Professional, Continuing, and Online Education News

See below for a listing of curated news articles of the day brought to you by Ray Schroeder, Director of the National Council for Online Education. 

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  • 4 Worries About Higher Education in the 2020s - Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed
    If you read our book, Learning Innovation and the Future of Higher Education, you will discover that we see much to celebrate. The main argument of the book is that higher education is in the midst of an underrecognized and underappreciated renaissance in teaching and learning.  If we are optimistic about the future of learning, what […]
  • 3 Problems That Could Diminish Elearning Growth - Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate
    Elearning has long been touted as the answer to many problems encountered by institutions and students alike. It is a thriving industry that claims to open doors for learners in most corners of the world and with vastly different learning needs. But while its reach and subsequent success has been growing, there are problems lurking […]
  • Moody's: Slow Student Loan Repayment Driving High Balances, Bringing Social, Credit Implications - Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed
    Slow repayments have become the most important contributor to rising student loan balances, Moody’s Investors Service. In the past, rising tuition and climbing college enrollments were the largest contributors to increasing student loan balances, according to the ratings agency. But the drivers shifted to slow repayment, which is likely to combine with continued elevated levels of […]
  • ‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses - Emma Goldberg, NY Times
    Many students still see employment in tech as a ticket to prosperity, but for job seekers who can afford to be choosy, there is a growing sentiment that Silicon Valley’s most lucrative positions aren’t worth the ethical quandaries. Claire Stapleton worked at Google and YouTube for 12 years. “There was this ambient glow of being […]
  • Many Nonprofit College Programs Would Fail Gainful Test - Kery Murakami, Inside Higher Ed
    Only about 60 percent of programs at private nonprofit institutions, and 70 percent of those at public colleges and universities, would pass the Obama administration’s gainful-employment test, if it were in place and applied to them, according to an online tool developed by a conservative Texas policy group. Coming amid a stalemate over how to proceed […]
  • When is higher ed worth it? - LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
    For years, stakeholders have sought to define what, exactly, Americans value from their education. Many have focused on wages, in part due to studies demonstrating that college graduates earn more over a lifetime than their non-graduate peers. But the answer might not be related to wages at all. Instead, people say they see more value in […]
  • Collaborative Education In An Online Setting - Robert Burrus, Wilmington Biz
    What message do I attempt to deliver with this narrative? For some of the practical-based courses offered in a university, the potential may exist for “partnerships” with professionals from within the community. The Cameron School of Business prides itself on engagement with the Cape Fear business community. This includes placement of students with local companies […]
  • 3 Tips To Easily Create Interactive eLearning - Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate
    The reality is this: students will not find boring content interesting simply because it is placed in an online setting. Instructors and course builders must think creatively and use available interactive assets in order to engage learners. Doing so, of course, requires consideration of learning purpose and course objectives. Simply employing interactive tools or templates […]
  • Digital Learning Trends That Have Changed Way Companies Up Skill Employees In 2019 - Business World
    In the modern workplace ‘new skills’ are the most in-demand currency. With jobs becoming specialized, rapid automation, digitization and other technologies disrupting traditional roles, effective talent management and upskilling of employees are a must. In 2019, Digital Learning played a key role in businesses training their employees with all the right tools and skill-sets to […]
  • How online learning leads to lifelong digital literacy skills - Devex
    “Professionals need to be aware that the plans they make today are not necessarily going to be applicable in 10 or five years, or even in the short term, as the world pushes toward efficiency and automation.” — Dora Kingsley Vertenten, professor and program coordinator for the Master of Public Administration online program, University of Southern […]
  • The next decade of disruption in education? Unlocking networks - Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute
    Who students know matters!  The power of connections is evident to any adult who has benefited from a friend or acquaintance helping him find a job along his professional path. The same is true for students today. In the past decade, we’ve seen how learning technologies have begun generating tectonic shifts in how the education sector now […]
  • 10 Skills Needed Most in 2020 and 30 Free Courses to Learn Them - Gadjo C Sevilla, PC Mag
    Learning new skills and gaining certifications are essential to growing your career. Not only can you acquire new ways to solve problems, but continuing education helps you better position yourself for promotions or better jobs. LinkedIn Learning cites learning and self-improvement as an important aspect of self-care, right up there with time with family and […]
  • EdX launches for-credit credentials that stack into bachelor's degrees - Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
    Online education provider EdX is taking a big step into the undergraduate market by launching two programs called MicroBachelors that students can complete on its platform and earn credits toward a bachelor's degree. Students can earn credits in an information technology program offered by Western Governors University. A computer science program from New York University is […]
  • Online education in Pennsylvania could get more competitive thanks to state community colleges - Susan Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer
    Graduates of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges can go on to earn their bachelor’s degrees online from a New Hampshire university at a rate that makes it less costly than nearly every other in-state public option, under an agreement signed Wednesday. The agreement with Southern New Hampshire University was arranged through the Pennsylvania Commission for Community […]
  • 5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Developing eLearning Assessments - Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate
    Assessments are a regular part of education, and elearning is no different. To build a proper assessment, however, takes time and careful planning. If assessments are thrown together haphazardly, learning can be put at risk, or not happen at all. Below are 5 common mistakes to avoid when developing elearning assessments.
  • Online Courses and Complexities of Graduation Rates - Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate
    The rate at which students are enrolling into online courses has yet to slow down. Online courses, in this context, refers to courses provided digitally by public colleges and universities, as well as those taught by private non-profit and for-profit institutions. Thousands of students take at least one online course per year. With so many […]
  • The Y2K bug is back, causing headaches for developers again - Daphne Leprince-Ringuet, ZD Net
    Twenty years ago, as the world celebrated the start of a new millennium, IT professionals across the globe were getting cold sweats at the prospect of the Y2K bug kicking in: the fear that important systems relying on two-digit date logs would come to a standstill if computers interpreted the 1 January 2000, registered as […]
  • White House Proposes Regulatory Principles to Govern AI Use - Reuters
    The White House on Tuesday proposed regulatory principles to govern the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) aimed at limiting authorities' "overreach", and said it wants European officials to likewise avoid aggressive approaches. The Trump administration said agencies should "promote trustworthy AI" and "must consider fairness, non-discrimination, openness, transparency, safety, and security."
  • Reimagining the public university - Naomi Schaefer Riley & James Piereson, AEI
    The great state universities are not going to disappear, and many will maintain a standard of excellence, but in an age of inefficient governments trying to do all things for all people, they will not have the money to compete as they once did with high-performing private institutions. The financial model built in the post-war […]
  • MIT to launch Shaping Work of the Future, a free MITx online course - MIT Sloan School of Management
    MIT's free online course, Shaping Work of the Future, goes beyond the headlines and focuses instead on what steps we can actually take to impact the future of work along with future-proofing our own skill set. This eight-week long course—made available through MITx on edX—may be accessed at any time of the year starting on […]

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In Memoriam: Bruce Davis and Von Pittman

Bruce Davis (1954-2019) died in December 2019. Dr. Davis served as Vice Provost and Dean of Online & Continuing Education at Weber State University. He worked at Weber State for nearly 30 years, starting in 1990 as director for the center for business and economic…


UPCEA Congratulates Members Recognized in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Ranking of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

All Top 10-ranked institutions are members of UPCEA WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 16, 2020) — UPCEA, the association for college and university leaders in professional, continuing, and online education, is pleased to congratulate the many UPCEA members recognized in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report…


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