Sunday, December 9, 2018

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

Six Takeaways on How Young Adults Find Good Jobs - Martha Ross & Nicole Bateman, Brookings

Linked below are six key findings from our recent report, in which we focused on employment and job quality at age 29. Although there is no one age that signifies “adulthood,” by age 29 people have had sufficient time to finish high school, enroll in and complete college or training, perhaps have a few detours along the way, and settle into a job that provides financial security.

Quantum computing, not AI, will define our future - 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.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Internet of Learning - Charlatan

According to “Online and Distance Capacity of Canadian Universities,” a 2015 study commissioned by Global Affairs Canada, 361,000 members—nearly 30 per cent of the student population in Canada —took online courses in 2015. Currently, in Canada, there are around 10 major institutions that are widely recognized either as online universities or universities that offer well-recognized online degree programs. Some, such as Athabasca University and Thompson Rivers University, are predominantly online, whereas other schools such as Laurentian University and McGill University are more traditional universities but offer online degrees.

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

Reach of the and Open edX Platform In Numbers - 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.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Online EMBA Developed With Microsoft For The Busy Working Professional - 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.

The Future Of Learning? Well, It's Personal - 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).

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

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Harvard researchers want to school Congress about AI - 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.

More colleges are using the blockchain for student records - 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.

4 Ways Machine Learning Can Improve Online Education - Learndash

Any year now, machine learning is poised to take online education by storm. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, machine learning is a form of artificial intelligence that helps computer systems analyze data sets while performing certain tasks, and then gradually improve performance based on that data feedback without need for further programming.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Who's Taking Nondegree Courses -- and Why? - Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed

Most students enrolled in nondegree online programs already have degrees, and a minority actually want a credential, new data show. Alternative credentials pose an increasing threat to the supremacy of the traditional degree as the key that unlocks a career path. But available options and student preferences haven’t solidified, and they’re evolving so quickly that it can be difficult to keep track of the increasingly convoluted market. A new report published last month by two researchers from Columbia University's Teachers College aims to ground discussions of the nondegree landscape in some numbers rather than the speculation and hyperbole that often surrounds it.

UM System wants 25,000 enrollment boost by 2023, says e-learning is key - KYLE LAHUCIK, Columbia Missourian

The University of Missouri System hopes for a 25,000-student enrollment surge over the next five years thanks to an online learning revamp it began planning this fall. That would put total enrollment at 100,000 students in 2023. The e-learning program will enhance current system capabilities to tap into an underserved population in Missouri and surrounding states, leaders briefed the UM System Board of Curators on Thursday in St. Louis.

Udemy and the Empire of Skills - Michael Bernick, Forbes

Earlier this year, we looked at the new upskilling approaches at two of the leading Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Coursera and Udacity. Now it is time to turn to a third online education giant, Udemy, and its empire of skills, and hear from Udemy CEO Kevin Johnson. Udemy is the most market-based of the online giants, in that it eschews the traditional education gatekeepers. It encourages individuals to develop courses without regard to where they might have gone to school or taught, and allows the market to determine value. It focuses on skills, far more than certifications or degrees. As of October 2018, Udemy had over 24 million registered users since the site launched in 2010, with over 80,000 courses posted on the site, by 35,000 instructors.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

People who make time for this at work are 21% more likely to be happy than those who don't - Kerri Anne Renzulli, CNBC

Taking time at work to focus on mastering a new skill, learning a new software program or tool, or even just reading widely about your industry can do wonders for you mentally — as well as professionally. New research conducted by LinkedIn found that the best way to ensure that you're happy at your job is to spend more time learning. Among the professionals surveyed, those who were "heavy" learners — devoting more than five hours a week to things like reading, taking classes and watching online courses — reported being happier, less stressed, more productive and more confident than those who spent less time learning.

Online program helps prevent teen depression: UIC study shows potential of web-based intervention - MONIKA MARKO AND TJ CRAWFORD, UIC

Although up to 20 percent of adolescents experience a depressive episode each year, the medical community has struggled to implement programs that effectively prevent depression. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have worked to fill this gap in pediatric primary care by conducting clinical trials to evaluate and compare interventions. A new study published in JAMA Network Open highlights the positive effect of one web-based intervention, called CATCH-IT, on preventing depressive episodes among adolescents most at risk.

How to Build an Online Learning Program Students Crave and Employers Want - Wendy McMahon, EdSurge

Real world problems are exciting to solve but devilishly hard to assess, especially when there are many students involved. Yet that’s just the approach that Mark Schneider is helping lead at NAIT, a 40,000-student polytechnic school that offers one of Canada’s biggest apprenticeship programs. What’s made the work possible, Schneider says, is a special combination of online learning tools that is helping NAIT educate students so they are prepared for the complexities and responsibilities of real world situations from the day they graduate. Schneider, an Educational Technology Specialist at NAIT, sat down with EdSurge to share the top lessons he’s learned as he’s built NAIT’s online learning offerings over the past five years—including why delivering the kind of education that students crave is helping NAIT produce the kinds of graduates that employers want.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Gamification Vs. Game-Based Learning - ATD

Gamification is more than a buzzword; it is a trend that is shaping how content providers connect with users and keep them engaged in the long-term. In the world of e-learning, people use game mechanics and game design elements to create a new learning experience adapted to the expectations of today's learners. These game mechanics are typically found in video games to make the whole process fun, engaging, and social. Game-based learning is often confused with gamification. Game-based learning is about acquiring new knowledge and applying new concepts by playing games. Some companies develop mobile or desktop-based games for training purposes. These games are typically simulations of situations learners will encounter in the workplace. For instance, a game that requires learners to play through scenarios where they have to choose from different dialogue options to achieve a desired outcome can improve customer relations skills.

'AI for everyone': Coursera tackles training for the nontechnical - Hallie Busta Alex Hickey, Education Dive

In a move to democratize artificial intelligence (AI), Coursera co-founder and AI expert Andrew Ng announced an "AI for Everyone" program for nontechnical business leaders, coming to the online learning platform in early 2019.  Engineers and data scientists might handle the technical details of AI, but business leaders also need to understand application opportunities for machine learning and deep learning in their organizations, as well as what the technology can't do, Ng wrote in the announcement. The course will help nontechnical leaders build "a sustainable AI strategy" and serve as a resource for technical employees to suggest to managers to promote understanding of the technology. Domain experts and engineers are critical to harnessing the potential of AI. But the industry also needs millions of business leaders, managers, sales and marketing professionals, financiers and designers that can apply AI in their communities and businesses, Ng said.

‘Learn with Facebook’ is the company’s new online learning portal - Shereesa Moodley, Memeburn

Dubbed Learn with Facebook, the company describes the platform as “a career development site that provides an introduction to both the hard and soft skills people need to advance in today’s digital workforce”. The lessons, which feature “case studies, insider tips and resources from industry experts”, are free to access online and include topics such as Ace Your Interview and Manage Your Content Marketing.