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Why Companies Are Taking It Upon Themselves to Help Workers Learn New Skills

Sat, 2018-06-23 17:26

by Lydia Belanger, Entrepreneur

“Companies are having trouble keeping up,” says Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of online learning platform Coursera, of the rapid rate of technological acceleration worldwide today. “Even large companies that have a dedicated learning and development function don’t have the resources and expertise to teach all of those new skills to people spread around the world.” For small companies, such resources are obviously even more limited. According to a Bank of America report, small-business owners listed training and developing existing staff as the number-one priority for using loan capital in 2015. But as Deloitte found in a 2017 survey, more than half of companies do not have learning programs focused on building skills for the future. But the tide could be changing.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/314943

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Preparing students for workplace of the future

Sat, 2018-06-23 17:20

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
The workplace of the future will be marked by unprecedentedly advanced technologies, as well as a focus on incorporating artificial intelligence to drive higher levels of production with fewer resources. Employers and education stakeholders, noting the reality of this trend, are turning a reflective eye toward current students and questioning whether they will be workforce ready in the years to come. This has become a significant concern for higher education executives, who find their business models could be disrupted as they fail to meet workforce demands. A 2018 Gallup-Northeastern University survey shows that of 3,297 U.S. citizens interviewed, only 22% with a bachelor’s degree said their education left them “well” or “very well prepared” to use AI in their jobs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/preparing-students-for-workplace-of-the-future/525536/

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IIT Hyderabad builds dataset to understand online user-engagement

Sat, 2018-06-23 17:16

Shubashree Desikan, the Hindu
The annotated datas can be used by deep-learning frameworks employed in AI to learn the model accurately. Understanding user engagement in online interactions is important in many contexts, with online shopping, advertising, e-learning and healthcare being just a few sectors. Now, IIT Hyderabad has built DAiSEE (Dataset for Affective States in E-Environments), the first multilabel video-classification dataset for recognising boredom, confusion, frustration and engagement. The dataset comprises 9,068 video snippets captured from 112 individuals. For each of these affective states, there are further four levels of labels – very low, low, high and very high. These labels are provided by observing the viewer’s reactions.

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/iit-hyderabad-dataset-to-understand-online-user-engagement/article24180468.ece

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Udacity and Google Launch Free Online Career Courses

Sat, 2018-06-23 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Google and Udacity have teamed up to offer 12 free career courses for recent graduates, mid-career professionals and those re-entering the workforce. The duo tested out the concept in March, when Udacity launched a “Networking for Career Success” course for 60,000 “Grow with Google” learners in Europe and the United States. The Grow with Google program is an initiative to help students and teachers, business owners, job seekers, startup operators and developers get better at what they do. Now 12 courses have been produced, and the classes have been opened to everybody.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/12/udacity-and-google-launch-free-online-career-courses.aspx?admgarea=news

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The Number of Students Taking Online Courses Is Quickly Rising, But Perceptions Are Changing Slowly

Sat, 2018-06-23 17:04

By Jenny Abamu, EdSurge

Researchers that have looked into public perceptions of online learning note that over the last 15 years views inched in a more positive direction, evidenced by the increase of students enrolling in courses and surveys given to pupils and professors. A Gallup poll conducted back in 2015, found that 46 percent of Americans “strongly agree” or “agree” that online colleges and universities offer a high-quality education—up 30 percent from when the poll was conducted in 2011. However, researchers caveat these findings, noting that these perception changes happen within particular pockets and are sometimes the result of strategic practices, such as universities not listing the medium of learning on student transcripts.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-06-12-the-number-of-students-taking-in-online-courses-is-quickly-rising-but-perceptions-are-changing-slowly

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Price Matters but Doesn’t Rule

Sat, 2018-06-23 17:02

by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Issues of price and perceived value are increasingly central in many discussions of higher education, as tuitions climb and public questioning of higher education intensifies. The survey comes at matters of price from several angles, to try to “add nuance” to the topic, as the Learning House’s Andrew J. Magda put it. Tuition and fees easily outdistanced other reasons when respondents listed their three “most important factors” in choosing a specific online program, with 34 percent saying that, followed by program reputation (13 percent), reputation of the college (11 percent) and location of the institution (11 percent).

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/06/13/online-students-price-matters-doesnt-dictate-choice

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Trustees add five initiatives to Purdue strategic plan – Purdue

Fri, 2018-06-22 17:24

The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (June 15) reaffirmed Purdue Moves as the university’s current strategic plan and added five initiatives to the plan to reflect several strategic updates. Building on the original Purdue Moves plan, trustees voted to add online learning, data science, life sciences and three-year degrees as priority initiatives.

https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q2/trustees-add-five-initiatives-to-purdue-strategic-plan.html

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Final Day of the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace Conference at Columbia University

Fri, 2018-06-22 17:20

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Dr. Guralnick, a faculty member at Columbia University and the founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Learning, reflected, “I have always viewed ICELW as a fairly unique conference, in that we bring together researchers and practitioners from such a wide variety of countries and backgrounds.”  In early June, Guralnick told eLearning Inside News that among other highlights, he anticipated that this year’s conference would feature far more discussions on the integration of virtual reality and augmented reality. This certainly proved to be true over the course of the three-day meeting. While the conference did still attract a certain number of presenters engaged in asynchronous online learning projects, discussions of virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality definitely dominated this year’s meeting.

 

Final Day of the ICELW Conference at Columbia University

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MIT Algorithm Tackles Network Data Congestion

Fri, 2018-06-22 17:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A research project at MIT has developed an algorithm in which a constantly updating network — of sensors, drones or data-sharing vehicles — minimizes how much new information is received at any moment to avoid data congestion, while still keeping the most important data “as fresh as possible.” Right now, the approach works for “simple” networks; but eventually, the team expects to tackle complex ones as well. The project is important in an era of smart cars, manufacturing and delivery. Sensors are designed to feed fresh data to a wireless network quickly and continuously, to allow the network to maintain a current status on all variables in the system, as an MIT article explained.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/14/mit-algorithm-tackles-network-data-congestion.aspx

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Crowder starts new program to lighten the load on students

Fri, 2018-06-22 17:10

By: Ashley Godwin, Four States

Crowder College administration is seeing a pattern of students balancing course work with other priorities, but they have found a way to help.  Through a Title 3 grant, Crowder is implementing a new style of higher educational learning called uConnect where students can still be considered a full-time student, but not take so many classes at once. “So for example when I take 15 credit hours a semester that’s usually 5 classes. The first 8 weeks I’ll do two of those classes and then the next 8 weeks I’ll do the other three classes, so I’m still getting my 15 hours a semester, but I’m only studying two or three subjects at a time,” says Cindy Brown. “You have time to breathe. You have a lot of time to breathe, and just take a step back, because you need that for your mental health,” says Amy Leyva. Crowder will start uConnect this fall. And with technology becoming more prevalent in education, as the program progresses, Crowder is looking to add online or partial online classes.

 

http://www.fourstateshomepage.com/news/crowder-starts-new-program-to-lighten-the-load-on-students/1237539490

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Haley Bohon Founded Pop-Up Class Startup SkillPop to Bring Back In-Person Learning

Fri, 2018-06-22 17:05

BY MURIEL VEGA, Hypepotemus

In today’s world, you’re a few clicks away from a how-to video or an online course covering anything you might want to learn. But for Haley Bohon, the in-person networking and community building aspect of learning is missing from those tools. “On the community side, I felt like a lot of my peers who had just moved to the city went to pop-up fitness classes and networking groups, looking for things to do outside of work, with new people,” says Bohon. “You should be able to take a photography class and that learning should be happening in your community.”

Haley Bohon Founded Pop-Up Class Startup SkillPop to Bring Back In-Person Learning

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Udacity looks to double down on enterprise game

Fri, 2018-06-22 17:03

By J Vignesh, Economic Times

Udacity, an online education platform, is doubling down on working with enterprises to both upskill employees and also add more hiring partners in India. The enterprise clients include IT giants like Infosys and Wipro to new age companies like Flipkart and Myntra. The firm has also partnered with around 100 firms including Flipkart, HCL, Myntra, Tata Elxsi, Ola, Swiggy and Zomato to be its hiring partners. In the first half of 2018, Udacity has already done more than twice the enterprise business revenue of 2017.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/newsbuzz/udacity-looks-to-double-down-on-enterprise-game/articleshow/64581098.cms

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New Tech Makes Mixed Reality More Interactive

Thu, 2018-06-21 17:26

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

In the future, according to a group of German researchers, users of virtual reality will be able to interact with each other more easily, more naturally and in real time between real and virtual worlds. A scene from the real world could, for example, be transferred into VR, after which feedback could be reflected back into the real situation. The Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) recently presented a new “X-reality technology” that makes this possible; the demonstration is being shown during Germany’s CeBIT conference, taking place this week. Fraunhofer HHI does applied research in mobile and optical wireless communications and video signal processing and coding.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/14/new-tech-makes-mixed-reality-more-interactive.aspx

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Study: People Remember Information Better Through VR

Thu, 2018-06-21 17:18

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

University of Maryland found that people recall information better when it is presented to them in a virtual environment, as opposed to a desktop computer. The researchers asked 40 volunteers to familiarize themselves with printouts of well-known faces, such as Abraham Lincoln, the Dalai Lama, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Marilyn Monroe. Participants were then shown the faces placed in various locations within a “memory palace,” an imaginary physical location designed to promote “spatial mnemonic encoding,” or visual-based recall of an object in a specific place.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/14/study-people-remember-information-better-through-vr.aspx

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Despite overall setbacks, one MOOC on AI gains ground

Thu, 2018-06-21 17:14

By James Paterson, Education Dive
Despite some setbacks, some massive open online courses are growing, with three of the 10 most popular courses provided on Coursera, a leading provider of MOOCs, produced by Deeplearning.ai, according to a report in EdSurge. Students are drawn to artificial intelligence courses led by Andrew Ng, the firm’s founder and a leading figure in AI who co-founded Coursera while at Stanford University. Ng’s machine learning course, which was Coursera’s first MOOC, has enrolled more than 1.7 million, and his new series of courses introduced last year have enrolled 250,000, which means, according to EdSurge, that he “teaches more people than anyone else on the planet.” Typically, Coursera students pay a $49 a month fee, which allows them access to courses, talks with the professor and a graduation certificate. The presenters get half the course’s revenue. Another online MOOC provider, Udacity, founded by another former Stanford professor, Sebastian Thrun, offers most of its courses without university help, and is valued at more than $1 billion.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/despite-overall-setbacks-one-mooc-on-ai-gains-ground/525812/

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Preparing students for workplace of the future

Thu, 2018-06-21 17:10

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
The workplace of the future will be marked by unprecedentedly advanced technologies, as well as a focus on incorporating artificial intelligence to drive higher levels of production with fewer resources. Employers and education stakeholders, noting the reality of this trend, are turning a reflective eye toward current students and questioning whether they will be workforce ready in the years to come. This has become a significant concern for higher education executives, who find their business models could be disrupted as they fail to meet workforce demands. A 2018 Gallup-Northeastern University survey shows that of 3,297 U.S. citizens interviewed, only 22% with a bachelor’s degree said their education left them “well” or “very well prepared” to use AI in their jobs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/preparing-students-for-workplace-of-the-future/525536/

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Trustees add five initiatives to Purdue strategic plan – Purdue

Thu, 2018-06-21 17:05

The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (June 15) reaffirmed Purdue Moves as the university’s current strategic plan and added five initiatives to the plan to reflect several strategic updates. Building on the original Purdue Moves plan, trustees voted to add online learning, data science, life sciences and three-year degrees as priority initiatives.

https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q2/trustees-add-five-initiatives-to-purdue-strategic-plan.html

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Final Day of the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace Conference at Columbia University

Thu, 2018-06-21 17:02

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Dr. Guralnick, a faculty member at Columbia University and the founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Learning, reflected, “I have always viewed ICELW as a fairly unique conference, in that we bring together researchers and practitioners from such a wide variety of countries and backgrounds.”  In early June, Guralnick told eLearning Inside News that among other highlights, he anticipated that this year’s conference would feature far more discussions on the integration of virtual reality and augmented reality. This certainly proved to be true over the course of the three-day meeting. While the conference did still attract a certain number of presenters engaged in asynchronous online learning projects, discussions of virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality definitely dominated this year’s meeting.

Final Day of the ICELW Conference at Columbia University

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10 Reasons to Become a Google Certified Trainer

Wed, 2018-06-20 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Google Certified Trainers are education professionals who help other teachers successfully redefine learning by integrating technology into their classrooms. To become a Google Certified Trainer, you must undergo an application process that includes completing a course, taking a skills assessment, and recording an introductory video. So is the process worth it? Let’s take a look at ten reasons to become a Google Certified Trainer.

10 Reasons to Become a Google Certified Trainer

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5 WaysDigital Connectivity is Revolutionising Education

Wed, 2018-06-20 17:20

by Global Banking and Finance Review
Gone are the blackboards of yesteryear. Instead, many schools and higher education institutions are using a range of connected devices, both at school and at home, as part of a wireless revolution in the education sector.With the growth of automation, cyber-security and AI, the role that technology will play in the education sector is already shaping a future job market. In preparation for these new advancements, schools and students will need to adapt to a constantly changing way of digital learning. Here Performance Networks discuss 5 ways digital connectivity is revolutionising the education sector, as well as offering insight into how digital learning technology will shape schools in the future.

5 WaysDigital Connectivity is Revolutionising Education

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