Monday, January 23, 2017

14 hot higher ed trends for 2017 - MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Educators and tech leaders look back on 2016; predict where higher ed trends in teaching and learning will head this new year. With every new year comes new ideas. To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from micro-credentialing to energy savings, and the rise of nontraditional students to focusing more on outcomes, 14 higher ed luminaries looked back on 2016 higher ed trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017. Here’s what they said:

The 4 tech trends that will shape 2017 - ZDNet

As we do each week, the editors of ZDNet will continue to put our heads together in 2017 and give you our weekly Monday Morning Opener--an editorial that zooms in on the most important topic in tech for the week. Now that we're sailing into the new year, we've also put a few brain cycles into zooming out on the big issues that will shape the year ahead. So after giving you the 5 biggest tech trends of 2016, we've now got the four big ones that will dominate 2017. The real story behind AI is automation, the Internet of Things platform eludes us, the smartphone holds out for the big one, and virtual reality becomes less virtual and more reality.

How technology will shape new trends in college learning - Jarrett Carter, Education Dive profiles several areas of tech engagement that will help to attract and retain students in a climate where enrollment may shrink due to high costs and waning confidence in higher education. Officials say education should become more personalized through distance learning and tutoring systems, virtual learning environments which can help with professional development, and gamification to induce increased participation from diverse student populations. Microlearning, or reducing traditional lectures into smaller video tutorials, may also prove to be a change agent in keeping students' attention and improving learning outcomes.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

‘15% of adults in Britain have taken or are planning online course’ - Times of Malta

Around one in six adults in Britain have done, or are intending to take, an online course as the programmes become more popular with the public and employers. Many are signing up for ‘moocs’ – massive open online courses – in a bid to further their careers, while for others it is a way of pursuing a personal interest, according to research. The study, by Futurelearn, the Open University and Parthenon-EY, also reveals that employers are increasingly using the courses to differentiate between job applicants. And it shows that graduates would like to have studied for at least part of their degree through online modules. Overall, 15 per cent of those surveyed for the research said they have either taken a short online course, or intend to do so.

Build your board with MU Extension online training - Cedar Republican

Nearly every non-profit organization operates with a board of directors. Often the bulk of the organization’s resources go to meet the needs of the clients, making it difficult to provide training to board members. “Yet, the effectiveness of a board can make or break most organizations,” Dr. Amy Patillo, community development specialist with University of Missouri Extension, said. Build your board is an online course, providing training to board members who serve non-profit organizations. The training was developed by University of Missouri Extension faculty to provide non-profit board members with essential training.

On Campus or Online: Executive Business Ed - Jennifer Rachel Baumer, Nevada Business

Online, on campus or a hybrid of the two, what these business programs share is the students are finished with school and working as leaders in their industries and in their particular business functions, said McCartin. That means, as well as sharing common goals, they can share knowledge from all the different industries they represent. The UNLV program is all on campus, with students attending every other Friday and Saturday for 18 months. “We believe strongly in the on-campus learning experience because so much of the learning that occurs is between the students,” said McCartin. “There’s 25 students to a cohort and they’re from all different industries and functions of business, so when you start talking about a particular subject, everybody is bringing their own real world experience into the classroom. They learn as much from each other as they do from the faculty.”

Saturday, January 21, 2017

10 predictions and opportunities for virtual and augmented reality in 2017 - JACOB MULLINS, Venture Beat

2016 was “Year Zero” for the current wave of consumerization of virtual reality and augmented reality, devices are finally shipping, consumers are buying, and applications are earning. Consider what “Year Zero” was for the PC or the mobile waves of technology adoption, and look at where we are today. 2017 is shaping up to be an early and fantastically productive year for the virtual reality & augmented reality industries. Having spent the better part of 2016 diving into the VR & AR industry, here is list of six predictions and four “wishes” for 2017.

Why Employers Should Care About The Cost Of College - Marcos Cordero,

Everyone is aware of the rising cost of college and how it is affecting young adults. Employers may think the issue won’t affect their organization, but the magnitude of the student debt crisis is something companies can’t escape. Research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that currently Americans owe $1.26 trillion in student debt. Of those who hold educational loans, 11.1 percent are more than 90 days delinquent on their payments. As a point of comparison, consider the number of homeowners who were behind on their mortgage payments at the height of the housing crisis. In the first quarter of 2010 only 8.9 percent of mortgages were delinquent. Considering how widespread the effects of housing crisis were, it might be time to start planning for the national fallout the cost of college might cause and how it could potentially affect employers.

3 Benefits of Online Learning for Military Spouses - Olena Reid, US News

Military spouses who travel frequently can earn a degree through the flexibility of online education. If you are a military spouse, you probably know what it feels like to leave behind the family you love, friends you cherish and familiar places you used to call home. A military spouse's role may be overlooked, but the military lifestyle doesn't have to be an obstacle to some of the same opportunities civilians have access to, including higher education and professional growth. Online education can address the challenge of frequent relocation that military spouses face. I started my online MBA program when my husband was stationed in Virginia, and we didn't know where we were headed next. A year into the program, we knew we had to travel cross-country to Washington state for his new role.

Friday, January 20, 2017

President Trump: A backgrounder on the new President and Higher Ed - Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

As the 45th president is inaugurated, background on his campaign, his stated policies toward higher education and the deep concerns of many in academe. Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated today as the 45th president of the United States. Here is a backgrounder on the new president and higher education.

Monetization Over Massiveness: Breaking Down MOOCs by the Numbers in 2016 - Dhawal Shah, EdSurge

In 2016, 2,600 new courses were announced (up from 1,800 last year), taking the total number of MOOCs to 6,850 from over 700 universities. And it seems to be working. The “Big Three” MOOC providers—Coursera, Udacity, edX— combined have potentially made around $100 million in 2016. MOOCs are gradually being transformed from virtual classrooms to a Netflix-like experience. Many courses are no longer offered just once or twice a year, but rather are now available as a self-paced, sign up whenever you want experience Coursera courses are now offered regularly throughout the year, with new sessions starting automatically on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. This switch has led to a significant increase in the number of courses students can register for and start almost immediately. Previously, students were all piled into one giant session for courses that were only offered infrequently.

Online Universities: Five Questions to Ask Before Enrolling - Julio Cachila, University Herald Reporter

Online universities provide great learning opportunities that can be taken advantage of by adults who would want to study, but have commitments with family and their jobs. Although online courses are proven to be good career shapers, knowing the best online college to enroll is will ensure that a student's needs will be met. To help you in choosing the right university, nonprofit online university Western Governors University has released a list of questions that will help narrow down your choices, and lead you to enrolling in the best institution that will meet your needs.

How to Choose the Perfect Laptop for Online Study - Carolina, Hack Read

If you’re considering enrolling in an online degree program, the one piece of technology that you will be relying on for the next four or more years is your laptop, so it’s no surprise that many online students will invest in a new one. We’ve put together some top tips to help you pick the right laptop for online study. When it comes to buying a new laptop, the best thing is that the market is now so huge, so you can find excellent laptops in almost all of the price brackets. However, when putting aside a budget for your new laptop, you will need to think in realistic terms about the amount that you should spend. Often, many online students, particularly those taking advanced courses which require a lot of work, will need to invest in a more high-end laptop in order to ensure that it will last them for the duration of their course. When choosing a laptop, you need to be thinking in terms of long-term value for money, rather than the cheapest price that you can pay at the time.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

United States of Knowledge - Coursera

Coursera has released a map of learning regions across the US based on relative popularity of online course topics on Coursera. Coursera analyzed data on online course enrollments among 5 million online learners in the United States to track the share of learners in each state interested in a variety of topics. While business and computer science are the most popular topics overall in most states, trends in relative interest between states tell a different story – one of a vibrant, diverse nation in which 12 distinct learning regions emerge. Check out the learning regions above, and be sure to scroll over your state to see the five most popular categories of online courses as well as what specific topics of interest make that state unique.

Adults go online for courses to help job prospects - Herald Scotland

Around one in six adults have done, or are intending to take, an online course as the programmes become more popular with the public and employers. Many are signing up for “moocs” – massive open online courses – in a bid to further their careers, while for others it is a way of pursuing a personal interest, according to research. The study, by Futurelearn, the Open University and Parthenon-EY, also reveals that employers are increasingly using the courses to differentiate between job applicants. And it shows that graduates would like to have studied for at least part of their degree through online modules.

2017 New Year’s Resolutions For Online Class Students - University Herald

It is that time of the year once again where many individuals, professionals, families and even students are wondering how they are going to spend the next year. And it usually starts with making a list of 2017 New Year's Resolutions. Here is a list of 2017 New Year's Resolutions that those who are thinking of taking online classes can consider.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Public colleges are luring international students to cope with state budget cuts - Jillian Berman Marketwatch

When public colleges are strapped for cash, they turn to international students to fill the void. For every 10% drop in the level of funding states provided to their public universities between 1996 and 2012, public research universities increased their enrollment of foreign students by 12% and the colleges that spend the most on their students boosted international enrollment by 17%, according to a working paper published this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research. But not all institutions are equally likely to use this approach — it’s those colleges that both have an international reputation and were hardest hit by state cuts that have turned to international students to fill the void, the study found.

The Digitization of Higher Education: Charting the Course - Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE Review

EDUCAUSE has defined an initial eight digital capabilities for higher education and developed corresponding maturity and technology deployment assessments. This article describes those capabilities and provides advice for attaining them. Technology's value to organizations and individuals increasingly extends beyond productivity to the enhancement of learning, collaborating, and decision making. Organizations thus find it increasingly important to develop and apply digital capabilities in order to survive, let alone thrive. It no longer suffices to think of technology as merely an arms race, in which the winners keep getting faster and cheaper. The fast and cheap of automation and storage form the base of a pyramid rapidly gaining additional layers, with social and mobile new layers that have emerged in just the past decade. Cloud and analytics are newer still, and the Internet of Things layer is still being built.

Can Gamification Save Struggling Students? - MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate

If you aren’t familiar with the idea of gamification, be prepared to thank the Millennials for its inclusion in almost everything. Gamification involves bringing in traits traditionally associated with video games and using them to engage people in other activities. The principle has been used in everything from employee engagement efforts to healthcare objectives about customer wellness. And the educational system is not excluded from attempts to gamify previously uninspiring activities. But why is gamification popping up everywhere? It’s actually pretty simple; because it often works. In fact, it might be the ideal way to help struggling students get back on track.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A top futurist predicts the largest internet company of 2030 will be an online school - Chris Weller, Business Insider

Thirty years ago, it was a big deal when schools got their first computers. Today, it's a big deal when students get their own laptops. According to futurist Thomas Frey, in 14 years it'll be a big deal when students learn from robot teachers over the internet. It's not just because the technology will be that sophisticated, Frey says, but because the company responsible for it will be the largest of its kind. "I've been predicting that by 2030 the largest company on the internet is going to be an education-based company that we haven't heard of yet," Frey, the senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute think tank, tells Business Insider. Frey's prediction comes amid a boom in artificial intelligence research. Google is developing DeepMind, a complex piece of machine-learning software. IBM is developing Watson-powered robots. Amazon is developing drone delivery.

Towards CourseFax: How Putting Information in the Hands of Consumers Would Transform Higher Ed - Richard Novak, Evolllution

We have all seen the gradual and recent evolution to a more customer-centric focus in nearly all aspects of life, aided in part by technological developments, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. In the higher education sector, some enterprising and attuned providers have adopted this “customer” orientation, scratching the surface of what is possible. Beginning with the admissions process, virtual tours, campus cameras and testimonials of current happy students via social media help to attract new students. Not only are courses offered online, but course selection, modality, location, pricing and even student support services have been tailored to support the student perspective and student desire. However, most colleges and universities remain locked in a published ranking arms race of sorts, where factors other than those that are of interest to students, especially non-traditional adult learners, are pursued.