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Quantum Computing Explained at the University of Illinois Springfield

Mon, 2019-07-29 02:06

Ryan Drawdy and Ray Schroeder, Helix Education Blog

Quantum courses have been around for a while, but today, the theories are becoming reality. The idea has already bubbled up in technical areas such as computer science, management of information systems, physics, and computer engineering. But there are also futuristic curricula that need to take into account the advantages of quantum computing. “The computers do exist,” Ray said. “Probably in the near term, they’ll be in the cloud, and we will pay for a millisecond or a second or five seconds of use of the computer at most, so it probably won’t be sitting on your desk.”  (ed note: check out the two minute animation of my explanation of quantum computing)

https://www.helixeducation.com/resources/uncategorized/quantum-computing-university-illinois-springfield/

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Lack of broadband puts tribal, rural areas ‘in jeopardy’

Mon, 2019-07-29 02:02

By Miranda Faulkner, EA Courier
The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency needs because, like many rural communities, it lacks affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband, a tribal councilwoman told a House committee Thursday. Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss was one of several witnesses who said rural areas are “in jeopardy” of being left behind without the high-speed internet access of broadband, which is used for everything from telemedicine to distance learning to up-to-the-minute market reports for farmers. “Community members can better their lives and their education through future broadband expansion,” Watahomigie-Corliss said in testimony prepared for a House Agriculture subcommittee.

https://www.eacourier.com/free-access/lack-of-broadband-puts-tribal-rural-areas-in-jeopardy/article_dd74d508-aa44-11e9-94a7-f37b39843d58.html

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Eternal student: Tech brings people back to learning

Mon, 2019-07-29 02:01

N PRABHUDEV, Deccan Chronicle

It’s changing the education system, too. Technology is playing an increasingly prominent role, allowing for new approaches like inverted classrooms, Massive Open Online Courses and ‘mobile learning’. Technology will bring about a radical transformation in schools and colleges. The ‘inverted’ or ‘flipped’ classroom usually refers to a different way of thinking about teaching and learning. In a traditional pedagogical model, a faculty member is a “sage on the stage,” while this is opening up towards a more interactive, collaborative setting.

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/200719/eternal-student-tech-brings-people-back-to-learning.html

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How do distance learners connect?

Sun, 2019-07-28 02:10

Jessica Hallman, Penn State

In a recent study, a team of researchers from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology found that creating computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments could help students identify common characteristics and life experiences they share with peers, which can build community and increase the likelihood that students remain in the program. “The online world is missing social opportunities,” said Na Sun, doctoral student in the College of IST and lead researcher on the project. “Unlike face-to-face contact, it’s hard to reach out to others when you can’t see them. That kind of presence and sense of community is very important.”

https://news.psu.edu/story/581285/2019/07/19/research/how-do-distance-learners-connect

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Colleges expand esports programs to keep pace with growing industry

Sun, 2019-07-28 02:05

Julie Wootton-Greener, Education Dive

Esports are live video game competitions, held either online or in venues with an audience where the competition is also broadcast to online channels. Popular titles include League of Legends and Fortnite, and the games are played by amateurs and professionals alike. It’s a growing industry, in which money is made from activities such as streaming, franchising and sponsorships. Global esports revenues are expected to hit $1.1 billion this year, up 27% from last year, according to market research firm Newzoo, which provides gaming and esports analytics. North America is its largest market, accounting for more than a third of all revenue.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-expand-esports-programs-to-keep-pace-with-growing-industry/558925/

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Cal State Adds Lumen Courseware to Menu of Affordable Textbooks

Sun, 2019-07-28 02:02

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

California State University’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative has partnered with Lumen Learning to make courseware from the open educational resources provider available to faculty and students across the system.  Since 2010, CSU AL$ has worked with courseware providers to assemble a broad selection of free and low-cost course materials, to make it easier for faculty to find and adopt affordable textbooks and reduce the overall cost of education for CSU students. Materials are reviewed for accessibility as well as quality and integrity of the learning content. Through the partnership, Lumen’s digital courseware is now available to CSU instructors as a low-cost textbook option for many general education courses.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/07/18/cal-state-adds-lumen-learning-courseware-to-menu-of-affordable-textbooks.aspx

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Continuous Learning the Key to IT Skills Gap

Sat, 2019-07-27 02:10

Alex Adamopoulos, Information Week

CIOs and IT leaders struggle to fill IT positions with staff who hold the right skills. But the answer is right under their noses: Educate existing teams.  This problem was crystallized by a recent study, which surveyed 100 chief information officers across the UK and found that large majorities of them are already feeling the pinch of a skills gap in IT:

78% are concerned about whether their IT talent will require upskilling;
76% are worried about recruiting the IT staff they need to remain competitive;
69% point to upskilling as something critically or highly important to their IT teams;

https://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/team-building-and-staffing/continuous-learning-the-key-to-it-skills-gap/a/d-id/1335070?

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Why Affective Computing Systems Need Synthetic Emotion

Sat, 2019-07-27 02:05

Lisa Morgan, Information Week

Affective computing systems, including care robots and virtual assistants, can facilitate more intimate human-machine relationships. Already, systems have been designed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and dementia. Meanwhile, individuals are being nudged in ways that impact their consumption and political choices, whether they realize it or not. Recognizing emotion and responding appropriately to it are more difficult problems, let alone creating AI systems that actually experience emotion. Nevertheless, humans want AI to at least sense emotion now because they’re tired of screaming at interactive voice recognition (IVR) systems, chatbots and virtual assistants out of frustration.

https://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/why-affective-computing-systems-need-synthetic-emotion/a/d-id/1335257?

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How women created some of the world’s biggest education tech companies

Sat, 2019-07-27 02:02

by Natalie Nezhati, the Guardian

Leading the way for female edtech representation globally is Daphne Koller, a Stanford University professor and creator of online learning platform, Coursera. She founded Coursera in 2012 with friend and fellow educator, Andrew Ng, after delivering one of her classes online through video.“The traditional education system needs to move on,” says Melody Lang, who launched her own purpose-driven investment company in January 2019. An experienced educational researcher and adaptive learning developer, Lang is “driven by making things better”. Mental health, wellness, soft skills and lifelong learning are at the top of her agenda.

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2019/jul/18/how-women-created-some-of-the-worlds-biggest-education-tech-companies

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OPINION: Ending the stigma for college students with learning disabilities

Fri, 2019-07-26 02:09

by LINDSAY JONES and TED MITCHELL, Hechinger Report

Students with disabilities, and especially those with invisible disabilities that affect how they learn, often struggle because of public misperceptions and stigmas.  While nearly one in five college students has some type of disability, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the median percentage across all institutions of undergraduate students formally registered as having a disability was only 6 percent in 2017. This is a serious concern, and one that colleges and universities must address head-on.  Earlier this year, our organizations, along with the American Association of University Administrators, partnered to release new resources focused on actions that college leaders and faculty can take to empower students with disabilities.

https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-higher-ed-and-learning-disabilities/

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Employers as Educators

Fri, 2019-07-26 02:06

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Amazon moves deeper into offering postsecondary credentials, following Google and other big employers, but largely bypasses traditional colleges with the expanded training options.  Resistance by many colleges to adapt to the economy and evolving education and training needs may be a reason why Amazon is building its own credential infrastructure, said Jim Fong, chief research officer for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.  “The message is really more about core competencies and who can do it better, cheaper and faster and whether colleges and universities can do that anymore,” he said via email. But Fong added that the Amazon news “might be the shot in the arm that higher education may need to accelerate what may be a slow and bureaucratic process regarding content and credentials needed in the marketplace.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/07/17/amazon-google-and-other-tech-companies-expand-their

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This map shows the states with the widest salary gaps

Fri, 2019-07-26 02:03

Allana Akhtar, SFgate

College is more expensive than ever, leading many business leaders and experts to offer ways to get good jobs without needing a degree.   Yet college graduates still earn more than non-college graduates in every state in the US, according to data from the 2017 American Consumer Survey. Here’s how much more college graduates make in every state.

https://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/College-grads-still-earn-more-than-workers-with-13844245.php

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Leading Faculty Support in Online Learning

Thu, 2019-07-25 02:10

By Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed
Ray Schroeder discusses the unusual mix of qualities that prepare people to succeed in the realm of faculty support. Effective leadership is a mix of knowledge, skill, inspiration, a passion of purpose and an essence of care and joy. These might seem to be a rare combination of qualities, but I have seen them come together time and again in the successful leaders and their operations at colleges and universities across the country. I write often about the changing technologies and trends, but today I want to address the special qualities of successful leadership in this field that make this field special.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/leading-faculty-support-online-learning

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Colleges Should Build Online Programs, Not New Gyms and Climbing Walls

Thu, 2019-07-25 02:04

By Robert Ubell, EdSurge

As college leaders scroll through their perilous spreadsheets this summer, anxiously looking for the most productive way to spend their meager resources, this may be the time for them to rethink their usual approach—and aggressively invest in online education. After all, with national on-campus enrollments faltering, online numbers continue to speed forward.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-07-10-colleges-should-build-online-programs-not-new-gyms-and-climbing-walls

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5 higher-ed management challenges leaders face each day

Thu, 2019-07-25 02:02

BY LAURA ASCIONE,  Campus Technology
Higher-ed management challenges can be daunting–here’s how leaders are juggling the demands of today’s institutions.  Academic leaders face higher-ed management challenges every day. Some have relatively clear-cut solutions, while others are more complicated and require critical thinking and innovation. From meeting the demands of a new group of traditional students to juggling recruitment and retention at the community college level, there’s always something testing higher-ed leaders’ mettle. Here are five higher-ed management challenges facing leaders each day:

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/07/03/5-higher-ed-management-challenges-leaders-face-each-day/

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California Students Caught in the Middle

Wed, 2019-07-24 13:50
Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed Education Department officials announced Monday that Californians who are enrolled in online programs at public or private nonprofit colleges and universities in other states will be ineligible for federal financial aid under the 2016 state authorization rules that took effect in May because of a judge’s ruling.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/07/24/dispute-over-federal-rules-state-authorization-imperils

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Study: Racial diversity continues to lag among college faculty

Wed, 2019-07-24 02:09

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Black and Hispanic faculty members are underrepresented at bachelor’s-, master’s- and doctorate-level institutions, according to a new study published in the Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy. At bachelor’s institutions, 5.2% of tenured faculty members are black and 6.6% are Hispanic or Latino. At the doctoral level, those shares shrink to 4% and 4.6%, respectively.  White faculty members make up 78.9% of those with tenure at bachelor’s institutions and 74.2% at doctoral institutions. However, the report notes, an overall decrease in the share of white faculty members hasn’t been “accounted for by increases in other races and ethnicities.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/racial-diversity-continues-to-lag-among-college-faculty-study-finds/558394/

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2019’s States with the Most and Least Student Debt

Wed, 2019-07-24 02:05

Adam McCann, Wallet Hub

Not all states are equal when it comes to the burden of student loans. With student-loan debtors in mind, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 12 key measures of indebtedness and earning opportunities. Our data set ranges from average student debt to unemployment rate among the population aged 25 to 34 to share of students with past-due loan balances. Read on for our findings, insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-for-student-debt/7520/

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Alibaba has claimed a new record in AI language understanding MIT Technology Review

Wed, 2019-07-24 02:03

Alibaba has claimed a new record in AI language understanding

MIT Technology Review
An AI program developed by Alibaba has notched up a record-high score on a reading comprehension test. The result shows how machines are steadily improving at handling text and speech. The new record was set using the Microsoft Machine Reading Comprehension (MS MARCO) data set, which uses real questions that Bing users have asked in the past. The AI program had to read many web pages of information to be able to answer questions such as “What is a corporation?

https://www.technologyreview.com/f/613931/alibaba-has-claimed-a-new-record-in-ai-language-understanding/

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21 Low-Cost Online Master’s Degrees from Coursera and edX

Tue, 2019-07-23 02:07

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

We may be on the cusp of a postsecondary revolution in master’s level credentialing for professional programs. It is a revolution, however, that few seem to be taking note. Both edX and Coursera are partnering with top institutions to offer high-quality/low-cost graduate programs. These online programs, as they evolve in quality and reach and employer acceptance, have the potential to shift the marketplace for master’s degrees. To get a handle on the development of low-cost online master’s degrees, I spent some time on the edX and Coursera websites.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/21-low-cost-online-masters-degrees-coursera-and-edx

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