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Survey: Majority of Faculty Acknowledge that Textbook Affordability Is an Issue on Their Campus

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-07-01 17:15

Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

In a recent survey, 90 percent of faculty reported that textbook affordability is a concern for their institution. Yet just 40 percent said their school has a program focused on reducing textbook costs. That’s according to the second annual FlatWorld Textbook Affordability Study, in which the learning materials publisher polled 786 faculty members at two- and four-year institutions across the country about their attitudes toward textbook costs.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/06/20/survey-majority-of-faculty-acknowledge-that-textbook-affordability-is-an-issue-on-their-campus.aspx

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Europe is Starting to Tackle Disinformation

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-07-01 17:05

Alina Polyakova and Daniel Fried, Brookings

Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election woke up Americans to the threat of disinformation, especially from Russia. But almost three years and many more interference campaigns later, the United States still lags in responding to malign foreign influence in the information space, argue Alina Polyakova and Daniel Fried. This article originally appeared in The Washington Post.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/06/20/europe-is-starting-to-tackle-disinformation-the-us-is-lagging/

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Coursera’s Monetization Journey: From 0 to $100+ Million in Revenue

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-07-01 17:03

Dhawal Shah, Class Central

According to Forbes, Coursera’s 2018 estimated revenue is around $140 million. (In our analysis of Coursera in 2017, Class Central estimated Coursera’s 2017 revenue in the range of $100 million.) By the end of 2018, Coursera had an active catalog of 3100 courses and 310 Specializations, 12 master’s degrees announced, and over 1,500 enterprise customers (including over 60 Fortune 500 companies), up from 500 at the end of 2016.

https://www.classcentral.com/report/coursera-monetization-revenues/

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Survey: Majority of Faculty Acknowledge that Textbook Affordability Is an Issue on Their Campus

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2019-07-01 17:02

Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

In a recent survey, 90 percent of faculty reported that textbook affordability is a concern for their institution. Yet just 40 percent said their school has a program focused on reducing textbook costs. That’s according to the second annual FlatWorld Textbook Affordability Study, in which the learning materials publisher polled 786 faculty members at two- and four-year institutions across the country about their attitudes toward textbook costs.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/06/20/survey-majority-of-faculty-acknowledge-that-textbook-affordability-is-an-issue-on-their-campus.aspx

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How VR and AR take CTE programs to the next level

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-30 17:27

MIKE MACCHIAROLA, eSchool News
Studies consistently reveal the importance of career and technical education (CTE) programs as a method to reduce dropout rates and to keep students focused on high school graduation. Across Pasco County Schools, where we educate 75,000 students, the vision for our CTE program is to provide broad exposure to CTE experiential learning opportunities while equipping students to be life-long learners.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/06/21/vr-ar-cte-programs/

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Using Machine Learning to Predict Student Outcomes

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-30 17:14

Mattew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Many factors play a role in early withdrawal from university, mostly to do with financial and personal reasons. Universities and colleges also lose students when they decide to study at other schools, or take online courses at other schools or decide to take their sophomore year off. Technology in the form of machine learning is being used by universities to improve their student support and retention rates. The value of machine learning for the improvement of retention rates lies in its predictive power. Machine learning algorithms are able to analyze vast data sets and identify students who are at risk of abandoning their studies.

 

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-machine-learning-to-predict-student-outcomes/

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Penn State World Campus Taps Google Cloud to Build Virtual Advising Assistant

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-30 17:14

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
At the start of the spring 2020 semester this January, Penn State World Campus will have a new artificial intelligence tool for answering the most common requests from its undergraduate students. A virtual assistant will help academic advisers at the online institution screen student e-mails for certain keywords and phrases, and then automatically pull relevant information for the advisers to send to students. For instance, the AI will be trained to assist advisers when students inquire how to change their major, change their Penn State campus, re-enroll in the university or defer their semester enrollment date, according to a news announcement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/06/20/penn-state-world-campus-taps-google-cloud-to-build-virtual-advising-assistant.aspx

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Will artificial intelligence make you a better leader?

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-30 17:05

Sam Bourton, Johanne Lavoie, and Tiffany Vogel; Mckinsey Quarterly

In our experience, AI can be a huge help to the leader who’s trying to become more inwardly agile and foster creative approaches to transformation. When a CEO puts AI to work on the toughest and most complex strategic challenges, he or she must rely on the same set of practices that build personal inner agility. Sending AI out into the mass of complexity, without knowing in advance what it will come back with, the CEO is embracing the discovery of original, unexpected, and breakthrough ideas

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/will-artificial-intelligence-make-you-a-better-leader

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Transforming the Transcript

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-30 17:03

Amber Garrison Duncan, Today’s Students

Hiring is Changing. This issue has become more and more common as students are attempting to gain good jobs, but lack a way to effectively communicate what they know and can do. This is due to the fact that employers are engaging in skills-based hiring and using new technology find candidates in a digital world. Today’s technology is helping hundreds of education and training providers to capture all learning. Colleges and universities are creating Comprehensive Learner Records to meet the changing nature of learning and hiring.

https://higherlearningadvocates.org/2019/06/19/transforming-the-transcript/

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Penn State World Campus Taps Google Cloud to Build Virtual Advising Assistant

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2019-06-30 17:03

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
At the start of the spring 2020 semester this January, Penn State World Campus will have a new artificial intelligence tool for answering the most common requests from its undergraduate students. A virtual assistant will help academic advisers at the online institution screen student e-mails for certain keywords and phrases, and then automatically pull relevant information for the advisers to send to students. For instance, the AI will be trained to assist advisers when students inquire how to change their major, change their Penn State campus, re-enroll in the university or defer their semester enrollment date, according to a news announcement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/06/20/penn-state-world-campus-taps-google-cloud-to-build-virtual-advising-assistant.aspx

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What are the three pillars of a future-focused university?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2019-06-29 17:25

But there is a bright future ahead if universities redefine themselves beyond the rhetoric of value propositions and marketing schtick, and fully embrace the below three key pillars:

1. Promote engagement and impact

2. Enhance humanity

3. Expand student access

https://theconversation.com/the-three-things-universities-must-do-to-survive-disruption-117970

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