LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Higher Ed

June 20th, 2016

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

What might Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn mean for higher ed? It is clear that LinkedIn views higher education as a key vertical. This strategy became apparent with the $1.5 purchase of Lynda.com in 2015. So what might the Microsoft acquisition change about LinkedIn through a higher ed lens? Being owned by Microsoft should allow LinkedIn to focus on its core strengths – and to leave the technology back-end to Microsoft. There have been signs that LinkedIn wants to have bigger mindshare in the discussion about the future of higher education, but these signals have been weak and fleeting. LinkedIn is still viewed more as a utility – a digital rolodex – than a key building block of what comes next in higher education. One could imagine a much bigger role for LinkedIn as a competency based education (CBE) goes mainstream.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/linkedin-microsoft-and-higher-ed

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Major OER initiative targets new degree programs

June 20th, 2016

BY LAURA DEVANEY, eCampus News

A major new community college initiative will work to develop degree programs using open educational resources (OER) in an effort to ease textbook-related financial obstacles students often face in higher education. The national community college reform network Achieving the Dream announced the initiative on June 14, and representatives said they hope it will spur other changes in teaching and learning and course design that will increase the likelihood of degree and certificate completion. Achieving the Dream will help colleges make OER degrees critical elements of their student success efforts. Lumen Learning will provide technical assistance; SRI International will evaluate the initiative and conduct research on how OER degrees impact student success and the institutions providing them; and the Community College Consortium of Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) will facilitate a community of practice.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/curriculum/oer-degree-programs/

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90% students see online experience as good as face-to-face

June 20th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

The Online Learning Consortium says 5.8 million students are enrolled in online higher education courses, and 90% of these students say their academic experience is as good, or better than an in-person class. According to the data, students report greater levels of engagement with coursework, faculty and classmates with learning technology and support the use of adaptive analytics in helping to customize student learning experiences. Despite eight in 10 faculty members having little experience with online learning tools, data suggests 48% of learning materials will soon be digital.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/olc-study-90-students-see-online-experience-as-good-as-face-to-face/420923/

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College Algebra, Engineering Classes Get Healthy Dose of Games-Based Learning

June 19th, 2016

BY TANYA ROSCORLA, Center for Digital Education

College professors say they rarely see their peers mixing games into classes, so a few outliers are developing their own games to help students understand complex subjects. In the first three years of elementary school, 65 percent of teachers use digital games to help students learn, according to the 2015 Speak Up report from the nonprofit Project Tomorrow. But by the time those students get to high school, just 31 percent of their teachers incorporate games into instruction. While the survey doesn’t measure college game use, college professors say they rarely see their peers mixing games into classes. That said, a few outliers are developing their own games to help students understand complex subjects including algebra and engineering.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/higher-ed/College-Algebra-Engineering-Classes-Get-Healthy-Dose-of-Games-Based-Learning.htm

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Coming of age:online accelerated learning is here to stay

June 19th, 2016

by Marjorie Hope Rothstein, the Examiner

In an article by Candice Adderly, How Technology Has Changed Education, she has touched upon many significant points. “Over the past 20 years, technology has dramatically transformed how we live, how we work and how we connect. How we learn is no exception…. Nearly 70 percent of chief academic leaders said that online learning is critical to their long-term strategy, and 77 percent rated learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in a classroom setting.” A more recent study estimates that about 46 percent college students are taking at least one course online and that by 2019, roughly half of all college classes will be digitally based. On average, students in online learning conditions performed modestly better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. —SRI International for the Department of Education

http://www.examiner.com/article/coming-of-age-online-accelerated-learning-is-here-to-stay

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HERE’S WHY E-LEARNING IS BECOMING MORE POPULAR

June 19th, 2016

By Carol Trehearn, Inscribe

Online learning has been possible for over a decade, however it has only recently begun to take the student population by storm. Once seen as ‘lesser’ than traditional classroom learning, e-learning and online courses were shunned by students in favor of physical colleges and degree courses, with many being misinformed that an online degree was less effective or worth less than its traditional counterparts. However, as this misinformation has been debunked by experts stressing that online learning could actually be a more effective alternative. There has been a significant increase in the number of undergraduate and postgraduate students taking classes online.

http://theinscribermag.com/insc/living-heres-why-e-learning-is-becoming-more-popular.html

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Big data can build comprehensive, cost-effective retention strategy

June 18th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Understanding and implementing big data into retention strategies makes for cost-effective, comprehensive approaches to keeping and graduating students. Pairing data points of student achievement with student behavior can help enrollment and student affairs professionals tailor student intervention and experience strategies that get results. Collaboration between student affairs, institutional research and IT is an essential component to making analytics a long-term retention strategy.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/big-data-can-build-comprehensive-cost-effective-retention-strategy/420838/

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: 26.2 Billion Reasons Why Students Should Be Reading The News Today!

June 18th, 2016

By Christopher Watkins, Udacity Blog

When one of the most recognized, most influential, most important companies in the world announces that it’s making the biggest acquisition in its entire history, that’s news for everyone. After all, just about anyone with a computer who has, has had, has looked for, or is looking for a job, has interacted with these companies at one time or another. Most of us probably use products and services from Microsoft and LinkedIn on a near-daily basis. But now that Microsoft is acquiring LinkedIn, what does this mean for students and job seekers?

http://blog.udacity.com/2016/06/microsoft-linkedin-26-2-billion-reasons-students-reading-news-today.html

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Coursera’s Update Will Migrate Hundreds of Courses to a New Platform

June 18th, 2016

by EdSurge

OUT WITH THE OLD: Coursera is planning to terminate access to its old platform on June 30, which will remove access to more than 450 courses hosted there, according to an email from the company. Coursera also said in a statement that the majority of the courses will transfer to the new platform, which Coursera began building in 2014 and which accommodates self-paced courses. The more recent version hosts the majority of its MOOCs, according to Coursera. The company writes that certificates from old courses will not disappear so long as participants do not unenroll.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-13-coursera-s-update-will-eliminate-hundreds-of-courses

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Feds consider whether to shut for-profit college watchdog

June 17th, 2016

By Collin Binkley , AP

Federal education officials are deciding whether to shut down the nation’s biggest accreditor of for-profit colleges over allegations that it overlooked deception by some of its schools. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is meant to be a watchdog for hundreds of for-profit schools, wielding the stamp of approval that colleges need to receive federal money. It’s one of many accreditors authorized by the U.S. Education Department to ensure the quality of schools. But the nonprofit is being accused of employing lax standards and failing to stop schools from preying on students.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/higher-education/feds-consider-whether-to-shut-for-profit-college-watchdog/2016/06/11/6be6bbc2-2fdb-11e6-b9d5-3c3063f8332c_story.html

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Re-Envisioning the Preparation of Students for Online Learning

June 17th, 2016

by Joshua Steele and Angela Gunder, Evolllution

After careful considerations and observations of our first incoming cohort, we elected to create a low-stakes, open learning environment that allows the student to engage as much as they feel is necessary prior to the beginning of classes, with access granted three weeks prior to the start of the semester to provide substantive opportunity to learn. To symbolize the journey that students undertake in beginning a degree program, this space was entitled “Launch Pad.”

http://evolllution.com/attracting-students/retention/ready-to-launch-re-envisioning-the-preparation-of-students-for-online-learning/

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Research details developments in the online language learning market forecast from 2016 to 2020

June 17th, 2016

by Pawan Kumar, WhaTech Premium

Online language learning consists of digital content and solutions that facilitate the learning of languages through ICT tools and platforms, such as mobile apps, e-Books, games, videos, audio clips, digital software, learning lab equipment, and online tutoring. These tools and avenues are interactive, allow real-time feedback, and enhance learning processes as they involve different formats to impart information. Among the languages spoken globally, English has emerged as the most preferred language to learn followed by Mandarin Chinese.

https://www.whatech.com/market-research/it/170130-research-details-developments-in-the-online-language-learning-market-forecast-from-2016-to-2020

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4 Crazy And Bizarre Online Courses You Can Take

June 16th, 2016

By Danielle Wirsansky, ULoop

All college students want to take interesting courses, but sometimes we let our schedules and our class requirements guide the classes we want to take to the point that we do not particularly enjoy the classes that we take. We take them because we have to in order to get our degrees.But sometimes a class will be so interesting, so unusual, that we pause. We are changed. We must take the course. Especially if it is an online course it can be easier for us to take that dream course that we never thought would exist. We can take it according to our own schedule and on our own terms. We are taking it because we want to rather than because we have to. And the crazier and more bizarre the class, the more intriguing it is for us to take.

http://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/204329/4-Crazy-And-Bizarre-Online-Courses-You-Can-Take

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Logging Off the LMS, Dropping Out

June 16th, 2016

by Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Hard data on which students are failing to use learning management software can help colleges intervene to boost retention rates. Knowing how often college students log onto learning management software is one of the best ways to predict whether they will stick with their studies or drop out. That finding, which comes from a trove of data collected by Civitas, an education technology company that does predictive data analytics, might seem like common sense: students who don’t do their course work are less likely to graduate. But engagement data from learning management systems (LMS), said officials at colleges that are clients of Civitas, can be sliced and diced to much better predict which students are likely to struggle, and for colleges to act on that information.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/06/13/data-student-engagement-lms-key-predicting-retention

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As interest grows, UND fosters online learning

June 16th, 2016

by Anna Burleson, Bismark Tribune

With more students enrolling in online courses every year, the University of North Dakota is trying to stay ahead of the curve. Interim Vice President for University and Public Affairs Peter Johnson said the university plans to increase its offering of “enroll anytime” courses, which students can take online at whatever pace they choose as long as they complete it within nine months, from 65 classes to 90. “They’re convenient, they’re flexible, they can set their own schedule for when they want to study,”, said Lynette Krenelka, director of the UND Office of Extended Learning, adding students enjoy the nontraditional class structure.

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/as-interest-grows-und-fosters-online-learning/article_d6e1a0ee-844e-5014-83ac-749d769efc89.html

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Students gravitate to online courses, legislators talk higher ed facilities

June 15th, 2016

By Anna Burleson, Grand Forks Herald

Many students taking classes at colleges and universities in North Dakota are doing so online. At the 11 North Dakota University System institutions, 47 percent of students take at least one distance course, which is defined as a class delivered via video, online, or other long distance instructional method. In 2012, that number sat at 40 percent, according to information presented to the interim Legislative Higher Education Funding Committee. In total, 69 percent of all NDUS students who take at least one distance course live in the state and 61 percent enrolled solely in distance courses are also North Dakota residents, Chief of Staff and Vice Chancellor for IT and Institutional Research Lisa Feldner said.

http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/education/4052162-students-gravitate-online-courses-legislators-talk-higher-ed-facilities

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Udacity Launches in German-Speaking Countries, Looks to Move Beyond Engineering

June 15th, 2016

by EdSurge

Udacity has begun operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland—quickly becoming its fastest growing regions—according to an email to Edsurge. The Silicon Valley-based company, now worth more than $1 billion, offers short professional development courses, dubbed “nanodegrees,” on technical topics such as data analytics and software development. In the email, Udacity representatives said that the company sees many of its German-speaking users coming from the automotive and banking sectors. The education arm of the German publisher Bertelsmann, Udacity’s biggest shareholder, is assisting with its deployment across the new regions.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-09-udacity-launches-in-german-speaking-countries-looks-to-move-beyond-engineering

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Rankled by college rankings

June 15th, 2016

by Matt Zalaznick, University Business

Almost everybody ranks colleges these days—old stalwarts like U.S. News & World Report, influential upstarts like Washington Monthly and click-baiting websites that measure everything from campus sustainability to most attractive students to coolest mascots. William Destler, president of Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, even found his university named one of the “geekiest” in 2014. While these smaller lists can offer some comic pride, the broader, higher-profile rankings routinely favor elite colleges and universities—and this sells the higher education system short by comparing institutions that have widely varying missions, he says. This article may not contain all of them, but there’s an unranked and un-alphabetized list of the big (and not-so-big) organizations producing higher ed ratings systems.

http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/rankled-college-rankings

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Canon unveils seven new online video classes for photographers

June 14th, 2016

by Hillary Grigoni, Yahoo

Learning photography using Canon gear may have just gotten a bit simpler with the launch of the company’s new online learning platform. On Wednesday, the camera manufacturer announced Canon Online Learning, a platform for online classes and print materials suitable for several different skill levels. The new paid platform joins free resources like the Canon Community and blog that teach photographers both basic camera techniques and photography concepts. According to Canon, the new classes are designed for photographers from several different backgrounds and skill levels, from hobbyists and professionals to travelers and parents. While plans for additional materials are in the works, the online learning platform has launched with seven initial classes.

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/canon-launches-online-learning-platform-000911735.html

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CNBC: Top 50 Companies as Disruptors – Coursera #10

June 14th, 2016

by CNBC

Few would argue that higher education has long been an industry in need of some fresh thinking. Which is why, in 2012, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, both former computer science professors at Stanford University, decided to launch Coursera. The company is a free online education platform that lets anyone, anywhere access courses from some of the best teachers and universities in the world, including Yale, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Edinburgh, to name a few. Courses cover the spectrum—from global health issues to data science, and most everything in between. Some of the 17.5 million learners around the world who have accessed any of the company’s 1,800 course offerings are there because they have a deep interest in a given subject.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/06/coursera-2016-disruptor-50.html

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Should Your Online Course Sound Like “Serial”?

June 14th, 2016

by Amy Ahearn, EdSurge

Radio and podcast hosts like Tippett have much to teach the education community about how to build engaging digital content. If 2012 was the year of the MOOC, 2016 is the year of the podcast. According to Pew Research Center studies, a third of American adults have listened to a podcast while only 18 percent arefamiliar with MOOCs. This is partly because the voices on podcasts have started to sound different. Women—including women of color—have taken the medium by storm. Online learning has a mansplaining problem. The online course space, on the other hand, has remained dominated by the voices of white men. Online learning has a mansplaining problem. Take the homepages of five of the most popular online learning providers: Coursera, EdX, FutureLearn, Lynda and Udemy. Collectively their lists of “Popular Courses,” “Popular Courses Starting Soon,” “Online Courses,” “Top Courses” and “Courses” feature 83 classes taught by a total of 163 listed instructors. As of June 2016, 72 percent of these instructors were men.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-09-should-your-online-course-sound-like-serial

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