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Microsoft launches new online training courses for aspiring AI engineers

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-04-22 17:02

BY TOM KRAZIT, GeekWire
A new ten-course seminar for engineers looking to add machine-learning skills to their resumes is now available through the Microsoft Professional Program. The Microsoft Professional Program for AI will be available four times a year and it should take at least a few weeks to complete the training. Developers will be given an introduction to machine-learning principles and taught how to create learning models and data sets, modeled on an internal Microsoft training program. They will be awarded a “a digitally sharable, résumé-worthy credential” after completing a deep learning project at the end of the course, Microsoft said.

https://www.geekwire.com/2018/microsoft-launches-new-online-training-courses-aspiring-ai-engineers/

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Universities must expand reach to stay competitive

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-21 17:25

by Stephanie Kim,  Georgetown University
With their distinctive campuses, emphasis on research and scholarship, and singular form of governance, universities are sometime seen as academic sanctuaries, separate from the rest of society. While there is some truth to this notion, colleges, like other institutions, are also products of the society that shaped them—and they exert their own unique influence on society as well. In 2018, with the nation and world more fast-moving and interconnected than ever, the very pressing concerns of society will be the concerns of higher education as well; and those universities that are most able to confront these challenges—by expanding their missions, reaching out to “nontraditional” students, and partnering with other institutions here and abroad—will be the most successful.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/universities-must-expand-reach-to-stay-competitive/519010/

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Class Central Learner Survey (2017): MOOC Users Highly Educated, Have Experienced Career Benefits

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-21 17:20

by Dhawal Shah, Class Central

We received nearly 2,500 responses to the survey. Overall, we found that Class Central users tend to be highly educated. You are interested in MOOCs for both personal and professional reasons, and many of you have experienced career benefit from MOOCs. On the whole, you aren’t keen to pay for MOOCs, and you are divided over the value of the social and interactive elements of MOOCs.

More detailed results from the survey are linked below.

Class Central Learner Survey (2017): MOOC Users Highly Educated, Have Experienced Career Benefits

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TenMarks to shut down operations after 2018-19 school year

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-21 17:15

by Emily Tate, EdScoop
Teachers expressed dismay after the Amazon Education company announced plans to “wind down” its personalized math and writing solutions. The news came as a surprise to K-12 educators who use the program for online, personalized instruction. Teachers responded on Twitter with pleas for Amazon to reverse course, with disappointment about the news and with suggestions for salvaging parts of TenMarks resources. With TenMarks on its way out, Amazon’s education offerings have dwindled materially. However, Amazon Inspire, a free library for open educational resources, and AWS Educate, an initiative to teach students cloud literacy and skills, remain among the company’s signature efforts to reach students and teachers.

https://edscoop.com/tenmarks-to-shut-down-operations-after-2018-2019-school-year

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Study: Lectures remain a steady, but ineffective, element of STEM education

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-21 17:10

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
Approximately 55% of college classrooms throughout the United States and Canada are using the traditional lecture model to teach science, mathematics and technology, according to a new study published in Science magazine. About 27% of classes had some levels of interactive instruction, such as technology-based question and answer modules, and 18% were described as “student-centered” in a survey of 2000 classrooms.  The study’s author says professors have to feel confident in knowing and utilizing new forms of teaching, which may be stunting the implementation of interactive models of instruction. “I think there is a growing awareness and recognition among the STEM professoriate of the benefits of active learning strategies on students’ learning and attitudes toward STEM,” said Marilyne Stains, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln

https://www.educationdive.com/news/study-lectures-remain-a-steady-but-ineffective-element-of-stem-education/520406/

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Universities must expand reach to stay competitive

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-21 17:05

by Stephanie Kim,  Georgetown University
With their distinctive campuses, emphasis on research and scholarship, and singular form of governance, universities are sometime seen as academic sanctuaries, separate from the rest of society. While there is some truth to this notion, colleges, like other institutions, are also products of the society that shaped them—and they exert their own unique influence on society as well. In 2018, with the nation and world more fast-moving and interconnected than ever, the very pressing concerns of society will be the concerns of higher education as well; and those universities that are most able to confront these challenges—by expanding their missions, reaching out to “nontraditional” students, and partnering with other institutions here and abroad—will be the most successful.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/universities-must-expand-reach-to-stay-competitive/519010/

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Class Central Learner Survey (2017): MOOC Users Highly Educated, Have Experienced Career Benefits

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2018-04-21 17:02

by Dhawal Shah, Class Central

We received nearly 2,500 responses to the survey. Overall, we found that Class Central users tend to be highly educated. You are interested in MOOCs for both personal and professional reasons, and many of you have experienced career benefit from MOOCs. On the whole, you aren’t keen to pay for MOOCs, and you are divided over the value of the social and interactive elements of MOOCs.

More detailed results from the survey are linked below.

Class Central Learner Survey (2017): MOOC Users Highly Educated, Have Experienced Career Benefits

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What is the future of online learning in higher education?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-20 17:26

by Matthew Lynch, TechEdvocate

With over six million students currently enrolled in online learning programs, there is no future in higher education except in online education. As universities adapt to better serve a growing population of digital learners, there will no doubt continue to be monumental progress made in educating all students, everywhere. Online learning is the future of education–at all levels, but especially in higher education. As the concept of distance learning evolves from cassette tape and telephone learning to high-speed, interactive Internet lessons, more doors are opened for students for whom traditional classroom learning simply does not work. The following trends will likely take hold in the next five years, allowing more students access to high-quality education from any location.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/future-online-learning-higher-education/

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Apple Introduces Apple Teacher For Teachers To be Inspired, Build Skills And More

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-20 17:20

by WCCF Tech

Apart from the hardware and apps which Apple has announced recently, Apple Teacher is an immensely productive tool for teachers. Apple Teacher is basically an online professional learning program for teachers. Teachers will have the ability to improve their teaching through various means.  All in all, with the program, teachers will be able to build and learn new skills, show their progress and will be inspired to do great work. Apple will reward teachers with badges which will be offered in different styles, denoting different aspects of the system.

https://wccftech.com/apple-introduces-apple-teacher-an-online-professional-learning-program-for-teachers/

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Amid speculation, Amazon continues to inch its way into e-learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-20 17:15

by Riia O’Donnell, Education Dive
Following the hire of a Stanford University leader in learning science, Candace Thille, speculation rose that e-tail giant Amazon was moving into the e-learning space. A new report by CNBC suggests the company is looking at its cloud to build a corporate training service. Although the company denies any move into the online education space, job postings from Amazon since April 2017 have advertised for people who could help build a “learning platform.” As recently as December, an ad for a solution architect cited an opportunity to “enable hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world to transform and scale their learning initiatives.” Representatives for the company told HR Dive recently, “[Thille] is serving as the Director of Learning Science and Engineering within our Global Learning and Development team. Her remit is to help scale and innovate workplace learning at Amazon.”

https://www.hrdive.com/news/amid-speculation-amazon-continues-to-inch-its-way-into-e-learning/519891/

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What is the future of online learning in higher education?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-20 17:10

by Matthew Lynch, TechEdvocate

With over six million students currently enrolled in online learning programs, there is no future in higher education except in online education. As universities adapt to better serve a growing population of digital learners, there will no doubt continue to be monumental progress made in educating all students, everywhere. Online learning is the future of education–at all levels, but especially in higher education. As the concept of distance learning evolves from cassette tape and telephone learning to high-speed, interactive Internet lessons, more doors are opened for students for whom traditional classroom learning simply does not work. The following trends will likely take hold in the next five years, allowing more students access to high-quality education from any location.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/future-online-learning-higher-education/

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College Wasn’t Designed Around Student Success. Here’s How to Fix It.

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-20 17:04

By Bridget Burns, EdSurge

Half of the students who walk through the doors of a college or university leave without a degree. Half. Most of those students are bright and energetic, highly capable students—they may even be extra motivated to succeed because of the hurdles they’ve had to overcome just to get into college. But they lack resources. That’s just what the University Innovation Alliance has been working on for the past three years. The Alliance is a consortium of 11 major public research universities enrolling 400,000 students, 120,000 of whom are low-income.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-04-02-college-wasn-t-designed-to-help-students-succeed-here-s-how-to-fix-it

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Amid speculation, Amazon continues to inch its way into e-learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-04-20 17:03

by Riia O’Donnell, Education Dive
Following the hire of a Stanford University leader in learning science, Candace Thille, speculation rose that e-tail giant Amazon was moving into the e-learning space. A new report by CNBC suggests the company is looking at its cloud to build a corporate training service. Although the company denies any move into the online education space, job postings from Amazon since April 2017 have advertised for people who could help build a “learning platform.” As recently as December, an ad for a solution architect cited an opportunity to “enable hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world to transform and scale their learning initiatives.” Representatives for the company told HR Dive recently, “[Thille] is serving as the Director of Learning Science and Engineering within our Global Learning and Development team. Her remit is to help scale and innovate workplace learning at Amazon.”

https://www.hrdive.com/news/amid-speculation-amazon-continues-to-inch-its-way-into-e-learning/519891/

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Digital Learning Strategies for Rural America: A Scan of Policy and Practice in K-12 Education

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-19 17:24

by Distance Educator.com

For many, discussions of rural America can summon images of rolling farmland, two-lane roads stretching on for miles, community picnics, and baseball. This nostalgia runs in stark contrast to the contemporary phenomenon of “rural America as political football” playing out on television screens each night—unemployment,
addiction, hopelessness. Whether you subscribe to the Mayberry or the Beattyville concept of rural life, there is a common trait shared between them—that a high-quality education can open a world of opportunities to their children. Just as Canada responded to the educational needs of remote students throughout its Provinces— rst through correspondence courses, today through online courses—the United States, too, has begun to level the playing eld of quality curricula and educational opportunities for students across the country via digital learning.

http://distance-educator.com/download-report-digital-learning-strategies-for-rural-america-a-scan-of-policy-and-practice-in-k-12-education/

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With FCC approval, all systems are go for Starlink global internet

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-19 17:20

by Mark Austin, Digital Trends
Not satisfied with merely ferrying cargo to and from the International Space Station (and putting a red Tesla into orbit around Mars), SpaceX now wants to provide high-speed internet to everyone in the world. SpaceX CEO and flamethrower enthusiast Elon Musk envisions Starlink as a network of thousands of satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) that will provide broadband internet access to the entire planet. That plan took a big step forward this week when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the company’s request to provide broadband satellite services.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/spacex-starlink-gets-fcc-approval/

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5 Technology Tools in the Higher Education Classroom

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-19 17:15

by Meghan Bogardus Cortez, EdTech
University students are coming to class with more than just a college-ruled notebook. Modern classes look nothing like what they did just 10 years ago, thanks to an increase of technology in higher education classrooms. As digital tools have reshaped the world around us, Susan Smith Nash, a blogger, educator and early ed tech adopter, isn’t surprised that technology has become a major part of the higher ed classroom. “The classroom should be a laboratory for life,” she says.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2018/03/5-technology-tools-higher-education-classroom-perfcon

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Comparing the Factors That Predict Completion and Grades Among For-Credit and Open/MOOC Students in Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-19 17:11

by Ma. Victoria Almeda, et al, Online Learning Journal

Online education continues to become an increasingly prominent part of higher education, but many students struggle in distance courses. For this reasonFor this reason, there has been considerable interest in predicting which students will succeed in online courses , achieving poor grades or dropping out prior to course completionn). Effective intervention depends on understanding which students are at-risk in terms of actionable factors, and behavior within an online course is one key potential factor for intervention. In recent years, many have suggested that Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are a particularly useful place to conduct research into behavior and interventions, given both their size and the relatively low consequences/costs of experimentation

https://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/view/1060

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As Education Civil Rights Office Gets More Money, It Limits Investigations

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-19 17:04

By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed

Department of Education has narrowed scope of civil rights inquiries — a necessary step, it says, to deliver speedier resolutions to students and colleges. The omnibus spending package passed by Congress last week will give a serious boost to the Department of Education’s civil rights enforcement arm, even as that office narrows the scope of its investigative work. OCR, however, has taken steps recently to streamline its investigation of civil rights complaints, limiting its use of broad systemic reviews and mandating that cases be automatically dismissed under a range of circumstances.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/03/30/more-money-civil-rights-office-comes-it-narrows-its-investigative-work

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With FCC approval, all systems are go for Starlink global internet

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-04-19 17:02

by Mark Austin, Digital Trends
Not satisfied with merely ferrying cargo to and from the International Space Station (and putting a red Tesla into orbit around Mars), SpaceX now wants to provide high-speed internet to everyone in the world. SpaceX CEO and flamethrower enthusiast Elon Musk envisions Starlink as a network of thousands of satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) that will provide broadband internet access to the entire planet. That plan took a big step forward this week when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the company’s request to provide broadband satellite services.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/spacex-starlink-gets-fcc-approval/

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Are campus innovation centers serving all students?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-04-18 17:25

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive
Carnegie Mellon, Brown, Connecticut and Iowa State universities, among others, have invested millions of dollars in creating campus innovations centers. Their goal is to attract nontraditional business students to campus for entrepreneurial development, and to create a pipeline of corporate partnership to the campuses, according to a recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Between 2008 and 2016, Carnegie Mellon helped to launch 250 companies mostly comprised of faculty members and staff from the college of engineering and schools of business and computer science. This representation, some say, is a limitation for centers as they largely attract white males from STEM disciplines.  Matthew Mayhew, a professor of educational administration at Ohio State University, said in the article that universities should encourage students who become involved with innovation centers to also align with other campus activities, which helps diversify skill sets necessary for entrepreneurial success. “The central idea is still the same,” he said. “Students can actually learn the steps in how to take an idea and roll it out to execution. And those steps aren’t necessarily just about developing a strategic business plan.”

https://www.educationdive.com/news/are-campus-innovation-centers-serving-all-students/520353/

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