Online Learning Update

December 7, 2018

Online courses for career future-proofing

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

By Kristie Kellahan, Sydney Morning Herald

“The Global MBA sends a clear signal of disruption to the traditional business education market and brings the degree within reach of many learners that have previously been excluded from the MBA market,” Brammer says. Challenges that once seemed insurmountable for online students – opportunities to interact and collaborate with other students, face-time with faculty members – have faded as the technology has advanced, Brammer says. “Handheld smart devices mean that learners can carry their classroom with them wherever they go,” he says. “In some ways, learners can connect much more readily with their faculty members and with each other through instant communication tools that form the basis of highly productive teams in industry.”

https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/online-courses-for-career-future-proofing-20181119-p50gwa.html

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December 6, 2018

New ‘Social Good’ Google Program Offers Funding for AI, Machine Learning Projects

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Google has set aside a $25 million pool to fund research work by schools and other organizations using machine learning for “social good.” Besides cash, the company’s “AI for Social Good” project is also offering support from its artificial intelligence experts, credits and consulting from Google Cloud. Those chosen will also join a “launchpad” accelerator program with mentoring, support and access to Silicon Valley experts.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/11/14/new-social-good-google-program-offers-funding-for-ai-machine-learning-projects.aspx

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6 pieces of advice for women aspiring to IT leadership

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

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
At EDUCAUSE’s annual conference, a panel of four female IT leaders sat down for a frank discussion on gender bias and workplace advancement. The session addressed issues such as conscious and unconscious gender bias, how to identify role models and mentors, and how to build the skills necessary to lead an IT team. The topic comes at a time of heightened tensions around gender bias and sexual harassment in the IT field, and the conversation was especially timely given the atmosphere of outspoken protest against gender inequality.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2018/11/21/6-pieces-of-advice-for-women-aspiring-to-it-leadership/

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Engaging Students and Faculty with Data for All

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

By Meg Lloyd, Campus Technology

The system, dubbed Georgetown 360, would offer an enterprise 360-degree holistic view of data for faculty, students, advisers and administrators, and eventually other staff, alumni, applicants and more. Central to the project is the notion of cura personalis, or “care for the whole person.” which is a core value at the Jesuit institution. It also aligns well with the goals of a CRM system to personalize the user experience, enable communication and engagement, and ideally provide a permanent sense of “home.” As Vice President for Information Technology and CIO Judd Nicholson, an executive sponsor of the GU360 project, noted, “GU360 will enable meaningful lifelong engagement for all of our students and alumni, not only with each other but with faculty, advisers and staff — in short, with anyone they encounter at Georgetown while on campus and long after they graduate.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/11/08/engaging-students-and-faculty-with-data-for-all.aspx

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December 5, 2018

The Next Frontier of Adaptive Learning

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Arizona State University isn’t satisfied with the state of adaptive. That’s why this innovative university is going all in with adaptive degree programs. What we’ve decided to do is take the benefits of [adaptive] technology to a fully integrated program for a bachelor of science degree in biology. And we’re going to integrate all the instructional resources from first year to fourth year into CogBooks. That’s the partner that the School of Life Sciences has decided to use.  That holistic approach differs dramatically from our general education approach. It requires more alignment between courses. In our traditional model, each course was its own island — even to the point where each section of each course may have been its own island.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/11/14/the-next-frontier-of-adaptive-learning.aspx

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6 Tips for How to Build an Online College Degree from Scratch #DLNchat

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

By Michael Sano, EdSurge

As Gonzalez said, “Mobile compatibility is a must. People deserve to choose when, where and how to study.” UIC’s Ed Garay (@garay) put it this way, “Quality mobile-first eLearning program delivery is, today, a requirement. eTextbooks, multimedia learning objects, OER, all class materials, organic (social) class communications, discussion, collaborative learning assignments—everything must be mobile-perfect.” That includes student services. Crisp reminded the group, “If they’re mobile-learners, they also expect to be able to register, pay, and get help using mobile too.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-11-21-6-tips-for-how-to-build-an-online-college-degree-from-scratch-dlnchat

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How Much Does a Blockchain Developer Really Make?

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

bhaneeta chadha, BlockGeeks

2017 was the breakout year for blockchain technology. The numbers don’t lie and some of the numbers are truly staggering.  Indeed.com, one of the biggest job portals in the world, published some interesting statistics regarding the rise of Blockchain jobs. It looks like the number of blockchain jobs increased from December 2016 to December 2017 by a staggering 207%. But that’s not the end of it. According to the stats, this number has increased by, a scarcely believable 631% since November 2015. Cryptocurrency was such a hot topic in 2017, that 15 of the 18 more popular industry jobs specifically mentioned “cryptocurrency” in the description.

https://blockgeeks.com/blockchain-developer-salary/

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December 4, 2018

Don’t Have Skills? Better Get Motivated

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

Kevin H. Johnson, Forbes

Our third survey on the state of the skills gap in the U.S. found saw some interesting trends:

  • 84% of respondents believe there is a skills gap, a 6% increase from 2017.
  • 39% of respondents feel personally affected by the skills gap, a 4% increase from last year.
  • 43% expect automation/AI to be able to do their jobs within five years; that figure jumps to 54% among men, compared with only 34% of women.
  • 51% say they’d quit a job if their employer did not offer training necessary for advancing in their careers.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinhjohnson/2018/11/19/dont-have-skills-better-get-motivated/

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Online learning comes to life on the court

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

by Stephen O’Grady, Griffin News

Returning to the classroom more than 20 years after finishing high school was a major and slightly daunting step for Olympic medalist and WNBL coach. With laptops and logons having taken the place of blackboards and roll calls, the learning zone was a much changed arena for the mother of two. Michelle enrolled in a Master of Sports Coaching at Griffith University, initially studying online through Open Universities Australia before transferring “smoothly” across to Griffith’s online delivery. Once she had established a routine that aligned study with part-time employment and ongoing sports commitments, she never looked back.

https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/news/2018/11/19/online-learning-comes-to-life-on-the-court/

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Quantum computing, not AI, will define our future

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

Tech Crunch

At best, that is an imprecise (though entertaining) definition. When “quantum” is applied to “computing,” however, we are indeed entering an era of dramatic advancement. Quantum computing is technology based on the principles of quantum theory, which explains the nature of energy and matter on the atomic and subatomic level. It relies on the existence of mind-bending quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement. Quantum computing’s purpose is to aid and extend the abilities of classical computing. Quantum computers will perform certain tasks much more efficiently than classical computers, providing us with a new tool for specific applications. Quantum computers will not replace their classical counterparts.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/17/quantum-computing-not-ai-will-define-our-future/

 

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December 3, 2018

LEARNING REQUIRES MORE THAN PUTTING A CLASS ONLINE

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

by Davidson

“We’re delivering content, but you really want to create an opportunity for a range of [learning] experiences,” Quillen told the group. She emphasized that such a goal requires more than just putting a good college course online. “The quality of the experience,” she said, “does not derive solely from the quality of the content.” An effective technology platform in higher education, she said, succeeds through enabling relationships, interactions and experiences that are not possible in other contexts, rather than just delivering the material from a traditional class. New technologies can help provide a range of experiences that ensure all learners get the value they are looking for within a broader community who are seeking education. Quillen said Davidson, an edX member, has offered courses that created communities whose value to each other survived long past the course.

https://www.davidson.edu/news/news-stories/181118-learning-requires-more-than-putting-a-class-online-quillen-tells-global-forum

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Measuring the Value of Digital Credentials (Part Two): The Role of Efficiency in Delivering Agility

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

Jonathan Lehrich, Evolllution

With their increased granularity, transparency and portability, digital credentials are quickly supplanting the paper certificate as a means of non-degree skills verification in leading-edge continuing and professional education units. They enable a greater understanding of academic accomplishment and provide academic leaders with a means of unbundling degree requirements. As Jonathan Lehrich notes, however, their use on a broader institutional level is slow in the making.

https://evolllution.com/managing-institution/operations_efficiency/measuring-the-value-of-digital-credentials-part-two-the-role-of-efficiency-in-delivering-agility/

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Are Non-Traditional Students And Classes The Future? Some Community Colleges Say So

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

PETER MEDLIN, Northern Public Radio

It’s been a rough couple of years for Illinois community colleges, from the slashed funds of the budget impasse to concerning enrollment declines. This is part two in a three-part series on how these very different schools have stayed afloat by embracing change and, more importantly, putting the community in community college. “The average student at Rock Valley is 24 to 25 years of age,” said Doug Jensen, president of Rock Valley College. “She’s female. They go to school part-time. She’s a working adult, she may even be a working mom.” But there are fewer “average” students like her each year. Community college enrollment in both Illinois and throughout the United States has fallen in the last few years.

http://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/are-non-traditional-students-and-classes-future-some-community-colleges-say-so

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December 2, 2018

Students protest Zuckerberg-backed digital learning program and ask him: ‘What gives you this right?’

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

Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

Students at a New York high school have protested in recent weeks an online education program developed with engineers working for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the latest challenge to the growing “personalized learning” movement in U.S. education. More than 100 students from Brooklyn’s Secondary School for Journalism left campus during school hours last week and this week. Protest leaders sent a letter to Zuckerberg questioning his support for the Summit Learning Platform, which is being used in some 380 schools in a number of states and the District of Columbia.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2018/11/17/students-protest-zuckerberg-backed-digital-learning-program-ask-him-what-gives-you-this-right/?utm_term=.43065dcb88ff

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Reach of the edX.org and Open edX Platform In Numbers

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

IBL News

EdX has attracted 40,000 credit-elegible learners, according to the data disclosed at the 2018 Global Forum Event in Boston. Overall, the number of learners has jumped to 18 million, while there are 2,400 courses included in the platform. Nine fully online Master’s degrees, 14 new MicroMasters, and 54 professional certificate programs have been launched in the last year.

Reach of the edX.org and Open edX Platform In Numbers

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A beginner’s guide to AI: Human-level machine intelligence

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

by TRISTAN GREENE, the Next Web

Welcome to TNW’s beginner’s guide to AI. This (currently) five part feature should provide you with a very basic understanding of what AI is, what it can do, and how it works. The guide contains articles on (in order published) neural networks, computer vision, natural language processing, algorithms, and artificial general intelligence. There are few technologies that inspire the imagination like artificial intelligence. And, in the field of AI, the Holy Grail is living machines. The quest to imbue machines with the spark of life is an ancient one.

https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2018/11/16/a-beginners-guide-to-ai-human-level-machine-intelligence/

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December 1, 2018

Online EMBA Developed With Microsoft For The Busy Working Professional

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

Samantha Wernham, Business Because

As program coordinator of the International Flex EMBA at MIP Politecnico di Milano (MIP), Daria Gennaro knows a lot about the importance of flexibility and adaptability. The 20-month program offers the same knowledge and competencies as the traditional Full-time Executive MBA, but with the ability to tailor the workload around your professional and personal timetable. There’s no need to give up valuable career time, and no need to dedicate your schedule to a full-time, on-campus program.

https://www.businessbecause.com/emba/5554/online-emba-developed-with-microsoft-busy-working-professional

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The Future Of Learning? Well, It’s Personal

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

Anya Kamanetz, NPR

It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned?  RAND Corporations John Pane is the lead author of one of the few empirical studies to date of this idea, published late last year. It found that schools using some form of personalized learning were, on average, performing better ( there were some wrinkles we’ll talk about later on).

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/16/657895964/the-future-of-learning-well-it-s-personal

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More colleges are using the blockchain for student records

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

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
ECPI University, a for-profit college based in Virginia, is among the latest colleges to offer verification of student degrees via blockchain, according to The Roanoke Times, which notes that Virginia Tech is “in the early stages” of considering a similar offering. The university, which partnered with blockchain digital credentialing startup Learning Machine, has uploaded more than 1,000 diplomas to the blockchain since August. Students can still obtain paper certificates. With a blockchain diploma, students can share a web link to their credentials with future employers, allowing those employers to verify them without contacting the university.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/more-colleges-are-using-the-blockchain-for-student-records/542093/

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November 30, 2018

AI Platforms: The Next Step in Artificial Intelligence

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

By Keith D. Foote, Dataversity

The use of Big Data has continued to grow and mature, with some organizations reaping considerable rewards. The processing of Big Data has recently advanced to a new level of evolution, in the form of  AI (Artificial Intelligence) platforms. AI platforms promise significant impact (and disruptions) over the next decade. The use of AI to process massive datasets will bring previously unknown improvements to Business Intelligence and Analytics among innumerable other technologies.

http://www.dataversity.net/ai-platforms-next-step-artificial-intelligence/

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Harvard researchers want to school Congress about AI

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

by Karen Hao, Technology Review

A tech boot camp will teach US politicians and policymakers about the potential, and the risks, of artificial intelligence. Funded by HKS’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, the initiative will focus on expanding the legal and academic scholarship around AI ethics and regulation. It will also host a boot camp for US Congress members to help them learn more about the technology. The hope is that with these combined efforts, Congress and other policymakers will be better equipped to effectively regulate and shepherd the growing impact of AI on society.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612414/harvard-wants-to-school-congress-about-ai/

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