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The rise of interest in Artificial Intelligence

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-08-20 17:25

BY SUBBARAO KAMBHAMPATI, the Hill
Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short, has become quite the public buzzword. Companies and investors are pouring money into the field. Universities — even high schools — are rushing to start new degree programs or colleges dedicated to AI. Civil society organizations are scrambling to understand the impact of AI technology on humanity, and governments are competing to encourage or regulate AI research and deployment. One country, the United Arab Emirates, even boasts a minister for AI.

https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/457008-what-just-happened-the-rise-of-interest-in-artificial-intelligence

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Amazon’s Text-To-Speech AI Service Sounds More Natural And Realistic

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-08-20 17:20

Janakiram MSV, Forbes

Thanks to the advancements in AI, text-to-speech has evolved to become more natural and realistic to an extent that it may be hard to distinguish it from a human voice. Already, the output from voice-based services such as Alexa and Siri sounds natural. With the most recent improvements in AI, these assistants are set to sound smoother, natural, and realistic.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/janakirammsv/2019/08/11/amazons-text-to-speech-ai-service-sounds-more-natural-and-realistic/#3ff9d46810de

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How Four Technologies Created The ‘Perfect Storm’ For Online Learning [at Scale]

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-08-20 17:15

Anant Agarwal, Forbes
When MOOCs first burst onto the scene in 2012 — the year The New York Times dubbed ‘the year of the MOOC’ — their success was enabled largely by the convergence of four key technologies: cloud computing, video distribution at scale, gamification and social networking. Without these technologies, we would not have the high quality digital learning at scale that we now enjoy. What was the impact of these technologies and how have they developed?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/anantagarwal/2019/08/10/how-four-technologies-created-the-perfect-storm-for-online-learning/#4cc66fd77e23

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The rise of interest in Artificial Intelligence

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-08-20 17:10

BY SUBBARAO KAMBHAMPATI, the Hill
Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short, has become quite the public buzzword. Companies and investors are pouring money into the field. Universities — even high schools — are rushing to start new degree programs or colleges dedicated to AI. Civil society organizations are scrambling to understand the impact of AI technology on humanity, and governments are competing to encourage or regulate AI research and deployment. One country, the United Arab Emirates, even boasts a minister for AI.

https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/457008-what-just-happened-the-rise-of-interest-in-artificial-intelligence

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Amazon’s Text-To-Speech AI Service Sounds More Natural And Realistic

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-08-20 17:05

Janakiram MSV, Forbes

Thanks to the advancements in AI, text-to-speech has evolved to become more natural and realistic to an extent that it may be hard to distinguish it from a human voice. Already, the output from voice-based services such as Alexa and Siri sounds natural. With the most recent improvements in AI, these assistants are set to sound smoother, natural, and realistic.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/janakirammsv/2019/08/11/amazons-text-to-speech-ai-service-sounds-more-natural-and-realistic/#3ff9d46810de

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How Four Technologies Created The ‘Perfect Storm’ For Online Learning [at Scale]

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-08-20 17:02

Anant Agarwal, Forbes
When MOOCs first burst onto the scene in 2012 — the year The New York Times dubbed ‘the year of the MOOC’ — their success was enabled largely by the convergence of four key technologies: cloud computing, video distribution at scale, gamification and social networking. Without these technologies, we would not have the high quality digital learning at scale that we now enjoy. What was the impact of these technologies and how have they developed?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/anantagarwal/2019/08/10/how-four-technologies-created-the-perfect-storm-for-online-learning/#4cc66fd77e23

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Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-08-19 17:25

by JILL BARSHAY and SASHA ASLANIAN, Hechinger Report

There are indications that analytics may be having an impact. In 2016, after years of declines, national college graduation rates started ticking back up again and have continued rising for the past three years. But that progress may come at a cost. Critics say there are potential downsides to monitoring student data so closely. They worry about invasion of privacy and surveillance of students. And they say that the algorithms might be reinforcing historical inequities, funneling low-income students or students of color into easier majors.

https://hechingerreport.org/predictive-analytics-boosting-college-graduation-rates-also-invade-privacy-and-reinforce-racial-inequities/

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Are you blinded by the promise of AI?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-08-19 17:20

Anna Frazzetto, CIO

While many businesses are fueled by their ambition to implement AI initiatives, few understand how it can work for their businesses. How do we keep our AI ambitions in line with the business needs of our organization? A simple Google search will tell you that AI has now moved into prime gold rush position. Where once Cloud, Big Data, Cryptocurrency and Block Chain held the position of top tech trend in business, AI is now everywhere and, for many reasons, it should be. AI offers advanced data processing and analytical capabilities that people simple cannot match.

https://www.cio.com/article/3430782/are-you-blinded-by-the-promise-of-ai.html

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4 Ways to Advance Your Career and Be Happier at Work

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-08-19 17:16

INC.
According to research, over 75% of Americans feel little or no passion at work. That’s terrible..but it doesn’t need to be the case. Here’s why Learning and Development is the key to changing that dynamic. There are important business reasons for companies to provide significant learning and development opportunities to employees, and even more important reasons for employees to make learning and development a priority. In order to get a deeper understanding of the power of learning, and why employees should take advantage of these resources, I interviewed Mary Shindler, Senior Program Manager on the Learning and Development Team at LinkedIn.

https://www.inc.com/andrew-thomas/4-ways-to-advance-your-career-be-happier-at-work.html

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Using Holograms As Classroom Teachers: Science Fiction Or Reality?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-08-19 17:10

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Human beings are learning in fundamentally different ways than in years past thanks to eLearning platforms. Now, the number of students enrolled in an online learning course is increasing. eLearning teaching methods have opened the door for all kinds of possibilities in virtual teaching environments, including holographic and virtual reality technology. What once looked like science fiction could likely become a reality. The presence of holographic teachers overseeing virtual classrooms is becoming more and more plausible and possible.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-holograms-as-classroom-teachers-science-fiction-or-reality/

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Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-08-19 17:06

by JILL BARSHAY and SASHA ASLANIAN, Hechinger Report

There are indications that analytics may be having an impact. In 2016, after years of declines, national college graduation rates started ticking back up again and have continued rising for the past three years. But that progress may come at a cost. Critics say there are potential downsides to monitoring student data so closely. They worry about invasion of privacy and surveillance of students. And they say that the algorithms might be reinforcing historical inequities, funneling low-income students or students of color into easier majors.

https://hechingerreport.org/predictive-analytics-boosting-college-graduation-rates-also-invade-privacy-and-reinforce-racial-inequities/

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Are you blinded by the promise of AI?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-08-19 17:03

Anna Frazzetto, CIO

While many businesses are fueled by their ambition to implement AI initiatives, few understand how it can work for their businesses. How do we keep our AI ambitions in line with the business needs of our organization? A simple Google search will tell you that AI has now moved into prime gold rush position. Where once Cloud, Big Data, Cryptocurrency and Block Chain held the position of top tech trend in business, AI is now everywhere and, for many reasons, it should be. AI offers advanced data processing and analytical capabilities that people simple cannot match.

https://www.cio.com/article/3430782/are-you-blinded-by-the-promise-of-ai.html

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Are virtual schools the new home school in the US?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-08-18 17:25

By Study International Staff

Virtual schools are becoming increasingly popular. These accredited online schools allow students to receive a primary or secondary-level education anywhere at any time, so long as they have access to an internet connection and computer. These institutions are fast becoming the new home school – where learners are educated from home, either by a parent or special home tutor, the preferred alternative to attending a typical school before technology became so integrated into our daily lives. More and more parents are choosing to keep their kids at home to attend school online. According to eLearning Inside, “Stanly County Schools, a district roughly an hour outside of Charlotte, N.C., is in a unique situation. According to the Stanly News & Press, overall enrollment is down 12.5% over the past decade, while the homeschool population has grown by 112%.

https://www.studyinternational.com/news/virtual-schools-new-home-school-us/

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Unpacking 2U’s New $24K Online Undergrad Degree

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-08-18 17:20

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed
Seven reasons why the new 2U powered, University of London, $24K online undergraduate degree in data science and business analytics is so fascinating:

#1 – Status:

The BS will be conferred by the University of London, in collaboration and with faculty from the London School of Economics. These are brand name, internationally recognized institutions. This will be a high-status degree, with substantial value in the marketplace.

#2 – Price:

A price tag of $24K for an undergraduate degree is not all that interesting. There are many options for low-cost degrees from community colleges and other accredited institutions of higher learning. What is interesting is that this is a $24K degree from a high-status institution.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/unpacking-2us-new-24k-online-undergrad-degree

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Online learning combined with games to grow by 38% in 2-4 years

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-08-18 17:15

Economic Times

“Learning in the context of work, though essential, isn’t always enjoyable and engaging, therefore, new models of training, more relevant to the workforce of today and tomorrow are being explored and games-based learning is one such model,” Schoolguru Eduserve CEO and founder Shantanu Rooj told PTI here. “The combination method of skilling, a recent phenomenon in corporates, is used across sectors providing play-like simulation with the additional learning or improving functional proficiency and social interaction. I expect 38 per cent growth in the segment to about Rs 3,000 crore in the next two years,” he added.

https://brandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/digital/online-learning-combined-with-games-to-grow-by-38-in-2-4-years/70573245

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4 Ways to Advance Your Career and Be Happier at Work

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-08-18 17:12

INC.
According to research, over 75% of Americans feel little or no passion at work. That’s terrible..but it doesn’t need to be the case. Here’s why Learning and Development is the key to changing that dynamic. There are important business reasons for companies to provide significant learning and development opportunities to employees, and even more important reasons for employees to make learning and development a priority. In order to get a deeper understanding of the power of learning, and why employees should take advantage of these resources, I interviewed Mary Shindler, Senior Program Manager on the Learning and Development Team at LinkedIn.

https://www.inc.com/andrew-thomas/4-ways-to-advance-your-career-be-happier-at-work.html

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Unpacking 2U’s New $24K Online Undergrad Degree

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-08-18 17:05

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed
Seven reasons why the new 2U powered, University of London, $24K online undergraduate degree in data science and business analytics is so fascinating:

#1 – Status:

The BS will be conferred by the University of London, in collaboration and with faculty from the London School of Economics. These are brand name, internationally recognized institutions. This will be a high-status degree, with substantial value in the marketplace.

#2 – Price:

A price tag of $24K for an undergraduate degree is not all that interesting. There are many options for low-cost degrees from community colleges and other accredited institutions of higher learning. What is interesting is that this is a $24K degree from a high-status institution.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/unpacking-2us-new-24k-online-undergrad-degree

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Online learning combined with games to grow by 38% in 2-4 years

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-08-18 17:02

Economic Times

“Learning in the context of work, though essential, isn’t always enjoyable and engaging, therefore, new models of training, more relevant to the workforce of today and tomorrow are being explored and games-based learning is one such model,” Schoolguru Eduserve CEO and founder Shantanu Rooj told PTI here. “The combination method of skilling, a recent phenomenon in corporates, is used across sectors providing play-like simulation with the additional learning or improving functional proficiency and social interaction. I expect 38 per cent growth in the segment to about Rs 3,000 crore in the next two years,” he added.

https://brandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/digital/online-learning-combined-with-games-to-grow-by-38-in-2-4-years/70573245

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Mexican science suffers under debilitating budget cuts

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-08-17 17:25

Giorgia Guglielmi, Nature

Some researchers have turned to crowdfunding campaigns to pay for supplies and several scientific institutes are rationing electricity to save money. Mexico’s budget cuts are affecting the country’s researchers, including scientists working on improving forest conservation strategies. Austerity measures recently enacted by Mexico’s president are pushing the country’s scientific efforts — chronically underfunded for years — to a breaking point, according to researchers. As part of broader cost-cutting measures aimed at freeing up money for poverty-alleviation programmes, in May, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador cut 30–50% of the money that federally funded institutions — including centres supported by Mexico’s main research funding agency, the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) — spend on travel, petrol, office supplies and salaries for temporary workers.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02332-x

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2U taps undergraduate market with low-cost online bachelor’s degree

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-08-17 17:20

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
2U announced Monday that it is entering the undergraduate degree market with an online bachelor’s offered in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). It is expected to launch in October 2020.  The 36-month program in data science and business analytics is on a 10-year contract between 2U and LSE. About three-fourths of the content will be asynchronous and one-fourth will be synchronous, Andrew Hermalyn, 2U’s president of university partnerships, told Education Dive. It is priced around $21,000 for United Kingdom-based students and $25,000 for international students. The news comes less than a week after the online program manager told analysts and investors it was shifting its strategy beyond high-priced graduate degrees to include a wider array of program types and price points as well as the use of fee-for-service contracts.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/2u-taps-undergraduate-market-with-low-cost-online-bachelors-degree/560267/

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