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The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-06-25 17:24

by Lee Rainie and Janna Anderson, Pew Trust

As robots, automation and artificial intelligence perform more tasks and there is massive disruption of jobs, experts say a wider array of education and skills-building programs will be created to meet new demands. There are two uncertainties: Will well-prepared workers be able to keep up in the race with AI tools? And will market capitalism survive?

http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/05/03/the-future-of-jobs-and-jobs-training/

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The AI-First Student Experience

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-06-25 17:20

by Aric Cheston and Drew Stock, EDUCAUSE Review

Students dealing with the size and complexity of a college or university and trying to navigate its systems can become frustrated or even drop out if the barriers within its required processes hamper their progress. Thoughtful application of artificial intelligence can support advisors and faculty in guiding students to graduation and help students themselves stay on track and take full advantage of the resources available. Using AI technologies to mediate the interaction between the student and the institution will not only eliminate many obstacles to student success, but will empower the professionals who have made it their life’s work to help students succeed.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/6/the-ai-first-student-experience

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Best practices for digital marketing in 2017: How to take advantage of the latest trends

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-06-25 17:14

by Tereza Litsa, ClickZ

A successful digital marketing strategy needs to keep up with the latest marketing trends. The evolution of technology is changing the way we form a digital marketing strategy. This creates a growing challenge for industry professionals to keep up with evolving trends and find the best way to incorporate them into their marketing plan. This is an up-to-date look at best practices for digital marketing in 2017, and at how marketers can take advantage of cutting-edge technological developments to create their strategy.

https://www.clickz.com/best-practices-for-digital-marketing-in-2017-how-to-take-advantage-of-the-latest-trends/111441/

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How the Amazon Echo Show Will Revolutionize Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-06-25 17:10

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

I’m here to confidently predict that Amazon’s $229.99 Echo Show will revolutionize higher education. With the Echo Show, higher education will finally be able to: Allow students to ‘drop in’ with their professors using the video chat feature from the professors home, 24/7/365. Lower educational costs, by replacing ‘live’ adjunct faculty in classrooms with instructors teaching across multiple campus locations via the Echo Show from locations with lower faculty labor costs. Shift our Massively Open Online Course participation from computers, iPads, and phones – and to the Echo Show.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/how-amazon-echo-show-will-revolutionize-higher-education

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The Tech You Need for an Online Degree

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-06-25 17:05

by Toro Magazine

Online courses have really taken off. More students are now actively going for the best online courses they can find instead of the equivalent offline programs. Aside from the online programs’ flexibility, you can also save a lot on relocating closer to the university and other expenses. To have a great time pursuing an online degree such as an online master of science in electrical engineering, you need the right tools for the job. This means shopping for new gadgets for the course. Summer is always a good time to get the tech you need for an online degree, thanks to the wealth of new options to choose from.

http://toromagazine.com/lifestyle/tech/20170605/the-tech-you-need-for-an-online-degree

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The 9 Best Free Online Big Data And Data Science Courses

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-06-25 17:02

by Bernard Marr, Forbes

Demand for skilled data scientists continues to be sky-high, with IBM recently predicting that there will be a 28% increase in the number of employed data scientists in the next two years. Businesses in all industries are beginning to capitalize on the vast increase in data and the new technologies becoming available for analyzing and gaining value from it. This makes it a great prospect for anyone looking for a well-paid career in an exciting and cutting-edge field. There are also a large number of free online courses and tutorials which a motivated individual could use as a springboard into a rewarding and lucrative career.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2017/06/06/the-9-best-free-online-big-data-and-data-science-courses/#3c79ae3943cd

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Going cross-curricular helps students develop solutions to real-world problems

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-06-24 18:24

by Linda Jacobson, Education Dive

Throughout rural Southern India, agricultural development is getting a boost from a line of irrigation and sprinkler products that was first developed far away in Minnesota. Called MyRain, the company was launched in 2012 by a business graduate and engineering graduate at the University of Minnesota (UMN) who were each participating in a social entrepreneurship program. Part of UMN’s Institute on the Environment (IonE), the program, Acara, demonstrates how faculty members and students from different disciplines are working together to find solutions to the world’s problems. “Real-world problems never sit in a discipline,” says Jessica Hellmann, the director of IonE, adding that the traditional university model of being organized into colleges and schools is a “great way of getting a basic education, but [they] are crappy at problem solving.”

http://www.educationdive.com/news/interdisciplinary-systems-promote-sustainability-in-higher-ed/444228/

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3D printer capabilities form the future of higher ed

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-06-24 17:25

by Brian Nadel, University Business

3D printing may be new to many higher education administrators, but for students it’s already old hat, as they were likely introduced to it in middle or high school. “3D Printing has changed dramatically over the past couple of years,” says Jesse Roitenberg, national education manager at Stratasys, a provider and consultant for 3D printers. “There are more low-cost options, which has led to elementary and middle schools purchasing, which has led to the high schools, colleges and universities having to step up their game.” Technology consultant Terry Wohlers estimates the industry saw over $6 billion in sales in 2016 and is growing at 17 percent a year. Colorado-based Wohler Associates, his marketing and analysis firm, tracks 113 higher ed programs that offer 3D printing.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/3d-printer-capabilities-form-future-higher-ed

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Ray Kurzweil’s Most Exciting Predictions About the Future of Humanity

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-06-24 17:15

by Patrick Caughill, Futurism

Ray Kurzweil is a formidable figure in futuristic thinking, as he is estimated to have an 86 percent accuracy rate for his predictions about the future. The future he envisions is one marked by decentralization of both the physical and mental. Kurzweil continues to share his visions for the future, and his latest prediction was made at the most recent SXSW Conference, where he claimed that the Singularity — the moment when technology becomes smarter than humans — will happen by 2045. Sixteen years prior to that, it will be just as smart as us. As he told Futurism, “2029 is the consistent date I have predicted for when an AI will pass a valid Turing test and therefore achieve human levels of intelligence.”

https://futurism.com/ray-kurzweils-most-exciting-predictions-about-the-future-of-humanity/

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Khan Academy Launches Financial Literacy Video Series for College Grads, Job Seekers

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-06-24 17:09

By Campus Technology

Khan Academy, an online learning platform used by more than 100 million learners worldwide, has added education content that aims to teach new college grads, job seekers and young professionals how to manage their money. In a new video series on careers and personal finance, 20- and 30-year-old professionals working across special education, the music industry and other fields openly discuss their career choices and disclose their incomes and budgets. The series is available now on KhanAcademy.org for free

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/06/07/khan-academy-launches-financial-literacy-video-series-for-college-grads-and-job-seekers.aspx

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New Analytics Tool Tracks Cheating Patterns for Online Testing

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-06-24 17:05

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Online proctoring and identity verification company Examity today launched examiDATA, a data platform designed to “aggregate and analyze information on test performance and academic integrity.” The tool examines information from hundreds of thousands of students at colleges and universities across the country to discern test-taking patterns, measure the rate of test-taking violations and help institutions benchmark against their peers, according to the company. Cheating information is broken down by category, such as tuition level, type of school and department of study.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/06/08/new-analytics-tool-tracks-cheating-patterns-for-online-testing.aspx

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Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-06-24 17:03

by ERIC WESTERVELT, NPRed

Stanford physics and education professor Carl Wieman won a Nobel Prize for his innovative, break-through work in quantum mechanics. Wieman’s message, as we’ve reported here and here, is bold: Too many undergraduate programs fail to focus on teaching effectiveness or even bother to try to measure it. As he sees it, undergraduate Higher Ed still worships at the old false idol called the Big Lecture and doesn’t seem to want to ask whether it’s working. His solution: Systemically improve teaching through methods that have become known as active learning. Wieman’s been interested in effective teaching strategies for years. He argues that a well implemented active learning approach can substantially improve understanding and retention of the material and boost attendance and course satisfaction, among other improvements.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/06/07/530909736/hey-higher-ed-why-not-focus-on-teaching

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Apple Just Unveiled A Breakthrough Artificial Intelligence System

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-06-23 17:25

by Futurism

Siri intelligence will automatically display information that is relevant to you on the face of the watch using advanced machine learning technologies that improve and “learn” over time. Ultimately, this means that the more you interact with the watch, the smarter it gets. The Mac will be called “High Sierra,” and he outlined that Safari will rank in as the world’s fastest desktop browser with High Sierra. Safari will also be able to block all autoplays on videos, and it will have “intelligent tracking prevention,” which is machine learning tech that allows it to identify trackers and, thus, protect your privacy. Just 7 inches tall, the HomePod is the first major Apple hardware product that has been unveiled since the Apple Watch.

https://futurism.com/apple-just-unveiled-a-breakthrough-artificial-intelligence-system/

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Centralia College Instructors Develop App to Help Students Succeed

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-06-23 17:20

By The Chronicle

Two Centralia College instructors have created a cellphone app that gives students a visual representation of their skills, allows them to see exactly how they’re doing in a class and informs them what they need to work on to improve their grades. Alisha Williams, an English instructor, and Gordon Gul, a computer science instructor, recently won the 2017 Connie Broughton Leadership and Innovation in eLearning Award from the Washington State eLearning Council for their app, according to a press release from the college. “We wanted to help students focus more on achieving the course outcomes, so we decided to link the things they are learning to the grades they are earning,” Gul said. “We needed a way to show students the correlation between their skills performance and their score on an assignment or quiz.” This resulted in an interactive app called Grade Outcomes Assessment Learning Strategy, or GOALS, that uses the Canvas online learning platform to access course information to create a color-coded, interactive chart.

http://www.chronline.com/news/centralia-college-instructors-develop-app-to-help-students-succeed/article_83e1c830-4816-11e7-859e-2776981e7d4e.html

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Creating a Makerspace on a Budget

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-06-23 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The ultimate goal of any good teacher is not just to teach his or her content, but to mold young men and women who will be productive, contributing members of society who can solve problems and, hopefully, make the world a better place. It’s not always important that a student can, in isolation, recite the Pythagorean Theorem or a list of prepositions. Instead, it’s important to use the tools and the knowledge learned in the classroom to positively impact the world around us. And that’s where Makerspaces come in! A Makerspace is a way to bring rote learning to life, to teach students to become lifelong learners, and to encourage problem-solving skills.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/creating-makerspace-budget/

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Our college students are changing. Why aren’t our higher education policies?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-06-23 17:10

by Peter McPherson, Washington Post

College students are now more likely to work, have family commitments and come from low-income backgrounds than in earlier generations. As the profile of college students continues to evolve, many institutions are adjusting and must continue to do so. Federal and state higher education policy must also change to meet these students’ unique needs and help them succeed. Unfortunately, the conventional wisdom about so-called traditional college students has proven stubbornly persistent. More than a quarter of college students have children, while an untold number are caregivers for other loved ones such as ill parents or elderly grandparents. Students are also more mobile than ever. More than half of bachelor’s degree recipients attend more than one institution before graduating.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/our-college-students-are-changing-why-arent-our-higher-education-policies/2017/06/06/1fc0e37c-3678-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html

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The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-06-23 17:06

by Lee Rainie and Janna Anderson, Pew Trust

As robots, automation and artificial intelligence perform more tasks and there is massive disruption of jobs, experts say a wider array of education and skills-building programs will be created to meet new demands. There are two uncertainties: Will well-prepared workers be able to keep up in the race with AI tools? And will market capitalism survive?

http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/05/03/the-future-of-jobs-and-jobs-training/

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The AI-First Student Experience

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-06-23 17:02

by Aric Cheston and Drew Stock, EDUCAUSE Review

Students dealing with the size and complexity of a college or university and trying to navigate its systems can become frustrated or even drop out if the barriers within its required processes hamper their progress. Thoughtful application of artificial intelligence can support advisors and faculty in guiding students to graduation and help students themselves stay on track and take full advantage of the resources available. Using AI technologies to mediate the interaction between the student and the institution will not only eliminate many obstacles to student success, but will empower the professionals who have made it their life’s work to help students succeed.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/6/the-ai-first-student-experience

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UC San Diego Undergrads to Create VR, AR Content in New Lab

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-06-22 17:25

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) last month opened the doors to its Virtual Reality (VR) Lab, a new facility for undergraduate students to develop content for virtual environments. The space looks like “a cross between a classroom and a tech pavilion at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,” according to a university prepared statement, with “25 standalone systems combining an Oculus Rift head-mounted display, two controllers for navigating inside VR environments, a computer workstation equipped with a high-end graphics card, various peripherals and a custom-made breakout box for plugging in and unplugging cables.” In addition, the lab has several 360-degree cameras, hand-tracking devices from Leap Motion and an HTC Vive VR system” that were previously purchased using a $20,000 grant from a campus-wide program.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/06/01/uc-san-diego-lab-to-focus-on-vr-content-creation.aspx

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Steve Hargadon Wants Tech — and Individuals — to Revolutionize Education

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-06-22 17:20

By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

The Learning Revolution is an attempt to bridge the conversations on learning. I’m surprised at how we lost the ability to have those deep conversations. The whole concept of shifting from command and control to agency. Going from a read/write medium to user-produced content. We take those things for granted now. We’re not under the control of books by monolithic organizations. There’s the ability for individuals to contribute, and re-shape at a grassroots level. Social media plays a part in that. [Teachers] could get their professional development from other teachers. They have access to other teachers all over the country and the world. The free flow of information on the web — the ability to take control of their own learning. Khan Academy is a good example.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/31/steve-hargadon-wants-tech-and-individuals-to-revolutionize-education.aspx

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