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Imagining an Apple Store for Online Degrees

Tue, 2018-12-11 16:21

Lindsey McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Georgia Institute of Technology is considering creating brick-and-mortar “storefronts” for prospective and current students to sample its course offerings, listen to lectures and network. The effort is part of Georgia Tech’s plans to make its online degrees and professional education certificates more appealing to the nontraditional students of tomorrow, who the institution predicts will expect “flexible learning experiences.” “We know that students are happy with the online delivery, but we have found that they still have the desire, and in many cases the need, to connect physically with us,” said Rafael Bras, the university’s provost.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/11/26/coming-shopping-mall-near-you-georgia-tech

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Here’s What Happened When One University Asked Everyone for Ideas to Reinvent Campus

Tue, 2018-12-11 16:20

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

For designers of the online discussion, perhaps the biggest challenge was figuring out how to run such a large-scale online brainstorming session without it devolving into petty complaints about parking or a general airing of grievances. The solution was to make the online discussion feel like a game. Attendees submitted ideas in the form of cards (limited to 280-characters, like a Tweet), and let players win points when other users added links or other suggestions to the original idea.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-11-21-here-s-what-happened-when-one-university-asked-everyone-for-ideas-to-reinvent-campus

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7 Things You Should Know about Digital Transformation (Dx)

Tue, 2018-12-11 16:15

by EDUCAUSE

The term “digital transformation” (Dx) encapsulates the seismic cultural, workforce, and technological shift under way as the diverse digital landscape influences—and changes—almost everything we do. Dx is being propelled by multiple drivers, from the pervasive adoption of technology across colleges and universities to external forces including reduced public funding, new expectations of technology from students, and increased skepticism about higher education. Embracing digital transformation is about building on the core values of higher education and developing new and significantly more effective ways to enrich and expand higher education’s mission.

https://library.educause.edu/~/media/files/library/2018/10/eli7162.pdf

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Future-proofing higher education starts with reinventing the college degree

Tue, 2018-12-11 16:10

By Anant Agarwal, Quartz

The jobs of the future will require a hybrid set of skills from a variety of subject areas. But our current education model has us spending at least three years studying the same singular discipline. As the en vogue skills will change several times as our careers progress, higher education degrees are also adapting, focusing on flexible and customizable credential offerings In this future, imagine that instead of graduating with a single degree from one university, you will design your own personalized degree from many online or residential programs. Smaller, modular chunks of education will reign, and our learning experience will become incredibly flexible and customizable.

https://qz.com/1469291/future-proofing-higher-education-starts-with-reinventing-the-college-degree/

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3 Online course websites to learn more about Social Media Marketing

Tue, 2018-12-11 16:05

Fourth Source
In this day and age, the behavior of an average consumer who shops online is affected by their social media interactions more than anything else. They learn about new brands and change opinions about the ones they already know based on how they feel about these brands on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Thus, it’s no surprise that social media is increasing brand engagement and sales for those who are using it correctly. Now, when it comes to traditional marketing, there are plenty of well-established and comprehensive academic courses that any student can enroll in. However, there are few institutes that offer dedicated courses in digital. So, you want to master social media marketing, then self-teaching is your best bet. You can go about it by reading about social media management tips online on authority website and blogs. However, if you are interested in going deeper and have the time to spare, then you can also check out online courses

http://www.fourthsource.com/social-media/3-online-course-websites-to-learn-more-about-social-media-marketing-23393

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Building the Future of ‘New Collar’ Jobs with Digital Badging

Tue, 2018-12-11 16:03

David Leaser, Evolllution

IBM is creating an industry-leading approach to developing a credential program for New Collar jobs which are in demand and don’t require a college degree. These jobs range from customer engagement, cloud, cognitive and cyber security, to design and user experience. The New Collar Certificate Programs follow a unique four-step method to create a ready-to-work talent pool. It starts with a job fit assessment. This is a science-based, non-biased approach to assess somebody’s cognitive skills, abilities and personality traits to help match a student to a career they want to pursue. So many people start a job and then realize it’s a dead end or it isn’t the right fit. It’s a big expense, and it takes time out of people’s lives. We want to help people find a career they’re going to love.

 https://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/building-the-future-of-new-collar-jobs-with-digital-badging/

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As students flock to credentials other than degrees, quality-control concerns grow

Mon, 2018-12-10 16:25

Matt Krupnick, Hechinger Report

“We do have a little bit of a Wild West situation right now with alternative credentials,” said Alana Dunagan, a senior research fellow at the nonprofit Clayton Christensen Institute, which researches education innovation. The U.S. higher education system “doesn’t do a good job of separating the wheat from the chaff.” Thousands of credentials classes aimed at improving specific skills have cropped up outside of traditional colleges. Some classes are boot camps, including those popular with computer coders. Others are even more narrowly focused, such as courses on factory automation and breastfeeding. Colleges and universities have responded by adding non-degree programs of their own.

https://hechingerreport.org/as-students-flock-to-credentials-other-than-degrees-quality-control-concerns-grow/

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A COLUMBIA TEACHERS COLLEGE STUDY EXPLORES WHO IS TAKING MOOCS AND WHY

Mon, 2018-12-10 16:19

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Among the key findings of the CBCSE survey was a confirmation that MOOCs continue to attract a generally educated demographic. As stated in the report, “In general, learners were quite well educated with 79% holding at least an undergraduate degree and 40% a graduate degree.” However, the study also found, “16% of participants across all programs had no degree at all, although half of these had completed some university or college courses.”

https://news.elearninginside.com/a-columbia-teachers-college-study-explores-who-is-taking-moocs-and-why/

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Microsoft Launches a Series of 10 Courses about Cybersecurity on edX.org

Mon, 2018-12-10 16:16

By IBL News

Microsoft has introduced a free 10-course professional program on Cybersecurity, intended to help to identify threats early on and minimize breach impacts. Each course requires 8 to 12 hours of study time, and will run for three months, starting at the beginning of a quarter – in January, April, July and October 2019. However, the first course, Enterprise Security Fundamental, is already available.

https://iblnews.org/2018/11/24/microsoft-launches-a-series-of-10-courses-about-cybersecurity-on-edx-org/

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Online learning is where e-commerce was 10-15 years ago

Mon, 2018-12-10 16:09

Weisheng Neo, People Matters

There are two things here that companies need to consider — Mindset and Method. For mindset, the company has to create a learning culture. This seems straightforward and obvious, but learning can take a backseat if the culture is not conducive to upskilling for employees. In high-performance-driven cultures, companies often overlook training for the next phase of growth, exposing inadequacies in the organization when the next phase hits. One great way to create a learning culture is to have leaders who lead by example as leaders are the most visible people in an organization and their actions inspire employees. Second is ‘method’ or the mode of learning which is a crucial element. If you are upgrading the skills of technicians to handle complex equipment, then you want to look at hands-on, in-person training. If you are looking at upskilling designers (who sit across geographies) to the newest software, you can think about online, synchronous learning. Technology has given us tools that overcome constraints in learning, but how and when we use them is critical.

https://www.peoplematters.in/article/training-development/online-learning-is-where-e-commerce-was-10-15-years-ago-upgrads-weisheng-19985

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The AI Survival Guide for Leaders

Mon, 2018-12-10 16:05

by Laura Berger, Forbes

Artificial intelligence’s takeover is not an impending possibility — it’s here. We use GPS without a thought, accept guidance from customer service bots, and our interests quickly turn into smartphone recommendations. From these experiences, I can’t help but connect the dots to the impact they will have on the passion I hold professionally dear: leadership. These observations are just a subset of the impact of automation on leadership, and thus, this article will likely be the first of several that I will occasionally publish to share my reflections.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/11/26/the-ai-survival-guide-for-leaders/#480fea313427

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Imagining an Apple Store for Online Degrees

Mon, 2018-12-10 16:03

Lindsey McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Georgia Institute of Technology is considering creating brick-and-mortar “storefronts” for prospective and current students to sample its course offerings, listen to lectures and network. The effort is part of Georgia Tech’s plans to make its online degrees and professional education certificates more appealing to the nontraditional students of tomorrow, who the institution predicts will expect “flexible learning experiences.” “We know that students are happy with the online delivery, but we have found that they still have the desire, and in many cases the need, to connect physically with us,” said Rafael Bras, the university’s provost.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/11/26/coming-shopping-mall-near-you-georgia-tech

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Introducing the Futurice Principles for Ethical AI

Sun, 2018-12-09 16:20

Minna Mustakallio, Futurice

As an integral part of our Futurice Data & Ethics initiative – and also coinciding with our role as a key contributor in AI Finland’s Ethics Challenge – we recently set out to come up with our own Principles for Ethical AI for our work. As a result, we now have a set of tailored principles that we are also happy to share with our clients and the rest of the community. These principles are meant to support and guide our decision-making whenever we are creating autonomous systems and dealing with data and algorithms. As our work deals with ethical issues on a very practical level, we wanted our principles to also reflect this at a slightly more concrete level than just high-level statements. These principles are not set in stone – they will be frequently adjusted as the field of data & AI ethics advances, and also based on feedback from our teams, clients and other stakeholders.

https://www.futurice.com/blog/introducing-the-futurice-principles-for-ethical-ai/

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Designing for the Workforce Future: Reflections on Implications for Community Colleges

Sun, 2018-12-09 16:16

Karen A. Stout, Achieving the Dream

The associate degree is one credential that earns graduates middle skill jobs. Yet, there is a growing space for an array of other credentials and certifications, that would be recognized by employers, to build a pipeline of talent in technical jobs across industries like transportation, construction, utilities, financial services, health care, and information technology. This is a space ripe for innovative work. Traditional comprehensive community colleges (that are mostly transfer driven) have underdeveloped ability in this space but they are being called on to develop new approaches to apprenticeship, certificate design, micro credentialing and badging.

https://www.achievingthedream.org/news/17556/designing-for-the-workforce-future-reflections-on-implications-for-community-colleges

 

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XR-Based Learning: How Institutions Engage Through Immersive Experiences

Sun, 2018-12-09 16:09

by Kristi DePaul, EDUCAUSE Review

Immersive, multisensory experiences can draw students and faculty into other realms, beyond the limitations of the physical world. Not unlike today’s popular escape rooms, in these scenarios, learners may have to solve complex puzzles or improvise with found elements—sometimes while communicating with others who are also engaged in the virtual environment. Launched in early 2017, HP’s Campus of the Future project engaged with EDUCAUSE in an exploration of extended reality (XR) technologies in higher education. Specifically, the project included augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing and scanning. While it’s not the first effort to explore the integration of these technologies into educational experiences, it is perhaps one of the broadest to date, spanning 11 institutions and learning environments across the United States.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/11/xr-based-learning-how-institutions-engage-through-immersive-experiences

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7 Things You Should Know about Digital Transformation (Dx)

Sun, 2018-12-09 16:03

by EDUCAUSE

The term “digital transformation” (Dx) encapsulates the seismic cultural, workforce, and technological shift under way as the diverse digital landscape influences—and changes—almost everything we do. Dx is being propelled by multiple drivers, from the pervasive adoption of technology across colleges and universities to external forces including reduced public funding, new expectations of technology from students, and increased skepticism about higher education. Embracing digital transformation is about building on the core values of higher education and developing new and significantly more effective ways to enrich and expand higher education’s mission.

https://library.educause.edu/~/media/files/library/2018/10/eli7162.pdf

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Inclusive and Open Pedagogies

Sun, 2018-12-09 16:01

by Amanda McAndrew, EDUCAUSE Review

A core principle of inclusive pedagogy is valuing diverse experiences, perspectives, and ways of learning that contribute unique meaning to a learning environment and to the world. Inclusive pedagogical practice seeks to create equity in the learning opportunities offered, where all learners are supported in participating and contributing to a shared learning experience. In this context, inclusion means anything from providing captioned videos, to assignments that encourage and acknowledge life experiences, to teachers and students co-creating knowledge. Similarly, open pedagogy encourages reflective practice, the sharing of ideas and resources, choice in expression, and posing open-ended problems that accept many diverse solutions created by diverse learners.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/11/inclusive-and-open-pedagogies

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Why AI Creates Jobs And New Work Opportunities

Sat, 2018-12-08 16:25

Alex Adamopoulos, Forbes

Right now, we’re living on the precipice of a fourth industrial revolution. The first industrial revolution brought us steam power and machinery. The second brought electrical power, and with the third came the internet. Which brings us to number four. But this new revolution, driven by artificial intelligence and automation, is taking a different tack from the previous ones. Those movements were all about introducing new technologies and new ways of working and then dropping them on top of how we did things already. This new revolution is about the fusion of people and technology, blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological in a way that is poised to dramatically reshape our day-to-day lives in ways we can’t even imagine yet.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbostoncouncil/2018/11/20/why-ai-creates-jobs-and-new-work-opportunities/#6ad76b4814bd

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Defining Learning Innovation

Sat, 2018-12-08 16:19

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

My definition of learning innovation is institutional and organizational in scale. A college or university serious about innovation will prioritize investments in making non-incremental advances in student learning. A commitment to learning innovation can take many forms. It may be investing in a center for teaching and learning (CTL) to provide faculty with training, mentoring, and resources. Or a commitment to learning innovation may manifest in the recruitment of instructional designers to collaborate with faculty. A focus on institutional learning innovation may involve the decision that all new classroom spaces and renovations will result in active learning spaces, with flat floors and moveable furniture. Or it may revolve around an initiative to embed academic librarians with professors throughout the course development, teaching, and redesign process.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/defining-learning-innovation

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AI can humanize teaching—if we let it

Sat, 2018-12-08 16:15

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
Educators should ignore the ‘fear factor’ around AI robots taking over teaching, and should harness the technology to improve their craft. While the scientific nature of artificial intelligence (AI) has frequently been used as a marketing term in recent years, AI does have some fascinating implications for instruction. But perhaps one of the biggest things to remember about AI is that it will not eliminate teaching—it will humanize it.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2018/11/15/ai-can-humanize-teaching-if-we-let-it/

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