Professional, Continuing, and Online Education News

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  • Hey, Google, Alexa, Siri and Higher Ed - Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed
    The growing use of voice search and virtual digital assistants will have an increasing impact on how we deliver, search for and market higher education.  Voice enabling is the funnel through which we will access increasingly smart technologies. As these technologies evolve and further intertwine into a conversant smart system, we must respond and anticipate the […]
  • Defining Learning Innovation - Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed
    My definition of learning innovation is institutional and organizational in scale. A college or university serious about innovation will prioritize investments in making non-incremental advances in student learning. A commitment to learning innovation can take many forms. It may be investing in a center for teaching and learning (CTL) to provide faculty with training, mentoring, and resources. […]
  • AI can humanize teaching—if we let it - LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
    Educators should ignore the 'fear factor' around AI robots taking over teaching, and should harness the technology to improve their craft. While the scientific nature of artificial intelligence (AI) has frequently been used as a marketing term in recent years, AI does have some fascinating implications for instruction. But perhaps one of the biggest things to remember […]
  • Reflecting on 2018, and (Tentatively) Projecting the Future - Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
    Just like that, another year is almost over. If it's been as much of a whirlwind for you as it has for us, you're likely struggling to make sense of all that changed on the digital learning landscape this year. Our second annual year-end recap is here to help. We gathered some of the most thoughtful […]
  • 6 pieces of advice for women aspiring to IT leadership - LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
    At EDUCAUSE's annual conference, a panel of four female IT leaders sat down for a frank discussion on gender bias and workplace advancement. The session addressed issues such as conscious and unconscious gender bias, how to identify role models and mentors, and how to build the skills necessary to lead an IT team. The topic comes at […]
  • Purposeful Faculty Development - Mary Grush, Campus Technology
    Colleges and universities typically have very idealistic mission statements. They may include goals like preparing students for a lifetime of fulfilling work, learning, and civic participation. They may delineate the institution's role in expanding the frontiers of human knowledge. Within faculty development efforts, we need to be able to think about the values and principles […]
  • Skills Gap Could Cost US Economy $2.5 Trillion Over Next Decade - Paul Wellener, Industry Week
    Last week Deloitte’s report, 2018 Skills Gap Study, showed that 2.4 million jobs will likely go unfilled over the next decade. To put that in terms of the monetary effect on the U.S. economy, the study showed that it could jeopardize $454 billion of economic output in 2028 or more than $2.5 trillion over the next […]
  • How Much Does a Blockchain Developer Really Make? - bhaneeta chadha, BlockGeeks
    2017 was the breakout year for blockchain technology. The numbers don’t lie and some of the numbers are truly staggering., one of the biggest job portals in the world, published some interesting statistics regarding the rise of Blockchain jobs. It looks like the number of blockchain jobs increased from December 2016 to December 2017 by […]
  • Engaging Students and Faculty with Data for All - Meg Lloyd, Campus Technology
    The system, dubbed Georgetown 360, would offer an enterprise 360-degree holistic view of data for faculty, students, advisers and administrators, and eventually other staff, alumni, applicants and more. Central to the project is the notion of cura personalis, or "care for the whole person." which is a core value at the Jesuit institution. It also aligns […]
  • A Fantastic 'Breaking News' Filtered Through Higher Ed Anxieties - Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed
    It is not that much of stretch to think of the future of universities through the lens of the newspaper industry. All of us are wondering how traditional residential institutions will navigate the digitally enabled shift to online and low-residency learning. Are residential campuses analogous to print newspapers? Is online learning analogous to news websites […]
  • Five ways AI will enable lifelong learning and transform the workplace - Oliver Barber, Training Journal
    Beyond the tabloid hyperbole, it is important to recognise that artificial intelligence-driven automation means that the pace at which workers’ skills and knowledge will become obsolete is going to accelerate. As a result, 'always-on' continuous learning will become increasingly critical. There is an air of serendipity in the fact that, while artificial intelligence is the root […]
  • Here's where the jobs are — in one chart - Thomas Franck, CNBC
    CNBC studied the net changes by industry for November jobs based on the data from the Labor Department contained in the jobs report released Friday. The U.S. economy added 155,000 jobs last month, fewer than the 198,000 estimated increase from economists polled by Refinitiv, according to the report. Health care and education, which combines everything from […]
  • Measuring the Value of Digital Credentials (Part Two): The Role of Efficiency in Delivering Agility - Jonathan Lehrich, Evolllution
    With their increased granularity, transparency and portability, digital credentials are quickly supplanting the paper certificate as a means of non-degree skills verification in leading-edge continuing and professional education units. They enable a greater understanding of academic accomplishment and provide academic leaders with a means of unbundling degree requirements. As Jonathan Lehrich notes, however, their use […]
  • Six Takeaways on How Young Adults Find Good Jobs - Martha Ross & Nicole Bateman, Brookings
    Linked below are six key findings from our recent report, in which we focused on employment and job quality at age 29. Although there is no one age that signifies “adulthood,” by age 29 people have had sufficient time to finish high school, enroll in and complete college or training, perhaps have a few detours along […]
  • Quantum computing, not AI, will define our future - Tech Crunch
    At best, that is an imprecise (though entertaining) definition. When “quantum” is applied to “computing,” however, we are indeed entering an era of dramatic advancement. Quantum computing is technology based on the principles of quantum theory, which explains the nature of energy and matter on the atomic and subatomic level. It relies on the existence of […]
  • The Internet of Learning - Charlatan
    According to “Online and Distance Capacity of Canadian Universities,” a 2015 study commissioned by Global Affairs Canada, 361,000 members—nearly 30 per cent of the student population in Canada —took online courses in 2015. Currently, in Canada, there are around 10 major institutions that are widely recognized either as online universities or universities that offer well-recognized online […]
  • Students protest Zuckerberg-backed digital learning program and ask him: ‘What gives you this right?’ - Valerie Strauss, Washington Post
    Students at a New York high school have protested in recent weeks an online education program developed with engineers working for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the latest challenge to the growing “personalized learning” movement in U.S. education. More than 100 students from Brooklyn’s Secondary School for Journalism left campus during school hours last week and […]
  • Reach of the and Open edX Platform In Numbers - IBL News
    EdX has attracted 40,000 credit-elegible learners, according to the data disclosed at the 2018 Global Forum Event in Boston. Overall, the number of learners has jumped to 18 million, while there are 2,400 courses included in the platform. Nine fully online Master’s degrees, 14 new MicroMasters, and 54 professional certificate programs have been launched in the last […]
  • Online EMBA Developed With Microsoft For The Busy Working Professional - Samantha Wernham, Business Because
    As program coordinator of the International Flex EMBA at MIP Politecnico di Milano (MIP), Daria Gennaro knows a lot about the importance of flexibility and adaptability. The 20-month program offers the same knowledge and competencies as the traditional Full-time Executive MBA, but with the ability to tailor the workload around your professional and personal timetable. There’s no […]
  • The Future Of Learning? Well, It's Personal - Anya Kamanetz, NPR
    It's called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned?  RAND Corporations John Pane is the lead author of one of the few empirical studies to date of this idea, published late last year. It found that schools using some form of […]

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Reflecting on 2018, and (Tentatively) Projecting the Future (Inside Higher Ed)

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Next for SNHU: Game-Based Learning and Digital Badges for Middle Schoolers (Inside Higher Ed)

Southern New Hampshire University is again trying to disrupt the status quo in higher ed — this time by attempting to link middle schoolers with college degrees. The nonprofit university, which has one of the largest online enrollments in the country, announced today that it...