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California Mulls Crackdown on Online Partnerships

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-05-09 17:13

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Bills targeting for-profit institutions in California would prohibit tuition-sharing deals — a sign of growing political scrutiny of the role of online program management companies.  For example, a proposed bill would explicitly prohibit any private for-profit or nonprofit postsecondary education provider that is registered with California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) from entering into tuition-sharing arrangements with OPMs or other academic service providers. State law requires that all private institutions with a physical presence in the state must apply for approval to operate with the bureau, unless they meet specific criteria for an exemption, such as accreditation from a regional accreditor, said Matt Woodcheke, a spokesman for the bureau.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/05/09/calif-lawmakers-consider-legislation-aimed-profits-and-online

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The Promise and Pitfalls of 5G: Will It Kill Cable?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-05-09 17:08

Knowledge@Wharton

A lot of expectations are riding on 5G, for good reason. The technology offers “potentially gigabyte speeds over wireless, fast enough that for the first time wireless could be a competitive alternative for wired systems — like cable- and phone-based and fiber-based systems — for basic broadband access,” said Kevin Werbach, a Wharton professor of legal studies and business ethics who used to work for the FCC, on the Knowledge@Wharton radio show on SiriusXM. 5G also could usher in new innovations to supercharge the “internet of things” and mobile broadband applications, among others. “It is very important for the U.S. to adopt this technology early.

https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/the-push-for-5g/

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Career Education’s Incomplete Transformation

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2019-05-09 17:05

Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed

Career and technical education, which was once known as vocational training, has shed some of that stigma thanks in part to growth of new fields in communications, health care and engineering. CTE programs also have created clearer connections between skills training and continued postsecondary education. And supporters have pointed to both improving test scores and graduation rates among CTE students in high schools. But a report from the American Enterprise Institute released today finds that those signs of progress can mask continuing struggles of students who are enrolled in more traditional career and technical education courses. That’s because overall academic gains for CTE programs may reflect higher enrollment of more academically prepared, college-bound students rather than improving quality of courses themselves.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/05/01/emerging-career-education-tracks-may-mask-struggles-students-traditional-programs

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College without paying for textbooks? It’s possible!

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-05-08 17:40

Ian Schwartz, AZ Family

Are you heading back to school, or maybe helping your kids pay for it?  Imagine college without having to pay for textbooks.   That’s the whole idea behind Mesa Community College’s new Z Degree Program, or zero textbook cost program.  The two-year associates is completely online and students do not have to buy any textbooks.  MCC faculty said this will save students around $8,500 over two years. So how do they do it?

https://www.azfamily.com/shows/cbs_5_this_morning/originals/college-without-paying-for-textbooks-it-s-possible/article_5f0f245e-67c6-11e9-96d7-931bc5a49513.html

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Machine learning algorithms could personalize advertisements for individual consumers

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-05-08 17:35

Society for Consumer Psychology, Science Today

Although brands often target a certain gender, age group or social group with advertisements, personality-matching ads could potentially allow marketers to tailor their products to a wider group of people. A consumer who might not consider shopping online at one store may discover that there are in fact items that would be appealing. “It’s essentially bringing the benefits of talking to a salesperson to the online world,” says Matz. “Online marketers typically focus on a large audience, but now we could predict someone’s psychological traits to give them an individualized experience.” [ed note: consider implications for learning/education]

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190426142042.htm

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Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-05-08 17:15

Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

As the number of undergraduates steadily declines in seeming direct proportion to rising costs, debt and the many other obstacles faced by college students, graduate enrollment is quietly on the upswing. It’s being driven by the better job prospects and higher salaries people think it will bring them — and by a conscious strategy among universities like this one to add graduate programs that produce much-needed revenue. While undergraduates get much of the attention, students who pursued graduate and professional degrees now account for 40 percent of the notorious $1.5 trillion worth of outstanding national student loan debt, the College Board reports; each owes three times more, on average, than an undergraduate, according to the Urban Institute.

https://hechingerreport.org/universities-increasingly-turn-to-graduate-programs-to-balance-their-books/

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World Economic Forum’s AI head on how to protect human rights without stifling innovation

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-05-08 17:10

KHARI JOHNSON, Venture Beat

In the months ahead, the WEF plans to ramp up initiatives to boost implementation of AI ethics. Firth-Butterfield believes tech giants and businesses should be creating advisory boards to help guide the ethical use of AI. The establishment of such boards at the likes of Microsoft, Facebook, and Google in recent years made the notion a quasi-established norm in the tech industry, but the dissolution of two AI ethics boards at Google in recent weeks has called into question the effectiveness of advisory boards when they have no teeth or power.

https://venturebeat.com/2019/04/29/world-economic-forums-ai-head-on-how-to-protect-human-rights-without-stifling-innovation/

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5 Signs Widespread Blockchain Adoption Is Nearing Reality

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-05-08 17:05

Deloitte
There is good news for blockchain enthusiasts: Progress is being made in addressing these obstacles. Deloitte has identified five key vectors of progress that could drive wider adoption of blockchain. Three of these vectors—increase in transaction speeds, standards and interoperability, and ease of implementation—enhance technical feasibility. The other two—regulatory advancements and expansion of consortia—help broaden the technology’s applicability to a greater number of use cases and industries.

https://apnews.com/sponsored/?prx_t=wYAEAVYYzAniAPA

 

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More Than Half of US Social Network Users Will Be Mobile-Only in 2019

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2019-05-08 17:02

Blake Droesch, eMarketer
Fewer people in the US are accessing social networking sites via computers, with the majority of users now exclusively on mobile devices. We forecast that 51.7% of US social network users will be mobile-only in 2019. As smartphone use grows, fewer Americans are using desktops and laptops to access the internet. The number of US smartphone users will reach 232.8 million in 2019, surpassing desktop/laptop internet users (228.9 million) for the first time. And the number of those who access the internet exclusively on a mobile device will grow by 10.6%, reaching 55.1 million users.

https://www.emarketer.com/content/more-than-half-of-social-network-users-will-be-mobile-only-in-2019?ecid=NL1001

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How Machine Learning Is Helping Us to Understand the Brain

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-05-07 17:25

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Machine learning is an application of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides systems the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed. Now, human beings are in the process of building machines that will eventually act autonomously and with human-like intelligence. In order to achieve this aim, we need machines to, like infants, learn about the world around them on their own. With machine learning, programmers don’t create step-by-step rules for machines to follow. They allow machines to learn and come to conclusions on their own. With this approach, machines gather information on their own and in the process they become more accomplished.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/how-machine-learning-is-helping-us-to-understand-the-brain/

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Taming Big Data in Education with Cognitive Computing

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-05-07 17:20

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The world is drowning in data. We are creating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. That is 2.5 followed by 18 zeros!  A university executive resolution, for example, is the culmination of many discussions in meetings, countless emails and many revisions before the final decision. The eventual resolution is one data point, but it’s accompanied by so much unstructured data. Through cognitive computing’s ability to discover patterns, meaning can be derived from unstructured data. These patterns are invaluable for insights and decision-making, but they are not obvious. They can only be revealed by cognitive computing through machine learning algorithms.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/taming-big-data-in-education-with-cognitive-computing/

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How blockchain, virtual assistants and AI are changing higher ed

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-05-07 17:15

Ben Unglesbee, Education Dive
In the coming years, advanced technologies like mixed reality, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and virtual assistants could play a bigger role at colleges and universities, according to a new report from Educause, a nonprofit focused on IT’s role in higher ed. The 2019 Horizon Report, based on a panel of higher ed experts, zeroes in on trends, challenges and developments in educational technology. Challenges range from the “solvable,” such as improving digital fluency and increasing demand for digital learning experiences, to the “wicked.” The latter includes rethinking teaching and advancing digital equity. The panel contemplated blockchain’s use in higher ed for the first time in the 2019 report.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-blockchain-virtual-assistants-and-ai-are-changing-higher-ed/553434/

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Machine learning algorithms could personalize advertisements for individual consumers

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-05-07 17:10

Society for Consumer Psychology, Science Today

Although brands often target a certain gender, age group or social group with advertisements, personality-matching ads could potentially allow marketers to tailor their products to a wider group of people. A consumer who might not consider shopping online at one store may discover that there are in fact items that would be appealing. “It’s essentially bringing the benefits of talking to a salesperson to the online world,” says Matz. “Online marketers typically focus on a large audience, but now we could predict someone’s psychological traits to give them an individualized experience.” [ed note: consider implications for learning/education]

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190426142042.htm

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What universities can learn from airlines

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-05-07 17:05

Alejandro Caballero, University World News

Higher education institutions must not let the ground shift from under them but rather move with it – and break new ground. By embracing such partnerships, universities can stay relevant to alumni while tapping into the academic resources of other well-established institutions and innovative EdTech companies. They can create regional and global networks, just like the airline industry has done.

https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20190422111457721

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Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2019-05-07 17:02

Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

As the number of undergraduates steadily declines in seeming direct proportion to rising costs, debt and the many other obstacles faced by college students, graduate enrollment is quietly on the upswing. It’s being driven by the better job prospects and higher salaries people think it will bring them — and by a conscious strategy among universities like this one to add graduate programs that produce much-needed revenue. While undergraduates get much of the attention, students who pursued graduate and professional degrees now account for 40 percent of the notorious $1.5 trillion worth of outstanding national student loan debt, the College Board reports; each owes three times more, on average, than an undergraduate, according to the Urban Institute.

https://hechingerreport.org/universities-increasingly-turn-to-graduate-programs-to-balance-their-books/

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Providing a Clear Path to Advancement for IT Staff

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-05-06 17:25

by Michelle Rakoczy, EDUCAUSE Review
Information technology in higher education is under a state of constant change. IT staff need to be able to maintain and grow their technical skills, but what about their overall professional growth? The latest report from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research—The Higher Education IT Workforce Landscape, 2019—shows that for job success, technical staff also need “Business skills such as effective communication and the ability to manage relationships within the institution.” Many technical staff want to continually grow and for that growth to be recognized, and promotion is one way to achieve that recognition. However, many staff do not understand the organizational process for achieving a promotion. According to the report, “Promoting employees internally results in better performance evaluations, with employees staying in their position longer than external hires.” Given how difficult it can be to recruit many IT positions, retention is very important in higher education.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/4/providing-a-clear-path-to-advancement-for-it-staff

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IBM expands universities in its quantum computing research network

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-05-06 17:20

By Larry Dignan, ZD Net

IBM said its commercial quantum computing program, called IBM Q Network, is expanding to more universities in North America, including Notre Dame, Florida State, and Virginia Tech. The company’s IBM Q Network is designed to develop curricula for students and forge research partnerships with academia. The additions of the aforementioned universities as well as Stony Brook University and the University of Tokyo will round out a list that already includes Duke, Harvard, and the University of Waterloo.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-expands-universities-in-its-quantum-computing-research-network/

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Using AI to Personalize Education for Everyone

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-05-06 17:16

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Artificial intelligence (AI) is able to capture, aggregate, and analyze data from several different sources to build a student learning profile. In the past, the only way to measure what students have learned was through tests, written and oral exams and assignments. However, these methods ignore much of what a student has assimilated over the years. Over the course of many years of learning a student produces a huge amount of output in the form of assignments, class tests, and classroom participation that gets forgotten or lost in subsequent terms. But AI forgets nothing. AI will analyse and store all this and more information, including seemingly irrelevant information to form a complete picture of the student as a learner: how and with what learning material they engage successfully as well as what material they struggle with.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-ai-to-personalize-education-for-everyone/

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Confronting the risks of artificial intelligence

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-05-06 17:10

By Benjamin Cheatham, Kia Javanmardian, and Hamid Samandari, McKinsey Quarterly

With great power comes great responsibility. Organizations can mitigate the risks of applying artificial intelligence and advanced analytics by embracing three principles.  Artificial intelligence (AI) is proving to be a double-edged sword. While this can be said of most new technologies, both sides of the AI blade are far sharper, and neither is well understood.  Consider first the positive. These technologies are starting to improve our lives in myriad ways. Yet even as AI generates consumer benefits and business value, it is also giving rise to a host of unwanted, and sometimes serious, consequences.

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-analytics/our-insights/Confronting-the-risks-of-artificial-intelligence

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Taming Big Data in Education with Cognitive Computing

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-05-06 17:05

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The world is drowning in data. We are creating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. That is 2.5 followed by 18 zeros!  A university executive resolution, for example, is the culmination of many discussions in meetings, countless emails and many revisions before the final decision. The eventual resolution is one data point, but it’s accompanied by so much unstructured data. Through cognitive computing’s ability to discover patterns, meaning can be derived from unstructured data. These patterns are invaluable for insights and decision-making, but they are not obvious. They can only be revealed by cognitive computing through machine learning algorithms.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/taming-big-data-in-education-with-cognitive-computing/

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