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Why are Canadian universities so slow to adopt digital learning?

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-05-06 17:03

Jennifer Lewington, MacLeans

Web-enhanced teaching, as illustrated by the Queen’s psychology class, is growing in popularity as a tool to enrich the undergraduate learning experience and create new degree options for working professionals. But some experts say higher education institutions need to quicken the pace of digital innovation. “There is momentum, but not fast enough for the needs of either the workforce or society in general,” warns Tony Bates, a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University and a widely recognized authority on technology-enhanced education.

https://www.macleans.ca/education/why-are-canadian-universities-so-slow-to-adopt-digital-learning/

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2019 Horizon Report

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-05-05 17:25

EDUCAUSE

EDUCAUSE is proud to continue the tradition of excellence begun by the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) work on the Horizon Report. The report serves as a reference and technology planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policy makers, and technologists.  Topics include: Analytics Artificial Intelligence (AI) Badges and Credentialing Blended Learning Blockchain Competency-based Education (CBE) Digital Learning Digital Literacy Extended Reality (XR) Innovation Institutional Management Instructional Design Instructional Technologies Learning Analytics Learning Space Mobile Learning New Models

https://library.educause.edu/resources/2019/4/2019-h

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New Frontiers of Adaptive Learning

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-05-05 17:21

By David Raths, Campus Technology
Universities share how they are making strides with the use of adaptive courseware in the humanities. Most of the publicized examples of adaptive learning focus on its use in improving student outcomes in STEM courses, but some universities are seeing promising examples in the humanities as well. For example, the University of Mississippi Department of Writing and Rhetoric is using adaptive learning to help first-year writing students grasp rhetorical concepts.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/04/24/new-frontiers-of-adaptive-learning.aspx

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Eye on A.I.— How to Fix Artificial Intelligence’s Diversity Crisis

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-05-05 17:15

By JONATHAN VANIAN, Fortune
In recent years, researchers and journalists have highlighted artificial intelligence sometimes stumbling when it comes to minorities and women. Facial recognition technology, for example, is more likely to become confused when scanning dark-skinned women than light-skinned men. Last week, AI Now, a research group at New York University, released a study about A.I.’s diversity crisis. The report said that a lack of diversity among the people who create artificial intelligence and in the data they use to train it has created huge shortcomings in the technology.

http://fortune.com/2019/04/23/artificial-intelligence-diversity-crisis/

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The Highs and Lows of Teaching From Afar

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-05-05 17:10

By Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

In addition to serving students in different locations, online courses are also conducive to teachers who want to work remotely. But doing it effectively can be challenging — if it’s even allowed. Online courses are often discussed in terms of opening opportunities for students in disparate locations.  Some remote instructors said they sometimes struggled to cultivate the sort of engagement with students that can be achieved in closer proximity, whether students and instructors are in a classroom together or interacting primarily online. Some administrators, meanwhile, aren’t yet convinced that instructors can teach as effectively from afar. While teaching remotely has become more commonplace in recent years, instructors and administrators interviewed for this article said it’s still not the norm on many campuses.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/04/24/online-teachers-can-work-anywhere-its-not-always-easy

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Sudden death: Can the most damaging kind of for-profit closure be prevented?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-05-05 17:05

Ben Unglesbee, Education Dive

Dream Center Education Holdings was the third major for-profit college system to close since December, coming on the heels of Education Corporation of America (ECA) and Vatterott Educational Centers. Taken together, the shutdowns signal that the for-profit sector’s reputational and financial troubles aren’t over, even after a period of consolidation and relative quiet following the collapses of ITT Technical Institute and Corinthian Colleges during the Obama administration. The recent spate of abrupt closures presents an alarming trend in for-profit higher ed’s consolidation.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/sudden-death-can-the-most-damaging-kind-of-for-profit-closure-be-prevented/553299/

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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Growth Fellowship

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-05-05 17:03

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women is offering graduates of 10,000 Women on Coursera the opportunity to take part in a prestigious Fellowship program to further encourage business growth. The Fellowship will take place in New York City in Fall 2019. What the chosen attendees will receive:
Tailored coaching and training: participants will receive two days of expert coaching and training in New York City
Access to experts: participants will discuss their business and their growth plans in one-on-one sessions with business leaders
Networking with peers: the intensive in-person program will allow participants to engage directly with, and learn from, other 10,000 Women alumni from across the world
Travel: Travel to/from New York City and accommodations

https://www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/10000women/coursera/index.html

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5 Ladies Leading Change In Education & Talent Technology

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:23

Brittany Chambers, Forbes

With the buzz of conference attendees, including renowned thought leaders and investors, who have developed a variety of new innovative technologies walking the venue grounds, ASU-GSV is not a conference to disappoint. The yearly conference, coined by its founders as one of “the most impactful convening of leaders in education and talent tech,” certainly has served as a space for some of the most innovative leaders to connect as they endeavor to challenge the ways we see and engage with the education and talent landscapes. In this article, five ladies in leadership share their work that has served to create more enriching, equitable and just educational and talent possibilities for a variety of learners of all ages at all stages.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brittanychambers/2019/04/22/5-ladies-leading-change-in-education-talent-technology/#2beadba94f4b

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9 universities partner to craft standards for digital records

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:22

By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
Nine universities from around the world announced Tuesday that they are teaming up to explore how emerging technologies like blockchain can help them give students a digital version of their academic record, including badges, certifications, internships and traditional degrees. The U.S. institutions involved in the project are Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of California System’s Berkeley and Irvine campuses. Such digital records would allow students to securely own and share their information instead of having to go back to the relevant institution each time they need proof of their accomplishments, said Sanjay Sarma, MIT’s vice president for open learning, in the announcement.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/9-universities-partner-to-craft-standards-for-digital-records/553184/

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Getting smart in the innovation age of AI

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:14

Tom Vander Ark and Ramona Schindelheim, Working Nation

“AI is the most important invention and change in the world right now,” says Vander Ark, who calls the times we’re living in right now as the “innovation age.” “My career started in the information age in which we learned how to use computers to improve analytics around the problems we are interested in. This new age is really driven by code that learns, that gets smarter, the more data that we give it. And it’s quietly changing every sector of the economy.”

https://workingnation.com/getting-smart-in-the-innovation-age-of-ai/

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How Modular Education Is Revolutionizing The Way We Learn (And Work)

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:10

Anant Agarwal, Forbes

Modular learning will allow workers to learn new skills and knowledge in smaller chunks, without having to leave their jobs. Modular learning will allow workers to learn new skills and knowledge in smaller chunks, without having to leave their jobs. In today’s digital economy, rapid technological change is transforming the workplace, and it has become apparent that we can no longer stop our education after college if we are to stay relevant. We will need to be continually learning, refreshing and updating our skillset as we progress through our careers. This drastic change in the nature of work also means that the way in which we learn needs to similarly transform.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/anantagarwal/2019/04/25/how-modular-education-is-revolutionizing-the-way-we-learn-and-work/#71a9bd103a26

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How blockchain, virtual assistants and AI are changing higher ed

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:09

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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Online Education Provider Coursera Is Now Worth More Than $1 Billion

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:05

Susan Adams, Forbes
Coursera, one of the companies featured on Forbes’ 2018 list of Next Billion-Dollar Startups, is worth well over $1 billion, says its CEO, Jeff Maggioncalda. The seven-year-old online education provider, based in Mountain View, California, announced this morning that it had raised an additional $103 million in funding. “This gives us the resources to more aggressively push on our mission of greater access to quality education and greater opportunity for people who are being left behind in this economy,” he says. Since our feature story on Coursera last October, the number of registered learners on the site has climbed from 36 million to 40 million.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2019/04/25/online-education-provider-coursera-is-now-worth-more-than-1-billion/#230557be30e1

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IBM expands universities in its quantum computing research network

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:05

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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To Train Gig Workers, Start by Knowing Who They Are

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-05-04 17:03

By Roselyn Miller, New America

The gig economy, in the most general sense, refers to temporary, independent, or contracted positions. The scope of jobs included in that definition changes depending on how contracts legally classify workers, where workers find work, and the nature of the job itself in relationship to the hiring organization’s main purpose. The Gig Economy Data Hub documents many different sources for information and research on gig work, and each major survey defines gig work slightly differently, leading to very different results. But, gig workers do share one unifying characteristic: they represent a workplace trend that distances employers from employees, placing more responsibilities, especially for career education and training, on individuals rather than corporations.

https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/train-gig-workers-start-knowing-who-they-are/

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Artificial Intelligence vs. Cognitive Computing in Education: How They Differ?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-05-03 17:25

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Cognitive computing is an extension of AI with one significant added component: cognitive computing systems are able to interact with humans using natural language.  IBM defines cognitive computing as,” systems that learn at scale, reason with purpose and interact with humans naturally. Rather than being explicitly programmed, they learn and reason from their interactions with us and from their experiences with their environment.” The big difference here being that cognitive computing agents are able to interact naturally with humans. AI are systems that follow a complicated set of rules to arrive at outcomes. Their usefulness is limited to structured data; they are not able to process unpredictable, nonlinear data, like natural speech. On the other hand, cognitive systems are probabilistic, meaning they can handle probabilities and uncertainties. They are able to make sense out of the changeability of unstructured information.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/artificial-intelligence-vs-cognitive-computing-in-education-how-they-differ/

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How You Can Tell If You Might Get Replaced By A Robot

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-05-03 17:20

By Beth Humbred Scott Latham, Honolulu Civil Beat

Millions of today’s jobs are expected to be affected by artificial intelligence and automation as part of the “fourth industrial revolution.” But just which occupations are most at risk has been a guessing game among economists, futurists and scholars trying to predict winners and losers. As experts on workers’ identities and careers and industry and technological change, we developed a new tool we believe will help workers more accurately determine the fate of their professions – and figure out how best to prepare.

https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/04/how-you-can-tell-if-you-might-get-replaced-by-a-robot/

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How new learning modes will shape the ‘future of work’

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-05-03 17:14

Hallie Busta, Education Dive
The function and makeup of the workforce will change as industries adapt to new technology and processes, raising questions about how educational models are responding to deliver relevant training, explains a new white paper from the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group. The report examines eight possible outcomes for the future of work based on three variables: educational models, workers’ economic mobility and the rate of technological advancement. A combination of the outcomes is most likely, the authors note.  One common theme throughout the outcomes is what the report positions as a consequence of educational models being slow to adapt to workforce needs: displaced workers competing for fewer jobs as industries become increasingly automated.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/how-new-learning-modes-will-shape-the-future-of-work/553133/

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New Frontiers of Adaptive Learning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-05-03 17:09

By David Raths, Campus Technology
Universities share how they are making strides with the use of adaptive courseware in the humanities. Most of the publicized examples of adaptive learning focus on its use in improving student outcomes in STEM courses, but some universities are seeing promising examples in the humanities as well. For example, the University of Mississippi Department of Writing and Rhetoric is using adaptive learning to help first-year writing students grasp rhetorical concepts.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/04/24/new-frontiers-of-adaptive-learning.aspx

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Eye on A.I.— How to Fix Artificial Intelligence’s Diversity Crisis

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2019-05-03 17:05

By JONATHAN VANIAN, Fortune
In recent years, researchers and journalists have highlighted artificial intelligence sometimes stumbling when it comes to minorities and women. Facial recognition technology, for example, is more likely to become confused when scanning dark-skinned women than light-skinned men. Last week, AI Now, a research group at New York University, released a study about A.I.’s diversity crisis. The report said that a lack of diversity among the people who create artificial intelligence and in the data they use to train it has created huge shortcomings in the technology.

http://fortune.com/2019/04/23/artificial-intelligence-diversity-crisis/

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