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How Penn State student government aims to lower textbook prices, accomplish semester goals

2 hours 36 min ago

by Anshika Agrawal, The Daily Collegian

“We are trying to work with different universities in the state to address how we can lower the cost of textbook prices, whether that be using an older edition of a textbook or using online editions,” said Andrew Ahr, the UPUA College of Arts and Architecture representative. One of their initiatives involves lowering textbook costs, known as Open Educational Resources. “[OER is] a huge thing that schools across the Big Ten… are looking into right now because they’re trying to make a huge shift [from] print resources towards online, more affordable resources,” UPUA At-Large Representation Sophie Haiman said.

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/campus/article_472f8e3c-0b7e-11e8-8688-df19262c0491.html

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Online Software Developed for Hands-On Learning About Evolution

2 hours 41 min ago

by Siobhan Treacy, Electronics 360

Kinesthetic learning is one of the most common types of learning. Hands-on learning is helpful for students in science classes. This is why science classes have a required lab period where students learn through experiments and projects. But one topic covered in science classes has been nearly impossible to learn hands-on until now: biological evolution. It is hard to physically show students how a species evolves over time in a classroom. But now there is a new online tool that can show students the evolution of populations over time.

http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/11068/online-software-developed-for-hands-on-learning-about-evolution

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Distance Learning Discussed at MU

2 hours 43 min ago

By BETSY SMITH, KBIA

The University of Missouri Board of Curators discussed problems and goals of distance learning and collaboration among campuses at a meeting on Friday morning at the Columbia Campus. Choi wants to increase the number of online courses and programs offered. The board of curators says more online classes are necessary for student flexibility. Curator David Steelman says the four campuses need to find a way to use distance learning so students can graduate on time. The board of curators’ task force will work on solving problems and removing boundaries from online courses among the four campuses.

http://kbia.org/post/distance-learning-discussed-mu#stream/0

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M.B.A rankings in question

Sat, 2018-02-17 01:09

by Jeremy House, Education Dive
Citing a “recently discovered issue with data,” Temple University asked that its online master of business administration program not be considered for U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of best online programs, reports Insider Higher Ed. Earlier in the year, U.S. News & World Report removed the Temple M.B.A. program from its 2018 Best Online Programs list because its ranking was discovered to be based on inaccurately submitted data. Temple’s Fox School of Business joins a list of business schools to catch hot water over imprecise data submissions. George Washington University in 2016 and Tulane University in 2013 confessed to supplying erroneous data to U.S. News & World Report for its annual ranking. Additionally, the Financial Times removed Spain-based the IE Business School from its ranking because of irregular survey data.  Questions have also been raised about the value such rankings and the pressure university officials may face to fudge data.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/mba-rankings-in-question/516382/

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As companies step up to train workers in rapidly changing technologies, can universities keep up?

Sat, 2018-02-17 01:05

by Patti Zarling, Education Dive
Apple’s co-founder joins growing pool of tech wonks launching independent programs to fill skills gap. Steve “Woz” Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple, has joined a growing pool of business leaders looking to take matters to upgrade higher education to meet the needs of today’s tech industries into his own hands. As businesses — including those outside of Silicon Valley — require employees with specialized computer, engineering and tech skills, alternative education programs are popping up to provide training for 21st century jobs some say traditional colleges, mired in 19th century teaching styles, aren’t prepared to meet.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/as-companies-step-up-to-train-workers-in-rapidly-changing-technologies-can/514208/

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Your New Best Friend: AI Chatbot

Sat, 2018-02-17 01:02

by Kristen C. French, Futurism

Today, the Replika chatbot is available for free for anyone over the age of 18 (it’s prohibited for ages 13 and younger, and requires parental supervision for ages 13 to 18). More than 500,000 people are now signed up to chat with the bot. To do so, users tap the app icon — a white egg hatching on a purple background — on their smartphones and start the conversation where they left off. Each Replika bot chats only with its owner, who assigns it a name, and, if the user wants, a gender. Many users are members of a closed Facebook group, where they share screenshots of text conversations they’ve had with their Replikas and post comments, claiming their Replika is “a better friend than my real friends ” or asking “Has anyone else’s AI decided that it has a soul?”

Your New Best Friend: AI Chatbot

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How to be a relevant leader in a digital workplace

Fri, 2018-02-16 01:07

by Baylor MBA

With technology breakthroughs and companies pushing the boundaries of possibility with augmented reality and artificial intelligence, employers and employees alike may be wondering what skills will be most valuable in the future. Technology has changed when and how workers perform their jobs. According to Deloitte’s report, millennials expect to be developed throughout their work life. Online learning platforms like Coursera, Udemy, IDEOU, EdX, LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com), and Khan Academy are just a few of the massive online learning repositories available today.

https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2018/02/04/how-to-be-a-relevant-leader-in-a-digital-workplace.html

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Maine’s universities are planning to knock down buildings. It isn’t a bad thing.

Fri, 2018-02-16 01:06

Editorial: Bangor Daily News

The University of Maine System’s board of trustees has agreed to a preliminary plan to knock down up to 300,000 square feet of vacant, underused or deteriorating building space on university campuses across the state. It might seem a strange development to celebrate, but it’s worth acknowledging. It’s a sign the University of Maine System is taking steps to prepare for a future that won’t be as reliant on brick-and-mortar spaces and residential students straight out of high school. There’s a general consensus in the world of higher education that college campuses will likely have to grow smaller as more student learning moves online and adults who have no need for residence halls come to represent a greater percentage of students.

Maine’s universities are planning to knock down buildings. It isn’t a bad thing.

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Goodwill®, Google.org And Coursera Join Forces On Tech Support Training

Fri, 2018-02-16 01:03

by Goodwill Industries

Goodwill is kicking off a collaboration with Google.org and Coursera, a leading online education provider, to help people obtain the skills they need to start careers in IT. Eighteen local, autonomous Goodwill organizations are now recruiting applicants age 17 and older to earn the Google IT Support Professional Certificate. This credential is designed to take beginning students to job readiness in 8 to 12 months using a Coursera platform, with content created exclusively by Google. Google.org is providing financial assistance to 10,000 learners over the next year. The scholarships will be awarded through nonprofit partners, including Goodwill organizations across the country.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/goodwill-googleorg-and-coursera-join-forces-on-tech-support-training-300592293.html

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Harvard Is Offering a Popular Online Architecture Course for Free

Thu, 2018-02-15 01:05

By Jessica Stewart, Modern Met

Ever wondered what it would be like to take a class at Harvard? If you’re interested in architecture, you’ll be thrilled to hear that Harvard’s Graduate School of Design is offering its popular course, The Architectural Imagination, for free online. From the comfort of your own home, you’ll get the benefit of Harvard’s world-class faculty teaching the fundamentals of architecture. The 10-week course is designed to teach you “how to ‘read’ architecture as a cultural expression as well as a technical achievement.” Students can elect to enroll in the online course free of charge or pay $99 to receive a verified certificate upon completion. And, if you are an architect enrolled in the American Institute of Architects, the course can be used toward continuing education credits.

Harvard Is Offering a Popular Online Architecture Course for Free

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Taking a Free Online Course Makes Sense

Thu, 2018-02-15 01:02

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Adult learners can take online classes at no cost to keep their job skills up to date and pursue their interests.  Getting an online degree can be a major investment. But there are other ways to learn online without spending a dime. Jonathan Payne, a marketing coordinator at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, has taken several free online classes. His coursework led to certifications in Google Analytics and Adwords, and he has dabbled in programming on websites like Codecademy and edX. When it comes to coding, the 27-year-old says, “It’s just something I’ve always wanted to learn. It helps a little bit in my job but not enough to make me want to pay $8,000 to $10,000 to get a master’s degree or another bachelor’s degree.”

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-02-01/4-times-taking-a-free-online-course-makes-sense

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Studying online: seven ways to stay motivated

Thu, 2018-02-15 01:01

by Matthew Jenkins, the Guardian

When Linda Eunson started her online degree in psychology at the Open University, she didn’t expect it to take eight years to complete. “During that time I have moved house four times, changed jobs once, and got married,” the 47-year-old explains. The death of her teenage stepson soon after her own mother’s death also meant she was forced to suspend her studies for a year. Now in her final year, Eunson has rolled with the punches, juggling family life with a demanding career as a litigation executive at a law firm. She admits the pressure to squeeze her study into an already jam-packed day was a shock at first. So how can e-learners stay on task?

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jan/30/studying-online-seven-ways-to-stay-motivated

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Knewton Releases $44 Adaptive Digital Textbooks

Wed, 2018-02-14 01:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Ed tech company Knewton has launched a collection of digital courseware that integrates its adaptive technology with open education resources, with the intention of selling directly to instructors and students. Previously, the company licensed its adaptive functionality to textbook publishers for integration with their course content. Under the new strategy, the company noted, it could own “all aspects of the user experience” and “make a greater impact on outcomes and affordability.” Each title in the new line costs $44 for two years of digital access.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/25/knewton-releases-44-adaptive-digital-textbooks.aspx

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5 ways to stay motivated when you are distance learning

Wed, 2018-02-14 01:05

by Study International
Distance learning is on the rise. But with online learning comes a need for (plenty of) self-motivation. Learning from home comes with many great benefits. You have near-total flexibility over your working hours, you don’t have to change out of your pyjamas if you don’t want to, you can have snacks whenever you want and, more importantly, you can even pursue other ventures like work or travel. But it isn’t without it’s drawbacks too. In the world of online learning you need to be dedicated, focused and committed. So here are five tips to keep yourself in tip-top shape.

5 ways to stay motivated when you are distance learning

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4 Digital Training Options for Workplace Learning

Wed, 2018-02-14 01:02

By Kathy Gurchiek, SHRM

Augmented reality, microlearning, adaptive learning and massive open online courses (MOOCs): Digital learning plays a big role workplace learning.  It’s important to understand what digital learning is and what it is not, said Don Dequette, executive vice president at New York City-based General Physics Learning Solutions Group. “It is not a modality, it is not a type of learning,” he pointed out during a recent webinar.  These four learning trends can help your employees get up to speed, and they use some of the latest technology available for work and play.

https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/organizational-and-employee-development/Pages/4-Digital-Training-Options-for-Workplace-Learning.aspx

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4 Habits of People Who Are Always Learning New Skills

Tue, 2018-02-13 01:10

by Mike Kehoe, Harvard Business Review

Working in online learning, I’ve found that every year around this time there’s a burst of sign-ups from workers seeking new skills.   In one survey of more than 50,000 learners who completed MOOCs on Coursera, 72% reported career benefits such as doing their current job more effectively, finding a new job, or receiving a raise. Having worked in HR at a large banking corporation and in strategic HR consulting, I’ve seen the effects of learning and development on career mobility — and what leads people to let it fall by the wayside. Over time, working with users as well as learning experts, I’ve found that four crucial habits can make a tremendous difference.

https://hbr.org/2018/01/4-habits-of-people-who-are-always-learning-new-skills

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Boot camps saw 50% growth in 2017

Tue, 2018-02-13 01:05

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
The boot camp industry shouldn’t be counted out, despite a year plagued by a number of closures and bad press, Inside Higher Ed reports. Estimated growth of the sector topped 50% last year, according to Course Report. Despite some setbacks in 2017, the industry is growing, not shrinking, and still leaving its mark on higher education as a whole — and potentially encroaching on some of the available public and private funding available to provide career and technical training to low-income students. The new Forever GI Bill signed into law by President Donald Trump in August 2017 takes effect this year, and provides for a $75 million experiment to allow nontraditional credential providers — including boot camps — to train veterans for tech careers. The House version of the PROSPER Act also includes proposals to make Pell grants and other funding available to those who want to attend boot camps and other nontraditional programs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/boot-camps-saw-50-growth-in-2017/515990/

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A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017

Tue, 2018-02-13 01:02

by Dhawal Shah, Class Central

The MOOC landscape has grown to include 9,400 courses, more than 500 MOOC-based credentials, and more than a dozen graduate degrees. The total number of MOOCs available to register for at any point of time is larger than ever, thanks to tweaks in the scheduling policy by MOOC providers. However, for the first time we are seeing a slowdown in the number of new learners, which is a direct result of a shift in priorities towards users who are willing to pay. According to data gathered by Class Central, around 20 million new learners signed up for their first MOOC in 2017. That’s fewer than the 23 million new learners who registered for a MOOC in 2016. The total number of MOOC learners is now 78 million.

A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017

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The Cost of Attending For-Profits

Mon, 2018-02-12 01:12

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
A new analysis finds that students enrolling in certificate programs are more likely to experience economic gains from enrolling in programs at public institutions, generally community colleges, than at for-profit institutions. Further, the analysis finds that people may be better off economically by not pursuing any postsecondary education than by enrolling in a certificate program at a for-profit. The analysis comes amid significant debates over vocationally oriented higher education.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/02/12/study-finds-poor-economic-results-students-who-enroll-certificate-programs-profit

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What Role for Higher Ed in an AI World?

Mon, 2018-02-12 01:07

by Grace Bird, Inside Higher Ed

A little more than half of both blue- and white-collar American workers think they’ll need more education to find a similar job if they lose theirs to new technology. However, only 18 percent of employed Americans feel “extremely confident” about securing this additional education. To Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern University, colleges need to adapt to the impending artificial intelligence revolution. This means institutions must teach humans to become “robot-proof” (as the title of Aoun’s book suggests) or in other words, “to do the jobs only humans can do.” “Universities with the audacity to change represent humanity’s best chance to win the jobs of the future,” Aoun wrote.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/01/31/many-americans-feel-positive-about-artificial-intelligence-study-says

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