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What Is 5G and What Will It Mean for EdTech?

Fri, 2018-10-05 17:03

by Eli Zimmerman, EdTech

5G, the fifth generation of wireless networks, promises to be the catalyst for a new age of connected technology and network speed. Experts working to develop the new technology have noted three key areas where 5G will improve on the current 4G LTE networks that are used right now: increased device capacity, faster network speed and lower latency. Forecasters expect 5G access to increase more dramatically through 2019, with the number of 5G devices becoming more ubiquitous in 2020. And with the race to 5G in full swing, educators are wondering what this network will mean for them.

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/09/what-5g-and-what-will-it-mean-edtech

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Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity

Thu, 2018-10-04 17:25

by Wendy McMahon, EdTech

As personalized learning continues to gain momentum across the U.S., more states, districts and schools are moving toward a competency-based education system that focuses on individualized learning and classroom equity. But what exactly is a competency-based education system, and what role does technology play in the design and support of this system? In a recent webinar from the International Association for K–12 Online Learning, titled “Designing for Equity: Leveraging Competency-Based Education to Ensure All Students Succeed,” education consultant Katherine Casey explains the key ways a competency-based system differs from a traditional system.

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/09/use-personalized-learning-tools-boost-classroom-equity

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MOOCs Find a New Audience With On-Campus Students

Thu, 2018-10-04 17:20

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

In recent months, some colleges have made arrangements with the MOOC platforms they work with to let students and staff get free access to online certificates and microcredentials created by the universities. This year the University of Michigan launched Michigan Online, a portal that lists the dozens of MOOCs the university has developed, and offers links where current students, faculty members and alumni can get full access to the certificates for free. “We want students around campus to take those courses,” says James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation at the University of Michigan.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-09-27-moocs-find-a-new-audience-with-on-campus-students

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9 recommended blockchain online courses

Thu, 2018-10-04 17:15

by Packtpub
Blockchain is reshaping the world as we know it. And we are not talking metaphorically because the new technology is really influencing everything from online security and data management to governance and smart contracting. Statistical reports support these claims. According to the study, the blockchain universe grows by over 40% annually, while almost 70% of banks are already experimenting with this technology. IT experts at the Editing AussieWritings.com Services claim that the potential in this field is almost limitless: “Blockchain offers a myriad of practical possibilities, so you definitely want to get acquainted with it more thoroughly.”

9 recommended blockchain online courses

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What to Do About Contract Cheating

Thu, 2018-10-04 17:10

by  Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When 13 undergraduate engineering students were booted out of the program at Australia’s Deakin University in May 2016 for taking part in “contract cheating,” it may have looked like just another round in institutional efforts to combat academic dishonesty, akin to reducing plagiarism or stamping out the use of term paper mills. However, some experts view this specific form of deceit as more pernicious because it can be so hard to detect by the usual tools and methods. Contract cheating — the use of essay writing services to manufacture coursework — is on the rise, along with other forms of academic dishonesty. Wendy Sutherland-Smith, a longtime scholar of academic integrity, doesn’t hold back: “Contract cheating companies are really insidious, evil, nasty beasts,” she declared.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/09/26/what-to-do-about-contract-cheating.aspx

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Free Online Content from Harvard Faculty on edX to Enrich Classroom Experiences

Thu, 2018-10-04 17:06

By IBL News

Harvard University’s cutting-edge and free 100 courses on edX.org –covering topics from calculus and climate change to Shakespeare and Stravinsky– are a good tool to enrich a face-to-face classroom experience and enhance professional development-oriented skills.

Free Online Content from Harvard Faculty on edX to Enrich Classroom Experiences

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Colleges address cybersecurity training gap with degrees, partnerships

Thu, 2018-10-04 17:03

By Hallie Busta James Paterson, Education Dive
More than 3 million cybersecurity jobs will be unfilled in 2021, a fact that is spurring college investment in education and training opportunities to help students take advantage of job opportunities in the growing field, EdTech reported. So far, relatively few colleges offer undergraduate or graduate cybersecurity degrees, but that could change. Colleges are partnering with the private sector to design new programs and curriculum that meets workforce needs and, in some cases, to help shoulder the cost of expensive training and simulation facilities such as cyber ranges. Colleges investing in cybersecurity programs include Augusta University, Montgomery College of Maryland, Regent University, Texas A&M University, the University of Michigan and Virginia Tech, among others.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-address-cybersecurity-training-gap-with-degrees-partnerships/533355/

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Ed Department officials say their focus is on better college data, less regulation

Wed, 2018-10-03 17:25

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Two senior U.S. Education Department officials told journalists Monday at an event in Las Vegas that the federal agency under Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to make more and better data available to students considering college, while continuing to prioritize the kind of deregulation that has characterized the current administration’s approach to higher ed governance.  “We do not think it’s the role of the federal government to make this decision [of whether a specific college is worth attending] on behalf of students,” said Diane Auer Jones, the department’s top higher ed official, adding that federal student aid, state authorizing bodies and accreditors will continue to be the primary sources of accountability for the industry. She said that in recent years, regulations “have driven [colleges] to a one-size-fits-all model” and that streamlining and clarifying the rules could give institutions that want to explore new learning models the space to do so.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/ed-department-officials-say-their-focus-is-on-better-college-data-less-reg/533153/

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Thin Heads and Fat Tails: Understanding the Crypto Reinvention of Capitalism

Wed, 2018-10-03 17:19

by Philipp Stauffer, Knowledge at Wharton

The open application ecosystems of the internet are dominated by a handful of tech giants today, but crypto technologies could level the foundations of the modern web to establish free and open access to information, connection and exchange, according to this opinion piece by Philipp Stauffer, co-founder and general partner of FYRFLY Venture Partners.

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/web-3-0-welcome-new-sober-internet/

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Giving Momentum to the Competency-Based Education

Wed, 2018-10-03 17:15

JILLIAN KLEIN, Higher Learning Advocates

Whether it is in the news and television commercials or cropping up in proposed legislative and regulatory changes, “competency-based education” continues to dominate the conversation around innovation in higher education. And for good reason; there are hundreds of forward-thinking institutions that are offering CBE programs. Many of these programs are offered via the credit hour, while some are offered via direct assessment, which measures progress through the demonstration of competencies instead of the accumulation of credit hours. Either way, these programs are designed to be professionally-relevant, aligned to learning outcomes that employers expect, and often allow students to move at a personalized pace.

 

Giving Momentum to the Competency-Based Education Movement

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Online learning bolsters chances of promotion

Wed, 2018-10-03 17:09

by Stephen Somerville, FE News UK
FutureLearn, the online social learning platform owned by The Open University, has today published new research revealing that employees’ chances of promotion and securing a new role are enhanced by taking an online course. Nearly three quarters (73%) of employers said they thought online courses were either very valuable (33%) or valuable (40%) when considering the promotion of an existing employee.  Professional development through online learning also carried favour among employers when hiring. Online learning was a ‘differentiating factor’ when assessing candidates with similar qualifications or experience for a new role. This was especially true for those in mid-management (73%) and junior/entry level roles (71%). It was less decisive in more senior roles, but still more than half of employers (61%) said it could be a differentiating factor at director level.

https://www.fenews.co.uk/fevoices/20289-online-learning-bolsters-chances-of-promotion

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Harvard Business School’s HBX Is Fundamentally Transforming Online Learning

Wed, 2018-10-03 17:06

by Seb Murray, Business Because

While many early online platforms were merely a place to repurpose recorded lectures, Harvard’s HBX has become a fully-fledged part of the historic business school. It has grown rapidly, offering 11 courses, from negotiation mastery to entrepreneurship essentials, enrolling more than 30,000 students in three years. There are plans to launch another strategy course and one on alternative investments such as hedge funds and real estate, according to Patrick.

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/hear-from-business-schools/5535/harvard-business-schools-hbx-is-transforming-online-learning

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How to Prevent High-Tech Cheating

Wed, 2018-10-03 17:02

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Cheating has always been a cultural phenomenon, but today’s digital age makes it easier than ever. It can be tempting to find creative solutions to raise your grades without putting in the work. Papers can be written in minutes and the answers to the final exam are easily found online. Teachers and parents have to be aware of the methods students are using to improve their grades and raise their test scores. High-tech cheating has become more difficult to stop than ever before, but our schools must find a way to put an end to it. What steps can schools take to start preventing high-tech cheating before it even happens? Here are a few guidelines you may want to set in place for your classroom.

How to Prevent High-Tech Cheating

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Why ‘Will robots take our jobs?’ is the wrong question to ask about AI

Tue, 2018-10-02 17:25

AMY ELLIOTT BRAGG, Crains Business Detroit

Rumman Chowdhury wants us to stop thinking about “The Terminator” when we think about artificial intelligence. The technology is already here — we see it in our social media feeds, in the Alexas on our countertops, in the autonomous vehicles that are test-cruising our streets. And sometimes it reflects less than the best of our society, as when a program used to sentence criminals based on their likelihood of reoffending turned out to be racially discriminatory. Chowdhury is a senior principal at Accenture, where she consults on artificial intelligence solutions for businesses and leads the company’s strategic growth initiative on responsible artificial intelligence.

https://www.crainsdetroit.com/technology/why-will-robots-take-our-jobs-wrong-question-ask-about-ai

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Seven Learning And Development Trends To Adopt In 2019

Tue, 2018-10-02 17:20

Cameron Bishop, Forbes

Learning and technology walk hand in hand. As high-tech innovations accelerate, so does the opportunity to create better corporate training programs and delivery methods. As the president and CEO of one of the largest learning and development providers in the United States, I have learned that organizations need personalized training that incorporates cutting-edge technology, supports professional development and encourages employee engagement. More than ever, training is effectively providing skills that match the way we learn in a high-tech world. Here are seven of the top training trends you should pay attention to in 2019.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeshumanresourcescouncil/2018/09/24/seven-learning-and-development-trends-to-adopt-in-2019/#5abf3017104b

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How higher ed, industry can prep students for the workforce of the future

Tue, 2018-10-02 17:14

By Riia O’Donnell, Education Dive
It’s estimated that by 2020 almost 80% of jobs will require some degree of technical skills. The lack of confidence on the part of teachers and the estimated need may be dire news for employers. In a separate PwC survey, 79% of CEOs in the U.S. are concerned the shortage of people with key skills could impact their companies’ growth. At the college level, it’s estimated that 50% of subject knowledge acquired in the first year of a four-year tech degree will be outdated by graduation.

 

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-higher-ed-industry-can-prep-students-for-the-workforce-of-the-future/533200/

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MOOCs Find a New Audience With On-Campus Students

Tue, 2018-10-02 17:10

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

In recent months, some colleges have made arrangements with the MOOC platforms they work with to let students and staff get free access to online certificates and microcredentials created by the universities. This year the University of Michigan launched Michigan Online, a portal that lists the dozens of MOOCs the university has developed, and offers links where current students, faculty members and alumni can get full access to the certificates for free. “We want students around campus to take those courses,” says James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation at the University of Michigan.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-09-27-moocs-find-a-new-audience-with-on-campus-students

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Thin Heads and Fat Tails: Understanding the Crypto Reinvention of Capitalism

Tue, 2018-10-02 17:05

by Philipp Stauffer, Knowledge at Wharton

The open application ecosystems of the internet are dominated by a handful of tech giants today, but crypto technologies could level the foundations of the modern web to establish free and open access to information, connection and exchange, according to this opinion piece by Philipp Stauffer, co-founder and general partner of FYRFLY Venture Partners.

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/web-3-0-welcome-new-sober-internet/

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How Adult-Serving Institutions Can Continue To Thrive As Interest In Serving Adults Grows

Tue, 2018-10-02 17:02

George A. Pruitt, Evolllution

Higher education has been evolving into an adult-focused industry since the Second World War—yet the assumptions and motivations that underpin current policies and practices remain rooted in obsolete notions of what works for “traditional” students. With technological advancements, shifting demographics and a constantly evolving regulatory environment, higher education is an industry in flux—and nowhere more so than non-traditional education. As the former president of one of the longest-standing adult-focused universities, George Pruitt understands this environment better than most. In this interview, he offers his insights on the complexities and challenges of adult-serving higher education, and explains why innovation plays such a vital role in shaping both the past and future of this market segment.

How Adult-Serving Institutions Can Continue To Thrive As Interest In Serving Adults Grows

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Finding What Works in Educational Innovation

Mon, 2018-10-01 17:26

By Sara Friedman, THE Journal

Teachers are more likely to utilize new teaching practices that are more manageable based on their circumstances, according a new report from the Christensen Institute that focuses on the behavior of teachers and the situations in which they are willing to use new educational tools. The researchers came up with four distinct categories on how teachers decided to move forward with making instructional changes:

Help me lead the way in improving my school.
Help me engage and challenge more of my students in a way that’s manageable.
Help me replace a broken instructional model so I can reach a new student.
Help me not fall behind on my school’s new initiative.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2018/09/12/finding-what-works-in-educational-innovation.aspx

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