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Navigating the Credential Marketplace: A How-to Guide

Fri, 2019-10-25 02:02

Credential Engine

The number of both traditional and non-degree credentials is exploding, but as programs proliferate, it becomes more difficult to acquire information about the precise skills and abilities they develop, the pathways they support, and their impact on employment and earnings outcomes. At the same time, today’s economy is in constant flux, bringing changing demands for skills and credentials. To keep up with these changing landscapes, there emerges an obvious need for and value of a common credential description language and a Credential Registry that is updated in real time to ensure that everyone can make informed decisions about education and career pathways. Credential providers, policymakers, employers, and regulatory agencies all have an important role to play in making this a reality

https://credentialengine.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Counting-Credentials-How-To-Guide_190925.pdf

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Universities Should Be Preparing Students for the Gig Economy

Thu, 2019-10-24 02:10

Diane Mulcahy, Harvard Business Review
How well do universities prepare students to work independently in the Gig Economy? Today’s graduates are joining a workforce where the Gig Economy — including consultants, independent contractors, freelancers, side giggers, and on-demand workers — makes up an estimated 30-40% of the U.S. workforce. They’re also facing an economy in which alternative work arrangements are growing faster than traditional full-time jobs, and are only projected to keep growing. The recent news that the majority of Google’s workforce is made up of independent and temporary workers rather than full-time employees is just one example of the rapid transformation of the corporate workforce.

https://hbr.org/2019/10/universities-should-be-preparing-students-for-the-gig-economy

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Why Higher Education Will Change: Innovation in higher education is not an option. It is essential

Thu, 2019-10-24 02:05

Steve Mintz, Inside Higher Ed

Higher education needs to find more effective, efficient ways to educate students, without sacrificing rigor or the human interactions and feedback that lie at the heart of a quality education. And it needs to do this while somehow covering the escalating costs of financial aid, student services, technology, and compliance with government mandates. It is not enough to try to protect and preserve the status quo. Trends that are unsustainable inevitably come to an end. But that need not mean that brick-and-mortar institutions need to be replaced by universities in the cloud.  It means that these schools must adapt.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-gamma/why-higher-education-will-change?mc_cid=9cfca997f9&mc_eid=879d6835e3

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AI Stats News: 86% Of Consumers Prefer Humans To Chatbots

Thu, 2019-10-24 02:02

Gil Press, Forbes

Recent surveys, studies, forecasts and other quantitative assessments of the progress of AI, highlighted the growing reluctance of US consumers to chat with chatbots, the growing expectations of AI as a critical business component, and the growing employee skills gap due to the deployment of new technologies. 86% of consumers prefer to interact with a human agent; 71% said they would be less likely to use a brand if it didn’t have human customer service representatives available; only 30% believe that chatbots and virtual assistants make it easier to address customer service issues; only 29% of consumers looking for a quick answer would choose chat over all other channels, down from 50% in 2018, and 40% chose the phone or voice option first [CGS survey of 1,000 US consumers]

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2019/10/02/ai-stats-news-86-of-consumers-prefer-to-interact-with-a-human-agent-rather-than-a-chatbot/#5f8180232d3b

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Where Online Learning Goes Next

Wed, 2019-10-23 02:12

Leah Belsky, Harvard Business Review

By harnessing emerging technologies, universities can reach beyond campus walls to empower diverse learners at global scale. It begins with embracing stackable, online learning, which provides flexibility and affordability that increases access to university curricula and allows students to engage in smaller chunks of learning before committing to larger degree programs. . At a more advanced level, embracing AI-powered adaptive learning will enable universities to personalize education for millions for more effective outcomes.

https://hbr.org/2019/10/where-online-learning-goes-next

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Google Expands Its Coursera IT Training Course to 100 Community Colleges

Wed, 2019-10-23 02:05

By Jeff John Roberts, Fortune

Google is exerting a growing presence in the country’s classrooms. On Thursday, the company announced plans to offer its homegrown Information Technology support course to community colleges in eight new states via a $3.5 million education grant. The program will now be offered through community colleges in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Virginia and West Virginia. Those states come in addition to schools in Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, and Wisconsin, which have offered the course since earlier this year.

https://fortune.com/2019/10/02/google-expands-coursera-it-training-certificate-course-community-college/

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Teaching and Learning with Technology faculty fellows focus on learning spaces

Wed, 2019-10-23 02:03

Penn State

Four new faculty fellows have joined Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) for the 2019-20 academic year: Ed Glantz, Siu Ling “Pansy” Leung, Pierce Salguero and Priya Sharma. Each member of the cohort will undertake a project intended to enhance unique spaces where students learn. “This year’s group of faculty fellows brings a diverse set of perspectives to our theme of learning spaces,” said Kyle Bowen, director of innovation with TLT. “Learning spaces can be physical, digital, virtual, blended or data-informed places where students interact with course material. Each of our fellows is taking an innovative approach to improve learning spaces, and our staff is eager to support their work.”

https://news.psu.edu/story/590910/2019/10/01/academics/teaching-and-learning-technology-faculty-fellows-focus-learning

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The students disappearing fastest from American campuses? Middle-class ones

Tue, 2019-10-22 02:10

Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

Middle-class high school students give a number of reasons for forgoing higher education, according to an analysis of federal data by the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce: 4 percent cited family obligations, 6 percent planned to take a gap year before enrolling, 8 percent said they weren’t ready and 20 percent said they just didn’t want to go. Fully a quarter of middle-class high school students who don’t plan on college said it was because of the expense.

https://hechingerreport.org/the-students-disappearing-fastest-from-american-campuses-middle-class-ones/

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A Roadmap to Student Success — and the Technology That Can Get You There

Tue, 2019-10-22 02:05

Eli Zimmerman, EdTech Magazine

Academic and university success are intertwined, and through communication, data analytics and personalized learning tools, institutions and students can win together. Innovations in artificial intelligence are helping to solve for this problem. For example, universities are beginning to experiment with Netflix-style academic video hubs to make it easier for students to personalize their learning to fit what they want to study. The applications are still relatively new, as AI as a curricular tool is still in its infancy. However, Schroeder maintains there are opportunities to use this technology to help students create a learning environment that works for them. By combining these three focus areas, universities can work with students to promote academic achievement on a personal level while maintaining financial success as institutions.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/10/roadmap-student-success-and-technology-can-get-you-there-perfcon

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Learning, and Teaching, As Peers

Tue, 2019-10-22 02:02

by JONATHAN SHAW, Harvard Magazine

How can professional teachers and educational institutions integrate peer learning into their pedagogy? This was the subject of the eighth annual Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) conference, which convened hundreds of professors, administrators, and learning and teaching specialists from around the University—and beyond—on September 27 at Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Hall. “Every year, the attendees of this conference have found that we all have a lot to learn from each other,” began Provost Alan Garber.

https://harvardmagazine.com/2019/10/hilt-conference-peer-learning

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Navy scraps instructor-led college at sea program as demand falls, costs rise

Mon, 2019-10-21 02:10

By JOSHUA KARSTEN | STARS AND STRIPES

In just the past year, 80% of sailors chose online and distance education programs over the traditional classroom courses provided by NCPACE IL. “We recognize that sailors are interested in pursuing advanced degrees, and we support their ability to further their personal educational goals,” D’Antonio said. “This change ensures funding remains available to the greatest number of sailors.” The program will be transitioned to a virtual model, to accommodate demand among sailors for online and distance-learning courses, he said.

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/navy-scraps-instructor-led-college-at-sea-program-as-demand-falls-costs-rise-1.601232

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Working professionals love online degrees. Here’s why.

Mon, 2019-10-21 02:05

Study International

Online education, from primary school to PhD, is booming. In the US, government data from 2018 shows that during 2016-17, students enrolling exclusively online grew by 15.4 percent, or about one in six students. More than 6.3 million students took at least one distance education course in the Fall 2016 semester, comprising 31.6 percent of all higher education enrolments, according to an annual survey by the Babson Survey Research Group and the Online Learning Consortium. In the UK, online learning made up eight percent of all taught provision at UK higher education providers.

https://www.studyinternational.com/news/working-professionals-love-online-degrees-heres-why/

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VR and AR: The Ethical Challenges Ahead

Mon, 2019-10-21 02:02

by Emory Craig and Maya Georgieva, EDUCAUSE Review

VR, AR, and MR are revolutionary developments for higher education and society at large. They will bring new opportunities for learning, research, science, work, and entertainment. As we move toward a future of immersive technologies and artificial intelligence, we need to anticipate new ethical challenges and develop practices and policies for a world of deeply immersive experiences. We’re facing not just a new technology but a new way for people to experience the world and connect with each other. It will be up to us to engage our students in a conversation for a very different world — one that shifts from the Information Age to the Experiential Age.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/4/vr-and-ar-the-ethical-challenges-ahead

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edX Announces Its Eleventh Degree: A Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sun, 2019-10-20 02:09

IBL News

edX announced on September 30 the launch of its eleventh MOOC-based degree, reaffirming its role as an OPM (Online Program Manager) company. The new degree is top-ranked, as the #5 online graduate engineering program according to U.S. News & World Report. The Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering will cost $22,500, that is, 30 credits at $750 each. The current online master’s program in Purdue costs nearly $40,000. The lower price point was made possible in part due to the support from edX and the ability to offer courses at scale, according to Dimitrios Peroulis, school’s head.

https://iblnews.org/edx-announces-its-eleventh-online-degree-a-masters-in-electrical-and-computer-engineering-from-purdue/

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Community Colleges Need to Evolve as Students’ Needs Do

Sun, 2019-10-20 02:05

Pamela Eddy, Harvard Business Review

Central to the future of community colleges is the ability to build partnerships and collaborations that create efficiencies, while also addressing shared needs. Without this type of reinvention, community colleges run the risk of becoming obsolete. The strong history of community colleges as sites of innovation and nimbleness provides hope for a future in which these institutions will make an impact on communities and, most important, help change the lives of students and their families.

https://hbr.org/2019/09/community-colleges-need-to-evolve-as-students-needs-do

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California’s new online community college to open after months of planning

Sun, 2019-10-20 02:03

Ashley A. Smith, EdSource

California’s newest two-year institution — the online-only Calbright College — opens on Tuesday and for the first time, and students will be able to register and enroll in programs that are intended to serve an entirely new adult and underemployed population. The new college was created to enroll so-called “stranded” Californians who are underemployed, working multiple part-time jobs or stuck in jobs that don’t pay living wages. The California Community Colleges system estimates about 8 million adults, between 25 and 34, fall into this category.

https://edsource.org/2019/californias-new-online-community-college-opens-after-months-of-planning/618006

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How colleges adapting for today’s students

Sat, 2019-10-19 02:10

Register-Herald

Today’s college students bring a wide variety of needs and manage a constant juggle of responsibilities while pursuing a degree. According to the Department of Education, 74 percent of undergraduate students, described as the “new normal,” have at least one nontraditional characteristic such as being a first-generation student, having at least one dependent, or working either full or part time. Further, nearly half of students enrolled today are age 25 or older and are working to complete an unfinished degree, returning to advance their career or re-skill for a new opportunity.

https://www.register-herald.com/how-colleges-adapting-for-today-s-students/article_c1b4127e-6e5f-5fb4-9052-8e38cdc09ad2.html

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Experts Urge Congress to Consider Implications of AI Bias and Human-Robot Interactions

Sat, 2019-10-19 02:03

By BRANDI VINCENT SEPTEMBER, NextGov

It’s all part of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s work to support the development of a national artificial intelligence strategy.  As lawmakers consider the impact artificial intelligence will have on America’s workforce, experts across the government, industry and academia this week urged Congress to confront and prioritize issues around ethics, bias and the increasing interactions between humans and robots.

https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2019/09/experts-urge-congress-consider-implications-ai-bias-and-human-robot-interactions/160227/

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Colleges just got a lot more leeway to recruit students

Sat, 2019-10-19 02:02

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) Assembly voted to remove three provisions from its Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.  The vote during the association’s annual meeting last week was an effort by NACAC to get ahead of a two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division, which found several of the code’s measures limited competition and could lower costs for students if removed. They include banning incentives for early decision applicants and recruiting students who have committed to a college. Admissions experts say the changes will heighten competition for students, particularly among colleges struggling to fill their classes, and could make it harder to determine yields.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-just-got-a-lot-more-leeway-to-recruit-students/564016/

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3 ways that how online training add value to your learning

Fri, 2019-10-18 02:05

India Today

Online learning has become a fruitful solution for individuals who prefer knowledge and skills over degrees. As scholars were keenly looking for affordable, accessible, engaging, and interactive learning solutions that can add value to their learning and shape their careers, online learning came for the rescue. Online trainings not only help students retain more information but open a way for interactive learning. Students not just watch videos to passively consume information but they get an equal opportunity to actively immerse into exercises, quizzes, assessment tests, industrial projects and a lot more. While online learning has become a companion for scholars, working professionals are also making huge benefits out of it.

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/jobs-and-careers/story/3-ways-that-how-online-training-add-value-to-your-learning-divd-1604804-2019-09-30

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