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Massive Online Courses Find A New Audience With Continuing Medical Education

Mon, 2019-01-28 16:03

By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge
Applications are surging for New York University’s School of Medicine after the university announced last year that its medical program would be tuition-free for all students. But NYU isn’t the only school trying to offer free medical training. Dozens of colleges and universities are taking courses in healthcare and medicine online—and making them free or low-cost—with massive online course platforms. Coursera, a company that hosts massive online courses and degrees, is the latest entrant among a growing number of online education providers that are entering the medical space.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-01-17-massive-online-courses-find-a-new-audience-with-continuing-medical-education

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A country’s ambitious plan to teach anyone the basics of AI

Sun, 2019-01-27 16:28

Karen Hao – MIT Technology Review
In the era of AI superpowers, Finland is no match for the US and China. So the Scandinavian country is taking a different tack. It has embarked on an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of AI to 1% of its population, or 55,000 people. Once it reaches that goal, it plans to go further, increasing the share of the population with AI know-how. The scheme is all part of a greater effort to establish Finland as a leader in applying and using the technology. Citizens take an online course that is specifically designed for non–technology experts with no programming experience. The government is now rolling it out nationally. As of mid-December, more than 10,500 people, including at least 4,000 outside of Finland’s borders, had graduated from the course. More than 250 companies have also pledged to train part or all of their workforce.

https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/612762/a-countrys-ambitious-plan-to-teach-anyone-the-basics-of-ai/

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Comparing and Contrasting Competency-Based Programs

Sun, 2019-01-27 16:20

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
Three online or hybrid CBE programs reflect the diversity of approaches to offering instruction on a flexible timetable, and with a focus on acquiring skills. Competency-based education (CBE) has become an increasingly prevalent topic of conversation in higher ed circles in recent years — and 2019 could lead to more activity. New rules proposed by the U.S. Education Department last week appear designed to spur more growth in innovative CBE programs by easing the burden on accreditors to secure federal approval. But how does CBE work, exactly? We’ve picked three examples from different types of institutions in different parts of the country to offer a sense of the landscape’s diversity.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/16/competency-based-programs-offer-flexible-learning-variety-models

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Survey: Employers Want ‘Soft Skills’ From Graduates

Sun, 2019-01-27 16:15

By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Inside Higher Ed
Employers want college graduates who have “soft skills,” such as being a good listener or thinking critically, but they have difficulty finding such candidates, according to a new report. The survey was conducted online in September by Morning Consult for Cengage, an educational technology and services company, among more than 500 hiring managers and 150 more human resources professionals. More than 1,500 current and former college students from two- and four-year institutions were also surveyed. The companies found that the most in-demand talent among employers was listening skills — 74 percent of employers indicated this was a skill they valued. This was followed by attention to detail (70 percent) and effective communication (69 percent).

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/01/17/survey-employers-want-soft-skills-graduates

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Provosts Count More on Online Programs

Sun, 2019-01-27 16:10

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
More say they will increase emphasis on and allocate “major funds” to online offerings. Survey also finds solid but not spectacular support for open educational resources, and that backing for competency-based programs is more philosophical than practical. Increasing numbers of college and university chief academic officers plan to expand their online offerings and make major allocations of funds to online programs, a new survey by Inside Higher Ed shows.  The 2019 Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers, published by Inside Higher Ed in conjunction with Gallup, finds that 83 percent of provosts say they will increase their emphasis on expanding online programs and offerings. That figure has edged up slightly in recent years, from 79 percent in 2016.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/23/provosts-aim-lean-more-heavily-online-programs

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Survey: Online, Blended Dominate Today’s Learning Environments

Sun, 2019-01-27 16:05

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
In our latest Teaching with Technology Survey, the vast majority of faculty members said they teach in either a fully online or blended format.  In a recent survey, nearly nine in 10 faculty members (87 percent) at colleges and universities across the country said they are using either fully online or a mix of online and face-to-face instruction in their courses. That leaves just 13 percent who are still teaching exclusively face-to-face. These findings come out of Campus Technology’s 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey, which asked higher education faculty about their work with online and blended courses and their plans for exploring those modes in the future. The blended model was the most common among our respondents, at 76 percent, up from 73 percent in 2017.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/16/survey-online-blended-dominate-todays-learning-environments.aspx

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Experts Debate Merits of AI in Education

Sun, 2019-01-27 16:02

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Will artificial intelligence make most people better off over the next decade, or will it redefine what free will means or what a human being is? A new report by the Pew Research Center has weighed in on the topic by conferring with some 979 experts, who have, in summary, predicted that networked AI “will amplify human effectiveness but also threaten human autonomy, agency and capabilities.” the experts were asked whether AI and related technology will by the year 2030 enhance human capacities or allow them to deteriorate, the majority (63 percent) said most people will be better off.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/12/20/experts-debate-merits-of-ai-in-education.aspx

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Seven Things to Consider Before Developing Your Online Course

Sat, 2019-01-26 16:25

By: Brian Udermann, Faculty Focus

As the number of online courses and degree programs in higher education continues to increase, more faculty are being asked to design and develop online courses. Sometimes this course design and development process is done somewhat reflexively, in a short time period, and with limited planning and preparation. This is not ideal as it can lead to a more stressful course development process for instructors and negatively impact the quality of online offerings. This article will explore seven things that instructors should consider prior to developing an online course

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/seven-things-to-consider-before-developing-your-online-course/

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Pacific University Press’ Latest Publications Highlight Growing OER Movement

Sat, 2019-01-26 16:20

Joe Lang Pacific U

Pacific University Press is quietly fostering the open educational resources movement (OER), one that could very well reshape higher education. Consistent with the university’s mission to advance scholarship and discovery, the Press recently published an open-access textbook available for free download and use by instructors and students everywhere, as well as a primer for academic librarians who wish to promote the use of OER on their campuses. In October, the press published the first textbook in its three-year history, An Introduction to Technical Theatre, by Pacific professor and award-winning set designer Tal Sanders. Published under the Press’ Tualatin Books imprint, the book draws on Sanders’ extensive experience and is appropriate for both high school and college-level theatre courses.

https://www.pacificu.edu/about/media/pacific-university-press%E2%80%99-latest-publications-highlight-growing-oer-movement

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As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

Sat, 2019-01-26 16:15

By Jeffrey R. Young and Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving. But fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem. While OER started off as free online textbooks, it still costs money to produce these materials, and professors often need guidance finding which ones are high quality.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-01-15-as-oer-grows-up-advocates-stress-more-than-just-low-cost

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A country’s ambitious plan to teach anyone the basics of AI

Sat, 2019-01-26 16:12

 

Karen Hao – MIT Technology Review
In the era of AI superpowers, Finland is no match for the US and China. So the Scandinavian country is taking a different tack. It has embarked on an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of AI to 1% of its population, or 55,000 people. Once it reaches that goal, it plans to go further, increasing the share of the population with AI know-how. The scheme is all part of a greater effort to establish Finland as a leader in applying and using the technology. Citizens take an online course that is specifically designed for non–technology experts with no programming experience. The government is now rolling it out nationally. As of mid-December, more than 10,500 people, including at least 4,000 outside of Finland’s borders, had graduated from the course. More than 250 companies have also pledged to train part or all of their workforce.

https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/612762/a-countrys-ambitious-plan-to-teach-anyone-the-basics-of-ai/

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Comparing and Contrasting Competency-Based Programs

Sat, 2019-01-26 16:05

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed
Three online or hybrid CBE programs reflect the diversity of approaches to offering instruction on a flexible timetable, and with a focus on acquiring skills. Competency-based education (CBE) has become an increasingly prevalent topic of conversation in higher ed circles in recent years — and 2019 could lead to more activity. New rules proposed by the U.S. Education Department last week appear designed to spur more growth in innovative CBE programs by easing the burden on accreditors to secure federal approval. But how does CBE work, exactly? We’ve picked three examples from different types of institutions in different parts of the country to offer a sense of the landscape’s diversity.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/16/competency-based-programs-offer-flexible-learning-variety-models

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Looking to the Student-Centered Future of Higher Education

Sat, 2019-01-26 16:02

Louis Soares, Evolllution
As learning innovations move beyond traditional colleges and universities, higher education must consciously define its value and revise its structures accordingly to best accommodate learners’ needs.
In 2018, the postsecondary industry underwent a unique evolution in terms of student demographics and learning innovation. Students are no longer treated as a monolithic entity. Instead, colleges and universities are shifting towards a human-centered approach to change management—an evolution that will impact the industry in coming years. In this interview, Louis Soares reflects on some of the broad shifts that occurred across the postsecondary environment in 2018 and shares his insights on how this space will continue to evolve through 2019 and beyond.

https://evolllution.com/managing-institution/operations_efficiency/looking-to-the-student-centered-future-of-higher-education/

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How the Blockchain Ushers in a New Form of Trust

Fri, 2019-01-25 16:25

Kevin Werbach, Knowledge@Wharton

Blockchain is one of the biggest buzzwords in technology today. But confusion exists about what it is exactly: The blockchain is often mentioned in the same breath as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but it encompasses far more than that. Kevin Werbach, Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics and a blockchain expert, has written a book that explains this technology with great depth and precision. Because really, blockchain is a fusion of law, business, technology, economics — all these different areas where I have some expertise, and where I think there are really potentially huge opportunities to create new kinds of organizations and new kinds of [businesses].

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/werbach-blockchain/

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BM’s AI Machine Makes A Convincing Case That It’s Mastering The Human Art Of Persuasion

Fri, 2019-01-25 16:20

Carmine Gallo, Forbes
Project Debater is the latest AI technology in IBM’s series of grand challenges. The AI-generated speeches are remarkably convincing. IBM Research has built an AI system that can analyze 300 million articles, papers or records on a given topic and construct a persuasive speech about it. It would take a human—reading twenty-four hours a day—about 2,000 years to get through the same material. IBM Project Debater does it in 10 minutes.  Rest easy. It won’t replace humans for reasons I’ll explain below. It will, however, have profound implications for how we make decisions to solve complex challenges.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/2019/01/13/ibms-ai-machine-makes-a-convincing-case-that-its-mastering-the-human-art-of-persuasion/#316da0e62a48

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5 Important Augmented And Virtual Reality Trends For 2019 Everyone Should Read

Fri, 2019-01-25 16:15

Bernard Marr, Forbes

Alongside AI and automation, virtual reality (VR) and its closely related cousin augmented reality (AR) have been touted for several years now as technologies likely to have a profoundly transformative effect on the way we live and work.  Over the next year, both VR and AR applications will become increasingly sophisticated, as devices get more powerful and capable of creating higher quality visuals. Our understanding of how humans can usefully navigate and interact within virtual or augmented environments will also evolve, leading to the creation of more “natural” methods of interacting and exploring virtual space.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2019/01/14/5-important-augmented-and-virtual-reality-trends-for-2019-everyone-should-read/#1534e16522e7

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6 Things to Know About Textbooks for Online Courses

Fri, 2019-01-25 16:10

By Jordan Friedman, US News

Online students may consider purchasing rather than renting textbooks if they plan to keep course materials as career resources.  Certain professors may not assign any textbooks and will simply have students download a series of journal articles and other reading materials at no cost. Other online courses may utilize Open Educational Resources, or OERs, which are free materials on the internet that are often available to anyone and are produced through university, state or federally funded projects, says Tony Contento, program manager for the School of Professional Studies at Colorado State University—Global Campus. “What they represent is a free resource for students designed by active professors,” Contento says. “And sometimes these professors even design other materials – videos, interactives, assessments – for student and faculty use.”

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2019-01-15/6-things-to-know-about-textbooks-for-online-courses

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Seven Things to Consider Before Developing Your Online Course

Fri, 2019-01-25 16:05

By: Brian Udermann, Faculty Focus

As the number of online courses and degree programs in higher education continues to increase, more faculty are being asked to design and develop online courses. Sometimes this course design and development process is done somewhat reflexively, in a short time period, and with limited planning and preparation. This is not ideal as it can lead to a more stressful course development process for instructors and negatively impact the quality of online offerings. This article will explore seven things that instructors should consider prior to developing an online course

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/seven-things-to-consider-before-developing-your-online-course/

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As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

Fri, 2019-01-25 16:02

By Jeffrey R. Young and Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving. But fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem. While OER started off as free online textbooks, it still costs money to produce these materials, and professors often need guidance finding which ones are high quality.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-01-15-as-oer-grows-up-advocates-stress-more-than-just-low-cost

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5 Trends in Online Teaching for 2019

Thu, 2019-01-24 16:26

Teodora Kosturska, Vedamo

E-learning is one of the fastest growing forms of education and it creates endless opportunities for people to improve their skills, knowledge, and qualifications. A few months ago we shared our predictions about the top trends in e-learning for 2019 that will turn online education into a unique and rewarding experience for both students and tutors. In short, the latest trends in online teaching and distance learning in a virtual environment are focused on assuring a more personalized and interactive experience for students.

https://www.vedamo.com/knowledge/5-trends-online-teaching-2019/

 

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