Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Creating educational pathways for development professionals - Michael M. Crow, Devez

For the first time in history, technological advances in online educational delivery and personalized learning have made cost-effective, high-scale teaching and learning possible, creating the opportunity for democratic and inclusive educational pathways. We can usher in an era of universal learning that serves learners from all socioeconomic backgrounds, at every stage of work and learning, with educational, training, and skill-building opportunities. Through novel institutional models and partnerships that effectively apply new technologies in teaching and learning, we can not only democratize education globally, but also dramatically enhance the effectiveness of development practitioners in emerging countries. https://www.devex.com/news/sponsored/opinion-creating-educational-pathways-for-development-professionals-93393

7 Ways Machine Learning Will Transform The Enterprise - Divyesh Aegis, BCW

We are sure somewhere you also have come across the name of artificial intelligence. The whole world is discussing the power of artificial intelligence and how it will influence humanity either in positive or negative ways. The terms machine language and artificial learning have become the most complex buzzword across the globe. But believe it or not, artificial intelligence is truly a game-changing technology in the field of enterprise learning. Some of the big organizations have actually been taking the full advantage of artificial learning. http://www.businesscomputingworld.co.uk/7-ways-machine-learning-will-transform-the-enterprise/

Ignore AI Fear Factor at Your Peril: A Futurist’s Call for ‘Digital Ethics’ - Doug Black, Enterprise Tech

This time, AI isn’t fooling around. This time, AI is in earnest, and so are its related technologies: robotics, 3-D printing, genomics, machine/deep learning, man-machine interface, IoT, HPC at the edge, quantum – the gamut of new data-driven technologies. In decades past, AI has gotten off to hyped false starts, but not this time, the building blocks are in place for the convergence of data-driven power evolving toward an AI supernova that will bring with it profound changes to human existence over the decades to come. With this expectation has come serious thinking – and worrying – about AI’s potential negative impacts. Naturally, AI investors and developers are going full speed ahead while airily dismissing AI fear as generally baseless. Rarely from within the industry do we hear voices – Elon Musk’s is an exception – calling for controls on AI. https://www.enterprisetech.com/2018/11/03/ignore-the-ai-fear-factor-at-your-peril-a-futurists-call-for-digital-ethics/

Monday, November 19, 2018

Learning for a Lifetime A 100-year life requires a 60-year curriculum - Rovy Branon, Inside Higher Ed

A significant change is that higher education will no longer be seen as the end of the start-of-life phase. While acknowledging that higher education already consists of many different types of institutions serving different ages, even traditional research universities will need to grapple with the implications of maintaining or ending ageist classrooms, changing delivery technologies and shifting expectations for the appropriate life stage in which any one student engages in college. One way to avoid institutional anxiety about increasing longevity is to shun assumptions about universities based on current practice and to look for opportunity. Even before publication of the 100-Year Life, Gary Matkin, dean of the Division of Continuing Education at the University of California, Irvine, coined the term “the 60-year curriculum” as a way of more clearly defining the modern era of lifelong learning. As longevity becomes a more prevalent societal force, the 100-year life will require a 60-year curriculum (60YC). https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2018/11/16/why-longer-lives-require-relevant-accessible-curricula-throughout-long-careers

EdX Studies the Viability of the MicroBachelors New Credential - IBL News

edX Inc. continues analyzing the viability of launching stackable, customizable MicroBachelors’ degrees, which could be priced at $10,000. Anant Agarwal, CEO at the organization, spoke recently about it in a conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper. This is not the first time edX considers this credential, which, if successful, would be adopted by multiple universities. On January 26, IBL News reported about this idea, after the edX organization received a $700,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation.  https://iblnews.org/2018/11/14/edx-studies-the-viability-of-the-microbachelors-new-credential/

Sandel Talks Civic Education and Online Learning at Ed School Forum - Sam E. Sharfstein and Connor J. Wagaman, Harvard Crimson

Government Professor Michael J. Sandel spoke about the importance of civic education Thursday evening at a talk titled “Civic Education Goes Global.” Sandel, a pioneer of and advocate for “massive open online courses,” highlighted the importance of creating a global community of respectful discourse through education.  In the discussion, Sandel said his goal is “to take the distance out of distance learning” and to replicate an engaging classroom experience for online learners. https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/11/2/ed-school-sandel-talk/

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Connecting Data Science to ‘Almost Every Domain of Inquiry’ - Greg Toppo, Inside Higher Ed

The University of California, Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are doing just that, creating entirely new institutions within their campuses to come to terms with the ubiquity of data and the rise of AI -- and to accommodate a surge in popularity that these fields are generating among students and employers. Berkeley on Thursday said it plans to form an entirely new division, to be tentatively called the Division of Data Science and Information, that will engage faculty members and students across the flagship UC campus. The division, officials said, will be led by a new associate provost and connect departments as disparate as UC’s College of Engineering and its College of Letters and Science. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/11/02/big-data-ai-prompt-major-expansions-uc-berkeley-and-mit

Artificial Intelligence Is Not A Technology - Kathleen Walch, Forbes

Artificial intelligence is not a technology. Asking the question whether or not some particular technology is or isn’t AI is missing the point. Artificial intelligence is the journey. It’s the quest for the intelligent machine. All the technologies we’ve developed on the route to that quest are things that are individually useful, but all together, have not yet gotten us to the goal. This is why it’s important to understand that artificial intelligence is not a technology, in much the same way that the Space Race is not a technology.   https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2018/11/01/artificial-intelligence-is-not-a-technology/#2bec67d45dcb

AI Disrupting Labor Ecosystems, Automation to Replace Human Element in Routine and Low-Skilled Jobs by 2030 - Frost and Sullivan

The increasing adoption of AI technology among Australian businesses is expected to disrupt the country’s labor market across industries such as agriculture, automotive, banking/finance, education, healthcare, ICT, and legal services. “AI technology is disrupting and shifting the global labor ecosystem in terms of job shift, skills shift and work engagement trends. We predict more than 40% high-routine and low-skilled tasks to be automated by 2025-2030,” said Mr. Vijay R Rao, Research Director Mobility, Asia-Pacific, Frost & Sullivan. Furthermore, it is likely for hybrid work environment to emerge, where machines handle tedious tasks and leave high-skill functions for humans. https://ww2.frost.com/news/frost-commentary/ai-disrupting-labor-ecosystems-automation-replace-human-element-routine-and-low-skilled-jobs-2030-predicts-frost-sullivan/

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology and Ethics of A.I. - Alina Tugend, NY Times

David Danks, a professor of philosophy and psychology at Carnegie Mellon, just started teaching a class, “A.I, Society and Humanity.” The class is an outgrowth of faculty coming together over the past three years to create shared research projects, he said, because students need to learn from both those who are trained in the technology and those who are trained in asking ethical questions. “The key is to make sure they have the opportunities to really explore the ways technology can have an impact — to think how this will affect people in poorer communities or how it can be abused,” he said.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/education/learning/colleges-grapple-with-teaching-ai.html

Why Higher Education Needs More Chief Innovation Officers - Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Only a quarter of top higher education schools across the country have established Chief Innovation Officer roles, which may leave you wondering if colleges and universities need CIOs. his senior leadership position not only works closely with the university president but must also reach out to all the departments at the campus to foster collaboration, collegiality, and innovation. These outreach activities can include encouraging incubators, identifying funding opportunities for research and scholarship promoting discoveries, and improving the culture and rapport between departments. The Chief Innovation Officer is integral to overall university success by assisting with funding, building collaboration, and promoting innovation. https://www.thetechedvocate.org/why-higher-education-needs-more-chief-innovation-officers/

Robots Won’t Replace Instructors, 2 Penn State Educators Argue. Instead, They’ll Help Them Be ‘More Human.’ - Tina Nazerian, EdSurge

One way professors can use artificial intelligence is to help find new materials to add to their lessons, said Bowen. An instructor can type in a concept or idea, such as “industrial design,” into the tool his team built, called Eureka!, which acts like a recommendation engine. Eureka! uses Wikipedia as a source of information. Once the tool generates results, the instructor can identify which ones are most like what he means by “industrial design” or whichever term he used. Eureka! will then use that information to refine the definition of that original term. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-11-01-robots-won-t-replace-instructors-2-penn-state-educators-argue-instead-they-ll-help-them-be-more-human

Friday, November 16, 2018

How Smart Class Technology is Benefiting Education Sector - Daljeet Kaur, Entrepreneur

The education sector has seen a noticeable increase in educational standards, advancement and innovations in recent years. Schools and other educational institutions have begun to adopt modern teaching methods through interactive intelligent boards, projectors and smart notebooks, etc. And we can not deny, these technological updates make the education system more interactive and easier. Students prefer to use tablets, phones and other devices to share and transfer study material that saves their time and efforts. On the other hand, this smart technology helps teachers to turn boring lectures into an engaging session. It is not just about sharing information but also creating a better online presentation by avoiding the need to write manually. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322587

Why Today's Professionals Are Taking The Career Road Less Traveled - Anant Agarwal, Forbes

edX research found that 29% of Americans ages 25 to 44 have completely changed fields since starting their first job post-college. Zig-zagging is not a phenomenon restricted to new grads, however, and while another study from Deloitte found that 43% of millennials plan to quit their current job within two years, a report from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently cited by JP Morgan Chase & Co. found that job hopping, across all fields and titles, has become a widely accepted characteristic of the modern workforce. https://www.forbes.com/sites/anantagarwal/2018/10/31/why-todays-professionals-are-taking-the-career-road-less-traveled/#6f8bef41466b

Life Is Complicated: Distance Learning Helps - John Hanc, NY Times

Many of these students are traditional age. But for adult students (generally defined as those 25 and over, working full-time jobs or with parenting responsibilities) online education is a particularly attractive option. Citing several studies, Louis Soares, chief learning and innovation officer for the American Council on Education, says that about a third of all adult students — roughly 13 million — are pursuing advanced degrees online. “I think it has given adult students more opportunities,” Mr. Soares said. “If done correctly, online education can create a robust learning experience.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/education/learning/life-is-complicated-distance-learning-helps.html

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The future of work won't be about college degrees, it will be about job skills - Stephane Kasriel, CNBC

According to the survey Freelancing in America 2018, released Wednesday, 93 percent of college-educated freelancers say their skill training is more useful in the work they are doing now than their college training. Sixty-five percent of children entering primary school will end up in jobs that don't yet exist, reveals the World Economic Forum. The result is a proliferation of new, nontraditional education options. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/31/the-future-of-work-wont-be-about-degrees-it-will-be-about-skills.html

Search in a Post Truth Era - Ray Schroeder, Inside Digital Education

The value of Google search increasingly is tarnished as more and more nefarious players have become sophisticated in promulgating their materials on sites that look more like places that we have come to trust. And, of course we are constantly combating sites that install malware and steal information from browsers. This has not gone unnoticed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Danny Hillis, SJ Klein and Travis Rich are developing Underlay -- a new knowledge base. As described at the MIT site, the concept of Underlay is to provide deeper citations of sources in order to better inform users https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/search-post-truth-era

APLU Develops 6-Step Guide for Implementing Adaptive Courseware - David Raths, Campus Technology

Drawing on the experience of eight public universities involved in a multi-year adaptive learning pilot program, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has created a six-step guide for implementing adaptive courseware. APLU hopes to provide colleges and universities with a roadmap that runs from initial planning through scaling up the use of adaptive courseware across a campus. The idea behind adaptive courseware is to provide a personalized digital learning experience for each student. Courses are often delivered in a blended format that includes direct instruction from a professor who is able to tailor his or her own teaching based on student progress data that the adaptive courseware provides. https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/10/29/aplu-develops-6-step-guide-for-implementing-adaptive-courseware.aspx

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Conflicted Views of Technology: A Survey of Faculty Attitudes - Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

The proportion of college instructors who are teaching online and blended courses is growing. So is their support for using technology to deliver instruction. But their belief in the quality and effectiveness of online courses and digital technology isn’t keeping pace. Those are among the findings -- conflicting and confounding, as is often the case -- of Inside Higher Ed’s 2018 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology, published today in partnership with Gallup. Among other highlights of the 2018 survey: Forty-four percent of instructors said they had taught an online course, up from 42 percent last year and 30 percent in 2013. (Thirty-eight percent said they had taught a blended course.) Professors who have taught online overwhelmingly say the experience improved their teaching and made them more likely to experiment with new approaches.  https://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey/survey-faculty-views-technology-explores-online-teaching-oer-assessment

A Survey I’d Like to See: A different question on OER. - Matt Reed, Inside Higher Ed

There’s plenty to chew on in the latest IHE poll about college faculty attitudes about technology, OER, and assessment. (Least surprising finding: skepticism about assessment remains strong.) But at least in the OER section, it strikes me that we need to ask a different question. Anecdotally, several faculty here who’ve adopted OER for their classes have reported pleasant surprise at finding that more students actually do the reading.  That tends to result in better class discussions, for obvious reasons, as well as better student performance on tests and papers. They reported that the difference stems mostly from two factors, one obvious and one surprising.  The obvious one was the elimination of cost as a barrier. The surprising one, at least for me, was that having everything in easy electronic form -- without any DRM hampering access, and sufficiently platform-agnostic that it could be read on almost any device -- made it easier for students to sneak a couple of minutes of reading at a time at work. https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/survey-i%E2%80%99d-see

Don't Panic About GDPR, Colleges Are Told - Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

American colleges and universities that have yet to figure out a plan to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation still have time to act, attendees at Educause's annual conference heard Wednesday. Speaking at a conference session called GDPR: Where Are We Now? Esteban Morin, a lawyer at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, told university IT leaders to “not panic” if they are just starting to develop a plan to ensure their institution is compliant with the E.U. data protection and privacy rules. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/11/01/eu-slow-enforce-new-data-privacy-rules-colleges-told-not-panic-about-lack-compliance