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How Companies Can Instill Mindfulness

Tue, 2018-05-08 17:08

by Knowledge at Wharton

Mindfulness is a centuries-old idea that has been reinvented to address the challenges of our digital age. In essence, mindfulness describes a state of being present in the moment and leaving behind one’s tendency to judge. It allows one to pause amid the constant inflow of stimuli and consciously decide how to act, rather than react reflexively with ingrained behavior patterns. Mindfulness, therefore, is perfectly suited to counterbalance the digital-age challenges of information overload and constant distraction.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/how-companies-can-instill-mindfulness/

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New Virginia Law Mandates Creation of OER Guidelines

Tue, 2018-05-08 17:05

by Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technologies

A new Virginia law mandates creation of guidelines for open educational resources at colleges and universities. HB 454 requires the governing boards of public institutions to implement guidelines for the adoption and use of low-cost and no-cost OER in their courses offered at such institution. However, while the policies and procedures are required, no instructor would be forced to use OER. The guidelines can also address the use of “low-cost commercially published materials.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/19/new-virginia-law-mandates-creation-of-oer-guidelines.aspx

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BU should establish open educational resources

Tue, 2018-05-08 17:02

by Joshua Hummell, BU Pipedreams

Currently, in the academic world, there is a push to use open educational resources. Basically, open educational resources are supplemental materials for a course that can be publicly accessed. They can be resources in the public domain, which everyone has access to, or they can be licensed by Creative Commons, through which the owner still owns it, but others can still use it. Let’s say you are in a freshman seminar for Western civilization. There could be an open educational resource available to your professor that is as simple as a syllabus for the required readings (some primary sources are out of copyright), or an in-depth open educational resource that has PowerPoints, videos or other materials for a whole course. You could also have access to a whole textbook, like the textbooks on Open SUNY or OpenStax.

https://www.bupipedream.com/opinions/94005/bu-should-establish-open-educational-resources/

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Inside Sumerian, Amazon’s Big Bet on Augmented and Virtual Reality

Mon, 2018-05-07 17:25

By Rob Marvin, PC Mag

PCMag got an exclusive look at Amazon’s new 3D development platform for building AR/VR apps, which feature walking, talking AI-infused characters called ‘hosts.’ Amazon is making a grand entrance into the augmented and virtual reality space with Sumerian, an all-in-one development platform that can build AR and VR apps for smartphones and headsets, and—soon enough—AR/VR apps that’ll run right in your browser. Within these experiences, Sumerian can create immersive virtual worlds populated by “hosts”—3D characters brought to life by the same artificial intelligence tech that powers Alexa. Sumerian is platform-agnostic. Rather than developing its own branded device or headset, Amazon opted for integration with existing offerings. Sumerian is built on open web standards and supports both Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore, meaning app creators can build one Sumerian app that runs on Android, iOS, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and beyond.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/360323/inside-sumerian-amazon-s-big-bet-on-augmented-and-virtual-re

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World of active learning in higher ed

Mon, 2018-05-07 17:20

by Sherrie Negrea, University Business

Formal and informal learning spaces transforming campuses internationally.  Active learning spaces are cropping up at campuses on nearly every continent as schools transform lecture halls, classrooms and informal study areas into collaborative technology hubs. While many international campuses have just started to create active learning spaces, others have been developing them for more than a decade.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/world-active-learning-higher-ed

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Teachable raises $4M to create a tool to turn any online class into a true business

Mon, 2018-05-07 17:16

by Matthew Lynley, TechCrunch

Ankur Nagpal started Teachable, a platform for experts that want to create a business around their coursework that helps them build an entire online education suite beyond just platforms like Coursera or Udemy. Niche expertise can be way too valuable for just a simple marketplace like Coursera,  Nagpal says, and experts in those areas — even seminars on mindfulness or Feng Shui — should be able to make more than just a few thousand dollars a year off that coursework. Nagpal said the company has raised an additional $4 million in equity from existing investors Accomplice Ventures and AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant.

Teachable raises $4M to create a tool to turn any online class into a true business

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Transforming the Postsecondary Professional Education Experience

Mon, 2018-05-07 17:11

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology
In most sectors, the modern workplace is experiencing a trend toward more ongoing professional education. Along one’s career path, advanced degrees, retraining, and certifications are now common expectations in almost any field. Many postsecondary professional schools are recognizing that they must develop innovative programs to address the changing environment that surrounds them as well as the new requirements their graduates currently face. Here, CT talks with Dean and Professor of Information Thomas A. Finholt at the University of Michigan School of Information to find out what changes UMSI is anticipating, at the graduate and master’s program levels in particular.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/16/transforming-the-postsecondary-professional-education-experience.aspx

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The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail

Mon, 2018-05-07 17:06

by JEFFREY SELINGO, the Atlantic

Online learning has come a long way since the turn of the millennium. It certainly hasn’t displaced traditional colleges, as its biggest proponents said it had the potential to, but it has gained widespread popularity: The number of students in the U.S. enrolled in at least one online course rose from 1.6 million in 2002 to more than 6 million in 2016. As online learning extends its reach, though, it is starting to run into a major obstacle: There are undeniable advantages, as traditional colleges have long known, to learning in a shared physical space. Recognizing this, some online programs are gradually incorporating elements of the old-school, brick-and-mortar model—just as online retailers such as Bonobos and Warby Parker use relatively small physical outlets to spark sales on their websites and increase customer loyalty. Perhaps the future of higher education sits somewhere between the physical and the digital.

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/04/college-online-degree-blended-learning/557642/

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Teachable raises $4M to create a tool to turn any online class into a true business

Mon, 2018-05-07 17:02

by Matthew Lynley, TechCrunch

Ankur Nagpal started Teachable, a platform for experts that want to create a business around their coursework that helps them build an entire online education suite beyond just platforms like Coursera or Udemy. Niche expertise can be way too valuable for just a simple marketplace like Coursera,  Nagpal says, and experts in those areas — even seminars on mindfulness or Feng Shui — should be able to make more than just a few thousand dollars a year off that coursework. Nagpal said the company has raised an additional $4 million in equity from existing investors Accomplice Ventures and AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant.

Teachable raises $4M to create a tool to turn any online class into a true business

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The Best Cities for EdTech Entrepreneurs

Sun, 2018-05-06 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The smartest ed tech entrepreneurs know that developing educational technology and selling it for profit involves much more than simply a “good idea.” There are major strategies involved – one key strategy is relocating to a city that is open to ed tech start-ups and entrepreneurs. And, let’s face it – not everyone can afford to live in Silicon Valley. Some cities are simply more affordable and more receptive. If you are serious about moving, here are the best cities for ed tech entrepreneurs.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/the-best-cities-for-ed-tech-entrepreneurs/

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10 new trends defining the state of higher education (continued)

Sun, 2018-05-06 17:20

by Laura Ascione, eCampus News

Today, technology and digital learning are critical to students’ educational experiences, and institutions are using the physical campus footprints to incorporate technology that adapts to learning needs. Trends in university environments include constructing new environments to foster collaboration and new ideas, equipping learning spaces as smart environments with cutting-edge technology, following modern business models, and finding creative ways to repurpose unused campus space through partnerships.

10 new trends defining the state of higher education

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Graduate Advising Matters

Sun, 2018-05-06 17:15

By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed

Concerned about the quality of graduate student advising, Stanford professors approve changes to advising requirements and guidelines.  In changes aimed at improving the quality of graduate student advising, Stanford University’s Faculty Senate last week voted to require departments to spell out advising expectations for both professors and students.  The body also voted to limit who can serve as a principal dissertation adviser for Ph.D. candidates to current Stanford professors who are active members of the campus’s Academic Council.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/04/16/stanford-seeks-improve-graduate-student-advising

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Revamped and rigorous, career and technical education is ready to be taken seriously

Sun, 2018-05-06 17:08

by Sarah Gosner, Hechinger Report

Career and technical education (CTE) programs such as those offered at MST — which feature academically and professionally rigorous classes and send graduates off to postsecondary programs at high rates — may be uniquely positioned to prepare young adults for the future of work. As traditional blue-collar industries decline across the country, the casualties of automation and offshoring, they are increasingly being replaced by skilled service jobs such as those in health care, information technology and finance, according to research by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. While good middle-class jobs are disappearing for people with only high-school diplomas, New Hampshire, with its workforce aging, is struggling to fill 17,000 jobs, many of them in skilled occupations.

http://hechingerreport.org/revamped-and-rigorous-career-and-technical-education-is-ready-to-be-taken-seriously/

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What the declining time spent on Facebook means for marketers

Sun, 2018-05-06 17:05

by Tereza Litsa, ClickZ

What the declining time spent on Facebook means for marketers.  Facebook users seem to spend 24% less time on the platform. Is this the end of Facebook’s domination? And where do the users really go? What does this mean for marketers and their Facebook strategy?  Not everything is grim for the social platform though, as the last quarter of 2017 brought an increase in the advertising revenue by 48% YoY to $12.8B. Moreover, when it comes to daily usage, Statista found in February that 62% of US online users access Facebook at least once a day. This shows that there is still a significant engagement and of course, Facebook still remains the most popular platform, having currently 2.2 billion monthly active users.

What the declining time spent on Facebook means for marketers

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Graduate Advising Matters

Sun, 2018-05-06 17:02

By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed

Concerned about the quality of graduate student advising, Stanford professors approve changes to advising requirements and guidelines.  In changes aimed at improving the quality of graduate student advising, Stanford University’s Faculty Senate last week voted to require departments to spell out advising expectations for both professors and students.  The body also voted to limit who can serve as a principal dissertation adviser for Ph.D. candidates to current Stanford professors who are active members of the campus’s Academic Council.

Advising remains a key area of concern for Stanford’s 9,400 graduate students, as revealed during a recent planning process for graduate education and four years of student exit survey data, Patricia J. Gumport, vice provost for graduate education, told the Senate at its meeting Thursday.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/04/16/stanford-seeks-improve-graduate-student-advising

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Women in EdTech: Find Out Who Is Bridging the Gender Gap in Overall Workforce & Tech Roles

Sat, 2018-05-05 17:25

 

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

By and large, the gender gap in edtech reflects the gender gap in tech. In order words, with few exceptions, women represent less than half the workforce and occupy under 20% of tech roles. On a more promising note, however, most of the edtech companies we reached emphasized that they are aware of the problem and doing everything possible to bridge the gender gap moving forward.

Women in EdTech: Find Out Who Is Bridging the Gender Gap in Overall Workforce & Tech Roles

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The pace of change in the economy might be scary for our students, but if we get education right, there should be nothing to fear

Sat, 2018-05-05 17:20

by Cindy Rampersaud, TES
The rise of the robots is often presented as a terrifying prospect for young people, writes one educationalist, but if we get education right, the technological future could prove to be a land of opportunity.  Technology and innovation; population and environmental change; urbanisation and globalisation; increasing inequality – all these are disrupting and influencing the demand for jobs and skills right now. But more is to come. Governments around the world – including in this country – are deeply concerned about artificial intelligence and technological advancement that we will witness in the imminent future. This is no longer sci-fi.

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/pace-change-economy-might-be-scary-our-students-if-we-get-education

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K-12 Schools Need to Stop Wasting Money on Tech They Do Not Need

Sat, 2018-05-05 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

K-12 schools don’t always appreciate what type of technology they really need. They don’t attend industry conferences that help them to stay abreast of all the latest developments in technology.  This means that they can be easily swayed by representatives who do not have the students’ best interests in mind. Instead, they are only looking at how many sales they can make for their bottom line. Administrators are also tempted to purchase by brand name when they are uneducated on the products themselves. This can lead to lots of technology that might be clunky for educators, too expensive for the district to truly afford, and ineffective for students. The brand name isn’t necessarily an indicator that technology is going to be right for K-12 schools.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/k-12-schools-need-to-stop-wasting-money-on-tech-they-dont-need/

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Saudi cybersecurity academy and US firm Coursera sign strategic partnership

Sat, 2018-05-05 17:10

by Arab News

The Saudi Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Programming Academy signed a memorandum of understanding with Coursera Inc., the world’s largest provider of interactive distance training and academic programs. Coursera is a venture-backed, education-focused technology company founded by Stanford professors in California. The Saudi Press Agency reported the agreement was co-signed on behalf of the academy by the Adviser at the Royal Court and President of the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity and Programming Saud Al-Qahtani and the Dean of the academy Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Dahlawi.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1284891/saudi-arabia

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Battle over college course material is a textbook example of technological change

Sat, 2018-05-05 17:06

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post

A revolution in college course materials is raising questions about cost, access and fairness. Publishers say their high-tech courseware — electronic books glowing with videos and interactive study guides — can improve the quality of learning at a small fraction of the cost of traditional textbooks. But student advocates call for adoption of open-source textbooks that can be downloaded for free, and worry that the same companies that drove up the price of print textbooks are dominating the digital space and will ultimately introduce higher costs there. Now, Congress has stepped into the fray by committing $5 million in the fiscal 2018 budget to support the creation or expansion of open textbooks on college campuses. The money is the first major investment by the federal government in open-source materials and could advance the movement.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/battle-over-college-course-material-is-a-textbook-example-of-technological-change/2018/04/14/fb3d0394-0db5-11e8-95a5-c396801049ef_story.html

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