Sunday, February 25, 2024

Penn announces first AI undergrad degree in the Ivy League - Skylar Rispens, EdScoop

The University of Pennsylvania introduced a new bachelor's degree program in artificial intelligence, the first in the Ivy League, it claims. The University of Pennsylvania introduced a new bachelor’s degree program in artificial intelligence on Tuesday, making it the first of its kind among Ivy League universities. The university decided to launch the new degree due to the rapid rise of generative AI creating an “urgent need” for engineers who understand the technology and can apply those skills in a responsible and ethical way, according to a press release. “Inventive at its core, Penn excels at the cutting edge,” Penn interim President J. Larry Jameson said in the announcement.

Applying AI—How and Why - Harvard Magazine, Jonathan Shaw

To explore the risks and opportunities, a group of professors and deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has been charged with guiding FAS “strategy and planning regarding AI systems” and making recommendations on needed major investments and policy or process changes. The Artificial Intelligence Systems Working Group Executive Committee began meeting last summer to assess the impacts on pedagogy, academic and research integrity, and administrative innovation. “AI is a game changer,” says Paul professor of the practice of government and technology Latanya Sweeney, who cochairs the committee with FAS dean of administration and finance Scott Jordan.

Is AI Going To Transform Higher Education And How? - Forbes

Western University in Ontario, Canada, appointed Mark Daley, a computer science professor and chief information officer, to the new position of chief AI officer. He is establishing over 30 pilot AI projects, reported The New York Times, including automating financial auditing processes and working with faculty to develop new courses in the humanities. Ethan Mollick, professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has attracted a large Substack following by reporting on his many experiments with generative AI in the classroom. In “The future of education in a world of AI,” Mollick wrote: “Education will be able to adapt to AI far more effectively than other industries, and in ways that will improve both learning and the experience of instructors… Change is coming to classrooms, and I think it is important to focus on a positive vision to help guide [us] through the uncertain times ahead.”

Saturday, February 24, 2024

In the future, you might be "OpenAI-ng it" instead of "Googling it"; rumored web search product - MS Power User

According to a report citing an anonymous source, OpenAI is rumored to be developing a web search product. The details remain unclear, with the possibility of the search tool being integrated within ChatGPT or launched as a standalone product. While OpenAI, who are also hiring investigators to crack down on leakers from inside, has not officially confirmed these plans, their efforts to equip ChatGPT with web browsing capabilities suggest a move towards a knowledge-driven search approach. However, further details and confirmation are still absent.

Improving prison education programs: Experts discuss the expansion of Pell Grants for incarcerated students - Erin Castro, et al; Brookings

Expanding Pell Grant eligibility to incarcerated students will increase higher education access and reduce recidivism. Incarcerated students face substantial administrative barriers to accessing aid. Colleges and departments of corrections should invest in student support services to help students apply for aid and make informed enrollment decisions. Prison education programs should reflect the same high-impact educational practices as degree programs for non-incarcerated students, and their oversight must include student success priorities.

Memory and new controls for ChatGPT - OpenAI

We’re testing memory with ChatGPT. Remembering things you discuss across all chats saves you from having to repeat information and makes future conversations more helpful. You're in control of ChatGPT's memory. You can explicitly tell it to remember something, ask it what it remembers, and tell it to forget conversationally or through settings. You can also turn it off entirely. We are rolling out to a small portion of ChatGPT free and Plus users this week to learn how useful it is. We will share plans for broader roll out soon. As you chat with ChatGPT, you can ask it to remember something specific or let it pick up details itself. ChatGPT’s memory will get better the more you use it and you'll start to notice the improvements over time. 

Friday, February 23, 2024

Parents and Educators Are Somewhat Aware of Non-Degree Pathways for Students, But Many Want to Learn More - Arrman Kyaw, Diverse Education

Less than a third of parents surveyed (28%) said that they would be disappointed if their child did not pursue college after high school, according to a new report commissioned by American Student Assistance (ASA) and Jobs for the Future (JFF). "Beyond Degrees" focuses on investigating people’s views and ideas of non-degree pathways, defined in this context as “non-degree-bearing education-to-career options,” such as apprenticeships, bootcamps, industry certifications, certificate programs, and occupation licenses. Though some of these pathways can ultimately add up to degrees, it is not a requirement for pathways to do so.

Personalized Learning: The Future of E-Learning Platforms - Srikanth, Techiexpert

The evolution of education has taken us from traditional classrooms to the vast, interconnected world of e-learning. But what’s next on this transformative journey? Personalized learning, a concept that tailors the educational experience to the individual needs, preferences, and pace of each learner, is emerging as the beacon of the future in this digital education revolution. This article delves into the significance of personalized learning in e-learning platforms, exploring its benefits, challenges, implementation strategies, and its undeniable role in shaping the future of education.

Employees Are Incredibly Lonely. Use the 40-1-5 Method to Help Build More Connection at Work - Jessica Stillman, Inc.

Being lonely, studies shows, can actually damage your health as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. And experts insist that the growing number of Americans who report having no or very few friends is a huge contributor to our worsening mental health. Loneliness, it turns out, is a serious threat to your health. It's lousy for your business too. CEOs, surveys show, have particularly high levels of lonelienss. And things aren't much better for frontline employees. Surveys show that post pandemic, the number of people claiming to have "work friends" has dropped precipitously. 

Thursday, February 22, 2024

What AI Tools are Instructional Designers Using? by Connie Malamed - Connie Malamed, the e-Learning Coach

I recently posed the following question on LinkedIn, “What AI tools are you exploring and using to do your work?” I asked this because keeping up with the endless influx of new tools is nearly impossible for learning designers. I thought this list could be a starting point for many. It might also be a list of the best AI tools for instructional designers, since these are the tools many are using. While I researched each tool mentioned, I have not personally used all of them myself. I want to thank everyone who provided their input!

Sam Altman Worries AI Could Go "Horribly Wrong" - Frank Landymore, Futurism

Is AI keeping you up at night? Well, you're not alone: Sam Altman, CEO of the multi-billion dollar ChatGPT-developer OpenAI, has been losing sleep over the scary tech, too. At the World Governments Summit in Dubai, Altman, speaking via video call, said he fears that things could go "horribly wrong" with AI — even without any ill intent involved. He suggested that these consequences, if allowed to play out, could be mundane and "subtle." "There's some things in there that are easy to imagine where things really go wrong. And I'm not that interested in the killer robots walking on the street direction of things going wrong," Altman said, as quoted by the Associated Press. "I'm much more interested in the very subtle societal misalignments where we just have these systems out in society and through no particular ill intention, things just go horribly wrong."

Computer Science Course Offerings in High School Spur More Students to Coding Degrees - Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

The study, published as a working paper this month, found that taking a high-quality computer science course in high school increased the chance that the student goes on to major in computer science in college by 10 percentage points, and increased the chance that the student would finish a CS degree program by 5 percentage points. “It’s not surprising in some ways,” says the lead researcher on the study, Jing Liu. “But we need the numbers so we can show it concretely.” Liu, who is an assistant professor of education policy at the University of Maryland at College Park, surmises that taking a class in computer science helps some students overcome popular misconceptions about coding. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

2024 EDUCAUSE AI Landscape Study - Jeney Robert, EDUCAUSE

Acceptable and Responsible Use Policies  Artificial Intelligence (AI)  Data Administration and Management  Data Governance  Digital Literacy  Data Privacy  Faculty Development  Higher Education Transformation  Institutional Management  Organizational Issues, Teaching and Learning  Policy Development  Presidents and Senior Executives  Privacy Policies  Professional Development  Research  Risk Management  Security Policies  Strategic Planning  Student Learning Support  Student Technology Use  Teaching and Learning  Technology Selection

Microsoft hints GPT 5 could decypher a 3000-year-old language that has never been understood - MS Power User

Microsoft hints that the GPT-5 language model might decipher Linear A, an ancient undeciphered script. No official confirmation; success is not guaranteed due to the complexity of the task. GPT-5’s involvement could still aid research in identifying patterns in the script. Linear A is an undeciphered writing system used by the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, dating back to around 1800-1450 BC. It remains one of the biggest linguistic mysteries of the ancient world. This comes after Mikhail Parakhin, CEO of Advertising & Web Services at Microsoft, tweeted about the potential of GPT 5, which was rumored to be released by the end of 2023. His tweet suggests that GPT-4, the current version of the model, is not yet powerful enough to crack the code of Linear A.

Indiana proposal to overhaul tenure moves forward - Laura Spitalniak, Higher Ed Dive

Indiana’s House will soon consider a proposal that would overhaul tenure and mandate that the state’s public colleges detail their diversity, equity and inclusion spending to state lawmakers. The bill would prevent college governing boards from giving tenure to any faculty member who would “subject students to political or ideological views and opinions that are unrelated to the faculty member’s academic discipline.” Tenure would also be tied to whether candidates expose students to works that espouse a variety of ideologies and political views. It would further require colleges to include intellectual diversity in all DEI programming, review tenured professors every five years and establish disciplinary policies for protestors who disrupt other forms of protected speech.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

AI fundamentals among most-needed digital skills, job seekers say - Roberto Torres, CIO Dive

Having a basic grasp on AI sits alongside data analytics and knowledge of popular software platforms as the top 3 digital skills needed to thrive in today’s job market, according to a CompTIA report published Thursday. Morning Consult surveyed 1,000 adults on behalf of the IT trade group.  Two-thirds of job seekers say they are aware of the potential impact of AI on workforce dynamics, a proportion that’s even higher among college graduates. Some job seekers plan to use AI to help them find jobs. Nearly one-third say they’ll leverage AI to enhance resumes or cover letters, while one-quarter will turn to AI to automatically apply for open positions.

Most & Least Educated States in America (2024) - Adam McCann, WalletHub

A good education is a ticket to a better future. Generally, the higher the level of education one completes, the higher their income potential and the lower their chances of unemployment become. Some states are able to provide better quality education than others, though. In this study, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 18 key indicators of a well-educated population: educational attainment, school quality and achievement gaps between genders and races. A separate WalletHub analysis identifies the Most & Least Educated Cities.

How to become a better leader -McKinsey

The best leaders never stop learning. According to the authors of CEO Excellence, McKinsey’s bestselling 2022 book based on 67 interviews with the world’s highest-performing leaders, the curiosity mindset is what fuels top leaders’ ascent. “They were willing to try new things and in doing that gained experience,” says McKinsey senior partner Scott Keller. “With experience comes pattern recognition and resilience, the ability to separate yourself from individual setbacks enough to see that the far side of failure is success if you reflect on the lessons.” In this Explainers collection, we dive deep into how leaders—today’s and tomorrow’s—can jump-start their journeys of discovery.

Monday, February 19, 2024

An intelligent approach to how AI is changing science - Sibel Erduran, University World News

Students need to be exposed to the AI agenda earlier in their education so that a thoughtful transition can happen from secondary to tertiary education. Much responsibility falls on the shoulders of school and university leaders when it comes to developing an ecosystem of education that supports students, teachers and instructors in enacting a coherent vision. In short, AI is revolutionising not only educational tools but also how science itself is done. We need to ensure that we apply educational intelligence to dealing with its ramifications for raising the future generations of scientists.

AI will change the quality, accessibility of digital education: Coursera CEO - Economic Times

Access to digital education will be a gamechanger in unlocking India’s economic potential as generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) could provide a unique advantage for people here, Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of edtech platform Coursera, said on Friday. There is a huge reskilling opportunity for generative AI, which can close the gap between average and high performers, and reshape the world to make it a more equal place, Maggioncalda said. “For this to happen, people need access to education,” he added.

Burnout, Excessive Workloads Plague Teaching and Learning Workforce in Higher Ed - Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Increasing workloads are taking a toll on mental health and morale among teaching and learning professionals in higher education, according to a new Educause survey. Nearly two-thirds of overall respondents (65%) reported having an excessive workload — and the higher the position level, the greater the workload. Eighty-four percent of C-level executives and assistant or associate VPs called their workload excessive, followed by 73% of directors and 71% of managers. For its 2024 "Teaching and Learning Workforce in Higher Education" report, Educause polled 1,001 teaching and learning professionals from an array of position areas and levels to explore trends and issues in that segment of the higher ed workforce.