Online Learning Update

October 31, 2019

Women are slowly pursuing more high-paying degrees, but the pay gap remains, says new research

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

Abigail Hess, CNBC

Economists estimate that the gender pay gap — the gap between the median salaries of all working men and women in the U.S. — is about 80 cents earned by women for every dollar earned by a man. When CNBC Make It spoke with economists about the causes behind the pay gap, several pointed to education. Today, women outnumber men at all levels of education, but many pursue degrees in traditionally lower-paying fields. But according to new research from Carolyn Sloane, an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside, and Erik Hurst and Dan Black, professors at the University of Chicago, women are slowly shifting to higher-paying majors.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/04/women-are-pursuing-more-high-paying-degrees-but-the-pay-gap-remains.html

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Coursera targets 100 million learners in 2-3 years

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

ARNIKA THAKUR, Fortune India
CEO Jeff Maggioncalda says India is the second-largest country after the U.S. in terms of number of users on the platform, and it is betting on a freemium model to boost its business in the country. Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of American online learning platform Coursera, says the company seeks to more than double the number of its learners to 100 million in the next 2-3 years, and expand the number of degrees it offers on its platform. The Mountview, California-based company currently has 44 million learners and 1,700 companies are using its platform, and it offers 15 degree courses.

https://www.fortuneindia.com/enterprise/coursera-aims-at-100-million-learners-in-2-3-years-ceo/103637

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Solving these 5 issues will make education AR/VR go mainstream

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

JON ROEPKE, Venture Beat

Both AR and VR are such immersive and relatable ways to teach kids, that it just makes sense to use them. When you see something through the mixed reality lens, there’s no need for long, complicated explanations — this has the potential to redesign and revolutionize how we teach and learn. However, like any relatively new technology, the path to widespread integration and adoption isn’t without its challenges. There’s no doubt it’s coming, but the questions become, when and what will it take?

https://venturebeat.com/2019/10/05/solving-these-5-issues-will-make-education-ar-vr-go-mainstream/

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October 30, 2019

Speed Demons: How Quantum Computing Could Change Education

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

by Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
This marked a moment that is being dubbed “quantum supremacy,” when computers using quantum methods…. In other words, we could be entering a new era of processing speed, and that is bound to bring some breakthroughs in areas that impact our daily lives…. And to bring the conversation back down to earth, we talked with Ray Schroeder, the associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois at Springfield, to hear what these new super-fast computers might mean for education.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-29-speed-demons-how-quantum-computing-could-change-education

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How AI Is Ushering Disruptions In E-Learning

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

Rohan Krishna, Business World

Just as the marketplace and investors are getting comfortable with business models that build products, platforms and services around online learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has quietly been redefining the entire market over the last few years. That is what makes data-driven approaches to learning really hard. The application of AI in learning can broadly be classified into automation of (parts of) the learning experience itself as well as gaining insights from the process that can be ploughed back into it for improvement. Here are 5 advancements in this space that insiders are watching,

http://bweducation.businessworld.in/article/How-AI-Is-Ushering-Disruptions-In-E-Learning/06-10-2019-177024/

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A.I. musicians are a growing trend. What does that mean for the music industry?

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

By Luke Dormehl, Digital Trends

The most prolific musical artists manage to release one, maybe two, studio albums in a year. Rappers can sometimes put out three or four mixtapes during that same time. However, Auxuman plans to put out a new full-length album, featuring hot up-and-coming artists like Yona, Mony, Gemini, Hexe, and Zoya, every single month. How? The power of artificial intelligence of course. Before this goes any further, don’t worry: You’re not hopelessly out of touch with today’s pop music. Yona, Mony, Gemini, and the rest of the bunch aren’t real musicians. Well, at least not in the sense that you could meet them and shake their hands. They’re A.I. personalities, each with their own characters and genres, which have been created by Auxuman, an artificial intelligence startup based in London.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/auxuman-ai-album/

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Broadband internet is critical tool for rural communities

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

SEN. ARNIE ROBLAN, the World
Oregon policymakers have worked hard to ensure that all areas of our state, including coastal and rural areas, have access to the latest and best infrastructure. Like roads, bridges and utilities, access to broadband internet is critical for rural communities. As new technologies like next-generation 5G wireless networks are realized, it will be more important than ever to ensure that all Oregonians have access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. High-speed internet can facilitate many opportunities for rural residents in areas like healthcare and education.

https://theworldlink.com/opinion/editorial/broadband-internet-is-critical-tool-for-rural-communities/article_875635e9-2608-555f-b865-f3ffb5829d30.html

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October 29, 2019

Colleges Need to Build Digital Quads to Support Social Learning for Online Students

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

By Soulaymane Kachani and Sandesh Tuladhar, EdSurge

As this trend continues, universities risk losing the community of informal, social learning that they were designed to foster. And that would deprive their students of a fundamental and important mode of learning and growth. Rather than ignore this challenge, or chalk it up to the inevitability of the digital world, universities can and should create digital equivalents and environments to replicate—or even enhance—the authentic student interactions they are likely encounter on campuses. In the absence of such digital equivalents, students may find or create social spaces online anyway, with the potential to bring out poor behavior and becoming disconnected from the formal social constructs of academic life.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-05-colleges-need-to-build-digital-quads-to-support-social-learning-for-online-students

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The analytics academy: Bridging the gap between human and artificial intelligence

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

Solly Brown, Darshit Gandhi, Louise Herring, and Ankur Puri; McKinsey

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the defining business opportunities for leaders today. Closely associated with it: the challenge of creating an organization that can rise to that opportunity and exploit the potential of AI at scale. Meeting this challenge requires organizations to prepare their leaders, business staff, analytics teams, and end users to work and think in new ways—not only by helping these cohorts understand how to tap into AI effectively, but also by teaching them to embrace data exploration, agile development, and interdisciplinary teamwork.

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-analytics/our-insights/the-analytics-academy-bridging-the-gap-between-human-and-artificial-intelligence

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The Future of Education is in 3d

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

the Daily Beast

5G is innovating education—creating experiences that go beyond the classroom through VR and AR technology. “What we know through research is that experiential learning is, in general, better than learning through a book or a video,” says Mike Harper, Executive Vice President and CMO of zSpace, an augmented reality platform that’s becoming steadily more available in school districts around the US and abroad. “We learn through experiments the fastest and the best, which is why we use technologies to deploy augmented reality, in order to make that happen. While some systems use apps to download content for use offline, many VR and AR systems require high-speed internet capabilities for a seamless streaming experience.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-future-of-education-is-in-3d

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October 28, 2019

Tufts Study Shows Effectiveness of Virtual Reality for IPE Training

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

Fred Donovan, HIT Infrastructure
A new study by Tufts University School of Medicine has demonstrated the effectiveness of using a virtual reality platform to provide interprofessional education (IPE) in palliative care for healthcare staff and students. The Tufts researchers employed a series of pre- and post-session surveys to determine the efficacy of virtual reality in promoting cooperation among participants on palliative care. The researchers found that the virtual reality approach to IPE for palliative care was convenient and enjoyable for participants. They said they appreciated the virtual experience of the symptoms of their patient, demonstrated by an enhanced sense of empathy in their post-session surveys, and the freedom to practice anonymously without worrying about hurting a patient or making mistakes during the educational process.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/15/9-amazing-uses-for-vr-and-ar-in-college-classrooms.aspx

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Digital Transformation Starts With People

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

By Stephanie Castellano, TD

Upskilling and reskilling are key priorities at BMO. This year, the talent development team launched a blended learning program called BMO Forward, which helps employees build the technical skills they will need for a digital future, including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, data science, cybersecurity, and digital acumen. The program also includes “human skills,” such as empathy, resilience, judgment, and cultural intelligence to differentiate people from the technology they’re building and using and forge stronger connections between individuals, teams, and customers.

https://www.td.org/magazines/td-magazine/digital-transformation-starts-with-people

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Beyond MOOCs, e-learning is India’s Renaissance bet

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

BY KUNAL TALGERI, Forbes

Online courses from India—from players such as SimpliLearn, Upgrad and Great Learning—are providing domestic and global learners with the knowledge and skills to upgrade themselves, while building high-margin businesses.  The delivery model from India is different compared to the US, where massive open online courses (MOOCs) captured the public imagination in 2011. Companies like Coursera, Udacity and EdX promoted the idea of self-learning platforms that host well-produced videos for professionals and students. In India, the role of the instructor is vital for learners, says Kumar of SimpliLearn. The human interface is vital in four areas: Designing the course material, advisory services to learners before they select a course, student support, and career placement.

http://www.forbesindia.com/article/startups/beyond-moocs-elearning-is-indias-renaissance-bet/55569/1

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October 27, 2019

Transforming Online Learning With Artificial Intelligence

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

Aswin Pranam, Forbes

The climb is slow, but students, teachers, and administrations will no doubt reap the benefits of AI as it evolves and matures over the next decade. The question of whether this field will be disrupted by a tech company, university, or research organization is still up for debate.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/aswinpranam/2019/10/04/transforming-online-learning-with-artificial-intelligence/#645dca9f432e

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Where Online Learning Goes Next

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

Leah Belsky, Harvard Business Review

By harnessing emerging technologies, universities can reach beyond campus walls to empower diverse learners at global scale. It begins with embracing stackable, online learning, which provides flexibility and affordability that increases access to university curricula and allows students to engage in smaller chunks of learning before committing to larger degree programs. Technology-powered formats like mobile-friendly experiences meet the learner where they are, enabling more seamless transitions for those entering a new learning environment or picking up where they left off. At a more advanced level, embracing AI-powered adaptive learning will enable universities to personalize education for millions for more effective outcomes.

https://hbr.org/2019/10/where-online-learning-goes-next

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Developing and Supporting Faculty Training for Online Social Work Education

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

Johanna Creswell Báez,Matthea Marquart,Rebecca Yae-Eun Chung,Delia Ryan &Kristin Garay, TandF Online

With the growth of online and distance education in social work, faculty training and support need to be provided to ensure high-quality online social work education. A model for training social work educators in online teaching is outlined that focuses on pedagogy, technology, and social work values. Columbia University School of Social Work’s Online Campus provides a five-week Institute on Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses for prospective social work instructors. The Institute provides a faculty training model that can be adopted in other social work programs, and seeks to model best practices in online education.

https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ISPBWE4BEUS9JQ9BXUMT/full?target=10.1080%2F08841233.2019.1653419&

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October 26, 2019

Colleges And Retailers Share A Bloated Past And A Slimmed Down Future

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

Michael Horn, Forbes

Many campus leaders unfortunately don’t appear to have received the message that building more facilities is increasingly unsustainable as the fundamental business model underlying significant swaths of higher education breaks and we approach a demographic cliff in 2026 in the country that will send enrollments spiraling downward at many institutions. According to Sightlines’ 2018 report, campuses instead continue to expand with capital investment at an 11-year high despite the overall decline in student enrollment.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelhorn/2019/10/03/colleges-and-retailers-share-a-bloated-past-and-a-slimmed-down-future/#62a515c05038

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Keeping Learners Motivated in Online Courses

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

By Grace D’Monte, ATD

Many working adults sign up for online courses to build their skills in their current profession or develop skills for a new profession they wish to pursue. These learners might already be working full-time jobs, so online courses for professional development are usually designed with flexible timing; however, learners face challenges beyond time restraints. The two main challenges that this group faces are feeling isolated due to limited contact with other learners and instructors and feeling detached from the lesson. These challenges often cause learners to feel frustrated and demotivated and may lead them to drop out of a course. So, how can designers of online courses address these issues?

https://www.td.org/insights/keeping-learners-motivated-in-online-courses

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The benefits of online learning

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

Augusta Free Press

Thanks to a rapid advancement in technology over the last few decades, the world has evolved to ensure maximum convenience in the corporate realm, in the world of leisure, and, of course, within the ever-changing realm of education. Nowadays, as a result of the many online learning opportunities available out there, it is possible to further one’s education without ever needing to travel in person to a learning institution, college, or university. Despite not being present in lectures and seminars, online learning, otherwise commonly referred to as ‘distance learning’, provides students with all of the necessary support that they need to succeed, develop their skills, and bolster their careers.

https://augustafreepress.com/the-benefits-of-online-learning/

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October 25, 2019

MOOC Pioneer Coursera Tries a New Push: Selling Courseware to Colleges

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

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Coursera started with a mission to give the general public free access to courses from expensive colleges. Now it is selling all the course content developed for those free courses to colleges that want to use the materials in their own campus programs. The company, which was started by two Stanford University professors in 2012 and is now one of the most well-funded in the education industry, has always been highly picky about which colleges it works with to develop courses. But in a new effort announced Thursday, called Coursera for Campus, the company will begin selling access to its complete library of courseware to any college to use, at around $400 per student.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-04-mooc-pioneer-coursera-tries-a-new-push-selling-courseware-to-colleges

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Using Social Media to Help Your Students Tell Their Stories

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

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Students’ familiarity with technology and their love for smartphones and the content they enjoy on them, make social media an obvious choice as a learning tool for students. Thanks to the possibilities of digital storytelling, social media can be incorporated to expose students’ work to a wider audience. It’s exciting and motivating to think that the work you do in the class may, through social media interaction, have an impact far beyond your classroom.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-social-media-to-help-your-students-tell-their-stories/

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