Educational Technology

July 22, 2019

Cuts in state funding to public colleges may be to blame for a decline in bachelor’s degrees

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By Jillian Berman, Market Watch

“Money matters,” said Sarah Turner, an economics and education professor at the University of Virginia and one of the authors of the paper. “The declines in state appropriations have had real effects in terms of degree output, enrollment and there’s at least suggestive evidence that there’s some impact on research outputs.” A decline in state funding to public colleges is also associated with a drop in the number of people earning the types of credentials at public research universities necessary for the types of scientific innovation that boosts the economy, the research found. A 10% drop in state funding is correlated with a 5% drop in master’s degrees in science, engineering, technology and math (or STEM) and a 10.2% drop in Ph.Ds in those fields.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/cuts-in-state-funding-to-public-colleges-may-be-to-blame-for-a-decline-in-bachelors-degrees-2019-06-18

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Boosting Degree Completion With Blockchain

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Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Arizona State is rethinking how this student data might be exchanged. In partnership with Salesforce, the university’s central enterprise unit, EdPlus, is creating a student data network that will enable participating institutions to share and verify students’ academic records using a distributed ledger technology such as blockchain. Donna Kidwell, chief technology officer at EdPlus, said that reverse transfer is just one area where the institution hopes to make its network of verifiable and secure credentials useful. The technology could, for example, be used to help global institutions and employers verify the academic qualifications of refugees.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/07/09/arizona-state-tackling-college-completion-blockchain

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At 63, Bill Gates says he now asks himself these 3 questions that he wouldn’t have in his 20s

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Marcel Schwantes, CNBC

Gates also noted how different his assessment looks today, at age 63, than it did in his 20s. “Back then, an end-of-year assessment would amount to just one question: Is Microsoft software making the personal-computing dream come true?” he wrote. Of course, Gates still assesses the quality of his work, but he also asks himself a whole set of other questions about his life. “These would have been laughable to me when I was 25, but as I get older, they are much more meaningful.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/06/bill-gates-measures-his-quality-of-life-by-asking-himself-3-questions.html

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July 21, 2019

What is personalized learning and why is it so controversial? 5 questions answered

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Penny Bishop, the Conversation

The term “personalized learning” is becoming more common. Indeed, 39 states mention personalized learning in their school improvement plans, as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Not only are states legislating personalized learning, but philanthropists are funding it and, in some cases, families are pushing back against it. Penny Bishop, a researcher who focuses on learning environments, answers five questions about personalized learning.

https://theconversation.com/what-is-personalized-learning-and-why-is-it-so-controversial-5-questions-answered-118030

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AI can simulate quantum systems without massive computing power

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Jon Fingas, Engadget

It’s difficult to simulate quantum physics, as the computing demand grows exponentially the more complex the quantum system gets — even a supercomputer might not be enough. AI might come to the rescue, though. Researchers have developed a computational method that uses neural networks to simulate quantum systems of “considerable” size, no matter what the geometry. To put it relatively simply, the team combines familiar methods of studying quantum systems (such as Monte Carlo random sampling) with a neural network that can simultaneously represent many quantum states.

https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/05/ai-simulates-quantum-systems/

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13 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence: Are these forgotten when we consider needed workforce skills?

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By Justin Bariso, Inc

In 1995, psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman published a book introducing most of the world to the nascent concept of emotional intelligence. The idea–that an ability to understand and manage emotions greatly increases our chances of success–quickly took off, and it went on to greatly influence the way people think about emotions and human behavior.

https://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/13-things-emotionally-intelligent-people-do.html

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July 20, 2019

The push to put robotics in rural schools

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BY PATTY COOKE, eSchool News
Rural schools in the United States face challenges many of their suburban counterparts couldn’t fathom. For example, access to challenging and engaging STEM courses such as robotics and coding is not as prevalent in rural schools as it is in larger districts. But one district is aiming to make it easier for students to access robotics in rural schools. “Out of the Loop,” a 2018 report from The National School Boards Association Center for Public Education, notes that “rural students have significantly less access to STEM-focused AP courses” and that gaps such as this “may indicate that rural students have limited access to academically rigorous programs.”

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/07/05/robotics-in-rural-schools/

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U.S., U.K. and Canadian residents call for a unified skills strategy for the AI age

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Northeastern University and Gallup

We asked 10,000 people in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada what they thought about the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs. We wanted to know what they believe it takes to be prepared, what type of education is needed, who should provide it and who should pay for it. And do they believe higher education,
business and government are up to the task to solve the skills crisis?

https://www.northeastern.edu/gallup/

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Udacity’s AI generates lecture videos from audio narration

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KYLE WIGGERS, Venture Beat

Professional-level lecture clips require not only a veritable studio’s worth of equipment, but significant resources to transfer, edit, and upload footage of each lesson. That’s why research scientists at Udacity, an online learning platform with over 100,000 courses, are investigating a machine learning framework that automatically generates lecture videos from audio narration alone. They claim in a preprint paper (“LumièreNet: Lecture Video Synthesis from Audio“) on Arxiv.org that their AI system — LumièreNet — can synthesize footage of any length by directly mapping between audio and corresponding visuals.

https://venturebeat.com/2019/07/05/udacitys-ai-generates-lecture-videos-from-audio-narrations/

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July 19, 2019

The push for explainable AI

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BY DEREK B. JOHNSONJUL, GNC

While organizations are ultimately legally responsible for the ways their products, including algorithms, behave, many encounter what is known as the “black box” problem: situations where the decisions made by a machine learning algorithm become more opaque to human managers over time as it takes in more data and makes increasingly complex inferences. The challenge has led experts to champion “explainability” as a key factor for regulators to assess the ethical and legal use of algorithms, essentially being able to demonstrate that an organization has insight into what information its algorithm is using to arrive at the conclusions it spits out. The Algorithmic Accountability Act would give the Federal Trade Commission two years to develop regulations requiring large companies to conduct automated decision system impact assessments of their algorithms and treat discrimination resulting from those decisions as “unfair or deceptive acts and practices,” opening those firms up to civil lawsuits.

https://gcn.com/articles/2019/07/03/explainable-ai.aspx

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How AI can strengthen and defend democracy

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KHARI JOHNSON, Venture Beat

Democratic societies the world over have come under attack in this digital era — and in ways many probably never thought possible in their lifetime. In an interview with VentureBeat earlier this year, Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott said that any informed citizen in the 21st century must have some understanding of artificial intelligence in order to participate in debates, because “You don’t want to be someone to whom AI is sort of this thing that happens to you.” If you believe any part of assertion, or recent call for education initiatives by EU AI experts then public education initiatives to teach more people about AI may in fact be an act that strengthens democracy. The Finnish government for example committed to educating 1% of its population on the basics of AI.

https://venturebeat.com/2019/07/04/how-ai-can-strengthen-and-defend-democracy/

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3 in 4 Schools Approaching 100% WiFi Coverage on Campus

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By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
About three-quarters of higher education institutions in a recent survey currently offer wireless coverage for 81 percent to 100 percent of the entire campus. And 84 percent offer a strong wireless connection in on-campus student areas. That’s according to the latest State of ResNet Report from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International. For its eight annual survey, ACUHO-I polled 351 higher education administrators at 200 institutions about residential network trends, practices and policies to understand the challenges schools face providing high-performance networks in residence halls and campuswide.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/07/03/3-in-4-schools-approaching-100-wifi-coverage-on-campus.aspx?admgarea=news

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July 18, 2019

Snow days could be eliminated in bill signed by Gov. Wolf

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BY SARAH HOFIUS HALL, Lockhaven Express

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill Tuesday that allows schools to replace snow days with “flexible instructional days” — which means students would learn from home and not have to make up the days schools are closed for inclement weather or other emergencies.  School districts interested in the option will have to submit an application to the state, detailing how educators will ensure students have access to technology, meet the requirements of special education students and monitor attendance. Leaders of area school districts — which had as many as seven or eight snow days last year — said flex days may be worth pursuing.

http://www.lockhaven.com/news/local-news/2019/07/snow-days-could-be-eliminated-in-bill-signed-by-gov-wolf/

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The first online class I taught included both a homeless student and an Olympic athlete

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by SHERI MCKEEVER, Hechinger Report

In my first class, I had a homeless student from St. Paul and another who was training for the Olympics in the Duluth area. Both were concerned about their education and wanted to succeed. They had unique circumstances, yet they shared many common challenges — internet access, enough time to complete assignments, anxiety about failure. The entire class shared their stories, and their worries, with one another and reinforced each student’s strengths and perseverance. We worked hard as a class to find common ground and cultivate our strengths. Technology has enabled me to connect with my students in ways I never had when I taught in a traditional classroom.

https://hechingerreport.org/teacher-voice-diversity-and-online-learning/

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Supplementing Continuing Education Courses With Insightful Conversations

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By Liz Dominguez, RIS Media

Neubauer says the podcast is also a great accessory to online courses, which are typically missing the interaction and the anecdotes of the concrete classroom. “Having an hour conversation allows us to go into detail and offer great tools that agents can apply immediately,” says Neubauer. “And with the conversational style with different guests, it makes it entertaining as well as informative.”

https://rismedia.com/2019/07/02/continuing-education-courses/

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July 17, 2019

Delivering education through text messages: a more effective way to teach

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MICHAEL IOFFE, Newsweek

As a teaching medium, I came across studies from Stanford and Penn State that showed texts are amongst the most effective ways to learn and retain information. If you’re wondering why, it’s because texts meet users where they’re at (on their phones) and break down concepts into bite-size chunks. To test the idea, I worked with a few friends and professors at Babson to develop the first text message course, which focused on entrepreneurship, and then ran a study with over two hundred students. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with the vast majority of students liking text message learning more than any other form of digital learning. You might be wondering how a “text message course” actually works. Every morning, students were texted about two screen-lengths worth of content (around 1,000 characters) explaining a certain concept or case study in depth, typically ending with an assessment. (You can try out a course here: lrn.st/trial).

https://www.newsweek.com/delivering-education-through-text-messages-more-effective-way-teach-opinion-1447227

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Workers want L&D-focused work, but employers aren’t delivering, survey says

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By Riia O’Donnell & Katie Clarey; HR Dive
U.S. workers hunger for learning opportunities because employers aren’t providing enough of them, according to a report by City & Guilds Group. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said they want a bigger focus on L&D in their workplaces. Only 46% said their employers have provided on-the-job training in the past year, and only 52% said it’s easy to access L&D at their jobs. The majority of employees (82%) said they feel “fairly well equipped” to do their current jobs, but 63% want a heavier focus on training. Many American workers aren’t waiting on their employers to upskill them. A majority of workers, 62%, have invested personal time in training during the past year, with 30% paying for training out of pocket.

https://www.hrdive.com/news/workers-want-ld-focused-work-but-employers-arent-delivering-survey-says/557926/

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How to Get Hands-On with Machine Learning

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Lisa Morgan, Information Week
If you really want to understand the capabilities and limitations of machine learning, you have to get hands-on. Here’s a short list of options for beginners. The starting point differs for individuals based on their education and experience. However, the titles of resources may not necessarily reflect that fact. Following is a short list of resources with a bit of insight into their requirements and value. Deep learning, a subcategory of machine learning, has been omitted intentionally to keep the focus of this article on machine learning in general. Open ML (beta 2) describes itself as “an inclusive movement to build an open, organized, online ecosystem for machine learning”. It builds open source tools for discovering and sharing data. Participants can pull the open data into their favorite machine learning environments and build models themselves or with the help of community data scientists.

https://www.informationweek.com/big-data/ai-machine-learning/how-to-get-hands-on-with-machine-learning/a/d-id/1335112

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July 16, 2019

Can elearning help to reduce workplace burnout?

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By Sherman Morrison, eLearning Inside
You arrive to your workplace for another day on the job, but things aren’t right. You feel exhausted even though you slept reasonably well. You’ve got lots of work to plow through but you lack motivation. The mere thought of work makes you feel frustrated. You try to get into your work but you feel like you just can’t focus properly. And you’ve been feeling this way for weeks. You could be suffering from workplace burnout. It’s not just in your head, either. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently brought new attention to this problem. Is there a role for eLearning to play in addressing workplace burnout?

https://news.elearninginside.com/can-elearning-help-reduce-workplace-burnout/

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10 BENEFITS OF ONLINE LEARNING

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by Charlie Bloom, Stylenest

If you’re looking to enter back into education, but are struggling to juggle a work, family, and social life, online learning may be the right option for you. Not only can you gain reputable qualifications, studying online can give you the flexibility you need to slot in your learning around your busy day to day life. Here are 10 benefits of online learning.

https://www.stylenest.co.uk/lifestyle/health-and-fitness/10-benefits-of-online-learning/

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7 Warning Signs an Online Degree is a Scam

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Devon Haynie, Josh Moody; U.S.News & World Report
For prospective online students, searching for a degree program can sometimes feel like being lost in the wilderness.   The ubiquity of online education programs comes with promises of quick, effortless degrees that seem too good to be true. Sometimes that’s exactly the case, and students who are duped by the schemes are left with a sizable hole in their wallet and no legitimate credential. The growth of online education in recent years has led to more opportunities for legitimacy and transparency, says Judith Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, which works to provide quality assurance in higher education. Despite the growth of online education, scams and diploma mills still persist on the web. Linked below are seven signs that an online program may not be legitimate:

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/7-warning-signs-online-degree-143816338.html

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