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This Administrator Helped Shape Tech at Colleges For More Than 40 Years. Here’s His Outlook on What’s Next.

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-01-06 16:19

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Marty Ringle has been working in educational technology for more than 40 years, and he’s seen it all—the birth of the PC and and their early use at colleges, the building out of the internet, which started at colleges, and the arrival of smartphones. In fact, he was personal friends with Steve Jobs, and he heard one of the early pitches for what would become the first iPod.

 

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-12-26-this-administrator-helped-shape-tech-at-colleges-for-more-than-40-years-here-s-his-outlook-on-what-s-next

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The Future of Work: Why better education doesn’t necessarily translate into better work.

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-01-06 16:14

By Ann Claire Carnahan, US News

The job market has fundamentally shifted in the United States and it is changing how and why Americans work. Through the rise of technology and globalization, competition among workers has become fiercer. Education requirements for employees have risen even though jobs are steadily becoming deskilled. And the mounting anxiety over jobs in an increasingly fluid job market has political, social and personal consequences, according to Ellen Ruppel Shell, author of “The Job: Work and its Future in a Time of Radical Change.” In an effort to keep up, Americans are seeking additional education and are learning new skills. “But it will not inoculate them against the changes that are already occurring or that are coming,” Shell says. For example, the vast majority of future jobs will not require a college education. Already, roughly one in three college graduates are underemployed.

https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2018-12-28/the-eroding-middle-work-in-the-us-heading-toward-high-and-low-skill

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The Future of Work: Why better education doesn’t necessarily translate into better work.

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-01-06 16:05

By Ann Claire Carnahan, US News

The job market has fundamentally shifted in the United States and it is changing how and why Americans work. Through the rise of technology and globalization, competition among workers has become fiercer. Education requirements for employees have risen even though jobs are steadily becoming deskilled. And the mounting anxiety over jobs in an increasingly fluid job market has political, social and personal consequences, according to Ellen Ruppel Shell, author of “The Job: Work and its Future in a Time of Radical Change.” In an effort to keep up, Americans are seeking additional education and are learning new skills. “But it will not inoculate them against the changes that are already occurring or that are coming,” Shell says. For example, the vast majority of future jobs will not require a college education. Already, roughly one in three college graduates are underemployed.

https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2018-12-28/the-eroding-middle-work-in-the-us-heading-toward-high-and-low-skill

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edX Will Invest Another $1.8M in Fostering Digital Bachelors’ Degrees

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-01-06 16:03

By IBL News

Anant Agarwal, CEO at edX, decided to channel the funding received with Yidan Prize of $1.8 million to “reimagine undergraduate online education” and foster stackable credentials in this area. That amount corresponds to 50% of the prize, which was granted at an award ceremony in Hong Kong, last December 10. Half of the $3.9M was in the form of a cash prize to the laureate (Mr. Agarwal), while the other was a project fund.

https://iblnews.org/2018/12/31/edx-will-invest-another-1-8m-in-fostering-digital-bachelors-degrees/

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India education in 2019: Digital delivery will take centre stage

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-01-06 16:01

by Vikas Singh, Financial Express

India holds an advantageous position on the global map. Not only does it enjoy a favourable demographic dividend with the largest population in the age group of 15-24 years, but it was also ranked 27th out of 80 countries on the global English Proficiency Index 2017.  This implies that 2019 will witness an accelerated shift towards blended concept-based learning—moving away from the traditional rote learning. More emphasis would be on the application of knowledge and the development of core skills, to prepare students for eventually joining the workforce. This goes beyond textbooks and involves group discussions, problem-solving and research-based assignments. Without exhaustive libraries in all schools, online learning tools and resources will be the need of the hour. Some proponents contest that given the future favouring the tech-savvy, schoolchildren should be introduced to digital media at an early age.

https://www.financialexpress.com/education-2/education-in-2019-digital-delivery-will-take-centre-stage/1429136/

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edX Will Invest Another $1.8M in Fostering Digital Bachelors’ Degrees

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-01-05 16:26

By IBL News

Anant Agarwal, CEO at edX, decided to channel the funding received with Yidan Prize of $1.8 million to “reimagine undergraduate online education” and foster stackable credentials in this area. That amount corresponds to 50% of the prize, which was granted at an award ceremony in Hong Kong, last December 10. Half of the $3.9M was in the form of a cash prize to the laureate (Mr. Agarwal), while the other was a project fund.

https://iblnews.org/2018/12/31/edx-will-invest-another-1-8m-in-fostering-digital-bachelors-degrees/

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7 tips for scaling your AI strategy

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-01-05 16:20

Clint Boulton, CIO

Now that your enterprise has experimented in AI it’s time to consider how to expand the efforts. Here’s how, according AI visionary Andrew Ng, as well as experts from PwC and Deloitte. Pilot projects of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies proliferated in 2018, as many enterprises tested machine learning (ML) algorithms and an array of automation tools to cement relationships with customers, improve network operations or augment their cybersecurity postures.

https://www.cio.com/article/3329920/artificial-intelligence/7-tips-for-scaling-your-ai-strategy.html

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The Most Amazing Artificial Intelligence Milestones So Far

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-01-05 16:15

Bernard Marr, Forbes

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the hot topic of the moment in technology, and the driving force behind most of the big technological breakthroughs of recent years. In fact, with all of the breathless hype we hear about it today, it’s easy to forget that AI isn’t anything all that new. Throughout the last century, it has moved out of the domain of science fiction and into the real world. The theory and the fundamental computer science which makes it possible has been around for decades.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2018/12/31/the-most-amazing-artificial-intelligence-milestones-so-far/#eef91b27753e

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7 tips for scaling your AI strategy

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-01-05 16:10

Clint Boulton, CIO

Now that your enterprise has experimented in AI it’s time to consider how to expand the efforts. Here’s how, according AI visionary Andrew Ng, as well as experts from PwC and Deloitte. Pilot projects of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies proliferated in 2018, as many enterprises tested machine learning (ML) algorithms and an array of automation tools to cement relationships with customers, improve network operations or augment their cybersecurity postures.

https://www.cio.com/article/3329920/artificial-intelligence/7-tips-for-scaling-your-ai-strategy.html

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The Most Amazing Artificial Intelligence Milestones So Far

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-01-05 16:05

Bernard Marr, Forbes

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the hot topic of the moment in technology, and the driving force behind most of the big technological breakthroughs of recent years. In fact, with all of the breathless hype we hear about it today, it’s easy to forget that AI isn’t anything all that new. Throughout the last century, it has moved out of the domain of science fiction and into the real world. The theory and the fundamental computer science which makes it possible has been around for decades.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2018/12/31/the-most-amazing-artificial-intelligence-milestones-so-far/#eef91b27753e

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Editorial: Fast-track teacher program belongs at front of the class

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-01-05 16:02

BY ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL

As of Oct. 1, there were 740 empty teacher slots in the state, according to New Mexico State University. That’s why an online program fast-tracking teacher licensure for those with bachelor’s degrees or higher is long overdue. While some state lawmakers have tried for years to address the need for qualified teachers, especially those in STEM fields, by mining the many professionals in our communities, the state Legislature has been unable or unwilling to codify alternative licensure in statute.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1263344/fasttrack-teacher-program-belongs-at-front-of-the-class.html

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Join Coursera’s New Community

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-01-04 16:25

Laura Portalupi, Coursera Blog

The community is a forum space for our global community of learners to ask questions and help each other out. Anyone can access and read the discussions. To reply or start a new topic, you’ll need a Coursera account. If you’ve participated in course discussion forums before, you know that they’re designed for discussions about that specific course. The new community is geared towards more general discussion about subjects and careers, and anything else you’re passionate about. Since the new forums aren’t connected to a specific course, people aren’t continually finishing and moving on, which means you can really get to know the community members and build strong connections and friendships. You can focus on your learning when you need to and participate in the community when you have the time––think of the community as an additional resource.

https://blog.coursera.org/join-courseras-new-community/

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These big universities put rivalries aside to raise graduation rates for low-income students

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-01-04 16:20

by BRIDGET BURNS and PETER J. TAYLOR, Hechinger Report

Up to 40 percent of students at four-year institutions do not complete their degrees in six years. That’s why the University Innovation Alliance, a group of 11 public research universities serving 400,000 undergraduate students, decided to collaborate instead of compete with one another. Related: Some colleges extend scholarships and other help to rural high school grads. It’s a concept with potential for higher education, but it may require a shift among leaders conditioned toward competition. Institutions may share a common mission, but they often toil in isolation.

https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-these-big-universities-put-rivalries-aside-to-raise-graduation-rates-for-low-income-students/

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Online education firms see higher pay, more jobs in AI, machine learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-01-04 16:15

T E Narasimhan & Gireesh Babu, Business Standard

Online education companies are seeing an increasing interest from recruiters for placements at their job fairs and boot camps, especially in the digital, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning sectors. Some of the online service providers state that there is more growth in terms of both salary levels and students getting recruited. With the placement season going on, engineering students who are adept in digital skills such as AI, data analytics and machine learning are receiving better salaries than those who are only equipped with traditional skills, says Great Learning, an online learning company.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/jobs/online-education-firms-see-higher-pay-more-jobs-in-ai-machine-learning-118122600448_1.html

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Assessing academic achievements of online students

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-01-04 16:10

By David Jones, Market Business News

Researchers from the University of Leuven and the Higher School of Economics improved a model that assesses academic achievements. The National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) is in Moscow, Russia, and the University of Leuven is in Flanders, Belgium. In this study, the researchers managed to solve these problems. They expanded the classic Rasch model by adding parameters.

https://marketbusinessnews.com/assessing-academic-achievements/192793/

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These big universities put rivalries aside to raise graduation rates for low-income students

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-01-04 16:06

by BRIDGET BURNS and PETER J. TAYLOR, Hechinger Report

Up to 40 percent of students at four-year institutions do not complete their degrees in six years. That’s why the University Innovation Alliance, a group of 11 public research universities serving 400,000 undergraduate students, decided to collaborate instead of compete with one another. Related: Some colleges extend scholarships and other help to rural high school grads. It’s a concept with potential for higher education, but it may require a shift among leaders conditioned toward competition. Institutions may share a common mission, but they often toil in isolation.

https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-these-big-universities-put-rivalries-aside-to-raise-graduation-rates-for-low-income-students/

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Online education firms see higher pay, more jobs in AI, machine learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-01-04 16:02

T E Narasimhan & Gireesh Babu, Business Standard

Online education companies are seeing an increasing interest from recruiters for placements at their job fairs and boot camps, especially in the digital, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning sectors. Some of the online service providers state that there is more growth in terms of both salary levels and students getting recruited. With the placement season going on, engineering students who are adept in digital skills such as AI, data analytics and machine learning are receiving better salaries than those who are only equipped with traditional skills, says Great Learning, an online learning company.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/jobs/online-education-firms-see-higher-pay-more-jobs-in-ai-machine-learning-118122600448_1.html

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Role of AR/VR in the education system: How technology is shaping India’s learning space

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-01-03 16:25

Karishma Jain, India Today

What learning experience would you prefer: a chapter in a book telling you about Ancient Rome or a completely immersive virtual tour of an ancient Roman town? Most likely, you’d go for a Virtual Reality (VR) tour and so will millions of students all over the world VR can be used to teach lots of things, from history to human anatomy Now imagine that you want to teach biology to children; needless to say, getting them interested in the learning process can be difficult.

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/featurephilia/story/role-of-augmented-virtual-reality-in-education-1417739-2018-12-26

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AI vs. Lawyers: The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Law

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-01-03 16:17

By Merve A. Kızrak, Interesting Engineering

Imagine that a ‘human lawyer’ can handle all the cases in the world after AI’s preliminary research. For a human lawyer, it takes weeks to do research, but AI can do it in just a few seconds. Moreover, AI does not get tired, sleep, eat or drink coffee. In fact, the AI can produce more successful results than an average experienced lawyer. In 2017, in an experiment involving more than 100 lawyers in London, hundreds of actual applications to the Finance Ombudsman for a specific credit card irregularity were examined. While the accuracy of human prediction was 66.3%, an AI program trained to predict whether or not to accept files achieved 86.6% accuracy.

https://interestingengineering.com/ai-vs-lawyers-the-future-of-artificial-intelligence-and-law

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2018 is the year AI got its eyes

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-01-03 16:14

Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

Computer scientists have spent more than two decades teaching, training and developing machines to see the world around them. Only recently have the artificial eyes begun to match (and occasionally exceed) their biological predecessors. 2018 has seen marked improvement in two areas of AI image processing: facial-recognition technology in both commerce and security, and image generation in — of all fields — art.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/29/2018-is-the-year-ai-got-its-eyes/

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