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Look Who’s Championing the Degree

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-13 17:05

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Coursera is now putting much of its energy into — and staking much of its future on — academic programs launched in conjunction with some of the world’s leading universities, with Arizona State University, Imperial College London and the Universities of London and Michigan joining its degree-program ranks today. The company and its campus partners believe these new credentials can take advantage of the platform’s extensive reach of 31 million users to drive down the costs of recruiting students (and hence the tuitions they charge) and help the universities begin to slice their degree programs into shorter-term credentials. At the same time, he says, the company and its university partners are focused on “redesigning the degree to make it extremely compelling to learners around the world, and a formidable answer to any emerging credentials that might challenge the degree.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/03/06/coursera-purveyor-moocs-bets-big-university-degrees

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Report: Women Need Additional Degree to Attain Equal Pay

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-13 17:03

by Tiffany Pennamon, Diverse Education

Although women have surpassed men in educational attainment, they still earn 81 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to a new study from researchers at Georgetown University. Released on Tuesday, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce’s report — “Women Can’t Win: Despite Making Educational Gains and Pursuing High-Wage Majors, Women Still Earn Less than Men” – indicates that women must hold one more degree than men to achieve pay parity. Combining factors leading to pay inequity include gender discrimination and women’s historical concentration in lower-paying majors and occupations.

http://diverseeducation.com/article/111026/

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Preparing students for work requires revised approach to education

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-12 17:25

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

P.K. Agarwal, regional dean and CEO of Northeastern University–Silicon Valley said there will be a shortage of one million STEM workers in the next five years. So the challenge, he said, is taking people with bachelor’s degrees and re-skilling them to fill those gaps. At Northeastern, the approach is to not just equip students with additional credentials, but to provide six months of paid workforce experience through a co-op program to help ensure graduates are ready to hit the ground running once they’re hired. He identified three key things students should leave college having. “You need high-quality experiential learning, that’s one leg of the stool. The second part is that you need a network, … and third is that we also are very passionate about the fact that soft skills are very critical,” Agarwal said.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/preparing-students-for-work-requires-revised-approach-to-education/517738/

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A Guide to Good OER Stewardship

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-12 17:20

by Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Interest in open educational resources — freely accessible and openly licensed learning materials — is booming. But while OER’s growing popularity with faculty members has delighted supporters, it has also attracted the attention of commercial publishers. Macmillan Learning, Cengage, Pearson and McGraw-Hill have all recently introduced products that incorporate open educational resources into platforms that also include proprietary material. The development of these products has sparked concern among some OER advocates, who question whether OER that you pay to access is really still open. But publishers say they are adding value by making it easy for faculty members to adopt OER, by helping them find the best content and enhancing it with supplementary materials such as homework and exam questions.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/03/05/advocates-develop-framework-stewardship-open-educational

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Survey: In an AI World, Retraining Will Come from Employers, Not Higher Ed

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-12 17:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

When Americans think about the artificial intelligence “revolution,” they expect it to have a positive impact on life and work, but a negative impact on the workforce and the economy. While only nine percent believe AI will “decrease inequality,” seven times as many (63 percent) think it will increase inequality. And while 14 percent anticipate AI creating more jobs than it eliminates, five times as many (73 percent) predict just the opposite. However, while nearly a quarter (23 percent) are afraid they’ll lose their job to AI, three-quarters (77 percent) have no fears about that. Also, 76 percent “agree” or “strongly agree” that AI “will fundamentally change” the way we live and work over the next decade.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/02/27/survey-in-an-ai-world-retraining-will-come-from-employers-not-higher-ed.aspx

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Preparing students for work requires revised approach to education

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-12 17:07

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

P.K. Agarwal, regional dean and CEO of Northeastern University–Silicon Valley said there will be a shortage of one million STEM workers in the next five years. So the challenge, he said, is taking people with bachelor’s degrees and re-skilling them to fill those gaps. At Northeastern, the approach is to not just equip students with additional credentials, but to provide six months of paid workforce experience through a co-op program to help ensure graduates are ready to hit the ground running once they’re hired. He identified three key things students should leave college having. “You need high-quality experiential learning, that’s one leg of the stool. The second part is that you need a network, … and third is that we also are very passionate about the fact that soft skills are very critical,” Agarwal said.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/preparing-students-for-work-requires-revised-approach-to-education/517738/

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A Guide to Good OER Stewardship

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-12 17:05

A Guide to Good OER Stewardship

by Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Interest in open educational resources — freely accessible and openly licensed learning materials — is booming. But while OER’s growing popularity with faculty members has delighted supporters, it has also attracted the attention of commercial publishers. Macmillan Learning, Cengage, Pearson and McGraw-Hill have all recently introduced products that incorporate open educational resources into platforms that also include proprietary material. The development of these products has sparked concern among some OER advocates, who question whether OER that you pay to access is really still open. But publishers say they are adding value by making it easy for faculty members to adopt OER, by helping them find the best content and enhancing it with supplementary materials such as homework and exam questions.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/03/05/advocates-develop-framework-stewardship-open-educational

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The Value in Taking Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-12 17:02

By Kaitlin Hurtado, ULoop
Online courses may be the last thing on your mind when it comes to registering for classes, but if you have the chance to take an online course, you should considering taking an online course because of its value. It definitely won’t be your standard class experience of going to scheduled lectures, but online courses may be a better option for you when it comes to fitting in class time to your busy lifestyle or catering to your learning style.

https://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/260498/The-Value-in-Taking-Online-Courses

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As change accelerates, ASU must be a place where students return again and again to build skills for multiple shifting careers

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-03-11 17:25

by Mary Beth Faller,Arizona State University

ASU President Michael M. Crow says thirty years from now, by 2048, ASU will have created new ways of engaging with learners through technology, he said. But not recklessly. “We do need to be careful about technology. We’re finding ways to enhance learning, not replace learning. We’re finding ways to enhance reality, not replace reality,” he said. The new “national service university” model will be less rigidly connected to age than the current system of preschool and then K-12 followed by technical school or university and then a career. “We’re evolving a model capable of being of service to all learners, at all stages of work and learning, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, through education, training and skill-building opportunities,” he said.

https://asunow.asu.edu/20180301-creativity-asu-crow-community-conversation-lifelong-learning-future

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How to get a world-class education for free on the internet

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-03-11 17:20

By Amy X. Wang, Quartz

As crucial as a university degree has become for working in the modern economy, it is not the only route forward into a wildly lucrative and satisfying career—just ask famous dropouts Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg. In the future, a single bachelor’s degree in a particular subject will no longer suffice for many of us anyway. As robots and automation sweep the global workforce, hundreds of millions of people—the majority of whom do not have the time or money to go pick up a brand-new four-year degree—will have to “re-skill” in order to land new jobs. The question that employees and employers alike face is how to get that done quickly, efficiently, and, most importantly to many, cheaply.

https://work.qz.com/1209523/how-to-get-a-world-class-education-for-free-on-the-internet/

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Survey: In an AI World, Retraining Will Come from Employers, Not Higher Ed

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-03-11 17:08

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

When Americans think about the artificial intelligence “revolution,” they expect it to have a positive impact on life and work, but a negative impact on the workforce and the economy. While only nine percent believe AI will “decrease inequality,” seven times as many (63 percent) think it will increase inequality. And while 14 percent anticipate AI creating more jobs than it eliminates, five times as many (73 percent) predict just the opposite. However, while nearly a quarter (23 percent) are afraid they’ll lose their job to AI, three-quarters (77 percent) have no fears about that. Also, 76 percent “agree” or “strongly agree” that AI “will fundamentally change” the way we live and work over the next decade.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/02/27/survey-in-an-ai-world-retraining-will-come-from-employers-not-higher-ed.aspx

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As change accelerates, ASU must be a place where students return again and again to build skills for multiple shifting careers

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-03-11 17:07

by Mary Beth Faller, Arizona State University

ASU President Michael M. Crow says thirty years from now, by 2048, ASU will have created new ways of engaging with learners through technology, he said. But not recklessly. “We do need to be careful about technology. We’re finding ways to enhance learning, not replace learning. We’re finding ways to enhance reality, not replace reality,” he said. The new “national service university” model will be less rigidly connected to age than the current system of preschool and then K-12 followed by technical school or university and then a career. “We’re evolving a model capable of being of service to all learners, at all stages of work and learning, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, through education, training and skill-building opportunities,” he said.

https://asunow.asu.edu/20180301-creativity-asu-crow-community-conversation-lifelong-learning-future

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How to get a world-class education for free on the internet

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-03-11 17:03

By Amy X. Wang, Quartz

As crucial as a university degree has become for working in the modern economy, it is not the only route forward into a wildly lucrative and satisfying career—just ask famous dropouts Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg. In the future, a single bachelor’s degree in a particular subject will no longer suffice for many of us anyway. As robots and automation sweep the global workforce, hundreds of millions of people—the majority of whom do not have the time or money to go pick up a brand-new four-year degree—will have to “re-skill” in order to land new jobs. The question that employees and employers alike face is how to get that done quickly, efficiently, and, most importantly to many, cheaply.

https://work.qz.com/1209523/how-to-get-a-world-class-education-for-free-on-the-internet/

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Is Learning to Learn From MOOCs a Teachable Skill?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-03-11 17:01

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Open online learning at scale is not going to go away. In fact, I expect that scaled online learning opportunities will continue to grow. This will occur as providing open online education becomes a normal platform in any educational outreach activities. An ever greater number of organizations beyond colleges and universities, from companies to nonprofits to media outlets, will create and run open online courses. The spread of microcredentials, such edX’s MicroMasters, will drive the growth of open online education at scale. If this is how the future will unfold — see assertions No. 1 through No. 4 above – then shouldn’t we be thinking about how to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s work force?

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/learning-learn-moocs-teachable-skill

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Udacity’s Revenues Reach $70 Million in 2017

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-10 16:25

by Dhawal Shah, Class Central

Udacity made a stunning announcement – the company’s revenues touched $70M in 2017, up from $29M in 2016. Revenue grew across the board in “consumer, business, government and non-profit customers and partners,” according to Udacity CFO Nikhil Abraham. Udacity still not profitable, but it seems to be investing heavily in growth. Udacity is a global company with over 400 employees and operations in seven countries. They are also hiring aggressively.

 

Udacity’s Revenues Reach $70 Million in 2017

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Parenting in an era of screen addiction

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-10 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

According to an online survey by Parents, children spend almost 55 days, or 1,314 hours, on screens each year. Parenting in an era of screen addiction is not for the weak. If you have ever tried to get a kid to put down the tablet, smartphone, or video game controller, you know just how challenging it can be. But, you cannot give in. Screen addiction is real and prevalent. It’s up to you to do something about it.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/parenting-era-screen-addiction/

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Hit by ransomware? This new free decryption tool for GandCrab might help

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-10 16:13

By Danny Palmer, ZD Net

Operation by Bitdefender, the Romanian Police,DIICOT and Europol provides decryption keys for one of the most aggressive forms of ransomware seen this year. Victims of one the newest – and most unusual – families of ransomware could now be able to recover their files without giving into the demands of criminals because decryption tools have been released for free. A GandCrab ransomware decryption tool has been released as part of the No More Ransom initiative, following a combined operation by Bitdefender, the Romanian Police, the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and Europol.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/hit-by-ransomware-this-new-free-decryption-tool-for-gandcrab-might-help/

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TU Delft Students Can Earn Credit For MOOCs From Other Universities

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-10 16:10

by Laurie Pickard, Class Central

With 66 courses in subjects spanning business, engineering, and social sciences, and over 1.7 million enrollments to date, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a powerhouse MOOC producer. TU Delft is consistently ranked among the top European technology universities. Just as in on-campus courses, TU Delft strives to make its MOOCs professionally relevant and highly practical. As one might expect from a university with “technology” in its name, TU Delft has embraced online learning in its many forms. In addition to TU Delft’s own impressive MOOC offering, we at Class Central became intrigued by the university’s Virtual Exchange program, which allows students to earn academic credit for MOOCs from other universities.

TU Delft Students Can Earn Credit For MOOCs From Other Universities

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Udacity’s Revenues Reach $70 Million in 2017

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-10 16:05

by Dhawal Shah, Class Central

Udacity made a stunning announcement – the company’s revenues touched $70M in 2017, up from $29M in 2016. Revenue grew across the board in “consumer, business, government and non-profit customers and partners,” according to Udacity CFO Nikhil Abraham. Udacity still not profitable, but it seems to be investing heavily in growth. Udacity is a global company with over 400 employees and operations in seven countries. They are also hiring aggressively.

Udacity’s Revenues Reach $70 Million in 2017

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Now, the Internet of Things Can be Made Self-Aware

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-03-10 16:04

By Joe McKendrick, RTI

MIT proposes taking IoT to its next natural cognitive level. This means adding some AI across the entire IoT network to make it self-aware.  Up until now, the Internet of Things (IoT) has basically consisted of sensors and devices shipping data to some centralized or semi-centralized environment for processing. With fog computing, there are efforts to introduce processing and analytics power close to, or within, the devices themselves, thereby reducing latency. Now, some researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology propose taking things to even a higher level. That is, adding some intelligence across the entire IoT network. Artificial intelligence, that is.

https://www.rtinsights.com/now-the-internet-of-things-can-be-made-self-aware/

 

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