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Report: AI Will Be in Nearly All New Software by 2020

Wed, 2017-08-02 17:20

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Artificial intelligence will be in nearly all new software products by 2020 and a top five investment priority for more than 30 percent of chief information officers, according to a new report from Gartner. The company defines AI as “systems that change behaviors without being explicitly programmed, based on data collected, usage analysis and other observations,” according to a news release. “While there is a widely held fear that AI will replace humans, the reality is that today’s AI and machine learning technologies can and do greatly augment human capabilities.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/27/report-ai-will-be-in-nearly-all-new-software-by-2020.aspx

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Interest in online programs up drastically, while traditional programs continue to drop

Wed, 2017-08-02 17:20

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

Robert Atkins, Chief Executive Officer of Gray Associates, told Education Dive in an email that the firm’s analysis of higher ed “inquiry data indicate strong interest in online programs, while demand for campus programs continues to fall.” The conclusions were drawn from an analysis of google keyword search and student inquiry data, which found a 21% increase in searches for online programs over 2016, but a 10% decrease for on-campus programs. Atkins cautioned that “if enrollment growth resumes, it will probably look different than before, and academic leaders should adjust their strategies accordingly.”

http://www.educationdive.com/news/interest-in-online-programs-up-drastically-while-traditional-programs-cont/448119/

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9 Common Types of Assignments in Online Courses

Wed, 2017-08-02 17:10

By Bradley Fuster, US News

Discussion boards, wikis and research papers are common examples of online coursework. In some instances, online students watch recorded lectures and respond at their own pace. Students considering taking their first online course may worry about the types of assignments they will encounter. In particular, those who are accustomed to face-to-face education may not know what coursework to expect before they start. Linked below is a list of nine common types of virtual assignments instructors generally assign in online classes.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-07-28/9-common-types-of-assignments-in-online-courses

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With more students streaming classes online, school plans to sell campus and find smaller facility

Wed, 2017-08-02 17:04

BY TIM FUNK, Charlotte Observer

With a majority of its students now taking classes online rather than on-site, Southern Evangelical Seminary is selling its 10.7-acre campus in Matthews and plans to move into a smaller facility next year. Seminary president Richard Land said that when he came to the school four years ago, 60 percent of its students attended classes at the Matthews site and 40 percent took classes online. Now, he said, those percentages have been reversed: Of the 237 students who were enrolled in 2016-17, about 60 percent of them were online. Most of the seminary’s classes are conducted on the campus at night – between 6 and 10 p.m., Land said. And three-fourths of the seminary’s online students stream those classes in real time.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/religion/article164354757.html

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University leads the way with new $10m Refugee Education Initiative

Wed, 2017-08-02 17:03

BY eCampus News

Southern New Hampshire University’s multi-million-dollar project will bring U.S.-accredited degrees to refugees at home and abroad. Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has launched a major initiative to bring university degrees to refugees in the U.S. and around the world. Over the last decade, the refugee crisis has dramatically accelerated with 65.3 million displaced worldwide, and globally, less than one percent of refugees have access to higher education. This will be the first large-scale initiative to bring American accredited university degrees to the most marginalized population in the world with a goal of educating 50,000 refugees in 20 locations by 2022. Phase one of the initiative, a $10-million-dollar effort to bring SNHU’s online, competency-based bachelor’s and associate degrees to refugees and others affected by displacement, was made possible by a group of anonymous donors.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/news/university-refugees-education/

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More kids are logging on to learn at cyber schools

Tue, 2017-08-01 17:25

By Amy Scott, Marketplace

From the outside, it would be easy to mistake the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School for a place to get your taxes done or mail a package. The downtown Erie branch is tucked away in a strip mall, across from a Big Lots discount store and a U-Haul storage center. But inside, a dozen or so kids are gathered around tables, making colorful sun catchers to understand how a liquid becomes a solid. “We are a real school,” Hayden said. “I think sometimes that isn’t the perception that people have, that we have a bunch of kids sitting in a dark room in front of a computer, isolated from the world, and that’s not what this is.”

https://www.marketplace.org/2017/07/27/education/more-kids-are-logging-learn-cyber-schools

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Hybrid study model is effective

Tue, 2017-08-01 17:21

by Wendy R Kilfoil, Mail and Guardian

The University of Pretoria’s hybrid learning programme proved to be invaluable last year when classes were disrupted by the #FeesMustFall protests. As most of our courses already include robust online components, we were able to make the transition relatively seamlessly to online-only coursework when the campus was closed during the unrest. This flexible approach allowed students to continue their studies uninterrupted and finish their degrees on time.

https://mg.co.za/article/2017-07-28-00-hybrid-study-model-is-effective

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The Future of Learning: Personalized and Curiosity-led

Tue, 2017-08-01 17:14

By Sarah Zak Borgman, Skoll

Why should age be the key determent of where your brain is in its developmental journey? Short changing our students should not be an acceptable standard. We know children are naturally curious. They want to fully understand a topic, and have it presented in a 360 degree manner. Our education systems should follow their lead, not demand students conform to outdated and outmoded models of education. The world is a fundamentally different place now, and our education approaches need to reflect that. Khan Academy has disrupted the education paradigm by providing alternative learning opportunities that both augment what is being taught in the classroom, and allow a user to learn at his or her own pace to master a subject. Khan Academy also collects data on student performance to structure learning models according to student outcomes. Now doesn’t that sound reasonable? From learning to code and art history, to math and financial literacy, the Khan Academy platform continues to expand to meet the needs of learners at all ages and levels.

http://skoll.org/2017/07/27/future-of-ed-personalized-learning/

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College finds unlikely key to AI success

Tue, 2017-08-01 17:10

BY AARON AUPPERLEE, THE PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

As possibilities for human-computer interaction expand, universities are launching AI programs. Carnegie Mellon University has announced an initiative to bring together its research and education related to artificial intelligence (AI). CMU AI will coordinate faculty, students and staff working on AI in robotics, engineering, language, human-computer interaction, machine learning and more. “Having grown large, we’ve also grown a little further apart, and in the context of AI, we are bringing it back to together,” said Jaime Carbonell, director of CMU’s Language Technologies Institute. “And we expect to grow more.” CMU AI will create one of the largest and most experienced artificial intelligence research groups in the world, the university said. Carbonell said researchers classified their work based on the sub-field of artificial intelligence in which they worked, such as robotics, machine translation or machine learning, not under the umbrella of AI. Now those disciplines will be under CMU AI, underscoring the university’s commitment to the research and potentially upping the university’s public profile and funding.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/news/college-ai-collaboration/

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Interest in online programs up drastically, while traditional programs continue to drop

Tue, 2017-08-01 17:05

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

Robert Atkins, Chief Executive Officer of Gray Associates, told Education Dive in an email that the firm’s analysis of higher ed “inquiry data indicate strong interest in online programs, while demand for campus programs continues to fall.” The conclusions were drawn from an analysis of google keyword search and student inquiry data, which found a 21% increase in searches for online programs over 2016, but a 10% decrease for on-campus programs. Atkins cautioned that “if enrollment growth resumes, it will probably look different than before, and academic leaders should adjust their strategies accordingly.”

http://www.educationdive.com/news/interest-in-online-programs-up-drastically-while-traditional-programs-cont/448119/

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Learning Goes Online At Rapid Pace

Tue, 2017-08-01 17:02

by Himani Chandna, Business World

As bots begins doing the work of humans and skills turn redundant, many have begun to opt for online certification courses to upskill themselves. Sample this: In the last six months, enrolments swelled 300 per cent from 1,500 to 6,000 at the online education startup, the Emeritus Institute of Management. “Professionals from IT industry are mostly seen looking for upskilling themselves,” said Ashwin Damera, co-founder of Emeritus, a company that has upskilled employees from companies like Microsoft, Genpact and Infosys.

http://businessworld.in/article/Learning-Goes-Online-At-Rapid-Pace/28-07-2017-123096/

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New OpenStax Tutor Beta Offers Personalized Learning

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:22

By Hillary Miller, eLearning Inside

An initiative of Rice University, OpenStax was first launched in 2012 with the goal of cultivating peer-reviewed, high-quality textbooks that were low-cost in print and entirely free online. Today, the publisher provides titles for over 30 courses, including U.S. History, Macroeconomics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology. Each book is authored by a team of leading experts from universities all across the United States. The goal of OpenStax Tutor Beta is to provide instantaneous feedback and custom-tailored learning support for every learner. Students utilizing OpenStax Tutor don’t need to download any software to use the product; they simply log on to the OpenStax Tutor website to access their course textbook and complete their assignments.

https://news.elearninginside.com/new-openstax-tutor-beta-offers-personalized-learning/

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Mira Debuts Augmented Reality Headset for iPhone, iPad at $99

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:15

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Mobile augmented reality (AR) startup Mira earlier this week unveiled an untethered AR headset for iOS. The new Prism headset — available for pre-order at $99 with an MSRP of $149 — aims to be an affordable option “to deliver premium and shareable AR experiences to the masses,” according to a company statement. It’s essentially a shell headset without any tech installed; similar to Google’s Daydream View headset for virtual reality, it only requires a smartphone or tablet to get started. Once an iPhone (6, 6s or 7) or iPad has been secured facing away from the user and Prism is paired with the Mira app, users can view objects rendered in stereoscopic 3D on the transparent visor. Prism also comes with a remote controller that enables users to interact with the AR objects via touchpad, trigger and two buttons.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/20/mira-debuts-augmented-reality-headset-for-iphone-ipad-at-$99.aspx

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5 apps to innovate school libraries

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:15

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eSchool News

Convenient and creative apps to virtualize your school library program. Apps can bring technology, functionality, and creativity into your school library program. Since apps are a part of our everyday lives, especially those of students, they have the power to completely change the way students and teachers think about learning—especially in the library. In “Virtual Library Program Development,” Michelle Luhtala, library department chair, New Canaan High School, CT, reviewed an A to Z list of 50 apps to virtualize your school library program.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/07/21/ew-apps-school-libraries/

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Hybrid study model is effective

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:09

by Wendy R Kilfoil, Mail and Guardian

The University of Pretoria’s hybrid learning programme proved to be invaluable last year when classes were disrupted by the #FeesMustFall protests. As most of our courses already include robust online components, we were able to make the transition relatively seamlessly to online-only coursework when the campus was closed during the unrest. This flexible approach allowed students to continue their studies uninterrupted and finish their degrees on time.

https://mg.co.za/article/2017-07-28-00-hybrid-study-model-is-effective

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The Rose-Colored Glasses Come Off: a Survey of Business Officers

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:05
by Doug Lederman and Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed Chief business officers increasingly agree that higher education is in the midst of a financial crisis, according to the 2017 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Business Officers. Some are also starting to lose faith in the idea that they can overcome revenue shortfalls using the often-cited strategy of increasing enrollment. Many respondents were open or supportive of the idea of consolidating programs or academic operations with other institutions. The emerging picture is decidedly less optimistic than that of previous years. This year, 71 percent of chief business officers agreed with the statement that media reports saying higher education is in the midst of a financial crisis are accurate. That is up from 63 percent in 2016 and 56 percent in 2015. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey/survey-finds-business-officers-increasingly-considering-more-painful-options Share on Facebook

MIT Deems MicroMasters a Success

Mon, 2017-07-31 17:02

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Administrators at Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they are “floored” by the quality of students in its half online, half in-person master’s degree program. Expansion plans are in the works.The first of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s half online, half in-person master’s degree programs is making a profit and bringing dozens of new degree-seeking students to campus. MIT calls that process “inverted admissions,” as prospective students are able to complete courses before they are technically admitted to the program. Numbers MIT shared with Inside Higher Ed show that nearly 200,000 learners have signed up for the online courses to date. Most of them have taken the courses for free, but MIT has awarded nearly 19,000 certificates. A group of about 1,100 learners last month became the first to finish the five MOOCs required to take the comprehensive final exam. Nearly 800 did took the test, and 622 passed.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/07/26/mit-deems-half-online-half-person-masters-program-success

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Online learners say these social perks are program musts

Sun, 2017-07-30 17:26

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A new survey reveals that fully-online students identified interaction with instructors, classmates as paramount to their learning experience. The research, compiled from a survey of 1,500 students who are seriously considering, currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from a fully online program aims to help higher-ed leaders and policymakers better understand both the traits of online college students and what they’re looking for in their educational experience. The Online College Students 2017: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences report, from The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research, shows that online students are seeking interaction with their classmates and course instructors. In fact, more than half of survey respondents said interaction with the academic community is important.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/online-learning/social-perks-programs/

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Online Courses Projected to Drive Credit Card Fraud to $24B by 2018

Sun, 2017-07-30 17:20

by Kelly Sheridan, Dark Reading

An underground ecosystem provides cybercriminals with online tutorials, tools, and credit card data they need to commit fraud. An ecosystem of payment card fraud will drive a projected $24 billion in losses by the end of 2018. Cybercriminals are working together to share tools, tutorials, and credit card data to scam victims. It turns out payment card fraudsters learn their skills as many professionals do: through online learning. Researchers at Digital Shadows discovered a Russian carding forum provides a course on how to commit fraud, complete with instructors, syllabus, webinars, and reading material. “We were surprised by the sophistication of the teaching site,” says Michael Marriott, research analyst at Digital Shadows. “There were weekly webinars, course material, links to software [students] could use, interactive Q&A sessions.”

http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/online-courses-projected-to-drive-credit-card-fraud-to-$24b-by-2018/d/d-id/1329408

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7 Top EdTech Tools for Higher Ed

Sun, 2017-07-30 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Higher education is experiencing a time of rapid change. The traditional picture of a college-aged student sitting in a large lecture hall is no longer. Students complete their education at any age, in a variety of formats, and, sometimes, from multiple institutions. A recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group as reported in US News and World Report found that approximately 5.8 million students took at least one online class in 2014. The average age of someone enrolled in higher education now is 25. This change puts the focus on educational technologies that can provide solutions for classroom management, assessment, microlearning, affordability, and collaboration. These identified areas of need for higher education lead to 7 quality educational technology tools and apps for leading the way in an era of rapid change.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/top-7-educational-technology-tools-apps-resources-higher-education/

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