Educational Technology

December 24, 2018

Proposed Bill Gives ND School Districts Option of Online Learning on Snow Days

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by Angela Shen, KVRR

If the bill becomes law in North Dakota, school districts across the state would be able to decide whether or not they want to put the plan in place. The bill was introduced by Rep. Jim Grueneich of Jamestown. KVRR reached out to him, but did not receive a response. “I think Rep. Grueneich is trying to be responsive to the fact that we need to make up this school day, but how a school district chooses to make it up should be up to them, and if they have the technological capacity, then they should have that opportunity,” Kirsten Baesler, state superintendent for the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, said. The Department says it will provide advice and insight on the bill, but it is not a bill from the agency.

https://www.kvrr.com/2018/11/28/proposed-bill-gives-nd-school-districts-option-of-online-learning-on-snow-days/

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BMCC Now Offers Textbook-Free Criminal Justice Degree

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by BMCC

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) students majoring in criminal justice can now potentially complete the degree program without ever having to buy a textbook, saving altogether, an estimated $2,500.  BMCC faculty have redesigned 20 courses to create an Open Educational Resources (OER) criminal justice associate degree. The effort was funded by a 2016, two-year OER grant from the organization Achieving the Dream.

 

https://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/news/news.jsp?id=14953

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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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December 23, 2018

Unmet Financial Need Is Rising

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Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Unmet financial need, meaning the gap between the cost of college and all student resources that do not need to be repaid, grew by 23 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to an analysis of federal data that the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) released today. Nearly three in four college students in the U.S. experience unmet need. At community colleges, 71 percent of students have some unmet need, with an average amount of $4,920. Unmet need is higher at four-year institutions, the group found, with students of color and low-income students more likely to have it — at significantly higher amounts.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2018/12/11/unmet-financial-need-rising

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What College Professors Should Know About Learning Science

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By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

Researchers are gaining a better understanding of how people learn—both what works and what doesn’t go so well—in the classroom. The next step is to apply that research in actual college instruction.  One person pushing to put learning science into practice on college campuses is Sanjay Sarma, vice president for open learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  We really need to spend time thinking about how to motivate students, how to make them curious. It’s like saliva. You’re hungry, saliva flows. You’re motivated, dopamine flows. So we need to somehow work on that, it is very human. That’s another key point. The humanization also involves things like arts and the humanities and having fun. I really think that we have to look at it from that perspective. The lens ought to be, in my view, a completely different perspective than just tweaking the existing system. I’m not suggesting blowing up schools.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-12-06-what-college-professors-should-know-about-learning-science

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Inclusive and Open Pedagogies

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by Amanda McAndrew, EDUCAUSE Review

Is an open pedagogy an inclusive pedagogy? Is an inclusive pedagogy an open pedagogy? Given so many pedagogies, is there a common thread? On the surface, we tend to think of both of these pedagogies in support of increased access to content. So where does accessibility fit in? People often think of accessibility when they hear the term “inclusive pedagogy.” After all, making content materials accessible for anyone with a physical or learning disability is clearly an inclusive practice. And when folks hear the term “open pedagogy,” an obvious connection is made to open educational resources (OER) and efforts to make content available to more people at a lower cost. This is also an inclusive practice.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/11/inclusive-and-open-pedagogies

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December 22, 2018

innervoice receives microsoft ai for accessibility grant

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Inner Voice

California-based company iTherapy received an AI for Accessibility grant from Microsoft to work on its program InnerVoice, a learning tool for developing language and social communication skills for children with disabilities. InnerVoice will use Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility grant to develop a new way of teaching speech and language skills to people with communication challenges. Through a unique combination of AI image recognition, facial animation, and software-generated speech, InnerVoice helps users learn the relationships shared among images, faces, speech, and text in their homes and communities.

https://innervoiceapp.com/innervoice-receives-microsoft-ai-for-accessibility-grant/

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For IBM, Reskilling The Workforce For AI Takes On A New Urgency

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Joe McKendrick, Forbes

No matter how far along an organization’s artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives may be, there is still a pressing need for greater training and expertise to add value to the business. In a recent global survey of 5,000 executives, IBM finds skills deficiencies to be the number-one pressing challenge to moving forward with AI. IBM has been investing heavily in efforts to develop a skilled workforce ready to help employers embrace opportunities in AI, says Beth Smith, general manager of Watson Core. “In general, 94% of companies actually see that AI can bring them competitive advantage,” she points out. “But the interesting thing to me is only one in 20 have extensively incorporated AI into their businesses.” Along with skills shortages, the survey identified trust, compliance and data quality as barriers to AI success, says Smith.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/joemckendrick/2018/12/04/for-ibm-reskilling-the-workforce-for-ai-takes-on-a-new-urgency/#2087c65763e0

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Here’s Where the Jobs are – in One Chart

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Here’s where the jobs are — in one chart
Thomas Franck, CNBC

CNBC studied the net changes by industry for November jobs based on the data from the Labor Department contained in the jobs report released Friday. The U.S. economy added 155,000 jobs last month, fewer than the 198,000 estimated increase from economists polled by Refinitiv, according to the report. Health care and education, which combines everything from outpatient care and social assistance to teachers and professors, posted a net change of 34,000 jobs in November after topping charts in October with 44,000 jobs. The business and professional services sector — which includes lawyers, consultants and accountants — added 32,000 jobs. The industry has added 561,000 jobs over the year.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/07/heres-where-the-jobs-are–in-one-chart.html

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December 21, 2018

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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Survey: Most Campus IT Investments Aren’t ‘Very Effective’

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Campus IT leaders aren’t wildly enthusiastic about the investments in technology their institutions are making. In just a single area — student recruitment — do at least half of these individuals (52 percent) rate the IT investment “very effective.” For every other category, fewer than 50 percent give it the same high rating, including investments in technology for teaching and instruction on campus (49 percent), library services (46 percent) and student success initiatives (40.5 percent). In three areas — alumni engagement, data analytics and development efforts — fewer than 20 percent rate the investment as very effective.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/12/06/survey-most-campus-it-investments-arent-very-effective.aspx

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5 Myths About Online Courses Debunked

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By Alicia Geigel, ULoop
With the fall semester coming to an end and the spring semester approaching quickly, you probably are trying to decide what classes to take for the next semester. Usually around this time of year, students look through a course list and try to put together a class schedule that reflects both their interests and includes the necessary course fulfillments. Trying to blend all of these interests while also trying to figure out major obligations, especially on a deadline, can be a breeze for some and a nightmare for others. Piecing together a schedule of courses all while taking into consideration day of the week, time, location, etc. makes choosing courses even more of a hassle. However, one convenient option when choosing courses is opting for online courses, which not only eliminates the stress of putting together a schedule that doesn’t overlap, but it also gives you better control over how you spend your time.

https://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/270766/5-Myths-About-Online-Courses-Debunked

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Developing AI in a responsible way

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Phys.org

Université de Montréal, in collaboration with the Fonds de recherche du Québec, today unveiled the Montréal Declaration for Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence. This set of ethical guidelines for the development of artificial intelligence is the culmination of more than a year of work, research and consultations with citizens, experts, public policymakers and industry stakeholders, civil society organizations, and professional orders.  Artificial intelligence (AI) is a major form of scientific and technological progress that can generate considerable social benefits. The development of AI, however, poses ethical challenges and social risks. It is incumbent on the various public and private stakeholders and policymakers, at the local, national and international levels, to ensure that the development and deployment of AI are compatible with the protection and fulfilment of fundamental human capacities and goals.

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-ai-responsible.html

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December 20, 2018

The top 5 skills your students need to snag a job at the next Amazon

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EAB
Tech careers are among the hottest jobs of 2018, and it’s not hard to see why. The jobs consistently receive high ratings for salary, growth, worker satisfaction, and work-life balance. So how can students secure a job in this booming industry? Contrary to popular belief, technical skills—such as a knowledge of multiple coding languages or mastery of data analysis—aren’t the only skills tech employers are looking for. Rather, tech employers continue to look for candidates with soft skills—such as communication and customer service experience—according to a ZipRecruiter evaluation of tech job openings.

https://www.eab.com/daily-briefing/2018/12/04/the-top-5-skills-your-students-need-to-snag-a-job-at-the-next-amazon

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Google Gives Big Boost to Prison Coding Program

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By Alex Brown, Inside Indiana Business

A prison coding program that was introduced to Indiana earlier this year is getting a boost. Google.org has announced a $2 million grant to California-based nonprofit The Last Mile, which provides technology and business skills training for inmates. The funding will support, in part, the launch of Indiana’s first coding program for incarcerated juveniles at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility. The Indiana juvenile program is The Last Mile’s first youth program outside of California. In an interview with Inside Indiana Business, The Last Mile co-founder Chris Redlitz says it is important to serve all populations, including men, women and young people.

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/39585615/google-gives-big-boost-to-prison-coding-program

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Minerva Project: A Curriculum to Copy?

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By Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

The Minerva Project’s big contribution to higher education might not be its vision of an elite, global university, but the groundbreaking curriculum it hopes to export to universities around the world. Much of the attention the Minerva Project received around its much-watched launch in 2012 focused on the start-up’s lofty goal of creating an elite “Ivy League 2.0” university, with top traditional-age students doing immersive stints at campus locations around the world while also taking online courses. But Minerva’s biggest success so far is its curriculum, which the university describes as a systematic rethinking of the liberal arts. The nonbuzzy approach hearkens back to higher education’s roots with a focus on practical, vocational knowledge, and is drawing attention from both traditional academics and would-be disrupters. “They’re focused on the learning outcomes that we feel are most critical,” said Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/12/05/minerva-project-draws-notice-its-practical-rigorous-curriculum

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December 19, 2018

Impact of LMS on Corporate Training

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Boss Magazine

A Learning Management Systems (LMS) is a software application that can provide online learning to students in an educational institution and to employees in an organization. It can also track their progress, evaluate results, and send evaluation reports to the management for further evaluation. LMS systems are very effective in training employees and tracking their training progress to ensure effective learning. It also helps the management identify top talent and further their skills and training with more online courses so that they are resourceful to the organization. Here are some ways in which an LMS can impact corporate training.

https://thebossmagazine.com/lms-training-success/

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Are virtual reality and mobile apps the future of job training?

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ALEXANDRA VILLARREAL, the Ladders

Brace yourself: The future of workplace training is coming, and it looks like there will be many mobile apps, social media tools and games involved. For its 2018 EdTrends Report for Businesses, game-based learning platform Kahoot! surveyed nearly 400 of its business users to see how trainers are prepping for an influx of millions of Generation-Z workers, most of whom grew up in front of a screen and are used to the digital space. But the report also shows how technology-friendly the general workforce is becoming, with one in four workers wanting to be trained via virtual or augmented reality and another quarter hoping to get training remotely via apps.

https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/are-virtual-reality-and-mobile-apps-the-future-of-job-training

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Online courses for students: how to get an education without leaving the comfort zone

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By Bill Burke, Sportsbank

Today, many people cannot continue their education because they simply cannot afford to pay those high tuition fees, have no time for attending classes, are not willing to move to college, etc. There are many reasons why one ends up without a college or university degree. However, there are those who still want to continue their education no matter what but at a lower cost and from the comfort of their homes. Therefore, they have to look for other options, and online programs can be a pretty good one. Online programs have proved to be as effective as traditional ones. They allow students to earn an academic degree diploma in an online environment. There are many courses so that every student can find what he or she wants to study. E-learning has many advantages, and students appreciate the possibility to study without breaking out of their comfort zone. Let’s get a deeper insight into this issue.

https://www.thesportsbank.net/social-issues/online-courses-for-students-how-to-get-an-education-without-leaving-the-comfort-zone/

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December 18, 2018

Microsoft Outlines AI and Other Improvements in Office 365 Apps

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By Kurt Mackie, Redmond Mag

Microsoft this week highlighted new and coming improvements for Office 365 users. The announcement mostly concerned improvements for Office 365 end users, but there was one tidbit for IT pros. For instance, Microsoft has released the Office Customization Tool for Office 365 ProPlus and “other Click-to-Run managed Office products.” The tool is a Web-based form that will create “the configuration files that are used to deploy Office in large organizations,” according to a Microsoft overview document description. Microsoft also updated Office Online Server this month. Office Online Server lets organizations use their own datacenters to support running Office applications in browsers.

https://redmondmag.com/articles/2018/11/30/ai-improvements-in-office-365-apps.aspx

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Technology in the classroom

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Times of Malta

The most significant advantage that advances in technology have brought about is the promotion of independent learning in students. The internet has changed the way students access information necessary for their education. With proper training to identify the more reliable sources of information, most students will no longer depend on often outdated textbooks to glean the information they need. Online learning does have its disadvantages. While offering opportunities to students who cannot afford full-time training, distance learning deprives trainees of personal interaction with fellow students and educators. Educational research shows that those who enrol in online courses have higher chances of failing and dropping out of classes. One big advantage of exposing students to technology in the early years of schooling is that most jobs in the future will be digital and the sooner young people master digital skills, the easier it will be for them to secure meaningful jobs.

 

https://www.timesofmalta.com/mobile/articles/view/20181203/business-news/technology-in-the-classroom.695780

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