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Students Immersed in Petascale Computing as Part of Blue Waters Mission

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-12-31 16:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Earthquake preparedness, violent explosions of massive stars at the end of their lives, effectiveness of climate change response policy and teaching students about high-performance computing: These are some of the 130 projects undertaken in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this year, tapping into the computing power of Blue Waters, the center’s high-performance computing system. Among all of the research undertaken, at least one percent of them — 60 million core hours of computational capacity — each year is dedicated to “educational work,” projects intended to support the development of a national workforce with expertise in petascale computing.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/12/18/students-immersed-in-petascale-computing-as-part-of-blue-waters-mission.aspx

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Tips on Creating and Delivering Online Courses

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2017-12-31 16:03

by Adam Richards, Bangor Daily News

Just like there are a lot of people interested in taking online courses, there are also a lot of people interested in making them. However, your course will need to stand out among a ton of others. Here are some of the most important tips for creating a course that will attract a lot of students.

Tips on Creating and Delivering Online Courses

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For-Profit And Online Education: What’s Going On?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-12-30 16:25

By ANYA KAMENETZ , KANW

Compared to several years ago when for-profit enrollment was at a peak, all these experts point out, one big thing has changed. There are now a group of big nonprofit and public institutions targeting working adults with workforce-focused, on-demand learning. In other words, these companies are following the playbook laid out by for-profits, but with a better reputation — at least for now. “Southern New Hampshire. Arizona State. Western Governors’. Now Purdue,” says McDonnell. “Who can argue that online isn’t the future of learning?” [SNHU has 63,000 students; ASU has 72,000; WGU 86,000; Purdue 74,000 online and on campus].

http://kanw.com/post/profit-and-online-education-whats-going

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Coursera Fights To Keep The Promise Of MOOCs Alive With Corporate Customer Push

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-12-30 16:20

by Alex Konrad, Forbes

With an industry-leading 30 million users and hundreds of millions in venture funding raised, Coursera is neither overnight success story nor startup failure. But to build a lasting business, its future increasingly depends on an area of focus that would’ve seemed unsexy in the headiest days of the MOOC rush, when it was racing against rivals such as Udacity and edX to reach new universities and millions of users. Like many startups before it, Coursera has grown up to chart a course closer to business-to-business software and the promise of larger, more consistent paychecks.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2017/12/20/coursera-goes-corporate-to-keep-alive-promise-of-moocs/

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Machine Learning and Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-12-30 16:14

by Heath Yates and Craig Chamberlain, EDUCAUSE Review
Software is eating the world, so said Marc Andreesen in 2011.1 These days it seems that machine learning and its specialized algorithms are eating the software world.2 Is it thus a foregone conclusion that machine learning will play a significant role in disrupting technology and shaping our future? Machine learning concerns teaching machines to learn about something without explicit programming. At the core of machine learning is the idea of modeling and extracting useful information out of data. Societal trends clearly point to data as the resource of the future. Colleges and universities are already swimming in data, and there is much more on the way. Imagine a future in which computers are everywhere and interconnected with everything from clothes to refrigerators, phones, vending machines, and more.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/12/machine-learning-and-higher-education

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What will the rollback of net neutrality mean for innovation in higher ed?

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-12-30 16:10

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality rules prohibiting Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking certain types of web content or unfairly pricing companies for bandwidth intensive services — a move that came to the disappointment of several higher education associations, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Experts on the net neutrality regulation debate, however, contend the rollback would most likely impact entertainment platform providers, as accessing materials online versus streaming movies taxes the network infrastructure much differently — with basic online services not requiring much data or constant bandwidth consumption. Decisions on censoring content would be made by ISPs rather than the government, reports CIO Dive.  With less government oversight and greater competition among ISPs, many insiders contend blocking content will happen responsibly, reports CIO Dive. However, others argue the repeal could mean higher costs for high-bandwidth sites and fewer small ISP providers, which might affect higher ed institutions that support data-intensive online learning if learning management systems face new significant costs, according to Inside Higher Ed.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/what-will-the-rollback-of-net-neutrality-mean-for-innovation-in-higher-ed/513250/

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Harvard Medical School to Expand Online Medical Education in Egypt

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-12-30 16:06

by Harvard University
Harvard Medical School will offer online education to doctors-in-the-making and practicing clinicians affiliated with a pediatric cancer hospital in Egypt, the 57357 Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo. The coursework, part of Harvard Medical School’s innovative online learning program HMX Fundamentals, offers access to the knowledge and acumen of some of Harvard Medical School’s top physician-scientists and focuses on foundational subjects deemed fundamental for all frontline clinicians, not just specialists. “We are taking our knowledge beyond borders—a central tenet in the School’s philosophy—and are truly excited to offer access to a new group of learners,” said David Roberts, dean for external education at Harvard Medical School. “The materials and course work are ideally suited to help medical students and physicians in Egypt on their quest to improve pediatric health.”

https://hms.harvard.edu/news/beyond-borders

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Higher ed liberal arts degrees on the upswing

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2017-12-30 16:02

by Dawn Papandrea, University Business
Despite the big push for STEM majors and career-focused skills in recent years, the liberal arts seem to be making a resurgence. Liberal arts degree programs in 2016 ranked No. 1 for most completions as well as for the biggest increase in completions, higher ed consulting firm Gray Associates found in a recent analysis of IPEDS preliminary data. Liberal arts and sciences associate degrees led all 1,400-plus IPEDS Classification of Instructional programs with 251,393 completions. Among academic program groups, postbaccalaureate certificates in liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities had the biggest growth—56 percent (see chart).

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/higher-ed-liberal-arts-degrees-upswing

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VR and AR: Learners as Creators and World Builders of Our Immersive Future

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-12-29 16:25

by Emory Craig and Maya Georgieva, EDUCAUSE Review

In working with faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education, we’re often asked, How do you get started with VR? What will be the impact of immersive computing on education? What are the real benefits for students beyond the novelty factor of a new technology? Thinking through these important questions, it is helpful to reflect on the work of the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report. One of the major developments across the educational spectrum is the idea of students as creators; we see this as one of the most exciting areas in the use of virtual and augmented reality. Students today aspire to do more with technology than simply be passive consumers of a new media form. The compelling nature of immersive technologies inspires them to become creators and active explorers in the making of a new medium. For this post, we’d like to explore some of the early and exciting student projects in this area.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2017/12/vr-and-ar-learners-as-creators-and-world-builders-of-our-immersive-future

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The Role of Higher Education in the Changing World of Work

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-12-29 16:21

by Dianne F. Harrison, EDUCAUSE Review
The changing world is a universal topic of interest, with particular resonance to higher education. Colleges and universities research change, teach about change, and often impact current and future change. To support students to live in this ever-changing world, those of us who work in higher education strive to provide solid, relevant preparation at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. We proactively and thoughtfully integrate and rely on educational technologies — in curriculum and instruction, labs, assignment design, libraries, support services, and more. But increasingly, employers tell us that our graduates are not adequately prepared for the changing world. Why? Because the “world of work” has also changed, and these changes are not always configured as one would expect.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/10/the-role-of-higher-education-in-the-changing-world-of-work

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Is your institution preparing students for future-forward jobs?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-12-29 16:15

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
During a visit to Education Dive’s office Tuesday, Fielding Graduate University President Katrina Rogers and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Orlando Taylor said college administrators must enhance students’ access to the STEM pipeline while looking ahead toward jobs of the future to determine what types of skills students may need.  Taylor said college leaders should be thinking about “a new kind of America in the global context,” asking forward-looking questions like “what does a scientist look like?” and “what types of problems in your community would you like to see solved?” He also said administrators need to consider how to get answers from diverse perspectives to drive research and student goals in positive ways.  Rogers said leaders must ponder what types of jobs may develop as automation gains steam, with particular emphasis on the kinds of tasks only humans can perform. Skills like thinking critically, working collaboratively and showing empathy will always require a human touch, and the onus is on higher ed leaders to help students develop those traits alongside technical skills.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/is-your-institution-preparing-students-for-future-forward-jobs/513500/

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Where is technology taking the economy?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-12-29 16:05

By W. Brian Arthur, McKinsey Quarterly
We are creating an intelligence that is external to humans and housed in the virtual economy. This is bringing us into a new economic era—a distributive one—where different rules apply.  Technology can also help companies break out of the “teacher and classroom” (facilitator and workshop) model that so many still rely on, maximizing the value and organizational impact of what is taught and learned. Fast-paced digital learning is easier to embed in the day-to-day work flows of managers. Every successful leader tells stories of how he or she developed leadership capabilities by dealing with a real problem in a specific context, and our survey provides supporting evidence for these anecdotes: companies with successful leadership-development programs were four to five times more likely to require participants to apply their learnings in new settings over an extended period and to practice them in their job.

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-analytics/our-insights/where-is-technology-taking-the-economy

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The case for digital reinvention

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-12-29 16:05

By Jacques Bughin, Laura LaBerge, and Anette Mellbye, McKinsey Quarterly
Digital technology, despite its seeming ubiquity, has only begun to penetrate industries. As it continues its advance, the implications for revenues, profits, and opportunities will be dramatic.  As digitization penetrates more fully, it will dampen revenue and profit growth for some, particularly the bottom quartile of companies, according to our research, while the top quartile captures disproportionate gains. Bold, tightly integrated digital strategies will be the biggest differentiator between companies that win and companies that don’t, and the biggest payouts will go to those that initiate digital disruptions. Fast-followers with operational excellence and superior organizational health won’t be far behind. These findings emerged from a research effort to understand the nature, extent, and top-management implications of the progress of digitization.

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/digital-mckinsey/our-insights/the-case-for-digital-reinvention

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Can CryptoKitties Teach the World About Blockchain?

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2017-12-29 16:03

By Ben Dickson, PCMag

The game lets you collect, raise, and breed unique digital cats on the Ethereum blockchain. No, that’s not a joke.  Benny Giang DMed me on Twitter in early October about CryptoKitties. “We put the first breedable kitties onto the blockchain,” Giang wrote, adding “This may sound like an ICO scam or a joke but it’s neither.” Although I’m still having a hard time finding value in this modern-day Tamagotchi, I believe the viral growth of CryptoKitties might have positive effects on the evolution of the blockchain industry. Pokemon Go was a silly fad too, but it brought mainstream attention to smartphone-based augmented reality (AR), which had, up to that point, been a fringe technology.

https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/358018/can-digital-kitties-teach-the-world-about-blockchain

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Survey: Students not aware of campus cybersecurity threats

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-28 16:25

by Jeremy House, Education Dive
A new survey from CDW-G suggests college IT departments are missing the mark when it comes to educating their student bodies about cybersecurity threats, reports University Business. Only 26% of college students said they were aware of cybersecurity breaches at their institutions, even though the the vast majority IT professionals said they reported such incidents campus wide. Cybersecurity training is often mandatory for faculty and staff, but most institutions lack the resources and infrastructure to provide the same to students, making it difficult to educate students not just to protect the school’s systems, but to safeguard their own off-campus affairs as well.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-students-not-aware-of-campus-cybersecurity-threats/513373/

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Eastern Washington adopts Microsoft’s data science program

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-28 16:20

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
Eastern Washington University has adopted courses from Microsoft’s Professional Program in Data Science, a move that officials said allowed it to quickly develop a degree in specialized data analytics. The new courses allow students to complete a BS in data analytics and earn a professional credential from Microsoft, according EWU’s website.
Initiatives like this one are proliferating among tech companies as they try to fill the shortage of graduates with expertise in data and computer science, said Charles Eaton, executive vice president for social innovation at the Computing Technology Industry Association, in an article in The Hechinger Report. Statistics show 40% of employers have trouble finding workers with these skills, according to Hechinger.
In addition to Microsoft, other companies like Linux are teaming up with institutions such as MIT and Harvard through edX, the online learning and MOOC provider, to offer online courses that provide students specialized skills, along with exercises in critical thinking and collaboration.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/eastern-washington-adopts-microsofts-data-science-program/513334/

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Warning: Cyber breaches more likely over holiday break

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-28 16:15

By Alison DeNisco Rayome, Tech Republic
Poor employee cyber hygiene may put companies at heightened risk for attack over the holiday break, according to a new report from T-Systems. T-Systems, the corporate IT and cybersecurity arm of Europe’s largest telecom company, Deutsche Telekom, warns companies that security risks abound when companies allow employees to work over Christmas.  Of those surveyed, 24% said they use free Wi-Fi hotspots to access work-related emails and documents while out of the office, the report found—a major risk, as these insecure portals are easy for hackers to clone. Further, 10% of employees said they use free USB charging points at airports and stations, which can be used to transfer viruses and malware to unsuspecting victims.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/warning-cyber-breaches-more-likely-over-holiday-break/

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For-Profit And Online Education: What’s Going On?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-28 16:08

By ANYA KAMENETZ , KANW

Compared to several years ago when for-profit enrollment was at a peak, all these experts point out, one big thing has changed. There are now a group of big nonprofit and public institutions targeting working adults with workforce-focused, on-demand learning. In other words, these companies are following the playbook laid out by for-profits, but with a better reputation — at least for now. “Southern New Hampshire. Arizona State. Western Governors’. Now Purdue,” says McDonnell. “Who can argue that online isn’t the future of learning?” [SNHU has 63,000 students; ASU has 72,000; WGU 86,000; Purdue 74,000 online and on campus].

http://kanw.com/post/profit-and-online-education-whats-going

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Coursera Fights To Keep The Promise Of MOOCs Alive With Corporate Customer Push

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-28 16:05

by Alex Konrad, Forbes

With an industry-leading 30 million users and hundreds of millions in venture funding raised, Coursera is neither overnight success story nor startup failure. But to build a lasting business, its future increasingly depends on an area of focus that would’ve seemed unsexy in the headiest days of the MOOC rush, when it was racing against rivals such as Udacity and edX to reach new universities and millions of users. Like many startups before it, Coursera has grown up to chart a course closer to business-to-business software and the promise of larger, more consistent paychecks.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2017/12/20/coursera-goes-corporate-to-keep-alive-promise-of-moocs/

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Machine Learning and Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2017-12-28 16:03

by Heath Yates and Craig Chamberlain, EDUCAUSE Review
Software is eating the world, so said Marc Andreesen in 2011.1 These days it seems that machine learning and its specialized algorithms are eating the software world.2 Is it thus a foregone conclusion that machine learning will play a significant role in disrupting technology and shaping our future? Machine learning concerns teaching machines to learn about something without explicit programming. At the core of machine learning is the idea of modeling and extracting useful information out of data. Societal trends clearly point to data as the resource of the future. Colleges and universities are already swimming in data, and there is much more on the way. Imagine a future in which computers are everywhere and interconnected with everything from clothes to refrigerators, phones, vending machines, and more.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/12/machine-learning-and-higher-education

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