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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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  • Credly's CEO on how colleges can prepare students for skills-based hiring - Hallie Busta, Education Dive
    Jonathan Finkelstein, Credly's founder and CEO, is optimistic that the market will become more open to these credentials. Traditionally, whether students complete 25%, 50% or 90% of their programs, they receive the same level of recognition from their institution — none at all. This has created a population of "some college, no degree" students who […]
  • Arizona’s public universities see spike in students taking online classes - KVOA
    Just under 45,000 students attend the University of Arizona during this fall semester, according to the Arizona Board of Regents.  However, some students are not coming onto campus at all thanks to a big rise in online classes.  “It’s broadening our borders beyond the main campus,” Associate Vice Provost for Digital Learning Melody Buckner said. Campus […]
  • What Are Current Trends In Higher Education Facilities? - Facility Executive
    The survey found respondents have overwhelmingly shifted their belief that online education will materially impact the nature and number of higher education institutions in the U.S. In 2012, 33% believed online education will have an impact on higher education, that figure rose to 74% this year indicating that higher education professionals underestimated the extent online […]
  • 4 Unsung Environmental Benefits of Online Education - Triple Pundit
    Online learning reduces the negative environmental impacts that come from manufacturing and transportation. The materials needed for traditional education institutions (textbooks, desks, electricity, buildings) are dramatically reduced. This reduces waste and conserves natural resources. Additionally, online learning saves money and time for both the learning institution and the student.
  • 8 Tips To Develop eLearning Courses For Online Learners With Attention Deficit Disorder - Christopher Pappas, ELearning Industry
    The human attention span is already short. But those who suffer from attention deficit disorder must deal with a litany of other issues, including impulsivity, lack of concentration, and trouble following through. Thus, you must take their unique traits and learning needs into consideration when designing your eLearning course. Here are 8 top tips to […]
  • Big Ten libraries begin creating shared collection - Niamh Coomey, Minnesota Daily
    This year, Big Ten university libraries have begun work on creating a more collective system of books across institutions, including the University of Minnesota. Earlier this semester, library leaders within the Big Ten Academic Alliance released a statement outlining their intent to create a more coordinated and accessible system of shared library materials.  A report by the […]
  • Is AI a Job Killer or Job Creator? - Kathleen Walch, Forbes
    There is no question that the world’s economies are undergoing a revolutionary shift as we move from one age of industrialization to another — something that many in the industry are calling Industry 4.0. The transition between each wave of industrialization is not necessarily a clean one. If new job categories are not created before […]
  • It's On All Of Us To Build AI For Good - Tara Chklovski, Forbes
    Today, AI algorithms are changing everything from how we navigate the world around us to how we think about our humanity. In the words of author and media theorist Neil Postman, “A new technology does not add or subtract something. It changes everything.” In 1992, Postman was writing about the rise of computers, but also […]
  • The Practice of Game-based Learning - Tomorrow's Teaching and Learning
    Video games are not widely used to develop graduate skills, but they are utilised by some educators to support the teaching of subject material. Using games in such a manner does not preclude skills development, however, and those educators who leverage games to develop students’ disciplinary knowledge understand this potential, as the examples in the […]
  • Virtual Classes in a Virtual World - Lila Burke, Inside Higher Ed
    On a clear and sunny day, the perfect temperature, a few students and administrators from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business run into each other on campus. After a brief discussion -- what room they’re headed to, why they came in today -- the crowd disperses. Each individual teleports away. If that last phrase didn't give […]
  • The most perceptive criticism of AI often comes from women - John Naughton, the Guardian
    Last week, the New York Times had the idea of asking three prominent experts in the field to talk about the bias problem in artificial intelligence. The three experts were all women. One, Daphne Koller, is a co-founder of the online education company Coursera; another, Olga Russakovsky, is a Princeton professor who is working to reduce […]
  • The top 20 tech skills of 2019—and the easiest one to learn in 2020 - Abigail Hess, CNBC
    The tech industry offers some of the highest-paying opportunities in the country.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for a worker in high-tech industries (sectors with high concentrations of workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations) is about $70,230. The median annual wage for workers outside of tech is […]
  • The Rise of Do-It-Yourself Education - Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed
    DIY has become pervasive in our culture. In part it is fueled by the internet, most particularly by YouTube. In part it is energized by time and money savings. It is further driven by the possibility of personalization and customization to meet individual needs just in time and just in place. More than 50 percent […]
  • Adaptive, Flipped Approach to Introductory Statistics Lifts Outcomes in 4-Year Schools - By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
    A multi-year pilot in Maryland that aimed to redesign the curriculum for introductory statistics using adaptive learning technology and active learning pedagogy found a spark of success among students in four-year institutions. The "Adaptive Learning in Statistics" (ALiS) study involved numerous players: Ithaka S+R; Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Math (TPSE Math); the William E. Kirwan Center […]
  • Dartmouth & IMT named 2019 winners of annual edX prize - AAAS
    Dartmouth professor Petra Bonfert-Taylor and Rémi Sharrock from Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) of France were named winners of the 2019 Annual edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Learning and Teaching today. The pair were chosen from among 10 finalists from across the globe for their Professional Certificate program in C Programming with Linux, which launched […]
  • New report emphasises the importance of interpersonal skills and having a compassionate approach for effective teaching online - Dublin City University
    A new report by the National Institute for Digital Learning at DCU highlights the differences in teaching online to a traditional classroom setting. It emphasises the importance of interpersonal skills and having a compassionate approach for effective teaching online. The ability to connect and to build good teacher-student relationships, both of which can be more challenging […]
  • The 10 most in-demand soft skills to master if you want a raise, promotion or new job in 2020 - Jennifer Liu, CNBC
    If you want to get ahead in your career in 2020, adopting a growth mindset should be at the top of your priority list. According to Udemy’s 2020 Workplace Learning Trends Report, a having a growth mindset — or the ability to continue learning in order to adapt to change — was ranked as the most […]
  • Breakthrough app to allow for online learning of Lakota - The Language Conservancy
    While online apps for language learners are not new, the ability to learn Indigenous languages from North America is.  The Lakota Language Consortium and its sister organization, The Language Conservancy, are proud to announce the release of an online learning platform for the Lakota language called Owóksape. Owóksape means “Place of Wisdom” in Lakota.
  • How ed-tech can help leapfrog progress in education - Emiliana Vegas, Lauren Ziegler, and Nicolas Zerbino, Brookings
    At the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution, we are studying innovations that can rapidly improve education progress, including innovations that use education technology. If the education sector stays on its current trajectory, by 2030 half of all children and young people around the world will lack basic secondary-level skills needed to […]
  • Canada’s post-secondary institutions are expanding online learning - EINPresswire
    Toronto: Growth in online learning continues in Canadian universities, colleges, and CEGEPs as they increasingly offer flexible access to post-secondary courses and programs throughout the country, according to a recent report released by the Canadian Digital Learning and Research Association. The results of the 2019 Tracking Online and Digital Learning in Canada survey can be […]

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