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

Fri, 2017-06-09 17:04

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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Asynch Delivery and the LMS Still Dominate for Online Programs

Fri, 2017-06-09 17:02

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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Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers

Thu, 2017-06-08 17:25

by Tom Ward, Futurism

At its I/O ‘17 conference this week, Google shared details of its AutoML project, an artificial intelligence that can assist in the creation of other AIs. By automating some of the complicated process, AutoML could make machine learning more accessible to non-experts. The AutoML project focuses on deep learning, a technique that involves passing data through layers of neural networks. Creating these layers is complicated, so Google’s idea was to create AI that could do it for them.

https://futurism.com/googles-new-ai-is-better-at-creating-ai-than-the-companys-engineers/

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Southern Cross University education masters borrows from MBA to teach leadership

Thu, 2017-06-08 17:20

by Tim Dodd, Financial Review

As teachers and school principals are faced with increased challenges in leading people and managing organisations Southern Cross University (SCU) has added elements of an MBA degree to a postgraduate course for teachers. The university’s new online master of education, which commences in July is meant to give senior teachers the skills to be a school principal or department head. “Most masters of education do not offer MBA components,” said Jo-Anne Ferreira, who heads SCU’s school of education.

http://www.afr.com/leadership/management/business-education/southern-cross-university-education-masters-borrows-from-mba-to-teach-leadership-20170519-gw8rbj

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9 Steps to Keeping Student Data Safe

Thu, 2017-06-08 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Technology makes accessing student data rather easy. However, all student data needs to be maintained in a confidential manner to protect students’ rights, security, and dignity. At the same time, federal and state laws and guidelines may have certain rules regarding the type of safety precautions that must be taken regarding this data, but they might not specify specific tasks. Unfortunately, not all schools may provide a higher level of interpretation of those guidelines and laws. Therefore, there some steps need to be considered when protecting student data.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/9-steps-keep-student-data-safe/

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Harvard HMX Offers Dose of Medical School Training in Online Format

Thu, 2017-06-08 17:08

by Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Harvard University is issuing certificates for anybody who passes one or more of the same online courses that are also taken by incoming students prior to starting their Harvard Medical School curriculum and used by the institution’s faculty to “flip” their classrooms. The courses make up the university’s new “HMX” program, consisting of online instruction for medical education. The HMX classes each last 10 weeks and cover physiology, immunology, genetics and biochemistry. Rather than using “traditional lectures and PowerPoint slides,” these programs introduce real-world scenarios, animation, concept videos, notetaking guides, assessments, interactive components and videos that take participants into clinical settings. The price of each course is $800, or $1,000 when taken two at a time, or $1,800 when all four are taken simultaneously.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/05/harvard-hmx-offers-dose-of-medical-school-training-in-online-format.aspx?admgarea=news

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Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers

Thu, 2017-06-08 17:04

by Tom Ward, Futurism

At its I/O ‘17 conference this week, Google shared details of its AutoML project, an artificial intelligence that can assist in the creation of other AIs. By automating some of the complicated process, AutoML could make machine learning more accessible to non-experts. The AutoML project focuses on deep learning, a technique that involves passing data through layers of neural networks. Creating these layers is complicated, so Google’s idea was to create AI that could do it for them.

https://futurism.com/googles-new-ai-is-better-at-creating-ai-than-the-companys-engineers/

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Southern Cross University education masters borrows from MBA to teach leadership

Thu, 2017-06-08 17:03

by Tim Dodd, Financial Review

As teachers and school principals are faced with increased challenges in leading people and managing organisations Southern Cross University (SCU) has added elements of an MBA degree to a postgraduate course for teachers. The university’s new online master of education, which commences in July is meant to give senior teachers the skills to be a school principal or department head. “Most masters of education do not offer MBA components,” said Jo-Anne Ferreira, who heads SCU’s school of education.

http://www.afr.com/leadership/management/business-education/southern-cross-university-education-masters-borrows-from-mba-to-teach-leadership-20170519-gw8rbj

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Report Proposes Ethical Practices for Use of Predictive Analytics in Higher Ed

Wed, 2017-06-07 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The productive use of predictive analytics in higher education is almost a foregone conclusion. Being able to predict whether a student will enroll in your institution, stay on track in his or her studies or need extra support to succeed seems like just the kind of data that can help colleges and universities meet their enrollment goals, better target recruiting efforts and more strategically apply their institutional help. However, the application of data in this way also cries out for a set of ethical practices to prevent its abuse. For example, the same data that can help students succeed could also be used to pinpoint which low-income students not to bother recruiting because their chances of enrollment are smaller than more affluent candidates.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/17/report-proposes-ethical-practices-for-use-of-predictive-analytics-in-higher-ed.aspx

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6 VR Trends to Watch in Education

Wed, 2017-06-07 17:19

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Virtual reality is taking off in higher education. VR devices are expected to increase 85 percent by 2020, with gaming and educational applications driving most of that growth. But what areas of VR should educators specifically focus on and what tech can they look out for? “We can expect to see certain trends in VR to move forward, while others will disappear. As devices continue to shrink we will see the development of augmented and mixed reality experiences that will power compelling visualizations, immersive storytelling, gamified simulations and learning experiences,” said Maya Georgieva, an ed tech strategist, author and speaker with more than 15 years of experience in higher education and global education.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/16/6-vr-trends-to-watch-in-education.aspx

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8 Tips for Lecture Capture on a Shoestring

Wed, 2017-06-07 17:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Whether you’re flipping your courses, creating videos to help your students understand specific concepts or recording lectures for exam review, these tips can help you optimize your production setup on a tight budget. Burriel oversees what he calls the “media ecosystem” at his university, a topic on which he speaks nationally. While Oregon State maintains media production units for creating high-quality video, these days, he noted, “everyone’s got a video creation device in their pocket.” In fact, he estimates that 90 percent of the video creation done on campus is user-generated content, whether it’s faculty making videos to help students learn, students creating videos for assignments, webinar production or extension service tutorials made for people out in the field.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/17/8-tips-for-lecture-capture-on-a-shoestring.aspx

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Vinton Cerf’s 6 considerations for keeping the IoT safe

Wed, 2017-06-07 17:05
by  Matt Leonard, GCN Reliability: ”I don’t think anyone wants to use these devices if they’re not reliable.” The light switch has worked for years, don’t make it harder. Ease of use: ”It should actually make your life easier as opposed to harder.” Safety: ”Nobody would buy and install a device if they didn’t think it was safe.” Privacy: “Imagine webcams in the house that are accessible remotely by unauthorized parties.” Autonomy: “You don’t want your house to stop working if it is disconnected from the internet.” Interoperability: “If we’re going to build ensembles of these devices and expect to manage them in a sensible way, then we have to have standards that allow for interoperability.” Cerf said bugs in IoT devices will likely be fixed the same way bugs in computers or mobile devices are handled: by downloading new software. Yet that is not as simple as it sounds, he said. https://gcn.com/articles/2017/05/09/iot-authenication-vint-cerf.aspx Share on Facebook

9 Steps to Keeping Student Data Safe

Wed, 2017-06-07 17:02

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Technology makes accessing student data rather easy. However, all student data needs to be maintained in a confidential manner to protect students’ rights, security, and dignity. At the same time, federal and state laws and guidelines may have certain rules regarding the type of safety precautions that must be taken regarding this data, but they might not specify specific tasks. Unfortunately, not all schools may provide a higher level of interpretation of those guidelines and laws. Therefore, there some steps need to be considered when protecting student data.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/9-steps-keep-student-data-safe/

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Online degrees allow opportunities for police officers

Wed, 2017-06-07 17:01
by Clay Neely, Noonan Times-Herald That’s where continuing education came in. Flash forward to two weeks ago, and Hodges was among 471 recent graduates of American Public Education System –  a for-profit, online learning institution that is composed of American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU). But for him, the quest of higher education isn’t just for resume-building. “What you learn from the academy and the streets can never be replaced by college,” he said. “But the biggest thing that college opens is a broader understanding about why things work the way they do.” http://times-herald.com/news/2017/05/online-degrees-allow-opportunities-for-police-officers Share on Facebook

Building Support for Online Learning at Small Residential Institutions

Tue, 2017-06-06 17:25

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Big time online learning gets all the press. Read the Digital Learning Compass report on online education enrollment and you will see lots of big numbers. In 2015 over 6 million students took at least one online course – 5 million undergrad, a million grad – with bout half of these distance learners are taking courses exclusively online. The real online learning story, however, is not about size. It’s about change. The big online learning story of 2017 is not about the few schools that offer distance education to ten of thousands of students. Rather, it is about the impact that online education can have on teaching and learning at every institution. And this impact may be greatest at our most traditional residential colleges and universities.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/building-support-online-learning-small-residential-institutions

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Designing Your Online Course: Learning From an Expert

Tue, 2017-06-06 17:20

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

I always start off with this question: “Have you ever felt inept, because you tried to open a door the wrong way?” There are these types of doors called Norman doors. You get confused about whether to pull instead of push, or vice versa. Don Norman was the author of The Design of Everyday Things. In the case of Norman doors, it’s poor design. If you’re opening a door the wrong way, that’s a fleeting moment. But if you start off a course on the wrong foot, because it’s poorly designed, that sets the tone for the whole rest of a student’s experience with the course. We look at a teacher-developed course. We look at that first walking through the door — when the student begins, is there stumbling around? That’s one of the first things we’ll do in that workshop.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/05/19/designing-your-online-course-learning-from-an-expert.aspx

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Do Mobile Devices in the Classroom Really Improve Learning Outcomes?

Tue, 2017-06-06 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

Mobile devices as teaching tools are becoming a more and more common part of the American education experience in classrooms, from preschool through graduate school. As far back as 2010, reports were surfacing that mobile apps are not only engaging, but educational, for children as young as preschool. PBS Kids, in partnership with the US Department of Education, found that the vocabulary of kids ages three to seven who played its Martha Speaks mobile app improved up to 31%. Abilene Christian University conducted research around the same time that found math students who used the iOS app “Statistics 1” saw improvement in their final grades. They were also more motivated to finish lessons on mobile devices than through traditional textbooks and workbooks.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/mobile-devices-classroom-really-improve-learning-outcomes-2/

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Report Proposes Ethical Practices for Use of Predictive Analytics in Higher Ed

Tue, 2017-06-06 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The productive use of predictive analytics in higher education is almost a foregone conclusion. Being able to predict whether a student will enroll in your institution, stay on track in his or her studies or need extra support to succeed seems like just the kind of data that can help colleges and universities meet their enrollment goals, better target recruiting efforts and more strategically apply their institutional help. However, the application of data in this way also cries out for a set of ethical practices to prevent its abuse. For example, the same data that can help students succeed could also be used to pinpoint which low-income students not to bother recruiting because their chances of enrollment are smaller than more affluent candidates.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/17/report-proposes-ethical-practices-for-use-of-predictive-analytics-in-higher-ed.aspx

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8 Tips for Lecture Capture on a Shoestring

Tue, 2017-06-06 17:06

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Whether you’re flipping your courses, creating videos to help your students understand specific concepts or recording lectures for exam review, these tips can help you optimize your production setup on a tight budget. Burriel oversees what he calls the “media ecosystem” at his university, a topic on which he speaks nationally. While Oregon State maintains media production units for creating high-quality video, these days, he noted, “everyone’s got a video creation device in their pocket.” In fact, he estimates that 90 percent of the video creation done on campus is user-generated content, whether it’s faculty making videos to help students learn, students creating videos for assignments, webinar production or extension service tutorials made for people out in the field.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/05/17/8-tips-for-lecture-capture-on-a-shoestring.aspx

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Studying With Celebrities In Master Class: Making On LIne Education Worth It

Tue, 2017-06-06 17:02

by Chris Brandt, University Herald

Imagine having a design class with Frank Gehry, or a cooking lesson with Gordon Ramsay, or a scriptwriting class with Aaron Sorkin – that would be pure heaven. This is not impossible anymore because Master Class, an online learning platform, offers such classes. The question, however, is if it is worth it. Master Class is an online learning platform in the tradition of Khan Academy, Udemy, and other MOOCs platforms. What makes it stand out, however, is that for $90, anyone can have lifetime access to a class taught by big names in different disciplines.

http://www.universityherald.com/articles/75229/20170519/studying-with-celebrities-in-master-class.htm

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