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Gamifying reality: How AR and VR will combine to transform experience

Thu, 2018-06-07 17:05

by MIKE COLAGROSSI, the Big Think

New and exciting realities are now just a few screens away. The wildest dreams of fiction writers are slowly seeping their way into our current day and age. Many people are familiar with virtual reality. You put on some kind of headset and you’re whisked into an all-encompassing world of sound and sight. VR’s closest cousin, augmented reality, comes in a few different forms – overlaid blocks of text and information, sometimes cartoonish images and games that let you interact with the world around you. Both of these types of tech have earned their namesake, but what about when you combine the two of them?

http://bigthink.com/mike-colagrossi/gamifying-reality-how-ar-and-vr-will-combine-to-transform-experience

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AI and the holy grail of education

Thu, 2018-06-07 17:02

by Kelly Walsh, University Business
Personalized learning has long been a “holy grail” in education. Ideally, we would love to be able to work with each student to achieve a more personalized level of learning that taps into individual interests, skills and desires. But doing so can take far more time than we have. Our education system was not designed to accommodate this, and moving this mountain seems far too daunting a task. Or is it? The growing interest in artificial intelligence may hold the key to a more personalized learning experience.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/ai-and-holy-grail-education

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19 online AI education classes that you can take right now

Wed, 2018-06-06 17:25

by JAKE RICHARDSON, the Big Think
An image of computer circuitry and electronics in the profile shape of a childs head. A depiction of learning computer intelligence or childrens exposure to technology. For some us, AI is kind of an iffy proposition. To many, it is nebulous enough to seem like it might replace us or our jobs.  Because of all this, the public perception of AI might be on the negative side. A good way to overcome uneasiness, anxiety or fear is simply be learning more about whatever seems to be the issue or problem. AI is still in its infancy, so there may be many jobs, business and investment opportunities in the near future. In fact, one estimate pegged the number of new AI jobs by 2030 at 2.3 million. Whatever your interest level is in AI we did some research and compiled this list of resources for you to peruse.

http://bigthink.com/jake-richardson/22-online-ai-education-classes-that-you-can-take-right-now

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3 Tips for Online Students From Success Coaches

Wed, 2018-06-06 17:20

By Nancy Cervasio, US News

Personalized support from university staff can help online students reach their academic and career goals.  Online students often juggle a full-time job and family obligations while working toward their degrees. It can become overwhelming very quickly, so having personalized support from university staff is critical. That’s where a success coach comes in. Many online colleges offer coaching programs as a way for students to feel connected to the larger institution and its resources. Arizona State University’s ASU Online, for example, launched a dedicated student success center to connect students with a success coach who can support them in achieving their academic and personal goals.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-05-25/3-tips-for-online-students-from-success-coaches

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KCS teacher professional development includes micro-credentials, Google

Wed, 2018-06-06 17:14

by RICK WAGNER, Kingsport Times-News
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Is your child’s teacher a holder of at least one micro-credential and/or certified proficient with Google tools?  If so, he or she may be part of two overlapping groups of educators in Kingsport City Schools. The micro-credential educators in Kingsport City Schools and across Tennessee are in a pilot program of the state Department of Education, which two local educators said is designed to help teachers improve their ability to teach.

http://www.timesnews.net/Education/2018/05/27/Teacher-professional-development-includes-Micro-Credentials-and-Google

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3 Tips for Online Students From Success Coaches

Wed, 2018-06-06 17:07

By Nancy Cervasio, US News

Personalized support from university staff can help online students reach their academic and career goals.  Online students often juggle a full-time job and family obligations while working toward their degrees. It can become overwhelming very quickly, so having personalized support from university staff is critical. That’s where a success coach comes in. Many online colleges offer coaching programs as a way for students to feel connected to the larger institution and its resources. Arizona State University’s ASU Online, for example, launched a dedicated student success center to connect students with a success coach who can support them in achieving their academic and personal goals.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-05-25/3-tips-for-online-students-from-success-coaches

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19 online AI education classes that you can take right now

Wed, 2018-06-06 17:06

by JAKE RICHARDSON, the Big Think
An image of computer circuitry and electronics in the profile shape of a childs head. A depiction of learning computer intelligence or childrens exposure to technology. For some us, AI is kind of an iffy proposition. To many, it is nebulous enough to seem like it might replace us or our jobs.  Because of all this, the public perception of AI might be on the negative side. A good way to overcome uneasiness, anxiety or fear is simply be learning more about whatever seems to be the issue or problem. AI is still in its infancy, so there may be many jobs, business and investment opportunities in the near future. In fact, one estimate pegged the number of new AI jobs by 2030 at 2.3 million. Whatever your interest level is in AI we did some research and compiled this list of resources for you to peruse.

http://bigthink.com/jake-richardson/22-online-ai-education-classes-that-you-can-take-right-now

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KCS teacher professional development includes micro-credentials, Google

Wed, 2018-06-06 17:02

by RICK WAGNER, Kingsport Times-News
rwagner@timesnews.net
Is your child’s teacher a holder of at least one micro-credential and/or certified proficient with Google tools?  If so, he or she may be part of two overlapping groups of educators in Kingsport City Schools. The micro-credential educators in Kingsport City Schools and across Tennessee are in a pilot program of the state Department of Education, which two local educators said is designed to help teachers improve their ability to teach.

http://www.timesnews.net/Education/2018/05/27/Teacher-professional-development-includes-Micro-Credentials-and-Google

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Going the Distance: Online Catholic University Marks 35 Years

Tue, 2018-06-05 17:24

by Stephen Beale, NC Register

The country’s first and — perhaps still only — exclusively online Catholic university is marking its 35th anniversary this year, a testament to the role it continues to play in the landscape of Catholic higher education. Marianne Mount, the president of Catholic Distance University (CDU), said the anniversary has focused the school’s attention on its distinctive mission and identity. “Now, in the words of Pope Francis, the CDU is able to reach the peripheries,” Mount said. Catholic Distance University was founded in 1983 by Bishop Thomas Welch of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, who recognized a need for the formation of the laity after Vatican II’s teachings on the universal call to holiness and witnessing to Christ in the world.

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/going-the-distance-online-catholic-university-marks-35-years

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State Universities Look To Outside Vendors To Grow Online Programs

Tue, 2018-06-05 17:20

By Danielle Kaeding, Wisconsin Public Radio

Universities like UW-Superior are trying to grow their online programs to provide access to a range of students. At the same time, the university has seen declining enrollment on campus from the populations they serve in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. Those two issues were key factors in the university’s recent decision to contract with outside company Academic Partnerships to recruit students for online graduate education programs, according to Brenda Harms, interim vice chancellor of enrollment management at UW-Superior.  “The population base is really shrinking and so (we’re) really needing to say how can we get creative in helping to extend our reach more into southern Wisconsin, southern Minnesota and beyond if needed,” said Harms. Academic Partnerships has brought in roughly $900,000 in tuition revenues to UW-Superior since March 2017, half of which has gone back to the company for recruiting students. It’s a common model among online program managers, or OPMs — they provide an upfront investment in exchange for a percentage of the tuition revenue.

https://www.wpr.org/state-universities-look-outside-vendors-grow-online-programs

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Virtual learning could help solve school closures issues

Tue, 2018-06-05 17:12

By Anna Quinn, News Times

Virtual learning and at-home assignments may change the way kids see snow days in Connecticut.  Danbury-area students have spent nearly two weeks or more out of the classroom this year due to snow and storm school closures.  Ridgefield, for example, has requested a waiver from the state to end the year with 179 days — one day short of the required 180 — due to a record-breaking 14 school closures caused by three March snowstorms and the recent macroburst that left thousands without power for days. Other local districts have also requested state waivers.

https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Virtual-learning-could-help-solve-school-closures-12944984.php

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Non-Technical Person’s Guide To Entering The Machine Learning Industry

Tue, 2018-06-05 17:10

by Richa Bhatia, Analytics India

As the buzz around data science grows every day, there is a slew of self-taught professionals who have kick-started the machine learning journey with Andrew Ng’s online courses. Many enthusiasts are gravitating towards the computer science field. But if one wants to pursue a career in Machine Learning, they need to be familiar with statistics and linear algebra. With computer science and ML applications becoming more pervasive in everyday life, people from a non-technical background are also interested in joining the field. In this article, we have discussed in-depth roles a person from non-tech background can explore in the data science/AI field.

Non-Technical Person’s Guide To Entering The Machine Learning Industry

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Going the Distance: Online Catholic University Marks 35 Years

Tue, 2018-06-05 17:06

by Stephen Beale, NC Register

The country’s first and — perhaps still only — exclusively online Catholic university is marking its 35th anniversary this year, a testament to the role it continues to play in the landscape of Catholic higher education. Marianne Mount, the president of Catholic Distance University (CDU), said the anniversary has focused the school’s attention on its distinctive mission and identity. “Now, in the words of Pope Francis, the CDU is able to reach the peripheries,” Mount said. Catholic Distance University was founded in 1983 by Bishop Thomas Welch of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, who recognized a need for the formation of the laity after Vatican II’s teachings on the universal call to holiness and witnessing to Christ in the world.

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/going-the-distance-online-catholic-university-marks-35-years

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State Universities Look To Outside Vendors To Grow Online Programs

Tue, 2018-06-05 17:03

By Danielle Kaeding, Wisconsin Public Radio

Universities like UW-Superior are trying to grow their online programs to provide access to a range of students. At the same time, the university has seen declining enrollment on campus from the populations they serve in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. Those two issues were key factors in the university’s recent decision to contract with outside company Academic Partnerships to recruit students for online graduate education programs, according to Brenda Harms, interim vice chancellor of enrollment management at UW-Superior.  “The population base is really shrinking and so (we’re) really needing to say how can we get creative in helping to extend our reach more into southern Wisconsin, southern Minnesota and beyond if needed,” said Harms. Academic Partnerships has brought in roughly $900,000 in tuition revenues to UW-Superior since March 2017, half of which has gone back to the company for recruiting students. It’s a common model among online program managers, or OPMs — they provide an upfront investment in exchange for a percentage of the tuition revenue.

https://www.wpr.org/state-universities-look-outside-vendors-grow-online-programs

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2018 K–12 IT Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey

Mon, 2018-06-04 17:25

By David Nagel, THE Journal
With only three exceptions, salaries are up across the board for technology professionals in K–12 education in the last two years. The biggest gripe continues to be (not terribly surprisingly) budgets. For technology professionals, education has been a rewarding place to work over the last year. Salaries are up for the most part; job satisfaction is high; and the outlook for the future is positive — these according to the results of our third-annual K–12 IT Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey. Overall, the average salary for technology professional in education (excluding classroom teachers) was $66,640 in 2017 — up about $3,000 from 2015 (fig. 1, click to enlarge).   While C-level salaries were up on the whole ($100,400 in 2017 versus $99,045 in 2015), CIO salaries themselves declined from $105,469 in 2015 to an even $100,000 in 2017. That, however, is a slight recovery from 2016’s average of $99,583. (C-level includes CIO, CSO, CTO and CDO.)

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/05/24/it-salary-job-satisfaction-survey.aspx

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Skills Deficit Will Imperil U.S. Economy by 2030

Mon, 2018-06-04 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

The report offers little direct guidance for addressing the skills gap. However, it advised governments to “make talent strategy a key priority and take steps now to educate, train and upskill their existing workforces.” The consultancy also suggested that companies themselves recognize their responsibility to train workers and “encourage governments to rethink education programs to generate the talent pipelines the industry will require.” For example, some organizations are hiring students out of high school and college with the expectation that they’ll do the training to prepare the graduates for the unique company culture and ways of working. “Our study reveals that there already isn’t enough skilled talent to go around, and, by 2030, organizations and economies could find themselves in the grip of a talent crisis. In the face of such acute talent shortages, workforce planning and a comprehensive understanding of the talent pipeline are critical,” said Korn Ferry CEO, Alan Guarino, in a prepared statement.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/05/23/skills-deficit-will-imperil-u.s.-economy-by-2030.aspx

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Everything you knew about Chromebooks is wrong

Mon, 2018-06-04 17:15

By Mike Elgan, ComputerWorld

Google’s slow, limited, browser-only, cloud-centric laptop platform is now the most powerful and capable user platform on the planet. Yeah, I said it. Apple fans laugh at this idea, saying that a MacBook Pro can run the Chrome browser and gain all the benefits of a Chromebook, as well as all the benefits and leading-edge content-creation tools of a far more elegant, better designed and better engineered device.  Windows users carp that Chromebooks are cute, but not serious business tools. The Surface Book 2 is also a tiny laptop, they say, but a real computer. Linux developers concede Chromebooks are interesting but argue they can’t be used for software development. But these obsolete stereotypes are not compatible with the new reality of Chromebooks.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3276329/chrome-os/everything-you-knew-about-chromebooks-is-wrong.html

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Skills Deficit Will Imperil U.S. Economy by 2030

Mon, 2018-06-04 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

The report offers little direct guidance for addressing the skills gap. However, it advised governments to “make talent strategy a key priority and take steps now to educate, train and upskill their existing workforces.” The consultancy also suggested that companies themselves recognize their responsibility to train workers and “encourage governments to rethink education programs to generate the talent pipelines the industry will require.” For example, some organizations are hiring students out of high school and college with the expectation that they’ll do the training to prepare the graduates for the unique company culture and ways of working. “Our study reveals that there already isn’t enough skilled talent to go around, and, by 2030, organizations and economies could find themselves in the grip of a talent crisis. In the face of such acute talent shortages, workforce planning and a comprehensive understanding of the talent pipeline are critical,” said Korn Ferry CEO, Alan Guarino, in a prepared statement.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/05/23/skills-deficit-will-imperil-u.s.-economy-by-2030.aspx

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Everything you knew about Chromebooks is wrong

Mon, 2018-06-04 17:03

By Mike Elgan, ComputerWorld

Google’s slow, limited, browser-only, cloud-centric laptop platform is now the most powerful and capable user platform on the planet. Yeah, I said it. Apple fans laugh at this idea, saying that a MacBook Pro can run the Chrome browser and gain all the benefits of a Chromebook, as well as all the benefits and leading-edge content-creation tools of a far more elegant, better designed and better engineered device.  Windows users carp that Chromebooks are cute, but not serious business tools. The Surface Book 2 is also a tiny laptop, they say, but a real computer. Linux developers concede Chromebooks are interesting but argue they can’t be used for software development. But these obsolete stereotypes are not compatible with the new reality of Chromebooks.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3276329/chrome-os/everything-you-knew-about-chromebooks-is-wrong.html

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This Fall, SUNY Empire State College Will Debut A Virtual Residency

Mon, 2018-06-04 17:01

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

At SUNY Empire State College, students have long been able to participate in residency programs. These opportunities typically stand adjacent to a major or minor program. They’ll involve visits to sites of interest, events that bring together experts, professors, and learners. They often involve blended—online and in-person—study. This fall semester, however, the institution will debut a new modality altogether: a virtual residency. And according to Dr. Rhianna Rogers, who developed the program, it came together somewhat accidentally. “About a year ago, we had a situation where we were going to do an in-person residency in Lebanon, and, at the very last minute, it got canceled,” Rogers said. “As a group of faculty, we were trying to figure out how we would make this residency work. We had a whole bunch of students coming in, there were 12 classes scheduled and 3 days before we were going to leave, we learned that we wouldn’t be able to go. And the students were all ready, they had taken off work, and we wanted to make sure that they still had an engaging experience. So that was the beginning.”

This Fall, SUNY Empire State College Will Debut A Virtual Residency

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