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How a Master's Program From the '80s Quietly Keeps Up With Coding Bootcamps

For Ellen Spertus, teaching computer science has evolved greatly since she began working nearly 20 years ago as a professor at Mills College, a woman’s college in Oakland, Calif. Major tech booms have shaped the ebb and flow of students to the field, new coding languages have sprung up and free online resources have emerged to train workers in programming.

California Could Soon Have Its First Fully-Online Community College

California is one step closer to having a fully online public community college.In a state budget proposal issued on Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown called for spending $120 million to create the online institution within the 114-campus California Community College system. The college would aim to help 2.5 million students earn credentials through more-flexible and affordable digital learning options.

Thinkful Raises $9.6M to Grow In-Person Hubs for Its Online Coding Bootcamp

Darrell Silver is a unlikely critic of coding bootcamps, the 9- to 12-week intensive courses in computer science and programming skills. “Bootcamps as an entity aren’t working,” he tells EdSurge.His stance isn’t uncommon. In 2017, two of the earliest and most established coding bootcamps, Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard, shut down, leaving advocates of the model with questions and critics with fuel for their case.

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?Readers’ Roundup: EdSurge HigherEd’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

New years mean clean slates, fresh perspectives and goal setting for the months ahead. At EdSurge, we’re setting our own sights high for 2018, but that starts by taking a look at what our higher-ed community liked the most from this year.We’ve rounded up our 10 most popular articles from 2017, as picked by our readers. So what were some of the most popular themes? Microcredentials, and controversial moves and pivots by edtech companies hoping to disrupt the higher education landscape.Here’s the 2017 countdown, from #10 to #1.

?Up, Out and Away! The 2018 Higher Education Technology Events Calendar

Some college students travel or study abroad to enhance their learning. Why shouldn’t the faculty, administrators and innovators who shape students’ on-campus education experience do the same?

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?Blockchain, Bitcoin and the Tokenization of Learning

In 2014, Kings College in New York became the first university in the U.S. to accept Bitcoin for tuition payments, a move that seemed more of a PR stunt than the start of some new movement. Much has changed since then, including the value of Bitcoin itself, which skyrocketed to more than $19,000 earlier this month, catapulting cryptocurrencies into the mainstream.

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?Chromageddon Comedown: Educators Are Wary After Thousands of Google Devices Fail

Kelly Dumont is an education technologist for Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah. On December 5, his district was one of many around the country that experienced a massive Chromebook error that caused hundreds of thousands of devices to temporarily disconnect from the internet.

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?Why New Jersey is Banking on a Credential Registry to Boost its Middle Class

State officials in New Jersey recently announced an ambitious goal to arm 65 percent of the state’s workforce with at least one postsecondary credential by 2025. That’s about 15 percent more than the state’s current higher-education attainment. And to get there, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is partnering with a new nonprofit that’s taking on its own arduous task: Create an index of every available higher-ed credential.

?Here’s What We Know About the Chromebook Internet Outage

Around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Adam Henderson began receiving a flood of reports from across his district’s 17 schools saying their Chromebook devices were no longer working.Henderson, who is the Director of Technology Systems at Nassau County Schools in Florida, was among the many educators who experienced the issue, which caused Chromebook devices to logout of existing internet accounts and fail to reconnect.

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With $14M Fundraise, Noodle Wants Colleges to ‘Pick and Choose’ How They Build Online Programs

As more nonprofit colleges and universities bet their futures on online offerings, many are turning to for-profit companies to help create and advertise their new digital degree programs.

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