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This technology will dominate higher ed within 5 years

Mon, 2017-06-12 17:10

BY JAMI MORSHED, eCampus News

The desire for a more digital campus has also come hand-in-hand with the rise of the non-traditional student, a population of which is generally characterized by part-time attendance, student swirl, working either full or part time, and taking classes either partly or entirely online. [Read: “Is it time to rethink the term nontraditional student?”] Online learning platforms change the lecture and classroom experience to allow students to connect with the university through a familiar medium–their mobile device. Many forward-thinking colleges are embracing digital strategies to modernize their administrative side as well, such as processes for financial aid, course sign up, campus enrollment, the bursar’s office and others previously operated independently. Digital integration between departments can streamline tasks and make them accessible online to adapt to the needs of remote students, meaning campuses can put the student first and can streamline operations to follow the student journey.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/technology-digital-5-years/

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6 Keys to Working with Vendors in a Next-Gen Enterprise IT World

Mon, 2017-06-12 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

As IT departments become “brokers” rather than single-service providers, vendor management skills are becoming paramount. Here’s how two institutions deal with contracts, vendor relationships and more. When Educause called out “next-generation enterprise IT” as one of its top 10 IT issues in 2017, the higher education technology association also asked members of its advisory board to explain just what’s meant by that. Michael Quiner, CIO at Oregon’s Linn-Benton Community College, says “The new baseline for enterprise IT is to anticipate the needs of the institution and look outside the services and systems traditionally found in the IT department,” Quiner explained. “The new goal of enterprise IT is to make the college’s ‘Christmas list’ a reality by looking beyond what our campus already has on our IT shelves and by becoming a broker instead of a single-service provider.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/25/6-keys-to-working-with-vendors-in-a-next-gen-enterprise-it-world.aspx

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Going back to school online

Mon, 2017-06-12 17:03

by Tania Kishore Jaleel, Fortune India

Until now, online MOOC courses were mostly popular with students and professionals on a budget looking for an Ivy League education. Thousands of young students took courses in everything from mathematical thinking to mechanics from leading U.S. universities such as Yale or Stanford without ever leaving Indian shores. But, now, leading online course providers such as U.S.-based Coursera and Simplilearn are looking beyond students and talking to the government on digital literacy programmes to help bridge the skill gap in India and prepare workers for the jobs of the future. Some online education providers won’t just train the growing work force but also government employees in the intricacies of everything from data analytics to cloud computing as the country goes increasingly digital.

http://fortuneindia.com/2017/may/going-back-to-school-online-1.10866

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When You’re Not Quite Sure If Your Teacher Is Human

Sun, 2017-06-11 17:20

by TASNIM SHAMMA, NPR

A couple of years ago, Ashok Goel was overwhelmed by the number of questions his students were asking in his course on artificial intelligence. Goel teaches computer science at Georgia Tech, sometimes to large classes, where students can ask thousands of questions online in a discussion forum. With a limited number of teaching assistants, or TAs, many of those questions weren’t getting answered in time. So, Goel came up with a plan: make an artificial intelligence “teaching assistant” that could answer some of students’ frequently asked questions. In 2015 he built Jill Watson, his AI TA — named after one of the IBM founders, Thomas J. Watson. “Raising Jill is like raising a young child,” Goel says. “Initially when your child is very, very young, she just remembers all kinds of things she has heard from you, but she doesn’t understand it.” He says the newest version of Jill now understands concepts. Eventually he wants to export these artificial teachers to countries like India to try to boost literacy rates.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/05/08/524550295/when-youre-not-quite-sure-if-your-teacher-is-human

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Researchers Have Created an AI That Is Naturally Curious

Sun, 2017-06-11 17:15

by Tom Ward, Futurism

Researchers at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, have produced an artificial intelligence (AI) that is naturally curious. They tested it successfully by having it play Super Mario and VizDoom (a rudimentary 3-D shooter), as the video linked below shows. Most current AIs are trained using ‘Reinforcement Learning’ — they are rewarded when they perform a task that helps them to reach a goal or complete a function. This is a useful and effective strategy for teaching AI to complete specific tasks — as shown by the AI who beat the AlphaGo world number one — but less useful when you want a machine to be autonomous and operate outside of direct commands. This is crucial step to integrating AI into the real world and having it solve real world problems because, as Agrawal says, “rewards in the real world are very sparse.”

https://futurism.com/researchers-have-created-an-ai-that-is-naturally-curious/

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The Rise of the Online Higher Education Leader

Sun, 2017-06-11 17:15

BY ADAM STONE , Converge

Not so long ago “online” meant “sidelines” in higher education. Professionals in the field often were treated as second-string players on a college’s administrative team. Things are changing. Online professionals in higher ed today increasingly say they have a seat at the table. They are equal partners in developing institutional strategy, and that new clout is giving them the freedom and the flexibility to experiment with new ideas. It’s “an exciting time to be a professional in our field,” said Khusro Kidwai, assistant dean of distance learning at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies.  Ray Schroeder saw this reflected in a title change two years ago. After nearly two decades with the University of Illinois, Springfield, he got new business cards that read “associate vice chancellor for online learning.” It was a reflection not just of his own seniority, but of the evolving place of online learning. “The role within the university has changed,” he said. “Online used to be held at arm’s length: It was for extension, it was for continuing education. Now it has moved into the mainstream.” In 2001, Debbie Cavalier helped launch Berklee Online, the distance learning arm of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Today the online program touches 9,000 students a year, more than double the 4,000 annual enrollment of the traditional campus.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/higher-ed/The-Rise-of-the-Online-Higher-Education-Leader.html

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MHCC-Portland State U team up to offer online business degree

Sun, 2017-06-11 17:10

by Teresa Carson, Outlook

PSU and MHCC are supporting students to stay in school and finish the degree, by coordinating academic advising and other student services to help students seamlessly transition from community college to university. “This has all the advantages of taking classes online,” Wong said. Online learning is more convenient for some students who can skip the commute and parking hassles and more easily work class obligations around family and work commitments. But the online class requirements are similar to the on-campus requirements. “You still have to participate,” and turn in assigned work, Wong cautioned. The cost for the degree is about the same as taking the same classes in person.

http://www.pamplinmedia.com/go/42-news/360174-239826-mhcc-psu-team-up-to-offer-online-business-degree

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Apple releases programming course for college students

Sun, 2017-06-11 17:04

By Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle

Apple on Wednesday released a free college-level computer coding course designed to teach students how to create apps, a move that’s part of the company’s push to highlight its role in the U.S. economy. The one-year curriculum is called App Development With Swift. Swift is a programming language used for Apple apps and devices. Apple is offering the curriculum free on its iBooks Store, but has lined up six community college systems around the nation, including the San Mateo County Community College District, to use the course. CEO Tim Cook announced a $1 billion fund this month designed to create more U.S. manufacturing jobs. The announcement came amid criticism by President Trump of Silicon Valley’s reliance on overseas factories.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Apple-releases-programming-course-for-college-11168372.php

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Researchers Have Created an AI That Is Naturally Curious

Sun, 2017-06-11 17:03

by Tom Ward, Futurism

Researchers at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, have produced an artificial intelligence (AI) that is naturally curious. They tested it successfully by having it play Super Mario and VizDoom (a rudimentary 3-D shooter), as the video linked below shows. Most current AIs are trained using ‘Reinforcement Learning’ — they are rewarded when they perform a task that helps them to reach a goal or complete a function. This is a useful and effective strategy for teaching AI to complete specific tasks — as shown by the AI who beat the AlphaGo world number one — but less useful when you want a machine to be autonomous and operate outside of direct commands. This is crucial step to integrating AI into the real world and having it solve real world problems because, as Agrawal says, “rewards in the real world are very sparse.”

https://futurism.com/researchers-have-created-an-ai-that-is-naturally-curious/

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Study finds students at most risk may be those least well served by online learning

Sun, 2017-06-11 17:01
by  Nick Roll, Inside Higher Ed The study found that the negative associations with online courses are concentrated in lower-performing students — the same ones who are often a key demographic for recruitment to online courses and online universities, since they might not fit in with the traditional college path. Still, the researchers weren’t calling for the end of online instruction. “On the contrary, online courses provide access to students who never would have the opportunity or inclination to take classes in person,” the report read. What needs to change, according to the report, is how these courses can provide not just access, but better learning outcomes — especially for those who need it the most. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/06/12/study-questions-effectiveness-online-education-risk-students Share on Facebook

“In future, education will be either blended or fully online” Interview with Amit Goyal, edX India

Sat, 2017-06-10 17:25

by Praggya Guptaa, Governance Now

MOOCs will not replace universities, but rather enhance the quality of education by incorporating blended learning. In future, education will be either blended or fully online. Pure face-to-face education will exist only in history books. In blended classrooms, the on-campus university course can leverage the power of MOOCs to free up classroom time for interactive collaboration and discussion, testing and problem-solving. This model creates better efficiencies in the classroom and can foster a better quality of education overall for the money.

http://www.governancenow.com/views/interview/in-future-education-will-be-either-blended-or-fully-online-amit-goyal-edx-digitisation

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10 Tips for Creating and Selling Online Courses

Sat, 2017-06-10 17:24

by Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead, Small Business Trends

Creating courses to sell online is a great way to funnel your expertise into a rewarding and profitable channel. If you’re an expert, specialist or highly knowledgeable in a certain area, why not share your knowledge to a global audience and earn some money as you do so? Of course, successfully creating and selling online courses takes time, knowledge and commitment. To shed some light on how to effectively create and sell courses online, Small Business Trends spoke to David Siteman Garland, the creator of The Rise To The Top and Create Awesome Online Courses. David helps people create and sell online courses, and has assisted more than 3,500 students in over 100 countries to create successful courses, on everything from baby sleep training to clarinet lessons for adults.

https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/05/creating-and-selling-online-courses.html

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11 ways to make your online course go global | Expert column

Sat, 2017-06-10 17:15

By Sarah Cordiner, Inside Business

I have over 40 online courses, have built close to 1,000 courses for other people and have more than 7,000 students enrolled in my online courses in over 130 countries. Here’s some tips I’ve used to grow my global student base. Break it up into its smallest parts. Consumers are now in control of their knowledge because they have the power to jump onto a search engine and ask “How to xxx.” A great way to rapidly go global is to start providing your audience with those answers. If your content appears as the result for every “how to” question your audience has, then it is your courses they are going to buy. Here’s what to do: Write down every question your audience has on your topic, write a simple “tip” answer to each question and record that answer as a video.

http://pilotonline.com/inside-business/news/columns/ways-to-make-your-online-course-go-global-expert-column/article_43264387-0816-5ae6-be49-7bff487d0b96.html

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When You’re Not Quite Sure If Your Teacher Is Human

Sat, 2017-06-10 17:10

by TASNIM SHAMMA, NPR

A couple of years ago, Ashok Goel was overwhelmed by the number of questions his students were asking in his course on artificial intelligence. Goel teaches computer science at Georgia Tech, sometimes to large classes, where students can ask thousands of questions online in a discussion forum. With a limited number of teaching assistants, or TAs, many of those questions weren’t getting answered in time. So, Goel came up with a plan: make an artificial intelligence “teaching assistant” that could answer some of students’ frequently asked questions. In 2015 he built Jill Watson, his AI TA — named after one of the IBM founders, Thomas J. Watson. “Raising Jill is like raising a young child,” Goel says. “Initially when your child is very, very young, she just remembers all kinds of things she has heard from you, but she doesn’t understand it.” He says the newest version of Jill now understands concepts. Eventually he wants to export these artificial teachers to countries like India to try to boost literacy rates.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/05/08/524550295/when-youre-not-quite-sure-if-your-teacher-is-human

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Helping Graduate Students Join an Online Learning Community

Sat, 2017-06-10 17:06

by Christina Yao, Brian Wilson, Crystal Garcia, Erica DeFrain and Andrew Cano; Educause Review

Online learners in graduate studies often face two new realities at the start of their academic careers: shifting identity into becoming graduate students, and developing online course competency. The Student Success Center — a strong orientation to online learning and graduate education — provides a foundation for establishing a community of online graduate program learners. Through that community of learners and with frequent interactions with instructors and staff, students can begin the process of becoming socialized into our department and their field of study. Finding collaborative ways to reduce their feelings of isolation and help online graduate students realize that they are part of a learning community that spans the university greatly improves the student experience and helps foster their success.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/5/helping-graduate-students-join-an-online-learning-community

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The Rise of the Online Higher Education Leader

Sat, 2017-06-10 17:03

BY ADAM STONE , Converge

Not so long ago “online” meant “sidelines” in higher education. Professionals in the field often were treated as second-string players on a college’s administrative team. Things are changing. Online professionals in higher ed today increasingly say they have a seat at the table. They are equal partners in developing institutional strategy, and that new clout is giving them the freedom and the flexibility to experiment with new ideas. It’s “an exciting time to be a professional in our field,” said Khusro Kidwai, assistant dean of distance learning at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies.  Ray Schroeder saw this reflected in a title change two years ago. After nearly two decades with the University of Illinois, Springfield, he got new business cards that read “associate vice chancellor for online learning.” It was a reflection not just of his own seniority, but of the evolving place of online learning. “The role within the university has changed,” he said. “Online used to be held at arm’s length: It was for extension, it was for continuing education. Now it has moved into the mainstream.” In 2001, Debbie Cavalier helped launch Berklee Online, the distance learning arm of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Today the online program touches 9,000 students a year, more than double the 4,000 annual enrollment of the traditional campus.

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/higher-ed/The-Rise-of-the-Online-Higher-Education-Leader.html

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Asynch Delivery and the LMS Still Dominate for Online Programs

Fri, 2017-06-09 17:26

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

While a recent research project examined enrollment patterns for online courses, a new survey is looking at broader questions related to online programs, this one based on responses from “chief online officers.” Produced by Quality Matters and Eduventures, the “Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE)” offers a “baseline” examination of program development, quality measures and other structural issues. Most institutions rely on asynchronous delivery for their fully online programs. In fact, 95 percent of larger programs (those with 2,500 or more online program students) are “wholly asynchronous” while 1.5 percent are mainly or completely synchronous. About three-quarters (73 percent) of mid-sized programs (schools with between 500 and 2,499 online program students) and 62 percent of smaller programs are fully asynchronous.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/22/asynch-delivery-and-the-lms-still-dominate-for-online-programs.aspx

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Why Professors Shouldn’t Ban Smart Phones

Fri, 2017-06-09 17:20

by Matt Lynch, tech Edvocate

As smartphones have become more common, educators have struggled with the question of what to do with smartphones in the classroom. For K-12 educators, the answer has been to ban smartphones from the classroom completely. College professors have also banned smartphones in increasing numbers. But now there’s some evidence to suggest that banning smartphones in the college classroom isn’t such a good idea. A study conducted by researchers in Singapore found that undergraduate students who were allowed to keep their phones with them actually scored better on tasks that measured their cognitive functioning. Even when they weren’t allowed to use their phones, students who were allowed to keep their phones in their pockets performed better than students whose phones were confiscated.

http://www.theedadvocate.org/professors-shouldnt-ban-smartphones/

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Elon Musk Just Unveiled Breakthrough AI Research. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Fri, 2017-06-09 17:15

by Kristin Houser, Futurism

Elon Musk co-founded artificial intelligence non-profit OpenAI just announced it has created an AI system that can learn to complete a task in reality after watching just one demonstration of that task in a simulated environment. The research company co-founded and chaired by Elon Musk used two separate neural networks to develop its one-shot imitation learning system. The first, a vision network, analyzes an image from the robot’s camera to determine the location of objects in reality. The second, an imitation network, determines the intent of a task it observes a human demonstrating via a virtual simulation. It then imitates the task in the real-world setting. Again, this network was trained on thousands of virtual demonstrations, but none that took place in reality.

https://futurism.com/elon-musk-just-unveiled-breakthrough-ai-research-heres-what-your-need-to-know/

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Self-Directed Learning: Exploring the Digital Opportunity

Fri, 2017-06-09 17:07

by Mary Grush, Campus Technology

Virginia Commonwealth University associate professor of English W. Gardner Campbell considers why we should explore our digital opportunities for self-directed learning. “So at some point, self-directed learning, which is now an absolutely vital concept in higher learning, has to be considered as part of a larger conceptual framework. The larger framework incorporates the institution, the curriculum, and the faculty that you asked about. That larger framework should stress the role of expert-directed study and expert-facilitated encounters, especially in opportunities for self-directed learning.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/22/exploring-the-digital-opportunity-for-self-directed-learning.aspx

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