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Future-proof your college before it’s too late

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

BY BRADLEY FUSTER, eCampus News
The current campus-based, semester-delivery model is unlikely to sustain itself into the next century.  Since the proliferation of the internet and digitization of information, we have witnessed several warning signs. Online course delivery, e-textbooks, the rise and fall of large for-profit institutions, MOOCS, certificates, and micro-credentialing have each commanded attention in the past two decades. While some of these innovations have persisted and some failed, each represents a foreshock prior to a large seismic event that we have not yet experienced.

Future-proof your college before it’s too late

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Using workforce data to improve student outcomes

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

BY ROB SPARKS, eCampus News
Institutions can better serve students by using technology to evaluate skills development and its relevance to workforce needs.  At a time when higher education institutions are being held increasingly accountable for student outcomes and striving to prove their worth as an investment, the six-year completion rate for those who enrolled in 2011 was 56.9 percent. This number indicates that colleges and universities could be doing more to ensure that students see tangible value from their education in the form of a defined career path.

Using workforce data to improve student outcomes

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4 Ways to Fine-Tune Academic Innovation in Higher Ed

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

By David Raths, Camus Technology
Getting faculty to try out new technologies can be a challenge. And while many universities have established programs to foster digital innovation campuswide, their efforts are constantly evolving with new developments in teaching and learning and changing mindsets around learning analytics, learning design and more. From internal grant programs to forming communities of practice, here are four ways academic technology leaders are fine-tuning their approaches to working with faculty.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/25/4-ways-to-fine-tune-academic-innovation-in-higher-ed.aspx

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Connect with your virtual teacher

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-08-07 02:06

by CA Sana Baqai, the Hindu

With the pioneering of digitalisation in India, education sector has taken complete advantage of the opportunity of online education. E-learning in India is not new yet it is, in a way of approaching the students. With the advantages of studying at the comfort of your home, re-watching a video to clarify or revise and studying at a time comfortable for you, e-learning is giving a tough competition to the classrooms.  Not only is it helping students but at the same time it is also a hot job these days for teachers who want to teach from home and do not want the hassles of arranging tuition classes. Not only does it save you time and money it also gets you to reach a far greater number of students than classroom teaching, and that’s what a lot of teachers these days are looking for.

https://www.thehindu.com/education/connect-with-your-virtual-teacher/article24539181.ece

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Top out-of-state colleges prowl San Diego looking for online students

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

by Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune
Its main campus is 2,300 miles away. But Penn State University is on the prowl in San Diego, searching for students willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to earn a degree online. The University of Maryland is doing the same. So are Purdue, Old Dominion, Colorado State, Arizona State, the University of Arizona, Southern New Hampshire University and Grand Canyon University. There’s a feeding frenzy going on in San Diego and other California cities, where big out-of-state schools are trying to capitalize on the promise of online education, largely to offset a huge drop in college enrollment that’s most acute in the Northeast and Midwest.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/sd-me-online-learning-20180715-story.html

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Survey: Students say textbook costs have ‘big impact’ on finances

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-08-06 02:10

By James Paterson, Education Dive
A new Morning Consult study shows that 46% of students surveyed believe textbooks and other course materials have a “big impact” on their financial situations, and some experts say the costs heighten stress and force students to make tradeoffs that affect their ability to pay for housing and food, according to Inside Higher Education. About 43% of students surveyed said they skipped meals because of the expense for books, about 70% said they took on a part-time job because of the the added costs and around 30% said they had to take fewer classes. Some respondents even changed their major or opted out of a specific course so they would not have to pay the extra money. The head of the the education technology firm Cengage, which sponsored the survey of more than 1,600 students, said that textbooks and other course materials cost on average $1,200 a year per student, though learners often find other avenues — including renting books or copying what they need — but still pay almost half that.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-students-say-textbook-costs-have-big-impact-on-finances/528744/

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OER is at a tipping point. Here’s how to keep it moving in the right direction.

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-08-06 02:05

By Regina Gong, EdScoop
In his now-classic book “The Tipping Point,” Malcolm Gladwell explains how everything from “Sesame Street” to Airwalk shoes has sky-rocketed in popularity and shaped society. Gladwell posits that when the right elements are in place, a good idea can gain traction, reach a “point of critical mass,” and then spread like wildfire. Open educational resources (OER) are reaching the type of tipping point that Gladwell describes. While the rise of OER — freely available, openly licensed materials that can be downloaded, edited, and shared — has happened gradually over the past decade, these resources are now poised to transform both K-12 and higher education for the better.

https://edscoop.com/oer-is-at-a-tipping-point-heres-how-to-keep-it-moving-in-the-right-direction

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Parker McCurley’s Amazing Journey To Becoming A Blockchain Developer

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-08-06 02:03

By Adam Lane, Udacity

He got kicked out of high school in Ohio. Today, he’s the co-founder of a blockchain technology firm. His company is making money, and he’s now contributing his subject matter expertise to Udacity’s Blockchain Developer Nanodegree program. In short, life is going really well for Parker. Yet his trajectory could easily have been very different, were it not for his dedication to learning and one unexpected conversation that opened his eyes to a new career. He spent the next few months studying with Udacity, working part-time jobs, and going to school full-time. It was difficult to balance it all, but his interest in programming had grown into a passion, and he wanted to turn it into his career.

Parker McCurley’s Amazing Journey To Becoming A Blockchain Developer

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The pros and cons of online classes

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-08-05 02:09

By Colin_Peterson,  The Triangle
Online courses at universities have become more widely taken advantage of recently, with the quick advancement of technology, which has allowed people to access the internet in the most remote areas. It is largely because those courses work so well if you are busy with various other aspects of life. Taking a course online gives you all kinds of flexibility and freedom to choose when to do your work as long as you get it all completed by the deadline. In general, taking a course online works very well if your living and commuting situations make taking traditional classes difficult. However, if commuting hassles don’t bother you much, you might prefer tradition because you’ll have a more coherent way of communicating.

The pros and cons of online classes

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True or false: Breaking down myths about online classes

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

BY ALLISON COLLINS, the Missourian
Nearly half of all MU students took an online class during the 2016-17 school year, according to the university’s website. They are popular for a variety of reasons. Some students like to free up their daily schedule for work or other activities, while others like the convenience of pacing their work around other deadlines and busy times during the semester. Online classes can even help students graduate faster. Online classes can be a great resource to a busy college student, but misperceptions about them can cause confusion. Successfully completing an online class demands strong study habits and good time management skills.

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/special_section/collegetown/true-or-false-breaking-down-myths-about-online-classes/article_86d3b8fc-7d79-11e8-a16c-07e31dc22113.html

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How Udacity Decides What Subjects To Offer Courses In (And Why It Isn’t Doing New University Partnerships)

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

By Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

EdSurge recently sat down with Clarissa Shen, Udacity’s chief operating officer, to learn more about how Udacity selects what will be taught on its platform and its industry-centered education strategy. Here’s an excerpt of the interview, which has been edited and condensed:  With the so-called ‘new collar economy,’ there are a lot of jobs popping up that haven’t existed, and a lot of jobs that do exist that are going away. There’s a little bit of art and science to this. I won’t say we always get it right, but I think we look at not just the number of jobs, but growth for those jobs. Because certainly, there’s a lot of jobs that you could say are out there but they may be actually declining. So, we want to always look at where the options are, that they’re at least growing.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-07-26-how-udacity-decides-what-subjects-to-offer-courses-in-and-why-it-isn-t-doing-new-university-partnerships

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Fewer Americans are making more than their parents did—especially if they grew up in the middle class

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-08-04 02:10

Richard V. Reeves and Katherine Guyot, Brookings

One of the most striking social science findings of recent years is that only half of today’s 30-year-olds earn more than their parents. Raj Chetty and his coauthors showed that rates of absolute mobility—that is, the share of children with higher inflation-adjusted incomes than their parents—declined from around 90 percent for children born in 1940 to just 50 percent for those born in 1984.  For many people, mobility does consist of doing better than your parents did, in absolute terms. This seems to have become steadily harder to achieve for those born into middle-class families in particular from 1950 onward. The challenge is to learn from these historical trends in order to secure a better future for the middle class.

 

Fewer Americans are making more than their parents did—especially if they grew up in the middle class

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Cryptomining Malware Is Infecting Corporate Networks Worldwide

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-08-04 02:05

by Victor Tangermann, Futurism
Security firm Kaspersky Lab just exposed an international cryptocurrency mining ring that is using malware software called PowerGhost to spread across vast corporate networks. The malware is infecting anything from workstations to entire server farms, using corporate hardware to dedicate a portion of the computer’s power to mine a yet-unknown cryptocurrency. Once a computer is infected, a script downloads the mining tool, which uses the hardware’s processing power to solve complex computational problems. The small amounts of cryptocurrency it mines gets sent back to the attacker’s wallet; the virus, meanwhile, launches a copy of itself to infect other computers connected to the same network. Previous analyses by Kaspersky Lab and security firm Skybox suggested that it is more profitable for cybercriminals to install cryptocurrency mining malware, rather than holding data hostage using ransomware. Browser-based cryptojacking attacks rose 80 percent in 2017, they found.

Cryptomining Malware Is Infecting Corporate Networks Worldwide

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Report: Education Dept. Will End ‘Gainful’ Rules

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-08-04 02:03

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
The Education Department plans to eliminate rather than revise Obama-era rules that required for-profit and vocational programs to prove that they are preparing graduates for gainful employment, according to a memorandum obtained by The New York Times. A decision to pull the plug on the gainful-employment regime, which had been bitterly contested by for-profit colleges and strongly supported by advocates for consumers and students, would represent the latest in a series of actions by the Trump administration to undermine or reverse rules put in place by the Obama administration to protect the integrity of federal financial aid programs.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2018/07/27/report-education-dept-will-end-gainful-rules

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Informatics competencies for nurse leaders: protocol for a scoping review.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Fri, 2018-08-03 15:41
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Informatics competencies for nurse leaders: protocol for a scoping review.

BMJ Open. 2017 Dec 14;7(12):e018855

Authors: Kassam I, Nagle L, Strudwick G

Abstract
INTRODUCTION: Globally, health information technologies are now being used by nurses in a variety of settings. However, nurse leaders often do not have the necessary strategic and tactical informatics competencies to adequately ensure their effective adoption and use. Although informatics competencies and competency frameworks have been identified and developed, to date there has not been review or consolidation of the work completed in this area. In order to address this gap, a scoping review is being conducted. The objectives of this scoping review are to: (1) identify informatics competencies of relevance to nurse leaders, (2) identify frameworks or theories that have been used to develop informatics competencies for nurse leaders, (3) identify instruments used to assess the informatics competencies of nurse leaders and (4) examine the psychometric properties of identified instruments.
METHODS: Using the Arksey and O'Malley five-step framework, a literature review will be conducted using a scoping review methodology. The search will encompass academic and grey literature and include two primary databases and five secondary databases. Identified studies and documents will be independently screened for eligibility by two reviewers. Data from the studies and documents will be extracted and compiled into a chart. Qualitative data will be subject to a thematic analysis and descriptive statistics applied to the quantitative data.
ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: Ethical approval was not required for this study. Results will be used to inform a future study designed to validate an instrument used to evaluate informatics competencies for nurse leaders within a Canadian context.

PMID: 29247108 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Columbia U Opens Research Center Devoted to Blockchain Tech

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-08-03 02:10

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

A new center at Columbia University will focus on research and innovation in blockchain technology. The institution partnered with IBM to create the Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency, which will “combine cross-disciplinary teams from the academic, scientific, business and government communities to explore key issues related to the policy, trust, sharing and consumption of digital data when using blockchain and other privacy-preserving technologies,” according to a news announcement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/07/23/columbia-u-opens-research-center-devoted-to-blockchain-tech.aspx

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Online classes help Eastern Michigan, WCC students earn degrees from home

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-08-03 02:05

By Martin Slagter, MLive

Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have bolstered efforts to attract non-traditional students through online offerings in recent years as credit hours for in-state students have been on the decline.  MaggiAnn Monroe is the kind of “non-traditional” student that colleges and universities are trying to attract to their online degree programs. Monroe, 36, graduated as a licensed practical nurse eight years ago before earning an associate degree in nursing from Kellogg Community College in 2015. Today, she works as a registered nurse at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson. After completing her first shift work and driving home, she makes dinner for her children before putting them to bed. When the day is “done,” she gets back to work earning her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Eastern Michigan University. She does her work online.

https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2018/07/as_credit_hours_fall_emu_and_w.html

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World Campus researches effectiveness of VR headsets and video in online classes

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

by the Penn State University

Penn State instructional designers are researching whether using virtual reality and 360-degree video can help students in online classes learn more effectively. Designers worked with professors in the College of Nursing to incorporate 360-degree video into Nursing 352, a class on Advanced Health Assessment. Students in the class, offered online through Penn State World Campus, were offered free VR headsets to use with their smartphones to create a more immersive experience while watching the video, which shows safety and health hazards in a patient’s home. Bill Egan, the lead designer for the Penn State World Campus RN to BSN nursing program, said students in the class were surveyed as part of a study approved by the Institutional Review Board and overwhelmingly said that they enjoyed the videos and thought they provided educational value. Eighty percent of the students said they would like to see more immersive content such as 360-degree videos in their online courses, he said.

https://news.psu.edu/story/529049/2018/07/25/research/world-campus-researches-effectiveness-vr-headsets-and-video-online

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Mikrozensus - Fragen zur Gesundheit

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2018-08-02 08:20

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem Mikrozensus - Fragen zur Gesundheit des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um die Angaben des Jahres 2017 ergänzt.

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Inconsistent Use of Credentials by Manufacturers

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

By Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Employers in the manufacturing industry use credentials inconsistently, generally not relying on them as a major factor in hiring or promotion decisions, according to the results of a survey conducted by Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute, and the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, an operating unit of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The survey’s 945 respondents from across the industry identified several primary reason for their inconsistent use of credentials, including a lack of awareness, a preference for on-the-job training and a recognition that experience is a more valuable predictor of performance.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2018/07/26/inconsistent-use-credentials-manufacturers

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