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  • Udacity teams up with AT&T and launches "Nanodegrees"
    Udacity in collaboration with AT&T is offering its first degree program that could teach students the kinds of skills needed to win jobs in the employment market. This degree termed as "Nano Degrees" will be offered online and it involves less than a year of coursework, and costs about $200 per month. AT&T offers paid internships to some NanoDegree graduates and has committed to hire graduates of its NanoDegree program. Read more...
  • LinkedIn user profiles to have online education certification
    LinkedIn, the networking site for professionals, has partnered with online education firms to help users showcase their internet-based educational accomplishments. Its Direct-to-Profile Certifications pilot program makes it easy for members to update their profiles with the certification or completed course work when they complete an online course. Read more...
  • Bilingual MOOC on creativity
    "Creativity, Innovation and Change" is a bilingual MOOC course offered by Penn State in English and Chinese. The Coursera-hosted course will explore the science of creativity. It is likely that the dual-language offering will make the Chinese enrollment in the MOOC the largest of any country other than the United States. Read more...
  • Blackboard brings facial recognition authentication to online education
    KeyLemon in partnership with Blackboard will include facial recognition in Blackboard's online education suite. According to KeyLemon the biometric ID used will give users fast authentication that enhances online learning experience. Read more...

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  • E-Interview with Mr. Steve Hatch

    Steve Hatch is the CEO and major shareholder in National Skills Academy a group of Australian Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) (Private Vocational Education and Training Providers); a Director and largest shareholder of Rubicor Group Limited an Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) Listed Recruitment and Training (RTOs) Company; and a vendor of Avana Group part of recently ASX listed Vocational and Higher Education provider Vocation Limited. Steve has over 20 years’ experience in the Training and Education market across TAFE (Government owned and funded Vocational Education and Training Providers), Private RTOs and Universities.

    Steve holds a Master of Education (Adult Education), and a Master of Online Education.

    1. What are the unmet needs of students in schools and colleges today?

    In Australia our unmet needs are in the Vocational Trades areas (Builders, Plumbers, Electricians, Mechanics…) in city areas as the vast majority of school leavers are moved into universities, we are seeing large shortages of trade based students.
    For country students we still have network infrastructure issues with broadband suitable to interactive learning, but this should be rectified over the next 5 years through the rollout of the National Broadband Network a A$34b government initiative.
    A broader issue across the pacific islands is availability of means of completing university studies without needing to leave home and moving to Australia or New Zealand. Little technology exists in these markets. We need to equip the students to free them from the classroom.

    2. How important are corporate training and lifelong learning going to be in the future?

    In Australia we are expecting the retirement age to be raised from 65 to 70 as the government grapples with funding a growing aging population. This will only increase the need for lifelong learning, vocational and corporate training as people stay in the workforce longer and move into new jobs.

    3. What is the role of vocational education in the 21st century?

    The role of vocational education will play a greater role in supplementing university education as skills needs evolve over time. It is also playing a greater role in the lives of professional people as industry and governments demand that these people undertake regular professional development. Also with many industries undergoing structural change the need for vocational training will only increase as more people need to be reskilled. 20 years ago it was accounts people and other office workers that needed reskilling to handle computers, today it is warehousing staff and other low skilled occupations that are being transformed by technology.

    4. What are the questions about the future of education and education technology that need to be answered by further research?

    One of the most important questions that needs to be addressed is how technology delivered education is driven in both design and levels of interactivity. The research should be based on the student’s experience and then this should influence how we design the learning and learning experience. If we can improve the experience then we should improve the completion rates of people undertaking technology based education.

  • Live luxuriously in college and/or Study at home
    Vani Senthil

    When airlines developed and took the mode of transportation to a new level, many shipping companies rightly evolved by building cruise lines. As passengers were served by airlines, cruises attracted tourists. It looks like the same transition is happening in the field of education as investment in elaborate residence halls, recreation centers and other amenities in colleges are justified in the same time MOOCs are growing popular. The US National Bureau of Economic Research defends the spending on fancy dorms and lazy rivers in college campus, as it gives a competitive edge to attract students. Luring young students to have fun now and deal with the debt later, need not imply that it is an immoral business model, as some argue. It is the cruise line for students who pay for the campus experience. Just like passengers travelling in an airplane, students can learn the same course faster and cheaper in the online environment. Students who need to learn a skill to get employed and those who juggle studies, work and family commitments, are well-served by distance-education and online learning programs. Technology enables the development of different modes of education. Social networking and adaptive learning can compensate for the college experience in the virtual environment, while students get debt-free education.

  • The Role of Online Education in the New Global Paradigm
    Harish, Janani
    Online education significantly raises the educational attainment levels. Colleges with inadequate infrastructure and insufficient teachers cannot accommodate all those who seek education. Expansion of traditional educational facilities is slow and expensive. Online education using internet and communication technologies offers abundant opportunities to quantitatively and qualitatively expand access to education.
  • Authentication, MOOCs and OERs
    Fabian Banga
    With a growing inventory of openly available educational tools and resources and with an increasingly engaged and connected community, transformative opportunities for education abound. MOOCs that focus on the social dimension of learning and active practices will emerge successful in knowledge production and not just content mastery.
  • Globalizing Higher Education: Global Needs
    Nagan, Winston
    The curriculum design for global higher education should be formulated around the notions of global knowledge, global social consequences and global policy implications. The growth of technology has created a revolution in the storage and retrieving of knowledge, revolutionizing the time involved in learning or teaching from such a knowledge base. The possibility of a future connectivity of intelligence is a major paradigm shift that should impact the prospects of global higher education.
  • MOOCs in the Real World: Deconstructing the Impact
    Matkin, Gary
    MOOC and Open Educational Resources have emerged as the disruptive technology in teaching and learning. As MOOCs pave way for new opportunities, they present unique challenges for institutions of higher education in maintaining institutional autonomy and academic freedom.
  • Global Survival 101
    Krieger, David
    University students need a grounding in the global dangers that confront humans as a species, as well as a sense of the interconnectedness of these dangers and the ways forward to solutions that alleviate and reverse the dangers. Awareness of global dangers and human survival can be created by an online course available to students throughout the world.

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