Monday, October 20, 2014

Publishers Win Reversal of Court Ruling That Favored ‘E-Reserves’ at Georgia State U. - Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Ed

How much copyrighted material can professors make available to students in online course reserves before they exceed the boundaries of educational fair use? That’s the essential question at the heart of a long-running copyright-infringement lawsuit that has pitted three academic publishers against Georgia State University. The answer matters not just to the parties to the case, Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al., but publishers, librarians, and professors at many other institutions. It’s already been more than six years since Cambridge, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publications sued Georgia State for copyright infringement. And the latest round of legal action guarantees that the case will drag on a while longer before it produces a reliably precedent-setting answer, if it does.

Learning about art via smartphone - Meg McConahey, Press Democrat

College students who are more comfortable browsing the web than stacks of books can now research the artworks on display in Santa Rosa Junior College’s Doyle Library simply by pointing their phones at them. The new Art Talk uses smart phone technology to make fine art accessible to a new generation of what writer Marc Prensky dubbed “digital natives,” students who never knew a world without home computers and the Internet. SRJC librarians Alicia Virtue and Loretta Esparza created the online gallery to better engage students with the library’s extensive collection of fine art, all done by current or former faculty members.

University budget reform under pressure - SIMONA CHIOSE, The Globe and Mail

Ontario’s efforts to cut duplication in the university sector are moving so slowly that observers question whether schools will be able to address budget constraints, concerns about educational quality and accountability for student outcomes. Ontario signed agreements with its 44 postsecondary institutions in August that set each school’s goals until the spring of 2017 – what is supposed to be the first step in changing how universities are funded. Rather than increasing budgets based on growth in enrolment, new formulas will take into account the specific strengths of each institution. But interviews with senior university administrators involved in the talks that led to the deals reveal that most schools did not have to compromise on any of the goals set out in earlier drafts.

US News to release global college rankings - Keith Button, Education Dive

U.S. News and World Report is planning its first "Best Global Universities" rankings, to be released Oct. 28. The rankings will list the magazine’s opinion of which universities are the best globally, as well as for 11 specific countries, four regions, and 21 academic areas. The rankings will include U.S. universities and will focus on academic research and overall reputation.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

U of Chicago: 3 Challenges Creating Massive Open Online Courses - Tony Dreier, Streaming Media

Video in education has moved beyond simply capturing classes and letting students review online. Video is truly changing the way institutions are delivering education. Progressive institutions are delivering “Global Classrooms” where students—and even multiple professors—are located in classrooms around the globe. At the other extreme, institutions are delivering education to mass audiences through online video. Multiple business models are being developed, including charging for classes, providing them for free, and even offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Hear about the challenges and successes from those who are experimenting with these new business models.

E-learning in an Ebola environment: A practical way forward - Rashid Dumbuya ESQ, Sierra Express Media

As I resume classes on Monday here in the UK, I am so unhappy and broken in spirit especially when I consider the fact that thousands of students in my country are presently not attending school and formal lectures because of the outbreak of the Ebola virus and its attendant consequences. The entire educational system in Sierra Leone is currently on hold for over 3 months now. But as I sat and ponder over this demagogue, something interesting dropped on my mind and I feel a deep sense of responsibility to share it to all and sundry. QUESTION- Assuming E-learning had been encouraged and prioritized in the University of Sierra Leone, would it have made some positive difference during this challenging period?

The must-know changes in distance education policy - Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

A lot has changed in online learning practices in just a few short years—and accreditation policy is no exception. Did you know that when offering online courses, collaboration options for students are a requirement? Or that faculty participation in designing the implementation of an online learning program is mandatory? These are just a glimpse of some of the most recent (within the last two years) updates to distance education policy standards set forth by regional and national accrediting organizations in the U.S.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Google Glass Gives Learners a New Point of View - John Pulley, Campus Technology

What if a paramedic student could view a delicate medical procedure directly through the eyes of his instructor, and then apply that experience to his own practice? A new pilot program at State University of New York Cobleskill will allow students to do just that, using Google Glass to provide first-person point-of-view video capture and replay in an academic laboratory. According to SUNY Cobbleskill CIO Jim Dutcher, the pilot seeks to enhance the delivery of experiential learning in support of traditional modes of instruction in two programs: paramedic training and animal hoof health.

Now You Can Learn About Ed-Tech for Free from the School That's Revolutionized It - Lauren Landry, Bostinno

Massive open online course platform edX launched a class last Wednesday, called "Design and Development of Educational Technology." Three members of MIT's Education Arcade are spearheading the course, including Eric Klopfer, Scot Osterwell and Judy Perry, director, creative director and a research member, respectively. Together, the trio will help lifelong learners discover how other students learn, so they can better understand what it takes to create effective educational technologies. MIT's Education Arcade is focused on developing novel technologies that bridge the gap between learning and fun, like using online gaming to teach science and math. The lab is only one of several moves MIT has made, however, to highlight its dedication to the future of education.

Using data to improve student success - Paul Prinsloo, University World News

Digital technologies and online learning environments permitting harvesting, analysis and use of student data is nothing new in higher education. They open up a number of opportunities and equally a number of perils – creating the need for higher education institutions to find ways to protect the harvested data. As more and more faculty and students embrace the affordances of digital technologies and online learning environments, data’s velocity, scope, variety and resolution have increased exponentially.

Friday, October 17, 2014

State Schools Look to Higher-Paying Out-of-State Students to Fill Budget Holes - ERICA E. PHILLIPS and DOUGLAS BELKIN, Wall Street Journal

Many in-state colleges and universities are accepting fewer in-state applicants into their freshman classes. Why? State funding for public universities fell by 23% in real dollars between 2008 and 2013, according to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. To backfill the billions that evaporated from their budgets, public schools around the nation raised tuition and fees. When public outcry forced them to moderate those increases, scores of universities turned to out-of-state students who pay two to three times as much in tuition as their in-state counterparts.

Online Mooc courses deliver Ebola health advice - Sean Coughlan, BBC

Online courses are delivering health advice about preventing the spread of Ebola to thousands of people in West Africa. The so-called Mooc providers - massive open online courses - are using their reach to provide information about the deadly virus. So far, 10,000 people have completed a free online course, Understanding the Ebola Virus and How You Can Avoid It. The provider, Alison, has 250,000 students using courses in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak has caused 3,400 deaths, mostly in West Africa, and the online course teaches about the signs and symptoms of infection and how to avoid getting infected. The course, which can be accessed on a mobile phone, is aimed at people living in regions affected by the virus and there are assessments on how the virus can be transmitted and treated.

Coding with the kindergarten crowd - Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Introducing coding to kindergarten students helps them reflect on their own learning as they develop 21st-century skills such as problem solving and creativity, experts say. Coding has emerged as one of the most popular learning trends in recent years, and when it comes to programming, young students are proving just as capable as older students. Studies suggest that engaging students in STEM and computer-based learning at an early age will help students retain their interest as those subjects become more challenging in high school and college, and it is this line of thinking that has prompted such early introductions to coding concepts. Teaching coding in kindergarten helps young students learn important creativity and problem-solving skills that will position them for success as they move through school, said Amanda Strawhacker, DevTech Research Group lab manager and research scientist on the ScratchJr Project at Tufts University, during an edWeb webinar on kindergarten coding.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MIT to offer free online courses in game design, ed tech - Greg Toppo, USATODAY

The place where the video game was invented more than 50 years ago now wants to teach teachers, entrepreneurs and students how to design games for the learning — and it is hoping that the end result will be a new kind of tech tool for the classroom. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has begun a free series of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, beginning with one on the design and development of educational technology. The second course, which begins Oct. 22, focuses on game design. Two upcoming courses will focus on educational games and implementing ed tech.

University centers struggle for students, while online courses grow in popularity - Bob Mercer, Sioux City Journal

When they were built in Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Pierre, South Dakota’s public university centers seemed to meet a vexing need. But those centers aren’t drawing students as well as education officials hoped, while Internet courses and other distance-education classes offered by the six traditional state universities set records again in the past year. The state Board of Regents received reports Wednesday that suggested distance education is competing against the centers for enrollment. The centers concept was developed a decade ago as a mechanism to deliver courses in cities with large populations of adults. That was before Internet courses swept the nation. The university centers show the effect. Unduplicated headcounts decreased at two of the university centers from fall 2009 to fall 2013. Sioux Falls dropped from 2,275 to 1,859; Pierre slid from 133 to 81.

Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science - IndieGoGo

With the Hour of Code campaign, we hope to introduce 100 million students worldwide to one hour of computer science. Beyond that, we’ll help millions continue learning - either online, or in schools where we’ll establish permanent courses and train teachers. 90% of schools still don't teach computer science. In the 21st century. Our schools teach kids how to dissect a frog and how weather works. Today, it's equally fundamental to learn to "dissect an app," or how the Internet works. Every young person deserves basic knowledge of how the world works around them and how to build technology that’s changing the world.

An MBA Your Way: Flexible And Online Programs Beat The Clock - Seb Murray, Business Because

The business education market has had to adapt to meet the needs of today’s business world, according to Federico Frattini, director of the Flex EMBA program at MIP Politecnico di Milano, the Italian business school. “These factors together conspire to make it extremely difficult to attend face-to-face MBAs and executive MBAs,” he says. An obvious alternative is the EMBA, designed for more senior workers and spread out over a longer period. But these programs are also risky. “In the case of our EMBA participants, leaving their job carries a risk, given their seniority and what they have accomplished in their careers,” says Paula Robles associate director of marketing at INSEAD. The rise of flexible and distance learning, where students use online platforms to study from the comfort of their work desks or even at home on the sofa, means there is now a wealth of choice available.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Top MOOC provider edX no longer free for all - TIM DODD, Financial Review

Leading MOOC provider edX has ­broken from its fee-free ethos and will charge for professional education courses starting next year. Fees for the five courses announced so far range from $US49 to $US1249 ($1421), a departure for edX, which until now has offered courses for free. Until now, edX has only charged to issue a student with a verified ­certificate of completion, and then in only some courses.

Arizona State U. Accepts 1,800 Starbucks Employees - Inside Higher Ed

Both Arizona State University and Starbucks are reporting a rush of new applicants after the coffee giant announced it would reimburse employees who took their junior and senior years through the institution's online arm. The university has already accepted 1,800 Starbucks employees (whom it referred to as "partners" in a press release), among whom about 1,000 have enrolled in the second fall session. The university noted the applicants, who represent every state and every retail role at Starbucks, are scattered across its 40 degree programs, although psychology, lifestyle coaching, mass communication and media studies and English ranked as the most popular. About 70 percent of the students will enroll as juniors or seniors, meaning they will be covered by Starbucks' tuition reimbursement plan.

Ello and Academic Social Networks - Anastasia Salter, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Ello is being billed as the new alternative to Facebook, but if anything, it reminds me more of Tumblr. Currently, much of the action is in the idea of “Noise”–the equivalent of following someone on Tumblr or Twitter, without necessarily having any reciprocal relationship with them–and the variety of content there is just that. With no real-name identity association (which definitely has its benefits, ala Tumblr), it does have some potential as a space for emergent conversations and random discovery. I’ve used Tumblr for research, and I could potentially see Ello working similarly if it catches on.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

National Adjunct Walkout Day Planned - Inside Higher Ed

What would academe look like without adjuncts? That question could be answered, at least for a day, on the first-ever National Adjunct Walkout Day, planned for Feb. 25, 2015. The protest to highlight adjuncts’ relatively low wages and working conditions – despite the fact that they make up the majority of instructors – is gaining traction on social media, including on Facebook and on Twitter at #NAWD. The adjunct said the walkout day doesn’t have a central organizing committee, and that it will look different on different campuses. Groups might highlight the “educational or administrative issues impacting adjuncts within that particular campus, across the country, or [the] plights of individual adjuncts,” she said. But the central idea of the movement is that “no adjunct or campus must face these shared issues alone.”