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Cambridge University Will Hold Its Lectures Online Next Year

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-06-01 17:24

Stephen Castle, NY Times

The 800-year-old university said in a statement that it was “likely that social distancing will continue to be required” during the next academic year, which begins in October and concludes in the summer of 2021. The university said that the decision will be reviewed if official coronavirus guidance changes. “Lectures will continue to be made available online and it may be possible to host smaller teaching groups in person, as long as this conforms to social distancing requirements,” the university said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/world/europe/cambridge-university-coronavirus.html

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CDC: Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-06-01 17:20

As some institutes of higher education (IHE) open in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following considerations for ways in which IHEs can help protect students and employees (e.g., faculty, staff, and administrators) and slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). IHEs vary considerably in geographic location, size, and structure. As such, IHE officials can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials, whether and how to implement these considerations while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the IHE and local community. Implementation should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of each community.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/considerations.html

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Doctors are using mixed reality while treating COVID-19 patients

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-06-01 17:15

BY DAN ROBITZSKI, Futurism
Doctors in the U.K. have started using mixed reality headsets to communicate with their peers, drastically cutting down how many medical workers need to come into contact with COVID-19 patients. The Microsoft goggles let the wearer communicate with colleagues or request information like x-ray results from technicians waiting safely in a different room, BBC News reports. And while the idea seems alien at first, doctors told BBC News they think the technology will definitely help limit future spread of the coronavirus.

https://futurism.com/neoscope/doctors-mixed-reality-treat-covid19-patients

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Cambridge University Will Hold Its Lectures Online Next Year

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-06-01 17:11

Stephen Castle, NY Times

The 800-year-old university said in a statement that it was “likely that social distancing will continue to be required” during the next academic year, which begins in October and concludes in the summer of 2021. The university said that the decision will be reviewed if official coronavirus guidance changes. “Lectures will continue to be made available online and it may be possible to host smaller teaching groups in person, as long as this conforms to social distancing requirements,” the university said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/world/europe/cambridge-university-coronavirus.html

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CDC: Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-06-01 17:05

As some institutes of higher education (IHE) open in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following considerations for ways in which IHEs can help protect students and employees (e.g., faculty, staff, and administrators) and slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). IHEs vary considerably in geographic location, size, and structure. As such, IHE officials can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials, whether and how to implement these considerations while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the IHE and local community. Implementation should be guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of each community.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/considerations.html

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Doctors are using mixed reality while treating COVID-19 patients

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2020-06-01 17:02

BY DAN ROBITZSKI, Futurism
Doctors in the U.K. have started using mixed reality headsets to communicate with their peers, drastically cutting down how many medical workers need to come into contact with COVID-19 patients. The Microsoft goggles let the wearer communicate with colleagues or request information like x-ray results from technicians waiting safely in a different room, BBC News reports. And while the idea seems alien at first, doctors told BBC News they think the technology will definitely help limit future spread of the coronavirus.

https://futurism.com/neoscope/doctors-mixed-reality-treat-covid19-patients

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Exploring the State of University Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-05-31 17:25

Brian Runo interviews Ray Schroeder, MarketScale

Schroeder and host Brian Runo discussed the state of online learning for universities as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic. With predictive models showing possible new surges of cases in the fall, some universities are going to continue online, while others will reopen for fall with safety precautions in place. Schroeder and Runo also chatted about what to expect from online learning in the future and how universities can prepare for education in the future.

https://marketscale.com/industries/education-technology/exploring-the-state-of-university-online-learning/

 

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Now hiring AI futurists: It’s time for artificial intelligence to take a seat in the C-Suite

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-05-31 17:20

Brian Solis, ZD Net
In a time of COVID-19 disruption, futurists can accelerate organizational recovery and capacity. When partnered with purpose-built AI, augmented intelligence can also spur radical innovation. COVID-19 disruption has left enterprises with no choice but to reassess digital transformation investments and roadmaps. While less important projects are delayed, transformation projects involving AI and automation are receiving a lot of attention right now. In just the last 60 days, the adoption of varying levels of AI technologies across the enterprise surged with an incredible sense of urgency.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/now-hiring-ai-futurists-in-an-era-of-covid-19-its-time-for-artificial-intelligence-to-take-a-seat-in-the-c-suite/

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Secretive agency uses AI, human ‘forecasters’ to predict the future

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-05-31 17:14

PAUL RATNER, Big Think
A U.S. government intelligence agency develops cutting-edge tech to predict future events. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a research arm of the U.S. government intelligence community, is focused on predicting the future. The organization uses teams of human non-experts and AI machine learning to forecast future events. IARPA also conducts advanced research in numerous other fields, funding rotating programs.

https://bigthink.com/technology-innovation/secretive-agency-uses-ai-human-forecasters-to-predict-future

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Exploring the State of University Online Learning

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-05-31 17:07

Brian Runo interviews Ray Schroeder, MarketScale

Schroeder and host Brian Runo discussed the state of online learning for universities as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic. With predictive models showing possible new surges of cases in the fall, some universities are going to continue online, while others will reopen for fall with safety precautions in place. Schroeder and Runo also chatted about what to expect from online learning in the future and how universities can prepare for education in the future.

https://marketscale.com/industries/education-technology/exploring-the-state-of-university-online-learning/

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Now hiring AI futurists: It’s time for artificial intelligence to take a seat in the C-Suite

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-05-31 17:05

Brian Solis, ZD Net
In a time of COVID-19 disruption, futurists can accelerate organizational recovery and capacity. When partnered with purpose-built AI, augmented intelligence can also spur radical innovation. COVID-19 disruption has left enterprises with no choice but to reassess digital transformation investments and roadmaps. While less important projects are delayed, transformation projects involving AI and automation are receiving a lot of attention right now. In just the last 60 days, the adoption of varying levels of AI technologies across the enterprise surged with an incredible sense of urgency.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/now-hiring-ai-futurists-in-an-era-of-covid-19-its-time-for-artificial-intelligence-to-take-a-seat-in-the-c-suite/

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Secretive agency uses AI, human ‘forecasters’ to predict the future

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2020-05-31 17:02

PAUL RATNER, Big Think
A U.S. government intelligence agency develops cutting-edge tech to predict future events. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a research arm of the U.S. government intelligence community, is focused on predicting the future. The organization uses teams of human non-experts and AI machine learning to forecast future events. IARPA also conducts advanced research in numerous other fields, funding rotating programs.

https://bigthink.com/technology-innovation/secretive-agency-uses-ai-human-forecasters-to-predict-future

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COVID-19 shows that America’s broadband plan is still in beta

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-05-30 17:25

Blair Levin, Brookings

By mandating that the FCC assess the United States’ progress against the goals of the original plan, Sen. Markey’s legislation would accelerate our progress… In addition, the legislation adds two more important requirements: First, it tells the FCC to assess what COVID-19 has taught us about how Americans can use broadband to learn, work, receive medical information and treatment, and participate in civic communications. Second, the proposed legislation imposes genuine, ongoing accountability by directing the FCC to provide annual reports on the progress of achieving the updated plan’s goals

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/05/18/covid-19-shows-that-americas-broadband-plan-is-still-in-beta/

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Uncertain when campuses can open, colleges make their fall plans flexible

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-05-30 17:20

Alia Wong, Education Dive

By splitting up courses and preparing for online classes, some schools hope to make the term easier to adapt as the public health situation changes. “There’s a great deal of speculation about everything,” said Terry Hartle, the American Council on Education’s senior vice president of government and public affairs. “When you’re in the middle of a hurricane, it’s hard to see what things are going to look like” after it passes. Despite the uncertainty, most residential colleges say they intend to reopen their campuses in a few months.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/uncertain-when-campuses-can-open-colleges-make-their-fall-plans-flexible/578092/

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Fall to Be Online After Thanksgiving at Several Institutions

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-05-30 17:15

Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
Four universities are now publicly preparing for a fall semester that begins in person and then switches to remote instruction and assessment after Thanksgiving break. Officials at these institutions say that choice is motivated by the belief that a resurgence in the new coronavirus is most likely near the end of the term.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2020/05/19/fall-be-online-after-thanksgiving-several-institutions

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COVID-19 shows that America’s broadband plan is still in beta

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-05-30 17:10

Blair Levin, Brookings

By mandating that the FCC assess the United States’ progress against the goals of the original plan, Sen. Markey’s legislation would accelerate our progress… In addition, the legislation adds two more important requirements: First, it tells the FCC to assess what COVID-19 has taught us about how Americans can use broadband to learn, work, receive medical information and treatment, and participate in civic communications. Second, the proposed legislation imposes genuine, ongoing accountability by directing the FCC to provide annual reports on the progress of achieving the updated plan’s goals

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/05/18/covid-19-shows-that-americas-broadband-plan-is-still-in-beta/

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Uncertain when campuses can open, colleges make their fall plans flexible

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-05-30 17:05

Alia Wong, Education Dive

By splitting up courses and preparing for online classes, some schools hope to make the term easier to adapt as the public health situation changes. “There’s a great deal of speculation about everything,” said Terry Hartle, the American Council on Education’s senior vice president of government and public affairs. “When you’re in the middle of a hurricane, it’s hard to see what things are going to look like” after it passes. Despite the uncertainty, most residential colleges say they intend to reopen their campuses in a few months.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/uncertain-when-campuses-can-open-colleges-make-their-fall-plans-flexible/578092/

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Fall to Be Online After Thanksgiving at Several Institutions

News & Thoughts - Sat, 2020-05-30 17:02

Lilah Burke, Inside Higher Ed
Four universities are now publicly preparing for a fall semester that begins in person and then switches to remote instruction and assessment after Thanksgiving break. Officials at these institutions say that choice is motivated by the belief that a resurgence in the new coronavirus is most likely near the end of the term.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2020/05/19/fall-be-online-after-thanksgiving-several-institutions

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What every student needs to know about eLearning

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-05-29 17:27

BY CHRIS EDWARDS, eCampus News

In today’s landscape, online higher ed has widespread structure and support. Because the model of online learning was built around an assumption of distance between student and teacher, when done right, eLearning is the epitome of organization. Online learning supports the process of student-to-teacher communication with explicit instruction on information, assignments and expectations. In fact, a Shift Learning report recently found that eLearning increases retention rates to 25-60 percent compared to an 8-10 percent retention rate in face-to-face learning settings.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2020/05/15/every-student-elearning/?all

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Guild Education aims to connect furloughed workers with new opportunities

News & Thoughts - Fri, 2020-05-29 17:20

Aman Kidwai, Education Dive
In partnership with Guild Education, a group of major U.S. employers is working together to help laid-off workers gain new skills and find pathways into higher-wage jobs. The launch of Guild’s Next Chapter initiative will serve “displaced workers who have recently filed for unemployment to identify new roles with employers and sectors that are hiring,” according to a statement. Corporate partners include Walmart, TTEC, Gainsight, Paschall Truck Lines and Unity Technologies. Education providers involved in Next Chapter include Southern New Hampshire State University, Kaplan Higher Education and Brandman University, among others.

https://www.hrdive.com/news/guild-education-aims-to-connect-furloughed-workers-with-new-opportunities/578047/

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