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How Advancements In AI Could Radically Change The Way Children Learn In The Classroom

Tue, 2017-08-15 17:25

By Andrew B. Raupp, Forbes

Advances in technology continue to change the way we live, earn a living and learn. These shifts affect not only the types of courses that college students take, but also may soon alter the very capacity of our brains’ abilities to create and store memories. The story of how technology affects the way we live and learn is one that is still being written, but we’re excited to track the ways in which the future is already happening — in our classrooms and in our minds. According to a 2017 study, 30% of all enrolled higher education students take at least one distance learning course. Distance learning refers to any courses that take place fully in an online space with no in-person meetings or class requirements. Distance learning classes typically feature a blend of learning approaches, some traditional and some more innovative.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2017/08/10/how-advancements-in-ai-could-radically-change-the-way-children-learn-in-the-classroom/#59c8c7f61433

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3 Ways IT Is Impacting Student Success

Tue, 2017-08-15 17:20

By David Raths, Campus Technology

Why should CIOs be proactive on the issue of student success? “It is important to be engaged in things that are important to the overall mission of the university,” said Scott Winslow, practice manager at EAB, a consulting firm and technology platform provider. Winslow recently led the research for a report about optimizing IT’s role in student success (see “4 IT Priorities for Student Success” below). “In many cases CIOs and their teams aren’t viewed as strategic partners on campus,” he said. “They are viewed as keeping the lights on.” Student success is an area where they can contribute to longer-term institutional goals.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/10/3-ways-it-is-impacting-student-success.aspx

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Students want more real-time information about progress

Tue, 2017-08-15 17:14

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive
A new study commissioned by Blackboard suggests that students who receive automatic notifications on their academic performance would use it consistently — a tool that could help administrators and educators urge low-performing students to seek assistance, or rather give confidence to students performing at a high level.  Researchers found that students were particularly interested in automated academic performance notifications that showed how they were performing in comparison to their peers, as opposed to just examining their own performance in isolation.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/students-want-more-real-time-information-about-progress/449008/

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To save students money, colleges are looking to the Open Educational Resources movement #elearning

Tue, 2017-08-15 17:05

by PAT SCHNEIDER | The Capital Times

One national study in 2013 found that 65 percent of students said they decided against buying a textbook because it was too expensive, even though nearly all of them worried it would hurt their grade.  An appreciation for how the costs of textbooks and other learning materials make it harder for many students to pay for college has prompted universities across the country — and some university systems — to adopt policies to create or adopt what are called open educational resources, or OER. Most simply, OER are textbooks and other learning materials produced under a copyright that typically allows their use and adaptation free of charge rather than prohibiting use or requiring payment of a fee. The movement has a way to go. Only 5.3 percent of courses nationwide used an open textbook in 2015-2016, according to the Babson Survey Research Group.

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/education/university/breaking-free-to-save-students-money-colleges-are-looking-to/article_eebc0888-2f1f-5faf-ace3-6264b52b8512.html

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eLearning Transforms the Lives of Autistic Children #elearning

Tue, 2017-08-15 17:03

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

The Geneva Centre for Autism has been transforming the live of children and families with autism for over four decades. Over the past decade, the Geneva Centre has developed a robust elearning program for caregivers and teachers to ensure they are able to reach educators wherever they are based. Of course, the impact of elearning on the lives of people with ASD is not only secondary. There is a growing body of research to suggest that some but not all people with ASD thrive in an online learning environment and can benefit immensely from working at their own pace. There is also evidence that elearning tools can assist individuals with ASD in learning how to navigate complex social situations, which they may otherwise find challenging.

https://news.elearninginside.com/elearning-transforms-the-lives-of-autistic-children/

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AI pioneer Andrew Ng says his new online course will help build ‘an AI-powered society’ #elearning

Tue, 2017-08-15 17:03

by James Vincent, the Verge

Lots of people will tell you they’re nervous about the changes artificial intelligence will bring to the world, but Andrew Ng is confident it’s all for the best. The former AI chief of Baidu and founder of Google Brain is on a mission to build what he calls an “AI-powered society” — one where smart computers are as integral to businesses as electricity. And to bring about that future, Ng, now an adjunct professor at Stanford, will share what he knows best by teaching.  Ng is launching a new course on deep learning on Coursera, the online education site he co-founded. The syllabus will follow his popular machine learning course, which has attracted some 2 million enrollments since its launch in 2011.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/8/16107744/deep-learning-ai-online-course-coursera-andrew-ng

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2017 Ed Tech Trends: The Halfway Point

Mon, 2017-08-14 17:25

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

In January, CT asked a panel of higher education IT leaders to opine on 11 education technology trends to watch in 2017. Now that we’ve passed the halfway point of the year, how are those trends shaping up? We asked some of the original panelists to weigh in. Four higher ed IT leaders weigh in on the current state of education technology and what’s ahead.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/26/2017-ed-tech-trends-the-halfway-point.aspx

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Report: VR and AR to Double Each Year Through 2021

Mon, 2017-08-14 17:25

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Global spending on augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) will double, at a minimum, each year through 2021, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp. (IDC). Total spending on products and services in the category will reach $215 billion in 2021, according to the company, up from $11.4 billion this year and representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 113.2 percent for the forecast period. This year the United States will lead spending in the category at $3.2 billion, followed by Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) at $3 billion and Western Europe at $2 billion. IDC predicts APEJ to take the top spot from the US for a couple years, slowing in 2019 and relinquishing the top spending slot in 2020 while Western Europe will move into the second spot in the following year. Canada will see the fastest growth, with a CAGR of 145.2 percent over the forecast period.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/07/report-vr-and-ar-to-double-each-year-through-2021.aspx

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Entrepreneurship Opportunities Give Students a Leg Up for Future Tech Careers

Mon, 2017-08-14 17:20

by Meghan Bogardus CortezTwitter, EdTech
Colleges are often at the forefront for innovation, with diverse minds coming together to explore new ideas. This culture of untethered exploration is why University of California President Janet Napolitano declares that colleges are the perfect incubators for startups. “Increasingly, public research universities are answering the call to help incubate new ideas and technologies,” writes Napolitano in a blog. Programs that foster innovation and create startups allow students to develop business skills. Since 1968, Napolitano says UC research alone has fostered the creation of 1,300 startups. Thanks to the academic environment and resources available on campus, Napolitano says colleges are uniquely able to help reduce the overhead of startups, ultimately assisting with the success of all involved.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/08/entrepreneurship-opportunities-give-students-leg-future-tech-careers

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Students Want Access to More Online Classes and Mobile Learning #elearning

Mon, 2017-08-14 17:10

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech Magazine

A new study finds that students are using tech for self-directed learning outside of school. Though just over half of K–12 students have access to a one-to-one device program at school, 56 percent of students say they use more technology at home than in school. Perhaps this stat is a bit startling, but the new research from Project Tomorrow indicates that overall students are quite interested in exploring more self-directed learning at home, eSchool News reports. “Students have always self-directed some of their own learning, but with the explosion of mobile devices, 24/7 connectivity and digital resources, students are leaving adults behind as they explore subjects that interest them in the ways they learn best,” says Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow’s CEO, in the report.

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/08/students-want-access-more-online-classes-and-mobile-learning

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Report: VR and AR to Double Each Year Through 2021 #elearning

Mon, 2017-08-14 17:04

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Global spending on augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) will double, at a minimum, each year through 2021, according to a new forecast from International Data Corp. (IDC). Total spending on products and services in the category will reach $215 billion in 2021, according to the company, up from $11.4 billion this year and representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 113.2 percent for the forecast period. This year the United States will lead spending in the category at $3.2 billion, followed by Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) at $3 billion and Western Europe at $2 billion. IDC predicts APEJ to take the top spot from the US for a couple years, slowing in 2019 and relinquishing the top spending slot in 2020 while Western Europe will move into the second spot in the following year. Canada will see the fastest growth, with a CAGR of 145.2 percent over the forecast period.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/07/report-vr-and-ar-to-double-each-year-through-2021.aspx

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Study: Alternative credentials here to stay, but evidence of ROI ‘thin’ #elearning

Mon, 2017-08-14 17:03

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

A new study from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences examines the growing field of alternative credentials and pathway options for academic degrees, including MOOCs and online micro-credentials, labor market training programs, and competency-based education programs and certificate programs.  The number of alternative degree options has increased drastically over the last 15 years. These programs are popular because they can be flexible, time-saving and more aligned with employer-desired skills than traditional postsecondary pathways. However, the study also shows that evidence of their actual efficacy and quality assurance is thin. Though traditional postsecondary degrees are likely to maintain their value, they are already adapting to incorporate alternative characteristics, like online learning. The study’s authors urge higher education stakeholders to research alternative options, and consider whether and how they are offering students significant return on investment, Campus Technology reports.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/study-alternative-credentials-here-to-stay-but-evidence-of-roi-thin/448718/

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8 Essential Digital Literacy Skills that Students Need

Sun, 2017-08-13 17:30

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

What was once called typing class is now known as technology class. Gone are the days where computer class was spent playing Oregon Trail and creating word processing documents. The networked world in which students exist demands an education that prepares students to produce and consume information in a variety of formats. These formats range from text to images to multimedia. Students need a broad variety of fluencies to be prepared for the 21st-century workforce. Even jobs traditionally thought of us being technology light now require someone who has basic computer skills. This article describes those digital literacy skills paramount to success in any career.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/8-essential-digital-literacy-skills-students-need/

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7 Must Have Apps and Tools for Students with Learning Disabilities

Sun, 2017-08-13 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Good edtech apps can make a real difference to any child’s learning, and they can be particularly helpful for students with learning disabilities.  Important: different apps are targeted at different learning needs and styles, and matching the app to the student will always be important. Happily, there are now apps available to help with challenges that simply weren’t available a generation ago, and a well-chosen app can have a wide-reaching impact on a student’s performance and enjoyment of school. Edtech is changing lives, and student-facing apps can do this in a way that is empowering and improves self-confidence. Here are 7 essential apps for students with learning disabilities:

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/7-must-app-andtools-students-learning-disabilities/

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Creating interactive video for distance learning courses

Sun, 2017-08-13 17:14

by Sherrie Negrea, University Business

One factor driving the use of interactive video is research showing students get distracted when a lecture or presentation lasts more than 10 minutes, according to the book Brain Rules (Pear Press, 2008) by John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist at Seattle Pacific University. Applying that line of thought to learning videos, professors and instructional designers are developing videos that offer a new activity at least every 10 minutes. “Interactivity becomes important so students can get the conception they are doing something,” says Klaas, who conducts a popular annual presentation at UBTech on creative applications of video instruction. “The more they are doing something, the more they are learning.”

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/creating-interactive-video-distance-learning-courses

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This is how you build the library of the future #elearning

Sun, 2017-08-13 17:10

BY KAREN CONNORS, eSchool News
With an ever-changing job description and a library space where books coexist with 3D printers, a teacher librarian focuses on the four C’s. The four C’s encourage us to be thoughtful in our projects, striving to embed instruction within assignments that are authentic and have real-life relevance for students. Collaborating with classroom or content-area teachers and designing creative project-based learning opportunities to tie in information-seeking, problem-solving, and communication can extend and promote learning in powerful ways. Though many libraries are now doubling as makerspaces, it’s a delight to know that our students still come to us excited about finding something they’re anxious to read. The difference is how the format for reading has changed.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/08/07/build-library-future/

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Tablets Continue to Decline, Though Top Makers Hold Steady #elearning

Sun, 2017-08-13 17:05

by Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
The tablet market continued to fall in the second quarter of 2017, according to a new report from International Data Corp. (IDC), reaching 37.9 million shipments, a 3.4 percent decline compared to the same period last year.  There’s been a resetting of expectations for detachables as competing convertible notebooks offered a convincing and familiar computing experience for many,” said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers, in a prepared statement. “To date, the 2-in-1 market was bifurcated as Apple and Microsoft led with detachables while the PC vendors led with convertibles. Though that is slowly changing as smartphone vendors and traditional PC vendors begin to offer compelling alternatives, the pace has been rather slow as Surface and iPad Pro still dominate shelf space and mindshare.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/08/07/tablets-continue-to-decline-though-top-makers-hold-steady.aspx

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Online Course Survival Guide #elearning

Sun, 2017-08-13 17:02

By Shaina Verma, ULoop
Hey there, college student! So you thought you could handle an internship and an online course at the same time, only to find out it was a tad more difficult than you initially thought? Well, you can, it just requires a bit more planning and commitment than initially thought. Follow these steps to make sure you keep up with both while managing to sleep and (hopefully) work out. Friends optional.

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Urgent: Today’s students need a digitally fluent college website-here’s how

Sat, 2017-08-12 17:25

BY LIZ SCHULTE, eCampus News
Students can no longer remember the world before the technology revolution. Digital fluency isn’t optional for schools; it’s a must. Across industries, companies are scrambling to keep up with the rapidly changing consumer tides — education isn’t immune to these changes. People are naturally gravitating toward businesses and schools whose brands speak to them in an innovative, clear way demonstrating the business understands the wants and needs of today’s students. Those who have held onto older ways of doing things feel the effects of change more than those who are listening and changing. What do students want from schools? Better digital access. They want to be able to use their phones or tablets take care of what they need to complete from class assignments to managing their student financial aid.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/eschool-media/students-digital-fluency-website/

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Learning to learn: a class on rewiring your brain

Sat, 2017-08-12 17:23

BY JOHN SCHWARTZ, NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE
Barbara Oakley, a professor at Oakland University in Michigan, in her basement studio in Rochester, Michigan, where she and her husband created “Learning How to Learn,” the most popular course of all time on Coursera There are lessons to be learned from the engineering professor who “flunked” high school math and science — and created what is arguably the world’s most popular massively open online course, or MOOC.   “Learning How to Learn,” has been taken by more than 1.8 million students from 200 countries, the most ever on Coursera. The course provides practical advice on tackling daunting subjects and on beating procrastination, and the lessons engagingly blend neuroscience and common sense.

http://www.bendbulletin.com/nation/5499227-151/learning-to-learn-a-class-on-rewiring-your

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