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How to Improve Cyberstrategy by Learning NFL Defensive Tactics

Thu, 2019-01-24 16:20

Dan Lohrmann, Government Technology

At a summary level, what is Nick’s case? As the NFL playoffs rolled into divisional round games this weekend, more and more cybersecurity experts are seeing similarities between football strategies and cyberdefense strategies. Indeed, the lessons learned go much deeper than executive level analogies and fun tips.  After all the effort we put into improving our technology, why does everything seem so awful in cybersecurity? Here are some of Nick’s main points in the video presentation:

https://securityboulevard.com/2019/01/how-to-improve-cyber-strategy-by-learning-nfl-defensive-tactics/

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Fiber’ Is a Wakeup Call to our Digital Learning Community

Thu, 2019-01-24 16:16

Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

What is our role in pushing universal fiber internet? Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution—and Why America Might Miss It by Susan Crawford. Published in December of 2018. Our digital learning community needs a cause. Some fight that strikes an optimal balance between self-interest and doing the right thing. Reading Susan Crawford’s deeply reported and passionately argued Fiber, I think the battle for universal fiber broadband might be the fight we need.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/fiber-wakeup-call-our-digital-learning-community

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MOOCs Will Evolve Into Online Degrees

Thu, 2019-01-24 16:10

By IBL News

The best use of MOOCs may be in providing instruction that leads to online master’s degrees for professionals, researchers stated in a forum titled “The MOOC Pivot” published on the January 11 issue of Science. Their prediction seems to strike a blow at the heart of edX’s mission: to ensure access to quality education for learners around the world. Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, argued that the study misses the continuing growth in the edX platform overall, with 2,400 courses and 20 million learners. Today, edX addresses the professional degrees, and offers programs directly to businesses.

https://iblnews.org/2019/01/15/moocs/

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

Thu, 2019-01-24 16:05

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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ASU Prep Digital partners to offer college-level courses to Argentinian high school students

Thu, 2019-01-24 16:02

ASU Prep Digital and Belgrano Day School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have partnered to offer students enhanced educational opportunities on an international scale. ASU Prep Digital is a college prep option where online high school and university courses converge in a unique learning opportunity. The rigorous virtual school program prepares students for college acceptance and encourages them to start earning credit toward college majors and careers in an increasingly interconnected environment.  Belgrano Day School is a bilingual and coeducational school, offering a national and international curriculum for students ages 2 to 18 years old. Established in 1912, the school has a long-held tradition of academic excellence; achievements in art, drama and music production; and competitive sportsmanship. Currently, two students from Belgrano Day School are taking concurrent courses with ASU Prep Digital.

 

https://asunow.asu.edu/20190107-asu-prep-digital-partners-offer-college-level-courses-argentinian-high-school-students

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Data Programs Gain Traction on Campuses, but Complexity Remains

Wed, 2019-01-23 16:25

by Erika Gimbel, EdTech

Leaders evaluate the best tools, applications and practices as they develop data-driven initiatives.  Anywhere from about 40 percent to 60 percent of colleges and universities have a data analytics program in place, but a survey by Ovum reports that many of those initiatives aren’t fully matured. Only 27 percent of universities consider their data analytics programs to be advanced or complete, and more than half (54 percent) are in the planning or early implementation stages.

 

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/01/data-programs-gain-traction-campuses-complexity-remains

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12 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

Wed, 2019-01-23 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Twitter is an amazing social media platform as it offers many wonderful benefits. However, users must be warned that this widely used technological marvel can also turn out to be huge trouble if it is not used for the right purpose. People often end up wasting their time scrolling through the never-ending threads of conversations on Twitter. Nevertheless, its incredible benefits can be unlocked when it is used the right way. It has already proven itself to be a useful tool in the field of business. In this article we will discuss 12 ways to use Twitter in the classroom.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/12-ways-to-use-twitter-in-the-classroom/

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Nondegree credentials, work-based learning, and the American working class

Wed, 2019-01-23 16:15

Rooney Columbus, American Enterprise Institute

For decades society has regarded a bachelor’s degree from a traditional higher education institution as one of the surest paths to prosperity.2 But a bachelor’s degree program at a traditional college is not always the best option for everyone, nor is it the only avenue for people to receive training and skills that will pay off in the job market.3 After years of policymakers and advocates advancing a broad “college for all” agenda, many Americans are questioning this sweeping and singular approach to human capital development.4 Even so, it remains unclear what other viable education and training alternatives exist to build necessary skills and secure employment. A broad spectrum of researchers and policy thinkers have argued for expanding alternatives to the traditional postsecondary system.

https://www.aei.org/publication/nondegree-credentials-work-based-learning-and-the-american-working-class/

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Are You Selling Day-Old Doughnuts?

Wed, 2019-01-23 16:12

By Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

We all know the tech expectations of new hires have changed rapidly this century. While many of the soft skills of communication, leadership, critical thinking and social sense remain relevant today, a whole host of technological infrastructure changes continue at a rapid rate. This raises the question of whether we are best educating our students for jobs that will be in rapid decline, or no longer exist, when they graduate. How can we predict the future career environment? We can’t, with 100 percent certainty. But we can, and must, carefully and continuously share the trends with our students so they are prepared for the emerging environment. Columbia University, along with UPCEA, has opened a call for papers on the very topic of the future of work and its implications for higher education. I encourage you to submit your thoughts, and I look forward to seeing the results from that work.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/colleges-must-refresh-their-degrees-future-looking

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How the Blockchain Ushers in a New Form of Trust

Wed, 2019-01-23 16:12

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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‘Fiber’ Is a Wakeup Call to our Digital Learning Community

Wed, 2019-01-23 16:02

Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

What is our role in pushing universal fiber internet? Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution—and Why America Might Miss It by Susan Crawford. Published in December of 2018. Our digital learning community needs a cause. Some fight that strikes an optimal balance between self-interest and doing the right thing. Reading Susan Crawford’s deeply reported and passionately argued Fiber, I think the battle for universal fiber broadband might be the fight we need.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/fiber-wakeup-call-our-digital-learning-community

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First-ever online law program starts at Syracuse University

Tue, 2019-01-22 16:25

by WSYR

Law is the chosen field for nearly three dozen people in Syracuse University’s newest law school class that started their program this week. The university is offering a law degree program online– the first ever full interactive law program approved by the American Bar Association. “I live within two miles of five law schools in Chicago, all of which have part-time programs, but I really am comfortable with this type of learning,” said Ray Scannell, an online law student through SU. Educators say the program is just as rigorous as if the students came to Dineen Hall everyday.

https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/first-ever-online-law-program-starts-at-syracuse-university/1696438243

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150 Smarter Ways to Use Google Classroom

Tue, 2019-01-22 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Are you new to Google Classroom and looking for more efficient ways to use the platform? Don’t worry; we have you covered. In today’s tip, we will discuss 150 smarter ways to use Google Classroom.

 

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/150-smarter-ways-to-use-google-classroom/

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Can MOOCs Predict the Future of Online Education?

Tue, 2019-01-22 16:15

by JONATHAN SHAW, Harvard Magazine

Anant Agarwal agrees that it is much too soon to write off online education on the basis of an evaluation of MOOCs alone. “Edx remains committed to developing a sustainable business model, and making sure that we are able to reimagine education both in quality and scale for everybody, but it is going to take time,” he says. “Seven years in the grand scheme of things is a very short period of time to assess whether the technology has had a big impact” (although 40 million learners reached in every country in the world is a good start). “Once we get sustainable, and the non-profit begins generating a surplus, we can invest in quality and in reaching people we would not otherwise have reached.” Right now, he says, “I think we are just barely scratching the surface.”

https://harvardmagazine.com/2019/01/mooc

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Nondegree credentials, work-based learning, and the American working class

Tue, 2019-01-22 16:04

Rooney Columbus, American Enterprise Institute

For decades society has regarded a bachelor’s degree from a traditional higher education institution as one of the surest paths to prosperity.2 But a bachelor’s degree program at a traditional college is not always the best option for everyone, nor is it the only avenue for people to receive training and skills that will pay off in the job market.3 After years of policymakers and advocates advancing a broad “college for all” agenda, many Americans are questioning this sweeping and singular approach to human capital development.4 Even so, it remains unclear what other viable education and training alternatives exist to build necessary skills and secure employment. A broad spectrum of researchers and policy thinkers have argued for expanding alternatives to the traditional postsecondary system.

https://www.aei.org/publication/nondegree-credentials-work-based-learning-and-the-american-working-class/

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Data Programs Gain Traction on Campuses, but Complexity Remains

Tue, 2019-01-22 16:02

by Erika Gimbel, EdTech

Leaders evaluate the best tools, applications and practices as they develop data-driven initiatives.  Anywhere from about 40 percent to 60 percent of colleges and universities have a data analytics program in place, but a survey by Ovum reports that many of those initiatives aren’t fully matured. Only 27 percent of universities consider their data analytics programs to be advanced or complete, and more than half (54 percent) are in the planning or early implementation stages.

 

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/01/data-programs-gain-traction-campuses-complexity-remains

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QUALITY ASSURANCE: 4 EASY WAYS YOU CAN TEST YOUR ELEARNING COURSE FOR QA

Tue, 2019-01-22 16:02

By Brandon Jarman, eLearning Inside

Quality assurance testing is the process of thoroughly vetting a software program (in this case, an eLearning course) to ensure that both the technical and content aspects of the software meet high-quality standards. If quality assurance testing sounds overwhelming, it’s because it definitely can be. However, with today’s competitive landscape, online educators need any competitive advantage they can get. Here are 4 easy ways you can test your eLearning course for quality assurance.

https://news.elearninginside.com/quality-assurance-elearning-course-test/

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AI’s Impact on Ed Tech

Mon, 2019-01-21 16:25

David Raths, Campus Technology

When asked about creating virtual teaching assistants like Jill Watson, Behrens said Pearson is working on similar solutions, but he cautioned that it is not easy. Creating a chatbot for a specific course requires a certain set of tools and data, he explained, “but to scale that across disciplines, where each discipline has its own way of talking or thinking and its own professional standards, that takes another level of sophistication in machine learning, but also in understanding the educational and social ecosystem.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/10/ais-impact-on-ed-tech.aspx

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Online classes cost reduced to same as on-campus classes

Mon, 2019-01-21 16:20

Ryan Stark, Daily Helmsman
The price of online courses through the University of Memphis have been reduced to become the same price as on-campus courses. Previously, online courses at the UofM required an additional tuition premium that made them more expensive than on-campus courses. The Board of Trustees has approved a proposal to reduce the price of online classes equal to on-campus classes. “What this means for UofM students is that regardless of what modality they elect to take their classes in, be it traditional, on-the-ground courses or online courses, the tuition rate will be the same,” said Raajkumar Kurapati, the Chief Financial Officer at the UofM. “Students can mix and match classes (online or on-ground) to fit their needs and not have to pay an additional tuition premium.”

http://www.dailyhelmsman.com/news/online-classes-cost-reduced-to-same-as-on-campus-classes/article_bece8c08-1461-11e9-85d7-8fa01ad4df95.html

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European Commission Seeks Input on AI Policy

Mon, 2019-01-21 16:15

Epic
The European Commission’s Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence has requested comments on draft Guidelines for Trustworthy AI. The EU Guidelines state, “Trustworthy AI has two components: (1) it should respect fundamental rights, applicable regulation and core principles and values, ensuring an ‘ethical purpose’ and (2) it should be technically robust and reliable since, even with good intentions, a lack of technological mastery can cause unintentional harm.” The EU Guidelines reflect several principles from the Universal Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence, which have been endorsed by more than 250 experts and 60 organizations in 40 countries. The Universal Guidelines promote transparency, accuracy, and fairness for AI systems. Comments to the European Commission are due January 18, 2019. The final report will be released in March 2019.

https://epic.org/2019/01/european-commission-seeks-inpu.html

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