Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Skills Gap Could Cost US Economy $2.5 Trillion Over Next Decade - Paul Wellener, Industry Week

Last week Deloitte’s report, 2018 Skills Gap Study, showed that 2.4 million jobs will likely go unfilled over the next decade. To put that in terms of the monetary effect on the U.S. economy, the study showed that it could jeopardize $454 billion of economic output in 2028 or more than $2.5 trillion over the next decade. Already, manufacturing executives are feeling the impact of the talent shortage and anticipate this skills gap will get up to three times worse over the next three years, largely due to the time required to fill skilled positions: Manufacturers say it takes upwards of three months to fill openings for engineers, researchers, and scientists, and; More than two months to fill positions for skilled production workers; In turn, these vacant positions impact several business areas, notably productivity (51%), growth (47%), customer service (42%) and innovation (43%). https://www.industryweek.com/economy/skills-gap-could-cost-us-economy-25-trillion-over-next-decade

How Much Does a Blockchain Developer Really Make? - 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/

Engaging Students and Faculty with Data for All - 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

Monday, December 10, 2018

A Fantastic 'Breaking News' Filtered Through Higher Ed Anxieties - Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

It is not that much of stretch to think of the future of universities through the lens of the newspaper industry. All of us are wondering how traditional residential institutions will navigate the digitally enabled shift to online and low-residency learning. Are residential campuses analogous to print newspapers? Is online learning analogous to news websites and apps? What we learn in Breaking News is that the smart people working in the newspaper industry did not see the digital disruption coming, and even when they understood the implications of digital they were unable to find a new economic model to replace the old one. https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/fantastic-breaking-news-filtered-through-higher-ed-anxieties

Five ways AI will enable lifelong learning and transform the workplace - Oliver Barber, Training Journal

Beyond the tabloid hyperbole, it is important to recognise that artificial intelligence-driven automation means that the pace at which workers’ skills and knowledge will become obsolete is going to accelerate. As a result, 'always-on' continuous learning will become increasingly critical. There is an air of serendipity in the fact that, while artificial intelligence is the root cause of this disruption, it is also the solution for navigating it. Here are five critical ways in which AI will provide the enabling technology to make lifelong career learning a working reality: https://www.trainingjournal.com/articles/features/five-ways-ai-will-enable-lifelong-learning-and-transform-workplace

Here's where the jobs are — in one chart - Thomas Franck, CNBC

CNBC studied the net changes by industry for November jobs based on the data from the Labor Department contained in the jobs report released Friday. The U.S. economy added 155,000 jobs last month, fewer than the 198,000 estimated increase from economists polled by Refinitiv, according to the report. Health care and education, which combines everything from outpatient care and social assistance to teachers and professors, posted a net change of 34,000 jobs in November after topping charts in October with 44,000 jobs. The business and professional services sector — which includes lawyers, consultants and accountants — added 32,000 jobs. The industry has added 561,000 jobs over the year. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/07/heres-where-the-jobs-are--in-one-chart.html

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

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.  https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2018/11/14/six-takeaways-on-how-young-adults-find-good-jobs/

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

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. http://charlatan.ca/2018/11/the-internet-of-learning/

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. 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

Reach of the edX.org 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. https://iblnews.org/2018/11/18/reach-of-the-edx-org-and-open-edx-platform-in-numbers/

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

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

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

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

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

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. https://www.learndash.com/4-ways-machine-learning-can-improve-online-education/

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. https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/11/14/micromasters-and-specialization-programs-draw-mature-students

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. https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/higher_education/um-system-wants-enrollment-boost-by-says-e-learning-is/article_69ced8b6-e91e-11e8-b1dd-4f2247e4df90.html

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. https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelbernick/2018/11/14/udemy-and-the-empire-of-skills/