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Carnegie Mellon professor: Better tech enables higher-quality online courses

2 hours 25 min ago

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Carnegie Mellon University Professor Bob Monroe discussed in a recent interview with Education Dive how the largely-held perception that Massive Open Online Classes would replace the traditional college lecture was largely overblown. The result, of the introduction of MOOCs into the higher ed landscape has been subtler, with it becoming increasingly clear that online learning opportunities offer an “evolution” of classroom instruction which allows faculty members to create a unique classroom experience via an online platform. Monroe said many higher ed institutions are also incorporating more focused learning opportunities into shortened programs, and online instruction is opening the door for class discussions to go deeper as they unfold over the course of days, rather than be confined to a classroom schedule.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/carnegie-mellon-professor-better-tech-enables-higher-quality-online-course/446984/

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Microsoft wants all of rural America to get high-speed broadband

2 hours 31 min ago

by JON BRODKIN – Ars Technica

Microsoft wants to connect two million rural Americans to high-speed wireless broadband by 2022, and it will get started with 12 pilot projects over the next year. The company is also offering free access to its intellectual property to help the rest of rural America get connected. Microsoft isn’t planning to become an Internet service provider itself. Instead, the company will “invest in partnerships with telecommunications companies” building wireless networks using TV “white spaces” spectrum, Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post yesterday. “We and our partners will have at least 12 projects up and running in 12 states in the next 12 months.” The 12 states are Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/07/microsoft-will-help-isps-bring-wireless-internet-to-12-us-states/

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University of Minnesota should go all in with online learning

2 hours 32 min ago

By Jack Uldrich, Minneapolis Star-Tribune

This would not be just about the school’s future but about the state’s. The alternative is a hollowing-out, faster than you might think. In short, a strong online presence could make accessing lifelong learning a real possibility for every Minnesotan. The plan is not without risk, but maintaining the status quo also contains significant risk. The choice before Minnesota is akin to the words of the great economist John Maynard Keynes. He said: “Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally rather than to succeed unconventionally.” What will Minnesota choose? Should we do nothing and fail conventionally, or take a chance and risk succeeding unconventionally?

http://www.startribune.com/university-of-minnesota-should-go-all-in-on-online-learning/432352023/

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Are smartphones in class a problem or an opportunity?

Thu, 2017-07-20 02:10

By STEVE BUCKSTEIN, the World

As one high school teacher put it in an Atlantic magazine article on this subject last year, “If educators do not find ways to leverage mobile technology in all learning environments, for all students, then we are failing our kids by not adequately preparing them to make the connection between their world outside of school and their world inside school.” The bottom line is that, while smartphones in school can be a distraction, they can also pave the way to better, more efficient use of educational resources. It is up to us as adults to harness their power for good instead of just bemoaning their power to distract.

http://theworldlink.com/are-smartphones-in-class-a-problem-or-an-opportunity/article_dedb0973-1a2a-58a8-91ae-3228a146ec5d.html

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Online Course Discussion Boards: What to Expect

Thu, 2017-07-20 02:05

By Bradley Fuster, US News

Online faculty assign discussion board questions because there is an overwhelming amount of research saying students deeply learn and grow through frequent conversations and debates on salient academic topics. Researchers say the online forum promotes deeper engagement with subject matter and gives a voice to those feeling stigmatized. Online discussions are a great way to think deeply about content by sharing ideas with classmates. In a post-first discussion, students can offer opinions free from the influence of classmates. Be bold, state and defend what you think, and you will enhance your learning experience.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-06-30/online-course-discussion-boards-what-to-expect

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FAMU seeks millions to invest in STEM faculty, online technology upgrades

Thu, 2017-07-20 02:03

by Byron Dobson , Tallahassee Democrat

Florida A&M University is seeking more than $24 million from the state in its education budget next year, with most of the money directed at hiring faculty and support staff, strengthening its academic portfolio and advancing online education. Of that, more than $7 million is needed for technology improvements throughout the campus, while another $1.3 million is needed for upgrades at the 3,800-acre agricultural research campus in Brooksville it inherited from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2015. The legislative budget requests call for a combination of one-time funding and money FAMU needs annually.

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/06/30/famu-seeks-millions-invest-stem-faculty-technology-upgrades/444055001/

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A conversation with Yale University Nobel Prize winner Robert Shiller

Wed, 2017-07-19 02:07

by Coursera Blog

Robert Shiller, who won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, is the instructor of Financial Markets, one of the most popular courses on Coursera. Broadly, I think that the internet age is a fundamental revolution in our society, and I want to see it work. I think that the kind of education that used to be reserved for a few people at elite colleges should be shared around the world, and I’m happy to be a part of that. In terms of my course specifically, after I received the Nobel Prize, I had the opportunity to think about my role as an academic and what I could do to support others in the field. I realized that the Coursera platform could help me reach thousands of learners and give back to the community by sharing my knowledge. So, in February 2014, I partnered with administrators at Yale to launch the Coursera Financial Markets course.

https://blog.coursera.org/conversation-yale-university-nobel-prize-winner-robert-shiller/

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This Is What A University Of The Future Looks Like

Wed, 2017-07-19 02:05

by Nick Morrison, Forbes

Coventry University is to offer 50 wholly online degrees over the next five years, in one of the most significant steps yet in the development of a new model of higher education. If successful, it could herald the long-awaited disruption of the degree market away from the traditional campus approach and towards an entirely online experience. ‘Higher education is not limited by the physical or geographical boundaries that it once was, and we believe online learning has a huge role to play in the future of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship,’ said Ian Dunn, Coventry’s deputy vice-chancellor for student experience.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nickmorrison/2017/06/28/this-is-what-a-university-of-the-future-looks-like/#62dba2dc4296

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‘I don’t know how to lead for equity, that was not part of my program’

Wed, 2017-07-19 02:03

by Autumn Arnett, Education Dive

Equity took center stage in the day two conversations at the Education Commission of the States National Forum on Education Policy Thursday. One resonant statement reflected how principal preparation programs didn’t include equity components, meaning that now leaders are struggling to approach their work through an equity lens. Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education President Joe Garcia — who shared with the audience that his school counselors never once mentioned to him the idea of his going to college— said working harder to close achievement gaps from early education on through to higher ed is everyone’s work. “It’s not just an issue of racial justice — although that’s important — it’s a question of our economic sustainability” as a nation, Garcia said. Professional development is perhaps the single most important aspect of the equity conversation.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/i-dont-know-how-to-lead-for-equity-that-was-not-part-of-my-program/446094/

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College Degrees With the Highest (And Lowest) Starting Salaries In 2017

Tue, 2017-07-18 02:10

by Karsten Strauss, Forbes

The top-paying bachelor’s degree, by the numbers, is electrical engineering. Though the starting annual salary average is $62,428, a job seeker coming out of school may see a variety of offers when scoping out the jobs market as the salary range for such a degree is between $25,000 and $130,000. In second place, software design earns new graduates an average $61,466. The salary ranges one might see on the jobs market span from $25,000 to $134,000, depending on a variety of factors like experience and responsibilities involved. In third place is chemical engineering – which claimed first place last year – which CERI discovered offers an average starting salary of $61,125. The salary range in the chemical engineering arena spans from $31,000 to $125,000.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2017/06/28/college-degrees-with-the-highest-and-lowest-starting-salaries-in-2017/#430c71ad2343

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MIT Professor Gives A Dire Warning to the U.S. About Funding Science

Tue, 2017-07-18 02:03

by Dom Galeon, Futurism

In a video shared by Bill Gates, Broad Institute director Eric Lander warns that the decline of support for private and public research sectors could lead to the U.S. falling behind as a global leader in research and innovation. They say there’s no alternative to hard work, but most researchers probably wouldn’t turn down the opportunity for more collaborative research that’s well-funded. That’s the philosophy behind what the Broad Institute at MIT calls the Miracle Machine. The Miracle Machine produces amazing advances in science and technology as a result of federal support an funding for the public and private sectors of the research community. However, as a video narrated by Broad Institute director Eric Lander explains, one of America’s greatest assets is “falling into disrepair.”

https://futurism.com/mit-professor-gives-a-dire-warning-to-the-u-s-about-funding-science/

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8 Things Computer Engineers Can Do to Stay on Top of Their Game

Tue, 2017-07-18 02:02

by Peter Daisyme, Entrepreneur

Despite a large number of openings in the field, candidates are dealing with stiff competition for every position, often finding that they’re interviewing alongside highly skilled professionals from across the globe. Engineers who want to gain an edge over that competition need to find ways to stand out, including packing their resumes with impressive skills and certifications. The key here is lifelong learning: Lukas Biewald, chairman and founder of Crowdflower, told me, for instance: “When I’m hiring engineers, I always look for someone who shows a dedication to lifelong learning. Whether it’s side projects, contributing to open-source communities or taking online classes, I love to see candidates that have a commitment to making themselves better.”

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/296342

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A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree

Mon, 2017-07-17 02:10

By STEVE LOHR, NY Times

This skills-based jobs approach matters at a time when there is a push to improve the circumstances of those left behind in the American economy, many of whom voted for President Trump. “We desperately need to revive a second route to the middle class for people without four-year college degrees, as manufacturing once was,” said Robert Reich, a labor secretary in the Clinton administration who is now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “We have to move toward a system that works.” The skills-based concept is gaining momentum, with nonprofit organizations, schools, state governments and companies, typically in partnerships, beginning to roll out such efforts. On Wednesday, the approach received a strong corporate endorsement from Microsoft, which announced a grant of more than $25 million to help Skillful, a program to foster skills-oriented hiring, training and education.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/technology/tech-jobs-skills-college-degree.html

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California, Pennsylvania disrupt the two-year business model

Mon, 2017-07-17 02:05

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

California and Pennsylvania are making efforts to boost enrollment in their community college systems, utilizing different approaches to target underrepresented student populations, according to Inside Higher Ed. A California proposal seeks to close gaps caused by declining enrollment over the last 10 years by creating an online-only college which targets unemployed or underemployed adults who may want additional schooling. Pennsylvania is looking to use an “interactive television” model to reach students in rural areas. The Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania will target students living in nine counties in the northwestern part of the state where there are no public community colleges. The state’s Department of Education approved the new school last month, where students will interact on television with an instructor teaching students live.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/california-pennsylvania-disrupt-the-two-year-business-model/445989/

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Supporting the success of online students who are deaf

Mon, 2017-07-17 02:03

by Laurel Iverson Hitchcock, Teaching & Learning in Social Work

As the field of online education grows and new technologies develop, it’s important to us to make sure that we’re inclusive in administration, planning, and teaching.  Matthea Marquart and Beth Counselman-Carpenter of Columbia hosted a conversation on the topic, tod learn from the experiences of our peers at other institutions. You can access a copy of our handout, which includes details about the tools & strategies we’ve used to support online students who are deaf, here: https://doi.org/10.7916/D8V12B58 From our perspective, there are three critical components to success: never assume, attention to a solid time line, and thorough preparation with a back-up plan for live course sessions.

http://www.laureliversonhitchcock.org/2017/06/23/supporting-the-success-of-online-students-who-are-deaf-lessons-presented-at-swde2017/

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Stunning market data predicts the future of online learning

Sun, 2017-07-16 02:10

BY MERIS STANSBURY, Campus Technology

Today’s colleges and universities know that online learning is a must for satisfying the learning demands of a rapidly changing student body. Now, recent market data exposes just how big the business of online learning really is, as well as how much it’s expected to grow in the near future, and which components of online learning are expected to bring in the most revenue. Recent findings detailed in “Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017,” find that thirty percent of all students in higher education are now taking at least one online course. Those online learners are split almost evenly between students who are exclusively online (14 percent) and those who take some courses in person (16 percent).

https://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/market-future-online-learning/

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Led by Watches, Wearables Market to Nearly Double by 2021

Sun, 2017-07-16 02:05

By Rhea Kelly, THE Journal

According to the latest forecast from International Data Corp., the worldwide wearables market will increase 20.4 percent this year compared to 2016, and nearly double by 2021 — reaching a total of 240.1 million units shipped that year. The majority of that growth will come from the watches product category, which IDC anticipates “will account for the majority of all wearable devices shipped during the forecast period.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/06/22/led-by-watches-wearables-market-expected-to-nearly-double-by-2021.aspx

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These are the top 10 workforce skills students will need by 2020

Sun, 2017-07-16 02:03

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Today’s workforce, as nearly everyone knows, is increasingly global. And with that global nature comes fierce competition–students will need an arsenal of workforce skills in order to stand out from their peers. According to a recent McGraw-Hill Education survey, just 40 percent of college seniors said they felt their college experience was helpful in preparing for a career. Alarmingly, that percentage plummeted to 19 percent for women answering the same question. That same survey also found that students in STEM majors were the most likely out of any group to report that they are optimistic about their career prospects (73 percent). According to data from the nonprofit Institute for the Future, there are 6 drivers of change in today’s workforce:

https://www.ecampusnews.com/stem/top-workforce-skills-2020/

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Machine Learning Is Creating A Demand For New Skills

Sat, 2017-07-15 02:08

BY Hovhannes Avoyan, Forbes

Google released three months’ worth of online courses on deep learning, which also serves as an example of how tech giants are embracing the skills shortage challenge while at the same time educating the industry to work on its products. In my opinion, in order to satisfy the global demand for highly skilled professionals in the field, basecamps, universities and other educational organizations need to collaborate with big companies in order to teach a new generation of data scientists. They are the ones who will define our future and replace engineers, who, ironically, may be working hard to design robots that will one day take over their jobs.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2017/06/26/machine-learning-is-creating-a-demand-for-new-skills/

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Synchronous Online Classes: 10 Tips for Engaging Students

Sat, 2017-07-15 02:05

By: Marie Norman, Faculty Focus

So how do you teach in this odd virtual space? How do you keep participants from descending into that peculiar passivity characteristic of conference calls? And how do you help students fight the constant temptation of momentarily clicking away from class? While virtual classes are not without challenges, there are, in fact, concrete steps you can take to run class sessions that are energetic, interactive, and productive. Here are a few suggestions.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/synchronous-online-classes-10-tips-engaging-students/

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