Online Learning Update

April 13, 2019

Doing More With Data

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

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
A growing number of colleges and employers are working together to better use labor-market data in postsecondary training. Two experts discuss what’s possible and what’s needed. The tight labor market is helping prod employers and colleges to cooperate more closely to ensure that credentials pay off in the work force. And solid data on the labor market and student outcomes are key to this collaboration.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/04/04/experts-discuss-uses-labor-market-data-postsecondary-training

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Adaptive Learning Solution for Time-Starved Professionals

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

By Nick Howe, ATD

Doctors are among the most time-pressured, highly educated professionals. After the rigors of medical school and residency, they take on demanding jobs while also preparing for board certification. Throughout their years in practice, doctors must engage in continuing education and lifelong learning to stay current with the latest research, advancements in medical science, and best practices in medicine. And throughout it all, time remains scarce. To address this need, Area9 partnered with NEJM Group (a division of the Massachusetts Medical Society, publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine) to create a first-of-its-kind adaptive learning offering: NEJM Knowledge+. NEJM Knowledge+ was launched in 2014 as a highly efficient, effective way for physicians to prepare for board exams, pursue continuing medical education (CME) and maintenance of certification (MOC), and engage in lifelong learning. Based on the Area9 adaptive learning platform, this smart technology is able to adapt to clinicians’ goals and pace of learning while identifying their knowledge gaps to deliver the specific instruction needed.

https://www.td.org/insights/adaptive-learning-solution-for-time-starved-professionals

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Navigating the Never-Ending Online Course Cycle

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

Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

The Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University has since 2008 launched 351 new online master’s degree courses across 21 programs. Slightly more than 100 of those courses have been redeveloped or refreshed since their inception. At first, the school planned to redevelop courses on a three-year cycle, according to Paul Huckett, assistant dean of learning design and innovation in the engineering school. During a session last Thursday at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s annual conference here, Huckett jokingly called that approach “an absolute lie.” We were never going to complete that. It was impossible,” Huckett said. “We’ve adjusted that a wee bit.” The new process involved establishing a comprehensive database that includes detailed information on each existing course: when it was first developed and launched, how many times it has been offered, who has taught it. The next step was a “redevelopment prioritization list.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/04/03/processes-developing-and-revamping-online-courses-emerge

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April 12, 2019

Aligning the Regulatory Environment with the 21st Century Realities

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:13 am

Robert Hansen,  Kathleen Ives, Russ Poulin; EvoLLLution
Despite changing student demographics and technological advancements, the American higher education regulatory infrastructure and related legislation continue to address only the needs of traditional postsecondary students. In this interview, leaders from three associations serving providers of non-traditional higher education—Robert Hansen from UPCEA, Kathleen Ives from OLC and Russ Poulin from WCET—discuss some of the critical reforms needed for federal legislation to better fit the 21st-century model of higher education.

https://evolllution.com/managing-institution/government_legislation/aligning-the-regulatory-environment-with-the-21st-century-realities/

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Redesigning IT Governance for Digital Transformation at North Carolina State University

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

by Debbie Carraway and Marc Hoit, EDUCAUSE Review

When we began work on redesigning IT governance, our goal was to bring IT governance into alignment with the university’s mission. Our existing governance process was complex and technology focused, with more than forty committees and subcommittees comprised largely of IT staff at various organizational levels. We reviewed our existing IT governance process to identify its strengths and weaknesses and found several problem areas. There was confusion about committee scope and decision-making authority, as well as deficiencies in communication among the various committees. Subcommittees were making tactical and operational decisions, and strategic issues were not consistently brought forward to governance. However, participants found value in having a forum for communicating with peers and an opportunity to share information about IT issues and initiatives.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/3/redesigning-it-governance-for-digital-transformation-at-north-carolina-state-university

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Blockchain’s Potential for Education

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

By Sara Friedman, THE Journal
While the technology is still in the nascent stages, blockchain-based education systems have the potential to revolutionize how school districts manage student data. At the fundamental level, blockchain is a form of distributed ledger technology that allows parties to share information with each other through a controlled system that manages transactions. Universities started exploring this space over the last few years in academic credentialing. Transcripts, grades, test scores and digital diplomas could be stored in a student’s digital wallet, where the student has control over how the information could be shared. Blockcerts, developed by MIT’s Integrated Learning Initiative and Learning Machine, is one initiative that is helping universities and students take ownership of their data when it comes to digital diplomas. Southern New Hampshire University and Central New Mexico Community College have also taken steps to offer digital diplomas to their graduates.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2019/03/28/blockchains-potential-for-education.aspx

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April 11, 2019

Blockchain Deployment Checklist

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

By Sara Friedman, THE Journal
See also: Blockchain’s Potential for Education
When it comes to using blockchain technology, there are several use cases across all sectors that institutions are interested in. However, some considerations need to be taken into account before jumping into the technology in full force. New America’s Blockchain Trust Accelerator has released a checklist for deploying a blockchain-powered solution in the blockchain sector:

https://thejournal.com/articles/2019/03/28/blockchain-deployment-checklist.aspx

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What will next-gen universities look like?

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

BY SIR ANTHONY SELDON, Campus Technology

A more international and forward-looking model of university archetypes have been outlined by Glyn Davis, formerly vice chancellor of the University of Melbourne. The “influencer” university is international in perspective, strongly driven by research and tackling the major issues facing each individual country and the world. The “agile” university is rich in AI and digital technology, and dedicated to applied research as well as giving students a competitive advantage. The “consultant” university is focused on the job market and its purpose is to serve organizational clients who buy expert advice, education, and research/innovation to boost their own performance. Finally, the “community” university is less interested in national and international league tables and has its raison d’etre principally in serving local students and business, and in championing them on national stages.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/04/03/what-will-next-gen-universities-look-like/

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Exploring Digital Fluency at Penn State University

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

A Q&A with Kyle Bowen by Mary Grush, Campus Technology
At Penn State University, campus conversations once centered on digital literacy. Now, they’re focused on digital fluency. Do these topics sound similar? Here, Penn State’s Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology Kyle Bowen explains why the differences may be greater than you think.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/04/01/exploring-digital-fluency-at-penn-state-university.aspx

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April 10, 2019

3 Keys to Engaging Faculty in Instructional Design

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

By David Raths, Campus Technology
Most instructional designers will tell you their work begins with getting a foot in the door with faculty and building rapport from there. Here are three ways to make that relationship a success. With the growth in hybrid and online courses and the introduction of open educational resources, active learning concepts and new learning spaces, it is an exciting time to be an instructional designer in higher education. More faculty members need help rethinking course activities, materials and assessments. Yet like campus librarians, instructional designers still struggle at times to raise awareness about the variety of services they can offer and to form meaningful partnerships with other stakeholders on campus — in part because some faculty members see them as IT support staff.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/04/03/3-keys-to-engaging-faculty-in-instructional-design.aspx

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New and needed research to understand credentialing needs and continued competence

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

By Roy A. Swift, WorkCred

Credentials can play an important role in helping to close these staffing gaps due to skills mismatch. They can help individuals gain new skills and demonstrate that they have attained competencies needed by industry, and they can help employers understand what an individual knows and can do. However, to maintain their validity, credentials must be aligned with the current skill needs of industry and updated continually as those skill requirements evolve. As highlighted in the research report, aligning competencies with employer needs requires  effective communication and collaboration among employers, credentialing organizations, and education and training providers.

https://rfums-bigtree.s3.amazonaws.com/files/resources/newneededresearchunderstandcredentialingneeds-swif-3.pdf

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College students of the future could get their career prep from private companies, not universities

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

By Jillian Berman, Market Watch

The college experience means many things to many people — it can be a place to make lifelong friends, expand the mind or learn some of the skills associated with participating in a democracy. Still, over the past few decades, policymakers, employers, parents and students have all coalesced around one goal they believe college should achieve: Preparing students for a decent career. Right now, organizations like TalentPath are working with college graduates to help them fill gaps in their training and land jobs. Recent graduates participate in an immersive training program for 12 weeks and then TalentPath hires them out to companies for roughly 18 months, paying their salary while billing the client for their services. After the 18-month commitment, the company has the option to hire the TalentPath worker as a full-time employee.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/college-students-of-the-future-could-get-their-career-prep-from-private-companies-not-universities-2019-04-01

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April 9, 2019

The Dangers of Government-Funded Artificial Intelligence

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

Christian Hubbs, Mises Institute
Artificial Intelligence is widely seen as a strategic technology and has thus engendered national development plans from countries across the globe to promote its progress. For quite some time, the United States has been conspicuously on the sideline. Yes, AI has been hailed as a transformative family of technologies that will bring about a radically improved standard of living for people around the globe. On the other hand, there are numerous potential uses of this technology to inflict incredible harm on individuals, and the risk of abuse becomes greater the more AI research is funded or directed by government agencies. Malinvestment (or “malscience,” in this case) is encouraged by political funding of R&D, and the Pentagon has explicitly stated they seek to use this technology in military applications. Rather than not going far enough, Trump’s Executive Order has already gone too far by explicitly bringing this technology into the political realm because the state is simply too dangerous to grant a leading role in AI development.

https://mises.org/wire/dangers-government-funded-artificial-intelligence

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Is Your Organization Ready to Harness the Potential of AI?

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

Harvard Business Review

To become a true AI-fueled organization, a company may need to fundamentally rethink the way humans and machines interact within working environments. Executives must consider how to deploy machine learning and other cognitive tools systematically across every core business process and enterprise operation to support data-driven decision-making. In the end, the whole company must be open to AI driving new offerings and business models. These are not minor steps, but as AI technologies standardize rapidly across industries, becoming an AI-fueled organization will likely be more than a strategy for success—it could be table stakes for survival.

https://hbr.org/sponsored/2019/03/is-your-organization-ready-to-harness-the-potential-of-ai

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Tech giants are seeking help on AI ethics. Where they seek it matters

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

By Dave Gershgorn, Quartz

Tech giants are starting to create mechanisms for outside experts to help them with AI ethics—but not always in the ways ethicists want. Google, for instance, announced the members of its new AI ethics council this week—such boards promise to be a rare opportunity for underrepresented groups to be heard. It faced criticism, however, for selecting Kay Coles James, the president of the conservative Heritage Foundation. James has made statements against the Equality Act, which would protect sexual orientation and gender identity as federally protected classes in the US. Those and other comments would seem to put her at odds with Google’s pitch as being a progressive and inclusive company. (Google declined Quartz’s request for comment.)

https://qz.com/1583989/as-tech-giants-seek-help-on-ai-ethics-where-they-seek-it-matters/

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April 8, 2019

Creating a voice search experience for your brand

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

Emily Alford, ClickZ

Gartner predicts that by 2020, voice search will account for 30% of all web-browsing. Preparing your brand for this unprecedented rise in voice search.  So why are so many consumers clamoring to adopt voice search?  For starters, it’s much simpler to talk to a device than to tap keys or screens. Voice search also makes it much easier for consumers to to find the goods and services they need when they’re driving or otherwise occupied. Easy-to-use voice search is also incredibly appealing to the elderly, people with impaired mobility or sight, and even just younger audiences, who are often quicker to adopt new technologies than their parents.

https://www.clickz.com/creating-voice-search-experience-brand/228146/

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The Growing Marketplace for AI Ethics

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

Forbes

Unfortunately, there’s no industry-standard, best-practices handbook on AI ethics for companies to follow—at least not yet. Some large companies, including Microsoft and Google, are developing their own internal ethical frameworks. A number of think tanks, research organizations, and advocacy groups, meanwhile, have been developing a wide variety of ethical frameworks and guidelines for AI. Below is a brief roundup of some of the more influential models to emerge—from the Asilomar Principles to best-practice recommendations from the AI Now Institute.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/insights-intelai/2019/03/27/the-growing-marketplace-for-ai-ethics/#429648c44c4b

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How will blockchain transform higher ed? Start with credentials

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

BY DENNIS PIERCE, eCampus News

At Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), empowering students is an important goal, says Tobe Phelps, senior director of online college. Giving students a permanent, secure digital record of their accomplishments that they can take with them when they graduate aligns perfectly with this objective. “When we issue a diploma to a student, that diploma still belongs to the college, and the student must get a certified copy from us,” Phelps says. “If they try to get a job or move on to another college, all of those (entities) have to come back to us for validation of the student’s credentials.” By using a technology called blockchain, “we’re able to take that certification and give it to the student as an official record they own themselves,” he says. “We can be completely out of the circle.”

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/03/29/how-will-blockchain-transform-higher-ed-start-with-credentials/

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April 7, 2019

The convergence of 5G and AI: A venture capitalist’s view

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:11 am

BEN YU, Venture Beat

If AI and 5G had a baby, its name would be “AV.” Autonomous vehicles are essentially data centers on wheels. If you look at them closely, you’ll notice they are loaded with multiple 4G LTE modems, because, with “brains in the device,” they require intelligence at the edge. That requires the rich and rapid movement of data that 5G is uniquely positioned to offer.

But the other thing that excites me about 5G is that it will not only be the protocol that launches a thousand new high-throughput applications and use cases like AVs, it will also drive important new low-bandwidth applications. Put another way, because of the new frequencies opened up by 5G, there will be new opportunities for innovation up and down the spectrum.

https://venturebeat.com/2019/03/31/the-convergence-of-5g-and-ai-a-venture-capitalists-view/

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Tech firms scramble to make AI unbiased

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

IANS | New Delhi

Google, for example has now established an external advisory council to help the tech giant develop AI technology in an ethical and responsible way. E-commerce giant Amazon this month announced that it was working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to commit up to $10 million each in research grants over the next three years focused on fairness in AI. “We believe we must work closely with academic researchers to develop innovative solutions that address issues of fairness, transparency, and accountability and to ensure that biases in data don’t get embedded in the systems we create,” Prem Natarajan, Vice President of Natural Understanding in the Alexa AI group at Amazon, wrote in a blog post.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/tech-firms-scramble-to-make-ai-unbiased-119033100113_1.html

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How AI will save us from the mess of big data

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

Elad Walach, the Next Web

We are drowning in data that’s supposed to help us. The big data revolution has come from inexpensive data storage and automated data collection, giving organizations exponentially more data than they had in the past. From business logic data like computer log files to detailed weather patterns, purchasing data to TV viewing, we have access to so much data on how the world works and about the lives and habits of individuals. A lot of this data is just sitting in warehouses, either real or virtual, being ignored or occasionally examined for trends. It’s just too much for people to handle. When it comes to healthcare, advanced new diagnostic techniques mean that more information is collected about patients than ever before.  That’s where AI comes in.

 

https://thenextweb.com/podium/2019/03/31/how-ai-will-save-us-from-the-mess-of-big-data/

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