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Continuous Learning the Key to IT Skills Gap

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-07-27 17:15

Alex Adamopoulos, Information Week

CIOs and IT leaders struggle to fill IT positions with staff who hold the right skills. But the answer is right under their noses: Educate existing teams.  This problem was crystallized by a recent study, which surveyed 100 chief information officers across the UK and found that large majorities of them are already feeling the pinch of a skills gap in IT:

78% are concerned about whether their IT talent will require upskilling;
76% are worried about recruiting the IT staff they need to remain competitive;
69% point to upskilling as something critically or highly important to their IT teams;

https://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/team-building-and-staffing/continuous-learning-the-key-to-it-skills-gap/a/d-id/1335070?

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How do distance learners connect?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-07-27 17:10

Jessica Hallman, Penn State

In a recent study, a team of researchers from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology found that creating computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments could help students identify common characteristics and life experiences they share with peers, which can build community and increase the likelihood that students remain in the program. “The online world is missing social opportunities,” said Na Sun, doctoral student in the College of IST and lead researcher on the project. “Unlike face-to-face contact, it’s hard to reach out to others when you can’t see them. That kind of presence and sense of community is very important.”

https://news.psu.edu/story/581285/2019/07/19/research/how-do-distance-learners-connect

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Colleges expand esports programs to keep pace with growing industry

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-07-27 17:05

Julie Wootton-Greener, Education Dive

Esports are live video game competitions, held either online or in venues with an audience where the competition is also broadcast to online channels. Popular titles include League of Legends and Fortnite, and the games are played by amateurs and professionals alike. It’s a growing industry, in which money is made from activities such as streaming, franchising and sponsorships. Global esports revenues are expected to hit $1.1 billion this year, up 27% from last year, according to market research firm Newzoo, which provides gaming and esports analytics. North America is its largest market, accounting for more than a third of all revenue.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-expand-esports-programs-to-keep-pace-with-growing-industry/558925/

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Cal State Adds Lumen Courseware to Menu of Affordable Textbooks

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-07-27 17:02

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

California State University’s Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative has partnered with Lumen Learning to make courseware from the open educational resources provider available to faculty and students across the system.  Since 2010, CSU AL$ has worked with courseware providers to assemble a broad selection of free and low-cost course materials, to make it easier for faculty to find and adopt affordable textbooks and reduce the overall cost of education for CSU students. Materials are reviewed for accessibility as well as quality and integrity of the learning content. Through the partnership, Lumen’s digital courseware is now available to CSU instructors as a low-cost textbook option for many general education courses.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/07/18/cal-state-adds-lumen-learning-courseware-to-menu-of-affordable-textbooks.aspx

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Why Affective Computing Systems Need Synthetic Emotion

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-07-26 17:26

Lisa Morgan, Information Week

Affective computing systems, including care robots and virtual assistants, can facilitate more intimate human-machine relationships. Already, systems have been designed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and dementia. Meanwhile, individuals are being nudged in ways that impact their consumption and political choices, whether they realize it or not. Recognizing emotion and responding appropriately to it are more difficult problems, let alone creating AI systems that actually experience emotion. Nevertheless, humans want AI to at least sense emotion now because they’re tired of screaming at interactive voice recognition (IVR) systems, chatbots and virtual assistants out of frustration.

https://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/why-affective-computing-systems-need-synthetic-emotion/a/d-id/1335257?

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How women created some of the world’s biggest education tech companies

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-07-26 17:18

by Natalie Nezhati, the Guardian

Leading the way for female edtech representation globally is Daphne Koller, a Stanford University professor and creator of online learning platform, Coursera. She founded Coursera in 2012 with friend and fellow educator, Andrew Ng, after delivering one of her classes online through video.“The traditional education system needs to move on,” says Melody Lang, who launched her own purpose-driven investment company in January 2019. An experienced educational researcher and adaptive learning developer, Lang is “driven by making things better”. Mental health, wellness, soft skills and lifelong learning are at the top of her agenda.

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2019/jul/18/how-women-created-some-of-the-worlds-biggest-education-tech-companies

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How Digital Games Take The Stress Out Of Assessment

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-07-26 17:15

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Any new educational technology tool has been met with skepticism by both parents and teachers, and digital games are no different. The word ‘game’ seems to tap into educators’ fears that all of this technology is really just a waste of time and money. However, as digital games continue to show how they can help motivate students to learn, they are also being used to take the stress out of assessment for both teachers and students.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-digital-games-take-the-stress-out-of-assessment/

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Continuous Learning the Key to IT Skills Gap

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-07-26 17:10

Alex Adamopoulos, Information Week

CIOs and IT leaders struggle to fill IT positions with staff who hold the right skills. But the answer is right under their noses: Educate existing teams.  This problem was crystallized by a recent study, which surveyed 100 chief information officers across the UK and found that large majorities of them are already feeling the pinch of a skills gap in IT:

78% are concerned about whether their IT talent will require upskilling;
76% are worried about recruiting the IT staff they need to remain competitive;
69% point to upskilling as something critically or highly important to their IT teams;

https://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/team-building-and-staffing/continuous-learning-the-key-to-it-skills-gap/a/d-id/1335070?

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Why Affective Computing Systems Need Synthetic Emotion

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-07-26 17:05

Lisa Morgan, Information Week

Affective computing systems, including care robots and virtual assistants, can facilitate more intimate human-machine relationships. Already, systems have been designed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and dementia. Meanwhile, individuals are being nudged in ways that impact their consumption and political choices, whether they realize it or not. Recognizing emotion and responding appropriately to it are more difficult problems, let alone creating AI systems that actually experience emotion. Nevertheless, humans want AI to at least sense emotion now because they’re tired of screaming at interactive voice recognition (IVR) systems, chatbots and virtual assistants out of frustration.

https://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/why-affective-computing-systems-need-synthetic-emotion/a/d-id/1335257?

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How women created some of the world’s biggest education tech companies

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-07-26 17:02

by Natalie Nezhati, the Guardian

Leading the way for female edtech representation globally is Daphne Koller, a Stanford University professor and creator of online learning platform, Coursera. She founded Coursera in 2012 with friend and fellow educator, Andrew Ng, after delivering one of her classes online through video.“The traditional education system needs to move on,” says Melody Lang, who launched her own purpose-driven investment company in January 2019. An experienced educational researcher and adaptive learning developer, Lang is “driven by making things better”. Mental health, wellness, soft skills and lifelong learning are at the top of her agenda.

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2019/jul/18/how-women-created-some-of-the-worlds-biggest-education-tech-companies

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OPINION: Ending the stigma for college students with learning disabilities

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-07-25 17:24

by LINDSAY JONES and TED MITCHELL, Hechinger Report

Students with disabilities, and especially those with invisible disabilities that affect how they learn, often struggle because of public misperceptions and stigmas.  While nearly one in five college students has some type of disability, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the median percentage across all institutions of undergraduate students formally registered as having a disability was only 6 percent in 2017. This is a serious concern, and one that colleges and universities must address head-on.  Earlier this year, our organizations, along with the American Association of University Administrators, partnered to release new resources focused on actions that college leaders and faculty can take to empower students with disabilities.

https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-higher-ed-and-learning-disabilities/

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Employers as Educators

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-07-25 17:20

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Amazon moves deeper into offering postsecondary credentials, following Google and other big employers, but largely bypasses traditional colleges with the expanded training options.  Amazon moves deeper into offering postsecondary credentials, following Google and other big employers, but largely bypasses traditional colleges with the expanded training options.  Resistance by many colleges to adapt to the economy and evolving education and training needs may be a reason why Amazon is building its own credential infrastructure, said Jim Fong, chief research officer for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.  “The message is really more about core competencies and who can do it better, cheaper and faster and whether colleges and universities can do that anymore,” he said via email. But Fong added that the Amazon news “might be the shot in the arm that higher education may need to accelerate what may be a slow and bureaucratic process regarding content and credentials needed in the marketplace.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/07/17/amazon-google-and-other-tech-companies-expand-their

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This map shows the states with the widest salary gaps

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-07-25 17:15

Allana Akhtar, SFgate

College is more expensive than ever, leading many business leaders and experts to offer ways to get good jobs without needing a degree.   Yet college graduates still earn more than non-college graduates in every state in the US, according to data from the 2017 American Consumer Survey. Here’s how much more college graduates make in every state.

https://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/College-grads-still-earn-more-than-workers-with-13844245.php

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OPINION: Ending the stigma for college students with learning disabilities

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-07-25 17:09

by LINDSAY JONES and TED MITCHELL, Hechinger Report

Students with disabilities, and especially those with invisible disabilities that affect how they learn, often struggle because of public misperceptions and stigmas.  While nearly one in five college students has some type of disability, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the median percentage across all institutions of undergraduate students formally registered as having a disability was only 6 percent in 2017. This is a serious concern, and one that colleges and universities must address head-on.  Earlier this year, our organizations, along with the American Association of University Administrators, partnered to release new resources focused on actions that college leaders and faculty can take to empower students with disabilities.

https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-higher-ed-and-learning-disabilities/

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Employers as Educators

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

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

Amazon moves deeper into offering postsecondary credentials, following Google and other big employers, but largely bypasses traditional colleges with the expanded training options.  Resistance by many colleges to adapt to the economy and evolving education and training needs may be a reason why Amazon is building its own credential infrastructure, said Jim Fong, chief research officer for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.  “The message is really more about core competencies and who can do it better, cheaper and faster and whether colleges and universities can do that anymore,” he said via email. But Fong added that the Amazon news “might be the shot in the arm that higher education may need to accelerate what may be a slow and bureaucratic process regarding content and credentials needed in the marketplace.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/07/17/amazon-google-and-other-tech-companies-expand-their

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This map shows the states with the widest salary gaps

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-07-25 17:03

Allana Akhtar, SFgate

College is more expensive than ever, leading many business leaders and experts to offer ways to get good jobs without needing a degree.   Yet college graduates still earn more than non-college graduates in every state in the US, according to data from the 2017 American Consumer Survey. Here’s how much more college graduates make in every state.

https://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/College-grads-still-earn-more-than-workers-with-13844245.php

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Colleges Should Build Online Programs, Not New Gyms and Climbing Walls

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-07-24 17:24

By Robert Ubell, EdSurge

As college leaders scroll through their perilous spreadsheets this summer, anxiously looking for the most productive way to spend their meager resources, this may be the time for them to rethink their usual approach—and aggressively invest in online education. After all, with national on-campus enrollments faltering, online numbers continue to speed forward.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-07-10-colleges-should-build-online-programs-not-new-gyms-and-climbing-walls

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The Future of Work in America

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-07-24 17:20

McKinsey Global Institute

Automation technologies promise to deliver major productivity benefits that are too substantial to ignore. They are also beginning to reshape the American workplace, and this evolution will become more pronounced in the next decade. Some occupations will shrink, others will grow, and the tasks and time allocation associated with every job will be subject to change. The challenge will be equipping people with the skills that will serve them well, helping them move into new roles, and addressing local mismatches. This report represents the next stage in our ongoing body of research into the capabilities,
potential, and economic impact of these technologies.   (ed note:  This fact-filled and data visualization enriched report makes for an important resource going forward).

https://www.mckinsey.com/~/media/McKinsey/Featured%20Insights/Future%20of%20Organizations/The%20future%20of%20work%20in%20America%20People%20and%20places%20today%20and%20tomorrow/MGI-The-Future-of-Work-in-America-Report-July-2019.ashx

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Baccalaureate and Beyond: A First Look at the Employment and Educational Experiences of College Graduates, 1 Year Later

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-07-24 17:15

National Center Educational Statistics

Selected Results:  Among 2015–16 first-time bachelor’s degree recipients, 12 months after graduating, 67 percent were employed only, 12 percent were both employed and enrolled in additional education, 9 percent were out of the labor force, 6 percent were enrolled only,  and 6 percent were unemployed. Postbaccalaureate income and benefits (table 6)

• Twelve months after they graduated, male 2015–16 first-time bachelor’s degree
recipients employed full time had a median annual income of $41,600. For females, the
median annual income was $37,400.
• Of all 2015–16 first-time bachelor’s degree recipients employed full time 12 months after
graduating, 47 percent had a salaried job and 75 percent had a job that offered benefits.

https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2019/2019241.pdf

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Leading Faculty Support in Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-07-24 17:10

By Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed
Ray Schroeder discusses the unusual mix of qualities that prepare people to succeed in the realm of faculty support. Effective leadership is a mix of knowledge, skill, inspiration, a passion of purpose and an essence of care and joy. These might seem to be a rare combination of qualities, but I have seen them come together time and again in the successful leaders and their operations at colleges and universities across the country. I write often about the changing technologies and trends, but today I want to address the special qualities of successful leadership in this field that make this field special.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/leading-faculty-support-online-learning

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