Tuesday, November 13, 2018

5 Mistakes that Professors Make with Technology - Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Implementing technology in the classroom can be a real learning process even for professors at the higher education level. It can lead to a lot of frustration and misuse of the devices, particularly when professors aren’t well trained. As a result, lots of mistakes might be made with the new technology that can significantly impact students. Here are five of the mistakes that professors most often make when it comes to the use of new technology. https://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-mistakes-that-professors-make-with-technology/

4 Companies Sit on 95% of LMS Adoptions - Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Over the past five years, the higher ed LMS market for institution-wide adoptions in the United States and Canada has become increasingly dominated by "the Big Four": Instructure Canvas, Blackboard Learn, D2L Brightspace and Moodle, according to a 2018 analysis from e-Literate's Phil Hill. As a result of that "consolidating market," the "aggregate market share" for the year's top four systems has grown from 80 percent to 95 percent over that period. When counted by student enrollment, the largest share of learning management system deployments is held by Instructure, which overtook Blackboard this year. Currently, according to Hill, the institutions of higher education running Instructure's Canvas have a possible 8.3 million students on the LMS platform, compared to 7.9 million for Blackboard Learn. That represents marketshare of nearly 35 percent for Instructure and almost 33 percent for Blackboard. Hill and e-Literate co-publisher Michael Feldstein consult and perform market analysis on tech usage in education. https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/30/4-companies-sit-on-95-of-lms-adoptions.aspx

Google to give away $25 million to fund humane AI projects - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Google will give away $25 million to projects that propose ways to use the artificial intelligence of computers to help create a more humane society. The grant program announced Monday is part of a broader Google initiative called "AI for Social Good" that aims to ease concerns that advances in artificial intelligence will eliminate jobs and perhaps even be autonomously deployed by militaries to kill people, Other technology companies have taken similar steps to address ethical issues in AI. For instance, Microsoft has committed $115 million to an "AI for Good" initiative that provides grants to organizations harnessing AI for humanitarian, accessibility and environmental projects. https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/google-give-25-million-fund-humane-ai-projects-58834119

Monday, November 12, 2018

Online Education Ascends: New Record Enrollments Nationally - Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

The Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics, published Tuesday shows that while overall postsecondary enrollment dropped by almost 90,000 students, nearly half a percentage point, from fall 2016 to fall 2017 -- confirming data previously published by the National Student Clearinghouse -- the number of all students who took at least some of their courses online grew by more than 350,000, a healthy 5.7 percent. The proportion of all students who were enrolled exclusively online grew to 15.4 percent (up from 14.7 percent in 2016), or about one in six students. The share of all students who mixed online and in-person courses grew slightly faster, to 17.6 percent in 2017 from 16.4 percent in 2016. And the proportion of all students who took at least one course online grew to 33.1 percent, from 31.1 percent in 2016. That last data point represents a steady march in the normalization of online learning, as the proportion of all enrolled students who had studied online stood under a quarter in 2012. But while fans of online learning are likely to be heartened by that slow but sure rise in acceptance, the pure increase in online enrollments -- at a time of overall dips in postsecondary attendance -- may be just as noteworthy. https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/11/07/new-data-online-enrollments-grow-and-share-overall-enrollment

How Do Workers Think about the Relationship between Their Job and Their Degree? - Daniel Kuehn Ian Hecker, Urban Institute

College graduates do not always use what they learn during school in their day-to-day work. In many cases, this disconnect between school and work is natural. Most jobs, even jobs closely related to a worker’s field of study, include administrative and employer-specific tasks that are not taught in school. But sometimes workers do not use what they learn in school because they are employed far outside their field of study. Concerns about low levels of job relatedness have been particularly acute for science and engineering graduates. Research on job relatedness drives public debates about science and engineering worker shortages and occupational pathways. If science and engineering graduates are not using their education on the job, it could indicate a serious waste of human capital. https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/99261/how_do_workers_think_about_the_relationship_between_their_job_0.pdf

5 Mistakes that Higher Education Administrators Make with Technologv- Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

While many people might imagine that most school technology mistakes are made by professors, they forget the importance of higher education administrators. These professionals set the tone for the entire school and lead by example. It’s imperative that they understand how to implement technology properly, but many of them still make some common mistakes. Take a look at these top five mistakes that higher education administrators are making with technology. https://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-mistakes-that-higher-education-administrators-make-with-technology/

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Professor, Please Meet Your Instructional Designer - Doug Lederman

Invisibility of instructional designers is among most surprising -- and to designers themselves, upsetting -- findings of new Inside Higher Ed Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology. As online enrollments grow and many colleges ramp up their digital course and program offerings, the role of instructional designers -- staff members who work with instructors to adapt or build new digital courses -- is growing in importance. But new data from Inside Higher Ed's just-released 2018 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology suggest that instructional designers -- and colleges and universities that want them to play a central role helping instructors create high-quality, well-built courses -- have a lot of work to do in building awareness of their role. https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/10/31/survey-professors-shows-surprising-lack-awareness-instructional

Conflicted Views of Technology: A Survey of Faculty Attitudes - Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

The proportion of college instructors who are teaching online and blended courses is growing. So is their support for using technology to deliver instruction.  But their belief in the quality and effectiveness of online courses and digital technology isn’t keeping pace.  Those are among the findings -- conflicting and confounding, as is often the case -- of Inside Higher Ed’s 2018 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology, published today in partnership with Gallup. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey/survey-faculty-views-technology-explores-online-teaching-oer-assessment

Is Open Content Enough? Where OER Advocates Say the Movement Must Go Next - Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

Kent McGuire, director of the Education Program at William and Flora Hewlett Foundation:  [Technology] will continue to move and we’ve no choice but to try to keep pace with the affordances that technology brings. But as you move from the technical to the social, cultural and political dimensions of this movement to open things up pedagogically, that stuff feels both harder, more multi-faceted and more important to get at. If we only get at the technical stuff, I worry about whether or not the divides and the variation and the stratification in access and outcomes don’t actually get magnified. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-10-30-is-open-content-enough-where-oer-advocates-say-the-movement-must-go-next

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Karl Rove and David Axelrod partner for online class on winning elections - JUDY KURTZ, the Hill

An unlikely pair — David Axelrod and Karl Rove — is teaming up, reaching and teaching across the aisle about winning elections. The political odd couple — Axelrod was a senior adviser to former President Obama while Rove famously served under former President George W. Bush — has put on their teaching hats to instruct a MasterClass on politics called "Campaign Strategy and Messaging," ITK has exclusively learned. The course, which includes 24 separate lessons, will be the first one focused on politics from MasterClass, the online education company, and the first class to be taught by two instructors. https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/413138-karl-rove-and-david-axelrod-partner-for-online-politics-class

65 New Online Business Courses You Can Take for Free (or Close to Free) - Jessica Stillman, INC

Schools from Harvard to MIT will teach you everything from agile design to supply chain management. The bad news about the modern world is that, thanks to tech, things are changing so fast you're almost certainly going to have to keep updating your skills throughout your career if you want to be successful. The good news? Thanks to tech, it's also easier -- and cheaper -- to do that than ever before. I am talking, obviously, about the incredible wealth of free or close to free online courses out there. You can already learn just about anything, from Renaissance art to programming in Python, via MOOC (for the uninitiated, that's Massive Open Online Course). But as rich and varied as these online offerings already are, Dhawal Shah, founder of online learning portal Class Central, insists we're just getting started. https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/60-new-online-business-course-you-can-take-for-free-or-close-to-free.html

Adaptive learning helps students finish faster - DENNIS PIERCE, eCampus News

Time and cost are two key barriers standing in the way of college completion, and that’s especially true for working adults going back to school. To eliminate these barriers and help registered nurses make faster progress toward earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the University of Memphis School of Health Studies is using adaptive learning technology and other practices to accelerate completion—reportedly saving participants more than $100,000 in collective tuition costs in a single year. “Students shouldn’t get bogged down with paying to learn things they already know,” says Richard Irwin, dean of UofM Global, the university’s online program. “Adaptive learning helps students move through the content at a more rapid pace.” https://www.ecampusnews.com/2018/10/26/adaptive-learning-helps-students-finish-faster/

Friday, November 9, 2018

Gartner: Immersive Experiences Among Top Tech Trends for 2019 - Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

IT analyst firm Gartner has named its top 10 trends for 2019, and the "immersive user experience" is on the list, alongside blockchain, quantum computing and seven other drivers influencing how we interact with the world. The annual trend list covers breakout tech with broad impact and tech that could reach a tipping point in the near future. https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/22/gartner-immersive-experiences-among-top-tech-trends-for-2019.aspx

Non-degree Programs May Not Serve Men and Women Equally - Pete Musto and Dorothy Gundy, VOA

For example, 74 percent of men with a certificate but no four-year college degree were employed. By comparison, 67 percent of women with a certificate but no four-year degree were employed. In terms of pay, 46 percent of women with a credential but no four-year degree made less than $30,000 a year. The same was true for 25 percent of men, New America found. Seventeen percent of men with only a non-degree credential earned more than $75,000. Just five percent of women with similar credentials earned that much. https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/non-degree-programs-may-not-serve-men-and-women-equally/4630745.html

Academics Propose a ‘Blockchain University,’ Where Faculty (and Algorithms) Rule - Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Experiments with blockchain in higher education are underway at multiple campuses around the country, and many researchers are looking into how to use the technology to verify and deliver credentials. Massachusetts Institute for Technology, for example, began issuing diplomas via blockchain last year.  The plan by Oxford researchers goes beyond digital diplomas—and beyond many typical proposals to disrupt education in general. It argues for a completely new framework for how college is organized, how professors are paid, and how students connect with learning. In other words, it’s a long shot. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-10-25-academics-propose-a-blockchain-university-where-faculty-and-algorithms-rule

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Building a Go-to Resource on Innovation in Online Learning - Meg Loyd, Campus Technology

At Drexel University, a long-standing culture of community leadership has often benefitted surrounding or related communities with new or better access to digital technology advancements. One exemplary initiative, back in the early 2000s, brought enhanced IT services to more than 50 institutional partners via an ASP model — a strategy that received a Campus Technology Innovators award in 2006. Now in 2018, we are recognizing Drexel University Online (DUO) for "Virtually Inspired," a project designed to reach out to the education community worldwide, with resources and examples to help institutions integrate digital technologies into their online and blended learning programs. https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/24/building-a-go-to-resource-on-innovation-in-online-learning.aspx


The market for online tutoring is growing rapidly. In April, Technavio estimated the sector would continue to expand at a CAGR of nearly 7% through 2022. Two forces are driving this growth: the gig economy and AI. While these two currently co-exist in peace, many predict that, across the board, the former is just an intermediary step to the inevitable latter. People who make this argument point usually to the large sums current gig economy platforms are investing in AI, along with the mainstay of capitalism which goes: “everything that can be automated for a competitive advantage, will be automated.” https://news.elearninginside.com/what-will-dominate-online-tutoring-ai-or-the-gig-economy/

3 THINGS WE STILL DON’T KNOW ABOUT OER - Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Turbulence continues to ripple through the higher education textbook market. While Pearson has shed their once-profitable instructional supplement wing, Cengage has pivoted to a subscription model, and numerous smaller companies have sought to capture a section of this disrupted sector. Earlier in October, the Department of Education awarded the first grant of the newly legislated Open Textbooks Pilot Program to the University of California, Davis to develop openly licensed educational resources (OER) for its students. All this comes as a response to the previously unchecked rise in college textbooks, which has outpaced the rate of inflation many times over during the past decade. https://news.elearninginside.com/oer-atd-interim-report/

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Don’t let your diploma hit its expiration date - NOLAN TAYLOR, Indianapolis Recorder

It’s not uncommon to see adults rely on the younger generation to fill in the “knowledge gap” for tasks like setting up a new smartphone or posting information on the internet. But consider the many cases where we as adults need to know for ourselves, like being up-to-date enough to help our children with homework (things have changed a bit since we were in school), meeting the demands of a current job or pursuing possibilities of advancement. In some sense, our diplomas and degrees have expiration dates that we can only extend by keeping current.  With so many great options, how do you decide how to keep current or how to update your skills? http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/business/article_f3d1b2c0-d86d-11e8-8184-c347d2e5f5ea.html

CEO steps down at online education unicorn Udacity - Cromwell Schubarth, Silicon Valley Business Journal

Vishal Makhijani is stepping down as CEO of online education unicorn Udacity Inc., which last month reportedly cut staff. The move comes after Makhijani earlier this year released numbers for the first time to tout the Mountain View company's growth as a step toward a possible IPO. “We are supporting our former and current employees through the transition," the company said in a statement at the time. We continue to hire for key roles.” In its numbers released in February, Udacity said it had doubled its revenue in 2017, pulling in some $70 million — largely from students in the company’s "nanodegree" program. It said it employs about 500 to run its programs around the world. It said it has 10 million students across its paid and free classes, with over 50,000 enrolled in the nanodegree programs. https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2018/10/26/udacity-ceo-vishal-makhijani-ipo.html

These are the jobs the Fed says are in highest demand from this 'tight' labor market Jeff Cox, CNBC

The jobs market keeps getting tighter, with employers struggling to find the right workers to fill jobs, according to the Fed's latest Beige Book report. Workers in highest demand are those in engineering, finance, sales, construction and manufacturing, information technology and trucking. "Employers throughout the country continued to report tight labor markets and difficulties finding qualified workers," the report said, noting several occupations in particular where demand is high but supply is short. The skills gap has been bedeviling companies all year as job openings outnumber job seekers. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/24/fed-says-these-are-highest-demand-jobs-from-this-tight-labor-market.html