Resource News – March 24, 2023

OLC Innovate: Education Reimagined – OLC  April 2-6 (Virtual), 18-21 (Nashville)
OLC and MERLOT are pleased to announce OLC Innovate 2023 and the opening of our Call for Proposals. Join us onsite April 18-21, 2023 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN (or virtually April 4-6, 2023). Share your innovative ideas with your global network of colleagues, your community, and those who inspire and seek inspiration.

ASU+GSV Summit 2023 BRAVE NEW WORLD – ASU+GSV April 17-19 (San Diego)

Imagining a new era in which all people have equal access to the future.

Higher Education: Technology Profiles in Success – Spring – Fierce Education – April 27 

Fierce Education presents a free half-day virtual event to showcase how higher education institutions are successfully incorporating and upgrading their technology capabilities to better serve their students and better equip their faculty. Confirmed speakers include University of Texas at Arlington, Clemson University, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), among others.

Teaching Professor Annual Conference – Faculty Focus June 9-11 (New Orleans)

Expand your love of teaching at the Teaching Professor Annual Conference in New Orleans, June 9-11, 2023. Give yourself something to look forward to at the end of your school year: a conference to network, learn, and refocus on why you got into teaching in the first place! This is the conference to delve into pedagogy, share experiences with peers, and reengage your mind and teaching with new insights, new sights, and new friends.

36th USDLA National Distance Learning Conference – USDLA July 17-20 (Orlando)

Many lessons have been learned over the past few years and there are countless new participants and practitioners in the distance and digital learning space. To help us all to reflect on the power and importance of distance education and to collaborate on the ideas and innovations that will move everyone forward, we have selected the theme: Distance Learning’s Time to Shine.”

InstructureCon 2023 – Instructure – July 26-28 (Denver)

In 2023, InstructureCon is happening in Denver, Colorado, at the beautiful Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center! It’s finally time to get back together again and have the best “eduventure” yet. We’ll have more ways than ever before to collaborate, learn, and have fun, not to mention a very special secret line-up of entertainment.

QM Connect Conference – Quality Matters – November 5-8 (Bloomington, MN)

As an educator, your bold ideas lead the charge in improving experiences and outcomes for learners. From forward-thinking processes to your biggest moon-shot concepts, your expertise can advance QA practices for the entire QM community. You’re invited to take the stage this November to share how you achieve milestones, build momentum and innovate to uplift your colleagues and advance learner success. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard within the QM community!

Online College Students Report 2023 – Education Dynamics

The pace of change in online higher education is accelerating like never before. The online college student of today is younger, working – but with less work experience – and driven by career motivations. These students are increasingly choosing to study topics that were not at the forefront in previous years. The online college student of 2023 is not the online college student of 2020 or before.

Online study, thanks to the remote study which many students were introduced to due to COVID-19, has gained more acceptance among students, student support networks, employers and campus leaders. Online study is no longer limited to older students, those unable to make it to campus, or other place-bound populations, but a format that is used and accepted widely by students of all types.

With these changes, there is no better opportunity for schools to reach out and enroll online college students, both undergraduate and graduate. Schools must be able to understand student demands and preferences as they build stronger footholds in the online study marketplace. They must answer important questions such as: How do schools market to these students? What topics should be offered that would be attractive to online college students? Are schools providing the right information to online college students when they visit their websites? Overall, what is important to online college students? These, and other questions, are vital questions with answers that have changed rapidly. Now, schools have access to information that will help answer these critical students – right from the source. 

Getting Better at Getting Better: 2022 QM Community in Review – Quality Matters

Last year, QM members continued to move the needle in meeting the demand for quality online learning. In the 2022 Community in Review report, you’ll find a number of reasons to celebrate the way our incredible community gathered around these efforts. Notably, the report showcases examples from our K-12 and higher ed members that highlight their engagement with professional development and course reviews — engagement that is critical to building quality assurance for digital learning.

You’ll also find examples of the way QM works around the globe to represent your work, your needs and your learners — through publishing, research, collaboration, thought leadership, and advocacy. Your success is our success, and we are always interested in learning about new ways to support you.

Digital Credentials and Talent Acquisition Tech: Closing the Data Gap Between Learning and Hiring – Northeastern University

Alternative credentials — basically shorter-term training options other than a full college degree that can show employers proof of specific skills — are growing in popularity. But the systems employers use for hiring aren’t yet equipped to handle these credentials. That was one finding from a new report out this month from Northeastern University.

A University-Wide Language for Learning – The Chronicle of Higher Education

A new initiative at the University of Iowa aims to create a common vocabulary for students, professors, and staff.

What Does It Mean to Deliver a ‘Black College Education’ Online? – EdSurge

How is an HBCU online course different from any other online course? Students and professors say the makeup of the class, the curriculum being taught and the opportunity to have “authentic conversions” matter a lot. Can a new platform preserve all these qualities while helping HBCUs grow their online offerings?

Contrasting Views on Ending Tuition-Sharing Agreements – Inside Higher Ed

U.S. officials got an earful at a “listening session” where consumer advocates said such arrangements put students at risk and campus leaders insisted the agreements help them serve working students better.

Biden’s budget seeks nearly 14 percent boost for Education Department – PolitcoPro

The Biden-Harris Administration released this week the President’s budget proposal for FY 2024, which calls for a nearly 14 percent increase in education spending.

Your Teaching Takes More Than A Recipe – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Professors have been urged to adopt more-effective teaching practices. Why are their results so mixed? One big reason: they’re not always doing what they think they’re doing.

Education Department Will Tap Secret Shoppers – Inside Higher Ed

Advocates see the use of secret shoppers—or undercover agents—to go after colleges that may be lying as long overdue and a signal the Education Department is taking responsibility for its role as financial regulator.

Study Points to Need for New Admissions, Enrollment Strategies – Fierce Education

The cost of a college or university is the single-most important determinant in a student’s decision to apply to a school, followed by location. Approximately one-third of students want their institution to offer at least some online courses. And nearly half of all incoming college and university students doubt their ability to succeed in school when they enroll.

Faculty Members Still Aren’t Sure What to Make of ChatGPT – The Chronicle of Higher Education

A survey of more than 900 professors found that the vast majority hadn’t developed artificial-intelligence guidelines for their classrooms.

Inside the Quest to Detect (and Tame) ChatGPT – EdSurge

The AI behind ChatGPT is making its way into educational apps. In the last few days, two big names in edtech — Khan Academy and Duolingo — announced integration with the tech behind ChatGPT. For Khan Academy, the move came with plenty of caution: Its new assistive chatbot, Khanmigo, is in a pilot phase for a small number of students and educators, and others have to join a waitlist to get access. We’ve put in our request, and are waiting for our chance to check it out, but we did talk with Sal Khan, Khan Academy’s founder and CEO, for this week’s EdSurge Podcast about how educators are trying to tame ChatGPT.

Lessons From This “Golden Age” of Learning Science – EdSurge

Experts have described this moment as a “golden age” of discovery in the area of learning science, with new insights emerging regularly on how humans learn. So what can educators, policymakers and any lifelong learner gain from these new insights?

Data-Informed Learning Design and the Shift to Online – Campus Technology

The pandemic has been a testament to the progress that has been made in the use of technology to support online learning, but it has also revealed how poorly traditional course design translates to a digital experience. And that’s an opportunity for institutions to become more sophisticated in leveraging digital learning environments to go beyond what’s possible in a brick-and-mortar classroom. That’s according to Luyen Chou, chief learning officer at 2U. Here, we talk about transforming online pedagogy, the potential of emerging technologies, the beauty of simple data, essential human skills and more.

What Does Community Mean in the Classroom? Sharing Stories, Swift Trust, and a Sense of Togetherness – Faculty Focus

We’re going to talk about community, swift trust, and storytelling. Whether you teach an online or in-person class, you want your students to feel as if they are entering a community where they are welcome, safe, and can share ideas among each other. You want to establish common interests and a sense of togetherness because they are going to be solving problems together; they’ll be investigating and exploring topics; they’ll share knowledge and maybe even challenge each other respectfully. So today, we’ll talk about ideas to foster a sense of community, how swift trust can be applied in an educational setting, and finally, how a storytelling activity with a sticky note or penny can inspire students to share their own stories.

Making Game-Based Learning More Accessible and Inclusive – Magic EdTech

Gamified learning embeds a lesson within the game, but learning happens around the game too. Games allow educators to create new paths of learning and can bridge curriculum. We discuss this and more in our latest episode with Louisa Rosenheck, Director of Pedagogy at Kahoot.

Harnessing the Power of Data and Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education – CampusTechnology

At the heart of the relationship between a university and its students is a powerful resource: data. Yet wielding that power requires not only the right tools, infrastructure, and processes, but also a culture of data-informed decision-making across the institution. In this industry fireside chat, Campus Technology Editor-in-Chief Rhea Kelly speaks with Jim Keller, AWS Channel Global Leader at Quantiphi, about key challenges that colleges and universities face across the student lifecycle and how intelligent data analytics can help better engage leaners from the moment they express interest in admission all the way to graduation and beyond.