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Wiley College embraces distance learning

4 hours 56 min ago

by Rebecca Holland, Marshall News

Wiley College, in 2013, created its Center for Excellence in Distance Learning, with four goals in mind. The college wanted its center to be a forum for dialogue on virtual teaching and learning at historically black colleges and universities; to be a network of distance learning decision-makers, practitioners and researchers; to form a partnership between historically black colleges and universities and others with like purposes; and to be a place for research, collaboration, dissemination and innovation in distance learning, faculty development, continuing education and global initiatives.

http://www.marshallnewsmessenger.com/news/wiley-college-embraces-distance-learning/article_bfa5d617-9448-5db2-8e2b-f7e0cc3a3f81.html

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UNH offering online course on presidential primary

4 hours 58 min ago

by WMUR

The University of New Hampshire is planning to hold a six-week online course devoted to the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Political science professors Dante Scala and Andrew Smith will teach the class that looks at the primary as it unfolds, and explore the unique qualities of New Hampshire’s status and the process of campaigning. It will combine video lectures, online discussions and interactive activities.

http://www.wmur.com/news/unh-offering-online-course-on-presidential-primary/31404452

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Data Doomsday Preppers

4 hours 59 min ago

by Shelly Palmer Cyber Security

Data Doomsday Preppers should assume that every computer exposed to the public Internet is vulnerable to attack, even if it predominantly attaches to the outside world through a VPN (virtual private network). Remember, Joseph Heller’s famous phrase: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” Importantly, Data Doomsday Prepping is not a replacement for vigilant cyber security measures. You should encrypt your data, and use every practical security tool to help keep the amateur bad guys at bay. Data Doomsday Preppers fear weapons-grade super cyber attacks and professional bad guys. After all, you can’t have a serious breakdown of social services and live in a post-apocalyptic world unless something really bad happens. Which begs for the question, “Is Data Doomsday even possible?” Not only do I think it’s possible… I think it’s likely.

http://www.shellypalmer.com/spb/2015/2/20/data-doomsday-preppers

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Program offers online certificate for adjunct faculty, journalism teachers

Sun, 2015-03-01 01:05

by Arizona State University

Arizona State University’s Cronkite School and the Poynter Institute are offering an online training seminar for adjunct faculty and others who teach journalism. The Poynter Institute and Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication are accepting registrations for an innovative online certificate program for adjunct faculty and others who teach journalism and mass communication classes at universities and colleges across the country. The course, offered through Poynter’s highly successful e-learning platform, News University (NewsU), provides adjuncts with the skills necessary to be effective teachers. Registration is available at newsu.org/courses/adjunct-certificate.

https://asunews.asu.edu/20150220-online-journalism-teaching-certificate

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Intro to Global Dance: ‘Cloud-breaking’ course takes dance online, into GCP

Sun, 2015-03-01 01:02

by Webster University

How do you have a dance class online? Webster University students from across the globe are actively addressing that question in the Department of Dance’s flagship online course: Introduction to Global Dance. Adjunct faculty member Betsy Brandt, an interdisciplinary scholar and dancer, choreographer, teacher, dramaturge, and writer, created the eight-week course as the first online and Global Citizenship Program course available from the Department of Dance in Webster’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. “Betsy Brandt’s tremendous work on this course has been an exciting addition to the Department of Dance course offerings,” said James Robey, Department of Dance chair.

http://blogs.webster.edu/webstertoday/2015/02/20/global-dance-online-course-gcp/

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NEF Launches 2 Programs To Improve Digital Skills of U.S. Students and Workers

Sun, 2015-03-01 01:01

By Michael Hart, THE Journal

The National Education Foundation aims to improve the digital skills of students and workers in financially disadvantaged area of the United States.The National Education Foundation (NEF) has launched two new programs designed to enhance the digital literacy skills of American students and the job skills of the United States workforce. NEF, a nonprofit that focuses on enhancing academic and job skills for disadvantaged students and adults, has introduced the National Digital Literacy initiative and the Adopt-a-School national initiative, both in partnership with the State University of New York (SUNY).

http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/02/19/nef-initiates-2-programs-to-improve-digital-skills-of-u.s.-students-and-workers.aspx

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How Course Web Design Impacts Student Engagement

Sat, 2015-02-28 01:08

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

When Instructure began analyzing the course designs for its higher ed customers, the LMS company discovered something about getting students to interact with the online elements of their courses. Cloud-based applications have the advantage of generating lots of usage data that can give developers insights about how customers are using their products. Rarely, however, do companies share the data publicly. But that’s exactly what Instructure did when it released an interesting infographic offering summary data from 387 colleges and universities that have used its learning management platform for at least two years. Although the company shares all kinds of data points of interest in the compilation, what really stands out is the analysis Instructure offers on course Web site design. According to Jared Stein, vice president of the company’s research and education division, the company enlisted experienced instructional designers to evaluate a number of course designs and rate the “navigational complexity” of those designs against a rubric.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/02/18/how-course-web-design-impacts-student-engagement.aspx

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ACE and Blackboard Unveil Research on Alternative Pathways to Degree Completion

Sat, 2015-02-28 01:05

by the American Council on Education

The first paper is “Credit for Prior Learning: Charting Institutional Practice for Sustainability,” which identifies and addresses some of the cultural barriers and successful strategies to institutions incorporating CPL. Interviews with leaders and practitioners from a diverse group of seven institutions located across the U.S. offer insights into common challenges, successful strategies and innovative CPL practices. “Embracing CPL initiatives means first acknowledging that college-level learning can occur outside the traditional classroom setting,” said Soares. “For many institutions, this requires a shift in thinking from how credit has been awarded historically.” The second paper is “The Currency of Higher Education: Credits and Competencies,” which explores the challenges in adapting the traditional credit hour to an information-age economy that relies on greater flexibility and productivity. Credits and competencies both reflect important structures of value for diverse stakeholders: government agencies, educational leaders and administrators, faculty, assessors, students and employ

http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/ACE-and-Blackboard-Unveil-Research-on-Alternative-Pathways-to-Degree-Completion.aspx

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Managing Constant Change

Sat, 2015-02-28 01:02

by Jonathan Blake Huer, Educause Review

If you are in higher education using technology, you may often feel like your hotly anticipated, recently purchased technology solution is obsolete by the time the delivery person drops it off. If we are truly on “the back half of the chessboard,”1 the rapid pace of technological change will only continue to increase. Depending on your view, this either causes constant disruption or presents constant opportunity. Are you being disrupted? Or are you the disruptor? How should the academy—bound by deep tradition and extensive regulations—manage this increasing onslaught of change?

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/managing-constant-change

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The Web’s About To Get Faster

Fri, 2015-02-27 01:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Hypertext Transfer Protocol version 2 is a done deal. According to the chair of the HTTP working group within the Internet Engineering Task Force, the draft specification for HTTP/2, as it’s known, was sent off to the Request for Comments (RFC) Editor, where it will officially become an Internet standard. The same delivery included the draft specs for HPACK, the format for header field compression to be used in HTTP/2. Currently, the most common version of HTTP in use is HTTP/1.1. The HTTP/2 standard is expected to speed up loading of Web pages by transporting data between browser and server.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/02/19/the-webs-about-to-get-faster.aspx

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One vision of tomorrow’s college: Cheap, and you get an education, not a degree

Fri, 2015-02-27 01:03

by Kevin Carey, Washington Post

Higher education — increasingly unaffordable and unattainable — is on the verge of a transformation that not only could remedy that, but could change the role college plays in our society. Can you imagine the benefits of colleges having little bricks-and-mortar overhead, of each student being taught in ways scientifically tailored to their individual needs, of educators, students and researchers being able to capi­tal­ize on global intelligence? In “The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere,” Kevin Carey, director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, a public-policy think tank in Washington, lays out a provocative history of how the university system got to this point and one vision of the revolution that’s beginning because of digital innovation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/one-vision-of-tomorrows-college-cheap-and-you-get-an-education-not-a-degree/2015/02/11/7b2ed78c-8617-11e4-9534-f79a23c40e6c_story.html

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UK online course provider FutureLearn reaches million

Fri, 2015-02-27 01:02

by Sean Coughlan, BBC

The provider of so-called Moocs (massive open online courses) says interest has been rising sharply, with 20% more UK students in the last three months of 2014. FutureLearn carries free online courses from universities including Warwick, King’s College London and Sheffield. “We’re just at the start,” said chief executive Simon Nelson. FutureLearn has reached the million-student milestone after launching in September 2013. Set up by the Open University, it offered a UK platform for online courses in a field that was becoming dominated by US university networks.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-31533681

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Distance learning taps in to virtual reality technology

Thu, 2015-02-26 01:11

by Lucy Jolin, the Guardian

New technology – such as forums, online lectures and interactive study experiences – is enhancing today’s online learning experience, and there are plenty of innovations in the pipeline. Dominic Micklewright, dean of academic partnerships at the University of Essex, believes mixed reality teaching and learning environments (MiRTLEs) – which enable online students to enter a real face-to-face lecture virtually – will become an increasingly popular facet of online degrees. “The online student can view the lecture, lecturer and other face-to-face students from a first-person perspective via a webcam. In the lecture hall, distance-learning students will appear either as an avatar or as themselves – via their webcam – on a large screen that the face-to-face students and the lecturer can see.”

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/feb/19/distance-learning-taps-in-to-virtual-reality-technology

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The New York Times and CIG Education Group Collaborate on Online Learning Initiative

Thu, 2015-02-26 01:06

by the New York Times

The New York Times and CIG Education Group have come together to launch NYT EDUcation, a new education initiative. NYT EDUcation marries The New York Times’s premier content and award-winning journalism to the educational expertise of CIG Education Group, a leader in the development of branded academic institutions. NYT EDUcation will provide innovative courses and programs covering a wide array of subjects, including communications and media, which reflect the authoritative content and intellectual breadth of The New York Times. Courses will be offered on a wide variety of topics, ranging from pre-college level to higher education, continuing education and executive education by incorporating the skills, knowledge and experience of The New York Times.

http://investors.nytco.com/press/press-releases/press-release-details/2015/The-New-York-Times-and-CIG-Education-Group-Collaborate-on-New-Education-Initiative/default.aspx

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Cheating or Collaboration?

Thu, 2015-02-26 01:03

Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

The computer science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, seeking a balance between promoting student collaboration and fostering individual academic achievement, will continue to let students share their work online. The department last week cracked down on students who were posting code — and thereby sharing answers to homework assignments — to the repository Web site GitHub. But after students criticized the department, which invoked copyright law to force the Web site to remove the code, faculty backtracked.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/02/19/u-illinois-urbana-champaign-backs-down-legal-threat-against-code-repository

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Higher Ed Tech Talent: Get ‘Em, Keep ‘Em (If You Can)

Wed, 2015-02-25 01:10

by David J. Hinson, EDUCAUSE Review

The hiring search for technically skilled employees to join institutional IT departments encounters multiple challenges, including the disparity in salaries for technology jobs between higher education and industry. One solution is to hire new staff upon graduation and train them in the skills needed, benefitting the institution’s IT department and the individual’s career development. The best approach is to know your market, know your job, understand your staff, make staff success your success.

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/higher-ed-tech-talent-get-em-keep-em-if-you-can

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Engaging Students: Online and Offline

Wed, 2015-02-25 01:04

by Mariappan Jawaharlal, Huffington Post

How do we define engagement, and how do we engage students? Engaging is an overused word these days. Many researchers have studied student engagement and developed instruments to measure various level of engagement. As an educator, I define engagement as action. It’s that simple. Engagement manifests itself when:

Something captures your attention

You feel compelled to do something

You are self-motivated

You are involved in hands-on activities….

You make a connection between what you are being taught and it’s applications in the ‘real world’….

It feels personally meaningful….

There is drama and dilemma….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mariappan-jawaharlal/engaging-students-online-and-offline_b_6685622.html

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Harvard Business School to Offer Online Introductory Courses Worldwide

Wed, 2015-02-25 01:02

by iSchool Guide

Harvard Business School is offering its introductory courses online to undergraduates and post-graduates across the globe. Students, including those out of college for nine years or less, can apply for the iteration of the school’s Credential of Readiness program. Harvard Business School’s digital education school, HBX, will soon offer its introductory courses to students across the globe at the end of the month. The school’s inaugural pilot program was offered to undergraduates in Massachusetts and was eventually expanded to six corporate clients.

http://www.ischoolguide.com/articles/8039/20150216/harvard-business-school-offer-online-introductory-courses-worldwide.htm

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Online classes are effective and beneficial for today’s busy students, offering an innovative option that helps many

Tue, 2015-02-24 01:10

BY RUDY CHINCHILLA, Daily Titan

One of the best and most novel innovations of the online age has been the creation of online classes, otherwise known as distance education courses. This alternative type of education offers advantages not found in the traditional, in-person classroom. 12.5 percent of the U.S. student population were enrolled exclusively in distance education courses in the fall of 2012, according to a 2014 report by the U.S. Department of Education. A further 13.3 percent enrolled in at least one distance education course, bringing the total of students enrolled in at least one online course to 25.8 percent. For many students, distance education courses offer the distinct advantage of being flexible to their personal schedules.

http://www.dailytitan.com/2015/02/online-classes-are-effective-and-beneficial-for-todays-busy-students-offering-an-innovative-option-that-helps-many/

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Weather or Not – Online Learning and Closing College Campus Classes

Tue, 2015-02-24 01:03

by Herman Berliner, Provost Prose (Inside Higher Ed)

For the prior two weeks, snow led to the canceling of classes and I was both involved in, and in support of, making those decisions. It is time to change our response and more faculty and institutions are doing so. Almost all of us have learning platforms available to us. We may use these platforms in a very limited way or in more major ways. But when bad weather happens, a major tool in responding and maintaining the learning experience is use of online education tools which can allow you to substitute online learning for in person learning. The pace of the course, the material covered, and learning process can all continue undiminished. Making use of these tools works well both if you are an advocate for online learning or a major critic. In these situations, there is no opportunity to choose in person education without making some adjustments which likely come with their own problems. Online learning could easily be the best alternative available.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/provost-prose/weather-or-not

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