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Making Progress on Course Content Accessibility

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-03 17:25

By David Raths, Campus Technology
New tools are helping colleges and universities tackle the accessibility of instructor-created content, student coursework, note-taking and more. Although most universities have just about mastered website accessibility, their efforts to make sure all course content can be accessed and used by students with disabilities have proved more challenging. “We have been fighting this uphill battle of content accessibility for years, and we have been fighting it without knowing what is actually out there,” said Jeremy Olguin, accessible technology manager at California State University, Chico. “If you can’t inventory, you can’t manage.” But new tools are providing more transparency into classroom document accessibility and automating some steps in making more accessible alternatives available.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/05/23/making-progress-on-course-content-accessibility.aspx

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Machine learning could stop an online war of words before it starts

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-03 17:20

by MIT Technology Review

A new machine-learning system tries to predict whether an online conversation is going to get nasty right from the get-go. How it works: Researchers gathered more than 1,200 exchanges from the discussion sections of Wikipedia Talk pages. They went through and labeled different “linguistic cues” in the conversations, including attempts at politeness, like using “please” and “thanks,” or other phrases suggesting that debate was welcome, like “I believe” or “I think.” Using the tagged threads, they then trained a system to predict from the first comment if a conversation was going to go south. Results: Humans were successful about 72 percent of the time at the task, compared with 61.6 percent for the algorithm. Not great, but the work uncovered some trends.

https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/611207/machine-learning-could-stop-an-online-war-of-words-before-it-starts/

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Emerging Technologies Supporting Personalized Learning

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-03 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The hottest trend in education is personalized learning, where studies are individualized according to interest and competency, learning happens not only in the classroom but beyond the confines of the school walls and bell schedule, and students take ownership of their courses of study. Teachers have long been aware that no two children learn the same way, have the same interests, or even demonstrate the same needs when it comes to instruction. For many teachers, the only way to address the variety of needs in the classroom and deliver personalized instruction is with technology. Emerging technologies are meeting the demands of teachers and their students in surprisingly individualized ways. Some of the new technologies scaffold learning in a predictable pattern leading to skill mastery and others allow for more creative exploration.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/emerging-technologies-supporting-personalized-learning/

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BYU’s Social Media Agency Puts Student Learning to Work

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-03 17:10

By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Students at Brigham Young University have been getting the opportunity to work with real-world clients such as Pepsi, Subaru, the NBA and Marriott thanks to the school’s student-run digital and social media agency, Y Digital. Described on its site as “a full-service, digital communications agency sponsored and housed by Brigham Young University,” the organization’s student-employees work with faculty members and industry professionals for each project. Services offered by Y Digital include social media analytics work, social media listening, content creation, search engine marketing and digital media production.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/05/24/byus-social-media-agency-puts-student-learning-to-work.aspx

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Making Progress on Course Content Accessibility

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-03 17:08

By David Raths, Campus Technology
New tools are helping colleges and universities tackle the accessibility of instructor-created content, student coursework, note-taking and more. Although most universities have just about mastered website accessibility, their efforts to make sure all course content can be accessed and used by students with disabilities have proved more challenging. “We have been fighting this uphill battle of content accessibility for years, and we have been fighting it without knowing what is actually out there,” said Jeremy Olguin, accessible technology manager at California State University, Chico. “If you can’t inventory, you can’t manage.” But new tools are providing more transparency into classroom document accessibility and automating some steps in making more accessible alternatives available.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/05/23/making-progress-on-course-content-accessibility.aspx

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Seven Study Apps to Help You Successfully Manage Your Schoolwork

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-06-03 17:02

By Anna Krelovich, Online Learning Tips

Being a busy student can be tough. Work, school and family activities can feel overwhelming sometimes. However, smartphone study apps are a great help during hectic times. You can use your phone to get in five minutes of studying as you wait for a doctor’s appointment or do your assigned reading on the bus home. Here are seven study apps you can use for studying despite your busy schedule:

Seven Study Apps to Help You Successfully Manage Your Schoolwork

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Study: Online College Classes Cost Less To Deliver Because They Are Larger, Hire Cheaper Teachers

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-02 17:25

by Derek Newton, Forbes
Nonetheless, that ASU found it was less expensive to offer online classes at four of six schools is probably noteworthy. Those lower costs are possible, the report says, in part because schools can save money on building costs for new students. That is true but, as others have cited, only if the school is already at maximum on-campus capacity where adding students would necessitate adding more space. Still, in those cases, online offerings would save building and physical maintenance costs. But mostly, ASU says, the savings in online classes are found by having larger classes with less experienced, cheaper adjunct and part-time faculty.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dereknewton/2018/05/23/study-online-college-classes-cost-less-to-deliver-because-they-are-larger-hire-cheaper-teachers/#17a6c65f5379

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Online MBA: Industry Experts Speak Out On The Rise Of Distance Learning

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-02 17:25

by Business Because

“Online degrees have the potential to be offered affordably without sacrificing academic rigor or instructional quality,” says Deanna Raineri, chief academic strategist at MOOC platform Coursera—which offers online courses and degrees from some of the world’s top universities. “Graduates often tell us that the online experience is actually better in some cases than what they remember from the large lecture halls of their undergrad days.” That is because the learning experience is swiftly developing online.

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/5284/online-mba-industry-experts-on-rise-of-distance-learning

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Google and Coursera launch a new machine learning specialization

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-02 17:15

by Frederic Lardinois, Tech Crunch

Over the last few years, Google and Coursera have regularly teamed up to launch a number of online courses for developers and IT pros. Among those was the Machine Learning Crash course, which provides developers with an introduction to machine learning. Now, building on that, the two companies are launching a machine learning specialization on Coursera. This new specialization, which consists of five courses, has an even more practical focus.

Google and Coursera launch a new machine learning specialization

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Blockchain Speaks Online Learning Platform’s Language

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-02 17:10

By Mark Toner, ThirtyK
With one million registered users and 130,000 online courses ranging from JavaScript to hobbies and sports, Tutellus is the largest peer-to-peer online learning platform in the Spanish-speaking world. But it suffers from the same core challenge as other edtech ventures and the online courses offered by traditional colleges and universities: low student engagement and high dropout rates.  To turn the tide, learning platform, created in 2013, embraced the blockchain last fall, using tokens to involve students and teachers. With a June ICO currently in pre-sale, Tutellus hopes to make good on its goal of “changing the world through education.”

Blockchain Speaks Online Learning Platform’s Language

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Online Learning in North Korea

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-02 17:05

By Tae-jun Kang, the Diplomat

Kim Il-sung University is not alone. A distance learning course first became available at the Kim Chaek University of Technology, and now many universities across North Korea, including Pyongyang University of Architecture and Pyongyang Jang Chol Gu University of Commerce, offer degree courses online, according to a North Korean propaganda website, DPRK Today. Students in North Korea even can take university courses via their mobile phones, DPRK Today claimed. Government organizations and local authorities are also taking similar steps. In March the government opened a new website dubbed “Pyongyang Taekkyeon,” which offers real-time distance lectures on taekwondo.

https://thediplomat.com/2018/05/online-learning-in-north-korea/

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How Andrew Ng Perceives The AI-Powered World

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-06-02 17:02

by Abhijeet Katte, Analytics India

As the demand for data scientists and AI experts is rising, their salaries are rising quickly too. Modern ML involves training computers to learn from data and there is an acute shortage of data scientists who have the skills in deep learning as well. DL involves teaching a machine to perform a complex task using large amounts of data along with a large simulated neural network. Basic knowledge of complex maths such as calculus, statistics, probability and linear algebra is a must to train good deep learning engineers. Maths forms the base of deep learning, since programming is just a way of teaching a computer the advanced concepts.

How Andrew Ng Perceives The AI-Powered World

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College Textbooks in New York State Becoming More Affordable

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-06-01 17:26

by SUZY GARCIA, Kicks 1055

Governor Andrew Cuomo is making it easier for New Yorkers to attend college these days, by earmarking $8 million for students’ textbooks. It’s an attempt to reduce the expense of books for State University of New York ,and City University of New York students, according to a press release from the Governor’s office. Textbooks can cost hundreds of dollars each with some classes requiring more than one, then multiplied by several classes, and that’s in addition to the cost of classes! It really is cost prohibitive for many hoping to attend college. This looks like it will certainly help. The Open Educational Resources Initiative is what this allocation is being called, and it’s making textbooks and other lab materials available by giving students the ability to download these materials, edit them and share them with others.

http://kicks1055.com/college-textbooks-in-new-york-state-becoming-more-affordable/

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Women are less likely to be replaced by robots and might even benefit from automation

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-06-01 17:20

by FABRIZIO CARMIGNANI, the Big Think

Research shows women are better positioned than men to resist the automation of work and possibly even benefit from it. Women are overrepresented in industries that require high levels of social skills and empathy (such as nursing, teaching and care work), where it would be difficult to replace a human worker with automation. Women in advanced economies also have, on average, higher levels of education and digital literacy, giving them a comparative advantage in a labour market that is continuously transformed by technological innovation.

http://bigthink.com/the-conversation/women-are-less-likely-to-be-replaced-by-robots-and-might-even-benefit-from-automation

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Will Blockchains Revolutionize Education?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-06-01 17:15

by David McArthur, EDUCAUSE Review

Researchers, educators, and developers have envisioned various roles for blockchains in education and training, including their use for storing standards and issuing credentials. Several possibilities arise based on ideas from blockchains that provide trustworthy intellectual property records. For example, an educational standards committee might upload formal statements of their official competency hierarchies to a blockchain. Further, smart contracts managed in blockchain systems such as Ethereum could establish conditions under which a student would receive a certificate from a provider, and a series of those contracts could define a full degree program.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/5/will-blockchains-revolutionize-education

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Online MBA: Industry Experts Speak Out On The Rise Of Distance Learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-06-01 17:11

by Business Because

“Online degrees have the potential to be offered affordably without sacrificing academic rigor or instructional quality,” says Deanna Raineri, chief academic strategist at MOOC platform Coursera—which offers online courses and degrees from some of the world’s top universities. “Graduates often tell us that the online experience is actually better in some cases than what they remember from the large lecture halls of their undergrad days.” That is because the learning experience is swiftly developing online.

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/5284/online-mba-industry-experts-on-rise-of-distance-learning

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Study: Online College Classes Cost Less To Deliver Because They Are Larger, Hire Cheaper Teachers

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-06-01 17:05

by Derek Newton, Forbes
Nonetheless, that ASU found it was less expensive to offer online classes at four of six schools is probably noteworthy. Those lower costs are possible, the report says, in part because schools can save money on building costs for new students. That is true but, as others have cited, only if the school is already at maximum on-campus capacity where adding students would necessitate adding more space. Still, in those cases, online offerings would save building and physical maintenance costs. But mostly, ASU says, the savings in online classes are found by having larger classes with less experienced, cheaper adjunct and part-time faculty.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dereknewton/2018/05/23/study-online-college-classes-cost-less-to-deliver-because-they-are-larger-hire-cheaper-teachers/#17a6c65f5379

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Google and Coursera launch a new machine learning specialization

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-06-01 17:03

by Frederic Lardinois, Tech Crunch

Over the last few years, Google and Coursera have regularly teamed up to launch a number of online courses for developers and IT pros. Among those was the Machine Learning Crash course, which provides developers with an introduction to machine learning. Now, building on that, the two companies are launching a machine learning specialization on Coursera. This new specialization, which consists of five courses, has an even more practical focus.

Google and Coursera launch a new machine learning specialization

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Giving a Voice to Thoughts: New MIT Technology has Important Implications for Education

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-31 17:24

by Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Education: Digital Learning

MIT, once again, has taken a huge step toward further embedding technology into our lives. In this case, it is giving voice to thoughts, speech to the speechless and opening the door to telepathy. The technology, named “AlterEgo,” generates digital signals to unvoiced thoughts. One wears a tiny, spare, flexible frame that contains between 4 and 16 tiny electrodes to pick up non-vocalized speech – such as when one reads text or deliberately thinks articulated thoughts. It transforms these brain pulses into digital transmissions. What are the potential implications for teaching and learning? As with most technologies, there are both the good aspects and the challenging.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2018/05/23/how-might-new-technology-enabling-communication-between-human-and

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Show What You Know: The Shift To Competency

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-31 17:20

by Tom Vander Ark, Forbes

“GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless,” said Laszlo Bock, former head of HR at Google. “Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and GPAs and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t predict anything,” added Bock. In the now famous 2013 interview with the New York Times, Bock signaled the beginning of the end of courses and credits as the primary measure of learning and the beginning of the show what you know era. Professions (including law, real estate, and accounting) have long relied on test-based measured of readiness. Some professions have gone a step beyond to require demonstrated competence (e.g., doctors and pilots are required to pass tests, endure simulations, and perform in a variety of live settings).

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/05/21/show-what-you-know-the-shift-to-competency/#6687f2a81a5b

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