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Trends in College Pricing 2018

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:41

College Board

Published tuition and fee prices of colleges and universities were about the same in 2018-19 as in 2017-18, after adjusting for inflation. Published prices rose much more slowly in all sectors between 2013-14 and 2018-19 than over the preceding five years. Growth in grant aid kept the dollar increases in net tuition and fee prices below the dollar increases in published prices. However, increases in grant aid and tax benefits covered a smaller share of the price increases over the last five years than between 2008-09 and 2013-14.

https://trends.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/2018-trends-in-college-pricing.pdf

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THREE EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS TO GOOD JOBS

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:34

by Anthony P. Carnevale, Jeff Strohl, Neil Ridley, and Artem Gulish, Georgetown University

In the post-World War II period, workers with a high  school diploma or less were able to attain jobs with
middle-class wages in American industry. Good jobs were available in manufacturing and other blue-collar
industries that employed large numbers of high schooleducated workers. But as automation, globalization, and related phenomena have led to major structural changes in the American economy, economic opportunity has shifted toward more educated workers with higher skill levels. Whereas two out of three entry-level jobs in the industrial economy demanded a high school diploma or less, now two out of three jobs demand at least some education or training beyond high school.2 Today, there are three pathways to good jobs, each defined by education and skills: the high school pathway, the middle-skills pathway, and the bachelor’s degree (BA)pathway.

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Career Path Intervention — Via a MOOC

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:30

by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Sharon Belden Castonguay, director of Wesleyan University’s Gorden Career Center, often sees students confused about what to pursue after graduation, and later dissatisfied with their early jobs. In 2013, she introduced an intensive one-week face-to-face workshop on the subject, but it proved “difficult to scale” and was available only to current students, not alumni who might have already strayed down a path that doesn’t work for them. In May, Castonguay launched on the Coursera platform a massive open online course entitled Career Decisions: From Insight to Impact. The course is still a work in progress, and the extent of its potential impact has yet to be determined. According to Castonguay, early signs suggest students like the course and feel they’re benefiting from it.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/10/17/liberal-arts-college-offers-career-insights-mooc-anxious

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7 Gamification Strategies for Corporate Training

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 00:39

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

When you think of corporate training, the term “fun” probably doesn’t come to mind. But with gamification, even the most mundane learning experience becomes more engaging.

And the benefits don’t stop there. Gamifying corporate training:

  • Motivates employees with recognition and rewards
  • Stimulates collaboration
  • Makes important information more memorable
  • Provides a way to measure progress toward learning objectives

In most cases, companies gamify training using custom built learning games, which can be expensive. You can also use free tools like Kahoot, which allows you to create competition-based assessments.

However you decide to gamify your corporate training, follow these seven strategies to ensure you do so effectively!

7 Gamification Strategies for Corporate Training

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Can OER Save Students $1 Billion?

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 00:36

By Nicole Allen, SPARC

Over the next two months, SPARC will be working to collect information about student savings using the same methodology as 2013. We will unveil the findings at the 15th Annual Open Education Conference this October in Niagara Falls. The plan is simple. We are asking members of the community to report information on the total number of students (or more specifically, student enrollments) who have used OER in place of traditional textbooks over time. We will coallate information broken down by institution and academic year, and multiply it by a standardized per-student savings estimate. The goal is to collect enough data on OER use to add up to $1 billion in savings.

Can OER Save Students $1 Billion?

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To Succeed in Edtech, Become a Voracious Learner

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Edtech companies are opening their doors around the world, but not all of them will experience true success in this sector. The most successful companies know they have to stay abreast of all the changes in today’s school system, as well as the latest technology updates. The face of technology is constantly changing as new products and devices are invented. All of this can make it difficult to succeed as an edtech company.

To Succeed in Edtech, Become a Voracious Learner

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Benchmarking Higher Ed AV Staffing Levels — Revisited

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 00:40

By Mike Tomei, Campus Technology
Have you ever met an AV support department whose members feel like they’re well-staffed, are 100 percent caught up on all projects, are easily able to satisfy the support demands of the campus community, and have plenty of free time to plan for future classroom installs? No? Me neither. AV support folks are always stretched thin and pulled in many different directions. With classroom AV technology in its heyday — active learning classrooms, VR/AR and collaborative technology pushing us way past standard “hang and bang” classroom projects — the increased level of classroom AV design and installation coordination inevitably results in backend staffing and support burdens.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/15/benchmarking-higher-ed-av-staffing-levels-revisited.aspx

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Microsoft and edX Will Produce Courses on Education Transformation

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 00:35

By IBL News

Launching Innovation in Schools – MIT.
Become a change leader and take the first step in launching instructional improvement initiatives in K12 education to improve teaching and learning.
Design Thinking for Leading and Learning – MIT. A hands-on course for education leaders to learn about design thinking and explore how it can transform classroom learning and school communities.
Leading Change: Go Beyond Gamification with Gameful Learning – The University of Michigan. Learn the tools to support gameful learning environments that foster personalized, engaged learning

… and more linked below:

Microsoft and edX Will Produce Courses on Education Transformation

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Plymouth State University launches program for high school students to earn college credits

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 00:30

by Laconia Daily Sun

Plymouth State University has created a new program to help high school students expand their course work. Starting in the Spring 2019 semester, high school juniors and seniors will be able to take Plymouth State classes at half the cost of regular tuition, and earn college credits while doing so. Students in the Accelerated High School program will have the opportunity to take any Plymouth State class — on campus or online, depending on where the class meets. Plymouth State faculty members will teach the classes, and students will be held to the same standards and expectations as their college-age classmates.

https://www.laconiadailysun.com/community/announcements/plymouth-state-university-launches-program-for-high-school-students-to/article_2d0f755a-cda0-11e8-b84a-bfd43e6255e0.html

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5 Common Questions People Have About Learning Apps

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 00:42

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Learning apps have been steadily rising in popularity and availability. Many parents are excited at the prospect of taking a more active role in shaping their child’s education. Selecting the right educational program can help a child to significantly expand their current knowledge, even if their parent doesn’t have a background in teaching. After all, these learning apps are intended to engage a variety of learning styles so every child can benefit. How do you decide which ones are right for your child? Asking yourself these five common questions may help to guide your decision-making process.

5 Common Questions People Have About Learning Apps

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3 ways technology and innovation can drastically transform learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 00:35

By Matt Prusiecki, Education Dive

Matt Prusiecki is superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township in Indiana. As we continue to embark through the Information Age, technology in the classroom is becoming increasingly more prominent. A study conducted by MidAmerica Nazarene University found that 82% of surveyed teachers believe technology enhances learning — helping develop technological skills and critical thinking that will better prepare students to enter the workforce.

https://edscoop.com/tv-radio/online-education-platforms-offer-agility-for-universities-students

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Workplace Learning Is Central To Closing Skills Gap

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 00:30

ADELIA CELLINI LINECKER, Investor’s Business Daily

Offering programs is not enough. A recent LinkedIn survey found that the No. 1 challenge facing talent development in 2018 is getting workers to make time for learning. “Yet, 94% of employees say that they would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career development,” the study stated. “The modern organization needs to meet learners where they already are — aligning development opportunities with employee aspirations, and engaging them through the platforms where they are already spending their time.”

https://www.investors.com/news/management/leaders-and-success/workplace-learning-close-skills-gap/

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Walmart grants $4M to support workforce education

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 00:37

By Corinne Ruff, Retail Dive
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are giving $4 million in grants to three organizations working to increase workforce training, according to a company press release. Walmart is also expanding its education benefit, announced in May, to U.S. e-commerce associates. The funding, announced Wednesday, is part of the company’s five-year Retail Opportunity Initiative, which is a $100 million effort to improve training programs in retail and adjacent sectors. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have so far funded more than $80 million in related grants. The funding is broken up in the following ways: $2.4 million will go to the Foundation for California Community Colleges to launch an online community college to serve adult learners; $1 million to edX will help launch a series of courses in new “MicroBachelors” programs; and $250,000 will help Code for America “explore the role government technology systems can play in improving access to quality jobs in the digital age, and identify opportunities where technology can improve outcomes for job seekers.”

https://www.retaildive.com/news/walmart-grants-4m-to-support-workforce-education/539446/

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Report Pegs Cost to Develop an OER Course at $11,700

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 00:35

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
According to a recent research project, developing an open education resources course costs, on average, about $11,700, to cover salary and benefits for the instructors involved. OER courses produced by individuals were half the price of those created by teams ($8,900 vs. $18,200). As the report covering the data noted, teams provided both benefits — greater confidence in course quality and faster time to course completion — and hurdles: They also took more time to coordinate the work, sift through team materials, review and comment, and work toward consensus. Those are a few of the results that came out of an extensive study examining the implementation of OER in colleges.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/12/report-pegs-cost-to-develop-an-oer-course-at-11700.aspx

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Increase Graduation Rates Virtually: Initial Credit, Credit Recovery, and Unit Recovery

Educational Technology News Blog - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 00:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In an effort to boost graduation rates, school districts are increasingly relying on online credit recovery. As of 2010, 88 percent of districts offered some form of credit recovery to students, and it’s likely that this percentage has since increased. Online credit recovery is a popular option because it’s inexpensive and offers flexibility to students. At the same time, critics fear that many of these programs are low-quality and fail to hold students accountable. In some cases, completion is based almost exclusively on seat time rather than on mastery of skills. Fortunately, districts are developing options that address these concerns. Below, we’ll take a look at the basics of initial credit, credit recovery, and unit recovery, plus what works—and what doesn’t.

Increase Graduation Rates Virtually: Initial Credit, Credit Recovery, and Unit Recovery

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Online education platforms offer agility for universities, students

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 00:40

By Wyatt Kash, EdScoop

“Universities are recognizing that their engagement with students needs to happen early and continue after graduation. That’s just reflecting the reality of the workplace today,” Nina Huntemann, the director of academics and research at edX says. It also reflects the growing diversity of prospective, current and returning students who need different skills and credentials. “What online education at scale really allows is [for institutions] to still provide high quality learning to students who may otherwise not be able to afford it, don’t have the time to stop life and go to a residential program,” she says. “And in particular, to nimbly respond to the [workforce] requirement to constantly skill and reskill yourself in a career.”

https://edscoop.com/tv-radio/online-education-platforms-offer-agility-for-universities-students

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Students can trade personal data for coffee at this cafe

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 00:39

Hallie Busta, Education Dive
College students may be strapped for cash, but they have plenty of personal data to offer. Shiru, a Japan-based cafe chain, is betting they’re willing to share that data for free coffee, Inside Higher Ed reported. Shiru cafes look and act like regular coffee shops. But instead of money in exchange for a beverage, they require college students to share details such as their name, age, interests, major, graduation year and email address, and agree to be contacted by corporate sponsors who use the cafes for recruiting and get an aggregate look at the data. The chain, which serves college students and faculty only, opened its first U.S. location near Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Shiru has other locations in Japan and India, and it is planning to add cafes near Harvard, Princeton and Yale universities as well as Amherst College.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/students-can-trade-personal-data-for-coffee-at-this-cafe/539289/

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How campuses can play better defense against expanding cyberthreats

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 00:34

Russell Schrader, Education Dive

Russell Schrader, executive director of the nonprofit National Cyber Security Alliance, shares ways institutions can keep information, and the means of exchanging it, secure: “The biggest challenge is knowing what you have and who is accessing it — data integrity. The idea is that when you put data in, it stays exactly the same while you’re storing it, you know who’s taking it out, and it’s exactly the same way it was before [when they’re done]. It’s not just about access to data and dissemination of data, it’s what’s happening to that data at rest. A lot of colleges don’t have up-to-date, sophisticated data-management systems and hardware and software to do that, so they’re prone to attacks not only to exfiltrate data but also to change data. It’s certainly not unknown for institutions that pride themselves on having open and accessible systems to also pride themselves on educating an incredibly sophisticated group of students who are well-versed in cybersecurity and in coding.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-campuses-can-play-better-defense-against-expanding-cyberthreats/539427/

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The Importance of a Mobile App in Online Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 00:35

Hemendra Singh, Customer Think

There is no denying that this is an era of mobile application popularly called as App or Mobile App. You can now find an app for almost all work starting from shopping to banking. Education is also not an exception – you can now get learning mobile app as well. With the advent of this kind of e-learning app, students can now get everything at their fingertips. With the introduction of the LMS app, the student does not have to visit the various library for collecting data and information. They can access any information from anywhere in the world with the help of LMS mobile app. There are many advantages of the mobile app in online learning and some of these are discussed
as follows:

The Importance of a Mobile App in Online Learning

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Grappling with dual enrollment school changes in Sarasota-Manatee

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 00:32

By Elizabeth Djinis, Herald Tribune

Students and parents in Sarasota and Manatee counties are grappling with a new reality where dual enrollment courses may no longer be offered on local campuses. Last week, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota president Carol Probstfeld told Sarasota and Manatee County school leaders that students would no longer be able to take dual enrollment classes at their schools next year, although they can continue to take dual enrollment courses at SCF’s campuses or online. The decision has caused frustration amongsome parents and students who say dual enrollment is a low-cost option for students to engage in advanced coursework and come to college with credits in hand and occasionally even an associate’s degree. While students still have the option to take dual enrollment courses, having to transfer to another campus can make the move difficult for students without transportation and online courses are simply different than face-to-face instruction.

https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20181008/grappling-with-dual-enrollment-school-changes-in-sarasota-manatee

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