Saturday, September 21, 2019

Keys to an Analytics Future: Governance, Collaboration, and Communication - Betsy Reinitz, EDUCAUSE

Additionally, as analytics initiatives get underway, colleges and universities will need to make decisions about how to allocate resources to sustain and grow analytics. Not everything can be done, and these decisions about what to do and what not to do can be difficult. As one summit presenter, San Cannon, Chief Data Officer at University of Rochester, said, "Everybody gets a say but not everybody gets their way."3 Having all of the appropriate stakeholders participate in that conversation through a governance process is necessary for making resource decisions that ensure the analytics initiative addresses the goals set out for it.

Report: 40% of student success initiatives don't help retention - Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive

Only 60% of student services positively impact student retention, according to a new analysis of more than 1,000 initiatives across 55 colleges from Civitas Learning.  Of the remaining 40% initiatives that had a "neutral impact," however, 15% of participating students saw a lift in their persistence rates.  The news follows recent studies that suggest colleges can make a bigger impact by personalizing their messaging to address students' biggest needs.

For-Profit College Phasing Out Enrollment at Physical Campuses By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed

The Center for Excellence in Higher Education, a for-profit college chain based in Salt Lake City, is halting enrollment of new students at physical locations as it looks to shift to mostly online instruction. "We're going through a reevaluation of what is the right model for delivery of higher education," said Eric Juhlin, the company's CEO. CEHE, which operates Stevens-Henager College and College America, has about 2,100 students

Friday, September 20, 2019

Higher Ed Through a Learning Innovation Lens - Edward J. Moloney and Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

We want to contribute to the advancement of the larger ecosystem of postsecondary education, and of the institutions in which we work, by employing the digital learning expertise that we have on the wide set of challenges that our schools face. We think that IDL has the potential to evolve from a website/newsletter/community that focuses mostly on digital learning topics, to one centered on a digital learning perspective. The language that we think that might help this evolution is that of learning innovation. Connecting the research on learning with how universities are changing is one way to broaden the conversation while also grounding the discussion within the expertise of the existing IDL community.

5G Networks Promise to Make Instructional Technology Better - Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Classroom technology is on the brink of massive change, and it’s a change many educators are eagerly waiting for. The promise of 5G networks brings with it a robustness like nothing we’ve seen before. Internet travel will be faster, and the connections will be more reliable than ever. That’s big news because only two-thirds of schools in the United States consider their internet connections to be fast enough for instructional access. When the internet is down, so is classroom instruction. The next generation of internet connectivity will nearly eliminate dropped connections, regardless of the digital media in use.

From Textbook Rentals to Education Provider - By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Student services company Chegg announced plans last week to acquire the online coding school Thinkful. To investors in the ed-tech space, the deal was not a surprising one -- lots of ed-tech companies have been busy acquiring boot camps of late. Earlier this year, online program management company 2U snapped up Trilogy Education for a cool $750 million, and Zovio (formerly Bridgepoint Education) acquired Fullstack Academy for $17.5 million in cash plus 4.5 million shares of common stock.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Colleges Face Growing International Student-Visa Issues - ALIA WONG, the Atlantic

Amid tightening immigration restrictions, higher-education institutions find themselves swamped with paperwork. After steadily climbing for more than a decade, the number of new international students enrolled at U.S. colleges has declined in recent years. According to survey data collected by the Institute of International Education during the 2016–17 school year, enrollment of these students fell by 3 percent from the previous year. Results from the institute’s 2017–18 survey, the most recent data available, show that it fell again—this time by close to 7 percent.

When the A.I. Professor Leaves, Students Suffer, Study Says - Cade Metz, New York Times

For years, big tech companies have used huge salaries, bonuses and stock packages to lure artificial intelligence experts out of academia. Now, a study released on Friday says that migration has hurt the post-college prospects of students. The study, the first of its kind, was conducted by researchers at the University of Rochester. They found that over the last 15 years, 153 artificial intelligence professors in North American universities left their posts for industry. An additional 68 moved into industry while retaining part-time roles with their universities.

We Desperately Need a Merger between Education and Work - Brandon Busteed, Scientific American

School currently focuses too exclusively on knowledge and not enough on skills.  There’s a pile of evidence about the most effective “education.” Summarized, it points to relationship-rich and work-integrated learning experiences. The most important aspects include working on long-term projects that take a semester or more to complete and having a job or internship where you can apply what you are learning in the classroom. Both experiences double the odds that graduates will be engaged and successful in their work later. And graduates who had an internship during college are twice as likely to have a good job waiting for them upon graduation, too.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Preparing for Tomorrow With Online Professional Development - Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

We are entering the fourth industrial revolution, in which jobs and careers are changing at a dizzying pace. The impact in the working world is profound. Overall in the U.S., the average number of years that an employee stayed with an employer as of last year was 4.2. For most people in this emerging fourth industrial revolution, professional development is not an option; it is a necessity. But that doesn’t mean it should be chore. In fact Mary Shindler, senior program manager on the learning and development team at LinkedIn, says, "Data is showing that team members who engage in learning are found to be happier and feel more satisfied in their careers."

THE VERY HUMAN LANGUAGE OF AI - By Dr Julian Koplin, Pursuit

Artificial intelligence can be convincingly human-like when it writes news or even poetry, but what ethical issues does this raise for the future of AI? The modern world’s advances in artificial intelligence have left many grappling with some profoundly difficult ethical questions. Questions like: if a collision is unavoidable, should a driverless car swerve to hit two elderly women or one young man? A rule-abiding pedestrian or a jaywalking teenager? One blue-collar worker or twelve dogs? AI language models can now finish your sentence (“I think that cats are … more than just a cute animal”) or your paragraph (“They’re also a wonderful source of nutrients.”) They can approximate a news report or a poem.

State Of AI And Machine Learning In 2019 - Louis Columbus, Forbes

In-memory analytics and in-database analytics are the most important to Finance, Marketing, and Sales when it comes to scaling their AI and machine learning modeling and development efforts. R&D’s adoption of AI and machine learning is the fastest of all enterprise departments in 2019. These and many other fascinating insights are from Dresner Advisory Services’6th annual 2019 Data Science and Machine Learning Market Study. The study found that advanced initiatives related to data science and machine learning, including data mining, advanced algorithms, and predictive analytics are ranked the 8th priority among the 37 technologies and initiatives surveyed in the study.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cheating, Inc.: How Writing Papers for American College Students Has Become a Lucrative Profession Overseas - Farah Stockman and Carlos Mureithi, NY Times

Mary Mbugua, a university student in Nyeri, Kenya, went out in search of a job. At first, she tried selling insurance policies, but that only paid on commission and she never sold one. Then she sat behind the reception desk at a hotel, but it ran into financial trouble. Finally, a friend offered to help her break into “academic writing,” a lucrative industry in Kenya that involves doing school assignments online for college students in the United States, Britain and Australia. Ms. Mbugua felt conflicted. “This is cheating,” she said. “But do you have a choice? We have to make money. We have to make a living.”

Six Reasons Why Online Programs are the Future of Education - Costa Rica News

In the future, will having a degree even matter? According to Harvard business school professor Clayton Christensen, half of all traditional colleges are unlikely to even exist in ten years’ time due to the increase of online study. Therefore, it’s becoming clearer to many that the future of education lies in institutions embracing the idea of online learning and online programs. Here are some reasons to support online education as the future of learning.

A Syllabus for Regulating Student Data Privacy? - Emily Bruemmer, Megan Siekkinen, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP - JDSupra

The start of the new school year is approaching and a number of education vendors have already received their homework assignments. U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) recently sent two letters—one to education technology companies (EdTech) and another to data brokers—expressing “concern about the vast amount of data being collected about our nation’s students” and posing a list of questions to which responses were requested by this past Tuesday (September 3). The letters reflect increased legislative concern over the amount of students’ sensitive personal data being retained and sold to third parties without the knowledge of either the students or their parents, particularly where such data is later used for targeted advertising.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Success at Scale: The growth of large-scale online programs - Stephen G. Pelletier, Unbound

In an era when many colleges and universities struggle to meet their enrollment targets, a few institutions have leapfrogged over that calculus by adding large online programs that quickly enroll hundreds—or sometimes thousands—of new students. That kind of success warrants a closer look.  [ed note: This is an especially important and under-reported movement in higher education]

IBM Study: The Skills Gap is Not a Myth, But Can Be Addressed with Real Solutions - Yahoo Finance

In the next three years, as many as 120 million workers in the world's 12 largest economies may need to be retrained or reskilled as a result of AI and intelligent automation, according to a new IBM (NYSE: IBM) Institute for Business Value (IBV) study. In addition, only 41 percent of CEOs surveyed say that they have the people, skills and resources required to execute their business strategies. The study, which includes input from more than 5,670 global executives in 48 countries, points to compounding challenges that require a fundamental shift in how companies meet and manage changing workforce needs throughout all levels of the enterprise.

Teacher, student drew on experience to create mental wellness course at Sask. distance education centre - Bryan Eneas, CBC News

A distance learning centre based in Kenaston, Sask., has developed a course to help its students learn about mental wellness — including their own mental health, and the mental health of those around them. Elaina Guilmette is a teacher at the Sun West Distance Learning Centre who helped design the mental wellness class.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Will AI replace university lecturers? Not if we make it clear why humans matter - Mark Haw, the Guardian

Many UK universities are struggling financially, but there’s one option that is rarely discussed: replacing lecturers with artificial intelligence (AI) machines. This might sound like sci-fi – after all, the lists of occupations vulnerable to AI rarely include teaching, which is still seen as too creative for computers. But a growing database of information harvested from online courses – clickstreams, eye-tracking and even emotion-detection – could make AI lecturers a common feature in the near future.

The numerous benefits of e-learning - 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.

Citing sources: University Libraries serve key role supporting student research - Jill Stockton and McKenna Lambert, Nevada Today

Subject librarians have specific areas of expertise and are trained information literacy experts. They know how to spot fake news and are always available to help students find and verify the credible sources they need for their academic work, or for personal areas of interest. The University Libraries also supports student success by sharing lessons online with students. Librarians have created numerous short online modules that are available through WebCampus in the Canvas “Commons.”