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Universities that are recruiting older students often leave them floundering

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-07 17:25

Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

With the number of 18- to 24-year-olds down and expected to remain flat through at least 2035, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Twenty-nine percent of undergraduate and 77 percent of graduate students are 25 or older, the U.S. Department of Education reports.  Among these older students, more than half are parents, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Two-thirds have low incomes, compared to 36 percent of their traditional-aged classmates. Fifty-seven percent work at least 20 hours a week, versus 39 percent of younger students. And 44 percent, compared to 19 percent of traditional undergrads, enroll part-time.

https://hechingerreport.org/universities-that-are-recruiting-older-students-often-leave-them-floundering/

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New Tech Tests Usability of Virtual Apps

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-07 17:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A researcher in Germany has developed technology for automatically detecting the usability and user-friendliness of virtual environments. Previously, said Patrick Harms from the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Göttingen, the only way to check these aspects of virtual reality and the virtual world was through manual testing. Harms wrote about his results in the May 2019 issue of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/29/new-tech-tests-usability-of-virtual-apps.aspx

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Here’s why understanding adult learners is absolutely critical

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-07 17:15

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Adults are quickly taking over a larger and larger part of the student population at colleges and universities–and understanding adult learners is key to institutional success. The idea of the “traditional student,” who graduates high school and enrolls in a university, graduating in four years, is transforming. The majority of today’s learners are adult learners–those juggling school with work or family responsibilities, or those seeking new skills or a complete career change. Many institutions are focusing on adult learner programs to help boost their growth and revenue as enrollment projections decline.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/05/27/heres-why-understanding-adult-learners-is-absolutely-critical/

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For Best Results, Pair MOOCs With In-Person Support

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-07 17:09

By Michael Goldberg and Ted Ladd, EdSurge

In our opinion, MOOCs can have the greatest impact when they combine the advantages of online education—the ability to watch lectures from anywhere and connection to a global network—with an in-person networking component that offers guidance, discussion and engagement.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-05-30-for-best-results-pair-moocs-with-in-person-support

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Universities that are recruiting older students often leave them floundering

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-07 17:05

Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

With the number of 18- to 24-year-olds down and expected to remain flat through at least 2035, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Twenty-nine percent of undergraduate and 77 percent of graduate students are 25 or older, the U.S. Department of Education reports.  Among these older students, more than half are parents, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Two-thirds have low incomes, compared to 36 percent of their traditional-aged classmates. Fifty-seven percent work at least 20 hours a week, versus 39 percent of younger students. And 44 percent, compared to 19 percent of traditional undergrads, enroll part-time.

https://hechingerreport.org/universities-that-are-recruiting-older-students-often-leave-them-floundering/

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Seven Ways To Set Yourself Up For Success

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-06-07 17:03
Khalil Zafar, Entrepreneur

Setting your vision and listing down the skills is one thing; learning and acquiring these skills is another. Don’t be rigid and be prepared to learn all the time. A business degree acquired 10 years ago is not enough, business environment changes and so do the technology and the work demands.  In this age of technology, learning has become very easy. Make full use of internet to learn skills. You can also master the desired skills by doing affordable online courses for few hundred bucks from different online learning portals.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/334467

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A Human-Centered Approach to Empowering Faculty for Excellence in Online Course Design

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-06 17:20

by Katalin Wargo, EDUCAUSE Review

As at many colleges and universities across the nation, the teaching and learning landscape at William & Mary, a midsized liberal arts institution, is rapidly evolving. Online and hybrid programs are being woven throughout the William & Mary experience at such a fast pace that we have had to stop and ask ourselves what exactly we want that experience to be. As a continuation of our work on a contextualized approach to the digital learning environment, William & Mary’s University eLearning Initiatives created a new model of faculty development for online course design. The model deliberately cultivates human-centered digital learning by emphasizing connection, which we know to be difficult to foster within digital environments without intentional design.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/5/a-human-centered-approach-to-empowering-faculty-for-excellence-in-online-course-design

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Survey: Most Students Work on a PC in College but Prefer Macs in the Workplace

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-06 17:20

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A majority of students prefer Apple’s Mac and view organizations that offer Mac computers as more modern and desirable places to work. That’s the primary finding in a survey sponsored by Jamf, which produces software specifically for managing Apple devices. In a commissioned survey, the company queried 2,244 college and university students in five countries. Sixty percent of respondents work on a PC but a slight majority of those (51 percent) said they’d prefer to use a Mac if upfront cost were no object. Why Mac? A majority said they like “the brand” (64 percent); the “style and design” (60 percent); the “ease of use” (59 percent); and “reliability” (57 percent). Fifty-one percent said they prefer the price of the PC.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/29/new-tech-tests-usability-of-virtual-apps.aspx

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First Wave of Carnegie Mellon Learning Tools Now Available

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-06 17:14

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Carnegie Mellon University has moved forward in its efforts to release education tools into the world. Last week, the institution officially introduced OpenSimon, a community and collection of tools dedicated to “[catalyzing] a revolution in learning and teaching” for higher education and K-12. According to the university, the software that will eventually be made available under open source licenses represents an investment of $100 million in research and development. OpenSimon includes tools for multiple audiences: those teaching as well as those doing research or developing educational technology products.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/15/first-wave-of-carnegie-mellon-learning-tools-now-available.aspx

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Here’s why understanding adult learners is absolutely critical

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-06 17:10

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Adults are quickly taking over a larger and larger part of the student population at colleges and universities–and understanding adult learners is key to institutional success. The idea of the “traditional student,” who graduates high school and enrolls in a university, graduating in four years, is transforming. The majority of today’s learners are adult learners–those juggling school with work or family responsibilities, or those seeking new skills or a complete career change. Many institutions are focusing on adult learner programs to help boost their growth and revenue as enrollment projections decline.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/05/27/heres-why-understanding-adult-learners-is-absolutely-critical/

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A Human-Centered Approach to Empowering Faculty for Excellence in Online Course Design

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-06-06 17:04

by Katalin Wargo, EDUCAUSE Review

As at many colleges and universities across the nation, the teaching and learning landscape at William & Mary, a midsized liberal arts institution, is rapidly evolving. Online and hybrid programs are being woven throughout the William & Mary experience at such a fast pace that we have had to stop and ask ourselves what exactly we want that experience to be. As a continuation of our work on a contextualized approach to the digital learning environment, William & Mary’s University eLearning Initiatives created a new model of faculty development for online course design. The model deliberately cultivates human-centered digital learning by emphasizing connection, which we know to be difficult to foster within digital environments without intentional design.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/5/a-human-centered-approach-to-empowering-faculty-for-excellence-in-online-course-design

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New Tech Tests Usability of Virtual Apps

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A researcher in Germany has developed technology for automatically detecting the usability and user-friendliness of virtual environments. Previously, said Patrick Harms from the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Göttingen, the only way to check these aspects of virtual reality and the virtual world was through manual testing. Harms wrote about his results in the May 2019 issue of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/29/new-tech-tests-usability-of-virtual-apps.aspx

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Emergence of Blockchain in Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-06-05 17:27

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

Blockchain is evolving into a robust platform that may shake many aspects of higher ed. We all have heard much about the potential for blockchain, particularly how it might serve as a distribution, validation and secure ledger of transcripts and associated certifications. MIT did the early work on this. Two years ago they began offering the distribution of diplomas via the Blockcerts Wallet app. While that sounds geeky cool, it represents much more than a technological advance. Substantively, it shifts control of transcripts from the registrar to the student. No longer can an unpaid parking ticket delay the delivery of your transcript to a prospective employer.  How can you prepare to adopt blockchain into your institution?

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/emergence-blockchain

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Why Integrated Instruction Is a Must for Today’s Tech-Enabled Learning

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

Ruth Reynard, Campus Technology

Those of us in education have heard about integrated instruction for some time. Also known as “interdisciplinary instruction,” the term is used to explain approaches to teaching and learning that support problem solving and critical thinking. Bringing various academic disciplines together can help students think more deeply and more holistically about a topic or a project solution. Therefore, rather than presenting content in a linear fashion with prescribed beginning and ending points, an integrated approach not only encourages, but expects intersection points where related content can be part of the learning process. Topics and subjects are not seen as completely separate entities in an educational journey; instead, they are integrated at points, to make more sense of the whole.

 

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/29/why-integrated-instruction-is-a-must-for-todays-tech-enabled-learning.aspx

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Watch Samsung’s new AI turn Mona Lisa into a realistic talking head

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-06-05 17:21

Stan Schroeder, Mashable

Need more convincing that it will soon be impossible to tell whether a video of a person is real or fake? Enter Samsung’s new research, in which a neural network can turn a still image into a disturbingly convincing video. Researchers at the Samsung AI center in Moscow have achieved this, Motherboard reported Thursday, by training a “deep convolutional network” on a large number of videos showing talking heads, allowing it to identify certain facial features, and then using that knowledge to animate an image.  (ed note: We all must inform others that this technology has arrived – it has the power to mislead and to bring about very serious consequences).

https://mashable.com/article/samsung-ai-deepfake-video/

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7 Women Leaders in AI, Machine Learning and Robotics

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

Rina Caballar, Techopedia

Women make up only 22% of AI professionals worldwide, according to analysis done by LinkedIn and the World Economic Forum for its 2018 Global Gender Gap Report. In the more specialized area of machine learning, only 12% are women, based on a study done by Wired in partnership with Montreal startup Element AI. Artificial intelligence and machine learning continue to be male-dominated fields. But what would an artificially intelligent world designed and led by women look like? From making AI more human to automating the construction industry and reimagining the healthcare sector, here are seven women blazing the trail in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics.

https://www.techopedia.com/7-women-leaders-in-ai-machine-learning-and-robotics/2/33884

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Emergence of Blockchain in Higher Education

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

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

Blockchain is evolving into a robust platform that may shake many aspects of higher ed. We all have heard much about the potential for blockchain, particularly how it might serve as a distribution, validation and secure ledger of transcripts and associated certifications. MIT did the early work on this. Two years ago they began offering the distribution of diplomas via the Blockcerts Wallet app. While that sounds geeky cool, it represents much more than a technological advance. Substantively, it shifts control of transcripts from the registrar to the student. No longer can an unpaid parking ticket delay the delivery of your transcript to a prospective employer.  How can you prepare to adopt blockchain into your institution?

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/emergence-blockchain

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First Wave of Carnegie Mellon Learning Tools Now Available

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Carnegie Mellon University has moved forward in its efforts to release education tools into the world. Last week, the institution officially introduced OpenSimon, a community and collection of tools dedicated to “[catalyzing] a revolution in learning and teaching” for higher education and K-12. According to the university, the software that will eventually be made available under open source licenses represents an investment of $100 million in research and development. OpenSimon includes tools for multiple audiences: those teaching as well as those doing research or developing educational technology products.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/15/first-wave-of-carnegie-mellon-learning-tools-now-available.aspx

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Why Integrated Instruction Is a Must for Today’s Tech-Enabled Learning

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

Ruth Reynard, Campus Technology

Those of us in education have heard about integrated instruction for some time. Also known as “interdisciplinary instruction,” the term is used to explain approaches to teaching and learning that support problem solving and critical thinking. Bringing various academic disciplines together can help students think more deeply and more holistically about a topic or a project solution. Therefore, rather than presenting content in a linear fashion with prescribed beginning and ending points, an integrated approach not only encourages, but expects intersection points where related content can be part of the learning process. Topics and subjects are not seen as completely separate entities in an educational journey; instead, they are integrated at points, to make more sense of the whole.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/29/why-integrated-instruction-is-a-must-for-todays-tech-enabled-learning.aspx

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What Boards Need to Know About AI

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-04 17:25

Douglas Merrill, Harvard Business Review

More than half of technology executives in the 2019 Gartner CIO Survey say they intend to employ AI before the end of 2020, up from 14% today. If you’re moving too slowly, a competitor could use AI to put you out of business. But if you move too quickly, you risk taking an approach the company doesn’t truly know how to manage. In a recent report by NewVantage Partners, 75% of companies cited fear of disruption from data-driven digital competitors as the top reason they’re investing. Answering these questions requires expertise in technology. But you can’t just add a tech expert to the board and count on him or her to keep the rest of the board up to speed.

https://hbr.org/2019/05/what-boards-need-to-know-about-ai

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