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Is Gen Z workforce preparation up to par?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2019-05-19 02:03

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Sixty-two percent of recruiters are very confident that job candidates have the skills to succeed, while 40 percent find communication skills lacking in job candidates. What’s more, when it comes to communication, 56 percent of students are actively seeking this skill. Thirty percent of recruiters find critical thinking skills lacking in job candidates, and 55 percent of students are working to develop critical thinking skills.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/05/07/gen-z-workforce-preparation/

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How Education Can Defend Against Cyber Attacks

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2019-05-18 02:10

By Sara Friedman, Campus Technology

With technology becoming a cornerstone of how many schools operate, the risks of getting hacked multiplies, and defending against cyber attacks becomes an important part of any strategic plan. A new report from the IBM X-Force finds attackers are drawn to the education sector owing to the sensitive nature of some emerging research projects and personally identifiable information on students, faculty and organizations associated with universities and schools. Despite all of these risks, the education sector comes in at ninth place among the most targeted industries, according to the 2019 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2019.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/04/25/how-education-tackles-cybersecurity.aspx

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This ransomware sneakily infects victims by disguising itself with anti-virus software

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2019-05-18 02:05

Danny Palmer, ZDNet

A successful family of ransomware which has been terrorising organisations around the world has been updated with a new trick to lure victims into installing file-locking malware: posing as anti-virus software. Dharma first emerged in 2016 and the ransomware has been responsible for a number of high-profile cyber incidents, including the takedown of a hospital network in Texas late last year. The group behind Dharma regularly look to update their campaigns in order to ensure the attacks remain effective and they have the best chance of extorting ransom payments in exchange of decrypting locked networks and files of Windows systems.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/this-ransomware-sneakily-infects-victims-by-disguising-itself-with-anti-virus-software/

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FutureLearn announces collaboration with Amity, Asia’s number one online education platform

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2019-05-18 02:02

by Future Learn
Amity University Online and FutureLearn join forces to allow Indian professionals access to great learning to enhance their careers. Amity University Online, India, today announced a deal with FutureLearn, Europe’s leading social learning platform, to enable the online university to amplify its existing pool of professional courses. Through this formal collaboration with FutureLearn, Amity will be able to offer FutureLearn’s vast portfolio of flexible online courses to professionals, institutes and corporates.

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/29222-futurelearn-announces-collaboration-with-amity-asia-s-number-one-online-education-platform

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Online Education, Beyond ‘Deans Gone Wild’

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-05-17 02:08

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Leaders of companies colleges hire to take academic programs online discuss their role, the scrutiny they’re facing and why we should call them something other than OPMs. These are increasingly fraught times for the OPMs, with growing scrutiny from think tank analysts concerned about the corporate role in educational delivery and legislation in California that could limit the ability of such companies to operate in the state. The OPMs are also under attack from within their own ranks, as 2U’s co-founder, John Katzman, who now runs Noodle, another online enabler, said of the ed-tech industry at another panel here last week: “At a lot of schools, online programs are 20 percent more expensive than their on-campus counterpart. We’ve effectively raised the cost of education. So, I have to ask, are we properly using taxpayers’ dollars?”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/05/08/their-industry-under-scrutiny-opm-leaders-ponder-their-role

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Why Every University Needs an Africa Strategy

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-05-17 02:06

By Grant T. Harris, Inside Higher Ed
Just as many academic institutions now regret their slow start in China, so will they come to regret missing out on early opportunities in this increasingly important and fast-growing region Grant T. Harris warns. American universities are largely unprepared for a key global phenomenon: Africa’s growing importance. The continent’s prominent demographic, economic and political trends are impossible to overlook, and any institution aspiring to sustain a global brand and position its students to thrive in international settings will need a deliberate Africa strategy. There is no denying Africa’s growing presence in global markets and international affairs. The region’s current population of 1.2 billion is expected to double by 2050, at which point one in every four people will be African.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2019/05/09/benefits-universities-intensifying-and-broadening-their-involvement-africa-opinion

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The key lessons of the Triton malware cyberattack you need to learn

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-05-17 02:02

Danny Palmer, ZDNet

The Triton malware attack was far from the first time that hackers have attempted to target the networks of an industrial facility, but it was the first time that malware designed to attack safety systems was ever seen in the wild. The malware was designed to manipulate Schneider Electric’s Triconex Safety Instrumented System (SIS) controllers – emergency shutdown systems – and was uncovered on the network at a critical infrastructure operator in the Middle East. The malware campaign was extremely stealthy and was only uncovered because the attackers made a mistake and triggered the safety system, shutting down the plant. The outcome could’ve been much worse.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/cybersecurity-the-key-lessons-of-the-triton-malware-cyberattack-you-need-to-learn/

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Ray Schroeder: Plotting the Future of Your Online Program

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2019-05-16 02:12

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

We are in the midst of a major shake-up in higher education. Dozens of colleges have closed in the past couple of years (hundreds if you include failed for-profit chains).  In this changing environment of rapidly expanding competition and institutional expectations, how do deans and directors responsible for online learning create a viable vision for growth in the next several years? It is not enough to simply project online growth rates of the past — we must account for the expanding competition in a dynamic marketplace. Here are five things you can do to begin to build a framework for the future.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/framework-plotting-future-your-online-program

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Your Next Tutor May be a Digital Voice Assistant

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2019-05-16 02:05

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

With the advent of edtech startups seeking a place as a tutor in classrooms and during personal study time, it won’t be long before the tech titans Apple and Amazon turn toward the development of AI tutors created exclusively for learners looking for personal assistance. Your next tutor may be an AI voice assistant.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/your-next-tutor-may-be-a-digital-voice-assistant/

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It’s not all about big data

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2019-05-16 02:02

Matt Dembecki, Community College Daily

During a panel discussion on student success Monday at the Education Writers Association national seminar, education researchers and administrators agreed that more than data is needed to determine student success. Too often, data only provide freeze frames — something Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises called “incidental moments of data” — and they don’t factor in other important elements. “In the era of big data, we’ve become enamored with short-term test scores,” said Rucker Johnson, a public policy associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

http://www.ccdaily.com/2019/05/not-big-data/

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How Microsoft is using AI to improve accessibility

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2019-05-15 02:10

KYLE WIGGERS, Venture Beat

“We’ve come to know that AI-powered experiences can get a lot of information to a person with a disability, which ultimately empowers their independence,” Mary Bellard, senior accessibility architect at Microsoft, told VentureBeat in an interview ahead of the company’s annual Build developer conference in Seattle. “[We’re working] to make sure we’re not just developing tech for tech’s sake, [but] working on technology that a particular disability community wants and is interested in driving with us.”

https://venturebeat.com/2019/05/06/how-microsoft-is-using-ai-to-improve-accessibility/

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Melinda Gates: With so few women in AI, we are baking bias into the system

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2019-05-15 02:05

By Kathryn Vasel, CNN Business

While Silicon Valley has made some strides in creating opportunities and more inclusive workplaces for women, Melinda Gates believes there’s still work to be done. “If you talk with women and men in Silicon Valley, some companies have changed, but quite a few still haven’t,” the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation tells CNN’s Poppy Harlow during a Boss Files interview. “And, what I know to be true is that we need more pathways for women into technology.” Having a bad reputation for supporting women in the workplace can be costly for a company.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/06/success/melinda-gates-ai-gender-equality/index.html

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What’s Microsoft’s vision for conversational AI? Computers that understand you

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2019-05-15 02:02

John Roach, Microsoft

For example, he explained, systems today can add a new appointment to your calendar but not engage in a back-and-forth dialogue with you about how to juggle a high-priority meeting request. They are also unable to use contextual information from one skill to assist you in making decisions from another, such as checking the weather before scheduling an afternoon meeting on the patio of a nearby coffee shop. The next generation of intelligent assistant technologies from Microsoft will be able to do this by leveraging breakthroughs in conversational artificial intelligence and machine learning pioneered by Semantic Machines.

https://blogs.microsoft.com/ai/microsoft-build-future-of-natural-language/

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How do global virtual internships benefit your study skills?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-05-14 02:05

Study International
Long gone are the days of traditional office settings and tiring work commutes to work, largely due to the brilliance of widespread digital advancements. Through virtual work environments and speedy internet connections, interns can now gain vital work experience without having to move an inch from their home or university. This may sound strange at first, and you may question the validity of the skills you earn from an online internship, but that’s the way our future could be heading…

https://www.studyinternational.com/news/how-do-global-virtual-internships-benefit-your-study-skills/

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Leveling the Playing Field With Internet Connectivity Plus…

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-05-14 02:02

Cryptopolitan

Not so long ago all learning was delivered offline. Nowadays it is a given that students will have an internet connection and will be able to access their content at all times. Learning Management Systems were designed as SaaS to always be online or at least linked to a central database. They were designed to track learning activities that occur in the LMS, and lack the capability to record informal or social learning actions. An offline player, in the context of elearning, is a program which allows learners to download elearning content when they are connected to the internet, then complete the training later when disconnected. The benefits of this, for students as well as for a multilingual distributed workforce that may have poor access to the internet, can be great.

https://www.cryptopolitan.com/leveling-the-playing-field-with-internet-connectivity-plus/

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Word’s new AI editor will improve your writing

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-05-14 02:01

Frederic Lardinois, Tech Crunch
If you write in Microsoft Word Online, you’ll soon have an AI-powered editor at your side. As the company announced today, Word will soon get a new feature called “Ideas” that will offer writers all kinds of help with their documents. If writing is a struggle for you, the most important feature of Ideas is surely its ability to help you write more concise and readable text. You can think of this as a grammar checker on steroids, as it goes beyond fixing obvious mistakes and focuses on making your writing better. It uses machine learning, for example, to suggest a rewrite when you mangled a complex phrase. Ideas will also help you write more inclusive texts.

https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/06/words-new-ai-features-will-help-you-write-better/

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Verbrauchsteuerstatistik, Tabak und alkoholische Getränke

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2019-05-14 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle zum "Verbrauch von alkoholischen Getränken und Tabakwaren" aus der Verbrauchsteuerstatistik des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurde um das Jahr 2018 ergänzt.

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Ohio lawmakers consider ending recognition of online university

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-05-13 02:10

Kantele Franco, AP

Just a year after the online Western Governors University launched its Ohio affiliate , state lawmakers are considering eliminating recognition that lets its students benefit from certain state-funded aid, including need-based grants. That’s part of the budget bill passed Thursday by the House. It now heads to the Senate. The change was advocated by Republican Rep. Jay Edwards, a member of House leadership whose district includes Ohio University. He said the state’s recognition of Salt Lake City-based WGU was unfair to existing public schools in Ohio that are big employers, receive significant state funding, and already offer various online educational opportunities. WGU Ohio has about 3,100 students.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/lawmakers-consider-ending-recognition-of-online-university/2019/05/09/ac2779f4-72a6-11e9-9331-30bc5836f48e_story.html

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AI Is Everywhere. Now It Wants to Teach You Chinese.

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-05-13 02:04

By John Waters, Edsurge

Language learning is something of a sweet spot for AI, thanks to the capabilities of two core types of AI tech: machine learning and natural language processing. Machine learning algorithms support adaptive, personalized and spaced learning, while natural language processing technologies help with the extremely complex challenges associated with understanding and translating human language. A growing number of vendors are offering AI-powered language-learning apps to companies and the general public (Speexx, Busuu, Duolingo) for hundreds of languages, but Ponddy’s products were developed specifically for secondary and university teachers of Mandarin.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-05-03-ai-is-everywhere-now-it-wants-to-teach-you-chinese

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Another Big Move Hits Higher-Ed Publishing, as Wiley Buys Knewton

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-05-13 02:02

Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Ed
Another big publisher in higher ed is making a strategic move. John Wiley & Sons announced on Monday that it was buying the assets of Knewton, an 11-year-old company that has at times been held up as the poster child for ed-tech overhype. Knewton was initially known for its adaptive-learning tools designed to work with content from commercial publishers, but more recently it has shifted focus toward its platform that incorporates open educational resources, or OER.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Another-Big-Move-Hits/246249

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