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By Meg Lloyd, Campus Technology
The system, dubbed Georgetown 360, would offer an enterprise 360-degree holistic view of data for faculty, students, advisers and administrators, and eventually other staff, alumni, applicants and more. Central to the project is the notion of cura personalis, or “care for the whole person.” which is a core value at the Jesuit institution. It also aligns well with the goals of a CRM system to personalize the user experience, enable communication and engagement, and ideally provide a permanent sense of “home.” As Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Judd Nicholson, an executive sponsor of the GU360 project, noted, “GU360 will enable meaningful lifelong engagement for all of our students and alumni, not only with each other but with faculty, advisers and staff — in short, with anyone they encounter at Georgetown while on campus and long after they graduate.”Share on Facebook
Students protest Zuckerberg-backed digital learning program and ask him: ‘What gives you this right?’
Valerie Strauss, Washington Post
Students at a New York high school have protested in recent weeks an online education program developed with engineers working for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the latest challenge to the growing “personalized learning” movement in U.S. education. More than 100 students from Brooklyn’s Secondary School for Journalism left campus during school hours last week and this week. Protest leaders sent a letter to Zuckerberg questioning his support for the Summit Learning Platform, which is being used in some 380 schools in a number of states and the District of Columbia.Share on Facebook
EdX has attracted 40,000 credit-elegible learners, according to the data disclosed at the 2018 Global Forum Event in Boston. Overall, the number of learners has jumped to 18 million, while there are 2,400 courses included in the platform. Nine fully online Master’s degrees, 14 new MicroMasters, and 54 professional certificate programs have been launched in the last year.Share on Facebook
Anya Kamanetz, NPR
It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned? RAND Corporations John Pane is the lead author of one of the few empirical studies to date of this idea, published late last year. It found that schools using some form of personalized learning were, on average, performing better ( there were some wrinkles we’ll talk about later on).Share on Facebook
By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Arizona State University isn’t satisfied with the state of adaptive. That’s why this innovative university is going all in with adaptive degree programs. What we’ve decided to do is take the benefits of [adaptive] technology to a fully integrated program for a bachelor of science degree in biology. And we’re going to integrate all the instructional resources from first year to fourth year into CogBooks. That’s the partner that the School of Life Sciences has decided to use. That holistic approach differs dramatically from our general education approach. It requires more alignment between courses. In our traditional model, each course was its own island — even to the point where each section of each course may have been its own island.Share on Facebook
By Michael Sano, EdSurge
As Gonzalez said, “Mobile compatibility is a must. People deserve to choose when, where and how to study.” UIC’s Ed Garay (@garay) put it this way, “Quality mobile-first eLearning program delivery is, today, a requirement. eTextbooks, multimedia learning objects, OER, all class materials, organic (social) class communications, discussion, collaborative learning assignments—everything must be mobile-perfect.” That includes student services. Crisp reminded the group, “If they’re mobile-learners, they also expect to be able to register, pay, and get help using mobile too.”Share on Facebook
bhaneeta chadha, BlockGeeks
2017 was the breakout year for blockchain technology. The numbers don’t lie and some of the numbers are truly staggering. Indeed.com, one of the biggest job portals in the world, published some interesting statistics regarding the rise of Blockchain jobs. It looks like the number of blockchain jobs increased from December 2016 to December 2017 by a staggering 207%. But that’s not the end of it. According to the stats, this number has increased by, a scarcely believable 631% since November 2015. Cryptocurrency was such a hot topic in 2017, that 15 of the 18 more popular industry jobs specifically mentioned “cryptocurrency” in the description.Share on Facebook
By ANDREW J. CAMPA, Burbank Leader
While the college preparatory services offered by Providence High School are generally geared toward the classroom, the co-educational Catholic school offered its students a different type of university feel recently. On Nov. 6, Providence took part in the second of four scheduled online learning days, in which students were given assignments to complete from the comfort of their homes on their own schedules.Share on Facebook
By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
ECPI University, a for-profit college based in Virginia, is among the latest colleges to offer verification of student degrees via blockchain, according to The Roanoke Times, which notes that Virginia Tech is “in the early stages” of considering a similar offering. The university, which partnered with blockchain digital credentialing startup Learning Machine, has uploaded more than 1,000 diplomas to the blockchain since August. Students can still obtain paper certificates. With a blockchain diploma, students can share a web link to their credentials with future employers, allowing those employers to verify them without contacting the university.
by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate
Digital IQ is a relatively new term that signifies how well an organization is utilizing their technological resources. A school system might use a digital IQ to measure their proficiency with the tablets, laptops, and software used in the blended classroom. Just as we strive to make advancements in other areas of our schools, educators should be working to raise their digital IQ. Setting a higher standard for teacher development in this area could have a major benefit to the students they serve.Share on Facebook
Kevin H. Johnson, Forbes
Our third survey on the state of the skills gap in the U.S. found saw some interesting trends:
- 84% of respondents believe there is a skills gap, a 6% increase from 2017.
- 39% of respondents feel personally affected by the skills gap, a 4% increase from last year.
- 43% expect automation/AI to be able to do their jobs within five years; that figure jumps to 54% among men, compared with only 34% of women.
- 51% say they’d quit a job if their employer did not offer training necessary for advancing in their careers.
by Stephen O’Grady, Griffin News
Returning to the classroom more than 20 years after finishing high school was a major and slightly daunting step for Olympic medalist and WNBL coach. With laptops and logons having taken the place of blackboards and roll calls, the learning zone was a much changed arena for the mother of two. Michelle enrolled in a Master of Sports Coaching at Griffith University, initially studying online through Open Universities Australia before transferring “smoothly” across to Griffith’s online delivery. Once she had established a routine that aligned study with part-time employment and ongoing sports commitments, she never looked back.Share on Facebook
At best, that is an imprecise (though entertaining) definition. When “quantum” is applied to “computing,” however, we are indeed entering an era of dramatic advancement. Quantum computing is technology based on the principles of quantum theory, which explains the nature of energy and matter on the atomic and subatomic level. It relies on the existence of mind-bending quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement. Quantum computing’s purpose is to aid and extend the abilities of classical computing. Quantum computers will perform certain tasks much more efficiently than classical computers, providing us with a new tool for specific applications. Quantum computers will not replace their classical counterparts.
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Kalev Leetaru, Forbes
As powerful and capable as current deep learning systems are, they are still only rote pattern extractors. A computer vision system can take a pile of cat photographs and “learn” to recognize cats. Transfer learning can be used to teach it to recognize dogs with a much smaller pile of training images. However, the underlying algorithm is not reasoning about what it is seeing, it is merely breaking the image into distinct colors, patterns and shapes and associating specific visual cues with a textual label. It cannot generalize from what it sees to autonomously expand its vocabulary to new mammals or understand the concept of “fur” or “paws” even as it associates a particular covering texture and four rectangularly distributed shapes with the images it has seen.
Any year now, machine learning is poised to take online education by storm. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, machine learning is a form of artificial intelligence that helps computer systems analyze data sets while performing certain tasks, and then gradually improve performance based on that data feedback without need for further programming.Share on Facebook
BY KYLE LAHUCIK, Columbia Missourian
The University of Missouri System hopes for a 25,000-student enrollment surge over the next five years thanks to an online learning revamp it began planning this fall. That would put total enrollment at 100,000 students in 2023. The e-learning program will enhance current system capabilities to tap into an underserved population in Missouri and surrounding states, leaders briefed the UM System Board of Curators on Thursday in St. Louis.
“We’re delivering content, but you really want to create an opportunity for a range of [learning] experiences,” Quillen told the group. She emphasized that such a goal requires more than just putting a good college course online. “The quality of the experience,” she said, “does not derive solely from the quality of the content.” An effective technology platform in higher education, she said, succeeds through enabling relationships, interactions and experiences that are not possible in other contexts, rather than just delivering the material from a traditional class. New technologies can help provide a range of experiences that ensure all learners get the value they are looking for within a broader community who are seeking education. Quillen said Davidson, an edX member, has offered courses that created communities whose value to each other survived long past the course.Share on Facebook
Jonathan Lehrich, Evolllution
With their increased granularity, transparency and portability, digital credentials are quickly supplanting the paper certificate as a means of non-degree skills verification in leading-edge continuing and professional education units. They enable a greater understanding of academic accomplishment and provide academic leaders with a means of unbundling degree requirements. As Jonathan Lehrich notes, however, their use on a broader institutional level is slow in the making.Share on Facebook
PETER MEDLIN, Northern Public Radio
It’s been a rough couple of years for Illinois community colleges, from the slashed funds of the budget impasse to concerning enrollment declines. This is part two in a three-part series on how these very different schools have stayed afloat by embracing change and, more importantly, putting the community in community college. “The average student at Rock Valley is 24 to 25 years of age,” said Doug Jensen, president of Rock Valley College. “She’s female. They go to school part-time. She’s a working adult, she may even be a working mom.” But there are fewer “average” students like her each year. Community college enrollment in both Illinois and throughout the United States has fallen in the last few years.Share on Facebook
By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
Most students enrolled in nondegree online programs already have degrees, and a minority actually want a credential, new data show. Alternative credentials pose an increasing threat to the supremacy of the traditional degree as the key that unlocks a career path. But available options and student preferences haven’t solidified, and they’re evolving so quickly that it can be difficult to keep track of the increasingly convoluted market. A new report published last month by two researchers from Columbia University’s Teachers College aims to ground discussions of the nondegree landscape in some numbers rather than the speculation and hyperbole that often surrounds it.Share on Facebook