Educational Technology

August 14, 2019

AI Ethics Still In Its Infancy

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Alex Woodie, Datanami

AI is having a moment in the sun. There’s no doubt about that. But despite the trillions in value that AI is expected to bring over the coming years thanks to widespread automation of repetitive tasks through emergent tech like neural networks, there’s a major issue dogging AI: the rules of road for what’s ethical and what’s not are vague, and that’s a problem. Vic Katyal, who heads up risk and security at Deloitte Consulting, advises large companies on how to think about AI and deal with ethical issues that arise.

https://www.datanami.com/2019/08/02/ai-ethics-still-in-its-infancy/

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Take a peek at the research behind educator micro-credentials

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
A growing consensus recognizes educator micro-credentials as promising new professional learning resources.  Educator micro-credentials are gaining more mainstream acceptance, but it’s important to ensure the process surrounding micro-credentials is grounded in rigorous research, according to a new whitepaper from Digital Promise. The potential of these educator micro-credentials lies in their ability to help educators bolster their professional learning at scale, according to the report–they leverage an online tech platform that gives access to “competency-based, on-demand, personalized, and shareable opportunities to demonstrate and be recognized for their professional learning.”

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/03/08/research-educator-micro-credentials/

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Why AI And Chatbots Need Personality

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Bernard Marr, Forbes

The attribution of human feelings and beliefs to inanimate things is called anthropomorphism. It is important to keep this principle in mind and make use of it when creating responses that resonate with people. Consumers will become frustrated with a bot similar to how they would with a human if their queries don’t produce a helpful response. They always want to receive the right response at the right time. Anything less than that will lead to frustration.   There’s more than the technology to consider when building out a chatbot. Be intentional about your bot’s personality so that it can produce the best results for your company.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2019/08/02/why-ai-and-chatbots-need-personality/

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August 13, 2019

6 strategies to engage girls in computer science

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News
U.S. innovation depends on getting more girls in computer science classes and careers–here’s how to encourage more participation. The nation needs to engage more minorities and girls in computer science if it hopes to build a diverse and talented workforce–after all, great ideas and innovation don’t lie exclusively within white men’s brains. There has in recent years been a louder and more resounding call for girls to enter the coding world. This call is buoyed in large part by Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code, and extra-curricular coding groups for girls.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2019/08/01/6-strategies-to-engage-girls-in-computer-science/

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China has started a grand experiment in AI education. It could reshape how the world learns.

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Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

Experts agree AI will be important in 21st-century education—but how? While academics have puzzled over best practices, China hasn’t waited around. In the last few years, the country’s investment in AI-enabled teaching and learning has exploded. Tech giants, startups, and education incumbents have all jumped in. Tens of millions of students now use some form of AI to learn—whether through extracurricular tutoring programs like Squirrel AI, through digital learning platforms like 17ZuoYe, or even in their main classrooms. It’s the world’s biggest experiment on AI in education, and no one can predict the outcome.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614057/china-squirrel-has-started-a-grand-experiment-in-ai-education-it-could-reshape-how-the/

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“The $300 textbook is dead,” says the CEO of textbook maker Pearson

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Eric Johnson, Recode

So instead of selling giant hardcover textbooks like Calculus: Early Transcendentals (list price for a new hardcover copy: $277.20), Pearson is going to start renting digital textbooks for $40 to $80, updating them over the air. Next month, it will launch the first of a new series of mobile apps called Aida — a portmanteau of AI and Ada Lovelace — that will let calculus students take a picture of their homework and, Fallon said, get step-by-step corrections.

https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/8/2/20750863/john-fallon-pearson-education-textbook-digital-aida-teachers-kara-swisher-recode-decode-podcast

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August 12, 2019

Using OER courseware to improve your curriculum

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BY BRANDI THOMAS, eCampus News

While the use of OER (open educational resources) is often praised as a low-cost and more accessible alternative to physical textbooks, there’s still a lot of criticism surrounding OER courseware. Many educators are concerned about issues such as compatibility with existing learning management systems, quality of materials, course customization options, and more. But there is an often-overlooked middle ground between OER and traditional textbooks: enhanced OER courseware. This type of digital solution builds a course on a foundation of OER materials, then enhances it with ancillary materials such as analytics, assessments and videos.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/08/02/using-oer-courseware-to-improve-your-curriculum/

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5 Quick Tips for Improving Your Instructional Design

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By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
When you’re converting a traditional face-to-face course to online, while a lot of the content may remain the same, the way it’s delivered and learned will, understandably, undergo change. A “mastery series” from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), focused on instructional design, teaches the fundamentals of course design for effective online learning. Recently, longtime instructional designer Elisabeth Stucklen, one of the facilitators for the course, shared five areas to pay attention to as classes are being shifted to an online mode.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/07/10/5-quick-tips-for-improving-your-instructional-design.aspx

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2U slows growth plans citing rise in competition for online education

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By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
Online program manager 2U lowered its growth expectations — again. It will launch fewer new programs and expects smaller program sizes going forward in response to growing competition for online education, it told analysts in a call Tuesday evening about its second-quarter earnings. The shift caused the value of the company’s stock to drop by 65% as of the market close Wednesday afternoon. 2U also revised down its growth projections last quarter, attributing the decision to increased selectivity among its university partners. The change of tack comes as the online education market crowds, with more players providing a range of program types and price points. That trend is reflected in 2U’s moves to broaden its offerings through acquisition.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/2u-slows-growth-plans-citing-rise-in-competition-for-online-education/559961/

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August 11, 2019

5 Ways Technology Is Making Students Anxious

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Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

A new study that involved more than a million American high school students, found that adolescents who spent more time on screens (e.g., social media, the Internet, texting, gaming) and less time on non-screen activities, experienced lower psychological well-being. Adolescents who spend little time on electronic communication were the happiest. In short, technology makes teens unhappy, but why? What is it about technology that makes people unhappy? Psychologist, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen, puts forward five ways technology exacerbates anxiety in people.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-ways-technology-is-making-students-anxious/

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4 applications for VR in higher education

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BY CONNOR BRADY, eCampus News

Virtual reality (VR) is continuing to grow in both popularity and accessibility. And more and more higher education institutions are embracing VR technology. According to Internet2’s 2018 VR/AR in Research and Education Study, 28% of higher education institutions are integrating VR into their campuses, and that number is only going up. With easy mobile access and affordable VR viewing hardware, more and more universities and colleges will find utility in offering immersive experiences for prospective students. But there are many different uses for VR. And once an education institution has proven some success in one area, the use of VR in applications like facilities management, fundraising, and other applications will become much more common.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/07/26/4-applications-for-vr-in-higher-education/

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Want to learn programming? Here are cost-effective platforms to learn coding

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Abhijit Ahaskar, Live Mint
New Delhi: Computer programming, commonly referred to as coding, is currently one of the most coveted skills in the technology industry. With more organizations going online, there’s an increased demand for coders in almost every industry. According to market surveys, a basic coding job in JavaScript pays $22,000 (around ₹15 lakh today) per year, while those with programming skills in blockchain and artificial intelligence can earn around $80,000 per year. In case you are interested in adding coding skills to your resume, there are several online platforms dedicated entirely to coding, which can get you started with their simple, time-bound courses.

https://www.livemint.com/technology/tech-news/want-to-learn-programming-here-are-cost-effective-platforms-to-learn-coding-1564633955923.html

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August 10, 2019

AI For CXOs — Redefining The Future Of Leadership In The AI Era

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Sameer Dhanrajani, Forbes

AI is undoubtedly going to become one of the sources of lasting competitive advantage for enterprises. According to research, 4 out of 5 C-level executives believe that their future business strategy will be informed through opportunities made available by AI technology. This requires a leadership mindset that is AI-first and can spot opportunities for artificial intelligence solutions to exploit. By democratizing AI solutions across the organization, enterprises can ensure that their future leadership continues to prioritize the deployment of this technology in use cases where they can deliver maximum impact.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/07/30/ai-for-cxos-redefining-the-future-of-leadership-in-the-ai-era/#2d287fcc2b46

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Efforts to “upskill” workers grow across industries

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BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
Employers are increasingly expected to upskill their workers and give them training to build additional high-demand skills. An ambitious new partnership between the nonprofit Education Design Lab and Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) aims to design employer-driven pathways that will “upskill” highly-qualified healthcare professionals to high-growth careers in the region. Backed by a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the partnership draws on VWCC’s reach as the state’s third-largest community college to meet growing demand from the region’s fast-growing medical centers.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/07/30/efforts-to-upskill-workers-grow-across-industries/

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Tools to Navigate PBL

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By Sara Friedman, THE Journal
To help teachers navigate how to bring project-based learning (PBL) to the classroom, PBLWorks is introducing a new e-book and updating its introductory workshop. The e-book entitled “Your Project Based Learning Journey: A Guide for Teachers” provides educators with a five-step process to determine how the teaching strategy can work in their classrooms.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2019/07/29/tools-to-navigate-pbl.aspx

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August 9, 2019

What Do Students Get in Return for Their Tuition?

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Steven Mintz, Inside Higher Ed

According to the figures reported, Arizona State spends $7,830 on instruction for each of its 103,530 students. Southern New Hampshire, in contrast, spends $1,224 and Western Governors, $1,980. Put another way, Southern New Hampshire’s per student instructional spending is just 16 percent of ASU’s, and WGU’s just 25 percent. Remember, this is spending on instruction, not athletics, information technology, research, development, or construction and maintenance. The figures “include wages and benefits to faculty and staff members who teach students at the institution, but they do not include costs that fall under the separate category of ‘academic support,’ like course development and academic administration.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-gamma/what-do-students-get-return-their-tuition

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Online Student Services: What, Where, Who, When, How, and Most Importantly, Why

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by Kayla Westra, EDUCAUSE Review

Why support online learners? This is the easiest of all the questions to answer. Student success is why we do what we do. Supporting students in ways that benefit their learning and help them achieve mastery is the lynchpin for any service; helping students navigate through the higher education landscape and complete their programs of study is the key for ancillary student services. Failing forward is key. Do not be afraid to try new approaches to online student services, and do not overanalyze situations to the point of paralysis. Identify needs, review costs, make a good investment, and adapt as needed.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/10/online-student-services-what-where-who-when-how-and-most-importantly-why

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MOOC-Based Alternative Credentials: What’s the Value for the Learner?

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by Fiona Hollands and Aasiya Kazi, EDUCAUSE Review

The most commonly identified benefit expected as a result of participating in the MOOC-based course series was improving current job performance (see Table 2). Small percentages of participants were asked to take the courses by their employers: 1.4% of MicroMasters participants and 2.8% of Specialization participants. Approximately one-fourth of learners expected benefits of participation to include helping them start their own businesses, improving their applications to different jobs, and networking with other professionals. Few respondents identified job promotions and pay raises as the expected benefits, perhaps suggesting a group of learners with high levels of intrinsic motivation. In general, MicroMasters learners had higher expectations than Specialization learners regarding the benefits of participating in the series of courses.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/6/mooc-based-alternative-credentials-whats-the-value-for-the-learner

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August 8, 2019

Visioning Your Unit’s Future

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Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

So how does one go about making the right decisions, taking the correct course of action in this time when technology turns on a dime and competition springs up seemingly out of nowhere? There is no single path to assured security, but there is an array of steps that can be taken to help to assure success. They are a scaffold to creating a vision. Too often in meeting with online program leaders on campus visits, at conferences, and in “second-opinion” calls, I find colleagues have no clear vision beyond keeping within budget and maintaining the status quo with modest growth. That is not the recipe for success in this environment of expanding competition and changing best practices. Successful visioning for those in our field includes much information gathering:

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/visioning-your-unit%E2%80%99s-future

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U.S. News removes UC Berkeley, 4 other schools from ranking

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By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
U.S. News & World Report unranked the University of California, Berkeley and four other schools in its 2019 edition of its popular Best Colleges list after they acknowledged to the publication they provided incorrect information. It moved UC Berkeley into the unranked category after the school notified U.S. News that it misreported data about its alumni donations, which account for 5% of its ranking.  The four other schools to lose their spots due to providing incorrect data are Mars Hill University, Johnson & Wales University, Scripps College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/us-news-removes-uc-berkeley-4-other-schools-from-ranking/559745/

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Machine Learning Helps Science Tackle Alzheimer’s

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by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages were living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2018. One in ten people aged 65 and older has Alzheimer’s dementia. Alzheimer’s, which has no cure, is the sixth leading cause of death in the country. In 2010 Congress passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act with the aim to find a way to prevent the condition or to treat it effectively by 2025. Different scientific approaches, all using machine learning, might be getting closer to realizing that aim.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/machine-learning-helps-science-tackle-alzheimers/

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