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A Prominent Publisher Used Machine Learning to Write a Textbook

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-25 17:15

Dan Robitzksi, Futurism

Scientific publisher Springer Nature just released its first book written entirely by a machine learning algorithm. The title of the book, Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research cuts straight to the point: 247 pages of prominent research into lithium-ion batteries and AI-written summaries of the field. The book shows how AI can help scientists stay on top of the latest research — but also algorithms are now able to review vast bodies of literature and select the most important details on their own.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/springer-machine-learning-textbook

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This technology can help higher ed address students’ mental health

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-25 17:10

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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Why Students Cheat

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

by Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

When CT wrote about this topic last year in “What to Do About Contract Cheating,” one interviewee quipped, “Contract cheating companies are really insidious, evil, nasty beasts,” noting that these operators promote themselves as “legitimate, authorized writing help services.” Their marketing message, she explained, emphasizes that universities and professors aren’t helping students enough: “We know the university hasn’t got time to really help you. We know that you’re struggling with timelines. We’re here to help you with writing. We’re available 24/7, which your university professors are not.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/04/09/why-students-cheat.aspx

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STEM Is Not All That Matters

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-04-25 17:03

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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How Technological Singularity will Change Schools

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-24 17:26

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

John von Neumann was the first to see it coming: eventually, the capacity of machine intelligence would surpass that of the human race. His work with algorithms and quantum mechanics opened the door for exponential growth in computers. As people and computers raced toward super-intelligence, computers would eventually win out, leaving humans behind. That is the moment of singularity. Our collective body of knowledge is doubling at a rate of every twelve months; that number will narrow to every twelve hours before we reach technological singularity. Because schools are in the knowledge business, there are some far-reaching implications for what and how schools teach.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-technological-singularity-will-change-schools/

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Surprising Edtech Goals of the Chinese

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-24 17:21

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

These study opportunities may be in the form of travel and specialty camps, but over 700 million Chinese use the internet regularly, and as many as 78 million learners access courses online. Intimate class sizes and personalized feedback make online learning an attractive alternative to more traditional afterschool programs in China. Students participate in a variety of online learning opportunities. In digital learning environments from around the globe, students learn core subjects like language and mathematics, and they also enroll in classes for coding and STEM. Chinese parents dedicate the time and money necessary for educational opportunity.

The interest in edtech isn’t slowing down. It’s gaining in popularity

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/surprising-edtech-goals-of-the-chinese/

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ASU’s Michael Crow: ‘The Rest of the Culture Sees Us As a Virus’

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-24 17:15

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Michael Crow is building an empire, one that frees the state university he leads, Arizona State University, from dependence on declining state funding. ASU has grown into an online education powerhouse since Crow took the helm 17 years ago, and the president has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative university leaders. But not everyone thinks that’s a good thing, as critics complain that he’s too corporate and has turned the state university into what one author called “a factory of credentialing.” Crow argues that he’s creating a prototype of a “new American university” that cares more about opening access to diverse students than chasing high rankings in U.S. News.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-04-10-asu-s-michael-crow-the-rest-of-the-culture-sees-us-as-a-virus

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Southern New Hampshire U to add West Coast operations center

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-24 17:05

Ben Unglesbee, Education Dive
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) plans to open a new operations support center in downtown Tucson, Arizona, to serve online students in western time zones who currently can access services only until 9 p.m., the university said in a press release this week. SNHU said it expects the new center to open in 2020 and to house additional student support staff, including in advising, admissions, student financial services and information technology. SNHU said it would first hire about 100 staff for the center, with plans to hire a total of 350 by 2021. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild credited his city’s “reputation for excellent customer service” as a reason for the university’s location choice. SNHU President Paul LeBlanc said in a statement that the university would maintain a “deep commitment” to its home city of Manchester, New Hampshire.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/southern-new-hampshire-u-to-add-west-coast-operations-center/552615/

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How adaptive learning changes the game

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-24 17:05

BY DENNIS PIERCE, eCampus News

Time and cost are two key barriers standing in the way of college completion, and that’s especially true for working adults going back to school. To eliminate these barriers and help registered nurses make faster progress toward earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, the University of Memphis School of Health Studies is using adaptive learning technology and other practices to accelerate completion—reportedly saving participants more than $100,000 in collective tuition costs in a single year. “Students shouldn’t get bogged down with paying to learn things they already know,” says Richard Irwin, dean of UofM Global, the university’s online program. “Adaptive learning helps students move through the content at a more rapid pace.”

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/04/05/benefits-adaptive-learning/

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

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-04-24 17:02

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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How voice-first technology can be used in online learning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-23 17:25

By Chantelle, Voices

The elearning, or online learning industry is experiencing a boom and is projected to be a $200B industry by 2024. At the same time, the world is awakening to the power of voice-first technology. Voice assistants are proliferating in private homes and voice integration is occurring seemingly everywhere, from our phones to our fridges (even our cities are becoming ‘smart’). The convergence of a growing learning culture, along with rapid voice tech adoption means that digital learning providers will have to find ways to integrate technologies like AI and voice-first tech, in order to meet the demands of consumers and to maintain a competitive advantage in the market. This affects both private brands as well as public institutions, like universities and colleges.

https://www.voices.com/blog/technology-use-in-digital-learning/

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Moody’s: Competition, consolidation shape online education market

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-23 17:20

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Competition is heating up for colleges online, and new market entrants are gaining share, according to a new analyst report from Moody’s Investors Service, which calls the expansion “a credit positive” for higher education. Online-only enrollment grew 38% from 2012 to 2017, and it will continue to increase as “a key enrollment strategy” for institutions, the authors write. However, not all colleges will take this route, and it is “unlikely to replace” on-campus education. Still, the growth online comes as overall higher ed enrollment has leveled off. Critical to colleges’ success online is differentiation, which can include price, delivery model, perceived value and faculty service levels. Public universities’ large online enrollment, low tuition and access-oriented mission will help them maintain market share.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/moodys-competition-consolidation-shape-online-education-market/552525/

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5G to Bring About Resurgence in Smart Phone Growth

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-23 17:14

By David Nagel, Campus Technology
Smart phones will continue to decline for the third straight year in 2019, but the advent of 5G will help propel mobile device growth at least through 2023, according to a new market forecast. According to a report released by IDC, smart phone shipments will decline slightly in 2019 compared with 2018, off 0.8 percent to 1.39 billion devices shipped worldwide. But new innovations, such as foldable screens and 5G, will help drive single-digit growth for the next four years.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/03/25/5g-to-propel-resurgence-in-smart-phone-growth.aspx

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How to use 360-degree video to engage students online and off

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-23 17:10

BY MFON AKPAN, eCampus News
Inspired by the potential of VR but faced with the realities of my own editing potential and the price of VR headsets, I started with a fairly basic, but transformative, video technique: 360-degree video. In their personal lives, today’s students have traded in reading for watching. In the classroom, educators have the choice to fight this trend, or to embrace it. I understand the apprehension many educators have to increase screen time in the classroom, but ignoring students’ own learning preferences and inclinations is doing them a disservice. Video facilitates retention. As studies have shown, that kind of embodied learning can help students better understand the material, and immersive experiences help with retaining information. I got a real sense for this while attending a virtual reality (VR) conference in Chicago when I put on an HTC Vive headset and was immediately transported onto a NASCAR race track

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/04/12/360-degree-video-engage-students/

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How Technological Singularity will Change Schools

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-23 17:05

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

John von Neumann was the first to see it coming: eventually, the capacity of machine intelligence would surpass that of the human race. His work with algorithms and quantum mechanics opened the door for exponential growth in computers. As people and computers raced toward super-intelligence, computers would eventually win out, leaving humans behind. That is the moment of singularity. Our collective body of knowledge is doubling at a rate of every twelve months; that number will narrow to every twelve hours before we reach technological singularity. Because schools are in the knowledge business, there are some far-reaching implications for what and how schools teach.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-technological-singularity-will-change-schools/

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ASU’s Michael Crow: ‘The Rest of the Culture Sees Us As a Virus’

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-04-23 17:03

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Michael Crow is building an empire, one that frees the state university he leads, Arizona State University, from dependence on declining state funding. ASU has grown into an online education powerhouse since Crow took the helm 17 years ago, and the president has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative university leaders. But not everyone thinks that’s a good thing, as critics complain that he’s too corporate and has turned the state university into what one author called “a factory of credentialing.” Crow argues that he’s creating a prototype of a “new American university” that cares more about opening access to diverse students than chasing high rankings in U.S. News.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-04-10-asu-s-michael-crow-the-rest-of-the-culture-sees-us-as-a-virus

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Michael Crow at ASU GSV: Technologies and Policies We Need to Transform Education

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-22 17:25

By IBL News

Michael M. Crow, President at Arizona State University (ASU), talked today on a keynote during the ASU GSV Conference in San Diego about the importance of connecting the workforce with lifelong learning opportunities. He elaborated on ASU’s model and mentioned the “technologies we need” to achieve a maximum impact in education. He listed those technologies in the following six categories. Personalized learning at scale will be one of the requirements.

https://iblnews.org/2019/04/09/michael-crow-at-asu-gsv-technologies-we-need-to-transform-education/

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How Education Is Closing the Digital Divide

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-22 17:20

Sara Friedman, THE Journal
Designing high-capacity and widely available networks is essential for meeting the digital learning goals, according to a new SETDA study. The report looks into how individual states are working to close the digital divide in education by creating dedicated networks for schools and funding grant programs. In order to provide personalized learning experiences for students to best prepare them for college and careers, and to compete in a global economy, all schools need access to reliable, high-speed broadband,” said SETDA’s incoming executive director, Candice Dodson.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2019/04/09/how-education-is-closing-the-digital-divide.aspx

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Five Principles for Thinking Like a Futurist

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-22 17:15

by Marina Gorbis, EDUCAUSE Review

In these five decades we learned a lot, and we still believe—even more strongly than before—that systematic thinking about the future is absolutely essential for helping people make better choices today, whether you are an individual or a member of an educational institution or government organization. We view short-termism as the greatest threat not only to organizations but to society as a whole.

In my twenty years at the Institute, I’ve developed five core principles for futures thinking:

Forget about predictions.
Focus on signals.
Look back to see forward.
Uncover patterns.
Create a community.
https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/3/five-principles-for-thinking-like-a-futurist

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How voice-first technology can be used in online learning

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-04-22 17:10

By Chantelle, Voices

The elearning, or online learning industry is experiencing a boom and is projected to be a $200B industry by 2024. At the same time, the world is awakening to the power of voice-first technology. Voice assistants are proliferating in private homes and voice integration is occurring seemingly everywhere, from our phones to our fridges (even our cities are becoming ‘smart’). The convergence of a growing learning culture, along with rapid voice tech adoption means that digital learning providers will have to find ways to integrate technologies like AI and voice-first tech, in order to meet the demands of consumers and to maintain a competitive advantage in the market. This affects both private brands as well as public institutions, like universities and colleges.

https://www.voices.com/blog/technology-use-in-digital-learning/

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