Educational Technology

November 5, 2019

3 ways to expand higher education opportunities for rural

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Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

A new report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy outlines three strategies rural communities are using to increase the college-going rates of their population.  Understanding local barriers to attending college, using innovative means to recruit and serve students, and forming partnerships between schools and the workforce are all critical to boosting completion rates, the researchers found. The report comes as workforce development has become a growing need in rural regions, which often have few college options and low levels of credential attainment.

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First Amazon, now Google (again)

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El Centro College in Dallas hosted Google’s announcement that the company will expand a six-month training program it developed for people who don’t have experience or a college degree for entry-level information technology (IT) jobs. El Centro is among 30 community colleges that currently offer the program. “These schools play a vital role in creating economic opportunities for the people they serve, and we’re excited to be a part of that with the IT Support Professional Certificate program,” Lisa Gevelber, vice president for Grow with Google, wrote of community colleges in a blog post about the expanded effort.

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November 4, 2019

Broadband adoption is on the rise, but states can do much more

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Lara Fishbane and Adie Tomer, Brookings

Broadband, which enables high-speed internet access, is essential infrastructure in our digital age. However, with 19 million disconnected households across the country, it is impossible to capitalize on broadband’s full economic and social impacts. While a presidential platform can incentivize policy reform at the federal level, the road to change is still a long one, slowed by political infighting and congressional discord. Instead of waiting for the stars to align in Washington, we should focus on states as an important middle ground. States have access to a range of tools and resources—independent of federal action—to promote broadband availability and adoption within their borders. The question is whether they will actually use them.

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At Tech’s Leading Edge, Worry About a Concentration of Power

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By Steve Lohr, NY Times

Computer scientists say A.I. research is becoming increasingly expensive, requiring complex calculations done by giant data centers, leaving fewer people with easy access to the computing firepower necessary to develop the technology behind futuristic products like self-driving cars or digital assistants that can see, talk and reason. The danger, they say, is that pioneering artificial intelligence research will be a field of haves and have-nots. And the haves will be mainly a few big tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook, which each spend billions a year building out their data centers. In the have-not camp, they warn, will be university labs, which have traditionally been a wellspring of innovations that eventually power new products and services.

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How eLearning Providers Can Help Students Who Struggle Online

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Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Research has shown that whereas online courses can improve access, they are also challenging, especially for the least well-prepared students. These students don’t do well in online courses; they still perform better in face-to-face classrooms. Research has found that while online learning could potentially, through artificial intelligence, provide the optimal course pacing and content to fit each student’s needs. In reality, the vast majority of online courses still mirrors face-to-face classrooms. eLearning has excellent potential, but eLearning providers will have to rethink course design and educational support so students can be more comfortable doing online courses. Let’s look at some ways that this can be achieved.

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November 3, 2019

Demystifying Artificial Intelligence in the Corporation

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Randy Bean, Forbes

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is top of mind for leading corporations these days – 96.4% of top executives reported earlier this year that AI was the number one disruptive technology that they were investing in, up from 68.9% just two years ago. In addition, 80% of these executives identified AI as the most impactful disruptive technology, up from 46.6% two years earlier.

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How does blockchain work in 7 steps — A clear and simple explanation.

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Jimi S, Good Audience

And this technology, blockchain, still holds huge potential. Now could be the time for business developers, entrepreneurs and curious individuals to jump on the blockchain train and to be inspired. But such inspiration will require a better understanding of how the technology works first. Unfortunately, most of the current explanations out there are either covered in complex technical jargon or are way too shallow and lack in-depth details, neither of them which leads to a clear understanding. So where to start? Allow me to suggest you to start here. This ten minute read will explain what is considered so revolutionary about this technology. It will be well worth your time. Enjoy reading.

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How a Massive Online University Markets Itself

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Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Southern New Hampshire has used a mix of speed and efficiency to build its online enrollment from 3,000 students in 2003 to around 132,000 students today. But the hundreds of millions of dollars it has spent on advertising and student recruitment have played a major role, too. As competition for students increases, SNHU faces two options to continue growing: spend even more or innovate. With a marketing spend of more than $139 million last year, President Paul LeBlanc is attempting the latter.

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November 2, 2019

How Edtech Will Improve the Way Businesses Train Employees

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ByHoward Goldstein,

Edtech, like many other industry-specific offshoots of technology, has been disrupting the complex and diverse world of education, changing the way learners and their instructors interact in the process. First embraced by schools, colleges and universities, edtech, short for education technology, has gradually found its way into the corporate world, perhaps as a testament that learning and self-development don’t often stop on graduation day.

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Liberal arts degree? No degree at all? You are the perfect candidate for a tech job

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Eric Rosenbaum, CNBC
For the past two years as many as 1 million tech jobs remain unfilled. Tech executives on the CNBC Technology Executive Council say it has become harder to fill tech positions, so candidates with liberal arts degrees, or no college degree, are now being hired. “Tech companies and enterprises who depend on digital technologies to drive their primary mission are in a virtual arms race to hire and retain tech-skilled workers,” one executive told CNBC.

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Using “Deep Learning” To Foster “Deeper Learning”

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Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

When we teach students, the hope is that they will use their knowledge for the rest of their lives. However, this isn’t always the case. In more recent years, there’s been a higher focus on what’s called “deep learning.” Deep learning is described as a method of learning so that one piece of knowledge can be used in another subject. For example, if a child is taught critical thinking in terms of historical events, deep learning would imply that the child could use the same critical thinking in their day-to-day lives.

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November 1, 2019

Ed Dept issues final rules on accreditation and state authorization

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By Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday published its final rules for accreditation and state authorization for distance education, which it says will foster innovation and reduce the regulatory burden on colleges and accreditors. Critics of the rules, however, say they will reduce oversight on colleges and universities and potentially harm students.  Most of the final regulations are identical to proposals released earlier this year, although the department changed language that observers say will lead to reduced state oversight of online institutions. The rules are expected to go into effect on July 1, 2020.

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Russia Is About to Disconnect From the Internet: What That Means

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Adam Smith, PC Magazine

On Nov. 1, Russia is poised to disconnect from the internet—in theory. That is when a long-planned internet bill will go into effect and lay the foundation for a national network whereby internet service providers are controlled by Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecom agency. The goal is to give Russia the power to disconnect from the global internet in the event of a cyberwar and, in the interim, serve up a walled-off version of the web sanctioned by the Russians. It also gives President Vladimir Putin greater control over Russian citizens.

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Can States Meet the Demand for Computer Science Classes?

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Kipp Bentley, GovTech

A new report, “2019 State of Computer Science Education: Equity and Diversity,” from and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), shows a marked uptick over the past year of states that are getting behind CS in their schools. However, though support for CS is high among parents — 90 percent want their students to take CS classes — only 45 percent of high schools offer these courses. The new report defines the current CS status for each state and outlines what’s needed to address the overall nationwide CS shortfall, as well as the field’s equity and diversity issues. But fixing these problems won’t be easy or fast, because schools face many challenges.

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Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

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Jon Marcus, Hechinger Report

More than 400 colleges and universities still had seats available for freshmen and transfer students after the traditional May 1 deadline to enroll for this fall, the National Association for College Admission Counseling reports. More are likely to go under; Moody’s projects that the pace of college closings will soon reach 15 per year. Yet some campus leaders, asked what steps they’re taking to avoid this fate, responded like the president of one small private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. His school, he said, would “continue to graduate students who will make a tangible and constructive difference in the world.”

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October 31, 2019

Women are slowly pursuing more high-paying degrees, but the pay gap remains, says new research

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Abigail Hess, CNBC

Economists estimate that the gender pay gap — the gap between the median salaries of all working men and women in the U.S. — is about 80 cents earned by women for every dollar earned by a man. When CNBC Make It spoke with economists about the causes behind the pay gap, several pointed to education. Today, women outnumber men at all levels of education, but many pursue degrees in traditionally lower-paying fields. But according to new research from Carolyn Sloane, an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside, and Erik Hurst and Dan Black, professors at the University of Chicago, women are slowly shifting to higher-paying majors.

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Coursera targets 100 million learners in 2-3 years

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ARNIKA THAKUR, Fortune India
CEO Jeff Maggioncalda says India is the second-largest country after the U.S. in terms of number of users on the platform, and it is betting on a freemium model to boost its business in the country. Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of American online learning platform Coursera, says the company seeks to more than double the number of its learners to 100 million in the next 2-3 years, and expand the number of degrees it offers on its platform. The Mountview, California-based company currently has 44 million learners and 1,700 companies are using its platform, and it offers 15 degree courses.

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Solving these 5 issues will make education AR/VR go mainstream

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JON ROEPKE, Venture Beat

Both AR and VR are such immersive and relatable ways to teach kids, that it just makes sense to use them. When you see something through the mixed reality lens, there’s no need for long, complicated explanations — this has the potential to redesign and revolutionize how we teach and learn. However, like any relatively new technology, the path to widespread integration and adoption isn’t without its challenges. There’s no doubt it’s coming, but the questions become, when and what will it take?

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October 30, 2019

How AI Is Ushering Disruptions In E-Learning

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Rohan Krishna, Business World

Just as the marketplace and investors are getting comfortable with business models that build products, platforms and services around online learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has quietly been redefining the entire market over the last few years. That is what makes data-driven approaches to learning really hard. The application of AI in learning can broadly be classified into automation of (parts of) the learning experience itself as well as gaining insights from the process that can be ploughed back into it for improvement. Here are 5 advancements in this space that insiders are watching,

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A.I. musicians are a growing trend. What does that mean for the music industry?

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By Luke Dormehl, Digital Trends

The most prolific musical artists manage to release one, maybe two, studio albums in a year. Rappers can sometimes put out three or four mixtapes during that same time. However, Auxuman plans to put out a new full-length album, featuring hot up-and-coming artists like Yona, Mony, Gemini, Hexe, and Zoya, every single month. How? The power of artificial intelligence of course. Before this goes any further, don’t worry: You’re not hopelessly out of touch with today’s pop music. Yona, Mony, Gemini, and the rest of the bunch aren’t real musicians. Well, at least not in the sense that you could meet them and shake their hands. They’re A.I. personalities, each with their own characters and genres, which have been created by Auxuman, an artificial intelligence startup based in London.

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Broadband internet is critical tool for rural communities

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Oregon policymakers have worked hard to ensure that all areas of our state, including coastal and rural areas, have access to the latest and best infrastructure. Like roads, bridges and utilities, access to broadband internet is critical for rural communities. As new technologies like next-generation 5G wireless networks are realized, it will be more important than ever to ensure that all Oregonians have access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. High-speed internet can facilitate many opportunities for rural residents in areas like healthcare and education.

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