October 19, 2021
SmartBrief on Professional, Continuing & Online Education
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Leadership & Innovation
Colleges support students with learning challenges
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Several colleges are increasing efforts to reach students with disabilities to help them achieve higher education goals, such as Austin Peay State University's Full Spectrum Learning program in Tennessee and a Massachusetts' partnership among colleges. College student Alayna Edwards was so confident after she earned an elementary education bachelor's degree with the support of Full Spectrum that she is continuing her education in a master's program.
Full Story: The Hill (10/18) 
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How College Board pulled off online AP exams
Students took about 1.8 million Advanced Placement exams online this administration -- out of 4.8 million exams -- an effort Jeremy Singer, College Board president, describes as one of the largest online assessments ever. In this opinion piece, Singer shares several lessons learned from this experience, including the need to build upon efforts to close technology gaps.
Full Story: K-12 Dive (10/12) 
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How to Lead the Upskilling Revolution in Higher Ed
Need help launching a non-credit certificate program? Check out All Campus's quick upskilling guide. Learn how to get involved in this rapidly growing market and help shape the future of learning:
Policy Matters
The mass accessibility of open educational resources has critics among some professors such as Stuart Barbier, an English professor at Delta College in Michigan, who says there's no need to "reinvent the wheel" or scrimp on quality, Barbier writes in this commentary that OER problems could arise, such as the rushed effort to create online-specific curriculum, as well as the lack of peer review for the materials.
Full Story: Inside Higher Ed (10/19) 
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SmartBrief Education STEM Pathways Summit
Join us on October 28 for our annual SmartBrief Education STEM Pathways Summit when we explore the intersection of STEM and social-emotional learning. Don't miss this opportunity to get fresh ideas, hear about new programs and talk with your peers in STEM education. Register today.
Research & Analysis
Thirty-five percent of construction contractors expanded online training in the past 12 months, with over 75% saying that COVID-19 prompted the increase, according to a Dodge Data & Analytics report. "Despite the new requirements and challenges brought about by having to deal with COVID-19, the study findings demonstrate contractor commitments to their top safety practices," said Steve Jones, senior director of industry insights research at Dodge.
Full Story: EHS Today (10/13) 
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Colleges and universities using online education can ensure their long-term viability by making technology a key aspect, according to McKinsey research. Institutions that adopt an engaging approach while online could be just as effective as in-person courses, the research report states.
Full Story: McKinsey (10/18) 
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Now Trending
The University of Central Florida is using vending-machine-size "holoport" technology devices to allow students to study medical issues via holograms of real-life patient-doctor interactions. Students are more engaged and discussions reach a higher level with the technology, says Bari Hoffman, associate dean of clinical affairs.
Full Story: Axios (10/15) 
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Virtual reality technology increases physical and cognitive experiences for adult patients with mild cognitive impairment and mild and moderate dementia, according research conducted by Tamara Afifi and Nancy Collins of the University of California at Santa Barbara. The goal of their work is to find ways to help sometimes-bedridden patients and their families strengthen bonds, lessen social isolation and improve quality of life.
Full Story: Noozhawk (Santa Barbara, Calif.) (10/18) 
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From the editor
Do you view PD as a job perk?
Do you view PD as a job perk?
Katie Parsons
Is professional development important to you?

Career opportunities provided by employers is a topic we cover a lot in this newsletter -- and it's because PD is so valuable. Consider these stats:

  • A Deloitte survey found that 71% of employees who were unhappy at work said their employers' lack of development options played a big role in their morale
  • Gallip research reports that 87% of Millennials consider PD opportunities when deciding on job offers
  • Forbes reports that 86% of employees surveyed would change jobs if it meant more opportunities for professional development

So, I'll ask again: Is professional development important to you? And if so, what are the most valuable components of effective PD?

I'd love to hear your thoughts -- you can email me at katie.parsons@futurenet.com. Let's connect on social too: 

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