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States Issue Privacy Ultimatums to Education Technology Vendors

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-29 17:24

By Stephen Noonoo, EdSurge

The Connecticut law outlines terms around the way identifiable student information can be used by vendors—anyone from yearbook publishers to niche apps to Google. Privacy advocates and parent groups applaud the new measure for protecting students from targeted advertising and requiring notification when data breaches occur. But some education leaders say the law is difficult to comply with and does not take into account the many different kinds of student data.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-03-12-states-issue-privacy-ultimatums-to-education-technology-vendors

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IBM’s latest computer is a blockchain-ready CPU smaller than a grain of salt

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-29 17:20

by Jayce Wagner, Digital Trends

IBM kicked off its Think 2018 conference today with a bombshell announcement: It has made the world’s smallest computer, and it’s designed from the ground up to work with the blockchain. The computer itself is smaller than a single grain of salt, coming in at 1 millimeter by 1 millimeter and reportedly has about the same computing power as a 1990s era CPU. “The world’s smallest computer is an IBM-designed edge device architecture and computing platform that is smaller than a grain of salt will cost less than ten cents to manufacture, and can monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data,” IBM claims. “It packs several hundred thousand transistors into a footprint barely visible to the human eye and can help verify that a product has been handled properly throughout its long journey.”

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/ibm-blockchain-computer-salt/

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Will your job survive when the machines come?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-29 17:15

By Networks Asia
Almost half (48%) of Singapore business leaders believe they’ll have more job satisfaction in the future by offloading the tasks they don’t want to do to machines, while 52% disagree, finds research conducted by Vanson Bourne. Findings pointed towards how a truly mutually beneficial partnership is on the cards – if businesses prepare accordingly.  Machines will assume work functions in finance, inventory, logistics, administration, customer service, marketing, HR, medical care and more to alter the course of education. Society will enter a new phase that will be characterized by “in the moment” learning as the pace of change will be so rapid that new industries will be created and new skills will be required to survive.  A majority (97%) believe that technology will change the way we learn by 2030, globally.

https://www.networksasia.net/article/will-your-job-survive-when-machines-come.1521371527

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IBM’s latest computer is a blockchain-ready CPU smaller than a grain of salt

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-29 17:05

by Jayce Wagner, Digital Trends

IBM kicked off its Think 2018 conference today with a bombshell announcement: It has made the world’s smallest computer, and it’s designed from the ground up to work with the blockchain. The computer itself is smaller than a single grain of salt, coming in at 1 millimeter by 1 millimeter and reportedly has about the same computing power as a 1990s era CPU. “The world’s smallest computer is an IBM-designed edge device architecture and computing platform that is smaller than a grain of salt will cost less than ten cents to manufacture, and can monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data,” IBM claims. “It packs several hundred thousand transistors into a footprint barely visible to the human eye and can help verify that a product has been handled properly throughout its long journey.”

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/ibm-blockchain-computer-salt/

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Can video games help students learn complicated concepts?

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-29 17:03

by Patti Zarling, Education Dive

Many young students grew up with a joystick in their hands, so Texas A&M University has developed a sophisticated video game aimed to make calculus class a little less daunting. Following on the heels of offering its first game-based course in art history in fall, the university this semester is piloting a game-based calculus class in which the game is the course. Students use calculus fundamentals to complete quests and face virtual obstacles throughout the 3-D game, said Paula Lima-Filho, a mathematician at Texas A&M, who helped develop the game.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/can-video-games-help-students-learn-complicated-concepts/

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OnlineMedEd helping medical students prepare for future

News & Thoughts - Thu, 2018-03-29 17:01

By TIMOTHY BOONE, the Advocate

In just three years, Dr. Dustyn Williams has helped build OnLineMedEd to annual revenue of $3.5 million. Now, he’s looking to expand the mission of the company from training medical students to providing online courses in a range of fields. Williams, a physician at Baton Rouge General Medical Center who serves as a faculty member for the medical center’s internal medicine residency program, helped launch OnlineMedEd in 2014. The company offers medical education to about 75,000 unique email addresses each month. While the core videos are free, OnlineMedEd makes its money by selling “freemium” content, such as lessons that prepare students for medical residencies and continuing education classes. “Medical knowledge belongs to no one,” Williams said. “If you have an internet connection, you can get the fundamentals.”

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_5d3ec878-27a8-11e8-8003-df09ff88e9ac.html

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Kids miss college because their parents won’t apply for financial aid

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-28 17:22

by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, SCPR

A significant minority of high school seniors who wouldn’t be able to afford college without financial help can’t get their parents to sign the FAFSA. Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, estimates about 5 percent of seniors who want to go to college fall into this category. The FAFSA requires students and their parents to reveal their immigration status, the state of their finances and any public benefits they may have used. The U.S. Department of Education collects the information but doesn’t share it with immigration authorities. A lot of people don’t know that, and their fears are heightened by the Trump administration’s tough anti-immigrant policies.

https://www.scpr.org/news/2018/03/19/81709/kids-miss-college-because-their-parents-won-t-appl/

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What Is BitDegree Cryptocurrency?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-28 17:19

by Robert Leyland, Merkle
Of all the industries that blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt, education seems like one of the least obvious. However, current education systems are not keeping pace with technological developments, leaving students out in the cold.  BitDegree’s concept is simple. Technology is outpacing the development of educational courses in traditional educational institutions. Therefore, the company seeks to provide the highest quality courses available to bridge an identified gap between employers’ needs and the current offerings of universities and higher education institutions. BitDegree likes to think of their platform as a merged version of Coursera and HackerRank.

What Is BitDegree Cryptocurrency?

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Augmented Reality In Social Media, Marketing, Mobile Apps and More

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-28 17:15

by G-Cube

Augmented Reality (AR) in which virtual content is incorporated with real-world scenarios, is an emerging trend in the field of workplace learning and development. It is a way of bridging the gap between real and digital world by superimposing virtual images with the information of real world. With the use of smartphones, tablets and other personalized devices, an immense potential of AR has started to be explored.

http://www.elearninglearning.com/edition/weekly-corporate-learning-best-elearning-2018-03-10

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Will your job survive when the machines come?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-28 17:07

By Networks Asia
Almost half (48%) of Singapore business leaders believe they’ll have more job satisfaction in the future by offloading the tasks they don’t want to do to machines, while 52% disagree, finds research conducted by Vanson Bourne. Findings pointed towards how a truly mutually beneficial partnership is on the cards – if businesses prepare accordingly.  Machines will assume work functions in finance, inventory, logistics, administration, customer service, marketing, HR, medical care and more to alter the course of education. Society will enter a new phase that will be characterized by “in the moment” learning as the pace of change will be so rapid that new industries will be created and new skills will be required to survive.  A majority (97%) believe that technology will change the way we learn by 2030, globally.

https://www.networksasia.net/article/will-your-job-survive-when-machines-come.1521371527

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What Is BitDegree Cryptocurrency?

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-28 17:05

by Robert Leyland, Merkle
Of all the industries that blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt, education seems like one of the least obvious. However, current education systems are not keeping pace with technological developments, leaving students out in the cold.  BitDegree’s concept is simple. Technology is outpacing the development of educational courses in traditional educational institutions. Therefore, the company seeks to provide the highest quality courses available to bridge an identified gap between employers’ needs and the current offerings of universities and higher education institutions. BitDegree likes to think of their platform as a merged version of Coursera and HackerRank.

What Is BitDegree Cryptocurrency?

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Augmented Reality In Social Media, Marketing, Mobile Apps and More

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-03-28 17:03

by G-Cube

Augmented Reality (AR) in which virtual content is incorporated with real-world scenarios, is an emerging trend in the field of workplace learning and development. It is a way of bridging the gap between real and digital world by superimposing virtual images with the information of real world. With the use of smartphones, tablets and other personalized devices, an immense potential of AR has started to be explored.

http://www.elearninglearning.com/edition/weekly-corporate-learning-best-elearning-2018-03-10

 

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On Change and Relevance for Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-27 17:25

A Q&A with Phil Long

Higher ed institutions are facing some serious challenges to stay relevant in a world that is diversifying and changing rapidly. They want to make sure that the experiences they have designed for students will carry the next generation forward to be productive citizens and workers. But institutions’ abilities to keep up in our changing environment have begun to lag to a sufficient degree, such that alternatives to the traditional university are being considered, both by the institutions themselves and by their constituents and colleagues throughout the education sector.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/12/on-change-and-relevance-for-higher-education.aspx

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5 Key Points for Journalism Educators Who Want to Teach Online

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-27 17:20

by Kate Ames, Media Shift

If you’re transitioning to teaching students online, then you’re possibly in one of two camps: you’re resistant because you believe face-to-face teaching is better, or you’re resigned because you know it is a matter of when, not if. Finding a truly passionate distance educator in a field where much of the learning has to be practical (how to write, use a camera, record sound) has, in my experience, been difficult. Most people design curriculum with the on-campus student in mind, and then make amendments for the distance student. “Designing authentic learning tasks that facilitate connections requires you to be innovative, particularly in the ways you provide feedback and support to students without overwhelming yourself.” However, journalism education by distance seems a natural fit. Journalists routinely have to work remotely, receiving briefs from editors thousands of miles away. They create and file stories using a diverse range of technologies, and need to be mobile, adaptable, social and able to negotiate complexity when conducting research.

http://mediashift.org/2018/03/5-key-points-new-distance-journalism-educators/

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New Study Finds Discrimination and Bias in Online Course Forums

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-27 17:15

By Henry Kronk, e-Learning Inside

In the new report, “Bias in Online Classes: Evidence from a Field Experiment,” researchers looked into whether or not students and instructors displayed racial or gender biases in online courses. In 124 different MOOCs, the authors “tested for the presence of racial and gender biases in these settings by creating fictional student identities with racial- and gender-connotative names, having these fictional students place randomly assigned comments in the discussion forums, and observing the engagement of other students and instructors with these comments.”

New Study Finds Discrimination and Bias in Online Course Forums

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Using Data to Expose Industry Needs — and Design Degree Programs Accordingly

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-27 17:09

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

To get a bead on opportunities in the field of business analytics education, Montclair State University turned to a team of internal data experts to figure out what a new education program should cover — the very same people who would eventually be teaching its courses. In a paper published in 2015 in Information Systems Education Journal, three faculty members described how they used data to map out curriculum for a proposed business analytics program. Development of this kind of program was being undertaken in a highly competitive atmosphere. As the paper noted, graduate and undergraduate programs on business analytics had already been introduced at 130 institutions in just the previous five years. What set this effort apart, however, was its intended emphasis on “competency-based instruction” — if they could pinpoint just what that meant in this context.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/08/using-data-to-expose-industry-needs-and-design-degree-programs-accordingly.aspx

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5 Key Points for Journalism Educators Who Want to Teach Online

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-27 17:04

by Kate Ames, Media Shift

If you’re transitioning to teaching students online, then you’re possibly in one of two camps: you’re resistant because you believe face-to-face teaching is better, or you’re resigned because you know it is a matter of when, not if. Finding a truly passionate distance educator in a field where much of the learning has to be practical (how to write, use a camera, record sound) has, in my experience, been difficult. Most people design curriculum with the on-campus student in mind, and then make amendments for the distance student. “Designing authentic learning tasks that facilitate connections requires you to be innovative, particularly in the ways you provide feedback and support to students without overwhelming yourself.” However, journalism education by distance seems a natural fit. Journalists routinely have to work remotely, receiving briefs from editors thousands of miles away. They create and file stories using a diverse range of technologies, and need to be mobile, adaptable, social and able to negotiate complexity when conducting research.

http://mediashift.org/2018/03/5-key-points-new-distance-journalism-educators/

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New Study Finds Discrimination and Bias in Online Course Forums

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-03-27 17:03

By Henry Kronk, e-Learning Inside

In the new report, “Bias in Online Classes: Evidence from a Field Experiment,” researchers looked into whether or not students and instructors displayed racial or gender biases in online courses. In 124 different MOOCs, the authors “tested for the presence of racial and gender biases in these settings by creating fictional student identities with racial- and gender-connotative names, having these fictional students place randomly assigned comments in the discussion forums, and observing the engagement of other students and instructors with these comments.”

New Study Finds Discrimination and Bias in Online Course Forums

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Personalized learning is for online courses, too

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-26 17:26

By Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive
eCornell CEO Paul Krause said his organization, which started as an entrepreneurial unit of Cornell University’s main campus and now provides much of the institution’s online infrastructure and marketing, has laid out a model for massive open online course (MOOCs) providers to look to as an example for monetization.  Personalization is important, said Krause during a conversation in Austin last week. Even in an online or blended space, he said, offering relevant, engaging experiences is the best way to get the desired outcomes for the average students. To achieve the needed level of personalization, Krause said instructors and course designers should find ways to embed high levels of peer-to-peer interaction, even within online modules, and incorporate course examples that are timely and relevant to students.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/personalized-learning-is-for-online-courses-too/

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7 popular online courses in STEM and gaming that are taught by female leaders in their fields

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-03-26 17:20

by Connie Chen, Business Insider

Since men hold more jobs in these fields, it’s not surprising that when you browse online learning sites, there tends to be more male teachers in those subjects as well. However, for a woman looking to approach something like STEM or gaming, the impact of seeing a teacher who looks like her cannot be understated. Similar to how representation in media affects how groups of people perceive themselves and are perceived in the world, representation in STEM and gaming plays an important role in motivating women to overcome and fight back against gender-related barriers in their own career journeys.

http://www.businessinsider.com/online-stem-gaming-python-courses-taught-by-women-2018-3

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