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December 18, 2018

Abandoned Campuses and Online Learning

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Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Press reports indicate that Knoxville College is attempting a rebirth. The school’s website indicates that it is open for enrollment. The college will start with online classes and is hoping to transition to a residential institution once again. In watching the videos and reading the stories that I could find on Knoxville College, I kept thinking that this is an institution that we should all be supporting. The stories contain many examples of alumni talking about how important the institution has been in providing a foundation for success.  Can we call on edtech companies to offer their platforms and expertise to Knoxville College?  Are there any higher ed consulting companies willing to partner with the College?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/abandoned-campuses-and-online-learning

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The Catalyzing Impact of Blockchain Technology on Higher Education: Student-Centricity at Every Level

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Christine Shakespeare and James Curry, Evolllution

What possibilities could we imagine if HEIs committed to putting data on a distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform? Can we imagine a distributed ledger across the HEI enterprise to include the registrar, bursar, provost, human resources, purchasing and continuing education divisions (just to name a few) who can all share in the stewardship of a student’s blockchain? Some intermediary progress toward leveraging DLT would enable registrar-like offices to be the stewards of that portion of the chain, with distribution of credentials in ways universities never could have imagined. It remains to be seen what type of Trusted Third Party (TTP) providers may become “owners” or clearinghouse providers so that access is permitted to construct and distribute in whole or segments, or even provide access to employers, graduate schools, professional certifying bodies, etc.

https://evolllution.com/technology/tech-tools-and-resources/the-catalyzing-impact-of-blockchain-technology-on-higher-education-student-centricity-at-every-level/

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution Built On Blockchain And Advanced With AI

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Darryn Pollock – Forbes

Ethereum and smart contracts have taken blockchain technology to a second generation where many different sectors are in the sights of its potential disruption. Even a third generation is being bandied about, with regards to Directed Acylic Graphs, but the fourth generation – which will be an essential part of the fourth industrial revolution – will need the help of some similar revolutionary technology.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been cutting a distinct but similar path through the nascent stage of technology development. Its uses and adoption have been growing, and its implementation has reached a critical point.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/darrynpollock/2018/11/30/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-built-on-blockchain-and-advanced-with-ai/#49eceacd4242

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December 17, 2018

Essential Elements Οf Interactive Learning

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Isha Sood, eLearning Industry

Educators and trainers across the globe are dealing with constantly dropping learner attention spans. This article focuses on interactivity as one of the best approaches to address this challenge and lists down some of the most essential elements of interactive learning.

https://elearningindustry.com/interactive-learning-essential-elements

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Google Makes a Rare Education Technology Acquisition

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By Tony Wan, EdTech Business

Google acquired Workbench, a Baltimore-based company that provides an online library of lessons and projects, organized by subject and grade level, that educators can use in their classrooms. It also offers a programming interface where students can do coding exercises and even control bluetooth-connected devices that are integrated with the platform. The two companies are no strangers: Workbench has been integrated with Google Classroom, which allows educators to assign Workbench projects to students, and track, review and assess their progress. Claiming more than 30 million users, Google Classroom is currently one of the most widely used online educational tool, which lets teachers, students and parents manage class assignments, quizzes and discussions.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-11-30-google-makes-a-rare-education-technology-acquisition-workbench

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4 ways online police training saves time, money

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PoliceOne

Nearly every profession requires continuing education and training to stay current with trends and certification requirements. In law enforcement, this ongoing education is critical to stay abreast of changes in the law, for risk management purposes and to keep officers’ skills sharp in the field. But training can take a big bite out of an agency’s resources. In addition to the financial burden of paying for trainers, facilities and even travel, in-person courses mean taking officers off the streets for hours at a time, reducing the numbers patrolling your community and creating budgeting and staffing challenges. Blended learning – combining traditional methods of face-to-face education with online learning – can be an effective option. Online, on-demand training provides flexibility by allowing officers to complete courses when and where it’s convenient for them.

https://www.policeone.com/police-products/training/online-training/articles/482232006-4-ways-online-police-training-saves-time-money/

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December 16, 2018

Flexible and Forward-Thinking How to Create Adaptive E-Learning Experiences Based on Learner Behavior

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by ATD

Certain e-learning authoring tools feature more adaptive assessment engines that allow corporate learners to identify mistakes and remedy knowledge gaps immediately. For example, the system automatically flags questions answered incorrectly so that corporate learners can reevaluate relevant sections of the online training course; then they come back to the online quiz and see how they’ve improved. This is in stark contrast to traditional testing methods, wherein corporate learners receive their results after the fact, when it’s often too late to improve behaviors or bridge gaps before completing the online training course. Your corporate learners get the chance to enjoy an adaptive e-learning experience where they receive feedback right away and make meaningful changes.

https://www.td.org/professional-partner-content/flexible-and-forward-thinking-how-to-create-adaptive-elearning-experiences-based-on-learner-behavior

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Learning in Canada

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By Space Coast Daily

One of the most common benefits of distance learning is the fact that you get to learn in an environment that suits your expectations. As a student, you get to decide when it is appropriate for you to learn, and how you wish. Unlike when you go to college, online education gives you the freedom to undertake your other responsibilities comfortably. It also allows you to pick the type of lessons you want to learn on a particular day and so on. Additionally, as a student going for an online program, you have the last say in whatever you want to be included in your education.

http://spacecoastdaily.com/2018/11/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-distance-learning-in-canada/

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For higher ed, investing in OER pays eventual dividends

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Ray Bendici, University Business
Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative increased the number of students enrolling in open education resources-based courses. Open education resources (OER) provide significant cost savings to low-income students and strengthen instruction and learning, according to a recent study from Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit that supports evidence-based institutional improvement. The study also examined, for the first time, OER-related costs and revenue for an institution. Developing an OER course averages $11,700 (including faculty salary and benefits), while developing a full OER degree program costs nearly $500,000 per institution, found the study.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/For-higher-ed-investing-oer-pays-eventual-dividends

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December 15, 2018

Be Intentional—in Your Learning Design, in Your Skills, in Your Career

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By Ryann Ellis, ATD

Cindy Huggett, CPLP, is a pioneer in the field of virtual training. She’s been providing virtual training solutions since the early 2000s, and is a recognized industry expert in teaching training professionals how to design and deliver interactive online classes.  The biggest benefit of virtual learning is that participants don’t have to leave the workspace to participate in the learning event. On the flip side, that’s also the biggest challenge.  The number 2 skill goes hand-in-hand with first skill: be tech savvy and willing to learn the specific technology. Platforms are consistently evolving, and designers need to stay current on the technology that the L&D field is using to deliver virtual learning. Finally, the third must-have skill is to be digitally literate.

https://www.td.org/insights/be-intentionalin-your-learning-design-in-your-skills-in-your-career

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Why Social Studies Is Becoming AI Studies

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by Tom Vander Ark, Forbes

AI, particularly machine learning (ML), and related exponential technologies (ET) are quickly augmenting many tasks at home and work. They will increasingly displace jobs while creating new entrepreneurial opportunities. They will swamp communities with complex issues and a combination of predictable and unanticipated consequences. AI is not just a tech issue, it’s a social studies issue. Teaching youth to code may be part of the response, but even more important is asking them to consider issues of the changing civic and employment landscape. “The aim of social studies is the promotion of civic competence,” says the National Council for the Social Studies. Their standards are built around 10 themes that are being shaped by AI and ET.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/11/28/why-social-studies-is-becoming-ai-studies/

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This is when AI’s top researchers think artificial general intelligence will be achieved

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James Vincent , the Verge

In a new book published this week titled Architects of Intelligence, writer and futurist Martin Ford interviewed 23 of the most prominent men and women who are working in AI today, including DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, Google AI Chief Jeff Dean, and Stanford AI director Fei-Fei Li. In an informal survey, Ford asked each of them to guess by which year there will be at least a 50 percent chance of AGI being built. Of the 23 people Ford interviewed, only 18 answered, and of those, only two went on the record. Interestingly, those two individuals provided the most extreme answers: Ray Kurzweil, a futurist and director of engineering at Google, suggested that by 2029, there would be a 50 percent chance of AGI being built, and Rodney Brooks, roboticist and co-founder of iRobot, went for 2200. The rest of the guesses were scattered between these two extremes, with the average estimate being 2099 — 81 years from now.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/27/18114362/ai-artificial-general-intelligence-when-achieved-martin-ford-book

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December 14, 2018

Businesses say students aren’t mastering basic workplace skills. Are they right?

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Sarah Gonser, Hechinger Report

This year, after a two-year survey of 1,100 employers in the state, the Georgia Department of Labor concluded that 85 percent of the businesses surveyed were deeply concerned with workers’ poor soft skills and work ethic. Topmost among employer worries were attendance and punctuality, attitude and respect, discipline and character. Among the findings, 87 percent of employers expressed concerns about their workers’ abilities to engage in creative thinking and problem solving.

https://hechingerreport.org/businesses-say-students-arent-mastering-basic-workplace-skills-are-they-right/

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How the Blockchain Brings Social Benefits to Emerging Economies

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Knowledge@Wharton

Developing countries such as India, Kenya and others in East Africa are discovering an increasing array of applications for blockchain, the decentralized ledger technology that promises a secure, peer-to-peer mechanism for verifying information.   Blockchain is essentially a growing list of so-called “blocks” (a record of transactions in a decentralized ledger), which form a “chain” in a peer-to-peer network. Participants in the network verify or validate the blocks, eliminating the need for a trusted entity like a regulator or an accounting firm to authenticate the information in them. According to experts, the blockchain is secure and tamper-proof by design because transactions cannot be changed once the network has verified them.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/blockchain-brings-social-benefits-emerging-economies/

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Could You Get An MD Online?

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Shiv Gaglani, Forbes
The short answer: Not yet, but it’s trending that way.  Indeed, there are more than 300 online nursing degree programs ranging from certificate and bachelors to masters and even doctorate level. For good reason, when the resultant career involves patient care these programs also require an in-person component (“blended learning”) through immersion into the clinical setting. However, one healthcare degree that is conspicuously not available online is that of Doctor of Medicine (MD). Given that I’m half-way through my own MD, from which I took a leave of absence to launch the health education platform Osmosis.org with the former Khan Academy Medicine team, I wanted to pose the thought experiment: Could you get your MD online? Or, at least part of it? If so, how may this impact global access to healthcare, student debt levels, and patient outcomes?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/shivgaglani/2018/11/28/could-you-get-an-md-online/#6657ccdb201c

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December 13, 2018

Future-proofing higher education starts with reinventing the college degree

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By Anant Agarwal, Quartz

The jobs of the future will require a hybrid set of skills from a variety of subject areas. But our current education model has us spending at least three years studying the same singular discipline. As the en vogue skills will change several times as our careers progress, higher education degrees are also adapting, focusing on flexible and customizable credential offerings In this future, imagine that instead of graduating with a single degree from one university, you will design your own personalized degree from many online or residential programs. Smaller, modular chunks of education will reign, and our learning experience will become incredibly flexible and customizable.

https://qz.com/1469291/future-proofing-higher-education-starts-with-reinventing-the-college-degree/

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3 Online course websites to learn more about Social Media Marketing

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Fourth Source
In this day and age, the behavior of an average consumer who shops online is affected by their social media interactions more than anything else. They learn about new brands and change opinions about the ones they already know based on how they feel about these brands on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Thus, it’s no surprise that social media is increasing brand engagement and sales for those who are using it correctly. Now, when it comes to traditional marketing, there are plenty of well-established and comprehensive academic courses that any student can enroll in. However, there are few institutes that offer dedicated courses in digital. So, you want to master social media marketing, then self-teaching is your best bet. You can go about it by reading about social media management tips online on authority website and blogs. However, if you are interested in going deeper and have the time to spare, then you can also check out online courses

http://www.fourthsource.com/social-media/3-online-course-websites-to-learn-more-about-social-media-marketing-23393

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How colleges are preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet

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Making Sen$e

The problem is many of those programs only train people for the jobs that exist today. With the rapid rate of change, the skills they teach could be obsolete within several years.While some universities are embracing the technical skills model, others see an opportunity to stand out as institutions that teach students “soft skills,” such as problem solving or the ability to work in a team, that are useful not only for the jobs of today, but for whatever the future might bring. And in a world where not only universities, but private companies, are getting into the education game, the pressure to keep up is stronger than ever.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/making-sense/how-colleges-are-preparing-students-for-jobs-that-dont-exist-yet

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Building the Future of ‘New Collar’ Jobs with Digital Badging

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David Leaser, Evolllution

IBM is creating an industry-leading approach to developing a credential program for New Collar jobs which are in demand and don’t require a college degree. These jobs range from customer engagement, cloud, cognitive and cyber security, to design and user experience. The New Collar Certificate Programs follow a unique four-step method to create a ready-to-work talent pool. It starts with a job fit assessment. This is a science-based, non-biased approach to assess somebody’s cognitive skills, abilities and personality traits to help match a student to a career they want to pursue. So many people start a job and then realize it’s a dead end or it isn’t the right fit. It’s a big expense, and it takes time out of people’s lives. We want to help people find a career they’re going to love.

 https://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/building-the-future-of-new-collar-jobs-with-digital-badging/

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December 12, 2018

Imagining an Apple Store for Online Degrees

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Lindsey McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Georgia Institute of Technology is considering creating brick-and-mortar “storefronts” for prospective and current students to sample its course offerings, listen to lectures and network. The effort is part of Georgia Tech’s plans to make its online degrees and professional education certificates more appealing to the nontraditional students of tomorrow, who the institution predicts will expect “flexible learning experiences.” “We know that students are happy with the online delivery, but we have found that they still have the desire, and in many cases the need, to connect physically with us,” said Rafael Bras, the university’s provost.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/11/26/coming-shopping-mall-near-you-georgia-tech

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Here’s What Happened When One University Asked Everyone for Ideas to Reinvent Campus

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By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

For designers of the online discussion, perhaps the biggest challenge was figuring out how to run such a large-scale online brainstorming session without it devolving into petty complaints about parking or a general airing of grievances. The solution was to make the online discussion feel like a game. Attendees submitted ideas in the form of cards (limited to 280-characters, like a Tweet), and let players win points when other users added links or other suggestions to the original idea.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-11-21-here-s-what-happened-when-one-university-asked-everyone-for-ideas-to-reinvent-campus

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