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How AI Is Ushering Disruptions In E-Learning

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

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,

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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 17:05

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 17:03

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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Colleges Need to Build Digital Quads to Support Social Learning for Online Students

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-10-28 17:25

By Soulaymane Kachani and Sandesh Tuladhar, EdSurge

As this trend continues, universities risk losing the community of informal, social learning that they were designed to foster. And that would deprive their students of a fundamental and important mode of learning and growth. Rather than ignore this challenge, or chalk it up to the inevitability of the digital world, universities can and should create digital equivalents and environments to replicate—or even enhance—the authentic student interactions they are likely encounter on campuses. In the absence of such digital equivalents, students may find or create social spaces online anyway, with the potential to bring out poor behavior and becoming disconnected from the formal social constructs of academic life.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-05-colleges-need-to-build-digital-quads-to-support-social-learning-for-online-students

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The analytics academy: Bridging the gap between human and artificial intelligence

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-10-28 17:20

Solly Brown, Darshit Gandhi, Louise Herring, and Ankur Puri; McKinsey

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the defining business opportunities for leaders today. Closely associated with it: the challenge of creating an organization that can rise to that opportunity and exploit the potential of AI at scale. Meeting this challenge requires organizations to prepare their leaders, business staff, analytics teams, and end users to work and think in new ways—not only by helping these cohorts understand how to tap into AI effectively, but also by teaching them to embrace data exploration, agile development, and interdisciplinary teamwork.

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-analytics/our-insights/the-analytics-academy-bridging-the-gap-between-human-and-artificial-intelligence

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The Future of Education is in 3d

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-10-28 17:14

the Daily Beast
5G is innovating education—creating experiences that go beyond the classroom through VR and AR technology. “What we know through research is that experiential learning is, in general, better than learning through a book or a video,” says Mike Harper, Executive Vice President and CMO of zSpace, an augmented reality platform that’s becoming steadily more available in school districts around the US and abroad. “We learn through experiments the fastest and the best, which is why we use technologies to deploy augmented reality, in order to make that happen. While some systems use apps to download content for use offline, many VR and AR systems require high-speed internet capabilities for a seamless streaming experience.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-future-of-education-is-in-3d

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Colleges Need to Build Digital Quads to Support Social Learning for Online Students

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-10-28 17:10

By Soulaymane Kachani and Sandesh Tuladhar, EdSurge

As this trend continues, universities risk losing the community of informal, social learning that they were designed to foster. And that would deprive their students of a fundamental and important mode of learning and growth. Rather than ignore this challenge, or chalk it up to the inevitability of the digital world, universities can and should create digital equivalents and environments to replicate—or even enhance—the authentic student interactions they are likely encounter on campuses. In the absence of such digital equivalents, students may find or create social spaces online anyway, with the potential to bring out poor behavior and becoming disconnected from the formal social constructs of academic life.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-10-05-colleges-need-to-build-digital-quads-to-support-social-learning-for-online-students

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The analytics academy: Bridging the gap between human and artificial intelligence

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-10-28 17:05

Solly Brown, Darshit Gandhi, Louise Herring, and Ankur Puri; McKinsey

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the defining business opportunities for leaders today. Closely associated with it: the challenge of creating an organization that can rise to that opportunity and exploit the potential of AI at scale. Meeting this challenge requires organizations to prepare their leaders, business staff, analytics teams, and end users to work and think in new ways—not only by helping these cohorts understand how to tap into AI effectively, but also by teaching them to embrace data exploration, agile development, and interdisciplinary teamwork.

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-analytics/our-insights/the-analytics-academy-bridging-the-gap-between-human-and-artificial-intelligence

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The Future of Education is in 3d

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-10-28 17:03

the Daily Beast

5G is innovating education—creating experiences that go beyond the classroom through VR and AR technology. “What we know through research is that experiential learning is, in general, better than learning through a book or a video,” says Mike Harper, Executive Vice President and CMO of zSpace, an augmented reality platform that’s becoming steadily more available in school districts around the US and abroad. “We learn through experiments the fastest and the best, which is why we use technologies to deploy augmented reality, in order to make that happen. While some systems use apps to download content for use offline, many VR and AR systems require high-speed internet capabilities for a seamless streaming experience.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-future-of-education-is-in-3d

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Tufts Study Shows Effectiveness of Virtual Reality for IPE Training

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-27 17:24

Fred Donovan, HIT Infrastructure
A new study by Tufts University School of Medicine has demonstrated the effectiveness of using a virtual reality platform to provide interprofessional education (IPE) in palliative care for healthcare staff and students. The Tufts researchers employed a series of pre- and post-session surveys to determine the efficacy of virtual reality in promoting cooperation among participants on palliative care. The researchers found that the virtual reality approach to IPE for palliative care was convenient and enjoyable for participants. They said they appreciated the virtual experience of the symptoms of their patient, demonstrated by an enhanced sense of empathy in their post-session surveys, and the freedom to practice anonymously without worrying about hurting a patient or making mistakes during the educational process.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/15/9-amazing-uses-for-vr-and-ar-in-college-classrooms.aspx

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Digital Transformation Starts With People

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-27 17:20

By Stephanie Castellano, TD

Upskilling and reskilling are key priorities at BMO. This year, the talent development team launched a blended learning program called BMO Forward, which helps employees build the technical skills they will need for a digital future, including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, data science, cybersecurity, and digital acumen. The program also includes “human skills,” such as empathy, resilience, judgment, and cultural intelligence to differentiate people from the technology they’re building and using and forge stronger connections between individuals, teams, and customers.

https://www.td.org/magazines/td-magazine/digital-transformation-starts-with-people

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Beyond MOOCs, e-learning is India’s Renaissance bet

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-27 17:15

BY KUNAL TALGERI, Forbes

Online courses from India—from players such as SimpliLearn, Upgrad and Great Learning—are providing domestic and global learners with the knowledge and skills to upgrade themselves, while building high-margin businesses.  The delivery model from India is different compared to the US, where massive open online courses (MOOCs) captured the public imagination in 2011. Companies like Coursera, Udacity and EdX promoted the idea of self-learning platforms that host well-produced videos for professionals and students. In India, the role of the instructor is vital for learners, says Kumar of SimpliLearn. The human interface is vital in four areas: Designing the course material, advisory services to learners before they select a course, student support, and career placement.

http://www.forbesindia.com/article/startups/beyond-moocs-elearning-is-indias-renaissance-bet/55569/1

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Tufts Study Shows Effectiveness of Virtual Reality for IPE Training

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-27 17:10

Fred Donovan, HIT Infrastructure
A new study by Tufts University School of Medicine has demonstrated the effectiveness of using a virtual reality platform to provide interprofessional education (IPE) in palliative care for healthcare staff and students. The Tufts researchers employed a series of pre- and post-session surveys to determine the efficacy of virtual reality in promoting cooperation among participants on palliative care. The researchers found that the virtual reality approach to IPE for palliative care was convenient and enjoyable for participants. They said they appreciated the virtual experience of the symptoms of their patient, demonstrated by an enhanced sense of empathy in their post-session surveys, and the freedom to practice anonymously without worrying about hurting a patient or making mistakes during the educational process.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/15/9-amazing-uses-for-vr-and-ar-in-college-classrooms.aspx

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Digital Transformation Starts With People

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-27 17:06

By Stephanie Castellano, TD

Upskilling and reskilling are key priorities at BMO. This year, the talent development team launched a blended learning program called BMO Forward, which helps employees build the technical skills they will need for a digital future, including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, data science, cybersecurity, and digital acumen. The program also includes “human skills,” such as empathy, resilience, judgment, and cultural intelligence to differentiate people from the technology they’re building and using and forge stronger connections between individuals, teams, and customers.

https://www.td.org/magazines/td-magazine/digital-transformation-starts-with-people

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Beyond MOOCs, e-learning is India’s Renaissance bet

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-10-27 17:02

BY KUNAL TALGERI, Forbes

Online courses from India—from players such as SimpliLearn, Upgrad and Great Learning—are providing domestic and global learners with the knowledge and skills to upgrade themselves, while building high-margin businesses.  The delivery model from India is different compared to the US, where massive open online courses (MOOCs) captured the public imagination in 2011. Companies like Coursera, Udacity and EdX promoted the idea of self-learning platforms that host well-produced videos for professionals and students. In India, the role of the instructor is vital for learners, says Kumar of SimpliLearn. The human interface is vital in four areas: Designing the course material, advisory services to learners before they select a course, student support, and career placement.

http://www.forbesindia.com/article/startups/beyond-moocs-elearning-is-indias-renaissance-bet/55569/1

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Transforming Online Learning With Artificial Intelligence

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-26 17:25

Aswin Pranam, Forbes

The climb is slow, but students, teachers, and administrations will no doubt reap the benefits of AI as it evolves and matures over the next decade. The question of whether this field will be disrupted by a tech company, university, or research organization is still up for debate.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/aswinpranam/2019/10/04/transforming-online-learning-with-artificial-intelligence/#645dca9f432e

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Where Online Learning Goes Next

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-26 17:20

Leah Belsky, Harvard Business Review

By harnessing emerging technologies, universities can reach beyond campus walls to empower diverse learners at global scale. It begins with embracing stackable, online learning, which provides flexibility and affordability that increases access to university curricula and allows students to engage in smaller chunks of learning before committing to larger degree programs. Technology-powered formats like mobile-friendly experiences meet the learner where they are, enabling more seamless transitions for those entering a new learning environment or picking up where they left off. At a more advanced level, embracing AI-powered adaptive learning will enable universities to personalize education for millions for more effective outcomes.

https://hbr.org/2019/10/where-online-learning-goes-next

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Developing and Supporting Faculty Training for Online Social Work Education

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-26 17:15

Johanna Creswell Báez,Matthea Marquart,Rebecca Yae-Eun Chung,Delia Ryan &Kristin Garay, TandF Online

With the growth of online and distance education in social work, faculty training and support need to be provided to ensure high-quality online social work education. A model for training social work educators in online teaching is outlined that focuses on pedagogy, technology, and social work values. Columbia University School of Social Work’s Online Campus provides a five-week Institute on Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses for prospective social work instructors. The Institute provides a faculty training model that can be adopted in other social work programs, and seeks to model best practices in online education.

https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ISPBWE4BEUS9JQ9BXUMT/full?target=10.1080%2F08841233.2019.1653419&

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Transforming Online Learning With Artificial Intelligence

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-26 17:10

Aswin Pranam, Forbes

The climb is slow, but students, teachers, and administrations will no doubt reap the benefits of AI as it evolves and matures over the next decade. The question of whether this field will be disrupted by a tech company, university, or research organization is still up for debate.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/aswinpranam/2019/10/04/transforming-online-learning-with-artificial-intelligence/#645dca9f432e

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Where Online Learning Goes Next

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-10-26 17:05

Leah Belsky, Harvard Business Review

By harnessing emerging technologies, universities can reach beyond campus walls to empower diverse learners at global scale. It begins with embracing stackable, online learning, which provides flexibility and affordability that increases access to university curricula and allows students to engage in smaller chunks of learning before committing to larger degree programs. Technology-powered formats like mobile-friendly experiences meet the learner where they are, enabling more seamless transitions for those entering a new learning environment or picking up where they left off. At a more advanced level, embracing AI-powered adaptive learning will enable universities to personalize education for millions for more effective outcomes.

https://hbr.org/2019/10/where-online-learning-goes-next

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