Online Learning Update

February 13, 2019

Emerging Technologies Need Diversity: Innovative Women in AI / Blockchain to Follow in 2019

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

Sandra Ponce de Leon, Forbes

Besides being a hot topic these days, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain have received a reputation for being especially male-dominated in an already bro-saturated tech world. However, the buzz around artificial intelligence and cryptography isn’t without merit, as these technologies are much more than just one more thing to be mansplained.  With such diverse and far-reaching applications, it is clear that a diversity of perspectives will be necessary to create effective and sustainable solutions. I interviewed some of the most innovative female voices in AI and blockchain to better understand their struggle to ensure that this technology benefits everyone.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/02/03/emerging-technologies-need-diversity-innovative-women-in-ai-blockchain-to-follow-in-2019/#14fbd2e9d3ed

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February 12, 2019

Enhancing the learning experience with e-learning

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

by the Deccan Chronicle

Addressing everyone’s individual requirements is simply not viable in the traditional classroom. Also, looking at the broader picture, metropolitan cities enjoy a higher quality of teachers, whereas, their low-tier counterparts do not. This naturally creates a disparity in the quality of education amongst such regions. These are some of the most fundamental problems experienced in our education system. Thankfully, the advent of e-learning is helping to address some of these challenges that have been inherent to our education system. At present, the sector is growing with a CAGR of 20 per cent (roughly about three-times our GDP growth rate) and is expected to reach a market size of USD 1.96 billion by 2021. The industry’s subscribers, which were 1.6 million in 2016, are further projected to grow six-fold to become 9.6 million by the same period.

https://www.deccanchronicle.com/technology/in-other-news/280119/enhancing-the-learning-experience-with-e-learning.html

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WGU Doesn’t Owe $730 M after All: What the Ruling Means for WGU and Online Learning

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

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

In 2017, Western Governors University (WGU) was slapped with a huge bill from the federal government. Two years later, WGU has been informed that it doesn’t owe $730 million after all. If WGU is now off the hook, it is likely largely due to Secretary Betsy DeVos. But the WGU ruling also has broader implications for online learning nationwide. While it is unclear if the WGU audit was a direct factor, in early 2019, DeVos announced that she was changing the rules for what counts as a course at the postsecondary level. Her announcement has important implications for WGU and for many other online programs schools, since the change effectively means that federal funds can now be applied to a wider range of postsecondary courses. DeVos is proposing to give accrediting agencies more flexibility in approving programs that don’t fit traditional educational models. This includes courses that may not meet minimum benchmarks for instructor-student contact hours.

https://news.elearninginside.com/wgu-doesnt-owe-730-million-after-all-what-the-ruling-means-for-wgu-and-online-learning/

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What makes an online course great?

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

Amy Miele, Smart Brief

Creating a high quality online course is not an easy task. Focusing on key elements is essential to providing students with engaging and effective educational experiences. It is important to have meaningful activities, stellar resources and quality assessments.  The three pillars of student learning. Content is what students learn. Instruction is how students learn. Evaluation is how students are assessed. Here’s how these three pillars translate into the online learning environment.

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2019/01/what-makes-online-course-great

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February 11, 2019

Online Learning Gaining Momentum For Better Job Prospects

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

Raiguru Tandon, Business World

Hybrid learning has gained popularity as 62 percent of Indian adult learners like the concept of combining the convenience of passive learning online, with the quality of active learning in-person, according to a data compiled by Pearson India which has come up with a study of Adult Learners conducted across six countries.  It highlights that 27 percent of Indian learners are already pursuing short-term courses while 28 percent of Indian adult learners plan to take-up single subject short term-course with a one-time fee. With reference to the adoption and demand for degrees, 46 percent of Indian learners plan to do post-graduate and 39 percent are currently pursuing BA degree courses. The survey was conducted among adult learners in Australia, India, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom aged 18 – 65 years.

http://www.businessworld.in/article/Online-Learning-Gaining-Momentum-For-Better-Job-Prospects-/29-01-2019-166574/

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An Online Tax for Rural Students

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

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed
High tuition fees for distance education courses are keeping some community colleges in Colorado afloat. But should rural students pay the price? Dotted across Colorado’s varied landscape are thousands of students who live many miles from their closest community college. For these rural students, online learning is not just a convenience, but a necessity. Small colleges in remote areas don’t have the funds to offer all the programs students want on-site, said Garcia. But in the CCC system, the price of learning online is “considerably” more than learning in person, said Garcia. Students who are Colorado residents pay a baseline of $148.90 per credit hour for traditional instruction at a campus. The price for online learning is $263.90 per credit hour — a difference of just over $114. Some of the 13 colleges in the system charge students more.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2019/01/30/high-price-online-learning-colorados-rural-community-colleges

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How do schools train for a workplace that doesn’t exist yet?

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

by CAROLINE PRESTON, Hechinger Report

I asked Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, for his thoughts on this question. Carnevale told me that, first of all, the story of robots creating mass unemployment has been overhyped.  Chris Burns has heard these sorts of predictions, too. Burns works for a business near Cincinnati that sells cloud computing and other technology services, and he says there is a big shortage of skilled IT employees both nationally and in his metro area. For his part, Burns told me he suspects that “soft skills” — things like critical thinking, problem solving and communication — are going to be key and that those abilities will serve young people no matter how their jobs evolve with new technologies. The growing importance of soft skills is a topic we’ve written about here at Hechinger. And Carnevale says he shares this perspective.

https://hechingerreport.org/how-do-schools-train-for-a-workplace-that-doesnt-exist-yet/

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February 10, 2019

Who Do We Trust to Develop and Manage AI?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:07 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
An intriguing survey on American attitudes to artificial intelligence found that more people in this country support development of AI (41 percent) than oppose it (22 percent). But there’s no consensus on who should handle its governance: Americans place the greatest amount of trust in university researchers to build AI (50 percent), followed by the U.S. military (49 percent). The research was led by Baobao Zhang and Allan Dafoe, both with the Center for the Governance of AI in the Future of Humanity Institute, which is part of the University of Oxford. The survey project interviewed 2,387 respondents who were then matched to a sample of 2,000, framed by gender, age, race, education and other factors, such as religion and political affiliation, to reflect the make-up of the country.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/23/who-do-we-trust-to-develop-and-manage-ai.aspx

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We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next

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

by Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review

Our study of 25 years of artificial-intelligence research suggests the era of deep learning is coming to an end. Through our analysis, we found three major trends: a shift toward machine learning during the late 1990s and early 2000s, a rise in the popularity of neural networks beginning in the early 2010s, and growth in reinforcement learning in the past few years.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612768/we-analyzed-16625-papers-to-figure-out-where-ai-is-headed-next/

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7 Takeaways From Recent Surveys About The State-Of-Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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

Gil Press, Forbes

What is the state-of-AI in January 2019? Recent surveys show increased adoption of AI, some measurable impact, people-related challenges for enterprises trying to implement AI, and lots of issues related to data, the lifeblood of AI: what role does data play in the lives of organizations, how secure they keep it and their policies regarding data privacy. Moreover, the general public is still not sure if AI is good or bad for humanity and that may play an important role in the speed of its adoption as a business tool.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2019/01/25/7-takeaways-from-recent-surveys-about-the-state-of-artificial-intelligence-ai/#4e2ba95c40ab

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February 9, 2019

Yale launches online certificate program for clean energy

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

MADISON MAHONEY, Yale Daily

Vero Bourg-Meyer FES ’15, program director for clean energy and finance at CBEY says “CBEY has been experimenting with types of online learning methods…. They allow us to bring Yale to a broader community.”  The process of designing and developing the program and curriculum has been challenging. “We are trying to get the best of what Yale has to offer without requiring people to dedicate the time they could if they were on campus,” Bourg-Meyer explained. “Instead of fighting that fact, we’ve tried to build something around it. The challenge is one of balancing breadth and depth.”

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2019/01/25/yale-launches-online-certificate-program-for-clean-energy/

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5 Advantages of Online Courses

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

BY JENNIFER BROFLOWSKI, Baltimore Post-Examiner

Online tutoring is often called the future of education, which offers students an anti-stress alternative to traditional classes in schools, colleges, and universities. While opponents and supporters of this statement argue whether online education is really more effective, there is no doubt that they open up opportunities for more people to get an education than before. Studies show that distance studying is really effective. In addition, it helps to reduce stress and all sorts of pressures that students may encounter during traditional education.

http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/5-advantages-of-online-courses/2019/01/24

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A Proposed Model AI Governance Framework

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

Personal Data Protection Commission
The PDPC presents the first edition of A Proposed Model AI Governance Framework (Model Framework) – an accountability-based framework to help chart the language and frame the discussions around harnessing AI in a responsible way. The Model Framework translates ethical principles into practical measures that can be implemented by organisations deploying AI solutions at scale. Through the Model Framework, we aim to promote AI adoption while building consumer confidence and trust in providing their personal data for AI. We encourage organisations to use this Model Framework for internal discussion and implementation. Trade associations and chambers professional bodies and interest groups are welcome to use this document for their discussions, and adapt it for their own use.

https://www.pdpc.gov.sg/resources/model-ai-gov

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February 8, 2019

Learning Engineering: Making Education More “Professional”

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

A Q&A with Ellen Wagner by Mary Grush, Campus Technology
Learning engineering has taken many forms since the term was coined by Herbert Simon back in the 1960s. Ellen Wagner, who chairs IEEE’s ICICLE SIG on Learning Engineering Among the Professions offers some perspective — from Simon’s original insight to LE’s application and potential today. “The evolution of ed tech has always demonstrated that as tech platforms get more complex, product teams turn to other disciplines to get the expertise they need.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/14/learning-engineering-making-education-more-professional.aspx

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Lifelong learning is key to career success

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

PERSONAL FINANCE

The modern working world is changing at a rapid pace, across every industry. With constant changes in technology and the way we operate in business, it is vital for individuals to update their thinking frequently in order to keep up. There are numerous studies indicating that lifelong learning, developing new and improved skills at every opportunity, is crucial to remaining relevant and surviving the modern working world. According to the World Economic Forum, it is estimated that up to 65% of children entering primary school today will end up in jobs that do not yet exist. In fact, many jobs today did not exist a decade ago (think of app developers, data scientists, cloud computing specialists, and other now in-demand roles).

https://www.iol.co.za/personal-finance/lifelong-learning-is-key-to-career-success-18896449

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EdX Launches a Promotional Website About its Open Source Platform

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

By IBL News

The edX organization has launched a new marketing-oriented website about the open source software called Open edX, which powers its educational portal and is freely available on GitHub. This website, open.edx.org, highlights the fact that the Open edX software is trusted and used by top organizations, such as edX, MIT, Harvard, IBM, Microsoft, XuetangX, and Global Knowledge, among others. Overall, there are over 20,000 courses built on the Open edX software and over 40 million learners. The confusion in the industry between edX and Open edX is handled on the home page. “edX is the online learning destination co-founded by Harvard and MIT. Open edX is the learner-centric, massively scalable learning platform behind it,” edX explains.

https://iblnews.org/2019/01/23/edx-launches-a-marketing-oriented-website-about-its-open-source-platform/

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February 7, 2019

Make Way for Generation Z in the Workplace

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

Knowledge@Wharton

As a group, they are “sober, industrious and driven by money,” reports the Wall Street Journal, but also “socially awkward and timid about taking the reins.” They are risk-averse and more diverse, says Inc. magazine. Forbes says they “want to work on their own and be judged on their own merits rather than those of their team.” Generation Z is arriving, and they are different than previous generations – or at least that’s how this young cohort is being portrayed as it begins to enter the workforce. After the traditionalists, baby boomers, Generation X and Generation Y/millennials, we have Generation Z – that group born after 1995 now starting to graduate college.

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/make-room-generation-z-workplace/

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Don’t Forget, Instructional Design Is About Problem Solving

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

by Camille Dickson-Deane and Tutaleni Asino

The rise in demand for instructional design has given way to a series of misconceptions about the discipline; two educators offer an informative view of their profession and its origins. “Can you fix my computer?” This simple question (or a similar one) has most likely been asked of every instructional designer (ID), indicating a misalignment about what IDs do and what others think they actually do. This confusion is nothing new, but what seems to be different now is that those of us in the field may have bought into the confusion — or are helping sustain the misunderstanding because we have lost our way or forgotten where we came from. In this blog we offer a quick refresher on the origins of instructional design, which is especially valuable because the demand for what we do is increasing. As Kyle Peck reminds us, “a ‘perfect storm’ of forces both within and outside education are about to accelerate the evolution of learning and learning design, increasing the demand for well-prepared learning designers, learning-related tool builders, and learning-related researchers.”1

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2018/3/dont-forget-instructional-design-is-about-problem-solving

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8 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2019

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

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
From artificial intelligence to STEM education, these technologies and topics are worth paying attention to this year.What technologies and trends will have the biggest impact on higher education in the coming year? We asked four university IT leaders to weigh in on the top issues in ed tech and share what they’re seeing both on the horizon and in their own institutions. Here’s what they told us.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/24/8-ed-tech-trends-to-watch-in-2019.aspx

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February 6, 2019

The Promise of Personalized Learning, Enabled by AI

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

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

A centuries-old challenge for teachers has been how to adapt learning materials and presentations to meet the varied backgrounds and abilities of students. Emerging technologies, Ray Schroeder writes, can help meet students where they are and customize learning for them. We are on the cusp of a new era in which learning is personalized to the needs and interests of the students. With the advent of the lifelong, 60-year learner, we will see more heutagogical approaches to meet the expectations of the self-determined adult learner.

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/how-artificial-intelligence-can-help-achieve-promise

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Why Build a Boot Camp?

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Ever-increasing numbers of universities and colleges are teaming up with bootcamps to deliver tech training. Does your campus need one too? When Doug Schmidt persuaded his institution to sign on with Trilogy Education Services to launch what has become known as the Vanderbilt University Coding Boot Camp, he considered it one more step forward in a 16-year effort to help improve the technology economy in Nashville, where the university is located. As this professor of computer science and co-director of the Vanderbilt Data Sciences Institute noted, everywhere else that he’s lived, worked and taught — Southern California, Northern California, Virginia, St. Louis, Maryland — has “had a really thriving tech ecosystem.” In Nashville, however, small companies, primarily in healthcare, have dominated the tech scene, making for limited opportunities for the school’s graduates who might want to stick around.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/01/23/why-build-a-boot-camp.aspx

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