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Faculty Readiness to Begin Fully Online Teaching

Mon, 2020-03-23 01:10

D. Christopher Brooks and Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE Review

One response to the COVID-19 virus is to immediately shift all courses to fully online environments, but many faculty are not prepared to teach online. Colleges and universities undertaking such a momentous shift will need to provide significant and ongoing support to faculty and instructors.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2020/3/faculty-readiness-to-begin-fully-online-teaching

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Already stretched universities now face tens of billions in endowment losses

Mon, 2020-03-23 01:05

Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report
Even before the crisis, endowment returns and payouts had been comparatively low. “A lot of endowments are going to suffer big losses from this,” said Charlie Eaton, a sociologist at the University of California, Merced, who studies the financialization of higher education. Making matters worse, the massive setback comes on top of existing financial challenges resulting from an unprecedented enrollment decline, leaving many universities poorly positioned to cope. “Most schools are running with very little cushion, especially regional privates,” said Kaitlyn Maloney, senior director of research at the education consulting firm EAB.

https://hechingerreport.org/already-stretched-universities-now-face-tens-of-billions-in-endowment-losses/

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Coronavirus could rattle colleges’ international enrollment strategies

Mon, 2020-03-23 01:02

Jeremy Bauer-Wolfe, Education Dive

The country has already seen a downturn in new international enrollments in the last several years. The number of new international students fell around 10% between its peak in the fall of 2015 and the fall of 2018, according to data gathered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The drop-off is in part due to inhospitable immigration policies and hostile rhetoric from the Trump administration, explains a recent report from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Yet colleges have historically relied heavily on this sector for tuition revenue to help balance budgets left gaping by decreases in state funding. Of particular importance have been students from China, who account for about one-third of all international students in the U.S.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/coronavirus-could-rattle-colleges-international-enrollment-strategies/574237/

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Will Regional Accreditation Go National?

Sun, 2020-03-22 01:08

Judith Eaton, Inside Higher Ed

The federal government opened the door for regional accreditors to operate in other parts of the country, and one agency is taking advantage, Judith Eaton writes. Is this a good idea or a bad one? Department officials said their goal was to open up the institutional accreditation system to competition. The agency’s firecracker was, at first glance, a small one. The regional accreditors are not forced to operate nationally. They don’t even have to consider institutions out of their regions that seek accreditation, even if institutions make such requests. But, in the last few weeks, the firecracker went off. One regional accreditor, the WASC Senior College and University Commission, has taken first, albeit modest, steps to operate nationally.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2020/03/17/pros-and-cons-having-regional-accreditors-go-national-opinion

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Students Organize Their Own Aid Networks

Sun, 2020-03-22 01:05

Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed

That night he created a similar Google spreadsheet for UT Austin students to post the things they need or things they could help with. Students at over a dozen universities have started similar spreadsheets, Facebook groups and resource documents. As more campuses close across the county, these resources continue to grow. At the University of Virginia, the Student Council has led the effort. The council is currently matching donors to those in need and has raised over $10,000 in less than five days, said Isabella Liu, chair of the representative body.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/03/17/students-organize-their-own-aid-networks-campuses-close-virus

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How Colleges Are Using Chatbots To Improve Student Retention

Sun, 2020-03-22 01:02

Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes

Student retention remains a major challenge for American colleges and universities. Although first-to-second year college persistence of entering students has increased slightly over the last decade, results from the National Student Clearinghouse, indicate that among first-time students entering college in fall 2017, 73.8% continued their education at some U.S. institution in fall 2018 (persistence) while only 61.7% continued at the same college they entered (retention). But some institutions are now taking a different tack and are using technology to communicate with students in order to learn about personal issues that might be causing them to consider dropping out.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2020/03/12/how-colleges-can-chatbot-their-way-to-better-student-retention/#18fe9dc56b34

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Colleges adapt to coronavirus: ‘Online learning can be done well’

Sat, 2020-03-21 01:10

Justin Murphy, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

“Online learning can be done well, and SUNY has a long history of online learning,” said Empire State College Provost Meg Benke. Most of Empire State’s students do at least some of their coursework online. For faculty making the switch to online teaching, Benke said, the most important thing is to replicate the sense of community that naturally occurs in a physical classroom. “You have to make sure there’s an interactive component for students,” she said. “In an online-only environment, we find that having live sessions and higher interaction promotes greater student success.”

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/education/2020/03/12/colleges-adapt-coronavirus-online-learning-suny-empire-state/5032110002/

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How to adapt courses for online learning: A practical guide for faculty

Sat, 2020-03-21 01:05

Saralyn Cruickshank, Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins instructors have been asked to move courses online in response to the outbreak of coronavirus. We spoke to experts in remote instruction for tips and advice. In response to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus, Johns Hopkins has suspended all in-person courses while faculty and staff plan for remote instruction. Courses will resume remotely as early as next week for graduate students and on March 23 for undergraduate students. These policies will remain in effect until at least April 12.

https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/03/12/how-to-teach-online-courses-coronavirus-response/

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Personalization: The Next Big Edtech Trend

Sat, 2020-03-21 01:02

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Learning personalized to every student seems a nearly impossible task. However, with the ever-increasing use in schools of online learning management systems and customizable tools, reaching individual learners is becoming more and more feasible. With that said, the use of online platforms to teach is not in and of itself a new idea; it is instead how students are being reached through these technological innovations that is the real trend. Specifically, two areas on the technology front that are gaining more traction are adaptive learning and augmented intelligence.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/personalization-the-next-big-edtech-trend/

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Even without internet at home, students can keep learning

Fri, 2020-03-20 01:10

Jeff Kurtz, Google for Education

If your school is operating virtually as a result of COVID-19, you may be wondering how to continue teaching students who don’t have access to the internet at home, or who only have low-bandwidth access. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep Chromebooks and G Suite up and running even when online access is slow or unavailable. We’ve pulled together ideas for educators and school IT teams who want to encourage all students to keep learning, regardless of their online access.

https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/offline-access-covid19/

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As Campuses Close, edX Expands Free Access to Online Courses

Fri, 2020-03-20 01:05

Sam Benezra, The University Network
As universities around the world move classes online due to the spread of COVID-19, edX, a popular platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs), has announced a new initiative to assist in the transition to online courses. The initiative, dubbed the Remote Access Program, will allow students from participating universities to freely access courses offered by the university they attend as well as those offered by any other institutions participating in the program. The aim is to allow students to access educational resources while their universities are closed.

https://www.tun.com/blog/as-campuses-close-edx-expands-free-access-to-online-courses/

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Coursera offers free access to universities closed by coronavirus

Fri, 2020-03-20 01:02

Colin Wood, EDSCOOP
The online education company Coursera announced on Thursday that any university in the world closing its doors in response to the new coronavirus can receive free access to most of its online courses. A new page on Coursera’s website encourages users to “take student learning online in response to coronavirus.” Each institution can provide access for up to 5,000 enrolled students to the website’s catalog of 3,800 courses across 400 subjects.

https://edscoop.com/coursera-offers-free-access-schools-closed-coronavirus/

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