Wednesday, June 28, 2017

20 essential apps to include in online courses - MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Online learning apps are broken down into specific categories to maximize production and streamline online communication. Technology and its potential to simplify life for its users can be a beautiful thing, which can be seen in the example of providing online learning for students. But, unless you have the right technology to streamline tasks and aid in learning, going online for education can also be a nightmare. According to U.S. News & World Report, the average online student often takes online courses due to an already hectic life. Luckily, “there is no shortage of mobile apps that can help online students stay productive.”

Techies Find Online Training More Effective Than Offline: Study - CXOtoday

Skill development and learning is the key for all level of employees in today’s dynamic technology and business scenario. However, employees are not keen to go through traditional learning program because of several reasons such as paucity of time, ineffective teaching, boredom etc. This is where online learning can play a major role. 97 percent of IT professionals believe in the importance of building one’s technology skills and 74 percent of them have undergone learning programs in 2016, according to a study commissioned by digital learning platform, Pluralsight, which finds that 69 percent of Indian IT professionals believe that online learning is a more effective learning method than offline training. 90 percent of IT organizations are gamifying learning, it added.

Spoiler Alert: Millennials Can't Get Enough of Social Media - eMarketer

A new study from private software research company Qualtrics and venture capital firm Accel looked at how plugged in to social media internet users in North America, the UK and Australia really are. It found that many millennials haven’t gone more than five hours without checking social media. Internet Users in Australia, North America and the UK Who Haven't Gone 5 Hours Without Social Media, by Generation, Nov 2016 (% of respondents in each group). In fact, 42% of millennial respondents said they hadn’t lasted five hours without checking their feeds. (Time spent sleeping was excluded from the survey.) And unsurprisingly, millennials were less able to refrain from social media than their older counterparts. Just over one-quarter (26%) of Gen Xers hadn’t gone five hours without social media, while 29% of baby boomers said the same.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Admitted Students and Employees among Those NOT Included in Partially Reinstated Travel Ban - Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed

The Supreme Court on Monday partially lifted the injunction on President Trump’s ban on entry for nationals of six Muslim-majority countries, allowing it to take effect except for in the cases of "foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." The ruling indicates that students admitted to U.S. universities, workers with job offers from U.S. companies and lecturers with invitations to address American audiences all would qualify as having such a "bona fide relationship," and therefore would not be subject to the reinstated travel ban.’s-travel-ban

The Tech You Need for an Online Degree - Toro Magazine

Online courses have really taken off. More students are now actively going for the best online courses they can find instead of the equivalent offline programs. Aside from the online programs’ flexibility, you can also save a lot on relocating closer to the university and other expenses. To have a great time pursuing an online degree such as an online master of science in electrical engineering, you need the right tools for the job. This means shopping for new gadgets for the course. Summer is always a good time to get the tech you need for an online degree, thanks to the wealth of new options to choose from.

How the Amazon Echo Show Will Revolutionize Higher Education - Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

I’m here to confidently predict that Amazon's $229.99 Echo Show will revolutionize higher education. With the Echo Show, higher education will finally be able to: Allow students to ‘drop in’ with their professors using the video chat feature from the professors home, 24/7/365. Lower educational costs, by replacing ‘live’ adjunct faculty in classrooms with instructors teaching across multiple campus locations via the Echo Show from locations with lower faculty labor costs. Shift our Massively Open Online Course participation from computers, iPads, and phones - and to the Echo Show.

The 9 Best Free Online Big Data And Data Science Courses - Bernard Marr, Forbes

Demand for skilled data scientists continues to be sky-high, with IBM recently predicting that there will be a 28% increase in the number of employed data scientists in the next two years. Businesses in all industries are beginning to capitalize on the vast increase in data and the new technologies becoming available for analyzing and gaining value from it. This makes it a great prospect for anyone looking for a well-paid career in an exciting and cutting-edge field. There are also a large number of free online courses and tutorials which a motivated individual could use as a springboard into a rewarding and lucrative career.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching? - ERIC WESTERVELT, NPRed

Stanford physics and education professor Carl Wieman won a Nobel Prize for his innovative, break-through work in quantum mechanics. Wieman's message, as we've reported here and here, is bold: Too many undergraduate programs fail to focus on teaching effectiveness or even bother to try to measure it. As he sees it, undergraduate Higher Ed still worships at the old false idol called the Big Lecture and doesn't seem to want to ask whether it's working. His solution: Systemically improve teaching through methods that have become known as active learning. Wieman's been interested in effective teaching strategies for years. He argues that a well implemented active learning approach can substantially improve understanding and retention of the material and boost attendance and course satisfaction, among other improvements.

The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online - LEE RAINIE, JANNA ANDERSON AND JONATHAN ALBRIGHT, Pew Research Center

Many experts fear uncivil and manipulative behaviors on the internet will persist – and may get worse. This will lead to a splintering of social media into AI-patrolled and regulated ‘safe spaces’ separated from free-for-all zones. Some worry this will hurt the open exchange of ideas and compromise privacy

New Analytics Tool Tracks Cheating Patterns for Online Testing - Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Online proctoring and identity verification company Examity today launched examiDATA, a data platform designed to "aggregate and analyze information on test performance and academic integrity." The tool examines information from hundreds of thousands of students at colleges and universities across the country to discern test-taking patterns, measure the rate of test-taking violations and help institutions benchmark against their peers, according to the company. Cheating information is broken down by category, such as tuition level, type of school and department of study.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The AI-First Student Experience - Aric Cheston and Drew Stock, EDUCAUSE Review

Students dealing with the size and complexity of a college or university and trying to navigate its systems can become frustrated or even drop out if the barriers within its required processes hamper their progress. Thoughtful application of artificial intelligence can support advisors and faculty in guiding students to graduation and help students themselves stay on track and take full advantage of the resources available. Using AI technologies to mediate the interaction between the student and the institution will not only eliminate many obstacles to student success, but will empower the professionals who have made it their life's work to help students succeed.

Digital Citizenship + Liberal Arts = Students Empowered for Life - Annie Almekinder,, EDUCAUSE Review

Students often attempt to navigate the Internet without being given the space to intentionally think about and understand how the digital world works, how it influences their lives, and how they in turn can influence its direction. Liberal arts colleges emphasize preparing students to be lifelong learners, creative and critical thinkers, and engaged members of whatever communities they enter after college, but how do they prepare their students for the digital world? Following a workshop on liberal arts colleges and digital citizenship, representatives from four higher education institutions share their varied experiences in cultivating digital citizenship awareness and capabilities among their students.

Best practices for digital marketing in 2017: How to take advantage of the latest trends - Tereza Litsa, ClickZ

A successful digital marketing strategy needs to keep up with the latest marketing trends. The evolution of technology is changing the way we form a digital marketing strategy. This creates a growing challenge for industry professionals to keep up with evolving trends and find the best way to incorporate them into their marketing plan. This is an up-to-date look at best practices for digital marketing in 2017, and at how marketers can take advantage of cutting-edge technological developments to create their strategy.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Going cross-curricular helps students develop solutions to real-world problems - Linda Jacobson, Education Dive

Throughout rural Southern India, agricultural development is getting a boost from a line of irrigation and sprinkler products that was first developed far away in Minnesota. Called MyRain, the company was launched in 2012 by a business graduate and engineering graduate at the University of Minnesota (UMN) who were each participating in a social entrepreneurship program. Part of UMN’s Institute on the Environment (IonE), the program, Acara, demonstrates how faculty members and students from different disciplines are working together to find solutions to the world’s problems. “Real-world problems never sit in a discipline,” says Jessica Hellmann, the director of IonE, adding that the traditional university model of being organized into colleges and schools is a “great way of getting a basic education, but [they] are crappy at problem solving.”

Apple Just Unveiled A Breakthrough Artificial Intelligence System - Futurism

Siri intelligence will automatically display information that is relevant to you on the face of the watch using advanced machine learning technologies that improve and “learn” over time. Ultimately, this means that the more you interact with the watch, the smarter it gets. The Mac will be called “High Sierra,” and he outlined that Safari will rank in as the world’s fastest desktop browser with High Sierra. Safari will also be able to block all autoplays on videos, and it will have “intelligent tracking prevention,” which is machine learning tech that allows it to identify trackers and, thus, protect your privacy. Just 7 inches tall, the HomePod is the first major Apple hardware product that has been unveiled since the Apple Watch.

3D printer capabilities form the future of higher ed - Brian Nadel, University Business

3D printing may be new to many higher education administrators, but for students it’s already old hat, as they were likely introduced to it in middle or high school. “3D Printing has changed dramatically over the past couple of years,” says Jesse Roitenberg, national education manager at Stratasys, a provider and consultant for 3D printers. “There are more low-cost options, which has led to elementary and middle schools purchasing, which has led to the high schools, colleges and universities having to step up their game.” Technology consultant Terry Wohlers estimates the industry saw over $6 billion in sales in 2016 and is growing at 17 percent a year. Colorado-based Wohler Associates, his marketing and analysis firm, tracks 113 higher ed programs that offer 3D printing.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Connecting students to the institution through mentors boosts success - Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Western Governors University saw a 10% increase in graduation rates in just two years, while George Mason University saw a 15% jump after both universities zeroed in on the idea of connecting students with mentors, according to eCampus News. Western Governors University, an online institution, used Salesforce’s Communities tech to offer students and mentors the means to establish and maintain connections, allowing the free flow of advice and student access to additional content, videos and FAQs. George Mason University lets students sign up for counseling appointments and name a subject of discussion, which allows staff to be better prepared for the appointment, and educators used software to track students who needed assistance because they were academically at-risk.

Centralia College Instructors Develop App to Help Students Succeed - The Chronicle

Two Centralia College instructors have created a cellphone app that gives students a visual representation of their skills, allows them to see exactly how they’re doing in a class and informs them what they need to work on to improve their grades. Alisha Williams, an English instructor, and Gordon Gul, a computer science instructor, recently won the 2017 Connie Broughton Leadership and Innovation in eLearning Award from the Washington State eLearning Council for their app, according to a press release from the college. “We wanted to help students focus more on achieving the course outcomes, so we decided to link the things they are learning to the grades they are earning,” Gul said. “We needed a way to show students the correlation between their skills performance and their score on an assignment or quiz.” This resulted in an interactive app called Grade Outcomes Assessment Learning Strategy, or GOALS, that uses the Canvas online learning platform to access course information to create a color-coded, interactive chart.

Steve Hargadon Wants Tech — and Individuals — to Revolutionize Education - Richard Chang, Campus Technology

The Learning Revolution is an attempt to bridge the conversations on learning. I’m surprised at how we lost the ability to have those deep conversations. The whole concept of shifting from command and control to agency. Going from a read/write medium to user-produced content. We take those things for granted now. We’re not under the control of books by monolithic organizations. There’s the ability for individuals to contribute, and re-shape at a grassroots level. Social media plays a part in that. [Teachers] could get their professional development from other teachers. They have access to other teachers all over the country and the world. The free flow of information on the web — the ability to take control of their own learning. Khan Academy is a good example.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Udacity offers photographers the chance to be Virtual Reality pioneers - British Journal of Photography

Virtual Reality is predicted to be worth £108bn by 2021. To a large extent, the emergent technology is rooted in basic photography skills. Udacity’s six-month long VR nanodegree offers students a certified qualification that, according to the company, is more rigorous and recognised for its practical usefulness than many other VR qualifications but without being as intensive and time-consuming as a full-time university degree. “People want to develop specific skills that allow them to land a job or start a company. Udacity teaches those skills in a highly focused manner and helps filter students directly into a great job at top-tier companies,” says Matt Sonic, the lead instructor on Udacity’s Virtual Reality nanodegree. “It’s like a university, but built by industry.”

Penn State aims to create research opportunities for online students - Penn State

In an effort to create more research opportunities for Penn State World Campus students, Penn State is offering a new professional development course to encourage faculty to work with online students. The course, “Conducting Research with Your Online Students,” which starts June 11, was offered for the first time this spring. “The aim of the course is to give faculty the confidence that they can translate their face-to-face research into an online environment,” said Brian Redmond, the lead faculty member for organizational leadership at Penn State World Campus who helped create the course. Redmond said the ultimate goal is to create publishable research opportunities for students and faculty. “We want to translate Penn State’s reputation for research into the online world,” he said.