Daphne Kohler on Pervasive Learning Opportunity

August 21st, 2015

by Andrew Trounson, the Australian

Reskilling and upskilling will become­ lifelong pursuits in a ­technology-driven future, forcing qualifications to become “bite-sized” with “just-in-time” delivery, according to one of the world’s pioneers in the global phenomena that is free online learning, or Massive Open Online­ Courses. “The role of learning will be pervasive in everyday life,” said Daphne Koller, a Stanford mathematics professor who completed her masters degree at 18, but who switched direction in 2012 to co-found one of the world’s biggest MOOCs, Coursera, in 2012.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/bite-sized-qualifications-future/story-e6frgcjx-1227486079111

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Cybersecurity training course aims to help meet the growing job demand

August 21st, 2015

By PARESH DAVE, LA Times

Help is wanted in the cybersecurity field — and not just on the board of directors. As computer hacking grows more pervasive, so does the demand at all levels for workers skilled in the field. And where there’s a demand, there’s a start-up looking to meet it. Cybrary is an online cybersecurity training website that launched in January, and already, the company said, 150,000 people have participated. Like many start-ups, Cybrary aims to fill a market gap with a better, quicker and cheaper service. For now, its courses are free to individuals. Businesses pay a few thousand dollars a month for access to specialized courses. About two dozen businesses and schools have subscribed.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cybrary-agenda-sidebar-20150817-story.html

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4 Questions to Ask Before Pursuing an Online Master of Laws Degree

August 21st, 2015

By Jordan Friedman, US News

For those who wish to gain knowledge of U.S. law, earning an online Master of Laws could be the right step. Experts say online learning offers students – especially attorneys already practicing overseas – a chance to stay at home and save money that would otherwise be spent on moving and relocating to the U.S. “With our program, what we have found is that the students we have enrolled are typically working,” says Deborah Call, associate dean of graduate and international programs at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. “They find that their ability to take the classes online and generally on a part-time basis really serves their purposes.”

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2015/08/17/4-questions-to-ask-before-pursuing-an-online-master-of-laws-degree

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8 state models linking higher ed to careers

August 20th, 2015

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

The Network of states’ practices are unique in that they offer a standard model of how to create this increasingly needed pipeline. The Pathways to Prosperity Network, an initiative of Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, began three years ago in an effort to help more students enter not only postsecondary education, but full-time jobs that directly help companies fill critical positions. According to the report, only one in three “young people” obtains a four-year degree by age 25—and roughly 30 percent of the job openings projected over the next decade require some education beyond high school, but not necessarily a four-year degree. And according to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation’s youth employment rates have plummeted over the last 15 years, declining to their lowest levels since the 1930s.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/state-models-careers-812/

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SNHU announces partnership with military group

August 20th, 2015

By CYRUS MOULTON, Union Leader

Southern New Hampshire University is taking another step to help serve military personnel in the classroom, announcing a new partnership with Warrior Transition Technology Training to provide education, professional certification and job placement for military personnel through a new undergraduate information technology (IT) program. “For many veterans, getting a college degree represents a very great change for them and opens up new possibilities,” Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, said Monday. “We’re leveraging the discipline, skills, and work ethic (military personnel) have, and then giving them the skills and expertise in Oracle database administration so they can have a new career.”

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150816/NEWS02/150819486/1003/sports04

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Top 10 tips for taking an online class

August 20th, 2015

By Miranda Holloway, Daily Illini

As a rising junior and certified old lady, I have taken my fair number of online classes with mixed results. I’ve loved them because of their convenience and hated them because of their busy work. The struggles I’ve experienced with online classes have been almost exclusively my fault. In the wisdom gained through my old age, I’ve compiled 10 tips to help others prepare for and succeed in an online class.

http://www.dailyillini.com/article/2015/08/top-10-tips-for-taking-an-online-class

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Establishment Goes Alternative

August 19th, 2015

By Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Traditional colleges have been mostly on the sidelines for the early development of online microcredentials or badges — the kind that aren’t linked to conventional courses and the credit hour. Educational technology companies and other alternative providers have taken the lead in working with employers on these skills-based credentials. A new prototype from a group of seven brand-name universities could change that. Tentatively dubbed the University Learning Store, the project is a joint effort involving the Georgia Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, the University of Washington, the University of California’s Davis, Irvine and Los Angeles campuses, and the University of Wisconsin Extension. The idea is to create an “alternative credentialing process that would provide students with credentials that are much shorter and cheaper than conventional degrees,” said David Schejbal, dean of continuing education, outreach and e-learning at Wisconsin Extension.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/08/14/group-seven-major-universities-seeks-offer-online-microcredentials

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Course explaining dementia attracts 50,000 learners

August 19th, 2015

by Tim Dodd, AFR

The University of Tasmania’s very popular massive open online course (MOOC) explaining dementia this week begins its run for the fourth time. So far the course, Understanding Dementia, has enrolled 50,000 students and has an extraordinarily high completion rate of 36 per cent since it was first offered in 2013. A 10 per cent completion rate would normally be considered extremely good for a MOOC. Because most MOOCs are free, and attract a high proportion of window shoppers, the vast majority of learners usually do not complete. The free course runs for nine weeks, contains the latest research on dementia and was developed at the university’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.

http://www.afr.com/technology/apps/education/course-explaining-dementia-attracts-50000-learners-20150811-giwill

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LinkedIn and Lynda aim to close a skills gap

August 19th, 2015

By Queenie Wong, Mercury News

In a move aimed at narrowing a skills gap faced by many workers, the business-oriented social network LinkedIn purchased Lynda for $1.5 billion earlier this year. By using LinkedIn’s information about working professionals and businesses to link employees to the right online courses, the companies are bidding to help solve problems that have made it tough for employers to fill jobs — in a way that e-learning and employment experts say hasn’t been done before. “LinkedIn is kind of a uniquely positioned company because their whole focus is on professional skills and for professionals finding jobs,” said David Guralnick, president of the International E-Learning Association and Kaleidoscope Learning. About 38 percent of employers had trouble filling jobs in 2015, with lack of skills and experience listed as among the top reasons why, according to a survey this year by the ManpowerGroup, a human resource consulting firm.

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/business/20150809/linkedin-and-lynda-aim-to-close-a-skills-gap

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Internet penetrates prison bars to boost inmates’ education

August 18th, 2015

by DEIDRE MUSSEN, NZ Stuff

No bars to education is the Corrections Department’s mantra with its new programme to allow internet into prisons. Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-liga launched the secure online learning project at Rimutaka Prison on Thursday morning, which will run in prisons around New Zealand. Two-thirds of the country’s prisoners were “basically illiterate”, he said. Lifting inmates’ literacy and numeracy with modern technology would reduce reoffending because their new digital skills would help them to gain jobs once they left jail. The scheme was trialled in 2013 for six months at the youth unit in Christchurch Men’s Prison, and proved a big success, so it continued there for the past two years.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/71102246/Internet-penetrates-prison-bars-to-boost-inmates-education

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The online MBA: Advantages, disadvantages in growing trend

August 18th, 2015

By Cheryl V. Jackson, Blue Sky Innovation

The University of Illinois College of Business has launched an iMBA program that it says provides flexibility through blocks of study that it calls “specializations,” including core specializations in leadership and organizational management; business tools for successful execution; improving business finances and operations; and strategic financial management. The program, part of a partnership with Coursera, a Silicon Valley educational technology company, aims to reflect “the way the business world works — not necessarily the way academic departments are structured,” the university says on its website. The university says it’s offering the online program’s interactive content, including video lectures and quizzes, to everybody for free. But “anyone interested in the iMBA degree program must first go through a rigorous admissions process,” Arshad Saiyed, interim director of the iMBA program, said in an email to Blue Sky.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/series/mba/ct-mba-online-programs-bsi-20150810-story.html
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Orlando ballet studio now using online learning

August 18th, 2015

by Fox 35

In a ballet studio near Downtown Orlando, they’re giving new meaning to the term “modern dance.” The techniques are ones you’d expect, but the students are not. Because not all of them are in the room. The class put on by the Interactive Academy of Performing Arts—or IAPA—uses modern technology to allow some of the students to learn online. “I’m in Tampa. I’m actually in my dining room. I moved the table aside,” Francesca Perrone-Britt tells FOX 35 via web cam.

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/story/29749991/orlando-ballet-studio-now-using-online-learning
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Will UK students look to free online higher education?

August 17th, 2015

by James Connington, Telegraph

UK students have a number of options available to them, ranging from looking abroad for countries with lower tuition fees, to forgoing university altogether and opting for an apprenticeship or school leaver programme. One option that has the potential to flourish in this new environment of high fees and student distrust is online and open access based higher education. “I think it’s a great means of liberation for people who don’t have any means of getting on from where they are.” On the surface, many might be quick to dismiss such systems, saying they will never be a match for a physical university. Furthermore, for the most part, online or open access higher education systems are meant as alternatives, to provide an option for those without access to traditional higher education, due to deprivation or other circumstances.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/11790571/Will-UK-students-look-to-free-online-higher-education.html

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Tablet Shipments Drop 7 Percent in Second Quarter of 2015 with Apple Posting Largest Decline

August 17th, 2015

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Tablet vendors shipped 44.7 million units in the second quarter of 2015, a 7 percent drop compared to the same period last year when the segment notched 48 million devices sold and a 3.9 percent decline compared to the fist quarter of this year, according to a new report from International Data Corp. (IDC). Most of the decline came at the expense of the segment leaders, with Apple and Samsung, the first and second place vendors, respectively, the only two companies in the top five to see shipments drop year over year.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/08/05/tablet-shipments-drop-7-percent-in-second-quarter-of-2015-with-apple-posting-largest-decline.aspx

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Coursera, UC San Diego Use MOOCs to Make Workers More Job-Ready

August 17th, 2015

by Bruce V. Bigelow, xconomy

After establishing a new office of online education earlier this year, UC San Diego recently unveiled plans to develop massive open online courses—or MOOCs—to better prepare workers for jobs in two specialized tech sectors. Under a “global skills initiative” announced by Mountain View, CA-based Coursera, UC San Diego said it will be working on the classes with Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM), the wireless technologies giant, and San Francisco-based Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK), a big data software developer. Coursera said last week its initiative is intended to provide workers with needed skills in today’s tech economy.

http://www.xconomy.com/san-diego/2015/08/10/coursera-uc-san-diego-use-moocs-to-make-workers-more-job-ready/

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MOOC watch: Coursera builds links to companies

August 16th, 2015

by Tim Dodd, Financial Review

US massive open online course provider Coursera is creating closer ties with employers, aiming to set up a network of companies which will help fund new courses as well as offering industry expertise, specialist guest lecturers and student case studies. Coursera promises companies that join the scheme, called the Global Skills Initiative, that they will “receive visible branding throughout the course, learner survey and performance data, and course materials for employee training”. Coursera also says it will give companies access to the top performers in the course “to expand their hiring pools”.

http://www.afr.com/technology/apps/education/mooc-watch-coursera-builds-links-to-companies-20150806-giti2u

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Rio cab drivers offered free English courses for Olympics

August 16th, 2015

by One India

Taxi drivers in Rio de Janeiro have been offered free English courses to improve communication with tourists during next year’s Olympics. Some 10,000 online courses will be provided to drivers under the plan, a joint initiative between Rio 2016, Radio Globo and the English First group, reported Xinhua. Those who complete the course will receive a certificate of recognition from the ministry of eduction. “When tourists arrive in Rio, taxi drivers are often the first local people to greet them,” Rio 2016 head of engagement Mariana Behr told Rio2016.com.

http://www.oneindia.com/sports/rio-cab-drivers-offered-free-english-courses-for-olympics-1831811.html

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Mobile Extends Reach, Potential of Distance Learning

August 16th, 2015

by Aida Akl, VOA

Distance education is increasingly becoming available to mobile users, both as an alternative and a compliment to structured learning. Some educators hope it could even level the global skills gap. But that remains a work in progress. Open universities that offer MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses with content from participating universities are not new. But their pace has picked up with increased global Internet connectivity, making it possible for people to learn anything, anywhere, often for free. For most people around the world, “the first time and actually only time they’ll get on the Internet is with a mobile device – their phone,” said the World Bank’s Michael Trucano, Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education.

http://blogs.voanews.com/techtonics/2015/08/07/mobile-extends-reach-potential-of-distance-learning/

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On line and other Game-Based Learning for Mathematics

August 15th, 2015

by Athanasios Drigas, Marios Pappas, International Journal of Online Engineering

The last decade, researchers and educators have shown particular interest for the use of educational video games in mathematics education, in an effort to provide educational character to entertainment. In this paper we represent some of the most representative studies which evaluate the effects of video games on mathematics achievement as well as the improvement of memory, attention and cognitive skills. As indicated by the studies, video games may constitute useful tools in mathematics education as they support children’s comprehension on fundamental concepts, but also motivate them to see positively the course of mathematics.

http://online-journals.org/index.php/i-joe/article/view/4742

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Why Women Dominate in Online Programs

August 15th, 2015

By Devon Haynie, US News

Women say online learning gives them more flexibility to tackle their work and family commitments. Women may be more highly represented in online education because of the kinds of jobs they pursue, experts say. In the world of online learning, female students predominate. At the undergraduate level, 70 percent of online students were women in spring 2015, according to a recent survey. Among graduate students, 72 percent of students were female. Some online bachelor’s programs are made up almost entirely of women, according to U.S. News data. In 2013-2014, these 10 schools had the highest percentages of female undergraduates among the 224 ranked programs that submitted data, excluding female-only programs.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2015/08/05/why-women-are-drawn-to-online-learning-in-higher-numbers-than-men

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Are nanodegrees how MOOCs will ultimately disrupt higher ed?

August 15th, 2015

By Tara García Mathewson, Eductaion Dive

Nanodegrees from Udacity, microdegrees from Coursera, and other programs like them resemble the trade certificates or extension programs of the past, but some see these new innovations as the latest “game-changers” in higher ed. The accelerated certificate programs create their curricula with employers to offer a course that directly readies adults for jobs waiting in industries increasingly open to hiring employees without four-year degrees in their fields. In many cases, the mini degree programs attract college-educated students looking for a career change, but some students are starting to look at them while getting a degree or before college entirely.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/are-nanodegrees-how-moocs-will-ultimately-disrupt-higher-ed/403553/

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