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Students’ Continuance Intention to Experience Virtual and Remote Labs in Engineering and Scientific Education

Sat, 2019-09-28 02:10

Muhua Zhang, Yanyan Li, I-JET

The purpose of this study was to explore the students’ satisfaction of VRLs and their continuance intention to experience VRLs in future study. The VRL developed by Unity3D PRO was integrated into an undergraduate course named “Introduction to computer science”. 240 college students from China Three Gorges University took the course and had the virtual and remote laboratory experience for 16 weeks. Students’ satisfaction and continuance intention were investigated by a three-part questionnaire based on the Expectation-Confirmation Model and Flow Theory. The results indicated that the flow experience of students in VRL was at general level while the female students’ perception of flow was higher than the males. Correlation analysis found that the flow experience had an extremely significant correlation with the students’ perceived usefulness, confirmation, satisfaction and continuous intention.

https://online-journals.org/index.php/i-jet/article/view/10799

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Novartis’ 108K Employees Will Have Unlimited Access to Coursera’s Course Catalog

Sat, 2019-09-28 02:04

IBL News

Coursera announced Thursday that the global pharma company Novartis will provide unlimited access to the platform catalog of 3,600 courses to its 108,000 employees. This global force will also have access to a stackable curriculum on data science, digital technologies, and soft skills. This offering follows a pilot earlier this year with 2,000 employees enrolled in certified classes on Coursera.

https://iblnews.org/novartis-108k-employees-will-have-unlimited-access-to-courseras-course-catalog/

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A look inside public universities’ OPM contract

Sat, 2019-09-28 02:03

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
A new report from The Century Foundation cracks open about four dozen agreements between public universities and the online program managers (OPMs) that run their online courses, certificates and degrees, offering insight into how such deals are structured and the potential risks for institutions. The report outlines several “red flags” in these relationships, including contracts directly tied to enrollment or tuition revenue, and the inability for the university to “reasonably terminate” a contract or change providers. It also includes best practices for institutions to use when structuring deals. OPMs and universities have faced continued pressure to be more transparent about the terms of their relationships, and that’s likely to continue with projections that the market for online learning will keep growing and consolidating.
https://www.educationdive.com/news/a-look-inside-public-universities-opm-contracts/562763/

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The skills gap grew by 12% last year, survey says

Fri, 2019-09-27 02:10

By Riia O’Donnell , HR Dive
The skills gap grew by 12% last year, according to a survey of 600 HR leaders by Wiley Education Services and Future Workplace. Nearly two-thirds of HR leaders reported a skills gap in their organizations, up from 52% in 2018.  Forty percent of respondents said the cause of the skills gap is changes in technology and needed skills. Nearly a third of respondents attributed the gap to a lack of qualified candidates.  Ninety percent of respondents said they’d hire a job seeker who lacks a four-year college degree, though 68% said a degree is useful in validating certain skills.

https://www.hrdive.com/news/the-skills-gap-grew-by-12-last-year-survey-says/562443/

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Introducing the Coursera Global Skills Index

Fri, 2019-09-27 02:05

By Emily Glassberg Sands, Coursera

Urgency around upskilling is a global one, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Each country has a unique set of circumstances – economic, political, social – that shape their skills landscape today. Industries, too, face challenges unique to their verticals that require tailored talent strategies. This first edition of the Coursera Global Skills Index looks closely at these trends, benchmarking 60 countries and 10 industries across Business, Technology, and Data Science skills. The findings draw from an innovative data methodology that uses machine learning to map skills to the content that teaches them and then robustly measure skill proficiencies based on the assessment performance of the millions of learners on Coursera.

https://blog.coursera.org/introducing-the-coursera-global-skills-index/

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For-Profit College Phasing Out Enrollment at Physical Campuses

Fri, 2019-09-27 02:03

By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
The Center for Excellence in Higher Education, a for-profit college chain based in Salt Lake City, is halting enrollment of new students at physical locations as it looks to shift to mostly online instruction. “We’re going through a reevaluation of what is the right model for delivery of higher education,” said Eric Juhlin, the company’s CEO. CEHE, which operates Stevens-Henager College and College America, has about 2,100 students

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/09/12/profit-college-phasing-out-enrollment-physical-campuses

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Report: 40% of student success initiatives don’t help retention

Thu, 2019-09-26 02:09

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Only 60% of student services positively impact student retention, according to a new analysis of more than 1,000 initiatives across 55 colleges from Civitas Learning.  Of the remaining 40% initiatives that had a “neutral impact,” however, 15% of participating students saw a lift in their persistence rates.  The news follows recent studies that suggest colleges can make a bigger impact by personalizing their messaging to address students’ biggest needs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-40-of-student-success-initiatives-dont-help-retention/562712/

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What’s behind 2U’s new OPM transparency push?

Thu, 2019-09-26 02:04

Hallie Busta, Education Dive

2U wants online program managers (OPMs) to be more transparent about the nature of their relationships with colleges and universities, and it’s leading the charge. That’s according to a six-part framework it announced Wednesday calling on its competitors to join it in pulling back the curtain on how they work with institutions to deliver online programs. Among the items it wants to share are who OPMs’ customers are, how they set tuition prices, and their student outcomes such as retention and graduation rates. That move isn’t too big of a jump for a company that is publicly traded and has made a habit of disclosing certain measures and outcomes in the past, analysts say.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/whats-behind-2us-new-opm-transparency-push/562732/

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Keys to an Analytics Future: Governance, Collaboration, and Communication

Thu, 2019-09-26 02:02

by Betsy Reinitz, EDUCAUSE

Additionally, as analytics initiatives get underway, colleges and universities will need to make decisions about how to allocate resources to sustain and grow analytics. Not everything can be done, and these decisions about what to do and what not to do can be difficult. As one summit presenter, San Cannon, Chief Data Officer at University of Rochester, said, “Everybody gets a say but not everybody gets their way.”3 Having all of the appropriate stakeholders participate in that conversation through a governance process is necessary for making resource decisions that ensure the analytics initiative addresses the goals set out for it.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/9/keys-to-an-analytics-future-governance-collaboration-and-communication

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Higher Ed Through a Learning Innovation Lens

Wed, 2019-09-25 02:10

Edward J. Moloney and Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

We want to contribute to the advancement of the larger ecosystem of postsecondary education, and of the institutions in which we work, by employing the digital learning expertise that we have on the wide set of challenges that our schools face. We think that IDL has the potential to evolve from a website/newsletter/community that focuses mostly on digital learning topics, to one centered on a digital learning perspective. The language that we think that might help this evolution is that of learning innovation. Connecting the research on learning with how universities are changing is one way to broaden the conversation while also grounding the discussion within the expertise of the existing IDL community.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/higher-ed-through-learning-innovation-lens?

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5G Networks Promise to Make Instructional Technology Better

Wed, 2019-09-25 02:05

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Classroom technology is on the brink of massive change, and it’s a change many educators are eagerly waiting for. The promise of 5G networks brings with it a robustness like nothing we’ve seen before. Internet travel will be faster, and the connections will be more reliable than ever. That’s big news because only two-thirds of schools in the United States consider their internet connections to be fast enough for instructional access. When the internet is down, so is classroom instruction. The next generation of internet connectivity will nearly eliminate dropped connections, regardless of the digital media in use.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/5g-networks-promise-to-make-instructional-technology-better/

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From Textbook Rentals to Education Provider

Wed, 2019-09-25 02:03

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
Student services company Chegg announced plans last week to acquire the online coding school Thinkful. To investors in the ed-tech space, the deal was not a surprising one — lots of ed-tech companies have been busy acquiring boot camps of late. Earlier this year, online program management company 2U snapped up Trilogy Education for a cool $750 million, and Zovio (formerly Bridgepoint Education) acquired Fullstack Academy for $17.5 million in cash plus 4.5 million shares of common stock.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/09/11/chegg%E2%80%99s-journey-textbook-rental-company-education-provider?

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When the A.I. Professor Leaves, Students Suffer, Study Says

Tue, 2019-09-24 02:10

Cade Metz, New York Times

For years, big tech companies have used huge salaries, bonuses and stock packages to lure artificial intelligence experts out of academia. Now, a study released on Friday says that migration has hurt the post-college prospects of students. The study, the first of its kind, was conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester. They found that over the last 15 years, 153 artificial intelligence professors in North American universities left their posts for industry. An additional 68 moved into industry while retaining part-time roles with their universities.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/06/technology/when-the-ai-professor-leaves-students-suffer-study-says.html

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We Desperately Need a Merger between Education and Work

Tue, 2019-09-24 02:05

By Brandon Busteed, Scientific American

School currently focuses too exclusively on knowledge and not enough on skills.  There’s a pile of evidence about the most effective “education.” Summarized, it points to relationship-rich and work-integrated learning experiences. The most important aspects include working on long-term projects that take a semester or more to complete and having a job or internship where you can apply what you are learning in the classroom. Both experiences double the odds that graduates will be engaged and successful in their work later. And graduates who had an internship during college are twice as likely to have a good job waiting for them upon graduation, too.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/we-desperately-need-a-merger-between-education-and-work/

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Chatting with Chatbots

Tue, 2019-09-24 02:02

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

More and more colleges are deploying virtual assistants or chatbots to communicate with students on all aspects of college life, creating a virtual “one-stop-shop” for student queries. Colleges initially were deploying this technology only in specific areas, such as financial aid, IT services or the library. Now institutions are looking to deploy chatbots with much broader capability. For the companies that make this computer software that conducts text or voice-based conversations, this changing usage on campus marks a significant shift.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/06/expansion-chatbots-higher-ed

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THE VERY HUMAN LANGUAGE OF AI

Mon, 2019-09-23 02:08

By Dr Julian Koplin, Pursuit
Artificial intelligence can be convincingly human-like when it writes news or even poetry, but what ethical issues does this raise for the future of AI? The modern world’s advances in artificial intelligence have left many grappling with some profoundly difficult ethical questions. Questions like: if a collision is unavoidable, should a driverless car swerve to hit two elderly women or one young man? A rule-abiding pedestrian or a jaywalking teenager? One blue-collar worker or twelve dogs? AI language models can now finish your sentence (“I think that cats are … more than just a cute animal”) or your paragraph (“They’re also a wonderful source of nutrients.”) They can approximate a news report or a poem.

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/the-very-human-language-of-ai

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State Of AI And Machine Learning In 2019

Mon, 2019-09-23 02:05

Louis Columbus, Forbes

In-memory analytics and in-database analytics are the most important to Finance, Marketing, and Sales when it comes to scaling their AI and machine learning modeling and development efforts. R&D’s adoption of AI and machine learning is the fastest of all enterprise departments in 2019. These and many other fascinating insights are from Dresner Advisory Services’6th annual 2019 Data Science and Machine Learning Market Study. The study found that advanced initiatives related to data science and machine learning, including data mining, advanced algorithms, and predictive analytics are ranked the 8th priority among the 37 technologies and initiatives surveyed in the study.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2019/09/08/state-of-ai-and-machine-learning-in-2019/#3e96722e1a8d

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Cheating, Inc.: How Writing Papers for American College Students Has Become a Lucrative Profession Overseas

Mon, 2019-09-23 02:03

Farah Stockman and Carlos Mureithi, NY Times

Mary Mbugua, a university student in Nyeri, Kenya, went out in search of a job. At first, she tried selling insurance policies, but that only paid on commission and she never sold one. Then she sat behind the reception desk at a hotel, but it ran into financial trouble. Finally, a friend offered to help her break into “academic writing,” a lucrative industry in Kenya that involves doing school assignments online for college students in the United States, Britain and Australia. Ms. Mbugua felt conflicted. “This is cheating,” she said. “But do you have a choice? We have to make money. We have to make a living.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/07/us/college-cheating-papers.html

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IBM Study: The Skills Gap is Not a Myth, But Can Be Addressed with Real Solutions

Sun, 2019-09-22 02:10

Yahoo Finance

In the next three years, as many as 120 million workers in the world’s 12 largest economies may need to be retrained or reskilled as a result of AI and intelligent automation, according to a new IBM (NYSE: IBM) Institute for Business Value (IBV) study. In addition, only 41 percent of CEOs surveyed say that they have the people, skills and resources required to execute their business strategies. The study, which includes input from more than 5,670 global executives in 48 countries, points to compounding challenges that require a fundamental shift in how companies meet and manage changing workforce needs throughout all levels of the enterprise.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ibm-study-skills-gap-not-121500889.html

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A Syllabus for Regulating Student Data Privacy?

Sun, 2019-09-22 02:05

Emily Bruemmer, Megan Siekkinen, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP – JDSupra

The start of the new school year is approaching and a number of education vendors have already received their homework assignments. U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) recently sent two letters—one to education technology companies (EdTech) and another to data brokers—expressing “concern about the vast amount of data being collected about our nation’s students” and posing a list of questions to which responses were requested by this past Tuesday (September 3). The letters reflect increased legislative concern over the amount of students’ sensitive personal data being retained and sold to third parties without the knowledge of either the students or their parents, particularly where such data is later used for targeted advertising.

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/a-syllabus-for-regulating-student-data-23186/

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