Educational Technology

December 13, 2018

Hey, Google, Alexa, Siri and Higher Ed

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By Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

The growing use of voice search and virtual digital assistants will have an increasing impact on how we deliver, search for and market higher education.  Voice enabling is the funnel through which we will access increasingly smart technologies. As these technologies evolve and further intertwine into a conversant smart system, we must respond and anticipate the changes that are only months away. A good place to begin is implementing VEO for all of our programs. Universities must be responding to this new trend to capture new prospective students, and to make sure you are sending current students to the proper resources that will enrich their time on campus. (thanks to Jordan DiMaggio UPCEA Associated Director of Policy and Communications for his assistance with this article)

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/hey-google-alexa-siri-and-higher-ed

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Hey, Google, Alexa, Siri and Higher Ed

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By Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

The growing use of voice search and virtual digital assistants will have an increasing impact on how we deliver, search for and market higher education.  Voice enabling is the funnel through which we will access increasingly smart technologies. As these technologies evolve and further intertwine into a conversant smart system, we must respond and anticipate the changes that are only months away. A good place to begin is implementing VEO for all of our programs. Universities must be responding to this new trend to capture new prospective students, and to make sure you are sending current students to the proper resources that will enrich their time on campus. (thanks to Jordan DiMaggio UPCEA Associated Director of Policy and Communications for his assistance with this article)

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/hey-google-alexa-siri-and-higher-ed

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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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Using Amazon Alexa for the Math Classroom

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Is it difficult to find fresh ways to sustain your students’ interest in math class, day after day? This is a common complaint among educators who know that math is an essential subject but struggle to find engaging ways to teach it. Amazon’s Alexa device offers an inexpensive way to start making math class enjoyable again. You can download several games to help quiz students on their math facts or challenge their minds. The best part is that these are activities they can do entirely on their own.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-amazon-alexa-for-the-math-classroom/

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December 12, 2018

Transforming organisational learning for the new generation

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ARINYA TALERNGSRI, Bankok Post

Formal education including schools and universities is part of learning — but it definitely isn’t the only way we can learn, nor does the learning stop there. Learning is a never-ending process, something you nurture at school and eventually bring to your work or business. Stanford Online High School is a great example of this. Although seemingly a formal educational institution and affiliated with the famous California university, it integrates extra-curricular activities, online learning and classroom study throughout the day. Even when they are not in the classroom, students are constantly learning through every activity they do. Nurturing learning in your organisation is important, and I think it’s especially critical for the newer generations that are starting to play a major role in the workplace.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/1582098/transforming-organisational-learning

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A Job Of Your Dreams May Not Be In The Cards If Post-College Debt Weighs You Down

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BY BEN MARKUS, Colarado Public Radio

Student loan debt across the U.S. grew 157 percent in the last 11 years, according to an analysis by Bloomberg. In Colorado, the Institute for College Access & Success said grads have an average student debt load of $26,530. Ben Wurzel, Money Sense program manager at CU Boulder, said some some students don’t “consider the impact of what they’re borrowing until they are wrapping up their college education.” Wurzel works with many students who are surprised how much and how long they’ll be paying off their loans.

http://www.cpr.org/news/story/a-job-of-your-dreams-may-not-be-in-the-cards-if-post-college-debt-weighs-you-down

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December 11, 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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Inclusive Teaching

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by University of Nebraska-Lincoln

College classrooms are increasingly diverse places. Instructors need to consider not only the obvious diversity in their classroom such as gender and ethnicity, but also aspects such as students’ prior knowledge or preferred ways of learning. Inclusive teaching refers to using teaching methods to address the needs of all students in your classroom and ensure that all students are able to participate equitably in your class. Inclusive teaching requires preparation before entering the classroom and consistent efforts in the classrooms to create an environment that will be beneficial for all.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1684

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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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December 10, 2018

McCormick schools, short on teachers, embrace online learning

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By ALEKS GILBERT, Index-Journal

The nationwide problem is so acute in the small, predominantly rural district that some of its classes do not have certified teachers. The solution? Online learning. The district high school and middle school offers courses through VirtualSC, a program of the state Department of Education, and Odysseyware, a private company. “We can’t just say well, I don’t have a teacher, we aren’t going to teach it,” interim superintendent Betty Bagley said. “There’s a lot of positive in (online learning) that sometimes gets lost in the interpretation of it. I think people will be impressed with what we’re trying to do when we don’t have the teachers we need.”

http://www.indexjournal.com/news/mccormick-schools-short-on-teachers-embrace-online-learning/article_da642477-0cca-5ae8-a664-0831e13b0555.html

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Webster Groves School District Prepares For Online Programs

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Jim Merkel, Webster-Kirkwood Times

Following the guidelines of a new state law, the Webster Groves School District is opening the door to allowing nearly all students in all grades to take classes online. District Assistant Superintendent for Learning Kristin Denbow told members of the board of education at their meeting on Nov. 12 about actions in the district and region as the result of the passage of Senate Bill 603 and House Bill 1606. The new laws require school districts to allow students to take courses except when they have a good reason to turn down a request. “It’s going to provide some opportunities for some of our students,” Denbow told the board.

https://www.timesnewspapers.com/webster-kirkwoodtimes/webster-groves-school-district-prepares-for-online-programs/article_f59780e8-ed9f-11e8-bcc6-a3f80e13333e.html

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How This EdTech Startup Helps Teachers Solve The Digital Distraction Problem

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Robyn D. Shulman, Forbes

With the surge in classroom technology use, a few edtech companies have stepped up to combat the issues schools are facing on a daily basis. One company that is helping with digital distraction is NetRef. The software allows teachers to control what their students are doing online in the classroom, both on school and with student-owned devices.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robynshulman/2018/11/24/how-this-edtech-startup-helps-teachers-solve-the-digital-distraction-problem/#21b6570d7452

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December 9, 2018

These are the skills to learn for the future of work, according to the World Economic Forum

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By Simone Stolzoff, Quartz

Many of the skills for which the WEF predicts demand will grow, like “active learning” and “technology design,” make sense for a world where the rate of technological change is set to accelerate. Meanwhile, when we think of the skills most likely to be automated, routine and repetitive tasks like adding a widget on an assembly line or filling in an accounting form come to mind. However, some of the skills needs expected to be on the decline in the next five years might come as a surprise. Phones serve as an external hard drive for our brains. Task management software replaces some of the responsibilities previously held by managers. So, even skills which may seem uniquely human, like “memory” and “management of personnel,” will become less important differentiators for human talent as technology advances, the WEF suggests.

https://qz.com/work/1462247/skills-to-learn-for-the-future-of-work-according-to-wef/

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As students flock to credentials other than degrees, quality-control concerns grow

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Matt Krupnick, Hechinger Report

“We do have a little bit of a Wild West situation right now with alternative credentials,” said Alana Dunagan, a senior research fellow at the nonprofit Clayton Christensen Institute, which researches education innovation. The U.S. higher education system “doesn’t do a good job of separating the wheat from the chaff.” Thousands of credentials classes aimed at improving specific skills have cropped up outside of traditional colleges. Some classes are boot camps, including those popular with computer coders. Others are even more narrowly focused, such as courses on factory automation and breastfeeding. Colleges and universities have responded by adding non-degree programs of their own.

https://hechingerreport.org/as-students-flock-to-credentials-other-than-degrees-quality-control-concerns-grow/

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Microsoft Launches a Series of 10 Courses about Cybersecurity on edX.org

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By IBL News

Microsoft has introduced a free 10-course professional program on Cybersecurity, intended to help to identify threats early on and minimize breach impacts. Each course requires 8 to 12 hours of study time, and will run for three months, starting at the beginning of a quarter – in January, April, July and October 2019. However, the first course, Enterprise Security Fundamental, is already available.

https://iblnews.org/2018/11/24/microsoft-launches-a-series-of-10-courses-about-cybersecurity-on-edx-org/

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December 8, 2018

7 Things You Should Know about Digital Transformation (Dx)

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by EDUCAUSE

The term “digital transformation” (Dx) encapsulates the seismic cultural, workforce, and technological shift under way as the diverse digital landscape influences—and changes—almost everything we do. Dx is being propelled by multiple drivers, from the pervasive adoption of technology across colleges and universities to external forces including reduced public funding, new expectations of technology from students, and increased skepticism about higher education. Embracing digital transformation is about building on the core values of higher education and developing new and significantly more effective ways to enrich and expand higher education’s mission.

https://library.educause.edu/~/media/files/library/2018/10/eli7162.pdf

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Assistive Technology to Help Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Succeed

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience a variety of symptoms that can cause challenges in the classroom. Most of them will have some difficulty with social interactions including reading facial expressions and following a conversation. They might become easily upset by changes in routine, experience sensitivity to environmental stimuli, and become easily fixated on things. All of these present a problem for teachers, but there are lots of options for assistive technology that can help. If you have a student diagnosed with ASD in your classroom, consider whether some of these assistive technologies could help them to achieve better success.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/assistive-technology-to-help-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd-succeed-academically/

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Defining Learning Innovation

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by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

My definition of learning innovation is institutional and organizational in scale. A college or university serious about innovation will prioritize investments in making non-incremental advances in student learning. A commitment to learning innovation can take many forms. It may be investing in a center for teaching and learning (CTL) to provide faculty with training, mentoring, and resources. Or a commitment to learning innovation may manifest in the recruitment of instructional designers to collaborate with faculty. A focus on institutional learning innovation may involve the decision that all new classroom spaces and renovations will result in active learning spaces, with flat floors and moveable furniture. Or it may revolve around an initiative to embed academic librarians with professors throughout the course development, teaching, and redesign process.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/defining-learning-innovation

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December 7, 2018

Crocker High School’s Curriculum Gains Attention Across the State

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By: Daniel Shedd, Ozarks First

Historically, it’s been a rural community where agriculture and athletics have taken the drivers seat. But not anymore. “Wow. It’s drastic. We have a lot more online textbooks and online everything now,” explained seniors Mackenzie Killian and Koltan York. These Crocker natives never expected that by senior year, their rural community high school, would offer high speed internet access, and a shot at journalism. “Honestly I didn’t think we would have all of these opportunities like some of the bigger schools around here,” said Killian. “I didn’t think so growing up but I’m glad it happened.”

https://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/up-to-speed-rural-school-districts-turn-to-technology-to-enhance-learning/1608860131

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How To Make Learning A Habit You Enjoy

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Liz Guthridge, Forbes

Adult learners don’t have to sit in uncomfortable chairs with heavy textbooks and notebooks piled on their desks. Nor do adult  learners have to sign up for monotonous online courses featuring videos of talking heads. You give yourself the permission and flexibility to integrate learning into your day as you see fit. And you’ll discover that learning doesn’t have to be a discrete activity that begins when a bell rings or a deadline looms. Instead, learning is more like a regular exercise routine you voluntarily do on your time schedule.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/11/21/how-to-make-learning-a-habit-you-enjoy/#6a789018564c

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AI peer reviewers unleashed to ease publishing grind

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by Douglas Heaven, Nature

Most researchers have good reason to grumble about peer review: it is time-consuming and error-prone, and the workload is unevenly spread, with just 20% of scientists taking on most reviews. Now peer review by artificial intelligence (AI) is promising to improve the process, boost the quality of published papers — and save reviewers time. A handful of academic publishers are piloting AI tools to do anything from selecting reviewers to checking statistics and summarizing a paper’s findings.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07245-9

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