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Google’s ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI

Sun, 2017-12-10 16:20

By SHIVALI BEST and JOE PINKSTONE, Daily Mail

Google’s latest artificial intelligence, AlphaZero, has defeated one of the best chess programs in the world after learning the game from scratch in just four hours. The ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI played 100 games against rival computer program Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them. The AI is the work of Google’s DeepMind division, and is the latest in a series of incredible AI achievements by the company. An earlier version of the machine, dubbed AlphaGo, was able to defeat the world’s top human players of the Chinese board game Go.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5155009/Googles-AI-mastered-chess-four-hours-scratch.html

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As online learning tools for preschoolers prove popular with parents, experts warn against excess screen time

Sun, 2017-12-10 16:15

By Madeleine Cummings, Edmonton Examiner

Advocates argue online tools help prepare young children for kindergarten, but early education experts urge caution when it comes to putting children in front of screens for long periods of time. “It’s very much a supplement for classroom education,” said Zachary Katz, the senior vice-president of corporate development for Age of Learning (the company behind ABCmouse Early Learning Academy.) He said 45 minutes with the program per week is enough for children to see meaningful gains in early literacy and math. Rachel Johnson’s daughter and son used Starfall, Reading Eggs, BrainPOP Jr., and IXL to learn letter and number recognition and introductory phonics.

http://www.edmontonexaminer.com/2017/12/06/as-online-learning-tools-for-preschoolers-prove-popular-with-parents-experts-warn-against-excess-screen-time

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This is how you measure the viability of academic programs

Sun, 2017-12-10 16:07

BY KARLI GRANT, eCampus News
One of the most frequent questions I hear when visiting colleges and universities is, “What about a tool for measuring the viability of our academic programs?” Institutions are seeking greater insight into the true value of programs beyond traditional metrics or accounting methods, especially as budgets continue to shrink and regulatory accountability for student outcomes increases. This is difficult to achieve through traditional higher education accounting, in which revenues, program needs, and student success initiatives are often opaque to each other and treated as discrete functions. To gain greater insight into program and institutional ROI, more institutions are looking at the way businesses use activity-based costing to determine the bottom line value of products and services. The goal is to tie the cost of these discrete functions to the big picture of operational and student success.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/viability-academic-programs/

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The Case for Synchronous Online Courses

Sun, 2017-12-10 16:03

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

For many learners, online degrees are ideal because they are non-synchronous. They allow people to complete their studies and further their career on their own time, outside of a semester schedule. They can keep their jobs, maintain their roles in their family, and remain with their community while learning.  This benefit also has its downsides. Most importantly for many learners, remote degrees can feel isolating. Many people hope to engage with their instructors and other learners while they get their degree. These relationships can lead to friendships and helpful professional connections Unfortunately, many iterations of eLearning—such as most MOOCs, many online university degrees, coding bootcamps, and other programs—do not allow for a social learning experience.

The Case for Synchronous Online Courses

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Google’s ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI

Sun, 2017-12-10 16:02

by SHIVALI BEST and JOE PINKSTONE, Daily Mail

Google’s latest artificial intelligence, AlphaZero, has defeated one of the best chess programs in the world after learning the game from scratch in just four hours. The ‘superhuman’ AlphaZero AI played 100 games against rival computer program Stockfish 8, and won or drew all of them. The AI is the work of Google’s DeepMind division, and is the latest in a series of incredible AI achievements by the company. An earlier version of the machine, dubbed AlphaGo, was able to defeat the world’s top human players of the Chinese board game Go.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5155009/Googles-AI-mastered-chess-four-hours-scratch.html

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The Case for Synchronous Online Courses

Sat, 2017-12-09 16:25

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

For many learners, online degrees are ideal because they are non-synchronous. They allow people to complete their studies and further their career on their own time, outside of a semester schedule. They can keep their jobs, maintain their roles in their family, and remain with their community while learning.  This benefit also has its downsides. Most importantly for many learners, remote degrees can feel isolating. Many people hope to engage with their instructors and other learners while they get their degree. These relationships can lead to friendships and helpful professional connections Unfortunately, many iterations of eLearning—such as most MOOCs, many online university degrees, coding bootcamps, and other programs—do not allow for a social learning experience.

The Case for Synchronous Online Courses

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WHY EDUCATORS MAKE SOME OF THE BEST EDTECH ENTREPRENEURS

Sat, 2017-12-09 16:20

By Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

It’s no secret that many teachers leave their jobs to pursue more lucrative careers. About one-third of teachers quit within the first five years of joining the profession. Where do they go? Some choose to stay in the field of education in a different way—by becoming EdTech entrepreneurs. Teachers who become EdTech entrepreneurs are often very successful. So why do teachers make some of the best EdTech entrepreneurs? The number one reasons educators make great EdTech entrepreneurs may be simply that teachers know what teachers need and want. EdTech entrepreneurs who come from the tech field and have never been in a classroom don’t understand the unique needs of classroom teachers. Teachers can imagine how students will use certain devices or apps. They can foresee the problems a new technology might create. Teachers are experts at figuring out what helps students and what students will misuse. For this reason, teachers make superb EdTech entrepreneurs.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/educators-make-best-edtech-entrepreneurs/

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Research proves learning is a lifelong process

Sat, 2017-12-09 16:15

by Peter Rule, The Conversation

Aging brings a slight deterioration in functions like short-term memory. But it has the advantage of accumulated experience. This means you know what you want to learn and how you want to apply it, and can link it to experience and concepts you’ve already acquired. Children at school typically learn a prescribed curriculum for future application. Adults tend to choose their learning and want it to count here and now. Learning as an adult is not easy. You have to admit what you don’t know. Sometimes past learning experiences have been negative and associated with feelings of fear and failure. And adults have multiple responsibilities: work, family, social involvements and ageing parents, to name a few. Learning means negotiating these commitments and your own feelings. When you decide to embark on new studies, it’s important to let those around you know; explain how it will change things and enlist their support.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-12-lifelong.html

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Why Online Law Degrees Are Unlikely to Gain Legitimacy

Sat, 2017-12-09 16:09

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

The law profession carefully regulates which programs can gain accreditation and so far, online law degrees have made few gains, even as other professions rush to scale up their online offerings. Indeed, as stated on the American Bar Association (ABA) website, “Currently, no law schools that provide a J.D. degree completely via distance education are approved by the ABA.” The ABA even warns prospective students that “Earning an education completely via distance education may drastically limit your ability to sit for the bar in many states.” The key reason the law profession appears to be resistant to online degrees is tradition. Gregory Duhl, an associate dean for strategic initiatives at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law recently told US News, “I think the legal profession and legal education are just very resistant to change.” This was also the conclusion reached when a promising online JD program at Syracuse was rejected by the ABA earlier this year.

https://news.elearninginside.com/why-online-law-degrees-are-unlikely-to-gain-legitimacy/

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Research proves learning is a lifelong process

Sat, 2017-12-09 16:04

by Peter Rule, The Conversation

Aging brings a slight deterioration in functions like short-term memory. But it has the advantage of accumulated experience. This means you know what you want to learn and how you want to apply it, and can link it to experience and concepts you’ve already acquired. Children at school typically learn a prescribed curriculum for future application. Adults tend to choose their learning and want it to count here and now. Learning as an adult is not easy. You have to admit what you don’t know. Sometimes past learning experiences have been negative and associated with feelings of fear and failure. And adults have multiple responsibilities: work, family, social involvements and ageing parents, to name a few. Learning means negotiating these commitments and your own feelings. When you decide to embark on new studies, it’s important to let those around you know; explain how it will change things and enlist their support.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-12-lifelong.html

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What to Know About Earning an Online Degree in a Cohort

Sat, 2017-12-09 16:02

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Despite what some prospective students may believe, many online degree programs still allow for plenty of student interaction. When looking into different online undergraduate or graduate programs, prospective students should understand whether they will be part of a cohort, although this type of program’s exact structure may vary among schools. Here are three aspects to know about completing an online degree in a cohort.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-12-04/3-facts-about-earning-an-online-degree-in-a-cohort

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What to Know About Earning an Online Degree in a Cohort

Fri, 2017-12-08 16:26

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Despite what some prospective students may believe, many online degree programs still allow for plenty of student interaction. When looking into different online undergraduate or graduate programs, prospective students should understand whether they will be part of a cohort, although this type of program’s exact structure may vary among schools. Here are three aspects to know about completing an online degree in a cohort.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-12-04/3-facts-about-earning-an-online-degree-in-a-cohort

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Girl Scouts Launches Initiative to Put 2.5 Million girls through STEM Programs by 2025

Fri, 2017-12-08 16:20

By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal
The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has launched a national initiative designed to help close the gender gap in STEM education and employment over the next eight years. The organization aims to raise $70 million put 2.5 million girls through their STEM programs by 2025. The initiative is just the latest measure from the organization designed to address gender equity in STEM fields. GSUSA launched 23 STEM and outdoor badges earlier this year and plans to add 18 cybersecurity badges and a series of space science badges over the next two years.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/11/08/girl-scouts-launches-initiative-to-put-2.5-million-girls-through-stem-programs-by-2025.aspx

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Teaching Tolerance Offers K-12 Digital Literacy Lessons

Fri, 2017-12-08 16:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

An organization focused on reducing prejudice and supporting equitable school experiences for all students is pointing educators to a set of resources that will help them teach digital literacy in their schools. Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has defined digital literacy as a kind of “civic literacy,” enabling people to identify faulty information online, participate meaningfully in online communities, resist malevolent forces online, use the internet for good and understand the online landscape.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/11/07/teaching-tolerance-offers-k12-digital-literacy-lessons.aspx

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Effective student support key to online learners’ success

Fri, 2017-12-08 16:09

by Joseph J. Grilli, Times Leader

Nationwide, colleges and universities are reporting tremendous growth in adult students taking classes online instead of working toward their degrees via the more traditional brick-and-mortar format, according to a recent study published by Aslanian Market Research. In nine short years, the profile of the adult learner has changed dramatically, according to the study. With an average age of 29, less than one-third of these students who consider themselves tech-savvy, prefer classroom-based study. In 2006, the average age of this target audience was 35. Adult learners have other unique characteristics and preferences that separate them from the traditional 18-year-olds fresh out of high school.

http://www.timesleader.com/opinion/op-ed/684137/effective-student-support-key-to-online-learners-success

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North Dakota districts use online courses to expand offering

Fri, 2017-12-08 16:05

by Associated Press

North Dakota rural schools with limited finances are using online classes to expand course offerings for students. The North Dakota Center for Distance Education, which offers hundreds of online courses, has seen a considerable increase in course enrollments after the state Legislature started subsidizing course costs. Students enrolled in 7,350 courses at the center this year, compared to about 2,170 in 2011, according to the center’s data.

 

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/North-Dakota-districts-use-online-courses-to-12400518.php

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Class Room Vs. Online Learning

Fri, 2017-12-08 16:03

by Michelle Lee, Toolbox

To be able to take online classes, you will need good time management skills. Without time management, you will not have an easy time with online classes. You will have to find the right courses to take that will work with your schedule. I can only study at night or on weekends, so I need a provider who I can get help from at those times. Online learning is a great way to get an education if you are self-motivated. You will need to have access to a good computer with a high speed Internet connection and a quiet place to study. Anyone with the basic Internet skills can get an education through online courses. I am glad that I chose online learning versus class room learning since it offered me more options for my education.

http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/this-is-it/class-room-vs-online-learning-79137

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Online and Adult Learners More Satisfied with College Experience than Traditional Students

Thu, 2017-12-07 16:25

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

According to a new national survey, online and adult students are generally more satisfied with their overall college experience than traditional on-campus students. The 2017 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report from Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a provider of enrollment management, student success and fundraising solutions for higher education, found that 67 percent of adult learners and 74 percent of online students rated their satisfaction level as “satisfied” or “very satisfied,” while only 53 percent of students at four-year public institutions and 54 percent at four-year privates said the same. Students at two-year public institutions and career schools were in the middle, at 64 percent and 66 percent satisfied, respectively.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/28/online-and-adult-learners-more-satisfied-with-college-experience-than-traditional-students.aspx

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Study Uncovers How Ed Tech Decision-Making Works

Thu, 2017-12-07 16:18

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Higher education people most often turn to each other when they’re trying to make decisions about education technology. And it’s not uncommon for them to start with a particular technology and then find a problem to solve, vs. identifying a pedagogical need and then looking for the tech tools that would address the challenges.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/29/study-uncovers-how-ed-tech-decision-making-works.aspx

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MIT Researchers Speed Up 3D Printing 10 Times

Thu, 2017-12-07 16:15

By Joshua, Campus Technology
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a desktop 3D printer that they say is up to 10 times faster than those currently commercially available. Anastasios John Hart, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity and the Mechanosynthesis Group, partnered with Jamison Go, a former graduate researcher in Hart’s lab, identified in a previous paper three issues that slow down printer performance.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/30/mit-researchers-speed-up-3d-printing-10-times.aspx

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