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Online Learning Can Open Doors For Kids In Juvenile Jails

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-08-20 17:02

By TARA GARCÍA MATHEWSON, THE HECHINGER REPORT

Sophia Jones-Redmond, superintendent of the district, which serves students from ages 13 to 21, said that a blended-learning model has been a major factor in this success. While teachers still provide some instruction, students also get to take classes online, and they have the option of moving through the coursework at a faster pace than traditional school schedules allow. “The self-paced schedule has made a huge difference in the number of kids obtaining credits,” Jones-Redmond said. “Once they start, they really want to keep going.”

http://www.nprillinois.org/post/online-learning-can-open-doors-kids-juvenile-jails#stream/0

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Chronicle of Higher Education Releases Report on the Future of Learning

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-19 17:25

by Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

In early August, Chronicle of Higher Education released a new report on the future of learning. Few were surprised to find that educational technologies were a major focus of the 2018 report. If you think the future of higher education will look like a sci-fi film where students wander around wearing virtual reality (VR) glasses and immersing themselves in other worlds, however, think again. According to the Chronicle‘s most recent report, change is imminent in higher education but will likely be more directly driven by innovations in data than innovations in VR or augmented reality. Co-sponsored by Desire2Learn, the 55-page report, The Future of Learning: How Colleges Can Transform the Educational Experience, highlights three major shifts currently underway that are expected to radically disrupt higher education over the coming decade.

 

Chronicle of Higher Education Releases Report on the Future of Learning

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3 things to know about the students arriving on campus this month

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-19 17:20

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
Generation Z students are tech-savvy, entrepreneurial and socially aware — and though most contemporary language still refers to them students as millennials, it is actually Gen Z students who are coming to campus this fall. Recent research shows this group of students prefers to communicate in person rather than by email or phone. On social media and digital channels, they want to be personally engaged and recognized as individuals.These students thrive on communication and collaboration, which underscores the importance of ditching the traditional lecture in favor of a more interactive, collaborative classroom structure that educators at the University of Maryland call “the future of education.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/3-things-to-know-about-the-students-arriving-on-campus-this-month/529723/

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Teaching

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-19 17:15

By Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Robot tutors aren’t about to replicate the full array of teaching-and-learning behaviors that take place as a matter of course among people anytime soon. But artificial intelligence does raise a provocative question, one no doubt on the minds of educators worried about the decline in public higher-education funding: If administrators are willing to cut corners by paying low wages to adjuncts and giving them heavy courseloads, what’s to stop them from trimming their costs even further by offering students some adaptive courseware and a teaching assistant instead? Institutions inclined that way, says Baker, “are probably going to be willing to accept low-quality solutions.” He and other educator-advocates say AI can be of real value to learning. Algorithms can reveal patterns of student behavior not immediately noticeable to a professor. Adaptive courseware can nudge students toward effective learning strategies. Tools that can outsource lower-level tasks are worthy of consideration.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Artificial-Intelligence-Is/244231

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Despite Increase in Instructional Designers, There Is No ‘Universal Profile’ for the Role

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-19 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

According to authors Elaine Beirne from Ireland’s Dublin City University and Matthew Romanoski from the University of Arizona, there is “no universal profile” for an instructional designer, and the path to the job may come through teaching in higher ed, working in technology, holding an academic research role or having a graphic design background. Even with this variety, the goal of the job is consistent across the board: to improve student success. In this, collaboration with faculty is the “top challenge.” Oftentimes, instructional designers have to overcome the idea that online learning works “crock pot style” (set it up and “forget it”), or they face instructor concern that a given course will become more mechanized and lose its personal touch in the design process, leaving students adrift as little more than an ID number.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/13/despite-increase-in-instructional-designers-there-is-no-universal-profile-for-the-role.aspx

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Data Analytics and Student Advising: Creating a Culture Shift on Campus

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-19 17:05

A Q&A with Kalpana (Kal) Srinivas, Campus Technology

Student advising has always been considered the linchpin of retention, a critical area for higher education institutions. And our retention gurus have held for years that it’s important that a student’s advisor is one of the key people they build a relationship with. Data analytics may seem to be a more recent phenomenon, but it’s now over 10 years since EDUCAUSE began publishing articles suggesting that if colleges and universities can place more and better information into the hands of a greater number of people, this enables better decision making. These two factors together became the crux of our understanding of how important it is to get critical information into the hands of advisors, so that they can do the holistic student advising we are asking them to do.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/13/data-analytics-and-student-advising-creating-a-culture-shift-on-campus.aspx

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Libraries Are Often Missing From ‘Student Success’ Initiatives. Researchers Are Asking How to Change That

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-08-19 17:02

By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

A new report this week explores whether libraries can play a more proactive role in helping commAmong the report’s main findings: students and schools don’t always define “student success” by the same measures. Unlike metrics like transfer or completion rates, which colleges often use, students in the study pointed to intrinsic goals, such as career advancement and skill mastery, as stronger personal measures of success.unity college students succeed. Researchers started by first asking 37 students from seven community colleges what challenges they face, which will inform the next phase of the project: devising ways to test whether libraries can assist with barriers around, say, finances, childcare, transportation and other challenges.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-08-13-libraries-are-often-missing-from-student-success-initiatives-researchers-are-asking-how-to-change-that

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Before Adopting New Tech, Try it From a Students Perspective First

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-18 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The product looks good, the research behind it is sound, and you even got a chance to demo it for yourself. You are ready to pull the trigger and sign on the dotted line. But wait, when you demoed the product, did you do so from a student’s perspective? Odds are, you didn’t, as you were mainly concerned with how it functions from the vantage point of an educator. Ask to demo the product again, and this time demo it from a student’s perspective. Here’s what you should pay attention to.

Before Adopting New Tech, Try it From a Students Perspective First

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Blockchain Gains Currency in Higher Ed

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-18 17:20

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Despite lingering skepticism about the future of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the technology behind them is becoming a focus of university teaching and research.  Growing interest in blockchain by employers has presented them an opportunity to provide workers professional and continuing education. Peter McAliney, executive director for online and extended learning at Montclair State University’s center for continuing and professional education, recently spearheaded the launch of three professional blockchain certificates — one covering the basics, one for developers and one focusing on applications of blockchain in the financial sector.  The three certificate courses cost between $1,995 and $4,250 and are delivered in partnership with The Blockchain Academy — a company that offers corporate training and education in blockchain.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/13/rising-profile-blockchain-academe

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AI can now tell your boss what skills you lack—and how you can get them

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-18 17:15

by  Elizabeth Woyke, MIT Technology Review

Companies need an objective metric to evaluate proficiency.  A new AI-powered tool developed by Coursera aims to be that metric. The feature, which the Bay Area startup announced today, lets companies that subscribe to its training programs see which of their employees are earning top scores in Coursera classes; how their employees’ skills measure up to their competitors’; and what courses would help fill any knowledge gaps. Companies will be able to access the tool, which uses machine learning to derive insights, in the online dashboard of their Coursera profiles later this year.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611790/coursera-ai-skills/

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Teaching

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-18 17:10

By Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Robot tutors aren’t about to replicate the full array of teaching-and-learning behaviors that take place as a matter of course among people anytime soon. But artificial intelligence does raise a provocative question, one no doubt on the minds of educators worried about the decline in public higher-education funding: If administrators are willing to cut corners by paying low wages to adjuncts and giving them heavy courseloads, what’s to stop them from trimming their costs even further by offering students some adaptive courseware and a teaching assistant instead? Institutions inclined that way, says Baker, “are probably going to be willing to accept low-quality solutions.” He and other educator-advocates say AI can be of real value to learning. Algorithms can reveal patterns of student behavior not immediately noticeable to a professor. Adaptive courseware can nudge students toward effective learning strategies. Tools that can outsource lower-level tasks are worthy of consideration.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Artificial-Intelligence-Is/244231

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Coursera’s Andrew Ng dreams of AI powered local solutions

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-18 17:05

by Leslie D’Monte, Live Mint

Andrew Yan-Tak Ng, regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on Artificial Intelligence (AI), firmly believes that despite the widespread mistrust of AI, it is good for governments, companies and individuals. Currently co-chairman and co-founder of the online learning platform Coursera and an adjunct professor at Stanford University’s computer science department, Ng served as chief scientist and vice-president at Chinese tech company Baidu and was founding lead of the Google Brain team. In a phone interview from the Coursera headquarters in Mountain View, California, Ng spoke about the need for the Indian government to invest in education. He also shared his perspective on the potential of AI and the fears surrounding it.

https://www.livemint.com/AI/Z4iukEGG8HXCGxebkrud7N/Courseras-Andrew-Ng-dreams-of-AI-powered-local-solutions.html

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Don’t rain on the idea of online classes for snow days

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-08-18 17:01

by Washington Post Editorial Board

Schools that have experimented with online learning to replace snow days, such as Pascack Valley Regional High School District in northern New Jersey, which does get its fair share of snow, say it has proved to be worthwhile. Far better, Pascack Superintendent P. Erik Gundersen told us, than tacking on makeup days to spring break (poorly attended) or the end of the school year (worthless). He also said the practice helps prepare students for life by showing them how to balance family life with work responsibilities.

To be sure, there are challenging issues of cost, logistics and accessibility that would need to be worked out by schools, particularly those with large districts. But the benefits — foremost, added learning for students — make this policy one worthy of study and debate. And while they are at it, school administrators might also want to consider why the school calendar is still based on a world in which children needed the summer free to work on the family farm.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-rain-on-the-idea-of-online-classes-for-snow-days/2018/08/12/2cea0b94-9740-11e8-810c-5fa705927d54_story.html

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10 Ways That Edtech Has Transformed Libraries

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-08-17 17:26

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Silence is no longer golden. Libraries have become the hub of activity in schools and communities. Edtech encourages making collaborative activities like making videos, creating digital music, and designing with 3-D printers. Today’s libraries are vibrant places for synthesis and evaluation, not just knowledge and recall. They have become social centers.  Digital literacy is as essential as reading literacy. Students can’t access edtech if they don’t know how to use it. Digital literacy includes using reading and writing skills, but it also requires technology skills that allow users to retrieve and interpret digital information responsibly. Digitized curated content. You can still check out a book from your library, but you can also access many virtual books and digital materials. Libraries also give their users the means by which to mine data, build reports and analyze data trends.

10 Ways That Edtech Has Transformed Libraries

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Panicked universities in search of students are adding thousands of new majors

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-08-17 17:20

by Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

Administrators at universities and colleges across the country have been spending the summer in the same level of suspense as they invest scarce resources in large numbers of new programs they hope will bolster sagging enrollment. Largely unnoticed federal figures show that, even as their finances have become more and more strained and their student populations have declined, public and private higher education institutions have added 41,446 degree or certificate programs since 2012. That’s a 21 percent increase in the number that existed when the dramatic slide in enrollment began.

Panicked universities in search of students are adding thousands of new majors

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What if A.I. is coming for jobs faster than we thought?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-08-17 17:14

by ALEX SALKEVER, the Big Think

The general consensus on whether robots will take jobs wholesale remains mixed but is trending towards resignation. The optimists believe that, as with the Industrial Revolution and the Agricultural Revolution, the technological improvements that will come from the dawning era of artificial intelligence and its offshoot in modern robotics will create more new jobs than they destroy.  But until now, those conversations have held that the robots and AI will replace human jobs at some point in the future.  What if, in fact, the robots and AI have already started coming for jobs and this is happening not due to simple automation but because these systems are rapidly attaining capabilities and skills once presumed to be defensible by humans?  In fact, the pool of things that “AI Can’t Do” appears to be steadily shrinking.

https://bigthink.com/alex-salkever/what-if-ai-is-coming-for-jobs-faster-than-we-thought

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10 ways colleges use analytics to increase student success

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-08-17 17:10

BY GEORGIA MARIANI, eCampus News

The success of higher education institutions depends on the ability to excel across the student life cycle. Regardless of the type, size, or focus of a college or university, they all strive to attract and enroll high-quality students, retain and graduate students, and maintain strong relationships with alumni. One of the keys to realizing these outcomes is using analytics to go beyond reporting on what has happened in the past, to providing a best assessment on what will happen in the future. By applying analytics to student life cycle data, universities can generate deeper insight into students before they arrive, while they are on campus, and after they leave.

10 ways colleges use analytics to increase student success

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Blockchain Gains Currency in Higher Ed

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-08-17 17:06

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Despite lingering skepticism about the future of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the technology behind them is becoming a focus of university teaching and research.  Growing interest in blockchain by employers has presented them an opportunity to provide workers professional and continuing education. Peter McAliney, executive director for online and extended learning at Montclair State University’s center for continuing and professional education, recently spearheaded the launch of three professional blockchain certificates — one covering the basics, one for developers and one focusing on applications of blockchain in the financial sector.  The three certificate courses cost between $1,995 and $4,250 and are delivered in partnership with The Blockchain Academy — a company that offers corporate training and education in blockchain.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/08/13/rising-profile-blockchain-academe

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AI can now tell your boss what skills you lack—and how you can get them

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-08-17 17:02

by  Elizabeth Woyke, MIT Technology Review

Companies need an objective metric to evaluate proficiency.  A new AI-powered tool developed by Coursera aims to be that metric. The feature, which the Bay Area startup announced today, lets companies that subscribe to its training programs see which of their employees are earning top scores in Coursera classes; how their employees’ skills measure up to their competitors’; and what courses would help fill any knowledge gaps. Companies will be able to access the tool, which uses machine learning to derive insights, in the online dashboard of their Coursera profiles later this year.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611790/coursera-ai-skills/

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A Mobile Guide to Library Resources

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-08-16 17:25

By David Raths, Campus Technology

It is a difficult fact of life for university libraries that circulation statistics for print materials have been steadily declining, despite the fact that there are a lot of print materials that students would find useful. Determined to see if a novel approach to locating materials could have an impact on this trend, St. John’s University Libraries (NY) created its own wayfinding app that takes advantage of beacons to cut down on the amount of time students spend wandering the stacks looking for books. The BKFNDr project was built from the ground up with no off-the-shelf or proprietary software and is completely tailored to the St. John’s environment. It features full catalog integration, so that students can move directly from searching the library catalog to finding the items on the shelf.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/08/07/a-mobile-guide-to-library-resources.aspx

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