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Report: Colleges must offer digital credentials to stay relevant

Sat, 2019-02-16 16:23

By Natalie Schwartz , Education Dive
Colleges that offer online programs should grow their digital credential options in order to stay competitive, according to a new report from the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). Credentials are an increasingly popular option for learners, prompting traditional colleges and alternative education providers to increase their offerings to claim a stake in the growing market. Colleges that don’t follow suit could lose out to “nontraditional and tech-savvy organizations” that are dipping into “universities’ traditional spheres of influence,” ICDE warns. Traditional transcripts don’t adequately convey a student’s skills, whereas credentials indicate if an applicant has the required competencies for a job, the working group argues. Credentials will eventually make transcripts irrelevant, they predict, and better align learning outcomes with workplace needs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-colleges-must-offer-digital-credentials-to-stay-relevant/547858/

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Are Digital Devices the Reason Why Kids Can’t Write?

Sat, 2019-02-16 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Many parents who look at the messages sent back and forth in their children’s smart phones wonder if schools are even teaching writing these days. After all, the conversations seem to be full of acronyms and emojis, hardly the stuff that made Mark Twain or Louisa May Alcott great writers and less likely to help their children write at all.   The language that kids use for informal chatting and messaging in their digital devices is only one type of writing. Are these digital devices the reason why kids can’t write? If you’re thinking about handwriting, maybe. Cursive handwriting has advantages over typing and IMing, but we’re talking about writing instruction that fosters communication skills and develops critical thinking – and whether or not digital devices help or hinder writing instruction.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/are-digital-devices-the-reason-why-kids-cant-write/

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The Purdue University Online Writing Lab and Chegg Partner to Make World-Class Writing Education Tools More Accessible

Sat, 2019-02-16 16:15

Purdue University

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) and Chegg, Inc. (NYSE: CHGG), today announced an exclusive agreement to integrate Chegg’s Writing tools with Purdue University’s OWL content to support students on-demand whenever and wherever they need it. This partnership furthers both groups’ shared goal to help students worldwide become better writers. “This underscores the huge opportunity for traditional education institutions and technology innovators to work together to harness the power of subject matter expertise, premium content, intelligent software and the 24/7 access the internet provides,” said Nathan Schultz, President, Learning Services at Chegg.

https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2019/Q1/the-purdue-university-online-writing-lab-and-chegg-partner-to-make-world-class-writing-education-tools-more-accessible.html

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Did A Robot Write This? How AI Is Impacting Journalism

Sat, 2019-02-16 16:10

Nicole Martin, Forbes

How do you know I am really a human writing this article and not a robot? Several major publications are picking up machine learning tools for content. So, what does artificial intelligence mean for the future of journalists? According to Matt Carlson, author of “The Robotic Reporter”, the algorithm converts data into narrative news text in real-time. Many of these being financially focused news stories since the data is calculated and released frequently. Which is why should be no surprise that Bloomberg news is one of the first adoptors of this automated content. Their program, Cyborg, churned out thousands of articles last year that took financial reports and turned them into news stories like a business reporter.  [ed note:  How will this apply to students writing research papers?]

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolemartin1/2019/02/08/did-a-robot-write-this-how-ai-is-impacting-journalism/#6c6fa7207795

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Don’t Fear AI: 16 Ways To ‘Future-Proof’ Yourself As A Professional

Sat, 2019-02-16 16:05

Forbes Coaches Council
Many companies are leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning today, and the impact of these technologies is only expected to increase. While this is great for businesses looking to improve their performance, many employees worry that robots will take over their jobs within the next few years. While AI may certainly change certain types of jobs, they will never fully replace human workers—you just need to know how to maintain and sell your skills. Forbes Coaches Council members shared tips for “future proofing” yourself for an AI-driven working world.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2019/02/08/dont-fear-ai-16-ways-to-future-proof-yourself-as-a-professional/#5f2a02ae4cd3

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Could Congress Pass a New Higher-Education Law Before 2020?

Sat, 2019-02-16 16:03

By Eric Kelderman, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican of Tennessee, confirmed on Monday that he hopes to get the Higher Education Act reauthorized within the next year. Doing so could cement his legacy as a bipartisan dealmaker as chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Speaking in a panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, and later on the floor of the Senate, the former college president and U.S. secretary of education laid out three broad strokes of a proposed bill. At the top of Alexander’s list is his long-term goal of simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by paring the number of questions a student must answer from 108 to 25 or fewer.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Could-Congress-Pass-a-New/245614

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Are three-year degree programs the answer?

Fri, 2019-02-15 16:20

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A three-year bachelor’s degree may help students dodge some of the increasingly burdensome debt associated with higher education–that is, if the programs can get off the ground. At least 32 institutions offer programs that help students graduate in three years, and more colleges and universities are expected to follow suit. Many of these three-year degree programs have existed for more than 10 years, notes Paul Weinstein Jr., a senior fellow of the Progressive Policy Institute and director of the Graduate Program in Public Management at Johns Hopkins University, in a report detailing the trend toward three-year bachelor’s degrees. “American college students are facing a triple whammy–out-of-control college costs, record levels of student debt, and declining real earnings for college graduates,” Weinstein contends in the report, yet lawmakers haven’t taken any real action to remedy the issue.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/02/05/are-three-year-degree-programs-the-answer/

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Ironwood, The Last Open edX Version, To Be Released This February

Fri, 2019-02-15 16:17

By IBL News

Big news for Open edX’s developers: Ironwood, the 2019 version of this learning platform, will be released on February. The first release candidate, Ironwood.1rc1, was just made available this week. “Our goal is to release Ironwood in two weeks. In order to do that, I need to hear back from you about how testing is going,” Ned Batchelder, Software Architect at edX announced on Google Groups.

https://iblnews.org/2019/02/07/ironwood-the-last-open-edx-version-expected-to-be-released-this-february/

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Do students understand academic integrity?

Fri, 2019-02-15 16:16

Gina Londino-Smolar, Smart Brief

Since November 2017, 3,000 first-year seminar students in University College at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis have taken a voluntary online course on academic integrity. The average pretest scores were 49%, but when these students finished the course, the post-test score averaged 93%. Our team, which developed the course, wasn’t surprised to find that the course was effective. What was surprising, though, was to discover, through the pre-test, that many students do not have foundational skills of proper citation, setting them up for trouble in their academic and professional careers.

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2019/01/do-students-understand-academic-integrity

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Online learning advances at Marquette

Fri, 2019-02-15 16:10

Emma Tomsich, Marquette Wire

With the goal of educating a greater and more diverse student body, Marquette University is working to expand its online learning programs, David Schejbal, vice president and chief of digital learning, said.  Schejbal said enhancing the online learning program and creating more opportunities for students can allow Marquette to become more technologically and socially advanced. Schejbal was hired in August after administration showed interest in developing the program, he said. “One of President Lovell’s interests and goals of the university’s Beyond Boundaries plan is to engage more with the greater Milwaukee community,” Schejbal said. “Marquette is very interested in developing its online presence and expanding its scope to attract a more diverse student body, which would include adult and nontraditional students both in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.”

https://marquettewire.org/4006107/news/online-learning-advances-at-marquette/

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Report: Colleges must offer digital credentials to stay relevant

Fri, 2019-02-15 16:05

By Natalie Schwartz , Education Dive
Colleges that offer online programs should grow their digital credential options in order to stay competitive, according to a new report from the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). Credentials are an increasingly popular option for learners, prompting traditional colleges and alternative education providers to increase their offerings to claim a stake in the growing market. Colleges that don’t follow suit could lose out to “nontraditional and tech-savvy organizations” that are dipping into “universities’ traditional spheres of influence,” ICDE warns. Traditional transcripts don’t adequately convey a student’s skills, whereas credentials indicate if an applicant has the required competencies for a job, the working group argues. Credentials will eventually make transcripts irrelevant, they predict, and better align learning outcomes with workplace needs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-colleges-must-offer-digital-credentials-to-stay-relevant/547858/

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Higher Education Revamps Online Education in 2019 as Traditional Enrollment Declines

Fri, 2019-02-15 16:02

Eli Zimmerman, EdTech

Massive open online course companies have given way to a new breed of digital class providers: online program management organizations. These businesses provide a hub for students to take online courses developed by universities and major corporate partners seeking to help students develop in-demand skills at low cost. Recently, Google and IBM announced new online data science programs that will be delivered through OPMs. Students can use these resources directly, or professors can incorporate them into face-to-face classes. “These efforts will not only fuel a new generation of data scientist, but provide a meaningful credential to employers for searching and hiring them,” write Martin Fleming, chief analytics officer and chief economist at IBM, and Seth Dobrin, vice president and chief analytics officer for the company.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/higher-education-revamps-online-education-2019-traditional-enrollment-declines

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Transforming Big Data Processing Through Blockchain and AI

Thu, 2019-02-14 16:24

Gerald Fenech, Forbes

After years of research at MIT, Endor claims to have invented the “Google for predictive analytics*”, providing automated AI predictions for companies. Endor can process Encrypted Data, without ever decrypting it, on and off blockchain and it enables business users to ask predictive questions and get automated accurate predictions. No data science expertise is required. Endor is a spinoff of MIT. The company started four years ago and commercialized Social Physics building a product that can connect to data sets and allow the owners of these data sets to ask questions about their data automatically and accurately without disclosing anything about the data or the questions.

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/geraldfenech/2019/02/03/transforming-big-data-processing-through-blockchain-and-ai/#907364350562

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Emerging Technologies Need Diversity: Innovative Women in AI / Blockchain to Follow in 2019

Thu, 2019-02-14 16:20

Sandra Ponce de Leon, Forbes

Besides being a hot topic these days, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain have received a reputation for being especially male-dominated in an already bro-saturated tech world. However, the buzz around artificial intelligence and cryptography isn’t without merit, as these technologies are much more than just one more thing to be mansplained.  With such diverse and far-reaching applications, it is clear that a diversity of perspectives will be necessary to create effective and sustainable solutions. I interviewed some of the most innovative female voices in AI and blockchain to better understand their struggle to ensure that this technology benefits everyone.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/02/03/emerging-technologies-need-diversity-innovative-women-in-ai-blockchain-to-follow-in-2019/#14fbd2e9d3ed

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5 ways innovation is inspiring higher ed

Thu, 2019-02-14 16:13

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
It’s no wonder institutions are focused on innovation–as students demand more from their schools, institutions must be ready to meet those expectations with new mentalities and a willingness to think and act outside the box. Some schools are rethinking the way they use technologies and are turning to students for inspiration, while others are turning the idea of the traditional campus on its head and are aiming for a complete conceptual redesign. Whatever the action, most higher-ed leaders know they have to be willing to embrace change in order to remain relevant and retain students. Here’s a look at 6 different examples of institutional innovation.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/02/01/5-ways-innovation-is-inspiring-higher-ed/

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If taught well, online law school courses can pass the test, experts say

Thu, 2019-02-14 16:08

BY STEPHANIE FRANCIS WARD, ABA Journal

The skills for teaching online law school courses are not unlike those needed for the practice of law. Both require concise writing, well-organized outlines and the ability to speak without appearing that you’re reading from a script, says Ellen Murphy, assistant dean of instructional technologies and design at Wake Forest University School of Law. And despite the stereotypes about online offerings being low-quality, Murphy says that when the courses are done well, students and professors may have a better connection than they would with in-person classes. With online learning, she adds, “you can’t hide in the back row.”

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/are-online-law-school-courses-good-that-depends-experts-say

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Ironwood, The Last Open edX Version, To Be Released This February

Thu, 2019-02-14 16:05

By IBL News

Big news for Open edX’s developers: Ironwood, the 2019 version of this learning platform, will be released on February. The first release candidate, Ironwood.1rc1, was just made available this week. “Our goal is to release Ironwood in two weeks. In order to do that, I need to hear back from you about how testing is going,” Ned Batchelder, Software Architect at edX announced on Google Groups.

https://iblnews.org/2019/02/07/ironwood-the-last-open-edx-version-expected-to-be-released-this-february/

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Are three-year degree programs the answer?

Thu, 2019-02-14 16:03

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A three-year bachelor’s degree may help students dodge some of the increasingly burdensome debt associated with higher education–that is, if the programs can get off the ground. At least 32 institutions offer programs that help students graduate in three years, and more colleges and universities are expected to follow suit. Many of these three-year degree programs have existed for more than 10 years, notes Paul Weinstein Jr., a senior fellow of the Progressive Policy Institute and director of the Graduate Program in Public Management at Johns Hopkins University, in a report detailing the trend toward three-year bachelor’s degrees. “American college students are facing a triple whammy–out-of-control college costs, record levels of student debt, and declining real earnings for college graduates,” Weinstein contends in the report, yet lawmakers haven’t taken any real action to remedy the issue.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/02/05/are-three-year-degree-programs-the-answer/

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Delivering Tech Enabled Learning Opportunities to Refugees

Wed, 2019-02-13 16:25
Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate It’s hard to imagine a more challenging teaching situation than the one facing those tasked with educating refugees. Usually, by the time a refugee child makes it to the United States, he or she has experienced unspeakable trauma, lengthy disruptions to daily life, and much uncertainty. The student is unlikely to know English or to be familiar with the American educational system and wider culture. This daunting task of providing the best possible education to refugee children can be met with the help of some edtech tools.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/delivering-tech-enabled-learning-opportunities-to-refugees/

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As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

Wed, 2019-02-13 16:20

Matt Krupnick, Hechinger Report

Educators and policymakers started raising alarms about low levels of college-going among people in places like this after frustration from rural Americans over limited opportunities and incomes spilled over into national politics in 2016. Now growing demand for college-trained workers has brought a powerful new voice to the chorus: businesses desperate to fill increasingly complex jobs at a time of almost nonexistent unemployment. With worker shortages hitting industries nationwide, their companies — and many states’ economies — depend on it. The high school grads least likely in America to go to college? Rural ones

https://hechingerreport.org/as-jobs-grow-hard-to-fill-businesses-join-the-drive-to-push-rural-residents-toward-college/

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