Professional, Continuing, and Online Education News

See below for a listing of curated news articles of the day brought to you by Ray Schroeder, Senior Fellow at UPCEA and Associate Vice Chancellor of Online Learning at University of Illinois Springfield. 

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  • Why universities need to own entrepreneurial education - Louise Nicol, University World News
    The more pressing problem is whether universities are doing enough to keep young entrepreneurs engaged and ensuring they have the tools to navigate the sea of sharks they are about to enter with their fledgling start-up. It is a failing of higher education that more has not been done to cultivate entrepreneurs by helping them […]
  • Will English or Mandarin dominate in international HE? - Hans de Wit, University World News
    The role of English has, for decades, been a topic of intense debate in higher education. The recent report by the British Council and Studyportals on the further expansion of the use of English beyond the ‘Big Four’ (Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States) garnered widespread attention, as did the discussion in the […]
  • 2022: Year Of The Great Convergence - Ryan Craig, Forbes
    In just five years, employers have gone from providing employees with libraries of mediocre asynchronous online courses that few complete to courses from top universities and free online degrees. Coursera is selling over 4,000 courses, 100 skillsets, and 1,000 guided projects to enterprises. Guild has revolutionized the sleepy tuition-benefit sector, transforming employer-sponsored degrees into a […]
  • The 18 most popular online courses from the top universities in the world - Julia Pugachevsky, Insider
    Some of the best schools in the world have free online courses on edX, Coursera, and FutureLearn. Linked below, you can find the most popular online course from each university, based on enrollments. Schools include Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, UC Berkeley, Columbia, and more.
  • New York's governor shares ambitious new vision for SUNY - Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Higher Ed Dive
    The plan calls for boosting enrollment to 500,000 students but could pit newly designated flagships against others in the 64-campus system. An ambitious plan unveiled Wednesday by the newly minted New York governor, Kathy Hochul, intends to reverse these trends, with an eye on boosting enrollment, emphasizing research opportunities and more clearly delineating roles of […]
  • Out of Crisis, Compassion: Using Instructional Technologies to Alleviate Student Stress - Jill Anderson, Educause Review
    Compassion can be defined as "sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it."Footnote2 The distress caused by the pandemic has been well documented. The effects on college and university students have been of particular interest. For example, one study reported that 71 percent of students said that the pandemic increased their […]
  • The Era of Flexible Work in Higher Education - Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
    During the pandemic, we all saw that a lot of staff work could be done remotely because we were doing it remotely. In the survey we did of faculty and staff, people self-reported that they felt they were more productive working remotely. You might expect that people might want to put a positive spin on […]
  • Higher Ed CIOs Prepare for the Future by Embracing Automation - Susan Fourtané, Fierce Education
    A total of 72 percent of higher education CIOs responded that they have already deployed or will deploy Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning within the next 12 months, and 70 percent of respondents reported the same on Distributed Cloud. Responsible AI and SASE shared third place with 49 percent of respondents. Technology dependence is not […]
  • Could Custom Exams Prevent Cheating? - Jack Grove, Times Higher Education
    British university experiments with exams created in part by computer codes—and appears to have success.  Custom exams containing unique data sets for each student being tested at a British university could significantly curtail cheating in online assessments, researchers believe. In a novel approach, chemists at the University of Exeter are using computer coding to generate […]
  • Relevant, Efficient, and Economical: Learning Touchstones with Ray Schroeder - Leading Learning
    In this episode of the Leading Learning Podcast, Jeff talks with return guest Ray about COVID’s indelible impact on teaching and learning, the metaverse, blockchain, non-fungible tokens, artificial intelligence, teaching ahead, and how Google’s wildly popular certificates make the case for relevant, efficient, economical learning going forward. 
  • 3 reasons higher ed will move to multiple learning modalities - Kyle Shea, eCampus News
    This narrow learning model discourages students who have personal commitments like a job or familial responsibilities from accessing on-campus learning. This is especially true for older students — only 11.4 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds and 2.3 percent of adults aged 35 or older are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Strict in-person learning […]
  • Long disparaged, education for the skilled trades is slowly coming into fashion - Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report
    One trend reviving interest in education in the trades appears to be growing doubt among high school students and career switchers about the value of a four-year college; the proportion of high schoolers who are considering a four-year education has plummeted from 71 percent to 48 percent since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according […]
  • How Remote Learning Subverts Power and Privilege in Higher Education - Sabyn Javeri, EdSurge
    Right now is a key moment in making higher ed institutions more inclusive through technology that broadens accessibility and encourages innovative pedagogies. As many prestigious universities that had previously looked down on the idea of digital learning put their content online, the entire dynamic of inclusion has shifted. No longer is travel or student visa […]
  • 6 pieces of advice for women in STEM - Laura Ascione, eCampus News
    It’s common knowledge that engaging–and retaining–girls and women in STEM classes, STEM degrees, and STEM careers is an ongoing challenge. Some key elements in this equation are representation, along with ensuring girls and women have role models to support them in their STEM learning and career paths. The pandemic has prompted many workers to change […]
  • Facing an existential crisis, some colleges do something rare for them — adapt - Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report
    As the enrollment crash becomes an existential crisis, what’s happened at this nearly 140-year-old art school shows that colleges and universities can, in fact, transform, by quickly adding programs in response to student and employer demand, better connecting academic offerings to workforce opportunities and generally challenging a culture that resists change. “The numbers are undeniable,” […]
  • Leadership in the Time of the Great Resignation - Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed
    Much has been written about the Great Resignation; it is a phenomenon of profound significance. As leaders, we need to look at ourselves, our own practices and our peer/employee relationships to clearly see the path forward.Those who are leaders and directors of units in higher education, as many readers of Inside Higher Ed are, should […]
  • Not everybody hates looking at themselves on Zoom - Sara Zaske, WSU News
    Zoom fatigue may be a real condition, but for some people, the “constant mirror” effect of seeing their own faces didn’t appear to make virtual meetings more unpleasant, a Washington State University study has found. The study surveyed two groups who attended regular virtual meetings as a result of the pandemic: employees and college students. […]
  • Part-time professors deserve the opportunity for full-time work - ALEXIS MOORE, JACK LONGMATE, AND KEITH HOELLER, EdSurge
    Why California has a state law that limits the workload of part-time instructors to less than full time is a good — but unanswered — question. The limit has been used to justify paying part-timers at a much lower rate than the full-timers and keeps them from qualifying for benefits such as health insurance and […]
  • FIU awarded grant to advance 21st century skills development through university-community partnerships - Lourdes Perez, FIU
    The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) has awarded a grant to Florida International University to further its partnerships with local community organizations and businesses, aimed at providing students with the skills they need to successfully enter the workforce upon graduation. FIU partnered with MITRE, a not-for-profit […]
  • Micro-credentials aim to have maxi-impact - Elaine Smith, Toronto Star
    Micro-credentials are relatively new to the education game, but they are gaining traction worldwide, both at post-secondary institutions, such as Ontario Tech and Western University, and corporations like EY and IBM. The government of Ontario is also on board. In April, the provincial government created the $15 million Ontario Micro-Credentials Challenge Fund to build on […]

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