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Udemy and the Empire of Skills

Sat, 2018-12-01 16:22

Michael Bernick, Forbes

Earlier this year, we looked at the new upskilling approaches at two of the leading Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Coursera and Udacity. Now it is time to turn to a third online education giant, Udemy, and its empire of skills, and hear from Udemy CEO Kevin Johnson. Udemy is the most market-based of the online giants, in that it eschews the traditional education gatekeepers. It encourages individuals to develop courses without regard to where they might have gone to school or taught, and allows the market to determine value. It focuses on skills, far more than certifications or degrees. As of October 2018, Udemy had over 24 million registered users since the site launched in 2010, with over 80,000 courses posted on the site, by 35,000 instructors.

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EdX Studies the Viability of the MicroBachelors New Credential

Sat, 2018-12-01 16:13

By IBL News

edX Inc. continues analyzing the viability of launching stackable, customizable MicroBachelors’ degrees, which could be priced at $10,000. Anant Agarwal, CEO at the organization, spoke recently about it in a conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper. This is not the first time edX considers this credential, which, if successful, would be adopted by multiple universities. On January 26, IBL News reported about this idea, after the edX organization received a $700,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation.

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Students protest Zuckerberg-backed digital learning program and ask him: ‘What gives you this right?’

Sat, 2018-12-01 16:09

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.

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Reach of the and Open edX Platform In Numbers

Sat, 2018-12-01 16:04

IBL News

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.

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A beginner’s guide to AI: Human-level machine intelligence

Sat, 2018-12-01 16:02

by TRISTAN GREENE, the Next Web

Welcome to TNW’s beginner’s guide to AI. This (currently) five part feature should provide you with a very basic understanding of what AI is, what it can do, and how it works. The guide contains articles on (in order published) neural networks, computer vision, natural language processing, algorithms, and artificial general intelligence. There are few technologies that inspire the imagination like artificial intelligence. And, in the field of AI, the Holy Grail is living machines. The quest to imbue machines with the spark of life is an ancient one.

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Gamification Vs. Game-Based Learning

Fri, 2018-11-30 16:25

by ATD

Gamification is more than a buzzword; it is a trend that is shaping how content providers connect with users and keep them engaged in the long-term. In the world of e-learning, people use game mechanics and game design elements to create a new learning experience adapted to the expectations of today’s learners. These game mechanics are typically found in video games to make the whole process fun, engaging, and social. Game-based learning is often confused with gamification. Game-based learning is about acquiring new knowledge and applying new concepts by playing games. Some companies develop mobile or desktop-based games for training purposes. These games are typically simulations of situations learners will encounter in the workplace. For instance, a game that requires learners to play through scenarios where they have to choose from different dialogue options to achieve a desired outcome can improve customer relations skills.

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‘Learn with Facebook’ is the company’s new online learning portal

Fri, 2018-11-30 16:20

By Shereesa Moodley, Memeburn

Dubbed Learn with Facebook, the company describes the platform as “a career development site that provides an introduction to both the hard and soft skills people need to advance in today’s digital workforce”. The lessons, which feature “case studies, insider tips and resources from industry experts”, are free to access online and include topics such as Ace Your Interview and Manage Your Content Marketing.

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How to Build an Online Learning Program Students Crave and Employers Want

Fri, 2018-11-30 16:15

by Wendy McMahon, EdSurge

Real world problems are exciting to solve but devilishly hard to assess, especially when there are many students involved. Yet that’s just the approach that Mark Schneider is helping lead at NAIT, a 40,000-student polytechnic school that offers one of Canada’s biggest apprenticeship programs. What’s made the work possible, Schneider says, is a special combination of online learning tools that is helping NAIT educate students so they are prepared for the complexities and responsibilities of real world situations from the day they graduate. Schneider, an Educational Technology Specialist at NAIT, sat down with EdSurge to share the top lessons he’s learned as he’s built NAIT’s online learning offerings over the past five years—including why delivering the kind of education that students crave is helping NAIT produce the kinds of graduates that employers want.

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Online EMBA Developed With Microsoft For The Busy Working Professional

Fri, 2018-11-30 16:10

Samantha Wernham, Business Because

As program coordinator of the International Flex EMBA at MIP Politecnico di Milano (MIP), Daria Gennaro knows a lot about the importance of flexibility and adaptability. The 20-month program offers the same knowledge and competencies as the traditional Full-time Executive MBA, but with the ability to tailor the workload around your professional and personal timetable. There’s no need to give up valuable career time, and no need to dedicate your schedule to a full-time, on-campus program.

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The Future Of Learning? Well, It’s Personal

Fri, 2018-11-30 16:05

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).

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More colleges are using the blockchain for student records

Fri, 2018-11-30 16:03

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.

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‘AI for everyone’: Coursera tackles training for the nontechnical

Thu, 2018-11-29 16:25

By Hallie Busta Alex Hickey, Education Dive

In a move to democratize artificial intelligence (AI), Coursera co-founder and AI expert Andrew Ng announced an “AI for Everyone” program for nontechnical business leaders, coming to the online learning platform in early 2019.  Engineers and data scientists might handle the technical details of AI, but business leaders also need to understand application opportunities for machine learning and deep learning in their organizations, as well as what the technology can’t do, Ng wrote in the announcement. The course will help nontechnical leaders build “a sustainable AI strategy” and serve as a resource for technical employees to suggest to managers to promote understanding of the technology. Domain experts and engineers are critical to harnessing the potential of AI. But the industry also needs millions of business leaders, managers, sales and marketing professionals, financiers and designers that can apply AI in their communities and businesses, Ng said.

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Report: Colleges must teach liberal arts grads to merge hard and soft skills

Thu, 2018-11-29 16:19

By James Paterson, Education Dive

As the debate over the direction of higher education shifts between calls for emphasizing student learning in either hard or soft skills, a new report from the Strada Institute and labor market analytics firm Emsi contends liberal arts students need both — and more. The report says students need a mix of technical and human skills and that it’s the role of colleges and universities to help students identify what combination they need. The study used data from more than 100 million social and professional profiles and resumes as well as more than 36 million job postings.  Leadership, communications and problem-solving are among the most-needed skills in the job market, and liberal arts graduates can add value to their workplaces by combining them with basic technology skills such as data analysis and digital fluency. The report notes there is “discernible labor market demand” for such workers.

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Breaking Down Barriers: How Design & Technology Can Assist with Learning

Thu, 2018-11-29 16:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Imagine not being able to hear at a crowded networking event, a loud social; or not being let in beyond the velvet rope to a party. For you, it may only be a burden in the moment, but for many who require accommodations or additional accessibility, this remains a part of their everyday life. For example, wheelchair users are unable to enter many shops, malls, restaurants; public places that don’t have wheelchair access or ramps. A lack of accessibility can’t be excused at schools, campuses or student facilities. When it comes to education, a lack of accommodation can hinder students from engaging in class, and being present in the way necessary to succeed or be their best. Accessibility in education plays a vital role in providing accommodating learning environments. Below are five education design ideas to assist and enhance the capabilities of students who need learning accommodations.

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AI Platforms: The Next Step in Artificial Intelligence

Thu, 2018-11-29 16:10

By Keith D. Foote, Dataversity

The use of Big Data has continued to grow and mature, with some organizations reaping considerable rewards. The processing of Big Data has recently advanced to a new level of evolution, in the form of  AI (Artificial Intelligence) platforms. AI platforms promise significant impact (and disruptions) over the next decade. The use of AI to process massive datasets will bring previously unknown improvements to Business Intelligence and Analytics among innumerable other technologies.

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Harvard researchers want to school Congress about AI

Thu, 2018-11-29 16:05

by Karen Hao, Technology Review

A tech boot camp will teach US politicians and policymakers about the potential, and the risks, of artificial intelligence. Funded by HKS’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, the initiative will focus on expanding the legal and academic scholarship around AI ethics and regulation. It will also host a boot camp for US Congress members to help them learn more about the technology. The hope is that with these combined efforts, Congress and other policymakers will be better equipped to effectively regulate and shepherd the growing impact of AI on society.

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4 Ways Machine Learning Can Improve Online Education

Thu, 2018-11-29 16:02


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.

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South Carolina Offering Free Online Coding Courses for All Residents

Wed, 2018-11-28 16:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

South Carolina has introduced free coding education for all of its residents through an agreement between the state’s Department of Commerce Office of Innovation and Build Carolina, a nonprofit that generates internships, apprenticeships and other education endeavors in innovative fields. “SC Codes,” as the program is called, currently provides basic online courses for JavaScript, command line basics, Ruby, Ruby on Rails and, soon, Java and React.js. Beyond the training, the SC Codes website connects students with industry mentors, local events for coders and job openings in tech-related fields.

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Blockchain diplomas land in Virginia at ECPI

Wed, 2018-11-28 16:20

By Jacob Demmit, Roanoke Times
Virginia colleges are beginning to embrace the idea of blockchain diplomas, as Virginia Beach-based ECPI University has joined a group of early adopters that distribute student degrees through the same kind of decentralized computer networks that power Bitcoin. Virginia Tech, meanwhile, is in the early stages of considering its own launch, according to Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski. The concept behind the technology is virtually unchanged, except ECPI is using the blockchain to issue digital degrees instead of digital currencies.

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Employers Want Liberal Arts Grads

Wed, 2018-11-28 16:16

By Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed

New study says the evolving economy creates a greater need for their skills, but that many colleges could do better at thinking about what graduates can do and helping them translate that into jobs.  A report being released today says higher education is not keeping pace with the ever-changing job market. The report examines the “translation chasm” between the skills graduates of liberal arts programs have and the skills employers say they’re looking for in an applicant. Turns out, they’re not all that different, but “liberal arts graduates are too often left to stumble upon the valuable mixture of layered skills” required for any specific career, according to the report. While many reports suggest that students should focus on studying marketable skills, the new report identifies career value in liberal arts education, albeit with some tweaks.

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