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Be Intentional—in Your Learning Design, in Your Skills, in Your Career

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-12-14 16:20

By Ryann Ellis, ATD

Cindy Huggett, CPLP, is a pioneer in the field of virtual training. She’s been providing virtual training solutions since the early 2000s, and is a recognized industry expert in teaching training professionals how to design and deliver interactive online classes.  The biggest benefit of virtual learning is that participants don’t have to leave the workspace to participate in the learning event. On the flip side, that’s also the biggest challenge.  The number 2 skill goes hand-in-hand with first skill: be tech savvy and willing to learn the specific technology. Platforms are consistently evolving, and designers need to stay current on the technology that the L&D field is using to deliver virtual learning. Finally, the third must-have skill is to be digitally literate.

https://www.td.org/insights/be-intentionalin-your-learning-design-in-your-skills-in-your-career

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Why Social Studies Is Becoming AI Studies

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-12-14 16:20

by Tom Vander Ark, Forbes

AI, particularly machine learning (ML), and related exponential technologies (ET) are quickly augmenting many tasks at home and work. They will increasingly displace jobs while creating new entrepreneurial opportunities. They will swamp communities with complex issues and a combination of predictable and unanticipated consequences. AI is not just a tech issue, it’s a social studies issue. Teaching youth to code may be part of the response, but even more important is asking them to consider issues of the changing civic and employment landscape. “The aim of social studies is the promotion of civic competence,” says the National Council for the Social Studies. Their standards are built around 10 themes that are being shaped by AI and ET.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/11/28/why-social-studies-is-becoming-ai-studies/

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This is when AI’s top researchers think artificial general intelligence will be achieved

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-12-14 16:16

James Vincent , the Verge

In a new book published this week titled Architects of Intelligence, writer and futurist Martin Ford interviewed 23 of the most prominent men and women who are working in AI today, including DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, Google AI Chief Jeff Dean, and Stanford AI director Fei-Fei Li. In an informal survey, Ford asked each of them to guess by which year there will be at least a 50 percent chance of AGI being built. Of the 23 people Ford interviewed, only 18 answered, and of those, only two went on the record. Interestingly, those two individuals provided the most extreme answers: Ray Kurzweil, a futurist and director of engineering at Google, suggested that by 2029, there would be a 50 percent chance of AGI being built, and Rodney Brooks, roboticist and co-founder of iRobot, went for 2200. The rest of the guesses were scattered between these two extremes, with the average estimate being 2099 — 81 years from now.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/27/18114362/ai-artificial-general-intelligence-when-achieved-martin-ford-book

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Flexible and Forward-Thinking: How to Create Adaptive E-Learning Experiences Based on Learner Behavior

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-12-14 16:10

by ATD

Certain e-learning authoring tools feature more adaptive assessment engines that allow corporate learners to identify mistakes and remedy knowledge gaps immediately. For example, the system automatically flags questions answered incorrectly so that corporate learners can reevaluate relevant sections of the online training course; then they come back to the online quiz and see how they’ve improved. This is in stark contrast to traditional testing methods, wherein corporate learners receive their results after the fact, when it’s often too late to improve behaviors or bridge gaps before completing the online training course. Your corporate learners get the chance to enjoy an adaptive e-learning experience where they receive feedback right away and make meaningful changes.

https://www.td.org/professional-partner-content/flexible-and-forward-thinking-how-to-create-adaptive-elearning-experiences-based-on-learner-behavior

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Learning in Canada

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-12-14 16:04

By Space Coast Daily

One of the most common benefits of distance learning is the fact that you get to learn in an environment that suits your expectations. As a student, you get to decide when it is appropriate for you to learn, and how you wish. Unlike when you go to college, online education gives you the freedom to undertake your other responsibilities comfortably. It also allows you to pick the type of lessons you want to learn on a particular day and so on. Additionally, as a student going for an online program, you have the last say in whatever you want to be included in your education.

http://spacecoastdaily.com/2018/11/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-distance-learning-in-canada/

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For higher ed, investing in OER pays eventual dividends

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-12-14 16:02

Ray Bendici, University Business
Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative increased the number of students enrolling in open education resources-based courses. Open education resources (OER) provide significant cost savings to low-income students and strengthen instruction and learning, according to a recent study from Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit that supports evidence-based institutional improvement. The study also examined, for the first time, OER-related costs and revenue for an institution. Developing an OER course averages $11,700 (including faculty salary and benefits), while developing a full OER degree program costs nearly $500,000 per institution, found the study.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/For-higher-ed-investing-oer-pays-eventual-dividends

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Businesses say students aren’t mastering basic workplace skills. Are they right?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-12-13 16:24

Sarah Gonser, Hechinger Report

This year, after a two-year survey of 1,100 employers in the state, the Georgia Department of Labor concluded that 85 percent of the businesses surveyed were deeply concerned with workers’ poor soft skills and work ethic. Topmost among employer worries were attendance and punctuality, attitude and respect, discipline and character. Among the findings, 87 percent of employers expressed concerns about their workers’ abilities to engage in creative thinking and problem solving.

https://hechingerreport.org/businesses-say-students-arent-mastering-basic-workplace-skills-are-they-right/

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How the Blockchain Brings Social Benefits to Emerging Economies

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-12-13 16:20

Knowledge@Wharton

Developing countries such as India, Kenya and others in East Africa are discovering an increasing array of applications for blockchain, the decentralized ledger technology that promises a secure, peer-to-peer mechanism for verifying information.   Blockchain is essentially a growing list of so-called “blocks” (a record of transactions in a decentralized ledger), which form a “chain” in a peer-to-peer network. Participants in the network verify or validate the blocks, eliminating the need for a trusted entity like a regulator or an accounting firm to authenticate the information in them. According to experts, the blockchain is secure and tamper-proof by design because transactions cannot be changed once the network has verified them.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/blockchain-brings-social-benefits-emerging-economies/

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Could You Get An MD Online?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-12-13 16:15

Shiv Gaglani, Forbes
The short answer: Not yet, but it’s trending that way.  Indeed, there are more than 300 online nursing degree programs ranging from certificate and bachelors to masters and even doctorate level. For good reason, when the resultant career involves patient care these programs also require an in-person component (“blended learning”) through immersion into the clinical setting. However, one healthcare degree that is conspicuously not available online is that of Doctor of Medicine (MD). Given that I’m half-way through my own MD, from which I took a leave of absence to launch the health education platform Osmosis.org with the former Khan Academy Medicine team, I wanted to pose the thought experiment: Could you get your MD online? Or, at least part of it? If so, how may this impact global access to healthcare, student debt levels, and patient outcomes?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/shivgaglani/2018/11/28/could-you-get-an-md-online/#6657ccdb201c

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Be Intentional—in Your Learning Design, in Your Skills, in Your Career

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-12-13 16:10

By Ryann Ellis, ATD

Cindy Huggett, CPLP, is a pioneer in the field of virtual training. She’s been providing virtual training solutions since the early 2000s, and is a recognized industry expert in teaching training professionals how to design and deliver interactive online classes.  The biggest benefit of virtual learning is that participants don’t have to leave the workspace to participate in the learning event. On the flip side, that’s also the biggest challenge.  The number 2 skill goes hand-in-hand with first skill: be tech savvy and willing to learn the specific technology. Platforms are consistently evolving, and designers need to stay current on the technology that the L&D field is using to deliver virtual learning. Finally, the third must-have skill is to be digitally literate.

https://www.td.org/insights/be-intentionalin-your-learning-design-in-your-skills-in-your-career

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Keeping up with Coding

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-12-13 16:05

by Oli Walker, Times Higher Education

I’ve found that learning to code at a higher education level isn’t a straightforward choice between practical courses versus a degree at a traditional redbrick university. Some of my peers had been to UK universities too, so they had some computer science theory under their belts, which helped. I’d say think about how to get into work and consider adding a bootcamp on to your degree. This was a more condensed type of learning with less theory; it was intensely practical. And after it’s over, you’ll love that feeling of an empty code editor and a world of possibilities. For the next few years I plan to hone my JavaScript skills, then maybe I’ll take off travelling once again.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/blogs/keeping-coding

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Why Graduation Rates Are Rising But Student Achievement Is Not

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-12-13 16:02

Natalie Wexler, Forbes

A report in D.C. last year revealed that school-level administrators often ignored a district policy stating that students couldn’t take the online version of a course until after they’d failed the traditional one. Most of those enrolled in credit recovery—22% of all 2017 graduates—had never taken the original course. Students weren’t interested in showing up for class, teachers told investigators, because they knew they could easily get credit for it online. How many schools are offering these programs, and what kinds of students are most likely to be enrolled? Until recently, it was hard to say. But two recent reports—one released today—provide some answers. The vast majority of American schools—around 70%—have some kind of credit recovery program, with average participation rates under 10%. But a subset enroll far higher proportions of students in credit recovery, some as many as 60%.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nataliewexler/2018/11/29/why-graduation-rates-are-rising-but-student-achievement-is-not/#7665f9766a7f

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Future-proofing higher education starts with reinventing the college degree

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-12-12 16:25

By Anant Agarwal, Quartz

The jobs of the future will require a hybrid set of skills from a variety of subject areas. But our current education model has us spending at least three years studying the same singular discipline. As the en vogue skills will change several times as our careers progress, higher education degrees are also adapting, focusing on flexible and customizable credential offerings In this future, imagine that instead of graduating with a single degree from one university, you will design your own personalized degree from many online or residential programs. Smaller, modular chunks of education will reign, and our learning experience will become incredibly flexible and customizable.

https://qz.com/1469291/future-proofing-higher-education-starts-with-reinventing-the-college-degree/

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3 Online course websites to learn more about Social Media Marketing

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-12-12 16:20

Fourth Source
In this day and age, the behavior of an average consumer who shops online is affected by their social media interactions more than anything else. They learn about new brands and change opinions about the ones they already know based on how they feel about these brands on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Thus, it’s no surprise that social media is increasing brand engagement and sales for those who are using it correctly. Now, when it comes to traditional marketing, there are plenty of well-established and comprehensive academic courses that any student can enroll in. However, there are few institutes that offer dedicated courses in digital. So, you want to master social media marketing, then self-teaching is your best bet. You can go about it by reading about social media management tips online on authority website and blogs. However, if you are interested in going deeper and have the time to spare, then you can also check out online courses

http://www.fourthsource.com/social-media/3-online-course-websites-to-learn-more-about-social-media-marketing-23393

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How colleges are preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-12-12 16:15

Making Sen$e

The problem is many of those programs only train people for the jobs that exist today. With the rapid rate of change, the skills they teach could be obsolete within several years.While some universities are embracing the technical skills model, others see an opportunity to stand out as institutions that teach students “soft skills,” such as problem solving or the ability to work in a team, that are useful not only for the jobs of today, but for whatever the future might bring. And in a world where not only universities, but private companies, are getting into the education game, the pressure to keep up is stronger than ever.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/making-sense/how-colleges-are-preparing-students-for-jobs-that-dont-exist-yet

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Building the Future of ‘New Collar’ Jobs with Digital Badging

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-12-12 16:15

David Leaser, Evolllution

IBM is creating an industry-leading approach to developing a credential program for New Collar jobs which are in demand and don’t require a college degree. These jobs range from customer engagement, cloud, cognitive and cyber security, to design and user experience. The New Collar Certificate Programs follow a unique four-step method to create a ready-to-work talent pool. It starts with a job fit assessment. This is a science-based, non-biased approach to assess somebody’s cognitive skills, abilities and personality traits to help match a student to a career they want to pursue. So many people start a job and then realize it’s a dead end or it isn’t the right fit. It’s a big expense, and it takes time out of people’s lives. We want to help people find a career they’re going to love.

 https://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/building-the-future-of-new-collar-jobs-with-digital-badging/

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Hey, Google, Alexa, Siri and Higher Ed

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-12-12 16:12

By Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

The growing use of voice search and virtual digital assistants will have an increasing impact on how we deliver, search for and market higher education.  Voice enabling is the funnel through which we will access increasingly smart technologies. As these technologies evolve and further intertwine into a conversant smart system, we must respond and anticipate the changes that are only months away. A good place to begin is implementing VEO for all of our programs. Universities must be responding to this new trend to capture new prospective students, and to make sure you are sending current students to the proper resources that will enrich their time on campus. (thanks to Jordan DiMaggio UPCEA Associated Director of Policy and Communications for his assistance with this article)

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/hey-google-alexa-siri-and-higher-ed

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This is when AI’s top researchers think artificial general intelligence will be achieved

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-12-12 16:10

James Vincent , the Verge

In a new book published this week titled Architects of Intelligence, writer and futurist Martin Ford interviewed 23 of the most prominent men and women who are working in AI today, including DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, Google AI Chief Jeff Dean, and Stanford AI director Fei-Fei Li. In an informal survey, Ford asked each of them to guess by which year there will be at least a 50 percent chance of AGI being built. Of the 23 people Ford interviewed, only 18 answered, and of those, only two went on the record. Interestingly, those two individuals provided the most extreme answers: Ray Kurzweil, a futurist and director of engineering at Google, suggested that by 2029, there would be a 50 percent chance of AGI being built, and Rodney Brooks, roboticist and co-founder of iRobot, went for 2200. The rest of the guesses were scattered between these two extremes, with the average estimate being 2099 — 81 years from now.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/27/18114362/ai-artificial-general-intelligence-when-achieved-martin-ford-book

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Could You Get An MD Online?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-12-12 16:03

Shiv Gaglani, Forbes
The short answer: Not yet, but it’s trending that way.  Indeed, there are more than 300 online nursing degree programs ranging from certificate and bachelors to masters and even doctorate level. For good reason, when the resultant career involves patient care these programs also require an in-person component (“blended learning”) through immersion into the clinical setting. However, one healthcare degree that is conspicuously not available online is that of Doctor of Medicine (MD). Given that I’m half-way through my own MD, from which I took a leave of absence to launch the health education platform Osmosis.org with the former Khan Academy Medicine team, I wanted to pose the thought experiment: Could you get your MD online? Or, at least part of it? If so, how may this impact global access to healthcare, student debt levels, and patient outcomes?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/shivgaglani/2018/11/28/could-you-get-an-md-online/#6657ccdb201c

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Reflecting on 2018, and (Tentatively) Projecting the Future

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-12-12 01:29

Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Just like that, another year is almost over. If it’s been as much of a whirlwind for you as it has for us, you’re likely struggling to make sense of all that changed on the digital learning landscape this year. Our second annual year-end recap is here to help. We gathered some of the most thoughtful observers of the field to ask these three questions: What digital learning development from the past 12 months (either a specific piece of news or a trend) will we still be talking about five years from now? Why is this development likely to stick around as a topic of conversation and a driver of innovation? How will the conversation evolve in the coming years?   Read what leaders, including your humble blog editor Ray Schroeder, said.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/12/12/recapping-year-digital-learning

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