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The online world at risk of ADA lawsuits

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-05-25 17:03

by Kent Bernhard, Pittsburgh Business times

Lawsuits and enforcement actions over websites’ accessibility to disabled people have swamped businesses, as well as colleges and universities over the past several years. “We’ve seen such a spike in the last few years in threatened litigation and enforcement actions,” says Susan Deniker, an attorney with the law firm Steptoe & Johnson PLLC who focuses on labor and employment law, litigation, and education law. “We’ve seen this hit many different industries. Any business that has a public website faces these issues.”

https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2018/05/07/the-online-world-at-risk-of-ada-lawsuits.html

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A future proof degree? Artificial Intelligence is now a major at this university

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-24 17:25

By Greg Nichols, ZD Net

The new degree is touted as the first of its kind in the nation, and it takes dead aim at a high-salary computer science job market primed for growth. It’s also in line with a trend toward increasing specialization within American undergraduate computer science programs.  Numbered are the days when BS candidates choose among a small handful of computer science tracks and graduate as generalists. “Specialists in artificial intelligence have never been more important, in shorter supply or in greater demand by employers,” according to Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/a-future-proof-degree-artificial-intelligence-is-now-a-major-at-this-university/

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Google Duplex beat the Turing test: Are we doomed?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-24 17:20

By David Gewirtz, ZD Net

Google’s new Duplex AI sounds human, with stammers, pauses, and all. It could be a useful addition to Google Assistant or the harbinger of something much more dark and worrisome. Two years before his death, Turing was thinking about the relationship between human and computer intelligence. Today, that concept is part of everyday life, as AI permeates everything from GPS to video games to the behavior of apps on our phones. Back then, the idea that a device the size of a house designed to break codes could, someday, imitate human intelligence was about as far thinking as you could get. Turing not only understood and pioneered the idea of AI, but created some metrics by which we could judge whether we’d actually gotten to the point where AI was intelligent.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-duplex-beat-the-turing-test-are-we-doomed/

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The Quantum Internet and Quantum Computers: How Will They Change the World?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-24 17:15

by TU Delft, edX

There is no doubt that quantum computers and the quantum internet will have a great impact on our world. But we don’t yet know quite how. As with traditional computers – we will only see the effects in the decades to come. This course will provide you with a basic understanding of quantum computing and the quantum internet. Together, we’ll peek into the fascinating world of quantum phenomena, such as qubits, superposition, and entanglement. We’ll envision the potential impact of quantum computing and the quantum internet.

https://www.edx.org/course/the-quantum-internet-and-quantum-computers-how-will-they-change-the-world

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Connecticut Online consortium to close due to declining revenues

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-24 17:07

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, which works with the states public institutions on online programs and technology, announced it will shut down, ending a 20-year digital institutional collaborative, according to Inside Higher Ed. While no closure date is set, consortium officials said they want to keep some of its most productive programs after shutting down. The consortium, which is partially funded by the state, cites decreased enrollment and budget cuts as key elements of its closure. Much of its operation was driven by revenues from online instructional design, consulting, web integration and system hosting, and expanded over its history to service the state’s K-12 districts and state agencies.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/online-consortium-to-close-due-to-declining-revenues/522912/

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Global Corporate LMS Market Expected to Grow to USD 7.12 Billion by 2023

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

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

A new study suggests that the corporate LMS market will grow from USD 2.06 billion in 2018 to USD 7.12 billion by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate of 28.2% over the five year period in question. Factors driving the increase include the ongoing innovation in eLearning tools, increasing mobility of these tools, and growing demand for continuous learning. The study was released by Research and Markets earlier this week and is based on interviews with chief executive officers (CEOs), marketing directors, innovation and technology directors, and executives from a wide range of key organizations in the corporate LMS market.

Global Corporate LMS Market Expected to Grow to USD 7.12 Billion by 2023

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The Good Life and Open Online Learning: MOOCs after the hype.

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-05-24 17:03

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

MOOCs are one more platform that faculty can use for public engagement. An advantage of MOOCs is that this public engagement can be interactive, two-way, and participatory. Good open online courses have high levels of engagement. Much of the connections formed in a MOOC are between and across learners. Still, these are real learning communities. There are many other complementary advantages to open online education. Well run MOOC programs will help advance the core residential, blended, and online teaching on the campuses in which they originate. MOOCs can be opportunities to develop new materials – such as simulations and assessments – that can be re-purposed for traditional (small-scale) courses.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/good-life-and-open-online-learning

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What are higher-ed’s analytics priorities?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-23 17:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Higher-ed leaders are increasingly focused on institutional analytics, despite challenges associated with implementing enterprise-wide programs, according to a new Ellucian survey of 200 college presidents, provosts, CFOs, CTOs, and CIOs. Fifty-eight percent of surveyed leaders say institutional analytics that improve operational efficiency are of greater priority than learning analytics that will improve student outcomes, according to What Will It Take to Build an Analytics-Driven Campus? Analytics priorities seem to differ by role, with presidents, CFOs, and CIOs focusing on improved learning outcomes; provosts are focused on improved retention and completion; and CTOs are concerned with improved operational efficiency.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/ed-tech-leadership/hed-analytics-program/

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Unbundling the 4-year degree: How to design education for the future

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-23 17:20

BY KELSEA KIERSTEAD, eCampus News
Countless organizations are rethinking how students learn and earn skills in postsecondary education.  Employers are in desperate need of skilled workers to address current employee shortages and prepare for projected disruption in the workplace. For example, artificial intelligence will create 2.3 million jobs while eliminating 1.8 million by 2020, according to a 2017 Gartner report. To fill jobs now while preparing for the future, countless organizations are rethinking how students learn and earn skills in postsecondary education. Such a change requires new mindsets for institutions and businesses.

Unbundling the 4-year degree: How to design education for the future

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How to overcome 10 digital learning challenges

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-23 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Digital learning is becoming almost commonplace in classrooms across America; however, you will still come across opposition. While studies suggest digital learning is changing education for the better, it does not mean that digital learning is without problems. Ask any teacher who has ever attempted to use technology or digital resources in his or her classroom, and you will be told about a time when technology let them down. And, yet, even with the digital learning challenges teachers face, most are willing to deal with them to make their classroom a digital learning environment. Today, let’s take some time to look at some of the more common digital learning challenges and discuss ways to overcome them.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-to-overcome-10-digital-learning-challenges/

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

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-23 17:10

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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A future proof degree? Artificial Intelligence is now a major at this university

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-23 17:05

By Greg Nichols, ZD Net

The new degree is touted as the first of its kind in the nation, and it takes dead aim at a high-salary computer science job market primed for growth. It’s also in line with a trend toward increasing specialization within American undergraduate computer science programs.  Numbered are the days when BS candidates choose among a small handful of computer science tracks and graduate as generalists. “Specialists in artificial intelligence have never been more important, in shorter supply or in greater demand by employers,” according to Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/a-future-proof-degree-artificial-intelligence-is-now-a-major-at-this-university/

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The Quantum Internet and Quantum Computers: How Will They Change the World?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-05-23 17:02

by TU Delft, edX

There is no doubt that quantum computers and the quantum internet will have a great impact on our world. But we don’t yet know quite how. As with traditional computers – we will only see the effects in the decades to come. This course will provide you with a basic understanding of quantum computing and the quantum internet. Together, we’ll peek into the fascinating world of quantum phenomena, such as qubits, superposition, and entanglement. We’ll envision the potential impact of quantum computing and the quantum internet.

https://www.edx.org/course/the-quantum-internet-and-quantum-computers-how-will-they-change-the-world

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Racial Diversity in EdTech: Little Data Available and A Lot of Work Ahead

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-22 17:25

By Cait Etherington

It is a widely known fact that in tech, the vast majority of employees in tech and leadership roles are still White and male. An April 2018 article posted on Recode reported that at Microsoft, Intel, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google, Black employees across genders represent less than 5% of the workforce and Latinx employees represent less than 10% of the workforce. In leadership and tech roles, the numbers are even more dismal. At Google, for example, Black and Latinx employees represent only 2% of the leadership team and only 1 and 3% of tech roles respectively. But does racial diversity in edtech reflect the numbers in the tech sector at large?

Racial Diversity in EdTech: Little Data Available and A Lot of Work Ahead

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Robot U: The First American A.I. Undergrad Program is Here, and Already Incredibly Elite

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-22 17:20

by Foster Kamer, Futurism

As if the point needs belaboring, but sure: The future of technology, no matter how far down the line you trace it, will inevitably run into A.I. at some point. So it’s fitting — if not overdue — that an established, esteemed American university would offer up an undergraduate degree in artificial intelligence. And that school is Carnegie Mellon University, of course. Per the MIT Tech Review, the program will be run out of the college’s School of Computer Science. It’ll involve the social and ethical impacts of A.I. as much as it will computational learning, along with the technical knowhow to have a decent grasp on what the future of A.I. is going to be, and maybe practical work on some of it, too (as a precursor to joining CMU’s top-flight status as the graduate school for A.I.).

 

Robot U: The First American A.I. Undergrad Program is Here, and Already Incredibly Elite

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What Do These Business School Deans Really Think About The Online MBA?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-22 17:15

by Marco De Novellis, Business Because

Online MBA programs have traditionally been seen as secondary to campus-based courses. But now more and more UK business schools are investing in online. Today’s business schools have woken up to the importance of flexible, affordable alternatives to classroom-based study. In the workplace, everything is online. So why shouldn’t business education be too? Still, every business school is different. Some schools offer 100%-online MBA programs; some offer online MBA programs with residential components; some schools don’t offer online MBA programs at all. BusinessBecause caught up with business school deans and MBA directors across the UK—one of the more developed markets for distance-learning—and asked them one simple question: what do you really think about the online MBA?

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/5280/business-school-deans-online-mba

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Virginia Beach schools launch Virtual Learning Days for 2018-19 school year

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-22 17:09

by Nick Boykin, WTKR

With snowy weather causing hectic changes to the district’s schedule this school year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools is going virtual to help them prepare for natures worst during the 2018-19 school year. According to the school district, in advance of Virtual Learning Days, students will be provided assignments that are designed to replicate learning experiences that would happen if the students were in school. The work may be completed on the Virtual Learning Day or over a designated 10-day window of time in order to give flexibility for students and families.

Virginia Beach schools launch Virtual Learning Days for 2018-19 school year

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Unbundling the 4-year degree: How to design education for the future

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-22 17:05

BY KELSEA KIERSTEAD, eCampus News
Countless organizations are rethinking how students learn and earn skills in postsecondary education.  Employers are in desperate need of skilled workers to address current employee shortages and prepare for projected disruption in the workplace. For example, artificial intelligence will create 2.3 million jobs while eliminating 1.8 million by 2020, according to a 2017 Gartner report. To fill jobs now while preparing for the future, countless organizations are rethinking how students learn and earn skills in postsecondary education. Such a change requires new mindsets for institutions and businesses.

Unbundling the 4-year degree: How to design education for the future

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Freidhoff: Promise of online learning is paying off for some

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-05-22 17:02

by Joe Friedhoff, Lansing State Journal

Data from the past decade show that some online learning opportunities have been delayed while others have been realized. Michigan VirtualTM through its Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute® recently released its fifth annual report on K-12 virtual learning in Michigan using state-level data from the 2016-17 school year. The report found over 101,000 students took at least one online course. Students enrolled through over 1,100 different Michigan schools, used a multitude of providers, and generated over 517,000 virtual enrollments.

https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/opinion/contributors/viewpoints/2018/05/13/viewpoint-promise-online-learning-paying-off-some/593767002/

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46 states, 56 countries represented in UI iMBA’s first graduating class

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-05-21 17:40

by Adalberto Toledo, News Gazette
On Saturday, May 12th, the University of Illinois hosted a graduation ceremony for dozens of MBA students who may have never set foot on campus before. These aren’t your typical MBA students. They’re “iMBA” students, part of an online-only, UI-taught MBA program, and 73 percent of them don’t live in Illinois. Most of these mothers, veterans and first-generation college students have life constraints preventing them from doing traditional coursework on campus. The average student brings 12 years of professional experience and is between 22 and 61 years old.

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-05-09/46-states-56-countries-represented-ui-imbas-first-graduating-class.html

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