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Is your campus ready for AI and other technology trends?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-03-14 17:10

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Have you prepared your campus for augmented reality and artificial intelligence? A survey from the Center for Digital Education (CDE) recently found that college and university leaders are focusing on transforming academics, securing students and data, improving student services, and modernizing IT. These for core areas, they believe, will establish a solid foundation to support future innovation on campus. Within those four core areas, higher-ed leaders are focusing on these 10 top priorities to lay the groundwork for future transformation:

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/01/campus-ready-ai-other-technology-trends/

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Can you tell the difference between a real face and an AI-generated fake?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-03-14 17:04

By James Vincent, the Verge
Earlier this month you may have seen a website named ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com doing the rounds, which uses AI to generate startlingly realistic fake faces. Well, here’s the sequel: WhichFaceIsReal.com, which lets you test your ability to distinguish AI-generated fakes from the genuine article. Just head to the site and click on who you think is the real person!  WhichFaceIsReal.com also has a higher purpose though. It was set up by two academics from the University of Washington, Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom, both of whom study how information spreads through society. They think the rise of AI-generated fakes could be trouble, undermining society’s trust in evidence, and want to educate the masses.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/3/18244984/ai-generated-fake-which-face-is-real-test-stylegan

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Popularity of online education grows rapidly in China

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-03-14 17:03

Xinhua
China saw rapid growth in online education last year, with the number of users of such services rising 29.7 percent year on year to 201 million, accounting for 24.3 percent of total Internet users, according to a statistical report on Internet development. Around 194 million people in China accessed online education via mobile phones, up 63.3 percent compared with 2017, said the China Internet Network Information Center report. Wider use of smart devices and improved quality and accessibility of mobile Internet creates more opportunities for online education growth and makes learning via mobile devices much easier.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/03/c_137864471.htm

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MOOCs and the Master’s Degree

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-03-13 17:24

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
It has been just about 12 months since the University System of Maryland (USM) announced a partnership with edX to deliver four MicroMasters programs: non-credit master’s level courses intended to accelerate the process of earning an advanced degree. The idea was to support an “inverted admissions process.” Students could try out the master’s-level coursework before making the commitment to a full-on master’s degree program. Even in those earliest days, the system made no promises about the possible results they were expecting. A headline for a news release at the time used the word, “may,” as in, “may accelerate [the] path to advanced degrees and save students thousands of dollars.” As with much about MOOCs, nobody knew whether the “mini-master” concept would gain traction among students, let alone become a “gateway” to advanced degrees.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/02/27/moocs-and-the-masters-degree.aspx

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EDUCAUSE 2019 Horizon Report Preview

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-03-13 17:20

The EDUCAUSE Horizon Report Preview provides summaries of each of the upcoming edition’s trends, challenges, and important developments in educational technology, which were ranked most highly by the expert panel.  Opportunities for learners to blend their formal education with modularized online coursework, at an affordable cost, are establishing a learning continuum along which an evolving workforce can easily upskill. Badges and certificates provide prospective employers with evidence of skills gained through a wide range of educational opportunities and venues. Institutions that develop partnerships with online course providers or otherwise create a variety of options for students to master content at their own pace are responding to the needs of learners who want more control over learning pathways when earning a certificate or a degree.

https://library.educause.edu/-/media/files/library/2019/2/2019horizonreportpreview.pdf

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Education and training in the ‘gig’ economy

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-03-13 17:15

Brent Orrell, AEI

This “gig” approach to training has advantages and disadvantages. First, it is far cheaper for the companies compared to sending employees to classroom training. Many of the firms profiled offered little or no financial incentive for upskilling, viewing it as the employee’s responsibility. This sounds somewhat harsh but it is an important test: is the employee sufficiently committed to learning to invest their own time and money in skill development? This reflects the reality that self-motivation and persistence are as highly valued in the labor market as the technical skills gained through the training. Of course, an employee who invests their own time and discretionary income in building up skills, without some sort of contribution from their employer, may also feel fewer doubts about ditching their current job for another company offering marginally higher wages.

http://www.aei.org/publication/education-and-training-in-the-gig-economy/

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Artificial Intelligence Regulation May Be Impossible

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-03-13 17:09

Michael Spencer, COGNITIVE WORLD
Artificial intelligence is a tool humanity is wielding with increasing recklessness. We say it’s for our common good with machine learning hype equal to business profits. But what happens when we don’t have the code of ethics, laws, government accountability, corporate transparency and capability of monitoring the space to be able to achieve AI regulation?  Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. But what happens when humans are unable to regulate, control and monitor how AI is being developed, integrated and upgraded? What happens when foreign states use it to achieve their own political agendas and economic programs without careful monitoring as to what it could one day become?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/03/02/artificial-intelligence-regulation-will-be-impossible/#7dceca5811ed

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CREATING AN ONLINE MBA AT A TOP BUSINESS SCHOOL: THE LATEST FROM MICHIGAN ROSS

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-03-13 17:05

By Henry Kronk, e-Learning Inside
One of the most ambitious efforts in online education is currently underway at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Since August, the #7 business school in the country has been working to put together an Online MBA degree offering for the fall semester of this year. Earlier this month, they announced they had signed with Noodle Partners, an OPM, to help the process along. To learn more, eLearning Inside got in touch with Eliot Gattegno, managing director of the Office of Digital Education at Michigan Ross. While Gattegno won’t be teaching any courses at Michigan Ross, he and his department are responsible for overseeing the creation of the Online MBA.

https://news.elearninginside.com/creating-an-online-mba-at-a-top-business-school-the-latest-from-michigan-ross/

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How education will change to support lifelong learning

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-03-13 17:02

STEVE PATCHIN, Mining Gazette

A study by the Pew Research Center found 54 percent of working adults believe it was essential to continuously update their skills to be successful in their careers. Why? To keep up with advances in technology that are disrupting industries from automakers to retail. So what changes will support this need and how can higher education help?

http://www.mininggazette.com/opinion/columns/2019/03/how-education-will-change-to-support-lifelong-learning/

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Demand for blockchain engineers is ‘through the roof’

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-03-12 17:25

Lucas Mearian, Computerworld
There’s been a 517% increase in demand for software engineers with blockchain development skills in the past year, according to a new report from job search site Hired. In its first-ever analysis of only software engineering jobs, Hired found blockchain development skills ranked in the top three job openings in almost every global region. Blockchain engineers were followed by security engineers and embedded engineers, which saw 132% and 76% year-over-year growth, respectively.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3345998/demand-for-blockchain-engineers-is-through-the-roof.html

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Universities Mobilize To Meet Explosive Demand For Tech Talent and Leadership

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-03-12 17:20

Randy Bean, Forbes

Employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, resulting in 557,100 new jobs.[1] This is an incredible statistic to contemplate. Given extraordinary leaps in computing power, massive proliferation of data, and emergence of practical AI applications, the demand for qualified technical expertise can be expected to grow exponentially. There are a few paths to address this talent gap, but one approach that is being taken is to recruit greater numbers of women and under-represented minority groups into the technology field, particularly since these groups are under-represented in the technology field and represent a largely untapped talent pool.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2019/02/27/universities-mobilize-to-meet-explosive-demand-for-tech-talent-and-leadership/#55e3a9effd88

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Report: Three-fourths of U.S. workers need on-the-job training as nation’s labor pool tightens

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-03-12 17:15

by Wesley Brown, Manufacturing News Briefs

As the U.S. job market continues to tighten with the national unemployment rate at 4%, employers are spending more time training new hires as they enter the workforce or switch jobs, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The new report, issued on Feb. 21, shows that on-the-job training was required for a whopping 76.8% of all civilian workers in 2018, The average length of that training was 34 days, the study shows. The preparation time required for a typical worker to learn the techniques, acquire the information, and develop the facility needed for average performance in a specific job can range between a short orientation demonstration to more than 10 years. Preparation time includes formal education, pre-employment training, on-the-job training, and prior work experience.

https://talkbusiness.net/2019/02/report-three-fourths-of-u-s-workers-need-on-the-job-training-as-nations-labor-pool-tightens/

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HOLOGRAPHY-ASSISTED LEARNING — SCIENCE FICTION OR REALITY?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-03-12 17:10

By eLearning Inside

The holographic presence technology can open up a whole new dimension in interactive online education. All it takes is a projector and transmitter that scans a person’s body. Once your body is scanned, you can enjoy guest lectures from all over the world by being present in the virtual classroom and sharing the same workspace.  One of the possible applications of this technology is creating standardized classrooms that support hologram guest lectures in every university. They can be identically sized and fitted out with the same equipment. Thus, constructing the same workspaces worldwide will make it possible for students to attend lectures conducted by Google developers, NASA astronauts, Olympic games winners, book authors, etc. The presenter will be able to teach students from all over the globe by being physically present only in one classroom, while their listeners will see their holographic projection.

https://news.elearninginside.com/holograph-assisted-learning-science-fiction-or-reality/

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ASU offering rapidly deployable online courses to refugees, displaced people

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-03-12 17:04

Mary Beth Faller, ASU
Education for Humanity partners with local groups for access to higher education
Every day, more than 44,000 people are forced to flee their homes as a result of persecution, conflict or generalized violence. Millions cross borders into new countries seeking safety, bringing with them a determination to positively contribute to their new communities. More than 85 percent of these refugees flee to developing countries, often without the ability to continue their education or get jobs. Restricted to a refugee camp or trying to make ends meet in an urban center, many want to gain skills that will benefit them in their new communities and also when they return to their countries and rebuild. Education for Humanity, an initiative of Arizona State University, is meeting that need by offering online courses to refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Uganda and Rwanda. Soon, the program will expand to Ethiopia and Kenya.

https://asunow.asu.edu/20190301-global-engagement-asu-offering-rapidly-deployable-online-courses-refugees-displaced-people

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AI For Everyone: What Andrew Ng wants to convey with this Non Technical Course in 30 points.

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-03-12 17:02

Harveen Singh, Towards Data Science

AI for everyone is a non technical course taking which you will have greater knowledge than most CEO’s in the world. At least this is what Andrew Ng claims. So let’s find out in short what he wants to convey.

https://towardsdatascience.com/ai-for-everyone-what-andrew-ng-want-to-convey-with-this-non-technical-course-in-30-points-bedaea57c81b

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Five Key Trends for Professional and Continuing Education Leaders in the Next Five Years

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-03-11 17:25

Ray Schroeder, the Evolllution

Higher education is on the cusp of major changes. Enrollments are on the decline—both online and on campus—and the trend is expected to accelerate.[1] Graduates are laboring under substantial college loan debts totaling more than $1.5 trillion.[2] Employers are demanding that applicants possess soft and hard skills that many college graduates do not hold.[3] At the same time new and emerging technologies are changing the way credentials are shared and work is done. It is in this context that continuing, professional and online programs have been imported from the periphery to the center of traditional universities.

https://evolllution.com/revenue-streams/market_opportunities/five-key-trends-for-professional-and-continuing-education-leaders-in-the-next-five-years/

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Troubling Trends Towards Artificial Intelligence Governance

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-03-11 17:17

Jayshree Pandya, Forbes
This is an age of artificial intelligence (AI) driven automation and autonomous machines. The increasing ubiquity and rapidly expanding potential of self-improving, self-replicating, autonomous intelligent machines has spurred a massive automation driven transformation of human ecosystems in cyberspace, geospace and space (CGS). From granting parole to diagnosing diseases, college admissions to job interviews, managing trades to granting credits, autonomous vehicles to autonomous weapons, the rapidly evolving AI systems are increasingly being adopted by individuals and entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA). Individually and collectively, the promise and perils of these evolving AI systems are raising serious concerns for the accuracy, fairness, transparency, trust, ethics, privacy and security of the future of humanity — prompting calls for regulation of artificial intelligence design, development and deployment.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/02/25/troubling-trends-towards-artificial-intelligence-governance/#3b62863925a5

 

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Active-Learning Classrooms, Seven Tips for Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-03-11 17:14

Eli Zimmerman, EdTech
Universities are investing heavily to transform lecture-style classrooms into active-learning environments in order to boost student engagement and improve retention and recruitment rates.  Research from institutions such as Indiana University and Yale University finds that active-learning classroom environments can be beneficial for student outcomes, giving universities more reasons to consider active-learning strategies in their classroom design. With the numbers to prove that active-learning classrooms are effective, universities are now pressed to find the best way to design innovative spaces. While these innovative classrooms differ depending on the needs of the university, a recent CDW white paper outlines active-learning best practices all institutions can use.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/active-learning-classrooms-seven-tips-higher-education-perfcon

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Five Key Trends for Professional and Continuing Education Leaders in the Next Five Years

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-03-11 17:10

Ray Schroeder, the Evolllution

Higher education is on the cusp of major changes. Enrollments are on the decline—both online and on campus—and the trend is expected to accelerate.[1] Graduates are laboring under substantial college loan debts totaling more than $1.5 trillion.[2] Employers are demanding that applicants possess soft and hard skills that many college graduates do not hold.[3] At the same time new and emerging technologies are changing the way credentials are shared and work is done. It is in this context that continuing, professional and online programs have been imported from the periphery to the center of traditional universities.

https://evolllution.com/revenue-streams/market_opportunities/five-key-trends-for-professional-and-continuing-education-leaders-in-the-next-five-years/

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EDUCAUSE 2019 Horizon Report Preview

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-03-11 17:04

The EDUCAUSE Horizon Report Preview provides summaries of each of the upcoming edition’s trends, challenges, and important developments in educational technology, which were ranked most highly by the expert panel.  Opportunities for learners to blend their formal education with modularized online coursework, at an affordable cost, are establishing a learning continuum along which an evolving workforce can easily upskill. Badges and certificates provide prospective employers with evidence of skills gained through a wide range of educational opportunities and venues. Institutions that develop partnerships with online course providers or otherwise create a variety of options for students to master content at their own pace are responding to the needs of learners who want more control over learning pathways when earning a certificate or a degree.

https://library.educause.edu/-/media/files/library/2019/2/2019horizonreportpreview.pdf

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