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What Role for Higher Ed in an AI World?

Sun, 2018-02-11 16:07

by Grace Bird, Inside Higher Ed

A little more than half of both blue- and white-collar American workers think they’ll need more education to find a similar job if they lose theirs to new technology. However, only 18 percent of employed Americans feel “extremely confident” about securing this additional education. To Joseph Aoun, president of Northeastern University, colleges need to adapt to the impending artificial intelligence revolution. This means institutions must teach humans to become “robot-proof” (as the title of Aoun’s book suggests) or in other words, “to do the jobs only humans can do.” “Universities with the audacity to change represent humanity’s best chance to win the jobs of the future,” Aoun wrote.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/01/31/many-americans-feel-positive-about-artificial-intelligence-study-says

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Amazon is quietly becoming its own university

Sun, 2018-02-11 16:05

by Amy X. Wang, Quartz

A spokesperson told Inside Higher Ed that Candace Thille will work “with our Global Learning Development Team to scale and innovate workplace learning at Amazon”; Thille herself said she is “not really at liberty to discuss” her new project. What could Amazon want with a higher education expert? The company already has footholds in the learning market, running several educational resource platforms. But Thille is famous specifically for her data-driven work, conducted at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon University, on nontraditional ways of learning, teaching, and training—all of which are perfect, perhaps even necessary, for the education of employees. Corporate learning is a freshly lucrative market, estimated to be over $130 billion in size, and still booming.

https://qz.com/1191619/amazon-is-becoming-its-own-university/

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Amazon’s Newest Hire Could Have a Big Impact on Online Open Education Resources

Sun, 2018-02-11 16:03

By Leigh Buehler-Rappold, In Cyberdefense

In an effort to expand its workforce, Amazon has hired Candace Thille to work with its Global Learning Development Team and create an innovative learning workplace. Thille is a pioneer in learning science and open educational delivery. The details of Thille’s new position are still being worked out, so it is difficult to say exactly what she will do at Amazon. However, considering Amazon’s business relies heavily on data analytics and unremitting experimentation, it makes sense that this giant retailer would look to a learning scientist to advance its workforce training.

https://incyberdefense.com/featured/amazons-newest-hire-big-impact-online-open-education-resources/

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Can creativity be taught?

Sat, 2018-02-10 16:25

BY DIANNE PAPPAFOTOPOULOS, eSchool News

As we look at future jobs and technological advancements, having creativity is essential in the workplace. Robots and AI will be able to handle many tasks, even replacing some types of jobs, but we will still need creative thinkers and designers to move ahead globally. As educators, how do we ensure that students learn this skill in our curriculums? Can creativity be taught? Why are some people more creative than others? If you tell students to be creative, do they even know what it means or where to begin?

Can creativity be taught?

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Google Is Bringing Augmented Reality Functionality to Chrome

Sat, 2018-02-10 16:19

by Patrick Caughill, Futurism

Google is poised to introduce Article, an AR interface that will allow AR integration into browsers. The new tech could help to promote new applications for AR. Google looks like it is trying to extend its cross-platform edge to the world of augmented reality (AR) with a new product, tentatively called Article, which will integrate AR into the company’s Chrome browser. In a blog post, Google said, “To help bring (AR) to as many users as possible, we’ve been exploring how to bring augmented reality to the web platform, so someday anyone with a browser can access this new technology.” The Google blog post explained: “The unique power of AR is to blend digital content with the real world. So we can, for example, surf the web, find a model, place it in our room to see just how large it truly is, and physically walk around it.” Those capabilities limited to devices like smartphones will now be available on desktops.

Google Is Bringing Augmented Reality Functionality to Chrome

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Are mobile apps a key to online student retention success?

Sat, 2018-02-10 16:15

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
The appeal of online education parallels an industry trend of growth in nontraditional students seeking faster, more flexible credentialing options. But while online enrollment may be going up across the board, retaining students in programs is a different kind of challenge. Statistics from two Babson Survey Research Group reports, “Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017” and “Grade Increase: ​Tracking Distance Education in the United States,” show schools with some of the largest online programs — as well as institutions that are entirely online — have seen substantial drops in enrollment between 2015 and 2016. For instance, two for-profit institutions had significant drops in online student enrollment. The University of Phoenix saw a decline in about 30,000 online students, down from a total of 162,003 in 2015, while Kaplan saw a decline of about 8,000, down from 45,268 in 2015.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/are-mobile-apps-a-key-to-online-student-retention-success/515141/

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The state of retention and completion in higher education in 9 charts

Sat, 2018-02-10 16:10

by Shalina Chatlani & Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

The United States has one of the highest college dropout rates in the industrial world according to a Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 2014 report. Administrators are acutely aware that it’s not enough to just get students into college. Once they have enrolled, how and why they depart matters just as equally. But data suggests the situation is improving slowly. Overall, U.S full-time student retention is 74.4% for full-time students. At 81.6%, four-year private not-for-profit colleges had the h

https://www.educationdive.com/news/the-state-of-retention-and-completion-in-higher-education-in-9-charts/515382/

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Are mobile apps a key to online student retention success?

Sat, 2018-02-10 16:05

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
The appeal of online education parallels an industry trend of growth in nontraditional students seeking faster, more flexible credentialing options. But while online enrollment may be going up across the board, retaining students in programs is a different kind of challenge. Statistics from two Babson Survey Research Group reports, “Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017” and “Grade Increase: ​Tracking Distance Education in the United States,” show schools with some of the largest online programs — as well as institutions that are entirely online — have seen substantial drops in enrollment between 2015 and 2016. For instance, two for-profit institutions had significant drops in online student enrollment. The University of Phoenix saw a decline in about 30,000 online students, down from a total of 162,003 in 2015, while Kaplan saw a decline of about 8,000, down from 45,268 in 2015.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/are-mobile-apps-a-key-to-online-student-retention-success/515141/

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If you build it (online courses) they may not come

Sat, 2018-02-10 16:03

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Faculty satisfaction in online courses at liberal arts colleges does not necessarily translate to high student enrollment, a report by Ithaka S&R suggests. The report, published today, looked at the results of a Teagle Foundation initiative that provided grants to liberal arts colleges to work together to develop online or hybrid online courses and educational resources. While many faculty members who took part said they were pleased with the results, the online courses typically did not have higher enrollment than equivalent face-to-face courses.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/01/29/study-suggests-ways-liberal-arts-colleges-can-create-online

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3 ways to actually support nontraditional learners

Fri, 2018-02-09 16:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

The Post-traditional Learners Manifesto Revisited: Aligning Postsecondary Education with Real Life for Adult Student Success, from the American Council on Education (ACE), notes that more than 1 million Americans could get out of poverty if everyone in the U.S. 25 years or older, with some college but no degree, earned an associate degree.
“Helping more non-traditional learners earn a degree would have lasting and transformative effects on our society, economy, and higher education,” said Louis Soares, lead author of Revisited and ACE’s vice president for strategy, research, and advancement. “Of the 23 million undergraduates, more than 13 million are nontraditional learners. Some start a degree but don’t finish it, racking up debt and adding to their financial burdens.”

3 ways to actually support nontraditional learners

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Microsoft Created AI That Reads Just as Well as Humans

Fri, 2018-02-09 16:20

by Rob Watts Icon, PC Mag
As the tech giant continues to grow its AI operations, one of its research teams has built an AI that rivals a human’s reading comprehension abilities.  This month, it announced that its Microsoft Research Asia team has written AI software that can read and answer questions about a document with the same proficiency of a human reader. The software, which is already being used in its Bing search engine, has many applications for use in its products and services. The research team used an established framework known as the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD). The dataset is composed of more than 100,000 question-answer pairs on more than 500 different Wikipedia articles.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/358741/microsoft-created-ai-that-reads-just-as-well-as-humans

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How to set up your digital classroom for success

Fri, 2018-02-09 16:15

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Whether you teach entirely online or have a physical space, your digital classroom needs to facilitate successful learning. There is no one right way to arrange or present education to your students. However, there are markers and go to ideas for a healthy digital learning environment. A successful digital presence will invite exploration while supporting the organization, routines, and procedures necessary for student growth. The best online classes are integrated seamlessly into your curriculum and physical set up. For optimal presentation, design your digital plan before school begins.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/set-digital-classroom-success/

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Higher education is headed for a supply and demand crisis

Fri, 2018-02-09 16:10

By Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post

In “Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education,” Nathan D. Grawe, an economics professor at Carleton College, in Minnesota, explores the overall decline in high school graduates in greater detail.  In researching his book, Grawe created something he calls the “Higher Education Demand Index.” It attempts to adapt population trends into college-attendance forecasts, using federal education data to estimate the probability that different populations from different cities and states will go to college. “Unless something unexpected intervenes, the confluence of current demographic changes foretells an unprecedented reduction in postsecondary demand about a decade ahead,” Grawe writes. Overall, he estimates that four-year colleges nationwide in just one four-year period at the end of the 2020s stand to lose almost 280,000 students.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2018/01/27/higher-education-is-headed-for-a-supply-and-demand-crisis/

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How to boost the earnings power of associate of arts degrees

Fri, 2018-02-09 16:05

by Jeremy House, Education Dive
An American Enterprise Institute study recommends a number of changes to boost the earnings power of the typical associate of arts degree offered at community colleges because graduates with these degrees earn less than those with associate degrees in more technical fields. Generally, community college studies are oriented around general education course, suitable for transferring to four-year colleges. Of the the 670,000 awarded associate degrees in 2015, 40% were in a single field of study: liberal arts, general studies and humanities. Another 100,000 associate degrees were awarded in related transfer-oriented programs. Because most community college enrollees never obtain bachelor’s degrees, many are in the job market with a general education degree that provides limited work skills and earnings power. With a few additional skills, the study’s authors argue, community college graduates would be more competitive for jobs earning at least $40,000. Looking at jobs data, the authors suggested enhancing the traditional associate of arts degree with more marketable skills like Photoshop, website design or project management.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-to-boost-the-earnings-power-of-associate-of-arts-degrees/515757/

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Microsoft Created AI That Reads Just as Well as Humans

Fri, 2018-02-09 16:02

by Rob Watts Icon, PC Mag
As the tech giant continues to grow its AI operations, one of its research teams has built an AI that rivals a human’s reading comprehension abilities.  This month, it announced that its Microsoft Research Asia team has written AI software that can read and answer questions about a document with the same proficiency of a human reader. The software, which is already being used in its Bing search engine, has many applications for use in its products and services. The research team used an established framework known as the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD). The dataset is composed of more than 100,000 question-answer pairs on more than 500 different Wikipedia articles.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/358741/microsoft-created-ai-that-reads-just-as-well-as-humans

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How to Be an Ed Tech Futurist

Thu, 2018-02-08 16:25

By Bryan Alexander, Campus Technology

Humans have been imagining our future for millennia, using techniques as varied as science fiction, betting and divination, but the futures field as we know it today dates only to the mid/late 20th century. That’s when several visionaries working in business and the military, such as Herman Kahn and Pierre Wack, began codifying forecasting as a set of methods. Those methods have since been honed, extensively studied by scholars, supported by professional associations and deployed internationally.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/25/how-to-be-an-ed-tech-futurist.aspx

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4 Ways to Communicate With Professors in Online Courses

Thu, 2018-02-08 16:20

By Olena Reid, US News

With less in-person contact in an online course, a prospective student should expect ample written communication with classmates, school staff and professors. nteracting with faculty outside of the virtual classroom is an essential part of successfully completing an online degree program. Here are four ways to connect with instructors in online courses. Online students have various opportunities to interact with instructors via email, the school’s portal, videoconferencing or even in-person meetings. Each channel is an opportunity to address concerns and answer their questions. They should remember to acknowledge their professor’s preferred method of communication and be proactive in the process.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-01-26/4-ways-to-communicate-with-professors-in-online-courses

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60 Percent of U.S. Adults Have Considered Returning to School, But Perceived Financial Barriers Loom Large

Thu, 2018-02-08 16:15

by Champlain College

A new survey from Champlain College Online says that while most adults see the value in higher education to prepare them for advancement in the workplace, ongoing concerns over incurring student debt and affordability are the major barriers to returning to school to complete a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree.

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4 Ways to Communicate With Professors in Online Courses

Thu, 2018-02-08 16:05

By Olena Reid, US News

With less in-person contact in an online course, a prospective student should expect ample written communication with classmates, school staff and professors. nteracting with faculty outside of the virtual classroom is an essential part of successfully completing an online degree program. Here are four ways to connect with instructors in online courses. Online students have various opportunities to interact with instructors via email, the school’s portal, videoconferencing or even in-person meetings. Each channel is an opportunity to address concerns and answer their questions. They should remember to acknowledge their professor’s preferred method of communication and be proactive in the process.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-01-26/4-ways-to-communicate-with-professors-in-online-courses

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60 Percent of U.S. Adults Have Considered Returning to School, But Perceived Financial Barriers Loom Large #infographic

Thu, 2018-02-08 16:03

by Champlain College

A new survey from Champlain College Online says that while most adults see the value in higher education to prepare them for advancement in the workplace, ongoing concerns over incurring student debt and affordability are the major barriers to returning to school to complete a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree.

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