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Online Learning Shines in the ‘University of the Future’ Network Summit

Sun, 2018-11-25 16:03

By UPenn Online Learning Initiative

“Beyond the Walls: The University of the Future,” brought scholars, policy makers, administrators, and technology experts to Penn’s Perry World House, on Oct. 12 to discuss the future of higher education and how online learning plays a crucial role in achieving the goals of equitable and global education. Co-organized by Penn’s Online Learning Initiative (OLI) and the Office of the Provost, the summit addressed technology’s role in creating an urgency for higher education institutions to meet the needs of a changing economy and societal expectations. The summit featured panel discussions focused on four themes: The Global University, The Digital University, The Equitable University, and The Lifelong University. “The Digital University” panel looked at the ways in which technology creates new challenges and opportunities for institutions of higher learning. The panel, moderated by OLI Faculty Director Peter Decherney, discussed how online education is increasingly being adopted by universities across the world.

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Employers Want Liberal Arts Grads

Sun, 2018-11-25 16:02

By Emma Whitford, Inside Higher Ed

New study says the evolving economy creates a greater need for their skills, but that many colleges could do better at thinking about what graduates can do and helping them translate that into jobs.  A report being released today says higher education is not keeping pace with the ever-changing job market. The report examines the “translation chasm” between the skills graduates of liberal arts programs have and the skills employers say they’re looking for in an applicant. Turns out, they’re not all that different, but “liberal arts graduates are too often left to stumble upon the valuable mixture of layered skills” required for any specific career, according to the report. While many reports suggest that students should focus on studying marketable skills, the new report identifies career value in liberal arts education, albeit with some tweaks.

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Blazing a trail in environmental education for the young

Sat, 2018-11-24 16:25

UN Environment

In September 2018, UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched the UN Youth Strategy which seeks to engage 1.8 billion young people in driving global efforts to promote a peaceful, just and sustainable world. Education innovator Natalie Kyriacou from Australia is doing just that. She has developed Kids’ Corner, a digital classroom inspiring children and educators to participate in wildlife and environmental conservation and sciences through a range of curriculum-approved learning technologies, games and programmes.

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Time For A New Relationship Between Learning And Work?

Sat, 2018-11-24 16:20

Sally Percym, Forbes

How often do we hear that people are an organization’s greatest asset? Often the onus seems to be on individuals to develop themselves, however, which explains the recent explosion in business self-help books. Employers, which ultimately benefit from having skilled employees, often fail to invest adequately in learning and development – even though this lack of investment is a hindrance to their ability to recruit, retain and motivate talented staff and could impede their success in future. In this Q&A, Ben Chatfield, CEO and cofounder of video-based hiring platform Tempo, explains why we need to rethink the relationship between learning and work.

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The growing importance of soft skills and the role of technology in developing them

Sat, 2018-11-24 16:15

Stephen Somerville, Training Journal

Amidst all the talk of how artificial intelligence, automation and robotics are reshaping the workplace, it’s easy to overlook the humble ‘soft skill’. In way of definition, the English Cambridge dictionary says soft skills are: “people’s abilities to communicate with each other and work well together”. In practice this requires a multitude of qualities, including but not limited to: creative thinking and problem solving, analytical skills and critical thinking, ethics and integrity.

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UK and Australian universities launch ‘co-created’ online degree

Sat, 2018-11-24 16:10

By Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education
FutureLearn course will offer certificates from both Deakin and Coventry.  Two universities on opposite sides of the world have launched a co-created online postgraduate degree. In one of the first collaborations of its kind, Australia’s Deakin University and Coventry University in the UK are offering a postgraduate course in entrepreneurship on the FutureLearn platform, drawing on research and expertise at both institutions. This model of collaborative degrees is seen by some as the next step in online learning, and a possible threat to the attractiveness of some campus-based institutions that do not embrace this sort of partnership.

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Mapping the growth of digital learning in India

Sat, 2018-11-24 16:05

Roman Saini, Hindustan Times

In a country as diverse as India, along with overcoming the infrastructure barrier, there needs to be a focus on overcoming the barriers of language and content. The education divide in India with respect to quality and accessibility has existed for far too long. The Indian education system has remained more or less the same, since last 150 years. It is difficult for the existing physical infrastructure to meet the learning needs of the burgeoning population of our country which will touch 1.5B by 2030 and 1.7B by 2050 (equal to the population of China and USA combined). Digital is gaining acceptance across numerous sectors and it is only right that the education sector too reaps benefits of this digital transformation.

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Rising popularity of online university courses opens door to Harvard, Yale, MIT

Sat, 2018-11-24 16:02

By Emily Mertz, Online Global News

Schools have been offering them for years, but a recent surge in popularity of online university classes means even the most prestigious institutions are more accessible. These online courses are often referred to as MOOCs — Massive Open Online Courses — through an educational platform like Coursera. “And not just people who can afford to pay the tuition here — although of course that’s my job is to teach those students — but it’s really important to make sure that we educate society as a whole.”

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LinkedIn Becomes A Serious Open Learning Experience Platform

Fri, 2018-11-23 16:25

Josh Bersin, CLO

LinkedIn has become quite a juggernaut in the corporate learning market. Last time I checked the company had more than 17 million users, 14,000 corporate customers, more than 3,000 courses and was growing at high double-digit rates. And all this in only about two years. And the company just threw down the gauntlet; it’s now announcing it has completely opened up its learning platform to external content partners. This is the company’s formal announcement that LinkedIn Learning is not just an amazing array of content, it is a corporate learning platform. The company wants to become a single place for all organizational learning content.

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The Coming Commoditization Of Voice-Enabled AI

Fri, 2018-11-23 16:20

Chetan Dube, Forbes Technology Council

The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “The human voice is the organ of the soul.” It’s a phrase that succinctly captures both the complexity and the vital importance of voice as a means of communication, personalization and identity. We as humans are constantly trying to find our voice, especially in a digitized world where the avenues of communication continue to proliferate, making possession of a unique voice that stands out all the more challenging. Consumers are captivated by devices that attempt to emulate a voice’s ineffable human qualities — through digital AI assistants, home agents and voice-enabled devices. A PwC survey found that 72% have used voice-enabled products and services, most often in their homes. Research firm Ovum (via CNET) predicts that by 2021, more than 7.5 billion voice-activated assistants could be in use around the world — roughly the number of people on the planet.

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This is what A.I. looks like, according to A.I.

Fri, 2018-11-23 16:14

Sarah Berger, CNBC

When you think of artificial intelligence, maybe you picture Dolores from “Westworld” or something out of “Black Mirror.” But if you ask AI what AI looks like, it’s nothing like that — in fact, AI thinks it looks like a multi-colored helping hand for humans. Recently, IBM Research asked AI to draw a picture of itself. The result is embedded in the link below.

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Measuring the Value of Digital Credentials (Part One): The Shared Benefits of Microcredentialing

Fri, 2018-11-23 16:10

Jonathan Lehrich, Evolllution

With their increased granularity, transparency and portability, digital credentials are quickly supplanting the paper certificate as a means of non-degree skills verification in leading-edge continuing and professional education units. They enable a greater understanding of academic accomplishment and provide academic leaders with a means of unbundling degree requirements; however, as Jonathan Lehrich notes, their use on a broader institutional level is slow in the making. In the first of this two-part interview, Lehrich discusses the growing value of digital credentials to employers, educational institutions and job-seekers alike, and explains what it’s going to take for them to be better recognized by traditional academic departments and faculties.

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LinkedIn Expands Its Learning Library

Fri, 2018-11-23 16:04

by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Those watching LinkedIn’s evolution now have a little bit more grist for the mill. LinkedIn Learning, which is what has morphed into, on Nov. 9 announced a series of developments that show the company to be gradually expanding its footprint in the education and training space. Over the last 18 months, LinkedIn Learning, to which many companies, government agencies and colleges subscribe to provide technical and other skills to their workers and students, has been letting those clients add their own content (say, an internal training video or short course a company has created) to the LinkedIn platform so their workers or students can view it alongside the LinkedIn content (which numbers roughly 13,000 courses now).

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LinkedIn Learning Opens Its Platform (Slightly)

Fri, 2018-11-23 16:03

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

So far LinkedIn Learning plans to work with five partners: Harvard Business Publishing, getAbstract (which includes book summaries and TED talks), Big Think, Treehouse (which features courses on coding) and Creative Live. So it’s not like just any course library will be integrated, though the company said it plans to add others in the future. LinkedIn officials say it will not be selling subscriptions to the other services. “Many of our customers use LinkedIn Learning, but they also use other content,” said James Raybould, director of learning product at LinkedIn. “They want to bring that one front door to the learners.”

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5 Mistakes that Teachers Make with Technology

Thu, 2018-11-22 16:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

It appears that the trend of incorporating digital devices and edtech products into the classroom is here to stay. Learning how to use technology in the classroom is quite a process for many educators, and they make some mistakes along the way. Without the proper training on how to handle their new devices and incorporate them into the classroom, teachers might be guilty of making these five common mistakes with their technology.

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Predictions 2019: Expect A Pragmatic Vision Of AI

Thu, 2018-11-22 16:19

Michele Goetz, Forrester

In 2019, Forrester predicts that firms will address the pragmatic side of AI now that they have a better understanding of the challenges and embrace the idea that “no pain means no AI gain.” The AI reality is here. Firms are starting to recognize what it is and isn’t, what it can do and what it cannot. And they are seeing the real challenges of AI versus what they assumed the challenges would be. Firms will focus their attention on the data foundations, take creative approaches to building and holding on to AI talent, weave intelligence into business processes, and begin to establish the mechanisms to understanding why AI is acting the way it is.

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How colleges are adapting to workforce development mandates

Thu, 2018-11-22 16:15

Natalie Schwartz, Inside Higher Ed
The rise of emerging technologies is transforming America’s job market, with some projections estimating that automation could displace as many as 30% of To address the needs of a growing population that will require new skills in order to compete in the workforce, some colleges and universities are reevaluating how they design their curriculum. And successfully preparing workers for the changing economy requires colleges to engage in unorthodox and bold thinking, said Waded Cruzado, the president of Montana State University, during a panel session about the future of the workforce held Wednesday at the annual Educause conference, in Denver. Machines will perform almost half (42%) of all task hours in the workplace by 2022, compared to 29% today, leading to some 75 million jobs being displaced and 133 million new roles emerging, according to the World Economic Forum. Colleges will need to create a comprehensive agenda to teach new skills that meets the demand of these learners, said Karen Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, a nonprofit focused on improving outcomes for community college students.

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3 Ways Online Education Is Making Higher Education More Affordable

Thu, 2018-11-22 16:10

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

In an era of rising student debts, a growing number of people are concluding that higher education simply isn’t worth the financial risk. While this may be understandable, as student debt loads rise, there is at least some hope on the horizon. Over the past decade, online education has rapidly expanded, and there is growing evidence that it is making higher education more affordable.

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How AI Will Change Libraries

Thu, 2018-11-22 16:05

Ruggero Gramatica, CEO of Yewno – presenting at Stanford

How can we transition from the Information Economy to the Knowledge Economy?Traditional approaches based on IT smart technology that leverage indexing, RDF, open link can only marginally tackle the issue. Leveraging the rising of AI and ML together with a new cognitive linguistic approach, I will present the results of applied research which has led to the launch of the first interdisciplinary knowledge graph. Based on the paradigm of conceptual spaces, it builds inferences across concepts and their relationships, always providing precise references to the original literature source and an explanation of the connection. Most importantly, not providing a direct solution to queries but rather leads to infer the reasoning around the answers.

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Is this AI? We drew you a flowchart to work it out

Thu, 2018-11-22 16:03

by Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

In the broadest sense, AI refers to machines that can learn, reason, and act for themselves. They can make their own decisions when faced with new situations, in the same way that humans and animals can. As it currently stands, the vast majority of the AI advancements and applications you hear about refer to a category of algorithms known as machine learning. These algorithms use statistics to find patterns in massive amounts of data. They then use those patterns to make predictions on things like what shows you might like on Netflix, what you’re saying when you speak to Alexa, or whether you have cancer based on your MRI. Machine learning, and its subset deep learning (basically machine learning on steroids), is incredibly powerful.

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