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Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Online for Less Than $10,000

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-08-16 02:06

By Institute Communications at Georgia Tech
The Georgia Institute of Technology has announced a new online cybersecurity master’s degree that will be offered for less than $10,000 and delivered in collaboration with edX. The Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity (OMS Cybersecurity) is designed to address a severe global workforce shortage in the field. According to the 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, the shortage is expected to reach 1.8 million people by 2022.

https://www.news.gatech.edu/2018/08/08/georgia-tech-creates-cybersecurity-masters-degree-online-less-10000

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New approaches needed to prepare students for unknown careers

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-08-16 02:03

By Amelia Harper, Education Dive

The workplace is “on the cusp of a major evolution, eSchool News reports, and educators need to prepare students for a future in which 85% of the jobs have not been invented yet and many jobs will require increased digital skills and the ability to work with machines as an integrated team. The changing workplace will also allow lesser-skilled workers to accomplish tasks with the aid of machines and AI and could allow workers to focus on more creative and critical thinking efforts when freed from mundane tasks. In order to prepare students for this future, teachers will need to become “collaborative mentors” who encourage the development of creativity and critical thinking skills through the use of project-based learning and the increased use of performance-based assessments that focus on individual mastery of skills.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/new-approaches-needed-to-prepare-students-for-unknown-careers/529604/

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EdX Lists 13 Upcoming Online Masters Degree Program

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-08-15 02:10

by Class Central

A frequent commenter on Class Central’s MOOC Report alerted us to a new page that edX added to their websiBeyond this list of names, not much information is available. The pages for these individual degrees consists of no details and a signup form to learn more. The ‘Masters’ page on edX lists thirteen upcoming master’s degree programs and one Online Master of Science in Analytics Degree from Georgia Tech.

EdX Lists 13 Upcoming Online Masters Degree Program

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Defining ‘Regular and Substantive’ Interaction in the Online Era

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-08-15 02:05

by Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed

Diane Auer Jones, the administration’s top higher education official, said in an interview last month with Inside Higher Ed that the U.S. Department of Education is considering eliminating not just the standard credit-hour definition of academic course work — it may also overhaul “regular and substantive” requirements. Online education proponents and a few others call it an anachronistic impediment to innovation in an era where one-third of students study at least partially online, but others aren’t so sure. “It is an ancient rule by Title IV standards, but also it is a rule that reflects its time — and that time has passed,” said Dan Madzelan, associate vice president at the American Council on Education who previously served for years as a career official at the Education Department.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/08/08/new-debate-regular-and-substantive-interaction-between

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What will AI and robotics mean for higher education?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-08-15 02:02

BY DIANA G. OBLINGER, eCampus News

AI and robotics, as areas of study, are catalyzing the creation of new majors, minors, and certificate programs in our colleges and universities. Beyond the study of AI or robotics are the complexities of how our work as professionals changes alongside increasingly capable machines. As our roles change, educational needs will change. The real challenge for higher education is to look beyond the delivery of higher education to how AI, big data, analytics, robotics, and wide-scale collaboration might impact the substance of education. What students learn, what college credentials signify, and how we keep abreast of changes may all shift.

What will AI and robotics mean for higher education?

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Building Tomorrow’s Talent: Collaboration Can Close Emerging Skills Gap

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-08-14 02:07

by Bloomberg
Business and academia in the U.S. have traditionally been able to equip new workforce recruits with the hard skills they need to perform at a high level in the workplace. But with the regular flow of new technologies and business models into the market, today’s employees must navigate all this change with a varied skill set. This means soft skills such as adaptability and complex problem-solving are more important than ever for recent college grads, mid-career professionals, and seasoned executives. Employer needs are continually shifting in response to changes in industry and the marketplace, so workers also need to keep refreshing both their hard and soft skills.

https://www.bna.com/uploadedFiles/BNA_V2/Micro_Sites/2018/Future_of_Work/Workday%20Bloomberg%20Build-Tomorrow-Talent_FINAL.pdf

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Program gives prisoners a second chance through college

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-08-14 02:04

BY Briana Vannozzi, NJTV

Rutgers University undergraduate student Boris Franklin reflects on the long road it took to get where he is today.     “People in our community always rooted for each other to do better because we all knew we were in a similar struggle,” said Franklin. Student isn’t a title Franklin envisioned for himself. He’s working toward a psychology degree after serving an 11-year stint in prison for a deadly drug deal. “I never imagined going to college before NJ-STEP, so I didn’t think, ‘OK, I’m going to get out of prison and go to school.’ This was completely new to me,” said Franklin.

Program gives prisoners a second chance through college

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California’s online community college will break new ground in higher ed

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-08-14 02:02

by Nico Savidge, EdSource

Gov. Jerry Brown envisions the college as a training option for so-called “stranded workers” – the estimated 2.5 million 25- to 34-year-old Californians who don’t have a college education. Once it opens in 2019 it will become a key piece of Brown’s education legacy for California. Brown and the college’s proponents say it will also help fuel the state’s economy — the fifth-largest in the world — and its insatiable need for skilled labor.

 

California’s online community college will break new ground in higher ed

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Sozialhilfestatistik - Ausgaben und Einnahmen

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2018-08-13 08:01

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus dem Bereich "Sozialhilfestatistik - Ausgaben und Einnahmen" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurde um das Jahr 2017 ergänzt.

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Cybersecurity Education in CCs Gets ED Boost

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-08-13 02:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
To help community colleges make technology upgrades that will help them deliver cybersecurity education, the U.S. Department of Education has been allotted $1 million in an omnibus spending law, H.R. 1625, approved by Congress earlier this year. According to an explanatory document that accompanied the spending bill, the money is to be spent on a pilot grant program to help the schools make their programs “state of the art.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/02/cybersecurity-education-in-ccs-gets-ed-boost.aspx

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LMS market after Blackboard-Moodle breakup

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-08-13 02:05

by James Paterson, Education Dive
Two of the leading learning management system companies are cutting ties after a six-year partnership — a split that Inside Higher Education reported was likely “messy.” U.S.-based Blackboard and Australia’s Moodle separately announced the end to the partnership, which will mean that Blackboard won’t use the Moodle name in the future, but its Moodlerooms product will be maintained. Inside Higher Education reported it was a “bold move” for Moodle to strike out on its own, although Blackboard reported it had taken the action. It said it refused to renew Moodle’s contract, in part because Moodle was prioritizing separate partnerships that allowed clients to self-host rather than work with Blackboard’s Moodlerooms. Moodle CEO Martin Dougiamas said the partnership had been “awkward” and “uncomfortable” from the start.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/lms-market-after-blackboard-moodle-breakup/529147/

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New partnership offers colleges soft skills credentials for their students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-08-13 02:02

By James Paterson, Education Dive
Two much-talked about concepts in higher education are coming together in an agreement that joins a organization offering assessments for “21st century skills” with an ed-tech firm that specializes in credentials. Education Design Lab, a nonprofit that uses design-thinking concepts to assess the soft skills that some employers say college graduates are missing, reported it is partnering with the Credly, which provides a platform for workforce skills credentials. Credly says its working with 12,000 institutions. George Mason University in Virginia is one of the institutions that worked with Education Design Lab to develop a blended program to teach students soft skills. The nonprofit piloted the program with a number of institutions to test their methods of assessing, recognizing and badging these abilities.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/new-partnership-offers-colleges-soft-skills-credentials-for-their-students/529188/

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Free online courses teach Democrats how to run campaigns

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-08-12 02:10

DANNY MCAULIFFE, Florida Politics

The curriculum — which covers topics like fundraising, management, messaging and field work — is widely sought after. At the end of June, course registrations exceeded 28,000, according to NDTC. In Florida, 320 Democratic candidates have made use of NDTC’s campaign resources. So far, according to self-reported data, 268 of 369 Democratic candidates who have used the training and have had primaries have won. But according to the NTDC founder Kelly Dietrich, winning local races may not be the best indicator of success. He told media his organization’s goals include electing Democrats to office at every level, creating a deeper bench of candidates for each election, and facilitating an up-ticket effect, which occurs when local candidates help turn out votes for Democrats running for higher offices.

Free online courses teach Democrats how to run campaigns

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Student-Built Online Game Accompanies Online Class

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-08-12 02:05

By Andy Fell, UC Davis

“Introduction to Research,” BIM 088V, is an exclusively online class taught by Louie, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, for the University of California’s Cross Campus Enrollment program. The class was first offered in spring quarter 2018 and enrolled about 125 students, one-fifth of them from outside UC Davis. The course is intended to introduce undergraduates, especially “first generation” students with no family experience in higher education to draw on, to the ways they could conduct research with a faculty mentor. They explore their interests, practice composing letters to professors applying for a position on a research project, and learn about ethics, integrity and social impact. The accompanying game, “Re: Search, A Campus Story” is intended to engage students and draw them in while reinforcing key points from each week’s work, Louie said. There are nine game levels, with a new level unlocking after each week’s class.

 

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/student-built-online-game-accompanies-online-class

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Reading Signals from the Future: EDUCAUSE in 2038

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-08-12 02:02

by Paul LeBlanc, EDUCAUSE Review

As EDUCAUSE contemplates its next twenty years, what signals from our future exist today?2 Current trends are fairly well established, even if still in their relative infancy in some cases. Online learning is a mainstay of higher education. Data analytics, common in so many industries, is starting to take hold in higher education. Supplied with that data, machine learning is being applied to a variety of areas such as persistence,3 assessment, personalized learning, and improved workforce pipelines.4 But these are not signals from the future—they are technologies that are already reshaping our work. What are our present-day signals from the future? Although we may flounder and perhaps fail in our current attempts to use them (à la the Newton), I suggest paying attention to four: game play and immersive learning; virtual and augmented reality; connected learners; and artificial intelligence.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/7/reading-signals-from-the-future-educause-in-2038

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It’s time to expand online legal education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-08-11 02:10

BY MARTIN PRITIKIN, eCampus News

Law schools have been far behind most other academic disciplines in embracing online education. That is why a recent proposal by the American Bar Association (ABA) to increase the number of credits that law schools may offer online has garnered attention. In reality, this proposal doesn’t go nearly far enough. Current ABA Standard 306 limits law schools to offering no more than 15 credits (out of a typical 86 to 90 total) to be taught online. It also prevents law students from taking any online credits until they have completed their first year. The proposed revised Standard 306 would allow law schools to offer up to one-third of their credits—about 28 to 30—to be offered online, effectively doubling the current limit. It would also allow up to 10 credits of online courses within the first year.

It’s time to expand online legal education

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What Motivates Students in the Online Communication Classroom? An Exploration of Self-Determination Theory

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-08-11 02:05

Laura Jacobi, Journal of Educators Online

The purpose of this study was to examine instructional strategies used to motivate students to engage in online communication courses. Eighteen undergraduate students, seven graduate students, and ten faculty members were interviewed individually or in small focus groups. Results indicate the significance of instructional strategies that promote autonomy, perceived competence, and relatedness in motivating students. Two instructional strategies that promote autonomy (i.e., conveying choice in instructional language and validating negative feelings associated with arduous or tedious tasks) were not discussed by participants in this study, which poses interesting challenges for instructors. The results reveal the utility of Self-Determination Theory in aiding contemporary scholars in understanding the particular needs of online learners and the distinct challenges for today’s teachers.

https://www.thejeo.com/archive/2018_15_2/jacobi

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How colleges reach remote (rural) students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-08-11 02:02

Sherrie Negrea, University Business
Imagine coaching a student intern who is teaching in a school that’s so remote, there are no roads leading into town. Or trying to observe a social work major who has a field placement hundreds of miles from campus. For colleges and universities that serve rural areas, interacting with students who do not have access to campus—either by car or the internet—can be a challenge. But higher ed institutions are finding ways to expand their reach into rural communities through video-based distance learning.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/how-colleges-reach-remote-students

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The Rocky Road of Using Data to Drive Student Success

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-08-10 02:07

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The California State University system has hit its share of potholes as it tests predictive analytics to forecast student performance in high-failure-rate courses. Here are its lessons learned. But the road to student success in higher education is often pitted with potholes. And California State University is finding its fair share as it pursues a pilot project that grew out of the university system’s “Graduation Initiative 2025.” This is an ambitious plan to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating equity gaps for under-represented minorities and Pell-eligible students. For example, the four-year graduation rate for freshmen is pegged to increase from 23 percent in 2017 to 40 percent by 2025; the six-year rate is expected to rise from 59 percent to 70 percent.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/26/the-rocky-road-of-using-data-to-drive-student-success.aspx

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How To Stop Slacking Off In Your Online Degree

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-08-10 02:05

by LOUISA IRVIN, Junkee

Although the idea of online study seems easy in theory — especially to tech savvy millennials — actually getting on top of the content and staying on track is a lot harder than you might think. The learning is a lot more self-driven, and although traditional on-campus courses are reliant on student involvement, online classes are in league of their own. It is a lot easier to turn off your computer than it is to walk out of a lecture hall. So, we’ve put together some pointers that will help you get through what is the minefield of online studies.

http://junkee.com/stop-slacking-off-online-degree/169602

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