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Computer Science Degrees and Technology’s Boom-and-Bust Cycle

By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge Many economists call the current era of technology growth a boom era, not unlike previous gold rushes such as the Dot-com bubble. But the thing about bubbles is, they usually pop. And that has some people concerned. Is another bust on the horizon? It’s not only tech employees who are paying attention […]

States Take a Look at Online Learning Prices

by Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed As tuition and student debt levels continue to rise, so has the political and public pressure on colleges to keep costs for students under control. Online education, still emerging, hasn’t escaped those conversations. Legislatures in several states have taken steps in recent years to curb fees that institutions charge exclusively […]

Instructional design improves engagement in online courses

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive A new survey of online education leaders from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research indicates that instructional design (ID) support can be a major part of how well online learners interact with each other in digital classrooms, as reported in Campus Technology. Courses where ID professionals were mandated to support classroom created […]

Deep Learning Models That Predict Conflicts In Online Communities

by Abhijeet Katte, Analytics India Magazine There is not enough research and knowledge around how interactions happen online between communities and users, especially in the space of conflicts. A team from the Computer Science and Linguistics department of Stanford University wanted to change just that. What they did: research conflict events by searching for cases where […]

Why Is Online Learning Seeing a Surge in Popularity?

by Joseph Bednar, Business West This year marks the 15th consecutive year of growth in what’s known as online, or distance, learning at U.S. colleges and universities. But a newer trend is seeing students fresh out of high school — not just the working adults that have dominated the online-learning world — logging on as […]

Microsoft launches new online training courses for aspiring AI engineers

BY TOM KRAZIT, GeekWire A new ten-course seminar for engineers looking to add machine-learning skills to their resumes is now available through the Microsoft Professional Program. The Microsoft Professional Program for AI will be available four times a year and it should take at least a few weeks to complete the training. Developers will be given […]

Study: Lectures remain a steady, but ineffective, element of STEM education

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive Approximately 55% of college classrooms throughout the United States and Canada are using the traditional lecture model to teach science, mathematics and technology, according to a new study published in Science magazine. About 27% of classes had some levels of interactive instruction, such as technology-based question and answer modules, and 18% […]

Universities must expand reach to stay competitive

by Stephanie Kim,  Georgetown University With their distinctive campuses, emphasis on research and scholarship, and singular form of governance, universities are sometime seen as academic sanctuaries, separate from the rest of society. While there is some truth to this notion, colleges, like other institutions, are also products of the society that shaped them—and they exert their […]

Class Central Learner Survey (2017): MOOC Users Highly Educated, Have Experienced Career Benefits

by Dhawal Shah, Class Central We received nearly 2,500 responses to the survey. Overall, we found that Class Central users tend to be highly educated. You are interested in MOOCs for both personal and professional reasons, and many of you have experienced career benefit from MOOCs. On the whole, you aren’t keen to pay for […]

What is the future of online learning in higher education?

by Matthew Lynch, TechEdvocate With over six million students currently enrolled in online learning programs, there is no future in higher education except in online education. As universities adapt to better serve a growing population of digital learners, there will no doubt continue to be monumental progress made in educating all students, everywhere. Online learning is the future of education–at […]