Online Learning Update

October 6, 2019

A.I. 101: What is artificial intelligence and where is it going?

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

Melissa Hellmann, Seattle Times

In reality, artificial intelligence (AI) technology is quickly permeating every aspect of our lives. From Amazon’s voice-activated Alexa to writing technology that helps managers craft job postings, AI is in our hearts, homes and workplaces. And it’s only going to become a bigger part of our lives: Experts call the rise of AI the driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution.

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/technology/ai-101-what-is-artificial-intelligence-and-where-is-it-going/

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Innovative Teaching Approaches: Virtual Reality

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

Study International

As universities play a crucial role in moulding tomorrow’s talents, the application of technology can help universities stay ahead of the curve by not only supporting educators’ teaching and promoting creative enquiry, but also enhancing learning through exposure to advanced technology, making learning more satisfying and engaging than cases of passive classroom learning. Advances in AR, VR and simulation have opened the floodgates to digital internships, virtual labs, simulated industrial operations and novel approaches to collaborative and experiential learning. For example, while unorthodox, digital internships serve as a useful platform for students who are unable to engage in a ‘real-time’ internship due to personal constraints, such as family commitments. VR has been dubbed a revolutionary tool that provides students with an immersive learning experience, transporting them to a new environment without ever leaving the classroom.

https://www.studyinternational.com/news/innovative-teaching-approaches-virtual-reality-university-classroom/

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Communicating science online increases interest, engagement and access to funds

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

Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher, the Conversation

Scientists are active on social media, discussing everything from methods to the latest developments in research. They even use social media to raise funds. Scientists sometimes provide mentoring online and have conversations with more junior researchers about their careers. Social networking tools also provide a space to build both social and professional networks, allowing scientists to develop new collaborations. Dismissing online science communication as trivial to the intellectual work of scientists would be a mistaken position.

https://theconversation.com/communicating-science-online-increases-interest-engagement-and-access-to-funds-122102

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October 5, 2019

New study: Towards a do-it-yourself learning style

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

Financial Express
This was revealed by Pearson’s Global Learner Survey, the findings of which were released last week: DIY mindset is reshaping education: When they have to retrain for work, 42% of learners in the US and 50% in China and India taught themselves using internet. Digital and virtual learning are new normal: Globally, 76% people believe college students will be taking online courses within 10 years, and 78% Indians believe students today have the benefit of using technology to support their learning. Lifelong learning is the new reality: Globally, there is wide agreement that people need to keep learning throughout their career to stay up-to-date in their careers—today, 60% of Indians believe that the world is shifting to a model where people participate in education over a lifetime.

https://www.financialexpress.com/education-2/new-study-towards-a-do-it-yourself-learning-style/1714218/

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Swiss University Fights Fake Diplomas with Blockchain Technology

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Joeri Cant, CoinTelegraph

According to a CNN Money Switzerland interview from Sept. 19, the University of St. Gallen has announced that it is introducing a blockchain-based pilot project to verify the authenticity of its degrees in a matter of seconds rather than several days. The university’s CIO Harald Rotter said: “I saw that it could be necessary and it could be a valid use case to transfer or to make easier to validate our diplomas based on a digital process on blockchain.” The University of St. Gallen has chosen to partner with Swiss blockchain startup BlockFactory and will use its certification solution to create immutable diplomas that are registered on the Ethereum blockchain.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/swiss-university-fights-fake-diplomas-with-blockchain-technology/amp

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Google researchers have reportedly achieved “quantum supremacy”

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

MIT Technology Review

According to a report in the Financial Times, a team of researchers from Google led by John Martinis have demonstrated quantum supremacy for the first time. This is the point at which a quantum computer is shown to be capable of performing a task that’s beyond the reach of even the most powerful conventional supercomputer. According to the Financial Times report, the paper said that Google’s quantum processor was able to perform a calculation in three minutes and 20 seconds that would take today’s most advanced supercomputer, known as Summit, around 10,000 years.

https://www.technologyreview.com/f/614416/google-researchers-have-reportedly-achieved-quantum-supremacy/

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October 4, 2019

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Student Engagement?

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Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Artificial intelligence is having a huge impact on education, transforming the sector in many positive ways and its impact is growing. In fact, the artificial intelligence sector in the U.S. education market is expected to grow 47.5% between 2017 and 2021 according to the latest market research report by Technavio. Artificial intelligence is changing how teachers are doing their jobs and how students are learning and studying. AI makes personalized learning possible, can assist teachers with curriculum adaptationand streamline administrative tasks. Now, scientists are trying to find out if the technology can be leveraged to measure student engagement.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/can-artificial-intelligence-predict-student-engagement/

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Student Debt and the Class of 2018

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

Institute for College Access and Success

Student Debt and the Class of 2018 is TICAS’ fourteenth annual report on the student loan debt of recent graduates from four-year colleges, documenting changes and variation in student debt across states and colleges. Unless otherwise noted, the figures in this report are only for public and nonprofit colleges because virtually no for-profit colleges report what their graduates owe. Nationally, about two in three (65%) college seniors who graduated from public and private nonprofit colleges in 2018 had student loan debt, the same share as the Class of 2017. Borrowers from the Class of 2018 owed an average of $29,200, a 2 percent increase from the average of $28,650 in 2017.

https://ticas.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/classof2018.pdf

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Report probes colleges’ online recruitment strategies

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

Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
A new study from InsideTrack reveals the outreach strategies several big online players in higher education use to recruit prospective students to their programs.  Colleges reached out to prospective students an average of 16 times, according to an analysis of 20 institutions. Most sent emails and made phone calls, while only four schools sent text messages.  Eleven schools touted the “flexibility of their online programs” during their first “meeting” with prospects, while eight spoke of their “high level of support” and seven of their accelerated schedule options.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-probes-colleges-online-recruitment-strategies/563320/

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October 3, 2019

Student Debt Levels Rise, but More Slowly

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By Elin Johnson, Inside Higher Ed

Last year’s bachelor’s degree graduates had $29,200 in cumulative student debt, 2 percent more than their peers the year before. That represents a slight slowing in the rate of borrowing, as the average debt level for borrowers rose at a steady average of 4 percent a year between 1996 and 2012 and slowed after that between 2012 and 2016 before reaching the 2 percent it rests at now.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/09/20/report-shows-growth-student-debt-slowing

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Cyberwar Is Here: Are You Ready?

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

Chloe Albanesius Icon, PC Mag
The US government now has the authority to unleash on its enemies some of the most powerful cyber weapons at its disposal. But what do our adversaries have planned for us? Financial organizations are a top target of ransomware campaigns; of those networks hit by ransomware file encryption in North America between January and June 2019, 38 percent were in the finance and insurance sector, followed by education at 37 percent, according to security firm Vectra. Government systems were third at 9 percent; NotPetya ransomware, for example, is thought to be the work of Russia, which wanted to disrupt Ukrainian industries and government sectors but eventually hit industries around the world, resulting in US sanctions.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/370753/cyberwar-is-here-are-you-ready

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Arizona State University Develops the First Adaptive-Learning Degree in Science

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IBL News

Arizona State University (ASU) announced last week that it has developed the world’s first adaptive-learning biology degree, adjusting to its students’ needs in real-time. “We are moving away from mass production to mass personalization,” said Dale Johnson, director of adaptive-learning initiatives with EdPlus at ASU. “We used to teach everyone the same thing at the same time. Now, we’re connecting the right student to the right lesson. We are changing the structure of higher education from static to dynamic,” he added.

https://iblnews.org/asu-transforms-undergraduate-science-education-developing-the-first-adaptive-learning-degree/

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October 2, 2019

IBM’s new 53-qubit quantum computer is the most powerful machine you can use

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

MIT Technology Review
BM’s new computer, due to launch next month, will boast 53 quantum bits, or qubits, the elements that are the secret to quantum machines’ power (see our explainer for a description of qubits and the phenomena that make quantum computers so powerful). Google has a 72-qubit device, but it hasn’t let outsiders run programs on it; IBM’s machine, on the other hand, will be accessible via the cloud. Behind the scenes, there’s a race on to demonstrate quantum supremacy. That’s the point at which a quantum computer can perform a task beyond the reach of even the most powerful conventional supercomputer. Google is rumored to be the closest to achieving this milestone—but hitting it won’t mean the machines will be ready for mainstream use. The task is likely to be a very narrow one, and plenty more work will be needed to create quantum computers capable of tackling a wide range of problems.

https://www.technologyreview.com/f/614346/ibms-new-53-qubit-quantum-computer-is-the-most-powerful-machine-you-can-use/

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What are Digital Credentials and What Do They Mean for Education?

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

Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate
Digital credentials can be found in a variety of places. In educational games, a learner may get a badge after reaching a certain level or mastering a certain skill within the game. In the workforce, a digital badge certifies that a person has taken a professional development course and demonstrated mastery of a set of related skills. In higher education, universities are using digital credentials to give students a head start in acquiring skills for their future careers.  Because of the way they connect the workplace with education, digital credentials are poised to have a profound impact on the way students plan their futures both in and outside of the classroom.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/what-are-digital-credentials-and-what-do-they-mean-for-education/

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Online Professional Development: 3 Ways to Keep Faculty Coming Back for More

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

Campus Technology

Students are back in class, but colleges and universities face another challenge: how to get faculty to come back to class – as students. The faculty development unit of Penn State World Campus was created in 2008 with the goal of getting faculty members to take the one and only course we offered at the time: Essentials of Online Teaching, or OL 2000. But as Penn State’s online offerings have expanded over the years, our faculty development goals have also evolved – from a “one-and-done” approach to a new mission of career-long professional development.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/09/18/online-professional-development-3-ways-to-keep-faculty-coming-back-for-more.aspx

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October 1, 2019

ASU Abandons the Global Freshman Academy Project and Moves Into an Open edX Initiative

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IBL News

Arizona State University (ASU) is abandoning its for-credit MOOC experiment on edX.org, known as Global Freshman Academy, due to low enrollment and completion results. Philip Regier, Dean for Educational Initiatives at ASU, explained, “the university has been focusing its attention on a new online initiative called Earned Admission.” This new project will be hosted on a custom Open edX platform and include high-demand courses [catalog]. The Earned Admission pathway allows any person over 22 years old to gain admission to ASU if they complete four courses and earn a 2.75 GPA. Courses can be taken for credit at a cost of $400 per course.

https://iblnews.org/asu-abandons-the-global-freshman-academy-project-and-moves-into-an-open-edx-initiative/

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A Guide to Digital Credentialing

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Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Over the last several years, the number of universities, educational platforms and other institutions who have gotten into digital credentialing has grown. Digital credentialing may appear to be confusing at first glance. What is a digital badge? Is it different from a digital credential? How do institutions issue digital credentials? Let ́s first take a look at some of the basic terms related to digital credentialing. Digital credentials include digital badges and digital certificates. In general, a digital badge represents an accomplishment that is less demanding in nature than a digital certificate, which is often used to indicate the completion of a course or an exam. An example of a digital badge might be the completion of an informal assessment or watching a video. Here are some of the important steps involved in getting into digital credentialing.

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/a-guide-to-digital-credentialing/

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To keep up with blockchain, colleges look across disciplines

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

By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
As fintech expands, institutions are adding classes in cryptocurrency and digital ledgers to equip students with practical skills. To tap into emerging industries, colleges often have to break through the walls that separate academic disciplines. One of the latest barriers they’re addressing stands between their business and technology programs. The emergence of artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and cryptocurrency is changing how money moves between people and organizations. That’s created a new industry — financial technology, or fintech — around which colleges are being asked to create new curriculum as employers seek hires with these specific skill sets.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/to-keep-up-with-blockchain-colleges-look-across-disciplines/563031/

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September 30, 2019

The numerous benefits of e-learning

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

HR News UK

E-learning demands quality, from both sides. Programs have to deliver knowledge and good learning content, while learners have to have self-discipline, consistency, and determination to learn. The fact that e-learning can be reached anywhere and at any time is probably the biggest advantage. Learners don’t need to travel or move and rent a place in another city or country. With good planning, it’s possible to fit it in the most hectic schedules. It’s also easy on the budget in most cases, which makes it extremely appealing. Another advantage is the possibility to have several, different learning formats.

https://hrnews.co.uk/the-numerous-benefits-of-e-learning/

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Taking IT Way beyond Accessibility: 5 + 4 = 1 Approach

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Thomas Tobin, EDUCAUSE Review

The colleges and universities that are furthest along in their accessibility efforts tend to have IT leaders and staff who share certain practices. They typically chop off the end of the word “accessibility,” focusing their efforts on expanding access, regardless of the ability profiles of their learners.20 They shift their goals away from making content accessible and look instead at making interactions easier to engage in.21 And they have largely moved beyond the mental model of universal design (UD) in the physical environment, which is static, bounded, and predictable—instead designing interactions according to UDL, which sees interactions as dynamic, open, and emergent.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/8/taking-it-way-beyond-accessibility-5-4-1-approach

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Forecasts, FlexchainEdu, and the Promise of Future Horizons

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

Taylor Kendal, EDUCAUSE Review

Berners-Lee’s oft-quoted view of the future-past of the web applies equally well to the higher education ecosystem: its future is so much bigger than its past. I believe that in just a decade, the postsecondary education ecosystem will be both utterly unrecognizable and strikingly familiar. It will consist of bootcamp-university hybrids, algorithm-driven space-sharing agreements, discipline-specific micro-schools, AI-driven instruction/courses, and perhaps most noticeable and widespread, entirely new means of validating the knowledge and skills that such an ecosystem is providing or was meant to provide its students. Yet while surrounding pressures will necessitate some degree of adaptation, this landscape will still be dotted with legacy systems, slow-rotting code, and familiar conversations regarding how we plan to prepare future generations for the ever-changing technological revolution looming just over the horizon.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/8/forecasts-flexchainedu-and-the-promise-of-future-horizons

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