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Purdue App Puts Learning Data into Students’ Hands

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:30

by David Raths, Campus Technology

Learning analytics tools have become increasingly valuable for college and university administrators looking to boost student success. But can data also inform decision-making on the part of students themselves? A project at Purdue University (IN) explores that possibility by taking advantage of the “quantified self” movement (made popular by health-tracking apps such as Fitbit) and putting the data into students’ hands. Pattern, one of several teaching and learning apps developed by Purdue Teaching and Learning Technologies over the past few years, allows students to self-track their academic and extracurricular pursuits and rate how productive they are. The app also lets them compare their behaviors to other students to see which activities may yield the best results. Pattern can suggest when to study, recommend ways students can be more efficient with their time, and suggest how long students should be spending on tasks.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/01/purdue-app-puts-learning-data-into-students-hands.aspx

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World-renowned futurist Michio Kaku: This is what higher ed should be teaching students right now

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:25

by Merris Stansbury, eCampus News

Soft skills, ease with technologies are some of the most important skills undergrad students should be learning today for the future of tomorrow. “The jobs of the future will be those that focus on intellectual capitalism, not commodity capitalism,” said Futurist, Physicist and Bestselling Author Michio Kaku during the recent 2017 EDUCAUSE conference keynote, held in Philadelphia, Pa. This was the big reveal to the thousands of EDUCAUSE attendees ranging from college and university faculty to CIOs, and from some of the world’s leading tech companies to some of the country’s most prominent higher ed provosts and presidents—all anxiously awaiting what the crystal ball of the postsecondary future had to say through Kaku’s educated guess.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/michio-kaku-higher-ed-skills/

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Survey highlights student-faculty divide on classroom tech

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:15

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Students and faculty have somewhat differing views when it comes to technology use in the classroom, according to an Educause Center for Analysis and Research survey with responses from 11,141 faculty members and 35,760 students across the nation, reports Campus Technology.  When it comes to learning management systems, the survey found most faculty are satisfied with it, but students become more frustrated with it as the tasks become more difficult and complicated. And while many students report their teachers have adequate technology skills, they say that few faculty use this technology for more sophisticated purposes. While at least 80% of students said they found student success systems moderately helpful, the survey found most faculty don’t use them. And, when survey authors reported to Campus Technology on how CIOs could support faculty members, they stressed explaining student demands would not sway faculty. Rather, explaining research on effectiveness and learning outcomes to faculty on technology use would be more effective.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-highlights-student-faculty-divide-on-classroom-tech/510201/

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Hyperledger Goes to School

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:10

By Danny Bradbury, Distributed

Hyperledger , the blockchain reference framework launched by the Linux Foundation , is nearly two years old. It is starting to gain commercial traction, underpinning projects such as Everledger , the blockchain to track the provenance of high-value items like diamonds.  Now, participants can enroll in ” Blockchain for Business – An Introduction to Hyperledger Technologies .” It is an introduction to the Hyperledger ecosystem, which consists of various frameworks. They should expect to walk away with an understanding of common Hyperledger use cases, how to install its various frameworks and how to build simple applications on them. One useful takeaway will be information on how to contribute to the open-source project.  Why was Hyperledger launched anyway and why should you care? The problem with the blockchain is that there are no standards for it. There may be heavily adopted and supported projects, such as the Bitcoin blockchain and Ethereum, but the Linux Foundation, which specializes in reference implementations, wanted code that would effectively be the Linux of the blockchain world.

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/hyperledger-goes-to-school-cm872546

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Trial and Error: Online Course Development, Better Together

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:05

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed Digital

Administrators knew faculty members felt frustrated and isolated by the online development process, though Bond said they all agreed that instructional designers were valuable. Bond and his team landed on a faculty cohort model in which six to eight instructors joined together and met every other week in a 12-week time frame. During that time period, each professor developed one online course with the help of the group. The instructional design team provided substantive assistance and design input during the process. Unlike at other institutions with faculty cohort models, where instructors gathered to create a single course, each instructor in the cohorts at Central Michigan was manager for their own online course. Another new element under this approach was the designation of one of the instructional design team members as a course production services coordinator, or CoursePro.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2017/11/08/trial-and-error-faculty-cohort-model-speeds-online-course

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As Corporate World Moves Toward Curated ‘Microlearning,’ Higher Ed Must Adapt

Mon, 2017-11-13 16:02

By Sean Gallagher, Ed Surge

Corporate learning and development, often referred to as L&D, is radically different than just a few years ago. Meanwhile, the education dialogue has shifted to a focus on employment-related themes such as competencies and skills. “Businesses today have to be more agile and have to be able to pivot—access to content needs to be very rapid,” says Lori Bradley, executive vice president for global talent management at PVH Corp, a publicly- traded fashion and apparel company with 35,000 employees. “Priorities and jobs are changing more quickly, so we need an agile learning environment that anticipates what learning needs will be, and where we can quickly access them.” The typical employee has one percent of their time available for learning, according to research by Bersin by Deloitte.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-11-06-as-corporate-world-moves-toward-curated-microlearning-higher-ed-must-adapt

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Higher ed is becoming more entrenched in tech — what does this mean for CIOs?

Sun, 2017-11-12 16:25

by Education Dive

Higher education campuses are hotbeds for cybersecurity threats — college and university servers house countless pieces of data on current and past faculty, students and other stakeholders. But as institutions become more and more technologically entrenched — and customers demand that the college experience be more modern, while still guaranteeing safety — securing this data and ensuring that members of the institution’s community do not inappropriately handle ed tech becomes more of a daunting task for administrators, in particular CIOs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-is-becoming-more-entrenched-in-tech-what-does-this-mean-for-cio/507825/

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Deep learning could be the future of online streaming

Sun, 2017-11-12 16:20

by Magnetic Magazine

To help optimize the usage of available bandwidth for streaming video, most streaming platforms use algorithms known as Adaptive Bitrate (ABR). Traditional ABR algorithms are either rate-based that vary the video quality based on connection speed, or buffer-based that attempt to constantly keep a certain percentage of the video pre-loaded as a buffer so that the stream is smooth. Although there are several AI streaming algorithms in development, two of the most notable are MIT’s Pensieve and Netflix’s Dynamic Optimizer. In fact as the usage of AI enables more efficient video streaming, cloud data distribution and other optimizations – the efficiency of the internet in general is likely to improve.

https://www.magneticmag.com/2017/11/deep-learning-could-be-the-future-of-online-streaming/

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You Can Take These 8,000 College and University Courses For Free

Sun, 2017-11-12 16:15

by Emily Price, Fortune

In recent years several universities and colleges around the world have started offering some of their courses for free. Over the past six years over 8,000 different courses have been made available for free to anyone who wants to take them. In a story on Quartz, Class Central founder Dhawal Shah notes that he’s been tracking them all since they rose to prominence.  Free courses range from humanities and social sciences classes to business, health & medicine, and computer science courses. Classes are taught by professors from places like Stanford, Johns Hopkins, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Colorado. If you’re interested in giving one a try, Quartz has a good rundown up of some of the best courses available as well as how to sign up for them. You can also view a more detailed list on Class Central’s website.

http://fortune.com/2017/11/06/free-online-college-courses/

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World-renowned futurist Michio Kaku: This is what higher ed should be teaching students right now

Sun, 2017-11-12 16:07

by Merris Stansbury, eCampus News

Soft skills, ease with technologies are some of the most important skills undergrad students should be learning today for the future of tomorrow. “The jobs of the future will be those that focus on intellectual capitalism, not commodity capitalism,” said Futurist, Physicist and Bestselling Author Michio Kaku during the recent 2017 EDUCAUSE conference keynote, held in Philadelphia, Pa. This was the big reveal to the thousands of EDUCAUSE attendees ranging from college and university faculty to CIOs, and from some of the world’s leading tech companies to some of the country’s most prominent higher ed provosts and presidents—all anxiously awaiting what the crystal ball of the postsecondary future had to say through Kaku’s educated guess.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/campus-administration/michio-kaku-higher-ed-skills/

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Purdue App Puts Learning Data into Students’ Hands

Sun, 2017-11-12 16:05

by David Raths, Campus Technology

Learning analytics tools have become increasingly valuable for college and university administrators looking to boost student success. But can data also inform decision-making on the part of students themselves? A project at Purdue University (IN) explores that possibility by taking advantage of the “quantified self” movement (made popular by health-tracking apps such as Fitbit) and putting the data into students’ hands. Pattern, one of several teaching and learning apps developed by Purdue Teaching and Learning Technologies over the past few years, allows students to self-track their academic and extracurricular pursuits and rate how productive they are. The app also lets them compare their behaviors to other students to see which activities may yield the best results. Pattern can suggest when to study, recommend ways students can be more efficient with their time, and suggest how long students should be spending on tasks.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/11/01/purdue-app-puts-learning-data-into-students-hands.aspx

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How can colleges best use texting with students?

Sun, 2017-11-12 16:02

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Colleges and universities can take advantage of texting students and parents, according to Mongoose Research, which notes that administrators should follow the same FERPA regulations for texting as they do for e-mails and phone conversations. While nonprofit organizations like schools are not legally required to get consent for texting, Mongoose advises schools offer some kind of opt-in. The research also shows students will begin ignoring texts from colleges if they are sent too often or are not helpful — the ones that are include reminders on deadlines and updates for admissions, promotional efforts. Mongoose also advises school leaders and administrators to limit the number of staff and departments that can send texts to students, as students typically only want texts from admissions, financial aid, student success and the Registrar’s office.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-can-colleges-best-use-texting-with-students/510218/

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Few Viewers Are Giving the TV Set Their Undivided Attention

Sat, 2017-11-11 16:25

by eMarketer Daily

US consumers are spending more time with their digital devices than ever before, and that holds true while they’re already watching something else. eMarketer estimates 177.7 million adults will regularly use a second-screen device while watching TV this year, an increase of 5.1% vs. 2016. As individuals spend more of each day digitally connected, simultaneous media use will rise. As always, consumers want to fit as much into their day as possible, and multitasking during TV is often how that’s accomplished. By 2019, 193.5 million US adults will access the internet during TV viewing at least once a month. Some 162.6 million people will use smartphones as a second-screen device while watching TV in 2017. This is much higher than the 110.5 million simultaneous users expected for desktops/laptops. The number of people using a desktop/laptop and TV set at the same time will be roughly flat during the forecast, due to declines in overall PC use.

https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Few-Viewers-Giving-TV-Set-Their-Undivided-Attention/1016717

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Voice over market is key for e-learning developments

Sat, 2017-11-11 16:20

By Tim Sandle, Digital Journal
Voices.com has released a new report which has found that e-learning projects make up 5.1 percent of the global voice over market. The worth of the voice over industry has been costed for the first time, at $4.4-billion. E-learning is based on cognitive science principles, where effective multimedia learning is used to develop electronic educational technology. When developed effectively, research suggests that the selection of appropriate concurrent multimedia modalities enhances learning and can lead to improved educational attainment.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/voice-over-market-is-key-for-e-learning-developments/article/506863

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Higher ed will be critical to Amazon’s success — and institutions are joining cities to lobby for the new $5B HQ

Sat, 2017-11-11 16:16

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has already received 238 applications from the nation’s higher ed institutions as of last month to host the company’s new $5 billion corporate headquarters, which Bezos proposes will create 50,000 new jobs with average salaries of $100,000 for the areas graduates, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. The move is similar to when Amazon counterpart Microsoft invested more than $1 billion in the University of Washington, creating a pipeline from the institution and others in the city into the company. Bezos’ plans are similar as eligibility for the headquarters requires the institution to be in a city with a population of at least 1 million and a strong pool of talented students that are likely to go into a technical field.  Experts predict that the city will be one which already has a superior reserve of computer science graduates and programs. Though it’s likely the move will enhance local economies, many still caution that the influx of Amazon’s business could have the negative consequence of raising the city’s housing prices, making competition even more difficult for the city’s highly skilled laborers, and changing the identity of the city.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-will-be-critical-to-amazons-success-and-institutions-are-joini/510110/

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Deep learning could be the future of online streaming

Sat, 2017-11-11 16:10

by Magnetic Magazine

To help optimize the usage of available bandwidth for streaming video, most streaming platforms use algorithms known as Adaptive Bitrate (ABR). Traditional ABR algorithms are either rate-based that vary the video quality based on connection speed, or buffer-based that attempt to constantly keep a certain percentage of the video pre-loaded as a buffer so that the stream is smooth. Although there are several AI streaming algorithms in development, two of the most notable are MIT’s Pensieve and Netflix’s Dynamic Optimizer. In fact as the usage of AI enables more efficient video streaming, cloud data distribution and other optimizations – the efficiency of the internet in general is likely to improve.

https://www.magneticmag.com/2017/11/deep-learning-could-be-the-future-of-online-streaming/

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You Can Take These 8,000 College and University Courses For Free

Sat, 2017-11-11 16:04

by Emily Price, Fortune

In recent years several universities and colleges around the world have started offering some of their courses for free. Over the past six years over 8,000 different courses have been made available for free to anyone who wants to take them. In a story on Quartz, Class Central founder Dhawal Shah notes that he’s been tracking them all since they rose to prominence.  Free courses range from humanities and social sciences classes to business, health & medicine, and computer science courses. Classes are taught by professors from places like Stanford, Johns Hopkins, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Colorado. If you’re interested in giving one a try, Quartz has a good rundown up of some of the best courses available as well as how to sign up for them. You can also view a more detailed list on Class Central’s website.

http://fortune.com/2017/11/06/free-online-college-courses/

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Few Viewers Are Giving the TV Set Their Undivided Attention

Sat, 2017-11-11 16:03

by eMarketer Daily

US consumers are spending more time with their digital devices than ever before, and that holds true while they’re already watching something else. eMarketer estimates 177.7 million adults will regularly use a second-screen device while watching TV this year, an increase of 5.1% vs. 2016. As individuals spend more of each day digitally connected, simultaneous media use will rise. As always, consumers want to fit as much into their day as possible, and multitasking during TV is often how that’s accomplished. By 2019, 193.5 million US adults will access the internet during TV viewing at least once a month. Some 162.6 million people will use smartphones as a second-screen device while watching TV in 2017. This is much higher than the 110.5 million simultaneous users expected for desktops/laptops. The number of people using a desktop/laptop and TV set at the same time will be roughly flat during the forecast, due to declines in overall PC use.

https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Few-Viewers-Giving-TV-Set-Their-Undivided-Attention/1016717

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Making Job-Training Software People Actually Want to Use

Fri, 2017-11-10 16:07

by Elizabeth Woyke, MIT Technology Review

A number of workers face the same situation: they’d like to boost their salaries and improve their career prospects by working in technology, but they lack technical skills and don’t know how to acquire them. There are, of course, conventional ways to pick up that knowledge, including reading textbooks, watching educational videos, taking in-person classes, and finding industry mentors. But San Francisco–based Salesforce—one of the world’s largest software companies, with $8.4 billion in annual sales—has found that self-guided, online, interactive training is an effective way to teach skills to its 26,000 employees worldwide. Its main tool is Trailhead, which the company developed in 2014 and began deploying for internal training in 2016. Today, all Salesforce employees are encouraged to use the platform.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609295/making-job-training-software-people-actually-want-to-use/

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Rethinking Educational Access

Fri, 2017-11-10 16:05

by Arthur Levine, Inside Higher Ed

That definition of access, while still essential, is now outdated and inadequate — no longer serving the nation’s needs. The United States is making a transition from a national, analog, industrial economy to a global, digital, information economy. The historic view of access is a product of the former, while largely ignoring the realities of the latter. Today we need something very different. The United States is experiencing profound, accelerating and continuous change owing to the transition, and the lives of many Americans are being disrupted. Jobs are being eliminated, both those requiring relatively little education and increasingly those requiring a great deal of education but involving routine work — even in fields such as journalism, medicine and law. Some of those jobs have migrated to other countries, but the overwhelming majority of them — four out of five — have been lost to automation.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/11/06/need-provide-educational-access-across-peoples-entire-lifespan-essay

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