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Virtual Classroom Management Can Maximize Learning

Sun, 2019-07-07 02:06

By Lillian C., VC Daily

The “virtual” part of the virtual classroom might be described as being shorthand for “virtually anything.” The power of digital communication, with its cloud computing, webcams, digital whiteboards, and multimedia streaming means that online learning spaces can take on whatever shape is best for the teachers and students in them. The challenge in virtual classroom management is to design the flow of information within that space to maximize learning. Communicating online is fundamentally different from what occurs within a shared real-world environment. While video conferencing can link anyone in the world with internet, the way we see and the way we speak online are contained within digital windows.

https://www.videoconferencingdaily.com/education/virtual-classroom-management-can-maximize-learning/

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7 ways $1.6 trillion in student loan debt affects the U.S. economy

Sun, 2019-07-07 02:03

Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

A 2017 working paper found that “students with debt are less ‘choosy’ on the job market: They are more inclined to accept part-time work and jobs that are less related to their degree and offer limited career potential.” Earlier research showed that higher education debt “reduces the probability that students choose low-paid ‘public interest’ jobs.” New graduates with loan debt, in other words, appear to have an understandably greater interest in paying off their loans than in making the world a better place.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/06/25/heres-what-trillion-student-loan-debt-is-doing-us-economy/

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Higher Ed Has Become ‘An Entrepreneurial and Philanthropic Wild West’

Sun, 2019-07-07 02:02

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Plenty of groups these days are trying to reinvent college, and that’s not surprising at a time when higher ed is under fire for ever-rising costs, ballooning student debt and even questions about the value of a degree. On one hand, entrepreneurs and foundations are rushing to offer higher education via new models and price points. Meanwhile, college researchers and innovators are diving into learning science and experimenting with new teaching methods. But those groups don’t always talk to each other, or even know what the others are working on.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-06-25-higher-ed-has-become-an-entrepreneurial-and-philanthropic-wild-west

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University of North Texas expands access to online learning

Sat, 2019-07-06 02:09

Star Leader

The University of North Texas soon will offer non-credit, online courses in a variety of subjects through Coursera, giving more learners access to world-class educational content created and taught by UNT faculty.  “We plan to launch three to five MOOCs within the next year,” said Adam Fein, UNT vice president of digital strategy and innovation. “In support of our mission to provide access to education, our plan is to continue to explore options to give North Texas students and learners from around the globe flexible learning options and more ways to help them reach academic and career goals.”

https://starlocalmedia.com/theleader/news/university-of-north-texas-expands-access-to-online-learning/article_3d32f192-96a3-11e9-880c-5be64d7e8a71.html

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Two-thirds of American employees regret their college degrees

Sat, 2019-07-06 02:04

BY SARAH MIN, Money Watch

Two-thirds of employees report regrets about their degrees, as Americans question the high cost of higher education. Student loan debt has ballooned to nearly $1.6 trillion nationwide in 2019, topping the list of regrets for employees.  Science, technology, engineering or math majors, who are more likely to enjoy higher salaries, were least likely to report regrets, while those in the humanities were most likely.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/two-thirds-of-american-employees-regret-their-college-degrees/

BY SARAH MIN, Money Watch

Two-thirds of employees report regrets about their advanced degrees, as Americans question the high cost of higher education. Student loan debt has ballooned to nearly $1.6 trillion nationwide in 2019, topping the list of regrets for employees.  Science, technology, engineering or math majors, who are more likely to enjoy higher salaries, were least likely to report regrets, while those in the humanities were most likely.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/two-thirds-of-american-employees-regret-their-college-degrees/

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Moving from predictive to prescriptive AI

Sat, 2019-07-06 02:02

BY ELLEN ULLMAN, eCampus News
Turning to prescriptive AI helps universities personalize their outreach and deliver the right information at the right time.  More and more universities are adopting predictive analytics and forecast modeling to improve their recruiting and retention efforts. But what’s the best way to use those analytics and how can you tell if your implementation is off to a good start?

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/06/14/predictive-prescriptive-ai/

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Community College Online and Out of State

Fri, 2019-07-05 02:10

By Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College draws scrutiny from lawmakers for working with an OPM to rapidly grow online enrollment of out-of-state students. Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College has grown its online programs rapidly in the last few years, with most of its roughly 20,000 students now enrolling online, and from out of the state of Ohio. The bulk of its enrollment growth — more than quadrupling in the three years before the spring of 2018 — has been driven by an online “free college” program Eastern Gateway created for members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a large trade union of public employees.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/06/26/ohio-community-college-raises-questions-enrolling-large-numbers

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Talent Analytics, Skills-Based Hiring and the Potential Disruption of the Degree

Fri, 2019-07-05 02:04

By Sean Gallagher, EdSurge

In this competitive talent landscape—and aided by new technology tools—something different is indeed happening. Employers are beginning to get much more strategic, analytical and nuanced about how they hire and how they set job qualifications and assess skills and abilities. Although it is still early in this movement, the trend bears particular monitoring by college leaders and policymakers. And it also presents new opportunities for edtech firms, alternative-education providers and employers themselves.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-06-24-talent-analytics-skills-based-hiring-and-the-potential-disruption-of-the-degree

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Misinformation is everywhere. These scientists can teach you to fight BS.

Fri, 2019-07-05 02:03

By Ben Guarino, Washington Post

The world, according to University of Washington professors Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West, is awash in BS. So begins their popular course, “Calling Bullshit,” which trains college students to identify and call out misinformation. BS warps voter choices. It can damage businesses. BS oozed from a crudely edited video that falsely suggested House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was inebriated at a public event. Foreign propaganda machines spread BS through social and news media during the 2016 presidential campaign and beyond. And BS, when it clouds the science of vaccine safety and climate change, even threatens our health. Many people believe the BS they encounter and transmit it further — and that’s what this class aims to stop.  They are developing an open online course, and they have shared their lessons in public events to reach an audience beyond the typical college-age student.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/06/24/misinformation-is-everywhere-these-scientists-can-teach-you-fight-bs/

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Ensuring accessible content for all students

Thu, 2019-07-04 02:10

BY STEVEN M. BAULE, eSchool News
There are four major areas educators can check to ensure digital materials include accessible content for all students. Today, most learning management systems (LMS) and software programs offer some level of accessibility compliance checking. However, they are not always thorough or error-free. ent is accessible for all students.  For instance, some PowerPoint templates show less-than-ideal contrast between text and background colors. Many YouTube videos include closed captioning, but the automatic captioning often leaves something to be desired. Taking the time to review accessibility of materials makes sense to ensure all students can experience success instead of frustration.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/06/24/ensuring-accessible-content-for-all-students/

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5 ways augmented reality apps are changing the game

Thu, 2019-07-04 02:05

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
Here’s how education is using augmented reality apps to take academics and engagement to the next level. Augmented reality has been one of higher ed’s big buzzwords for a number of years, but it’s not until just fairly recently that institutions have used the technology in practical ways. Now, higher-ed augmented reality apps are having a moment that extends past the novelty of Pokemon Go–and K-12 could take some of those lessons into its own classrooms. Most augmented reality apps address a variety of things, such as bringing science concepts to life, improving student retention, and offering campus tours or glimpses of historical moments on campus.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/06/24/5-ways-augmented-reality-apps/

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How to balance transparency and security in cybersecurity education

Thu, 2019-07-04 02:03

BY KEN UNDERHILL, eCampus News
In cybersecurity education, the line between teacher’s pet and tomorrow’s threat is far more nuanced–even invisible. Every field of study has its challenges, and cybersecurity education faces a big one: how can educators can share detailed curricula around things like malware and cyberattacks without serving up a potential recipe book for those with ill intent? Sensitive information shared with the wrong people in the classroom (physical or online) can fuel a malicious actor’s own educational learning curve. That’s obviously something to be avoided, but cybersecurity educators and their students still need to find a way to study concepts and use cases at the level of granularity sufficient for the real-world jobs they’re training for.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/06/21/transparency-cybersecurity-education/

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Online Learning and the Future of Education with Ray Schroeder

Wed, 2019-07-03 02:12

#LeadingLearning

In this episode of Leading Learning, Celisa talks with Ray about the evolving role of learning businesses, continuing education, and online learning— particularly when it comes to workforce development issues and the skills gap. They also discuss how advances related to artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, badges, blockchain and more are impacting the future of learning. To tune in, just click below.

https://www.leadinglearning.com/episode-193-ray-schroeder/

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AI could study your brain to help teachers improve their courses

Wed, 2019-07-03 02:09

John Fingas, Engadget

Teachers don’t always know how well their methods work. They can ask questions and hand out tests, of course, but it’s not always clear who’s at fault if the message doesn’t get through. AI might do the trick before long, though. Dartmouth College researchers have produced a machine learning algorithm that measures activity across your brain to determine how well you understand a given concept. The team started out by having rookie and intermediate engineering students both take standard tests as well as answer questions about pictures while sitting in an fMRI scanner. From there, they had the algorithm generate “neural scores” that could predict a student’s performance. The more certain parts of the brain lit up, the easier it was to tell whether or not a student grasped the concepts at play.

https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/23/ai-studies-brain-activity-to-show-understanding/

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Non-Degree Certificates Buy High Value

Wed, 2019-07-03 02:05

Anne Ball, VOA

A new report from the Strada Education Network, Lumina Foundation and Gallup says that American adults who hold certificates and certifications, but no college degree, report better employment and lives than those without certificates. Lumina says that five percent of individuals without a college degree have a certificate. The report is based on the Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey of U.S. adults. The survey looked at Americans’ educational experiences and attitudes. It involved almost 64,000 participants, ages 25 to 64. No one in the group had a college degree nor were any in college. All were working.  It found that adults without a college degree, who have a certificate or certification, have higher full-time employment rates than others with no credentials. The report says they have higher yearly wages. It also says they believe their education path was valuable, and would advise others to follow.

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/non-degree-certificates-buy-high-value/4963956.html

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America’s desire to reskill is making online education cheaper

Wed, 2019-07-03 02:02

By Ramona Schindelheim, Working Nation

“[Higher] education costs are rising in the U.S., as is student debt,” says American venture capitalist Mary Meeker. The average annual cost of a private four-year college (tuition and on-campus housing) is more than $50,000 and a public college averages just over $24,000 a year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. More than two-thirds of the class of 2018 borrowed money to go to college, according to Student Loan Hero. 2018 graduates owe an average of $29,800 and 14 percent of their parents owe an average of $35,600 in loans taken out through the federal government. Education costs chartBecause continuing your education after graduating from high school is getting more and more expensive, Meeker says “post-secondary education enrollment is slowing, and online education learning institutions are expanding their reach.” That reach is expanding as the skills needed to get a good, relevant job continues to change.

https://workingnation.com/mary-meeker-internet-trends-online-education-workforce-trends/

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Europe is Starting to Tackle Disinformation

Tue, 2019-07-02 02:05

Alina Polyakova and Daniel Fried, Brookings

Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election woke up Americans to the threat of disinformation, especially from Russia. But almost three years and many more interference campaigns later, the United States still lags in responding to malign foreign influence in the information space, argue Alina Polyakova and Daniel Fried. This article originally appeared in The Washington Post.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/06/20/europe-is-starting-to-tackle-disinformation-the-us-is-lagging/

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Coursera’s Monetization Journey: From 0 to $100+ Million in Revenue

Tue, 2019-07-02 02:03

Dhawal Shah, Class Central

According to Forbes, Coursera’s 2018 estimated revenue is around $140 million. (In our analysis of Coursera in 2017, Class Central estimated Coursera’s 2017 revenue in the range of $100 million.) By the end of 2018, Coursera had an active catalog of 3100 courses and 310 Specializations, 12 master’s degrees announced, and over 1,500 enterprise customers (including over 60 Fortune 500 companies), up from 500 at the end of 2016.

https://www.classcentral.com/report/coursera-monetization-revenues/

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Survey: Majority of Faculty Acknowledge that Textbook Affordability Is an Issue on Their Campus

Tue, 2019-07-02 02:02

Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

In a recent survey, 90 percent of faculty reported that textbook affordability is a concern for their institution. Yet just 40 percent said their school has a program focused on reducing textbook costs. That’s according to the second annual FlatWorld Textbook Affordability Study, in which the learning materials publisher polled 786 faculty members at two- and four-year institutions across the country about their attitudes toward textbook costs.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/06/20/survey-majority-of-faculty-acknowledge-that-textbook-affordability-is-an-issue-on-their-campus.aspx

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Will artificial intelligence make you a better leader?

Mon, 2019-07-01 02:05

Sam Bourton, Johanne Lavoie, and Tiffany Vogel; Mckinsey Quarterly

In our experience, AI can be a huge help to the leader who’s trying to become more inwardly agile and foster creative approaches to transformation. When a CEO puts AI to work on the toughest and most complex strategic challenges, he or she must rely on the same set of practices that build personal inner agility. Sending AI out into the mass of complexity, without knowing in advance what it will come back with, the CEO is embracing the discovery of original, unexpected, and breakthrough ideas

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/will-artificial-intelligence-make-you-a-better-leader

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