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Survey: Most Students Say Online Learning Is as Good or Better Than Face-to-Face

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-14 17:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
In a survey of 1,500 students who are seriously considering, currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a fully online program, most (86 percent) considered the value of their degree equal to or greater than the cost they paid to take it. Among those who have attended face-to-face and online courses, the majority (85 percent) said that online learning is as good as or better than attending courses on campus. In fact, two-thirds of online college students (67 percent) reported that they’d achieved the original goal that motivated them to enroll in their program; graduate students were more likely than undergraduates to feel that way (76 percent vs. 62 percent).

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/06/18/most-students-say-online-learning-is-as-good-or-better-than-face-to-face.aspx

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Survey: Students Choosing Online Programs Closer to Home

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-14 17:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
In spite of the notion that students could conceivably take online courses from an institution anywhere in the world, two-thirds stick close to home — choosing a college or university within 50 miles of where they live. In fact, 44 percent selected a school within 25 miles of their homes. And the share of students enrolling in a school more than 100 miles from home fell from 37 percent in 2014 to 15 percent in 2019.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/06/04/survey-students-choosing-online-programs-closer-to-home.aspx

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Wharton establishes new online courses at the intersection of finance and technology

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-14 17:03

By Jason Yan, Daily Pennsylvanian
Wharton professors will teach ‘fintech’ — a cross between finance and technology — to students around the world in a new online program. Wharton Online released the fintech specialization on Coursera, an online learning platform, on May 30. The program, titled “Fintech: Foundations and Applications of Financial Technology,” contains four courses and covers subjects from cryptocurrency and blockchain to crowdfunding and robo-advising. The courses will each cost a monthly fee of $79 and will be taught by Wharton finance and Penn Law professors.

https://www.thedp.com/article/2019/06/penn-wharton-fintech-finance-online-tech

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Leading Without an OPM in the Age of ‘Bigger Is Better’

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:25

Evangeline J. Tsibris Cummings and Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Inside Higher Ed

Building and managing their own online programs helps institutions transform themselves and prepare for the future, Vin Del Casino and Evie Cummings argue. To survive and prosper in this moment of massive change in higher education and the noise of “mega-universities” and to lead higher education into its next quarter century, it will take great courage, clarity of vision and purpose, and the empowerment and high expectations for impact among our faculty and staff. We must be mindful that while it requires leadership at your university, building an effective and integrated online experience also demands partnership with external stakeholders — state officials, university boards and accrediting agencies — whose focus on student completion and success must be geared toward the long game of a sustainable future.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2019/06/05/universities-can-go-online-without-corporate-partner-even-age

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The 4 Things Every Digital Learning Leader Should Know

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:22

Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

The answer always depends on the individual asking, but anyone who claims that there is a single route to a career in digital learning has not spent much time with leaders in the profession. A strength of the field is the range of diverse perspectives and training that practitioners bring to the work. Whatever one’s educational background, and independent of the decision to study for a Ph.D., there are a number of areas that everyone working in digital learning should know. These are subjects that neither of us learned anything about in our own traditional Ph.D. programs, but they have proven vital navigating our careers in higher education digital learning.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/4-things-every-digital-learning-leader-should-know

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7 Things You Should Know About LTI Advantage

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:15

EDUCAUSE

LTI Advantage is the next generation of the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard, which was designed to enable plug-and-play integration of educational applications and tools within an institution’s digital learning environment. LTI Advantage features three extensions that enable faster setup and configuration, improved user functionalities, and more advanced security to protect student data. LTI Advantage improves an institution’s digital learning ecosystem by making it more intuitive for faculty to integrate third-party resources, applications, and tools into a course.

https://library.educause.edu/resources/2019/4/7-things-you-should-know-about-lti-advantage

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Leading Without an OPM in the Age of ‘Bigger Is Better’

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:05

Evangeline J. Tsibris Cummings and Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Inside Higher Ed

Building and managing their own online programs helps institutions transform themselves and prepare for the future, Vin Del Casino and Evie Cummings argue. To survive and prosper in this moment of massive change in higher education and the noise of “mega-universities” and to lead higher education into its next quarter century, it will take great courage, clarity of vision and purpose, and the empowerment and high expectations for impact among our faculty and staff. We must be mindful that while it requires leadership at your university, building an effective and integrated online experience also demands partnership with external stakeholders — state officials, university boards and accrediting agencies — whose focus on student completion and success must be geared toward the long game of a sustainable future.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2019/06/05/universities-can-go-online-without-corporate-partner-even-age

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The 4 Things Every Digital Learning Leader Should Know

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:03

Edward J. Maloney and Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

The answer always depends on the individual asking, but anyone who claims that there is a single route to a career in digital learning has not spent much time with leaders in the profession. A strength of the field is the range of diverse perspectives and training that practitioners bring to the work. Whatever one’s educational background, and independent of the decision to study for a Ph.D., there are a number of areas that everyone working in digital learning should know. These are subjects that neither of us learned anything about in our own traditional Ph.D. programs, but they have proven vital navigating our careers in higher education digital learning.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/technology-and-learning/4-things-every-digital-learning-leader-should-know

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Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-13 17:02

by AARON CANTÚ, The Hechinger Report

Across the country, many universities are seeing increases in Latinx populations. Between 2000 and 2015, the number of Latinx college students more than doubled, to 3 million. Their share of overall college enrollment rose between 1996 and 2016 from 8 to 19 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In response, some universities are starting to cater to their growing Latinx populations. They’re adding more faculty who reflect the school’s increasing diversity, introducing cultural programming and establishing counseling and mentoring programs to help Latinx students overcome stubborn academic resource gaps.

https://hechingerreport.org/universities-try-to-catch-up-to-their-growing-latinx-populations/

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To Catch a Fake: Machine learning sniffs out its own machine-written propaganda

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-06-12 17:35

Tiernan Ray, ZD Net
The “Era of neural disinformation” is upon us, a future in which machines can generate fake news articles in enormous volume that humans will get suckered into believing is real.  The only hope for society lies with … another machine.  Researchers at Allen Institute and the Paul Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington have tuned the “GPT-2” neural network to create “Grover,” a program that both creates convincing fake articles but also is able to detect those fakes, pointing to a way to combat propaganda.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/to-catch-a-fake-machine-learning-sniffs-out-its-own-machine-written-propaganda/

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Learning Analytics and Campus Instructional Design Teams

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-06-12 17:20

Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

For my money, the most disappointing late arrival to higher ed is actionable data.  Colleges and universities seem to be diverging from the data-driven present of almost every other industry. It is so common to hear that “data is the new oil” that this sentiment has become conventional wisdom. Can you imagine Amazon or Netflix running their businesses as data free?  Name any company with a marketplace advantage, and you will find that the key differentiating factor is most often the smart use of data. Colleges and universities? Not so much.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/learning-analytics-and-campus-instructional-design-teams

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Why does Beijing suddenly care about AI ethics?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-06-12 17:15

by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review

New guidelines on freedom and privacy protection signal that the Chinese state is open to dialogue about how it uses technology. And while China’s government is widely criticized for using AI as a way to monitor citizens, the newly published guidelines seem remarkably similar to ethical frameworks laid out by Western companies and governments.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613610/why-does-china-suddenly-care-about-ai-ethics-and-privacy/

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To Catch a Fake: Machine learning sniffs out its own machine-written propaganda

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-06-12 17:05

Tiernan Ray, ZD Net
The “Era of neural disinformation” is upon us, a future in which machines can generate fake news articles in enormous volume that humans will get suckered into believing is real.  The only hope for society lies with … another machine.  Researchers at Allen Institute and the Paul Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington have tuned the “GPT-2” neural network to create “Grover,” a program that both creates convincing fake articles but also is able to detect those fakes, pointing to a way to combat propaganda.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/to-catch-a-fake-machine-learning-sniffs-out-its-own-machine-written-propaganda/

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In the future, will we acquire skills, not degrees?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-06-12 17:03

MIKE COLAGROSSI, Big Think

Nontraditional education options are on the rise.  U.S. college enrollment has declined for the eighth consecutive year.  A recent survey found that a majority of freelancers found skills training to be more important than having a degree. It’s becoming harder for universities to keep up with a rapidly changing workforce.  It should come as no surprise to mostly anyone who is paying attention, that we’re in a seriously fast moving and complex technology-driven economy. One of the likes we’ve never seen before and one that’s only going to get wilder.

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/skills-degrees

 

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College grads still earn more than workers with no university degree

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-06-12 17:00

Allana Akhtar and Andy Kiersz, Business Insider

College is more expensive than ever, leading many business leaders and experts to offer ways to get good jobs without needing a degree. Yet college graduates still earn more than non-college graduates in every state in the US, according to data from the 2017 American Consumer Survey. Here’s how much more college graduates make in every state.

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-more-college-graduates-earn-than-non-graduates-in-every-state-2019-5

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Learning Crypto and Blockchain is Now Made Easy by an Ivy League University

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-11 17:20

Abeer Anwaar, Block Publisher

According to the press release published on May 30, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has officially introduced a new online program focusing on fintech in general, which also includes digital currencies and the distributed ledger technology (DLT). As the acceptance and popularity of cryptocurrency and its underlying blockchain technology increases, the need to study it in more detail also becomes necessary. In light of that necessity, several universities around the globe are offering courses on the new technology. Among them is an Ivy League university from United States, the University of Pennsylvania.

https://blockpublisher.com/learning-crypto-and-blockchain-is-now-made-easy-by-an-ivy-league-university/

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The future of work: Being a cashier is Maryland’s most common occupation, but it’s likely vanishing

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-11 17:20

Yvonne Wenger, Baltimore Sun

The number of cashiers in Maryland has grown steadily for decades, and more than 80,000 people work as cashiers in the state’s grocery and department stores, pharmacies and boutiques. An occupation practically as old as the economy, the job employs more people here than any other, according to the U.S. Labor Department. But the job is also among the most likely to be replaced by machines. Many bigger stores already offer the option of self-checkout, shifting the task of scanning and bagging items onto customers who then pay a computer that spits out change and receipts. Economists say many cashiers’ jobs will go away over the next decade, but an estimate on just how many is elusive.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-md-cashier-20190305-story.html

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Criminals learning how to commit card fraud from dark web

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-11 17:15

Miles Brignall, the Guardian

Tutorials available online showing how to get details of stolen cards, says tech firm. Want to use stolen credit card details to buy online? There’s a class for that. Card fraud is evolving, with amateur fraudsters able to “enrol” in online “classes” where they can learn how to use stolen card details to buy smaller-value items. That’s the claim from a UK tech firm, which says a new breed of opportunistic fraudster is learning how to commit crime via online tutorials and guides available on the so-called “dark web”. Featurespace, a Cambridge-based artificial intelligence (AI) firm, showed Guardian Money examples and screengrabs of these tutorials, many of which will point people towards specific “carding” sites that sell people’s details.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/01/now-there-are-online-classes-in-how-to-use-stolen-cards

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Why does Beijing suddenly care about AI ethics?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-11 17:10

 

by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review

New guidelines on freedom and privacy protection signal that the Chinese state is open to dialogue about how it uses technology. And while China’s government is widely criticized for using AI as a way to monitor citizens, the newly published guidelines seem remarkably similar to ethical frameworks laid out by Western companies and governments.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613610/why-does-china-suddenly-care-about-ai-ethics-and-privacy/

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4 Ways Algorithms Can Boost Diversity in Hiring

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-11 17:05

ANNE FISHER, Fortune
Artificial intelligence can be a “black box”—mysterious and more than a little intimidating. Meanwhile, new permutations of the tech are sprouting up like mushrooms, especially for recruiting and hiring. Yet as employers have increasingly tried to make their workforces more diverse and inclusive, the A.I. industry itself has taken some flak for being almost exclusively white and male. The irony there is that A.I., used correctly, has “a shot at being better at decision-making than we humans are, particularly in hiring,” says Aleksandra Mojsilovic. A research fellow in A.I. at IBM, Mojsilovic holds 16 patents in machine learning, and helped develop algorithms that can check other algorithms for unintended bias. An essential part of using A.I. to encourage diversity, she notes, is making sure the teams that build what goes into the black box are themselves a diverse group, with a variety of backgrounds and points of view.

http://fortune.com/2019/06/01/ai-artificial-intelligence-diversity-hiring/

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