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10 Best Online Schools and Resources for Students with Disabilities

17 hours 36 min ago

A new guide from OnlineSchoolsCenter ranks the top 10 disability-friendly schools and offers guidance to students with disabilities. OnlineSchoolsCenter.com, a virtual publication that evaluates online higher education, issued an informational guide on online education opportunities for students with disabilities. “Navigating an Online Education for Students with Disabilities,” written by author and higher education researcher Kenneth Williams, includes a ranking of the top 10 disability-friendly schools in the country. Schools were evaluated and selected based on accessibility and willingness to accommodate to students with disabilities.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/06/14/10-best-online-schools-and-resources-for-students-with-disabilities.aspx

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The U.S. State Department and Coursera Offer Free Online Courses to Refugees

17 hours 42 min ago

by EdSurge

Coursera has announced the launch of Coursera for Refugees in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. The initiative lets refugees and nonprofits supporting them apply for financial aid to access Coursera’s library of online courses. Coursera is not the first to offer a MOOC-for-refugees program—edX stepped into this space in February—but it is the first to partner with the State Department, which will provide in-person facilitation at embassies and consulates and help identify partner organizations currently supporting refugee communities. In 2013, the State Department announced its MOOC Camp initiative, hosted at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, partnering with Coursera as a Global Learning Hub. Coursera for Refugees continues this partnership, potentially enabling refugees to build career skills to find employment as now any nonprofit (501(c)(3) or international equivalent can apply for at least one year of comprehensive group financial aid.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-20-the-u-s-state-department-and-coursera-offer-free-online-courses-to-refugees

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Adaptive Learning Holds Promise for the Future of Higher Education

17 hours 44 min ago

by Education Dive

As an educational model, differentiated instruction has been around since the time of Socrates. As a method of providing a classroom of students, often with differing abilities, instruction based on individual aptitudes for learning, it has been an effective alternative to repetitive rote memorization that is still widely practiced in many countries around the world. Today, with the widespread availability of new learning software and platforms, differentiated instruction can take on a revolutionary role under the guise of adaptive learning, and it could alter our thinking about education and the way students learn. Supporters of adaptive learning say it could be the answer to what has become now known as the ‘iron triangle’ of education’s biggest challenges: cost, access, and quality.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/adaptive-learning-holds-promise-for-the-future-of-higher-education/421228/

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Online Classes To Take As A Graduate

Fri, 2016-06-24 02:10

by Francine Fluetsch, Uloop

Congrats to the class of 2016! We’ve slaved long and hard to earn those bachelor’s degrees, and now we need to decide where we will go next. Some people start to feel at a loss if they aren’t taking classes anymore, so who says it has to stop? You now have a fancy schmancy degree, but that doesn’t mean your learning capacity is over. Online classes are a great way to keep your mind active and there are tons of classes you can take. This can be a great way to ease into grad school, or just a way to further your knowledge while you transition into the real world and get a real job. Here are some ideas of online classes that should make it into your shopping cart.

http://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/204841/Online-Classes-To-Take-As-A-Graduate-

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Coursera president Daphne Koller: Your old college diploma isn’t good enough for the 21st century economy

Fri, 2016-06-24 02:04

By ERIC JOHNSON, Recode

A college degree, per the old conventional wisdom, was your ticket to a career of better work and higher pay. That may still be true, but the digital economy demands ever more, Coursera president and co-founder Daphne Koller said on the newest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. Coursera’s pitch to students is that education should last a lifetime and that it’s too big a risk for them to stop learning new skills in their 20s. “The things you learned in college 15 years ago are no longer the skills that you need for your next job,” Koller said. “Millennials today are expected to change jobs something like every three years. The job that they need next is going to have a completely different skillset than the job that they previously had.”

http://www.recode.net/2016/6/20/11974092/daphne-koller-coursera-online-college-education-podcast

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Coursera on a Mission to Help Refugees

Fri, 2016-06-24 02:03

By Lauren Camera, US News

The online course provider is launching an ambitious effort to help refugees gain the skills they need to transition to new lives. At the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, the online course powerhouse will provide English-language instruction to refugees. Along with Libraries Without Borders, it will work with refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and in partnership with the Institute of International Education, with refugees in Jordan. With Samaschool in Jordan and Kenya, Coursera will help refugees focus on technology skills. Any nonprofit working with refugees also can apply to Coursera for one year of financial aid to pay for courses for refugees. The nonprofits will be able to access an individual online portal allowing them to track the progress of refugees taking the courses, and also to interface with other nonprofits to share best practices.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-06-20/coursera-on-a-mission-to-help-refugees

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College Board and Khan Academy ‘revolutionising’ student learning in US

Thu, 2016-06-23 02:04

by Rebecca Marriage, Relocate Global

As students in the US receive their SAT test results, the university preparation association, the College Board and online learning platform, the Khan Academy are celebrating an unparalleled online learning uptake by the nation’s students. Enlisting the help of the hugely successful and free online learning platform for school-age children, the Khan Academy, the College Board has developed interactive practice tools to create a tailored online learning experience to help students prepare for the test. Going live almost exactly a year ago, the College Board and Khan Academy have seen more than 1.4 million unique users take up the ‘Official SAT practice’ program online. The program is free to use and, says the College Board, is reaching students, ”across race, ethnicities, and income levels.” But, most importantly, the results of tests issued to students by the College Board are then communicated with the Khan Academy and students receive personal study recommendations.

http://www.relocatemagazine.com/news/education-college-board-and-khan-academy-revolutionising-student-learning-in-us

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USC Keck School of Medicine Offers Lectures on Demand

Thu, 2016-06-23 02:02

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Instructors at USC’s Keck School of Medicine now have a new resource for flipping the classroom. Using Wirecast streaming production software from Telestream, the institution’s Preventive Medicine Soto Studio is creating on-demand video lectures for the Master of Public Health Online Program as well as instructional content for multiple departments. “Our goal is to produce videos of our college lectures that offer the same high-quality production standards that viewers have come to expect from a TV newscast,” explained Gary San Angel, distance education specialist/media technology, Department of Preventive Medicine at Keck School, in a prepared statement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/06/16/usc-keck-school-of-medicine-taps-wirecast-for-lectures-on-demand.aspx

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Get Set Up to Succeed in an Online Degree Program

Thu, 2016-06-23 02:02

By Joe Chapman, US News

Understanding the number of credits required for completing your online degree gives you a goal and end date to work toward. Before beginning classes, explore your access to student resources, like digital libraries and online tutoring. Once you have chosen your online degree program, you may be uncertain about how to now ensure your success. You may not even know what steps to take next. Perhaps you are also worried about how you will manage your online studies while juggling everyday life. However, fear not. There are a few easy steps you can take to ensure you are prepared to start your online degree program.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2016-06-17/get-set-up-to-succeed-in-an-online-degree-program

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Trend: Online learning going personal

Wed, 2016-06-22 02:10

BY RONALD BETHKE, eCampus News

Personalized support and advising achieved through new advances in technology and data analytics are all recommended for helping today’s online students. In a recent online learning panel, innovative institutions that have achieved measurable success in their online learning programs waxed poetic on how harnessing technology to bolster personalized learning experiences is the key to online learning’s success; specifically in helping students advance toward their educational goals and create a culture of success. The panel was part of a recent webinar hosted by The New Media Consortium (NMC) called “Getting Personal,” and featured insight from college and university IT and technology leaders on how advancements in online learning environments and adaptive learning technologies are making it possible to support learners’ individual paths.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/personalized-learning-online/

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For-profit coding bootcamps better as educational add-on

Wed, 2016-06-22 02:05

y Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Software engineering jobs are expected to increase by more than 18% over the next seven years, nearly triple the rate of the entire labor market. Coding bootcamps are offering crash courses in this rapidly growing industry — and at a fraction of the cost attached to an associate’s or four-year degree in computer science. Skeptics say crash courses in coding do not offer the full range of skills sought by most employers in the industry.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/for-profit-coding-bootcamps-better-as-educational-add-on/421089/

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5 EdTech Trends Shaping Business Education — From Artificial Intelligence To Virtual Reality

Wed, 2016-06-22 02:03

by Seb Murray, Business Because

The edtech trend on the tip of everyone’s tongue at this year’s EdtechXEurope event is artificial intelligence. By harnessing the power of AI and deep learning, educators can glean insights from the vast quantities of data hoovered up from their students. AI could also help lecturers make better decisions and could improve student retention rates, according to experts. “AI is a tool to make better sense of data,” says Satya Nitta, director of education and cognitive sciences at IBM. The world’s top online learning platforms are working with business schools such as Yale SOM and Duke Fuqua, and are offering advanced analytical tools to help them refine and enhance student learning. Meanwhile, virtual reality is immersing itself into elite schools like Stanford GSB. MIT Sloan, for instance, has trialled Google’s Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR devices.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/4023/5-edtech-trends-shaping-business-education

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Global Online Language Learning Market Growth of 10.9% CAGR by 2020

Tue, 2016-06-21 02:05

by BUSINESS WIRE

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Online Language Learning Market” report to their offering. The global online language learning market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 10.9% during the period 2016-2020. The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global online language learning market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, it considers the revenue generated through the sales of online language learning products and services. The market scope excludes revenue generated through free sources of services and products. The report, Global Online Language Learning Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160615005746/en/Global-Online-Language-Learning-Market-Growth-10.9

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Engineers at ON24 click with Udemy online learning software

Tue, 2016-06-21 02:04

by Dan Ring, Financial Applications

Organizations such as ON24 and AT&T are using e-learning software from Udemy and Udacity to keep employees up to date on new technical skills at an affordable price.HR brings order to chaos with performance review software. Performance appraisal software pushes anonymous feedbackOnline learning software could help meet rising demand. Brent Rojas, director of engineering for ON24, has simplified and improved training with Udemy online learning software.Rojas used to send his team of software engineers to a conference for training or pay for an instructor to lead a course at his company’s headquarters. But off-site classes can be expensive and time consuming, he said, and it was difficult to find space at his fast-growing company to train 10 to 20 people together.

http://searchfinancialapplications.techtarget.com/feature/Engineers-at-ON24-click-with-Udemy-online-learning-software

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Continuing Education for Information Professionals

Tue, 2016-06-21 02:02

by Deanna B. Marcum, EDUCAUSE Review

What information professionals need from continuing education programs in order to prepare for the next stage of their careers is changing rapidly as organizations and their parent institutions find themselves in the midst of transformation. Librarians and IT staff must quickly find minimally viable solutions and improve on them after users provide feedback, which is a far cry from the traditional best-professional-judgement approach to problem solving. By taking part in larger collaborative and networked initiatives, information professionals can do their jobs better, but they need new skills in how to operate effectively in the new environment.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/6/continuing-education-for-information-professionals

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LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Higher Ed

Mon, 2016-06-20 02:10

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

What might Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn mean for higher ed? It is clear that LinkedIn views higher education as a key vertical. This strategy became apparent with the $1.5 purchase of Lynda.com in 2015. So what might the Microsoft acquisition change about LinkedIn through a higher ed lens? Being owned by Microsoft should allow LinkedIn to focus on its core strengths – and to leave the technology back-end to Microsoft. There have been signs that LinkedIn wants to have bigger mindshare in the discussion about the future of higher education, but these signals have been weak and fleeting. LinkedIn is still viewed more as a utility – a digital rolodex – than a key building block of what comes next in higher education. One could imagine a much bigger role for LinkedIn as a competency based education (CBE) goes mainstream.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/linkedin-microsoft-and-higher-ed

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Major OER initiative targets new degree programs

Mon, 2016-06-20 02:04

BY LAURA DEVANEY, eCampus News

A major new community college initiative will work to develop degree programs using open educational resources (OER) in an effort to ease textbook-related financial obstacles students often face in higher education. The national community college reform network Achieving the Dream announced the initiative on June 14, and representatives said they hope it will spur other changes in teaching and learning and course design that will increase the likelihood of degree and certificate completion. Achieving the Dream will help colleges make OER degrees critical elements of their student success efforts. Lumen Learning will provide technical assistance; SRI International will evaluate the initiative and conduct research on how OER degrees impact student success and the institutions providing them; and the Community College Consortium of Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) will facilitate a community of practice.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/curriculum/oer-degree-programs/

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90% students see online experience as good as face-to-face

Mon, 2016-06-20 02:02

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

The Online Learning Consortium says 5.8 million students are enrolled in online higher education courses, and 90% of these students say their academic experience is as good, or better than an in-person class. According to the data, students report greater levels of engagement with coursework, faculty and classmates with learning technology and support the use of adaptive analytics in helping to customize student learning experiences. Despite eight in 10 faculty members having little experience with online learning tools, data suggests 48% of learning materials will soon be digital.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/olc-study-90-students-see-online-experience-as-good-as-face-to-face/420923/

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College Algebra, Engineering Classes Get Healthy Dose of Games-Based Learning

Sun, 2016-06-19 02:08

BY TANYA ROSCORLA, Center for Digital Education

College professors say they rarely see their peers mixing games into classes, so a few outliers are developing their own games to help students understand complex subjects. In the first three years of elementary school, 65 percent of teachers use digital games to help students learn, according to the 2015 Speak Up report from the nonprofit Project Tomorrow. But by the time those students get to high school, just 31 percent of their teachers incorporate games into instruction. While the survey doesn’t measure college game use, college professors say they rarely see their peers mixing games into classes. That said, a few outliers are developing their own games to help students understand complex subjects including algebra and engineering.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/higher-ed/College-Algebra-Engineering-Classes-Get-Healthy-Dose-of-Games-Based-Learning.htm

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Coming of age:online accelerated learning is here to stay

Sun, 2016-06-19 02:05

by Marjorie Hope Rothstein, the Examiner

In an article by Candice Adderly, How Technology Has Changed Education, she has touched upon many significant points. “Over the past 20 years, technology has dramatically transformed how we live, how we work and how we connect. How we learn is no exception…. Nearly 70 percent of chief academic leaders said that online learning is critical to their long-term strategy, and 77 percent rated learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in a classroom setting.” A more recent study estimates that about 46 percent college students are taking at least one course online and that by 2019, roughly half of all college classes will be digitally based. On average, students in online learning conditions performed modestly better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. —SRI International for the Department of Education

http://www.examiner.com/article/coming-of-age-online-accelerated-learning-is-here-to-stay

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