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7 higher education trends to watch in 2020

Mon, 2020-01-20 01:03

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive

College consolidation, partnerships with employers and the effects of deregulation are among the topics we’ll have our eye on this year. Higher education made a striking number of headlines in 2019, in part due to the Varsity Blues scandal that exposed the seedier aspects of college admissions and attracted nationwide attention for its celebrity perpetrators. But last year brought other changes and controversies to higher ed. Conversations about how to keep struggling small colleges alive have resulted in new state accountability legislation, the first of its kind.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/7-higher-education-trends-to-watch-in-2020/569629/

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Living AI: From Potential To Practice

Sun, 2020-01-19 01:10

Sandeep Kishore, Forbes

Artificial intelligence (AI) is ubiquitous. Whether we are consciously aware of it or unknowingly using it, AI is present at work, at home and in our everyday transactions. From our productivity in the office to the route we take home to the products we purchase and even the music we listen to, AI is influencing many of our decisions. Those decisions are still ours to make, but soon enough the decisions will be made by AI-enabled systems without waiting for the final approval from us. As of now, the default state for decision systems is “off.”  What if we switch that default state to be “on”?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2020/01/03/living-ai-from-potential-to-practice/#4c24d3d6571a

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China ramps up tech education in bid to become artificial intelligence leader

Sun, 2020-01-19 01:05

Dawn Liu, NBC News

China has a lot of ground to make up on AI, with the number of top researchers in the field standing at one-fifth of that in the United States in 2017, according to research by the Washington-based Center for Data Innovation. At the same time, it faces a shortage of 5 million AI professionals, according to a 2017 article from the state-owned newspaper People’s Daily. These disadvantages have not stopped it from setting ambitious targets: The country aims to catch up with the U.S. next year, based on “A Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan,” a government blueprint.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-ramps-tech-education-bid-become-artificial-intelligence-leader-n1107806

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5 Easy Ways to Engage in Lifelong Learning Every Day

Sun, 2020-01-19 01:03

By Jared Atchison, Thrive Global

Lifelong learning is defined as the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.” Engaging in lifelong learning is important if you want to keep your mind in shape, improve your skills, and boost your confidence. But, you might be worried that engaging in lifelong learning requires you to sign up for expensive and time-consuming college classes. Don’t worry though, there are a number of easy and free ways you can incorporate lifelong learning into your daily life.

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/5-easy-ways-to-engage-in-lifelong-learning-every-day/

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20 edtech predictions for higher ed in 2020

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:10

LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

We asked educators, edtech executives and stakeholders to look to the future and share their thoughts and predictions about what trends will be most prominent in 2020. In addition to the usual suspects–artificial intelligence (AI), active learning, and microcredentials–people predicted a larger focus on community partnerships, more dedication to underserved students, and a need for institutions to prove their return on investment to students.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/01/01/edtech-predictions-for-higher-ed-in-2020/

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3 Major Theories of Motivation That Massively Boost Engagement In eLearning Courses

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:05

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

In order to create an eLearning framework that truly engages learners on a multiplicity of levels, LMS designers and theorists must look to the innate factors within learners to both capture their attention and push them to truly engage in the courses offered to them. By utilizing established principles and theories of motivation, eLearning administrators can boost engagement across the board and truly maximize what their services have to offer. With that in mind, here are three theories of motivation that appeal to the eLearning experience. Utilizing aspects of these theories can do wonders for an LMS company looking to enhance their offerings to give learners an experience worth remembering.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/3-major-theories-of-motivation-that-massively-boost-engagement-in-elearning-courses/

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Report: Shrinking share of adults thinks college is ‘important’

Sat, 2020-01-18 01:03

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive

About half of U.S. adults (51%) think having a college education is “very important,” according to a recent poll from Gallup that solicited responses from around 2,000 people.  However, the data shows the public’s view of higher education has diminished in recent years. In 2013, 70% of respondents to a similar survey said college was “very important,” though a bigger share of respondents in 2019 said college was “fairly” important (36%) than did in 2013 (23%).  The decline was pronounced among two groups: adults ages 18 to 29 and self-identified Republicans. Pundits have expressed concern about research that shows waning trust in academia among conservatives.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-shrinking-share-of-adults-thinks-college-is-important/569701/

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How the Next Decade’s Technological Tsunami Will Change Life as We Know it

Fri, 2020-01-17 01:10

Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair

And yet a decade from now, on the eve of 2030, we’ll look back at today in astonishment at how primitive life was in 2019. By then, it’s likely that cars will drive themselves. They won’t even look like cars, more like traveling gyms or gaming cars or mobile beds to nap on during your commute. Some will fly. (Maybe most of them will.) The TV on your wall will be replaced by wallpaper that screens images. Your phone could be replaced with a contact lens, or some glasses that (finally) look like glasses. Siri or Alexa will feel like another human living in your house—a creepy, invasive, all-knowing human—that will not only be able to understand sarcasm and intonation but will be able to identify which family member is talking to it, and respond with sarcasm and intonation in kind. You won’t shop on Amazon; Amazon will know exactly what you need, and when you need it, and boxes of groceries or diapers or dog poop bags will just show up at your house in what some people are calling “zero click shopping.”

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/12/new-technology-2020-will-change-life-as-we-know-it

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China has started a grand experiment in AI education. It could reshape how the world learns.

Fri, 2020-01-17 01:05

Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

As machines become better at rote tasks, humans will need to focus on the skills that remain unique to them: creativity, collaboration, communication, and problem-solving. They will also need to adapt quickly as more and more skills fall prey to automation. This means the 21st-century classroom should bring out the strengths and interests of each person, rather than impart a canonical set of knowledge more suited for the industrial age. AI, in theory, could make this easier. It could take over certain rote tasks in the classroom, freeing teachers up to pay more attention to each student. Hypotheses differ about what that might look like. Perhaps AI will teach certain kinds of knowledge while humans teach others; perhaps it will help teachers keep track of student performance or give students more control over how they learn. Regardless, the ultimate goal is deeply personalized teaching.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614057/china-squirrel-has-started-a-grand-experiment-in-ai-education-it-could-reshape-how-the/

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The Decade Great Education Became More Available

Fri, 2020-01-17 01:03

Gregory Ferenstein, Forbes

When I think back on the decade, one area of the tech industry stands out as having made big strides on a long-held dream: education. One of the great promises of the information age was that it would usher in an era where nearly anyone around the globe could have access to some of the best teachers and educational resources. The 2010s made a huge leap forward toward that goal.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gregoryferenstein/2020/12/31/the-decade-great-education-become-more-accessible/#778f36f34ea3

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2019’s Most Popular Massive Online Courses According to Class Central

Thu, 2020-01-16 01:05

By IBL News

ClassCentral.com issued a list of the 100 most popular free online university courses of 2019. These MOOCs have been developed by 68 universities. In the past eight years, over 900 universities have launched 13,500 online courses, which have been taken by 110 million learners. Class Central’s ranking is based on data generated from the users on its website, specifically regarding enrollments and bookmarks.

https://iblnews.org/2019s-most-popular-online-courses-according-to-class-central/

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Will ‘No Code’ App Builders Mean Fewer Developer Jobs?

Thu, 2020-01-16 01:02

Nick Kolakowski, Dice

Unfortunately, more than a few executives might make that kind of “logical” leap and begin reducing their numbers of tech professionals on staff, figuring that other employees with a bit of training can pick up the proverbial slack. Of course, this is a mistaken assumption—these no- and low-code platforms, although increasingly sophisticated, can’t handle many of the development tasks that companies need. (They also can’t handle the building and maintenance of the rest of the tech stack.) Indeed, most data suggests that software developer roles will only increase in coming years. According to recent data crunched by The Knowledge Academy (which provides online training courses) and Glassdoor, the United States will add more than a quarter-million new software developer roles by 2026. But “citizen coders,” combined with the rise of automation, means those developers will need more highly refined skill-sets if they want to land and preserve their jobs.

https://insights.dice.com/2019/12/30/no-code-app-builders-fewer-developer-jobs/

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A Good Learner Consults Many Teachers

Thu, 2020-01-16 01:02

Nick Douglas, LifeHacker

When you want to learn a new skill, don’t use just one book, or app, or YouTube tutorial. Try a lot of them, stick with a couple of them, and occasionally consult others. No teacher or tutorial can encompass all the valid ways of learning a thing. A guide to precise classical piano cannot teach you jazz piano. Strunk & White cannot teach you to write a florid fantasy novel. Bob Ross cannot get you into the Guggenheim. If you want to get serious about a skill, you have to have more than one influence. You have to be ready for new challenges, you have to find your own voice, you have to adapt to added difficulties that your main teacher may not anticipate.

https://lifehacker.com/a-good-learner-consults-many-teachers-1840729127

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2020s — the Decade of AI and Quantum

Wed, 2020-01-15 13:08

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

Make no mistake, we have crossed the threshold into the fourth industrial revolution that will most markedly advance this decade through maturing artificial intelligence, ultimately driven by quantum computing. The changes will come at an ever-increasing rate as the technologies and societal demands accelerate.  That includes higher education. The centuries-old model of the faculty member at a podium addressing a class of students who are inconsistently and inaccurately taking notes on paper or laptop will seem so quaint, inefficient and impractical that it will be laughable. Observers in 2030 will wonder how any significant learning even took place in that environment.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/2020s-decade-ai-and-quantum

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Why Ball State University is seeing more adult, part-time grad students

Wed, 2020-01-15 01:10

Seth Slabaugh, Muncie Star Press

The university says it has seen 69% growth over the past five years in the number of students taking all of their classes online. “The most important thing to take from this … is we know that the majority of our growth in online programs are part-time, adult students at the graduate level,” Trudi Weyermann, assistant provost for learning initiatives, told the university’s board of trustees recently.

https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/education/2019/12/27/why-ball-state-university-sees-more-adult-part-time-grad-students/2751369001/

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Top football players are a class apart on many college campuses — due to online course offerings

Wed, 2020-01-15 01:05

By Associated Press

Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow is a hero on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus, but he hasn’t seen much of it because he took graduate courses online. Justin Fields rarely has to step inside an Ohio State classroom building because he also does most of his school work online to accommodate his grueling football schedule.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/top-football-players-are-a-class-apart-on-many-college-campuses-due-to-online-course-offerings-2019-12-27

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What Is 5G? The Definitive Guide to the 5G Network Rollout

Wed, 2020-01-15 01:03

By Caitlin McGarry, Tom’s Guide

After years of hype about gigabit speeds that will let you download full-length movies in mere seconds, 5G became a reality in 2019. All four wireless carriers flipped the switch on 5G in the U.S., and you can buy 5G phones that can take advantage of faster speeds on those networks. And yet, people still struggle to explain just what 5G is. Part of the confusion stems from the fact that 5G hasn’t yet realized its full potential. Here’s where we are now, and what we can expect from 5G when the new networking standard blankets the country with faster speeds and lower latency.

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/5g-release-date,review-5063.html

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AI, Blockchain to Reshape Education Sector in 2020

Tue, 2020-01-14 01:10

Sohini BagchiSohini Bagchi, CXO Today

In the past decade, the Internet and digital innovation disrupted the education landscape across the world. Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), e-learning tools and virtual reality (VR) are already giving impetus to newer concepts like immersive and experiential learning. This trend of innovation with advanced tools and technologies is expected to continue at a faster pace throughout 2020, believe experts. Some of the trends and practices that are already changing India’s education sector and will do so in the coming months include…

https://www.cxotoday.com/news-analysis/ai-blockchain-to-reshape-education-sector-in-2020/

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Software Engineers Just Want to Keep Learning: Study

Tue, 2020-01-14 01:05

Nick Kolakowski, Dice

What motivates software engineers to pursue new opportunities? According to data crunched by Triplebyte, “opportunity for professional growth” is the biggest motivator, ahead of salary, better work/life balance, and “impressive team members.” (The company, which tries to streamline the technical hiring process, asks every engineer on its platform about what would excite them most in their next position.) For most software engineers, professional growth is necessary for a healthy career. “It’s not uncommon for us to see skilled programmers left on the sidelines for the sin of sticking with PHP or Perl for a little too long,” Triplebyte wrote in a note accompanying the data. “For all that software engineering is a lucrative and comfortable career in some respects, a smart and career-aware engineer knows that their long-term employability is more precarious than it might look at any given time.”

https://insights.dice.com/2019/12/27/software-engineers-want-keep-learning/

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MOOCs and Open Education in the Global South Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities

Tue, 2020-01-14 01:03

Ke Zhang, Curtis J. Bonk, Thomas C. Reeves, Thomas H. Reynolds

With e-learning technologies evolving and expanding at high rates, organizations and institutions around the world are integrating massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other open educational resources (OERs). MOOCs and Open Education in the Global South explores the initiatives that are leveraging these flexible systems to educate, train, and empower populations previously denied access to such opportunities. Featuring contributors leading efforts in rapidly changing nations and regions, this wide-ranging collection grapples with accreditation, credentialing, quality standards, innovative assessment, learner motivation and attrition, and numerous other issues.
https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9780429398919

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