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An obsession with computer vision shows the lopsided nature of the AI boom

Wed, 2019-02-13 16:14

Will Knight, MIT Technology Review
A new report on global AI patents and publications has offered an interesting snapshot of the current boom—including the uneven way it is being commercialized. The report (pdf) from the World Intellectual Property Organization shows that since the field of AI was established in the 1950s, 340,000 AI-related inventions have been patented and over 1.6 million scientific papers published. Around 49% of all AI patents relate to computer vision, and that number is growing 24% year on year. What it means: Together, deep learning and computer vision stand to have a huge impact in many commercial areas: medical imaging, autonomous driving, and surveillance, for instance. But the figures show that AI isn’t transforming every industry.

https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/612870/an-obsession-with-computer-vision-shows-the-lopsided-nature-of-the-ai-boom/

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Lifelong Learning For The 100-Year Life

Wed, 2019-02-13 16:10

Jeffrey S. Russell, Evolllution

In this new world, described in The 100-Year Lifeby Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott, most of us won’t have the luxury of sticking with what we learned in college during our teens and 20s. Most of us won’t be able to stop working in our 50s, either, as my father and grandfather did. With careers lasting longer, people will have to continually update their knowledge and learn new skills. After reading The 100-Year Life—recommended to me by Vice Provost Rovy Branon of University of Washington Educational Outreach—I realized that the implications for higher education are profound. To accommodate longer lives, we’ll need to develop academic programs that stretch from childhood into old age. This will require creativity in how we deliver courses, with an emphasis on flexibility and personalization. It will also require creativity in how we provide credentials, from degrees to certificates to digital badges.

https://evolllution.com/revenue-streams/extending_lifelong_learning/lifelong-learning-for-the-100-year-life/

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

Wed, 2019-02-13 16:07

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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An obsession with computer vision shows the lopsided nature of the AI boom

Wed, 2019-02-13 16:03

Will Knight, MIT Technology Review
A new report on global AI patents and publications has offered an interesting snapshot of the current boom—including the uneven way it is being commercialized. The report (pdf) from the World Intellectual Property Organization shows that since the field of AI was established in the 1950s, 340,000 AI-related inventions have been patented and over 1.6 million scientific papers published. Around 49% of all AI patents relate to computer vision, and that number is growing 24% year on year. What it means: Together, deep learning and computer vision stand to have a huge impact in many commercial areas: medical imaging, autonomous driving, and surveillance, for instance. But the figures show that AI isn’t transforming every industry.

https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/612870/an-obsession-with-computer-vision-shows-the-lopsided-nature-of-the-ai-boom/

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THE WORLD’S FASTEST SUPERCOMPUTER BREAKS AN AI RECORD

Tue, 2019-02-12 16:25

Tom Simonite, Wired

Oak Ridge National Lab’s Summit supercomputer became the world’s most powerful in 2018, reclaiming that title from China for the first time in five years. The record-setting project involved the world’s most powerful supercomputer, Summit, at Oak Ridge National Lab. The machine captured that crown in June last year, reclaiming the title for the US after five years of China topping the list. As part of a climate research project, the giant computer booted up a machine-learning experiment that ran faster than any before. Summit, which occupies an area equivalent to two tennis courts, used more than 27,000 powerful graphics processors in the project. It tapped their power to train deep-learning algorithms, the technology driving AI’s frontier, chewing through the exercise at a rate of a billion billion operations per second, a pace known in supercomputing circles as an exaflop. Fittingly, the world’s most powerful computer’s AI workout was focused on one of the world’s largest problems: climate change.

https://www.wired.com/story/worlds-fastest-supercomputer-breaks-ai-record/

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No snow days here: Central students go digital to keep learning

Tue, 2019-02-12 16:20

By TERRY FLORES, Kenosha News

Extreme cold and wind chills of minus 50 degrees cancelled school in many areas of Wisconsin Wednesday, but that didn’t stop one high school in Kenosha County from holding classes. Students and faculty weren’t present inside the building at Central High School in Paddock Lake for the normal school day. But make no mistake, classes were taking place, assignments being turned in and collaboration was going on in virtual classrooms from their homes during two-day required “Digital Learning Days” held during the cold snap instead of making up school days missed.

http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/local/no-snow-days-here-central-students-go-digital-to-keep/article_2f95d2cb-b5ed-5c70-97cf-8ee6a62f1703.html

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What makes an online course great?

Tue, 2019-02-12 16:15

Amy Miele, Smart Brief

Creating a high quality online course is not an easy task. Focusing on key elements is essential to providing students with engaging and effective educational experiences. It is important to have meaningful activities, stellar resources and quality assessments.  The three pillars of student learning. Content is what students learn. Instruction is how students learn. Evaluation is how students are assessed. Here’s how these three pillars translate into the online learning environment.

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2019/01/what-makes-online-course-great

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5 ways innovation is inspiring higher ed

Tue, 2019-02-12 16:09

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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Midwest instructors move classes online during polar vortex

Tue, 2019-02-12 16:05

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

When a polar vortex swept through the Midwest last week and triggered wind chills as low as 66 degrees below zero, University of Michigan professor Perry Samson thought it was too good of a teaching opportunity to pass up. Samson, an atmospheric sciences professor, teaches a course called “extreme weather.” In it, he covers topics such as hurricanes, tornadoes and lightning, as well as how a changing climate can alter the frequency and intensity of such events. The week the polar vortex hit, he was scheduled to lecture about heat waves. Inaccurate student data can have major consequences for credit reporting for not only your organization, but also your students. Get up to speed on new standards and how to meet them with this playbook. Even if students were willing to chance frostbite in the record-breaking cold to get to his class, the university had made the rare call to close the campus. So instead, Samson took the class online. Other instructors at closed campuses across the Midwest kept their students on track through the deep freeze by bringing their classes online.

 

https://www.educationdive.com/news/midwest-instructors-move-classes-online-during-polar-vortex/547526/

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

Tue, 2019-02-12 16:02

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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An Online Tax for Rural Students

Mon, 2019-02-11 16:20

High tuition fees for distance education courses are keeping some community colleges in Colorado afloat. But should rural students pay the price? Dotted across Colorado’s varied landscape are thousands of students who live many miles from their closest community college. For these rural students, online learning is not just a convenience, but a necessity. Small colleges in remote areas don’t have the funds to offer all the programs students want on-site, said Garcia. But in the CCC system, the price of learning online is “considerably” more than learning in person, said Garcia. Students who are Colorado residents pay a baseline of $148.90 per credit hour for traditional instruction at a campus. The price for online learning is $263.90 per credit hour — a difference of just over $114. Some of the 13 colleges in the system charge students more.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/30/high-price-online-learning-colorados-rural-community-colleges

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Top Higher Education Official Calls For More Vocational Education In Tennessee

Mon, 2019-02-11 16:20

By SHALINA CHATLANI, National Public Radio

The executive director of Tennessee’s Higher Education Commission, Mike Krause, says the agency will form a task force to see how local colleges and universities can meet employer demands. The move aligns with Gov. Bill Lee’s mission of creating more vocational education in the state.  During Wednesday’s budget hearing, Krause said he’s fearful colleges and universities in the state aren’t preparing students for jobs of the future. He says they should talk to employers before considering new course offerings.

https://www.nashvillepublicradio.org/post/top-higher-education-official-calls-more-vocational-education-tennessee#stream/0

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How do schools train for a workplace that doesn’t exist yet?

Mon, 2019-02-11 16:16

by CAROLINE PRESTON, Hechinger Report

I asked Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, for his thoughts on this question. Carnevale told me that, first of all, the story of robots creating mass unemployment has been overhyped.  Chris Burns has heard these sorts of predictions, too. Burns works for a business near Cincinnati that sells cloud computing and other technology services, and he says there is a big shortage of skilled IT employees both nationally and in his metro area. For his part, Burns told me he suspects that “soft skills” — things like critical thinking, problem solving and communication — are going to be key and that those abilities will serve young people no matter how their jobs evolve with new technologies. The growing importance of soft skills is a topic we’ve written about here at Hechinger. And Carnevale says he shares this perspective.

https://hechingerreport.org/how-do-schools-train-for-a-workplace-that-doesnt-exist-yet/

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Enhancing the learning experience with e-learning

Mon, 2019-02-11 16:10

by the Deccan Chronicle

Addressing everyone’s individual requirements is simply not viable in the traditional classroom. Also, looking at the broader picture, metropolitan cities enjoy a higher quality of teachers, whereas, their low-tier counterparts do not. This naturally creates a disparity in the quality of education amongst such regions. These are some of the most fundamental problems experienced in our education system. Thankfully, the advent of e-learning is helping to address some of these challenges that have been inherent to our education system. At present, the sector is growing with a CAGR of 20 per cent (roughly about three-times our GDP growth rate) and is expected to reach a market size of USD 1.96 billion by 2021. The industry’s subscribers, which were 1.6 million in 2016, are further projected to grow six-fold to become 9.6 million by the same period.

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/technology/in-other-news/280119/enhancing-the-learning-experience-with-e-learning.html

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WGU Doesn’t Owe $730 M after All: What the Ruling Means for WGU and Online Learning

Mon, 2019-02-11 16:05

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

In 2017, Western Governors University (WGU) was slapped with a huge bill from the federal government. Two years later, WGU has been informed that it doesn’t owe $730 million after all. If WGU is now off the hook, it is likely largely due to Secretary Betsy DeVos. But the WGU ruling also has broader implications for online learning nationwide. While it is unclear if the WGU audit was a direct factor, in early 2019, DeVos announced that she was changing the rules for what counts as a course at the postsecondary level. Her announcement has important implications for WGU and for many other online programs schools, since the change effectively means that federal funds can now be applied to a wider range of postsecondary courses. DeVos is proposing to give accrediting agencies more flexibility in approving programs that don’t fit traditional educational models. This includes courses that may not meet minimum benchmarks for instructor-student contact hours.

https://news.elearninginside.com/wgu-doesnt-owe-730-million-after-all-what-the-ruling-means-for-wgu-and-online-learning/

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What makes an online course great?

Mon, 2019-02-11 16:03

Amy Miele, Smart Brief

Creating a high quality online course is not an easy task. Focusing on key elements is essential to providing students with engaging and effective educational experiences. It is important to have meaningful activities, stellar resources and quality assessments.  The three pillars of student learning. Content is what students learn. Instruction is how students learn. Evaluation is how students are assessed. Here’s how these three pillars translate into the online learning environment.

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2019/01/what-makes-online-course-great

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Recruiting AI Talent: 4 Ways To Get Ahead Of The Next Hiring Wave

Sun, 2019-02-10 16:27

Meghan M. Biro, Forbes

While businesses may not be facing this new reality, at least education is. As Fisher told me, “Fortunately, the U.S. education system is in step with the demand for AI talent, and the number of graduates with technical skill sets is starting to expand.” Good news, but on the other hand, consider the laws of supply and demand. If the talent shortage continues, salaries will be high.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/meghanbiro/2019/01/24/recruiting-ai-talent-4-ways-to-get-ahead-of-the-next-hiring-wave/#1ac47a659b02

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We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next

Sun, 2019-02-10 16:22

by Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

Our study of 25 years of artificial-intelligence research suggests the era of deep learning is coming to an end. Through our analysis, we found three major trends: a shift toward machine learning during the late 1990s and early 2000s, a rise in the popularity of neural networks beginning in the early 2010s, and growth in reinforcement learning in the past few years.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612768/we-analyzed-16625-papers-to-figure-out-where-ai-is-headed-next/

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5 Advantages of Online Courses

Sun, 2019-02-10 16:16

BY JENNIFER BROFLOWSKI, Baltimore Post-Examiner

Online tutoring is often called the future of education, which offers students an anti-stress alternative to traditional classes in schools, colleges, and universities. While opponents and supporters of this statement argue whether online education is really more effective, there is no doubt that they open up opportunities for more people to get an education than before. Studies show that distance studying is really effective. In addition, it helps to reduce stress and all sorts of pressures that students may encounter during traditional education.

http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/5-advantages-of-online-courses/2019/01/24

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Online Learning Gaining Momentum For Better Job Prospects

Sun, 2019-02-10 16:10

Raiguru Tandon, Business World

Hybrid learning has gained popularity as 62 percent of Indian adult learners like the concept of combining the convenience of passive learning online, with the quality of active learning in-person, according to a data compiled by Pearson India which has come up with a study of Adult Learners conducted across six countries.  It highlights that 27 percent of Indian learners are already pursuing short-term courses while 28 percent of Indian adult learners plan to take-up single subject short term-course with a one-time fee. With reference to the adoption and demand for degrees, 46 percent of Indian learners plan to do post-graduate and 39 percent are currently pursuing BA degree courses. The survey was conducted among adult learners in Australia, India, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom aged 18 – 65 years.

http://www.businessworld.in/article/Online-Learning-Gaining-Momentum-For-Better-Job-Prospects-/29-01-2019-166574/

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