Online Learning Update

January 21, 2020

Americans Rank A Google Internship Over A Harvard Degree

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

Brandon Busteed, Forbes
When asked what they believe would be most helpful for a high school graduate to launch a career, Americans overwhelmingly recommend an internship at Google (60%) over a degree from Harvard (40%). This latest finding from research I led at Kaplan (conducted by QuestResearch Group) is based on a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted in December. It says an awful lot about the state of affairs in higher education today. For many, it will be hard to fathom that an internship from a highly admired global company wins out over a full degree from a world-renowned university. But it comes as no surprise when viewed through the lens of the many public opinion studies done on higher education over the past several years.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brandonbusteed/2020/01/06/americans-rank-a-google-internship-over-a-harvard-degree/#25903d6d31b9

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The 60-Year Curriculum: What Colleges Should Do

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Gary Matkin, eCampus News

Universities should adopt the 60-Year Curriculum (60YC) as a goal and a theme. It begins in the freshman year and serves students throughout their lifetime. Whereas “lifelong learning” expresses the need for an individual to continue learning, the 60YC expresses the institutional response to provide lifelong learning opportunities for students and graduates.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/01/06/the-60-year-curriculum-what-universities-should-do/

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MIT to launch Shaping Work of the Future, a free MITx online course

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

MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT’s free online course, Shaping Work of the Future, goes beyond the headlines and focuses instead on what steps we can actually take to impact the future of work along with future-proofing our own skill set. This eight-week long course—made available through MITx on edX—may be accessed at any time of the year starting on January 7, 2020 through January 6, 2021. Previously, enrollment had been limited to one eight-week period. Participants are eligible to sign up to receive an MITx Certificate upon completion. Now in its sixth year, Shaping Work of the Future has added new content, case studies and lectures from MIT’s leading technology and workplace academics. This year’s partnerships include, among others, the World Economic Forum and the International Labor Organization.

https://inc42.com/features/what-is-the-future-of-edtech-and-learning-in-india-from-an-ar-vr-lens/

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January 20, 2020

The Future Of Edtech And Learning In India From An AR/VR Lens

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

Meha Agarwal, Inc42

Technology is taking over education in universities, real-world technical training and schools. What roles do augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) play in edtech? In the 21st century, technology is taking over education — be it skill-building programmes in universities, real-world technical training and learning of abstract concepts in schools. The shift from conventional means to experiential methods of transacting learning has seen new-age technologies like augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality — a combination of AR/VR — have been playing a key role in driving learning and edtech engagement.

https://inc42.com/features/what-is-the-future-of-edtech-and-learning-in-india-from-an-ar-vr-lens/

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Universities need to learn the early lessons of lifelong learning

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Andrew Norton, Times Higher Education
Ongoing falls in Australian postgraduate recruitment suggest a trend away from structured education for people in mid-career, says Andrew Norton. For years, future of work reports have warned of major disruption. Artificial intelligence is spreading automation from the factory floor to the offices of university-educated professionals. Workers in jobs that don’t disappear will need different skills and regular retraining. This scenario sounds promising for universities and other education providers, who can prosper from lifelong learners. But recent enrolment data suggest a more complex relationship between work and further education.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/opinion/universities-need-learn-early-lessons-lifelong-learning

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7 higher education trends to watch in 2020

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Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive

College consolidation, partnerships with employers and the effects of deregulation are among the topics we’ll have our eye on this year. Higher education made a striking number of headlines in 2019, in part due to the Varsity Blues scandal that exposed the seedier aspects of college admissions and attracted nationwide attention for its celebrity perpetrators. But last year brought other changes and controversies to higher ed. Conversations about how to keep struggling small colleges alive have resulted in new state accountability legislation, the first of its kind.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/7-higher-education-trends-to-watch-in-2020/569629/

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January 19, 2020

Living AI: From Potential To Practice

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Sandeep Kishore, Forbes

Artificial intelligence (AI) is ubiquitous. Whether we are consciously aware of it or unknowingly using it, AI is present at work, at home and in our everyday transactions. From our productivity in the office to the route we take home to the products we purchase and even the music we listen to, AI is influencing many of our decisions. Those decisions are still ours to make, but soon enough the decisions will be made by AI-enabled systems without waiting for the final approval from us. As of now, the default state for decision systems is “off.”  What if we switch that default state to be “on”?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2020/01/03/living-ai-from-potential-to-practice/#4c24d3d6571a

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China ramps up tech education in bid to become artificial intelligence leader

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Dawn Liu, NBC News

China has a lot of ground to make up on AI, with the number of top researchers in the field standing at one-fifth of that in the United States in 2017, according to research by the Washington-based Center for Data Innovation. At the same time, it faces a shortage of 5 million AI professionals, according to a 2017 article from the state-owned newspaper People’s Daily. These disadvantages have not stopped it from setting ambitious targets: The country aims to catch up with the U.S. next year, based on “A Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan,” a government blueprint.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-ramps-tech-education-bid-become-artificial-intelligence-leader-n1107806

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5 Easy Ways to Engage in Lifelong Learning Every Day

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

By Jared Atchison, Thrive Global

Lifelong learning is defined as the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.” Engaging in lifelong learning is important if you want to keep your mind in shape, improve your skills, and boost your confidence. But, you might be worried that engaging in lifelong learning requires you to sign up for expensive and time-consuming college classes. Don’t worry though, there are a number of easy and free ways you can incorporate lifelong learning into your daily life.

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/5-easy-ways-to-engage-in-lifelong-learning-every-day/

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January 18, 2020

20 edtech predictions for higher ed in 2020

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LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

We asked educators, edtech executives and stakeholders to look to the future and share their thoughts and predictions about what trends will be most prominent in 2020. In addition to the usual suspects–artificial intelligence (AI), active learning, and microcredentials–people predicted a larger focus on community partnerships, more dedication to underserved students, and a need for institutions to prove their return on investment to students.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/01/01/edtech-predictions-for-higher-ed-in-2020/

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3 Major Theories of Motivation That Massively Boost Engagement In eLearning Courses

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

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In order to create an eLearning framework that truly engages learners on a multiplicity of levels, LMS designers and theorists must look to the innate factors within learners to both capture their attention and push them to truly engage in the courses offered to them. By utilizing established principles and theories of motivation, eLearning administrators can boost engagement across the board and truly maximize what their services have to offer. With that in mind, here are three theories of motivation that appeal to the eLearning experience. Utilizing aspects of these theories can do wonders for an LMS company looking to enhance their offerings to give learners an experience worth remembering.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/3-major-theories-of-motivation-that-massively-boost-engagement-in-elearning-courses/

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Report: Shrinking share of adults thinks college is ‘important’

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

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive

About half of U.S. adults (51%) think having a college education is “very important,” according to a recent poll from Gallup that solicited responses from around 2,000 people.  However, the data shows the public’s view of higher education has diminished in recent years. In 2013, 70% of respondents to a similar survey said college was “very important,” though a bigger share of respondents in 2019 said college was “fairly” important (36%) than did in 2013 (23%).  The decline was pronounced among two groups: adults ages 18 to 29 and self-identified Republicans. Pundits have expressed concern about research that shows waning trust in academia among conservatives.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-shrinking-share-of-adults-thinks-college-is-important/569701/

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January 17, 2020

How the Next Decade’s Technological Tsunami Will Change Life as We Know it

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

Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair

And yet a decade from now, on the eve of 2030, we’ll look back at today in astonishment at how primitive life was in 2019. By then, it’s likely that cars will drive themselves. They won’t even look like cars, more like traveling gyms or gaming cars or mobile beds to nap on during your commute. Some will fly. (Maybe most of them will.) The TV on your wall will be replaced by wallpaper that screens images. Your phone could be replaced with a contact lens, or some glasses that (finally) look like glasses. Siri or Alexa will feel like another human living in your house—a creepy, invasive, all-knowing human—that will not only be able to understand sarcasm and intonation but will be able to identify which family member is talking to it, and respond with sarcasm and intonation in kind. You won’t shop on Amazon; Amazon will know exactly what you need, and when you need it, and boxes of groceries or diapers or dog poop bags will just show up at your house in what some people are calling “zero click shopping.”

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/12/new-technology-2020-will-change-life-as-we-know-it

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China has started a grand experiment in AI education. It could reshape how the world learns.

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

Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

As machines become better at rote tasks, humans will need to focus on the skills that remain unique to them: creativity, collaboration, communication, and problem-solving. They will also need to adapt quickly as more and more skills fall prey to automation. This means the 21st-century classroom should bring out the strengths and interests of each person, rather than impart a canonical set of knowledge more suited for the industrial age. AI, in theory, could make this easier. It could take over certain rote tasks in the classroom, freeing teachers up to pay more attention to each student. Hypotheses differ about what that might look like. Perhaps AI will teach certain kinds of knowledge while humans teach others; perhaps it will help teachers keep track of student performance or give students more control over how they learn. Regardless, the ultimate goal is deeply personalized teaching.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614057/china-squirrel-has-started-a-grand-experiment-in-ai-education-it-could-reshape-how-the/

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The Decade Great Education Became More Available

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

Gregory Ferenstein, Forbes

When I think back on the decade, one area of the tech industry stands out as having made big strides on a long-held dream: education. One of the great promises of the information age was that it would usher in an era where nearly anyone around the globe could have access to some of the best teachers and educational resources. The 2010s made a huge leap forward toward that goal.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gregoryferenstein/2020/12/31/the-decade-great-education-become-more-accessible/#778f36f34ea3

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January 16, 2020

2019’s Most Popular Massive Online Courses According to Class Central

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

By IBL News

ClassCentral.com issued a list of the 100 most popular free online university courses of 2019. These MOOCs have been developed by 68 universities. In the past eight years, over 900 universities have launched 13,500 online courses, which have been taken by 110 million learners. Class Central’s ranking is based on data generated from the users on its website, specifically regarding enrollments and bookmarks.

https://iblnews.org/2019s-most-popular-online-courses-according-to-class-central/

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Will ‘No Code’ App Builders Mean Fewer Developer Jobs?

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

Nick Kolakowski, Dice

Unfortunately, more than a few executives might make that kind of “logical” leap and begin reducing their numbers of tech professionals on staff, figuring that other employees with a bit of training can pick up the proverbial slack. Of course, this is a mistaken assumption—these no- and low-code platforms, although increasingly sophisticated, can’t handle many of the development tasks that companies need. (They also can’t handle the building and maintenance of the rest of the tech stack.) Indeed, most data suggests that software developer roles will only increase in coming years. According to recent data crunched by The Knowledge Academy (which provides online training courses) and Glassdoor, the United States will add more than a quarter-million new software developer roles by 2026. But “citizen coders,” combined with the rise of automation, means those developers will need more highly refined skill-sets if they want to land and preserve their jobs.

https://insights.dice.com/2019/12/30/no-code-app-builders-fewer-developer-jobs/

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A Good Learner Consults Many Teachers

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

Nick Douglas, LifeHacker

When you want to learn a new skill, don’t use just one book, or app, or YouTube tutorial. Try a lot of them, stick with a couple of them, and occasionally consult others. No teacher or tutorial can encompass all the valid ways of learning a thing. A guide to precise classical piano cannot teach you jazz piano. Strunk & White cannot teach you to write a florid fantasy novel. Bob Ross cannot get you into the Guggenheim. If you want to get serious about a skill, you have to have more than one influence. You have to be ready for new challenges, you have to find your own voice, you have to adapt to added difficulties that your main teacher may not anticipate.

https://lifehacker.com/a-good-learner-consults-many-teachers-1840729127

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January 15, 2020

2020s — the Decade of AI and Quantum

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

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

Make no mistake, we have crossed the threshold into the fourth industrial revolution that will most markedly advance this decade through maturing artificial intelligence, ultimately driven by quantum computing. The changes will come at an ever-increasing rate as the technologies and societal demands accelerate.  That includes higher education. The centuries-old model of the faculty member at a podium addressing a class of students who are inconsistently and inaccurately taking notes on paper or laptop will seem so quaint, inefficient and impractical that it will be laughable. Observers in 2030 will wonder how any significant learning even took place in that environment.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/2020s-decade-ai-and-quantum

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Why Ball State University is seeing more adult, part-time grad students

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Seth Slabaugh, Muncie Star Press

The university says it has seen 69% growth over the past five years in the number of students taking all of their classes online. “The most important thing to take from this … is we know that the majority of our growth in online programs are part-time, adult students at the graduate level,” Trudi Weyermann, assistant provost for learning initiatives, told the university’s board of trustees recently.

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/education/2019/12/27/why-ball-state-university-sees-more-adult-part-time-grad-students/2751369001/

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Top football players are a class apart on many college campuses — due to online course offerings

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

By Associated Press

Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow is a hero on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus, but he hasn’t seen much of it because he took graduate courses online. Justin Fields rarely has to step inside an Ohio State classroom building because he also does most of his school work online to accommodate his grueling football schedule.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/top-football-players-are-a-class-apart-on-many-college-campuses-due-to-online-course-offerings-2019-12-27

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