What Ivanka Trump should know as she embarks on ed-tech policy work

Ivanka Trump announced she wants ed-tech policy to be one initiative in her White House portfolio. For preparation, here’s what experts say she should read and study.

How colleges train instructors to teach online courses

Colleges use a variety of strategies to train subject-matter experts in effective online instruction. One surprise: in-person training is huge.

Boston U Investigating Claims Against Geologist

Boston University is investigating allegations of sexual harassment against the chair of its earth and environment department, according to Science. Two female former graduate students say that David Marchant harassed them during geological research expeditions to Antarctica when he was still an assistant professor. Other women reportedly accused him of similar behavior and male witnesses confirmed some of the complainants’ accounts; one man said he regretted not speaking out sooner.

Jane Willenbring, now an associate professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, part of the University of California, San Diego, said that Marchant called her a “slut” and a “whore” and encouraged her to have sex with his brother, who was also on the trip in 1999, Science reported. She also alleges that Marchant repeatedly pushed her down a steep slope, threw rocks at her while she was urinating outside and purposely blew volcanic ash into her eyes while she was experiencing painful ice blindness. A second, unnamed complainant who has since left academe says that Marchant verbally harassed her and threatened to block her access to research funding.

Willenbring reportedly waited to file a complaint with Boston about Marchant until after she obtained tenure, for fear of professional retaliation. Marchant, who declined comment, was scheduled to be honored as a fellow of the Geological Society of America this month, but last week his name was removed from the GSA website listing of new fellows, according to Science.

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Campus carry in spotlight after student fatally shoots police officer at Texas Tech

Texas Tech student was running afoul of new law, but critics of the pro-gun policy say officers should be the only ones with firearms, legally or not.

Details of the Ohio State-Apple deal -- will others follow?

One of the nation’s largest institutions is making a big bet on digital. Here are the details -- will others follow suit?

New Data on Course Loads and Persistence

Small increases in course loads can increase the odds that students will stick with college and eventually graduate, particularly part-time students. That's the central finding of a new report from Civitas Learning, a student success company with a focus on predictive analytics.

The company analyzed data from roughly 1.4 million students who were attending 60 institutions, with an even split between community colleges and four-year institutions. Not surprisingly, full-time students were more likely than their part-time peers to persist in college, the report found, with an average gap of 12 percentage points between the two groups.

However, part-time students who take even one more course per term also are more likely to persist. Civitas found, for example, that community college students who took two courses per term had a median persistence rate that was roughly 15 percentage points higher than their peers who took one course. Likewise, across all institutions, the report found that students who took three courses were six percentage points more likely to persist than students who took two.

“At community colleges, an estimated 62 percent of students are pursuing their studies on a part-time basis, for financial or personal reasons,” Karen Stout, president of Achieving the Dream, said in a foreword to the report. “For those 6.5 million students, too many of whom never graduate, colleges must be prepared to have more expansive and nuanced conversations about completion. If our collective goal is to improve outcomes across higher education, we cannot and must not take our attention away from those students.”

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Georgia Tech online program boosts total number of U.S. computer science master's degree graduates

Georgia Institute of Technology has graduated 582 students from its online master’s degree program in computer science since the program’s 2013 inception, according to a new report from the institution. The report cites research from Harvard University indicating that the annual production of computer science master’s degrees in the United States is projected to increase 7 percent each year as a result of the Georgia Tech program, which launched with help from Udacity and AT&T.

Cengage offers OER course materials

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, Cengage announced a new product line built around open educational resources, predicting that the use of OER -- free, adaptable course materials -- could triple over the next five years. 

Inside Digital Learning -- What Ivanka Trump Should Know About Ed Tech

In today's "Inside Digital Learning":

Ivanka Trump wants to make ed-tech part of her White House portfolio. Experts weigh in on what she should be reading and know.
Institutions are employing a variety of strategies -- including xxx -- to train full- and part-time faculty members to be effective online instructors.
A Canadian law school begins offering online law courses to undergraduates; experiement is "smashing success."


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Undergraduate online law courses exceed Canada's Queen's University's expectations

A dean at Queen's University in Canada sees a lucrative revenue source -- for his institution and potentially other law schools -- due to popularity of undergraduate law courses.


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