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7 Things You Should Know about Digital Transformation (Dx)

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-12-09 16:03

by EDUCAUSE

The term “digital transformation” (Dx) encapsulates the seismic cultural, workforce, and technological shift under way as the diverse digital landscape influences—and changes—almost everything we do. Dx is being propelled by multiple drivers, from the pervasive adoption of technology across colleges and universities to external forces including reduced public funding, new expectations of technology from students, and increased skepticism about higher education. Embracing digital transformation is about building on the core values of higher education and developing new and significantly more effective ways to enrich and expand higher education’s mission.

https://library.educause.edu/~/media/files/library/2018/10/eli7162.pdf

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Inclusive and Open Pedagogies

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-12-09 16:01

by Amanda McAndrew, EDUCAUSE Review

A core principle of inclusive pedagogy is valuing diverse experiences, perspectives, and ways of learning that contribute unique meaning to a learning environment and to the world. Inclusive pedagogical practice seeks to create equity in the learning opportunities offered, where all learners are supported in participating and contributing to a shared learning experience. In this context, inclusion means anything from providing captioned videos, to assignments that encourage and acknowledge life experiences, to teachers and students co-creating knowledge. Similarly, open pedagogy encourages reflective practice, the sharing of ideas and resources, choice in expression, and posing open-ended problems that accept many diverse solutions created by diverse learners.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/11/inclusive-and-open-pedagogies

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Why AI Creates Jobs And New Work Opportunities

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-12-08 16:25

Alex Adamopoulos, Forbes

Right now, we’re living on the precipice of a fourth industrial revolution. The first industrial revolution brought us steam power and machinery. The second brought electrical power, and with the third came the internet. Which brings us to number four. But this new revolution, driven by artificial intelligence and automation, is taking a different tack from the previous ones. Those movements were all about introducing new technologies and new ways of working and then dropping them on top of how we did things already. This new revolution is about the fusion of people and technology, blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological in a way that is poised to dramatically reshape our day-to-day lives in ways we can’t even imagine yet.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbostoncouncil/2018/11/20/why-ai-creates-jobs-and-new-work-opportunities/#6ad76b4814bd

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Defining Learning Innovation

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-12-08 16:19

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

My definition of learning innovation is institutional and organizational in scale. A college or university serious about innovation will prioritize investments in making non-incremental advances in student learning. A commitment to learning innovation can take many forms. It may be investing in a center for teaching and learning (CTL) to provide faculty with training, mentoring, and resources. Or a commitment to learning innovation may manifest in the recruitment of instructional designers to collaborate with faculty. A focus on institutional learning innovation may involve the decision that all new classroom spaces and renovations will result in active learning spaces, with flat floors and moveable furniture. Or it may revolve around an initiative to embed academic librarians with professors throughout the course development, teaching, and redesign process.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/defining-learning-innovation

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AI can humanize teaching—if we let it

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-12-08 16:15

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
Educators should ignore the ‘fear factor’ around AI robots taking over teaching, and should harness the technology to improve their craft. While the scientific nature of artificial intelligence (AI) has frequently been used as a marketing term in recent years, AI does have some fascinating implications for instruction. But perhaps one of the biggest things to remember about AI is that it will not eliminate teaching—it will humanize it.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2018/11/15/ai-can-humanize-teaching-if-we-let-it/

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A COLUMBIA TEACHERS COLLEGE STUDY EXPLORES WHO IS TAKING MOOCS AND WHY

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-12-08 16:09

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Among the key findings of the CBCSE survey was a confirmation that MOOCs continue to attract a generally educated demographic. As stated in the report, “In general, learners were quite well educated with 79% holding at least an undergraduate degree and 40% a graduate degree.” However, the study also found, “16% of participants across all programs had no degree at all, although half of these had completed some university or college courses.”

https://news.elearninginside.com/a-columbia-teachers-college-study-explores-who-is-taking-moocs-and-why/

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SHOULD WE “LEARN WITH FACEBOOK”? A TROUBLED PLATFORM ENTERS THE ELEARNING MARKET

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-12-08 16:02

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

In essence, Learn with Facebook is a platform that aims to offer Facebook users access to free courses. Whether you’re a student, a job-seeker, a small business owner or founder, Learn with Facebook hopes to offer free, easy-to-use resources to respond to your needs and level of experience. In addition to courses, on topics such as digital storytelling and pitching to potential investors, users will also find expert advice and job tips.

https://news.elearninginside.com/should-we-learn-with-facebook-a-troubled-platform-enters-the-elearning-market/

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The Power of Digital Learning

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-12-08 16:02

Parinita Gohil, Entrepreneur India

The future of education is digital. Going forward, this field will witness newer developments such as unconventional methods of learning, Gamification of the learning process, the live online interaction between the students and educators, and more, thanks to advancements in AI and technology. Those who seek to learn will find plenty of opportunities to do so, in a manner that is efficient and convenient at the same time.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/323708

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Beyond disruption: The future of higher education

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-12-07 16:25

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Universities are in the middle of a transformation that is challenging the status quo and is forcing higher-ed leaders to embrace change if they wish to remain relevant. Four broad drivers are behind this disruption, said James Phelps, director of enterprise architecture and strategy at the University of Washington and winner of the 2018 EDUCAUSE Community Leadership Award, during EDUCAUSE 2018. Shifting skills, the digital transformation, employment and income challenges, and the higher-ed financial crisis have brought higher education to a critical space in between disruption and transformation, Phelps said.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2018/11/19/beyond-disruption-the-future-of-higher-education/

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The Next Frontier of Adaptive Learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-12-07 16:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Arizona State University isn’t satisfied with the state of adaptive. That’s why this innovative university is going all in with adaptive degree programs. What we’ve decided to do is take the benefits of [adaptive] technology to a fully integrated program for a bachelor of science degree in biology. And we’re going to integrate all the instructional resources from first year to fourth year into CogBooks. That’s the partner that the School of Life Sciences has decided to use.  That holistic approach differs dramatically from our general education approach. It requires more alignment between courses. In our traditional model, each course was its own island — even to the point where each section of each course may have been its own island.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/11/14/the-next-frontier-of-adaptive-learning.aspx

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Assistive Technology to Help Students with Learning Disabilities Succeed Academically

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-12-07 16:15

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Learning disabilities can affect students in a variety of ways, ranging from difficulty with reading to struggles with basic math problems. These issues can be difficult to sort through for students and teachers alike. With help, students can still succeed academically whether they have dyslexia, dyscalculia, or one of the other disabilities. Assistive technology can offer the support each student needs to help them become more proficient in the classroom. Educators can help students to reach their potential by implementing some of these assistive technologies in the classroom. They can help to minimize the deficits some children experience as a result of their learning disability.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/assistive-technology-to-help-students-with-learning-disabilities-succeed-academically/

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AI peer reviewers unleashed to ease publishing grind

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-12-07 16:10

by Douglas Heaven, Nature

Most researchers have good reason to grumble about peer review: it is time-consuming and error-prone, and the workload is unevenly spread, with just 20% of scientists taking on most reviews. Now peer review by artificial intelligence (AI) is promising to improve the process, boost the quality of published papers — and save reviewers time. A handful of academic publishers are piloting AI tools to do anything from selecting reviewers to checking statistics and summarizing a paper’s findings.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07245-9

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Introducing the Futurice Principles for Ethical AI

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-12-07 16:05

Minna Mustakallio, Futurice

As an integral part of our Futurice Data & Ethics initiative – and also coinciding with our role as a key contributor in AI Finland’s Ethics Challenge – we recently set out to come up with our own Principles for Ethical AI for our work. As a result, we now have a set of tailored principles that we are also happy to share with our clients and the rest of the community. These principles are meant to support and guide our decision-making whenever we are creating autonomous systems and dealing with data and algorithms. As our work deals with ethical issues on a very practical level, we wanted our principles to also reflect this at a slightly more concrete level than just high-level statements. These principles are not set in stone – they will be frequently adjusted as the field of data & AI ethics advances, and also based on feedback from our teams, clients and other stakeholders.

https://www.futurice.com/blog/introducing-the-futurice-principles-for-ethical-ai/

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Designing for the Workforce Future: Reflections on Implications for Community Colleges

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-12-07 16:02

Karen A. Stout, Achieving the Dream

The associate degree is one credential that earns graduates middle skill jobs. Yet, there is a growing space for an array of other credentials and certifications, that would be recognized by employers, to build a pipeline of talent in technical jobs across industries like transportation, construction, utilities, financial services, health care, and information technology. This is a space ripe for innovative work. Traditional comprehensive community colleges (that are mostly transfer driven) have underdeveloped ability in this space but they are being called on to develop new approaches to apprenticeship, certificate design, micro credentialing and badging.

https://www.achievingthedream.org/news/17556/designing-for-the-workforce-future-reflections-on-implications-for-community-colleges

 

 

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Making the Most of Your Edtech Conference

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-12-06 16:26

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

At a recent edtech conference in Austin, Texas, there were over 40,000 devices connected to the network at the convention hall. This suggests, perhaps better than any other metric, the immense size of a modern edtech conference. Needless to say, this can all be a bit overwhelming to those who attend these conferences. Here are six suggestions for getting the most out of your edtech conference:

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/making-the-most-of-your-edtech-conference/

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How Much Does a Blockchain Developer Really Make?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-12-06 16:20

bhaneeta chadha, BlockGeeks

2017 was the breakout year for blockchain technology. The numbers don’t lie and some of the numbers are truly staggering.  Indeed.com, one of the biggest job portals in the world, published some interesting statistics regarding the rise of Blockchain jobs. It looks like the number of blockchain jobs increased from December 2016 to December 2017 by a staggering 207%. But that’s not the end of it. According to the stats, this number has increased by, a scarcely believable 631% since November 2015. Cryptocurrency was such a hot topic in 2017, that 15 of the 18 more popular industry jobs specifically mentioned “cryptocurrency” in the description.

https://blockgeeks.com/blockchain-developer-salary/

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Online learning comes to life on the court

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-12-06 16:15

by Stephen O’Grady, Griffin News

Returning to the classroom more than 20 years after finishing high school was a major and slightly daunting step for Olympic medalist and WNBL coach. With laptops and logons having taken the place of blackboards and roll calls, the learning zone was a much changed arena for the mother of two. Michelle enrolled in a Master of Sports Coaching at Griffith University, initially studying online through Open Universities Australia before transferring “smoothly” across to Griffith’s online delivery. Once she had established a routine that aligned study with part-time employment and ongoing sports commitments, she never looked back.

https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/news/2018/11/19/online-learning-comes-to-life-on-the-court/

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Why AI Creates Jobs And New Work Opportunities

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-12-06 16:10

Alex Adamopoulos, Forbes

Right now, we’re living on the precipice of a fourth industrial revolution. The first industrial revolution brought us steam power and machinery. The second brought electrical power, and with the third came the internet. Which brings us to number four. But this new revolution, driven by artificial intelligence and automation, is taking a different tack from the previous ones. Those movements were all about introducing new technologies and new ways of working and then dropping them on top of how we did things already. This new revolution is about the fusion of people and technology, blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological in a way that is poised to dramatically reshape our day-to-day lives in ways we can’t even imagine yet.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbostoncouncil/2018/11/20/why-ai-creates-jobs-and-new-work-opportunities/#6ad76b4814bd

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Apple reportedly buys AI startup with privacy-conscious approach

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-12-06 16:05

by James Vincent, the Verge

Apple has reportedly acquired Silk Labs, a little-known startup which focused on building on-device machine learning software. The purchase, which took place earlier this year according to The Information, would be a natural fit for Apple’s privacy-centric approach to AI. After an unsuccessful foray into the smart home, Silk Labs developed on-device machine learning services. This means processing data without sending it to the cloud — a method that Apple has also preferred.

 

https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/21/18106192/apple-privacy-ai-silk-labs-acquisition

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Online courses for career future-proofing

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-12-06 16:02

By Kristie Kellahan, Sydney Morning Herald

“The Global MBA sends a clear signal of disruption to the traditional business education market and brings the degree within reach of many learners that have previously been excluded from the MBA market,” Brammer says. Challenges that once seemed insurmountable for online students – opportunities to interact and collaborate with other students, face-time with faculty members – have faded as the technology has advanced, Brammer says. “Handheld smart devices mean that learners can carry their classroom with them wherever they go,” he says. “In some ways, learners can connect much more readily with their faculty members and with each other through instant communication tools that form the basis of highly productive teams in industry.”

https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/online-courses-for-career-future-proofing-20181119-p50gwa.html

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