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Artificial Intelligence is Here to Stay: Will it Augment or Replace?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-06-24 17:05

By IBL News

Are significant advancements in AI (Artificial Intelligence) going to eventually lead to the replacement of traditional teaching roles? Attendees at an IMS Global Learning Consortium panel, last month in San Diego, were asked to contemplate this question. The panel, entitled “Is Artificial Intelligence the Future of Education?” featured the outstanding speakers Tom Gierke, Ari Chanen, Eric Cosyn, Yakut Gazi, and Alex Kaplan with Ray Schroeder moderating.

https://iblnews.org/artificial-intelligence-is-here-to-stay-will-it-augment-or-replace/

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Higher Education Institutions Prepare for Wi-Fi 6

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-06-24 17:02

BY CISCO MERAKI, Center for Digital Education

Many higher education institutions today are already preparing for what the future of technology will bring. Wi-Fi 6, the latest wireless standard, not only promises to bring higher density, throughput, and reliability to higher education networks, but also ensures that students and staff can focus on collaborating and learning, rather than losing connections or having technology troubles. Identifying where bandwidth problems already exist, learning what the new standards offer, and thinking through a Wi-Fi 6 strategy are great first steps. With bandwidth requirements approximately doubling every three years, in addition to serving inherently high-density environments, the Butler University IT team has had a constant challenge to provide always-on, reliable connections for students and staff.

https://www.govtech.com/education/higher-ed/Higher-Education-Institutions-Prepare-for-Wi-Fi-6.html

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Spy reportedly used AI-generated photo to connect with targets on LinkedIn

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-06-24 17:01

Steven Musil, CNet

The photo appeared on the LinkedIn account of one Katie Jones, a 30-something redhead. Among her 52 connections were links to Washington political figures, including a deputy assistant secretary of state, a senior aide to a senator and a prominent economist being considered for the Federal Reserve, according to the AP. The news outlet found that despite her claims of working for years as a “Russia and Eurasia fellow” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the DC-based think tank had no record of her employment. Similarly, the University of Michigan could find no record of her claimed degree in Russian studies.

https://www.cnet.com/news/spy-reportedly-used-ai-generated-photo-to-connect-with-targets-on-linkedin/

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Google’s Growing IT Certificate

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-23 17:25

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
To bolster expanding online IT certificate program, Google plans to add career resources for students and to expand its community college partnerships and pathways to four-year degrees. More than 8,000 people have completed the eight-month Google IT support certificate program since it launched in early 2018. The certificate, Google’s first substantial foray into postsecondary education, is offered through online learning platform Coursera. The tech giant’s aim is to create a pipeline of diverse applicants for entry-level IT jobs. Nearly 75,000 people have enrolled in the program, said Natalie Van Kleef Conley, a senior product manager for Grow With Google, an initiative that aims to expand access to Google’s training and tools.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/06/14/google-it-certificate-program-expands-more-community-colleges

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What’s in a microcredential?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-23 17:20

Wayne D’Orio, Education Dive

There are nearly 750,000 “unique credentials” on offer in the U.S. today, including micocredentials and certificates, said Scott Cheney, executive director of Credential Engine, a nonprofit that aims to implement a common schema for credentials and has developed a national registry to track them. Less than a degree and not a formal license, he said, microcredentials can be offered by a variety of organizations, from IBM to the National Wood Flooring Association, and delivered through a range of postsecondary institutions. Some of the most popular topics for microcredentials are in technology fields, where much of this activity started, as well as in so-called “soft” skills such as empathy and resilience, deLaski said.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/whats-in-a-microcredential/556606/

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How online learning is reshaping higher education

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-23 17:14

By Richard Williamson Paul Burton Shelly Sigo, Bond Buyer

With fewer high-school graduates and foreign students coming to class, the nation’s universities and colleges are turning to increasingly sophisticated and more affordable online courses to help fill the gap. The development of online education raises the question of whether it will evolve from a supplement to traditional in-person learning to something that supplants it. One expert on technological disruption even predicts that half of the nation’s 5,300 bricks-and-mortar colleges and universities could be closed in 10 to 15 years as a result. “The traditional college and university is imperiled,” said Subhash Kak, an Oklahoma State University professor of computer science and electrical engineering. The credit implications have not fully been baked in with rating agencies and analysts mixed on the future of the higher education sector — but they are talking about potential disruptions.

 

https://www.bondbuyer.com/news/online-learning-technology-will-challenge-higher-education-sector

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Google’s Growing IT Certificate

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-23 17:10

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
To bolster expanding online IT certificate program, Google plans to add career resources for students and to expand its community college partnerships and pathways to four-year degrees. More than 8,000 people have completed the eight-month Google IT support certificate program since it launched in early 2018. The certificate, Google’s first substantial foray into postsecondary education, is offered through online learning platform Coursera. The tech giant’s aim is to create a pipeline of diverse applicants for entry-level IT jobs. Nearly 75,000 people have enrolled in the program, said Natalie Van Kleef Conley, a senior product manager for Grow With Google, an initiative that aims to expand access to Google’s training and tools.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/06/14/google-it-certificate-program-expands-more-community-colleges

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9 Skills and Certifications Employers Want

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-23 17:05

Sarah Surette, Thrive Global

With ever-increasing competition from other job seekers, you need to stand out from the crowd to potential employers. So, what will give you the edge over other candidates? There are several skills and certifications that employers want more than others. Now that online learning has taken off, there are hundreds of different certifications you can get. They offer classes in any number of different skills and trades, and the consensus among HR professionals is that certifications can, indeed, make a difference, but not all of them. Take a look at these top skills and certifications that should place you ahead of your competitors.

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/9-skills-and-certifications-employers-want/

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What’s in a microcredential?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-23 17:03

Wayne D’Orio, Education Dive

There are nearly 750,000 “unique credentials” on offer in the U.S. today, including micocredentials and certificates, said Scott Cheney, executive director of Credential Engine, a nonprofit that aims to implement a common schema for credentials and has developed a national registry to track them. Less than a degree and not a formal license, he said, microcredentials can be offered by a variety of organizations, from IBM to the National Wood Flooring Association, and delivered through a range of postsecondary institutions. Some of the most popular topics for microcredentials are in technology fields, where much of this activity started, as well as in so-called “soft” skills such as empathy and resilience, deLaski said.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/whats-in-a-microcredential/556606/

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A third of U.S. workers say they lack data skills

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-22 17:24

Katya Schwenk, EdScoop

Research by the online course provider edX reported on Tuesday that 39 percent of U.S. consumers they surveyed across industries feel they lack proficiency in data skills — though respondents also said they are reluctant to ask their employers for additional training. The survey, conducted by a 3rd-party data vendor, polled 1,000 adults, 917 of whom were or had previously been employed. Another 37 percent of the respondents said they lacked proficiency in soft skills like project management. And a quarter said they had been forced to seek outside help with technology they used at the workplace.

https://edscoop.com/a-third-of-u-s-workers-say-they-lack-data-skills/

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5 Ways to Create Greater Learner Retention

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-22 17:20

By Patty Gaul, ATD
Retention is defined as “the continued possession, use, or control of something”; “the fact of keeping something in one’s memory”; and “the action of absorbing and continuing to hold a substance.” But given the pace of change in business and competing demands for learners’ attention, how do facilitators help their participants retain what is shared in a training course? It’s about conscious creation, whether facilitating an e-learning or in-person course.

https://www.td.org/insights/5-ways-to-create-greater-learner-retention

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Intellectual Property and Digital Learning: Developing a campus strategy

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-22 17:15

Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Who owns the content that is created for online and blended courses? The faculty? The institution? Both? Do you know the answer to this question for your school? Would your answer agree with the provost or general counsel? Another way to ask this question is to inquire if the intellectual property policies at your institution have kept up with the digital learning revolution. Back in the days before teaching and learning were digital affairs, the rules governing intellectual property were fairly simple. At most institutions, faculty members owned their IP. If a professor wrote a book or an article, she owned the IP for the book. (Unless she signed away the rights to a publisher or journal, but that’s a different story.) Professors also owned the IP for the lectures that they gave.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/intellectual-property-and-digital-learning

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How online learning is reshaping higher education

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-22 17:10

By Richard Williamson Paul Burton Shelly Sigo, Bond Buyer

With fewer high-school graduates and foreign students coming to class, the nation’s universities and colleges are turning to increasingly sophisticated and more affordable online courses to help fill the gap. The development of online education raises the question of whether it will evolve from a supplement to traditional in-person learning to something that supplants it. One expert on technological disruption even predicts that half of the nation’s 5,300 bricks-and-mortar colleges and universities could be closed in 10 to 15 years as a result. “The traditional college and university is imperiled,” said Subhash Kak, an Oklahoma State University professor of computer science and electrical engineering. The credit implications have not fully been baked in with rating agencies and analysts mixed on the future of the higher education sector — but they are talking about potential disruptions.

 

https://www.bondbuyer.com/news/online-learning-technology-will-challenge-higher-education-sector

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A third of U.S. workers say they lack data skills

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-22 17:05

Katya Schwenk, EdScoop

Research by the online course provider edX reported on Tuesday that 39 percent of U.S. consumers they surveyed across industries feel they lack proficiency in data skills — though respondents also said they are reluctant to ask their employers for additional training. The survey, conducted by a 3rd-party data vendor, polled 1,000 adults, 917 of whom were or had previously been employed. Another 37 percent of the respondents said they lacked proficiency in soft skills like project management. And a quarter said they had been forced to seek outside help with technology they used at the workplace.

https://edscoop.com/a-third-of-u-s-workers-say-they-lack-data-skills/

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Intellectual Property and Digital Learning: Developing a campus strategy

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-22 17:03

Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Who owns the content that is created for online and blended courses? The faculty? The institution? Both? Do you know the answer to this question for your school? Would your answer agree with the provost or general counsel? Another way to ask this question is to inquire if the intellectual property policies at your institution have kept up with the digital learning revolution. Back in the days before teaching and learning were digital affairs, the rules governing intellectual property were fairly simple. At most institutions, faculty members owned their IP. If a professor wrote a book or an article, she owned the IP for the book. (Unless she signed away the rights to a publisher or journal, but that’s a different story.) Professors also owned the IP for the lectures that they gave.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/intellectual-property-and-digital-learning

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UK Online learning and Artificial Intelligence report makes some welcome announcements

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-21 17:25

JISC

It highlights the crucial role of technology in raising the quality of technical education, while also acknowledging the sector’s limited understanding of these emerging fields. The review therefore recommends that the Department for Education (DfE) funds ‘test beds’ to help FE providers gain a greater appreciation of the potential value and benefits of AIEd and online learning. Jisc’s futurist, Martin Hamilton, comments: “As the report notes, we are in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution driven by emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. It’s clear that the world is changing, and the jobs of the future need an education system to match – an Education 4.0 that complements Industry 4.0.”

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/30634-online-learning-and-artificial-intelligence-report-welcomed

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Impactful Technologies and The Power to Influence Change

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-21 17:20

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology
Learning analytics, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and other new and emerging technologies seem poised to change the business of higher education — yet, we often hear comments like “We’re just not there yet…” or “This is a technology that is just too slow to adoption…” or other observations that make it clear that many people — including those with a high level of expertise in education technology — are thinking that the promise is not yet fulfilled. Here, CT talks with veteran education technology leader Ellen Wagner, to ask for her perspectives on the adoption of impactful technologies — in particular the factors in our leadership and development communities that have the power to influence change.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/06/10/impactful-technologies-are-we-there-yet.aspx

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Survey: 1 in 4 Students Say There’s Not Enough Technology in the Classroom

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-21 17:15

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
In a recent survey, 23 percent of college students said classroom technology use at their school is insufficient. And 60 percent said that having more classroom technology would improve their learning experience. The survey, conducted by Barnes & Noble College, polled more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students at the company’s partner schools. Survey questions focused on students’ classroom experience as well as their views on testing and instructional feedback.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/06/11/survey-1-in-4-students-say-theres-not-enough-technology-in-the-classroom.aspx

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Dublin City University announces a strategic partnership with FutureLearn

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-21 17:10

BY CONOR MCMAHON, Fora
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY is rolling out a suite of online courses on topics such as blockchain and artificial intelligence as part of a strategic partnership with digital education provider FutureLearn. Jointly owned by the UK-based Open University and employment industry group SEEK, FutureLearn provides a range of online courses designed by universities and other institutions from around the world. Students and working professionals will be able to enroll in short-term and accredited DCU courses on a range of subjects like artificial intelligence, fintech, conflict resolution, blockchain and data analytics. The full range of courses will be available from the start of next year.

https://fora.ie/dcu-online-courses-professionals-4676983-Jun2019/

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UK Online learning and Artificial Intelligence report makes some welcome announcements

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-21 17:05

JISC

It highlights the crucial role of technology in raising the quality of technical education, while also acknowledging the sector’s limited understanding of these emerging fields. The review therefore recommends that the Department for Education (DfE) funds ‘test beds’ to help FE providers gain a greater appreciation of the potential value and benefits of AIEd and online learning. Jisc’s futurist, Martin Hamilton, comments: “As the report notes, we are in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution driven by emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. It’s clear that the world is changing, and the jobs of the future need an education system to match – an Education 4.0 that complements Industry 4.0.”

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/30634-online-learning-and-artificial-intelligence-report-welcomed

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