Online Learning Update

June 28, 2017

IoT to Represent More Than Half of Connected Device Landscape by 2021

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Sri Ravipati, THE Journal

The total number of devices connected to IP networks is projected to be three times the global population by 2021. Internet of things (IoT) technologies specifically are expected to represent more than half of the total 27.1 billion devices and connections. That analysis comes from Cisco’s recent Visual Networking Index for the 2016-2021 forecast period. Wireless and mobile devices will make up 63 percent of total IP traffic by 2021 — up from 51 percent in 2016. ”TVs, tablets, smartphones and machine-to- machine (M2M) modules will have traffic growth rates of 21 percent, 29 percent, 49 percent and 49 percent, respectively,” according to the report. Connected home, connected healthcare, smart cars and other M2M services will play a key role in this growth.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/06/09/iot-to-represent-more-than-half-of-connected-device-landscape-by-2021.aspx

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With Project Torino, Microsoft creates a physical programming language inclusive of visually impaired children

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Allison Linn, Microsoft

The team has created what they are calling a physical programming language. It’s a way for kids to physically create code by connecting pods together to build programs. The system, called Project Torino, is designed to make sure that kids who have visual impairments or other challenges can participate in coding classes along with all their classmates. But Cecily Morrison, one of the researchers working on the project, is hoping the system also will be appealing and useful for all learners, regardless of whether they have visual impairments or other challenges. “One of our key design principles was inclusion.” The ultimate goal is even more ambitious: To get more kids with visual impairments and other challenges, such as dyslexia or autism, on the path to becoming software engineers and computer scientists.

https://blogs.microsoft.com/next/2017/03/15/project-torino-microsoft-creates-physical-programming-language-inclusive-visually-impaired-children/

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Wearables Market Continues Kick in First Quarter

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

During 1Q17 both Xiaomi and Apple shipped 3.6 million wearable devices (with a slight bump by Xiaomi over Apple), compared to Fitbit’s 3 million, IDC reported. Korean behemoth Samsung came in fourth with 1.4 million shipments. The overall wearables market grew by almost 18 percent year over year, compared to 17 percent last quarter. Currently, producers are still “seeding wearables” in the market, added Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers. “It’s all about getting people accustomed to the idea of wearing a device.” The next stage “will be all about putting user data to good use,” he said. “This is when step counts translate into healthier hearts and minds. And it’s also when we will start to see devices that actually augment our abilities and make our lives easier or more productive rather than just being another screen we keep an eye on.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/06/07/wearables-market-continues-kick-in-first-quarter.aspx

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June 27, 2017

20 essential apps to include in online courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Online learning apps are broken down into specific categories to maximize production and streamline online communication. Technology and its potential to simplify life for its users can be a beautiful thing, which can be seen in the example of providing online learning for students. But, unless you have the right technology to streamline tasks and aid in learning, going online for education can also be a nightmare. According to U.S. News & World Report, the average online student often takes online courses due to an already hectic life. Luckily, “there is no shortage of mobile apps that can help online students stay productive.”

https://www.ecampusnews.com/curriculum/apps-include-online-learning/

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Techies Find Online Training More Effective Than Offline: Study

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by CXOtoday

Skill development and learning is the key for all level of employees in today’s dynamic technology and business scenario. However, employees are not keen to go through traditional learning program because of several reasons such as paucity of time, ineffective teaching, boredom etc. This is where online learning can play a major role. 97 percent of IT professionals believe in the importance of building one’s technology skills and 74 percent of them have undergone learning programs in 2016, according to a study commissioned by digital learning platform, Pluralsight, which finds that 69 percent of Indian IT professionals believe that online learning is a more effective learning method than offline training. 90 percent of IT organizations are gamifying learning, it added.

http://www.cxotoday.com/story/techies-believe-online-training-more-effective-than-offline-study/

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Spoiler Alert: Millennials Can’t Get Enough of Social Media

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by eMarketer

A new study from private software research company Qualtrics and venture capital firm Accel looked at how plugged in to social media internet users in North America, the UK and Australia really are. It found that many millennials haven’t gone more than five hours without checking social media. Internet Users in Australia, North America and the UK Who Haven’t Gone 5 Hours Without Social Media, by Generation, Nov 2016 (% of respondents in each group). In fact, 42% of millennial respondents said they hadn’t lasted five hours without checking their feeds. (Time spent sleeping was excluded from the survey.) And unsurprisingly, millennials were less able to refrain from social media than their older counterparts. Just over one-quarter (26%) of Gen Xers hadn’t gone five hours without social media, while 29% of baby boomers said the same.

https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Spoiler-Alert-Millennials-Cant-Enough-of-Social-Media/1015995?ecid=NL1001

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June 26, 2017

How the Amazon Echo Show Will Revolutionize Higher Education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

I’m here to confidently predict that Amazon’s $229.99 Echo Show will revolutionize higher education. With the Echo Show, higher education will finally be able to: Allow students to ‘drop in’ with their professors using the video chat feature from the professors home, 24/7/365. Lower educational costs, by replacing ‘live’ adjunct faculty in classrooms with instructors teaching across multiple campus locations via the Echo Show from locations with lower faculty labor costs. Shift our Massively Open Online Course participation from computers, iPads, and phones – and to the Echo Show.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/how-amazon-echo-show-will-revolutionize-higher-education

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The Tech You Need for an Online Degree

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Toro Magazine

Online courses have really taken off. More students are now actively going for the best online courses they can find instead of the equivalent offline programs. Aside from the online programs’ flexibility, you can also save a lot on relocating closer to the university and other expenses. To have a great time pursuing an online degree such as an online master of science in electrical engineering, you need the right tools for the job. This means shopping for new gadgets for the course. Summer is always a good time to get the tech you need for an online degree, thanks to the wealth of new options to choose from.

http://toromagazine.com/lifestyle/tech/20170605/the-tech-you-need-for-an-online-degree

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The 9 Best Free Online Big Data And Data Science Courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Bernard Marr, Forbes

Demand for skilled data scientists continues to be sky-high, with IBM recently predicting that there will be a 28% increase in the number of employed data scientists in the next two years. Businesses in all industries are beginning to capitalize on the vast increase in data and the new technologies becoming available for analyzing and gaining value from it. This makes it a great prospect for anyone looking for a well-paid career in an exciting and cutting-edge field. There are also a large number of free online courses and tutorials which a motivated individual could use as a springboard into a rewarding and lucrative career.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2017/06/06/the-9-best-free-online-big-data-and-data-science-courses/#3c79ae3943cd

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June 25, 2017

Khan Academy Launches Financial Literacy Video Series for College Grads, Job Seekers

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By Campus Technology

Khan Academy, an online learning platform used by more than 100 million learners worldwide, has added education content that aims to teach new college grads, job seekers and young professionals how to manage their money. In a new video series on careers and personal finance, 20- and 30-year-old professionals working across special education, the music industry and other fields openly discuss their career choices and disclose their incomes and budgets. The series is available now on KhanAcademy.org for free

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/06/07/khan-academy-launches-financial-literacy-video-series-for-college-grads-and-job-seekers.aspx

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New Analytics Tool Tracks Cheating Patterns for Online Testing

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Online proctoring and identity verification company Examity today launched examiDATA, a data platform designed to “aggregate and analyze information on test performance and academic integrity.” The tool examines information from hundreds of thousands of students at colleges and universities across the country to discern test-taking patterns, measure the rate of test-taking violations and help institutions benchmark against their peers, according to the company. Cheating information is broken down by category, such as tuition level, type of school and department of study.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/06/08/new-analytics-tool-tracks-cheating-patterns-for-online-testing.aspx

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Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

by ERIC WESTERVELT, NPRed

Stanford physics and education professor Carl Wieman won a Nobel Prize for his innovative, break-through work in quantum mechanics. Wieman’s message, as we’ve reported here and here, is bold: Too many undergraduate programs fail to focus on teaching effectiveness or even bother to try to measure it. As he sees it, undergraduate Higher Ed still worships at the old false idol called the Big Lecture and doesn’t seem to want to ask whether it’s working. His solution: Systemically improve teaching through methods that have become known as active learning. Wieman’s been interested in effective teaching strategies for years. He argues that a well implemented active learning approach can substantially improve understanding and retention of the material and boost attendance and course satisfaction, among other improvements.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/06/07/530909736/hey-higher-ed-why-not-focus-on-teaching

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June 24, 2017

Our college students are changing. Why aren’t our higher education policies?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Peter McPherson, Washington Post

College students are now more likely to work, have family commitments and come from low-income backgrounds than in earlier generations. As the profile of college students continues to evolve, many institutions are adjusting and must continue to do so. Federal and state higher education policy must also change to meet these students’ unique needs and help them succeed. Unfortunately, the conventional wisdom about so-called traditional college students has proven stubbornly persistent. More than a quarter of college students have children, while an untold number are caregivers for other loved ones such as ill parents or elderly grandparents. Students are also more mobile than ever. More than half of bachelor’s degree recipients attend more than one institution before graduating.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/our-college-students-are-changing-why-arent-our-higher-education-policies/2017/06/06/1fc0e37c-3678-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html

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The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

by Lee Rainie and Janna Anderson, Pew Trust

As robots, automation and artificial intelligence perform more tasks and there is massive disruption of jobs, experts say a wider array of education and skills-building programs will be created to meet new demands. There are two uncertainties: Will well-prepared workers be able to keep up in the race with AI tools? And will market capitalism survive?

http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/05/03/the-future-of-jobs-and-jobs-training/

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The AI-First Student Experience

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Aric Cheston and Drew Stock, EDUCAUSE Review

Students dealing with the size and complexity of a college or university and trying to navigate its systems can become frustrated or even drop out if the barriers within its required processes hamper their progress. Thoughtful application of artificial intelligence can support advisors and faculty in guiding students to graduation and help students themselves stay on track and take full advantage of the resources available. Using AI technologies to mediate the interaction between the student and the institution will not only eliminate many obstacles to student success, but will empower the professionals who have made it their life’s work to help students succeed.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/6/the-ai-first-student-experience

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June 23, 2017

Going cross-curricular helps students develop solutions to real-world problems

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Linda Jacobson, Education Dive

Throughout rural Southern India, agricultural development is getting a boost from a line of irrigation and sprinkler products that was first developed far away in Minnesota. Called MyRain, the company was launched in 2012 by a business graduate and engineering graduate at the University of Minnesota (UMN) who were each participating in a social entrepreneurship program. Part of UMN’s Institute on the Environment (IonE), the program, Acara, demonstrates how faculty members and students from different disciplines are working together to find solutions to the world’s problems. “Real-world problems never sit in a discipline,” says Jessica Hellmann, the director of IonE, adding that the traditional university model of being organized into colleges and schools is a “great way of getting a basic education, but [they] are crappy at problem solving.”

http://www.educationdive.com/news/interdisciplinary-systems-promote-sustainability-in-higher-ed/444228/

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Best practices for digital marketing in 2017: How to take advantage of the latest trends

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Tereza Litsa, ClickZ

A successful digital marketing strategy needs to keep up with the latest marketing trends. The evolution of technology is changing the way we form a digital marketing strategy. This creates a growing challenge for industry professionals to keep up with evolving trends and find the best way to incorporate them into their marketing plan. This is an up-to-date look at best practices for digital marketing in 2017, and at how marketers can take advantage of cutting-edge technological developments to create their strategy.

https://www.clickz.com/best-practices-for-digital-marketing-in-2017-how-to-take-advantage-of-the-latest-trends/111441/

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Apple Just Unveiled A Breakthrough Artificial Intelligence System

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Futurism

Siri intelligence will automatically display information that is relevant to you on the face of the watch using advanced machine learning technologies that improve and “learn” over time. Ultimately, this means that the more you interact with the watch, the smarter it gets. The Mac will be called “High Sierra,” and he outlined that Safari will rank in as the world’s fastest desktop browser with High Sierra. Safari will also be able to block all autoplays on videos, and it will have “intelligent tracking prevention,” which is machine learning tech that allows it to identify trackers and, thus, protect your privacy. Just 7 inches tall, the HomePod is the first major Apple hardware product that has been unveiled since the Apple Watch.

https://futurism.com/apple-just-unveiled-a-breakthrough-artificial-intelligence-system/

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June 22, 2017

Students’ Rising Expectations Pose Challenge to Online Programs

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am
by Goldie Blumenstyk, Chronicle of Higher Ed
A new survey of students’ attitudes toward online education highlights their rising expectations of colleges in a market that is growing increasingly competitive. The students expect fast answers to their questions about financial aid and whether their credits will transfer; they expect to search for courses on their mobile devices and the chance to take the courses themselves on those devices too; and they expect access to colleges’ career-assistance services.
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Humanities Majors Drop

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

The number of bachelor’s degrees in the humanities conferred in 2015 — 212,512 — was down 5 percent from the year before and nearly 10 percent from 2012, the high point for such degrees. Those figures are from an analysis being published today by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences as part of the organization’s Humanities Indicators project. The trend is likely to alarm humanities professors and many others in academe. Many humanities departments have found themselves struggling to maintain tenure-track faculty lines and, in some cases, to continue departments. Humanities professors are quick to note that their departments play crucial roles in general education for students from a range of majors. But many colleges and universities have been allocating positions and deciding on departmental fates in large part based on numbers of majors.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/06/05/analysis-finds-significant-drop-humanities-majors-gains-liberal-arts-degrees

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IoT necessitates greater student understanding of cybersecurity

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by Roger Riddell, Education Dive

The increasing presence of connected devices on college campuses necessitates that students have a greater understanding of cybersecurity risks. Campus Technology reports that a cyberattack last October that took down a large portion of the internet began with hackers gaining access to personal devices like cameras and DVRs, and another recent attack that began with connected slow cookers allowed hackers to access pictures, texts and emails on smartphones. To simplify cybersecurity risks among IoT to students, IT leaders can use an example provided by Campus Technology in which hackers gain access to webcams via their internet connections, infect the device with malware, and can then use it to spy, spread the malware, or seek a larger target like a server.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/iot-necessitates-greater-student-understanding-of-cybersecurity/444153/

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