Online Learning Update

July 14, 2017

UCLA Plans Online Ed Expansion

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

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

The University of California, Los Angeles, is planning a major expansion in the online certificate and graduate degree markets that it hopes will reach as many as 15,000 students by early next decade. Wayne Smutz, dean of continuing education and UCLA Extension, said in a statement that UCLA is in the planning stages to launch UCLA Global Online, which will offer for-credit courses and programs, as well as certificate programs from the university’s extension arm. Smutz will serve as UCLA Global Online’s founding dean. http://globalonline.ucla.edu/ “The programs and courses will focus on the needs of Los Angeles’s largest industries such as entertainment, aerospace, health care and advanced manufacturing in order to develop and attract talent to our community,” Smutz said. “The goal is to expand and improve ease of access to UCLA’s educational offerings, and we hope to reach upwards of 15,000 learners in the next five years.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/07/14/ucla-plans-online-ed-expansion

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Google Classroom Could Bridge a Gap in Online Learning

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

BY WILLIAM FENTON, PC Magazine

Contrary to popular perception, faculty are not reflexively opposed to online learning. In a recent survey of 3,500 postsecondary faculty and administrators, Tyton Partners found that a majority of faculty—63 percent—valued the potential impact of courseware. The trouble is, they lack the time and training to pursue it. The solution isn’t another learning management system (LMS). Educators need an easy onramp to blended learning that leverages the tools and repositories they already use. Google might have the answer. Google G Suite for Education is already a fixture in K-12 and higher education. According to Google, 70 million students and teachers rely upon the online suite—half of all primary and secondary students in the US and more than 800 colleges and universities, as of last spring.

https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/354491/google-classroom-could-bridge-a-gap-in-online-learning

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New sports analytics class proves popular at University of Arizona

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

By Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star

For the first time, the UA is offering a class in sports analytics, a booming industry in the world of professional athletics. “MGMT 359 Sports Analytics,” part of the Eller Sports Management Program, provides students with an entry point to the data analysis that has become an essential ingredient in front offices across every major sport. Ricardo Valerdi, who created the curriculum and is teaching the class, is hopeful it can supply aspiring Billy Beanes with the tools they need to land jobs in sports analytics and similar fields. The class is taught online, so Valerdi, with the aid of Eller’s multimedia department, made short, lighthearted introductory videos for each “inning.”

http://tucson.com/sports/arizonawildcats/new-sports-analytics-class-proves-popular-at-university-of-arizona/article_d09f9d54-90d3-5d62-9133-30fc84032d05.html

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38 Community Colleges Share What It Takes to Launch an OER Degree Program

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

By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

The program, which kicked off in 2016, shared its first set of findings today about what faculty are learning it takes to create an OER degree. “OER can be an essential pillar of the community college student success agenda,” says Karen Stout, president and CEO of ATD. “It has the potential to trigger changes in teaching and learning and help students complete their courses and degrees.” There will be at least 53 degree pathways offered by the 38 schools. In this past spring semester, the ATD study shows students on average have saved about $134, or 5 to 22 percent of what they were paying, per course. The goal is to drastically bump those numbers up, Stout says, by the time full majors are slated to be complete in fall 2018.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-06-22-38-community-colleges-share-what-it-takes-to-launch-an-oer-degree-program

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July 13, 2017

How Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods Highlights the Hybrid, ‘Omnichannel’ Future of Higher Ed

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

By Sean Gallagher, EdSurge

Given that success in all things online, it’s worth noting how much of Amazon’s recent bets involve establishing a brick-and-mortar presence. For years, Amazon has been strategically investing in physical presence, including fulfillment centers closer to its customers and recently piloting brick-and-mortar bookstores. The strategy is that the online and offline commerce worlds are converging in unprecedented ways, not just in selling groceries but in all kinds of areas. There’s a lesson for higher education, about the importance of offline channels in a digitally-driven economy—and a moment to reflect on the impactful trends that have materialized in the online education market.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-06-22-how-amazon-s-purchase-of-whole-foods-highlights-the-hybrid-omnichannel-future-of-higher-ed

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Connected Learning: the new, socially-interactive approach to online training

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

by Nic Pillow, Training Zone

Online elearning has been hugely successful in allowing training to be delivered cost-effectively to very large audiences. However, training that’s purely online often results in a reduced experience and quality of learning compared to interactive classroom training. By contrast, we have found that a new online approach – Connected Learning – can provide even greater interaction, engagement, and training success than does the smallest of classes. Connected Learning was pioneered by Jonathan Worth in Phonar – an award-winning university photography course. From an inauspicious start with 9 students in the back-room of a cinema, within 3 years, it become the most heavily over-subscribed course in the university where it attracted 35,000 online participants

https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/deliver/training/connected-learning-the-new-socially-interactive-approach-to-online-training

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E-Portfolio Tech to Help U Georgia Students Showcase Skills

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

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Students at the University of Georgia can now highlight both academic skills and co-curricular work in a comprehensive e-portfolio. The university has partnered with Portfolium to roll out the company’s e-portfolio technology at the 36,000-student institution. With Portfolium, students can share their portfolios with peers and faculty and build a post-grad job network. The technology will “enhance the ability for University of Georgia students to stand out from the crowd in job searches by showcasing skills obtained through UGA co-curricular activities in addition to their academic accomplishments.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/06/22/eportfolio-tech-to-help-u-georgia-students-showcase-skills.aspx

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July 12, 2017

VR and AR in Higher Ed: More than Just Cool?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:13 am

by Nick Roll, Inside Higher Ed

Technology companies and instructor advocates are making the pitch — and slowly making headway — for the practical uses of virtual and augmented realities, especially in health care, art history and social work courses. “We don’t even know what we don’t know yet,” said Deb Adair, executive director of Quality Matters, a consortium of institutions and publishers that places quantitative measures on online learning methods and products. Still, she said, VR and AR are on QM’s radar, and the experience of going through the motions in the classroom would be helpful. Collecting data might be the key to getting skeptics to look at VR and AR beyond “cool,” said Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois at Springfield and founding director council for online education for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. “Higher education is moving beyond just the coolness factor to looking at outcomes,” he said. But, he added, “What are the outcomes?”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/07/12/vr-and-ar-more-just-cool

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Online classes, new text help keep Cherokee language alive

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

By Kim Murdock, the Times Record

Ed Fields, an online Cherokee language course instructor, uses a live video stream to reach thousands of students across the world each year. Keeping alive a language and culture that were on the verge of dying is critical, and making Cherokee language classes available online has successfully contributed to the effort, said B.J. Foreman, multi-media director for the Cherokee Nation. The online classes are available to the public free of charge, Foreman said; an internet connection and free online registration at www.cherokee.org is all that is needed to access the classes. The classes can be located by clicking “Language Classes” under “Quick Links” on the left side of the website.

http://www.swtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20170623/online-classes-new-text-help-keep-cherokee-language-alive

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UM System announces plan to adopt open educational resources

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

by GABRIELA VELASQUEZ, Missourian

Parents’ eyes lit up Wednesday when UM System President Mun Choi announced an initiative to move the system towards adopting open educational resources. Or, more simply, free books. Open educational resources are published with open access copyrights, are free for students and can be distributed and used for little to no cost. Instructors also can write and add chapters to tailor textbooks to specific courses. They are accessed online, usually as PDFs, and can be revised and updated fairly quickly, according to previous Missourian reporting.

http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/higher_education/um-system-announces-plan-to-adopt-open-educational-resources/article_0ea53ee2-569b-11e7-9195-53257ada9554.html

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The evolution of social learning

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

by Ben Pipe, Virtual College

More than ever before, learners are turning to their colleagues, friends and online forums to aid them in their knowledge. Here we take a look at the evolution of social learning. Social learning is a buzzword in the learning and development world that is transforming the way we absorb knowledge. But what does this term actually mean? In short, social learning focuses on learning by interacting and discussing content with others. It plays a large role in the workplace and includes behaviours such as: collaborating with other employees on project deliverables, guided learning programs, and the use of social media for learning purposes.

https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/news/virtual-college/2017/06/the-evolution-of-social-learning

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July 11, 2017

Deep Partisan Divide on Higher Education

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

By Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

In dramatic shift, more than half of Republicans now say colleges have a negative impact on the U.S., with wealthier, older and more educated Republicans being least positive. An annual survey by the Pew Research Center on Americans’ views of national institutions, released this week, found a dramatic attitude shift on higher education among Republicans and people who lean Republican, with the change occurring across most demographic and ideological groups. The latest version of the survey, conducted last month among 2,504 adults, for the first time found a majority (58 percent) of Republicans saying colleges have a negative effect, compared to 36 percent saying they have a positive effect. 72 percent of Democrats viewed colleges positively (up from 65 percent in 2010) compared to a negative response from 19 percent this year. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/07/11/dramatic-shift-most-republicans-now-say-colleges-have-negative-impact

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Free Stanford tool enhances collaborative learning in classes focused on reading, writing

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

BY ALEX SHASHKEVICH, Stanford University

Lacuna, a free online annotation platform developed at Stanford, promotes collaborative learning and interdisciplinary conversations. The platform is being used at higher education institutions around the world. An online annotation tool developed at Stanford is helping students and researchers with reading, writing and fostering an exchange of ideas in the fields of humanities and social sciences. Lacuna is an online platform that encourages interdisciplinary conversations and peer-to-peer learning. Developed in 2013 by researchers in Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), Lacuna is an online platform that encourages interdisciplinary conversations and peer-to-peer learning.

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/06/22/annotation-tool-helps-students-beyond-stanford/

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More Universities Add Blockchain Courses to Meet Market Demand

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

by Alex Leilacher, Bitcoin Magazine

In recent months, there has been a surge in the demand for blockchain professionals. Data from the professional networking site LinkedIn has shown that blockchain related job postings have tripled in the last 12 months. This shows that there is a high demand for blockchain experts as the potential and applicability of blockchain technology becomes more apparent to corporations. Recognizing this opportunity, several universities have added blockchain studies to their fields of study to tailor their educational offerings to these new developments in the job market. The University of Edinburgh, for example, has recently announced the launch of a blockchain technology laboratory within its School of Informatics through a collaboration with technology startup Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK). The new lab will focus primarily on blockchain studies.

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/more-universities-add-blockchain-courses-meet-market-demand/

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‘I Started at Zero’: How a Syrian Refugee Is Rebuilding His Life Through Education

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

by Katie Reilly, Time

Nearly 18 months after his arrival in Turkey, Althib has found a way to continue his education. Like thousands of other refugees across the world, he has been taking online courses offered by universities as far-flung as Amsterdam and Baltimore, through programs that offer free classes to those who are displaced from their homes. As the global refugee crisis deepens — Althib is one of more than 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide, according to the UN Refugee Agency — many experts have called for a long-term approach to providing refugees with an education. That’s especially important for refugees from countries like Syria, who may not be able to return home and resume their studies anytime soon.

http://time.com/4825289/world-refugee-day-education-hadi-althib/

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July 10, 2017

Why Professors Shouldn’t Ban Smartphones

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

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

As smartphones have become more common, educators have struggled with the question of what to do with smartphones in the classroom. For K-12 educators, the answer has been to ban smartphones from the classroom completely. College professors have also banned smartphones in increasing numbers. But now there’s some evidence to suggest that banning smartphones in the college classroom isn’t such a good idea. A study conducted by researchers in Singapore found that undergraduate students who were allowed to keep their phones with them actually scored better on tasks that measured their cognitive functioning. Even when they weren’t allowed to use their phones, students who were allowed to keep their phones in their pockets performed better than students whose phones were confiscated.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/professors-shouldnt-ban-smartphones/

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Unlike the students they oversee, most college presidents are white and male

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

by Isaac Carey, Hechinger Report

Despite a growing demand for more diversity in higher education, more than 70 percent of college presidents are men, and 80 percent are white, according to a new report. There have been small gains for women and racial and ethnic minorities in the last 10 years, according to the study, by the American Council on Education and TIAA Institute. But the average age of college presidents has also gotten higher, rising to 62 now from an average of 52 three decades ago. Meanwhile, the student body is becoming more diverse. While 30 percent of college presidents are women, female students have outnumbered male students since 1979. And nonwhite students are expected to make up 44 percent of enrollment within the next eight years, U.S. Census data show.

http://hechingerreport.org/unlike-the-students-they-oversee-most-college-presidents-are-white-and-male/

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Online Students Need More Interaction with Peers and Teachers

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

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

New research shows online learners are seeking more interaction, mobile device support and career services.A new report from the Learning House and Aslanian Market Research measures the opinions of 1,500 online students regarding everything from course satisfaction to study methods in the hopes that it can help universities keep their online programs up to students’ standards. “No longer can online education be seen only as ‘flexible’ and ‘covenient,’” reads the report’s introduction. “The conversation needs to become more nuanced, and institutions need to more clearly share the positive outcomes that come with completing degree and certificate programs online.” Most notably, more than half of students indicate that interaction with educators and peers for an online course is important to them. About a quarter of the students surveyed say online courses would be better if there was more contact and engagement. For more on the report, check out the infographic linked below.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/06/online-students-need-more-interaction-peers-and-teachers-infographic

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July 9, 2017

The Ever-Expanding of Online Degree Options

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

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Today, more than 17 percent of higher education schools offer full-time online degree programs, and the options are incredibly diverse. Nearly every student in nearly every field can find courses available online, bringing the world closer to affordable, attainable higher education. To celebrate, here is a brief history of online degree options — and what we can expect from online education in the near future.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/ever-expanding-list-online-degree-options/

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MOOCs Moving On, Moving Up

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

By Cathy Sandeen, Inside Higher Ed

With some exceptions noted, MOOCs are mainly a technology business, focused on providing a return on investment (even for nonprofits like edX) by targeting the large nondegree professional development and technology training market. Though the MOOC experiment over the past five years has resulted in many positives, this era also reminds us that when it comes to degree attainment, there really is no magic bullet. The hard, in-the-trenches work of helping the students of today get and remain focused, learn, and stick it out to degree completion remains the province of mainstream higher education — MOOCs or no MOOCs.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/06/22/essay-looking-back-predictions-about-moocs

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A National Study of Online Learning Leaders in US Higher Education

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

by Eric E. Fredericksen, Online Learning Journal

Online learning in US higher education continues to grow dramatically. The most recent estimates indicate that about 30% of all students enroll in at least one online course (Allen & Seamen, 2016). As this important type of academic offering has become increasingly important to institutions of higher education, Presidents and Provosts have frequently established leadership positions to coordinate and direct their efforts in this area. But what do we know about the leaders who have been charged with managing this academic transformation? This systematic national study, a first of its kind, sheds light on the leadership that is guiding this new teaching and learning environment.

https://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/view/1164/270

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