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Success at Scale: The growth of large-scale online programs

Fri, 2019-09-20 02:12

Stephen G. Pelletier, Unbound

In an era when many colleges and universities struggle to meet their enrollment targets, a few institutions have leapfrogged over that calculus by adding large online programs that quickly enroll hundreds—or sometimes thousands—of new students. That kind of success warrants a closer look.  [ed note: This is an especially important and under-reported movement in higher education]

https://unbound.upcea.edu/leadership-strategy/credentialing/success-at-scale-the-growth-of-large-scale-online-programs/

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Will AI replace university lecturers? Not if we make it clear why humans matter

Fri, 2019-09-20 02:05

Mark Haw, the Guardian

Many UK universities are struggling financially, but there’s one option that is rarely discussed: replacing lecturers with artificial intelligence (AI) machines. This might sound like sci-fi – after all, the lists of occupations vulnerable to AI rarely include teaching, which is still seen as too creative for computers. But a growing database of information harvested from online courses – clickstreams, eye-tracking and even emotion-detection – could make AI lecturers a common feature in the near future.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/sep/06/will-ai-replace-university-lecturers-not-if-we-make-it-clear-why-humans-matter

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Giving those with physical disabilities an advantage with an online education

Fri, 2019-09-20 02:02

Mitch Rankin, Cryptopolitan

In some of the world’s poorest countries, up to 95% of children with disabilities are out of school, despite education being a basic human right. In developed countries, this rate is not much lower at 90%. Almost 93 million children are out of school because of a disability. These students are excluded because of discrimination, lack of training in inclusive teaching methods among teachers, and a lack of accessible schools catering to their needs. The internet creates an environment free from discrimination and can level the playing field and allow disabled students an equal opportunity to a good education.

https://www.cryptopolitan.com/giving-the-disabled-an-advantage-with-an-online-education/

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Preparing for Tomorrow With Online Professional Development

Thu, 2019-09-19 02:10

By Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed
We are entering the fourth industrial revolution, in which jobs and careers are changing at a dizzying pace. The impact in the working world is profound. Overall in the U.S., the average number of years that an employee stayed with an employer as of last year was 4.2. For most people in this emerging fourth industrial revolution, professional development is not an option; it is a necessity. But that doesn’t mean it should be chore. In fact Mary Shindler, senior program manager on the learning and development team at LinkedIn, says, “Data is showing that team members who engage in learning are found to be happier and feel more satisfied in their careers.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/preparing-tomorrow-online-professional-development

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Tech giants and 2-year colleges are teaming up to teach in-demand skills

Thu, 2019-09-19 02:05

Kelly Field, Education Dive
Amazon isn’t the only tech giant actively shaping the programs that will train its future employees and customers. Google, Facebook and Apple also are collaborating with colleges as more companies face a shortage of skilled workers who can navigate an ever-evolving tech landscape. In some cases, the companies are covering the costs of the programs for students; in most, they earn no revenue. College officials say the partnerships help ensure their students graduate with the skills and knowledge employers want, as well as get priority for internships and jobs. Tech leaders say colleges — and two-year colleges, in particular — provide access to a diverse pool of candidates for jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree. They also have important connections to K-12 schools and four-year colleges.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/tech-giants-and-2-year-colleges-are-teaming-up-to-teach-in-demand-skills/562225/

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Aristo A.I. scores ‘A’ on 8th-grade science test

Thu, 2019-09-19 02:02

STEPHEN JOHNSON, Big Think

An A.I. named Aristo was able to use its language and logic skills to pass a standardized exam with flying colors. Could you score an ‘A’ on an eighth-grade science test? If so, you’re in the same league as Aristo, an artificial intelligence system whose remarkable language and logic skills highlight recent progress in the A.I. industry. Now, thanks to improved “language models” driven by neural networks, systems like Aristo are becoming much better at predicting language and understanding how to apply it to solve logic-based tasks.

https://bigthink.com/technology-innovation/aristo-ai-test

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Changing the Equation: Empowering Adult Learners with Edtech

Wed, 2019-09-18 02:09

Luminary Labs, US Dept of Ed

These case studies — featuring diverse stakeholders, actions and approaches, and lessons learned — prove there is not a single prescriptive path to supporting successful adult learning. Administrators, educators, and funders can apply the insights that work best in their unique contexts to advance adult education in their own communities.

https://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/advancing_math_market_scan_08_22_2019.pdf

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USB4 is ready: Twice as fast, smaller, and hitting devices in 2020

Wed, 2019-09-18 02:04

Liam Tung, ZDNet

Devices with new speedier Thunderbolt 3-based USB4 should reach the market in the second half of 2020.  USB4 is the next major version of the USB, which gains a major speed boost thanks to Intel licensing its Thunderbolt 3 protocol to the USB Promoter Group on a royalty-free basis. This group includes Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and Texas Instruments. USB4 will enable 40Gbps speeds equivalent to Thunderbolt 3, which is currently found in high-end computers like the MacBook Pro and peripherals.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/usb4-is-ready-twice-as-fast-smaller-and-hitting-devices-in-2020/

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Forget email: Scammers use CEO voice ‘deepfakes’ to con workers into wiring cash

Wed, 2019-09-18 02:02

Liam Tung, ZDNet
AI-generated audio was used to trick a CEO into wiring $243,000 to a scammer’s bank account. The Wall Street Journal reports that the CEO of an unnamed UK-based energy company thought he was talking on the phone with his boss, the CEO of the German parent company, who’d asked him to urgently transfer €220,000 ($243,000) to a Hungarian supplier. However, the UK CEO was in fact taking instructions from a scammer who’d used AI-powered voice technology to impersonate the German CEO. The UK-based CEO became suspicious when the fraudster called a third time requesting a second transfer and noticed the call was from an Austrian number.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/forget-email-scammers-use-ceo-voice-deepfakes-to-con-workers-into-wiring-cash/

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Can Calbright reinvent online community college?

Tue, 2019-09-17 02:10

By Wayne D’Orio, Education Dive
California’s newest public college is beginning an experiment this fall that could change how higher education serves a coveted class of students: working adults without degrees. Called Calbright, the free online community college is starting slow, offering noncredit classes with curriculum designed to teach skills requested by area companies. But less than a month before it is expected to open, Calbright is raising more questions than it has answered. Those include how it will mesh with California’s existing 114 community colleges, the extent to which it will be able to reach the underserved students it is targeting and whether it will impact online education for working adults beyond the state.
https://www.educationdive.com/news/can-calbright-reinvent-online-community-college/562147/

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Why 5G requires new approaches to cybersecurity

Tue, 2019-09-17 02:04

Tom Wheeler and David Simpson, Brookings

5G will be a physical overhaul of our essential networks that will have decades-long impact. Because 5G is the conversion to a mostly all-software network, future upgrades will be software updates much like the current upgrades to your smartphone. Because of the cyber vulnerabilities of software, the tougher part of the real 5G “race” is to retool how we secure the most important network of the 21st century and the ecosystem of devices and applications that sprout from that network.

https://www.brookings.edu/research/why-5g-requires-new-approaches-to-cybersecurity/

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About three-in-ten U.S. adults say they are ‘almost constantly’ online

Tue, 2019-09-17 02:03

BY ANDREW PERRIN AND MADHU KUMAR, Pew Research

As smartphones and other mobile devices have become more widespread, 28% of American adults now report that they go online “almost constantly,” up from 21% in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 8 to Feb. 7, 2019. Overall, 81% of Americans say they go online on a daily basis. That figure includes the 28% who go online almost constantly, as well as 45% who say they go online several times a day and 9% who go online about once a day. Some 8% go online several times a week or less often, while 10% of adults say they do not use the internet at all.

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/07/25/americans-going-online-almost-constantly/

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LinkedIn calls these 3 of the most sought-after tech skills

Mon, 2019-09-16 02:08

Karen Gilchrist, CNBC
Artificial intelligence and cloud computing are terms once reserved for the realms of science fiction. But, today, they’ve become an increasingly important — and lucrative — fixture of the employment landscape. “Some of the top skills we’re seeing that are in great demand are artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing,” Feon Ang, vice president for talent and learning solutions in Asia Pacific at professional networking site LinkedIn. The demand applies globally. However, it especially pertains to the most sought-after skills in Asia Pacific, which is currently suffering a “brain drain,” whereby talented workers are relocating overseas for better socio-economic prospects, Ang told CNBC’s “Capital Connection” Tuesday.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/22/linkedin-ai-big-data-cloud-computing-among-top-future-tech-skills.html

 

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Wi-Fi 6 is barely here, but Wi-Fi 7 is already on the way

Mon, 2019-09-16 02:05

Stephen Shankland, CNET
Wi-Fi 6 is just now arriving in phones, laptops and network equipment. But engineers are already turning their attention to what’ll come next: Wi-Fi 7. With speeds as high as 30 gigabits per second, the next generation of Wi-Fi promises better streaming video, longer range and fewer problems with traffic congestion. The change will come in a series of steps, beginning with improvements to Wi-Fi 6, that lay the groundwork for the expected arrival of Wi-Fi 7 in 2024.

https://www.cnet.com/news/wi-fi-6-is-barely-here-but-wi-fi-7-is-already-on-the-way/

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The advantages of social media for college presidents

Mon, 2019-09-16 02:02

By: Marylouise Fennell and Scott D. Miller, University Business

When Scott Miller was appointed president of Bethany College in 2007, he and Marylouise Fennell created and tested a long-term social media strategy. The strategy focused on reinforcing the brand of a nationally ranked liberal arts college in a rural section of West Virginia, and on further engaging an already loyal base of alumni and friends. In 2015, Miller was appointed president of Virginia Wesleyan University. Here, he has established multiple social media platforms that he uses as president. This is in addition to his visibility through regular e-cards, e-blasts and opinion pieces; monthly presidential e- letters; a weekly online newsletter; and online commentaries for The Virginian- Pilot, HuffPost and other news outlets. Among his platforms are Flickr, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a daily blog about campus life that feeds into the university’s website.

https://universitybusiness.com/ub-op-ed-the-advantages-of-social-media-for-college-presidents

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5 issues college leaders will confront this year

Sun, 2019-09-15 02:10

Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Enrollment, finances, immigration, free speech. Many of the issues expected at the top of college presidents’ work lists are carryovers from last year, with a few new wrinkles. Higher ed watched this summer as one public system reacted to drastic cuts in state funding. And college leaders raised yet more flags that the current political climate is threatening the supply of international students. Meanwhile, issues around Title IX are likely to heat up again with the expected release of new regulations this fall. “It’s in many ways more of the same as well as a bunch of new complications,” said Terry Hartle, senior vice president of government and public affairs at the American Council on Education (ACE).

https://www.educationdive.com/news/5-issues-college-leaders-will-confront-this-year/562057/

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Animated chart of the day: The remarkable story of female success in US higher education

Sun, 2019-09-15 02:06

Mark J. Perry, AEI Carpe Diem
The animated “bar chart race” visualization above shows the remarkable rise of women in American higher education over the last 70 years, with projections for the next decade from the Department of Education, for the female share of colleges degrees (Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor’s) annually from 1950 to 2029. Here are some observations:

https://www.aei.org/publication/animated-chart-of-the-day-the-remarkable-story-of-female-success-in-us-higher-education/

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Emerging technology can replace workers — or train them for new work

Sun, 2019-09-15 02:02

Jack Karsteh, Brookings
Skills training typically comes through higher education or from companies themselves. However, rising college tuition costs and shrinking investments in training reduce the opportunity for employees to acquire the skills needed for new kinds of work. Now, newly-emerging technologies may help to fill this void in skills training. Augmented reality and virtual reality can bring computers to manual jobs far removed from an office, giving companies and workers more options for how and where retraining takes place. Rather than requiring employees to go to a classroom or an online portal, AR and VR headsets can teach workers new skills on-site.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2019/08/29/emerging-technology-can-replace-workers-or-train-them-for-new-work/

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Analytics can help universities better support students’ learning

Sat, 2019-09-14 02:10

By KOH HIAN CHYE, Today

For a start, universities can use the data to generate predictions of students’ performance, which are then fed into early alert systems with other information such as the students’ current semester study load and their previous semesters’ cumulative grade point average. These can, in turn, provide information for faculty members to formulate intervention strategies to support individual students in their learning. For example, students who are expected to perform well in the semester can be further encouraged to not only achieve their potential but to surpass it. On the other hand, students who are expected not to perform as well can be advised to adopt good study habits and strategies and seek help early when they experience difficulties in their learning. These can contribute towards a positive learning experience and supportive learning environment.

https://www.todayonline.com/commentary/how-analytics-can-help-universities-support-students-learning-better

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Effect of Technology in Education

Sat, 2019-09-14 02:05

Reza Mousavi, Arizona Daily Register

Education has become flexible and mobile by merging with technology. Using the technology for education has led to a huge growth in online courses worldwide as it has already solved the location limitation and nowadays many students can complete course work and assignments wherever they are. Now By using technology in education, students with family commitments or those who are working full time can complete their online courses in which all colleges and universities offer these. As we already mentioned, today students don’t have any problem regarding the location as they can study from anywhere in the world and they can enroll in it.

https://arizonadailyregister.com/effect-of-technology-in-education-2780/

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