Saturday, January 20, 2018

How Long Does It Take to Develop One Hour of Training? Updated for 2017 - Robyn Defelice, ATD

In this article, we will explore the results from a 2017 survey, compare that data to the previous two studies, and discuss a few trends that have emerged over the years. If you are unfamiliar with the research, the data helps to squelch the desire to say, “It depends…” when a client asks how long it will take to develop training. These numbers provide another way for project planners to budget time and resources, and they can be used in place of or in conjunction with estimates based on old projects with similar needs. At a minimum, it provides a method for making estimates, comparisons, or both.

Travel bans and deportations threats: How a hostile political climate is impacting international faculty hiring, collaboration - Pat Donachie, Education Dive

And it isn't just students who are affected; as is the case with DACA and other programs which grant residency status on the basis of an individual's ability to work and learn in this country, faculty and other university staff are also concerned about how the administration will impact not only their livelihoods, but their families. Experts have warned of the disruptive effect these policies could have on hiring and collaborating with international faculty and researchers, with the rhetoric ingrained in the public discussion around them potentially leading esteemed international professors to forego work in the United States altogether, according to Brad Farnsworth, Vice President of the Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement at the American Council on Education (ACE).

Collaboration between institutions necessary to keep higher ed afloat - Autumn A. Arnett Jeremy House, Education Dive

A new partnership between Harper College, a Palatine, IL-based community college, and three Illinois universities (DePaul, Roosevelt, and Northern Illinois) will allow Harper's students to pursue bachelor’s degrees in six popular programs of study on the community college's campus, reports the Daily Herald. For students who cannot afford or do not desire to relocate, the new program eases a path to earning a bachelor's degree. University reps said more financial aid will be made available to students who complete the first two years on campus and want to continue on. ​Classes that go toward earning a bachelor's will be taught by professors from the both the community college and university partners. Student tuition funds will go to Harper College for the first two years and then to their chosen university for the final two.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Your School Should Not Pursue Online Education for the Money - Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Any online program that has the main goal of revenue generation will, in the end, wind up creating a host of unforeseen and undesirable consequences. This is not to say that online program should not be economically sustainable, and should make sense from an opportunity cost and investment perspective. They should, and they are. In some cases it is also true that new online programs can create revenues that can be utilized to support other strategic programs and initiatives. Higher education, like many activities that exist for the public good, relies on cost sharing to survive. Putting money as the first and ultimate goal of online education will cause a school to make a series of bad choices, while simultaneously closing off other potential benefits of online learning.

At MIT, It's Out With The Old Case Studies, In With Immersive Ones - Fred Thys, WBUR

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's leading role in online education for all is changing how its own faculty approach more traditional education. For example, at the MIT Center for Real Estate, professors are rethinking the case study approach common in management training.  The change stems from an effort to introduce case studies to MIT's "Massive Open Online Courses," better known as MOOCs. "Of course, the classic case study, it's a PDF file, about 15 to 20 pages," says the center's director, Albert Saiz. "It's very difficult to implement in an online class. Attention spans of students, especially younger students, are getting shorter." So Saiz led a team that developed case studies designed to more easily hold the attention of big audiences.

Top 5 Data Science Publications You Should Read In 2018 - Sam Nelson, Udacity

If you ask a data scientist how to start or advance your data career, one of the first things they’ll tell you is to read. Not the answer you’d expect? You’d be surprised! Data scientists constantly read and explore what’s happening in the rapidly changing data landscape. If you’re just getting started in the field, understanding current industry trends can set you apart in the job interview process, making it clear that you’re someone who is engaged and knowledgeable about the data science space. “If an interviewer asks you about which data science publications you read regularly, you should have a good answer!” If you’re already working in the field, staying on top of the latest news is a big part of how you stay competitive, remain valuable, and grow your expertise.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Online course enrollments continue to grow - Jeremy House, Education Dive

According to new federal data, the number of college students taking online classes continues to grow, reports Inside Higher Ed. In academic year 2016, 6.34 million students were enrolled in at least one online course, compared with 5.99 million students in 2015.  Even as overall enrollment at postsecondary institutions is flat (unlike recent numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse, the federal data show enrollments staying roughly constant, not declining), online enrollments climb.  Enrollment dipped for a few universities with large online programs — especially those offered by for-profits — but most experienced a online student enrollment boost.

Challenges, and more distractions, lie ahead for colleges - Sandra Beckwith, University Business

Although many higher ed leaders are advocating for colleges and their students at the national level, it remains an area where they can control little. They can—and are—however, battening down the hatches on their own campuses to help emerge from this challenging climate intact. This involves having a vision for strengthening the institution’s foundation and agility in managing new responsibilities and demands. Following are seven things higher ed search leaders and administrators believe campus administrators must do in the coming year to get the job done.

State Funding Cuts Matter - Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed

For every $1,000 cut from per-student state and local appropriations, the average student can be expected to pay $257 more per year in tuition and fees -- and the rate is rising. It’s a deceptively simple question. And it’s caused two different camps to dig in, look at similar data and yell past each other with very different answers. On one side, typically inhabited by left-wing thinkers, is the camp that believes tuition has gone up over time because colleges have been starved by state and local funding cuts to higher education. On the other side, right-wing analysts often argue that the long-term decline in state funding -- so-called state disinvestment -- has little to no effect on tuition.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Entering the age of participatory mobile, micro-learning - SO-YOUNG KANG, Manila Times

There are three major trends that I believe should define Digital Learning 2.0.
1. The first is the rapid growth of the mobile workforce. According to IDC, there were over 1.3 billion mobile workers globally in 2015 and PWC are forecasting over 1 billion mobile workers in Asia alone by 2020.
2. Smartphone penetration rates have now surpassed 30 percent globally and the Philippines is reported to be the third largest and fastest growing smartphone market in Southeast Asia with over 30 million smartphone users. This, coupled with 4G access means that >50 percent of the world is now connected to the Internet via a mobile phone.
3. There is a broader trend within learning overall which is the shift towards more experiential, hands-on learning. This trend is based heavily on andragogy, the science of adult learning, and transformative learning theory.

Small College Struggles in the Sights - Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed

Heightened concern about liberal arts institutions is reflected in presidents’ outlooks and an institute program. Numerous presidents at the institute agreed that they see an increased urgency among their peers interested in exploring significant changes in order to stabilize their colleges' standing or seek long-term viability. In a few cases, presidents pointed to a confluence of trends causing them to reconsider doing business as usual, such as a declining number of traditional high school graduates in their regions, increased financial pressures, stiffer competition from public institutions or the free public college movement. More often, presidents reported having long been aware of headwinds. But their Boards of Trustees, alumni and faculty members have recently become more open to making significant changes, they said.

Survey: Students sing praises for digital learning tech - LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Students said they vastly prefer classes with digital learning technologies.   Ninety-four percent of students in a new survey said digital learning technologies have helped them retain new concepts, and 53 percent said they prefer classes that use such tools. McGraw-Hill Education’s fourth annual Digital Study Trends Survey, compiled by Hanover Research, includes responses from more than 1,000 college students. Sixty percent of surveyed students said they think digital learning technologies have improved their grades, and one-fifth said those technologies significantly improved their grades. Students in STEM majors were the most likely to say technology has positively impacted their grades. Approximately 60 percent of students agree that digital learning technology increased their engagement with course materials.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

As Universities Go Online, Architects Rework Buildings For 'Active' Learning - Adam Gordon, Forbes

Many leaders in industries going through digital transformation experience a certain spine-tickling moment when “futures flip-over” happens. That moment is when you get-it that the previously marginal online offering has become the default and the traditional solution has become the exotic. It has happened in music, in newspapers, etc., and this is where university campuses and business schools are fast heading as education designers, coders and entrepreneurs close in on online platforms that replicate and in many ways improve on the traditional live experience. All for much less money.

Gain Skills in Online Courses Requiring Group Work - Marian Stoltz-Loike, US News

Group work in online classes can teach students about working with others remotely and giving virtual presentations.  Many careers today involve collaborating virtually with colleagues who may be located throughout the country or even internationally. To be successful, you will need to develop strong strategies to get the work done – and this can be challenging. Online courses may require students to complete projects virtually in groups, which can teach them critical skills for the fast-paced, rapidly changing, 24/7 global business world. Linked below are four areas where you can develop skills through group work in an online degree program.

10 Things Children Born in 2018 Will Probably Never Experience - Kristin Houser and Patrick Caughill, Futurism

Children born in 2018 will probably never know the feeling of being tethered to a landline. A trip to the local megaplex to catch Blade Runner 2049 may have stirred up adults’ memories of seeing the original, but children born this year may never know what it’s like to watch a film on a smaller screen with a sound system that doesn’t rattle the brain. Technology is currently advancing faster than ever before, so what else will kids born today only read about in books or, more likely, on computer screens? Here’s a list of the top 10 things that children born in 2018 will likely never experience.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Study: More Students Are Enrolling in Online Courses - Jordan Friedman, US News

Enrollment in online classes grew more than 5 percent between fall 2015 and 2016, a new report found. Based on federal data from more than 4,700 colleges and universities, more than 6.3 million students in the U.S. – most of whom were undergraduates – took at least one online course in fall 2016, a 5.6 percent increase from the previous year. This is the 14th consecutive year that Babson has reported growth in online enrollment.

What Online Faculty Can Do to Avoid Burnout - Edna Murugan, Faculty Focus

With the increase in online classes being offered by higher education institutions and the convenience and flexibility it affords (particularly for adult learners), it is important that institutions hire, train, and retain high-quality, student-centric online faculty. Just like on-ground students, online students need instructors who are passionate, organized, creative, and manage the (virtual) classroom effectively. Unfortunately, from time to time, online faculty can struggle with burnout, which may make them less effective instructors. Although from the outside, it may appear that online instructors have a dream job that allows them to work from home and set their own schedules, many online faculty experience some form of burnout.

'Just another day:' Wake Tech online students attend class on snow day - WRAL

For some Triangle students, the weather had no impact on their courses. Students enrolled in online courses at Wake Technical Community College students went to class Thursday, never setting foot in the snow. For Dr. Chris Roddenberry, a professor at Wake Tech Community College, today was business as usual. He taught a class, while sitting in his Willow Springs home. He even met with multiple students, online, for office hours. "It was just another Thursday for me," he said. "Classes started, students were registering in my class. I had meetings with different students. Nothing changed for me." Roddenberry said there are many benefits to online classes, and inclement weather is a classic example.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

OpenStax grows in popularity, but overall awareness of OER remains low - Corinne Lestch, EdScoop

Higher ed faculty are increasingly turning to OpenStax for low-cost, openly licensed printed and digital materials for their students.  The rate of college faculty using and assigning open educational resources (OER) through OpenStax currently rivals that of most commercial textbooks, according to a new report on the advantages and pitfalls of OER in higher education. The rate of adoption of textbooks from OpenStax — a nonprofit OER publisher based out of Rice University — among faculty teaching large-enrollment courses is now at nearly 17 percent, according to the report, “Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in Higher Education 2017.”

An Alternative List of 7 Trends for 2018: The big higher ed stories for this coming year - Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

The 7 key trends that the Peterson and Rudgers identify for higher education in 2018 are:1. Eroding support for higher ed. 2. Challenges to the business model. 3. Violent activism and balancing free speech, safety and climate. 4. #MeToo movement in the academy. 5. Student safety in Greek life and athletics. 6. Reckoning with the racist past. 7. Presidents as public thought leaders. What do you think? What would be your 7 trends? Here is my alternative list:

This blockchain startup will pay you crytocurrency to learn computing and technology courses - TechStartups

Yes, you read it right! This Lithuania-based blockchain startup, BitDegree, will pay anyone to learn python programming language. BitDegree is the world’s first blockchain based free education platform with token scholarships and talent networking. BitDegree is a blockchain-powered, online educational platform with tech talent acquisition and token scholarships. The BitDegree token will connect students, instructors, and employers in an equally beneficial way. They believe that education has to be accessible for everyone. It is also a unique tool for businesses to recruit tech talent and shape global education to their needs. Think of it as Coursera and HackerRank merged together, powered by the decentralized blockchain technology. The company was founded in 2017 by Andrius Putna. BitDegree issued its token sales in December 2017. The startup won many blockchain startup competitions in 2017.