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Why Blended Learning Is Ultimately Best For Corporate Training - eLearning Industry

Why Blended Learning Is Ultimately Best For Corporate Training - eLearning Industry | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
ELearning vs Traditional Learning: Why Blended Learning Is Ultimately Best For Corporate Training. 5 Blended Learning Benefits for Corporate Training.
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We've long known that blended learning makes sense in K-12 and higher education, though we're still figuring out how to do it as well as we could and though we're still working through trusting them to learn what we hope they will learn and not be afraid they might learn more. It only makes sense that blended learning should have a presence in the work place.

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Chegg's CEO says higher ed isn't set up for today's students

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Interesting how some corporations are beginning to look at their markets differently. Smart.

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Most popular MITx MOOC reaches 1.2 million enrollments

Most popular MITx MOOC reaches 1.2 million enrollments | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Since its first online offering in 2012, Introduction to Computer Science using Python from MITx has become the most popular MOOC in MIT history; it recently reached a milestone of 1.2 million enrollments.
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Some MOOCs are not yet dead. I think this is true for any online learning. It's finding the right courses to offer, finding the right professors to facilitate, finding the right price point, and finding the right options for offering it (audit, certificate).

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Amazon expands its Alexa Fund Fellowship to a total of 18 universities, up from 4 last year

Amazon expands its Alexa Fund Fellowship to a total of 18 universities, up from 4 last year | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
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No surprise that Amazon is making its mark in higher education. Some of us are wondering the implications for secondary schools.

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3 things to know about the students arriving on campus

3 things to know about the students arriving on campus | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
They're Generation Z — not millennials — and their interests are different than those of previous generations.
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I'm going to continue to dispute the notion that current students are tech-SAVVY. They are tech-fearless, but they aren't as KNOWLEDGEABLE as they think they are, and they don't always show good judgment or common sense about technology.

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Do Student Freelancers Make Better Employees? Microsoft Thinks So

Do Student Freelancers Make Better Employees? Microsoft Thinks So | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Freelancing offers students the chance to develop essential early career development skills. Parker Dewey is taking student freelancing to the next level, and more and more companies see the potential.
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Student freelancers. Micro-internships. Next-gen apprenticeships. Regardless of what they're called, it's clear that organizations recognize the need for students to learn what it really means to work in a workplace at the same time they develop needed skills and build their credentials.

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The Babel Problem with Big Data in Higher Ed | Digital Tweed

The Babel Problem with Big Data in Higher Ed | Digital Tweed | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Rather that creating a “data gumbo” rich with integrated data sources, most colleges still experience “data babel” – critical operational challenges that involve applications, platforms and data bases that do not “talk” with one another and are difficult to integrate.
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Each professor should think honestly and objectively about what data they think they need to refine the design and delivery of their classes and provide the best learning opportunities for the their students; each department chair should think objectively about the short- and longer-term data needs to know how to assist students in their learning paths and to determine what courses need to be offered when but they also need to think about what else they think they need to know to run the department effectively and efficiently. This objective assessment of data needs should funnel UP and then realistic conversations can be had about the data that is gathered, how it is aggregated and for whom, and how/how often it is disseminated. I think most folks make this harder than it needs to be.

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Survey: Students say textbooks costs have 'big impact' on finances

Survey: Students say textbooks costs have 'big impact' on finances | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

A new report says that students are forced to make tradeoffs, such has not buying food or changing majors, to buy course materials.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

It's too late for the fall semester, but professors can ask these questions before placing book orders for the next term: 1) How much of this book do students actually need to learn for this course? 2) Is it less than 50%? If so, are there are other resources students can use to learn what they need (and want) for this course? 3) If not, how much has the newest edition changed from the last edition? If the changes are minimal, do students really need the newest edition or will one of the previous edition(s) work just as well? 4) Do students have to have their own copy of this book? If not, would it make more sense to have copies available for students to access in the college library and/or in the department library? 5) If students don't really need a textbook but they need resources, what is keeping me from using OER resources?

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Why Talent Development Shouldn’t Fear AI

Why Talent Development Shouldn’t Fear AI | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
AI will help talent development making hiring and training more intelligent, personalized, and effective.
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Skim the content until you get to the 9th paragraph, then slow down and read carefully. Especially those of you doing career counseling and those of you looking for a first or a new job. The folks behind the resume matching software (https://ideal.com/resume-matching-software/) are likely to tell you that everybody wins when AI is involved, and maybe the hiring manager gets a good candidate, maybe even a great candidate. But now writing a cover letter and a resume to match the job description just became even more complex because candidates will have no idea what the AI resume matching system is really looking for. Now go back and re-read about the hair appointment (and the little unrecognized pun about the system combing for appointments). I think we have to accept that AI is a thing and will continue to evolve. We also have to remember that AI is only as smart as the designers and developers behind it, so if they miss something, AI will too.

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Maintaining online courses into maturity requires substantial investment

Maintaining online courses into maturity requires substantial investment | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The cost of maintaining an online course for several years can eventually outstrip the launch cost -- but the investment might just pay off.
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Having done online course development and maintenance, I can speak to the challenges of keeping a course updated. Texts become unavailable, links go 404, new research is published, permissions are lost, and so it goes. Or, the course simply needs to be refreshed, which is true for any f2f course, too. A modularized online course MIGHT be easier and less expensive to maintain, but that depends on the course design and how each module connects to any others. Video or no video and what kind of video? What about new technologies or resources within the course? What does your platform allow? What happens when the platform introduces updates or changes? How do those impact features within the course? There are a lot of factors to consider with online courses and the first one to recognize is that they will not be quick or big moneymakers. Though a university could partner with other organizations and other institutions to share a database of courses so you don't have to reinvent the wheel.

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New Survey: Students See Anxiety and Time Management Among Top Challenges to Finishing Degrees

For many of today’s students, the biggest obstacles to finishing college are logistical and emotional, not academic.

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Let me sum up: MOOCs are not THE answer; online learning is not THE answer; flipped or blended or personalized learning could be a contribution to change; however, colleges and universities have to smash the box to rethink how to change, innovate, and otherwise disrupt post-secondary education in this country for both traditional and non-traditional students.

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What Geography Says About Online College Students, The Future Of Studying Online

What Geography Says About Online College Students, The Future Of Studying Online | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Even though online programs allow students to study anywhere, very few do. Most, in fact, cluster close to the physical schools where they study and regularly visit campus. That has some strong implications for the future of online learning.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I don't think much has change since online learning became a thing: students want convenience, some control over the timing and pace of their learning, and a reasonable price. Because the report suggests that local universities aren't competing with universities elsewhere, they can and should focus more on meeting the needs of the prospective students in their geographical areas. And that means working on building solid partnerships with businesses in their geographical areas to find out how their online offerings can support the growth trajectory and the hiring needs of those businesses.

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The Corporate Guide to Employee Upskilling

The Corporate Guide to Employee Upskilling | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
A study com
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I'm hoping business/HR departments at colleges and universities have already implemented something about upskilling or cross-training in their courses and programs. I'm hoping that business/HR departments have formed great partnerships with area businesses or the businesses that tend to hire most of their graduates and that those college/university departments are working with their corporate counterparts to have a steady pipeline of information so they can update content maybe even JIT. That would be cool. I'm hoping that business/HR college/university departments are sharing some of their learning with other professional departments so that wealth of knowledge is consistent throughout the college/university. I'm hoping that if none of this is happening yet, it will be happening soon.

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In the digital age, the standard lecture may not be enough

In the digital age, the standard lecture may not be enough | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

The president of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology writes that the industry lags behind in terms of innovation in instruction. 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

A dozen or so years ago, my dissertation chair, futurist Dr. Dwight Allen of ODU, told me to "smash the box." One of his colleagues said that Dwight didn't have to think outside of the box because he wasn't aware there is a box. That's what university faculty need to be doing now. They can blow up the box or smash it, I don't care. But they have to free themselves from the box of whatever they think are the appropriate requirements of providing their students with opportunities to learn. While they're stepping out of or away from the box (soapbox or otherwise), they can be thinking about the skills their students will need once beyond the hallowed halls of higher education. Exactly how many lectures does one attend in a business environment? Well, upon reflection, that could be a trick question depending on your boss, but you get the point. Lecture is not the mainstay of most post-graduate work situations, so let's make some changes, shall we? And if you're not clear on the whole concept of abandoning the box, I'd like to recommend Antoinette Portis's picture book, Not a Box. ;)

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Hard Copy or Electronic Textbooks? Professors Are More Concerned About Keeping Them Affordable

Hard Copy or Electronic Textbooks? Professors Are More Concerned About Keeping Them Affordable | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
A university jacked up the price of an online book to push students toward the print version. But are hard-copy requirements becoming a thing of the past?
 
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In a world of #OER, publishers and professors need to take note. We've long known that one textbook is rarely a perfect fit but we can't adopt one textbook for 3 chapters and another textbook for 1 chapter and still another for 2 more chapters. Or can we? And as writers get savvier, they will find other ways to make their research and knowledge accessible to their professorial colleagues without signing their lives away to a publisher.

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Schools expand programs to increase postsecondary opportunities

Schools expand programs to increase postsecondary opportunities | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

Districts are cultivating college and career readiness programs by allocating more resources to guide students, by building new partnerships and by focusing efforts beyond high school.

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Partnerships can and will make a LOT of difference for students, potential employers, and the folks who provide these educational opportunities.

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Amazon to train community college students in cloud computing

Amazon to train community college students in cloud computing | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it

The tech giant is creating a certificate program with several Los Angeles-area institutions and hopes to launch a two-year degree.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

As you'll see from the article, Amazon isn't the only corporation making sure the employees it needs are trained the way it wants them trained. Google and Facebook are doing similar programs. Higher ed has got to get with the program to survive. Everything is changing and much has changed. We're seeing a concerted difference in education vs. training, and that is important, too. Providing education in education or anything else has got to be more agile. Period.

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College Presidents Land a New Gig: Podcasting

College Presidents Land a New Gig: Podcasting | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
The online recordings, produced in-house, serve as another vehicle to promote the institution.
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Podcasting is fast becoming a new way for administrators to reach out to communities and constituents--parents and students. Podcasting can be an easy way to keep everyone in the loop and a level of personalization often not found in writing, which pains me, but too many administrators write with too formal a voice which makes them sound inaccessible and maybe a little pompous.

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New analysis of English departments says numbers of majors are way down since 2012 but it's not a death sentence for departments

New analysis of English departments says numbers of majors are way down since 2012 but it's not a death sentence for departments | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Report documents decline in numbers of majors but growth in new tracks. Of the specializations within major, writing is doing relatively well, and literature not so much.
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As an English major, I'd love to see this major survive and evolve. Literature tracks have to be far more insightful and inventive in the way they think about literature and not just in terms of various hyphenated genre studies. 

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In-class cellphone and laptop use lowers exam scores, a new study shows

In-class cellphone and laptop use lowers exam scores, a new study shows | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
New study shows that splitting attention between lecture and cellphone or laptop use hinders long-term retention, and those in class suffer from others' use of devices.
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We all think a quick minute checking our smartphone isn't distracting. Until we're at a stoplight and someone beeps because we've gotten lost in our social media stream. This isn't new news, but it's good to be reminded so professors can figure out policies. I wouldn't go so far as to ban laptops, but, depending on the class (general ed or majors course), I would definitely have some strategic guidelines for devices.

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Why I Was Wrong About Liberal-Arts Majors 

Why I Was Wrong About Liberal-Arts Majors  | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
WSJ Small Business Expert David Kalt says his experience has proven a liberal arts education produces great programmers.
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"Critical thinkers can accomplish anything." Ahhhh. And, as an English major who became a computer programmer/systems analyst, I can attest to the value of a liberal arts approach to thinking and learning.

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Tech Training and Apprenticeship Startup Kenzie Academy Raises $4.2M | EdSurge News

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Next-gen apprenticeships. This is a really interesting idea and one that could have a positive impact on higher education and various workportunities. (I just coined that word, I think). What do I mean by any of that? So universities need to recruit students but many of those students aren't interested in traditional four-year degrees but there are some courses they might need to take; I'm thinking some business fundamentals but maybe even some art or design courses, depending on the workportunity. The workportunity comes from the partnerships or the possible pathways--so this isn't just for coding or technology. Think more robust work-study programs or more expansive and potentially meaningful practicum experiences. Universities have a lot of the components in place already; they just need to re-imagine them.

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Code First: Girls teaches more women to code in UK than universities

Code First: Girls teaches more women to code in UK than universities | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Social enterprise partners with BT to offer more women the opportunity to learn tech skills.
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Partnerships can make a difference, and not just in STEM and coding.

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More high school grads are going to college, but many are quitting college

More high school grads are going to college, but many are quitting college | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
While the proportion of U.S. high school graduates enrolling in college has been rising, so has the proportion who are quitting college without a degree.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I'm dismayed but not surprised by this information. As stated in the article, the focus of four-year colleges is getting students. I remember being told that part of my job as a faculty member was helping retain students, which I thought odd, but also realized its truth. As a freshman adviser and as a majors adviser, I believed part of my responsibility was hearing kids, paying attention to their concerns, and trying to make sure they were aware of as many variables as possible. It's harder at bigger institutions, but not impossible. They need to be more creative and less kitschy about how they build relationships with students, and more realistic with themselves and their students, especially the ones who need remedial help and have to work.

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Rural high school students are skipping college. Should we be worried? | Iowa Ideas

Rural high school students are skipping college. Should we be worried? | Iowa Ideas | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
For a growing number of American high schoolers - especially those crammed in the country's swelling urban centers - college is a foregone conclusion. A typical graduation day question is,
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Iowa isn't the only state with these considerations. Should all high school graduates go to college? No. Should all high school graduates thinking about starting their own business have some additional training/education beyond high school? Yes. And therein lies part of the problem. Local community colleges probably can't offer courses to meet a wide range of vocational and technical possibilities, but they could offer courses, even certifications, that are pertinent for business owners. And rural community colleges are much more likely to be able to form partnerships with the organizations and companies hiring students and looking for specific skills and knowledge not available in high school. Just as we need to rethink K-12 education, we need to be rethinking post-secondary education.

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University of Chicago drops SAT/ACT requirement

University of Chicago drops SAT/ACT requirement | Disrupting Higher Education | Scoop.it
Move, part of ambitious plan to attract broader range of applicants, is first by one of the nation's top research universities.
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This is great; however, it's a bit of smoke and mirrors though other universities have noted that a student's entire high school experience is often a better predictor of a student's capability in college than one three-hour test. Though we are not watching the beginning of the collapse of the standardized test and test prep industry, we may see a subtle shift in those cottage industries to support student applications. The challenge remains for students who have fewer opportunities in high school and in their communities to show what they know and what they can do. That has to change, too.

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