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The Promise of Personalized Learning, Enabled by AI

Wed, 2019-02-06 16:27

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

A centuries-old challenge for teachers has been how to adapt learning materials and presentations to meet the varied backgrounds and abilities of students. Emerging technologies, Ray Schroeder writes, can help meet students where they are and customize learning for them. We are on the cusp of a new era in which learning is personalized to the needs and interests of the students. With the advent of the lifelong, 60-year learner, we will see more heutagogical approaches to meet the expectations of the self-determined adult learner.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/how-artificial-intelligence-can-help-achieve-promise

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Should Personalized Learning Replace Testing?

Wed, 2019-02-06 16:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

A 2015 study found that the typical American student is required to take 112 standardized tests between pre-kindergarten and 12th grade. Meanwhile, students in most countries that outperform the United States on international exams are tested just three times during their school careers. Critics of standardized testing argue that the tests put too much pressure on students and take the joy out of both teaching and learning. Plus, the value of all this testing is questionable. Studies have found that many standardized tests are low quality or redundant (high school students may take an AP, end-of-course, and final exam for the same course). So how can we measure student learning without resorting to high pressure testing? Some point to personalized learning as the solution.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/should-personalized-learning-replace-testing/

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Make Way for Generation Z in the Workplace

Wed, 2019-02-06 16:17

Knowledge@Wharton

As a group, they are “sober, industrious and driven by money,” reports the Wall Street Journal, but also “socially awkward and timid about taking the reins.” They are risk-averse and more diverse, says Inc. magazine. Forbes says they “want to work on their own and be judged on their own merits rather than those of their team.” Generation Z is arriving, and they are different than previous generations – or at least that’s how this young cohort is being portrayed as it begins to enter the workforce. After the traditionalists, baby boomers, Generation X and Generation Y/millennials, we have Generation Z – that group born after 1995 now starting to graduate college.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/make-room-generation-z-workplace/

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Make Way for Generation Z in the Workplace

Wed, 2019-02-06 16:09

Knowledge@Wharton

As a group, they are “sober, industrious and driven by money,” reports the Wall Street Journal, but also “socially awkward and timid about taking the reins.” They are risk-averse and more diverse, says Inc. magazine. Forbes says they “want to work on their own and be judged on their own merits rather than those of their team.” Generation Z is arriving, and they are different than previous generations – or at least that’s how this young cohort is being portrayed as it begins to enter the workforce. After the traditionalists, baby boomers, Generation X and Generation Y/millennials, we have Generation Z – that group born after 1995 now starting to graduate college.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/make-room-generation-z-workplace/

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Don’t Forget, Instructional Design Is About Problem Solving

Wed, 2019-02-06 16:05

by Camille Dickson-Deane and Tutaleni Asino

The rise in demand for instructional design has given way to a series of misconceptions about the discipline; two educators offer an informative view of their profession and its origins. “Can you fix my computer?” This simple question (or a similar one) has most likely been asked of every instructional designer (ID), indicating a misalignment about what IDs do and what others think they actually do. This confusion is nothing new, but what seems to be different now is that those of us in the field may have bought into the confusion — or are helping sustain the misunderstanding because we have lost our way or forgotten where we came from. In this blog we offer a quick refresher on the origins of instructional design, which is especially valuable because the demand for what we do is increasing. As Kyle Peck reminds us, “a ‘perfect storm’ of forces both within and outside education are about to accelerate the evolution of learning and learning design, increasing the demand for well-prepared learning designers, learning-related tool builders, and learning-related researchers.”1

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/3/dont-forget-instructional-design-is-about-problem-solving

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8 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2019

Wed, 2019-02-06 16:03

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
From artificial intelligence to STEM education, these technologies and topics are worth paying attention to this year.What technologies and trends will have the biggest impact on higher education in the coming year? We asked four university IT leaders to weigh in on the top issues in ed tech and share what they’re seeing both on the horizon and in their own institutions. Here’s what they told us.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/24/8-ed-tech-trends-to-watch-in-2019.aspx

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The Promise of Personalized Learning, Enabled by AI

Wed, 2019-02-06 04:08

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

A centuries-old challenge for teachers has been how to adapt learning materials and presentations to meet the varied backgrounds and abilities of students. Emerging technologies, Ray Schroeder writes, can help meet students where they are and customize learning for them. We are on the cusp of a new era in which learning is personalized to the needs and interests of the students. With the advent of the lifelong, 60-year learner, we will see more heutagogical approaches to meet the expectations of the self-determined adult learner.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/how-artificial-intelligence-can-help-achieve-promise

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Integrate tech with education to create adaptable workforce

Tue, 2019-02-05 16:22

By Byju Raveendran, ETech
Our education system still faces core issues like lack of access to quality teachers, one-size-fits-all approach and rote memorization. Integrate tech with education to create adaptable workforce Overall, in the coming years, some jobs will disappear, others will grow and jobs that don’t even exist today will become commonplace. What is certain is that the future workforce will need to align its skillset to keep pace. And it is only through right education that we can create an adaptable young workforce to drive the Indian economy to new heights. The need is to create lifelong and active learners.

https://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/internet/integrate-tech-with-education-to-create-adaptable-workforce/67634283

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8 Things to Know About Online Degree Test Requirements

Tue, 2019-02-05 16:20

By Jordan Friedman, US News

rospective online students may need to submit SAT or ACT scores when applying to undergraduate programs and the GMAT or GRE for graduate programs, though this varies. “I have mixed feelings about test scores myself. I think they show a snapshot in time of how a student does. Part of that is how they test – do they have test anxiety or not?” says Vickie Cook, executive director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois—Springfield. “On the other hand, I know that there is substantial evidence that students who have certain levels of competency that they bring in that’s reflected through that test score are more successful.”  Students with several years of prior work experience may be able to waive SAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT score requirements.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2019-01-22/what-to-know-about-admissions-test-requirements-for-online-degree-programs

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Coursera offers a free online class called ‘Learning How to Learn’ that gives you the tools to master any topic

Tue, 2019-02-05 16:13

Connie Chen, New Haven Register
Learning a new topic, whether for a career move or an academic test, is no small feat.  The free and popular Coursera class “Learning How to Learn” makes the process easier and teaches students about the science of learning.  By understanding the underpinnings of how your brain works, processes information, and builds memory, you can successfully learn any subject you want. If you want to learn it, chances are you can find it online. Taken by more than 1.8 million students from 200 countries, one of the most popular online classes doesn’t teach skills like how to program and analyze data with Python or the basics of intellectual property law and policy. This 2018 best-selling class is offered by McMaster University and UC San Diego and taught by Dr. Barbara Oakley, an engineering professor at Oakland University, and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, the computational neurobiology director at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

https://www.nhregister.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Coursera-offers-a-free-online-class-called-13552172.php

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Why Build a Boot Camp?

Tue, 2019-02-05 16:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Ever-increasing numbers of universities and colleges are teaming up with bootcamps to deliver tech training. Does your campus need one too? When Doug Schmidt persuaded his institution to sign on with Trilogy Education Services to launch what has become known as the Vanderbilt University Coding Boot Camp, he considered it one more step forward in a 16-year effort to help improve the technology economy in Nashville, where the university is located. As this professor of computer science and co-director of the Vanderbilt Data Sciences Institute noted, everywhere else that he’s lived, worked and taught — Southern California, Northern California, Virginia, St. Louis, Maryland — has “had a really thriving tech ecosystem.” In Nashville, however, small companies, primarily in healthcare, have dominated the tech scene, making for limited opportunities for the school’s graduates who might want to stick around.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/23/why-build-a-boot-camp.aspx

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Microcredentials’ Value Dependent on Higher Ed Cheerleading Instead of Spectating

Tue, 2019-02-05 16:08

Vicki Brannock, Evolllution

Employers are losing interest in college degrees. In the first half of 2018, only 30 percent of job postings required a degree, down from 32 percent the previous year and 34 percent in 2012, according to a Burning Glass Technologies analysis of 15 million job ads. This presents an opportunity for higher education. With microcredentials, the 75 percent of Americans who do not have a college degree can obtain the skills they need to reach the next level in their career without having to take on the burden of student loans.

https://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/microcredentials-value-dependent-on-higher-ed-cheerleading-instead-of-spectating/

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5 Trends in Online Teaching for 2019

Tue, 2019-02-05 16:05

Teodora Kosturska, Vedamo

E-learning is one of the fastest growing forms of education and it creates endless opportunities for people to improve their skills, knowledge, and qualifications. A few months ago we shared our predictions about the top trends in e-learning for 2019 that will turn online education into a unique and rewarding experience for both students and tutors. In short, the latest trends in online teaching and distance learning in a virtual environment are focused on assuring a more personalized and interactive experience for students.

https://www.vedamo.com/knowledge/5-trends-online-teaching-2019/

 

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State support for higher ed slowed in 2018

Mon, 2019-02-04 16:25

Hallie Busta, Education Dive
State funding for higher education rose modestly between the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years, but the gain was the smallest in the last five years and was concentrated in three states: California, Florida and Georgia. Overall state fiscal support increased 1.6% from 2017 to 2018, following a 4.2% gain from 2016 to 2017 and annual increases of 2.4%, 5% and 5.9% in three years prior, according to the annual Grapevine report from the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University and the State Higher Education Executive Officers. Overall, state funding is up 20.7% from 2013. While three states saw big jumps from 2017 to 2018, funding rose just 0.2% across the remaining 47 states. In more than two-thirds of states, funding fell at rates between 0.1% and 14.6%. Ten states doled out less funding in 2018 than in 2013, led by Oklahoma (20.6% less), West Virginia (14.5%) and Alaska (12.2%).

https://www.educationdive.com/news/state-support-for-higher-ed-slowed-in-2018/546484/

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How to use chatbots as part of your marketing strategy

Mon, 2019-02-04 16:21

Emily Alford, ClickZ

Chatbots have been a pretty big industry buzzword for a few years now. To recap, a chatbot is any computer program that can carry on conversation with humans in a natural, fluid way. In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at why marketers use chatbots, what they can be used for, and most importantly, four tips for how to make them part of your marketing strategy.

https://www.clickz.com/chatbots-part-of-your-marketing-strategy/224275/

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2019’s Most & Least Educated States in America

Mon, 2019-02-04 16:15

Adam McCann, Wallet Hub

For a growing number of Americans, a good education is the ticket to a better future. College opens doors to more career opportunities, higher earnings and new social connections, among other benefits. But how much schooling one receives also matters to some extent. Generally, the higher the level of education one completes, the higher their income potential and the lower their chances of unemployment become. In this study, WalletHub examined the key factors of a well-educated population: educational attainment, school quality and achievement gaps between genders and races. We compared all 50 states across 20 total metrics grouped into two categories. The data set ranges from share of adults aged 25 and older with at least a high school diploma to average university quality to gender gap in educational attainment.

https://wallethub.com/edu/most-educated-states/31075/

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Adaptive Learning Tech Linked to Better Test Performance

Mon, 2019-02-04 16:07

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Can adaptive technology help students encourage students to finish more assignments and do better on tests? That was the question researchers at the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University were tasked with answering in a sponsored research project. Knewton, which provides online and adaptive learning courses for undergraduate students in chemistry, economics, mathematics and statistics, contracted with the Center to run a study on the relationship between student use of Knewton’s courses and subsequent success in the courses.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/22/adaptive-learning-tech-linked-to-better-test-performance.aspx

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8 Things to Know About Online Degree Test Requirements

Mon, 2019-02-04 16:05

By Jordan Friedman, US News

rospective online students may need to submit SAT or ACT scores when applying to undergraduate programs and the GMAT or GRE for graduate programs, though this varies. “I have mixed feelings about test scores myself. I think they show a snapshot in time of how a student does. Part of that is how they test – do they have test anxiety or not?” says Vickie Cook, executive director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois—Springfield. “On the other hand, I know that there is substantial evidence that students who have certain levels of competency that they bring in that’s reflected through that test score are more successful.”  Students with several years of prior work experience may be able to waive SAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT score requirements.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2019-01-22/what-to-know-about-admissions-test-requirements-for-online-degree-programs

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Coursera offers a free online class called ‘Learning How to Learn’ that gives you the tools to master any topic

Mon, 2019-02-04 16:03

Connie Chen, New Haven Register
Learning a new topic, whether for a career move or an academic test, is no small feat.  The free and popular Coursera class “Learning How to Learn” makes the process easier and teaches students about the science of learning.  By understanding the underpinnings of how your brain works, processes information, and builds memory, you can successfully learn any subject you want. If you want to learn it, chances are you can find it online. Taken by more than 1.8 million students from 200 countries, one of the most popular online classes doesn’t teach skills like how to program and analyze data with Python or the basics of intellectual property law and policy. This 2018 best-selling class is offered by McMaster University and UC San Diego and taught by Dr. Barbara Oakley, an engineering professor at Oakland University, and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, the computational neurobiology director at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

https://www.nhregister.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Coursera-offers-a-free-online-class-called-13552172.php

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Online courses: Why working adults and 67-year-olds are signing up

Sun, 2019-02-03 16:25

By Leelian Kong, Study International
Online courses are often linked to the digitally-savvy – and by extension, the young. While schools and even nurseries are jumping on the IT-literacy bandwagon, companies and retirement communities have been slower on the uptake. Universities are increasingly taking their lecture rooms online, from lecture capture to offering fully-online degrees, but most target school-leavers. But this idea – that edtech is reserved for the young – ignores the untapped potential for educating and upskilling a larger pool of students: working professionals and senior citizens.

https://www.studyinternational.com/news/online-courses-working-adults-senior-retirees/

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