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Tuning Your Pedagogical Practice: Incorporate Digital and Social Technology

Mon, 2018-01-29 16:02

By Neelofer Qadir, Inside Higher Ed

Teaching with digital and social technologies often produces stress and tension for teachers and students alike, but I suspect much of that comes from an unclear explanation of why a particular tool is being used and comfort, or lack thereof, with its use. Digital and social technologies are attractive in many ways and we can get excited about working with them, especially in this era where students are dubbed “digital natives.” But these tools require we think about their purpose, method, and audience just as carefully as when we design an essay prompt, a problem set, or any other assessment exercise.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/tuning-your-pedagogical-practice-incorporate-digital-and-social-technology

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How does a peer-to-peer blockchain learning system operate?

Sun, 2018-01-28 16:25

by the Merkle

Blockchain is changing the way people complete transactions. This technology is no longer associated only with cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and Bitcoin as organizations look for new ways to improve people’s lives with blockchain technology. As blockchain becomes more widely used, it is changing the way industries operate and get things done. For example, significant technological advancements are occurring in the education industry. This process has long been touted as the next stage of evolution in education. So, what if blockchain became the basis for these advancements changing the future of online learning?

https://themerkle.com/how-does-a-peer-to-peer-blockchain-learning-system-operate/

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Google’s Self-Training AI Turns Coders into Machine-Learning Masters

Sun, 2018-01-28 16:20

by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review

Automating the training of machine-learning systems could make AI much more accessible. Google just made it a lot easier to build your very own custom AI system. A new service, called Cloud AutoML, uses several machine-learning tricks to automatically build and train a deep-learning algorithm that can recognize things in images. The technology is limited for now, but it could be the start of something big. Building and optimizing a deep neural network algorithm normally requires a detailed understanding of the underlying math and code, as well as extensive practice tweaking the parameters of algorithms to get things just right. The difficulty of developing AI systems has created a race to recruit talent, and it means that only big companies with deep pockets can usually afford to build their own bespoke AI algorithms.

 

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609996/googles-self-training-ai-turns-coders-into-machine-learning-masters/

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Cloud computing: Why a major cyber-attack could be as costly as a hurricane

Sun, 2018-01-28 16:15

By Danny Palmer, ZD Net

The economic costs of a large cyber-attack could be as large as the impact of a major natural disaster.  “To compare the degree of economic cost, estimates now are that if attackers took down a major cloud provider, the damages could be $50bn to $120bn, so something in the range of a Sandy event to a Katrina event,” said John Drzik, president of global risk and digital at insurance broking and risk management company Marsh, speaking at the launch of the World Economic Forum.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/cloud-computing-why-a-major-cyber-attack-could-be-as-costly-as-a-hurricane/

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Will Online Ever Conquer Higher Ed?

Sun, 2018-01-28 16:09

By Robert Ubell, EdSurge

The latest data on the nation’s college and university enrollment shows that online is steadily climbing its way up to more than a third of the student population—as face-to-face continues to plummet. That’s a surprising turn in the long-time arc of academic population growth. If online weren’t in the picture, on-campus enrollments, as reported in the most recent U.S. Department of Education 2016 results, would have fallen by more than 1.5 million between 2012 and 2016, says Jeff Seaman, co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group, who has been tracking the country’s virtual education lifeline for 15 years. “Without digital, higher ed would be in far worse shape than it is now,” he adds. “Distance ed is saving higher ed.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-01-18-will-online-ever-conquer-higher-ed

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4 Expectations for Online Education in 2018

Sun, 2018-01-28 16:04

By Jordan Friedman, US News

As more students seek flexible alternatives to traditional, on-campus courses, online education continues to evolve. Among other trends, 2017 saw the proliferation of smaller credentials beyond online degrees, rising online course enrollment at nonprofit universities and the use of big data to track student performance. And there’s plenty more in store for 2018, experts say. Here are four trends in online higher education that prospective students should watch this year.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-01-18/4-expectations-for-online-education-in-2018

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The key higher ed issues for states in 2018

Sun, 2018-01-28 16:02

By Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
For the first time since the American Association of State Colleges and Universities started tracking the top state concerns impacting higher education 11 years ago, changes to federal policy tops the list. Specifically, concerns about how the federal tax bill will put pressure on state revenue, and by extension, higher education funding, abound. In addition to concerns about the tax bill’s implications, leaders are also keeping an eye on how potential Higher Education Act reauthorization will affect issues ranging from state authorization of institutions to overhauling federal financial aid forms that many states rely on for calculating state aid, according to the issue brief released this week.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/the-key-higher-ed-issues-for-states-in-2018/514961/

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Google’s Self-Training AI Turns Coders into Machine-Learning Masters

Sat, 2018-01-27 16:40

by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review

Automating the training of machine-learning systems could make AI much more accessible. Google just made it a lot easier to build your very own custom AI system. A new service, called Cloud AutoML, uses several machine-learning tricks to automatically build and train a deep-learning algorithm that can recognize things in images. The technology is limited for now, but it could be the start of something big. Building and optimizing a deep neural network algorithm normally requires a detailed understanding of the underlying math and code, as well as extensive practice tweaking the parameters of algorithms to get things just right. The difficulty of developing AI systems has created a race to recruit talent, and it means that only big companies with deep pockets can usually afford to build their own bespoke AI algorithms.

 

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609996/googles-self-training-ai-turns-coders-into-machine-learning-masters/

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Let the snow come: these districts don’t miss days

Sat, 2018-01-27 16:35

By Eric Stirgus and Arlinda Smith Broady, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wednesday was a snow day, but still a school day, for many metro Atlanta students.
Some school districts, such as Gwinnett and Forsyth, use online lesson plans and assignments for students to avoid missing a snow day, a practice they’ve used for a few years, to the disappointment of some students. Making up days during scheduled student breaks can interfere with graduation schedules and planned family vacations. With the technology already in place and with teachers, students and support staff prepared, the schools decided to give Digital Learning Days a try. The preliminary reports showed that there were no major issues, but Associate Superintendent Jonathan Patterson is set to give a full report at the school board work session Thursday.

http://www.myajc.com/news/local-education/let-the-snow-come-these-districts-don-miss-days/JZTXpBw78hhhjQddw05ZPL/

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How does a peer-to-peer blockchain learning system operate?

Sat, 2018-01-27 16:28

by the Merkle

Blockchain is changing the way people complete transactions. This technology is no longer associated only with cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and Bitcoin as organizations look for new ways to improve people’s lives with blockchain technology. As blockchain becomes more widely used, it is changing the way industries operate and get things done. For example, significant technological advancements are occurring in the education industry. This process has long been touted as the next stage of evolution in education. So, what if blockchain became the basis for these advancements changing the future of online learning?

 

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Pearson shares drop on gloomy outlook for US college textbook market

Sat, 2018-01-27 16:24

by Alys Key, City AM

Publishing group Pearson was among the companies leading a fall in the FTSE 100 this morning, after it issued a trading statement. While the firm said its profits would reach the top end of guidance at as much as £606m, it revealed it was still grappling with the US textbook sector. Sales in the unit dropped three per cent in the nine months to the end of 2017. This contributed to a four per cent decline in North American and the overall two per cent drop in underlying revenues. The group only expects the US higher education market to get tougher, due to “lower college enrolments, increased use of Open Educational Resources and attrition from growth in the secondary market driven by print rental”.

http://www.cityam.com/278934/pearson-shares-drop-gloomy-outlook-us-college-textbook

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What does a future-ready educator look like?

Sat, 2018-01-27 16:22

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

As new technology emerges and most work is done online, it is more important than ever to teach students how to adapt in the ever-changing digital world they live. This is where “Future Ready” schools and “Future Ready” educators become essential.  The Alliance for Excellent Education describes, “Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship.” As school districts invest in developing Future Ready schools, educators must also make sure they are preparing to embrace digital learning to be “future ready” educators. What does this look like?

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/future-ready-educator-look-like/

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Google Offers Online Course in Jobs Push Amid Concerns About AI

Sat, 2018-01-27 16:15

By Mark Bergen, Bloomberg
Alphabet Inc.’s Google is launching a new online education program to certify people for work in information technology support, part of the internet giant’s philanthropic push around job training. Google has poured billions into artificial intelligence, a technology that many expect will render jobs across several fields obsolete. Last year, Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai introduced a companywide initiative focused on employment. He announced Google would give $1 billion over five years to nonprofits in the field. The new program, developed with online education firm Coursera Inc., is designed to help people without formal training or college degrees find IT jobs at large companies. “As technology advances change or replace more jobs, we must create more pathways for people to jump into the new, high-paying careers of the future,” Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera’s CEO, said in a statement.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-16/google-offers-online-course-in-jobs-push-amid-concerns-about-ai

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The power and promise of game-based learning

Fri, 2018-01-26 16:25

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

From young learners to adults, games can be used to increase learning. Games have been used by teachers for centuries, and probably thousands of years as a way to engage students in learning. Who doesn’t like games? Perhaps a few people don’t like games. However, games are an excellent way to capture the attention of your students and encourage learning. Why are games beneficial in the learning process, and why do we love them?

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/power-promise-game-based-learning/

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Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support specialists

Fri, 2018-01-26 16:20

by Ingrid Lunden, Tech Crunch

After a big fundraise and subsequent reorganization last year at Coursera — which saw a change of CEO, as well as the departure of its COO, CFO, CMO and CPO (along with some 40 others) — the online education startup is today launching a new IT course with Google to underscore its message that the ship is still sailing as it passes 30 million users and 2,500 courses. Today, the pair announced a new program to train IT support professionals — a course written by Googlers for the Coursera platform to teach and then test across six fundamental areas of customer support: troubleshooting and customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, automation, and security. No prior IT experience is necessary.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/16/google-and-coursera-launch-program-to-train-more-it-support-specialists/

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With winter in full force, Indiana’s e-learning days come in handy

Fri, 2018-01-26 16:15

By Patience Wait, EdScoop

As the winter of 2017-18 continues to bring heavy snows and unusually cold weather, e-learning programs provide a way for schools to continue meeting their students’ educational needs. The state of Indiana, for example, currently has about 170 public and private school districts approved for e-learning days. “In the old days, school was just canceled,” said Holly Stachler, director of communications for the Indiana Department of Education. “But now, there may be no school on campus, but it’s [still] an e-learning day.” The option to provide internet-based instruction has been available to Hoosier schools for six years. Stachler said the formal program was initiated in the 2013-14 school year.

http://edscoop.com/with-winter-in-full-force-indianas-e-learning-days-come-in-handy

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What does a future-ready educator look like?

Fri, 2018-01-26 16:10

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

As new technology emerges and most work is done online, it is more important than ever to teach students how to adapt in the ever-changing digital world they live. This is where “Future Ready” schools and “Future Ready” educators become essential.  The Alliance for Excellent Education describes, “Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship.” As school districts invest in developing Future Ready schools, educators must also make sure they are preparing to embrace digital learning to be “future ready” educators. What does this look like?

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/future-ready-educator-look-like/

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3 Starters for Digital Leadership in Higher Ed

Fri, 2018-01-26 16:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

United States higher education is struggling to move into the 21st century digital era, according to Dr. Samuel Conn, president and chief executive officer for nonprofit technology consortium NJEdge. Holding back the segment, he said, are legacy processes and “last-century” thinking, which can no longer meet the demands of students who are more digitally savvy than their instructors — not to mention the growing competition coming from global institutions that are attracting those same students. What institutional leaders need, Conn noted, is “re-energizing.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/08/3-starters-for-digital-leadership-in-higher-ed.aspx

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Google Offers Online Course in Jobs Push Amid Concerns About AI

Fri, 2018-01-26 16:03

By Mark Bergen, Bloomberg
Alphabet Inc.’s Google is launching a new online education program to certify people for work in information technology support, part of the internet giant’s philanthropic push around job training. Google has poured billions into artificial intelligence, a technology that many expect will render jobs across several fields obsolete. Last year, Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai introduced a companywide initiative focused on employment. He announced Google would give $1 billion over five years to nonprofits in the field. The new program, developed with online education firm Coursera Inc., is designed to help people without formal training or college degrees find IT jobs at large companies. “As technology advances change or replace more jobs, we must create more pathways for people to jump into the new, high-paying careers of the future,” Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera’s CEO, said in a statement.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-16/google-offers-online-course-in-jobs-push-amid-concerns-about-ai

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7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

Thu, 2018-01-25 16:25

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Whenever we analyze the landscape of higher education technology, we find a range of trends in various stages of development. There are topics with real staying power, such as learning space design (which has factored into our trends list for several years). Others have evolved over time: Virtual reality made our list in 2016, then expanded to include augmented and mixed reality in 2017, and this year makes up part of a broader concept of immersive learning. And while some topics, like video, have been around for ages, new developments are putting them into a different light. To help make sense of it all, we asked a panel of four IT leaders from institutions across the country for their thoughts. Here’s what they told us.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/01/11/7-ed-tech-trends-to-watch-in-2018.aspx

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