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Global Sales of Smartphones Have Fallen for the First Time Ever

Tue, 2018-03-06 16:25

By Joel Hruska, Extreme Tech

For 13 years, smartphones have been a massive success story. Year after year, we’ve seen companies rolling out new products at a variety of price points and market positions. From 2004 to Q3 2017, smartphone sales grew year-on-year, even through the Great Recession. Q4 2017 put at least a temporary end to that trend. Gartner reports smartphone sales fell 5.8 percent in Q4 2017 compared with Q4 2016. It’s tempting to write this off as ordinary variance, but when the market has shown no such variation in the past 51 quarters, it’s harder to hand-wave the figure. It’s especially more difficult because, in theory, we should still be seeing robust growth given that there are huge untapped markets for devices across India and China.

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/264482-global-sales-smartphones-fallen-first-time-ever

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Are your college or university’s website images ADA compliant?

Tue, 2018-03-06 16:16

by Rebecca Blanchette, Carnegie Com

As higher ed institutions assess their website’s accessibility, images are a big factor for both ADA compliance and SEO. When it comes to ADA compliance on your website, images are a huge factor that must be addressed to ensure accessibility. Not only that, but making your images accessible can also make them more visible in search engines. In some ways, SEO and ADA compliance for your website actually go hand-in-hand. When a screen reader hits an image on a web page, it reads aloud that image’s alt tag or text. If you’re familiar with SEO at all, think of this as the meta description for your image. If your image does not have alt text, then the screen reader will pass it by, meaning that your site is not accessible to all users.

https://www.carnegiecomm.com/blog/are-your-college-or-universitys-website-images-ada-compliant/

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Survey: Americans not confident colleges can prepare them for AI-driven workforce

Tue, 2018-03-06 16:14

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Though 73% of Americans believe the growth of artificial intelligence will lead to net job loss, only 23% believe their jobs will be at risk, according to a survey of 3,297 U.S. citizens by Gallup and Northeastern University. But while most Americans do not fear losing work, only 22% of survey respondents with a bachelor’s degree said their education left them “well” or “very well prepared” to use AI as it becomes more widespread in their jobs.  Americans are uncertain whether institutions can provide them with the skills needed to use AI. While 51% of employed U.S. adults believe they would need additional education to obtain a new job should they lose their current one to technology, only 18% are “extremely confident” they could obtain the necessary education.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-americans-not-confident-colleges-can-prepare-them-for-ai-driven-wor/

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The popularity of distance education was the focus during Wednesday’s state Board of Regents meeting in Ames.

Tue, 2018-03-06 16:09

By Emily Wangen, Daily Iowan

With the expansion of distance education at Iowa’s universities, student have more opportunities for flexibility in their education. Increasing reliance on technology has resulted in the evolution of delivery mechanisms, making distance education “a fast-moving aspect of the postsecondary education sector,” according to a report from the state Board of Regents. Over the last five years, enrollment in distance-education courses at the three regent universities has increased by 31.6 percent, rising from 59,542 in 2013-14 to 78,383 in 2016-17. At the University of Iowa, the fall 2016 headcount of students enrolled in these courses was 2,859, up from 2,343 in fall 2014.

http://daily-iowan.com/2018/02/22/university-of-iowa-sees-growth-in-distance-education/

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Micro-Learning: Why Aren’t You on the Bandwagon?

Tue, 2018-03-06 16:05

by Danielle Wallace, eLearning Brothers

It’s not surprising, given the benefits associated with micro-learning, that it’s rapidly becoming the best way to offer your team necessary data to do their jobs properly. Whether your goal is to retrain people on your team, streamline the management process or ensure a level of retention, micro-learning can help make a difference. It is all about offering more to your company for less.

Micro-Learning: Why Aren’t You on the Bandwagon?

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Survey: Americans not confident colleges can prepare them for AI-driven workforce

Tue, 2018-03-06 16:03

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Though 73% of Americans believe the growth of artificial intelligence will lead to net job loss, only 23% believe their jobs will be at risk, according to a survey of 3,297 U.S. citizens by Gallup and Northeastern University. But while most Americans do not fear losing work, only 22% of survey respondents with a bachelor’s degree said their education left them “well” or “very well prepared” to use AI as it becomes more widespread in their jobs.  Americans are uncertain whether institutions can provide them with the skills needed to use AI. While 51% of employed U.S. adults believe they would need additional education to obtain a new job should they lose their current one to technology, only 18% are “extremely confident” they could obtain the necessary education.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-americans-not-confident-colleges-can-prepare-them-for-ai-driven-wor/

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Do women in STEM experience hostile work environments?

Mon, 2018-03-05 16:20

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Women in STEM jobs are more likely to experience hostile work environments, including discrimination and sexual harassment, according to a new nationally-representative Pew Research Center study. Research in the study reveals that gender “is perceived as more of an impediment than an advantage to career success.” Women in three particular groups are more likely to see workplace inequities: women who are employed in STEM settings where men outnumber women, women who work in computer jobs, and women who hold postgraduate degrees.

Do women in STEM experience hostile work environments?

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Why academic assessment is poised for a scientific revolution

Mon, 2018-03-05 16:20

BY JEFF KING, eCampus News

Consider academia’s approach to measurement: Academic transcripts can depict students’ achievements within courses and majors, but they often overlook opportunities to track and validate their growth across courses and fields, where critical interdisciplinary skills are forged. If we are to close looming gaps in our workforce, postsecondary leaders must embrace a shift that measures learning in a more holistic and granular fashion. The first step in this shift is embracing a unit of measurement that is both more precise and more comprehensive, as well as being evidence-based. Here’s how we’re already doing that at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO).

Why academic assessment is poised for a scientific revolution

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Coursera’s Bet On The Upskilling Of American Workers

Mon, 2018-03-05 16:15

by Michael Bernick, Forbes

The ominous “future of work” continues to dominate headlines this year. We are told to prepare for the technological change that is rendering many current skills and job duties obsolete. To help us prepare, an industry of workforce degrees, certifications, badges and other training is rapidly expanding. Our public education institutions–universities, community colleges, adult education schools—are developing workforce certificates, and “stackable” workforce certificates, to add to their degree programs. Over the past year, they have been joined in upskilling products by the online training giants, the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including Udacity, Udemy, and most of all Coursera.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelbernick/2018/02/21/courseras-bet-on-the-upskilling-of-american-workers/#490a92d05eb2

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Your Marketing Guide to the 4 Kinds of Adult Learners #elearning #infographic

Mon, 2018-03-05 16:10

by Wiley
The adult learner market is growing, but does your institution know who this audience is and what they want? Click on the infographic below to learn about the behaviors, motivations, and needs of the four different populations of adult learners so your institution can develop more effective recruitment strategies.

https://edservices.wiley.com/4-kinds-of-adult-learners-infographic/

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Why academic assessment is poised for a scientific revolution

Mon, 2018-03-05 16:04

BY JEFF KING, eCampus News

Consider academia’s approach to measurement: Academic transcripts can depict students’ achievements within courses and majors, but they often overlook opportunities to track and validate their growth across courses and fields, where critical interdisciplinary skills are forged. If we are to close looming gaps in our workforce, postsecondary leaders must embrace a shift that measures learning in a more holistic and granular fashion. The first step in this shift is embracing a unit of measurement that is both more precise and more comprehensive, as well as being evidence-based. Here’s how we’re already doing that at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO).

Why academic assessment is poised for a scientific revolution

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Coursera’s Bet On The Upskilling Of American Workers

Mon, 2018-03-05 16:02

by Michael Bernick, Forbes

The ominous “future of work” continues to dominate headlines this year. We are told to prepare for the technological change that is rendering many current skills and job duties obsolete. To help us prepare, an industry of workforce degrees, certifications, badges and other training is rapidly expanding. Our public education institutions–universities, community colleges, adult education schools—are developing workforce certificates, and “stackable” workforce certificates, to add to their degree programs. Over the past year, they have been joined in upskilling products by the online training giants, the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including Udacity, Udemy, and most of all Coursera.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelbernick/2018/02/21/courseras-bet-on-the-upskilling-of-american-workers/#490a92d05eb2

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Professional learning: Three apps that bring the classroom to your smartphone

Sun, 2018-03-04 16:25

by Standard Digital

Our phones can easily mimic a classroom. You can watch videos, listen to podcasts, read slides and comment on lectures in real time. The following three apps combine all these experiences to deliver a real-world portable classroom that enables you to sharpen your skills on the go, giving you that ever-elusive edge in tackling business challenges.

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001270570/three-apps-that-bring-the-classroom-to-your-smartphone

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Confidence Crisis in Online Accessibility

Sun, 2018-03-04 16:20

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher ED
Community colleges are increasingly unsure whether their online courses meet federal accessibility requirements, survey finds. Confidence in the accessibility of online courses at community colleges has fallen dramatically in the last decade, a survey from the Instructional Technology Council reveals. Training is now mandatory for three-fourths of faculty members prior to teaching online, the survey found. Lokken said this is a “significant improvement” over previous years, but he notes that a quarter of colleges still lack any training requirements for online instructors. This year, the top five faculty-related issues administrators faced challenges with were: (1) Engaging the faculty in development of online pedagogy; (2) evaluation of faculty members; (3) training; (4) workload issues and (5) compensation.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/02/21/community-colleges-question-whether-online-courses-meet

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Cyber Warfare Is Growing. We Need Rules to Protect Ourselves.

Sun, 2018-03-04 16:15

by Dom Galeon, Futurism

Cybersecurity has become one of today’s more pressing issues, and it’s likely to get worse in the future. That’s why the secretary-general of the U.N. is now calling for nations to come up with clearer rules to protect civilians from hacking.  Cyber warfare could simply end up becoming a race for a better technology. Guterres’ plea becomes all the more urgent when viewed with an eye for the future: “I am absolutely convinced that, differently from the great battles of the past, which opened with a barrage of artillery or aerial bombardment, the next war will begin with a massive cyber attack to destroy military capacity… and paralyze basic infrastructure,” the U.N. Secretary-General warned.

Cyber Warfare Is Growing. We Need Rules to Protect Ourselves.

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‘Poorly Paid’ Professors

Sun, 2018-03-04 16:10

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

Faculty members earn 15 percent less than others with advanced degrees, study finds. They work equally long hours. Professors earn about 15 percent less than others with advanced degrees, finds a study published Tuesday by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study, “Why Are Professors ‘Poorly Paid’?,” uses data from the Current Population Survey to compare the salaries and other characteristics of those with Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D. or M.D. degrees. Those who reported their profession as “postsecondary teacher” were compared to everyone else. The study was conducted by Daniel S. Hamermesh, an economist at Barnard College.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/02/21/new-data-show-wage-gap-between-professors-and-other-advanced-degree-holders

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Confidence Crisis in Online Accessibility

Sun, 2018-03-04 16:05

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher ED
Community colleges are increasingly unsure whether their online courses meet federal accessibility requirements, survey finds. Confidence in the accessibility of online courses at community colleges has fallen dramatically in the last decade, a survey from the Instructional Technology Council reveals. Training is now mandatory for three-fourths of faculty members prior to teaching online, the survey found. Lokken said this is a “significant improvement” over previous years, but he notes that a quarter of colleges still lack any training requirements for online instructors. This year, the top five faculty-related issues administrators faced challenges with were: (1) Engaging the faculty in development of online pedagogy; (2) evaluation of faculty members; (3) training; (4) workload issues and (5) compensation.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/02/21/community-colleges-question-whether-online-courses-meet

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Cyber Warfare Is Growing. We Need Rules to Protect Ourselves.

Sun, 2018-03-04 16:03

by Dom Galeon, Futurism

Cybersecurity has become one of today’s more pressing issues, and it’s likely to get worse in the future. That’s why the secretary-general of the U.N. is now calling for nations to come up with clearer rules to protect civilians from hacking. Cyber warfare could simply end up becoming a race for a better technology. Guterres’ plea becomes all the more urgent when viewed with an eye for the future: “I am absolutely convinced that, differently from the great battles of the past, which opened with a barrage of artillery or aerial bombardment, the next war will begin with a massive cyber attack to destroy military capacity… and paralyze basic infrastructure,” the U.N. Secretary-General warned.

Cyber Warfare Is Growing. We Need Rules to Protect Ourselves.

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With AI taking away many jobs, reskilling has become critical: Coursera founder

Sat, 2018-03-03 16:25

by Shilpa Phadnis, Times of India

AI is the new electricity and it has made significant advances to transform industries. There’s still a lot of work humans can do in the foreseeable future and we don’t seem to find enough people in some areas. We can’t find enough healthcare workers, teachers or wind turbine technicians in the US. Our educational system globally has not been historically great in reskilling for newer job roles. We need a new social contract to do that. For India, lack of an incumbent structure might be an advantage, where it can use digital education to leapfrog.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/people/andrew-ng-interview/articleshow/62995821.cms

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Cost to Connect Rural America: $19 Billion or Less

Sat, 2018-03-03 16:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
A group of private and public organizations said that, for less than $20 billion, every unserved rural school, library, health provider and community college in the country that doesn’t already have high-capacity broadband could get it and share it out. In a new study, the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition proposed that high-speed internet be fed to these “anchor institutions,” which could then act as “middle-mile” providers to distribute the service to surrounding users through a mix of wired and wireless technologies.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/02/20/cost-to-connect-rural-america-19-billion-or-less.aspx

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