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Despite Increase in Instructional Designers, There Is No ‘Universal Profile’ for the Role

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-08-20 02:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

According to authors Elaine Beirne from Ireland’s Dublin City University and Matthew Romanoski from the University of Arizona, there is “no universal profile” for an instructional designer, and the path to the job may come through teaching in higher ed, working in technology, holding an academic research role or having a graphic design background. Even with this variety, the goal of the job is consistent across the board: to improve student success. In this, collaboration with faculty is the “top challenge.” Oftentimes, instructional designers have to overcome the idea that online learning works “crock pot style” (set it up and “forget it”), or they face instructor concern that a given course will become more mechanized and lose its personal touch in the design process, leaving students adrift as little more than an ID number.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/13/despite-increase-in-instructional-designers-there-is-no-universal-profile-for-the-role.aspx

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Data Analytics and Student Advising: Creating a Culture Shift on Campus

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-08-20 02:05

A Q&A with Kalpana (Kal) Srinivas, Campus Technology

Student advising has always been considered the linchpin of retention, a critical area for higher education institutions. And our retention gurus have held for years that it’s important that a student’s advisor is one of the key people they build a relationship with. Data analytics may seem to be a more recent phenomenon, but it’s now over 10 years since EDUCAUSE began publishing articles suggesting that if colleges and universities can place more and better information into the hands of a greater number of people, this enables better decision making. These two factors together became the crux of our understanding of how important it is to get critical information into the hands of advisors, so that they can do the holistic student advising we are asking them to do.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/13/data-analytics-and-student-advising-creating-a-culture-shift-on-campus.aspx

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Libraries Are Often Missing From ‘Student Success’ Initiatives. Researchers Are Asking How to Change That

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-08-20 02:02

By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

A new report this week explores whether libraries can play a more proactive role in helping commAmong the report’s main findings: students and schools don’t always define “student success” by the same measures. Unlike metrics like transfer or completion rates, which colleges often use, students in the study pointed to intrinsic goals, such as career advancement and skill mastery, as stronger personal measures of success.unity college students succeed. Researchers started by first asking 37 students from seven community colleges what challenges they face, which will inform the next phase of the project: devising ways to test whether libraries can assist with barriers around, say, finances, childcare, transportation and other challenges.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-08-13-libraries-are-often-missing-from-student-success-initiatives-researchers-are-asking-how-to-change-that

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GKV - endgültige Rechnungsergebnisse

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2018-08-20 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus der "KJ 1-Statistik (gesetzliche Krankenversicherung: endgültige Rechnungsergebnisse) " des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit wurde um das Jahr 2017 ergänzt.

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Teaching

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-08-19 02:10

By Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Robot tutors aren’t about to replicate the full array of teaching-and-learning behaviors that take place as a matter of course among people anytime soon. But artificial intelligence does raise a provocative question, one no doubt on the minds of educators worried about the decline in public higher-education funding: If administrators are willing to cut corners by paying low wages to adjuncts and giving them heavy courseloads, what’s to stop them from trimming their costs even further by offering students some adaptive courseware and a teaching assistant instead? Institutions inclined that way, says Baker, “are probably going to be willing to accept low-quality solutions.” He and other educator-advocates say AI can be of real value to learning. Algorithms can reveal patterns of student behavior not immediately noticeable to a professor. Adaptive courseware can nudge students toward effective learning strategies. Tools that can outsource lower-level tasks are worthy of consideration.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Artificial-Intelligence-Is/244231

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Coursera’s Andrew Ng dreams of AI powered local solutions

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-08-19 02:05

by Leslie D’Monte, Live Mint

Andrew Yan-Tak Ng, regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on Artificial Intelligence (AI), firmly believes that despite the widespread mistrust of AI, it is good for governments, companies and individuals. Currently co-chairman and co-founder of the online learning platform Coursera and an adjunct professor at Stanford University’s computer science department, Ng served as chief scientist and vice-president at Chinese tech company Baidu and was founding lead of the Google Brain team. In a phone interview from the Coursera headquarters in Mountain View, California, Ng spoke about the need for the Indian government to invest in education. He also shared his perspective on the potential of AI and the fears surrounding it.

https://www.livemint.com/AI/Z4iukEGG8HXCGxebkrud7N/Courseras-Andrew-Ng-dreams-of-AI-powered-local-solutions.html

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Don’t rain on the idea of online classes for snow days

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-08-19 02:01

by Washington Post Editorial Board

Schools that have experimented with online learning to replace snow days, such as Pascack Valley Regional High School District in northern New Jersey, which does get its fair share of snow, say it has proved to be worthwhile. Far better, Pascack Superintendent P. Erik Gundersen told us, than tacking on makeup days to spring break (poorly attended) or the end of the school year (worthless). He also said the practice helps prepare students for life by showing them how to balance family life with work responsibilities.

To be sure, there are challenging issues of cost, logistics and accessibility that would need to be worked out by schools, particularly those with large districts. But the benefits — foremost, added learning for students — make this policy one worthy of study and debate. And while they are at it, school administrators might also want to consider why the school calendar is still based on a world in which children needed the summer free to work on the family farm.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-rain-on-the-idea-of-online-classes-for-snow-days/2018/08/12/2cea0b94-9740-11e8-810c-5fa705927d54_story.html

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10 ways colleges use analytics to increase student success

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-08-18 02:10

BY GEORGIA MARIANI, eCampus News

The success of higher education institutions depends on the ability to excel across the student life cycle. Regardless of the type, size, or focus of a college or university, they all strive to attract and enroll high-quality students, retain and graduate students, and maintain strong relationships with alumni. One of the keys to realizing these outcomes is using analytics to go beyond reporting on what has happened in the past, to providing a best assessment on what will happen in the future. By applying analytics to student life cycle data, universities can generate deeper insight into students before they arrive, while they are on campus, and after they leave.

10 ways colleges use analytics to increase student success

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Blockchain Gains Currency in Higher Ed

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-08-18 02:06

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Despite lingering skepticism about the future of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the technology behind them is becoming a focus of university teaching and research.  Growing interest in blockchain by employers has presented them an opportunity to provide workers professional and continuing education. Peter McAliney, executive director for online and extended learning at Montclair State University’s center for continuing and professional education, recently spearheaded the launch of three professional blockchain certificates — one covering the basics, one for developers and one focusing on applications of blockchain in the financial sector.  The three certificate courses cost between $1,995 and $4,250 and are delivered in partnership with The Blockchain Academy — a company that offers corporate training and education in blockchain.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/13/rising-profile-blockchain-academe

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AI can now tell your boss what skills you lack—and how you can get them

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-08-18 02:02

by  Elizabeth Woyke, MIT Technology Review

Companies need an objective metric to evaluate proficiency.  A new AI-powered tool developed by Coursera aims to be that metric. The feature, which the Bay Area startup announced today, lets companies that subscribe to its training programs see which of their employees are earning top scores in Coursera classes; how their employees’ skills measure up to their competitors’; and what courses would help fill any knowledge gaps. Companies will be able to access the tool, which uses machine learning to derive insights, in the online dashboard of their Coursera profiles later this year.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611790/coursera-ai-skills/

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Panicked universities in search of students are adding thousands of new majors

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-08-17 02:09

by Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

Administrators at universities and colleges across the country have been spending the summer in the same level of suspense as they invest scarce resources in large numbers of new programs they hope will bolster sagging enrollment. Largely unnoticed federal figures show that, even as their finances have become more and more strained and their student populations have declined, public and private higher education institutions have added 41,446 degree or certificate programs since 2012. That’s a 21 percent increase in the number that existed when the dramatic slide in enrollment began.

Panicked universities in search of students are adding thousands of new majors

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Report: Only 5.6% of two-year college students transferred to four-year institutions WITH an associates or other degree/certificate

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-08-17 02:05

by Halona Black, Education Dive
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Transfer and Mobility study for 2018 reports that only 5.6% of the fall 2011 cohort of students attending two-year institutions in the U.S. transferred to four-year institutions after receiving either a certificate or an associate degree from their starting institutions. The vast majority of students transferred without a degree. Of those students who transferred, slightly more than half (50.5%) started at a two-year institution and transitioned to a four-year institution. Asian and white students at two-year institutions were more likely to transfer to a four-year institution (49.8% and 50.4%, respectively) than black and Hispanic students (33.2% and 39.5%, respectively).

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-only-56-of-two-year-college-students-transferred-to-four-year-ins/529845/

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What if A.I. is coming for jobs faster than we thought?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-08-17 02:02

by ALEX SALKEVER, the Big Think

The general consensus on whether robots will take jobs wholesale remains mixed but is trending towards resignation. The optimists believe that, as with the Industrial Revolution and the Agricultural Revolution, the technological improvements that will come from the dawning era of artificial intelligence and its offshoot in modern robotics will create more new jobs than they destroy.  But until now, those conversations have held that the robots and AI will replace human jobs at some point in the future.  What if, in fact, the robots and AI have already started coming for jobs and this is happening not due to simple automation but because these systems are rapidly attaining capabilities and skills once presumed to be defensible by humans?  In fact, the pool of things that “AI Can’t Do” appears to be steadily shrinking.

https://bigthink.com/alex-salkever/what-if-ai-is-coming-for-jobs-faster-than-we-thought

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Why Higher Ed Should Do More with Blockchain Tech

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-08-16 02:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When Oral Roberts University hosted the one-day event, “Blockchain Essentials in Education,” all attendees received a blockchain-based certificate from the Tulsa university verifying their participation. As CIO Michael Mathews, the event’s organizer, explained, blockchain will be as important to transforming education as the internet was. He said he believes those colleges and universities that jump on the secure public ledger concept early enough and begin testing it out will be the ones who could see the biggest benefits. Mathews believes blockchain will have the “biggest payback” within an organization’s processes where trust is essential as part of a “value chain”: student application processing, transcript evaluations, articulation agreements. Blockchain “templates” that run in the cloud could replace “entire cumbersome processes” — akin, he added, to when Microsoft Word templates were first introduced and people figured out how they could optimize word processing and mail merge.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/09/why-higher-ed-should-do-more-with-blockchain-tech.aspx

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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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