Online Learning Update

December 6, 2019

AI skills gap: Nurturing talent from far-flung parts of the world

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

By Yasmin Ahmad Kamil, SI News

Recruiters and would-be employers say the limited pool of AI-trained candidates has slowed hiring and impeded growth in some companies, while reports suggest it can delay broader adoption of the technology and see certain markets develop quicker than others. While companies are on the prowl for talent, global demand currently exceeds supply, with many tech giants scooping talent from university grounds. In an effort to create a skilled AI workforce in underserved communities, Sameer Maskey has founded two AI schools in Nepal and the Dominican Republic through Fusemachines, a New York City-based AI solutions and services provider.
https://www.studyinternational.com/news/ai-skills-gap-fusemachines/

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Adaptive, Flipped Approach to Introductory Statistics Lifts Outcomes in 4-Year Schools

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A multi-year pilot in Maryland that aimed to redesign the curriculum for introductory statistics using adaptive learning technology and active learning pedagogy found a spark of success among students in four-year institutions. The “Adaptive Learning in Statistics” (ALiS) study involved numerous players: Ithaka S+R; Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Math (TPSE Math); the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation at the University System of Maryland; the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP); Montgomery College; the Urban Institute; and adaptive learning platform provider Acrobatiq.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/11/21/adaptive-flipped-approach-to-introductory-statistics-lifts-outcomes-in-4-year-schools.aspx

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Dartmouth & IMT named 2019 winners of annual edX prize

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

AAAS

Dartmouth professor Petra Bonfert-Taylor and Rémi Sharrock from Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) of France were named winners of the 2019 Annual edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Learning and Teaching today. The pair were chosen from among 10 finalists from across the globe for their Professional Certificate program in C Programming with Linux, which launched in 2018 on the edX platform and will be offered again in March 2020.

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/tsoe-di112119.php

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December 5, 2019

The Rise of Do-It-Yourself Education

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

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed
DIY has become pervasive in our culture. In part it is fueled by the internet, most particularly by YouTube. In part it is energized by time and money savings. It is further driven by the possibility of personalization and customization to meet individual needs just in time and just in place. More than 50 percent of the DIY-ers are between 24 and 44 years of age, and the numbers are growing. This trend is immutable now; it is continuing to grow in numbers and expand into new fields every year. Perhaps we have not been losing learners in the U.S. at all. In fact, there may be millions more postsecondary learners in the U.S. than ever before; they are simply not enrolling directly in colleges and universities, but instead choosing to DIY via MOOCs and other online, nondegree modes.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/rise-do-it-yourself-education

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Breakthrough app to allow for online learning of Lakota

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

The Language Conservancy

While online apps for language learners are not new, the ability to learn Indigenous languages from North America is.  The Lakota Language Consortium and its sister organization, The Language Conservancy, are proud to announce the release of an online learning platform for the Lakota language called Owóksape. Owóksape means “Place of Wisdom” in Lakota.

https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/the-press-pool/breakthrough-app-to-allow-for-online-learning-of-lakota-ZxTGwVOWj0eE6TltuLUXtg/

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How ed-tech can help leapfrog progress in education

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

Emiliana Vegas, Lauren Ziegler, and Nicolas Zerbino, Brookings

At the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution, we are studying innovations that can rapidly improve education progress, including innovations that use education technology. If the education sector stays on its current trajectory, by 2030 half of all children and young people around the world will lack basic secondary-level skills needed to thrive.[1] To change this dire prediction, we must make rapid, non-linear progress, or what CUE calls leapfrogging. Technology can help education leapfrog in a number of ways.

https://www.brookings.edu/research/how-ed-tech-can-help-leapfrog-progress-in-education/

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December 4, 2019

Canada’s post-secondary institutions are expanding online learning

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

EINPresswire
Toronto: Growth in online learning continues in Canadian universities, colleges, and CEGEPs as they increasingly offer flexible access to post-secondary courses and programs throughout the country, according to a recent report released by the Canadian Digital Learning and Research Association. The results of the 2019 Tracking Online and Digital Learning in Canada survey can be found online at: http://onlinelearningsurveycanada.ca

https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/502730144/canada-s-post-secondary-institutions-are-expanding-online-learning

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A New Era Has Begun

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

By Ashima Sitaula, Indiana Statesman
Mobile education, also known as m-learning, is a new way to use mobiles to access learning material. Online learning facilitates the learning process with the aid of mobile devices and tools such as your phone, laptop or tablet. Wherever and however you want, you can read! Educational systems are evolving with the introduction of digital education. Using portable devices (such as iPads, laptops, tablets, and smartphones) with wireless networks allows connectivity and remote learning, which enables teaching and learning to reach beyond the traditional classroom.

https://www.isustudentmedia.com/indiana_statesman/opinion/article_64a69304-0c06-11ea-b051-9f950c384d5b.html

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Machine learning has revealed exactly how much of a Shakespeare play was written by someone else

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

MIT Technology Reveiw

The evidence comes from studies of each author’s linguistic idiosyncrasies and how they crop up in Henry VIII.  Enter Petr Plecháč at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, who says he has solved the problem using machine learning to identify the authorship of more or less every line of the play. “Our results highly support the canonical division of the play between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher proposed by James Spedding,” says Plecháč.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614742/machine-learning-has-revealed-exactly-how-much-of-a-shakespeare-play-was-written-by-someone/

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December 3, 2019

As 1000s Of Missouri Jobs Go Unfilled, Colleges Put Greater Emphasis On Training Programs

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

By CORINNE RUFF, KCUR

Since taking office, Gov. Mike Parson has focused heavily on jobs. Earlier this year, he went so far as to sign an executive order to merge the departments of higher education and workforce development. Zora Mulligan, Missouri’s higher education commissioner, helps lead the new department in Jefferson City. She said the change has helped broaden the state’s scope of job preparedness. Previously, she said the education department placed too much emphasis on four-year degree programs as the clear path to a well-paying job.

https://www.kcur.org/post/1000s-missouri-jobs-go-unfilled-colleges-put-greater-emphasis-training-programs#stream/0

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Will online learning help four-year colleges weather the next recession?

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

Liz Farmer, Education Dive

Some higher ed analysts say the four-year schools that have made their programs more open and flexible, such as by offering them online, are in a better position than they were a decade ago to attract a wider range of students. That will be critical for those schools in the event of a downturn. “They are being a bit more flexible in their programmatic structure to offer more accessibility,” said Emily Wadhwani, a higher education analyst at Fitch Ratings​. “In the next downturn, that should help to prevent erosion of those programs.”​

https://www.educationdive.com/news/will-online-learning-help-four-year-colleges-weather-the-next-recession/567824/

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Coursera’s Blockbuster Classes of 2019: Preeminence of AI, with 2M Enrollments

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

IBL News

Coursera’s AI-centric courses and Specializations will soon reach the milestone of two million enrollments in 2019, according to the company’s data. In this area, one of the most requested courses was AI For Everyone, taught by Coursera’s co-founder Andrew Ng. Other blockbuster courses and specializations were Learning How to Learn, from McMaster University and UC San Diego; The Science of Well-Being, from Yale, IBM Data Science Professional Certificate (with 135,000 enrolled) and Google IT Support Professional Certificate (50,000 enrolled).

https://iblnews.org/courseras-blockbuster-classes-of-2019-preeminence-of-ai-with-2m-enrollments/

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December 2, 2019

EdX’s co-CEO answers 3 questions about higher ed’s future

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

Hallie Busta, Education Dive

EdX’s president and co-CEO, Adam Medros, who was previously its president and chief operating officer, expects groups of credentials beyond traditionally recognized degrees and certificates to become more widely accepted by employers. Getting recognition among hiring managers has been one noted hurdle for these so-called alternative credentials, and their lack of standardization also threatens further uptake. Below, Education Dive posed three questions to Medros over email about the current and future state of postsecondary education.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/edxs-co-ceo-answers-3-questions-about-higher-eds-future/567600/

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Work from home? Survey says “Yes”

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

Greg Nichols, ZD Net

Increasingly, employers in many sectors are allowing or even encouraging their traditional employees to work remotely, and for good reason. Turns out a huge number of workers place remote work at the top of the priority list.  The headline? Nearly everyone wants to work remotely, at least part of the time. Some 74% of respondents said they’d be willing to quit their job to work at home, and more than 1 in 4 said they already have quit a job because the company didn’t offer flexible or remote work options.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/work-from-home-survey-says-yes/

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Over 1,000 Students Will Graduate from Georgia Tech’s Online Master in Computer Science

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

By IBL News

OMSCS continues to be the largest master’s program in computer science in the nation.  “Right now we have over 9,000 students and so far over 2,400 graduated; over 1,000 graduating this year,” Zvi Galil, creator of the Master and former John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean of Computing and Professor told IBL News. “This number might reach 1,500 this academic year and might reach 2,000 in a year or two.”

https://iblnews.org/over-1000-students-will-graduate-on-the-georgia-techs-online-master-in-computer-science/

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December 1, 2019

Poll: Young adults favor experience over degrees for job prep

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

Hallie Busta, Education Dive

Although many teens and young adults say there are payoffs to attending college, slightly more (73%) say on-the-job experience is “a good way to prepare for success” in the workforce compared to degrees or other educational experiences, according to a recent survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Of the 769 teens (ages 13 to 17) and 1,804 young adults (ages 18 to 29) polled, equal shares (60%) said vocational training or a bachelor’s degree would help them prepare for success. A slightly higher percentage (66%) said the same of graduate degrees. The results also highlight differences in students’ college-going habits and their views of higher education based on factors such as family income, race and political leaning.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/poll-young-adults-favor-experience-over-degrees-for-job-prep/567623/

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What jobs are affected by AI? Better-paid, better-educated workers face the most exposure

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

Mark Muro, Jacob Whiton, and Robert Maxim, Brookings

AI could affect work in virtually every occupational group. However, whereas research on automation’s robotics and software continues to show that less-educated, lower-wage workers may be most exposed to displacement, the present analysis suggests that better-educated, better-paid workers (along with manufacturing and production workers) will be the most affected by the new AI technologies, with some exceptions. Our analysis shows that workers with graduate or professional degrees will be almost four times as exposed to AI as workers with just a high school degree. Holders of bachelor’s degrees will be the most exposed by education level, more than five times as exposed to AI than workers with just a high school degree.

https://www.brookings.edu/research/what-jobs-are-affected-by-ai-better-paid-better-educated-workers-face-the-most-exposure/

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6 Reasons Why Higher Education Needs to Be Disrupted

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

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Becky Frankiewicz, HBR

No clear alternative to universities has yet emerged, and while there’s no clear path to disrupting higher education, there are pain points which those of us in the education field and beyond could be confronting. At some point a viable alternative will likely emerge and we see six reasons that make the case for demanding something different.

https://hbr.org/2019/11/6-reasons-why-higher-education-needs-to-be-disrupted

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