Udacity Fuels Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Dreams

September 26th, 2016

By Jack M. Germain, Linux Insider

Online education company Udacity on Tuesday introduced a new “nanodegree” program in self-driving auto engineering. President Sebastian Thrun made the announcement during an interview at TechCrunch Disrupt. The goal is to build a crowdsourced, open source self-driving car, he said. The program is the first of its kind, according to Thrun. Students will learn the skills and techniques used by self-driving car teams at the most innovative companies in the world, Udacity has promised. The course spans three 12-week terms and covers deep learning, computer vision, sensor fusion, localization and controllers. Each of the three terms will cost US$800. The first term begins in mid-October.

http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/83896.html?rss=1

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Open Educational Resources Adopted Slowly, Report Shows

September 26th, 2016

by Education News

A recently-released report from Cengage Learning has examined open educational resources (OER) within higher education, including who makes use of the resources and why, as well as what the future holds for OER. The report, “Open Educational Resources (OER) and the Evolving Higher Education Landscape,” interviewed over 500 OER primary adopters, supplemental adopters, and non-adopters. Study results found that just 4% of higher education respondents use OER as primary materials. The majority of this use is within the topic of math with 13% and computing at 11%. Meanwhile, the lowest was found in English at 2% and psychology at 1%. In terms of supplemental material, OER is used by 5% of respondents overall. This includes 18% in computing, 13% in math, 8% in English, and 4% in psychology.

http://www.educationnews.org/higher-education/open-educational-resources-adopted-slowly-report-shows/

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Can more be done to retain women in engineering?

September 26th, 2016

BY LAURA DEVANEY, eCampus News

Although 20 percent of engineering graduates are women, only 11 percent of professional engineers are women, according to the National Science Foundation. Women account for 47 percent of the labor force, and more than 40 percent of all four-year degrees granted in the last 5 years–making women’s representation in engineering even more troubling. The numbers are a stark reminder that there is much work to be done to bring gender balance to the fields of engineering and technology.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/news/can-done-retain-women-engineering/

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The Challenge of Understanding MOOC Data

September 25th, 2016

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Plenty of scholarly research has come out about massive open online courses since edX’s official introduction in 2012. What’s lesser covered is how the institutions running the MOOCs have used the data to improve learning in their regular courses. Part of the reason for that is that the colleges and universities involved in edX don’t necessarily have the resources — expertise, tools or understanding — to exploit the torrents of data their courses generate. Four smallish eastern liberal arts colleges working with edX — Colgate, Davidson, Hamilton and Wellesley — formed a collaborative in 2013 to share the cost and expertise of developing their online offerings, encourage cross-teaching among faculty, bulk up on the amount of data available for research and build systems for managing the MOOC data.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/09/14/the-challenge-of-understanding-mooc-data.aspx

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Raspberry Pi Sells 10 Million Micrcomputers, Debuts Starter Kit

September 25th, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has sold more than 10 million affordable microcomputers. To celebrate, the foundation is debuting a new starter kit. Since its launch in 2012, the foundation has sold more than 10 million of its $35 single board microcomputers to help students access computing and digital making skills. The “unashamedly premium” Raspberry Pi Starter Kit costs roughly $130, according to CEO Eben Upton.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/09/12/10-million-raspberry-pi-sold-company-releases-starter-kit.aspx

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Newest NMC/CoSN Horizon K-12 Report Emphasizes Kids as Creators

September 25th, 2016

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Over the next year K-12 will be placing more emphasis on coding as a form of literacy and on students as creators. Schools that don’t already have makerspaces will want to get them and online learning will start to look like something that’s typical rather than out of the norm. Those are the “short-term” trends and technologies that surfaced in the 2016 K-12 Edition of the NMC/CoSN Horizon Report. This annual publication charts a five-year horizon among school communities around the world, summarizing the latest research and discussions of a group of 59 technology and education experts working with the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/09/15/newest-nmccosn-horizon-k12-report-emphasizes-kids-as-creators.aspx

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Want to Cut Innovation Risk in Higher Ed? Follow These Indicators

September 24th, 2016

By Cristi Ford and Sharon Goodall, EdSurge

In higher education, it’s paramount that we be able to recognize patterns and trends early in the life of a cutting-edge project. Innovation initiatives need time to mature from development through evaluation, the higher-ed culture generally eschews risk, and, in an era of competing agendas, tight budgets and impatient stakeholders, projects need to fail fast or pivot so that institutions can maximize their investment dollars. Luckily, identifying leading indicators for success in higher-ed innovation is easier than finding unicorns—the next $1 billion startups—or understanding the nuances of digital currency. If you pay early attention to certain aspects of your innovation work, you can more clearly forecast results and keep the initiative steering toward success.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-09-16-want-to-cut-innovation-risk-in-higher-ed-follow-these-indicators

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Game On: How Four Community College Professors Spawned the CUNY Games Network

September 24th, 2016

By George Lorenzo, EdSurge

When four professors from the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) started collaborating on game-based learning (GBL) in developmental math and writing instruction in the mid-2000s, they had no idea what they were setting in motion. Today, more than 160 GBL researchers and practitioners contribute to the dynamic CUNY Games Network (CGN), housed within the City University of New York (CUNY), with its more than 540,000 students on 24 campuses. The network links educators across disciplines who are interested in using games and other forms of interactive teaching to improve student success. And participants are showing that gameplay is serious business: data from BMCC classes suggests that when students have fun learning they appear to have more meaningful learning experiences.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-09-13-game-on-how-four-community-college-professors-spawned-the-cuny-games-network

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Ask an Economist: How Can Today’s College Students Future-Proof Their Careers?

September 24th, 2016

by JOE PINSKER, the Atlantic

It is by now close to certain that there are millions of people currently in high school and college who are fine-tuning their skills for steady-looking careers that will, following technological breakthroughs, dissipate by the time they retire. A 2013 study out of Oxford—the one that’s most frequently cited in any discussion of the future of labor—estimated that just shy of half of American jobs were at risk of being swallowed up by advances in automation. In anticipation of changes like this, is there anything that today’s college students can do now to future-proof their careers? A panel of experts gives some (pretty dispiriting) advice to a generation that will come of age as automation does.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/how-can-todays-college-students-futureproof-their-careers/499244/

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Study: Coding bootcamps yield high returns on job placement, diversity

September 23rd, 2016

By Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A new study authored by Course Report reveals surprising data about the economic and social benefits of the emerging for-profit training model. According to the study, more than 70% of bootcamp graduates report holding employment requiring use of the skills learned in the bootcamp, and more than 60% have received salary increases as a result of their completion. Women comprise more than 40% of the national bootcamp student profile, and African-Americans who complete coding bootcamps are the highest earners and most likely to be employed at a tech company.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/study-coding-bootcamps-yield-high-returns-on-job-placement-diversity/426349/

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U.S. E-learning Market to Exceed $48 Billion by 2020

September 23rd, 2016

By Chelsea Legendre, MeriTalk

The e-learning market in the United States is forecast to grow by 15.64 percent by 2020. The “E-learning Markets in the US 2016-2020” report points to cloud-based solutions as a key trend over the next few years. This growth is due to “the introduction of education technology and online content into the curriculum,” said Jhansi Mary J, lead analyst at Technavio. “Cloud solutions have restructured the aspects of education such as content creation, content delivery, and accessibility, making it more productive, convenient, and effective.” New education technologies include 3-D printing, simulations, and Augmented Reality (AR). The trend is driven by both traditional and online schools, which is due in part to government involvement.

https://www.meritalk.com/articles/u-s-e-learning-market-to-exceed-48-billion-by-2020/

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A trio of short-term trends may also hold long-term promise

September 23rd, 2016

BY STEPHEN NOONOO, eSchool News

Take a casual flip through this year’s trend-predicting Horizon Report, released today, and you’ll find plenty to get excited about. The end of the report is stuffed with tantalizing promise about how future learners will engage with robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and wearable tech (think data-collecting headbands and skill-tracking sensors) that could explode into classrooms in as little as four to five years. By contrast, the report’s short-term developments, online learning and makerspaces, have a distinct yesterday’s news vibe about them. But make no mistake, they still hold some of the biggest long-term promise in the report.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/09/14/making-coding-online-learning-real-trends-watch/
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How to Have a Distributed Meeting

September 22nd, 2016

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

My advice for running successful distributed meetings comes from what I have seen work in synchronous online learning. If you can get a synchronous online class session to run well – then you can also run a good distributed meeting. Note – my advice for distributed meetings has nothing to do with webinars. Webinars are almost bad because of issues of scale. There are too many people on most webinars to allow for meaningful conversation. Your model for good distributed meetings should not be webinars, but teaching.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/how-have-distributed-meeting

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Silicon Valley online course to mint self-driving car engineers

September 22nd, 2016

By Heather Somerville, Reuters

Silicon Valley is creating a crash course in self-driving car technology to address a shortage of engineers with help from a startup in a different field: online education. In about a year’s time, a Lincoln sedan will be driving itself from Mountain View to San Francisco, using software developed by 250 or so students enrolled at education start-up Udacity, if all goes according to plan. Udacity bought the Lincoln already equipped with the digital interface needed in autonomous vehicles; students will write the code. Udacity’s course, which costs $2,400 for three, 12-week terms, starts next month and was designed by company co-founder Sebastian Thrun, who launched Google’s driverless car program.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-udacity-autonomous-idUSKCN11J24G

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CLC adds online course to honors program

September 22nd, 2016

By BRAINERD DISPATCH

Central Lakes College is offering its first online course through its honors program. The course, Intercultural Communication, will be followed next school year with another online honors course called Interpersonal Communication. “Online courses work best for a lot of students, including some in our technical programs, so we wanted to make sure these students had access to our honors program,” said Adam Marcotte, English instructor and honors program coordinator, in a news release. Previously, honors courses were only offered in face-to-face class settings.

http://www.brainerddispatch.com/news/4114855-clc-adds-online-course-honors-program

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What 6 higher ed CIOs wish they knew their first day on the job

September 21st, 2016

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive

IT leaders share their advice and words of wisdom for those aspiring to the roleThis feature is the second in a series focused exclusively on issues impacting higher ed IT administrators, running through the beginning of the annual Educause conference, Oct. 25-28. There are any number of things most people wish they had known their first day on a job. In our research for this series, we asked 6 higher ed CIOs to share their thoughts. This is what they had to say.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/what-6-higher-ed-cios-wish-they-knew-their-first-day-on-the-job/425624/

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Public Opinion on Higher Education

September 21st, 2016

by Public Agenda

Americans are increasingly uncertain about the necessity of college for success in the workforce, according to our recent survey, funded by The Kresge Foundation. For many years, when we asked the public the question, “Do you think that a college education is necessary for a person to be successful in today’s work world,” an increasing percentage of Americans said yes. That trend has shifted since the Great Recession. Now, just 42 percent of Americans say college is necessary for workforce success, a 13 percent drop from 2009. Fifty-seven percent of Americans say there are many ways to succeed in today’s world without a college degree, a 14 percent increase from 2009.

http://www.publicagenda.org/pages/public-opinion-higher-education-2016

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Research: Robots Give Chronically Ill Kids Valuable Social Ties with School

September 21st, 2016

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

A University of California Irvine research project may be the first of its kind to measure the impact and feasibility of the use of robots to bring homebound students into the classroom when they can’t be there physically. The use of “virtual inclusion” through telepresence has been used for nearly two decades. More recently, the idea is that chronically ill students use some kind of robotic device on campus that can be operated from home to allow him or her to participate in class, interact with fellow students and navigate through school.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/09/12/robots-give-chronically-ill-kids-valuable-social-ties-with-school.aspx

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New Report on Personalized Learning Recommends Use of ‘Learner Positioning Systems’

September 20th, 2016

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Achieving personalized learning in schools takes good technology programs, suggested a new report from Digital Promise. But it also takes something else: “learner positioning systems.” These “LPSs” are akin to a GPS, except instead of telling people where they are geographically, they’d be used to help students and their teachers get a grounding in where the students are in their learning journey. That information might cover “a map of learning topics and progressions [and] a bank of programs and resources tied to the learning map.” The use of the LPS, stated “Making Learning Personal for All: The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom,” would help the student “self-identify” his or her strengths, preferences and challenges, set learning goals and find the appropriate resources to help meet those goals.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/09/13/new-report-on-personalized-learning-recommends-use-of-learner-positioning-systems.aspx

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Penn State Students Attend Class via Robot

September 20th, 2016

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

A new technology pilot program at Pennsylvania State University enables students to attend and participate in class without ever stepping inside the classroom. The research institution is piloting the BeamPro Smart Presence System from Suitable Technologies, which allows students to be present through a robot that can be remotely operated via computer application. Users can steer the BeamPro robots inside or outside of the classroom – they can even command the robot to take an elevator to another floor or travel around campus.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/09/08/penn-state-students-attend-class-via-robot.aspx

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Chief Information Security Officers: Moving Away from IT

September 20th, 2016

By David Raths, Campus Technology

The CISO role in higher education is evolving, putting more emphasis on enterprise risk management and policy development. As data breaches and cybercrime gain a higher profile in higher education, the role of the chief information security officer is changing — and broadening beyond IT. The increasing sense of urgency is bringing people from different backgrounds to the CISO post, and is raising questions about budgets and reporting structures as well. “Higher education is starting to recognize that cyber risk is the same as other types of business risk,” said Brian Kelly, CISO at Quinnipiac University (CT). “It is the same type of consideration as someone falling down a staircase. We are closer to those cabinet-level conversations around risk. It has gone beyond being an IT problem.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/09/08/chief-information-security-officers-moving-away-from-it.aspx

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