeking to expand their online presence. In a peer review report, which Inside Higher Ed obtained, HLC’s reviewers described “strong foundational components critical to online delivery and a clear passion for such delivery.  In particular, the reviewers found a lack of required training for online instruction. “SCC’s contract with the faculty was cited as the reason training could not be mandated. Further authority for reviewing and overseeing online delivery was pushed down to the department level.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/09/15/accreditor-denies-arizona-community-colleges-bid-expand-online

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Gamification: What E-Learning Modules Can Learn from Video Games

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

By Henry Kronk, e-learning inside
When most people start a new job at a fast food restaurant, they might expect to watch a requisite – and boring – training video. But for new cooks at KFC, the initiation process is definitely weirder. As new employees enter on their first day, they are now given an Oculus Rift VR headset to wear. The game they must play is best described as an insane VR escape room where they must correctly progress through the five steps of the KFC cooking process before they can get out. Colonel Sanders himself heckles each employee throughout the process. The new system might sound like a quirky publicity stunt, but KFC claims that it takes players an average of 10 minutes to beat the game, while the previous teaching method took 25 minutes.

Gamification: What E-Learning Modules Can Learn from Video Games

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New report illustrates challenges part-time students face

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

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Higher education institutions are failing to adequately service part-time students, with only about a quarter of such students attaining a degree within the eight years they begin college, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress, with four out of every ten students who enrolled exclusively part-time in their first year not returning for their second. Part of the issue is due to a lack of comprehensive data at the national level, according to Marcella Bombardieri, the author of the report and a senior policy analyst on the postsecondary education team for CAP. She noted that often community college administrators, when asked about what they were doing to assist part-time or transfer students, would respond that “everything” they do is for those student groups, because they often make up the most significant proportion of community college enrollees.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/new-report-illustrates-challenges-part-time-students-face/504501/

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How online graduate programs offer degrees at significant savings

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

by PBS

As technology evolves and more online graduate programs become available at a much lower cost, should we reconsider traditional higher education in a classroom setting? Hari Sreenivasan reports on how some students earning master’s degrees at Georgia Tech are paying little or nothing for online courses from a top program.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/online-graduate-programs-offer-degrees-significant-savings/

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September 14, 2017

Online classes take teaching from stage to screen

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

Thomas Klassen, Toronto Star

University and college students will soon be back in their classrooms. However, more and more students now study online, rather than in a classroom. This is both positive and worrisome. I know, as earlier this summer I taught my first online university course. Online education is a transformative disruption in teaching and learning. Freed from physical constraints, learning becomes more accessible and teaching techniques more innovative. More than one-quarter of post-secondary students in Canada have registered in at least one online course.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/09/05/online-classes-take-teaching-from-stage-to-screen.html

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Coursera’s Online MBAs Could Be Big Business

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

Adam Lashinsky, Fortune

Coursera and its ilk—Udacity and Minera Project are two examples—are an appropriate topic of conversation on the day after Americans honor those who work. Coursera’s take is that higher education is too expensive and too airy-fairy to meet the needs of today’s students. What’s needed are specific classes that serve the needs of today’s students, like courses on how to code specific software languages and brand-new fields like machine learning and data science. Coursera also is working with individual employers like Google to design classes that employees and developers need to succeed on their platforms.  Coursera sells access to groupings of courses it calls “specializations,” sold as a subscription for $49 a month. It also has created online degrees with prestigious universities, including a $20,000 MBA from the University of Illinois (my alma mater) that Maggioncalda says would cost $118,000 in person.

http://fortune.com/2017/09/05/courseras-online-mbas-could-be-big-business/

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6 Study Hacks To Help You Ace Your Online Course

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

by SOPHIE NICOLAS, Junkee

Studying online can actually be pretty fun. You don’t have to endure any awkward first day ice breakers, or sit through boring lectures. In fact, you can literally just skip the boring bits and cut to the chase. You pretty much run your own schedule.  But sometimes without uni friends to motivate you, or without an attendance record to force you to go to class, it’s easy to feel a bit blasé about your study. Here are six study hacks you need to ace your online course.

http://junkee.com/6-study-hacks-to-help-you-ace-your-online-course/122035

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September 13, 2017

The Rise of the Online Exam Proctor

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

By Cait Etherington, e-learning Inside

It’s a fact: Sometimes students cheat on exams. This is why exam proctors remain necessary at all levels of the education system. In most cases proctors are anonymous individuals who pass out exams and then pace up and down watching you while you write. The proctor is also the person who typically says time is up and retrieves your exam…whether or not you’ve completed it. In short, they are the eyes and ears of the education system in testing situations, but the days of human proctors may be numbered.

https://news.elearninginside.com/the-rise-of-the-online-exam-proctor/

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Online university seeks students; UA System’s eVersity reaching Arkansans without degrees

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

By Aziza Musa, Arkansas Online

As of late, Michael Moore is measuring progress in what has been his main task for the past four years: building a stand-alone, online-only university for the system. That school, eVersity, first opened to students in September 2015, taking aim at the state’s estimated 213,987 adult learners who started college but never finished and promising them accessibility and affordability. Now — two years in — Moore said he would give everything but enrollment an A grade. Enrollment — on which eVersity will soon rely exclusively for revenue — remains its biggest challenge and would earn a B-minus, he said, adding that the university has about 650 students, just short of the university’s anticipated mark of 1,000. “We’re a few months behind that,” he said. “One of the lessons we learned early on that I think caught all of us off guard was that so many of our students are bringing to us so many credit hours that what we needed early on in the first few months were more upper-division courses, and we played a little catch-up trying to get those upper-division courses.”

http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/sep/04/online-university-seeks-students-201709/?f=news

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Why Digital Technology Is to Higher Ed What Electricity Was to Manufacturing: The next 50 years

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

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

We might be in for a similar 50 year transition as we in higher ed figure out how to take advantage of all the affordances of digital technologies. An interesting thought experiment to run is to ask if starting from scratch, would we design our colleges and universities the same way as they are now? Giving ourselves the freedom to think about redesigning our institutions from a clean slate may yield some interesting changes. Given our shift in understanding of the critical role of active learning, would we continue to build tiered lectured halls with fixed seats? How might we change the organization of our classrooms, labs, libraries, and residential facilities to encourage project based and experiential learning? If we started from the premise of abundant information available on ubiquitous mobile screens, how might we design our physical environments to encourage collaboration and social learning?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/why-digital-technology-higher-ed-what-electricity-was-manufacturing

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September 12, 2017

Learning to learn could be built into online courses

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

by Punch
Why do some of us learn easily and quickly, while others struggle, left behind plodding along? Part of the answer, at least in the online learning space, is that learning is a real skill in and of itself, and some people are more skilled at it than others. And the good news for the plodders is that it is a skill that can be readily grasped when we break it down. I’ve analysed the data from over 100,000 learners on the University of Melbourne’s various MOOCs or massive open online courses – every click, tap, swipe they make, every document they consult and every word they write in chat forums and exercises. What emerged was a remarkably consistent pattern of which learning behaviours work and which don’t. It means that it should be possible to design online learning systems that not only teach skills and knowledge, but also at the same time teach students how best to learn.

http://punchng.com/learning-to-learn-could-be-built-into-online-courses/

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These are the ‘robot proof’ jobs of the future: Pew Research

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

by Beth Corsentino, CNBC
A recent study found that more than half of Americans are afraid they will lose their job to a robot. While plenty of jobs could be in jeopardy, there are certain fields that could be considered “robot proof.” Lee Rainie, director of Internet and technology research at the Pew Research Center, calls these positions “high touch jobs” that are not in danger of being outsourced, he explained to CNBC’s “On The Money” recently. Fox example, positions like hair stylists, doctors, nurses or even physical therapists could turn into high growth industries. “Anything that involves dealing directly with the public and taking care of them, either their needs in health or other places” are likely to survive the robot onslaught, Rainie said.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/01/these-are-the-robot-proof-jobs-of-the-future-pew-research.html

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