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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  • Campus reopenings linked to thousands of new daily coronavirus cases: report - Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive
    A new study suggests that reopening college campuses for in-person instruction may have fueled tens of thousands of additional coronavirus cases in the U.S. Researchers from several universities estimated that more than 3,000 new daily cases nationwide, on average, could be linked to colleges offering face-to-face classes, beginning around two weeks after instruction started. Campuses nationwide […]
  • Mental Health Needs Rise With Pandemic - Greta Anderson, Inside Higher Ed
    A mountain of troubling data about rising mental health problems has health advocates and providers worried about the need for additional support for struggling students and the ability of colleges to provide it.  Several recent surveys of students suggest their mental well-being has been devastated by the pandemic’s social and economic consequences, as well as the […]
  • History Department and Libraries' Open Educational Resources Save U of A Students $50,000 - University of Arkansas
    This summer, six historians worked together with the open educational resources librarian of University Libraries on a new course development project with open educational resources and affordable resources. The project resulted in saving over $50,000 for students who take the required core curriculum two-semester sequence in American history during the 2020-21 academic year. The project […]
  • Students of Online Programs Make Great Alumni
    Faye L. Lesht, David Schejbal, Roxanne Shiels, UnboundUnlike traditional programs, students of online programs often work independently and may never step foot on the campuses from which they earn their degrees. These students can make great alumni, but they are often overlooked by the institutions from which they earn their online degrees. This paper lends […]
  • Sustaining Emotional Connections with Your Students in an Age of COVID19 (Part 1 of 2)
    Howard Aldridge, Tomorrow's ProfessorFor the foreseeable future, our connections and communications will be mediated by facial coverings and spatial distance. In classrooms, faculty and students will be wearing face masks. For remote instruction, faculty and students will be watching each other via webcams and smart phones. Under these conditions, what can instructors do to establish and […]
  • 5 tips on how unis can do more to design online learning that works for all students - the Conversation
    The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a rapid shift to online learning at all Australian universities. This presents unique opportunities for both educators and students, but also new challenges. Recent media reports suggest online learning might not be meeting the needs of all students. In particular, university students with disabilities report they are struggling with online learning […]
  • The Post-Pandemic Evolution of Student Data Privacy - Merritt Neale and Matthew Tryniecki, EDUCAUSE Review
    The critical importance of maintaining strong data privacy and governance policies and protocols has only increased with the shift toward a remote delivery model in higher education due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Although there is an abundance of ethically neutral or potentially positive uses of students' personal information, there are at least as many questionable, […]
  • Ransomware: Huge rise in attacks this year as cyber criminals hunt bigger pay days - Danny Palmer, ZD Net
    Not only has the number of ransomware attacks increased, but ransomware has continued evolving, with some of the most popular forms of ransomware last year having disappeared while new forms of ransomware have emerged. In some cases, these are even more disruptive and damaging. "Looking into the evolution of last year's ransomware families and how they've […]
  • Howard Gardner on His Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Lessons for COVID-19 Era - Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge 
    This month Gardner came out with a different kind of book, one where he looks inward. It’s a memoir called “A Synthesizing Mind.” In it, he reflects on the interdisciplinary work he did that led to his theory of multiple intelligences. And he has suggestions for how to encourage that kind of broad thinking so […]
  • The Blockchain Future of Higher Ed - Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed
    As higher education slowly adapts to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), spurred by the COVID crisis, students and industry are recognizing the need for a technologically supported way to document the full array of learning in the classroom and beyond. Soon to disappear will be the notarized paper transcripts that are controlled by the university. […]
  • Distance learning sans the screen - Salil S, Deccan Herald
    If you have ever used an exercise app, you know how a screen-based app prompts you to do non-screen physical activity. Similarly, the design of learning activities shall prompt the student to do non-screen activities too. The screen becomes only an instruction point, touch point, and reporting point of each activity. The way is to ensure sufficient […]
  • Three steps to successful online learning - Graham Glass, Training Journal
    Any successful training programme has at least three intertwined aspects: content, time, and people. It has to provide the right content, at the right time, to the right people. To achieve this – whether through traditional, instructor-led training or online training – talent development professionals have to personalise learning experiences based on employees’ various backgrounds […]
  • A strong online learning infrastructure is key to higher ed’s future - JOHN WOODS, Campus Technology
    COVID-19 is changing the future of online learning—and smart institutional leaders will pay attention to what students need learn and succeed. As a growing list of colleges and universities reverse course from their previous plans and opt for a fully-remote, online learning approach instead, the risk that many will approach the transition focused more on mere […]
  • Effective Teaching Is Anti-Racist Teaching - Mary Wright, Tomorrow's Professor
    Here, we outline five key starting points of anti-racist classrooms, designed to magnify the transformative impact of education but also to mitigate the negative harm. Borrowing from Kendi’s (2019, p. 18) definition of anti-racist policy, we define “anti-racist teaching” as intentional syllabus design, class content, or pedagogy that creates or develops racial equity, with applications […]
  • 6 Basic Ingredients To Online Learning Success - Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate
    Online learning can be extra challenging as students often find themselves with a lack of motivation. It is difficult to seek help when struggling with work, which can lead to students sometimes feeling alone in their studies. However, there are a few ways in which students can improve their results. We will be discussing 6 […]
  • Online Learning and Mental Health - Katie Wheatley, Forge Today
    It’s a sad reality that the number of students experiencing mental health problems is likely to increase as a result of Covid-19 and the impact it’s had, and will continue to have, on our university experiences. However, the University of Sheffield must be commended for the number of support services they are offering and promoting. […]
  • Online Learning: The Advantages of Never Having to Step Foot on Campus - Adriana Ruvalcaba, the Runner
    CSU Bakersfield, like many other universities across the nation, began the fall 2020 semester by adopting a virtual learning method to keep students and faculty safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent switch from on-campus to online learning has caused many students, including myself, stress on whether they will adapt to this new education landscape. But does anyone miss being on campus? Because […]
  • Advice from EMU professors on how to survive a semester online - GRACIE THOMPSON, Eastern Echo
    Six EMU professors hosted an online seminar, “Let’s Talk About Online Learning,” on Thursday, August 27 to answer questions and acknowledge the difficulties that students may face during a virtual fall 2020 semester. Due to COVID-19 concerns, most EMU classes are being held online through Zoom, Canvas, or other online applications. This has created a rising […]
  • Upskilling Workers For The Post-Pandemic Economy - Adam Millsap, Forbes
    The pandemic has permanently altered the labor market and many people currently unemployed or furloughed will never return to their old jobs. Instead, they will need to learn new skills to find new jobs in growing sectors of the economy. Businesses, non-profits, and higher-education institutions are partnering to provide the training people need to succeed […]
  • Steering universities through crisis, upheaval and protest - Yojana Sharma, University World News
    The demands of the past six to eight months have been unprecedented for university leaders steering their institutions through the COVID-19 pandemic, planning for an economic squeeze that could heavily impact teaching and research and responding to societal upheaval caused by both the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement sparking demands for change on […]

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