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Many workers say they will pursue continuing education on their own

Tue, 2019-05-28 17:15

Hallie Busta, Education Dive

Nearly two-thirds of employees will independently find training opportunities to advance or maintain their skills this year, according to a new report by staffing firm Randstad.  Forty-three percent of respondents to the group’s survey said they will look for ways to further their technical skills in areas such as data analysis, coding, writing and computer programming. Some 41%, want to improve soft skills like communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, leadership and time management. Of the respondents who do not intend to seek training opportunities, 22% cited lack of funds and 36% a lack of time as explanations.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/many-workers-say-they-will-pursue-continuing-education-on-their-own/555038/

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How Tech Companies Are Shaping the Rules Governing AI

Tue, 2019-05-28 17:12

Tom Simonite, Wired
The brouhaha over Europe’s guidelines for AI was an early skirmish in a debate that’s likely to recur around the globe, as policymakers consider installing guardrails on artificial intelligence to prevent harm to society. Tech companies are taking a close interest—and in some cases appear to be trying to steer construction of any new guardrails to their own benefit. Harvard law professor Yochai Benkler warned in the journal Nature this month that “industry has mobilized to shape the science, morality and laws of artificial intelligence.”

https://www.wired.com/story/how-tech-companies-shaping-rules-governing-ai/

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Working To Learn And Learning To Work, Together And Better

Tue, 2019-05-28 17:05

Clarissa Windham-Bradstock, Forbes

When looking to reskill or upskill workers, most companies turn first to formal training options via online courses or outsourced experts. But don’t overlook the valuable resources right under your roof. The folks behind the educational technology company Degreed found that 55% of workers go to their peers first when they want to learn a new skill. In their book The Expertise Economy, executives at Degreed espouse the “learning loop” as an effective peer-to-peer learning tool. The four stages — gain knowledge, apply the knowledge, get feedback and reflect on what you have learned — can all happen in a peer-to-peer setting.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeshumanresourcescouncil/2019/05/17/working-to-learn-and-learning-to-work-together-and-better/#75a52a3964a7

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Revolutionizing online education: A conversation with President Michael Crow of Arizona State University

Tue, 2019-05-28 17:02

Emal Dusst and Rebecca Winthrup, Brookings Institution

At ASU, we are advancing our own approach to Universal Learning, which integrates online learning, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, game-based learning, entrepreneurship, public and private sector partners, and global alliances to design accessible education pathways for students of all learning levels at any point in their lives. We are currently developing a series of demonstration projects, student success programs, and employee learning models to position ASU as a future-ready leader.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2019/05/17/revolutionizing-online-education-a-conversation-with-president-michael-crow-of-arizona-state-university/

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And then there’s Penn State World Campus.

Mon, 2019-05-27 17:25

By Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Ed

World Campus isn’t known for splashy ad campaigns like the $100-million-a-year one planned to promote the soon-to-be-renamed University of Maryland-Global. (World Campus did just produce a new TV commercial, but that will run for the next two to three years.) And it hasn’t landed in the headlines, like Arizona State University, for high-profile partnerships with employers like Uber or Starbucks.  The institution has also bypassed the “hyper-growth” strategy of some competitors. And now it pretty much ignores what was once an ambitious growth goal of its own. (In 2014 it had plans to more than triple its enrollment, to 45,000, in a decade. Total enrollment today is about 20,000.)

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-an-Online-Education/246291

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5 of the coolest edtech tools since sliced bread

Mon, 2019-05-27 17:23

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

Today, it seems like edtech tools are a dime a dozen–but these 5 really shine. It seems like new edtech tools are developed each day, and while many of them serve practical purposes without too much fanfare, there are some edtech tools that sound super exciting. When a tool excites teachers and students, the ingredients are all there for increased learning engagement–and we all know how challenging it can sometimes be to keep students engaged in and take ownership of their own learning. If you want language immersion or new resources for visually impaired students, or if you’re searching for AI and VR tools to thrill students, keep reading at the link below –this list of edtech tools has something for everyone.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/05/17/5-coolest-edtech-tools/

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5 steps to smarter corporate partnerships

Mon, 2019-05-27 17:21

BY MARY DAVIS, eCampus News

When it comes to higher education and corporate partnerships, it’s not a “nice to have;” it is mission-critical for colleges and universities to survive. The job market is evolving so quickly that institutions need a steady stream of information from employers on what they want and need from their workforce so curriculum and learning can reflect those needs. The key here is “partnership.” Think quality over quantity. Both sides—institutions and employers—are looking for return on investment (ROI), and these five approaches will help universities build impactful relationships with mutual benefits.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/05/17/smarter-corporate-partnerships/

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Why IT and the Library Should Work Together

Mon, 2019-05-27 17:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Higher education IT departments and libraries have long had overlapping responsibilities, yet for the most part they have remained separate entities. Could it be time for a new kind of alliance? Lisa Forrest had been on the job just a week or two as the new library director at Davidson College (NC) when John McCann, manager of the User Success Team, came and asked if Forrest would be interested in piloting something new: placing student technology consultants from the Technology & Innovation (T&I) division alongside her own student library assistants. The idea was to create a blended service model in the library. Forrest, a self-professed pilot-project junkie, responded, “I don’t see why not.” The result: “It’s added a really great energy to the library space and has made it a lot easier for our students and faculty to find research and technology help.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/09/why-it-and-the-library-should-work-together.aspx

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Illinois Will End Residential M.B.A. in Favor of Online Program

Mon, 2019-05-27 17:11

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced Friday that it plans to shut down its residential M.B.A. programs — full-time and part-time — to focus on its online M.B.A., which it calls the iMBA. The move still requires formal university approval, but the announcement is a sign of the shift going on in business education — in many cases away from traditional M.B.A. programs. Several universities have scaled back or eliminated such programs and focused instead on online or one-year master’s programs in business-related fields. Applications to the iMBA program have tripled from 1,100 when the program started in 2016. The total cost for the iMBA is $22,000.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2019/05/25/illinois-will-end-residential-mba-favor-online-program

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And then there’s Penn State World Campus.

Mon, 2019-05-27 17:05

By Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Ed

World Campus isn’t known for splashy ad campaigns like the $100-million-a-year one planned to promote the soon-to-be-renamed University of Maryland-Global. (World Campus did just produce a new TV commercial, but that will run for the next two to three years.) And it hasn’t landed in the headlines, like Arizona State University, for high-profile partnerships with employers like Uber or Starbucks.  The institution has also bypassed the “hyper-growth” strategy of some competitors. And now it pretty much ignores what was once an ambitious growth goal of its own. (In 2014 it had plans to more than triple its enrollment, to 45,000, in a decade. Total enrollment today is about 20,000.)

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-an-Online-Education/246291

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Many workers say they will pursue continuing education on their own

Mon, 2019-05-27 17:03

Hallie Busta, Education Dive

Nearly two-thirds of employees will independently find training opportunities to advance or maintain their skills this year, according to a new report by staffing firm Randstad.  Forty-three percent of respondents to the group’s survey said they will look for ways to further their technical skills in areas such as data analysis, coding, writing and computer programming. Some 41%, want to improve soft skills like communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, leadership and time management. Of the respondents who do not intend to seek training opportunities, 22% cited lack of funds and 36% a lack of time as explanations.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/many-workers-say-they-will-pursue-continuing-education-on-their-own/555038/

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9 Amazing Uses for VR and AR in College Classrooms

Sun, 2019-05-26 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Immersive technologies can help students understand theoretical concepts more easily, prepare them for careers through simulated experiences and keep them engaged in learning. Immersive reality is bumping us into the deep end, virtually speaking. Colleges and universities large and small are launching new labs and centers dedicated to research on the topics of augmented reality, virtual reality and 360-degree imaging. The first academic conference held completely in virtual reality recently returned for its second year, hosted on Twitch by Lethbridge College in Alberta and Centennial College in Toronto.

https://campustechnology.com/article

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5 common hang-ups in higher ed public-private partnerships

Sun, 2019-05-26 17:15

Chad Hardaway, Education Dive

Relationships with corporations to deliver services or assets require strong leadership and a clear plan to overcome a “fundamental cultural mismatch.” Over the last 15 years, I have worked in academia to build lasting partnerships between universities and private businesses. Along the way, I’ve seen examples of what to do and what not to do. A successful partnership brings critical investments into a university, creates opportunities for hands-on student training and builds a pipeline of future talent for the company partner. But it’s not all easy wins. Successful partnerships require strong relationships and strategic coordination. If you’re an academic aiming to bring a partnership to your own institution, I commend you for stepping up to the plate. Here are the five common missteps and how to avoid them.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/5-common-hang-ups-in-higher-ed-public-private-partnerships/554764/

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Everyone Wants to Measure the Value of College. Now the Gates Foundation Wants a Say.

Sun, 2019-05-26 17:14

By Katherine Mangan, Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Commission on the Value of Postsecondary Education is the latest national effort to measure and seek to convey clearly just how much someone gains — economically, anyway — from a college credential. The goal is to provide useful, understandable information to help colleges “take a critical look at how and how well they are contributing to economic opportunity for today’s students; aid policy makers in gauging what the public gets for its investment in higher education; and equip students and families as they consider where and what to study,” the foundation said in announcing the commission. Gates officials say the result will be more comprehensive than existing measures, like the College Scorecard, a program introduced by the Obama administration as a way to help increase transparency in higher education.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Everyone-Wants-to-Measure-the/246301

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Everyone Wants to Measure the Value of College. Now the Gates Foundation Wants a Say.

Sun, 2019-05-26 17:05

By Katherine Mangan, Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Commission on the Value of Postsecondary Education is the latest national effort to measure and seek to convey clearly just how much someone gains — economically, anyway — from a college credential. The goal is to provide useful, understandable information to help colleges “take a critical look at how and how well they are contributing to economic opportunity for today’s students; aid policy makers in gauging what the public gets for its investment in higher education; and equip students and families as they consider where and what to study,” the foundation said in announcing the commission. Gates officials say the result will be more comprehensive than existing measures, like the College Scorecard, a program introduced by the Obama administration as a way to help increase transparency in higher education.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Everyone-Wants-to-Measure-the/246301

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5 steps to smarter corporate partnerships

Sun, 2019-05-26 17:04

BY MARY DAVIS, eCampus News

When it comes to higher education and corporate partnerships, it’s not a “nice to have;” it is mission-critical for colleges and universities to survive. The job market is evolving so quickly that institutions need a steady stream of information from employers on what they want and need from their workforce so curriculum and learning can reflect those needs. The key here is “partnership.” Think quality over quantity. Both sides—institutions and employers—are looking for return on investment (ROI), and these five approaches will help universities build impactful relationships with mutual benefits.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/05/17/smarter-corporate-partnerships/

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5 common hang-ups in higher ed public-private partnerships

Sun, 2019-05-26 17:03

Chad Hardaway, Education Dive

Relationships with corporations to deliver services or assets require strong leadership and a clear plan to overcome a “fundamental cultural mismatch.” Over the last 15 years, I have worked in academia to build lasting partnerships between universities and private businesses. Along the way, I’ve seen examples of what to do and what not to do. A successful partnership brings critical investments into a university, creates opportunities for hands-on student training and builds a pipeline of future talent for the company partner. But it’s not all easy wins. Successful partnerships require strong relationships and strategic coordination. If you’re an academic aiming to bring a partnership to your own institution, I commend you for stepping up to the plate. Here are the five common missteps and how to avoid them.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/5-common-hang-ups-in-higher-ed-public-private-partnerships/554764/

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Learning to Love the AI Bubble

Sat, 2019-05-25 17:27

Philipp Gerbert and Michael Spira, MIT Sloan

Having studied AI intensely for the past two years, our best guess to the first question is, yes, today’s fascination with all things AI has most of the trappings of a financial bubble. But unlike the housing bubble, the effects of a bursting AI bubble wouldn’t cause great harm. Indeed, this bubble seems to have more in common with the dot.com bubble, which helped finance the internet backbone, than the housing bubble, which wreaked havoc on the household finances of millions of homeowners.

https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/learning-to-love-the-ai-bubble/

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Big Data Science: Establishing Data-Driven Institutions through Advanced Analytics

Sat, 2019-05-25 17:20

by Cecilia Earls, EDUCAUSE Review

Big data science is taking purchase in higher education, and our diverse institutions provide an exceptionally fertile ground for impactful data-driven decision-making. We are not corporations; we are small, vibrant communities that make decisions every day regarding critical issues such as safety, facilities management, risk management, housing, recruitment, admissions, research support, academic freedom, instruction, campus life, alumni relations, athletics, career services, support services, and healthcare. To realize this potential, however, requires that the entire community of decision makers, data and subject experts, technological experts, and analysts work collaboratively and communicate effectively.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/5/big-data-science-establishing-data-driven-institutions-through-advanced-analytics

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Doing It Yourself: The ‘Internal OPM’ Model

Sat, 2019-05-25 17:15

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

As concerns about outsourcing ring out across online education, several institutions have carved out niches by developing in-house capacity that resembles OPM functions. Each one looks slightly different, but the common threads include a centralized office that partners with member schools in a single institution or campuses in a system; in-house development of key services including marketing, recruitment, student support and instructional design; and minimal, if any, outsourcing to for-profit companies.  Growing an online program portfolio requires a fair amount of trial and error and likely some missteps along the way. “Inside Digital Learning” talked to leaders of a handful of internally managed online initiatives to get a sense of how they work and what they can accomplish.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/05/15/institutions-find-success-developing-online-programs-house

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