23 août 2014

Blended learning design advice for collaboration & retention

eCampus NewsBy Meris Stansbury - . According to a new roundup of case studies spanning multiple universities in Australia, blended synchronous learning can improve student retention rates and ease the concern that online students aren’t getting the same education as on-campus students. However, that’s only if blended learning is done right. More...

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What’s better: Skills or degrees?

eCampus NewsBy Meris Stansbury - . Riding the recent waves of criticism from the general public on the high cost of tuition, lack of employment post-graduation, and perceived de-valuing of the traditional degree from employers, many new initiatives in higher-ed have taken root—from competency-based education (CBE) pathways to skills training programs beginning as early as high school. More...

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Why you should care about gamification in higher education

eCampus NewsBy Meris Stansbury - . Gaming in education has, for the most part, been a K-12 trend, with its popularity relegated to supplemental learning for elementary school students. But gamification, from its implementation at MIT to its praise from the job industry, has much more serious implications for college students—and perhaps it’s time higher education got serious about incorporating game design. More...

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Research reveals top universities at high risk for security breaches

University Business LogoBy Stefanie Botelho. BitSight Technologies, the standard in Security Ratings, today released a new BitSight Insights report titled, “Powerhouses and Benchwarmers: Assessing Cyber Security Performance of Collegiate Athletic Conferences,” which uncovers quantifiable differences in security performance across collegiate athletic conferences from July 2013 through July 2014. The report reveals that as a sector, the nation’s top schools are at even greater risk for security breaches than retail and healthcare. More...

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NASA aims to increase STEM at community, technical colleges

University Business LogoBy Stefanie Botelho. NASA's Office of Education will award more than $17.3 million through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at community colleges and technical schools across the U.S. Each award has a two-year performance period and a maximum value of $500,000. More...

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Virtual incubators help rural entrepreneurs

By Reyna Gobel. White Mountains Community College (WMCC) in New Hampshire faces a challenge common to many rural community colleges: It has a large service area — in this case, more than 3,000 square miles — and is located hours from the nearest metropolitan city.
Given its remote location, the college has had to think creatively about how to support local businesses and employers in its service area. That need became even greater a few years ago, when jobs at local paper mills began gradually disappearing. More...

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New Commitments to Improve College Opportunity

By Cecilia Muñoz. Last January, I listened to the President ask hundreds of college presidents to increase college opportunity for all Americans. He asked them to help because a college degree remains one of the surest pathways into the middle class in America, and is an especially powerful engine of social and economic mobility. Over this decade, nearly 8 in 10 new jobs will require some postsecondary education or training beyond high school. And of the 30 fastest growing occupations, half require a college degree. At the same time, college graduates earn an average of 77 percent more per hour than a high school graduate. President Obama set forth a goal early in his first term to guide our work in education – to lead the world with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020. More...

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The MOOC Completion Conundrum: Can ‘Born Digital’ Fix Online Education?

By Dror Ben-Naim. One of the great ironies of online learning is that a tool created to foster personalized learning is actually quite impersonal, in practice. It doesn’t have to be that way.
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are based on a simple premise: deliver free content from the world’s greatest professors to the masses, and a global community of students could take the same courses as students attending elite colleges and universities. The hope was that broad-based access to higher education would enable unprecedented numbers of learners to fulfill the democratic promise of higher education, social mobility and professional attainment. More...

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Local institutions get grants to educate students about loan debt

By Ashley Jost. The Missouri Department of Higher Education released grant funding this month to colleges and universities that applied for extra money to educate students on how to be smart student loan borrowers and how to avoid defaulting.
The Default Prevention Grant Program isn’t new to the state department, as this is the program’s 14th year, but four area institutions are getting the grant funding for the first or second year. More...

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Millennials Latest College Funding Strategy

ForbesBy Ashlea Ebeling. Would you rather get cash for college or a silver spoon? One of four new ads for Virginia’s 529 college savings plans debuting next month on YouTube and Facebook (and tv) is set at a baby shower. The coveted gift: a check made out to baby’s college savings account.
The ads are meant to appeal to Millennials who are new parents. It’s the generation with a savings ethos, student loan debt worries of their own, who want their kids to get off to a easier start. They’re not shy about asking friends and family for cash to help pay for their progeny’s future college costs. More...

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