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September 25, 2017

What’s the Difference Between Cognitive Computing and AI?

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By Joel Hans, RT Insights

Artificial intelligence agents decide which actions are the most appropriate to take, and when they should be taken. These agents most often take the form of machine learning algorithms, neural networks, statistical analysis and more.   Cognitive computing is often described as simply marketing jargon, so crafting a working definition is important, although it’s more fluid right now, and there isn’t one consensus that industry experts have settled on. Still, the foundation is that cognitive computing systems try to simulate human thought processes. This process uses many of the same fundamentals as AI, such as machine learning, neural networks, natural language processing, contextual awareness and sentiment analysis, to follow the problem-solving processes that humans do day in and day out. IBM defines the result of cognitive computing as “systems that learn at scale, reason with purpose and interact with humans naturally.”

https://www.rtinsights.com/whats-the-difference-between-cognitive-computing-and-ai/

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How could the Internet of Things change the game for content marketers?

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by Tereza Litsa, Click Z

The Internet of Things has the potential to bring a new age of content marketing. How can marketers prepare for this change? The Internet of Things is a growing trend, and the idea of keeping everyone connected through everyday devices is becoming an increasingly established concept. According to IHS, there were 15.4 billion connected devices in 2015, with the number expected to grow to 30.7 billion in 2020 and 75.4 billion in 2025. This is reflected in the projections for the revenue it can bring. According to Machina Research, the revenue from the Internet of Things is expected to increase from $892 billion in 2015 to $4 trillion in 2025.

How could the Internet of Things change the game for content marketers?

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How Big is the LMS Market?

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By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

I’m trying to figure out the size of the learning management system (LMS) market.
The problem with numbers related to educational technology is that you just can’t trust them.  Do a Google search for the size of the LMS market and you get some really big numbers, and wide discrepancies in the estimates. A Google search about the global educational technology market yields an estimate that worldwide spending on e-learning will reach $325 billion by 2025. A Business Wire report puts the global higher education technology market at $29 billion. Until I really understand where all these estimates about the edtech and LMS market come from, I plan to be skeptical about any numbers related to the edtech industry.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/how-big-lms-market

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September 24, 2017

eLearning Helps Classes Stay on Track During Hurricane Season

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By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

Just as some schools located in northern regions of the nation have started to replace snow days with virtual school days, in the South, a growing number of public schools, colleges and universities are relying on eLearning to keep classes on schedule even during weather crises. This year, as the region is devastated by a series of hurricanes, eLearning is already proving critical.  The Kingwood area north of Houston was slammed by Harvey, but it was the runoff from the storm that caused the most damage. In fact, the Lone Star College system has closed its Kingwood campus and doesn’t expect it to be back up and running for two months. Despite this, Lone Star College remains in full operation.  The Lone Star College system’s chancellor, Steve Head, told Inside Higher Education that more than 35,000 of the system’s nearly 90,000 students are already enrolled in online courses: “We’re very technologically advanced here.

eLearning Helps Classes Stay on Track During Hurricane Season

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7 tech innovations that are drastically changing the way people learn

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by LUCAS MILLER, the Next Web

When we discuss technology innovations, we usually focus on the ways that new tech is making our lives easier. While this is certainly a great perk of technology, it also causes us to overlook an even better benefit of the new innovations and developments we see on a daily basis: how technology is improving learning. Both inside and outside the classroom, the following tech innovations are having a drastic impact on the way people learn, helping to change education for the better.

https://thenextweb.com/contributors/2017/09/11/7-tech-innovations-drastically-changing-way-people-learn/

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Redesigning the Syllabus to Reflect the Learning Journey

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By Mark Engstrom, edSurge

Conventional syllabi are developed from the perspective of the teacher—designed to present what he or she plans to include in a course. I wanted to develop an alternative version that looked through the lens of the student, and my vision was to tailor each one to reflect what a particular learner would be doing every step of the way throughout the course. This was not simply a more visually appealing version of a classic syllabus, it was a radical overhaul of the student experience with the primary goal of changing their perception of their role as a learner. This drastic class redesign demanded that I ask myself some big questions: what content was required, what elements of learning could students control and what traditional and new measures I could use to gauge progress? Almost every question led to another

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-09-10-redesigning-the-syllabus-to-reflect-the-learning-journey

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September 23, 2017

Forecast for eLearning

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by PiWorld

One trend in eLearning involves the incorporation of video, and this practice will continue to grow. While informal online video-based learning has been taking place for as long as there have been online videos, the goal of formal eLearning approaches is to incorporate video-based content in structured training frameworks. Another trend in online learning involves compatibility with mobile devices. Mobile learning, or mLearning, has been a buzzword for a number of years, and a study by RnRMarketResearch.com predicts that this segment of the online learning market should grow to $37.60 billion by 2020 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36.3%. A related trend takes advantage of mobile-enabled virtual reality (VR) systems. A final burgeoning practice in eLearning involves the incorporation of “Big Data” to provide increased personalization.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/flipped-courses-and-costs

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SHOULD YOU BE ALLOWED TO USE YOUR LAPTOP IN CLASS?

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By Lexi Lieberman, Study Breaks

The controversial issue of whether or not students should be allowed to use laptops in class has had many outspoken people on both sides. Proponents of laptop use in class definitely have a compelling case. First, they argue, students can look up facts while in class, and if they find something of interest, they can share what they’ve just found online with the class or the professor. They can also use the internet or online dictionaries to verify what they may not hear correctly in lecture, such as a date of a battle or the spelling of a world leader’s name. This helps both the student and his or her peers learn better.

https://studybreaks.com/2017/09/13/should-you-be-allowed-to-use-your-laptop-in-class/

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NSA Opens Annual Codebreaker Challenge for Students

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By Campus Technology
The National Security Agency (NSA) has once again launched its coding challenge, which presents an opportunity for college students to flex their coding skills and tackle national cybersecurity issues. The 2017 NSA Codebreaker Challenge sets up a fictional storyline in which unusual network activity has been detected within a large supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system that controls critical infrastructure for multiple cities. Through a series of six tasks, students must assess which systems are compromised and neutralize the threat.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/09/18/nsa-opens-annual-codebreaker-challenge-for-students.aspx

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September 22, 2017

Standardization in Online Education

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By Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
A regional accreditor recently denied an Arizona community college’s bid to increase its online degree offerings, with a decision that highlights challenges colleges may face when seeking to expand their online presence. Scottsdale Community College had sought to add 48 new online certificate and degree programs. The college, which is a part of the Maricopa Community College District, had proposed gradually beginning to offer the degrees, beginning this fall and continuing through 2020. After conducting a review, the Higher Learning Commission gave the college an acceptable rating in each category for online course delivery. However, the accreditor also identified several problems, mostly revolving around inconsistency in the way Scottsdale offered its existing online programs to students. As a result, it rejected the college’s request to add the new credentials.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/09/15/accreditor-denies-arizona-community-colleges-bid-expand-online

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The Chico Unified School District provides online classes

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by Chloe Ortega, KRCR

The Chico Unified School District is giving students from 6th to 12th grade the option to take classes online.  Students can choose from two different online academies: The Viking Academy or The Panther Academy.  The online courses cover all classes. Students can choose to take them all online if they want to.  The school district said that they tested the program last year and found it to be successful, so they are expanding it this year.

http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/butte/the-chico-unified-school-district-provides-online-classes/621027780

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Rethinking Education for 21st Century Careers

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Rethinking Education for 21st Century Careers
by Lauren Cuzzaniti,  Coursera Blog

College can be an incredibly valuable experience. At its best, college is a place that teaches you to work well with others, challenges you to think critically, and gives you the skills you need to embark on a career. Unfortunately, not all college graduates have that experience. And while it’s universally recognized that college is no longer the ticket to a secure future it once was — the proportion of college graduates has tripled since 1970 (11% to 33.4%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau)–what is troubling is that not only are students not getting the job outcomes, but they also are not getting the skills they should from higher education.

https://blog.coursera.org/rethinking-education-21st-century-careers/

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September 21, 2017

Students have new ways of measuring degrees of success

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By Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post

Fewer students are going to college this fall, as enrollment in higher education has fallen for five straight years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks enrollment. Some 2.4 million fewer students are enrolled than at the recent peak in 2011.  Several factors are to blame for declining enrollments…. But a third factor that is rarely discussed is also at play: the rise of alternative types of higher-education credentials in an age when we always need to be learning…. The demand for alternative types of credentials suggests another reason: Colleges might not be offering what students want and what today’s workforce needs as entire occupations expand and contract at an alarming pace.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/09/17/students-have-new-ways-of-measuring-degrees-of-success/

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Digital English Market in China Surges to $1.4 Billion by 2022

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by Markets Insider

The growth rate for Digital English Language Learning in China is a healthy 8.5% and revenues will spike to $1.4 billion by 2022, according to the new report by Metaari called “The 2017-2022 China Digital English Language Learning Market.” There are six major catalysts driving the current Digital English Language Learning market in China: a booming online English tutoring industry, a dramatic increase in private investments made to digital English companies, emphasis on digital English in the schools, the growing use of English in the higher education segment, strong consumer demand for mobile Digital English Language Learning apps, and a high demand for English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Digital-English-Market-in-China-Surges-to-1-4-Billion-by-2022-1002359286

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This Is How Entrepreneurs, Students And Teachers Can Benefit From LinkedIn Learning

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Robyn Shulman, Forbes

LinkedIn Learning provides a personalized learning experience via high-quality, personally curated and easily digestible content. The platform has more than 10,000 courses across business, creative and tech categories and offers this content in English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese. Higher education students will also find various resources on LinkedIn. Beside LinkedIn Learning, students can stop by LinkedIn for Students for a plethora of resources including LinkedIn “how-to” videos, tip sheets, career guides, and handbooks. For those on their career paths for the jobs of tomorrow, LinkedIn also provides the opportunity for students to become campus editors for their institutions. Students who like to write, curate content, and represent their universities can find applications open now for the 2017-2018 school year.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robynshulman/2017/09/11/this-is-how-entrepreneurs-students-and-teachers-can-benefit-from-linkedin-learning/#6f9b5a792ec9

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September 20, 2017

18 edtech developments set to impact schools

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
Annual report documents how different ed-tech trends and challenges shape K-12 education Coding as a literacy and the rise of STEAM learning are two key trends driving K-12 technology adoption for the next 1-2 years, according to the latest New Media Consortium and CoSN Horizon Report. The report is organized into 6 key trends, 6 significant challenges, and 6 developments in edtech that are going to impact K-12 teaching, learning and creative inquiry. Overall, the report series tracks the five-year impact that innovative practices and new technologies have on K-12 education.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/09/13/edtech-k12-technology/

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Georgia Tech presents model for designing online degrees

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by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

In a guest post for Evolllution, Shabana Figueroa and Yakut Gazi of Georgia Institute of Technology’s Professional Education (GTPE) division detail how the institution worked to develop an efficient design approach for its second entirely-online master’s degree program, which would also improve student user experience studied from the launch of the first online degree.  Among these strategies, the authors write that for site development GTPE created a group cross-functional group of independent instructional design and studio teams, the director of learning met one-on-one with faculty members to figure out course content and teaching styles and attended some in-person class sessions for inspiration, and the faculty worked in two-to-four hour design sessions so that content was 95% complete before production commenced.  Some challenges the authors list include needing to become comfortable with the edX hosting platform, developing logistics and technology to handle proctored exams, meeting the needs of students through flexibility, and designing various versions of the same courses for different cohorts. And with the guidance of faculty, the team was able to begin the project in Dec. 2016 and finish in mid-August of 2017 — which is on track for one year.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/georgia-tech-presents-model-for-designing-online-degrees/504806/

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Seven Steps toward IT Accessibility Compliance

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by Sheryl Burgstahler and Christian Vinten-Johansen, EDUCAUSE Review
Colleges and universities are subject to various laws and regulations regarding the accessibility of the IT resources they provide. Accessibility leadership can and should come from different levels of an organization. Full accessibility compliance can seem intimidating, but it’s important to begin the work, develop priorities, and sustain the effort.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/9/seven-steps-toward-it-accessibility-compliance

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September 19, 2017

Most Ed Institutions Unprepared for Data Risks

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By Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology
Nearly four in five, 77 percent, of education institutions are unprepared for IT risks, according to a new survey from Netwrix. Respondents told researchers that employees are the biggest threat to system availability and security at the same rate, 77 percent and 79 percent said that they do not use any software for information security or risk management.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/09/08/most-ed-institutions-unprepared-for-data-risks.aspx

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Faculty Say Laptops, Mobile Phones Are Most Popular Student Devices

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By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Any faculty member who has looked out at a sea of open laptops in class can tell you that the devices are the go-to technology for college and university students today. In fact, 57 percent of respondents in our 2017 Teaching with Technology Survey, which asked faculty to dish on their experiences with technology in the classroom, singled out laptops as the No. 1 favorite computing device used by their students. Mobile phones came in second, cited by 33 percent of respondents.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/09/06/faculty-say-laptops-mobile-phones-are-most-popular-student-devices.aspx

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Smartwatches Overtake Fitness Trackers

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By Joshua Bolkan, THE Journal

Shipments of wearable devices continued to improve in the second quarter of 2017, showing a 10.3 percent improvement over the same period last year, according to a new report from International Data Corp. (IDC). The quarter saw 26.3 million shipments and was also the first period in which basic wearables — those that do not run third-party apps — saw a decline with negative 0.9 percent growth year over year. Smartwatches, on the other hand, saw strong growth at 60.9 percent. “The transition towards more intelligent and feature-filled wearables is in full swing,” said Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers, in a prepared statement.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/09/01/smartwatches-overtake-fitness-trackers.aspx

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