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When we run out of room for data, scientists want to store it in DNA

Sat, 2018-07-14 17:03

by Luke Dormehl, Digital Trends

The reason for this is the unimaginable pace at which we currently produce data. Each day, around 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is created, courtesy of the 3.7 billion humans who now use the internet. In the last two years alone, a mind-boggling 90 percent of the world’s data has been created. That’s where Park and fellow MIT scientist and co-founder Nathaniel Roquet enter the picture. Their startup Catalog has developed technology they believe could transform data storage as we know it; allowing, or so they claim, the entirety of the world’s data to be comfortably fit into a space the size of a coat closet. Catalog’s solution? By encoding data into DNA. That might sound like the plot of a Michael Crichton novel, but their scalable and affordable solution is serious, and has so far received $9 million in venture funding — along with the support of leading professors from Stanford and Harvard Universities.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/dna-data-catalog-startup/

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One small college moves online — carefully

Fri, 2018-07-13 17:23

By James Paterson, Education Dive
Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, believes it has skillfully moved some instruction online without sacrificing the small institution’s best qualities that its 2,500 students expect, according to Inside Higher Education. A 25-person task force with representatives from various departments, the faculty and the student body began investigating online learning options about four years ago and made several recommendations tailored to the college to move it into the realm. The group discouraged the development of massive open online courses (MOOCs). As a result, this summer the college is offering 19 courses online with a maximum of 23 students in each, most with a liberal arts focus.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/one-small-college-moves-online-carefully/527152/

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Online learning is helping Louisiana inmates stay out of prison

Fri, 2018-07-13 17:20

by Leigh Guidry, Lafayette Daily Advertiser

About two-thirds of prisoners go back to jail within three years of being released, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But an online learning platform at 15 correctional facilities are helping Louisiana inmates create a new future for themselves.  The state tested Lantern, an educational program for the incarcerated created through a partnership with Ashland University in Ohio, first in the Louisiana Transition Center for Women in Madison Parish.  Kim Barnette, retired state director of correction education in Louisiana, said it was a success in that not only were the women educated, but it also reduced their discipline issues inside the institution. Not only are inmates 43 percent less likely to go back behind bars but they also are more likely to get a job, according to the research.

https://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/local/education/2018/07/06/online-learning-helping-louisiana-inmates-stay-out-prison/742154002/

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EdX Engineers Are Building a Transferrable Student Records Tool

Fri, 2018-07-13 17:15

by IBL News

edX is building a transferrable student records tool, which will be ready in the next “Ironwood” version of the Open edX platform, scheduled for the first quarter of 2019. Bill De Rusha, an edX engineer, shared some insights about this development on a talk from the 2018 Open edX conference in Montreal. The first implementation of transferrable student records will be available on edx.org in the coming weeks. This software is a need today for learners who want to apply their MicroMasters credentials as transfer credits and share their edX records with partner institutions.

EdX Engineers Are Building a Transferrable Student Records Tool

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Online learning is helping Louisiana inmates stay out of prison

Fri, 2018-07-13 17:10

by Leigh Guidry, Lafayette Daily Advertiser

About two-thirds of prisoners go back to jail within three years of being released, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But an online learning platform at 15 correctional facilities are helping Louisiana inmates create a new future for themselves.  The state tested Lantern, an educational program for the incarcerated created through a partnership with Ashland University in Ohio, first in the Louisiana Transition Center for Women in Madison Parish.  Kim Barnette, retired state director of correction education in Louisiana, said it was a success in that not only were the women educated, but it also reduced their discipline issues inside the institution. Not only are inmates 43 percent less likely to go back behind bars but they also are more likely to get a job, according to the research.

https://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/local/education/2018/07/06/online-learning-helping-louisiana-inmates-stay-out-prison/742154002/

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Ways to Improve Relationships in Online Classes

Fri, 2018-07-13 17:05

By: Amy Ballard, Faculty Focus

Establishing a healthy learning environment is key to teaching. But opportunities for making personal connections and relationships with students are greatly reduced in online classes. Thus, online instructors need to make a special effort to foster relationships in their online courses.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/resources/online-learning/teaching-strategies-and-techniques-online-learning/ways-to-improve-relationships-in-online-classes/

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EdX Engineers Are Building a Transferrable Student Records Tool

Fri, 2018-07-13 17:02

by IBL News

edX is building a transferrable student records tool, which will be ready in the next “Ironwood” version of the Open edX platform, scheduled for the first quarter of 2019. Bill De Rusha, an edX engineer, shared some insights about this development on a talk from the 2018 Open edX conference in Montreal. The first implementation of transferrable student records will be available on edx.org in the coming weeks. This software is a need today for learners who want to apply their MicroMasters credentials as transfer credits and share their edX records with partner institutions.

EdX Engineers Are Building a Transferrable Student Records Tool

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More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit

Thu, 2018-07-12 17:25

by Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

While the number of students has been rising, however, so has the proportion who begin as full-time freshmen but fail to come back for a second year. Fifty-five percent who started in 2015 were gone by the following year, the most recent period for which the figures are available, according to U.S. Department of Education data analyzed by The Hechinger Report. That’s up from 44 percent two years before.

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/07/05/more-high-school-grads-ever-are-going-college-1-5-will-quit/

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Why Online?

Thu, 2018-07-12 17:20

by deToledo High School

Online learning is no longer the wave of the future. Today, it is a significant part of many students’ educational experience and estimates suggest that, by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses will be offered online. To accommodate this growing need, deTOP partners with award-winning, UC-approved online providers to deliver content and instruction. Lesson materials are appropriate, flexible, and engaging and include lab activities, written assignments, and discussion questions. Assessments (which range from quizzes to a final exam) test for knowledge at various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. https://www.dths.org/page/academics/signature-programs/detop/online-learning Share on Facebook

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How the Blockchain Can Transform Government

Thu, 2018-07-12 17:15

by Wharton
The blockchain is one of the most significant, fundamental advances in digital platforms since the internet and also probably the most overhyped technology in current times, according to Kevin Werbach, Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics, at the inaugural annual Penn Wharton Budget Model Spring Policy Forum, held recently in Washington. The basic idea behind blockchain is that one can trust the system as a whole without necessarily trusting any of the participants, Werbach said. The blockchain is a ledger — record of transactions in a database — distributed to people in a network. Everyone on that network has their own copy of the ledger and be “actually confident, based on mathematical structures of cryptography, that every copy is the same.” So even though there is no central intermediary — like Equifax, a bank or the Federal Reserve — all the players in the blockchain network can trust the information.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/blockchain-can-transform-government/

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After Substandard Classes In College, I Stumbled Upon A New Way Of Learning

Thu, 2018-07-12 17:10

by Vivek Ranjan in Education, Sci-Tech

So, what should be the promise for the next generation’ education? Who will be the stakeholders? What would be the mechanism? No single system or mechanism is going to solve everything. There have to be many interdependent elements aiding each other which would create a robust education ecosystem. But one element which can improve the quality of education is more encouragement to MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. These are courses delivered online with some set mechanisms like deadlines for taking assignments and quizzes.

https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2018/07/new-generation-education-learning-the-mooc-way/

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Introduction to Cryptography

Thu, 2018-07-12 17:05

by Futurelearn
Explore how code breakers and spies influenced cryptography and explore the role it plays in modern secure communication.Is it possible to prove the security of encrypted data? Will every algorithm fail given sufficient time or computing power? On this course you will get an introduction to cryptography and cryptanalysis. From ancient examples of secret messages and the spies that cracked them to modern cryptographic applications, you will have the opportunity to explore the foundations of data security. During the course you will also get an opportunity to try encrypting data yourself by completing a cryptography and cryptanalysis challenge.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/cryptography

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How the Blockchain Can Transform Government

Thu, 2018-07-12 17:02

by Wharton
The blockchain is one of the most significant, fundamental advances in digital platforms since the internet and also probably the most overhyped technology in current times, according to Kevin Werbach, Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics, at the inaugural annual Penn Wharton Budget Model Spring Policy Forum, held recently in Washington. The basic idea behind blockchain is that one can trust the system as a whole without necessarily trusting any of the participants, Werbach said. The blockchain is a ledger — record of transactions in a database — distributed to people in a network. Everyone on that network has their own copy of the ledger and be “actually confident, based on mathematical structures of cryptography, that every copy is the same.” So even though there is no central intermediary — like Equifax, a bank or the Federal Reserve — all the players in the blockchain network can trust the information.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/blockchain-can-transform-government/

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Skills gap could have alarming consequences

Wed, 2018-07-11 17:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

The study estimates the skills gap between future talent supply and demand will occur in 20 major economies at three milestones: 2020, 2025 and 2030, and across three sectors: financial and business services; technology, media and telecommunications; and manufacturing. It found that left to run its course, this shortage will create 85.2 million unfilled jobs and nearly $8.5 trillion in unrealized revenue in the economies analyzed. What’s more, a shortage of what the report calls “Level A” workers–those who have completed postsecondary education or a high-level trade college qualification–could equal 21 percent of the highly-skilled workforce of the 20 countries in the study.

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IT Leadership: Key Facts to Advance Ed Tech in America

Wed, 2018-07-11 17:20

By Keith R. Krueger, THE Journal

This year’s report found that school leaders place a high priority on cybersecurity and broadband/network capacity. When asked to rate the importance of privacy and security of student data, 68 percent of IT leaders indicated that it was more important than the prior year. For the fourth straight year, budget constraints are the top challenge facing school technology leaders, followed by the unavailability of relevant training and professional development, as well as the existence of silos in school districts. In addition, integrating technology into the classroom continues to be the most understaffed IT function in schools — it has remained the most understaffed IT function for three straight years by a significant margin. And 43 percent of respondents said that their staffs are “stretched too thin.”

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/06/28/key-facts-to-advance-ed-tech-in-america.aspx

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Personalized learning has broad appeal, but may be more revolutionary than we think

Wed, 2018-07-11 17:14

by LAURA PAPPANO , Hechinger Report

Amid all the bellowing about charters, school choice and vouchers, a potentially more revolutionary reform movement is bubbling up. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning. The big idea is to create a customized path so students learn at their own pace, in the manner that resonates best with them, with content tailored to their interests, aided by their computers. It feels natural to a generation groomed to presume that everything is calibrated to their needs and wants — whether it’s online shopping, news or math homework — and raised with smartphones in their hands.  It sounds benign, and wonderful, to many parents. Schools, districts and even entire states are embracing it. Teacher unions cautiously endorse it, while flagging the concern that teachers could be replaced by technology. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Skills gap could have alarming consequences

Wed, 2018-07-11 17:10

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

The study estimates the skills gap between future talent supply and demand will occur in 20 major economies at three milestones: 2020, 2025 and 2030, and across three sectors: financial and business services; technology, media and telecommunications; and manufacturing. It found that left to run its course, this shortage will create 85.2 million unfilled jobs and nearly $8.5 trillion in unrealized revenue in the economies analyzed. What’s more, a shortage of what the report calls “Level A” workers–those who have completed postsecondary education or a high-level trade college qualification–could equal 21 percent of the highly-skilled workforce of the 20 countries in the study.

Skills gap could have alarming consequences

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Personalized learning has broad appeal, but may be more revolutionary than we think

Wed, 2018-07-11 17:05

by LAURA PAPPANO , Hechinger Report

Amid all the bellowing about charters, school choice and vouchers, a potentially more revolutionary reform movement is bubbling up. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning. The big idea is to create a customized path so students learn at their own pace, in the manner that resonates best with them, with content tailored to their interests, aided by their computers. It feels natural to a generation groomed to presume that everything is calibrated to their needs and wants — whether it’s online shopping, news or math homework — and raised with smartphones in their hands.  It sounds benign, and wonderful, to many parents. Schools, districts and even entire states are embracing it. Teacher unions cautiously endorse it, while flagging the concern that teachers could be replaced by technology. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Online classes give students a digital edge

Wed, 2018-07-11 17:03

by Lauren Barack, Education Dive
Summer school for students in California’s West Sonoma County Union High School District is now entirely online starting this year, a financial decision that shaved costs down by half. Students will be able to test out of lessons they don’t need, letting them finish more quickly — in some cases in two weeks instead of six, wrote The Press Democrat. The savings will be used to boost budgets at schools with a higher enrollment of English language learners and students from low-income families.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/online-classes-give-students-a-digital-edge/526924/

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Digital evolution: a new approach to learning and teaching in higher education

Tue, 2018-07-10 17:21

By Renee Patton, Times Higher Education

Technology continually disrupts almost every area of our lives, resulting in constant shifts across all segments of our society. This is something we’ve examined at length in our research “Digital Vortex How Digital Disruption Is Redefining Industries”, developed with IMD, and our book on the same subject, where we studied the ways in which many industries are being impacted by new digital technologies. Today’s students want always-on access to the network and resources, wherever they are on or off campus, for a deeper and more flexible learning experience. Traditional rigid modes of classroom instruction are unlikely to inspire students whose online life outside the classroom is dynamic and evolutionary. Creating an effective digital learning environment is not just about offering convenience and familiarity to students, however. The consequences for their futures if we don’t keep pace are manifold and damaging.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/digital-evolution-new-approach-learning-and-teaching-higher-education

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