How an Aussie teaching innovation was backed by Bill Gates and swept US universities

August 27th, 2016

by Tim Dodd, Financial Review

Dr Ben-Naim said he was very pleased to be bringing the adaptive learning delivered courses back to Australia where Smart Sparrow’s technology was developed. “It’s an Australian innovation which has had significant success in America and now we are able to bring it back to Australia. For us it’s very exciting,” he said. He said that the teacher’s role was not diminished by using the adaptive and multi-disciplinary approach to learning in the Inspark network, where students absorbed the key concepts online outside of the classroom. “They [students] still come to class and compare work, they work in small groups on a different problems, and the teacher has the opportunity to talk about something more advanced,” Dr Ben-Naim said. “We can make more students smarter in less time. We optimise the learning and the teacher time.”

http://www.afr.com/leadership/innovation/how-an-aussie-teaching-innovation-was-backed-by-bill-gates-and-swept-us-universities-20160818-gqvnep

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Take This Quiz To Find Out If Online Learning Is For You

August 27th, 2016

By Gretchen Kernbach, ULoop

Something you weren’t often faced with in high school was the option to take online classes. Instead, you were forced to sit through lectures and busy work for eight hours a day, five days a week. Now that you have entered a university, online learning is quite popular. However, you may find yourself signing up for something you are not prepared for. So how do you know if online learning is for you?

http://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/210520/Take-This-Quiz-To-Find-Out-If-Online-Learning-Is-For-You

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North Dakota University System sees gains in online courses

August 27th, 2016

by Wade Rupard, Bismark Tribune

As students within the North Dakota University System continue to take more online classes, schools within the system are working to enhance those courses. In a presentation to the North Dakota Legislature’s Interim Higher Education Committee on Friday, Richard Rothaus, the university system’s vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, outlined how the system is accommodating students who take non-traditional classes, such as those online. The construct of what makes a typical student in today’s technology-filled world has been blurred, Rothaus said, noting 21,824 students systemwide took online courses in fall 2015. Some of those students took classes entirely online, while others enrolled in both traditional and nontraditional courses.

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/north-dakota-university-system-sees-gains-in-online-courses/article_d3a51afc-0362-5635-8b96-42a0429803a9.html

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Online Education: A New Approach To Teaching And Learning

August 26th, 2016

by Emily Marks, University Herald

Online education is fast gaining popularity for the convenience and flexibility that it provides students. Coursera offers short video lectures, interactive quizzes and peer graded assignments, among others, which is perfect for working adults. Coursera has about 170,000 students around the world that have signed up for it. While online education has been around for a long time, with top universities offering courses for a high fee, classes, called MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses, are expected to revolutionize higher education. These online courses are different because they use new technology, feature well-known professors and they don’t cost anything. Educational institutions that have partnered with Coursera are: the University of Chicago, University of Washington, Duke University, Stanford University, Princeton University and University of California, among others.

http://www.universityherald.com/articles/37612/20160817/online-education-new-approach-teaching-learning.htm

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Virginia Tech requires online diversity course for incoming students

August 26th, 2016

By Robby Korth, Roanoke.com

Before new Virginia Tech freshmen start classes next week they’ll be required to take an online course on diversity. New students now have to take a trio of online courses to raise awareness of issues that they may face in college, including alcohol, sexual violence and being inclusive of people from different races and backgrounds. “Providing it to new students is consistent with and reflects the value we place on inclusion and diversity at this university,” Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski wrote in an email. “Virginia Tech is proud to promote inclusion and diversity as an important part of our land grant mission.

http://www.roanoke.com/news/education/higher_education/virginia_tech/virginia-tech-requires-online-diversity-course-for-incoming-students/article_c4f0730a-7403-5968-9bae-2fdd67534c87.html

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Colleges partner with training boot camps and online course providers for federal experiment

August 26th, 2016

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post

Eight colleges will team up with companies that run computer coding boot camps or online courses for an experiment that lets students pay for nontraditional training programs with federal grants and loans, the Education Department said Tuesday. Short-term courses, such as coding boot camps, have become a popular model for acquiring skills and credentials without spending years in school, yet they’ve only been available to people who can afford thousands of dollars for six-week classes. The objective of the experiment, dubbed the Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships, is to provide people with modest means access to innovative education and to ensure that they receive quality training.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/08/16/colleges-partner-with-training-bootcamps-and-online-course-providers-for-federal-experiment/

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Online learning: 3 components of a great user experience

August 25th, 2016

By Tess Taylor, HR Dive

The way in which learners encounter course content within a learning management system is just as important as what’s being presented. This is referred to as the user experience or UX. There are 3 major components of UX that need to be in place to ensure learners are getting the most from online training, including: design, communication, and measurement. The UX is, “a quantitative and qualitative measure, because it examines both the platform’s functions, and the user’s perception of them,” says Rajlakshmi Saikia, assistant vice president of corporate L&D at Genpact, who also contributes to ATD. Learning content that’s well-designed includes the ability for users to easily login to the learning management system, access their courses, and find the information they need. The other components of great UX include a system for managing user progress and gathering feedback from learners. There should always be support to orient users to the LMS as well as a help guide for troubleshooting.

http://www.hrdive.com/news/online-learning-3-components-of-a-great-user-experience/424558/

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3 reasons why AI is education’s future

August 25th, 2016

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

UX innovator discusses what forward-thinking schools are doing now, and what AI in education will look like in the near future. If you ask kids today why phrases like “hang up” the phone or “roll down” the window exist, chances are they’ll have no idea. Fast-forward to the near future and “search the web” may also cause a few head scratches. “We’re evolving, but remain electronic ‘hunters and gatherers,’” explained Ralph Lucci, cofounder and user experience director at Behavior Design. But that’s about to change thanks to today’s quickly emerging artificial intelligence (AI) technology for practically every industry, including education. “The day will soon come when we’ll sardonically ask ourselves: ‘Remember when we had to visit a website and look around for what we needed?’ Now the data comes to us.” And while mainstream AI isn’t at that level just yet, innovative industries and some schools are already either beginning to implement AI basics or planning to structure entire departments or services on the potential power of AI.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/disruptions-and-innovations/ai-educations-future/

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What are the top 10 most popular search engines?

August 25th, 2016

by Christopher Ratcliff, ClickZ

You know, apart from the most obvious search engine. And possibly the second most obvious one too. In fact I’ll start again, what are the eight most popular search engines after Google and Bing? The first list below contains the most popular search engines currently available, ordered by most to least popular in the US. The ranking is according to eBiz, it’s in order of estimated unique monthly visitors and is accurate as of August 2016. The second list is a global overview of most popular search engines, according to Net Market Share, which is ranked in order of market share and is again accurate as of August 2016. As opposed to our previous list of search engine alternatives to Google, this list will concentrate purely on informational searches rather than say… Gifs or copyright free images.

https://www.clickz.com/what-are-the-top-10-most-popular-search-engines/104620/

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From Dreams to Realities: AR/VR/MR in Education: A Q&A with Daniel Christian

August 24th, 2016

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology

“Actually, I think we aren’t that far from being able to deliver on the powerful visions of teaching faculty.’ — Daniel Christian. The marketplace for augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality technologies may be heating up. Daniel Christian, a senior instructional designer at Calvin College observes that significant R&D investments, product development, and more powerful enabling technologies are setting the stage for new AR/VR/MR initiatives in higher education.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/08/16/ar-vr-mr-in-education.aspx

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Crowdsourcing for Massive Engagement

August 24th, 2016

by David Raths, Campus Technology

The London School of Economics and Political Science was not quick to join the MOOC movement. Its faculty and administrators were concerned about the high attrition rates commonly found in massive open online courses. “We observed a persistence about the pedagogies being deployed that didn’t do a lot to arrest those problems,” said Darren Moon, a senior learning technologist at LSE. But in 2014, Moon and his colleagues found an opportunity to build a large online community that would avoid that very high attrition rate. Together with the school’s Institute of Public Affairs, they developed Constitution UK, an effort to crowdsource a model written constitution for the United Kingdom. Participation and engagement in the project actually increased as it progressed, which may provide some lessons for other large, open education offerings.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/08/17/crowdsourcing-for-massive-engagement.aspx

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Meet Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyone

August 24th, 2016

by Google

Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. It’s no wonder that nearly half of us never make video calls on mobile*.  Today, we’re releasing Google Duo — a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.

https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/meet-google-duo-simple-1-to-1-video.html

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U of Michigan AI Studies Receives $22 Million from Toyota

August 23rd, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and autonomous piloting at the University of Michigan (U-M) are receiving a financial push to accelerate research. The Toyota Research Institute (TRI), Toyota’s R&D organization, is committing $22 million over the next four years for research collaborations with U-M faculty and students. TRI CEO Gill Pratt made the announcement last week in an address to the university’s faculty. “Toyota has long enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the University of Michigan, and we are excited to expand our collective efforts to address complex mobility challenges through artificial intelligence,” Pratt said. U-M will use the $22 million commitment to conduct research in the areas of enhanced driving safety, partner robotics and indoor mobility, autonomous driving and student learning and diversity.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/08/15/u-of-michigan-ai-studies-receives-22-million-from-toyota.aspx

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Penn State Explores AI in Teaching

August 23rd, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Faculty members at Pennsylvania State University are exploring how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to provide immersive opportunities for student teachers. The team is developing AI-driven virtual classrooms, where pre-service teachers can practice student engagement techniques. Ann Clements, an associate professor and graduate program chair for music education at the School of Music, is leading the effort and working with members of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) at Penn State to develop the AI classroom prototype, known as First Class. The device uses Microsoft Kinect, a motion-sensing input device, and utilizes rows of virtual students in a classrooms.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/08/15/penn-state-explores-ai-in-teaching.aspx

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Worldwide Revenues for AR and VR to Increase $156.8 Billion by 2020

August 23rd, 2016

By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

Worldwide revenues for the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) markets are expected to grow from $5.2 billion in 2016 to more than $162 billion in 2020, according to research done by the International Data Corp. (IDC). The $156.8 billion increase represents a compound annual growth rate of 181.3 percent over the 2015-20 forecast period. IDC’s new spending guide expands on previous AR/VR forecasts by offering greater detail of revenues by technology, industry and geography, the Massachusetts-based market research company said in a news release. “For many years, augmented and virtual reality were the stuff of science fiction,” said Chris Chute, vice president of customer insights and analysis at IDC, in a prepared statement. “Now with powerful smartphones powering inexpensive VR headsets, the consumer market is primed for new paid and user generated content-driven experiences.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/08/15/worldwide-revenues-for-ar-and-vr-to-increase-156.8-billion-by-2020.aspx

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Popular MITx philosophy MOOC introduces instructor grading

August 22nd, 2016

by MIT Office of Digital Learning

If one of the core philosophies of online learning is to democratize education, then a new verified certificate option for a philosophy course on MITx on edX — the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by the Institute — brings the concept full circle. Starting Aug. 29, Introduction to Philosophy: God, Knowledge and Consciousness will enable students to obtain a verified ID certificate and have their work graded and commented upon by professional philosophers. Learners from any background, anywhere in the world, can pursue the certificate option to add credibility and value to the accomplishment of completing the course. “This is a big deal — the first MITx humanities course to offer students the chance to write a paper and have it carefully reviewed by instructors,” says Caspar Hare, who will be running the popular MOOC for the third time. “Listening to lectures and reading books is great, but philosophy is all about taking complex ideas and organizing them in a simple way.”

http://news.mit.edu/2016/mitx-philosophy-mooc-introduces-instructor-grading-0815

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More States Start Funding Colleges Based on Outcomes

August 22nd, 2016

By Sophie Quinton, Pew Charitable Trust

Under a new state law, Rhode Island’s public colleges won’t get additional state funding simply for enrolling more students. They will have to prove that they’re making progress on goals such as increasing graduation rates. Over 30 states now partially—or in Tennessee’s case, almost completely—fund higher education based on metrics such as graduation rates, course completions and the share of low-income students enrolled. States have applied these formulas only to two-year colleges, only to four-year colleges, or to all their public institutions. It’s not yet clear whether such funding incentives will lead to progress on the goals lawmakers have identified. Some critics worry that outcomes-based funding models will just pressure colleges to become more selective in admissions, for example.

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2016/08/15/more-states-start-funding-colleges-based-on-outcomes

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How to increase MOOC completion rates

August 22nd, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

St. George’s University has increased the pass rate of students in its public health massive open online course by more than 500%, and nearly 10 times the national completion rate for similar distance learning modules. The course uses flipped classroom models, peer review and industrial infusion to make lessons more engaging and enriched for students. The model follows a similar approach taken by Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley in its graduate business courses.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/how-to-increase-mooc-completion-rates/424532/

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How IoT can change the game for education and learning

August 21st, 2016

by the Financial Express

The learning and education domain, with no exception, falls well within the gamut of the IoT. In fact, through effective use of technology, it is possible to create an infrastructure that can meet education-related needs of the country. The launch of smart classes in government schools is also expected to change the face of education. Thus, the implementation of the IoT in the education industry with outright accountability will improve the quality of the learning process, as well as let teachers remotely address students through video-conferencing and other systems. The IoT has become a part of everyday lives and the future too will be dominated by the same. Its prevalence in the education sector is increasingly becoming noteworthy. Classrooms today don’t just restrict to the traditional teaching and learning methods, but also extend to the smart ways of teaching.

http://www.financialexpress.com/industry/jobs/how-iot-can-change-the-game-for-education-and-learning/347587/

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Underground university: Bay Area teachers beam secret online classes to Iran

August 21st, 2016

By Katy Murphy, Mercury News

Banned from college in Iran because of her Baha’i faith, Niknaz Aftahi risked everything to learn, studying architecture at a storied underground university that moved from living room to living room, at times meeting at her family’s home in Tehran. Now in the Bay Area, with a master’s degree and architecture job, Aftahi is repaying her debt of gratitude, offering the same hope to the next generation of Baha’i students. She is part of a growing network of mostly Baha’i faculty locally and around the world who teach and mentor the students from afar, for free. “Just the fact that I feel like I’m contributing a little bit brings me a lot of satisfaction and happiness,” she said. “Some of my students are such good designers and when I teach them, I really want to do my best because I feel like I’m the only resource they have.”

http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_30245999/underground-university-bay-area-teachers-beam-secret-online

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10 Questions To Ask BEFORE You Start Developing Online Training Courses

August 21st, 2016

by Christopher Pappas, Litmos

Planning and research are vital to the success of your online training program. You should learn as much as possible about the background of your online learners, the goals that must be achieved, as well as the performance gaps that need to be filled if you want to develop a succinct and successful online training course for your organization. Here are 10 questions that will help you narrow the scope of your online training program and ensure that all of the key takeaways are included.

http://www.litmos.com/blog/elearning/10-questions-to-ask-before-you-start-developing-online-training-courses

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