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Enterprise adoption of AI has grown 270 percent over the past four years Gartner says that 37 percent of organizations have now embraced artificial intelligence.

Sun, 2019-02-03 16:25

By Charlie Osborne, ZDnet

It seems the enterprise is taking a serious interest in how the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) can provide a return on investment (ROI), as the number of companies implementing these technologies has grown by 270 percent in the past four years. On Monday, Gartner said that AI adoption has tripled in the last year alone, with an estimated 37 percent of firms now implementing AI in some form. According to the research agency’s 2019 CIO Survey, AI is being used in a variety of applications.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/enterprise-adoption-of-ai-has-grown-270-percent-over-the-past-four-years/

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Tailoring a college education to meet workforce demands means embracing all disciplines

Sun, 2019-02-03 16:15

BY BOB KUSTRA, Idaho Statesman

The debate over whether the hard skills of the STEM disciplines or the soft skills of the liberal arts best prepare Americans for the workforce of tomorrow is not over, but it’s clear that more and more employers are seeking workers with skills in communication, critical thinking, mental agility, curiosity and cultural competence, to name just a few often attributed to a major in the liberal arts. In fact, LinkedIn’s official blog reported that liberal arts grads entering the tech workforce outnumbered technical grads from 2010 to 2013. An even more realistic approach to educating for tomorrow’s workforce recognizes that it is not an either/or proposition. Graduates with balanced strengths in both the soft and hard skills will be the most attractive to employers. Robot-Ready: Human+ Skills for the Future of Work, a recent report by the Strada Institute for the Future of Work, calls for “both” and suggests the time has come for a modern-day Rosetta stone to translate and decode what skills employers seek for their workforce.

https://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/article224782520.html

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State support for higher ed slowed in 2018

Sun, 2019-02-03 16:10

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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Helping older adults go back to college

Sun, 2019-02-03 16:05

BY LIESL W. HARRIS, CC Daily

Reach the students where they are. Today, many colleges understandably emphasize the convenience of online features such as applying for admission, communicating with instructors, and checking grades electronically.   In this era of instant communication, don’t forget to utilize the many communication options available. Using a student’s preferred communication mode will also personalize the college experience for the student.

http://www.ccdaily.com/2019/01/helping-older-adults-go-back-college/

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2019’s Most & Least Educated States in America

Sun, 2019-02-03 16:02

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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15 top ranked universities to launch 100 new health courses, 30 specialisations, and two health degrees.

Sat, 2019-02-02 16:25

by Asian Age

Coursera, the global online learning leader, announced the launch of their health vertical—a broad portfolio of health content from the world’s top universities curated specifically to help address the acute shortage of skilled workers in the health industry and meet the demands of a digital health economy. The 100 new courses, 30 new specialisations, and two public health-focused master’s degrees will provide learners with the skills they need to enter high demand jobs, particularly related to Health Informatics, Healthcare Management, and Public Health.

http://www.asianage.com/technology/in-other-news/200119/coursera-launches-health-content-to-train-next-generation-of-health-workers.html

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A.I. Policy Is Tricky. From Around the World, They Came to Hash It Out.

Sat, 2019-02-02 16:20

By Steve Lohr, The New York Times

Hal Abelson, a renowned computer scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was working the classroom, coffee cup in hand, pacing back and forth. The subject was artificial intelligence, and his students last week were mainly senior policymakers from countries in the 36-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  The goal was to give the policymakers from countries like France, Japan and Sweden a sense of the technology’s strengths and weaknesses, emphasizing the crucial role of human choices. The class was part of a three-day gathering at M.I.T., including expert panels, debate and discussion, as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development seeks to agree on recommendations for artificial intelligence policy by this summer.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/20/technology/artificial-intelligence-policy-world.html

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Facebook Backs University AI Ethics Institute With $7.5 Million

Sat, 2019-02-02 16:15

Sam Shead, Forbes

Facebook is backing an AI ethics institute at the Technical University of Munich with $7.5 million. The TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, which was announced on Sunday, will aim to explore fundamental issues affecting the use and impact of AI, Facebook said. AI is poised to have a profound impact on areas like climate change and healthcare but it has its risks. “We will explore the ethical issues of AI and develop ethical guidelines for the responsible use of the technology in society and the economy.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/samshead/2019/01/20/facebook-backs-university-ai-ethics-institute-with-7-5-million/#5bffced71508

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Can AI Powered Education Close The Global Gender Gap?

Sat, 2019-02-02 16:09

Katie Elizabeth, Forbes

In my search to for more innovative solutions to dramatically improve women’s education nationally and abroad, I found an AI centered education company, Squirrel AI Learning. I was able to meet with the team here in Silicon Valley, and was blown away by the genuineness and passion of the team members to see their work benefit all. Derek Haoyang Li, Founder and Chairman of Squirrel AI Learning of Yixue Group, told me this: “There is potential for a small grasshopper to jump 2 meters, but if you put it in a box with a cover, it can only jump to the height of the box – say half a meter.” In a way, low quality education can be considered that box – hindering and limiting individual’s potential.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/katieelizabeth1/2019/01/19/can-ai-powered-education-close-the-global-gender-gap/#67bbc3513a22

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Trump Administration Eyes Federal Student Aid for Bootcamp Education

Sat, 2019-02-02 16:05

Nate Swanner, Dice
The Trump administration is eyeing federal funding for tech bootcamp students, but the money comes with several catches. Politico reports Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is examining a method to allow traditional universities the ability to “partner” with coding bootcamps, which would allow those camps to receive federal funding (and their students to pay via federally backed student loans). In 2017, Congress allocated $15 million in funding for GI Bill recipients who wanted to attend bootcamps rather than universities. Currently, accredited colleges and universities can outsource up to 50 percent of their education program and still receive funding. Those outside sources don’t need accreditation; so long as they meet the university’s requirements, the government is satisfied.

https://insights.dice.com/2019/01/21/coding-bootcamp-federal-student-aid/

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Stackability is a Learning Strategy

Sat, 2019-02-02 16:02

Matthew Rascoff and James DeVaney, Inside Higher Ed

“New education technologies are rarely disruptive but instead are domesticated by existing cultures and systems,” write Justin Reich and José A. Ruipérez-Valiente (“The MOOC Pivot,” Science 11 Jan 2019: Vol. 363, Issue 6423, pp. 130-131, DOI:). While the authors view this as a bug in higher education, in fact it is a feature. Higher education is still sorting out how best to integrate the MOOC innovation into its core. In the history of higher education, the 6 years that have passed since the dawn of MOOCs is a blip. It is true that the original hype was overblown. But it is unfair to criticize institutions and providers like Coursera and edX for figuring out where the technological innovation can mesh with learner demand and their own capabilities.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/guest-post-stackability-learning-strategy

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COMPUTER VISION FOR CLASSROOM “ENGAGEMENT DETECTION”: IS IT ETHICAL?

Fri, 2019-02-01 16:25

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

When you’re teaching in a traditional classroom, there is one thing that is usually obvious: When students are bored, lost, or distracted, they let you know. While most educators don’t love teaching to a sea of slouched bodies and yawning faces, these bodily signs offer important cues to help educators increase student engagement. But how do educators gauge engagement online? In the past, it was assumed that engagement detection was something beyond the scope of online education. Now advancements in computer vision have reached a point where it is possible to detect emotions in photographs and video footage. These advancements could transform engagement detection and online learning, but some people continue to wonder if the use of computer vision in educational settings is even ethical.

https://news.elearninginside.com/computer-vision-for-classroom-engagement-detection-is-it-ethical/

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SIUE’s Zhang advances development of Remote Robotic Teaching Platform

Fri, 2019-02-01 16:20

by Megan Weiser, RiverBender

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering’s Mingshao Zhang, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, continues his development of a remote educational robotic system that is easy-to-use and low cost for the benefit of learners worldwide. “A telepresence robot allows people to participate in video conferences on a moveable platform from a remote location,” Zhang explained. “Such systems, which were originally designed to promote social interaction between people, have become popular in various applications. But, few studies have examined telepresence robots in the classroom. My research seeks to better identify the possible effects such approaches have on student learning and perceptions of instructor credibility.”

https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/siues-zhang-advances-development-of-remote-robotic-teaching-platform-33158.cfm

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AI surveillance goes to school

Fri, 2019-02-01 16:15

Kaveh Waddell, Axios
A new breed of intelligent video surveillance is being installed in schools around the country — tech that follows people around campus and detects unusual behaviors. Why it matters: This new phase in campus surveillance responds to high-profile school shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, last February. School administrators are now reaching for security tech that keeps a constant, increasingly sophisticated eye on halls and classrooms. One drawback: a major blow to student privacy.

https://www.axios.com/ai-video-surveillance-schools-a5845755-9c68-480a-a4d6-5e075a4d17b4.html

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

Fri, 2019-02-01 16:10

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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Tailoring a college education to meet workforce demands means embracing all disciplines

Fri, 2019-02-01 16:10

BY BOB KUSTRA, Idaho Statesman

The debate over whether the hard skills of the STEM disciplines or the soft skills of the liberal arts best prepare Americans for the workforce of tomorrow is not over, but it’s clear that more and more employers are seeking workers with skills in communication, critical thinking, mental agility, curiosity and cultural competence, to name just a few often attributed to a major in the liberal arts. In fact, LinkedIn’s official blog reported that liberal arts grads entering the tech workforce outnumbered technical grads from 2010 to 2013. An even more realistic approach to educating for tomorrow’s workforce recognizes that it is not an either/or proposition. Graduates with balanced strengths in both the soft and hard skills will be the most attractive to employers. Robot-Ready: Human+ Skills for the Future of Work, a recent report by the Strada Institute for the Future of Work, calls for “both” and suggests the time has come for a modern-day Rosetta stone to translate and decode what skills employers seek for their workforce.

https://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/article224782520.html

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A.I. Policy Is Tricky. From Around the World, They Came to Hash It Out.

Fri, 2019-02-01 16:02

By Steve Lohr, The New York Times

Hal Abelson, a renowned computer scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was working the classroom, coffee cup in hand, pacing back and forth. The subject was artificial intelligence, and his students last week were mainly senior policymakers from countries in the 36-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  The goal was to give the policymakers from countries like France, Japan and Sweden a sense of the technology’s strengths and weaknesses, emphasizing the crucial role of human choices. The class was part of a three-day gathering at M.I.T., including expert panels, debate and discussion, as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development seeks to agree on recommendations for artificial intelligence policy by this summer.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/20/technology/artificial-intelligence-policy-world.html

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AI Crushes Crypto As Top Job For Tech Workers, AngelList Reports

Thu, 2019-01-31 16:24

Elisabeth Brier, Forbes

Artificial Intelligence has supplanted blockchain and cryptocurrency as the startup industry tech workers are most interested in joining, according to a new report from AngelList, a U.S.-based platform that connects startups with investors. Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence was the top industry coveted in 2018 by the 8 million job seekers registered on the platform’s job board, AngelList Talent, the company announced Thursday.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/elisabethbrier/2019/01/17/ai-crushes-crypto-as-top-job-for-tech-workers-angellist-reports/#94908f844e90

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Giving a nudge: How digital alerts can keep students on track

Thu, 2019-01-31 16:20

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Colleges are using student data to craft custom text messages and other prompts to boost retention, but experts warn they can backfire. Nudges, when done right, are proving up to that task. Nudging is a concept that has gained traction in higher ed ever since the 2008 release of the book “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness” brought the subject to the public’s attention. Put simply, nudges are interventions that steer someone toward a better decision without taking away their choice. In higher ed, they take the form of messages delivered through texts, emails or the learning management system that warn a student if they’ve fallen off track, alert them to important deadlines and make them aware of campus resources. Student data comes into play by helping colleges figure out who needs what kind of information most.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/giving-a-nudge-how-digital-alerts-can-keep-students-on-track/545993/

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13 Industries Soon To Be Revolutionized By Artificial Intelligence

Thu, 2019-01-31 16:15

Forbes Technology Council

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have a rapidly growing presence in today’s world, with applications ranging from heavy industry to education. From streamlining operations to informing better decision making, it has become clear that this technology has the potential to truly revolutionize how the everyday world works. While AI and ML can be applied to nearly every sector, once the technology advances enough, there are many fields that are either reaping the benefits of AI right now or that soon will be. According to a panel of Forbes Technology Council members, here are 13 industries that will soon be revolutionized by AI.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/01/16/13-industries-soon-to-be-revolutionized-by-artificial-intelligence/

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