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What Are MOOCs Good For?

11 hours 25 min ago

by Justin Pope, Technology Review

Indeed, for all the focus on the role of MOOCs in higher education, they might have a significant role to play in high schools and below. Teachers are already a big audience (a study of 11 MOOCs offered by MIT last spring found that nearly 28 percent of enrollees were former or active teachers). This is particularly promising because teachers pass what they learn on to their own students: when they make use of edX and other resources in their classrooms, they multiply the effect. As Coursera moves explicitly into teacher training, its classes could have as much impact by reaching a few hundred teachers as they would with thousands of other students.

http://www.technologyreview.com/review/533406/what-are-moocs-good-for/

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WCC takes students’ lead, focuses on online classes

11 hours 25 min ago

by NATALIE WRIGHT and PAULETTE PARKER, Washtenaw Vocie

Elearning students take courses at a community college for myriad reasons, and as diverse as students are in their intentions, they are equally diverse in their station in life. Part-time and full-time jobs, sometimes multiple jobs, courses at other colleges, families, children and disabilities can all hinder students’ abilities to pursue an education. But with today’s technology, an education is more accessible than ever.  “It has become the preferred method of delivery for many students,” said Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Recruitment Evan Montague. “I think it responds to a wider set of individuals and helps people see education can be possible.”

http://www.washtenawvoice.com/2014/12/wcc-takes-students-lead-focuses-on-online-classes/

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Distance learning is revolutionizing education

11 hours 27 min ago

By John G. Flores, the Hill

Today’s advanced learning platforms, content and networks have become so integral that learners quite reasonably expect to use technology that is fast and reliable to help them achieve their goals. And yet, students and teachers continue to discover all the ways technology can help them learn, offering stimulating lessons and interactive methods that create invaluable learning experiences. By encouraging continued investment into these 21st century solutions, we can help ensure that distance learning continues to benefit more students every day.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/226987-distance-learning-is-revolutionizing-education

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Teacher texts can profoundly impact student success

Fri, 2014-12-19 01:09

By Timothy Chipp, Abilene Reporter-News

A text message can have a profound effect on the ability of students to learn, according to some researchers at Hardin-Simmons University. Scott Hamm, director of online education at the school, along with Chuck Ruot, a professor of fitness and sport sciences, and Wade Ashby, director of academic technologies and system integrations, explored how communication on a student’s level can help teachers impart their knowledge and entice learning outside the typical classroom setting. And being on a student level means using text messaging instead of email, Hamm said.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/teacher-texts-student-392/

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8 tips for creating video in online learning

Fri, 2014-12-19 01:05

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

Instructor-generated video can increase student satisfaction with, and engagement in, online courses. But there are many variables to a video’s success. Here are eight tips to help educators create effective videos for their online courses. According to a new report published in the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, instructor-generated video can have a positive influence on student satisfaction with, and engagement in, online courses. Research conducted by the American Academy of Neurology also reveals that “watching videos helps boost brain plasticity,” or the ability of the brain to undergo physical changes at any age. Learners who were trained to perform a particular task through videos performed better than those who learned through images and text, the researchers found—and they concluded that video has a “higher impact on the brain.”

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/creating-video-online-426/

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The Governor versus The Board

Fri, 2014-12-19 01:02

by Dean Florez, the Bakersfield Californian

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Governor Jerry Brown — a longtime proponent of low-priced college — and UC President Janet Napolitano — politically adept agency manager and public college advocate — are at loggerheads over whether UC can raise its tuition 5 percent per year for the next five years. Though seemingly a routine budget battle, at issue are fundamental questions about the “public” part of public higher education. Should UC focus on maintaining prestige or keeping tuition down? In an educational landscape with vastly more educational options for students, what obligation does the UC have to enable choice?

http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/opinion/hot-topics/x1524581698/The-Governor-versus-The-Board

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Khan Academy founder has two big ideas for overhauling higher education in the sciences

Thu, 2014-12-18 01:04

by Gregory Ferenstein, Venture Beat

Soft-spoken education revolutionary Sal Khan has a few ideas for how to radically overhaul higher education. First, create a universal degree that’s comparable to a Stanford degree, and second, transform the college transcript into a portfolio of things that students have actually created. Khan is the founder, executive director, and faculty member at the Khan Academy, an online education provider. Speaking at the Atlantic’s Navigate tech conference, Khan said that the online education providers and independent technology “boot camp” schools will end up playing an important role in pressuring legacy universities to change their outdated ways.

http://venturebeat.com/2014/12/14/khan-academy-founder-has-a-couple-of-big-ideas-for-overhauling-higher-education-in-the-sciences/

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Forward Planning on Technology

Thu, 2014-12-18 01:03

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Technology can address some of the financial and organizational challenges facing public flagship universities, according to a new report, but those challenges have to be solved with input from the entire institution — not just a “coalition of the willing.” Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit research organization, last academic year traveled to 10 institutions in the Public Flagship Network, a group of 17 such institutions, to learn how the universities are using technology to respond to shrinking state funding and changing student behavior. Ithaka’s researchers interviewed 214 senior administrators, directors of online learning, department chairs and staffers at those universities, finding similar concerns: The institutions are struggling to perform the traditional functions of a research university as outside forces — politicians and students among them — urge them to make higher education more affordable and accessible.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/12/15/report-recommends-public-flagship-universities-plan-incentivize-technology-classroom

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Online education growing at Purdue

Thu, 2014-12-18 01:02

By HELEN STORMS, Purdue Exponent

The amount of online classes available to Purdue students has continued to grow in recent years. Currently, there are about 135 undergraduate courses that can be taken online each semester, and this number will only increase in the future. In fact, according to statistics from Purdue’s spring 2015 graduating class, about 51% of the graduates have taken at least one online course throughout their time at Purdue. Some of these classes are almost entirely online, whereas others still conduct the course partially face to face. This type of course is becoming the preferred format because it allows students to listen to the lecture before coming to class to make better use of class time.

http://www.purdueexponent.org/campus/article_95bbc052-f949-56f4-a377-878dc0fd4d5a.html

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10 Online Learning Trends to Watch in 2015 [#Infographic]

Wed, 2014-12-17 01:07

by D. Frank Smith, EdTech Magazine

Frank is a social media journalist for the CDW family of technology magazine websites. Amid the shifting sands of online education, which trends can we expect to set the tone for e-learning in the year ahead? Online options are growing, and the classroom format is changing to incorporate the technology. There are a few trends on the cusp of explosive growth in the coming year. A new infographic from TalentLMS, a cloud-based learning management system, offers its picks for the top 10 E-Learning Trends to Follow in 2015:

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2014/12/10-online-learning-trends-watch-2015-infographic-0

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UIS offers free online course on wrongful convictions

Wed, 2014-12-17 01:05

By The Associated Press

The University of Illinois Springfield plans to offer a free online class examining the issues surrounding wrongful convictions. The university said Wednesday that online registration is underway for the six-week course, which begins in February and is open to the public. Participants need not be enrolled at the university. It will examine the scope and causes of wrongful convictions and the difficulties in trying to free innocent people after they have been convicted. It also will consider strategies to prevent future wrongful convictions. The course will be taught by assistant professor Gwen Jordan, who also is a staff attorney for the Illinois Innocence Project.

http://www.lincolncourier.com/article/20141211/NEWS/141219905/11669/NEWS

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Learning is Evolving: 10 Key E-Learning Trends for 2015

Wed, 2014-12-17 01:03

by Training Zone

So what’s in store for the coming year then? Some of the ‘trends’ you will find popping up also feature from previous years, so technically they may not be a new trend, but we’ve kept them on our list as some of them have been slow to adopt and still hold a solid presence and form the topic of many a conservation by the water cooler. [ed note: here's one we will be sure to see more often]

9. Learning as a lifestyle

The L&D sector as a whole is shifting from thinking about organising individual learning events to creating learning campaigns. In 2015, organisations will be looking for new ways to connect with their learners through social, informal and creative methods that transform learning into a lifestyle rather than a compartmentalised activity.

http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/blogs-post/learning-evolving-10-key-e-learning-trends-2015/188096

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Asking a Small Favor of Readers

Tue, 2014-12-16 17:13

If you read my postings and live in/are from South Carolina, would you ping me?

I ask this as an informal poll to help me with an application. Thanks for following the blog, and I apologize for this tiny interruption. Best holiday wishes! @rayschroeder / rschr1@uis.edu -ray

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Investing in Quality Competency-Based Education

Tue, 2014-12-16 01:09

by Deb Bushway and Deborah Everhart, EDUCAUSE Review

Investments in competency-based education programs make sense as our nation strives to educate an increasingly diverse population. Key indicators of quality for all stakeholders in CBE ecosystems are curricular architecture, valid and reliable assessments, and comprehensive student success resources. CBE programs require substantial investments and often commitments to new or redefined business models.

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/investing-quality-competency-based-education

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Hiring Outlook in Higher Education IT

Tue, 2014-12-16 01:03

By David Weldon, Campus Technology

Campus information technology departments are looking for candidates with skill sets in mobile, big data and more — but will the best talent be lost to the corporate sector? With cloud computing, mobile technology and big data analytics on the rise, a lot of change is coming to campus IT departments. And along with all that change comes the need for many colleges and universities to ramp up their IT hiring in 2015. That is both good news and bad news. It’s great for job seekers, of course, when organizations increase head count. But for higher education institutions — not known for their top IT salaries — competition with the corporate sector should be tough.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/12/11/hiring-outlook-in-higher-education-it.aspx

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Texas university finalizes major partnership to expand access

Tue, 2014-12-16 01:02

by eCampus News

Pearson to provide online learning services for baccalaureate, graduate and certificate programs at University of Texas at El Paso. The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is partnering with Pearson to expand access to an estimated 5,000 under-served students regionally and nationwide through UTEP Connect, a suite of fully online baccalaureate, graduate and certificate programs. The first eight programs, including health, criminal justice, communication, and education, will launch in May 2015.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/business-news/texas-access-pearson-377/

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Online Learning and the Doctorate

Mon, 2014-12-15 01:10

By Alison Carr-Chellman, elearnmag

More and more universities are starting to turn their attention toward online doctorates. As the number of master’s students from the initial flush of fully online degrees stabilizes, those interested in increased revenue streams have opened up the university gates wide and have started to look to doctoral-level education for the next big democratization of higher education.

http://elearnmag.acm.org/featured.cfm?aid=2694729&rss=true

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Online Learning Is About Activities

Mon, 2014-12-15 01:05

by Thomas De Praetere, eLearning Industry

My clients oten ask me what online learning means and what can be considered true online learning. Here is an attempt to define online learning the empirical way, proposing a table of possible online learning activities. The advantage of the behaviorist definition is that it focuses on activities and feedback, hence suggesting a method for e-learning design. Truth is seldom simple but only simple ideas are usable. Let’s consider e-learning from the author’s perspective. Publishing slides, PDF e-books, encyclopaedia articles does not mean I produce e-learning, as the criteria for e-learning does not lie in the resources I publish but in the activities I organize for the learners around these resources. E-learning starts when I switch from “I published my course online” to “my course takes place online”.

http://elearningindustry.com/online-learning-activities

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Course Completion Rates Don’t Really Matter When It Comes to Open Online Learning: What does? Students’ intentions.

Mon, 2014-12-15 01:02

by Lauren Landry, BostonInno

Completion rates are the bane of massive open online courses. No matter how often critics are told focusing on them is “too simplistic,” naysayers harp on the average four percent rates anyway, rarely considering learners’ intentions. A new study, published in Educause, by Harvard University researcher Justin Reich suggests a new method of calculating course completion.

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/12/09/mooc-course-completion-rates-harvard-study-on-online-learning/

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Best Way for Professors to Get Good Student Evaluations? Be Male.

Sun, 2014-12-14 01:05

Many in academia have long known about how the practice of student evaluations of professors is inherently biased against female professors. Students, after all, are just as likely as the public in general to have the same ugly, if unconscious, biases about women in authority. Just as polling data continues to show that a majority of Americans think being a man automatically makes you better in the boss department, many professors worry that students just automatically rate male professors as smarter, more authoritative, and more awesome overall just because they are men. Now, a new study out North Carolina State University shows that there is good reason for that concern.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/12/09/gender_bias_in_student_evaluations_professors_of_online_courses_who_present.html

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