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What universities can learn from airlines

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-05-07 17:05

Alejandro Caballero, University World News

Higher education institutions must not let the ground shift from under them but rather move with it – and break new ground. By embracing such partnerships, universities can stay relevant to alumni while tapping into the academic resources of other well-established institutions and innovative EdTech companies. They can create regional and global networks, just like the airline industry has done.


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Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-05-07 17:02

Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

As the number of undergraduates steadily declines in seeming direct proportion to rising costs, debt and the many other obstacles faced by college students, graduate enrollment is quietly on the upswing. It’s being driven by the better job prospects and higher salaries people think it will bring them — and by a conscious strategy among universities like this one to add graduate programs that produce much-needed revenue. While undergraduates get much of the attention, students who pursued graduate and professional degrees now account for 40 percent of the notorious $1.5 trillion worth of outstanding national student loan debt, the College Board reports; each owes three times more, on average, than an undergraduate, according to the Urban Institute.


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Providing a Clear Path to Advancement for IT Staff

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-05-06 17:25

by Michelle Rakoczy, EDUCAUSE Review
Information technology in higher education is under a state of constant change. IT staff need to be able to maintain and grow their technical skills, but what about their overall professional growth? The latest report from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research—The Higher Education IT Workforce Landscape, 2019—shows that for job success, technical staff also need “Business skills such as effective communication and the ability to manage relationships within the institution.” Many technical staff want to continually grow and for that growth to be recognized, and promotion is one way to achieve that recognition. However, many staff do not understand the organizational process for achieving a promotion. According to the report, “Promoting employees internally results in better performance evaluations, with employees staying in their position longer than external hires.” Given how difficult it can be to recruit many IT positions, retention is very important in higher education.


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IBM expands universities in its quantum computing research network

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-05-06 17:20

By Larry Dignan, ZD Net

IBM said its commercial quantum computing program, called IBM Q Network, is expanding to more universities in North America, including Notre Dame, Florida State, and Virginia Tech. The company’s IBM Q Network is designed to develop curricula for students and forge research partnerships with academia. The additions of the aforementioned universities as well as Stony Brook University and the University of Tokyo will round out a list that already includes Duke, Harvard, and the University of Waterloo.


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Using AI to Personalize Education for Everyone

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-05-06 17:16

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Artificial intelligence (AI) is able to capture, aggregate, and analyze data from several different sources to build a student learning profile. In the past, the only way to measure what students have learned was through tests, written and oral exams and assignments. However, these methods ignore much of what a student has assimilated over the years. Over the course of many years of learning a student produces a huge amount of output in the form of assignments, class tests, and classroom participation that gets forgotten or lost in subsequent terms. But AI forgets nothing. AI will analyse and store all this and more information, including seemingly irrelevant information to form a complete picture of the student as a learner: how and with what learning material they engage successfully as well as what material they struggle with.


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Confronting the risks of artificial intelligence

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-05-06 17:10

By Benjamin Cheatham, Kia Javanmardian, and Hamid Samandari, McKinsey Quarterly

With great power comes great responsibility. Organizations can mitigate the risks of applying artificial intelligence and advanced analytics by embracing three principles.  Artificial intelligence (AI) is proving to be a double-edged sword. While this can be said of most new technologies, both sides of the AI blade are far sharper, and neither is well understood.  Consider first the positive. These technologies are starting to improve our lives in myriad ways. Yet even as AI generates consumer benefits and business value, it is also giving rise to a host of unwanted, and sometimes serious, consequences.


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Taming Big Data in Education with Cognitive Computing

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-05-06 17:05

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The world is drowning in data. We are creating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. That is 2.5 followed by 18 zeros!  A university executive resolution, for example, is the culmination of many discussions in meetings, countless emails and many revisions before the final decision. The eventual resolution is one data point, but it’s accompanied by so much unstructured data. Through cognitive computing’s ability to discover patterns, meaning can be derived from unstructured data. These patterns are invaluable for insights and decision-making, but they are not obvious. They can only be revealed by cognitive computing through machine learning algorithms.


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Why are Canadian universities so slow to adopt digital learning?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-05-06 17:03

Jennifer Lewington, MacLeans

Web-enhanced teaching, as illustrated by the Queen’s psychology class, is growing in popularity as a tool to enrich the undergraduate learning experience and create new degree options for working professionals. But some experts say higher education institutions need to quicken the pace of digital innovation. “There is momentum, but not fast enough for the needs of either the workforce or society in general,” warns Tony Bates, a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University and a widely recognized authority on technology-enhanced education.


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2019 Horizon Report

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-05-05 17:25


EDUCAUSE is proud to continue the tradition of excellence begun by the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) work on the Horizon Report. The report serves as a reference and technology planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policy makers, and technologists.  Topics include: Analytics Artificial Intelligence (AI) Badges and Credentialing Blended Learning Blockchain Competency-based Education (CBE) Digital Learning Digital Literacy Extended Reality (XR) Innovation Institutional Management Instructional Design Instructional Technologies Learning Analytics Learning Space Mobile Learning New Models


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New Frontiers of Adaptive Learning

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-05-05 17:21

By David Raths, Campus Technology
Universities share how they are making strides with the use of adaptive courseware in the humanities. Most of the publicized examples of adaptive learning focus on its use in improving student outcomes in STEM courses, but some universities are seeing promising examples in the humanities as well. For example, the University of Mississippi Department of Writing and Rhetoric is using adaptive learning to help first-year writing students grasp rhetorical concepts.


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Eye on A.I.— How to Fix Artificial Intelligence’s Diversity Crisis

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-05-05 17:15

In recent years, researchers and journalists have highlighted artificial intelligence sometimes stumbling when it comes to minorities and women. Facial recognition technology, for example, is more likely to become confused when scanning dark-skinned women than light-skinned men. Last week, AI Now, a research group at New York University, released a study about A.I.’s diversity crisis. The report said that a lack of diversity among the people who create artificial intelligence and in the data they use to train it has created huge shortcomings in the technology.


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The Highs and Lows of Teaching From Afar

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-05-05 17:10

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

In addition to serving students in different locations, online courses are also conducive to teachers who want to work remotely. But doing it effectively can be challenging — if it’s even allowed. Online courses are often discussed in terms of opening opportunities for students in disparate locations.  Some remote instructors said they sometimes struggled to cultivate the sort of engagement with students that can be achieved in closer proximity, whether students and instructors are in a classroom together or interacting primarily online. Some administrators, meanwhile, aren’t yet convinced that instructors can teach as effectively from afar. While teaching remotely has become more commonplace in recent years, instructors and administrators interviewed for this article said it’s still not the norm on many campuses.


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Sudden death: Can the most damaging kind of for-profit closure be prevented?

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

Ben Unglesbee, Education Dive

Dream Center Education Holdings was the third major for-profit college system to close since December, coming on the heels of Education Corporation of America (ECA) and Vatterott Educational Centers. Taken together, the shutdowns signal that the for-profit sector’s reputational and financial troubles aren’t over, even after a period of consolidation and relative quiet following the collapses of ITT Technical Institute and Corinthian Colleges during the Obama administration. The recent spate of abrupt closures presents an alarming trend in for-profit higher ed’s consolidation.


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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Growth Fellowship

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-05-05 17:03

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women is offering graduates of 10,000 Women on Coursera the opportunity to take part in a prestigious Fellowship program to further encourage business growth. The Fellowship will take place in New York City in Fall 2019. What the chosen attendees will receive:
Tailored coaching and training: participants will receive two days of expert coaching and training in New York City
Access to experts: participants will discuss their business and their growth plans in one-on-one sessions with business leaders
Networking with peers: the intensive in-person program will allow participants to engage directly with, and learn from, other 10,000 Women alumni from across the world
Travel: Travel to/from New York City and accommodations


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5 Ladies Leading Change In Education & Talent Technology

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

Brittany Chambers, Forbes

With the buzz of conference attendees, including renowned thought leaders and investors, who have developed a variety of new innovative technologies walking the venue grounds, ASU-GSV is not a conference to disappoint. The yearly conference, coined by its founders as one of “the most impactful convening of leaders in education and talent tech,” certainly has served as a space for some of the most innovative leaders to connect as they endeavor to challenge the ways we see and engage with the education and talent landscapes. In this article, five ladies in leadership share their work that has served to create more enriching, equitable and just educational and talent possibilities for a variety of learners of all ages at all stages.


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9 universities partner to craft standards for digital records

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:22

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Nine universities from around the world announced Tuesday that they are teaming up to explore how emerging technologies like blockchain can help them give students a digital version of their academic record, including badges, certifications, internships and traditional degrees. The U.S. institutions involved in the project are Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of California System’s Berkeley and Irvine campuses. Such digital records would allow students to securely own and share their information instead of having to go back to the relevant institution each time they need proof of their accomplishments, said Sanjay Sarma, MIT’s vice president for open learning, in the announcement.


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Getting smart in the innovation age of AI

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:14

Tom Vander Ark and Ramona Schindelheim, Working Nation

“AI is the most important invention and change in the world right now,” says Vander Ark, who calls the times we’re living in right now as the “innovation age.” “My career started in the information age in which we learned how to use computers to improve analytics around the problems we are interested in. This new age is really driven by code that learns, that gets smarter, the more data that we give it. And it’s quietly changing every sector of the economy.”


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How Modular Education Is Revolutionizing The Way We Learn (And Work)

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:10

Anant Agarwal, Forbes

Modular learning will allow workers to learn new skills and knowledge in smaller chunks, without having to leave their jobs. Modular learning will allow workers to learn new skills and knowledge in smaller chunks, without having to leave their jobs. In today’s digital economy, rapid technological change is transforming the workplace, and it has become apparent that we can no longer stop our education after college if we are to stay relevant. We will need to be continually learning, refreshing and updating our skillset as we progress through our careers. This drastic change in the nature of work also means that the way in which we learn needs to similarly transform.


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How blockchain, virtual assistants and AI are changing higher ed

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:09

Ben Unglesbee, Education Dive
In the coming years, advanced technologies like mixed reality, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and virtual assistants could play a bigger role at colleges and universities, according to a new report from Educause, a nonprofit focused on IT’s role in higher ed. The 2019 Horizon Report, based on a panel of higher ed experts, zeroes in on trends, challenges and developments in educational technology. Challenges range from the “solvable,” such as improving digital fluency and increasing demand for digital learning experiences, to the “wicked.” The latter includes rethinking teaching and advancing digital equity. The panel contemplated blockchain’s use in higher ed for the first time in the 2019 report.


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Online Education Provider Coursera Is Now Worth More Than $1 Billion

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:05

Susan Adams, Forbes
Coursera, one of the companies featured on Forbes’ 2018 list of Next Billion-Dollar Startups, is worth well over $1 billion, says its CEO, Jeff Maggioncalda. The seven-year-old online education provider, based in Mountain View, California, announced this morning that it had raised an additional $103 million in funding. “This gives us the resources to more aggressively push on our mission of greater access to quality education and greater opportunity for people who are being left behind in this economy,” he says. Since our feature story on Coursera last October, the number of registered learners on the site has climbed from 36 million to 40 million.


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