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Online Education Ascends: New Record Enrollments Nationally

13 hours 48 min ago

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

The Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics, published Tuesday shows that while overall postsecondary enrollment dropped by almost 90,000 students, nearly half a percentage point, from fall 2016 to fall 2017 — confirming data previously published by the National Student Clearinghouse — the number of all students who took at least some of their courses online grew by more than 350,000, a healthy 5.7 percent. The proportion of all students who were enrolled exclusively online grew to 15.4 percent (up from 14.7 percent in 2016), or about one in six students. The share of all students who mixed online and in-person courses grew slightly faster, to 17.6 percent in 2017 from 16.4 percent in 2016. And the proportion of all students who took at least one course online grew to 33.1 percent, from 31.1 percent in 2016. That last data point represents a steady march in the normalization of online learning, as the proportion of all enrolled students who had studied online stood under a quarter in 2012. But while fans of online learning are likely to be heartened by that slow but sure rise in acceptance, the pure increase in online enrollments — at a time of overall dips in postsecondary attendance — may be just as noteworthy.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/11/07/new-data-online-enrollments-grow-and-share-overall-enrollment

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‘Outcast mavericks’ teach traditional universities a few things about online education

13 hours 53 min ago

DAINA LAWRENCE, GLOBE AND MAIL

Online and distance education have been the bread and butter for decades for some Canadian postsecondary institutions, including Athabasca University in Alberta and Victoria-based Royal Roads University. But the country’s traditional halls of higher learning, known more for their on-campus offerings, are increasing their online programs as well to ensure they don’t lose or inconvenience students who want the flexibility of taking classes and programs online. Now, Canada’s traditional universities are knocking on the doors of Dr. Grundy and his online-centric counterparts to see what they can do to adopt more e-learning into their academic models. “We’ve certainly been open with people who want to explore the way we do it and there’s certainly increasing interest, for sure, from everybody,” he says.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-outcast-mavericks-teach-traditional-universities-a-few-things-about/

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Putting Standardization Second (or Lower) in Online Learning

13 hours 56 min ago

Scott Moore, Inside Higher Ed

The primary goal should be to deliver an excellent learning experience. The definition of “excellent” will vary by program, by institution, by faculty member and by student. You have one set of needs in a liberal arts undergraduate program and a different set in a master’s engineering program. However, the common goal should be the same: to deliver an excellent learning experience. It’s not that budget and standardization aren’t important, but there is such a thing as focusing on them too early and placing too high a priority on them.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2018/11/07/online-learning-should-prioritize-quality-and-mission-over

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Voice engine optimization

Sat, 2018-11-17 01:05

by Emily Alford, ClickZ

By 2020, as many as 70 million U.S. households will own an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Sonos One. That’s probably because smart speakers and voice assistants save time and make life easier; at least that’s what smart speaker owners say. According to the IAB, 18% of American consumers already own smart devices, and 65% of those owners say they couldn’t imagine going back to life without them. Studies show that more than half of consumers are using smart devices for convenience. It’s just much easier to ask Alexa how long to roast a chicken than it is to Google it yourself. And studies indicate that consumers would like to extend that use of voice search to finding local businesses and making purchases. In fact, 27% are already using voice search as their primary means of finding local businesses.

https://www.clickz.com/voice-engine-optimization-strategy/220274/

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4 ed tech trends colleges should be ready for

Sat, 2018-11-17 01:03

Hallie Busta, Education Dive
The blockchain and artificial intelligence are among several technologies and practices poised to impact higher ed. The way America goes to college is changing. Rising tuition and new workforce development pathways are encouraging prospective students to consider alternative post-secondary education options. Meanwhile, higher education is consolidating and the colleges remaining are taking programs online to reach a wider audience. And technologies such as augmented and virtual reality are changing the nature of instruction. Yet interest in addressing and even capitalizing on these changes has been measured among higher education leaders. Just 12% of college presidents ranked institutional research in information technology as an important area of development in the American Council on Education’s (ACE’s) latest American College President Study, according to ACE President Ted Mitchell during a presentation at Educause’s annual convention last week in Denver. That’s not to say transformation isn’t quietly underway. “It’s currently happening, and right under our noses,” said Mitchell.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/4-ed-tech-trends-colleges-should-be-ready-for/541384/

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Distance Learning in Corporate Training – The Business of Learning podcast, Episode 11

Sat, 2018-11-17 01:01

Training Industry

For National Distance Learning Week, Ken Conn (past president and chairman of the board, U.S. Distance Learning Association) and Melissa Loble (senior vice president of customer success and partnerships, Instructure) share their thoughts on distance learning, what the future of online training looks like, and what corporate L&D leaders can learn from K-12 and university education.

https://trainingindustry.com/articles/e-learning/the-business-of-learning-episode-11-distance-learning-in-corporate-training/

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Online Student Services: What, Where, Who, When, How, and Most Importantly, Why

Fri, 2018-11-16 01:07

by Kayla Westra, EDUCAUSE Review

While many colleges and universities are offering online student services to support their online learners, the types and levels of support vary widely. Accrediting bodies have been concerned with student services for online students for some time, and a very simple tenet to follow is that whatever student services are offered for on-campus students should be offered in an equitable fashion for online students. While this tenet may seem simple, its implementation can be complex and involved.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/10/online-student-services-what-where-who-when-how-and-most-importantly-why

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An Online Mentoring Model That Works

Fri, 2018-11-16 01:05

By: Mary Jane Pearson, Faculty Focus

Recent findings indicate that higher education enrollment is being outpaced by online enrollments while overall enrollment in higher education has declined over the last three years (Betts, 2017). Data analyzed from the U.S. Department of Education confirm that enrollment in online courses in higher education has more than tripled in the years from 2002 to 2014: 2002, 1.6 million; 2014, 5.8 million (Poulin & Straut, 2016). Robinia (2008), in a study on the efficacy of online teaching faculty, found that effective faculty supported the value of instructional expertise and peer/mentoring support. Mentoring adjunct faculty is beneficial as it helps them become connected and part of a community; they feel valued and inspired, and they are invested in the university in which they teach (Linton, 2017). Moreover, such mentoring should exist throughout the retention of the adjunct faculty member, and not be limited to only new adjunct faculty, to continue to achieve positive results with students.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/an-online-mentoring-model-that-works/

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How artificial intelligence and virtual reality are changing higher ed instruction

Fri, 2018-11-16 01:03

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) are rapidly expanding opportunities for teaching and learning, and they are giving college administrators new and different ways to track student outcomes. To learn more about the impact of these technologies, we attended a handful of panels on the topic led by higher education and technology leaders at Educause’s annual conference in Denver this week. From teaching with VR to tracking student success with AI, we explore how colleges and universities are using new technologies to conduct research, teach students and create smarter campuses.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-artificial-intelligence-and-virtual-reality-are-changing-higher-ed-inst/541247/

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Search in a Post Truth Era

Thu, 2018-11-15 01:14

by Ray Schroeder, Inside Digital Education

Yet, the value of Google search increasingly is tarnished as more and more nefarious players have become sophisticated in promulgating their materials on sites that look more like places that we have come to trust. And, of course we are constantly combating sites that install malware and steal information from browsers. This has not gone unnoticed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Danny Hillis, SJ Klein and Travis Rich are developing Underlay — a new knowledge base. As described at the MIT site, the concept of Underlay is to provide deeper citations of sources in order to better inform users

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/search-post-truth-era

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What would a post-secondary institution that was designed for maximum student success look like?

Thu, 2018-11-15 01:10

BY SUSANNA WILLIAMS, eCampus News
Connecting students to experience and resources should be your college’s mission.  What would a post-secondary institution that was designed for maximum student success look like? What would a college look like where a student could define what they were looking to get out of the experience?

“I want an education that allows me to:

work full time / go to school full time
continue earning enough money to pay my rent and living expenses / focus on my studies
increase my income by ____% $____ per hour or year / pursue my passion for _____”

 

 https://www.ecampusnews.com/2018/11/02/what-would-a-post-secondary-institution-that-was-designed-for-maximum-student-success-look-like/

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Harvard or MIT? Choice may become obsolete with ‘stackable’ online degrees custom-built like Lego, edX CEO says

Thu, 2018-11-15 01:02

by Peace Chiu, South China Morning Post

Speaking in Cambridge, Massachusetts last week, edX founder and CEO Professor Anant Agarwal said the firm was working towards launching “stackable” MicroBachelors courses in three years. “You can think of education as Lego,” said the electrical engineering and computer science expert, who was recently awarded a Yidan Prize for his innovations in education development. He said MicroBachelors courses could be used to customise an undergraduate degree and shorten study time.

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2171613/harvard-or-mit-choice-may-become-obsolete-stackable-online

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Creating educational pathways for development professionals

Wed, 2018-11-14 01:10

By Michael M. Crow, Devez

For the first time in history, technological advances in online educational delivery and personalized learning have made cost-effective, high-scale teaching and learning possible, creating the opportunity for democratic and inclusive educational pathways. We can usher in an era of universal learning that serves learners from all socioeconomic backgrounds, at every stage of work and learning, with educational, training, and skill-building opportunities. Through novel institutional models and partnerships that effectively apply new technologies in teaching and learning, we can not only democratize education globally, but also dramatically enhance the effectiveness of development practitioners in emerging countries.

https://www.devex.com/news/sponsored/opinion-creating-educational-pathways-for-development-professionals-93393

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The Rise of AI and Employment: How Jobs Will Change to Adapt

Wed, 2018-11-14 01:05

By John Loeffler

There is no doubt the rise of AI will affect the employment sector. We take a look at which jobs are the most vulnerable, which are the most resistant and which engineering jobs may even thrive.  According to the World Economic Forum’s The Future Of Jobs Report, within the next five years alone, a majority of companies expect to scale back their full-time workforce to make room for automation. The chief economist for the Bank of England predicted that there might be as many as 80 million jobs automated in the US alone. With fully half of all workplace tasks being performed via automation within the next decade, some jobs are more susceptible to this shift than others.

https://interestingengineering.com/the-rise-of-ai-and-employment-how-jobs-will-change-to-adapt

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Ignore AI Fear Factor at Your Peril: A Futurist’s Call for ‘Digital Ethics’

Wed, 2018-11-14 01:02

by Doug Black, Enterprise Tech

This time, AI isn’t fooling around. This time, AI is in earnest, and so are its related technologies: robotics, 3-D printing, genomics, machine/deep learning, man-machine interface, IoT, HPC at the edge, quantum – the gamut of new data-driven technologies. In decades past, AI has gotten off to hyped false starts, but not this time, the building blocks are in place for the convergence of data-driven power evolving toward an AI supernova that will bring with it profound changes to human existence over the decades to come. With this expectation has come serious thinking – and worrying – about AI’s potential negative impacts. Naturally, AI investors and developers are going full speed ahead while airily dismissing AI fear as generally baseless. Rarely from within the industry do we hear voices – Elon Musk’s is an exception – calling for controls on AI.

 

https://www.enterprisetech.com/2018/11/03/ignore-the-ai-fear-factor-at-your-peril-a-futurists-call-for-digital-ethics/

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U of T Libraries hires first Wikipedian in Residence

Tue, 2018-11-13 01:10

by ILYA BAÑARES, the Star

Alex Jung, an MA candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, is the institution’s first Wikipedian in Residence. It’s a new role. “The purpose behind the position, ultimately, is to go where our community is,” said Jesse Carliner, Communications Librarian. “Everybody, whether they admit to it or not, uses Wikipedia as a starting point for their research if they don’t know anything about a topic.”

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/11/01/u-of-t-libraries-hires-first-wikipedian-in-residence.html

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20 unique courses and programs in global development

Tue, 2018-11-13 01:05

By Lottie Watters, DevEX
From university degrees to specialized online courses, there are many ways to learn new skills and enhance your knowledge in particular fields of development.  The Humanitarian Leadership Academy, for example, offers 350 free courses in up to 10 languages online, as well as in-person workshops to teach people how to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries. Another online option is the SickKids Public Health Nutrition Course, which is designed for health professionals looking at nutrition-related health challenges, particularly in low-resource settings, with contributors from Harvard Medical School and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. University College London has several online short courses, such as development and planning in African cities.

https://www.devex.com/news/sign-me-up-20-unique-courses-and-programs-in-global-development-93709

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Sandel Talks Civic Education and Online Learning at Ed School Forum

Tue, 2018-11-13 01:02

By Sam E. Sharfstein and Connor J. Wagaman, Harvard Crimson

Government Professor Michael J. Sandel spoke about the importance of civic education Thursday evening at a talk titled “Civic Education Goes Global.” Sandel, a pioneer of and advocate for “massive open online courses,” highlighted the importance of creating a global community of respectful discourse through education.  In the discussion, Sandel said his goal is “to take the distance out of distance learning” and to replicate an engaging classroom experience for online learners.

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/11/2/ed-school-sandel-talk/

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Artificial Intelligence Is Not A Technology

Mon, 2018-11-12 01:09

Kathleen Walch, Forbes

Artificial intelligence is not a technology. Asking the question whether or not some particular technology is or isn’t AI is missing the point. Artificial intelligence is the journey. It’s the quest for the intelligent machine. All the technologies we’ve developed on the route to that quest are things that are individually useful, but all together, have not yet gotten us to the goal. This is why it’s important to understand that artificial intelligence is not a technology, in much the same way that the Space Race is not a technology.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2018/11/01/artificial-intelligence-is-not-a-technology/#2bec67d45dcb

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Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology and Ethics of A.I.

Mon, 2018-11-12 01:05

by Alina Tugend, NY Times

David Danks, a professor of philosophy and psychology at Carnegie Mellon, just started teaching a class, “A.I, Society and Humanity.” The class is an outgrowth of faculty coming together over the past three years to create shared research projects, he said, because students need to learn from both those who are trained in the technology and those who are trained in asking ethical questions. “The key is to make sure they have the opportunities to really explore the ways technology can have an impact — to think how this will affect people in poorer communities or how it can be abused,” he said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/education/learning/colleges-grapple-with-teaching-ai.html

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