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EDUCAUSE and University of Central Florida enable blended learning innovation

20 hours 32 min ago

Recently, EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida (UCF) announced the availability of BlendKit2017: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer, a five-week course developed to provide facilitated assistance to faculty members and instructional designers in developing and designing blended courses. The MOOC is the fifth iteration of the EDUCAUSE and UCF partnership.

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3 tech hacks that help universities cut costs (not students)

20 hours 32 min ago

It’s no secret that cost control is a hot topic for colleges and universities across the country. Following the 2008 recession, most states have struggled with limited budgets and have had to make difficult decisions that, at times, have included reducing funding for education. In fact, 46 states spent less per student in 2016 than they did before the recession.

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Will universities be responsible for the success of cities?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 1:00am

According to researchers around the world, there is increasing momentum from some of the world’s most innovative universities to align curriculum, research and overall mission to city development that specifically focuses on technology-based systems and services. In other words, progressive higher education is linking itself more than ever to the Internet of Everything.

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Amazon partners with state for new cybersecurity education pipeline

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 1:00am

Governor McAuliffe recently announced a new strategic relationship between Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Virginia Cyber Range that will expand the reach of the initiative and help make Virginia a national resource for cybersecurity education. AWS will join the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Tech to support scalable cloud infrastructure and collaborate on cybersecurity educational efforts, enabling the Cyber Range with both content and a closed network for hands-on exercises, competitions, and other simulations.

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Report: Millions of students reveal surprising online learning trends

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 1:00am

In perfect timing with Digital Learning Day, international social learning platform GoConqr surveyed over 2.5 million students and teachers currently using the platform from over 160 countries last year (2016) to better understand their online learning habits and how learning is changing in general.

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How the trust gap works against minority students’ higher-ed aspirations

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 1:00am

A "trust gap" that begins in middle school may render students less likely to attend college, even if they succeed academically, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

The research, published in the journal Child Development, focuses on middle school students of color who lose trust in their teachers due to perceptions of mistreatment from school authorities.

Researchers said low expectations from teachers, couple with wide-ranging differences in discipline for misbehavior, contribute to the disproportionate mistreatment of African American and Latino youths in schools across the United States. When these students perceive and experience such biases, it can lead to a growing mistrust of authority--a trust gap, researchers said.

“When students have lost trust, they may be deprived of the benefits of engaging with an institution, such as positive relationships and access to resources and opportunities for advancement,” said UT Austin assistant professor of psychology David Yeager. “Thus, minority youth may be twice harmed by institutional injustices.”

In their study, Yeager and researchers from UT Austin, Columbia University and Stanford University examined 483 U.S. middle school students’ perceptions of their teachers’ impartiality and how those attitudes related to any disciplinary treatment they received and to the likelihood of on-time enrollment at a four-year college.

Data were drawn from twice-yearly surveys, from sixth grade until college entry, by 277 white and African American middle- and lower-middle-class students in the northeastern U.S., and compared with a one-year study of 206 white and Latino middle schoolers in rural Colorado. Trust was measured based on how students identified with statements such as: “I am treated fairly by my teachers and other adults at my school.”

The researchers found that trust decreased for all students from sixth to eighth grade but declined faster for African American and Latino students than it did for their white peers. Furthermore, students who lost more trust than expected in seventh grade were less likely to fulfill on-time enrollment at a four-year college six years later.

“Prior research shows that people trust an institution more when they perceive that it is procedurally just and that its authorities have personal regard for individuals served by the institution,” Yeager said. In the study, minorities also reported more racial disparities than white students in decisions involving school discipline, with fewer than 55 percent of African American students expecting equal treatment after the first semester of sixth grade.

Official school records indicated that African Americans were disciplined more throughout middle school, particularly in regards to more grey-area incidents involving “defiance” and “disobedience” where African American students outnumbered their white peers nearly 3-to-1. Still, the largest race gap in school discipline was in sixth grade, fueling a perceived bias and predicting future disciplinary incidents, researchers said.

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Will higher edtech, innovation really change under Trump?

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:00am

The tumultuous early weeks of the Trump administration have produced plenty of headlines and controversy, but almost nothing on higher education. The nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has only recently been confirmed, and given her background in K-12, higher education was not a major theme of her Senate hearing. The announcement of a task force to reform higher ed, to be led by Liberty University President, Jerry Falwell, Jr., gave little detail about its policy priorities or objectives, but remains the young administration’s only substantive action on higher ed to date.

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Students develop game-changing software for football teams

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 1:00am

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology's near-constant change.

Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

College planning and career support

NextTier Education Inc. can now deliver its robust content and college planning and application platform in over 100 languages. With NextTier, students and families can instantly translate data and information on more than 4,700 colleges and 20,000 scholarships. Read more.

Hobsons, provider of college and career readiness, enrollment management, and student success solutions, today announced the acquisition of RepVisits, a service that connects high school counselors with college admissions representatives, making it easier for high schools of all sizes to attract on-site visits from colleges and universities. Read more.

CollegeVine, provider of student mentoring and college admissions guidance, is reporting an exceptional admissions cycle for its Early Action/Early Decision applicants, with a 46 percent acceptance rate to Ivy League and equivalent schools—more than twice the national average. Other highlights include multiple acceptances at all 17 applied-for U.S. News & World Report-ranked "top 20" schools, with 50 percent of students getting into their overall top-choice school. These results cap a year that saw the number of CollegeVine clients rise by 300 percent over 2015. Read more.

McDaniel College has partnered with Montgomery College to offer Educator’s Legacy Scholarships. Children of employees at Montgomery College are now eligible to receive up to $100,000 to attend McDaniel College. High school seniors or current community college students who complete a college preparatory program with a 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply. The parent or guardian must be a full time employee of Montgomery College and have worked full time in education for the past four consecutive school years. Read more.

Portfolium is partnering with The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) to bring Portfolium’s cloud-based portfolio solution to CFAES’s nearly 3,700 students. The partnership between Portfolium and CFAES will help increase awareness for students and other stakeholders about the importance of the job search process and the steps students need to take to launch successful careers. Read more.

Online learning

2U, Inc. has formed a new partnership with the Pepperdine University School of Law and the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology to launch Law@Pepperdine, a new online master of legal studies (MLS), and Psychology@Pepperdine, a suite of online degrees in psychology. Read more.

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College admissions now using social media like never before

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 1:00am

According to the results of a Kaplan Test Prep survey, a higher percentage of U.S. college admissions officers visit the social media pages of applicants in order to learn more about them.

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3 myths keeping colleges from enrollment success

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 1:00am

Why are some colleges attracting and enrolling more students than others? Are they inherently better? Do they have more experience? Are they working twice as hard as everyone else to achieve enrollment success? The answer to these questions, likely, is no. These institutions aren’t doing anything superhuman, they’re just approaching their craft deliberately.

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Colleges and Universities can now personalized student enrollment, aid process

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 1:00am

The integration of Cegment with the CampusLogic platform will form the only end-to-end student financial aid engagement platform designed to increase accessibility to education, reduce student borrowing, and drive down the cost of financial aid administration, says the company.

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Is higher ed ready for the big edtech explosion?

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 1:00am

According to recent research, edtech spending is on the rise, with an estimated $252 billion to be spent by colleges and universities on campus edtech by 2020. IT leaders and campus admin are projected to invest in everything from online learning solutions to personal devices, as well as investments in up-and-coming technologies as listed in the recent Horizon Report (Read: “6 essential technologies on the higher ed horizon.”)

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6 significant technologies on the higher ed horizon

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 6:00am

Tablets are just the beginning of Natural User Inerfaces (NUIs) in college and university settings; and any institution interested in remaining relevant in the next five years should start redesigning their learning spaces to better promote collaborative learning. These are just some of the revelations part of the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s (ELI) 2017 Higher Education Edition of the annual Horizon Report.

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10 reasons why blended learning is exploding

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:00am

Blended learning, like many other buzzwords in education, is getting thrown around in ed-tech conversations as one of the hottest trends taking over course instruction and luring prospective students to colleges. But just like the current backlash against MOOCs, it’s important to know why a trend occurs in order to gauge its shelf life.

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What’s Stopping Education IoT?

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:00am

The proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices is on a steady rise. Analysts predict that from now through 2020, the number of connected “things” will grow from 13.5 billion units to 38.5 billion units, a growth of over 285 percent.

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Community colleges celebrate Career and Technical Education Month

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 1:00am

The California Community Colleges will join with others this month to celebrate its workforce mission as part of the national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®, initiated by the Association for Career and Technical Education. CTE Month, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of career technical education and the achievements and accomplishments of these programs across the country.

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How universities are leveraging online video technology for no-boundaries learning

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 1:00am

One of the reasons online learning is so successful is because it is powerful enough to bridge time and distance, allowing colleges and universities to share education across borders to students all over the world. That valuable ability to time shift becomes even more important in the face of unexpected events. The recent travel ban, for example, has some schools advising students not to travel outside the U.S. as they may not be able to return to finish their education. In situations like this, colleges and universities are turning to unique video technology solutions to ensure learning isn’t disrupted.

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What educators can learn about effective teaching from a Harvard prof

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 1:00am

Harvard professor David Malan has managed to pull off a neat trick: His Computer Science 50 course is the most popular course at both Harvard and Yale. By examining his success, we can learn some important lessons about effective teaching.

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Universities using emojis for alumni engagement

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 1:00am

Despite their nearly 20-year history, over the past two years in particular, emojis have taken the world by storm. Clocking in with about 6 billion daily usages, emojis further cemented their place in the typographic landscape (and millions’ smartphone keypads) when in 2015, Oxford Dictionaries named the “face with tears of joy” emoji its word of the year. Since then, companies, celebrities and schools have capitalized on these smiling, frowning, laughing and crying faces by partnering with third-party companies, such as Priceless Misc, Swyft Media and Snaps Media, to launch branded emoji keyboards, complete with GIFs, emojis and stickers of the brand’s logos, mascots, and other identifiable elements.

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New national adult learner coalition created to advance student success

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:00am

Four major associations recently joined together as a cohesive voice to advocate for adult students and the institutions that serve them. With support from Lumina Foundation, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), President’s Forum, and University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) are pleased to announce the National

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