April 20, 2021
SmartBrief on Professional, Continuing & Online Education
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Leadership & Innovation
Knowledge for fun or skill-seeking are both valuable
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Lifelong learners and skill seekers are two different types of people and both should be accommodated, writes Brandon Busteed, president of Kaplan University Partners. Some people want to enhance their knowledge for pleasure, while those seeking upskilling or re-skilling are interested in remaining employed, changing jobs and improving their bottom line, Busteed writes.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (4/16) 
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The Bowman County Development Corp. has worked with the University of Mary in North Dakota to create Mainspace, billed as "a hub of educational and professional development." Designed for people who aren't in college, Mainspace offers 13 business classes and provides scholarships through partnerships.
Full Story: The Dickinson Press (N.D.) (tiered subscription model) (4/14) 
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Public investment is vital to better online learning
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State and federal governments likely will have to invest more in higher-education institutions to allow a switch from emergency-mode online learning to thoroughly developed remote classes that will benefit more students over time, write University of California at Riverside Vice Provost Jennifer Brown and Bourns College of Engineering Dean Christopher Lynch. It can take about 10 weeks for a course designer and faculty member to develop a quality class, and the needs also will include additional staff and infrastructure enhancement, they note.
Full Story: CALmatters (Sacramento, Calif.) (4/15) 
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The strong narratives, frequent input streams and interactive options of video games can be pulled into online teaching to improve students' success, according to a recent study from MIT.
Full Story: Campus Technology (4/13) 
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From preserving vital ecosystems at the world's only undersea lab to leading sustainability efforts across all oceans, see why FIU ranks 9th globally for impact on life below water.
Policy Matters
Higher education part of Biden's budget plan
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President Joe Biden's 16% increase in domestic spending includes allocations for education, climate change and border security, with specific outlays pinpointed for higher education. Additional money for tribal colleges and historically Black colleges and universities is included, but Biden's proposal doesn't address student-loan forgiveness.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (4/12) 
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UPCEA Updates
Apply by April 30: Free PCO Pro course enrollment for UPCEA members
Don't miss this complimentary opportunity to be a part of our dynamic, online professional development series, even in the face of frozen or restricted budgets. Each member institution is eligible for two complimentary enrollments, one for each of two PCO Pro courses offered this June. Learn more, and apply by April 30.
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Celebrating the 2021 UPCEA Association Award recipients
The purpose of the Walton S. Bittner Service Citation is to express appreciation to a member for outstanding service professional, continuing, and/or online education at his/her institution, and service of major significance to UPCEA. This year's recipient is Lisa Verma of Louisiana State University Online & Continuing Education.
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Free virtual events with UPCEA
Reserve your seat and join your colleagues for learning, networking, and more! Webinars, ThinkTanks, and chats are free for UPCEA members.
  • Webinar | The New Educational Landscape: Partnering with Online Program Management (OPMs) Companies and Education Brokers | April 21 @ 2 p.m. ET | Register.
  • Webinar | Leveraging Project-Based Partnerships for Long Term Impact | April 29 @ 2 p.m. ET | Register.
  • Webinar | Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning, and Self-Care for Higher Ed Faculty and Staff | May 19 @ 2 p.m. ET | Register.
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Research & Analysis
Free or low-cost continuing education courses created by Cornell University's Division of Nutritional Sciences faculty have helped thousands of professionals upgrade their skills online to better work with the public, according to two recent studies. An international course developed in conjunction with UNICEF has seen about 14,500 enrollees from 181 countries, with a completion rate for the 14-unit module at over 30% rather than the usual 7% to 8% for online continuing education classes.
Full Story: Cornell Chronicle (Cornell University) (4/15) 
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The coronavirus pandemic has altered education in the US -- and highlighted inequities -- according to several data points shared in this article. Points include more students learning remotely, some parents saying they prefer remote instruction and evidence of a digital divide that affects students in every state.
Full Story: Politico (4/15) 
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Facebook launches PD program for ad professionals
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Facebook has created Rise, a free program geared toward personal and professional growth for advertising agency workers. Rise borrows from Facebook's Blueprint training courses and other resources.
Full Story: Ad Age (tiered subscription model) (4/16) 
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