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Is China the Next AI Superpower?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-11-02 17:20

by Kai-Fu Lee, Knowledge@Wharton

The U.S. has long been seen as the global leader in innovation, including in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). China, in contrast, has been viewed as a technology copycat. This, however, may not be the case anymore. China may soon take the lead in AI, according to Kai-Fu Lee, former president of Google China and an AI expert. He said China’s national focus on AI, its large data pool and massive market, as well as the presence of hard-working and ambitious entrepreneurs could help it overtake the U.S.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/ai-china-vs-us/

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A Message to College Leaders: Don’t Overlook Resources Right Under Your Nose

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-11-02 17:14

By Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Ed

More and more institutions and instructors are now eschewing textbooks in favor of course materials that they can use free of charge, edit, and remix with other sources. I was especially eager to highlight this trend because of some recent studies showing how OER is becoming a force for affordability (this study,for example, looked at two years of OER at 38 community colleges and found that students saved between $66 and $121 per course), and for better educational outcomes (this study highlighted that lower-income students at the University of Georgia performed better academically thanks to OER).

https://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Message-to-College-Leaders-/244879

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Dissecting a frog in bio class may become a thing of the past

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-11-02 17:10

 

BY Briana Vannozzi, NJTV

“There’s games, there’s esports, the education part — obviously what we’re focused on today — is huge for us. We really want to be able to deliver immersive content for education,” said Todd Schobel, managing partner and co-founder of virtual reality firm, OasisVRX. They call them virtual reality experiences. The demo is part of a nationwide traveling tour by Intel. A mobile tech learning lab is temporarily posted at Bell Works in Holmdel. Wednesday, students from Middle Township High School were visiting from Camden County.

Dissecting a frog in bio class may become a thing of the past

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Building a Go-to Resource on Innovation in Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-11-02 17:05

by Meg Loyd, Campus Technology

At Drexel University, a long-standing culture of community leadership has often benefitted surrounding or related communities with new or better access to digital technology advancements. One exemplary initiative, back in the early 2000s, brought enhanced IT services to more than 50 institutional partners via an ASP model — a strategy that received a Campus Technology Innovators award in 2006. Now in 2018, we are recognizing Drexel University Online (DUO) for “Virtually Inspired,” a project designed to reach out to the education community worldwide, with resources and examples to help institutions integrate digital technologies into their online and blended learning programs.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/24/building-a-go-to-resource-on-innovation-in-online-learning.aspx

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CEO steps down at online education unicorn Udacity

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2018-11-02 17:02

By Cromwell Schubarth, Silicon Valley Business Journal

Vishal Makhijani is stepping down as CEO of online education unicorn Udacity Inc., which last month reportedly cut staff. The move comes after Makhijani earlier this year released numbers for the first time to tout the Mountain View company’s growth as a step toward a possible IPO. “We are supporting our former and current employees through the transition,” the company said in a statement at the time. We continue to hire for key roles.” In its numbers released in February, Udacity said it had doubled its revenue in 2017, pulling in some $70 million — largely from students in the company’s “nanodegree” program. It said it employs about 500 to run its programs around the world. It said it has 10 million students across its paid and free classes, with over 50,000 enrolled in the nanodegree programs.

https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2018/10/26/udacity-ceo-vishal-makhijani-ipo.html

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AI talent pipeline clogged by education programs slow or unable to change

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-11-01 17:25

Alex Hickey, CIO Dive
From the ivy walls of America’s top universities to the brightly decorated class walls of public elementary schools, questions about technology’s role in the education system — and especially the deficits of STEM education — have risen as the country grapples with a digital future. Last week’s announcement of a $1 billion College of Computing by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was the crown jewel on a series of initiatives by universities and the technology industry to create opportunities in sophisticated technology research. The computing college will bring together computer science, artificial intelligence, data science and related programs in a “significant reshaping” for the research university.

 

https://www.ciodive.com/news/ai-talent-pipeline-clogged-by-education-programs-slow-or-unable-to-change/540497/

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How Do You Prepare Students for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet? Karen Cator Has Some Ideas.

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-11-01 17:20

By Emily Tate, EdSurge

There is a lot of talk these days about robots replacing humans in the workforce, but those conversations remain largely abstract. For students in school today, however, the issue is urgent, research shows. What if the job they aspire to today is no longer an option when it comes time to graduate? How can they train for jobs that don’t even exist yet? On the other side of that equation are educators, who often draw from their own learning experiences in K-12 and higher education to inform their instruction. What responsibility do they have in preparing today’s students for a future none of them can really envision? EdSurge recently sat down with Karen Cator, the CEO of Digital Promise, to get her take.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-10-23-how-do-you-prepare-students-for-jobs-that-don-t-exist-yet-karen-cator-has-some-ideas

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5 keys to better align college training with workforce needs

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-11-01 17:20

James Paterson, Education Dive
A new report highlights five key elements to successfully resolving a thorny and much-discussed issue that dogs colleges and universities: the reported misalignment of the skills employers need and the training colleges offer. The Education Commission of the States examined four states’ efforts to develop workforce and postsecondary systems — Connecticut, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas. It identified common themes of data utilization, stakeholder coordination and collaboration, leaders committed to raising awareness around the issue, aligning curriculum with workforce needs, and access to federal and industry funding. So far this year, 32 states and the District of Columbia have introduced workforce development legislation, with 28 bills enacted across 17 states. Half of those efforts focused on financial incentives for students and institutions targeting high-demand fields.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/5-keys-to-better-align-college-training-with-workforce-needs/540564/

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Don’t let your diploma hit its expiration date

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-11-01 17:10

NOLAN TAYLOR, Indianapolis Recorder

It’s not uncommon to see adults rely on the younger generation to fill in the “knowledge gap” for tasks like setting up a new smartphone or posting information on the internet. But consider the many cases where we as adults need to know for ourselves, like being up-to-date enough to help our children with homework (things have changed a bit since we were in school), meeting the demands of a current job or pursuing possibilities of advancement. In some sense, our diplomas and degrees have expiration dates that we can only extend by keeping current.  With so many great options, how do you decide how to keep current or how to update your skills?

http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/business/article_f3d1b2c0-d86d-11e8-8184-c347d2e5f5ea.html

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Fully Online edX Masters Programs

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-11-01 17:04

Sue Gee , iProgrammer
Earlier this month edX announced that starting next fall it would offer fully online Master’s degrees, including ones related to computer science and data science. Some of them build on existing MicroMaster’s programs providing “stackable credentials” along the way. In his blog post making this announcement Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX wrote that the average Master’s graduate increases their salary by $17,000 per year, yet the average Master’s degree costs between $30,000-$120,000. The cost of a Master’s degrees on edX is planned to be between $10,000-$23,000, making it a realistic proposition for many more individuals. “We built these programs for you, our learners, so that you can earn a top ranked graduate degree, at a disruptive price, in a flexible way.

https://www.i-programmer.info/news/150-training-a-education/12242-edx-masters-program.html

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These are the jobs the Fed says are in highest demand from this ‘tight’ labor market

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-11-01 17:03

Jeff Cox, CNBC

The jobs market keeps getting tighter, with employers struggling to find the right workers to fill jobs, according to the Fed’s latest Beige Book report. Workers in highest demand are those in engineering, finance, sales, construction and manufacturing, information technology and trucking. “Employers throughout the country continued to report tight labor markets and difficulties finding qualified workers,” the report said, noting several occupations in particular where demand is high but supply is short. The skills gap has been bedeviling companies all year as job openings outnumber job seekers.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/24/fed-says-these-are-highest-demand-jobs-from-this-tight-labor-market.html

 

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Self-Directed Learning and Augmented Reality: How to Teach Gen Z

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-11-01 04:14

By Jeffrey J. Selingo, Chronicle of Higher Ed
Technology has been integral to the daily lives of many of today’s teenagers since they were toddlers. But when they come to campus, they’re looking for a mix of virtual and face-to-face learning, says Vickie S. Cook, an associate professor and executive director of the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield. That requires a new approach to synchronous learning (at a set time) and asynchronous learning (at your own pace). “This generation doesn’t distinguish between the two,” Cook says. Here are some of her tips for developing an effective educational experience for Gen Z.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Self-Directed-Learning-and/244968

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Google to offer on-campus machine learning classes

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-10-31 17:20

James Paterson, Education Dive
Google is headed to college campuses next year to teach a 10-week intensive course on machine learning, a fast-growing field for which the tech firm says there are neither enough workers nor faculty to train them, and where the firm is among the top employers. The course is part of Google’s Applied Computing Series, which includes two introductory computer and data science courses currently offered through eight colleges. It is seeking host colleges that don’t have a computer science program or whose program is at capacity. The machine-learning intensive will be offered at five colleges beginning in 2019. Google will pay tuition and offer instructors alongside faculty from the host college. Participants will earn nine credits from the host institution for successfully completing the course.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/google-to-offer-on-campus-machine-learning-classes/540436/

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South Carolina makes coding lessons available to all residents

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-10-31 17:15

By Riia O’Donnell, HR Dive
South Carolina has launched a free coding education platform, SC Codes, which allows state residents to learn the skill. The platform is structured to meet the needs of beginners to advanced learners, from elementary school students to adults. The platform is available free-of-charge to any resident with access to the internet. The program, which was developed in cooperation with local nonprofit Build Carolina, offers an assortment of coding curricula. Residents can access all materials online, but they can attend cohort-style and classroom-led sessions at participating community partners. “Our ability to compete in the global economy will rely on the availability of an educated, job-ready technology workforce in South Carolina,” South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said in a statement. “SC Codes will help us develop such talent, preparing the citizens of this state for the jobs of tomorrow.”

https://www.hrdive.com/news/south-carolina-makes-coding-lessons-available-to-all-residents/540294/

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E-learning for the visually impaired

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-10-31 17:15

by  Liew Jia Xian, the Star

To make education more accessible and equitable for the blind and visually-impaired (BVI) students, Wawasan Open University (WOU) and St Nicholas Home for the Blind have signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to make web accessible e-learning educational resources available to BVIs. WOU acting vice-chancellor Prof Dr Zoraini Wati Abas said that WOU was committed to provide knowledge transfer services to St Nicholas Home through technical support on server-related issues and consultations on Learning Management System (LMS) related issues.

https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/10/23/elearning-for-the-visually-impaired-wou-agrees-to-assist-students-of-st-nicholas-home-in-their-studi/

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5 keys to better align college training with workforce needs

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-10-31 17:10

James Paterson, Education Dive
A new report highlights five key elements to successfully resolving a thorny and much-discussed issue that dogs colleges and universities: the reported misalignment of the skills employers need and the training colleges offer. The Education Commission of the States examined four states’ efforts to develop workforce and postsecondary systems — Connecticut, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas. It identified common themes of data utilization, stakeholder coordination and collaboration, leaders committed to raising awareness around the issue, aligning curriculum with workforce needs, and access to federal and industry funding. So far this year, 32 states and the District of Columbia have introduced workforce development legislation, with 28 bills enacted across 17 states. Half of those efforts focused on financial incentives for students and institutions targeting high-demand fields.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/5-keys-to-better-align-college-training-with-workforce-needs/540564/

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OER courses can boost engagement, new study says

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-10-31 17:05

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Creating OER courses and degrees is often time-consuming, but instructors in several community colleges said they changed their instruction as a direct result of working with the open materials. Using OER materials helped the instructors align materials better with learning goals, and instructors who were already using student-centered and hands-on learning strategies said the materials helped them enhance their practices. Some instructors also saw students engaging more with the materials than with textbooks, possibly because they are more relevant and students can be involved in creating their learning experience.

OER courses can boost engagement, new study says

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Highlights from Beyond the Bachelor’s: Undergraduate Perspectives on Graduate and Professional Degrees

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-10-31 17:02

by Gallup

At the very time when it could not be more important for the nation for college graduates to earn a
graduate or professional degree, Beyond the Bachelor’s: Undergraduate Perspectives on Graduate
and Professional Degrees offers new insight into what college students are thinking about advanced
degrees. The findings reported in Beyond the Bachelor’s provide new answers to old questions about
undergraduate views and values from which colleges, universities, researchers, and prospective students
can all benefit.

https://www.aals.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/btb_shortReport.pdf

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Google Enters the Fray

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-10-30 17:24

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

The company is offering its computer science curriculum — and kicking in some funds — to 10 institutions this academic year, with more to follow. A pilot program for computer science and data science courses is underway this fall at eight institutions, which have begun offering at least one of two introductory computer science and data science courses geared toward students with little to no experience in the disciplines. The program will expand next year as three of the eight institutions, as well as two others, offer an intensive 10-week machine learning seminar, with enrollment open to students across the country. This initiative is separate from Google’s new online certificate program in entry-level IT, which more than 25 community colleges and Northeastern University are offering for credit.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/10/24/google-computer-science-partnership-brings-companys-curriculum

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Among Top Math Students, Why Does a Gender Gap Persist?

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-10-30 17:20

by  Ashley Swanson, Knowledge@Wharton

The gender gap at average levels of math performance has declined a lot over time, which is great. But if you look at these higher levels — like the 95th percentile or the 99th percentile — the gender gap is high and growing as you go to higher and higher levels of performance, which is not so good. We see a much higher gender gap at these higher levels of performance than we see even at the, say, SAT 800 level. At the highest levels of performance, we observe in our data the gender gap is about 10-to-1. This is something we’ve observed looking at just 2007. This is just a snapshot of data. We speculated that this is something we can track over time, so that’s what we were trying to get at in this paper. Is this something that evolves over time? If so, how does it evolve over time?

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/gender-gap-mathematics-achievement/

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