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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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  • 9 Skills and Certifications Employers Want - Sarah Surette, Thrive Global
    With ever-increasing competition from other job seekers, you need to stand out from the crowd to potential employers. So, what will give you the edge over other candidates? There are several skills and certifications that employers want more than others. Now that online learning has taken off, there are hundreds of different certifications you can get. […]
  • In the future, will we acquire skills, not degrees? - MIKE COLAGROSSI, Big Think
    Nontraditional education options are on the rise.  U.S. college enrollment has declined for the eighth consecutive year.  A recent survey found that a majority of freelancers found skills training to be more important than having a degree. It's becoming harder for universities to keep up with a rapidly changing workforce.  It should come as no surprise to […]
  • What's in a microcredential? - Wayne D'Orio, Education Dive
    There are nearly 750,000 "unique credentials" on offer in the U.S. today, including micocredentials and certificates, said Scott Cheney, executive director of Credential Engine, a nonprofit that aims to implement a common schema for credentials and has developed a national registry to track them. Less than a degree and not a formal license, he said, microcredentials […]
  • How online learning is reshaping higher education - Richard Williamson Paul Burton Shelly Sigo, Bond Buyer
    With fewer high-school graduates and foreign students coming to class, the nation’s universities and colleges are turning to increasingly sophisticated and more affordable online courses to help fill the gap. The development of online education raises the question of whether it will evolve from a supplement to traditional in-person learning to something that supplants it. One […]
  • A third of U.S. workers say they lack data skills - Katya Schwenk , EdScoop
    Research by the online course provider edX reported on Tuesday that 39 percent of U.S. consumers they surveyed across industries feel they lack proficiency in data skills — though respondents also said they are reluctant to ask their employers for additional training. The survey, conducted by a 3rd-party data vendor, polled 1,000 adults, 917 of whom […]
  • DCU is launching bite-size online courses for skills-hungry professionals around the world - C MCMAHON, FORA
    DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY is rolling out a suite of online courses on topics such as blockchain and artificial intelligence as part of a strategic partnership with digital education provider FutureLearn. Jointly owned by the UK-based Open University and employment industry group SEEK, FutureLearn provides a range of online courses designed by universities and other institutions […]
  • Survey: Cost of college has the attention of more high school students than ever - TIM GRANT, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    In its 10th annual survey on the topic, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit College Savings Foundation found the highest percentage ever of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who said costs will be a deciding factor in which college they attend or whether they end up going at all. This year’s survey of 500 students also […]
  • How colleges are bringing back stopped-out students - Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
    Several headwinds — including sagging enrollment, diminished state support and a greater focus on student outcomes — are pushing colleges to bring back their stopped-out students instead of focusing solely on replacing them with new recruits.   At CUNY, officials have looked to ReUp Education for help bringing back some of its lost students. Through a […]
  • OER at the Enterprise Level - Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
    The State University of New York system has, with its sister City University of New York, become in many ways the center of the open educational resources universe, thanks in part to its size and in (larger) part to the state Legislature's recent multimillion-dollar investments in OER. On Wednesday SUNY took another step toward solidifying […]
  • Intellectual Property and Digital Learning - Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed
    Who owns the content that is created for online and blended courses? The faculty? The institution? Both? Do you know the answer to this question for your school? Would your answer agree with the provost or general counsel? Another way to ask this question is to inquire if the intellectual property policies at your institution have kept […]
  • UK Online learning and Artificial Intelligence report makes some welcome announcements - JISC
    It highlights the crucial role of technology in raising the quality of technical education, while also acknowledging the sector’s limited understanding of these emerging fields. The review therefore recommends that the Department for Education (DfE) funds ‘test beds’ to help FE providers gain a greater appreciation of the potential value and benefits of AIEd and online […]
  • 4 Ways Algorithms Can Boost Diversity in Hiring - ANNE FISHER, Fortune
    Artificial intelligence can be a “black box”—mysterious and more than a little intimidating. Meanwhile, new permutations of the tech are sprouting up like mushrooms, especially for recruiting and hiring. Yet as employers have increasingly tried to make their workforces more diverse and inclusive, the A.I. industry itself has taken some flak for being almost exclusively […]
  • The Role of Librarians in Supporting ICT Literacy - Lesley Farmer, EDUCAUSE
    One model that captures the idea of expertise needed by academic librarians is TPACK: Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge. This model shows the kinds of knowledge needed for instruction in the Digital Age (see figure 1). Although one might think that the course instructor should possess all these knowledge bases, that isn't always the case. If […]
  • 7 Things That Prove the Efficiency of Tech Advancements in Education - Mose Niccky, Thrive Global
    Those teachers who underestimate the role of tech innovations should read this post to find out how they and their students can benefit from using some. Both education and technologies have a high impact on our wealth today. They contribute to the knowledge of humanity. In many ways, education looks much the same as it was […]
  • Study: For Those Filing For Bankruptcy, Student Loan Debt Still Lingers On - Mike Brown, lendEDU
    Essentially, student loan debt is impossible to discharge in bankruptcy and last week, Sen. Dick Durbin introduced a new bill to Congress, co-sponsored by Warren, Sanders, and Harris, that would treat student loan debt the same as nearly all other forms of consumer debt when dealing with bankruptcy proceedings. In this study by Mike Brown […]
  • As Higher Education Evolves, Nontraditional Students Require Nontraditional IT - David Hutchins, EdTech Magazine
    Consider that over the next six years, the number of people 35 and older who enroll in college will grow 20 percent, compared to 13 percent for the traditional 18- to 24-year-old set, according to a National Center for Education Statistics report. And today, across all age groups, roughly one-third of students are taking at […]
  • Emerging Roles of AI in Education - Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed
    Artificial intelligence is the now and future engine of education. Don’t get me wrong, human beings are now and will be in the future at the core of our field -- administering education, teaching and learning. But if we are the bus designers, bus drivers and bus riders, artificial intelligence is the engine of the […]
  • Using Artificial Intelligence to Close the Achievement Gap - Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate
    Achievement gaps occur when one group of students (such as students grouped by race/ethnicity, gender) outperforms another group and the difference in average scores for the two groups is statistically significant. The achievement gap between students who come from different socio-economic backgrounds is a pervasive problem in education. Disparities in achievements between high and low socio-economic […]
  • Walmart expands $1 a day degree program - Hallie Busta, Education Dive
    Walmart announced Tuesday that it is adding more degrees, college partners and a path for high school students to its one-year-old program offering full- and part-time U.S. employees access to a college degree for $1 a day. Southern New Hampshire University, Purdue University Global and Wilmington University will join the program, which adds 14 associate degrees, […]
  • This Curated Reading List / Blog Reaching 1,000,000 reads today!- Ray Schroeder
    Join me in celebrating - this curated reading list / blog is passing the one million reads mark today.  Since 2011, the blog has steadily grown in readership; more than 1,000 leaders in our field subscribe via email to get the daily updates of news, research, and trends that are most important to those leading […]

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Coalition Supports FY2020 House Appropriations Bill

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