Microsoft Tackles IT Skills Gap With Online Learning Program

July 18th, 2016

By Pedro Hernandez, eWeek

Beginning with data science, the software giant aims to help close the IT skills gap with its new Microsoft Professional Degree program. During its Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto this week, Microsoft took the wraps off an online “learning-as-a-service” program that will teach professionals the skills required for today’s technology-focused, in-demand jobs. Based on the Azure-hosted Open edX online education platform, the software giant’s new Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program will “offer employer-endorsed, university caliber curriculum for professionals at any stage of their careers,” Alison Cunard, general manager of Microsoft Learning Experiences, said in a July 13 announcement. Open edX is an open-source online teaching and courseware development platform.

http://www.eweek.com/it-management/microsoft-tackles-it-skills-gap-with-online-learning-program.html

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Designing Competency-Based Education for Underprepared College Learners

July 18th, 2016

by Amy Girardi and Rachel Crew, Jobs for the future

Despite rapid growth, competency-based programs currently serve a narrow slice of the college-going population. The majority are designed for students who are already well prepared for college coursework; few are intended for students who lack college-level math and literacy skills. This means that the millions of individuals who attend college every year with a need to improve basic academic skills are rarely able to access competency-based approaches. They are disproportionately from low-income backgrounds and often the first in their family to seek postsecondary education. Assessed when they arrive on campus, most end up in developmental education classes of questionable quality and few ever see success in credit-bearing courses, let alone graduate.

http://www.jff.org/sites/default/files/publications/materials/CBE-paper%20070716%5B1%5D_0.pdf

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SIU on-campus enrollment dips 14 percent as more opt for online classes

July 18th, 2016

by MOLLY PARKER, the Southern

On-campus SIU enrollment is down about 14 percent this summer compared to summer 2015. That means there are 571 fewer students taking classes on the SIU campus compared to the previous summer. And there are 1,334 fewer students taking on-campus summer classes this summer compared to summer 2014, a decline of nearly 28 percent. Total enrollment is down compared to summer 2015 about 5.1 percent, according to data SIU provided on Friday in response to a request by the newspaper. Accounting for the difference is that off-campus enrollment has continued to climb, and increased by 8.5 percent this summer compared to summer 2015.

http://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu/summer-slump-siu-on-campus-enrollment-dips-percent-as-more/article_c958932a-ed37-58f6-a8aa-00c920a1feee.html

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Online ‘university of anywhere’ opens to refugees

July 17th, 2016

By Sean Coughlan, BBC

An online university is offering 500 refugees from Syria’s civil war free places on its degree courses. The University of the People, based in California, is a fast-growing, non-profit project designed to provide higher education for those with the academic ability to study, but without the ability to pay or without any practical access to a traditional university. “There isn’t a better reason for the invention of the internet,” says the university’s founder and president, Shai Reshef. The university offers fully accredited four-year degrees, completely taught online, with students scattered across 180 countries. “We open the gates to higher education. We are an alternative for those who have no other alternative – survivors of the genocide in Rwanda, refugees from Syria, the earthquake in Haiti,” says Mr Reshef, speaking to the BBC in London.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36738442

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Walmart and Cengage Learning Deliver H.S. Diploma and Career Certificate Opportunities for Associates

July 17th, 2016

by Walmart and Cengage

Cengage Learning has partnered with Walmart to offer accredited high school diplomas and credentialed career certificates through Career Online High School (COHS). Part of Walmart’s Lifelong Learning program, COHS is designed to reengage adults in education and is free for Walmart associates beginning on the first day of their employment. To date, more than 130 associates have received their high school diploma through COHS, with another 433 currently enrolled. “Working with Walmart, we have a tremendous opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of associates who are seeking a better future,” said Dawn Gerrain, General Manager, Skills Group, Cengage Learning. “The Career Online High School program is designed to help people succeed – whether to get better jobs with greater salary potential or to position individuals for further education.”

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-cengage-learning-deliver-h-130500673.html

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Juggling work and university study in 2016 couldn’t be easier

July 17th, 2016

by the Independent

There was a time when juggling studies with work, social life, and a family was just not possible. Thankfully, though, in the digital age and amid an ever-changing modern-day learning climate, dealing with all of the aforementioned couldn’t be easier with the help of the Internet, along with other options. This option allows students to learn remotely and without the need for regular face-to-face contact with a teacher in the classroom and, according to The Complete University Guide (CUG), more than 270,000 undergraduates are taking their first degrees by distance learning this year, along with around 108,000 postgrads. “In recent years, the advent of the Internet and widespread use of the computer has led to a huge growth in distantly delivered tuition and study,” CUG adds among distance learning’s many advantages.

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/Studies/juggling-work-and-university-study-in-2016-couldn-t-be-easier-a7133326.html

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Raytheon introduces online classes to prepare US residents for extreme weather

July 16th, 2016

by Raytheon Company

Raytheon has launched a suite of weather preparedness training modules to help teach the general public and school-aged children how to keep themselves safe before, during and after significant weather events. The modules, which were developed by Raytheon as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative, incorporate feedback from both NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “These interactive videos provide individuals with useful information on actions to take to prepare for extreme weather and water events,” said National Weather Service Director Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D. “Working together, our Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors are helping to improve weather readiness across the nation through projects like this one.”

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/raytheon-introduces-online-classes-prepare-124000712.html

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10 ONLINE BIG DATA COURSES AND WHERE TO FIND THEM 2016

July 16th, 2016

by Hannah Augur, Dataconomy

Who doesn’t want to learn about data scientist these days? The field is still hot, and the ample job listings for data scientists might make folks working in other fields instantly jealous. For young students, there are full degree programs and specialized courses to prepare them for the data-driven world but for those already in the field it’s not so simple. Going back to school is a huge and pricey ordeal. Thankfully, there are several online options. Whether you want to learn the basics for fun, sharpen your technical knowledge, or feel properly trained on specific platforms, there’s a course for you. Choosing a course isn’t easy. It’s important to know exactly what goal the course should fulfill and what your limitations are.·

http://dataconomy.com/10-online-big-data-courses-2016/

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NYU seeks to expand online learning in Shanghai

July 16th, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

New York University has launched a series of instructional videos on social media to pilot content delivery to students at its Shanghai campus, attracting hundreds of thousands of views in just days. The school plans to expand the series, working around censorship issues and cultural barriers to potentially offer college degree programs to students in China. Shanghai’s middle class is an untapped opportunity for student recruitment from families which can afford NYU tuition.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/nyu-seeks-to-expand-online-learning-in-shanghai/422453/

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Mobile Learning: No Longer About the Technology, but About the Learning

July 15th, 2016

By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway, THE Journal

Let’s start with the blog’s ending: A transition, quietly but most assuredly, has occurred:

Today, in 2016, discussions under the heading “mobile learning” are becoming more about how “all-the-time, everywhere learning” can be supported with “mobile” technology.

Yesterday, in 2010, discussions about “mobile learning” were about what technology — what devices, what apps — should be used in the classroom.

The change in what mobile learning means isn’t just academic quibbles; rather, the change in what mobile learning means has huge pedagogical implications.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/07/05/mobile-learning.aspx

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Education in the ‘Fourth Wave’ of Science-Driven Economic Advancement

July 15th, 2016

By David Nagel, THE Journal

Michio Kaku — theoretical physicist, author and pop science celebrity — has an emphatic message for educators: We are rapidly entering what he terms the “fourth-wave” of scientific advancement, and it’s the duty of educators to prepare young people to survive and thrive in the radically different milieu that portends. By Kaku’s reckoning, science is the engine of economic prosperity and has been for hundreds of years. Steam power ushered in the first wave of prosperity enabled by scientific advancements that had a direct impact on the way we live. The harnessing of electricity brought the second wave. The third wave, the one in which we live now, is powered by computers and communication. Each of these waves has brought revolutionary changes to the way humanity lives and interacts. And that will continue into the fourth wave, one driven by nanotechnology, biotechnology and artificial intelligence.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/07/06/education-in-the-fourth-wave-of-science-driven-economic-advancement.aspx

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Not Sure What Courseware to Try? This Tool Wants to Make Your Decision Easier

July 15th, 2016

by Andrew Rikard, EdSurge

When edtech companies approach Kara Monroe, they all tout how their product is different from everybody else’s. But without proof, Monroe, vice president of academic innovation and support at Ivy Tech Community College, and her colleagues are searching in the dark to find the right tools that faculty can use to improve learning outcomes for the more than 200,000 students in the Indiana community college system. So much is coming at us,” Monroe says. That’s why she’s excited about recent efforts to make sense of the latest digital courseware products. A new free tool called the Courseware in Context (CWiC) framework aims to categorize and compare the range of emerging products that faculty are using to teach their online and blended courses. Tyton Partners, a Boston-based consulting firm, developed the framework in collaboration with the Online Learning Consortium and research firm SRI International, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-07-10-not-sure-what-courseware-to-try-this-tool-wants-to-make-your-decision-easier

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Johns Hopkins Launches Mixed Modality Courses

July 14th, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) at John Hopkins University announced two new graduate courses that will use a mixed modality teaching model, combining onsite and online learning. The first two AAP classes incorporating this education model will be Biochemistry, part of the Biotechnology master’s program, and Molecular Biology, part of the Bioinformatics master’s program. Both classes will be hosted at the Frederick Center for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST) for the upcoming fall semester. A regional higher education center, CREST serves as a local onsite alternative for students who would otherwise need to travel to the university or take the courses entirely online. The center hosts a number of local Frederick student cohorts, offering a diverse learning environment focused on area STEM activities.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/07/08/johns-hopkins-launches-mixed-modality-courses.aspx

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Earn credit towards a degree from free online courses

July 14th, 2016

by Tim Dodd, Financial Review

Australian universities are joining the global trend to offer credit towards a degree to students who complete free online courses. The massive open online course (or MOOC) World Music offered by Open2Study now attracts bachelor degree credit at James Cook University. James Cook University school of creative arts lecturer David Salisbury, who presents the four-week World Music MOOC on Open2Study, said awarding credit for the online course was a fair reward for a student’s effort. The course introduces students to music from four different cultures – African, Indian, Latin American and Indonesian – and so far over 8000 students have enrolled in it. Dr Salisbury said he was rewarding students who completed the MOOC with 10 per cent bonus marks if they were enrolled in a degree subject that included the world music material.

http://www.afr.com/leadership/innovation/earn-credit-towards-a-degree-from-free-online-courses-20160707-gq18kg

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Learn Ethical Hacking Course Online Through These 10 YouTube Channels

July 14th, 2016

by Techworm

There has been an increasing demand for ethical hackers (also known as white hat hackers or penetration testers) in the last few decades, as they protect the computer systems from dangerous intrusions. Businesses and government-related organizations that are serious about their network security hire ethical hackers and penetration testers to help probe and improve their networks, applications, and other computer systems with the ultimate goal of preventing data theft and fraud. Ethical hackers or white hat hackers identify weaknesses in data computer security for business and organizations across the globe, to protect them from hackers or criminals with less honest motives. This not only helps them earn a good and honest living but also keeps them away from facing prison time.

http://www.techworm.net/2016/07/10-youtube-channels-learning-ethical-hacking-course-online.html

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Indiana University Digitization initiative preserves over 100K items in first year

July 13th, 2016

by eCampusNews

Just one year into its massive digitization initiative, Indiana University has already rescued from ruin more than 100,000 precious audio and video recordings, thanks to a successful collaboration with Memnon Inc., a Sony company. IU has extended the use of the facilities, created for its Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative (MDPI) project with Memnon, to enable Memnon to accept digitization work from new clients including other universities, museums and commercial broadcasters. This move strengthens Bloomington’s position as a hub for high-volume media digitization and preservation work. Laurie Antolovic’, MDPI executive director, and Indiana University associate vice president and deputy chief information officer, says “The massive bicentennial MDPI project is now well ahead of its expected pace, and we are delighted with this progress and the quality of the services that Memnon has provided.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/news/digitization-initiative-memnon/

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Don’t Fall for These 10 Online Education Myths

July 13th, 2016

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Contrary to popular belief, online classes aren’t always easy and many employers accept online degrees, experts say. Some people are skeptical about online education, but experts say that prospective students shouldn’t trust everything they hear.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/slideshows/avoid-falling-for-these-10-online-education-myths

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Careers in Data Science: Women Who Code and Udacity

July 13th, 2016

By Christopher Watkins, Udacity Blog

If you’re not familiar, Women Who Code is a non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. The organization has executed more than 3,000 events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 50,000 and has a presence in 20 countries. The event we partnered on was called Careers in Data Science. 70 Women Who Code members joined us at Udacity to network, and to learn more about education opportunities and career pathways in data science. Our guests also enjoyed presentations from expert speakers: four from Udacity, and two from NetBase Solutions.

http://blog.udacity.com/2016/07/careers-data-science-women-who-code-udacity.html

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Few students cheat when doing online learning assignments, study shows

July 12th, 2016

by Study International Staff

Over the past few years, online learning courses have grown exponentially as students eye cost and convenience. But questions have always lingered over the effectiveness of online learning (or e-learning). After all, if students have easy access to assignment answers (whether through search engines or in-built mechanisms), they may be tempted to game the system without achieving meaningful learning. Fortunately, a recent study presented at the conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) suggests otherwise. California researchers found that most students genuinely try to answer online assignment questions even when the answers can be revealed in a simple click of a button.

https://www.studyinternational.com/news/few-students-cheat-when-doing-online-learning-assignments-study-shows

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Getting Syria’s college students back into class

July 12th, 2016

By Anna Patton, Devex

Kiron, which opened in Germany in 2015, is also looking to expand into Turkey and requires a minimum standard of English. Students take modules from world-class universities including Harvard, Stanford and MIT for up to two years online via an established massive online open course provider. Kiron then transfers credits to one of its partner universities, where students complete a further year or two toward an accredited degree. With 300,000 euros ($334,400) of funding from Google, the organization covers the approximate 3,000 euros ($3,313) cost per person. The model accommodates mobile populations, since individuals can begin the course online in one country and attend a partner university in another if they move. Kiron currently partners with 18 universities in three countries, and is in negotiations with another 120 around the world. No universities have confirmed partnerships in Turkey, but Kiron’s co-founder and managing director, Markus Kressler, said several showed high interest after initial meetings.

https://www.devex.com/news/getting-syria-s-college-students-back-into-class-88380

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Online courses net flexibility for working students

July 12th, 2016

By Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle

As technology continues to advance, we are seeing increasing opportunities to for students to take courses and programs online. Online classes are typically very similar to those offered in a typical classroom setting in that they use the same syllabus, learning outcomes, faculty, and many of the same instructional materials. The primary differences are the requirement for a set time to meet face-to-face is removed and the instruction is delivered through the Internet in text, video and other media formats. Online classes follow the same semester schedule for delivery while being guided by a faculty member engaging with the students throughout the semester. A key difference is online learning allows the student the flexibility to be online and do the work at times that are convenient for them, allowing them to fit the courses into their lives and schedules, which is a significant advantage for working students.

http://www.chron.com/news/article/Online-courses-net-flexibility-for-working-8343539.php

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