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How Student Debt is Disrupting Life Chances and Widening the Racial Wealth Gap

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-11-01 17:05

Institute on Assets and Social Policy – Brandeis University

The current higher education financing regime sediments and exacerbates inequality, and
student loans adversely affect the Black-White racial wealth gap.6 Black students—and students at for-profit universities, who are more likely to be students of color—often face the greatest challenges as they try to finance their degrees with student loans. They take on more loans, amass higher amounts of loans, and experience greater difficulty in paying off loans.7 Frequently without family financial wealth to support repayment and facing ongoing discrimination in the labor market,8 Black borrowers are much more likely to experience longterm financial insecurity due to student loans. Would anybody knowingly design a system where, two decades after starting college, many Black borrowers still are paying on virtually all of their student loans, while for the typical White borrower, a minimal debt burden remains?

https://heller.brandeis.edu/iasp/pdfs/stallingdreams-how-student-debt-is-disrupting-lifechances.pdf

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Using “Deep Learning” To Foster “Deeper Learning”

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-11-01 17:03

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

When we teach students, the hope is that they will use their knowledge for the rest of their lives. However, this isn’t always the case. In more recent years, there’s been a higher focus on what’s called “deep learning.” Deep learning is described as a method of learning so that one piece of knowledge can be used in another subject. For example, if a child is taught critical thinking in terms of historical events, deep learning would imply that the child could use the same critical thinking in their day-to-day lives.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-deep-learning-to-foster-deeper-learning/

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Ed Dept issues final rules on accreditation and state authorization

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-11-01 04:59

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday published its final rules for accreditation and state authorization for distance education, which it says will foster innovation and reduce the regulatory burden on colleges and accreditors. Critics of the rules, however, say they will reduce oversight on colleges and universities and potentially harm students.  Most of the final regulations are identical to proposals released earlier this year, although the department changed language that observers say will lead to reduced state oversight of online institutions. The rules are expected to go into effect on July 1, 2020.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/ed-dept-issues-final-rules-on-accreditation-and-state-authorization/566386/

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Ed Dept issues final rules on accreditation and state authorization

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-11-01 04:26

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday published its final rules for accreditation and state authorization for distance education, which it says will foster innovation and reduce the regulatory burden on colleges and accreditors. Critics of the rules, however, say they will reduce oversight on colleges and universities and potentially harm students.  Most of the final regulations are identical to proposals released earlier this year, although the department changed language that observers say will lead to reduced state oversight of online institutions. The rules are expected to go into effect on July 1, 2020.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/ed-dept-issues-final-rules-on-accreditation-and-state-authorization/566386/

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Russia Is About to Disconnect From the Internet: What That Means

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-31 17:25

Adam Smith, PC Magazine

On Nov. 1, Russia is poised to disconnect from the internet—in theory. That is when a long-planned internet bill will go into effect and lay the foundation for a national network whereby internet service providers are controlled by Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecom agency. The goal is to give Russia the power to disconnect from the global internet in the event of a cyberwar and, in the interim, serve up a walled-off version of the web sanctioned by the Russians. It also gives President Vladimir Putin greater control over Russian citizens.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/371347/russia-is-about-to-disconnect-from-the-internet-what-that-m

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Can States Meet the Demand for Computer Science Classes?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-31 17:20

Kipp Bentley, GovTech

A new report, “2019 State of Computer Science Education: Equity and Diversity,” from Code.org and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), shows a marked uptick over the past year of states that are getting behind CS in their schools. However, though support for CS is high among parents — 90 percent want their students to take CS classes — only 45 percent of high schools offer these courses. The new report defines the current CS status for each state and outlines what’s needed to address the overall nationwide CS shortfall, as well as the field’s equity and diversity issues. But fixing these problems won’t be easy or fast, because schools face many challenges.

https://www.govtech.com/education/k-12/Can-States-Meet-the-Demand-for-Computer-Science-Classes.html

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Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-31 17:15

Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

More than 400 colleges and universities still had seats available for freshmen and transfer students after the traditional May 1 deadline to enroll for this fall, the National Association for College Admission Counseling reports. More are likely to go under; Moody’s projects that the pace of college closings will soon reach 15 per year. Yet some campus leaders, asked what steps they’re taking to avoid this fate, responded like the president of one small private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. His school, he said, would “continue to graduate students who will make a tangible and constructive difference in the world.”

https://hechingerreport.org/some-colleges-seek-radical-solutions-to-survive/

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Russia Is About to Disconnect From the Internet: What That Means

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-31 17:07

Adam Smith, PC Magazine

On Nov. 1, Russia is poised to disconnect from the internet—in theory. That is when a long-planned internet bill will go into effect and lay the foundation for a national network whereby internet service providers are controlled by Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecom agency. The goal is to give Russia the power to disconnect from the global internet in the event of a cyberwar and, in the interim, serve up a walled-off version of the web sanctioned by the Russians. It also gives President Vladimir Putin greater control over Russian citizens.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/371347/russia-is-about-to-disconnect-from-the-internet-what-that-m

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Can States Meet the Demand for Computer Science Classes?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-31 17:04

Kipp Bentley, GovTech

A new report, “2019 State of Computer Science Education: Equity and Diversity,” from Code.org and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), shows a marked uptick over the past year of states that are getting behind CS in their schools. However, though support for CS is high among parents — 90 percent want their students to take CS classes — only 45 percent of high schools offer these courses. The new report defines the current CS status for each state and outlines what’s needed to address the overall nationwide CS shortfall, as well as the field’s equity and diversity issues. But fixing these problems won’t be easy or fast, because schools face many challenges.

https://www.govtech.com/education/k-12/Can-States-Meet-the-Demand-for-Computer-Science-Classes.html

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Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-10-31 17:02

Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

More than 400 colleges and universities still had seats available for freshmen and transfer students after the traditional May 1 deadline to enroll for this fall, the National Association for College Admission Counseling reports. More are likely to go under; Moody’s projects that the pace of college closings will soon reach 15 per year. Yet some campus leaders, asked what steps they’re taking to avoid this fate, responded like the president of one small private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. His school, he said, would “continue to graduate students who will make a tangible and constructive difference in the world.”

https://hechingerreport.org/some-colleges-seek-radical-solutions-to-survive/

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Women are slowly pursuing more high-paying degrees, but the pay gap remains, says new research

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-10-30 17:26

Abigail Hess, CNBC

Economists estimate that the gender pay gap — the gap between the median salaries of all working men and women in the U.S. — is about 80 cents earned by women for every dollar earned by a man. When CNBC Make It spoke with economists about the causes behind the pay gap, several pointed to education. Today, women outnumber men at all levels of education, but many pursue degrees in traditionally lower-paying fields. But according to new research from Carolyn Sloane, an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside, and Erik Hurst and Dan Black, professors at the University of Chicago, women are slowly shifting to higher-paying majors.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/04/women-are-pursuing-more-high-paying-degrees-but-the-pay-gap-remains.html

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Coursera targets 100 million learners in 2-3 years

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-10-30 17:20

ARNIKA THAKUR, Fortune India
CEO Jeff Maggioncalda says India is the second-largest country after the U.S. in terms of number of users on the platform, and it is betting on a freemium model to boost its business in the country. Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of American online learning platform Coursera, says the company seeks to more than double the number of its learners to 100 million in the next 2-3 years, and expand the number of degrees it offers on its platform. The Mountview, California-based company currently has 44 million learners and 1,700 companies are using its platform, and it offers 15 degree courses.

https://www.fortuneindia.com/enterprise/coursera-aims-at-100-million-learners-in-2-3-years-ceo/103637

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Solving these 5 issues will make education AR/VR go mainstream

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-10-30 17:15

JON ROEPKE, Venture Beat

Both AR and VR are such immersive and relatable ways to teach kids, that it just makes sense to use them. When you see something through the mixed reality lens, there’s no need for long, complicated explanations — this has the potential to redesign and revolutionize how we teach and learn. However, like any relatively new technology, the path to widespread integration and adoption isn’t without its challenges. There’s no doubt it’s coming, but the questions become, when and what will it take?

https://venturebeat.com/2019/10/05/solving-these-5-issues-will-make-education-ar-vr-go-mainstream/

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Women are slowly pursuing more high-paying degrees, but the pay gap remains, says new research

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-10-30 17:10

Abigail Hess, CNBC

Economists estimate that the gender pay gap — the gap between the median salaries of all working men and women in the U.S. — is about 80 cents earned by women for every dollar earned by a man. When CNBC Make It spoke with economists about the causes behind the pay gap, several pointed to education. Today, women outnumber men at all levels of education, but many pursue degrees in traditionally lower-paying fields. But according to new research from Carolyn Sloane, an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside, and Erik Hurst and Dan Black, professors at the University of Chicago, women are slowly shifting to higher-paying majors.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/04/women-are-pursuing-more-high-paying-degrees-but-the-pay-gap-remains.html

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Coursera targets 100 million learners in 2-3 years

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-10-30 17:05

ARNIKA THAKUR, Fortune India
CEO Jeff Maggioncalda says India is the second-largest country after the U.S. in terms of number of users on the platform, and it is betting on a freemium model to boost its business in the country. Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of American online learning platform Coursera, says the company seeks to more than double the number of its learners to 100 million in the next 2-3 years, and expand the number of degrees it offers on its platform. The Mountview, California-based company currently has 44 million learners and 1,700 companies are using its platform, and it offers 15 degree courses.

https://www.fortuneindia.com/enterprise/coursera-aims-at-100-million-learners-in-2-3-years-ceo/103637

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Solving these 5 issues will make education AR/VR go mainstream

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-10-30 17:03

JON ROEPKE, Venture Beat

Both AR and VR are such immersive and relatable ways to teach kids, that it just makes sense to use them. When you see something through the mixed reality lens, there’s no need for long, complicated explanations — this has the potential to redesign and revolutionize how we teach and learn. However, like any relatively new technology, the path to widespread integration and adoption isn’t without its challenges. There’s no doubt it’s coming, but the questions become, when and what will it take?

https://venturebeat.com/2019/10/05/solving-these-5-issues-will-make-education-ar-vr-go-mainstream/

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How AI Is Ushering Disruptions In E-Learning

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-10-29 17:27

Rohan Krishna, Business World

Just as the marketplace and investors are getting comfortable with business models that build products, platforms and services around online learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has quietly been redefining the entire market over the last few years. That is what makes data-driven approaches to learning really hard. The application of AI in learning can broadly be classified into automation of (parts of) the learning experience itself as well as gaining insights from the process that can be ploughed back into it for improvement. Here are 5 advancements in this space that insiders are watching,

http://bweducation.businessworld.in/article/How-AI-Is-Ushering-Disruptions-In-E-Learning/06-10-2019-177024/

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A.I. musicians are a growing trend. What does that mean for the music industry?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-10-29 17:20

By Luke Dormehl, Digital Trends

The most prolific musical artists manage to release one, maybe two, studio albums in a year. Rappers can sometimes put out three or four mixtapes during that same time. However, Auxuman plans to put out a new full-length album, featuring hot up-and-coming artists like Yona, Mony, Gemini, Hexe, and Zoya, every single month. How? The power of artificial intelligence of course. Before this goes any further, don’t worry: You’re not hopelessly out of touch with today’s pop music. Yona, Mony, Gemini, and the rest of the bunch aren’t real musicians. Well, at least not in the sense that you could meet them and shake their hands. They’re A.I. personalities, each with their own characters and genres, which have been created by Auxuman, an artificial intelligence startup based in London.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/auxuman-ai-album/

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Broadband internet is critical tool for rural communities

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-10-29 17:15

SEN. ARNIE ROBLAN, the World
Oregon policymakers have worked hard to ensure that all areas of our state, including coastal and rural areas, have access to the latest and best infrastructure. Like roads, bridges and utilities, access to broadband internet is critical for rural communities. As new technologies like next-generation 5G wireless networks are realized, it will be more important than ever to ensure that all Oregonians have access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. High-speed internet can facilitate many opportunities for rural residents in areas like healthcare and education.

https://theworldlink.com/opinion/editorial/broadband-internet-is-critical-tool-for-rural-communities/article_875635e9-2608-555f-b865-f3ffb5829d30.html

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Speed Demons: How Quantum Computing Could Change Education

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-10-29 17:12

by Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge
This marked a moment that is being dubbed “quantum supremacy,” when computers using quantum methods…. In other words, we could be entering a new era of processing speed, and that is bound to bring some breakthroughs in areas that impact our daily lives…. And to bring the conversation back down to earth, we talked with Ray Schroeder, the associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois at Springfield, to hear what these new super-fast computers might mean for education.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-29-speed-demons-how-quantum-computing-could-change-education

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