Online Learning Update

May 22, 2019

Four ways AI is being used for social good

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

Tim Cooper, Raconteur

The amount of available data and technology that AI can process intelligently has snowballed as the internet has increasingly integrated with our lives through tablets, phones and wearables. The advent of the internet of things – the extension of internet connectivity into everyday objects – has taken this even further.  These advances have enabled a wide range of bodies, including companies, governments and non-governmental organisations, to start working together to use AI for social good and has already produced some groundbreaking results in vital areas. And some of the most powerful organisations in the world, such as the US government, Google, Microsoft and Facebook, have all deployed AI for positive social initiatives.

https://www.raconteur.net/technology/ai-social-good

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Up-skilling for Today’s Workforce: a Perspective from Lisa Stephens, SUNY

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

By IBL News

“There are a lot of people who need to up-skill in order to stay current and competitive in the job market… I think there is a huge opportunity for continuing and professional education, and MicroMasters and stackable credentials in particular.” The SUNY system is a pioneer in open education resources (OER) production, such as their open textbook initiative, which she says leads to a “natural extension to then look at online education and opening up education in general.”

https://iblnews.org/2019/04/19/up-skilling-for-todays-workforce-a-perspective-from-lisa-stephens-suny/

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Lifelong learning for professional and personal skills

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

Herald Mail Media

This is not something that you do when you have the time. It must be done regardless of whatever else you are doing here and now. At startup or even while running a well-established business, new learning must take place while on the job. Fortunately, new technologies that enable work-time learning have emerged for acquiring new professional and personal skill set development. Thus, you can plan and start a lifelong learning program while working, and the program need not have any reference to the work you are doing today. The plan should be designed primarily for work you either want to do more effectively now, or entirely new work that you want to be qualified for in the future. But it should also include personal learning objectives as well.

https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/business/lifelong-learning-for-professional-and-personal-skills/article_660772ae-4da1-5630-bcaa-9b1a14cbc985.html

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May 21, 2019

AI Needs an Ethical Compass. This Tool Can Help

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

Ovetta Sampson, IDEO

Today, data systems and algorithms can be deployed at unprecedented scale and speed—and unintended consequences will affect people with that same scale and speed. How can we always make sure we’re putting people first when designing large scale systems? Especially when those systems will change over time and evolve without direct human supervision?

https://www.ideo.com/blog/ai-needs-an-ethical-compass-this-tool-can-help

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Top Schools Are Offering More Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Courses

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

Kyle Kucharski, PC Magazine

More and more students are interested in studying blockchain technology, and universities are meeting the demand. It’s not just computer science majors, either: a study by Coinbase shows that students across various disciplines are interested in the technology.
https://www.pcmag.com/news/368277/top-schools-are-offering-more-blockchain-cryptocurrency-cou

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Closing America’s Skills Gap

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Kelly Palmer, Barron’s

The United States does not have the world’s most-skilled labor force; that distinction belongs to Finland, according to the World Economic Forum. The U.S. does not have the most advanced vocational training, either; that’s found in Switzerland, which is “also the most effective with active labor-market policies encouraging reskilling and retraining,” according to a nearly 700-page report from the Forum.

The economic implications of this skills shortfall are huge.

https://www.barrons.com/articles/closing-americas-skills-gap-51557528292

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May 20, 2019

What Are The Most Significant AI Advances We Will See In The Near Future?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

Sudheesh Nair, Forbes

In the next few decades, the technology industry will continue to make substantial advances in how AI can be applied, but the greater impact will come not from future nascent applications but by the widespread adoption of AI by other industries today we interact with on a daily basis. No industry will be safe from this change, but here are some of the industries that will change most significantly with the adoption of AI.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2019/05/10/what-are-the-most-significant-ai-advances-we-will-see-in-the-near-future/

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Private Colleges Team Up with Harvard Business School Online to Create Unique Hybrid Learning Program

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

Yahoo Finance

“When we built this course, one of my hopes was that it could be utilized to educate young people about the important role that business has in tackling some of the challenging issues of our time,” said Harvard Business School Professor Rebecca Henderson . “The students and faculty from the MCA campuses who participated in this pilot are pioneers, and I look forward to seeing how they will apply the learnings from our course in their own communities.” The participating colleges created a blended learning offering where students registered for a sustainable business course led by their own faculty and featuring the HBS Online course led by Professor Henderson. Students then applied their learnings through projects with businesses that were facing sustainability challenges, including Wolverine Worldwide and Merrill.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/private-colleges-team-harvard-business-130500430.html

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Google’s latest AI art project turns your face into a ‘poem portrait’

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

James Vincent, the Verge

Google is always sponsoring weird and inventive projects with the help of artificial intelligence, and its latest is characteristically odd. Named PoemPortraits, the web app takes a word of your suggestion and combines it with a selfie to create the eponymous poem portrait. Basically, it’s an Instagram filter paired with a few lines of AI-generated poetry. It’s fun and strange and worth a few minutes of your time to mess around with. I created the image above using the word “malfeasance” and a picture of Keanu Reeves (because looking at his face is undoubtedly preferable to looking at mine).

https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/2/18526783/google-ai-art-project-poem-portrait-es-devlin-ross-goodwin

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May 19, 2019

Researchers make transformational AI seem ‘unremarkable’

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

Science Daily

A surgeon might never feel the need to ask an AI for advice, much less allow it to make a clinical decision for them, said John Zimmerman, the Tang Family Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction in CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII). But an AI might guide decisions if it were embedded in the decision-making routines already used by the clinical team, providing AI-generated predictions and evaluations as part of the overall mix of information. Zimmerman and his colleagues call this approach “Unremarkable AI.” “The idea is that AI should be unremarkable in the sense that you don’t have to think about it and it doesn’t get in the way,” Zimmerman said. “Electricity is completely unremarkable until you don’t have it.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190508093723.htm

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We urgently need an ethical framework to ensure the machines we are developing do not pose a threat

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

Jason Si, World Economic Forum
The possibility of man-made machines turning against their creators has become a trendy topic these days. Undoubtedly, Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics are no longer fit for purpose. For the sake of the global public good, we need something serious and more specific to safeguard our limitless ambitions – and humanity itself.  If data is the new oil, then AI is the new drill – and to extend this analogy, malfunctioning algorithms are the new pollution.
It is important to note that malfunction does not equal malevolence. Likewise, good intentions do not guarantee a lack of legal, ethical and social troubles.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/05/these-rules-could-save-humanity-from-the-threat-of-rogue-ai/

 

 

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Is Gen Z workforce preparation up to par?

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

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Sixty-two percent of recruiters are very confident that job candidates have the skills to succeed, while 40 percent find communication skills lacking in job candidates. What’s more, when it comes to communication, 56 percent of students are actively seeking this skill. Thirty percent of recruiters find critical thinking skills lacking in job candidates, and 55 percent of students are working to develop critical thinking skills.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/05/07/gen-z-workforce-preparation/

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May 18, 2019

How Education Can Defend Against Cyber Attacks

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

By Sara Friedman, Campus Technology

With technology becoming a cornerstone of how many schools operate, the risks of getting hacked multiplies, and defending against cyber attacks becomes an important part of any strategic plan. A new report from the IBM X-Force finds attackers are drawn to the education sector owing to the sensitive nature of some emerging research projects and personally identifiable information on students, faculty and organizations associated with universities and schools. Despite all of these risks, the education sector comes in at ninth place among the most targeted industries, according to the 2019 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2019.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/04/25/how-education-tackles-cybersecurity.aspx

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This ransomware sneakily infects victims by disguising itself with anti-virus software

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

Danny Palmer, ZDNet

A successful family of ransomware which has been terrorising organisations around the world has been updated with a new trick to lure victims into installing file-locking malware: posing as anti-virus software. Dharma first emerged in 2016 and the ransomware has been responsible for a number of high-profile cyber incidents, including the takedown of a hospital network in Texas late last year. The group behind Dharma regularly look to update their campaigns in order to ensure the attacks remain effective and they have the best chance of extorting ransom payments in exchange of decrypting locked networks and files of Windows systems.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/this-ransomware-sneakily-infects-victims-by-disguising-itself-with-anti-virus-software/

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FutureLearn announces collaboration with Amity, Asia’s number one online education platform

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

by Future Learn
Amity University Online and FutureLearn join forces to allow Indian professionals access to great learning to enhance their careers. Amity University Online, India, today announced a deal with FutureLearn, Europe’s leading social learning platform, to enable the online university to amplify its existing pool of professional courses. Through this formal collaboration with FutureLearn, Amity will be able to offer FutureLearn’s vast portfolio of flexible online courses to professionals, institutes and corporates.

https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/29222-futurelearn-announces-collaboration-with-amity-asia-s-number-one-online-education-platform

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May 17, 2019

Online Education, Beyond ‘Deans Gone Wild’

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:08 am

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

Leaders of companies colleges hire to take academic programs online discuss their role, the scrutiny they’re facing and why we should call them something other than OPMs. These are increasingly fraught times for the OPMs, with growing scrutiny from think tank analysts concerned about the corporate role in educational delivery and legislation in California that could limit the ability of such companies to operate in the state. The OPMs are also under attack from within their own ranks, as 2U’s co-founder, John Katzman, who now runs Noodle, another online enabler, said of the ed-tech industry at another panel here last week: “At a lot of schools, online programs are 20 percent more expensive than their on-campus counterpart. We’ve effectively raised the cost of education. So, I have to ask, are we properly using taxpayers’ dollars?”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/05/08/their-industry-under-scrutiny-opm-leaders-ponder-their-role

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Why Every University Needs an Africa Strategy

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

By Grant T. Harris, Inside Higher Ed
Just as many academic institutions now regret their slow start in China, so will they come to regret missing out on early opportunities in this increasingly important and fast-growing region Grant T. Harris warns. American universities are largely unprepared for a key global phenomenon: Africa’s growing importance. The continent’s prominent demographic, economic and political trends are impossible to overlook, and any institution aspiring to sustain a global brand and position its students to thrive in international settings will need a deliberate Africa strategy. There is no denying Africa’s growing presence in global markets and international affairs. The region’s current population of 1.2 billion is expected to double by 2050, at which point one in every four people will be African.

https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2019/05/09/benefits-universities-intensifying-and-broadening-their-involvement-africa-opinion

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The key lessons of the Triton malware cyberattack you need to learn

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

Danny Palmer, ZDNet

The Triton malware attack was far from the first time that hackers have attempted to target the networks of an industrial facility, but it was the first time that malware designed to attack safety systems was ever seen in the wild. The malware was designed to manipulate Schneider Electric’s Triconex Safety Instrumented System (SIS) controllers – emergency shutdown systems – and was uncovered on the network at a critical infrastructure operator in the Middle East. The malware campaign was extremely stealthy and was only uncovered because the attackers made a mistake and triggered the safety system, shutting down the plant. The outcome could’ve been much worse.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/cybersecurity-the-key-lessons-of-the-triton-malware-cyberattack-you-need-to-learn/

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May 16, 2019

Ray Schroeder: Plotting the Future of Your Online Program

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

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

We are in the midst of a major shake-up in higher education. Dozens of colleges have closed in the past couple of years (hundreds if you include failed for-profit chains).  In this changing environment of rapidly expanding competition and institutional expectations, how do deans and directors responsible for online learning create a viable vision for growth in the next several years? It is not enough to simply project online growth rates of the past — we must account for the expanding competition in a dynamic marketplace. Here are five things you can do to begin to build a framework for the future.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/framework-plotting-future-your-online-program

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Your Next Tutor May be a Digital Voice Assistant

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

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

With the advent of edtech startups seeking a place as a tutor in classrooms and during personal study time, it won’t be long before the tech titans Apple and Amazon turn toward the development of AI tutors created exclusively for learners looking for personal assistance. Your next tutor may be an AI voice assistant.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/your-next-tutor-may-be-a-digital-voice-assistant/

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It’s not all about big data

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

Matt Dembecki, Community College Daily

During a panel discussion on student success Monday at the Education Writers Association national seminar, education researchers and administrators agreed that more than data is needed to determine student success. Too often, data only provide freeze frames — something Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises called “incidental moments of data” — and they don’t factor in other important elements. “In the era of big data, we’ve become enamored with short-term test scores,” said Rucker Johnson, a public policy associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

http://www.ccdaily.com/2019/05/not-big-data/

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