eLearning and Technology

Using Holograms As Classroom Teachers: Science Fiction Or Reality?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-08-20 02:10

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Human beings are learning in fundamentally different ways than in years past thanks to eLearning platforms. Now, the number of students enrolled in an online learning course is increasing. eLearning teaching methods have opened the door for all kinds of possibilities in virtual teaching environments, including holographic and virtual reality technology. What once looked like science fiction could likely become a reality. The presence of holographic teachers overseeing virtual classrooms is becoming more and more plausible and possible.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-holograms-as-classroom-teachers-science-fiction-or-reality/

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Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-08-20 02:06

by JILL BARSHAY and SASHA ASLANIAN, Hechinger Report

There are indications that analytics may be having an impact. In 2016, after years of declines, national college graduation rates started ticking back up again and have continued rising for the past three years. But that progress may come at a cost. Critics say there are potential downsides to monitoring student data so closely. They worry about invasion of privacy and surveillance of students. And they say that the algorithms might be reinforcing historical inequities, funneling low-income students or students of color into easier majors.

https://hechingerreport.org/predictive-analytics-boosting-college-graduation-rates-also-invade-privacy-and-reinforce-racial-inequities/

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Are you blinded by the promise of AI?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-08-20 02:03

Anna Frazzetto, CIO

While many businesses are fueled by their ambition to implement AI initiatives, few understand how it can work for their businesses. How do we keep our AI ambitions in line with the business needs of our organization? A simple Google search will tell you that AI has now moved into prime gold rush position. Where once Cloud, Big Data, Cryptocurrency and Block Chain held the position of top tech trend in business, AI is now everywhere and, for many reasons, it should be. AI offers advanced data processing and analytical capabilities that people simple cannot match.

https://www.cio.com/article/3430782/are-you-blinded-by-the-promise-of-ai.html

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4 Ways to Advance Your Career and Be Happier at Work

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-08-19 02:12

INC.
According to research, over 75% of Americans feel little or no passion at work. That’s terrible..but it doesn’t need to be the case. Here’s why Learning and Development is the key to changing that dynamic. There are important business reasons for companies to provide significant learning and development opportunities to employees, and even more important reasons for employees to make learning and development a priority. In order to get a deeper understanding of the power of learning, and why employees should take advantage of these resources, I interviewed Mary Shindler, Senior Program Manager on the Learning and Development Team at LinkedIn.

https://www.inc.com/andrew-thomas/4-ways-to-advance-your-career-be-happier-at-work.html

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Unpacking 2U’s New $24K Online Undergrad Degree

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-08-19 02:05

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed
Seven reasons why the new 2U powered, University of London, $24K online undergraduate degree in data science and business analytics is so fascinating:

#1 – Status:

The BS will be conferred by the University of London, in collaboration and with faculty from the London School of Economics. These are brand name, internationally recognized institutions. This will be a high-status degree, with substantial value in the marketplace.

#2 – Price:

A price tag of $24K for an undergraduate degree is not all that interesting. There are many options for low-cost degrees from community colleges and other accredited institutions of higher learning. What is interesting is that this is a $24K degree from a high-status institution.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/unpacking-2us-new-24k-online-undergrad-degree

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Online learning combined with games to grow by 38% in 2-4 years

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-08-19 02:02

Economic Times

“Learning in the context of work, though essential, isn’t always enjoyable and engaging, therefore, new models of training, more relevant to the workforce of today and tomorrow are being explored and games-based learning is one such model,” Schoolguru Eduserve CEO and founder Shantanu Rooj told PTI here. “The combination method of skilling, a recent phenomenon in corporates, is used across sectors providing play-like simulation with the additional learning or improving functional proficiency and social interaction. I expect 38 per cent growth in the segment to about Rs 3,000 crore in the next two years,” he added.

https://brandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/digital/online-learning-combined-with-games-to-grow-by-38-in-2-4-years/70573245

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2U taps undergraduate market with low-cost online bachelor’s degree

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2019-08-18 02:05

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
2U announced Monday that it is entering the undergraduate degree market with an online bachelor’s offered in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). It is expected to launch in October 2020.  The 36-month program in data science and business analytics is on a 10-year contract between 2U and LSE. About three-fourths of the content will be asynchronous and one-fourth will be synchronous, Andrew Hermalyn, 2U’s president of university partnerships, told Education Dive. It is priced around $21,000 for United Kingdom-based students and $25,000 for international students. The news comes less than a week after the online program manager told analysts and investors it was shifting its strategy beyond high-priced graduate degrees to include a wider array of program types and price points as well as the use of fee-for-service contracts.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/2u-taps-undergraduate-market-with-low-cost-online-bachelors-degree/560267/

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5 Skills That Students Are Losing Because of Tech

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2019-08-18 02:03

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Technology in the classroom has become not just expected but assumed. Educators and administrators strive to use and/or create the most digitally aligned curriculum available, ranging from e-books in place of print titles to fully interactive learning management systems. The reason, of course, is to provide students with the best possible chance of success in an almost entirely digital world. But what happens when that same technology that is meant to aid in future accomplishments ends up creating obstacles for students instead? And what happens when technology, such as social media and texting, supersedes a student’s desire to engage in skill-building activities? Below are five skills that are often lost or poorly developed as a result of pervasive technology use.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-skills-that-students-are-losing-because-of-tech/

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Mexican science suffers under debilitating budget cuts

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2019-08-18 02:02

Giorgia Guglielmi, Nature

Some researchers have turned to crowdfunding campaigns to pay for supplies and several scientific institutes are rationing electricity to save money. Mexico’s budget cuts are affecting the country’s researchers, including scientists working on improving forest conservation strategies. Austerity measures recently enacted by Mexico’s president are pushing the country’s scientific efforts — chronically underfunded for years — to a breaking point, according to researchers. As part of broader cost-cutting measures aimed at freeing up money for poverty-alleviation programmes, in May, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador cut 30–50% of the money that federally funded institutions — including centres supported by Mexico’s main research funding agency, the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) — spend on travel, petrol, office supplies and salaries for temporary workers.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02332-x

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With ‘Hybrid’ Campuses, Online Course Providers Offer In-Person Services

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2019-08-17 02:10

By Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge

“Most students who attend an online program still attend a program that’s within 50 to 100 miles of their home,” says Dave Jarrat, senior vice president of strategic engagement and growth at InsideTrack, an organization that provides coaching services at colleges. Recognizing this paradox, a few online course providers have opened physical campus centers designed to offer students a space to interact both with each other and employees who provide support services. They’re a mashup of a co-working space, an administrative center and a library—sans the books.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-08-08-with-hybrid-campuses-online-course-providers-offer-in-person-services

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Heard on Campus: The possibilities presented by open educational resources

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2019-08-17 02:04

Anne C. Osterman, Penn State News

“OER (open educational resources) is about more than student savings — it is about student success and lifelong learning. It is about faculty empowerment and increased student engagement. It is about equity and diversity. … This is an opportunity for collaboration across the institution, from faculty to instructional designers to librarians to assessment professionals.”

https://news.psu.edu/story/583142/2019/08/09/impact/heard-campus-possibilities-presented-open-educational-resources

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Average Student Loan Debt Statistics by School by State 2019

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2019-08-17 02:03

LendU

While the figures change each year, the narrative certainly does not; student loan debt continues to be a growing issue in the U.S. and at nearly all schools in the country as the cost of college continues to rise. Nationally, outstanding student loan debt sits at $1.52 trillion, making it the second largest form of consumer debt trailing only mortgages. On an individual scale, the average borrower from the Class of 2018 received their diploma and left campus with $28,565 in student loan debt, up from $28,288 that was owed by the average Class of 2017 borrower.

https://lendedu.com/student-loan-debt-by-school-by-state-2019/

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The Internet of Things for Education: A Brief Guide

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-08-16 02:10

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to the billions of physical devices around the world that are now connected to the internet, collecting and sharing data. Thanks to cheap processors and wireless networks, anything with a sensor can become part of the IoT. Educational platforms, students’ laptops, and smartphones are all part of the IoT. With IoT, everything is coming online, including homes, cars, people, medical devices, even farming equipment. And there are endless examples of IoT solutions being applied in school environments. Here we explore a few different use cases.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/the-internet-of-things-for-education-a-brief-guide/

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MOOC-Based Alternative Credentials: What’s the Value for the Learner?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-08-16 02:05

by Fiona Hollands and Aasiya Kazi, EDUCAUSE Review

The most commonly identified benefit expected as a result of participating in the MOOC-based course series was improving current job performance (see Table 2). Small percentages of participants were asked to take the courses by their employers: 1.4% of MicroMasters participants and 2.8% of Specialization participants. Approximately one-fourth of learners expected benefits of participation to include helping them start their own businesses, improving their applications to different jobs, and networking with other professionals. Few respondents identified job promotions and pay raises as the expected benefits, perhaps suggesting a group of learners with high levels of intrinsic motivation. In general, MicroMasters learners had higher expectations than Specialization learners regarding the benefits of participating in the series of courses.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/6/mooc-based-alternative-credentials-whats-the-value-for-the-learner

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How emerging technology is reshaping higher ed

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-08-16 02:03

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Pressure is growing for colleges to improve student outcomes, but sliding enrollment and tighter budgets threaten their ability to do so. In response, they are deploying technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics that promise to help them do more with less. Some colleges are using those tools to improve how they recruit and retain students. Others are using them to bring more accessibility into the classroom or to create personalized learning plans. But effective implementation is key, as the wrong move could negatively impact the student experience and even push learners away. In the five stories below, we examine how colleges are putting such technologies to work and what higher education leaders need to know to implement them effectively.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/summer-reading-how-emerging-technology-is-reshaping-higher-ed/560053/

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The radical transformation of the textbook

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2019-08-15 02:10

BRIAN BARRETT, Wired

Pearson’s digital-first initiative will dramatically bring down textbook costs on average, albeit by phasing out the concept of ownership. But increasingly, colleges are embracing textbooks that cost … nothing. Just as traditional software has a thriving open source community, textbooks have Open Educational Resources, complete textbooks that typically come free of charge digitally, or for a small fee—enough to cover the printing—in hard copy. And while it’s not an entirely new concept, OER has gained momentum in recent years, particularly as support has picked up at an institutional level, rather than on a course by course basis.

https://www.wired.com/story/digital-textbooks-radical-transformation/

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Decision-Making Should Be a Required Course in Every High School

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2019-08-15 02:05

Steven Johnson, Medium

We spend too much time making kids memorize facts instead of giving them the skill that will help them throughout their lives. But the most important argument for instating decision-making as a required course for high school students is this: No matter what you do in your life, no matter what career path you take, the ability to make the right choice when it really matters is a skill that will serve you well for the entirety of your adult life. No doubt there are a thousand electives out there — in high schools and college humanities programs, not to mention business schools — that dabble in some of these decision-making themes. It’s time we brought them into the core.

https://medium.com/s/story/farsighted-decision-making-should-be-a-required-course-in-every-high-school-6b5a836c1e1e

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AI Ethics Still In Its Infancy

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2019-08-15 02:03

Alex Woodie, Datanami

AI is having a moment in the sun. There’s no doubt about that. But despite the trillions in value that AI is expected to bring over the coming years thanks to widespread automation of repetitive tasks through emergent tech like neural networks, there’s a major issue dogging AI: the rules of road for what’s ethical and what’s not are vague, and that’s a problem. Vic Katyal, who heads up risk and security at Deloitte Consulting, advises large companies on how to think about AI and deal with ethical issues that arise.

https://www.datanami.com/2019/08/02/ai-ethics-still-in-its-infancy/

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Top 5 Digital Transformation Trends In Education For 2020

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2019-08-14 02:09

Daniel Newman, Forbes

It’s that time of year again where we take a look at the top digital transformation trends in the coming year in several industries. First up: education. As we all know, the only thing constant in digital transformation is change. So, how have digital transformation trends in education changed as we move toward the coming decade? And what, if anything, has stayed the same? The following are my top picks for not just technology trends but overall shifts in how we’ll be learning and connecting through technology moving forward.

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnewman/2019/08/01/top-5-digital-transformation-trends-in-education-for-2020/

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Take a peek at the research behind educator micro-credentials

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2019-08-14 02:05

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
A growing consensus recognizes educator micro-credentials as promising new professional learning resources.  Educator micro-credentials are gaining more mainstream acceptance, but it’s important to ensure the process surrounding micro-credentials is grounded in rigorous research, according to a new whitepaper from Digital Promise. The potential of these educator micro-credentials lies in their ability to help educators bolster their professional learning at scale, according to the report–they leverage an online tech platform that gives access to “competency-based, on-demand, personalized, and shareable opportunities to demonstrate and be recognized for their professional learning.”

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/03/08/research-educator-micro-credentials/

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