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How to Get Hands-On with Machine Learning

Tue, 2019-07-16 02:10

Lisa Morgan, Information Week
If you really want to understand the capabilities and limitations of machine learning, you have to get hands-on. Here’s a short list of options for beginners. The starting point differs for individuals based on their education and experience. However, the titles of resources may not necessarily reflect that fact. Following is a short list of resources with a bit of insight into their requirements and value. Deep learning, a subcategory of machine learning, has been omitted intentionally to keep the focus of this article on machine learning in general. Open ML (beta 2) describes itself as “an inclusive movement to build an open, organized, online ecosystem for machine learning”. It builds open source tools for discovering and sharing data. Participants can pull the open data into their favorite machine learning environments and build models themselves or with the help of community data scientists.

https://www.informationweek.com/big-data/ai-machine-learning/how-to-get-hands-on-with-machine-learning/a/d-id/1335112

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Can elearning help to reduce workplace burnout?

Tue, 2019-07-16 02:05

By Sherman Morrison, eLearning Inside
You arrive to your workplace for another day on the job, but things aren’t right. You feel exhausted even though you slept reasonably well. You’ve got lots of work to plow through but you lack motivation. The mere thought of work makes you feel frustrated. You try to get into your work but you feel like you just can’t focus properly. And you’ve been feeling this way for weeks. You could be suffering from workplace burnout. It’s not just in your head, either. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently brought new attention to this problem. Is there a role for eLearning to play in addressing workplace burnout?

https://news.elearninginside.com/can-elearning-help-reduce-workplace-burnout/

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10 BENEFITS OF ONLINE LEARNING

Tue, 2019-07-16 02:03

by Charlie Bloom, Stylenest

If you’re looking to enter back into education, but are struggling to juggle a work, family, and social life, online learning may be the right option for you. Not only can you gain reputable qualifications, studying online can give you the flexibility you need to slot in your learning around your busy day to day life. Here are 10 benefits of online learning.

https://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/health-and-fitness/10-benefits-of-online-learning/

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7 Warning Signs an Online Degree is a Scam

Mon, 2019-07-15 02:10

Devon Haynie, Josh Moody; U.S.News & World Report
For prospective online students, searching for a degree program can sometimes feel like being lost in the wilderness.   The ubiquity of online education programs comes with promises of quick, effortless degrees that seem too good to be true. Sometimes that’s exactly the case, and students who are duped by the schemes are left with a sizable hole in their wallet and no legitimate credential. The growth of online education in recent years has led to more opportunities for legitimacy and transparency, says Judith Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, which works to provide quality assurance in higher education. Despite the growth of online education, scams and diploma mills still persist on the web. Linked below are seven signs that an online program may not be legitimate:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/7-warning-signs-online-degree-143816338.html

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Who is first (and last) in the race to build a workforce fit for the future?

Mon, 2019-07-15 02:05

Emily Glassberg Sands & Vinod Bakthavachalam, European Sting

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming the world of work. Technology is advancing faster than humans, disrupting both jobs and the skills needed to compete. Research by McKinsey suggests that globally about half of the jobs performed by humans today will be disrupted by automation, and a survey of business leaders by the World Economic Forum suggests that 42% of the core job skills required today are set to change substantially by 2022. Drawing on a rich database of over 40 million learners, the Coursera Global Skills Index benchmarked 60 countries and 10 major industries across the essential skills of business, technology and data science.

https://europeansting.com/2019/07/03/who-is-first-and-last-in-the-race-to-build-a-workforce-fit-for-the-future/

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3 Ways to Prepare for a Future Ready Library Now

Mon, 2019-07-15 02:03

Matthew Lynch. Tech Edvocate

Libraries have always been the instructional heartbeat of the campus. Once surrounded with rows of bookcases, racks of glossy magazines, and hushing librarians, libraries look quite different today.  The modern library houses some of the latest technology on campus, with teachers and students able to check an array of devices. Digital tablets, 3D printers, and even drones make up some of the devices available for classroom use. The library is a usable space where students and teachers collaborate on learning projects. Today’s librarians encourage this collaboration and lead instructional conversations as students work together in teams to solve problems.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/3-ways-to-prepare-for-a-future-ready-library-now/

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Today Marks the Beginning of a New Era in Career and Technical Education

Sun, 2019-07-14 02:10

 

US Department of Ed
July 1, marks the beginning of a new era in career and technical education as states begin to implement the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). The administration championed the passage of this new law which is designed to improve career and technical education (CTE) and help students gain the skills they need to compete for in-demand, high-wage jobs in their communities. As of today, the Department has received, reviewed, and approved every state’s Perkins V one-year transition plan. Perkins V will provide nearly $1.3 billion to states, school districts, and community colleges this year alone for career and technical education initiatives. The new law gives local leaders greater freedom and flexibility than ever before to decide how best to use the federal investment in CTE to prepare young people and adults for careers.

https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/today-marks-beginning-new-era-career-and-technical-education

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5 questions for colleges considering income-share agreements

Sun, 2019-07-14 02:04

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive

In search of a financing option that could keep students enrolled full time through graduation, officials landed on the income-share agreement (ISA). The financing tool allows a college to front a portion of students’ costs in exchange for a share of their post-graduation income for a set number of years once they reach a predetermined earnings level. That means higher-earning students pay more while lower-earning students pay less, though most contracts cap the repayment amount at around double the amount borrowed.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/5-questions-for-colleges-considering-income-share-agreements/558054/

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Moody’s: College revenue growth lagged in 2018

Sun, 2019-07-14 02:03

By Shailaja Neelakantan, Education Dive
Decreases or low growth in tuition revenue was a key cause of declining revenue overall at public and private colleges in 2018, Moody’s Investors Service said in a pair of reports on higher ed finances. At public institutions the situation was compounded by lagging state support, while private colleges struggled to curtail expenses. Revenue growth was below 3% at more than half of public colleges, with the median value falling to 2.4% from 2.9% a year ago. Private colleges’ median revenue growth held steady at 2.4% year-over-year, though it trailed a median 2.9% increase in expenses for the third-straight year. Larger institutions outperformed their peers in both sectors as the combination of declining enrollment, slow recovery of public funding and rising tuition stressed revenue.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/moodys-colleges-revenue-growth-lagged-in-2018/558169/

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Baccalaureate and Beyond: A First Look at the Employment and Educational Experiences of College Graduates, 1 Year Later

Sat, 2019-07-13 02:10

National Center Educational Statistics

Selected Results:  Among 2015–16 first-time bachelor’s degree recipients, 12 months after graduating, 67 percent were employed only, 12 percent were both employed and enrolled in additional education, 9 percent were out of the labor force, 6 percent were enrolled only,  and 6 percent were unemployed. Postbaccalaureate income and benefits (table 6)

• Twelve months after they graduated, male 2015–16 first-time bachelor’s degree
recipients employed full time had a median annual income of $41,600. For females, the
median annual income was $37,400.
• Of all 2015–16 first-time bachelor’s degree recipients employed full time 12 months after
graduating, 47 percent had a salaried job and 75 percent had a job that offered benefits.

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2019/2019241.pdf

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Want a Job in the Future? Be a Student for Life

Sat, 2019-07-13 02:08

Knowledge at Wharton

New digital technologies are expected to take away many jobs. They will also create several new ones. However, to grasp these new opportunities, everyone must continuously learn new skills. “We will now have to move to a continuum of lifelong learning, which essentially means we have to be lifelong learners,” says Ravi Kumar, president at Infosys, the digital services firm.

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/lifelong-learning-future-of-work/

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Overcoming Accessible Online Learning Challenges

Sat, 2019-07-13 02:03

Nicole Flynn, cielo24

Without proper support from colleges and universities, faculty and staff are unable to provide accessible content as required by law. And this lack of support and education can have significant consequences for universities. Multiple universities have faced lawsuits and high-cost resolution agreements due to the inaccessibility of their websites, course materials, videos, learning management systems, etc. These institutions include Penn State, University of Montana, Louisiana Tech University, University of Cincinnati, Youngstown State University, Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley.

https://cielo24.com/2019/06/overcoming-accessible-online-learning-challenges/

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7 Technologies You Need to Know for Artificial Intelligence

Fri, 2019-07-12 02:05

Jessica Davis, Information Week
Artificial intelligence is actually a term that encompasses a host of technology and tools. Here’s a closer look at some of the more important ones. If you aren’t hands on with the projects yourself, you may have heard a lot of different terminology. You may be wondering what it all means. Is AI the same as machine learning? Is machine learning the same as deep learning? Do you need them all? Sometimes the first steps of understanding whether a technology is a fit for your organization’s challenges and problems is understanding the basic terminology behind that technology.

https://www.informationweek.com/big-data/ai-machine-learning/7-technologies-you-need-to-know-for-artificial-intelligence/d/d-id/1335032

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Data Science Salary Survey Reveals Market Shift

Fri, 2019-07-12 02:01

Jessica Davis, Information Week

Entry-level (level 1) predictive analytics professionals with a four-year degree can expect an entry-level base salary that averages $78,615 (with a median of $80,000). A master’s degree won’t make that much of a difference to salary at level 1 for predictive analytics pros who earn a base level salary that averages $80,737 (with a median of $80,000). At the entry level, predictive analytics pros saw a salary increase of 4% year over year, Ferguson said. Level 2 and level 3 individual contributors each saw a 2% increase year over year. Level 3 predictive analytics pros with a PhD earn an average base salary of $159,956 (with a median of $140,000).

https://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/team-building-and-staffing/data-science-salary-survey-reveals-market-shift/d/d-id/1335077

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Dancing To the Tunes of Educational Content

Fri, 2019-07-12 02:01

Nazreen Nazir, Entrepreneur

Short video platforms and live streaming platforms have converted everyone into a celebrity. TikTok and BIGO LIVE are examples of such short video platforms that are trending these days. These short video apps are gaining popularity because of their easy features which make it easy to use for not so tech savvy people. These platforms enjoy wide reach with audience and users from all the classes of society. TikTok has recently made foray into content aimed at education, health, safety and motivation with its EduTok campaign. Bigo Live is another live streaming platform which also ventured into educational content. Let’s take a look at how these video content platforms are emerging and influencing the content creation in the country.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/336069

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What Matters More: Skills or Degrees?

Thu, 2019-07-11 02:10

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

So, what we hear from industry is that they want workers with the soft skills that do not go out of date, as well as a basic understanding of the current hard facts and skills that will be useful for just a few years before they must be upskilled for a new generation of technology. This combination of knowledge and skills may not require a degree.  While this shift in employment requisites develops, we are now in the eighth straight year of declines in college enrollment. Hundreds of colleges have closed their doors in the past few years, and hundreds more are teetering on the brink.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/what-matters-more-skills-or-degrees

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Higher-ed tech adoption is surprisingly stressful for faculty

Thu, 2019-07-11 02:05

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
A new survey shows that most professors say higher-ed tech adoption is a major pressure point, resulting in anxiety and loss of sleep.  A survey of university professors reveals higher-ed tech adoption is one of their biggest sources of stress–a majority say they’ve experienced anxiety and both personal and professional tension. The survey points to the alarming notion that college and university faculty aren’t ready for technologically savvy students who have never known a world without the internet or smartphones.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/06/27/higher-ed-tech-adoption-is-surprisingly-stressful-for-faculty/

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Why is girls’ interest in STEM careers shockingly low?

Thu, 2019-07-11 02:03

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
Research shows the number of girls who want to pursue STEM careers continues to decline–here’s what can be done about it. A new survey shows that the number of girls interested in pursuing STEM careers is alarmingly small–and it continues to decline. The survey from Junior Achievement, conducted by the research group Engine, shows that only 9 percent of girls ages 13-17 express an interest in STEM careers, down from 11 percent in a similar 2018 survey.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/06/27/why-is-girls-interest-in-stem-careers-shockingly-low/

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Creative Commons Creates Search Engine with Over 300 Million Free Images

Wed, 2019-07-10 02:10

By Jessica Stewart, My Modern Met

For now, CC Search is providing quality over quantity. In fact, Creative Commons wants to make its search engine a leading tool for creators. “CC will prioritize and build for users who seek to not only discover free resources in the commons, but who seek to reuse these resources with greater ease and confidence, and for whom in particular the rights status of these works may be important,” the non-profit writes.

https://mymodernmet.com/free-photos-creative-commons-search-engine/

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Teaching Through a Hurricane

Wed, 2019-07-10 02:10

by Ryan Bitzegaio, EDUCAUSE Review

With campus temporarily shuttered, many students didn’t have access to the technology and resources they needed to complete coursework. So, while faculty were encouraged to maintain communication with their students, a moratorium was placed on due dates and other required coursework while the institution was closed. Once everyone returned to campus, we were then left with the challenge of cramming three weeks of lost time into the fairly rigid confines of what was left of the semester. The university was able to creatively carve out a few make-up days from holidays and weekends, but this alternate schedule didn’t necessarily jibe with the already-disrupted lives of faculty and students. As a result, many faculty—including myself—opted for moving contingent instruction online.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/6/teaching-through-a-hurricane#_zsX02Le1_zlbniw5

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