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The Personal Teaching Assistant Every Teacher Needs

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-04-28 17:25

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Imagine teaching at a school where your personal assistant takes care of the routine tasks for your classroom. The assistant even prepares lessons for your students. You have additional time to instruct students in small groups or individually, provide thoughtful feedback, and encourage learning. “Socrates, set the thermostat to 74, take attendance, and open the PowerPoint from yesterday’s lesson.” Better than Siri or Alexa, your digital teaching assistant would handle routine and complex tasks related to the classroom and student need. That scenario isn’t too far-fetched. Schools are already implementing smart technology in the form of artificial intelligence, and AI is changing the education landscape.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/the-personal-teaching-assistant-every-teacher-needs/

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Survey: How higher ed can prepare for an evolving job market

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-04-28 17:19

Ellucian

A quarter of employers that require degrees for entry-level jobs accept credentials in place of a degree!  Recruiters and students agree there is a soft skills gap.
Institutions need to invest in business models to support lifelong learning.  Student and employer perceptions around the value of college degrees are evolving. Sixty-two percent of students surveyed enrolled in college to improve their job prospects but only 39 percent believe they will be very prepared for the workplace when they graduate.

https://www.ellucian.com/insights/credential-clout-how-higher-ed-can-prepare-evolving-job-market

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Mixed reality is preparing students for the collaborative workforce

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-04-28 17:17

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Case Western Reserve is using mixed reality to produce students who are trained for the collaborative workforce. Is your college looking for a way to improve workforce development? Check out mixed reality. At EDUCAUSE 2018, educators from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) shared how the university is developing and implementing small- and large-scale immersive augmented reality and mixed reality learning resources with great success. The projects stem from the university’s Interactive Commons, which explores how cross-departmental teamwork and new technologies can foster innovation and new ways of teaching and learning. So far, they have yielded a fair amount of data, along with increases in student engagement, time savings, and more positive learning experiences overall.

Mixed reality is preparing students for the collaborative workforce

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Edtech Innovation in Online Education

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-04-28 17:09

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Courseware and access to it aren’t the only innovations in online education. Many supplemental tools support classroom instruction at all levels of learning, helping students engage in the learning process and enjoy it. Student response systems: Teachers recognize the need for student involvement in lessons, but connecting with each student in every class can take time, especially if the class size exceeds 30 students. Although necessary for learning, engagement, response, and feedback are time-consuming. Apps like Socrative assist teachers in engaging students and diagnosing student performance. One of the reasons Socrative is so successful is that it bridges the gap between school and home, learning and leisure time. Students access their homework online, complete it, and the app grades it and provides immediate feedback.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/edtech-innovation-in-online-education/

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Why Arizona State is using a for-profit to help expand workforce partnerships

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-04-28 17:06

By Ben Unglesbee, Education Dive

The new public benefit corporation, called InStride, went live earlier this month, timed with the beginning of the annual ASU GSV Summit, a celebration of education’s intersection with commerce and technology. The Chronicle of Higher Education, which first broke the news of the for-profit entity, reported that Arizona State owns a minority stake in the venture, with the $2.1 billion Rise Fund, a private equity fund managed by TPG, as the majority owner. In a press release announcing its launch, InStride described itself as a “learning services enterprise” that intends to “achieve significant social impact” by partnering with companies that want to help their employees get a college education. It also credited Arizona State’s existing partnerships, such as that with Starbucks, as being “the catalyst for the new company.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/why-arizona-state-is-using-a-for-profit-to-help-expand-workforce-partnershi/552767/

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The Personal Teaching Assistant Every Teacher Needs

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-04-28 17:02

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Imagine teaching at a school where your personal assistant takes care of the routine tasks for your classroom. The assistant even prepares lessons for your students. You have additional time to instruct students in small groups or individually, provide thoughtful feedback, and encourage learning. “Socrates, set the thermostat to 74, take attendance, and open the PowerPoint from yesterday’s lesson.” Better than Siri or Alexa, your digital teaching assistant would handle routine and complex tasks related to the classroom and student need. That scenario isn’t too far-fetched. Schools are already implementing smart technology in the form of artificial intelligence, and AI is changing the education landscape.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/the-personal-teaching-assistant-every-teacher-needs/

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New training models and policies for a digital economy workforce

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-04-27 17:27

Jack Karsten, Brookings
Emerging technologies such as fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks, artificial intelligence, and advanced robotics promise to transform most sectors of the economy. Many jobs are becoming more technology-intensive, and all workers will need some baseline technology skills as a result. To discuss how workers can meet the changing skills demands of the digital economy, the Center for Technology Innovation hosted a panel discussion on April 12 with Brookings scholars Darrell West and Makada Henry-Nickie, David Hoffman of Intel, and Greg Morrisett of Cornell University. The conversation covered the changing needs of employers, different models for training workers, and public policies that can help employers and workers alike adapt to emerging technologies.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2019/04/18/new-training-models-and-policies-for-a-digital-economy-workforce/

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It’s Sunday evening, where are online colleges’ student services?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-04-27 17:21

Wayne D’Orio, Education Dive

But traditionally campus-based institutions can find themselves outpaced as they try to match offerings from online-only schools, especially when it comes to critical services that can help attract and retain students, such as financial aid and academic advising. The act of retrofitting these typically on-campus services to meet the needs of a new subset of students can be awkward, especially compared to the streamlined offerings of online-only institutions.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/its-sunday-evening-where-are-online-colleges-student-services/552911/

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The pros of taking online courses outweigh their questionable cons.

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-04-27 17:15

Diya Jain, NYU News

While access is limited to those with internet, there is work being done to bring online education to every corner of the globe. Online courses are an important part of the changing nature of education and should not be dismissed. Universities such as the University of California, Berkeley and Ashton College in Canada provide a variety of online courses for students who want to study at their own pace or from a space in which they are comfortable. The internet facilitates easy access to a host of professors who can convey information through video and audio.

https://nyunews.com/opinion/2019/04/08/online-courses-education-reform/

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How higher ed can prepare for an evolving job market: A survey of U.S. students and recruiters

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-04-27 17:10

Ellucian

A quarter of employers that require degrees for entry-level jobs accept credentials in place of a degree! Recruiters and students agree there is a soft skills gap.
Institutions need to invest in business models to support lifelong learning.  Student and employer perceptions around the value of college degrees are evolving. Sixty-two percent of students surveyed enrolled in college to improve their job prospects but only 39 percent believe they will be very prepared for the workplace when they graduate.

https://www.ellucian.com/insights/credential-clout-how-higher-ed-can-prepare-evolving-job-market

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“Transparent AI Will Revolutionize Online Learning”

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-04-27 17:05

By IBL News

Walter Bender, the Chief Learning Architect at Sorcero and the founder of Sugar Labs and One Laptop One Child, shared with IBL News how transparent AI will revolutionize online learning following his talk at the Open edX conference last month in San Diego. The main goal, he posits, is “to leverage what makes us human to become part of the learning process.”

https://iblnews.org/2019/04/18/transparent-ai-will-revolutionize-online-learning/

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New training models and policies for a digital economy workforce

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-04-27 17:03

Jack Karsten, Brookings
Emerging technologies such as fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks, artificial intelligence, and advanced robotics promise to transform most sectors of the economy. Many jobs are becoming more technology-intensive, and all workers will need some baseline technology skills as a result. To discuss how workers can meet the changing skills demands of the digital economy, the Center for Technology Innovation hosted a panel discussion on April 12 with Brookings scholars Darrell West and Makada Henry-Nickie, David Hoffman of Intel, and Greg Morrisett of Cornell University. The conversation covered the changing needs of employers, different models for training workers, and public policies that can help employers and workers alike adapt to emerging technologies.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2019/04/18/new-training-models-and-policies-for-a-digital-economy-workforce/

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This technology can help higher ed address students’ mental health

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-26 17:25

BY ELLEN ULLMAN, eCampus News
Online therapy platforms can help colleges offer mental-health services to students. In 2018, the American Psychological Association found that more than one-third of first-year university students in eight countries reported symptoms consistent with a diagnosable mental health disorder. eCampus News was curious about how universities are addressing students’ mental health, so we spoke with Nancy Zlatkin, Psy.D., a psychologist at Florida International University (FIU). FIU has been using TAO Connect, an online therapy platform, for five years.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/04/15/technology-improve-students-mental-health/

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A growing crop of “supertemps” is changing the nature of work

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-26 17:20

BY JODY GREENSTONE MILLER, Fast Company
A Life Science specialist who consults independently to earn a living–while hoping to hit it big on a startup venture. An MBA-trained millennial who left a major consulting firm to broaden his skills and try out various fields of endeavor in search of the “perfect job.” A former Big 3 consulting partner, who was tired of being responsible for securing business instead of solving clients’ problems. They’re all “gig” workers, but not the kind you’re thinking of. They’re part of the fast-growing marketplace for high-end independent talent. MBO Partners estimates that the number of freelancers who make more than $100,000 annually grew to 3.3 million in 2018, up 70% from 2011.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90333287/a-growing-crop-of-supertemps-is-changing-the-nature-of-work

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Machine Learning Is about to Change Everything In Education

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-26 17:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Artificial intelligence is already established in K-12 settings, and the technology appears in varied forms. Many teachers rely on voice assistants to perform simple requests such as, “Set the timer for five minutes.” The devices have proven to be handy tools for tech-savvy teachers wanting to be more efficient in the classroom. Students interact with customized curriculum that uses lessons based on results gathered from adaptive branching assessments. The same software suggests interventions to teachers and gathers data for analysis. Other AI applications in the classroom include intelligent tutoring systems, alerts and warnings, and automated formative and summative grading and grade reporting.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/machine-learning-is-about-to-change-everything/

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It’s Sunday evening, where are online colleges’ student services?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-26 17:10

Wayne D’Orio, Education Dive

But traditionally campus-based institutions can find themselves outpaced as they try to match offerings from online-only schools, especially when it comes to critical services that can help attract and retain students, such as financial aid and academic advising. The act of retrofitting these typically on-campus services to meet the needs of a new subset of students can be awkward, especially compared to the streamlined offerings of online-only institutions.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/its-sunday-evening-where-are-online-colleges-student-services/552911/

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Minerva’s Innovative Platform Makes High Quality Higher Ed Personal And Affordable

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-26 17:10

Tom Vander Ark, Forbes
Minerva might be the most interesting and important higher education program in the world. The school, sponsored by Keck Graduate Institute at Claremont, offers an undergraduate program with a rigorously designed curriculum that develops knowledge and skills in about 100 foundational concepts and habits of success. Students focus on thinking critically and creatively and communicating and interacting effectively. They study and apply their learning in seven cities. The first class of world changers will graduate next month.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2019/04/08/minervas-innovative-platform-makes-high-quality-higher-ed-personal-and-affordable/#2a7ed2545742

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Building an Innovation Campus? This President Has 3 Tips

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-04-26 17:06

By Lindsay Elli, Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Chronicle asked Martha E. Pollack, Cornell’s president since April 2017 — several months before its new campus opened — about lessons from the Cornell Tech project. Here are three pieces of advice she has for Virginia Tech’s team.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Building-an-Innovation-Campus-/246132

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STEM Is Not All That Matters

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-25 17:25

By Ryan Khurana, Catalyst Independent
In the White House’s recent executive order, dubbed the “American AI Initiative,” there was a notable focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and its role in securing American technological leadership.  While it is certainly true that technical skills are lacking, these pivots may be harmful to sustainable growth. It is undoubtedly the case that greater STEM competence increases the likelihood of scientific breakthroughs, new technologies, and medical advances, but none of these in isolation have an outstanding social impact. They need complements, from business, policy, and media, who are able to help spread and magnify their potential. A narrow focus on STEM alone does not enable these to arise. The fact that we have had so many new technologies appear in recent years, but they have only marginally contributed to increased productivity, indicates that there is a need for these complements.

http://catalyst.independent.org/2019/04/12/stem-is-not-all-that-matters/

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The ‘Less Sexy Side’ of A.I.: Why Amazon Employees Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-25 17:24

By ALYSSA NEWCOMB, Fortune
When users ask Alexa about their mysterious rash, or to turn off the lights, they might not expect someone else to be listening.  A.I. needs human input—and human reviewers—to become smarter. This week, a Bloomberg report pulled back the curtain on the team of people around the world who are tasked with listening to the Alexa queries of unsuspecting users. And the A.I. training team’s members number in the thousands. The employees listen to recordings of people asking for Alexa to turn off the lights or play Taylor Swift. They transcribe the queries and feed them back to the Alexa software, making it smarter and more adept at grasping the way humans speak.

http://fortune.com/2019/04/13/alexa-ai-amazon-privacy-artificial-intelligence-smart-home/

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