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Why AI And Chatbots Need Personality

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-08-12 17:20

Bernard Marr, Forbes

The attribution of human feelings and beliefs to inanimate things is called anthropomorphism. It is important to keep this principle in mind and make use of it when creating responses that resonate with people. Consumers will become frustrated with a bot similar to how they would with a human if their queries don’t produce a helpful response. They always want to receive the right response at the right time. Anything less than that will lead to frustration.   There’s more than the technology to consider when building out a chatbot. Be intentional about your bot’s personality so that it can produce the best results for your company.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2019/08/02/why-ai-and-chatbots-need-personality/

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China has started a grand experiment in AI education. It could reshape how the world learns.

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-08-12 17:14

Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

Experts agree AI will be important in 21st-century education—but how? While academics have puzzled over best practices, China hasn’t waited around. In the last few years, the country’s investment in AI-enabled teaching and learning has exploded. Tech giants, startups, and education incumbents have all jumped in. Tens of millions of students now use some form of AI to learn—whether through extracurricular tutoring programs like Squirrel AI, through digital learning platforms like 17ZuoYe, or even in their main classrooms. It’s the world’s biggest experiment on AI in education, and no one can predict the outcome.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614057/china-squirrel-has-started-a-grand-experiment-in-ai-education-it-could-reshape-how-the/

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“The $300 textbook is dead,” says the CEO of textbook maker Pearson

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-08-12 17:13

Eric Johnson, Recode

So instead of selling giant hardcover textbooks like Calculus: Early Transcendentals (list price for a new hardcover copy: $277.20), Pearson is going to start renting digital textbooks for $40 to $80, updating them over the air. Next month, it will launch the first of a new series of mobile apps called Aida — a portmanteau of AI and Ada Lovelace — that will let calculus students take a picture of their homework and, Fallon said, get step-by-step corrections.

https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/8/2/20750863/john-fallon-pearson-education-textbook-digital-aida-teachers-kara-swisher-recode-decode-podcast

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Why AI And Chatbots Need Personality

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-08-12 17:04

Bernard Marr, Forbes

The attribution of human feelings and beliefs to inanimate things is called anthropomorphism. It is important to keep this principle in mind and make use of it when creating responses that resonate with people. Consumers will become frustrated with a bot similar to how they would with a human if their queries don’t produce a helpful response. They always want to receive the right response at the right time. Anything less than that will lead to frustration.   There’s more than the technology to consider when building out a chatbot. Be intentional about your bot’s personality so that it can produce the best results for your company.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2019/08/02/why-ai-and-chatbots-need-personality/

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Using OER courseware to improve your curriculum

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-08-12 17:03

BY BRANDI THOMAS, eCampus News

While the use of OER (open educational resources) is often praised as a low-cost and more accessible alternative to physical textbooks, there’s still a lot of criticism surrounding OER courseware. Many educators are concerned about issues such as compatibility with existing learning management systems, quality of materials, course customization options, and more. But there is an often-overlooked middle ground between OER and traditional textbooks: enhanced OER courseware. This type of digital solution builds a course on a foundation of OER materials, then enhances it with ancillary materials such as analytics, assessments and videos.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/08/02/using-oer-courseware-to-improve-your-curriculum/

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“The $300 textbook is dead,” says the CEO of textbook maker Pearson

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-08-12 17:01

Eric Johnson, Recode

So instead of selling giant hardcover textbooks like Calculus: Early Transcendentals (list price for a new hardcover copy: $277.20), Pearson is going to start renting digital textbooks for $40 to $80, updating them over the air. Next month, it will launch the first of a new series of mobile apps called Aida — a portmanteau of AI and Ada Lovelace — that will let calculus students take a picture of their homework and, Fallon said, get step-by-step corrections.

https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/8/2/20750863/john-fallon-pearson-education-textbook-digital-aida-teachers-kara-swisher-recode-decode-podcast

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Using OER courseware to improve your curriculum

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-08-11 17:24

BY BRANDI THOMAS, eCampus News

While the use of OER (open educational resources) is often praised as a low-cost and more accessible alternative to physical textbooks, there’s still a lot of criticism surrounding OER courseware. Many educators are concerned about issues such as compatibility with existing learning management systems, quality of materials, course customization options, and more. But there is an often-overlooked middle ground between OER and traditional textbooks: enhanced OER courseware. This type of digital solution builds a course on a foundation of OER materials, then enhances it with ancillary materials such as analytics, assessments and videos.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/08/02/using-oer-courseware-to-improve-your-curriculum/

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5 Quick Tips for Improving Your Instructional Design

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-08-11 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When you’re converting a traditional face-to-face course to online, while a lot of the content may remain the same, the way it’s delivered and learned will, understandably, undergo change. A “mastery series” from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), focused on instructional design, teaches the fundamentals of course design for effective online learning. Recently, longtime instructional designer Elisabeth Stucklen, one of the facilitators for the course, shared five areas to pay attention to as classes are being shifted to an online mode.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/07/10/5-quick-tips-for-improving-your-instructional-design.aspx

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5 Ways Technology Is Making Students Anxious

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-08-11 17:15

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

A new study that involved more than a million American high school students, found that adolescents who spent more time on screens (e.g., social media, the Internet, texting, gaming) and less time on non-screen activities, experienced lower psychological well-being. Adolescents who spend little time on electronic communication were the happiest. In short, technology makes teens unhappy, but why? What is it about technology that makes people unhappy? Psychologist, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen, puts forward five ways technology exacerbates anxiety in people.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-ways-technology-is-making-students-anxious/

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China has started a grand experiment in AI education. It could reshape how the world learns.

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-08-11 17:10

Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

Experts agree AI will be important in 21st-century education—but how? While academics have puzzled over best practices, China hasn’t waited around. In the last few years, the country’s investment in AI-enabled teaching and learning has exploded. Tech giants, startups, and education incumbents have all jumped in. Tens of millions of students now use some form of AI to learn—whether through extracurricular tutoring programs like Squirrel AI, through digital learning platforms like 17ZuoYe, or even in their main classrooms. It’s the world’s biggest experiment on AI in education, and no one can predict the outcome.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614057/china-squirrel-has-started-a-grand-experiment-in-ai-education-it-could-reshape-how-the/

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5 Quick Tips for Improving Your Instructional Design

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-08-11 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When you’re converting a traditional face-to-face course to online, while a lot of the content may remain the same, the way it’s delivered and learned will, understandably, undergo change. A “mastery series” from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), focused on instructional design, teaches the fundamentals of course design for effective online learning. Recently, longtime instructional designer Elisabeth Stucklen, one of the facilitators for the course, shared five areas to pay attention to as classes are being shifted to an online mode.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/07/10/5-quick-tips-for-improving-your-instructional-design.aspx

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5 Ways Technology Is Making Students Anxious

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-08-11 17:04

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

A new study that involved more than a million American high school students, found that adolescents who spent more time on screens (e.g., social media, the Internet, texting, gaming) and less time on non-screen activities, experienced lower psychological well-being. Adolescents who spend little time on electronic communication were the happiest. In short, technology makes teens unhappy, but why? What is it about technology that makes people unhappy? Psychologist, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen, puts forward five ways technology exacerbates anxiety in people.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-ways-technology-is-making-students-anxious/

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2U slows growth plans citing rise in competition for online education

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-08-10 17:25

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Online program manager 2U lowered its growth expectations — again. It will launch fewer new programs and expects smaller program sizes going forward in response to growing competition for online education, it told analysts in a call Tuesday evening about its second-quarter earnings. The shift caused the value of the company’s stock to drop by 65% as of the market close Wednesday afternoon. 2U also revised down its growth projections last quarter, attributing the decision to increased selectivity among its university partners. The change of tack comes as the online education market crowds, with more players providing a range of program types and price points. That trend is reflected in 2U’s moves to broaden its offerings through acquisition.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/2u-slows-growth-plans-citing-rise-in-competition-for-online-education/559961/

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U Illinois Intros Online Foundation Courses Leading to Tech Master’s

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-08-10 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign has launched a new set of courses through Coursera that will help prepare non-technical people to tackle technical master’s degrees. The specialization is intended to act as a “performance pathway” for the institution’s online graduate degrees in computer science and data science. The three foundation courses will help students prepare for an entrance exam that could strengthen their application to the degree program.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/07/31/u-illinois-intros-online-foundation-courses-leading-to-tech-masters.aspx

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AI For CXOs — Redefining The Future Of Leadership In The AI Era

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-08-10 17:15

Sameer Dhanrajani, Forbes

AI is undoubtedly going to become one of the sources of lasting competitive advantage for enterprises. According to research, 4 out of 5 C-level executives believe that their future business strategy will be informed through opportunities made available by AI technology. This requires a leadership mindset that is AI-first and can spot opportunities for artificial intelligence solutions to exploit. By democratizing AI solutions across the organization, enterprises can ensure that their future leadership continues to prioritize the deployment of this technology in use cases where they can deliver maximum impact.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/07/30/ai-for-cxos-redefining-the-future-of-leadership-in-the-ai-era/#2d287fcc2b46

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2U slows growth plans citing rise in competition for online education

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-08-10 17:10

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Online program manager 2U lowered its growth expectations — again. It will launch fewer new programs and expects smaller program sizes going forward in response to growing competition for online education, it told analysts in a call Tuesday evening about its second-quarter earnings. The shift caused the value of the company’s stock to drop by 65% as of the market close Wednesday afternoon. 2U also revised down its growth projections last quarter, attributing the decision to increased selectivity among its university partners. The change of tack comes as the online education market crowds, with more players providing a range of program types and price points. That trend is reflected in 2U’s moves to broaden its offerings through acquisition.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/2u-slows-growth-plans-citing-rise-in-competition-for-online-education/559961/

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U Illinois Intros Online Foundation Courses Leading to Tech Master’s

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-08-10 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign has launched a new set of courses through Coursera that will help prepare non-technical people to tackle technical master’s degrees. The specialization is intended to act as a “performance pathway” for the institution’s online graduate degrees in computer science and data science. The three foundation courses will help students prepare for an entrance exam that could strengthen their application to the degree program.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/07/31/u-illinois-intros-online-foundation-courses-leading-to-tech-masters.aspx

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AI For CXOs — Redefining The Future Of Leadership In The AI Era

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-08-10 17:03

Sameer Dhanrajani, Forbes

AI is undoubtedly going to become one of the sources of lasting competitive advantage for enterprises. According to research, 4 out of 5 C-level executives believe that their future business strategy will be informed through opportunities made available by AI technology. This requires a leadership mindset that is AI-first and can spot opportunities for artificial intelligence solutions to exploit. By democratizing AI solutions across the organization, enterprises can ensure that their future leadership continues to prioritize the deployment of this technology in use cases where they can deliver maximum impact.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/07/30/ai-for-cxos-redefining-the-future-of-leadership-in-the-ai-era/#2d287fcc2b46

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European Framework Offers Promise of Portable University Credentials

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-08-09 17:26

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Recent reporting by Class Central shed light on a new initiative in Europe among MOOC providers and the universities they work with to launch a program for creating portable credentials for learners. The European MOOC Consortium announced its Common Microcredential Framework in April. EMC was founded by five MOOC operators: FutureLearn, France Université Numérique (FUN), OpenupEd, Miríadax and EduOpen. The big goal of the framework is to “lay the foundations” of a new international credential that university partners could use to serve lifelong learners, according to the consortium.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/07/29/european-framework-offers-promise-of-portable-university-credentials.aspx

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4 applications for VR in higher education

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-08-09 17:20

BY CONNOR BRADY, eCampus News

Virtual reality (VR) is continuing to grow in both popularity and accessibility. And more and more higher education institutions are embracing VR technology. According to Internet2’s 2018 VR/AR in Research and Education Study, 28% of higher education institutions are integrating VR into their campuses, and that number is only going up. With easy mobile access and affordable VR viewing hardware, more and more universities and colleges will find utility in offering immersive experiences for prospective students. But there are many different uses for VR. And once an education institution has proven some success in one area, the use of VR in applications like facilities management, fundraising, and other applications will become much more common.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/07/26/4-applications-for-vr-in-higher-education/

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