How the future of higher education affects businesses

Higher education is going to look much different in the future, with a greater reliance on teleconferencing and distance learning, according to a recent survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, U.S. News reports. Sixty percent of the 1,021 respondents, which included a variety of technology experts, education professionals, and venture capitalists, agree that hybrid learning, which combines online education with in-class instruction, and “individualized, just-in-time learning approaches” will be much more common by the year 2020.

“[T]echnology will allow for more individualized, passion-based learning by the student, greater access to master teaching, and more opportunities for students to connect to others ? for enhanced learning experiences,” wrote Charlie Firestone, executive director of the Communications and Society Program at the Aspen Institute, whose comments as a survey respondent were included in the report. One major factor that will drive technological innovation in higher education over the next decade, according to survey respondents, is the steep cost of higher education. According to data provided by 1,009 colleges and universities to U.S. News, college graduates completed their degrees in 2010 with an average loan burden of $24,962, and nationwide, the student loan debt has passed $1 trillion…

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Data collection to start for online education programs

Starting August 21, U.S. News will be commencing its online data collection for our second Top Online Education Programs rankings in both the bachelor’s and graduate levels for all disciplines. As was done in 2011, we will send questionnaires to a pre-selected number of regionally accredited bachelor’s degree programs (1,766), as well a number of master’s degree programs in business (958), computer information technology (313), education (1033), engineering (292), and nursing (473). We’ll ask whether the programs administer their programs online, and if so, to report statistical and profile information that U.S. News will use to rank them and construct searchable individual profile pages. If you would like to know which programs at your school will be receiving surveys or who at your institution is currently set to receive them, contact OnlineEdOfficial@usnews.com. This year’s questionnaires are revised to ease the reporting burdens on schools, to more closely reflect how distance education programs collect data, and to incorporate additional suggestions from schools and stakeholders. One result of these changes is that data will not be solicited this year on Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree programs. A future blog post will elaborate further on the new questionnaires. U.S. News also is changing its definition of “online degree” to better align with the new U.S. Department of Education’s terminology and broader data collection efforts in distance education…

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NY prof suspended for Colorado shootings remark

A professor at the United States Merchant Marine Academy faces dismissal for joking about the Colorado movie theater shootings in front of his students, including one whose father was among the victims, the Associated Press reports. According to an internal personnel document obtained by the New York Times (http://nyti.ms/NCVm4f ), Gregory F. Sullivan was suspended from his tenured position as humanities instructor for telling his classroom before showing a documentary: “If someone with orange hair appears in the corner of the room, run for the exit.”

James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora, Colo., mass shooting, has dyed his hair bright orange.

The professor had just turned down the lights to show the documentary and was preparing to step out for a few minutes when he made the remark. Shashi Kumar, the institution’s academic dean, called the joke “notoriously disgraceful conduct” and recommended that Sullivan be fired. The internal document said Sullivan was informed on Aug. 10 that he had 10 days to contest his dismissal…

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College students publish ed-tech textbook on Apple’s iBookstore

More than 600 school districts have iPad programs.

At Georgia College, educational technology could spawn more educational technology.

A group of graduate students at the Milledgeville, Ga.-based campus have used Apple’s iBookstore to publish a video-and-image-laden eTextbook filled with information and advice for educators hoping to better incorporate technology in their everyday classroom lessons.

The eBook, “Using Technology in Education,” is a student-created textbook available for the iPad and available for free in the iBookstore, which was introduced in January to much adulation from campus technologists.

Nine graduate students in Associate Professor Chris Greer’s Advanced Technology for Teachers course researched, filmed, and photographed the text and images used in the ed-tech eTextbook, covering myriad topics from social media use in higher education to document cameras to advances in assistive technology and eReaders.

Greer said his class’s textbook is a good example of how technology can make education more efficient and affordable without sacrificing quality.

“This movement toward electronic textbooks and tablet computers could revolutionize K-12 and higher education,” he said. “Digital textbooks are inexpensive and can be updated more quickly and easily. Our textbook strives to look at technology and education together.”

Greer said making textbooks available for iPads will prove more impactful in K-12 and higher education as more educators adopt the eReaders for classroom use. More than 600 school districts have an iPad program, he said.

“It’s a cool, well-designed eBook,” said Greer, associate professor of instructional technology in the John H. Lounsbury College of Education, who added that Apple deemed his students’ work exemplary. “After we submitted it, no revisions were needed. The textbook passed Apple’s screening process, which speaks to the quality of the students’ work.”

Twelve percent of college students who answered a recent survey said they owned an iPad, the Apple product widely expected to mainstream the use of tablets in higher education.

Two in three student respondents said the iPad was “in” on their campus—an indication that the tablet’s popularity among twenty-somethings is much greater than ownership. In 2010, just after the first iPads were released in stores, 11 percent of students said the tablet was “in” at their school.

Student Monitor, a national market research firm, conducted the survey among 1,200 full-time students at four-year colleges and universities.

Six in 10 college students—and seven in 10 high school seniors—believe tablets will replace traditional textbooks within five years.

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EFI Launches M500 Self-Serve Copy and Print Station For Campuses, Libraries and Print Providers

FOSTER CITY, Calif. – August 6, 2012 – EFI™ (NASDAQ: EFII), a world leader in digital printing innovation, has launched the M500 Self-Serve Copy and Print Station, the industry’s only self-serve system that allows mobile printing from mobile phones, iPads, USB drives and cloud accounts like Google Drive™, Dropbox, Box, and EFI PrintMe®. The M500 station is unique in that it accepts credit cards, campus cards, and cash cards at the device, eliminating the need for coin-operated machines. The system is also Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) validated to assist in Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance audits. The M500 station is available immediately through EFI resellers, and a video of how the system works can be seen at: www.efi.com/M500.

“Students today are more digital, more mobile, and keep more documents in the cloud,” said John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing at EFI. “Antiquated devices like coin-operated copiers are not meeting their printing needs and create cash management headaches for university staff. EFI’s M500 station provides the easiest way for users to access, pay and print in a completely self-serve environment.”

Tablets, mobile phones and laptops, as well as the use of online cloud storage, are the new tools for students. According to a Harris Interactive poll, the number of students using tablets has tripled over the past year, and 36 percent of the college students surveyed plan to buy a tablet in the next six months. Additionally, 63 percent believe that tablets will replace textbooks in the next five years. At the same time, printed documents and materials are still a requirement at most universities.

The M500 station is EFI’s latest addition to a line of more than 4,000 self-serve copy and print devices installed across the United States handling over 100,000 transactions per day. A flexible and scalable system for colleges and libraries, the M500 station addresses student demands for printing from any mobile device, as well as from popular cloud storage services. It features a large 10-inch color touchscreen, provides secure encrypted communications, integrates with campus card and billing systems, and works with any PostScript® printer or multi-function printer. The station supports 1D/2D barcode scanning for mobile devices and discount cards. A simple user interface with support for multiple languages speeds transactions.

EFI has a full line of products that meet the needs of the college and library market, including: cash card vending kiosks, register software and card readers for staff sales of cash cards, and backend management and reporting software.

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Nominations Now Open for the 28th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards

Nominations Now Open for the 28th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards

Total of 27 New and Updated Awards Reflect Dramatic Growth in Mobile, Social, Cloud, Video, Semantic Technology, Personalized Learning, and Big Data

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 15, 2012) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and information industries, today opened nominations for the 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards. The 2013 CODiE Awards feature 27 new and updated categories, reflecting the dramatic changes in technology and business models impacting the software and information industries.

The CODiE Awards have been the premier award for the software and information industries for 28 years. The awards program has three tracks organized by industry focus: Content, Education and Software.

Highlights of this year’s awards:

Content: The SIIA Content CODiE Awards showcase the information industry’s finest products, technology and services created by, or for, media, publishers and information services providers.

  • Fourteen new and updated categories reflect new technology and business models in the content industry including: Best Crowd Sourced Solution, Best Editorial Outsourcing Solution, Best Semantic Technology Solution and Best Social Media Platform
  • The Content CODiE Awards will be presented on Jan. 31, 2013 during the Content Divisions annual conference for Information Industry leaders, the Information Industry Summit

Education: The SIIA Education CODiE Awards showcase applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector.

  • The new Best Personalized Learning Solution category highlights the major educational shift toward individual, tailored learning plans for students. Three new top-level categories will reward the best of the best of PK-12, postsecondary, and overall education nominees.
  • Education winners will be announced in San Francisco on May 6, 2013 during the Ed Tech Industry Summit.

Software: The SIIA Software CODiE Awards showcase applications, products and services that are developed by independent software vendors (ISVs) for use in business, government, academic, or other organizational settings.

  • Twelve new and updated categories reflect the continued growth and evolution of cloud computing, mobile, big data, and video. Highlights include Best Cloud Platform as a Service Solution, Best Big Data Solution, Best Mobile Device Application for Consumers, Best Mobile Device Application for Enterprise, and Best Video Tool.
  • Software winners will be announced in San Francisco on May 9, 2013 during the software industry’s premier ISV conference, All About the Cloud.

“Each year, the CODiE Awards serve as a bellwether for emerging trends in the software and information industries,” said SIIA President Ken Wasch.

“We’ve been updating our categories every year since the program began in 1986 to make sure the awards reflect change and growth in our industries. This is an exciting time of year for us, because we get to learn about so many exciting new products and services. We’re looking forward to watching mobile, social and cloud intersect in new and innovative ways.”

“The CODiE Awards provide a great opportunity to set themselves apart from other innovators,” Wasch continued. “It’s a great reward for the developers, but it also has significant payoff in terms of bragging rights in a CODiE Award winner’s market.”

For more information about the SIIA CODiE Awards, visit http://www.siia.net/codies. To see how some recent CODiE Award winners describe their achievement, watch the Roadmap to Success Video Series.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and information industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. Learn more at www.siia.net.

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards
The SIIA CODiE™ Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose – to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement. Learn more at www.siia.net/codies.

Media Contacts

• Laura Greenback, SIIA Communications, 410-533-1943, lgreenback@siia.net

• PR Contact (Business Software & Content), Beth Dozier, Rational 360, 202-429-1833, bethdozier@rational360.com

• PR Contact (Education Technology), Lauren Rothering, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x23, lauren@cblohm.com

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No way out: Will Congress change bankruptcy laws for student loans?

Edith Oquendo wishes she could file for bankruptcy. When Oquendo, a resident of Kissimmee, Fla., left her job as a photographer at Walt Disney World after she developed carpal tunnel syndrome, she decided she would go back to school “to better” herself, the Huffington Post reports. She heard about Full Sail University, a Florida-based, for-profit college specializing in the entertainment industry with many courses online. Oquendo enrolled, hoping to learn about new photo technology and design programs like Photoshop. To pay for it, Oquendo took out a private student loan. A few years later at age 46, she’s $33,000 in debt with no degree. She’s struggling to make payments since she also has fibromyalgia, is on disability and is unable to work as much as she’d like.

“I wish I just could go back and undo everything,” Oquendo said. “Knowing then what I know now, I would have never taken out the student loan.”

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Stylus, split-screen stand new Samsung tablet apart

Samsung Electronics launched its new Galaxy Note tablet in three major markets on Thursday, hoping that a stylus-type pen and split-screen function will stand the new device apart from rival Apple Inc’s iPad, Reuters reports. The company, facing accusations that it copied the design and some features of Apple’s iPad and iPhone, said the Galaxy Note 10.1 would be a “game changer” from rival tablets, on which users usually only view one application at a time. The device can have two apps active on a split-screen, while an ‘S-Pen’ seeks to solve tablet and smart-phones’ sometimes clunky keyboard and input functions by allowing users to write and sketch on the screen. Analysts, however, were skeptical of its ability to make inroads into Apple’s huge lead in the tablet market given plans to price it at $499 for 16 gigabytes of memory and WiFi-only – the same as the iPad.

“When you look at the price and overall consumer awareness about Samsung tablets, it’s not likely to be a big success,” said Park Young, an analyst at Woori Investment & Securities in Seoul…

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awards grant to CU-Boulder to build waterless, solar-powered toilet

Bathroom humor aside, a student-led team of researchers at University of Colorado Boulder among the winners of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant through the “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge” that is no joking matter, the Huffington Post reports. On Tuesday in the second round of the challenge, the CU-Boulder engineers were awarded $780,000 for their toilet concept that uses concentrated sunlight to disinfect and decompose toilet waste and produce “biochar” — biological charcoal — a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers for reuse in farm soils, The Associated Press reports. Gates Foundation will fund the project over 16 months beginning in September. The Daily Camera reports that Karl Linden, a CU-Boulder environmental engineering professor, will helm the project that is student-driven.

“This project integrates areas of expertise at CU in solar-thermal processes, disinfection and biochar that would not typically work together and creates a great team to tackle such a complex and important problem as sustainable sanitation solutions in developing countries,” said Linden in a CU-Boulder press release

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Opinion: Charging for knowledge is antiquated

Coursera, in less than six months, has enrolled 740,000 students.

Free universal knowledge is the most valuable resource in the world. Knowledge is an economic good that becomes more valuable as more people “consume” it.  The distribution of knowledge is in the process of transitioning from a scarce resource to a commodity.

The impact of this change upon the value of human capital in the world is nearly unimaginable. This change to free distribution of knowledge has the potential to dramatically improve lives and economies around the world. We are on the threshold of a global revolution in education that could make this one of the most exciting times in human history.

Sal Khan, founder and faculty of one of the Khan Academy, had a vision in 2009 of “educating the world.” With the Khan Academy now educating 1 million students a month, his vision is becoming a reality. This initiative has been followed by edX, the partnership of MIT and Harvard, which has a mission to educate 1 billion people.

Click here for more on Bill Sams’ predictions for the end of traditional higher education

At the same time, Stanford- based Coursera has launched and in less than six months this program has enrolled 740,000 students. These are the vanguards of a wave of education that is sweeping across the world with the potential to change one of the foundation stones of human existence, knowledge.

In the last six months the economic model of a scarcity of teaching resources justifying a rationing of education has been changed to a free commodity model of unlimited availability and world-class quality education. This changes everything.

For the first time in human history there is the possibility of every person in the world being able to optimize their learning potential. Education is rapidly moving from an individual craft to a global commodity.

The scarcity barriers of limited admission, prerequisites, cost, place, space, and time are all being removed. The only limitations are internet access and a person’s own time.

This decade will see the last generation of students economically shackled by the indentured servitude of student loans. Students will be freed from the lockstep of fixed curricula delivered at a set time and in a set place.

Imagine the potential for the entire world to share a common experience in a subject with a single teacher who not only teaches them but who also will teach generations of their children. Sal Khan may well be the first of a few who will reach this potential.

Imagine the economic impact on developing countries when they have local engineers who trained online with MIT and Harvard courses and who can now solve local community problems of water, roads, and sanitation. Imagine the additional economic impact on those developing countries when other members of their communities are acquiring valuable skills for jobs in a global virtual market.

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