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Community College Pays Hacker $28,000 for Ransomware Attack

by Campus Technology Last month, Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) was hit with a ransomware attack, forcing the California Community College system to pay an unidentified hacker nearly $28,000 to retrieve stolen data. The investigation is still in the early stages, and as of now no breach data was identified. LAVC consulted with its leadership, outside [...]

How to Build a Production Studio for Online Courses

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology At the College of Business at the University of Illinois, video operations don’t come in one size. Here’s how the institution is handling studio setup for MOOCs, online courses, guest speakers and more. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Business’s video production studio (photo courtesy of UIUC) When the [...]

The growth of online learning: How universities must adjust to the new norm

by Kristen Betts, Education Dive The ubiquity of technology has transformed education, making online learning part of the “new norm.” Over the past three years, online enrollments in higher education have continued to grow although overall enrollments in the United States have continued to decline. From 2002 to 2014, the number of students enrolling in “at [...]

Smartphone Shipments to Rebound After 3-Year Low

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology Consumer smartphone sales will rebound this year after hitting a three-year low in 2016, according to a new survey from Accenture. Increased shipments will be pushed by device refresh schedules, better security, improved performance and new features, according to the survey. Based on responses from 26,000 consumers in 26 different countries, [...]

5 Online Learning Trends To Look Out For In 2017 — From Artificial Intelligence To Augmented Reality

by Seb Murray, Business Because These are the hottest innovations in edtech that are reshaping how students learn online. Throughout 2016, online learning continued to explode. More students enrolled in online courses. Top-tier universities trialled virtual and augmented reality. Online providers launched nano-degrees. And employers, from Google to Goldman Sachs, began warming to digital credentials. Meanwhile, [...]

Machine learning can transform higher ed, if used correctly

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive Ben Rossi writes in Information Age about the emergence of educational technology, and how colleges and universities could become more effective with Integrated Learning Systems by using them for more than regurgitating old styles of instruction on new equipment. He writes that ed tech should be more than just an innovative [...]

The faculty lecture isn’t helping students problem solve

BY LAURA ASCIONE DEVANEY, eCampus News New study shows lecturing is likely not effective for developing problem-solving skills in students. The traditional lecture format found in nearly every university isn’t the most effective instructional approach if faculty want to help students develop problem-solving skills, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. Researchers [...]

Preparing Graduates for Future Knowledge Practices

By Thomas Carey, Inside Higher Ed How can we better prepare graduates to engage with future learning and knowledge practices? Amongst the discussion of curricular changes, skill development and supportive mindsets, a common central theme began to emerge: let’s treat our teaching and learning environments as model workplaces, full of experiential learning opportunities for reflective practice [...]

University of Arkansas faculty nudged to put texts on Web

by Jamie Adame, Arkansas Online No student will be asked to purchase a textbook in Scout Johnson’s U.S. history class this spring semester at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Johnson will instead assign a textbook that’s available for free online. “It helps our students tremendously by cutting that textbook bill,” said Johnson, a UA doctoral [...]

5 Easy Ways to Learn a New Language on the Internet

by Diogo Costa, Tech.co The internet is a useful tool for many things, including learning a new language. Possible sources are online courses, specific websites or watching videos spoken in other languages, for example. But there are many more sources that can be used to learn a new language without leaving home. Even social networks like [...]