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Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal Posted: 29 Jun 2021 04:00 AM PDT Education-technology company 2U Inc., which runs graduate programs for dozens of top universities, is buying web-based course provider edX, a nonprofit founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for $800 million. The deal combines two major players in online instruction as universities around the world push more aggressively into digital offerings. Many schools scrambled to shift courses online when the pandemic shut campuses last year, and they are now expected to build on—and polish—the programs. The sale proceeds will go to a nonprofit, to be run by Harvard and MIT, that the schools say will focus on reducing inequalities in access to education. It will maintain the open-acc

Universities Partner for Online Cybersecurity Program - GovTech

Universities Partner for Online Cybersecurity Program - GovTech


Universities Partner for Online Cybersecurity Program - GovTech

Posted: 28 Jun 2021 11:35 AM PDT

(TNS) — A new cybersecurity governance certificate program is being launched by Concordia and Dominican universities in River Forest.

The program, expected to be available this fall, is designed to prepare students for managing rapid advancements in the burgeoning information technology field. The four-course certificate program will be delivered fully online and will be taught by instructors from both universities.

Courses will be scheduled so students can complete the certification in two semesters, officials said.


"Cybersecurity is a complex problem," said Dominican professor Stacy Kowalczyk. "It is not just a technology issue, but also a social issue that involves legal and regulatory requirements, human behavior and organizational management. This certificate is unique in that it addresses both the technical and social issues that surround cybersecurity. Organizations need people who can synthesize the technology and the social aspects of cybersecurity in jobs such as cybersecurity governance managers, risk and compliance management, information strategy development, data security, data governance, threat assessment and auditors."

The certificate is offered as an added credential for post-baccalaureate or post-master's degree students, as well as for students currently pursuing master's degrees in library and information science, information management and business.

Courses in the certificate program will be offered in eight-week segments and cover topics such as cybersecurity threats and proactive counter attacks, risk management and the legal, social and policy issues surrounding information privacy.


"We are excited to partner with Dominican on this certificate program that is relevant and beneficial to students as they enter today's workforce," said Dean of Concordia's College of Business Claudia Santin. "Preparing more students to solve cybersecurity challenges is increasingly crucial in a world where people want protection from identity theft and cyberattacks."

More information about the cybersecurity governance certificate program is available by emailing skowalczyk@dom.edu.

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Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal

Posted: 29 Jun 2021 04:00 AM PDT

Education-technology company 2U Inc., which runs graduate programs for dozens of top universities, is buying web-based course provider edX, a nonprofit founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for $800 million.

The deal combines two major players in online instruction as universities around the world push more aggressively into digital offerings. Many schools scrambled to shift courses online when the pandemic shut campuses last year, and they are now expected to build on—and polish—the programs.

The sale proceeds will go to a nonprofit, to be run by Harvard and MIT, that the schools say will focus on reducing inequalities in access to education. It will maintain the open-access course platform built by edX, research online and hybrid-learning models, and work to minimize the digital divide that still serves as a barrier for many younger students and adults, the schools said.

"This is early innings in the digital transformation of education," said 2U CEO Chip Paucek, adding that he anticipates a time when "online education is normalized as, simply, education."

EdX was founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012, its aim to democratize elite education with free classes, taught by top professors, available to students globally. Over time, it added completion certificates, available for a fee, and course sequences that, when stacked together, could lead to credentials and ultimately a degree. It also began providing corporate training in subjects including entrepreneurship and cybersecurity.

Emerging Careers of the Future - MPress - Maryville University News

Posted: 28 Jun 2021 03:20 PM PDT

Maryville University is launching nine new technology-centered online certificate programs to help students prepare for some of the most in-demand and lucrative career opportunities on the market.

These standalone credentials represent a parallel path for students who aren't necessarily seeking a full college degree but want to upskill, reskill or advance in their careers.

"We've spoken with employers and employees across industries, and it's clear that the workforce is changing," said Jennifer Yukna, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "People hoping to grow professionally, or shift careers entirely, need more options to help them build skills to keep up and become job-ready, quickly."

There are seven certificates available for students seeking college credit. The bachelor's and post-baccalaureate certificate programs can be completed in approximately five or six courses:

Bachelor's Level (college credit)
1. Artificial Intelligence
2. Cybersecurity
3. Data Science
4. Software Development
5. User Experience/User Interface (UX/UI)

Post-Baccalaureate Level (college credit)
6. Big Data
7. Machine Learning

In addition, Maryville University is launching two digital business-focused certificates through a partnership with Pearson Advance, an online platform that brings learners easy access to flexible online courses and certificates run by top universities around the nation. These non-credit certificate programs can be completed in as few as 10 weeks:

1. Digital Marketing
2. Digital Sales Operations

Designed with input from employers in the field and taught by experienced practitioners, the new certificate programs aim to get students career-ready so they can take advantage of the many opportunities in the growing field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in fields related to computer science is projected to grow 11% between 2019 and 2029 — nearly three times the average growth projected across all industries.

The new online certificates build on nearly 150 years of academic excellence at Maryville and a tradition of innovation.

"We have always understood that education isn't one-size-fits-all," said Katherine Louthan, Dean of the School of Adult and Online Education. "Different students have different circumstances and considerations, and Maryville is committed to being as inclusive and accommodating as possible. Our certificate programs underscore that mission, serving as alternative paths to meet learners where they are — and help them reach their career goals."

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Distance learning proves good fit for Kauaʻi residents | University of Hawaiʻi System News - UH System Current News

Posted: 28 Jun 2021 07:06 PM PDT

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Kalei Carvalho and family

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects throughout the world, resilience and innovation has created new opportunities for some people.

Kauaʻi resident Kalei Carvalho earned a master's degree in education in learning and design and technology from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's College of Education in spring 2021, without having to leave her island. She was selected to represent the University Center Kauaʻi as its student speaker at Kauaʻi Community College's commencement ceremonies in May.

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Kalei Carvalho

"I realized that I didn't have to leave Kauaʻi to pursue my bachelor's degree or my master's degree," Carvalho said in her speech. "I know many of you have taken your first online course within the last year. Like you, my journey exposed me to new and different skill sets throughout all my distance learning that helped tremendously for my master's project."

In 2021, 44 degrees across 23 distance education programs were awarded to Kauaʻi students. Students receive degrees or certificates awarded by the UH campus offering the program of study. These distance education programs allow students to "learn at home" as many students are not able to relocate to a neighbor island to pursue an education because of obligations including work, children and eldercare. Graduates often continue to reside and work on Kauaʻi upon graduation.

An increasing number of students on Kauaʻi have pursued UH distance learning degrees, from 147 in 2019 to 185 in 2021. The majority of students are enrolled at UH West Oʻahu (48%), followed by UH Mānoa (46%) and UH Hilo (6%).

"The University Center Kauaʻi is such a valuable resource to Kauaʻi residents because we provide students with comprehensive individualized local support to help them navigate their distance education journey," said Rhonda Liu, an educational specialist with the University Center Kauaʻi. "I think it is important for people to know they don't have to relocate to pursue a certificate, bachelor's degree or higher as there are opportunities to earn their degrees online and hybrid through the University of Hawaiʻi campuses."

UH distance learning opportunities

Distance learning gives students access to education through audio, video and computer technologies without having to be physically present in the same location as an instructor. Students can earn a four-year or master's degree from campuses system-wide with support from these University Centers.

In addition, students may also receive support for a degree or certificate through campus-sponsored UH Education Centers.

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