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A PayPal exec’s favorite interview question reveals the skill all good employees should have

Tue, 2017-10-17 17:16

by Áine Cain, Business Insider

“I would ask this of any candidate — what did you learn this week?” Hann told Business Insider. “Even if it’s only Tuesday. What’s something new you learned this week and how did you apply it in what you do?” Major companies like EY and IBM encourage employees to keep gathering new skills through online learning programs for which graduates earn “digital badges” that certify they’ve completed the course. In fact, reported Business Insider’s Abby Jackson, certain IBM badges can be used toward Northeastern professional master’s degree programs.

http://www.businessinsider.com/paypal-job-interview-question-exec-2017-10

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The 2 core edtech trends that will help institutions thrive

Tue, 2017-10-17 17:09

BY ADRIAN SANNIER, eCampus News
Why adaptivity and scalability are the two core trends in higher edtech right now, and for the future. These technologies, powered by ongoing advances in artificial intelligence, continue to grow in capability, providing students and their teachers with unprecedented insight into individual learning patterns.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/edtech-trends-institutions-thrive/

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Faculty Predict Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Will Be Key to Ed Tech in 10 Years

Tue, 2017-10-17 17:04

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
Judging by the outlook of faculty in colleges and universities today, the future is bright for technology in higher education. A full 98 percent of faculty members who took Campus Technology’s second annual Teaching With Technology Survey believe technology will play a positive role in education going forward. That’s a step up from 97 percent who answered the same in 2016. What technologies do faculty think will be important in education over the next decade? The most popular answer to that question by far was virtual/augmented/mixed reality, garnering 81 percent of responses (it topped the list last year as well). Mobile devices and apps, 3D modeling/scanning/printing, adaptive/personalized learning and video/streaming all rounded out the top five.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/11/faculty-predict-virtual-augmented-mixed-reality-will-be-key-to-ed-tech-in-10-years.aspx

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Emerging Tech Boosts Online Education Growth Over Next 4 Years

Tue, 2017-10-17 17:03

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech

A study finds that mobile devices, virtual reality and blending learning programs will spark innovation. With millions of students enrolling in at least one online course, it should be no surprise that a recent Technavio study found that the online education market is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent until 2021. As enrollment and investment in online education increases, the report claims that the industry owes a lot of this growth to mobile devices and increased desire for blended learning opportunities.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/10/emerging-tech-boosts-online-education-growth-over-next-4-years

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Google Pledges $1 Billion to Improve Education Levels Worldwide

Mon, 2017-10-16 17:26

by Associated Press

Google says over the next five years it will spend $1 billion on nonprofit organizations helping to raise education levels around the world and commit its employees to a million hours of volunteer work doing the same. CEO Sundar Pichai announced the goal Thursday morning in Pittsburgh, the city where he arrived in the U.S. from India 24 years ago. Pichai also unveiled a program called “Grow with Google” aimed at training Americans how to get jobs or grow their businesses. The program aims to outfit people with computer and entrepreneurial skills.

https://www.inc.com/associated-press/google-sundar-pichai-1-billion-nonprofit-organizations-boost-education-grow-with-google.html

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launches ‘Woz U’ tech school

Mon, 2017-10-16 17:20

By Luke Stangel, San Jose Business Journal

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak this week launched Woz U, an online, tech-focused education program owned by a private, for-profit school based in Texas. Woz U offers just two online programs today, an 8-month computer programming track and a 6-month computer support specialist track. The school promises to eventually add programs in data science, mobile app development and cybersecurity, and add physical campuses in 30 cities. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Woz U is “inspired by Steve Wozniak,” according to the school’s website.

https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2017/10/13/apple-steve-wozniak-launches-woz-u-tech-school.html

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Google partners with Udacity to offer 50,000 new scholarships for aspiring developers

Mon, 2017-10-16 17:15

by Scott Scrivens, Android Police

Grow with Google is the company’s educational initiative offering free training and tools to help kickstart the careers of budding developers across the United States. The platform has several partners with which Google works to create learning programs and provide support. One such partner is Udacity, which offers free and paid online courses for a range of different technical disciplines. Together, Google and Udacity are offering 50,000 new scholarships in the US. They will specifically target Android and mobile web developers with a view to training them up and getting them into work. The courses are intended to prepare students for Google’s Associate Android Developer and Mobile Web Specialist developer certifications.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/13/google-partners-udacity-offer-50000-new-scholarships-aspiring-developers/

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A PayPal exec’s favorite interview question reveals the skill all good employees should have

Mon, 2017-10-16 17:10

by Áine Cain, Business Insider

“I would ask this of any candidate — what did you learn this week?” Hann told Business Insider. “Even if it’s only Tuesday. What’s something new you learned this week and how did you apply it in what you do?” Major companies like EY and IBM encourage employees to keep gathering new skills through online learning programs for which graduates earn “digital badges” that certify they’ve completed the course. In fact, reported Business Insider’s Abby Jackson, certain IBM badges can be used toward Northeastern professional master’s degree programs.

http://www.businessinsider.com/paypal-job-interview-question-exec-2017-10

 

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Google partners with Udacity to offer 50,000 new scholarships for aspiring developers

Mon, 2017-10-16 17:06

by Scott Scrivens, Android Police

Grow with Google is the company’s educational initiative offering free training and tools to help kickstart the careers of budding developers across the United States. The platform has several partners with which Google works to create learning programs and provide support. One such partner is Udacity, which offers free and paid online courses for a range of different technical disciplines. Together, Google and Udacity are offering 50,000 new scholarships in the US. They will specifically target Android and mobile web developers with a view to training them up and getting them into work. The courses are intended to prepare students for Google’s Associate Android Developer and Mobile Web Specialist developer certifications.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/13/google-partners-udacity-offer-50000-new-scholarships-aspiring-developers/

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Communication to Prepare for Your Online Classes

Mon, 2017-10-16 17:03

By Alyssa Laffitte, Uloop
In this modern digital age, online courses are becoming more and more popular. If you haven’t yet taken one, you probably will soon. Online classes are similar to traditional classes in that they both involve communication and discussion among students and teachers. The method of discussion is different, though. Rather than sitting together in a class and speaking, communication in online classes is mainly held through email or through discussion boards, which requires a different set of skills. So how can you effectively communicate in an online class?

https://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/249754/Communication-to-Prepare-for-Your-Online-Classes

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Immersive Learning, VR, AR, MR

Sat, 2017-10-14 17:25

BY CRAIG WEISS, Craig Weiss Blog

I believe that at some point e-learning will intersect with immersive learning. By 2020. My earlier statements of 85% of training and L&D (corporate) by 2020 being e-learning with the 15% being F2F needs an update. 85% online. 10% immersive. 5% Instructor F2F. Two entities for the future of learning. One is already in play, e-Learning. The other is on its way, I-Learning (Immersive learning). But whereas content/courses are commodities today in e-learning, it can’t be when it comes to immersive learning. Third party vendors and custom course/content shops will have to see this and commit to it. Consumers (buyers) will have to ensure it.

https://elearninfo247.com/2016/12/18/immersive-learning-vr-ar-mr/

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Getting 100 Percent LMS Buy-in from Faculty

Sat, 2017-10-14 17:19

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

These two institutions faced the same goal — convincing all their instructors to use the learning management system. Here’s what’s working.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/12/getting-100-percent-lms-buy-in-from-faculty.aspx

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Best Practices for Cybersecurity Are Simple and Keep Users in Mind

Sat, 2017-10-14 17:14

by Nicci Fagan, Campus Technology
Nicci is the director of Central and Eastern U.S. higher education sales for CDW•G.
As students, faculty and staff settle into the routines of a new semester, it’s the perfect time for a refresher on cybersecurity. Perhaps this is why October is designated National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. CIOs and CISOs have an opportunity to educate users on the basics of good cyberhygiene before they develop bad habits. The Department of Homeland Security recently released its themes for October, from basic online safety to cybersecurity careers. Each week, DHS and its partners will release resources relating to each theme that IT staff can incorporate into cybersecurity education and training.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/10/best-practices-cybersecurity-are-simple-and-keep-users-mind

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Getting 100 Percent LMS Buy-in from Faculty

Sat, 2017-10-14 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

These two institutions faced the same goal — convincing all their instructors to use the learning management system. Here’s what’s working.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/12/getting-100-percent-lms-buy-in-from-faculty.aspx

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Virtual Reality and Learning: The Newest Landscape for Higher Education

Sat, 2017-10-14 17:05

by Brian Shuster, Wired

Virtual worlds promise to deliver the best aspects of both real-world classrooms and online distance learning into a single platform. With tools that provide avatars that represent the educators and the students, voice and video capabilities, powerpoint and other collaborative whiteboard technologies and group and private messaging chat, educators are finding that the newest generation of virtual worlds can simplify the lecture and presentation process, allow students to ask/answers questions to their teacher or each other (without interrupting the lecture), socialize and learn in a very streamlined manner. All of this is done with the convenience and cost efficiency of distance learning.

https://www.wired.com/insights/2013/12/virtual-reality-and-learning-the-newest-landscape-for-higher-education/

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3 reasons why VR’s killer app will be collaborative

Sat, 2017-10-14 17:04

MICHAEL PARK, Venture Beat
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are game-changers for the enterprise, enabling real-time remote collaboration experiences that were simply not possible before. While these technologies have not yet gained traction at a mass-market level, they hold great promise as the most practical use case for immersive technologies.  A key point that resonated with all of these entrepreneurs is that collaborative use cases could spur a huge change in the way we interact in social settings — for better or for worse. As Rousseau says, “I think we’re facing a huge choice as a species: Do we want a future where technology replaces our social needs, like in the movie ‘Her’, or do we want a future where technology enhances our social relationships with real people, so that we can have intense emotional experiences with the people we care about — regardless of the distance?” As we move into an uncertain future where our real identities become increasingly intertwined with our digital identities, we’ll have to decide how we should build our lives around, and within, this new medium.

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Facebook Finally Unveiled a Standalone VR Headset, And It’s Just $199

Fri, 2017-10-13 17:25

by Futurism

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerburg unveiled the Oculus Go today, at the Oculus Connect 4 keynote event. This low-cost, standalone VR headset will be available early next year, potentially introducing VR to a wider market. At the Oculus Connect 4 keynote, happening now in San Jose, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerburg just unveiled a device that could make virtual reality (VR) technologies more accessible. Introducing the Oculus Go: a standalone VR headset that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. At only $199, Zuckerberg called it “the most accessible VR headset yet.”

https://futurism.com/facebook-is-offering-an-affordable-vr-experience-with-the-oculus-go/

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Hyperledger Launches edX MOOC about BlockChain

Fri, 2017-10-13 17:20

by US Newswire
Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, announced today the availability of its first free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) — Blockchain for Business: An Introduction to Hyperledger. The free, self-paced online course is offered through edX.org, the nonprofit online learning platform founded in 2012 by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The course provides an introduction to Hyperledger and its key business blockchain frameworks.  “Interest in blockchain technology is exploding; Software developers, product teams, and business managers are all desperately eager to figure out how this technology can solve real-world problems,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “This first introductory-level course is carefully designed for both nontechnical and technical audiences, to bring everyone further up the learning curve and get started with it on their own business needs.”

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Hyperledger-Launches-First-Free-Massive-Open-Online-Course-MOOC-on-edX-org-1002071877

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6 Big Data and ML Takeaways from Strata 2017

Fri, 2017-10-13 17:14

By Joel Hans, RT Insights
The recent Strata Data Conference offered a look at the future of AI, big data, data science, machine learning, stream processing and more. The Strata Data Conference, held at the end of last month in New York, pledged to bring together the leading minds, and most promising new ideas, in big data. Between AI, big data, data science, machine learning (ML), stream processing, and more, it was a sophisticated, productive, and ultimately fascinating look at the future of this fast-growing industry. A few ideas and innovations percolated into the conversations held during and just after the event.

https://www.rtinsights.com/6-big-data-and-ml-takeaways-from-strata-2017/

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The 11 college majors with the highest unemployment rates

Fri, 2017-10-13 17:09

by Chris Weller, Business Insider
For all the pressure on college students to pick a lucrative major, not everyone goes where the jobs are. According to career site Zippia, which used US Census data to estimate the unemployment rate for people 22 to 25 years old in various fields, there are several areas of study that make job-finding harder. Many of the majors deal with the arts, society, and communication. But some are still related to science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM). The findings suggest that even if students pursue STEM fields, which data show are lacking in new talent, recent grads aren’t guaranteed a job. Here are the majors that produce the highest unemployment rates:

http://www.businessinsider.com/college-majors-producing-the-highest-unemployment-rates-2017-10

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