Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Odd State Out - Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

California will soon be the only state not joining an agreement that helps colleges offer online education across state lines. Consumer advocates there, concerned about for-profit colleges, hope it will stay that way. When the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement was established in 2013, few would have imagined that just five years later, almost every state in the U.S. would be involved. Despite initial opposition, Massachusetts is expected to become the 49th state to join the agreement later this year. If that happens, California will be the only state that is not a member of SARA -- a regulatory framework that makes it simpler for colleges and universities to gain state-level approval to offer online education across the U.S.

Here's 5 Reasons Why You Should Study An Online MBA In 2018 - Thomas Nugent, Business Because

Online MBAs offer opportunities for women in business, career progression, and flexible learning.   A labyrinth of opportunity is opening up for students in search of an MBA, but who struggle to find the time amid family and work commitments—distance learning manages to conjure up more hours in the day. Learning through fortnightly live sessions, connecting with tutors, lecturers, and groups of students in an interactive, online learning environment, students glean knowledge they can translate directly back into their working life—time, location, and travel to and from campus are no longer an issue. Here are 5 reasons you should study an Online MBA in 2018:

Stoneman Douglas survivor to take online classes while advocating for gun control - WSVN

A survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will finish out her senior year online to give her extra time to advocate for increased gun control laws. Samantha Fuentes was among those students who returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday. However, instead of returning for class, she returned to withdraw and become an online student. “I’m withdrawing from school, so I can finish it online,” she said. “I feel mixed opinions, or mixed emotions. I mean, I want to be part of Stoneman Douglas, and I want to live out the rest of my high school career normally, but there is no such thing as normal anymore.” Fuentes was shot in both legs, and has several pieces of shrapnel lodged in her leg and face.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

4 Things to Know About Online Executive MBA Programs - Jordan Friedman, US News

Some EMBAs, geared toward experienced professionals, combine online learning with regular on-campus residencies.  I think because you have more senior students, more seasoned students in the room, the conversation is a little bit different in our executive format classes versus our full-time classes – just because people have more life experience and work experience to draw on and to talk about these business cases," says Brett Twitty, director of admissions for the executive MBA program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where the EMBA is about one-third online. Here are four facts prospective students should know about online EMBAs before they start researching and enrolling in programs.

A Guide to Good OER Stewardship - Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Interest in open educational resources -- freely accessible and openly licensed learning materials -- is booming. But while OER’s growing popularity with faculty members has delighted supporters, it has also attracted the attention of commercial publishers. Macmillan Learning, Cengage, Pearson and McGraw-Hill have all recently introduced products that incorporate open educational resources into platforms that also include proprietary material. The development of these products has sparked concern among some OER advocates, who question whether OER that you pay to access is really still open. But publishers say they are adding value by making it easy for faculty members to adopt OER, by helping them find the best content and enhancing it with supplementary materials such as homework and exam questions.

The Value in Taking Online Courses - Kaitlin Hurtado, ULoop

Online courses may be the last thing on your mind when it comes to registering for classes, but if you have the chance to take an online course, you should considering taking an online course because of its value. It definitely won’t be your standard class experience of going to scheduled lectures, but online courses may be a better option for you when it comes to fitting in class time to your busy lifestyle or catering to your learning style.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Preparing students for work requires revised approach to education - Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

P.K. Agarwal, regional dean and CEO of Northeastern University–Silicon Valley said there will be a shortage of one million STEM workers in the next five years. So the challenge, he said, is taking people with bachelor’s degrees and re-skilling them to fill those gaps. At Northeastern, the approach is to not just equip students with additional credentials, but to provide six months of paid workforce experience through a co-op program to help ensure graduates are ready to hit the ground running once they’re hired. He identified three key things students should leave college having. “You need high-quality experiential learning, that’s one leg of the stool. The second part is that you need a network, … and third is that we also are very passionate about the fact that soft skills are very critical,” Agarwal said.

How to get a world-class education for free on the internet - Amy X. Wang, Quartz

As crucial as a university degree has become for working in the modern economy, it is not the only route forward into a wildly lucrative and satisfying career—just ask famous dropouts Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg. In the future, a single bachelor’s degree in a particular subject will no longer suffice for many of us anyway. As robots and automation sweep the global workforce, hundreds of millions of people—the majority of whom do not have the time or money to go pick up a brand-new four-year degree—will have to “re-skill” in order to land new jobs. The question that employees and employers alike face is how to get that done quickly, efficiently, and, most importantly to many, cheaply.

TU Delft Students Can Earn Credit For MOOCs From Other Universities - Laurie Pickard, Class Central

With 66 courses in subjects spanning business, engineering, and social sciences, and over 1.7 million enrollments to date, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a powerhouse MOOC producer. TU Delft is consistently ranked among the top European technology universities. Just as in on-campus courses, TU Delft strives to make its MOOCs professionally relevant and highly practical. As one might expect from a university with “technology” in its name, TU Delft has embraced online learning in its many forms. In addition to TU Delft’s own impressive MOOC offering, we at Class Central became intrigued by the university’s Virtual Exchange program, which allows students to earn academic credit for MOOCs from other universities.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Can the Minerva Model of Learning Disrupt Higher Education? - Knowledge@Wharton

Traditional universities — including Ivy League schools — fail to deliver the kind of learning that ensures employability. That perspective inspired Ben Nelson, founder and CEO of the six-year-old Minerva Schools in San Francisco. His goal is to reinvent higher education and to provide students with high-quality learning opportunities at a fraction of the cost of an undergraduate degree at an elite school. While tuition at top-tier universities in the U.S. can run more than $40,000 a year, Minerva charges $12,950 a year, according to its website. In a recent test, its students showed superior results compared to traditional universities while also attracting a large number of applicants.

Udacity’s Revenues Reach $70 Million in 2017 - Dhawal Shah, Class Central

Udacity made a stunning announcement – the company’s revenues touched $70M in 2017, up from $29M in 2016. Revenue grew across the board in “consumer, business, government and non-profit customers and partners,” according to Udacity CFO Nikhil Abraham. Udacity still not profitable, but it seems to be investing heavily in growth. Udacity is a global company with over 400 employees and operations in seven countries. They are also hiring aggressively.

Report: Women Need Additional Degree to Attain Equal Pay - Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Education

Although women have surpassed men in educational attainment, they still earn 81 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to a new study from researchers at Georgetown University. Released on Tuesday, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce’s report — “Women Can’t Win: Despite Making Educational Gains and Pursuing High-Wage Majors, Women Still Earn Less than Men” – indicates that women must hold one more degree than men to achieve pay parity. Combining factors leading to pay inequity include gender discrimination and women’s historical concentration in lower-paying majors and occupations.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

‘We Need to Design the Learning Ecosystem of the Future’ - Michelle R. Weise, EdSurge

Our postsecondary learning system will have to engage students differently than before. Many adults may have no interest in coming back to college. Out of the 37 million Americans with some college and no degree, many have already failed one or twice before and will be wholly uninterested in experiencing more educational trauma.We can’t just say, “Here’s a MOOC, or here’s an online degree, or a 6- to 12-week immersive bootcamp.” We have to do better. Let’s begin seeding the foundational elements of a learning ecosystem of the future—flexible enough for adults to move consistently in and out of learning and work. Enough talk about lifelong learning: Let’s build.

Now, the Internet of Things Can be Made Self-Aware - Joe McKendrick, RTI

MIT proposes taking IoT to its next natural cognitive level. This means adding some AI across the entire IoT network to make it self-aware.  Up until now, the Internet of Things (IoT) has basically consisted of sensors and devices shipping data to some centralized or semi-centralized environment for processing. With fog computing, there are efforts to introduce processing and analytics power close to, or within, the devices themselves, thereby reducing latency. Now, some researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology propose taking things to even a higher level. That is, adding some intelligence across the entire IoT network. Artificial intelligence, that is.

Why You Should Teach Online Courses - Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

This week, an English professor at Loyola University New Orleans penned an article for Inside Higher Ed titled “Why I Won’t Teach Online.” Professor Christopher Schaberg acknowledged that he used the internet for many things, and that there were several benefits of online courses.   At Loyola College New Orleans, tuition alone is nearly $40,000 per year. In many other institutions it’s even higher.  It’s a cliché to say that many professors are out of touch with current technology that could aid them in the lecture hall. But as Professor Schaberg demonstrates, his colleagues are actually more out of touch with the socioeconomic realities of college-going learners in the U.S. He is by no means alone. A study released by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup in the fall of 2017 found that one third of university professors oppose teaching their courses online, while another third remain ambivalent on the subject.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

As change accelerates, ASU must be a place where students return again and again to build skills for multiple shifting careers - Mary Beth Faller, ASU

ASU President Michael M. Crow says thirty years from now, by 2048, ASU will have created new ways of engaging with learners through technology, he said. But not recklessly. “We do need to be careful about technology. We’re finding ways to enhance learning, not replace learning. We’re finding ways to enhance reality, not replace reality,” he said. The new “national service university” model will be less rigidly connected to age than the current system of preschool and then K-12 followed by technical school or university and then a career. “We’re evolving a model capable of being of service to all learners, at all stages of work and learning, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, through education, training and skill-building opportunities,” he said.

The free online courses that are putting college in reach - Nicole Freeling, UC

Funded with $4 million from the state, UC Scout has recently expanded its course offerings. It now offers 65 state-of-the-art classes, including a complete catalog of all the “a-g” requirement courses that students need for UC and CSU admission, as well as 26 advanced placement classes.  New additions include an array of lab classes like oceanography and AP physics, and an arts curriculum that includes 3-D design.  Students can access the courses anywhere with an Internet connection — from the school computer lab or local library, to their smart phone, tablet or home computer.

Sharing Courses? Google It - Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Presidents of six small liberal arts colleges in rural Michigan have been talking for a decade about the possibility of adopting a consortium model to facilitate sharing courses and other resources. Online programs are increasingly popular solutions to this issue in higher education, but they don't necessarily meet the small-classroom characteristics of a liberal arts education. Last fall, at long last, a surprising path forward emerged. Just three months later, at lightning speed for a cross-college collaboration, three of those institutions -- Alma, Albion and Calvin Colleges -- have begun a pilot course-sharing program that makes use of Google hardware, including its brand-new Jamboard for interactive videoconferencing.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Confusion Over Distance Education Rules - Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Colleges are struggling to prepare for new distance education rules, which are scheduled to take effect in July. Under the new regulations, all higher education institutions that offer classes online must demonstrate that they are authorized to operate in every state where they enroll students who receive federal financial aid. The rules also mean that institutions must make clear their refund policies and procedures for receiving student complaints. Additionally, institutions must provide specific information to students who are pursuing professions that require state licensure, which is common for nurses, teachers and counselors, among others. Institutions will be required to inform students if they are taking a program that will not qualify them to practice their chosen profession where they live. This means every institution must track the requirements for professional licensing in every state where they operate. Failure to meet these requirements could result in institutions losing eligibility for federal financial aid.

The popularity of distance education was the focus during Wednesday’s state Board of Regents meeting in Ames - Emily Wangen, Daily Iowan

With the expansion of distance education at Iowa’s universities, student have more opportunities for flexibility in their education. Increasing reliance on technology has resulted in the evolution of delivery mechanisms, making distance education “a fast-moving aspect of the postsecondary education sector,” according to a report from the state Board of Regents. Over the last five years, enrollment in distance-education courses at the three regent universities has increased by 31.6 percent, rising from 59,542 in 2013-14 to 78,383 in 2016-17. At the University of Iowa, the fall 2016 headcount of students enrolled in these courses was 2,859, up from 2,343 in fall 2014.

AI education opens up as Imperial College London launches MOOCs - Murray MacKay, Imperial College London

The move allows anyone with an internet connection to learn from some of the world’s top researchers in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and mathematics. The set of three online courses – Mathematics for Machine Learning – is fully accessible across the world and will support learners in developing their mathematical skills and intuition so they can understand the complex principles underpinning AI and apply them in their future jobs