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MOOCs Could Be Effective for Employee Upskilling

According to a team of researchers from Canadian University Dubai, Lancaster University and the University of Adelaide, a review of literature found that massive open online courses can provide flexible learning, address rapidly changing skills needs and deliver credentials.

Long-Term Learning Gains Remain Elusive with Flipped Model

The flipped learning model doesn't necessarily work in the long term, according to an experiment at West Point.

Work, Financial Pressures Are Top Reasons for Stopping Out of College

American adults without postsecondary degrees are most likely to withdraw from college due to competing demands of school, employment and other responsibilities, according to a new survey from Lumina Foundation, Strada Education Network and Gallup.

Higher Ed Enrollment Decline Continues; For-Profit Shrinkage Slowing

Four-year for-profit colleges took the brunt of the continued decline in higher education enrollments, according to the latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Report: Community-Based Threat Intelligence Can Help Prevent Violent Events

According to a report from LiveSafe, mass shooting incidents can be prevented when people who are part of those communities detect "deviations" from the norm — "when something appears dangerous, when a person is acting suspicious, or when a friend or colleague is in crisis."



College Completion Rates Inch Up Again

Once again, college completion rates this year rose across the board for students attending all types of colleges and universities. The latest analysis by the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse found that the overall national six-year completion rate for 2.3 million students reached 59.7 percent for those entering school for the first time in fall 2013, up from 58.3 percent for students who entered in 2012.

Smartphone Market Expected to Pick Up in 2020

Personal computing device shipments are looking stronger than expected for 2019, and smartphone deliveries are expected to bump up in 2020, according to two separate analyses by International Data Corp.

Office and Penetration Testing Software Increasingly Becoming Vectors for Malware

Half of all malware that tried to infect computers during the third quarter of 2019 was already known. The other half was "zero-day" malware, which bypassed (and therefore went undetected by) traditional signature-based security software.

Adult Learning Worldwide Not Keeping Pace with Need

A worldwide study of adult learning has found that those who most need it have the greatest trouble getting it. According to a report on the research, adults (defined as people over the age of 15) with disabilities, who are older, who are refugees or migrants, who live in areas of conflict, who are part of minority groups or other disadvantaged segments of society are "particularly under-represented" in education programs intended to deliver lifelong learning opportunities.

Virtual Advising Alone Insufficient to Make a Difference in College Admission

A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that virtual advising may work for some prospective college students, but targeting who it can benefit is difficult. According to the research, "many students probably need in-person and more intensive help to increase four-year enrollments."

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