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What’s the Difference Between Cognitive Computing and AI?

Sun, 2017-09-24 17:25

By Joel Hans, RT Insights

Artificial intelligence agents decide which actions are the most appropriate to take, and when they should be taken. These agents most often take the form of machine learning algorithms, neural networks, statistical analysis and more.   Cognitive computing is often described as simply marketing jargon, so crafting a working definition is important, although it’s more fluid right now, and there isn’t one consensus that industry experts have settled on. Still, the foundation is that cognitive computing systems try to simulate human thought processes. This process uses many of the same fundamentals as AI, such as machine learning, neural networks, natural language processing, contextual awareness and sentiment analysis, to follow the problem-solving processes that humans do day in and day out. IBM defines the result of cognitive computing as “systems that learn at scale, reason with purpose and interact with humans naturally.”

https://www.rtinsights.com/whats-the-difference-between-cognitive-computing-and-ai/

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How could the Internet of Things change the game for content marketers?

Sun, 2017-09-24 17:19

by Tereza Litsa, Click Z

The Internet of Things has the potential to bring a new age of content marketing. How can marketers prepare for this change? The Internet of Things is a growing trend, and the idea of keeping everyone connected through everyday devices is becoming an increasingly established concept. According to IHS, there were 15.4 billion connected devices in 2015, with the number expected to grow to 30.7 billion in 2020 and 75.4 billion in 2025. This is reflected in the projections for the revenue it can bring. According to Machina Research, the revenue from the Internet of Things is expected to increase from $892 billion in 2015 to $4 trillion in 2025.

How could the Internet of Things change the game for content marketers?

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How Big is the LMS Market?

Sun, 2017-09-24 17:16

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

I’m trying to figure out the size of the learning management system (LMS) market.
The problem with numbers related to educational technology is that you just can’t trust them.  Do a Google search for the size of the LMS market and you get some really big numbers, and wide discrepancies in the estimates. A Google search about the global educational technology market yields an estimate that worldwide spending on e-learning will reach $325 billion by 2025. A Business Wire report puts the global higher education technology market at $29 billion. Until I really understand where all these estimates about the edtech and LMS market come from, I plan to be skeptical about any numbers related to the edtech industry.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/how-big-lms-market

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How to avoid degree ‘mills’ and online college scams

Sun, 2017-09-24 17:06

Jessica Presinzano, North Jersey

Looking to enter an online degree program to help your career or gain a new skill set? Welcome. You are about to join 5.8 million other Americans who have enrolled in an online class. Online learning goes by many names, including a virtual classroom, MOOC (massive open online course), e-learning or online course, but all offer learning convenience and flexibility. That is, as long as you’re not getting scammed. Education scams aren’t new. Degree “mills” and fake university scams (think of the 2006 movie “Accepted”) have existed since the 19th century, but learning online has made it easier for scammers to cheat you out of your education — and money.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/education/2017/09/15/how-avoid-degree-mills-and-online-college-scams/669295001/

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Humboldt State offering online class for parents Course aims to help their student succeed

Sun, 2017-09-24 17:05

by Geneva Peppars, KRCR

Humboldt State University is now offering a new online class to help family members get educated on how they can help their student succeed in college. The course is called Forever Humboldt Families 101 and the class launched in August, coinciding with the beginning of the Fall Semester. Parents were introduced to the course during student orientation. HSU is not the first university to have parent programs, however, the campus is taking an unusual approach for families to familiarize themselves with the college experience. Family members take the course for free through “Canvas”, the same online learning system used by HSU students. The course covers topics such as the transition to college, academic support, student health, and campus involvement.

http://www.krcrtv.com/north-coast-news/humboldt-state-offering-online-class-for-parents/620913706

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How Big is the LMS Market?

Sun, 2017-09-24 17:02

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

I’m trying to figure out the size of the learning management system (LMS) market.
The problem with numbers related to educational technology is that you just can’t trust them.  Do a Google search for the size of the LMS market and you get some really big numbers, and wide discrepancies in the estimates. A Google search about the global educational technology market yields an estimate that worldwide spending on e-learning will reach $325 billion by 2025. A Business Wire report puts the global higher education technology market at $29 billion. Until I really understand where all these estimates about the edtech and LMS market come from, I plan to be skeptical about any numbers related to the edtech industry.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/how-big-lms-market

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eLearning Helps Classes Stay on Track During Hurricane Season

Sat, 2017-09-23 17:22

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Just as some schools located in northern regions of the nation have started to replace snow days with virtual school days, in the South, a growing number of public schools, colleges and universities are relying on eLearning to keep classes on schedule even during weather crises. This year, as the region is devastated by a series of hurricanes, eLearning is already proving critical.  The Kingwood area north of Houston was slammed by Harvey, but it was the runoff from the storm that caused the most damage. In fact, the Lone Star College system has closed its Kingwood campus and doesn’t expect it to be back up and running for two months. Despite this, Lone Star College remains in full operation.  The Lone Star College system’s chancellor, Steve Head, told Inside Higher Education that more than 35,000 of the system’s nearly 90,000 students are already enrolled in online courses: “We’re very technologically advanced here.

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7 tech innovations that are drastically changing the way people learn

Sat, 2017-09-23 17:19

by LUCAS MILLER, the Next Web

When we discuss technology innovations, we usually focus on the ways that new tech is making our lives easier. While this is certainly a great perk of technology, it also causes us to overlook an even better benefit of the new innovations and developments we see on a daily basis: how technology is improving learning. Both inside and outside the classroom, the following tech innovations are having a drastic impact on the way people learn, helping to change education for the better.

https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2017/09/11/7-tech-innovations-drastically-changing-way-people-learn/

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Redesigning the Syllabus to Reflect the Learning Journey

Sat, 2017-09-23 17:15

By Mark Engstrom, edSurge

Conventional syllabi are developed from the perspective of the teacher—designed to present what he or she plans to include in a course. I wanted to develop an alternative version that looked through the lens of the student, and my vision was to tailor each one to reflect what a particular learner would be doing every step of the way throughout the course. This was not simply a more visually appealing version of a classic syllabus, it was a radical overhaul of the student experience with the primary goal of changing their perception of their role as a learner. This drastic class redesign demanded that I ask myself some big questions: what content was required, what elements of learning could students control and what traditional and new measures I could use to gauge progress? Almost every question led to another

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-09-10-redesigning-the-syllabus-to-reflect-the-learning-journey

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7 tech innovations that are drastically changing the way people learn

Sat, 2017-09-23 17:11

by LUCAS MILLER, the Next Web

When we discuss technology innovations, we usually focus on the ways that new tech is making our lives easier. While this is certainly a great perk of technology, it also causes us to overlook an even better benefit of the new innovations and developments we see on a daily basis: how technology is improving learning. Both inside and outside the classroom, the following tech innovations are having a drastic impact on the way people learn, helping to change education for the better.

https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2017/09/11/7-tech-innovations-drastically-changing-way-people-learn/

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On-Demand Learning – in an On-Demand World

Sat, 2017-09-23 17:06

By Ben Henderson, eLearning Inside

Within the e-Learning industry, we are familiar with buzz words and fancy expressions which aim to revitalize old ideas and learning concepts. Be it ‘flipping the classroom’ or ‘gamify learning’, these seemingly new notions crop up every so often, convincing L&D departments that this is the method which will finally make compliance training exciting and engaging. So is ‘on-demand learning’ the new kid at school, or is there actually substance and value in the concept from an L&D perspective? During the last educational technology event I attended, I heard a learning platform company referring to themselves as the ‘Netflix of learning’. ‘This sounds great’, I initially thought. Most of us are familiar with Netflix and its personalized dashboard, customized to our own desires and available anytime, anywhere. I instantly thought that from an engagement point of view, branding a learning platform in a similar way to Netflix was a clever (but potentially deceptive) idea, but is it any more effective than a standard LMS in disseminating learning content?

https://news.elearninginside.com/demand-learning-demand-world/

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eLearning Helps Classes Stay on Track During Hurricane Season

Sat, 2017-09-23 17:02

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Just as some schools located in northern regions of the nation have started to replace snow days with virtual school days, in the South, a growing number of public schools, colleges and universities are relying on eLearning to keep classes on schedule even during weather crises. This year, as the region is devastated by a series of hurricanes, eLearning is already proving critical.  The Kingwood area north of Houston was slammed by Harvey, but it was the runoff from the storm that caused the most damage. In fact, the Lone Star College system has closed its Kingwood campus and doesn’t expect it to be back up and running for two months. Despite this, Lone Star College remains in full operation.  The Lone Star College system’s chancellor, Steve Head, told Inside Higher Education that more than 35,000 of the system’s nearly 90,000 students are already enrolled in online courses: “We’re very technologically advanced here.

eLearning Helps Classes Stay on Track During Hurricane Season

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Forecast for eLearning

Fri, 2017-09-22 17:25

by PiWorld

One trend in eLearning involves the incorporation of video, and this practice will continue to grow. While informal online video-based learning has been taking place for as long as there have been online videos, the goal of formal eLearning approaches is to incorporate video-based content in structured training frameworks. Another trend in online learning involves compatibility with mobile devices. Mobile learning, or mLearning, has been a buzzword for a number of years, and a study by RnRMarketResearch.com predicts that this segment of the online learning market should grow to $37.60 billion by 2020 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36.3%. A related trend takes advantage of mobile-enabled virtual reality (VR) systems. A final burgeoning practice in eLearning involves the incorporation of “Big Data” to provide increased personalization.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/flipped-courses-and-costs

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SHOULD YOU BE ALLOWED TO USE YOUR LAPTOP IN CLASS?

Fri, 2017-09-22 17:20

By Lexi Lieberman, Study Breaks

The controversial issue of whether or not students should be allowed to use laptops in class has had many outspoken people on both sides. Proponents of laptop use in class definitely have a compelling case. First, they argue, students can look up facts while in class, and if they find something of interest, they can share what they’ve just found online with the class or the professor. They can also use the internet or online dictionaries to verify what they may not hear correctly in lecture, such as a date of a battle or the spelling of a world leader’s name. This helps both the student and his or her peers learn better.

https://studybreaks.com/2017/09/13/should-you-be-allowed-to-use-your-laptop-in-class/

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NSA Opens Annual Codebreaker Challenge for Students

Fri, 2017-09-22 17:15

By Campus Technology
The National Security Agency (NSA) has once again launched its coding challenge, which presents an opportunity for college students to flex their coding skills and tackle national cybersecurity issues. The 2017 NSA Codebreaker Challenge sets up a fictional storyline in which unusual network activity has been detected within a large supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system that controls critical infrastructure for multiple cities. Through a series of six tasks, students must assess which systems are compromised and neutralize the threat.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/09/18/nsa-opens-annual-codebreaker-challenge-for-students.aspx

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Forecast for eLearning

Fri, 2017-09-22 17:07

by PiWorld

One trend in eLearning involves the incorporation of video, and this practice will continue to grow. While informal online video-based learning has been taking place for as long as there have been online videos, the goal of formal eLearning approaches is to incorporate video-based content in structured training frameworks. Another trend in online learning involves compatibility with mobile devices. Mobile learning, or mLearning, has been a buzzword for a number of years, and a study by RnRMarketResearch.com predicts that this segment of the online learning market should grow to $37.60 billion by 2020 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36.3%. A related trend takes advantage of mobile-enabled virtual reality (VR) systems. A final burgeoning practice in eLearning involves the incorporation of “Big Data” to provide increased personalization.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/flipped-courses-and-costs

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How to Fulfill the Promise of Online Education

Fri, 2017-09-22 17:04

by JANE S. SHAW, the Spectator

Many colleges and universities have hired private companies to build and operate their online education programs. Firms such as Academic Programs, 2U, Coursera, the College Network, and Pearson work quietly behind the scenes to convert traditional courses to online formats, recruit students, follow up with students, and even supply courses. They are known as online program managers (OPMs). The Century Foundation, an explicitly progressive organization, recently expressed concern about these relationships. Its report, authored by Margaret Mattes, was based on reviews of 117 contracts between nonprofit schools (mostly public universities) and private OPMs. She concluded the companies provide “services so intertwined with the actual teaching and learning” that they may undermine the independence of the universities.

https://spectator.org/how-to-fulfill-the-promise-of-online-education/

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Online enrollment a key to UNA’s future

Fri, 2017-09-22 17:03

by Times-Daily
The number of students taking at least one class at the University of North Alabama this fall will be lower for the first time in three years. The loss appears to be in the freshman class. With semester enrollment set to be frozen today, Ron Patterson, vice president over enrollment management, reported Wednesday the preliminary numbers indicate there will be 7,388 enrolled this semester. That’s 129 less than the final enrollment count for the fall semester a year ago (7,517), or a 1.7 percent decline.

http://www.timesdaily.com/opinion/editorials/online-enrollment-a-key-to-una-s-future/article_7963eaa1-bbd1-5863-a949-bb9e6695b2c5.html

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Standardization in Online Education

Thu, 2017-09-21 17:25

By Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
A regional accreditor recently denied an Arizona community college’s bid to increase its online degree offerings, with a decision that highlights challenges colleges may face when seeking to expand their online presence. Scottsdale Community College had sought to add 48 new online certificate and degree programs. The college, which is a part of the Maricopa Community College District, had proposed gradually beginning to offer the degrees, beginning this fall and continuing through 2020. After conducting a review, the Higher Learning Commission gave the college an acceptable rating in each category for online course delivery. However, the accreditor also identified several problems, mostly revolving around inconsistency in the way Scottsdale offered its existing online programs to students. As a result, it rejected the college’s request to add the new credentials.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/09/15/accreditor-denies-arizona-community-colleges-bid-expand-online

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The Chico Unified School District provides online classes

Thu, 2017-09-21 17:19

by Chloe Ortega, KRCR

The Chico Unified School District is giving students from 6th to 12th grade the option to take classes online.  Students can choose from two different online academies: The Viking Academy or The Panther Academy.  The online courses cover all classes. Students can choose to take them all online if they want to.  The school district said that they tested the program last year and found it to be successful, so they are expanding it this year.

http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/butte/the-chico-unified-school-district-provides-online-classes/621027780

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