eLearning and Technology

The Smart Way to Improve Online Learning

MICHAEL M. CROW and JEFFREY SELINGO, Politico

Thirty years after the internet age began, the pandemic has shown us that it is long overdue for the federal government to help higher education capitalize on the promise of digital resources. If digital education is a critical piece of our national security infrastructure, we need to know more about its reach and efficacy.  A similar benefit to the nation can occur with a new digital education interstate system, one that might initially be built to deal with a national emergency like the one we’re living through now, but whose ultimate impact will be far greater on a generation of learners.

https://www.politico.com/news/agenda/2020/06/25/the-smart-way-to-improve-online-learning-338664

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Get A Comfortable Chair: Permanent Work From Home Is Coming

Uri Berliner, NPR

Tech companies Twitter and Facebook captured headlines with announcements about permanent work from home. But the news from a 94-year-old company based in the heartland — Columbus, Ohio — may have been even more significant. Nationwide Insurance is shutting five regional offices since remote work has gone off so smoothly during the pandemic. And thousands of employees will permanently ditch their commutes for home offices. According to Global Workplace Analytics, “a typical employer can save about $11,000 year for every person who works remotely half of the time.” And workers can bank between $2,500 and $4,000 a year working remotely half time.

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/22/870029658/get-a-comfortable-chair-permanent-work-from-home-is-coming

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COVID-19 Highlights Advances in Online Learning Opportunities

CPA Practice Advisor
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique opportunity to expand your professional knowledge and accelerate your lifelong learning.  While the coronavirus has forced many large venues to close their doors, preventing in-person training and conferences, many organizations, including the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (Association), which combines the strength of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), have successfully transitioned to online conferences, webcasts and online trainings to assure members stay current in their professions.

https://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/firm-management/news/21143722/covid19-highlights-advances-in-online-learning-opportunities

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Just-in-Time Online Tutoring: Supporting Learning Anywhere, Anytime

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2020-07-04 02:10

Stefan Hrastinski, EDUCAUSE Review
Although there is an abundance of digital education resources, we must find better ways to support learners when and where they have a need.  What if learning could be supported anywhere, anytime, based on the needs of learners?  Although an abundance of digital education resources are available online, learners have questions and need guidance when they are studying. Just-in-time online tutoring attempts to meet this need. It also has great potential as a complement to scheduled education. Just-in-time learning has been defined as “anywhere, anytime learning that is just enough, just for me and just in time.”1 Margaret Riel outlines three principles of just-in-time learning.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/6/just-in-time-online-tutoring-supporting-learning-anywhere-anytime

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How AI-Based Interviewing Will Transform Career Preparation in Higher Education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2020-07-04 02:05

Alan Jones, Suzan Harkness and Nathan Mondragon, EDUCAUSE Review

The increased growth of emerging technologies and AI interviewing provides a multifaceted approach to candidate profiling and screening.  Competency and personality-trait profiles can be created with AI-trained algorithms to identify and score behaviors and responses during the recorded interviews. The AI-based profiles can then be mitigated for bias (which, if successful, could increase the diversity of candidate pools). The resulting profiles would then be used to screen and select candidates to move forward in the process, thereby significantly improving the efficiencies of the hiring process.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/6/acts-of-meaning-how-ai-based-interviewing-will-transform-career-preparation-in-higher-education

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Looking Beyond the College Degree

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2020-07-04 02:03

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

As the pandemic wreaks havoc on the job market, a quarter of American adults say they plan to enroll in an education or training program within the next six months, according to the latest results of a national poll conducted by the Strada Education Network. That share was 37 percent for 18- to 24-year-olds and 23 percent for 25- to 64-year-olds. A quarter of Americans say they would pursue education or training within six months if they lost their job, but most prefer nondegree training over the traditional college route.  https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/06/24/americans-seeking-change-job-fields-prefer-nondegree-training-make-jump Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_67839') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_67839') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_67839') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_67839'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_67839') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

COVID-19 ushers in a new era of cybersecurity

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2020-07-03 02:10

BY BILL CONNER,  eCampus News

This semester, higher-ed institutions around the world have struggled to keep up with the digital demands of remote learning. As these organizations build the infrastructure that will support distance learning moving forward, it’s more critical than ever for the education industry to consider the safety and security of its students and faculty members as we look ahead to how COVID-19 will continue to impact learning institutions. College campuses have long been a target for cyber threat actors. In fact, EDUCAUSE reported that the number one IT issue academic institutions face in 2020 is adopting a sound information security strategy.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/06/19/covid-19-ushers-in-a-new-era-of-cybersecurity/

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Bowdoin announces most classes will be taught online this fall

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2020-07-03 02:06

RACHEL OHMSTAFF, Press-Herald
Most students will not return to campus in the fall and nearly all classes will be taught online, according to a letter sent to students, faculty and staff Monday morning.  The liberal arts college in Brunswick announced its plan for the fall semester in a letter from President Clayton Rose to students, faculty and staff Monday morning. The plan calls for some students, but not all, to return to campus and for almost all classes to be taught online.

https://www.pressherald.com/2020/06/22/bowdoin-announces-most-classes-will-be-taught-online-this-fall/

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Data Security for New Norm Distance Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2020-07-03 02:03

Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Whatever the future of distance learning, online classroom offerings will still be a draw for working adults. This survey by the Strada Education Network showed that over half the Latino and Black (52% and 54%), as well as a significant portion of Caucasians surveyed (34%), plan to enroll in online education and training programs after the pandemic passes.  In the meantime, with students spending more time on line, data security concerns are greater than ever. Students tend let their guard down in their eagerness to find information and source material for their classes and assignments.

https://signalscv.com/2020/06/data-security-for-new-norm-distance-learning/

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Universal Broadband: The Time Has Come

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2020-07-02 02:10

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

In the weeks of COVID-19 isolation, the disparity of access to the internet has become more obvious as school-age children and adult learners have been deprived access to education and livelihoods. After we emerge from the pandemic, the internet will be even more prominent than before in education, business, government and social engagement. In isolation, we have built a deeper reliance upon the net and we will soon see an expansion of “work from home,” requiring a wider variety of network access for an increasing number of occupations. Katherine Guyot and Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution predict, “In the post-pandemic world, it may stay with us as a popular practice that, if done well, can improve job satisfaction, raise productivity, reduce emissions, and spread work to more remote regions.” In order to avoid further disenfranchising the rural and lower-income workers, it is critically important that we find a way to provide universal access to the massive education and work venue that the internet has become.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/universal-broadband-time-has-come

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How MIT Is Crowdsourcing Its Reopening Plans for the Fall

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2020-07-02 02:02

Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

As MIT considered whether to hold classes online or in person in the fall, and how to operate safely in either case, it decided to tap the collective wisdom of its faculty, staff and students. So it decided to run a giant crowdsourcing effort. That included running 69 community forums via Zoom, where participants were broken into groups of 10 to 12 to brainstorm and voice their opinions on a menu of options.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-06-19-how-mit-is-crowdsourcing-its-reopening-plans-for-the-fall

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Online learning during lockdown helps us find ways to teach differently abled students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2020-07-02 02:01

Marcia Lyner-Cleophas, Maverick

Students are usually assessed in specific ways during a specific period, such as two or three hours answering memorised questions. Given the current online reality, we are now forced to consider and to work with students with varying abilities who do not fit into the average mould described above. More importantly, we must think of all students and the type of teaching, learning and assessment that would work best for all students. The use of assistive technology has always been part of the support needed for many students with disabilities, but its availability was mixed.

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2020-06-18-online-learning-during-lockdown-helps-us-find-ways-to-teach-differently-abled-students/

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7 ways the coronavirus pandemic could change college this fall and forever

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2020-07-01 02:05

Abigail Hess, CNBC

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see enrollment in residential college programs drop by roughly 10% or so in the fall, and revenue to fall around 20% if students won’t be able to attend in-person in the fall,” says Horn. “On the flip side, I think we will see enrollments in online programs rise quite a bit, driven by adult learners — many of whom have been recently laid off — looking to wait out the recession and use their time productively by skilling up.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/19/7-ways-coronavirus-pandemic-may-change-college-this-fall-and-forever.html

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One of the Largest Experiments ever Conducted in Higher Education and Lifelong Learning Happened on edX. Here is what they Learned.

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2020-07-01 02:03

ANANT AGARWAL, EDX NEWS

Today, we’re excited to share insights from a new study on online learning. The study, which is one of the largest experiments ever conducted in higher education and lifelong learning, shows the incredible power and potential of at-scale online learning platforms, specifically edX, as particle accelerators for learning.  This new study underscores one of the pillars of edX’s founding mission, to advance teaching and learning through research. The study, which was conducted by researchers from MIT, Harvard, Stanford and Cornell, looked at ways to help learners complete online courses.

https://blog.edx.org/one-largest-experiments-ever-conducted-higher-education-lifelong-learning-happened-edx-learned/

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More than half of Yalies consider time off if classes go online

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2020-07-01 02:02

MATT KRISTOFFERSEN, Yale Daily News

As the Yale community awaits announcements regarding how education will continue in the fall semester, the News surveyed Yale College students from the classes of 2021 through 2023 about their opinions regarding online learning. Results from the survey suggest that 52 percent of student respondents are at least “likely” to postpone enrollment if students are not allowed to return to campus. If students are able to live, learn and attend classes in person, roughly 7 percent would consider taking time off from school. The anonymous survey — which began accepting submissions on May 21 and closed on May 25 — received 2,129 responses, representing about 35 percent of the undergraduate student population

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2020/06/20/fall-2020-more-than-half-of-yalies-consider-time-off-if-classes-go-online/

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‘Better Every Semester’: How Faculty Use Open Educational Resources to Improve Courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2020-06-30 02:10

Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge

Much of the attention that open educational resources have earned focuses on their low cost. After all, a free or inexpensive alternative to a pricey commercial textbook can make a big difference for students at institutions like Salt Lake Community College, who are “mostly not affluent,” Hardy says. But OER advocates think open access course materials hold another kind of promise for students, too. Designed to be flexible and alterable, educators and students can continually test how well they work and improve them as necessary, “ensuring the course materials are better every semester than they were the semester before,” says David Wiley, chief academic officer of Lumen Learning, a company that sells low-cost open textbooks and courseware.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-06-18-better-every-semester-how-faculty-use-open-educational-resources-to-improve-courses

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Could the online, for-profit college industry be “a winner in this crisis”?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2020-06-30 02:05

MEREDITH KOLODNER and SARAH BUTRYMOWICZ, Hechinger Report

Online for-profit colleges like these see an unusual opportunity to boost enrollment during the coronavirus pandemic. Their flexible academic programs may be newly attractive to the many workers who have lost their jobs, to colleges students whose campuses are closed and to people who, from home, now seek to change careers. And the colleges’ parent companies often have substantial cash reserves that they can pump into marketing and tuition discounts at a time when public universities and nonprofit colleges are seeing their budgets disintegrate.

https://hechingerreport.org/could-the-online-for-profit-college-industry-by-a-winner-in-this-crisis/

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College closings, economic upheaval make a case for blockchain adoption

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2020-06-30 02:02

Ted Mitchell, Education Dive

“Addressing issues of interoperability between education and employment are more important than ever,” writes American Council on Education President Ted Mitchell.  In periods of economic crisis like this one, higher education typically serves as both a backstop for displaced workers and an engine for economic recovery. But today’s crisis is exposing widening fault lines between educational institutions and the demands of an increasingly dynamic world of work. At the core of that challenge is a disconnect between the ways higher education and the labor market talk about, measure and signal individuals’ skills.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/college-closings-economic-upheaval-make-a-case-for-blockchain-adoption/580082/

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Matters

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2020-06-29 02:05

Ted Mitchell and John O’Brien, EDUCAUSE Review

Aspirations for social equity and transformation of students’ lives have been the heart and soul of higher education from its inception.  At the same time, despite idealistic aspirations and concrete progress, inequities in higher education persist. Indeed, higher education, a sector that leads in so many areas, still has much progress to make in leading the way for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/5/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-dei-matters

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The Moral Moments Project: Where Technology and Compassion Meet

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2020-06-29 02:04

Susan Russell, et al; EDUCAUSE Review

An online project asks students and instructors to reflect on their thoughts and their interactions with others in order to build community, inclusion, motivation, and empathy.  We cannot change the past, but we can address the present needs of our young people by reframing teaching and learning in our classrooms and our communities. The Moral Moments Project is just such a reframing. The Moral Moments Project is a movement, a lifestyle, a sustainable process of self-reflection and community building based on knowable, teachable, and repeatable skills of communication, empathy, compassion, and strategic decision-making.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/6/the-moral-moments-project-where-technology-and-compassion-meet

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