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Updated: 5 hours 23 min ago

Report: Americans Value College Degrees But Say Higher Ed Falls Short on Delivering Promises

6 hours 20 min ago

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Top survey findings include: Slightly more than half (51 percent) of respondents agree that there are well-paying jobs that do not require a college degree; However, there still is widespread agreement across groups that a college degree carries weight in the job market, with 75 percent of respondents answering that it is easier to be successful with one than without one; Most respondents want to see changes made in higher ed, with just 25 percent answering the system is “just fine the way it is” and helps students succeed;

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/12/americans-value-college-degrees-but-say-higher-ed-falls-short-on-delivering-promises.aspx

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5 Online Learning Sources to Boost Your Business Acumen

6 hours 24 min ago

by Dan Scalco, Entrepreneur

There’s never been a better time to be in business. As the world has grown increasingly interconnected, the internet has become a veritable treasure trove of information on how to run a successful company. No matter your industry or experience level, there’s always something new you can learn. Here are five online resources to help you take your business acumen to the next level.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/292835

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How Long It Takes to Earn an Online Master’s Degree

6 hours 27 min ago

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Experts say many prospective online master’s students – who often plan to balance their education with a job – wonder about how much time they will spend earning a degree as they aim to move up in their current role or switch careers. “They want to know how long they should plan on a degree taking as they will be working it into their lifestyle,” says Vickie Cook, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois—Springfield. The simple answer: It depends on the program, among other factors including how many courses a student takes each term.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-05-12/us-news-data-how-long-it-takes-to-earn-an-online-masters-degree

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Face-Face VS Online Courses

Sat, 2017-05-27 02:10

by Monique Shifflette, Cactus

Online classes may be more convenient for someone with little free time, as they can access their course at any time of day, and anywhere they have internet access. Online classes provide an opportunity for people with mental or physical disabilities to get their education, or students from different states can enroll into a college without having to go to the campus. Enrolling in an online program at a university can even be cheaper than enrolling as an on-campus student. Some universities provide entire degree programs online, and the tuition is significantly cheaper. However, online classes may not be for everyone. Professors’ who teach online courses can make or break a class for a student.

http://caccactus.com/9108/editorial/face-face-vs-online-courses/

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College Board: 115-Point Rise with Free Khan Academy Online Class

Sat, 2017-05-27 02:04

by 2Paragraphs

The College Board anointed Khan Academy the king of score improvement, releasing data that credit 20 hours spent on the free Official SAT Practice with an average 115-point score lift on the new SAT. The study considered nearly 250,000 test takers using Khan Academy program. Even those students with a less rigorous commitment showed improved scores, with students spending 6-8 hours of Khan practice jumping 90 points on average. The Official SAT Practice at Khan Academy uses video lessons, tips, and practice questions to prepare students for the standardized tests. Khan and The College Board are paired in what they call the “College Readiness Project.” Khan Academy says: “We’re here to help you support your students and children on their path to college. ” Here is Khan Academy founder Sal Khan announcing the results.

http://2paragraphs.com/2017/05/college-board-115-point-rise-with-free-khan-academy-online-class/

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Jordan joins hands with Google to launch Arabic online learning platform

Sat, 2017-05-27 02:03

by Xinhua

The Queen Rania Foundation and Google.org announced Wednesday that they have joined forces to create an online learning platform for Arabic open educational resources. The online platform will target students from kindergarten to 12th grade and their teachers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, said the foundation in a statement a copy of which was obtained by Xinhua. The initiative comes at a crucial time to ensure millions of children across the region have access to better education. Presently, an estimated 13 million children in the MENA region, or 40 percent of school aged children, are missing out on an education due to conflict and displacement.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-05/10/c_136271914.htm

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The University of Chicago Re-Engages Alumni Through Online Learning

Fri, 2017-05-26 02:10

by Elyse Dupre, DMN

Not every interaction generates an immediate return. Brands often have to engage target audiences multiple times to establish relationships and get them to perform desired actions. Take the University of Chicago, for instance. The school is exploring the benefits of engaging former students through an online learning community to drive donations later down the line. Emily Bembeneck, associate director of pedagogical innovation for the University of Chicago’s Graham School, said the school’s alumni weren’t “super connected” to their alma mater. Bembeneck wanted to re-engage the university’s alumni and create an “enduring” learning community that would remind them of the positive experiences they had on campus, which would, ultimately, help the University of Chicago meet its long-term fundraising goals.

http://www.dmnews.com/social-media/the-university-of-chicago-re-engages-alumni-through-online-learning/article/655450/

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How to Sell Your Online Course

Fri, 2017-05-26 02:05

by Greg Rollett, Entrepreneur

Have you created an online course that could really make a difference, and then been disappointed to find it isn’t selling? In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Greg Rollett explains three reasons why your product might be failing and how to correct it. First, have you spent enough time and resources on marketing your product? Too many people spend all their time on content creation — thinking that if they just create a perfect product, it will sell itself. It won’t. Watch the video to learn more about how to market your product and to learn the other two reasons why your online course isn’t selling.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/video/293875

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4 Things You Might Not Know About Online Education

Fri, 2017-05-26 02:02

by Stephanie Larson, US News

When you are deciding whether to pursue your education online, there are more than a few things to consider. The flexibility of online students’ schedules and the fact that they can be anywhere in the world are great when you are traveling for business or the military, or if you just want that added convenience. Before you sign up, here are four things you might not know about online programs that can help you decide if one is right for you.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-05-08/4-things-you-might-not-know-about-online-education

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New MOOC-Based Online Programs Take Aim at Career Prep

Thu, 2017-05-25 02:08

By Jordan Friedman, US News

“You can start just by sticking your toe in the water and try a completely free MOOC, auditing that, all the way up to a full degree, and everything in between,” says Adam D. Fein, assistant provost for educational innovation at the University of Illinois. Many MOOC-based credentials explore fields where employers are hiring, experts say. Data science and analytics, computer science and business are among the most common offered by Coursera, according to a written statement from the company. Coursera and edX consider employer demand when building programs. Another company that also does so through online learning is Udacity, which offers several nanodegree programs for about $200 a month. These credentials – for those planning on entering the tech industry – have students complete projects that showcase their skills in particular areas, such as web development.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-05-08/new-mooc-based-online-programs-take-aim-at-career-prep

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Leveraging online courses: Experiences of a 9th grader

Thu, 2017-05-25 02:04

By Soham Bhatt, American Bazaar

I have experienced the power and benefits of MOOC first-hand, and hope my experiences would encourage students to leverage such platforms. How does a young, curious and motivated mind satisfy its desire to understand such topics? After having studied Newtonian Kinematics during 6th and 7th grade, I got deeply interested in theoretical physics. I experienced the joy of understanding Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity through a MOOC course by Cornell University on edX. The course equipped me to comprehend this fascinating and intuitive theory, and gave me the confidence to interact with theoretical physicists and students at prestigious institutions like the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in India and Harvard and UPenn in the United States. This culminated into a review paper on “Understanding of Special Theory of Relativity.”

https://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2017/05/07/leveraging-online-courses-experiences-of-a-9th-grader-425138/

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Why Windows must die. For the third time

Thu, 2017-05-25 02:03

By Jason Perlow, ZD Net

Microsoft knows Windows is obsolete. Here’s a sneak peek at its replacement. Windows 10 S is just like the Windows 10 you use now, but the main difference is it can only run apps that have been whitelisted to run in the Windows Store. That means, by and large, existing Win32-based stuff cannot run in Windows 10 S for security reasons. To bridge the app gap, Microsoft is allowing certain kinds of desktop apps to be “packaged” for use in the Windows Store through a tooling process known as Desktop Bridge or Project Centennial. The good news is that with Project Centennial, many Desktop Win32 apps can be re-purposed and packaged to take advantage of Windows 10’s improved security. However, there are apps that will inevitably be left behind because they violate the sandboxing rules that are needed to make the technology work in a secure fashion.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/why-windows-must-die-for-the-third-time/

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Trump budget seeks huge cuts to science and medical research, disease prevention

Wed, 2017-05-24 02:09

By Joel Achenbach and Lena H. Sun, Washington Post

President Trump’s 2018 budget request, delivered to Congress on Tuesday with the title “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” has roiled the medical and science community with a call for massive cuts in spending on scientific research, medical research, disease prevention programs and health insurance for children of the working poor. The National Cancer Institute would be hit with a $1 billion cut compared to its 2017 budget. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute would see a $575 million cut, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases would see a reduction of $838 million. The administration would cut the overall National Institutes of Health budget from $31.8 billion to $26 billion. The National Science Foundation, which dispenses grants to a variety of scientific research endeavors, would be trimmed $776 million, an 11 percent cut.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/22/trump-budget-seeks-huge-cuts-to-disease-prevention-and-medical-research-departments

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Justice by algorithm: AI predicts the results of Supreme Court trials better than a human

Wed, 2017-05-24 02:03

by Shivali Best, Daily Mail

The algorithm was developed by researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and South Texas College of Law.They used the US Supreme Court Database, which holds information on court cases dating back to 1791.Based on this data, the algorithm could correctly predict 70.2 per cent of the court’s 28,000 decisions, and 71.9 per cent of the justices’ 240,000 votes from 1816 to 2015. While 70 per cent accuracy may not sound that precise, it is higher than the 66 per cent accuracy with which human experts can predict Supreme Court outcomes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4476718/Machine-learning-algorithm-predicts-Supreme-Court-outcomes.html

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Chicago Public Library Recognized for Digital Leadership

Wed, 2017-05-24 02:01

by Maya Miller, Chicago Tonight

When it comes to innovation in digital learning, Chicago is getting noticed. A program developed by the Chicago Public Library and the nonprofit Peer 2 Peer University won a 2017 Digital Inclusion Leadership Award on Tuesday in the category of “most innovative.” Chicago was one of six cities to be recognized by Next Century Cities and Google Fiber. The program, called Learning Circles, brings together online students to take free courses and study the material in a group setting. Peer 2 Peer University says you can think of it as “a book group for learning.”

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/05/05/chicago-public-library-recognized-digital-leadership

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Lebanon Valley president argues liberal arts education still valuable in changing world

Tue, 2017-05-23 02:10

by Pat Donachie, Education dive

Some argue a traditional liberal arts education is outdated and “smaller bites” of learning are preferable, but it is a mistake to discount the benefits of a complete college education, Lebanon Valley College President Lewis E. Thayne writes for the Hechinger Report. Thayne argues that five and 10 years after graduation, Lebanon Valley alumni report that their college education prepared them well, and he said critics shouldn’t discount the benefits of co-curricular activities available in a campus setting. Thayne writes that colleges should incorporate online learning and small-bite education, but he said only a well-rounded college education could offer that as well as the totality of know

http://www.educationdive.com/news/lebanon-valley-president-argues-liberal-arts-education-still-valuable-in-ch/441976/

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Diane von Furstenberg to teach online course on how to build a fashion brand

Tue, 2017-05-23 02:05

by Andrew Nodell, LA Times

Diane von Furstenberg became the person she wanted to be and now she hopes to teach others how to do the same. With over four decades running her fashion label, the designer is replete with life lessons and business acumen that she will impart as the latest instructor being added to the roster for MasterClass. The online education company also includes video lectures from Kevin Spacey on acting, Christina Aguilera on singing and David Mamet on dramatic writing. “I spoke [on-camera] for three days,” the designer explained in a call from her New York City office. “As I now have Jonathan [Saunders] handling the rebranding, I’m focusing a lot of my time on mentoring and philanthropy. I hope this lesson is nice. I made the director cry, so I think it was good.”

http://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-ig-wwd-dvf-online-courses-20170504-story.html

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UMKC Students Haggled into Online Learning

Tue, 2017-05-23 02:03

By Madison Noordhoek, UMKC

Are technological resources in the classroom a student’s best friend, or worst enemy? While universities like UMKC grant students the convenience of online classes, some students who enroll in physical lectures face the inconvenience of online resources that are required to complete the course. “I think online classes are a great way to earn course credit without having to go to class at a set time during the week,” recent KU graduate student David Sukenik said. “They save money and are generally easier than a normal course.” Being able to study a lecture and do homework from the comfort of your couch seems to give students more motivation to enroll in online classes. They also provide an opportunity to knock out required credits during the summer. Students are able to learn at their own convenience while still receiving an equal quality of teaching.

http://info.umkc.edu/unews/umkc-students-haggled-into-online-learning/

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Signs of a Ceiling in Online Ed Market?

Mon, 2017-05-22 10:55

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

A new survey of online education administrators at 104 colleges and universities released today shows — as other studies have suggested — that public and private four-year institutions saw healthy enrollment growth in their fully online programs in spring 2016 compared to the year before, and that they are showing few signs of slowing their investments in the space. The situation is not the same at two-year colleges. Online programs at all institutions grew on average by 9 percent year over year, but at community colleges, growth typically registered 1 to 2 percent. And while only a handful of the public or private four-year institutions surveyed said their online enrollments shrank from 2015 to 2016, findings at community colleges were mixed: 33 percent saw growth, 27 percent decline and 40 percent stability.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/22/reports-finds-rising-competition-online-education-market

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Udacity re-launches its Intro to Programming Nanodegree

Mon, 2017-05-22 02:10

by DQ India

Udacity has announced the relaunch of its Intro to Programming Nanodegree. The programme designed to provide effective and engaging content to students and professionals, aims at introducing them with basic foundation in programming. The course will give a fundamental understanding thereby helping students land the most in demand jobs in today’s time. The three months course will equip a person with the core skills that programmers use while programming mobile apps, webpages or analyze data. Successful completion of the nanodegree will enhance the skills, broaden opportunities and lay the groundwork for a future in technology. The programme comprises of interactive quizzes, videos and hand-on projects which are reviewed by industry experts.

http://www.dqindia.com/udacity-re-launches-its-intro-to-programming-nanodegree-to-help-bridge-the-skill-gap/

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