"New collar" jobs focus on tech skills | 10 questions to ask about in-house leadership learning | Ohio college puts students on career footing
April 7, 2020
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Leadership & Innovation
"New collar" jobs focus on tech skills
IBM's Ginni Rometty and others have promoted the idea of "new collar" jobs, which focus on areas of technology such as cybersecurity and artificial intelligence and require training beyond high school but not a four-year college degree. Community colleges and "new collar badges" programs are offering training in these areas.
Full Story: IndustryWeek (4/2) 
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Leadership development programs are shifting online, and companies can make them more effective by understanding what changes are desired, how teams will apply what's learned and how the technology setup will work, among other questions, write Karin Hurt and David Dye. "There's no need to settle for a passive, webinar-style training program where people's attention can drift and multitasking erodes the value," they write.
Full Story: Let's Grow Leaders (4/2) 
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Ohio college puts students on career footing
Ohio Technical College in Cleveland is helping to prepare students for in-demand careers in automotive, auto restoration, collision repair, custom paint and graphics, diesel, welding and other fields. Most of the programs are between one year and 18 months.
Full Story: The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (4/3) 
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Policy Matters
Higher-ed online regulations may be relaxed
In a statement last week, US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that her department is working on relaxed regulation of online higher-education programs, an overhaul that has been in the works since last year. More programs stand to gain accreditation under these rules, and instruction standards will become less strict.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/1) 
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Research & Analysis
Experts: Smartphones insufficient for online learning
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Smartphones are not adequate substitutes for laptops and wired desktop devices, according to research from Michigan State University's Quello Center for the study of public policy. Students who rely on cellphones for learning fare the same or worse on assessments than those with no connectivity, the research finds.
Full Story: District Administration magazine online (4/1) 
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Remote-learning transition reveals 3 concerns
The rapid shift to remote learning has revealed three key concerns that need to be resolved, writes Torrey Trust, an associate professor of learning technology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In this commentary, she shares concerns over accessibility, the digital divide as well as privacy and student data.
Full Story: EdSurge (4/2) 
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Coronavirus: Implications for the US telecom industry
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The surge in network traffic in wake of the coronavirus outbreak is shining a light on the importance of broadband connectivity and the need for legislators and industry players to treat it as a necessity. "We think the massive and widespread dependence on broadband during the crisis will lead regulators to believe that their two highest priorities, post the crisis, will be to accelerate efforts to complete universal broadband coverage and to examine and assure adequate capacity," analysts at New Street Research wrote to investors.
Full Story: Light Reading (3/30) 
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Now Trending
Sudden surge in Zoom use proves problematic
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The abrupt shift to remote learning has led to an increased use of Zoom, including 90,000 schools in 20 countries. The sudden adoption has overwhelmed the company's customer service team, and led to complications for schools amid concerns about privacy, hacking and even unapproved use of the platform.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (4/6) 
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UPCEA Updates
Join us for these upcoming virtual events
Register and reserve your seat at upcoming webinars, and mark your calendar for more casual "chats" with colleagues via video conference. Webinars are recorded and archived in CORe, while chats are synchronous and not recorded.

· Webinar: Continuing Education in the Time of Corona(virus) -- Flipping the switch to online education quickly and effectively | April 8 @ 2:00 PM ET | REGISTER

· UPCEA Ask Me Anything (AMA) – Summer Sessions | April 8 @ 3:30 PM ET | REGISTER

· Webinar: The Online Student's Needs and Expectations -- Are Students and Staff Aligned? | April 16 @ 3:00 PM ET | REGISTER
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UPCEA welcomes new board members
UPCEA was pleased to welcome new officers and members to the association's Board of Directors during a virtual meeting on March 18. Rovy Branon of the University of Washington will serve as President, Nancy Coleman of Wellesley College will serve as President-Elect, and David Cillay of Washington State University will serve as Secretary/Treasurer. Asim Ali of Auburn University; Monique LaRocque of the University of Maine; Patricia Malone of the State University of New York at Stony Brook; Jason Ruckert of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and Kim Siegenthaler of the University of Missouri, Columbia will serve as Directors At-Large. Read more.
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UPCEA partners with OLC, QM, and WCET to establish National Council for Online Education
The four leading organizations in higher education and digital learning recently established the National Council for Online Education (NCOE), creating a formidable voice for online and digital education within higher education policy and thought leadership. This joint effort brings diverse perspectives from across the field of online learning to address the rapid pace of disruption experienced in colleges and universities, along with associated threats and opportunities for the institutions and professionals served by the four organizations. Read more.
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