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Bots, chatbots, robots, AI!

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-08-27 02:04

by Emily Alford, ClickZ

Here’s why knowing the difference could set your company apart.  Bots, chatbots, robots, and AI are some of the most buzzed words in the industry right now, but even insiders are sometimes unclear on their differences. We get to the bottom of some common myths around new technologies. So far, 2018 has been all about new technology, and that’s a really good thing. If predictions around the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) are correct, new technology is on track to revolutionize every industry from healthcare to finance. However, while other industries are still imagining future uses for machine learning, the martech industry is currently booming with automated solutions to common problems. As we rush to throw AI at all our pain points, myths and misconceptions abound. Here are some of the most common misconceptions, explained.

Bots, chatbots, robots, AI! Here’s why knowing the difference could set your company apart

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15 More Companies That No Longer Require a Degree—Apply Now

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-08-27 02:02

by Glassdoor Team

With college tuition soaring nationwide, many Americans don’t have the time or money to earn a college degree. However, that doesn’t mean your job prospects are diminished. Increasingly, there are many companies offering well-paying jobs to those with non-traditional education or a high-school diploma. “When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people,” said Google’s former SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock. “Academic qualifications will still be taken into account and indeed remain an important consideration when assessing candidates as a whole, but will no longer act as a barrier to getting a foot in the door,” added Maggie Stilwell, Ernst and Young’s managing partner for talent. Google and EY are just two of the champion companies who realize that book smarts don’t necessarily equal strong work ethic, grit and talent.

https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/no-degree-required/

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Combining Data from Multiple Digital Learning Tools Produces Better Predictions

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-08-26 02:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
A study undertaken jointly by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and education technology companies Blackboard and VitalSource found that early activity with digital tools is a “strong predictor” of passing a class — even more so than the grade point average a student enters the class with. The organizations used student activity data from the university generated through Blackboard’s learning management system and VitalSource’s digital course materials and combined with the use of the Caliper Analytics standard from IMS Global Learning Consortium. IMS Caliper Analytics enables a variety of learning tools to return data that can be analyzed in aggregate.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/08/09/combining-data-from-multiple-digital-learning-tools-produces-better-predictions.aspx

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Survey: Employers should prepare workers for lifelong learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-08-26 02:05

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

More than half of respondents (56 percent) participating in a recent survey say they believe today’s employers are not adequately preparing workers with future-forward tech skills. The survey, conducted by Researchscape for Coding Dojo, measures consumer attitudes about technology skills and offers insights into how employers can “upskill” the tech workforce and improve tech literacy. The results come at a time when many colleges and universities have to prove their return on investment for students who are increasingly more eager to learn about cultivating skills and post-graduation career prospects than athletics programs or campus social life.

Survey: Employers should prepare workers for lifelong learning

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FedEx to offer tuition-free online University of Memphis degrees to Memphis hub employees

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-08-26 02:02

By Chip Williams, WMC
Employees of the FedEx Memphis World Hub can earn a tuition-free online degree through the University of Memphis, the university announced in a press release Saturday. The program–Learning inspired by FedEx, or LiFE–will allow the more than 11,000 hub employees to earn one of the 60-plus graduate and undergraduate online degree programs offered by Memphis.

 

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/38912873/university-of-memphis-to-offer-tuition-free-online-degrees-to-fedex-hub-employees

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Amazon to train community college students in cloud computing

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-08-25 02:05

By James Paterson, Education Dive
Amazon is the latest big tech company to help graduate students with the skills that employers want, training some experts say private firms can most easily and effectively provide, according to the Los Angeles Times. Amazon Web Services is partnering with a group of community colleges in the Los Angeles region to offer a 15-credit certification in the broadening field of cloud computing program. Planners expect the program will be expanded to a two-year degree program soon. A pilot program was offered last year through a local high school and Santa Monica College, which helped write the curriculum. Amazon also has begun offering a cloud computing program at Northern Virginia Community College.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/amazon-to-train-community-college-students-in-cloud-computing/529995/

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The Tech Legend Who Pays Staff To Upskill

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-08-25 02:04

by Adi Gaskell, Forbes

Sadly, few organizations seem to be adopting MOOCs as a way to provide employees with an easy and affordable way to keep their skills up to date, but one who most definitely are is the tech startup C3 IoT.  The company, which was founded by technology heavyweight Tom Siebel, offers employees over $1,000 for each MOOC they take. The aim is to provide employees who have been recruited in large part because of their desire and their willingness to learn, with the tools they require to keep their knowledge up to date. “In order for us to stay ahead of this, when we interview people we tend to self select for people who are well educated and who are challenged by interesting problems,” Siebel told me recently. “People who have a book in their hand. We like to think of our people as self learners, and this is part of our core values to be inquisitive and always learning.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adigaskell/2018/08/17/the-tech-legend-that-pays-staff-to-upskill/#8e63f697fc34

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Survey shows trend toward more self-directed professional learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-08-25 02:02

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive
Data from Project Tomorrow’s recently released Speak Up Survey shows teacher preferences for face-to-face professional learning conferences declining from 47% in 2010 to 40% in 2017, according to eSchool News. Videos or TED Talks showed the highest preference rates, up to 46% from 40%, followed by participating in webinars or online conferences (34%), using social networks to learn from peers (33%), taking individual online courses (23%), and following education experts or peers on social media (23%). The survey also found that teachers aren’t comfortable with new practices like using digital tools for student collaboration, personalizing learning for each student, or creating project-based experiences. Plus, they also want more time to collaborate with peers, traditional PD opportunities, in-school coaching, virtual coaching, and help with classroom management strategies.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-shows-trend-toward-more-self-directed-professional-learning/530201/

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Using Digital Tools to Teach Soft Skills

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-08-24 02:05

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Most educators who have attempted to infuse their instructional activities with edtech have learned the hard way that things do not always go according to plan. But wise educators will turn this into a learning opportunity: the inevitable challenges to getting technology to work properly can become a powerful lesson on adaptability and flexibility that will help students develop these soft skills. Another crucial soft skill is open-mindedness. Edtech tools that encourage students to think outside of the box can be very helpful in developing this key skill. There are many programs and platforms that make it easy for classrooms to be linked to other classrooms in other countries for collaborative projects, and this is exactly the kind of experience that will help students learn to think more broadly. In short, the need for soft skills isn’t going away—if anything, these skills will become more important in an increasingly-digital workspace.

Using Digital Tools to Teach Soft Skills

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How an Experimental Online Course Helped One Anthropology Department Keep a Professor and a Half

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-08-24 02:02

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

When budget woes threatened faculty reductions in the anthropology department at Kansas State University, one professor decided to address the shortfall by teaching differently. The professor, Michael Wesch, has a long track record of teaching innovation. He’s won a national teacher-of-the-year award and his viral videos about education earned him praise from Wired magazine. Throughout his career, Wesch has relentlessly refreshed his approach, at one point admitting that some of the tech he’s infused in his teaching wasn’t working and trying a reboot.One way he looks at the online course is as a competitor to commercial textbooks, but one that is updated and enhanced by a community of professors. For instructors who want to adopt it, he provides a password to a library of materials, and even plans to add the slides he uses for the in-person version of the course. And he encourages those professors to upload their own materials as well. So far about seven courses at other colleges have adopted the site so far for their courses.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-08-16-how-an-experimental-online-course-helped-one-anthropology-department-keep-a-professor-and-a-half

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Who Owns Faculty Work at Purdue Global?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-08-24 02:01

by Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed

AAUP releases a nondisclosure agreement professors must sign that appears to bar them from sharing much of anything or criticizing the program after they leave. Faculty leaders are sounding the alarm about what they call a highly restrictive employee agreement at Purdue University Global — one that requires academics to potentially waive their rights to course materials they create. It also prohibits ex-employees from hiring former Purdue colleagues for a year — or from bad-mouthing Purdue once they’re gone. The written agreement, critics say, allows the university to be the arbiter of who owns the rights to instructional materials. Such limitations are highly unusual for nonprofit higher education, but Purdue Global is unusual, the result of Purdue University’s purchase last year of the for-profit Kaplan University.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/23/aaup-purdue-global-gets-decide-who-owns-faculty-work

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5 Things Universities Want From OPM Providers

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-08-23 02:05

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

What do universities want from online program management providers? I have no idea. Ask me what I want in a potential OPM partner, and I’ll talk your ear off. But search for any research on how universities evaluate the decision to partner with a for-profit company to build, market, launch and run a new online degree program — and you will be mostly searching in vain. The growing phenomenon of nonprofit/for-profit partnerships in postsecondary online learning needs research attention. We need to move OPM analysis out of the world of for-profit consulting companies and higher ed blogs. We need to investigate the changing way in which higher education programs are financed, including the OPM partnership model, involving scholars who are committed to independent and sustained research.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/5-things-universities-want-opm-providers

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Cybergogy to heutagogy: For engaged learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-08-23 02:04

by RUPENDRA JOSHI, Himalayan Times
By using cybergogy to heutagogy pedagogical approach, we can teach and prepare our students to survive and thrive in a global economy and help them become capable to apply skills and competence effectively.  The use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) has created a new teaching and learning concept in education pedagogy known as cybergogy. Cybergogy concept/ strategy is a virtual learning environment for the advancement of cognitive, emotional and social learning of the students. Heutagogy is a student-centric teaching and learning strategy where the learning is determined by the learner. A heutagogical learning environment facilitates development of capable learners and emphasises both the development of learner competence as well as the development of the learner’s capability and capacity to learn. It is also a pedagogical approach that could be applied to emerging technologies in distance education.

 

Cybergogy to heutagogy: For engaged learning

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Universities Use Blockchain to Streamline Student Services

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-08-23 02:03

by Nicci Fagan, EdTech

Speculation about the potential uses of blockchains in education has been building for some time, but we’ve now moved squarely into the era of implementation. Blockchains — digital records of individuals’ academic degrees, professional certifications and other official records — are an intriguing concept for institutions that have long relied on transcripts and diplomas to attest to academic achievement. The attraction? Blockchains are tamper-proof, easily accessible and convenient for prospective employers, graduate schools and others that need to verify credentials. Proponents argue that blockchains also put the ownership of credentials back into the hands of individuals, rather than institutions. Users can request their official records just once and then share them whenever and with whomever they choose.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/08/universities-use-blockchain-streamline-student-services

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Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2018-08-23 00:00
Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus der Statistik "Empfängerinnen und Empfänger von Regelleistungen nach dem Asylbewerberleistungsgesetz" wurde um das Jahr 2017 ergänzt.
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Start lifetime learning now

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-08-22 02:10

BY YOKO ISHIKURA, Japan Times

The need to acquire new knowledge and develop new skills throughout life, i.e., lifelong learning, has been recognized and advocated around the world. As jobs undergo transformation and the way we learn and work is affected by new technologies, we cannot assume that the three-phase sequential approach to life — school, work and retirement — will remain efficient and effective in the future. We need to depart from the conventional thinking that a majority of learning takes place when we are young and mainly at school, with little additional learning and development of new skills during the work and retirement phases. With life expectancies increasing in the advanced economies, we need to constantly update and refresh ourselves, keeping up with the changes in the world, in order to have a meaningful life with purpose.

Start lifetime learning now

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Virtual labs to teach in-demand tech skills take shape

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-08-22 02:05

by James Paterson, Education Dive
A consortium for eight California community colleges is experimenting with virtual labs to train students remotely in the latest IT and cyber security skills. The South Central Coast Regional Consortium (SCCRC) Virtual Lab Project is being tested this academic year with hopes it will be made available broadly in 2019. An IT professor at one of the colleges participating in a trial of the project was able to increase his class capacity from 25 students to 40 without adding any lab space or hardware. He estimates that using the lab will eventually reduce his workload by half, though project designers note that instructors may find initially more time is involved. It will be linked to the Canvas learning management system already used by the eight colleges. The project has been backed by a collection or organizations including California Polytechnic State University Digital Transformation Hub, a venture between the university and Amazon intended to offer support for such initiatives.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/virtual-labs-to-teach-in-demand-tech-skills-take-shape/530208/

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Artificial intelligence gaining ground as college teaching tool

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-08-22 02:02

by James Paterson, Education Dive
Use of artificial intelligence has become more common in the college classroom, and advocates say it can help with everything from improved writing skills to understanding DNA theory, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Critics charge, however, that AI may be used to gloss over structural problems in higher education and result in formulaic teaching and potential threats to privacy. In a broad look at the use of AI at colleges and universities, the Chronicle of Higher Education notes that it can perhaps fine tune assignments, analyze student writing to see if it is on track and recommend prompts and organize lesson plans, adjusting them according to student understanding. AI systems allow some instructors more time for individual interaction with students giving them more information about their performance as a group and individually. Advanced systems might use machine learning to gather data and, for instance, design a better textbook or provide recommendations to medical students about the right procedure in certain circumstances.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/artificial-intelligence-gaining-ground-as-college-teaching-tool/530038/

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Small businesses say worker shortage is biggest challenge

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-08-21 02:08

By Ramona Schindelheim, Working Nation

“The July jobs report shows the magnitude of small businesses that are growing and hiring at record levels, creating new jobs and opportunities for the workforce,” says NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan in a statement. The survey also sees a record-high 37 percent of owners say they had an open position in July that they couldn’t fill. The openings were in construction, manufacturing and wholesale trades for both skilled and unskilled labor. New data from the Labor Department put the number of all open jobs in the country at 6.7 million. “Record job openings suggest that the economy can keep up its growth pace over the next few years if the labor shortage can be resolved or mitigated,” adds NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg.

Small businesses say worker shortage is biggest challenge

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2018 NMC Horizon Report

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-08-21 02:05

by EDUCAUSE

For more than a decade, EDUCAUSE has partnered with the New Media Consortium (NMC) to publish the annual Horizon Report – Higher Education Edition. Earlier this year, EDUCAUSE acquired the rights to the NMC Horizon project, which identifies and describes the higher education trends, challenges, and developments in educational technology likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. EDUCAUSE is publishing this 15th edition to both honor and work actively with the NMC’s Horizon legacy.

Key Trends Accelerating Higher Education Technology Adoption

Short TermDriving technology adoption in Higher Education for the next one to two years

  • Growing Focus on Measuring Learning
  • Redesigning Learning Spaces

Mid-TermDriving technology adoption in Higher Education for the next three to five years

  • Proliferation of Open Educational Resources
  • The Rise of New Forms of Interdisciplinary Studies

https://library.educause.edu/resources/2018/8/2018-nmc-horizon-report

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