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An Online Tax for Rural Students

Sun, 2019-02-10 16:06

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
High tuition fees for distance education courses are keeping some community colleges in Colorado afloat. But should rural students pay the price? Dotted across Colorado’s varied landscape are thousands of students who live many miles from their closest community college. For these rural students, online learning is not just a convenience, but a necessity. Small colleges in remote areas don’t have the funds to offer all the programs students want on-site, said Garcia. But in the CCC system, the price of learning online is “considerably” more than learning in person, said Garcia. Students who are Colorado residents pay a baseline of $148.90 per credit hour for traditional instruction at a campus. The price for online learning is $263.90 per credit hour — a difference of just over $114. Some of the 13 colleges in the system charge students more.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/30/high-price-online-learning-colorados-rural-community-colleges

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How do schools train for a workplace that doesn’t exist yet?

Sun, 2019-02-10 16:03

by CAROLINE PRESTON, Hechinger Report

I asked Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, for his thoughts on this question. Carnevale told me that, first of all, the story of robots creating mass unemployment has been overhyped.  Chris Burns has heard these sorts of predictions, too. Burns works for a business near Cincinnati that sells cloud computing and other technology services, and he says there is a big shortage of skilled IT employees both nationally and in his metro area. For his part, Burns told me he suspects that “soft skills” — things like critical thinking, problem solving and communication — are going to be key and that those abilities will serve young people no matter how their jobs evolve with new technologies. The growing importance of soft skills is a topic we’ve written about here at Hechinger. And Carnevale says he shares this perspective.

https://hechingerreport.org/how-do-schools-train-for-a-workplace-that-doesnt-exist-yet/

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A Proposed Model AI Governance Framework

Sat, 2019-02-09 16:25

Personal Data Protection Commission
The PDPC presents the first edition of A Proposed Model AI Governance Framework (Model Framework) – an accountability-based framework to help chart the language and frame the discussions around harnessing AI in a responsible way. The Model Framework translates ethical principles into practical measures that can be implemented by organisations deploying AI solutions at scale. Through the Model Framework, we aim to promote AI adoption while building consumer confidence and trust in providing their personal data for AI. We encourage organisations to use this Model Framework for internal discussion and implementation. Trade associations and chambers professional bodies and interest groups are welcome to use this document for their discussions, and adapt it for their own use.

https://www.pdpc.gov.sg/resources/model-ai-gov

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Why Digital Publishing is the Future of Education

Sat, 2019-02-09 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Open educational resources may just be the best part of the edtech revolution: the ability to solve so many different problems in the field of education with one novel idea is truly a phenomenon to be excited about. Here are several reasons why digital publishing is the future of education.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/why-digital-publishing-is-the-future-of-education/

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Empowering Teachers with Learning Analytics

Sat, 2019-02-09 16:14

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The entire topic of data analytics can be intimidating for teachers. There is an understandable reluctance to adopt the latest educational fad, often combined with a discomfort with the mathematical and scientific aspects of the enterprise. The key to making the transition to being a data-savvy teacher is to start small and see how an easy, simple data analytics process can improve classroom outcomes. For example, a teacher could add instant polling applications to their normal slide presentation, using Poll Everywhere or a similar tool, instead of asking one student for the correct answer. Teachers will quickly realize that some problems don’t need review—everyone in the room already understands them. Additionally, they can see precisely which kinds of errors their students make. Errors are not random, but rather reveal misconceptions. With better data, teachers can more easily assess what problems students have and respond to them in real time.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/empowering-teachers-with-learning-analytics/

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Who Do We Trust to Develop and Manage AI?

Sat, 2019-02-09 16:07

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
An intriguing survey on American attitudes to artificial intelligence found that more people in this country support development of AI (41 percent) than oppose it (22 percent). But there’s no consensus on who should handle its governance: Americans place the greatest amount of trust in university researchers to build AI (50 percent), followed by the U.S. military (49 percent). The research was led by Baobao Zhang and Allan Dafoe, both with the Center for the Governance of AI in the Future of Humanity Institute, which is part of the University of Oxford. The survey project interviewed 2,387 respondents who were then matched to a sample of 2,000, framed by gender, age, race, education and other factors, such as religion and political affiliation, to reflect the make-up of the country.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/23/who-do-we-trust-to-develop-and-manage-ai.aspx

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We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next

Sat, 2019-02-09 16:05

by Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

Our study of 25 years of artificial-intelligence research suggests the era of deep learning is coming to an end. Through our analysis, we found three major trends: a shift toward machine learning during the late 1990s and early 2000s, a rise in the popularity of neural networks beginning in the early 2010s, and growth in reinforcement learning in the past few years.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612768/we-analyzed-16625-papers-to-figure-out-where-ai-is-headed-next/

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7 Takeaways From Recent Surveys About The State-Of-Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Sat, 2019-02-09 16:03

Gil Press, Forbes

What is the state-of-AI in January 2019? Recent surveys show increased adoption of AI, some measurable impact, people-related challenges for enterprises trying to implement AI, and lots of issues related to data, the lifeblood of AI: what role does data play in the lives of organizations, how secure they keep it and their policies regarding data privacy. Moreover, the general public is still not sure if AI is good or bad for humanity and that may play an important role in the speed of its adoption as a business tool.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2019/01/25/7-takeaways-from-recent-surveys-about-the-state-of-artificial-intelligence-ai/#4e2ba95c40ab

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8 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2019

Fri, 2019-02-08 16:24

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
From artificial intelligence to STEM education, these technologies and topics are worth paying attention to this year.What technologies and trends will have the biggest impact on higher education in the coming year? We asked four university IT leaders to weigh in on the top issues in ed tech and share what they’re seeing both on the horizon and in their own institutions. Here’s what they told us.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/24/8-ed-tech-trends-to-watch-in-2019.aspx

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Technology Addiction: Concern, Debates, and Finding Balance

Fri, 2019-02-08 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Studies show that teenagers are spending more than one-third of their days using technology, amounting to nearly nine hours on average. But is this merely an obsession with technology, or is it a technology addiction? Officially, Internet addiction is not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), and psychologists are divided on whether it should be included. In China, Internet addiction is already labeled as a mental disorder. The United States may soon follow suit. However, psychologists are still debating on whether people are addicted to the Internet itself or to specific online behaviors such as gambling, shopping, video games, and pornography.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/technology-addiction-concern-debates-and-finding-balance/

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EdX Launches a Promotional Website About its Open Source Platform

Fri, 2019-02-08 16:15

By IBL News

The edX organization has launched a new marketing-oriented website about the open source software called Open edX, which powers its educational portal and is freely available on GitHub. This website, open.edx.org, highlights the fact that the Open edX software is trusted and used by top organizations, such as edX, MIT, Harvard, IBM, Microsoft, XuetangX, and Global Knowledge, among others. Overall, there are over 20,000 courses built on the Open edX software and over 40 million learners. The confusion in the industry between edX and Open edX is handled on the home page. “edX is the online learning destination co-founded by Harvard and MIT. Open edX is the learner-centric, massively scalable learning platform behind it,” edX explains.

https://iblnews.org/2019/01/23/edx-launches-a-marketing-oriented-website-about-its-open-source-platform/

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Yale launches online certificate program for clean energy

Fri, 2019-02-08 16:09

MADISON MAHONEY, Yale Daily

Vero Bourg-Meyer FES ’15, program director for clean energy and finance at CBEY says “CBEY has been experimenting with types of online learning methods…. They allow us to bring Yale to a broader community.”  The process of designing and developing the program and curriculum has been challenging. “We are trying to get the best of what Yale has to offer without requiring people to dedicate the time they could if they were on campus,” Bourg-Meyer explained. “Instead of fighting that fact, we’ve tried to build something around it. The challenge is one of balancing breadth and depth.”

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2019/01/25/yale-launches-online-certificate-program-for-clean-energy/

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5 Advantages of Online Courses

Fri, 2019-02-08 16:05

BY JENNIFER BROFLOWSKI, Baltimore Post-Examiner

Online tutoring is often called the future of education, which offers students an anti-stress alternative to traditional classes in schools, colleges, and universities. While opponents and supporters of this statement argue whether online education is really more effective, there is no doubt that they open up opportunities for more people to get an education than before. Studies show that distance studying is really effective. In addition, it helps to reduce stress and all sorts of pressures that students may encounter during traditional education.

http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/5-advantages-of-online-courses/2019/01/24

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A Proposed Model AI Governance Framework

Fri, 2019-02-08 16:03

Personal Data Protection Commission
The PDPC presents the first edition of A Proposed Model AI Governance Framework (Model Framework) – an accountability-based framework to help chart the language and frame the discussions around harnessing AI in a responsible way. The Model Framework translates ethical principles into practical measures that can be implemented by organisations deploying AI solutions at scale. Through the Model Framework, we aim to promote AI adoption while building consumer confidence and trust in providing their personal data for AI. We encourage organisations to use this Model Framework for internal discussion and implementation. Trade associations and chambers professional bodies and interest groups are welcome to use this document for their discussions, and adapt it for their own use.

https://www.pdpc.gov.sg/resources/model-ai-gov

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Why Build a Boot Camp?

Thu, 2019-02-07 16:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Ever-increasing numbers of universities and colleges are teaming up with bootcamps to deliver tech training. Does your campus need one too? When Doug Schmidt persuaded his institution to sign on with Trilogy Education Services to launch what has become known as the Vanderbilt University Coding Boot Camp, he considered it one more step forward in a 16-year effort to help improve the technology economy in Nashville, where the university is located. As this professor of computer science and co-director of the Vanderbilt Data Sciences Institute noted, everywhere else that he’s lived, worked and taught — Southern California, Northern California, Virginia, St. Louis, Maryland — has “had a really thriving tech ecosystem.” In Nashville, however, small companies, primarily in healthcare, have dominated the tech scene, making for limited opportunities for the school’s graduates who might want to stick around.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/23/why-build-a-boot-camp.aspx

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Don’t Forget, Instructional Design Is About Problem Solving

Thu, 2019-02-07 16:20

by Camille Dickson-Deane and Tutaleni Asino, Educause Review

The rise in demand for instructional design has given way to a series of misconceptions about the discipline; two educators offer an informative view of their profession and its origins. “Can you fix my computer?” This simple question (or a similar one) has most likely been asked of every instructional designer (ID), indicating a misalignment about what IDs do and what others think they actually do. This confusion is nothing new, but what seems to be different now is that those of us in the field may have bought into the confusion — or are helping sustain the misunderstanding because we have lost our way or forgotten where we came from. In this blog we offer a quick refresher on the origins of instructional design, which is especially valuable because the demand for what we do is increasing. As Kyle Peck reminds us, “a ‘perfect storm’ of forces both within and outside education are about to accelerate the evolution of learning and learning design, increasing the demand for well-prepared learning designers, learning-related tool builders, and learning-related researchers.”1

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/3/dont-forget-instructional-design-is-about-problem-solving

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Dems propose bill to subsidize training programs

Thu, 2019-02-07 16:12

By Riia O’Donnell, HR Dive

The ELEVATE Act (Economic Ladders to End Volatility and Advance Training to Employment) would fund subsidies to public and private efforts that incentivize employers to hire and retain workers, particularly those who face barriers to employment, like prior criminal records, long-term unemployment, displacement and homelessness. According to a summary text, ELEVATE would provide funding to programs, including a new Social Security Act jobs program that would pay for workers to receive six months of wages and benefits for public, private, non-profit or social enterprise sector jobs. The act would subsidize the costs of training, job searches and services, child care and transportation costs directly related to employment. It would also include federal self-employment funds to help workers start their own business and relocation assistance to move to another market, “to promote entrepreneurship and worker mobility,” according to the legislators.

https://www.hrdive.com/news/dems-propose-bill-to-subsidize-training-programs/546459/

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Learning Engineering: Making Education More “Professional”

Thu, 2019-02-07 16:09

A Q&A with Ellen Wagner by Mary Grush, Campus Technology
Learning engineering has taken many forms since the term was coined by Herbert Simon back in the 1960s. Ellen Wagner, who chairs IEEE’s ICICLE SIG on Learning Engineering Among the Professions offers some perspective — from Simon’s original insight to LE’s application and potential today. “The evolution of ed tech has always demonstrated that as tech platforms get more complex, product teams turn to other disciplines to get the expertise they need.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/14/learning-engineering-making-education-more-professional.aspx

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Lifelong learning is key to career success

Thu, 2019-02-07 16:09

PERSONAL FINANCE

The modern working world is changing at a rapid pace, across every industry. With constant changes in technology and the way we operate in business, it is vital for individuals to update their thinking frequently in order to keep up. There are numerous studies indicating that lifelong learning, developing new and improved skills at every opportunity, is crucial to remaining relevant and surviving the modern working world. According to the World Economic Forum, it is estimated that up to 65% of children entering primary school today will end up in jobs that do not yet exist. In fact, many jobs today did not exist a decade ago (think of app developers, data scientists, cloud computing specialists, and other now in-demand roles).

https://www.iol.co.za/personal-finance/lifelong-learning-is-key-to-career-success-18896449

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EdX Launches a Promotional Website About its Open Source Platform

Thu, 2019-02-07 16:05

By IBL News

The edX organization has launched a new marketing-oriented website about the open source software called Open edX, which powers its educational portal and is freely available on GitHub. This website, open.edx.org, highlights the fact that the Open edX software is trusted and used by top organizations, such as edX, MIT, Harvard, IBM, Microsoft, XuetangX, and Global Knowledge, among others. Overall, there are over 20,000 courses built on the Open edX software and over 40 million learners. The confusion in the industry between edX and Open edX is handled on the home page. “edX is the online learning destination co-founded by Harvard and MIT. Open edX is the learner-centric, massively scalable learning platform behind it,” edX explains.

https://iblnews.org/2019/01/23/edx-launches-a-marketing-oriented-website-about-its-open-source-platform/

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