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Education Life: Teaching the Techies

Education Life: Teaching the Techies | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Data science is the hot new pursuit in higher education, a field spawned by the enormous amounts of data that modern technologies create. Claire Cain Miller writes about this trendy new field in the Education Life section of The New York Times.
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New e-learning software to be launched today - The Times of India

New e-learning software to be launched today - The Times of India | EdRadar | Scoop.it
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has developed a software that can provide courses in e-learning via television set-top boxes.
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Online learning...through televisions? Is there promise here to bridge the digital divide through the 'ol tubes?

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Custom e-Learning Costs – Determining Factors | Visual.ly

Custom e-Learning Costs – Determining Factors | Visual.ly | EdRadar | Scoop.it
One question we always receive from our Clients is how much will my custom e-Learning course cost? So we decided to create an easy to understand infog
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AG Coakley Launches Initiative to Educate Students about For-Profit Schools

AG Coakley Launches Initiative to Educate Students about For-Profit Schools | EdRadar | Scoop.it

While some for-profit schools offer quality training and legitimate diplomas, this is an industry that often markets subpar programs to veterans and low-income students who depend on federal loans,” AG Coakley said. “The Eliminate D.E.B.T. campaign is designed to teach prospective students what they should know before enrolling so that they receive adequate training that leads to future employment. When students don’t receive the training they sign up for, it impacts their futures and it impacts taxpayers when those students can’t pay off their loans.  We all have a stake in this.”    

 

The AG’s outreach program is an educational effort that stems from an ongoing investigation of the for-profit school industry.  Just last week, the AG’s Office sued Sullivan & Cogliano Training Centers, based in Brockton. According to the lawsuit, the for-profit school allegedly misrepresented job placement numbers and made other misleading statements about its training to students, leaving graduates with large amounts of debt and few opportunities.

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A Vocabulary Site Shows How to Tailor Online Education

A Vocabulary Site Shows How to Tailor Online Education | EdRadar | Scoop.it
One of the educational potentials of computing is the ability to tailor learning experiences to the skills of individual students. A vocabulary-building site, Vocabulary.com, is an example of that potential, some educators say.
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Adaptive technology from New York startup, Thinkmap.

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Daphne Koller, Coursera's co-founder, talks MOOCs

Daphne Koller, Coursera's co-founder, talks MOOCs | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Koller, one of the two co-founders of Coursera, took some time at this weekend’s inaugural Coursera Partners’ Conference to sit down and speak with The Daily Pennsylvanian.
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"The Idea of the Digital University" by Frank Bryce McCluskey

"The Idea of the Digital University" by Frank Bryce McCluskey | EdRadar | Scoop.it

The authors address in detail the most obvious evidence of online influence-the growth of online courses-but they pay equal attention to broader implications: the opening up of new avenues for library research, the shift away from paper-based student records and the fundamental change in the way professors teach students. The authors often return to the notion that "Big Data will impact how the university sees its students and their learning." McCluskey and Winter cite Target, the retail chain, as being exemplary in its use of customer data, and they directly relate those efforts to the ways in which universities will have to use "Big Data" in the future "to see where education is succeeding and where we have work to do." The authors also raise the issue of nonprofit versus for-profit universities, the latter having expanded largely because of online course offerings. Rather than take a position in favor or against for-profits, however, the authors diplomatically discuss some of the ways the nonprofit and for-profit institutions could learn from each other. Finally, the authors offer their own perceptive assessment on what the digital university might someday look like, postulating about dashboards, data warehouses and digital report cards.

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Desire2Learn Crunches Big Data to Rescue College Graduation Rates — Should it? | WiredAcademic

Desire2Learn Crunches Big Data to Rescue College Graduation Rates — Should it? | WiredAcademic | EdRadar | Scoop.it

Collecting data and statistics is nothing new in education. Educators have been using Blackboard’s analytics software for years. But what is new is the sheer amount of predictive analytics that is available. President Obama recently announced that he wants America’s college graduate ranking to go from 12th place in the world last year to first by 2020. To accomplish this, our nation’s schools and educators will need to harness the power of big data – at least that’s what Toronto-based education startup Desire2Learn says.

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PandoDaily takes a look at Desire2Learn, the LMS on data steroids, thanks to predictive analytics. Here’s what you need to know:

$80 million. John Baker’s toronto-based startup scored a Series A by New Enterprise Associates and OMERS Ventures in the fall of 2012.First product tells students which courses they’ll most likely pass based on a blend of past performance and similar peers. Based on Desire2Learn’s acquisition of Digital Compass — the Netflix recommendation engine for education.Second feature is a professor dashboard that spots underachievers and recommends learning assets personalized for students performance history.Begs the question — In a time when the college degree is rapidly a commodity, is graduation just for the sake of graduation a positive outcome higher ed should aim for?Promising for the future of personalized learning. For now, Desire2Learn can use struggling schools, which need to justify their existence through graduation rates, to fund platform development until degree unbundling breaks out in a meaningful way.Schools already on board: University of Memphis, Tennessee State University  California State University (Long Beach), New York City public schools, Harvard School of Business, University of Arizona, Columbia College, Georgia Virtual SchoolsIt’s not just schools — corporate clients they list: Lockheed Martin RAMAC, Gallup Inc., RAND WorldwideMap of Desire2Learn clients
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How online learning with LurnQ is more social and clutter-free | ZDNet

How online learning with LurnQ is more social and clutter-free | ZDNet | EdRadar | Scoop.it
LurnQ, a social online learning platform, makes curating knowledge easier and helps learners consume and share content in a clutter-free environment.
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Ryan Craig: Three Ways Online Learning Hits The Jackpot | WiredAcademic

Ryan Craig: Three Ways Online Learning Hits The Jackpot | WiredAcademic | EdRadar | Scoop.it
The traditional classroom is like a blackjack table. You must visit the facility in order to participate. Sessions start when the leader says so. There are relatively complex rules in order to participate.
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History of Rock: New MOOC Presents the Music of Elvis, Dylan, Beatles, Stones, Hendrix | WiredAcademic

History of Rock: New MOOC Presents the Music of Elvis, Dylan, Beatles, Stones, Hendrix | WiredAcademic | EdRadar | Scoop.it

On May 13, the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester will launch the first of two MOOCs that will trace the history of rock music. Taught by John Covach, a professor of music theory, The History of Rock, Part One will revisit the 1950s and 1960s, the halcyon days of rock ‘n’ roll, which gave us the music of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Phil Spector, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and other bands.

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Finally, a MOOC to rock out to — a history of rock music on Coursera. We’ve reported on previous YouTube rap instruction. Could this be a way to begin expanding learners beyond computer nerds and academics?

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Principal Gains Unexpected Perks From Wiring His School | WiredAcademic

Principal Gains Unexpected Perks From Wiring His School | WiredAcademic | EdRadar | Scoop.it
In our journalism class students have created Twitter accounts to tweet out realtime news. In AP Biology students had to tweet the different stages of meiosis in 140 characters.
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The Practical University | NYT

The Practical University | NYT | EdRadar | Scoop.it
The promise of online education lies in taking care of the technical knowledge so that universities can focus on transmitting practical knowledge.
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David Brooks argues that technical knowledge like formulas and equations are more easily transferred online. Brooks says value remains for practical goals for universities to teach in person:

 

+ the ability to be assertive in a meeting

+ to disagree pleasantly

+ to know when to interrupt and when not to

+ to understand the flow of discussion and how to change people’s minds; + to attract mentors

+ to understand situations

+ to discern what can change and what can’t

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The Heart of the Digital University -- Campus Technology

The Heart of the Digital University -- Campus Technology | EdRadar | Scoop.it
In a Q&A, authors Frank McCluskey and Melanie Winter discuss how the forces that have brought about the current crop of challenges in higher education are the same ones that can help solve them.
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What e-learning can teach us about journalism | Poynter.

In the eight years since the Knight Foundation gave Poynter funding to build an e-learning site for journalists, journalism students and anyone interested in better journalism skills, we have learned a few things about effective online teaching. And we have learned that many of these lessons can apply to journalism.

 

Here are eight lessons from e-learning that can apply to journalism and journalists.

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As Distinctions Blur, For-Profit and Non-Profit Higher Education Will Evolve Together

As Distinctions Blur, For-Profit and Non-Profit Higher Education Will Evolve Together | EdRadar | Scoop.it

Modes of education and assessment will become more diverse. Both traditional degree programs and online education will continue to exist, but institutions will offer a greater mix of the two. Expect continuing debate about the value of each form of education, whether it’s the traditional, campus-based liberal arts program or the largely online, “no frills” $10,000 degrees proposed by states such as Texas and Florida.

 

Institutions will grant academic credits and degrees to students for competency-based learning, prior learning and exam-based assessment. They’ll also become credit aggregators, collecting the credits students earn at multiple colleges and universities to award degrees. By the time students graduate, many will have experienced a combination of face-to-face instruction, online courses and non-course pedagogy resulting from on-the-job learning — or even from what they’ve taught themselves.


Reputation and thought leadership will continue to be important, but in new ways.

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by Eric Riedel | Chief Academic Officer, Walden University

 

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Online Education Lifts Pass Rates at University

Online Education Lifts Pass Rates at University | EdRadar | Scoop.it
San Jose State University's test results are in: Online education technology appears to improve pass rates in real-world college courses.
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edX powers grad rates to 91% from 55% offline.

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Online and Traditional Education Through the Eyes of an Undergrad - Higher Education

Bachelor’s Degree the New High School Diploma; Budget Cuts Lead State University System to Cut Services; Increase Fees; Online the Solution to Rising Cost of Education; College Signed Illiterate People for Student Aid; US Falling Further Behind in Education—there seems to be an endless stream of headlines about the problems of higher education and proposed solutions, which contradict each other.

 

So why would I even try to add my voice to so many screaming headlines? After all, I am “only” an undergrad—in my mid-20s, with a full-time job. But perhaps there is something I could contribute—a perspective of a student who started at a community college, is about to graduate from an online program, and is also an intern at a brick-and-mortar, small, traditional university.

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Provides insight from a student who was in community college and also online.

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University Business Models and Online Practices: A Third Way

Higher Education is in a state of change, and the existing business models do not meet the needs of stakeholders. This article contrasts the current dominant business models of universities, comparing the traditional non-profit against the for-profit online model, examining the structural features and online teaching practices that underlie each. It then offers a third option for existing non-profit universities that would enable them to continue offering multiple value propositions while increasing efficiency and quality of outcomes. This involves emphasizing online instruction, separating research from teaching, and adopting a more complex structure based on differentiated faculty roles that would enable economies of scale along with the benefits of research-informed instruction. 

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Is the Price Right? A MOOC Startup Case Study | WiredAcademic

Is the Price Right? A MOOC Startup Case Study | WiredAcademic | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Andrew Erlichson over at 10gen, a Mongo database development startup, shares their one year budget for starting up their very own MOOC. It's quite a detailed account line by line from microphones to cloud hosting on Amazon.
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Andrew Erlichson over at 10gen, a Mongo database development startup, shares their one year budget for starting up their very own MOOC on edX. It’s quite a detailed account line by line from microphones to cloud hosting on Amazon. 10gen hosts courses to help get developers and technologists get up to speed with the MongoDB product. MOOC as service, or MOOC as marketing platform — perhaps both.

 

Last fall, contributor Tom Vander Ark, wrote up 10gen’s launch of a Mongo DB MOOC. Here’s an update that encapsulates 10gen’s costs to launch their three online courses. The total price was roughly $260k. Full details after the jump.

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Code Learning Platform Treehouse Scores $7M From Kaplan, Social+Capital | WiredAcademic

Code Learning Platform Treehouse Scores $7M From Kaplan, Social+Capital | WiredAcademic | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Treehouse aims to steal some of Lynda.com's market with personalized learning solutions based on realtime learning. Brings total funding to $12 million.
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Charges $25-$49 for access to realtime practice, video tutorials (1000+)Says it has 25,000 active usersHas expanded beyond coding to app development, and naturally, startup fundamentals like marketing.Total raise so far: $12 millionAngel round financing was $600k in 2011Series A $4.75 million 2012Competitors include Codecademy, Lynda, Kelby Training, and is it just me or is the competition starting to get interesting as TechCrunch points out:
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Professors say total online education would cripple critical thinking, personal relations

Professors say total online education would cripple critical thinking, personal relations | EdRadar | Scoop.it
In the midst of an evolving job market and the recent explosion in online learning resources, a vocal minority claims that paying to attend an institution of higher education is difficult to justify.
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Former GE CEO Jack Welch Launches MOOC Business Courses With Udemy Called ”WelchWay” | WiredAcademic

Former GE CEO Jack Welch Launches MOOC Business Courses With Udemy Called ”WelchWay” | WiredAcademic | EdRadar | Scoop.it
We think this is another sign of the increasing traction of the MOOC idea.... star economists such as Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok over The Marginal Revolution launched MRUniversity, adding new courses recently.
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Michael Horn: Who’s Leading The Steps, Hops & Leaps Toward Next-Generation, Blended Education | WiredAcademic

Michael Horn: Who’s Leading The Steps, Hops & Leaps Toward Next-Generation, Blended Education | WiredAcademic | EdRadar | Scoop.it
Ideally, in a few years time NGLC will have seeded a series of new schooling models that other schools themselves can adopt, in much the same way an increasing number of schools are now adopting models that have proven to be successful in the field.
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Costs of Teaching Online Classes

Costs of Teaching Online Classes | EdRadar | Scoop.it
There are two sets of costs to running online classes: the capital cost of buying the equipment and the variable cost of the labor. In this analysis, I am going to look at first year cash costs. The...
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Bottom line: $256k for three online courses. 

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