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CDC: Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education

Tue, 2020-06-02 02:05

As some institutes of higher education (IHE) open in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following considerations for ways in which IHEs can help protect students and employees (e.g., faculty, staff, and administrators) and slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). IHEs vary considerably in geographic location, size, and structure. As such, IHE officials can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials, whether and how to implement these considerations while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the IHE and local community. Implementation should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of each community.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/considerations.html

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Doctors are using mixed reality while treating COVID-19 patients

Tue, 2020-06-02 02:02

BY DAN ROBITZSKI, Futurism
Doctors in the U.K. have started using mixed reality headsets to communicate with their peers, drastically cutting down how many medical workers need to come into contact with COVID-19 patients. The Microsoft goggles let the wearer communicate with colleagues or request information like x-ray results from technicians waiting safely in a different room, BBC News reports. And while the idea seems alien at first, doctors told BBC News they think the technology will definitely help limit future spread of the coronavirus.

https://futurism.com/neoscope/doctors-mixed-reality-treat-covid19-patients

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Exploring the State of University Online Learning

Mon, 2020-06-01 02:07

Brian Runo interviews Ray Schroeder, MarketScale

Schroeder and host Brian Runo discussed the state of online learning for universities as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic. With predictive models showing possible new surges of cases in the fall, some universities are going to continue online, while others will reopen for fall with safety precautions in place. Schroeder and Runo also chatted about what to expect from online learning in the future and how universities can prepare for education in the future.

https://marketscale.com/industries/education-technology/exploring-the-state-of-university-online-learning/

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Now hiring AI futurists: It’s time for artificial intelligence to take a seat in the C-Suite

Mon, 2020-06-01 02:05

Brian Solis, ZD Net
In a time of COVID-19 disruption, futurists can accelerate organizational recovery and capacity. When partnered with purpose-built AI, augmented intelligence can also spur radical innovation. COVID-19 disruption has left enterprises with no choice but to reassess digital transformation investments and roadmaps. While less important projects are delayed, transformation projects involving AI and automation are receiving a lot of attention right now. In just the last 60 days, the adoption of varying levels of AI technologies across the enterprise surged with an incredible sense of urgency.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/now-hiring-ai-futurists-in-an-era-of-covid-19-its-time-for-artificial-intelligence-to-take-a-seat-in-the-c-suite/

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Secretive agency uses AI, human ‘forecasters’ to predict the future

Mon, 2020-06-01 02:02

PAUL RATNER, Big Think
A U.S. government intelligence agency develops cutting-edge tech to predict future events. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a research arm of the U.S. government intelligence community, is focused on predicting the future. The organization uses teams of human non-experts and AI machine learning to forecast future events. IARPA also conducts advanced research in numerous other fields, funding rotating programs.

https://bigthink.com/technology-innovation/secretive-agency-uses-ai-human-forecasters-to-predict-future

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COVID-19 shows that America’s broadband plan is still in beta

Sun, 2020-05-31 02:10

Blair Levin, Brookings

By mandating that the FCC assess the United States’ progress against the goals of the original plan, Sen. Markey’s legislation would accelerate our progress… In addition, the legislation adds two more important requirements: First, it tells the FCC to assess what COVID-19 has taught us about how Americans can use broadband to learn, work, receive medical information and treatment, and participate in civic communications. Second, the proposed legislation imposes genuine, ongoing accountability by directing the FCC to provide annual reports on the progress of achieving the updated plan’s goals

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/05/18/covid-19-shows-that-americas-broadband-plan-is-still-in-beta/

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Uncertain when campuses can open, colleges make their fall plans flexible

Sun, 2020-05-31 02:05

Alia Wong, Education Dive

By splitting up courses and preparing for online classes, some schools hope to make the term easier to adapt as the public health situation changes. “There’s a great deal of speculation about everything,” said Terry Hartle, the American Council on Education’s senior vice president of government and public affairs. “When you’re in the middle of a hurricane, it’s hard to see what things are going to look like” after it passes. Despite the uncertainty, most residential colleges say they intend to reopen their campuses in a few months.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/uncertain-when-campuses-can-open-colleges-make-their-fall-plans-flexible/578092/

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Fall to Be Online After Thanksgiving at Several Institutions

Sun, 2020-05-31 02:02

Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
Four universities are now publicly preparing for a fall semester that begins in person and then switches to remote instruction and assessment after Thanksgiving break. Officials at these institutions say that choice is motivated by the belief that a resurgence in the new coronavirus is most likely near the end of the term.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2020/05/19/fall-be-online-after-thanksgiving-several-institutions

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What every student needs to know about eLearning

Sat, 2020-05-30 02:10

BY CHRIS EDWARDS, eCampus News

In today’s landscape, online higher ed has widespread structure and support. Because the model of online learning was built around an assumption of distance between student and teacher, when done right, eLearning is the epitome of organization. Online learning supports the process of student-to-teacher communication with explicit instruction on information, assignments and expectations. In fact, a Shift Learning report recently found that eLearning increases retention rates to 25-60 percent compared to an 8-10 percent retention rate in face-to-face learning settings.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/05/15/every-student-elearning/?all

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Guild Education aims to connect furloughed workers with new opportunities

Sat, 2020-05-30 02:05

Aman Kidwai, Education Dive
In partnership with Guild Education, a group of major U.S. employers is working together to help laid-off workers gain new skills and find pathways into higher-wage jobs. The launch of Guild’s Next Chapter initiative will serve “displaced workers who have recently filed for unemployment to identify new roles with employers and sectors that are hiring,” according to a statement. Corporate partners include Walmart, TTEC, Gainsight, Paschall Truck Lines and Unity Technologies. Education providers involved in Next Chapter include Southern New Hampshire State University, Kaplan Higher Education and Brandman University, among others.

https://www.hrdive.com/news/guild-education-aims-to-connect-furloughed-workers-with-new-opportunities/578047/

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Postsecondary learning online

Sat, 2020-05-30 02:03

Globe and Mail Webinar

The event, presented in partnership with Athabasca University, covered issues such as the quality of online learning compared to in-person approaches, and how students and educators can best prepare for the fall. Below the recorded webcast are a few highlights from the discussion:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/events/article-postsecondary-learning-online/

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Sen. Markey Wants U.S. Department of Education To Allow Colleges To Continue Distance Learning For 2020-21 Year

Fri, 2020-05-29 02:10

Framingham Source
Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) today, may 15, called on the U.S. Department of Education to continue flexibility for colleges and universities to implementing distance education programs during the coronavirus pandemic, while also calling on the agency to require institutions to report information about their transitions to distance education. In response to the public health emergency, institutions of higher education have been forced to close their doors, send students home, and transition for the first time to comprehensive online learning.

https://framinghamsource.com/index.php/2020/05/15/sen-markey-wants-u-s-department-of-education-to-allow-colleges-to-continue-distance-learning-for-2020-21-year/

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How has the pandemic affected college instructors’ view of online learning?

Fri, 2020-05-29 02:05

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Before the coronavirus pandemic forced colleges to conduct most of their classes virtually, six in 10 instructors had taught a distance or hybrid course, according to a small survey from Primary Research Group (PRG) emailed to Education Dive.  Out of 73 instructors from institutions worldwide, just 22% said their experience so far with online instruction has made them think of it “very or extremely highly” as an educational tool that universities can use after the pandemic subsides. Another 40% view it “not so highly” or “not at all highly.” While the survey highlights that instructors are struggling with the transition online, colleges may have to continue remote instruction into the fall term.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-has-the-pandemic-affected-college-instructors-view-of-online-learning/578071/

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Universities Are Freezing Tenure Clocks. What Will That Mean for Junior Faculty of Color?

Fri, 2020-05-29 02:03

Sara Weissman, Diverse Education

More than 240 universities are offering junior faculty extensions on their tenure clocks to ease the pressure as the coronavirus upends their research and routines. Dr. Delia Fernandez says it’s “one of the most basic things universities can do to support their junior faculty … because the idea of research productivity, or any productivity at this time, is kind of absurd,” she said. But some faculty are concerned about whether extensions alone account for academia’s disparities.

https://diverseeducation.com/article/175846/

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How COVID Changed Our Classrooms? A Self-Experiment Of Online Teaching.

Thu, 2020-05-28 02:10

Lutz Finger, Forbes

COVID has changed our classrooms. But going from a traditional classroom towards online distance learning doesn’t happen overnight and there is a lot to learn! Digital tools and data started to help me to create an engaging learning environment. In some ways, this new environment has challenged me to use data more effectively to ensure higher levels of engagement.  There will be a time after this crisis and many teachers like me will have experimented with many new methods. Learning won’t be the same, it will be better.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lutzfinger/2020/05/14/how-covid-changed-our-classrooms-a-self-experiment-of-online-teaching/#34dd3b512c5d

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Classroom of the Future: The Rise of Online Learning

Thu, 2020-05-28 02:05

Vivian Wagner, e-Commerce Times

Online education is evolving to become increasingly mobile, in order to satisfy the needs both of students and instructors. “Our learners increasingly want to access training on their own terms, at their own best times,” said Neovation’s Belhassen. “Mobile-first training allows you to take your daily training on your phone during your commute, before or after your shift, at any time convenient for you. Mobile devices can deliver all the rich media we have come to expect in traditional long-form training — videos, audio-clips, etc.,” he noted.

https://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/86666.html

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Six stories of six weeks of virtual learning

Thu, 2020-05-28 02:02

Melanie Lefkowitz, Cornell Chronicle

Spring 2020 was a semester like no other. Over the course of a few weeks, thousands of classes – lectures and seminars, laboratory and performance courses, capstone projects and veterinary clinics – transitioned entirely online. Instructors navigated technical and logistical difficulties, as well as the shifting realities of a global pandemic. But amid the challenges, students and faculty found opportunities for innovation, connection and intellectual growth. Here are snapshots of six courses that took creative approaches to their online formats.

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/05/six-stories-six-weeks-virtual-learning

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Johns Hopkins Offers Free COVID-19 Contact Tracing Training

Wed, 2020-05-27 02:09

Dana Brownlee, Forbes

Taught by Johns Hopkins scientist Emily Gurley, PhD, MPH, COVID-19 Contact Tracing is an introductory level course that equips learners with the training that may be required to become a contact tracer amid this pandemic. Johns Hopkins’ site explains, “The new Coursera class, COVID-19 Contact Tracing, teaches the basics of interviewing people diagnosed with the virus, identifying their close contacts who might have been exposed, and providing them guidance for self-quarantine for two weeks.” The course syllabus outlines six modules that are clearly focused on preparing learners to both understand the disease and effectively perform the contact tracing necessary to fight against it.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/danabrownlee/2020/05/13/johns-hopkins-offers-free-contact-tracing-training/#4c100ddb7a48

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The pandemic is emptying call centers. AI chatbots are swooping in

Wed, 2020-05-27 02:06

Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

Covid-19 is accelerating job losses in an industry that was already automating work at a rapid pace. As the coronavirus crisis has dragged on, understaffed government agencies, grocery stores, and financial services have all scrambled to set up similar systems for handling a new influx of calls. IBM saw a 40% increase in traffic to Watson Assistant from February to April of this year. In April, Google also launched the Rapid Response Virtual Agent, a special version of its Contact Center AI, and lowered the price of its service in response to client demand.
https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/05/14/1001716/ai-chatbots-take-call-center-jobs-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

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President Speaks: Government relief won’t be enough for higher ed. ‘We must save ourselves’

Wed, 2020-05-27 02:03

Michael Alexander, Education Dive

The big question outstanding is whether higher education institutions will band together to save our system of higher education, in the same way that members of our communities have rallied to withstand the crisis for the benefit of students. Will leaders and trustees put aside their standard ways of doing business, and their emotional attachments to tradition and identity, to invent new ways of conducting business, to accept new ways of collaborating or consolidating, and to be creative and ingenious in altering curricula and modes of delivery in order to lower costs in a big way?

https://www.educationdive.com/news/president-speaks-government-relief-wont-be-enough-for-higher-ed-we-must-1/577939/

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