Why online learning works for these Indiana kids

January 15th, 2017

BY SHAINA CAVAZOS, Chalkbeat

Online schools offer opportunities that can be life-changing for children who need flexible learning, even though the schools have broadly demonstrated a poor track record in Indiana so far. Indiana Connections Academy, along with every online school in the state that tested students in 2016, received an F grade from the state last month. But the Neiers and Taylors, who have been with Indiana Connections Academy since it opened in 2010, are happy with their choice. They said the self-paced nature of virtual learning, the lack of social distractions and the ability to learn anytime, anywhere, have given their kids the environment they need to be successful. The families — who are from Franklin and related — learned about virtual schooling when Stephanie Neier, a mother of five, enrolled her kids after hearing rave reviews of Connections Academy from a friend. Her oldest son has autism, and traditional high school wasn’t working for him, she said.

http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2017/01/03/why-online-learning-works-for-these-indiana-kids/

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Survey finds children are going online at younger age

January 14th, 2017

by RTE Ireland

A new survey has found that children are starting to use the internet from a younger age. Pupils in first class started to go online from under the age of five, compared to their sixth-class peers who on average first used the internet at the age of 7.7, the study found. The School Digital Trend Report from online safety firm, Zeeko, found 86% have access to a smart phone, tablet or iPod. Two thirds of sixth-class children use smart phones to access the internet, play online games, use apps, etc. However, younger children depend mostly on tablets for their online access, with laptops, games consoles, iPods, e-books and smart TVs also widely used by pre-teens to access internet-based content.

https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0103/842414-online/

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How technology will shape new trends in college learning

January 14th, 2017

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

GettingSmart.com profiles several areas of tech engagement that will help to attract and retain students in a climate where enrollment may shrink due to high costs and waning confidence in higher education. Officials say education should become more personalized through distance learning and tutoring systems, virtual learning environments which can help with professional development, and gamification to induce increased participation from diverse student populations. Microlearning, or reducing traditional lectures into smaller video tutorials, may also prove to be a change agent in keeping students’ attention and improving learning outcomes.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/how-technology-will-shape-new-trends-in-college-learning/433161/

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3 greatest edtech challenges specific to state universities

January 14th, 2017

BY THOMAS GOLDRICK, eCampus News

Most Higher Ed IT departments face similar challenges with budget restraints, hiring and retaining talented staff, and balancing the maintenance of existing systems with the need to implement emerging technologies. As if that weren’t enough, IT departments at state universities also run into a variety of specific problems that can further complicate how they operate. From a decline in state funding, to the needs of an evolving student base, there’s a lot that state university IT departments need to keep in mind, but there are ways to make edtech challenges easier. Let us walk you through some of those challenges so that your state university IT department can compete against Higher Ed’s most pressing issues on more equal footing.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/it-newsletter/edtech-challenges-state-universities/

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4 CIOs share higher ed tech predictions for 2017

January 13th, 2017

by Roger Riddell, Education Dive

A range of issues and concerns, new developments and ongoing trends promise an interesting 2017 for higher ed tech. With the spring semester on the horizon and new funding and regulatory realities on the way with the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, we reached out to four CIOs to get their opinions on what college and university tech chiefs should expect.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-tech-predictions-cio-melissa-woo-david-hinson-raechelle-clemmons-michael-berman-2017/432001/

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14 hot higher ed trends for 2017

January 13th, 2017

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Educators and tech leaders look back on 2016; predict where higher ed trends in teaching and learning will head this new year. With every new year comes new ideas. To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from micro-credentialing to energy savings, and the rise of nontraditional students to focusing more on outcomes, 14 higher ed luminaries looked back on 2016 higher ed trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017. Here’s what they said:

http://www.ecampusnews.com/disruptions-and-innovations/hot-higher-ed-trends-2017/

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Top 5 themes that will dominate the ed landscape

January 13th, 2017

by Sivaramakrishnan V, Financial Express

Colleges and universities are working harder to accommodate working students to take classes that fit their busy work, life and family schedules. In addition, there is an increased need to provide courses that will provide immediate results for students, such as traditional credit offerings in the form of courses that are directed toward degree completion. Colleges also are enhancing noncredit offerings with an emphasis on skill development and immediate application of these skills. Classes such as advanced manufacturing technologies, commercial driver’s license and skilled trades are for students to take at the college level, and can begin to immediately apply toward getting a promotion or a better-skilled job. The year 2016 saw a massive focus on measurement of student outcomes and performance, in both online and offline mediums. Integrated and more developed assessment solutions that provide detailed analytics on student performance should get further traction in 2017.

http://www.financialexpress.com/jobs/education-top-5-themes-that-will-dominate-the-landscape/493418/

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Georgia Tech Expanding Massive Online Masters Model: This Time in Analytics

January 12th, 2017
by Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed
The Georgia Institute of Technology will this fall offer an online master’s degree program in analytics for less than $10,000, a new investment in the institute’s model for low-cost, online graduate education. The interdisciplinary program, called OMS Analytics, follows the blueprint the institute created with its online master’s degree program in computer science, known as OMSCS, which launched in 2014 and has grown to about 4,000 students. Last year, Georgia Tech announced plans to expand the model into new fields. Since offering the program online greatly increases the number of students Georgia Tech can enroll, the institute will charge students a fraction of the cost of the residential program to study the same curriculum online. The 36-credit-hour program, split into 10 courses and a semester-long analytics capstone project, will cost in- and out-of-state students “less than $10,000,” the institute said. Georgia residents and out-of-state students pay about $36,000 and $49,000, respectively, for the yearlong residential program.
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/01/12/georgia-tech-launches-second-low-cost-online-masters-degree-program
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‘15% of adults in Britain have taken or are planning online course’

January 12th, 2017

by Times of Malta

Around one in six adults in Britain have done, or are intending to take, an online course as the programmes become more popular with the public and employers. Many are signing up for ‘moocs’ – massive open online courses – in a bid to further their careers, while for others it is a way of pursuing a personal interest, according to research. The study, by Futurelearn, the Open University and Parthenon-EY, also reveals that employers are increasingly using the courses to differentiate between job applicants. And it shows that graduates would like to have studied for at least part of their degree through online modules. Overall, 15 per cent of those surveyed for the research said they have either taken a short online course, or intend to do so.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170101/business-news/15-of-adults-in-Britain-have-taken-or-are-planning-online-course.635384

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Build your board with MU Extension online training

January 12th, 2017

by Cedar Republican

Nearly every non-profit organization operates with a board of directors. Often the bulk of the organization’s resources go to meet the needs of the clients, making it difficult to provide training to board members. “Yet, the effectiveness of a board can make or break most organizations,” Dr. Amy Patillo, community development specialist with University of Missouri Extension, said. Build your board is an online course, providing training to board members who serve non-profit organizations. The training was developed by University of Missouri Extension faculty to provide non-profit board members with essential training.

http://cedarrepublican.com/news/build-your-board-with-mu-extension-online-training/article_cd7e1df8-cc75-11e6-82b8-4f6b8d4c0655.html

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10 predictions and opportunities for virtual and augmented reality in 2017

January 12th, 2017

by JACOB MULLINS, Venture Beat

2016 was “Year Zero” for the current wave of consumerization of virtual reality and augmented reality, devices are finally shipping, consumers are buying, and applications are earning. Consider what “Year Zero” was for the PC or the mobile waves of technology adoption, and look at where we are today. 2017 is shaping up to be an early and fantastically productive year for the virtual reality & augmented reality industries. Having spent the better part of 2016 diving into the VR & AR industry, here is list of six predictions and four “wishes” for 2017.

http://venturebeat.com/2016/12/31/10-predictions-and-opportunities-for-virtual-and-augmented-reality-in-2017/

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Learning Welsh is getting easier with course that’s ‘blended’ in more ways than one

January 11th, 2017

by Carolyn Hitt, Wales Online

The “blended” bit refers to the style of course. As well as two hours in the classroom each week at Wales’ National Sports Centre, there is an online element as we log on to the course website – www.caerdydd.ybont.org – to complete both preparation modules before the class and revision activities afterwards. This is suiting me much better than just a weekly stint in the classroom. It feels more immersive. The temptation with a night-class is to forget about it all between gatherings but committing to individual online study ensures the learning continues beyond the lessons. And there’s no chance of digitally winging it either. Like linguistic Big Brother, our tutor is able to track our progress online. This isn’t as sinister as it sounds. It means help is on hand between lessons while getting an email with a “badge” to signal a completed online unit feels like a little reward.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/education/learning-welsh-getting-easier-course-12386894

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3 Benefits of Online Learning for Military Spouses

January 11th, 2017

By Olena Reid, US News

Military spouses who travel frequently can earn a degree through the flexibility of online education. If you are a military spouse, you probably know what it feels like to leave behind the family you love, friends you cherish and familiar places you used to call home. A military spouse’s role may be overlooked, but the military lifestyle doesn’t have to be an obstacle to some of the same opportunities civilians have access to, including higher education and professional growth. Online education can address the challenge of frequent relocation that military spouses face. I started my online MBA program when my husband was stationed in Virginia, and we didn’t know where we were headed next. A year into the program, we knew we had to travel cross-country to Washington state for his new role.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2016-12-30/3-benefits-of-online-learning-for-military-spouses

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India records 50 per cent rise in Coursera online learning

January 11th, 2017

by India Today

According to Coursera, a provider of online courses from top universities, out of the 10 most popular courses, technology constituted 70 per cent, followed by English for career advancement. Online learning grew by 50 per cent in India this year, and technology and English were the most sought-after skills, says a report. According to Coursera, a provider of online courses from top universities, out of the 10 most popular courses, technology constituted 70 per cent, followed by English for career advancement.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/india-record-50-per-cent-rise-in-online-learning/1/843777.html

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Online Universities: Five Questions to Ask Before Enrolling

January 10th, 2017

by Julio Cachila, University Herald Reporter

Online universities provide great learning opportunities that can be taken advantage of by adults who would want to study, but have commitments with family and their jobs. Although online courses are proven to be good career shapers, knowing the best online college to enroll is will ensure that a student’s needs will be met. To help you in choosing the right university, nonprofit online university Western Governors University has released a list of questions that will help narrow down your choices, and lead you to enrolling in the best institution that will meet your needs.

http://www.universityherald.com/articles/57785/20161229/online-universities-five-questions-ask-before-enrolling.htm

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Yes, Free Code Camp Has Low Completion Rates, And That’s Actually A Good Thing

January 10th, 2017

by Quora, Forbes

MOOCs get a lot of slack for having low completion rates. You don’t have to go all-in and commit to finishing a course before putting money down. It’s good to give people the opportunity to sample learning experiences. When it comes to coding in particular, many students come to coding bootcamps like Flatiron School from very different career paths, doing that initial exploration of free coding resources is hugely important in discovering if you feel passionate about code and want to invest more money/time/energy to learn it. In fact, before Flatiron School released our own free courses (like Intro to JavaScript and Bootcamp Prep), we used to send students to sites like Free Code Camp to make sure they started coding before applying. The question really should be: of students who are invested, how many complete them? And are they successful in their goals beyond the end of these programs?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2016/12/29/yes-free-code-camp-has-low-completion-rates-and-thats-actually-a-good-thing/#318f8aac1b1e

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Monetization Over Massiveness: Breaking Down MOOCs by the Numbers in 2016

January 10th, 2017

by Dhawal Shah, EdSurge

In 2016, 2,600 new courses were announced (up from 1,800 last year), taking the total number of MOOCs to 6,850 from over 700 universities. And it seems to be working. The “Big Three” MOOC providers—Coursera, Udacity, edX— combined have potentially made around $100 million in 2016. MOOCs are gradually being transformed from virtual classrooms to a Netflix-like experience. Many courses are no longer offered just once or twice a year, but rather are now available as a self-paced, sign up whenever you want experience Coursera courses are now offered regularly throughout the year, with new sessions starting automatically on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. This switch has led to a significant increase in the number of courses students can register for and start almost immediately. Previously, students were all piled into one giant session for courses that were only offered infrequently.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-12-27-monetization-over-massiveness-breaking-down-moocs-by-the-numbers-in-2016

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Why are colleges and universities handing over more than half of their tuition to online program managers?

January 9th, 2017
by John Katzman, Hechinger Report

In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers. It will be even more challenging to explain why some agreed to contractually share their tuition for the next ten or fifteen years. As the founder of a leading online program manager, I remember how this all started. Ten years ago, there were no high quality online programs, no best practices, no proven platforms and very few school leaders willing to take the financial and reputational risk of going online. But like a great many things that made sense at one point, the model needs replacement.

http://hechingerreport.org/colleges-universities-handing-half-tuition-online-program-managers/

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions For Online Class Students

January 9th, 2017

by University Herald

It is that time of the year once again where many individuals, professionals, families and even students are wondering how they are going to spend the next year. And it usually starts with making a list of 2017 New Year’s Resolutions. Here is a list of 2017 New Year’s Resolutions that those who are thinking of taking online classes can consider.

http://www.universityherald.com/articles/57548/20161228/2017-new-year-resolutions-online-class-students.htm

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Adults go online for courses to help job prospects

January 9th, 2017

by Herald Scotland

Around one in six adults have done, or are intending to take, an online course as the programmes become more popular with the public and employers. Many are signing up for “moocs” – massive open online courses – in a bid to further their careers, while for others it is a way of pursuing a personal interest, according to research. The study, by Futurelearn, the Open University and Parthenon-EY, also reveals that employers are increasingly using the courses to differentiate between job applicants. And it shows that graduates would like to have studied for at least part of their degree through online modules.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14991310.Adults_go_online_for_courses_to_help_job_prospects/

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The Digitization of Higher Education: Charting the Course

January 8th, 2017

by Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE Review

EDUCAUSE has defined an initial eight digital capabilities for higher education and developed corresponding maturity and technology deployment assessments. This article describes those capabilities and provides advice for attaining them. Technology’s value to organizations and individuals increasingly extends beyond productivity to the enhancement of learning, collaborating, and decision making. Organizations thus find it increasingly important to develop and apply digital capabilities in order to survive, let alone thrive. It no longer suffices to think of technology as merely an arms race, in which the winners keep getting faster and cheaper. The fast and cheap of automation and storage form the base of a pyramid rapidly gaining additional layers, with social and mobile new layers that have emerged in just the past decade. Cloud and analytics are newer still, and the Internet of Things layer is still being built.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/12/the-digitization-of-higher-education-charting-the-course

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