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Online teaching China: A threat to the classroom?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2019-04-03 02:03

By Laura Schmitt, CGTN

The online teaching market is booming in China. Estimated to have surpassed 40 billion U.S. dollars in value in 2018, it has been shaking up the entire education sector. But is this new approach going to replace traditional classroom teaching? In China, where there are extreme variations in the quality of teaching and access to education between the highly developed areas in the east, and the rural southern and western regions, online teaching can help create an even playing field.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/3d3d414d774d544e33457a6333566d54/index.html

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Sozialhilfe - Empfänger/-innen Grundsicherung im Alter und bei Erwerbsminderung

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2019-04-03 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Statistik der Sozialhilfe - Empfänger/-innen von Grundsicherung im Alter und bei Erwerbsminderung" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um die Angaben des Jahres 2018 ergänzt.

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Are national universities on higher ed’s horizon?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-04-02 02:49

Laura Ascione, eCampus News

Grant Thornton’s The State of Higher Education in 2019 identifies a handful of trends and issues that are either emerging or expected to emerge in the coming year–and the biggest of those is the idea of national universities. The report urges those in higher ed to “consider the inevitability of national universities.” Those institutions would, logically, operate on a national scale in order to reach more students and meet their needs. While state-funded higher education has established the colleges and universities we know today (and along with it, academic freedoms, innovation, and diverse offerings), it also has resulted in what Grant Thornton principal Matt Unterman notes are institutional inefficiencies, such as a lack of economies of scale and a siloed delivery on educational mission.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/20/are-national-universities-on-higher-eds-horizon/2/?all

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The Open edX Platform Will Allow Accessing Course Content Without Registration

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

By IBL News

The upcoming Open edX release called “Ironwood” will include an option to make course content public. It allows users to access it without registration or enrollment (although discussions, problems, and exams won’t be visible). This feature, called “Public Course Content”, has been sponsored by Cloudera and developed by OpenCraft in collaboration with the edX Architecture and Product teams. It can be seen in action in these seven free courses of the Cloudera OnDemand training platform, based on the Open edX software, and designed to teach how to accelerate the ROI of Cloudera deployments.

https://iblnews.org/2019/03/21/the-open-edx-platform-will-allow-to-access-course-content-without-registration/

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Research: 26% of US adults own a smart speaker as of January 2019

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-04-02 02:02

Kimberly Collins, Click Z
A new report found that 66.4 million US adults own a smart speaker as of January 2019, up from 47.3 million in January 2018. This is up from 47.3 million in January 2018. They based these numbers on a total US adult population of 253 million.

From these numbers, we can gather that:

26% of US adults currently own / have recently owned a smart speaker
17% of US adults owned a smart speaker as of January last year
That’s a nearly 40% increase from 2018 to 2019

https://www.clickz.com/people-own-smart-speaker-us-2019/227849/

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Arizona State Accelerates Progress With Adaptive Active Courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-04-01 02:07

 

Tom Vander Ark, Forbes

Work on student engagement began in earnest at Arizona State University in 2007. Advisory services were improved. More data was collected and used to improve student supports. Retention rates climbed from 60% to 85%. To reach a goal of around 90% retention, Vice Provost Arthur Blakemore knew they’d have to get at the heart of learner experience. He launched an adaptive learning initiative and, beginning in 2011, ASU incorporated adaptive software into introductory math courses. After several iterations, the math team selected ALEKS from McGraw Hill. Rather than in content delivery, faculty work in a problem-solving role. Students that need more time to complete a course can stretch their enrollment over a second semester.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2019/03/21/arizona-state-accelerates-progress-with-adaptive-active-courses/#5214563f65d5

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Online learning: Expanding access and quality for Montana

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-04-01 02:05

JON HARBOR, Missoulian
Online and hybrid learning are becoming an increasingly important way for Montanans to access high quality education. These programs add to the amazing opportunities that were already available in traditional face-to-face instruction at our colleges and universities. However, this new technology and increased access to education for Montanans poses questions about how online education compares to traditional, face-to-face instruction.

https://missoulian.com/opinion/columnists/online-learning-expanding-access-and-quality-for-montana/article_74873313-ea8c-5821-a4fd-ad9ff043890e.html

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How MOOCs Make Money

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-04-01 02:03

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Dhawal Shah, founder of Class Central, has been tracking the machinations of the MOOC business since before it was a business. Here, he provides perspective on the revenue side of open and online courses.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/03/20/how-moocs-make-money.aspx

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Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Weltgesundheitstages am 07.04.2019.Motto: Flächendeckende Gesundheitsversorgung

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2019-04-01 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Weltgesundheitstages am 07.04.2019.
Motto: Flächendeckende Gesundheitsversorgung
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Report: 5 Models for College Reinvention

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2019-03-31 01:08

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
How will higher ed evolve over the next decade? According to “The Learner Revolution: How Colleges Can Thrive in a New Skills and Competencies Marketplace,” “savvy traditional institutions” will embrace five different models of innovation as they become more responsive to market needs. The report was produced by Education Design Lab, an organization that has consulted with more than a hundred colleges and universities over the last five years to design and implement new approaches for delivering their programs and increasing student success. Many of the institutions cited as exemplars in the report are among the schools the Lab has worked with.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/03/20/report-5-models-for-college-reinvention.aspx

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Could Remixing Old MOOCs Give New Life to Free Online Education?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2019-03-31 01:04

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Now, one of the first professors to try out MOOCs says he has a way to reuse bits and pieces of the courses created during that craze in a way that might deliver on the initial promise. The idea comes from Robert Lue, a biology professor at Harvard University who was the founding faculty director of HarvardX, the college’s effort to build MOOCs. He’s leading a new platform called LabXChange that aims to let professors, teachers or anyone mix together their own free online course from pieces of other courses. The key innovation, he says, is to stop focusing so much on courses, and start letting people get at the smaller pieces within them. “The course was actually starting to get in the way,” he says, calling courses large and “relatively unwieldy.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-03-20-could-remixing-old-moocs-give-new-life-to-free-online-education

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Congress Might Finally Overhaul Higher Education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2019-03-31 01:03

ADAM HARRIS, the Atlantic

“As the Committee begins to debate solutions for the vast challenges in higher education, the findings in this report must guide our approach,” Scott said in an emailed statement to The Atlantic. “Rather than diminishing the value of a college degree, we should recognize that all students should have access to the substantial financial and social benefits that come with a quality higher education.” The numbers, the report says, speak for themselves. “Two out of three jobs are filled by individuals who have at least some college education,” it reads. The report also advocates for certificate programs, but urges the need for accountability, cautioning against for-profit programs in particular, where students may pay more for less return on their investment. “The cost of attending for-profit colleges is three times that of attending a community college,” the report notes.

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/03/congress-eyes-higher-education-act-reauthorization/584449/

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AI is the transformative technology of tomorrow, but leaders need to get it up and running today

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2019-03-30 01:09

By Rhett Power, inc

If artificial intelligence isn’t at the top of your priority list, it should be. Deloitte’s “Tech Trends 2019: Beyond the digital frontier” report shows AI topping the list of tech trends that CIOs are eager to invest in.  Terms like “cognitive technologies” and “machine learning” have become buzzwords, but these trends will strengthen–particularly as these systems begin to harness the scads of data available from which they can extract insights. But AI’s promise is more general than just data mining. Lu Zhang, founder and managing partner at Fusion Fund, describes the technology as applicable to a broad swath of commerce: “AI’s application space has developed. The AI market has great potential across various industry verticals such as manufacturing, retail, healthcare, agriculture, and education.”

https://www.inc.com/rhett-power/3-things-that-will-help-you-leverage-ai.html

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China to promote online learning: ministry

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2019-03-30 01:02

China.org
China will launch a nationwide campaign to promote online learning, according to a circular released by the Ministry of Education A total of 10 million teachers and students will be encouraged to register with online learning platforms this year, the circular said. The country will select 40 excellent online learning platforms and 200 schools and universities for nationwide promotion and demonstration. The ministry said it would continue to work with China Telecom and China Mobile to train 2,000 headmasters and 4,000 teachers of primary and secondary schools to better use online learning platforms.

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2019-03/16/content_74578776.htm

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FutureLearn MOOC Platform Offers Unlimited Access for $199 per Year

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2019-03-30 01:02

By IBL News

FutureLearn, the UK-based MOOC platform which competes with Coursera and edX, has launched a new pricing plan to access most of its course catalog: one payment of $199 for one year. This unlimited enrollment, which will increase to $269 after May 11, includes access to all short courses which offer a Certificate of Achievement. Courses not included are premium, program assessments, degrees (although open taster courses are), and classes which offer a Statement of Participation. Certificates of Achievement will be kept indefinitely regardless of whether the user renews the yearly subscription.

https://iblnews.org/2019/03/15/futurelearn-mooc-platform-offers-unlimited-access-for-199-per-year/

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Intel offers AI breakthrough in quantum computing

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-03-29 01:10

Tiernan Ray, ZD Net

We don’t know why deep learning forms of neural networks achieve great success on many tasks; the discipline has a paucity of theory to explain its empirical successes. As Facebook’s Yann LeCun has said, deep learning is like the steam engine, which preceded the underlying theory of thermodynamics by many years.But some deep thinkers have been plugging away at the matter of theory for several years now.On Wednesday, the group presented a proof of deep learning’s superior ability to simulate the computations involved in quantum computing. According to these thinkers, the redundancy of information that happens in two of the most successful neural network types, convolutional neural nets, or CNNs, and recurrent neural networks, or RNNs, makes all the difference.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-offers-ai-breakthrough-in-quantum-computing/

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Colleges list priorities for Higher Education Act reauthorization

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-03-29 01:03

James Paterson, Education Dive
As Congress considers updating the law guiding federal policy on higher education, college officials across the country have offered a set of three dozen recommendations related to student loans and aid, access and accountability, and the collection of key data. The Higher Education Committee of 50’s ideas for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) include: streamlining the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; supporting expansion in online instruction; eliminating higher ed tax credits and using those funds to expand Pell Grant access; and reverting the 90/10 rule ratio to 85/15. It also wants to develop a broad Student Unit Record Data System that would collect and disseminate student-level data, stripped of personal details, to provide better information about national, regional and institutional outcomes.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-list-priorities-for-higher-education-act-reauthorization/550573/

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You Can Expect More Hyper-Personal AI Applications

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-03-29 01:02

Brian Uzzi, Forbes

It’s about to get personal. Even more personal, that is. We’re already accustomed to AI-driven personalization of everything from book and movie recommendations to music playlists. But this year should bring what we could consider “hyper-personalization” to consumers through a range of applications focused on health, finances, shopping, and everything in between. This is due to the growing capabilities of AI applications to make cost-effective, more accurate predictions; the ever-larger pool of personal data from which such applications can draw; and our collective willingness to “opt-in” to customized suggestions and services. Here’s a quick look at four key areas in which we can expect AI-based hyper-personalization in this year.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianuzzi/2019/03/15/you-can-expect-more-hyper-personal-ai-applications/#537f01dc659f

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Report: 5 models for how colleges can rethink credentials

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2019-03-28 01:10

Ben Unglesbee, Education Dive
With students growing reluctant to take on debt and employers focusing their hiring requirements, colleges are seeking ways to measure relevant technical and soft skills and expand their offerings beyond traditional two- and four-year degrees, explains a new report from the nonprofit Education Design Lab (EDL). The report suggests five models institutions can use to address demand for a wider range of credentials, while also considering the need to keep tuition costs down and the availability of new learning technology. Those models include: becoming a “Netflix-style” curator and distributor of educational content; offering services to assess coursework and other learning experiences; cracking the code on reconciling work and life experiences with how colleges and employers measure accomplishments; and being the bridge between higher ed and employers to understand the skills they seek in hires.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-5-models-for-how-colleges-can-rethink-credentials/550447/

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Could a regulatory overhaul open up the gates for competency-based education?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2019-03-28 01:06

by Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

The Ed Department has wavered in its stance on the credit hour. This week, the agency once again proposed to eliminate or significantly change the definition, a suggestion that has previously sparked widespread criticism.  Negotiators representing students, accreditors, colleges and state regulators all have a seat at the table to hash out what happens with the credit hour. What they come up with — if they come up with anything at all — remains to be seen. “How do you balance consumer protection with innovation?” Eduventures’ Lurie asked. “It’s complicated, and it’s going to take some time. The credit hour is a vestige of a completely different time and place … but the question is, what do you do to replace it?”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/could-a-regulatory-overhaul-open-up-the-gates-for-competency-based-educatio/550453/

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