How Online Learning Is A Powerful Recourse During The COVID-19 Pandemic

| March 21, 2020

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Online learning is the best way to challenge the continuing threat of the coronavirus. With an increasing number of schools shutting down, students can continue to learn and evolve during this global pandemic (which is growing exponentially). The world woke up to "pneumonia of unknown cause" detected in Wuhan, and it has not been the same ever since. As soon as WHO declared COVID-19 (designated as 2019-nCoV) a pandemic, schools, colleges, and universities began to shutdown. Even countries are on lockdown (Italy), and many states have issued a suspension of or screening for air travel due to this novel virus. In fact, an uneven global response on whether or not school should be closed is also troubling.

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Huntington University

Located in the heart of northeast Indiana, Huntington University is a full-accredited, Christ-centered, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional adult and professional degrees in a residential and online format. In additional to being “One of the best colleges in the U.S.” (The Princeton Review and Forbes), a “Top 3 Indiana baccalaureate college” (U.S. News & World Report), and a “Top economic value” (Educate to Career), Huntington University is recognized for its impressive graduate and retention rates, second-to-none student life experience, and world-class faculty.

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3 Remote Learning Technology Must-Haves for Higher Ed

Article | April 11, 2020

Determining a timeline for when higher education will go back to “normal” is an aimless guessing game. Will it be weeks? Months? Years? For colleges and universities, the sudden shift away from traditional classroom spaces has upended typical teaching tactics. Even schools with minimal online infrastructure must now deliver distance learning at scale. For educators who are tech-savvy (and those who are not) to make this transition and develop curricula that support student success, the right resources are critical.

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How to Make the Education System More Beneficial with Blockchain and Digital Badges?

Article | January 18, 2021

Due to the increased exposures and positive COVID-19 cases, the educational industry is adapting to the fourth industrial revolution more swiftly than intended. Both students and educational institutions are realizing the requirement of technology to support the learning process. It has also led to the development of digital badges and the adoption of blockchain in this sector. But, why should we adopt blockchain? Blockchain which is originally known as being the support of digital currencies like bitcoin is not new to the academe. Blockchain can be used as a validation tool for learning. With blockchain as the backbone of the educational system, institutions will become able to list courses, manage training badges, and issue certificates to the students. It will in return reduce the chances of issuing fraudulent certificates. Moreover, having high-end encryption, even the most experienced hackers will not be able to tamper the credentials. And, what’s a digital badge? A digital badge validates the accomplishment, skills, and certifications of students. It can also be offered to the student after completing internships. In the educational sector, a digital badge can be acquired by a student after learning a skill or completing a course. It should be considered by every institution to help students in showcasing their skills in the job market as well. The digital badges are multipurpose. It can be used for certifications to show the acquired skills, transparency for other universities or schools to collect key details of the student, and validation to show that the individual has participated in a workshop or training program. Besides the basic reasons discussed, how these digital badges can help and why should institutions opt for digital badges? Why Should Educational Institutions Opt For Digital Badges? Among numerous reasons why an educational institution should go for digital badges, let’s check some of the most important reasons. Personalized Learning Micro-credentials help in dividing the part of the subjects into certain skills that enables students and educational institutions to design plans according to their needs. With the availability of personalized learning, a learner can complete the course anywhere regardless of the time and earn a badge. Skill-Based Learning A digital badge can enable students to showcase their skills while applying for an internship or part-time job. These badges must be connected with professional capabilities that confirm that it is worthy to the students. These skill badges either can be for technical skills like programming or soft skills like leadership, teamwork, and so on. Open Standards As we know that digital badges are verifiable, it offers a chance for students to learn something outside their typical classroom. It increases the achievement and abilities of the students creating a new opportunity for them at the time of recruitment. Some of the companies and institutions that are using digital certifications include Certif-ID, Stamford University, Georgetown University, and MIT. For those who want to implement blockchain and digital badges in their educational institutions, you can easily hire developers that will build a powerful system to glorify the entire education process. Wrapping it up! To maintain educational records, a digital badge is the most innovative solution. Moreover, the education industry is gradually moving towards record maintenance on blockchain to eliminate fake degrees due to which many deserving candidates lose their chance to attain better opportunities. It is also beneficial for the companies as they will not have to hire less staff for cross-checking the information which will increase their profitability and productivity as well. Despite the increasing acceptance of digital badges and blockchain in the education sector, many educators are unaware of their power. Plausibly, it is about to change soon.

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THE MANY BENEFITS OF STEM EDUCATION

Article | April 6, 2020

If you’re concerned that STEM is taking up too much classroom time, consider this: STEM permeates the curriculum in ways subjects taught in isolation can’t. STEM also teaches the skills students need for success beyond their formal education. Teachers know that they have to take advantage of every minute of instructional time they can get with students. STEM programs, with their integrated lessons, seem to usurp a considerable amount of instructional time. That can lead to arguments about pulling kids away from traditional subjects like science and math.

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Is education the new currency?

Article | February 10, 2020

To prosper in an era of technological disruption we’re told we need to become lifelong learners, and to nurture skills like creativity, adaptability and emotional intelligence. But there’s often little guidance on how to do this; navigating the bewildering array of educational options at our fingertips can be a daunting task. What if there was a way to quantify the value of each university module, training course or career choice, and map how they would shape your skills and the opportunities available to you?

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Huntington University

Located in the heart of northeast Indiana, Huntington University is a full-accredited, Christ-centered, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional adult and professional degrees in a residential and online format. In additional to being “One of the best colleges in the U.S.” (The Princeton Review and Forbes), a “Top 3 Indiana baccalaureate college” (U.S. News & World Report), and a “Top economic value” (Educate to Career), Huntington University is recognized for its impressive graduate and retention rates, second-to-none student life experience, and world-class faculty.

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