Online Learning Update

January 13, 2019

Function Follows Form: How Two Colleges Redesigned the Classroom for Active Learning

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

By Devin Murphy and Grace Gardner, EdSurge

The last wave of instructional initiatives in higher education saw colleges build centers of teaching and learning, sites where faculty could grow their skills and try out new teaching approaches. These centers offered access to tools and training on proven pedagogies and new technologies, but faculty often viewed using them as optional or an addition to their already busy schedules. In contrast, Indiana University (IU) and the University of Central Florida (UCF) are exploring how pedagogy evolves when the actual environments in which students learn are transformed. Form follows function, as the adage says, but these universities are flipping that script and betting that a more flexible and adaptive form will unlock needed changes in the teaching and learning function.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-01-05-function-follows-form-how-two-colleges-redesigned-the-classroom-for-active-learning

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Unlock Your Brain’s True Potential With These Online Neuroscience Courses

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

Futurism
Is your New Year’s resolution in full swing yet? Despite the sincere desire to improve, most people’s resolutions often fail within a few months. And the reason so many of us can’t keep these annual self-improvement promises is because we fail to recognize the larger issue. In order to break the bad habits that prevent us from achieving our goals, we must first be willing to change the underlying cause: our minds. The human brain is as remarkable as it is mysterious. But thanks to years of neuroscience research, if you’re willing to learn, it’s possible to recognize the mental patterns that impact your life and “hack” your brain to change unwanted behaviors. And by enrolling in one of the following online courses, you’ll gain lifetime access to hours of online content dealing with scientifically proven methodologies for reprogramming your mind.

https://futurism.com/brain-hacks-neuroscience-courses

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Year of MOOC-based Degrees: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2018

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

By Dhawal Shah, EdSurge

The first online degrees by Coursera, Udacity and edX have done well, with combined potential revenue of more than $80-million, based on numbers of current students. Over 10,000 students are currently enrolled in a MOOC-based degree program. But the bulk of those of students come from just two universities and three online degrees: the Online Master’s Degree in Computer Science (Georgia Tech with Udacity), the Online Master of Science in Analytics (Georgia Tech with edX), and the iMBA (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Coursera).

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-01-02-year-of-mooc-based-degrees-a-review-of-mooc-stats-and-trends-in-2018

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January 12, 2019

To Hire or Not to Hire Online AI Grads: That Is the Question

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

 

Synced

It all started with a tweet from Google Japan Data Project Manager Suzana Ilić: “Yesterday someone (ML, CS PhD, Stanford) said he would not hire a person who is online educated in Machine Learning. Who here agrees and who thinks differently?” The question triggered a long and occasionally heated discussion that spread from Ilić’s twitter across the machine learning community.

https://syncedreview.com/2019/01/04/to-hire-or-not-to-hire-online-ai-grads-that-is-the-question/

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Have Online Degrees Finally Lost Their Stigma?

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

Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

A new report by Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy has concluded that employers—specifically, human resources (HR) leaders—are now increasingly interested in candidates’ credentials, not simply their degrees. The study also found that most HR leaders no longer view online degrees or credentials as inferior to those earned on campus.

https://news.elearninginside.com/have-online-degrees-and-credentials-finally-lost-their-stigma/

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AI Can Now Decode Words Directly from Brain Waves

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

By Rafi Letzter, Live Science
Neuroscientists are teaching computers to read words straight out of people’s brains. Kelly Servick, writing for Science, reported this week on three papers posted to the preprint server bioRxiv in which three different teams of researchers demonstrated that they could decode speech from recordings of neurons firing. In each study, electrodes placed directly on the brain recorded neural activity while brain-surgery patients listened to speech or read words out loud. Then, researchers tried to figure out what the patients were hearing or saying. In each case, researchers were able to convert the brain’s electrical activity into at least somewhat-intelligible sound files.

https://www.livescience.com/64424-speech-computer-brain-interface.html

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January 11, 2019

MBAs need to stay relevant with life-long learning

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

Jonathan Moules, Financial Times
When the Association of MBAs, the accreditation body for postgraduate management education, gives its approval to a business school’s MBA programme, it does so for a maximum of five years. But when that same business school awards one of these degrees, it is for life.  This does not make sense, according to Bodo Schlegelmilch, who is both chair of AMBA and a professor of international management and marketing at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is involved in both assessing schools and teaching masters degree students.  Subscription business models, such as car clubs and music streaming services, have made it a smart, easy choice to rent the things we used to own, Prof Schlegelmilch says. It would not, he thinks, take a great leap to apply this logic to degrees.

https://www.ft.com/content/257d9aa8-fd69-11e8-ac00-57a2a826423e

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Intro to Comp Sci tops list of most-subscribed HarvardX class

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

By Annika Hom, Boston Globe
Millions of people around the worldtake advantage of the free Harvard offers online, but what types of subjects are trending these days? Harvard recently released its most popular online courses in 2018, a list that reflects interest in computer science, data science, architecture, and religion.   Introduction to computer science CS50 collection. Students learn how to program using the modern coding languages Python or JavaScript or explore how computer science manifests in game development and apps. Since its creation in 2012, this collection has over one million users.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/01/04/intro-comp-sci-tops-list-most-subscribed-harvardx-class/g2Y8pnOJyw1nkRGMof4YqJ/story.html

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AI could reduce the tech in your smartphone

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

Ross Rubin, ZD Net
While the new frontier of intelligent object detection can create amazing eye candy, it is also tackling the decades-old problem of simply being heard in a crowd. The demonstrations — promised to be only a hint of the kinds of wizardry AI can muster — made some of the strongest cases to date about how AI-based computations can enhance the smartphone experience beyond the photo enhancement that has been one of the leading manifestations to date. Indeed, they began with the original cell phone application: Voice calls. By using AI to identify the voice of the speaker, a phone would be able to virtually eliminate any background noise from a call, be it some reserved office chatter or raucous city street noise. This capability extended far beyond that of even today’s best noise cancelling and into the realm of noise elimination.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/ai-could-reduce-the-tech-in-your-smartphone/

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January 10, 2019

VR Tops Faculty Wish List for the Classroom

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

Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
In our 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey, faculty members told us about their most-wanted hardware and software, feelings on tech’s value for learning, technologies they’re using in class and more. In a recent survey of faculty members at colleges and universities across the country, the No. 1 tech respondents said they wished for was virtual reality gear. Interactive, large-screen displays came in second, followed by detachable tablets, 3D scanners and interactive projectors. These findings come out of Campus Technology’s third annual Teaching with Technology Survey, which asked higher education faculty for their perspective on technology in the classroom, its impact on students and its potential in the future.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/12/05/vr-tops-faculty-wish-list-for-the-classroom.aspx

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New Insights into How People Learn

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

Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When the National Academies issued its first expanded “How People Learn” report, the contents struck a nerve, providing a readable explanation of the various research findings on the science of learning along with guidance on how to turn those insights into instructional practice in the classroom. A new version of that report offers an updated view on the topic and pushes beyond K-12.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/12/12/new-insights-into-how-people-learn.aspx

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Upskilling in the 21st Century

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

Prateek Singh, Entrepreneur
Online education also has the benefit of delivering high-quality lectures by the brightest minds of our world, imagine being able to learn from the best educators, online from the comfort of your home or workplace.  Two things will shape upskilling in the 21st century.

  1. Millennials taking over the workplace.
  2. Faster adoption of new technology.

A young population and faster adoption of new technology mean employees need to upskill quickly. Jobs which are the highest paying today didn’t even exist 7-10 years ago. The speed at which industry is changing means employees who do not upskill quickly will see stagnation in their careers. This is the biggest threat to the new generation.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/325465

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January 9, 2019

Employees rate learning and development over salary

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

By Ashleigh Webber, Personnel Today

According to e-learning provider GoodHabitz’s 2018 Learning & Development Trend Report, workers not only want opportunities for ongoing development, but they also want their employer to pay for their learning and give them time off during working hours to complete training. A survey of 826 people who work or are available for work found 81% think it is important or very important for their employer to invest in their development. This increases to 86% among workers who have a degree. IT training is the most desired learning opportunity, with 27% indicating that they need to develop in this area the most. This is followed by management skills (24%), positive psychology skills such as mindfulness (16%), personal effectiveness (11%) and communication skills (10%).

https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/employees-rate-learning-and-development-over-salary/

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Three Education Trends That Will Revolutionize The Workplace In 2019

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

Anant Agarwal, Forbes

In 2018 we discussed the increasing value of soft skills; how the skills transformation is affecting the way we work; and the rise of the non-linear career path. These topics merely scratched the surface of the changes we’re seeing in education and in the workplace, which we’ll continue to debate in 2019. These are some key trends to keep an eye on this year:

  1. Education emphasizing hybrid skills. 
  2. Education goes omnichannel.
  3. Education underscoring soft skills remains critical. 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/anantagarwal/2019/01/02/three-education-trends-that-will-revolutionize-the-workplace-in-2019/

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Digital transformation in education: The FutureLearn view

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

Information Age
In this piece, Nigel Smith of The Open University-owned FutureLearn, reflects on the digital transformation in education over the past six years since MOOCs (massive open online courses) first burst onto the scene Digital transformation in education: The FutureLearn view image. There is no choice but to innovate in scaling the supply of education. Otherwise, people desperate to learn are excluded. Digital transformation has had a huge impact on the education sector. Six years ago ‘MOOCs’ (Massive Open Online Courses) became a buzzword with the New York Times going so far as to say 2012 was “the year of the MOOC.” Since then others have asked if this early enthusiasm was justified. Has there been a sense of unfulfilled promise? In some ways it’s unsurprising. The claims were overhyped; MOOCs were just one manifestation of digital impact on education. However, the number of Universities using MOOCs has continued to grow — as has the number of people taking them. More significantly still is the evolution of how universities are using MOOCs: in student recruitment, blended learning, research, targeting professionals, and humanitarian causes.

 

https://www.information-age.com/digital-transformation-in-education-123477810/

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January 8, 2019

How Online Learning Platforms Can Support Lifelong Learners And Drive Business

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

Kirill Bigai, Forbes

In the 21st century, learning and even formal education are no longer just for kids and college-age students. As Hunt Lambert, Dean of Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education, observes, learning may be something we begin to pursue in earnest during our teen years, but it is increasingly something we continue throughout our working years and even into retirement. Lambert describes this cycle as the 60-year curriculum , but whatever you call it, one thing is clear: Lifelong learning is becoming the norm. Thirty years ago, most CEOs likely wouldn’t be boasting about their ongoing program of continuing education, but we live in a new world — one where the demand and ability to keep learning throughout one’s career is something we all need to embrace.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2019/01/02/how-online-learning-platforms-can-support-lifelong-learners-and-drive-business/

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Online Education is Paving a Smoother Path to Earning Data Science Skills

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

Inside Big Data

A recent report from IBM states that there will be over 300,000 new job openings for data driven professionals by 2020. As it stands now, there is a shortage of the necessary technical skills for these roles. Specifically, professionals should focus on how to turn data into decisions. We’ve learned to build the infrastructure that can store and process massive amounts of data, but we still lack the critical ability to convert that data into meaningful information.  Some universities are adapting to this data revolution by providing more on-campus data science courses, however, these are relatively new offerings that were not available to most while they were in school. Many professionals need rigorous training in these skills now, and want them without having to leave their day job. They need the practicality and flexibility that online learning provides, so the operative question becomes: can MOOCS deliver these skills without compromising quality?

https://insidebigdata.com/2019/01/02/online-education-paving-smoother-path-earning-data-science-skills/

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By The Numbers: MOOCs in 2018

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

by Dhawal Shah, Class-Central

Now in its seventh year, the modern MOOC movement crossed 100 million learners to a total of 101 million. At the same time,  we are seeing a decrease in the number of new learners signing up. In 2018, 20 million new learners signed up for at least one MOOC, down from 23 million the year before. Despite the slowdown, the number of paying users may have increased. MOOC providers’ constant tweaking of the model seems to be paying off, as providers such as  Coursera are hitting record revenues ($140 million in 2018 for Coursera).

Here is a list of top five MOOC providers by registered users:

  1. Coursera – 37 million
  2. edX – 18 million
  3. XuetangX – 14 million
  4. Udacity – 10 million
  5. FutureLearn – 8.7 million

https://www.class-central.com/report/mooc-stats-2018/

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January 7, 2019

The Future of Work: Why better education doesn’t necessarily translate into better work.

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

By Ann Claire Carnahan, US News

The job market has fundamentally shifted in the United States and it is changing how and why Americans work. Through the rise of technology and globalization, competition among workers has become fiercer. Education requirements for employees have risen even though jobs are steadily becoming deskilled. And the mounting anxiety over jobs in an increasingly fluid job market has political, social and personal consequences, according to Ellen Ruppel Shell, author of “The Job: Work and its Future in a Time of Radical Change.” In an effort to keep up, Americans are seeking additional education and are learning new skills. “But it will not inoculate them against the changes that are already occurring or that are coming,” Shell says. For example, the vast majority of future jobs will not require a college education. Already, roughly one in three college graduates are underemployed.

https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2018-12-28/the-eroding-middle-work-in-the-us-heading-toward-high-and-low-skill

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edX Will Invest Another $1.8M in Fostering Digital Bachelors’ Degrees

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

By IBL News

Anant Agarwal, CEO at edX, decided to channel the funding received with Yidan Prize of $1.8 million to “reimagine undergraduate online education” and foster stackable credentials in this area. That amount corresponds to 50% of the prize, which was granted at an award ceremony in Hong Kong, last December 10. Half of the $3.9M was in the form of a cash prize to the laureate (Mr. Agarwal), while the other was a project fund.

https://iblnews.org/2018/12/31/edx-will-invest-another-1-8m-in-fostering-digital-bachelors-degrees/

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India education in 2019: Digital delivery will take centre stage

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by Vikas Singh, Financial Express

India holds an advantageous position on the global map. Not only does it enjoy a favourable demographic dividend with the largest population in the age group of 15-24 years, but it was also ranked 27th out of 80 countries on the global English Proficiency Index 2017.  This implies that 2019 will witness an accelerated shift towards blended concept-based learning—moving away from the traditional rote learning. More emphasis would be on the application of knowledge and the development of core skills, to prepare students for eventually joining the workforce. This goes beyond textbooks and involves group discussions, problem-solving and research-based assignments. Without exhaustive libraries in all schools, online learning tools and resources will be the need of the hour. Some proponents contest that given the future favouring the tech-savvy, schoolchildren should be introduced to digital media at an early age.

https://www.financialexpress.com/education-2/education-in-2019-digital-delivery-will-take-centre-stage/1429136/

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