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How to use 360-degree video to engage students online and off

17 hours 40 min ago

BY MFON AKPAN, eCampus News
Inspired by the potential of VR but faced with the realities of my own editing potential and the price of VR headsets, I started with a fairly basic, but transformative, video technique: 360-degree video. In their personal lives, today’s students have traded in reading for watching. In the classroom, educators have the choice to fight this trend, or to embrace it. I understand the apprehension many educators have to increase screen time in the classroom, but ignoring students’ own learning preferences and inclinations is doing them a disservice. Video facilitates retention. As studies have shown, that kind of embodied learning can help students better understand the material, and immersive experiences help with retaining information. I got a real sense for this while attending a virtual reality (VR) conference in Chicago when I put on an HTC Vive headset and was immediately transported onto a NASCAR race track

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/04/12/360-degree-video-engage-students/

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How Technological Singularity will Change Schools

17 hours 45 min ago

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

John von Neumann was the first to see it coming: eventually, the capacity of machine intelligence would surpass that of the human race. His work with algorithms and quantum mechanics opened the door for exponential growth in computers. As people and computers raced toward super-intelligence, computers would eventually win out, leaving humans behind. That is the moment of singularity. Our collective body of knowledge is doubling at a rate of every twelve months; that number will narrow to every twelve hours before we reach technological singularity. Because schools are in the knowledge business, there are some far-reaching implications for what and how schools teach.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-technological-singularity-will-change-schools/

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ASU’s Michael Crow: ‘The Rest of the Culture Sees Us As a Virus’

17 hours 47 min ago

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Michael Crow is building an empire, one that frees the state university he leads, Arizona State University, from dependence on declining state funding. ASU has grown into an online education powerhouse since Crow took the helm 17 years ago, and the president has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative university leaders. But not everyone thinks that’s a good thing, as critics complain that he’s too corporate and has turned the state university into what one author called “a factory of credentialing.” Crow argues that he’s creating a prototype of a “new American university” that cares more about opening access to diverse students than chasing high rankings in U.S. News.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-04-10-asu-s-michael-crow-the-rest-of-the-culture-sees-us-as-a-virus

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How voice-first technology can be used in online learning

Tue, 2019-04-23 02:10

By Chantelle, Voices

The elearning, or online learning industry is experiencing a boom and is projected to be a $200B industry by 2024. At the same time, the world is awakening to the power of voice-first technology. Voice assistants are proliferating in private homes and voice integration is occurring seemingly everywhere, from our phones to our fridges (even our cities are becoming ‘smart’). The convergence of a growing learning culture, along with rapid voice tech adoption means that digital learning providers will have to find ways to integrate technologies like AI and voice-first tech, in order to meet the demands of consumers and to maintain a competitive advantage in the market. This affects both private brands as well as public institutions, like universities and colleges.

https://www.voices.com/blog/technology-use-in-digital-learning/

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Survey: Online Students Interact More with Course Materials than with Faculty

Tue, 2019-04-23 02:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
In a typical online course, students are more likely to interact with course materials — 52 percent of the time — than they are with faculty (23 percent), other students (22 percent) or staff (3 percent). According to a recent survey from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research, the research division of ACT/NRCCUA, time with materials is less prevalent in online classes at regional private colleges (46 percent) compared to four-year publics (53 percent) or community colleges (58 percent). The third annual “Changing Landscape of Online Education ” (CHLOE 3) report surveyed 280 chief online officers (COOs) (up from 182 last year) at U.S. colleges and universities about policies, practices and plans around online education.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/03/26/survey-online-students-interact-more-with-course-materials-than-faculty.aspx

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Moody’s: Competition, consolidation shape online education market

Tue, 2019-04-23 02:05

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Competition is heating up for colleges online, and new market entrants are gaining share, according to a new analyst report from Moody’s Investors Service, which calls the expansion “a credit positive” for higher education. Online-only enrollment grew 38% from 2012 to 2017, and it will continue to increase as “a key enrollment strategy” for institutions, the authors write. However, not all colleges will take this route, and it is “unlikely to replace” on-campus education. Still, the growth online comes as overall higher ed enrollment has leveled off. Critical to colleges’ success online is differentiation, which can include price, delivery model, perceived value and faculty service levels. Public universities’ large online enrollment, low tuition and access-oriented mission will help them maintain market share.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/moodys-competition-consolidation-shape-online-education-market/552525/

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Michael Crow at ASU GSV: Technologies and Policies We Need to Transform Education

Mon, 2019-04-22 02:10

By IBL News

Michael M. Crow, President at Arizona State University (ASU), talked today on a keynote during the ASU GSV Conference in San Diego about the importance of connecting the workforce with lifelong learning opportunities. He elaborated on ASU’s model and mentioned the “technologies we need” to achieve a maximum impact in education. He listed those technologies in the following six categories. Personalized learning at scale will be one of the requirements.

https://iblnews.org/2019/04/09/michael-crow-at-asu-gsv-technologies-we-need-to-transform-education/

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Five Principles for Thinking Like a Futurist

Mon, 2019-04-22 02:06

by Marina Gorbis, EDUCAUSE Review

In these five decades we learned a lot, and we still believe—even more strongly than before—that systematic thinking about the future is absolutely essential for helping people make better choices today, whether you are an individual or a member of an educational institution or government organization. We view short-termism as the greatest threat not only to organizations but to society as a whole.

In my twenty years at the Institute, I’ve developed five core principles for futures thinking:

  • Forget about predictions.
  • Focus on signals.
  • Look back to see forward.
  • Uncover patterns.
  • Create a community.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/3/five-principles-for-thinking-like-a-futurist

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7 things you should know about enrollment management

Mon, 2019-04-22 02:02

EDUCAUSE

New approaches to enrollment management also reflect a growing expectation that enrollment managers contribute more directly and significantly to institutional efforts to fulfill academic missions, meet financial goals, sustain a diverse and successful student body, and increase access to education.  How does it work? For students, emerging models of enrollment management aim to provide a seamless experience for individuals who engage with the institution as a prospect, applicant, enrolled student, advisee, selector of an academic pathway, orientation participant, and completer of the first-year experience. In addition, enrollment management provides and aligns support to ensure learners’ ongoing academic progress through completion of a
credential or other academic goal.

https://library.educause.edu/resources/2019/3/7-things-you-should-know-about-enrollment-management

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Udacity restructures operations, lays off 20 percent of its workforce

Sun, 2019-04-21 02:10

Kirsten Korosec, Tech Crunch

Udacity, the $1 billion online education startup, has laid off about 20 percent of its workforce and is restructuring its operations as the company’s co-founder Sebastian Thrun seeks to bring costs in line with revenue without curbing growth, TechCrunch has learned. The objective is to do more than simply keep the company afloat, Thrun told TechCrunch in a phone interview. Instead, Thrun says these measures will allow Udacity to move from a money-losing operation to a “break-even or profitable company by next quarter and then moving forward.”

https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/09/udacity-restructures-operations-lays-off-20-percent-of-its-workforce/

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Why Online Is an Ethical Practice

Sun, 2019-04-21 02:05

Robert Ubell, Inside Higher Ed

Recent research on the wisdom of students from underrepresented populations taking online courses is not easy to untangle, with contradictory results, depending on what investigators are looking at and which population slices are being studied. Some conclude that retention rates for low-income students are worse online than face-to-face. Others say that there is little or no difference between the two. Most agree that mixing and matching online with on-campus delivers the best results. Karen Swan, James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Illinois, says that her research predicts a few essential features about the composition of online students — apart from being more likely to be female, they are also older and poorer than their face-to-face peers, and consequently, more likely to go online part-time. As expected, part-time students on campus, too, have a high dropout rate. But insightfully, her research concludes that “there is no difference between online and on-campus part-time students.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2019/04/10/colleges-need-go-online-must-recognize-how-different-students-are

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Inverse Blended Learning: How to Deal with MOOCs More Successfully

Sun, 2019-04-21 02:02

Martin Ebner & Sandra Schön, Drexel Virtually Inspired

We have been taking the approach of Inverse Blended Learning for 4 years now, we can proudly report that we have reduced the dropout rate dramatically. Even more, we can state that learners who visit the face-to-face offerings on a regularly basis are more likely to complete the course with success. It is great to see, that the arrangement of those face-to-face elements differs arbitrarily; weekly meetings in a very informal setting (cafes, public places) as well as in formal settings (higher educational seminars) and even online (webinars). These settings enable learners to not only discuss content but to see to each other’s problems, needs, questions and to complete tasks.

https://virtuallyinspired.org/inverse-blended-learning/

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OPMs Are Losing the Battle for Hearts and Minds

Sat, 2019-04-20 02:10

Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Rather than passing along the savings of online education to students — as Carey argues that online means “no buildings to maintain, no lawns to mow, no juice bars and [no] lazy rivers” — the tuition dollars are being instead converted to corporate profits for the OPMs.  The classic online program management business model is for the company to fund the costs of developing the online programs, recruiting the students and running the programs — and in exchange the OPM received a share of the tuition. This revenue share to the OPM is typically around 60 percent. The OPM market is growing, with Carey quoting Trace Urban from Tyton Partners saying that the market is likely to be worth $8 billion by 2020.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/opms-are-losing-battle-hearts-and-minds

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Community Colleges And Tech Companies Are Co-Branding Credentials To Solve The Skills Gap

Sat, 2019-04-20 02:04

Allison Dulin Salisbury, Forbes

There’s an important lesson there for higher education and it’s not just anecdote. Employers increasingly use applicant tracking systems that often screen for very specific skills. A resume for a digital marketing job, no matter how stellar, that doesn’t mention experience with platforms like Facebook Ad Manager or Hubspot may not even make it through the first automated round of screening. Same goes for an application for a data analyst that doesn’t mention a facility with Tableau or Microsoft Excel, a game developer without Unity, or a sales rep without Salesforce. In that sense, it’s not broad digital skills that matter, but rather skills tailored to one specific platform that is state-of-the-art in an applicant’s chosen field.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/allisondulinsalisbury/2019/04/08/community-colleges-and-tech-companies-are-co-branding-credentials-to-solve-the-skills-gap/#1094cf6949b5

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Will AI Save Journalism — or Kill It?

Sat, 2019-04-20 02:03

Meredith Broussard and Seth Lewis, Knowledge @ Wharton

In the past year, you have most likely read a story that was written by a bot. Whether it’s a sports article, an earnings report or a story about who won the last congressional race in your district, you may not have known it but an emotionless artificial intelligence perhaps moved you to cheers, jeers or tears. By 2025, a bot could be writing 90% of all news, according to Narrative Science, whose software Quill turns data into stories. Many of the largest and most reputable news outlets in the world are using or dabbling in AI — such as The Washington Post, The Associated Press, BBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times and Sunday Times (U.K.), Japan’s national public broadcaster, NHK, and Finland’s STT.

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/ai-in-journalism/

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The Need for a Corporate Training Culture in New Age Enterprises

Fri, 2019-04-19 02:09

Sanjay Bahl, Entrepreneur India
A decade ago, when India began it ascends to high GDP rates, companies realized that the workforce needs to step up and embrace the inevitable effects of change. Jargons like VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) and growth mindset were not widespread and most training intervention was led by instructors using projector and PPTs! But today these jargons are the harsh reality that unicorns of India Inc. have accepted and inculcated in their strategy. The need is to align the corporate training with a mindset of delivering quality learning & development solutions, which have a direct and measurable impact on key business performance indicators. Today, employees are looking to upgrade their knowledge as well as skills required for their job roles and are keener to join organizations that provide opportunities to grow.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/331829

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Credential Clout: How Higher Education Can Prepare for an Evolving Job Market: a survey of US students and recruiters

Fri, 2019-04-19 02:07

Ellucian

This survey report outlines perceptions and prospects for careers among students and HR recruiters.  Among the results: GenZ students feel less prepared than prior generations and employers are seeking an array of soft skills led by communication, industry-specific skills, critical thinking and accountability.  Both students and employers agree that continuous learning is necessary.

https://www.ellucian.com/assets/en/white-paper/credential-clout-survey.pdf

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4 myths about accessibility and online learning

Fri, 2019-04-19 02:04

BY REBECCA GRAETZ, eCampus News

Online education is supposed to be inclusive; here’s how to ensure that it is. Those who are in higher education are probably tired of hearing about accessibility. But accessibility awareness is the key point to making courses accessible. Bringing this awareness to faculty on how they design a course had been an ongoing charge for those in higher education that work with course design.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/18/4-myths-about-accessibility-online-learning/

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VR, AR, AI Worldwide Perspectives – Ray Schroeder

Thu, 2019-04-18 02:12

by Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

There is much at stake in the development of AI. The “big nine” corporations are the linkages that ideally will bring cultures together and create a compass for development in this field. Action must be taken now to assure that the underlying assumptions are in the best interests of the learners. A first model for a governance framework for AI has been developed by the Personal Data Protection Commission of Singapore. The 27-page instrument is well worth reading to gain a better understanding of AI and its implications.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/vr-ar-ai-worldwide-perspectives

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How to Access Lynda LinkedIn Learning for Free

Thu, 2019-04-18 02:05

TJ McCue, Forbes

Whether you are a business executive, a young computer coder, or a consumer who simply wants to keep learning, the Lynda.com website (acquired by LinkedIn a few years ago and now called LinkedIn Learning officially) is often available at a public library for free. If you wonder if those soft skills are really valuable, the third annual 2019 Workplace Learning Report found some of the country’s fastest growing roles—sales development, customer success, and customer experience jobs—are largely soft skills-based. The most in-demand skill is Creativity, followed by Persuasion, Analytical reasoning, Collaboration, and, Flexible approach (a.k.a. Adaptability). If you thought all those soft skills were not needed in the workplace, think again. The online learning platform has all of these courses.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2019/04/07/how-to-access-lynda-linkedin-learning-for-free/#746951861ee9

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