Online Learning Update

June 11, 2019

Learning Crypto and Blockchain is Now Made Easy by an Ivy League University

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

Abeer Anwaar, Block Publisher

According to the press release published on May 30, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has officially introduced a new online program focusing on fintech in general, which also includes digital currencies and the distributed ledger technology (DLT). As the acceptance and popularity of cryptocurrency and its underlying blockchain technology increases, the need to study it in more detail also becomes necessary. In light of that necessity, several universities around the globe are offering courses on the new technology. Among them is an Ivy League university from United States, the University of Pennsylvania.

https://blockpublisher.com/learning-crypto-and-blockchain-is-now-made-easy-by-an-ivy-league-university/

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Improving academic success through service-learning

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

Patrick Blessinger, Enakshi Sengupta and Taisir Subhi Yamin; University World News

In short, service-learning is a curricula-based approach to teaching and learning that allows students to directly put academic theory into real-world practice. The specifics of a service-learning project will depend on the institutional mission, the academic discipline and programme, the grade level and course type and the specific learning objectives. The research knowledge base on service-learning shows that it can have a positive impact on student engagement, retention and graduation rates. Service-learning is an approach that complements and enhances traditional classroom (face-to-face, hybrid or online) courses through civic engagement and community development.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20190526153905418

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7 Strategies to Promote Community in Online Courses

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

By: Brian Udermann, Faculty Focus

One of the concerns I frequently hear from instructors considering teaching online is that they will lose the interaction and sense of community they have with their students when they teach face-to-face. That doesn’t have to be the case; many online instructors successfully create a sense of community in their courses. There are a variety of definitions of community. Most include wording or phrases such as “having something in common,” “feelings of being connected,” “shared goals or aspirations,” and “regular interaction.” This article will explore seven strategies faculty can use to promote and increase community in the online environment.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/seven-strategies-to-promote-community-in-online-courses/

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June 10, 2019

Why Mark Cuban is taking coding classes

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:11 am

JP Mangalindan, Yahoo Finance

Cuban told Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer in a recent interview he has taken several online courses to stay up-to-date on programming languages and evolving technologies, including machine learning. Doing so arguably makes him a savvier investor when some tech startups pitch him. “I mean, I’ve been on Amazon doing the machine learning tutorials,” Cuban said. “Right now I’m going through… I’ve taken Python online classes.” “I just started JavaScript neural networks,” added Cuban, referring to computing systems that act similarly to biological neural networks and adapt to perform tasks. “There’s a little tutorial where they’ve got most of the libraries … And if you have a background in programming, it’s not hard.”

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/mark-cuban-coding-113412974.html

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NCAN Report: Shrinking Options, Growing Affordability Gaps for Low-Income Students Nationwide

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

Bill DeBaun, College Access

A new National College Access Network analysis shows that students are right to be concerned: Affordability is decreasing at two- and four-year public institutions, whose mission is to provide a postsecondary pathway to benefit individuals and the public at large. In 2016-17, just 48% of community colleges in our sample were affordable for the average Pell Grant recipient, according to NCAN’s affordability formula. Only 27% of four-year public institutions were affordable. From academic years 2012-13 to 2016-17, the percentage of affordable institutions declined nationally, while affordability gaps rose.

http://www.collegeaccess.org/BlogItem?dg=9c193a4e63164902adadb8d5612ff29e

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WORLD – TWO-THIRDS OF POPULATION FALLING BEHIND IN CRITICAL SKILLS, REPORT FINDS

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

Staffing Industry Analysis

Two-thirds of the world’s population is falling behind in critical skills, including 90% of developing economies, according to a new report from online learning platform Coursera. The report, Coursera’s Global Skills Index, takes an in-depth look at skill trends and performance around the world. Countries that rank in the lagging or emerging categories (the bottom two quartiles) in at least one domain make up 66% of the world’s population, indicating a critical need to upskill the global workforce. The report suggested that such a large proportion of ill-prepared workers calls for greater investment in learning to ensure they remain competitive in the new economy.

https://www2.staffingindustry.com/row/Editorial/Daily-News/World-Two-thirds-of-population-falling-behind-in-critical-skills-report-finds-50118

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June 9, 2019

Is There Still a Meaningful Difference Between For-Profit and Public Higher Ed?

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

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

The other day I was scrolling through Twitter when a message caught my eye. It came from George Siemens, a longtime leader in trying to understand the impact of technology on higher ed. He wrote: “I no longer think there’s a huge difference between for-profit and public higher education. Sit in enough faculty meetings, meet with enough leadership, and it becomes clear that it’s all about money. The difference between for-profit and public is mainly about appearances. In public institutions, we claim the higher ground but almost everything is driven by student numbers, enrollment, and dollars. Education could be less expensive, it could be more engaging, it could have a bigger impact, but we are confined to a system that values dollars first.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-05-30-is-there-still-a-meaningful-difference-between-for-profit-and-public-higher-ed

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Online training in digital accessibility for visually impaired people opens doors to new job opportunities

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

Newz Hook
The National Association for the Blind is organising online programmes on digital accessibility training for visually impaired people. This is important given the potential growth of job opportunities companies need people who can test websites and other digital mediums to ensure they are accessible for people with disabilities. With information technology accessibility (ICT Accessibility) among the key mandates of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (RPWD Act), digital accessibility is offering many promising employment opportunities for people with visual impairments. Companies are looking for qualified people who can ensure that their digital systems are usable and accessible to people with disabilities on a sustained basis.

https://newzhook.com/story/22390

 

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Two more universities get into blockchain education with specialized online courses

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

Matthew Beedham, the Next Web

Ireland‘s new blockchain Master’s was developed in collaboration with Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet, a government funded ICT training organization, and Dublin City University. The course is targeted primarily at IT professionals looking to build their blockchain dev skills. The “MSc in Blockchain” aims to close the skills gap that ICT Skillnet claims is currently preventing adoption of the technology, and to help Ireland become one of the world’s leading developers of blockchain related technology, according to the prospectus.

https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2019/05/31/universities-decentralized-online-blockchain-courses/

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June 8, 2019

For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

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

By Michael Goldberg and Ted Ladd, EdSurge

In our opinion, MOOCs can have the greatest impact when they combine the advantages of online education—the ability to watch lectures from anywhere and connection to a global network—with an in-person networking component that offers guidance, discussion and engagement.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-05-30-for-best-results-pair-moocs-with-in-person-support

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Universities that are recruiting older students often leave them floundering

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

Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

With the number of 18- to 24-year-olds down and expected to remain flat through at least 2035, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Twenty-nine percent of undergraduate and 77 percent of graduate students are 25 or older, the U.S. Department of Education reports.  Among these older students, more than half are parents, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Two-thirds have low incomes, compared to 36 percent of their traditional-aged classmates. Fifty-seven percent work at least 20 hours a week, versus 39 percent of younger students. And 44 percent, compared to 19 percent of traditional undergrads, enroll part-time.

https://hechingerreport.org/universities-that-are-recruiting-older-students-often-leave-them-floundering/

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Seven Ways To Set Yourself Up For Success

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am
Khalil Zafar, Entrepreneur

Setting your vision and listing down the skills is one thing; learning and acquiring these skills is another. Don’t be rigid and be prepared to learn all the time. A business degree acquired 10 years ago is not enough, business environment changes and so do the technology and the work demands.  In this age of technology, learning has become very easy. Make full use of internet to learn skills. You can also master the desired skills by doing affordable online courses for few hundred bucks from different online learning portals.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/334467

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June 7, 2019

Here’s why understanding adult learners is absolutely critical

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

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Adults are quickly taking over a larger and larger part of the student population at colleges and universities–and understanding adult learners is key to institutional success. The idea of the “traditional student,” who graduates high school and enrolls in a university, graduating in four years, is transforming. The majority of today’s learners are adult learners–those juggling school with work or family responsibilities, or those seeking new skills or a complete career change. Many institutions are focusing on adult learner programs to help boost their growth and revenue as enrollment projections decline.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/05/27/heres-why-understanding-adult-learners-is-absolutely-critical/

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A Human-Centered Approach to Empowering Faculty for Excellence in Online Course Design

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

by Katalin Wargo, EDUCAUSE Review

As at many colleges and universities across the nation, the teaching and learning landscape at William & Mary, a midsized liberal arts institution, is rapidly evolving. Online and hybrid programs are being woven throughout the William & Mary experience at such a fast pace that we have had to stop and ask ourselves what exactly we want that experience to be. As a continuation of our work on a contextualized approach to the digital learning environment, William & Mary’s University eLearning Initiatives created a new model of faculty development for online course design. The model deliberately cultivates human-centered digital learning by emphasizing connection, which we know to be difficult to foster within digital environments without intentional design.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/5/a-human-centered-approach-to-empowering-faculty-for-excellence-in-online-course-design

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New Tech Tests Usability of Virtual Apps

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A researcher in Germany has developed technology for automatically detecting the usability and user-friendliness of virtual environments. Previously, said Patrick Harms from the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Göttingen, the only way to check these aspects of virtual reality and the virtual world was through manual testing. Harms wrote about his results in the May 2019 issue of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/29/new-tech-tests-usability-of-virtual-apps.aspx

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June 6, 2019

Emergence of Blockchain in Higher Education

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

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

Blockchain is evolving into a robust platform that may shake many aspects of higher ed. We all have heard much about the potential for blockchain, particularly how it might serve as a distribution, validation and secure ledger of transcripts and associated certifications. MIT did the early work on this. Two years ago they began offering the distribution of diplomas via the Blockcerts Wallet app. While that sounds geeky cool, it represents much more than a technological advance. Substantively, it shifts control of transcripts from the registrar to the student. No longer can an unpaid parking ticket delay the delivery of your transcript to a prospective employer.  How can you prepare to adopt blockchain into your institution?

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/emergence-blockchain

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First Wave of Carnegie Mellon Learning Tools Now Available

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Carnegie Mellon University has moved forward in its efforts to release education tools into the world. Last week, the institution officially introduced OpenSimon, a community and collection of tools dedicated to “[catalyzing] a revolution in learning and teaching” for higher education and K-12. According to the university, the software that will eventually be made available under open source licenses represents an investment of $100 million in research and development. OpenSimon includes tools for multiple audiences: those teaching as well as those doing research or developing educational technology products.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/15/first-wave-of-carnegie-mellon-learning-tools-now-available.aspx

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Why Integrated Instruction Is a Must for Today’s Tech-Enabled Learning

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

Ruth Reynard, Campus Technology

Those of us in education have heard about integrated instruction for some time. Also known as “interdisciplinary instruction,” the term is used to explain approaches to teaching and learning that support problem solving and critical thinking. Bringing various academic disciplines together can help students think more deeply and more holistically about a topic or a project solution. Therefore, rather than presenting content in a linear fashion with prescribed beginning and ending points, an integrated approach not only encourages, but expects intersection points where related content can be part of the learning process. Topics and subjects are not seen as completely separate entities in an educational journey; instead, they are integrated at points, to make more sense of the whole.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/29/why-integrated-instruction-is-a-must-for-todays-tech-enabled-learning.aspx

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June 5, 2019

How User-Centered Design Improves the Student Experience

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

Heidi Stahl, Karin Roberts, William Washington, Campus Technology

Most important of all, when building for students, include the student voice. When planning for a new tool, even if you are going to choose a vendor product, including the student voice is critical to the decision process. Students are crucial but often invisible stakeholders; effort must be made to include their perspective, needs and goals when designing or choosing a product they’ll be using.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/23/how-user-centered-design-improves-the-student-experience.aspx

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Has Technology Made State Regional Universities Obsolete?

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

Richard Rose, Campus Technology

If our SRUs stopped being timid about taking full advantage of technology, they could reconfigure themselves as very different institutions that could offer a great deal more earning potential — and charge a great deal less. To begin to see how this is possible, let’s look at the services SRUs perform for their students — and which services would benefit from a more complete reliance on technology.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/22/has-technology-made-state-regional-universities-obsolete.aspx

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What’s Next for Coursera and FutureLearn? Insights Revealed at the EMOOCS Conference

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

John G. Paul, IBL News

During the same session at the University of Naples Federico II, Anant Agarwal, CEO at edX, and Simon Nelson, CEO at FutureLearn, stressed the impact of in-demand MOOCs on up-skilling and re-skilling employees as well as setting up lifelong learning habits. Simon Nelson, whose company received a recent investment of $64 million, announced that FutureLearn will invest money in creating high-quality content. So far the three big MOOC providers have not invested in content, relying instead on universities’ and industry partners’ offerings.

https://iblnews.org/2019/05/28/whats-next-for-coursera-and-futurelearn-insights-revealed-in-the-emoocs-conference-in-italy/

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