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COMMUNITY MATTERS. Online students crave interaction with classmates and instructors, according to a report
from Learning House and Aslanian Market Research. Researchers polled 1,500 students who are “seriously considering, currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from a fully online program”
in an effort to better understand the behaviors and needs of the typical online college student. More than half of the survey respondents deemed interaction with their academic community important; a quarter asserted that “having more contact with their instructors and more engagement with classmates would improve the caliber of their online courses.” Read the full story online.
STRENGTHENING STEM. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina has received a million-dollar grant to draw more students to STEM subjects and improve the education they
receive. The program, “Implementation Project: Strengthening Student Success in STEM,” will use “evidence-based, high-impact pedagogical practices to improve student learning and outcomes,” according to the grant proposal. Practices will include flipped learning with adaptive math courses, active learning, “intrusive” peer tutoring and supplemental instruction and undergraduate research. The goal:
to significantly improve recruitment, persistence, retention and graduation rates for STEM undergraduate students. Read the full story online.
COLLEGE REGRETS. Many adults would change at least one big decision related to their college education if they could, most often related to their major, what institution they attended or what type of degree they pursued. This finding came from interviews with almost 90,000 U.S. adults conducted as part of an “Education Consumer Pulse” survey run between June 2016 and March 2017 by Gallup and Strada Education Network. Those
with some college but no degree were most likely to regret their original majors; 42 percent of survey respondents said they had second thoughts about that aspect of their postsecondary education. In contrast, those who had some postgraduate work or a postgraduate degree were least likely to express regret over their choice of majors (26 percent and 24 percent, respectively). Read the full story online.4
WATCHES LEAD WEARABLES GROWTH. According to the latest prediction from International Data Corp., the worldwide wearables market will increase 20.4 percent this year compared to 2016, and nearly double by 2021 — reaching a total of 240.1 million units shipped that year. The majority of that growth will come from the watches product category, which IDC anticipates “will account for the majority of all wearable devices shipped during the forecast period.” Read the full story online.
Left: Apple; Right: dotshock/Shutterstock

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