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Blockchain: the future of the world

Fri, 2017-10-13 17:05

by Futurism

The next Internet? Blockchain is even bigger than that. We met with top experts around the world to break it down.

https://futurism.com/videos/blockchain-the-foundation-of-the-future/

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Hyperledger Launches edX MOOC about BlockChain

Fri, 2017-10-13 17:02

by US Newswire
Hyperledger, an open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies, announced today the availability of its first free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) — Blockchain for Business: An Introduction to Hyperledger. The free, self-paced online course is offered through edX.org, the nonprofit online learning platform founded in 2012 by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The course provides an introduction to Hyperledger and its key business blockchain frameworks.  “Interest in blockchain technology is exploding; Software developers, product teams, and business managers are all desperately eager to figure out how this technology can solve real-world problems,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “This first introductory-level course is carefully designed for both nontechnical and technical audiences, to bring everyone further up the learning curve and get started with it on their own business needs.”

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Hyperledger-Launches-First-Free-Massive-Open-Online-Course-MOOC-on-edX-org-1002071877

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Using EdTech to Get Your Learners Motivated and Active

Wed, 2017-10-11 17:24

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, tech Edvocate

Learning by using technology can be fun, productive, educational, and can engage all types of learners, regardless of their ages! Younger students can be motivated to learn through active games, programs, and apps. Older students can be motivated through the use of interactive projects with groups or individually, or viewing media. iPads now being provided by many public schools have a wide variety of apps for student learning that include opportunities for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning. Regardless of the age of the student, technology, if used correctly, can provide students the perfect supplement to traditional style classroom learning.

Using EdTech To Get Your Learners Motivated and Active!

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A Big Publisher Embraces OER

Wed, 2017-10-11 17:15

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

For years, big-time publishers have been skeptical of open educational resources, questioning their quality and durability. But one of those publishers, Cengage, is today announcing a new product line built around OER. Cengage predicts that the use of OER — free, adaptable educational course materials — could triple over the next five years. In a report published last year, Cengage said that education and technology companies were ready to “embrace the movement” — adding their own services and technology to create “value-added digital solutions that help institutions use OER to its best advantage.” With OpenNow, Cengage is sending its clearest signal yet that it is serious about OER

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/10/10/cengage-offers-new-oer-based-product-general-education-courses

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Survey: Faculty Getting More Confident in Tech Skills, but Students’ Skills Are Slipping

Wed, 2017-10-11 17:10

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Faculty confidence in their technological abilities is growing. In a nationwide survey on the use of technology for teaching and learning, a full 84 percent of respondents said they are “absolutely confident” or “very confident” in their tech skills (up from 79 percent in 2016), and another 14 percent consider their skills “adequate.” Just 2 percent said their tech skills are “below average,” and not one person identified as “incompetent.” Those findings came out of Campus Technology’s second annual Teaching with Technology Survey, in which we asked faculty how they feel about tech in the classroom, where they go for IT support and more.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/09/27/survey-faculty-getting-more-confident-in-tech-skills.aspx

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AI, Merging of Digital and Physical Worlds Among Top 10 Tech Trends for 2018

Wed, 2017-10-11 17:05

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Nearly every app and service will incorporate some level of artificial intelligence in the next few years. Whether they’re obviously intelligent or use intelligence behind the scenes, these tools “create a new intelligent intermediary layer between people and systems and have the potential to transform the nature of work and the structure of the workplace,” according to a new trends forecast. Gartner has released its list of top 10 strategic technology trends for 2018 with a focus for the coming year on technologies related to artificial intelligence and machine learning and those that blend the physical and digital worlds. “Gartner defines a strategic technology trend as one with substantial disruptive potential that is beginning to break out of an emerging state into broader impact and use, or which are rapidly growing trends with a high degree of volatility reaching tipping points over the next five years.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/05/ai-merging-of-digital-and-physical-worlds-among-top-10-tech-trends-for-2018.aspx

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A Big Publisher Embraces OER

Wed, 2017-10-11 17:02

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

For years, big-time publishers have been skeptical of open educational resources, questioning their quality and durability. But one of those publishers, Cengage, is today announcing a new product line built around OER. Cengage predicts that the use of OER — free, adaptable educational course materials — could triple over the next five years. In a report published last year, Cengage said that education and technology companies were ready to “embrace the movement” — adding their own services and technology to create “value-added digital solutions that help institutions use OER to its best advantage.” With OpenNow, Cengage is sending its clearest signal yet that it is serious about OER

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/10/10/cengage-offers-new-oer-based-product-general-education-courses

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Cool Tool: Google Course Builder

Mon, 2017-10-09 17:24

by ATD Staff
Considering that most companies deliver at least some training via e-learning, course authoring software is an important tool for talent development. And while many of these tools have expensive licensing fees, open-source alternatives exist.
One option of note is Google Course Builder. Free to download and legal to modify, it lets you set up a course-building web application for your entire organization or for a specific learning program. Once you’ve set up this app, you can use it to create, deliver, and manage online learning programs.

https://www.td.org/Publications/Magazines/TD/TD-Archive/2017/10/Intelligence-Google-Course-Builder

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Florida Virtual School to welcome 20,000 Puerto Rican students, Gov Scott says

Mon, 2017-10-09 17:20

by Leslie Postal Leslie, Orlando Sentinel
Puerto Rican students, whether still on the island or resettling in Florida, can take classes through the state’s public online school for free, Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday. The Florida Virtual School will accommodate up to 20,000 youngsters from Puerto Rico, Scott’s office said. The offer comes as the U.S. territory continues to struggle after Hurricane Irma pounded it two weeks ago, damaging homes, schools, business, roads and the island’s power grid. The virtual school offers more than 150 online courses for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-florida-virtual-school-puerto-rican-students-20171005-story.html

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More Colleges Are Offering Microcredentials—And Developing Them The Way Businesses Make New Products

Mon, 2017-10-09 17:15

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

If 2012 was “The Year of the MOOC”—massive open online courses, usually offered for free—2017 could be “The Year of the Microcredential.” A growing number of elite colleges are offering short-form graduate and certificate programs that can be taken online for a fraction of the price of a traditional master’s. Proponents say the new offerings will expand access to graduate education and help workers update their skills in fast-changing fields. But the programs also serve as an example of how colleges, increasingly thinking like businesses, are eager to find new ways to bring in revenue.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-10-05-more-colleges-are-offering-microcredentials-and-developing-them-the-way-businesses-make-new-products

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How American edutech unicorn Udacity is re-skilling Indians through nanodegrees

Mon, 2017-10-09 17:10

By Rajiv Singh, Economic Times

Cofounded by Stanford professor and former Google vice-president Sebastian Thrun, Udacity offers free and paid online certification courses for students who earn nanodegrees and learn skills such as front-end web developing, iOS and Android programming, or machine learning. It recently rolled out ‘Introduction to Selfdriving Cars’ and ‘Flying Car’ nanodegree programmes to give students the skills to create autonomous flight vehicles.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/how-american-edutech-unicorn-udacity-is-re-skilling-indians-through-nanodegrees/articleshow/60987152.cms

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Making the Most of MOOCs Premium Content

Mon, 2017-10-09 17:05

by Robert Ubell, ATD
How to overcome common challenges of introducing massive open online courses to your learning portfolio. When e-learning first emerged a couple decades ago, organizations turned their backs on it. But by 2014 resistance had collapsed. With the conquest of swifter and cheaper virtual training over traditional methods, organizations started shutting down lavish ­country-club training parks and canceling employee travel to exotic sites. Yet, just when companies started imagining the learning industry was comfortably settled, dominated by just two principle players—classrooms and e-learning—a new competitor invaded. Out of the blue, MOOCs (massive open online courses) muscled in. About five years ago, computer scientists at Stanford University astonished everyone by streaming video lectures worldwide to anyone—for free. Since then, thousands of high-quality courses have streamed to millions of people.

https://www.td.org/Publications/Magazines/TD/TD-Archive/2017/10/Making-the-Most-of-Moocs

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More Colleges Are Offering Microcredentials—And Developing Them The Way Businesses Make New Products

Mon, 2017-10-09 17:03

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

If 2012 was “The Year of the MOOC”—massive open online courses, usually offered for free—2017 could be “The Year of the Microcredential.” A growing number of elite colleges are offering short-form graduate and certificate programs that can be taken online for a fraction of the price of a traditional master’s. Proponents say the new offerings will expand access to graduate education and help workers update their skills in fast-changing fields. But the programs also serve as an example of how colleges, increasingly thinking like businesses, are eager to find new ways to bring in revenue.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-10-05-more-colleges-are-offering-microcredentials-and-developing-them-the-way-businesses-make-new-products

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​Can Online Teaching Work at Liberal-Arts Colleges? Study Explores the Pros and Cons

Sun, 2017-10-08 17:25

By Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

Deanna Marcum, one of the lead researchers, says the finding that she found the most “puzzling” was that the “instructors were quite worried about student engagement, but the students didn’t seem to be worried about student engagement.” Musselman says in some ways, student engagement in his online course was “more robust” than when he teaches in person. His students had to respond to detailed prompts, for one thing, and they knew how he’d be evaluating their responses. And writing out answers later rather than answering in the spur of the moment in class gave students time to ponder their answers. “Some of that was really rich, and I think it was because they were sitting down five days later in full view in a written form to capture their thoughts,” he explains. But Musselman says the online discussion format meant losing certain nuances that face-to-face classes have, such as being able to see a student’s “furrowed brow.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-10-04-can-online-teaching-work-at-liberal-arts-colleges-study-explores-the-pros-and-cons

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CIO Roles in Flux

Sun, 2017-10-08 17:20

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Nearly all, 95 percent, of chief information officers expect their positions to be changed or remixed owing to digitalization, according to a new report from technology market research firm Gartner. The two largest changes, according to respondents, will be to become change leaders and to assume increased and broader responsibilities. “The CIO’s role must grow and develop as digital business spreads, and disruptive technologies, including intelligent machines and advanced analytics, reach the masses,” said Andy Rowsell-Jones, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, in a prepared statement. “While delivery is still a part of the job, much greater emphasis is being placed on attaining a far broader set of business objectives.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/04/cio-roles-in-flux.aspx

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How Machine Learning Is Easing OER Pain Points

Sun, 2017-10-08 17:15

By David Raths, Campus Technology

Algorithms can help faculty discover and select open educational resources for a course, map the concepts covered in a particular text, generate assessment questions and more. The basic definition of machine learning is that it allows a computer to learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed. One obvious example: the way a Netflix algorithm learns our TV-watching habits to make suggestions of other movies we might like. We come into contact with dozens of such machine-learning algorithms every day. And in support of faculty members, several efforts are underway to use machine learning to analyze the contents of open educational resources (OER) for their fit in a particular course.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/04/how-machine-learning-is-easing-oer-pain-points.aspx

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A South Texas University Turns to Online Courses to Help Commuters, Students in Mexico

Sun, 2017-10-08 17:05

By Sydney Johnsonc EdSurge

For the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, geography is everything. Split into two satellite campuses in South Texas—one in Edinburgh and another nearly 60 miles away in Brownsville—students and professors may commute more than an hour to get to their next class. And that’s just for those who live who live in the United States.  In Brownsville, a fence dividing the U.S. and Mexico runs visibly through the far-side of campus, and some students live south of the border. Though the Brownsville campus is just one freeway exit away from the national entrypoint, faculty say crossing can take over an hour on a busy day. That, plus the threat of heightened border security, can make attending school challenging, and intimidating, for some students. Increasingly, the university is turning to online classes to alleviate the struggle.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-10-04-a-south-texas-university-turns-to-online-courses-to-help-commuters-students-in-mexico

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UMW should offer more online classes to give students flexibility

Sun, 2017-10-08 17:04

by Taylor Ostrom, Blue and Gray

Life as a college student is all about creating the perfect schedule to avoid unnecessary stress. In my experience, I have found online classes are a great option when trying to create a flexible schedule. However, after transferring to the University of Mary Washington last year, I was sad to learn that the university has a limited amount of classes offered online. In correspondence with Rita Dunston, university registrar, she said, “No more than 5 percent of online classes are offered during the academic year.” This percentage was alarming to me because not only am I a college student but I am a mother as well. Online classes are extremely beneficial to me when trying to make enough time for both my daughter and class work. They’re not only beneficial to me but other Mary Washington students too.

http://blueandgraypress.com/2017/10/05/umw-should-offer-more-online-classes-to-give-students-flexibility/

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Exploring the new world of online credentials

Sun, 2017-10-08 17:03

by David Chandler, MIT News

Five years ago, at the first annual Online Learning Summit, the question being asked was “can we scale learning” to reach the vast population on the internet, said Sanjay Sarma, MIT’s vice president for open learning, in his introduction to this year’s summit. That’s no longer in question, he continued: “The answer is emphatically yes.”
Now, as the number of people taking online classes around the world has rocketed upward, the questions revolve around issues of how to carry out such online education, how to provide meaningful credentials for online classes, and how to integrate and complement online education with that offered on traditional residential campuses.

http://news.mit.edu/2017/exploring-new-world-online-credentials-1003

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Higher ed leaders are 10% more likely to use social media than their corporate counterparts

Fri, 2017-10-06 17:25

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive
Many higher ed institutions across the globe are boosting their social budgets to keep up with a new generation of students who rely primarily on social media for their news and information about a variety of topics, according to a new report from Hootsuite, a social media monitoring company. These results and others are found in “The Social Campus Report: 8 Opportunities for Higher Ed in 2018,” which is to be released today in conjunction with a webinar conducted by Phil Chatterton, the industry principle for higher education at the company. Chatterton said the company received more than 800 responses from institutions around the world in regards to their survey. The study revealed that on 70% of campuses, students had spurred the increased focus on social media. Chatterton said the analysis revealed higher ed administrators and executives are increasingly aware of the need to invest in social media, with 66% of executives viewing it as a strategic area of focus and 63% believing it is an important aspect of a school’s strategic planning and the fulfillment of its institutional mission.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-leaders-are-10-more-likely-to-use-social-media-than-their-corpor/506325/

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