EMS Education in the Age of COVID-19 - EMSWorld

EMS Education in the Age of COVID-19 - EMSWorld EMS Education in the Age of COVID-19 - EMSWorld Posted: 29 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the delivery of education drastically and possibly forever. When schools began shutting down in March to curb the spread of the virus, educators had less than two weeks to convert in-person, interactive curricula into completely virtual, contactless classrooms. Accomplishing this seamlessly was challenging for medical and allied health profession schools, like EMS programs, where patient contact and practicing skills on classmates is an essential component of the training. Yet EMS professionals rose to the occasion. We profile a few of them here. Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, Ore. Gary Heigel, paramedic program director and chair of the Emergency Services Department at RCC, says his department is fairly progressive with how it delivers education, with moves in recent year

EKU introduces online computer science degree - Times Tribune of Corbin

EKU introduces online computer science degree - Times Tribune of Corbin

EKU introduces online computer science degree - Times Tribune of Corbin

Posted: 08 Apr 2020 05:00 AM PDT

RICHMOND, Ky. — Eastern Kentucky University is now accepting applications for online graduate degree and certificate programs in computer science. Multiple concentration options are available, which will allow students to focus on the most dynamic topics in the field today. Classes begin in August 2020.

The EKU Online program gives students an opportunity to earn a master's degree or graduate level certificate in computer science. They will take the same courses, from the same faculty as the students who study on campus. Students can choose from three concentration areas: artificial intelligence in data science, game design or cybersecurity and digital forensics.

"Computer science is a field that's constantly changing," said Dr. Tom Otieno, dean of the EKU College of Science. "Moving our graduate program online will allow more people to develop the skills they need to excel in an ever-growing job market."

Career opportunities exist in every economic sector, including healthcare, transportation, education, finance and entertainment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts new jobs will continue to develop, especially those related to cloud computing, data collection and information security.

EKU's online graduate options will benefit current computer scientists and developers, as well as those who want to transition to the field. Topics will include problem solving in the field of computing, developing and managing software projects and advanced algorithms and techniques in data science, cybersecurity and game design. Courses will help students develop technical skills, as well as the business background they need to work as consultants.

"In addition to foundational skills, we emphasize logic and efficiency to help our students react in fast-paced working environments and provide value to employers," explained Dr. Mengkun Yang, associate professor and coordinator of the online degree program.

The EKU Online graduate program in computer science is a flexible and convenient option for working professionals. Students will enroll in accelerated 8-week courses, and the classes are taught completely online with no campus visits required. Personalized support is available to every online student from the moment they inquire until the day they graduate and beyond.

For more information about EKU's online program in computer science, visit https://go.eku.edu/computerscience.

University System of Georgia upgrades access to online degree programs - 41 NBC News

Posted: 16 Apr 2020 10:18 AM PDT

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – As part of schools moving to online learning, The University System of Georgia has launched a newly redesigned Georgia On My Line website that makes it easier for Georgians to explore online degree programs.

Georgia On My Line website includes a searchable catalog of 585 online programs that features everything from certificates to doctoral degrees.

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The website offers a more user-friendly experience for visitors and the online catalog can be filtered by the institution, area of study, degree level and more.

Users can specify searches for programs with special features such as Credit for Prior Learning opportunities or specialized program accreditation's.

"This website now provides a convenient single portal to explore, view and compare online degree opportunities from all our institutions," USG Chief Academic Officer Tristan Denley said. "We believe it will be especially helpful to those thinking about furthering their education during the current COVID-19 pandemic."

The website is supported by USG's eCampus, an enterprise-level distance learning unit of the university system.

The site features many online degree programs in high-demand careers such as cybersecurity, nursing, financial technology, teacher education, and criminal justice.

Once a program of interest is located, visitors can request to be contacted by Georgia On My Line support team for additional information or proceed directly to the offering institution's online application.

More new features that will link online program listings to employment, salary and career information will be released soon.

Click here for more.

College students are rebelling against full tuition after classes move online - The Washington Post

Posted: 16 Apr 2020 03:05 AM PDT

Patel, the school's senior class president, and other student government leaders sent a letter to the university recently asking for a 25 percent refund, or nearly $7,000 per student. They are part of a growing rebellion against colleges and universities that refuse to cut tuition at a moment of financial peril.

"Our faculty are doing a good job of working with us," said Patel, 22, who is from New Jersey. "But at the end of the day, it's not the same as in-person learning. … It shouldn't just be a part of the business model where, no matter what happens, you have to pay the same amount. The cost needs to reflect some of the realities."

The coronavirus crisis is forcing a reckoning over the price and value of higher education. Schools geared toward full-time students ages 18 to 22 offer, in normal times, academic programs with a personal touch, including seminars, laboratory classes, office hours and research opportunities with faculty. They also tout the importance of meeting a diverse array of classmates through dormitories, dining halls, extracurricular activities, Greek life, athletic events, overseas studies and more.

Much of that vanished when campuses shuttered last month, a public health measure designed to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Many schools provided partial refunds for room and board after they sent students home. But they have held firm on tuition, arguing that classes are still moving forward and credit will still be awarded toward degrees.

"We can certainly all agree that this is not the spring semester any of us envisioned," Johns Hopkins said in a statement. "With the current plans in place to complete the academic year and deliver on its mission in service of its students, at this time Johns Hopkins University is not offering tuition refunds."

The university noted that it has issued refunds for unused portions of room and board. Patel, who lives off campus, is not expecting to get any housing rebates. But he said he is getting a $1,856.75 refund for his meal plan.

Students elsewhere are petitioning for refunds and even taking their cases to court.

In a class-action lawsuit filed last week in federal court in South Carolina, a student named Adelaide Dixon, acting on behalf of herself and classmates, demanded a refund from the University of Miami for alleged breach of contract. Undergraduate tuition and fees at the private research university total about $51,900 a year, not counting room and board.

The suit cites university marketing materials that extol the benefit of living on campus to meet other students, faculty and staff members: "It's a special time of learning and maturing; a time to be a member of the University family." The suspension of in-person teaching, the suit alleges, marked a failure to deliver on that promise.

In a statement, the university said it is "providing a robust online learning environment, and proactively working with all of our students and their families to make it through this difficult time and for all of us to emerge stronger in the future. The University is aware of the court filing and we will continue to monitor the situation."

Another class-action suit filed this week in federal court in Virginia is demanding that Liberty University refund fees for campus services students have lost because of the pandemic. Liberty said it will fight the lawsuit, "which is without legal merit." The university said it will honor a pledge to issue $1,000 credits to certain students who moved out of residence halls.

At the University of Chicago, a group of students is threatening to withhold spring tuition payments, which are due April 29, unless the school responds to demands for a temporary 50 percent tuition reduction and other financial relief. Tuition at the private university is $19,214 per quarter or more than $57,000 a year, not counting room and board. Students who qualify for financial aid often pay far less.

Julia Attie, 21, of New York, who is a senior at the University of Chicago, joined more than 1,600 people in signing a petition urging the school to negotiate on tuition. She is working to finish a bachelor's degree with a double major in history and visual arts. "I'm sitting at home and taking online classes," Attie said. "That's very real. It's not the senior spring I expected to have, and that is quite disappointing for me in a lot of ways."

Attie said she has been "pleasantly surprised" at the quality of the online classes. "My professors are really going above and beyond," she said. To her, the tuition-reduction movement is mostly a plea for help for financially distressed students and families. The university as of last summer had an endowment worth $8.5 billion. Students wonder why that fund can't be tapped more for emergency help.

The University of Chicago said in a statement that most of its endowment is legally restricted, with funds targeted for academics, research or other designated purposes. But income from the endowment does help the university provide financial aid. The university said that it will honor its financial aid commitments and increase support for students whose needs have increased during the crisis. It also has pledged not to increase the total bill for tuition, housing and fees for undergraduates in the next school year — a step that student activists consider a victory.

The university said it "remains deeply committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds, regardless of financial need, have the opportunity to benefit from and contribute to UChicago's distinctive educational environment."

The longer universities are forced to operate remotely, the more pressure they will face to cut prices to ensure they can attract students.

The private American University, in Washington, cut tuition for upcoming summer sessions when it announced those classes would not be taught in person. In 2019, the summer rate was $1,587 per credit hour for undergraduates. (A full-time schedule is generally 12 credits.) This year, the summer rate will be $1,471 — a 7 percent price cut.

AU President Sylvia M. Burwell said the reduction works out to about $1,000 in savings for a typical summer student. "We were trying to help our students and our parents and think about AU and our broader community," Burwell said. But she said there are limits to what universities can do on tuition because they depend on that revenue to pay faculty and staff and other expenses.

Burwell cautioned against viewing the summer price cut as a signal of what the university would do if classes are forced to go online in the fall. "It was a decision based on a point in time and what people are feeling right in this moment," she said.

Joe Heim contributed to this report.

10 of the best affordable online data science courses and programs - Business Insider - Business Insider

Posted: 16 Apr 2020 01:56 PM PDT

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As companies amass more data than ever, the employees best able to interpret it and apply key insights to important decision-making processes become increasingly valuable. 

But while the skillset grows more desirable, the supply of workers with the correct skills isn't sufficient — making data science skills among the most in-demand hard skills in 2020, according to LinkedIn's research.

Thankfully, there are plenty of online learning opportunities to help you prepare for a career in data science, whether it's a course that helps you master a specific skill or an intensive year-long program that helps you jump up the ladder in your current role. Many classes are offered by top schools such as Harvard and MIT, and many programs were designed by major companies like IBM and Google specifically for educating a useful future workforce. Some of them offer students the opportunity to join their talent network after completing a specific course level.

Below are a few of the most popular data science options online, including MicroMasters, professional certificates, and individual courses.

Professional certificates are bundles of related courses that help you master a specific skill, and they tend to be most useful for breaking into a new industry or getting you to the next level of your career. They can take anywhere from a few months to more than a year to complete. At Coursera, professional certificate programs typically have a 7-day free trial and a monthly fee afterward. So, the faster you complete it, the more money you'll save. At edX, professional certificates typically have a flat one-time fee. 

MicroMasters are a bundle of graduate-level courses that are designed to help you advance your career. Students have the option of applying to the university that's offering credit for the MicroMasters program certificate and, if accepted, can pursue an accelerated and less expensive Master's Degree. You can learn more here

If you end up taking a Coursera course, and you think you'll realistically spend more than $399 in monthly fees or on individual classes throughout the year, you may want to consider Coursera Plus if all the courses and programs you plan to take are included in the annual membership (90% of the site is). And, if your employer offers to cover educational costs that include online-learning programs, you may even be able to get reimbursed for the following courses. 

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10 of the most popular data science programs and courses online:


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