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How to recruit and retain faculty for online and blended learning

11 hours 37 min ago

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

New case study offers 8 replicable strategies to get faculty buy-in and enthusiasm for online initiatives.  University initiatives to provide more online and blended learning courses are becoming increasingly crucial for today’s alternative education-minded students. Without faculty buy-in, these initiatives may never come to fruition. However, one university says it discovered eight replicable strategies to recruit and retain faculty.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/faculty-online-recruitment-986/

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AT&T And Udacity To Offer Scholarships To Underserved Students For New Online Tech Training Program

11 hours 43 min ago

by Marketwatch

Two-hundred students from diverse backgrounds will receive scholarships funded by AT&T and Udacity for an online degree that will help prepare them for careers in the tech industry. Announced today at The Atlantic’s Technologies in Education 2014 forum, the scholarships will cover the costs for students to earn nanodegrees. “Nanodegrees are a new type of credential for students anywhere to have access to affordable training. Earning this credential will soon become a key part of AT&T’s training and talent acquisition model and our hope is that it will be recognized by other employers in a similar fashion,” said Scott S. Smith, Senior Vice President of Human Resources Operations at AT&T.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/att-and-udacity-to-offer-scholarships-to-underserved-students-for-new-online-tech-training-program-2014-09-11

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Don’t Dismiss MOOCs—We Are Just Starting to Understand Their True Value

11 hours 45 min ago

By Neil Morris, Epoch Times

As someone who leads and manages the MOOC project at the University of Leeds, I know that freely available online courses have enriched many people’s lives—both students and academics. They are also provoking real transformations in the way we think about learning and teaching on our campuses. The learning materials live on. The end product, overlaid with animation and available as video in multiple formats, an audio podcast or a written transcript, can be repurposed, published, and reused in multiple contexts after the online course has finished.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/948510-dont-dismiss-moocs-we-are-just-starting-to-understand-their-true-value/

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MOOCs 2.0: Scaling One-on-One Learning

Thu, 2014-09-18 02:09

BY MARCEL SALATHE, Wired

Numerous MOOC providers have appeared, competing for the attention of learners around the globe. What started with a few courses is now a rapidly developing field with thousands of courses on offer. Some providers have changed their focus from traditional higher education to more vocational training. Most have started charging for services such as verified certificates. All of them are trying to figure out where this rocket ship is headed. Anything that makes such a splash in such a short amount of time is guaranteed to have its critics, and MOOCs were no exception. After disappointing results in high-profile experiments at San Jose State University, critics saw themselves vindicated, and the New York Times – which had boldly declared the year of the MOOC in 2012 – ran an article with the title “After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought”.

http://www.wired.com/2014/09/moocs-2-0/

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Virtual reality: Online classes can prove beneficial to athletes’ hectic schedules

Thu, 2014-09-18 02:05

By Alicia DelGallo, Orlando Sentinel

Area high-school athletes increasingly are turning to virtual classes to repair or boost their grades, lighten traditional class loads or to make schedules more flexible, allowing ample time for practice and training. “It’s a recent thing for kids to start taking online classes, and mostly because Florida Virtual is offering more selection,” Lake Howell coach Vicky Hilbert said. “For those students who work better independently, it’s a great option.” In 2011, a state law went into effect that requires all public-school students to take at least one class online before graduating. That may be one reason why the total number of Florida Virtual School semester completions jumped from 213,926 in the 2009-10 school year to 410,962 in 2012-13, the last year data is available.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/highschool/os-hs-florida-virtual-school-athletic-impact-20140909,0,272200.story

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MOOCs give higher education a run for its money

Thu, 2014-09-18 02:02

By EMILY SCHEIE, World Magazine

The cost of higher education is drowning students in debt, but college degrees are increasingly important in careers. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), offering free to low-cost online college classes, might have the solution for students. But how MOOCs might change traditional higher education and post-secondary credentials is less clear. Completing MOOC courses originally earned students no college credit. But people are beginning to pursue various kinds of credentials, including entire degrees, through the MOOC format, paying a small percentage of what traditional degree paths cost.

http://www.worldmag.com/2014/09/moocs_give_higher_education_a_run_for_its_money

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Coursera President Daphne Koller: 2014 Is The Year MOOCs Will Come Of Age

Wed, 2014-09-17 02:09

by Alex Wilhelm, Tech Crunch

At Disrupt SF, Coursera’s president Daphne Koller pushed back against the notion that her company is a for-profit education company: In her view, Coursera is instead a for-profit technology company. TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois pressed Koller on the completion rates the average class on her platform sees — only 5 percent of people that enroll in a future class finish the course. Koller wasn’t perturbed. According to her numbers, of the people who actually want to finish the course, 70 percent do so, a number that she said was high for “an online activity.” The company does have the figures in mind, it seems, as it is moving towards more self-directed learning, and classes that have less rigid — and distant — start dates. Koller indicated that if a class starts within a week of a student enrolling — compared to its current model — engagement doubles.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/10/coursera-president-daphne-koller-2014-is-the-year-moocs-will-come-of-age/

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Smartphone Use Rising Fast Among College Students

Wed, 2014-09-17 02:04

by Inside Higher Ed

Nearly nine in 10 students in the Harris Poll survey sponsored by Pearson used a laptop on a regular basis, compared to 83 percent who said they used a smartphone. Last year, 72 percent of survey respondents said they used a smartphone. Tablet use is increasing more slowly, with 45 percent of surveyed students saying they used one regularly — up 5 percent from the year before.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/09/11/smartphone-use-rising-fast-among-college-students

Complete report: http://www.pearsoned.com/wp-content/uploads/Pearson-HE-Student-Mobile-Device-Survey-PUBLIC-Report-051614.pdf

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Key Questions for Online Learning: Where Digital Living and Education Meet

Wed, 2014-09-17 02:02

by EDUCAUSE

Online learning, or e-learning, is the use of technology to deliver instruction and facilitate and enhance learning. Online learning today includes rich interactive media to promote deeper learning and access to tools that help students reflect on their skills, abilities, and progress as learners. As it has gained in both popularity and promise, online learning has become a priority for institutional leaders to understand and apply to their institution’s particular pedagogical culture and strategic priorities. This EDUCAUSE research brief outlines key questions leaders should ask—and relevant data to consider—to help develop or refine a strategic direction for online learning and the digital engagement it enables.

http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ekq01.pdf

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6 eLearning trends for the future

Tue, 2014-09-16 02:09

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

Online and blended learning, or eLearning, is becoming par-for-the-course in everything from company professional development to campuses across the country. According to SHIFT’s disruptive eLearning blog, there are six eLearning trends that are critical for implementation now to stay relevant in the future. “Technology is changing, and will continue to change, the way we communicate with learners, the way we design courses, how we learn and teach,” said SHIFT. Therefore, eLearning has to adapt and find new ways to meet changing times, the blog continues. Simply incorporating different tools to current eLearning strategy isn’t enough, as faculty, IT and curriculum designers must understand and embrace the meaning and the implications of these changes in the eLearning development process. According to SHIFT, to get from “here” to “there” faculty have to first understand where the “there” actually is. This list represents the “newest and most important “rules” for eLearning today:”

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/elearning-trends-design-339/

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Survey: Digital Textbooks Gaining Esteem in Student Eyes

Tue, 2014-09-16 02:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Digital textbooks are becoming a bigger part of the vernacular in higher education. A recent survey showed that slightly more than three out of five students use interactive textbooks with features that include video, audio and quizzes; more than two out of five students work in courses that use apps, social media and online productivity tools; and one out of three students has attended flipped classrooms in which they watch video lectures before heading to class. About a quarter of students have attended some form of massive, open, online course.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/09/02/survey-digital-textbooks-gaining-esteem-in-student-eyes.aspx

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Lecture Capture Market To Grow 24.1 Percent By 2019

Tue, 2014-09-16 02:02

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

The global lecture capture market is poised to grow 24.1 percent in the next five years, from revenues of $162.0 million in 2013 to $592.2 million in 2019, according to a recent analysis from research firm Frost & Sullivan. The study spanned lecture capture hardware, software and software-as-a-service. “The global demand for LCS [lecture capture solutions] is on the rise, with colleges and schools alike recognizing that digital learning is a must-have feature for modern education,” said Frost & Sullivan Digital Media Industry Manager Avni Rambhia.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/09/04/analysis-lecture-capture-market-to-grow-24-percent-by-2019.aspx

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A Big Course from a Small Association

Mon, 2014-09-15 02:10

BY MARK ATHITAKIS, Associations Now

One executive at a state association has taken the lead on educating healthcare workers on a pressing national issue via a MOOC. How do you get more attention for your association? Maybe it’s a membership drive. Maybe it’s a meeting or an ad campaign. For Jan Grimes, it’s meant building a lot of partnerships and putting together a must-attend online course. The MOOC that Grimes has put together covers hospital readmissions—an urgent topic now that the Affordable Care Act penalizes hospitals that readmit patients within 30 days of a discharge. “In my world, we depend on referrals from hospitals at the discharge process,” Grimes says. “I saw that as an incentive [for hospitals] to learn more about the homecare world and how better collaboration with us there and a better understanding of us can help keep patients out of the hospital and further the hospital association’s goals.”

http://associationsnow.com/2014/09/a-big-course-from-a-small-association/

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Online learning enhances success

Mon, 2014-09-15 02:05

by JACQUES ROUSSEAU, Mail and Guardian

Fears of the ‘digital divide’ are unfounded: a blended mode has proven itself to students. The online mode is arguably a far more natural environment for a student in the 21st century than sharing a room with 400 other students. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds sometimes perform better through online learning, because they can study when they want to and how they want to. This revelation has led to a suite of online courses, launched last month by the commerce faculty at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Called Across Africa, this is an initiative that will allow students from across Africa to earn UCT qualifications by the blended-learning mode – a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. Across Africa is a partnership with GetSmarter, an online education company that works with both universities and industry. The company has developed an immersive and pedagogically rich virtual learning environment that, when paired with UCT’s content and quality assurance, ensures the highest-quality online education.

http://mg.co.za/article/2014-09-08-online-learning-enhances-success

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NYU Targets Fortune 500 Company Employees in New Emerging Technology Course

Mon, 2014-09-15 02:02

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

Beginning in January, New York University will offer a year-long graduate-level program targeting the employees of major technology-driven companies who need to stay up to speed on the emerging issues that affect them. The online courses will focus on upgrading employee skills in the areas of cybersecurity, mobility and big data analysis. Taught in three trimesters over a year, upon completion the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering will grant graduates a certificate and nine credits that can be applied to a qualified master’s degree program.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/09/08/nyu-targets-fortune-500-company-employees-in-new-emerging-technology-course.aspx

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10 lessons learned from MOOCs

Sun, 2014-09-14 02:10

By Keith Button, Education Dive

The predictions about the disruptive effect MOOCs would have on traditional colleges and universities have, so far, been overblown. But with two years of experience under their belts, MOOC providers and users are adjusting both their perceptions about online learning and the courses themselves. Here are 10 lessons they’ve learned.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/10-lessons-learned-from-moocs/306113/

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Purdue creates competency degree program

Sun, 2014-09-14 02:05

by Haley Dover, Journal Courier

Purdue University on Thursday introduced a competency degree program, putting students in control of their education. The College of Technology program allows students to progress at their own rate as they demonstrate mastery of specific skills, rather than performance measured only at fixed calendar intervals of classroom time. Instead of letter grades serving as a general indicator of classroom accomplishment, competencies will indicate to employers what graduates can do.

http://www.jconline.com/story/news/2014/09/04/purdue-creates-competency-degree-program/15069165/

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Online degrees have more merit than recognized

Sun, 2014-09-14 02:03

By Brandon Shaik, Oracle

In recent years, online degrees have been critically questioned, and rightly so, given the numerous reports of degree mills. In reality, online degrees require an equal amount of work and more effort on the student’s behalf to communicate with faculty and staff, a fact that employers cannot ignore. Online degree programs are becoming more widely accepted. Employers are more concerned with an applicant’s GPA and field of study than they are with how the student earned the degree, according to New York Daily News. In a survey done by online institution Excelsior College and Zogby International, 83 percent of CEO’s felt online degree programs are just as credible as those earned on campus.

http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/845750/Online-degrees-have-more-merit-than-reco

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Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition)

Sat, 2014-09-13 02:10

by Alan Henry, Lifehacker

Institutions like Yale University, MIT, Stanford, Monash, Macquarie and many more are all offering free online classes that you can participate in from the comfort of your dorm room, office, couch or computing chair-of-choice. Because we’re all about helping you improve your life at Lifehacker, we put together a list of courses available right now that will inspire you, challenge you, open the door to something new, and give you the tools to improve your life. Grab your pen and paper and make sure your battery is charged — class is in session!

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/09/plan-your-free-online-education-at-lifehacker-u-fall-semester-2014/

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Online learning: Past, present and future

Sat, 2014-09-13 02:05

by Daryl Yarrow, Post Independent

New technologies have changed today’s classroom – at all levels – in ways unimaginable two decades ago. Students can reach for their iPad to access texts or reading material. They can connect with others in another city via video or web conferencing. And what’s more, they can create their own classroom at their home computer, completing courses or entire degrees online. What might be the most surprising element of online learning is that it is highly engaging – and may in fact provide more opportunities for engagement than the face-to-face class. Consider the shy student who won’t speak up in class but will open up at the keyboard. Discussion boards provide a venue for teacher-to-student as well as student-to-student interaction. Teachers and students can also easily share timely and relevant information that supplements their discussions by posting links to news articles, streaming video, photos and more.

http://www.postindependent.com/news/12891888-113/online-learning-face-students

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