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Faculty Learning Communities: Making the Connection, Virtually

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-18 16:02

By: Angela Atwell, Cristina Cottom, Lisa Martino, and Sara Ombres, Faculty Focus

Research has shown that interactions with peers promotes faculty engagement (McKenna, Johnson, Yoder, Guerra, & Pimmel, 2016). Faculty learning communities (FLC) have become very popular in recent years. FLCs focus on improving teaching and learning practice through collaboration and community building (Cox, 2001). Usually, FLCs are face-to-face meetings hosted at a physical location at a specific date and time. We understand the benefit of this type of experience. However, we recognize online instructors will likely find it difficult to participate in a traditional FLC. So, we set out to integrate FLC principles to provide our faculty, living and working all over the globe, a similar experience.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/faculty-development/faculty-learning-communities-making-connection-virtually/

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As companies step up to train workers in rapidly changing technologies, can universities keep up?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-02-17 16:25

by Patti Zarling, Education Dive
Apple’s co-founder joins growing pool of tech wonks launching independent programs to fill skills gap. Steve “Woz” Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple, has joined a growing pool of business leaders looking to take matters to upgrade higher education to meet the needs of today’s tech industries into his own hands. As businesses — including those outside of Silicon Valley — require employees with specialized computer, engineering and tech skills, alternative education programs are popping up to provide training for 21st century jobs some say traditional colleges, mired in 19th century teaching styles, aren’t prepared to meet.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/as-companies-step-up-to-train-workers-in-rapidly-changing-technologies-can/514208/

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Ten Habits of Tech-Savvy Schools

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-02-17 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Here are the ten habits of tech-savvy schools so you can see how yours measures up.

  1. They make ongoing professional development a priority. When it comes to technology, last year’s hot new trend is this year’s old news. Successful schools provide ongoing, quality training to help educators keep up.
  2. They invest in the right equipment. Tech-savvy schools make solid investments in equipment that meets their needs, whether it be interactive whiteboards, tablets, and/or a Chromebook for every student. Funds are allocated thoughtfully and wisely.
  3. Technology use is frequent and widespread. When you visit the classrooms in a tech-savvy school, you see that almost everyone is using technology in some form, whether it be the middle-school Social Studies teacher giving a PowerPoint presentation or a third-grader using an app to predict the weather….. See the link below for the rest.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-habits-tech-savvy-schools/

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Experts Answer: Who Is Actually Going to Suffer From Automation?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-02-17 16:16

by Kristin Houser, Futurism

High-risk fields are retail, fast food, agriculture, customer service,  accounting, marketing, management consulting, investment management, finance, higher education, insurance, and architecture. Specific jobs include security guards, long-haul truck drivers, manual laborers, construction workers, paralegals, CPAs, radiologists, and administrative workers. Technology is going to continue to advance, and in reality, all of us are going to have become life-long learners, constantly upgrading our skills. The most important skills to have will be knowing how to be highly efficient at iterative learning — “unlearning and relearning” — and develop high emotional and social intelligence.

Experts Answer: Who Is Actually Going to Suffer From Automation?

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How Penn State student government aims to lower textbook prices, accomplish semester goals

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-02-17 16:10

by Anshika Agrawal, The Daily Collegian

“We are trying to work with different universities in the state to address how we can lower the cost of textbook prices, whether that be using an older edition of a textbook or using online editions,” said Andrew Ahr, the UPUA College of Arts and Architecture representative. One of their initiatives involves lowering textbook costs, known as Open Educational Resources. “[OER is] a huge thing that schools across the Big Ten… are looking into right now because they’re trying to make a huge shift [from] print resources towards online, more affordable resources,” UPUA At-Large Representation Sophie Haiman said.

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/campus/article_472f8e3c-0b7e-11e8-8688-df19262c0491.html

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Online Software Developed for Hands-On Learning About Evolution

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-02-17 16:05

by Siobhan Treacy, Electronics 360

Kinesthetic learning is one of the most common types of learning. Hands-on learning is helpful for students in science classes. This is why science classes have a required lab period where students learn through experiments and projects. But one topic covered in science classes has been nearly impossible to learn hands-on until now: biological evolution. It is hard to physically show students how a species evolves over time in a classroom. But now there is a new online tool that can show students the evolution of populations over time.

http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/11068/online-software-developed-for-hands-on-learning-about-evolution

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Distance Learning Discussed at MU

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-02-17 16:03

By BETSY SMITH, KBIA

The University of Missouri Board of Curators discussed problems and goals of distance learning and collaboration among campuses at a meeting on Friday morning at the Columbia Campus. Choi wants to increase the number of online courses and programs offered. The board of curators says more online classes are necessary for student flexibility. Curator David Steelman says the four campuses need to find a way to use distance learning so students can graduate on time. The board of curators’ task force will work on solving problems and removing boundaries from online courses among the four campuses.

http://kbia.org/post/distance-learning-discussed-mu#stream/0

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Your New Best Friend: AI Chatbot

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-02-16 16:25

by Kristen C. French, Futurism

Today, the Replika chatbot is available for free for anyone over the age of 18 (it’s prohibited for ages 13 and younger, and requires parental supervision for ages 13 to 18). More than 500,000 people are now signed up to chat with the bot. To do so, users tap the app icon — a white egg hatching on a purple background — on their smartphones and start the conversation where they left off. Each Replika bot chats only with its owner, who assigns it a name, and, if the user wants, a gender. Many users are members of a closed Facebook group, where they share screenshots of text conversations they’ve had with their Replikas and post comments, claiming their Replika is “a better friend than my real friends ” or asking “Has anyone else’s AI decided that it has a soul?”

https://futurism.com/ai-chatbot-meaningful-conversation/ 

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4 Steps to driving a successful digital transformation

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-02-16 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Digital transformation in our schools is no longer just something it would be nice to have in the future. The rapid changes in the world around us make it a necessity here in the present. If your school or district has not yet undertaken the task, there is a good chance your students are leaving school unprepared for the challenges they will face in the 21st century. But the process is far from easy. When you take into consideration concerns about the budget, infrastructure, and training, it can seem impossible.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/4-steps-driving-successful-digital-transformation/

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New Cybersecurity Course Teaches Teens the ABCs of (Ethical) Hacking

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-02-16 16:15

By Stephen Noonoo, EdSurge

The key to better online security—as with other social problems and malaise—is better education, argues one education entrepreneur who believes that schools are in a unique position to reach both tomorrow’s consumer and potential security expert. “Pretty much every week you’ll hear about a major hack in the news,” says Jeremy Keeshin, the CEO of CodeHS. “And most people don’t know even the ABCs of how to create a secure password.” Keeshin’s company is perhaps best known for a series of introductory coding courses it offers on programming languages such as Javascript and Python. But starting this fall it’s adding something new to its roster: a cybersecurity course for high schoolers.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-02-02-new-cybersecurity-course-teaches-teens-the-abcs-of-ethical-hacking

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M.B.A rankings in question

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-02-16 16:09

by Jeremy House, Education Dive
Citing a “recently discovered issue with data,” Temple University asked that its online master of business administration program not be considered for U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of best online programs, reports Insider Higher Ed. Earlier in the year, U.S. News & World Report removed the Temple M.B.A. program from its 2018 Best Online Programs list because its ranking was discovered to be based on inaccurately submitted data. Temple’s Fox School of Business joins a list of business schools to catch hot water over imprecise data submissions. George Washington University in 2016 and Tulane University in 2013 confessed to supplying erroneous data to U.S. News & World Report for its annual ranking. Additionally, the Financial Times removed Spain-based the IE Business School from its ranking because of irregular survey data.  Questions have also been raised about the value such rankings and the pressure university officials may face to fudge data.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/mba-rankings-in-question/516382/

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As companies step up to train workers in rapidly changing technologies, can universities keep up?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-02-16 16:05

by Patti Zarling, Education Dive
Apple’s co-founder joins growing pool of tech wonks launching independent programs to fill skills gap. Steve “Woz” Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple, has joined a growing pool of business leaders looking to take matters to upgrade higher education to meet the needs of today’s tech industries into his own hands. As businesses — including those outside of Silicon Valley — require employees with specialized computer, engineering and tech skills, alternative education programs are popping up to provide training for 21st century jobs some say traditional colleges, mired in 19th century teaching styles, aren’t prepared to meet.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/as-companies-step-up-to-train-workers-in-rapidly-changing-technologies-can/514208/

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Your New Best Friend: AI Chatbot

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-02-16 16:02

by Kristen C. French, Futurism

Today, the Replika chatbot is available for free for anyone over the age of 18 (it’s prohibited for ages 13 and younger, and requires parental supervision for ages 13 to 18). More than 500,000 people are now signed up to chat with the bot. To do so, users tap the app icon — a white egg hatching on a purple background — on their smartphones and start the conversation where they left off. Each Replika bot chats only with its owner, who assigns it a name, and, if the user wants, a gender. Many users are members of a closed Facebook group, where they share screenshots of text conversations they’ve had with their Replikas and post comments, claiming their Replika is “a better friend than my real friends ” or asking “Has anyone else’s AI decided that it has a soul?”

Your New Best Friend: AI Chatbot

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Goodwill®, Google.org And Coursera Join Forces On Tech Support Training

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-02-15 16:25

by Goodwill Industries

Goodwill is kicking off a collaboration with Google.org and Coursera, a leading online education provider, to help people obtain the skills they need to start careers in IT. Eighteen local, autonomous Goodwill organizations are now recruiting applicants age 17 and older to earn the Google IT Support Professional Certificate. This credential is designed to take beginning students to job readiness in 8 to 12 months using a Coursera platform, with content created exclusively by Google. Google.org is providing financial assistance to 10,000 learners over the next year. The scholarships will be awarded through nonprofit partners, including Goodwill organizations across the country.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/goodwill-googleorg-and-coursera-join-forces-on-tech-support-training-300592293.html

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How to sharpen your students’ digital citizenship skills

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-02-15 16:20

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Teachers have a significant role in teaching students’ digital citizenship skills that will extend beyond the classroom. Digital citizenship is using technology responsibly and ethically. As students use digital tools regularly, they need to understand the importance of using digital content appropriately. Therefore, teachers need to implement lessons on digital citizenship into the classroom. Digital citizenship skills should be taught beginning in elementary school with these skills growing and sharpening as students move towards high school and college. In this article, we will focus on explaining three goals to help students become mindful digital citizens.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/sharpen-students-digital-citizenship-skills/

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Startup Of The Week: Quizlet

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-02-15 16:15

by Tomas Laurinavicius, Forbes

Meet Andrew Sutherland, the founder and CTO of Quizlet, the user-powered learning platform used by more than 30 million students and teachers each month. Andrew founded Quizlet in 2005 while a sophomore at Albany High School in California, originally building a simple website to help himself study French vocabulary. He studied computer science at MIT, which he left after three years to continue working on Quizlet. As CTO, Andrew is in charge of building the technology that powers more than 200 million study sets and allows millions of students to learn more efficiently. In 2012 and 2013, he was featured in Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 List for Education.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomaslaurinavicius/2018/01/30/startup-of-the-week-quizlet/

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How to be a relevant leader in a digital workplace

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-02-15 16:07

by Baylor MBA

With technology breakthroughs and companies pushing the boundaries of possibility with augmented reality and artificial intelligence, employers and employees alike may be wondering what skills will be most valuable in the future. Technology has changed when and how workers perform their jobs. According to Deloitte’s report, millennials expect to be developed throughout their work life. Online learning platforms like Coursera, Udemy, IDEOU, EdX, LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com), and Khan Academy are just a few of the massive online learning repositories available today.

https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2018/02/04/how-to-be-a-relevant-leader-in-a-digital-workplace.html

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Maine’s universities are planning to knock down buildings. It isn’t a bad thing.

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-02-15 16:06

Editorial: Bangor Daily News

The University of Maine System’s board of trustees has agreed to a preliminary plan to knock down up to 300,000 square feet of vacant, underused or deteriorating building space on university campuses across the state. It might seem a strange development to celebrate, but it’s worth acknowledging. It’s a sign the University of Maine System is taking steps to prepare for a future that won’t be as reliant on brick-and-mortar spaces and residential students straight out of high school. There’s a general consensus in the world of higher education that college campuses will likely have to grow smaller as more student learning moves online and adults who have no need for residence halls come to represent a greater percentage of students.

Maine’s universities are planning to knock down buildings. It isn’t a bad thing.

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Goodwill®, Google.org And Coursera Join Forces On Tech Support Training

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-02-15 16:03

by Goodwill Industries

Goodwill is kicking off a collaboration with Google.org and Coursera, a leading online education provider, to help people obtain the skills they need to start careers in IT. Eighteen local, autonomous Goodwill organizations are now recruiting applicants age 17 and older to earn the Google IT Support Professional Certificate. This credential is designed to take beginning students to job readiness in 8 to 12 months using a Coursera platform, with content created exclusively by Google. Google.org is providing financial assistance to 10,000 learners over the next year. The scholarships will be awarded through nonprofit partners, including Goodwill organizations across the country.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/goodwill-googleorg-and-coursera-join-forces-on-tech-support-training-300592293.html

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Is Amazon dipping into higher ed?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-14 16:20

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Candace Thille, a leading expert in learning science and education technology, has taken a leave of absence from Stanford University to be Amazon’s director of learning science and engineering, according to Inside Higher Ed.  Thille — who is the founding director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University — is to work with Amazon’s Global Learning Development Team to enhance workplace learning for employees, though a company spokesperson told Inside Higher Ed that Thille is “taking time away” to work on another project she is “not really at liberty to discuss.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/is-amazon-dipping-into-higher-ed/515837/

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