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March 20, 2019

What Do Faculty Think of Open Educational Resources?

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BY DARIA KIRPACH, BizEd AACSB
Because so many of their students struggle with the cost of course materials, more professors are opting to use free open educational resources (OER) in their courses, rather than expensive traditional textbooks. But other faculty worry that the quality of OER might not equal that of traditional textbooks, according to a report conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

https://bized.aacsb.edu/articles/2019/march/what-do-faculty-think-of-open-educational-resources

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SXSW EDU 2019: Taking OER to the next level

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By Hallie Busta, Education Dive

Mike Silagadze, CEO and co-founder of Top Hat, a digital learning company that offers OER, acknowledges those issues. The solution, he said, is creating a peer-led community around producing OER content. “Until that happens, OER is going to continue not being up to par with what the textbook publishers are providing,” he said. Last spring, the company hired a chief product officer to help it find new revenue opportunities. The company has reached more than 2.8 million students at North American institutions.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/sxsw-edu-taking-oer-to-the-next-level/549850/

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The rise of voice search

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by Emily Alford, ClickZ

According to Gartner, 50% of search will shift to voice search by 2020. And in the cases of personal assistants, if your business doesn’t come in first, it comes in last. Marketers scrambling to make sure they’re optimized to take those top spots ranked voice search high on their list of 2019 priorities, with 36.1% naming voice search a top trend. Holmes says that as voice search becomes more common, search queries will most likely get more specific and companies need to start anticipating those queries sooner, rather than later.

https://www.clickz.com/business-ready-search-trends-2019/226655/

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March 19, 2019

Online Education: From Good To Better To Best?

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Brandon Busteed, Forbes
There are a growing number of examples where students prefer online over traditional classroom education. For a while now, online education has been a good option for students who – for various reasons – can’t access on-the-ground education. And although there are still examples of rudimentary online courses out there (think compliance training), both the technology and the pedagogy powering online learning have gotten considerably better over the last decade. And now, fairly suddenly it seems, there are a growing number of cases where online education is actually outperforming its traditional classroom counterpart. Evidence of student success and, indeed preference, for the online classroom is mounting – and this will serve widespread benefits for all of us.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brandonbusteed/2019/03/05/online-education-from-good-to-better-to-best/#6516a1a06912

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One Year Closer to the Death of Flash—A Case Study

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By Tanya Seidel, ATD
We’re yet another year closer to the official death of Flash, and while Adobe plans on ending their support of it at the end of 2020, there’s no telling when browsers will pull the plug. Have you started converting your old Flash courses to HTML5? While this technological storm is slow-moving and won’t arrive for another two years, there are plenty of people who haven’t even started their preparation. How do we know, you ask? Because we talk to learning managers who have libraries full of old e-learning courses that were either published to Flash or have Flash elements in them, and they’ve done nothing about them.

https://www.td.org/insights/one-year-closer-to-the-death-of-flasha-case-study

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How the Future of Work Will Influence the Future of Learning #DLNchat

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By Michael Sano, EdSurge

The #DLNchat community recently explored this question of work and learning, and while there was some disagreement about how much society can predict about specific jobs in the coming decades, there was agreement about how higher ed institutions can help prepare its students for whatever careers lie ahead. Automation looms large in many predictions about the future of work. In response, #DLNchat-ters posited that universities can strengthen the cultivation of skills like critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and literacy. “Prensky says to let technology do what it does best and hone our skills, as humans, to do what we do best—responding, reacting, engaging as humans who understand nuance and beauty,” said Erin Crisp. Many argue this focus on so-called “soft skills” has long been what learners gain from a liberal-arts education. Just don’t call them “soft skills” at #DLNchat.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-02-21-how-the-future-of-work-will-influence-the-future-of-learning-dlnchat

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March 18, 2019

Bam! 5 tools for project-based learning

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

Educators know project-based learning (PBL) isn’t simply another teaching strategy. Project-based learning gives students deeper learning experiences, and as they apply their knowledge, they develop soft skills such as critical thinking and team work–skills they’ll carry through to college and the workforce. But it’s often a great undertaking to locate and vet resources and tools for project-based learning, and educators don’t have an abundance of time. Below, we’ve gathered a handful of “add-on” tools for project-based learning. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but we hope these resources help as you search for PBL examples and strategies.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/03/04/bam-5-tools-for-project-based-learning/

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How Student Expectations Are Driving Digital Transformation

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Susan Grajek, Evolllution

Changing student expectations are a key driver of higher education’s digital transformation. In particular, students want a customer experience that is personalized and seamless. They want a home base for their education, but they want their institution to offer access to a larger higher education marketplace. They want to be at a competitive advantage when they graduate, and that means having job-ready skills and competencies and new and innovative learning opportunities.

https://evolllution.com/technology/tech-tools-and-resources/how-student-expectations-are-driving-digital-transformation/

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How do you know what news is being written by artificial intelligence, and does it really matter?

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By Alex Lemieux , Republican Standard

How do you know that what you’re reading was actually written by a human? Interesting question considering the times.  As the rise of artificial intelligence (A.I.) begins to creep into more and more facets of life, a conversation over a network – just like this one – can leave some wondering: Am I reading what another human is writing, and how do I know? Machine-generated journalism is emerging as a tool used by many major news organizations like Associated Press, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and others. Meanwhile, reporters and editors are finding themselves packing up their broadsheet news writing skills and press passes after becoming victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike.

A.I.’s Turing Test For Modern Journalistic Standards

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Snitch Switch: Smart Assistants With “Moral AI” Could Call Police on Owners Who Break Law

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by Selwyn Duke, the New American
Snitch Switch: Smart Assistants With “Moral AI” Could Call Police on Owners Who Break Law. Call it Terminator meets the second-grade tattletale, but some “experts” have suggested that electronic home assistants could be programmed with moral artificial intelligence (AI) that could decide whether to report its owners to the authorities for breaking the law.  In reality, “moral AI” is currently just a proposal by a small group of scientists who may (or may not) want publicity as much as greater knowledge, and news organs certainly crave the traffic reporting on such stories brings. The deeper issue, however, is that a prerequisite for moral artificial intelligence is moral natural intelligence.

https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/item/31620-snitch-switch-smart-assistants-with-moral-ai-could-call-police-on-owners-who-break-law

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March 17, 2019

Outlook 2019: Tulsa County leads the way in preparing kids for career tech, college while in high school

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By Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World
Gov. Kevin Stitt has made cooperation among the state’s public education systems a priority for his administration. In his first State of the State address, he called for tearing down the “silos” separating common education, career tech and higher education. In Tulsa County, that work has been going on for decades. Key players in those efforts are Tulsa Community College and Tulsa Technology Center. Through a variety of initiatives, they connect high school students with post-secondary education and the workforce while also serving many adult students. One of those connections is concurrent enrollment, which allows students to enroll in college courses while still in high school. TCC, the state’s largest two-year college, also has the largest concurrent enrollment in the state.

https://www.tulsaworld.com/business/outlook-tulsa-county-leads-the-way-in-preparing-kids-for/article_e3aa0dc9-6e66-5b3f-a415-003bbcfcb0e6.html

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Posties using virtual reality headsets to learn how to avoid being dog attacks

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By Stephen Hayward, The Missor (UK)
Royal Mail has used the system more then 750 times since November after a string of horrific attacks in which rogue pets have bitten off fingers, thumbs and even a nose.  Posties are using ­virtual reality headsets to learn how to avoid being attacked by dogs. The gadgets provide a 360-degree street view scene and advice on how to deal with aggressive pets on their rounds. Self-defence training shows a postie dropping to one knee to protect herself and using her postbag as a shield. The move comes after a string of ­horrific attacks in which rogue pets have bitten off fingers, thumbs and even a nose. The new “dog byte” computer program urges posties to look for signs that a pet is present and not to take at face value assurances that an animal is harmless.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/posties-using-virtual-reality-headsets-14077547

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Popularity of online education grows rapidly in China

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Xinhua
China saw rapid growth in online education last year, with the number of users of such services rising 29.7 percent year on year to 201 million, accounting for 24.3 percent of total Internet users, according to a statistical report on Internet development. Around 194 million people in China accessed online education via mobile phones, up 63.3 percent compared with 2017, said the China Internet Network Information Center report. Wider use of smart devices and improved quality and accessibility of mobile Internet creates more opportunities for online education growth and makes learning via mobile devices much easier.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/03/c_137864471.htm

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March 16, 2019

Is your campus ready for AI and other technology trends?

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Have you prepared your campus for augmented reality and artificial intelligence? A survey from the Center for Digital Education (CDE) recently found that college and university leaders are focusing on transforming academics, securing students and data, improving student services, and modernizing IT. These for core areas, they believe, will establish a solid foundation to support future innovation on campus. Within those four core areas, higher-ed leaders are focusing on these 10 top priorities to lay the groundwork for future transformation:

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/01/campus-ready-ai-other-technology-trends/

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STUDY CONFIRMS PERSISTENCE OF RURAL DIGITAL DIVIDE

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By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Croft and Moore’s report, Rural Students: Technology, Coursework, and Extracurricular Activities, is based on a data collected from two different student surveys administered to selected students who wrote the ACT in 2018. The primary survey focused on technology access and included over 6,000 respondents. In addition to the students who completed the online survey, a random sample of students who either did not start the survey, or started but did not finish the survey, were sent a paper copy of the survey to complete. The second survey, which was completed by approximately 5600 students, asked students about their coursework during high school. Croft and Moore’s finding suggest that rural students are still at a great disadvantage when it comes to access to both technology and the course options that are most likely to set them up for success when applying to competitive colleges.

https://news.elearninginside.com/study-confirms-persistence-of-rural-digital-divide/

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CREATING AN ONLINE MBA AT A TOP BUSINESS SCHOOL: THE LATEST FROM MICHIGAN ROSS

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By Henry Kronk, e-Learning Inside
One of the most ambitious efforts in online education is currently underway at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Since August, the #7 business school in the country has been working to put together an Online MBA degree offering for the fall semester of this year. Earlier this month, they announced they had signed with Noodle Partners, an OPM, to help the process along. To learn more, eLearning Inside got in touch with Eliot Gattegno, managing director of the Office of Digital Education at Michigan Ross. While Gattegno won’t be teaching any courses at Michigan Ross, he and his department are responsible for overseeing the creation of the Online MBA.

https://news.elearninginside.com/creating-an-online-mba-at-a-top-business-school-the-latest-from-michigan-ross/

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March 15, 2019

ASU offering rapidly deployable online courses to refugees, displaced people

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Mary Beth Faller, ASU
Education for Humanity partners with local groups for access to higher education
Every day, more than 44,000 people are forced to flee their homes as a result of persecution, conflict or generalized violence. Millions cross borders into new countries seeking safety, bringing with them a determination to positively contribute to their new communities. More than 85 percent of these refugees flee to developing countries, often without the ability to continue their education or get jobs. Restricted to a refugee camp or trying to make ends meet in an urban center, many want to gain skills that will benefit them in their new communities and also when they return to their countries and rebuild. Education for Humanity, an initiative of Arizona State University, is meeting that need by offering online courses to refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Uganda and Rwanda. Soon, the program will expand to Ethiopia and Kenya.

https://asunow.asu.edu/20190301-global-engagement-asu-offering-rapidly-deployable-online-courses-refugees-displaced-people

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AI For Everyone: What Andrew Ng wants to convey with this Non Technical Course in 30 points.

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Harveen Singh, Towards Data Science

AI for everyone is a non technical course taking which you will have greater knowledge than most CEO’s in the world. At least this is what Andrew Ng claims. So let’s find out in short what he wants to convey.

https://towardsdatascience.com/ai-for-everyone-what-andrew-ng-want-to-convey-with-this-non-technical-course-in-30-points-bedaea57c81b

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Advanced Educational Technology Eliminates the Gap Between Masters and the Masses

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Futurism
When it comes to education, the internet has made distance nearly irreverent, leveling the playing field for millions of individuals who don’t have easy access to schools or universities. But aside from distance, the advanced educational technology is also helping solve two other issues that plague education: scarcity and exclusivity. While everyone wants to learn from the best in a particular field, it’s usually physically impossible and economically infeasible to do so for all but a privileged few. But thanks to modern educational technology, the best and the brightest can impart their valuable insights to a virtually unlimited amount of students, and can do so at an affordable cost. That’s where MasterClass comes in. From Daniel Negreanu to Gordon Ramsay, Masterclass online courses allow world renowned experts to share their valuable knowledge and experience to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

https://futurism.com/masterclass-online-courses-gordon-ramsay/

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March 14, 2019

MOOCs and the Master’s Degree

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
It has been just about 12 months since the University System of Maryland (USM) announced a partnership with edX to deliver four MicroMasters programs: non-credit master’s level courses intended to accelerate the process of earning an advanced degree. The idea was to support an “inverted admissions process.” Students could try out the master’s-level coursework before making the commitment to a full-on master’s degree program. Even in those earliest days, the system made no promises about the possible results they were expecting. A headline for a news release at the time used the word, “may,” as in, “may accelerate [the] path to advanced degrees and save students thousands of dollars.” As with much about MOOCs, nobody knew whether the “mini-master” concept would gain traction among students, let alone become a “gateway” to advanced degrees.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/02/27/moocs-and-the-masters-degree.aspx

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EDUCAUSE 2019 Horizon Report Preview

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The EDUCAUSE Horizon Report Preview provides summaries of each of the upcoming edition’s trends, challenges, and important developments in educational technology, which were ranked most highly by the expert panel.  Opportunities for learners to blend their formal education with modularized online coursework, at an affordable cost, are establishing a learning continuum along which an evolving workforce can easily upskill. Badges and certificates provide prospective employers with evidence of skills gained through a wide range of educational opportunities and venues. Institutions that develop partnerships with online course providers or otherwise create a variety of options for students to master content at their own pace are responding to the needs of learners who want more control over learning pathways when earning a certificate or a degree.

https://library.educause.edu/-/media/files/library/2019/2/2019horizonreportpreview.pdf

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