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Illinois Will End Residential M.B.A. in Favor of Online Program

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-04 17:20

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced Friday that it plans to shut down its residential M.B.A. programs — full-time and part-time — to focus on its online M.B.A., which it calls the iMBA. The move still requires formal university approval, but the announcement is a sign of the shift going on in business education — in many cases away from traditional M.B.A. programs. Several universities have scaled back or eliminated such programs and focused instead on online or one-year master’s programs in business-related fields. Applications to the iMBA program have tripled from 1,100 when the program started in 2016. The total cost for the iMBA is $22,000.


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How technology can power enthusiasm and self-directed learning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-04 17:15

by Eileen Belastock, EDSCOOP
According to Matt Renwick, author and principal of Mineral Point Unified School District in Wisconsin, student learning experiences require complex assignments that not only demonstrate content knowledge but should also gauge enthusiasm, communication skills and habits of mind. In a recent webinar hosted by edWeb.net, Renwick said that authentic assessments, a measure of meaningful intellectual accomplishments used instead of traditional multiple-choice standardized testing, are always about the connections we make with students, each other, and the broader community.


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How User-Centered Design Improves the Student Experience

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-04 17:09

Heidi Stahl, Karin Roberts, William Washington, Campus Technology

Most important of all, when building for students, include the student voice. When planning for a new tool, even if you are going to choose a vendor product, including the student voice is critical to the decision process. Students are crucial but often invisible stakeholders; effort must be made to include their perspective, needs and goals when designing or choosing a product they’ll be using.


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Has Technology Made State Regional Universities Obsolete?

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

Richard Rose, Campus Technology

If our SRUs stopped being timid about taking full advantage of technology, they could reconfigure themselves as very different institutions that could offer a great deal more earning potential — and charge a great deal less. To begin to see how this is possible, let’s look at the services SRUs perform for their students — and which services would benefit from a more complete reliance on technology.


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What’s Next for Coursera and FutureLearn? Insights Revealed at the EMOOCS Conference

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-06-04 17:03

John G. Paul, IBL News

During the same session at the University of Naples Federico II, Anant Agarwal, CEO at edX, and Simon Nelson, CEO at FutureLearn, stressed the impact of in-demand MOOCs on up-skilling and re-skilling employees as well as setting up lifelong learning habits. Simon Nelson, whose company received a recent investment of $64 million, announced that FutureLearn will invest money in creating high-quality content. So far the three big MOOC providers have not invested in content, relying instead on universities’ and industry partners’ offerings.


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Moody’s identifies ‘growing’ cyber threat on college campuses

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-06-03 17:20

By James Paterson, Education Dive

Universities continue to be “highly vulnerable” to cyberattacks, but those most at risk also tend to have the financial resources to protect themselves, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service.  Institutions house a wide range of student records, sensitive research and medical information in potentially leaky networks. Additionally, that data is often dispersed among several campuses with “countless access points” on each; global interconnectedness also poses a risk. However, budget constraints may make it difficult for colleges to keep up their defenses as threats grow more complex. Moody’s identified 101 data disclosures at U.S. institutions in 2017, an increase from 15 in 2014. It expects the “upward trend” to continue.


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Report: Career Planning as Early as Middle School Is Key to Workforce Equity

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-06-03 17:15

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A new whitepaper produced by a coalition of representatives from government, industry, education and nonprofits asserts that career readiness should be the first priority of American education, beginning in middle school. And that such a focus will lead to greater equity in the workforce. That’s according to “Career Readiness for All,” a report published by the Coalition for Career Development (CCD) that hopes to serve as a “starting point” for helping the United States understand that it needs to create a high-quality career development system.


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Chatboxes Gain Traction Among Businesses – Now a Course About Them on edX

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-06-03 17:15

By  Mikel Amigot, IBL News

Chatbot–based customer services are increasingly in demand. Advancements in AI technology, natural language processing, neural networks and speech recognition are making chatbots more effective and affordable. However, they are still in an early phase of development. These revolutionary applications – which allow users to engage in interactive conversations using text or natural voice – have the potential to save businesses a fortune – over 8 billion annually by 2020 according to Juniper.


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7 Women Leaders in AI, Machine Learning and Robotics

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

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.


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Ranking Countries and Industries by Tech, Data, and Business Skills

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

Emily Glassberg SandsVinod Bakthavachalam, Harvard Business Review

We find stark skill contrasts between developed and developing markets, with North America and Europe far outpacing Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, on average. That said, the U.S. fails to reach the top quartile of countries in any of the three domains, and shows strong regional heterogeneity, with the South in particular lagging in key skill areas. Among industries, manufacturing and telecommunications demonstrate skill strengths; the tech industry also excels (as expected) in technology and data science, but is weaker in business.


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How Can Edtech Address Evolving School and Workforce Needs?

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

Nilanjana Saxena, EDUCAUSE Review

The education-to-employment gap continues to be the subject of much discussion, often surfacing in policy debates across both the developed and the developing world. The gap, which centers on skill acquisition, has led to relatively high levels of youth unemployment worldwide, as is visible in recent data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the 2018 QS report “The Global Graduate Skills Gap in the 21st Century,” which calls the skills gap “a global and significantly widespread issue.” “The Future of Jobs Report 2018” from the World Economic Forum (WEF) also elaborates on the problem by emphasizing the skills with which the current and future workforce must be equipped in order to succeed in an increasingly technology-driven workplace.


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Study: Online Schools Have Not ‘Dethroned’ Faculty

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-02 17:25

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Does online learning spend more on technology and less on people? That’s the latest question posed by Eduventures Chief Research Officer Richard Garrett, in an essay published on the Encoura website. This was a follow-on to a recent brief he posted that examined whether online learning could help institutions deliver a lower-cost education to more students. In that setup, he concluded that the higher the portion of fully online students a school had, the less the school spent per student. In his latest analysis of IPEDS data, Garrett specifically examined the situation of private, nonprofit four-year schools (while suggesting that the outcome could be applied to public four-year institutions as well).


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Open Standards and Transparency Groups Team Up to Improve Information on Credentials

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-02 17:20

IMS Global Learning Consortium and Credential Engine

IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global) and Credential Engine today announced a partnership designed to advance new interoperability and transparency standards for credentials and institutional data systems. Through the new agreement, the organizations will build interoperability between IMS Global’s widely-adopted standards and Credential Engine’s Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL)—the first and only common language that enables credential issuers to publish data and information on the content and value of credentials to the public Credential Registry and the open web. Already, 12 states and regions, nearly 400 credential providers, and several federal agencies have joined this cloud-based library that makes information such as competencies, cost, quality assurance, earnings, and connections to occupations, and pathway information searchable to the public.


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How Digital Credentials Can Advance Student Mobility and Success

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-02 17:15

by Rahul Choudaha, AACSB Blog
The impact of today’s megatrends—long-term, transformational processes with broad reach and influence—is driving a reconstruction of the higher education sector. The changing nature of work and widening skills gap, as a couple of megatrend examples, are instilling a sense of urgency among many business schools to assess their portfolio of academic offerings and curriculum. One such call for adaptation and assessment is emerging in the form of digital credentialing. What are the drivers and implications of digital credentialing? How can business schools prepare for a shifting landscape of credentialing and its relevance to workplace skills?



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What Boards Need to Know About AI

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-02 17:11

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.


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

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-02 17:07

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).


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Upwork releases latest Skills Index, ranking the 20 fastest-growing skills for freelancers

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-02 17:03


75% of the top 20 fastest-growing skills were new to the index in Q1 2019.  The 20 fastest-growing freelance skills in Q1 2019 experienced more than 170 percent year-over-year growth, while demand for the top 10 skills grew more than 370 percent year-over-year.


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Analysis: Sebastian Thrun, Creates the University of Silicon Valley and the Fourth Degree

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-01 17:25

Mikel Amigot, IBL

Sebastian Thurn, Founder, and CEO at Udacity, is not shy when he claims, in a recent post, that his company will become the “University of Silicon Valley”. “Only 4% of students ever complete a MOOC. At present, our Nanodegree programs have a 34% graduation rate, thanks to the tireless efforts of the hard-charging Udacity team. When paired with our new personalized mentorship programs in past experiments, cohorts have commonly exceeded 60% graduation rates.” (…) “For our Nanodegree Plus pilot, an independent accounting firm verified that among our career-seeking and job-ready graduates, 84% found a new, better job within six months of graduation. And for that 84 %, the salaries went up, by an average of $24,000 per person. So much that on average, those students recouped their entire Udacity tuition fee in just three weeks.” (…) “No other online learning platform provides this level of end-to-end personalized mentorship.”


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Students need a boost in wealth more than a boost in SAT scores

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-01 17:20

Andrew Perry, Hechinger Report

The College Board creates an adversity score to acknowledge that wealth and race matter. Scores on the widely used SAT and ACT predict adequately only for grades earned in a student’s first year in college. And those scores are worse predictors for black and brown students. On the other hand, scores from the SAT and ACT tests are good proxies for the amount of wealth students are born into. Income tracks with test performance. The more money a student’s parents make, the more likely it is he or she will have a higher score, according to College Board data. The less money you make, the more likely you’ll be denied a chance at a selective institution. The divide between the rich and the poor has widened slightly. The score gap between those who make less than $80,000 and those who make more than that amount has increased from 2012 to 2016, according to a 2016 ACT report.


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Non-Degree Certificates And Certifications: Fast, Cheap And Effective

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-01 17:15

Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes

Non-degree certificates convey substantial economic value, including higher employment rates and income, greater marketability and more personal satisfaction. Those are the key results from a just-released survey of about 50,000 working adults between the ages of 25-64. The survey focused on respondents who did not have a college degree and were not attending college. The study was conducted by the Strada Educational Group and Gallup as part of their Education Consumer Survey, and the report, “Certified Value: When Do Adults Without Degrees Benefit From Earning Certificates and Certifications?” was published by Strada and the Lumina Foundation.


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