Saturday, May 25, 2024

Microcredentials - Nova Scotia, CA

In today's competitive job market, staying ahead requires continuous learning and skill development. Nova Scotia Microcredentials offer you a flexible, affordable and quicker path to gaining valuable skills and credentials. Microcredentials are short, focused courses designed to develop a specific skill or competency. Unlike traditional degrees, they offer targeted learning, allowing you to gain relevant skills quickly. Microcredentials are developed in collaboration with employers and industry experts to ensure that you're learning skills that are directly applicable to Nova Scotia workforce needs. 

Baby Boomers to Zoomers: How Each Generation Prefers to Learn - Energy WorldNet

In today’s workforce, as many as 60+ years or 3+ generations may separate the youngest employee from the oldest in any given company. Each new generation experiences unique changes to societal norms, historical events, and technological advancements. You might be wondering, “Am I using training methods that are effective for my audience?” Certainly, being aware of a generation’s preferences will help you reach or engage large audiences that include multiple age groups. But while this blog post highlights the learning preferences of each generation, you should still keep one thing in mind: Everyone is unique and may have preferences outside their generation’s norm. For example, factors like culture and access to technology affect how an individual prefers to learn.

Majority of Humans Fooled by GPT-4 in Turing Test: THIS IS PRETTY HUGE - NOOR AL-SIBAI, the Byte

OpenAI's GPT-4 is so lifelike, it can apparently trick more than 50 percent of human test subjects into thinking they're talking to a person. In a new paper, cognitive science researchers from the University of California San Diego found that more than half the time, people mistook writing from GPT-4 as having been written by a flesh-and-blood human. In other words, the large language model (LLM) passes the Turing test with flying colors. The researchers performed a simple experiment: they asked roughly 500 people to have five-minute text-based conversations with either a human or a chatbot built on GPT-4. They then asked the subjects if they thought they'd been conversing with a person or an AI.

Friday, May 24, 2024

It’s Time to Believe the AI Hype - Steven Levy, Wired

Some pundits suggest generative AI stopped getting smarter. The explosive demos from OpenAI and Google that started the week show there’s plenty more disruption to come. OpenAI, denying rumors that it would unveil either an AI-powered search product or its next-generation model GPT-5, instead announced something different, but nonetheless eye-popping, on Monday. It was a new flagship model called GPT-4o, to be made available for free, which uses input and output in various modes—text, speech, vision—for disturbingly natural interaction with humans.

Why You Shouldn't Leave Boomers And Gen-X Out Of Your Upskilling Strategy - Diane Bartoli, Forbes

Experienced workers are often used to learning taking place in a classroom. However, with online learning increasing in popularity for employer-sponsored education programs, it's important to utilize an approach that couples online learning with both hands-on experience and peer-to-peer education to most effectively upskill these employees. My company recently conducted a study of 2,000 employees in the United States and found that upskilling is at the forefront of employees’ minds. 
• 77% are interested in developing new skills or pursuing additional education.

• 55% are feeling pressured to stay competitive in their industry.

• 68% wish their employer offered more opportunities to take their career to the next level.

The Future of Nursing Education is a Flexible Approach for Working Professionals - Clifton French, Michiana

Nursing education is changing fast. The days of nurses only learning in classrooms are over. Now, online education is opening new doors. This flexibility is especially good for working nurses. These programs are of great benefit to working professionals across the country for example, AGNP programs available online in Indiana allow people to advance their careers while still working more or less full-time. Whether you want to gain new skills or specialize, options are now at your fingertips with online education programs.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

CleeAI is a different way to search for information using AI -

 CleeAI is an innovative technology platform designed to revolutionize the way businesses interact with artificial intelligence (AI). At its core, CleeAI leverages advanced machine learning algorithms to analyze and interpret vast amounts of data at an unprecedented speed. Since its inception in 2021, CleeAI has rapidly gained traction, serving over 100 businesses across various sectors, including finance, healthcare, and e-commerce. The platform's proprietary algorithms have processed over 500 terabytes of data, demonstrating a remarkable accuracy rate of 98.5% in predictive analytics. This high level of precision has enabled companies to enhance decision-making processes, streamline operations, and significantly improve customer experiences. CleeAI's technology is supported by a robust infrastructure capable of handling over 10,000 data queries per second, ensuring reliable and efficient service delivery.

SAY GOODBYE to Coding Jobs! AGI is Taking Over! (Should You Learn To Code 2024) - the AI Grid, YouTube

So there was a recent clip that I probably should have covered already but I just didn't, because I was busy, but the point is is that there was a discussion about whether or not you should learn to code. Jenson Huang, the Nvidia CEO basically said in a clip that learning to code is pretty much pointless because we're going to be coding in a natural language. I'm going to play the clip, and I'm going to bring up some interesting points that I don't think have been discussed, because my perspective, I believe, is a little bit different. I know that a lot of people who are software developers have been discussing this, but as some that's been paying attention to the AI space, I think I can introduce a fresh narrative.  So take a listen to this and then I'm going to give you all the points on why I think there's a lot more that people aren't thinking about.

Reflect to interact – fostering medical students’ communication through reflection-focused e-learning - Laura Janssen et al, BMC Medical Education

  • Previous research indicates that reflection can foster medical communication competence. However, best practices for embedding reflection in online medical education are missing. This study examined how reflection processes can be promoted and embedded in an e-learning course on physician–patient communication to foster learning. We investigated three differently designed e-learning conditions featuring different proportions of reflection triggers and compared their effects on students’ reflections.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The AI-Augmented Nonteaching Academic in Higher Ed - Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

In the previous edition of Online: Trending Now, we looked at the artificial intelligence (AI) tools and activities of the AI-augmented professor. Yet there are more staff members who support the learning process at most universities than there are those who directly teach the students. Let’s take a look at how AI will facilitate the work of the instructional designers, researchers, administrators and other nonteaching professionals in colleges and universities this fall. This comes in the context of Microsoft and LinkedIn’s 2024 Work Trend Index Report which surveyed some 31,000 people across 31 countries, uncovering rather surprising facts along the way. Bret Kinsella writes in Synthedia: “The report found that 78 percent of knowledge workers bring their own AI (BYOAI) to work.

The effectiveness of microlearning in online education - India Today

Microlearning content can manifest in various formats, including short videos, quizzes, news listicles, infographics, podcasts, or interactive modules. The fundamental principle of microlearning is to deliver information in concise bursts, facilitating easier comprehension and retention for learners. Recent studies have revealed that micro-learning modules are 50 percent more engaging and 20 percent more effective in retaining knowledge compared to conventional learning methods. Microlearning, characterised by delivering small, focused bursts of information to learners, is gaining momentum in the realm of online education for its ability to engage learners and foster knowledge retention.

The Canvas Chatbot: How Northwestern University Built Its Own AI-Enabled Tool: Case Study - Patricia Goldweic and Victoria Getis, EDUCAUSE

A little robot icon in Northwestern purple was embedded in Canvas. Clicking on the icon started the chatbot, which could answer student and instructor questions and point them to key resources. The chatbot increased user engagement with IT support and expanded the user base from being mostly faculty—who submit the majority of learning management system (LMS) support tickets—to include students, who seemed comfortable interacting with a chatbot. Likely because of this, the chatbot did not reduce the number of support requests; in fact, it seemed to increase them. The Canvas chatbot has been a successful experiment in the use of AI-based technology that resulted not only in better support for users—more immediate, and with an increased user base—but also in efficiencies for IT support.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

AI and assessment in higher education - Times Higher Education

No sooner had generative AI ignited fears in universities about risk to assessment practices and academic integrity than academics set to working out how to embrace it to save time and enrich student skills such as critical thinking and analysis. This has required consideration of not only how to use artificial intelligence in university assessment in the future but also a rethink of past exam, assignment and evaluation practices. This diverse collection of resources includes advice on how to engineer prompts, use AI for authentic assessment design, whether to lean into AI-detection tools, how to build digital literacy and AI’s role in developing soft skills in lifelong learning.

How OpenAI’s Sora hurts the creative industries - Nicol Turner Lee and Natasha White, Brookings

OpenAI’s new text-to-video generative AI application, Sora, heightens the risks that generative AI poses to the creative industry. The film industry, in particular, has already been eliminating jobs in tandem with its adoption of AI technology, and Sora’s release could jumpstart this trend. Sora is also resurfacing ongoing questions about how the training of generative AI technology on publicly available media interacts with copyright protections.

Faculty told to prepare for upcoming budget cuts - Ella Gamm, Tufts Daily

Due to budget challenges at the university level, administrators and deans of the Schools of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering have instructed faculty to prepare for budget cutting measures that will aim to address financial challenges forecasted in the fiscal year ahead. Department heads were told in a February meeting that while A&S and the university as a whole are expected to be in a minor budget surplus next year, there is pressure on the university to bolster that surplus in order to support investments in infrastructure and the endowment.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Texas A&M Expanding Initiative Aimed At Curbing Textbook Costs - Texas A&M Today

Efforts aimed at saving Texas A&M University students money on the increasing cost of textbooks are set to expand. The university’s established course affordability efforts are credited with saving students an estimated $1.2 million this academic year by using Libraries-purchased materials as replacements for traditional textbooks.  Texas A&M University Libraries recently hired Jennifer Pate to build on that success to create an even greater impact through OpenEd, a program launched at the start of 2023-2024 school year using funds from the Office of the Provost. “I’m thrilled to join a library system and a university focused on student success,” said Pate, who has considerable experience with open educational materials, most recently spearheading efforts at the University of Northern Alabama.

AI: a rising force in higher education - Sophie Knight, Daily UW

Called "GPT 4o." (The "o" stands for "omni"), this new flagship model was designed, the company said, to "reason" across audio, vision, and text in real time. OpenAI also announced the release of the desktop version of ChatGPT, and a refreshed UI designed to make it simpler to use and more natural. The new iteration was designed to accept as input any combination of text, audio, and image, and to generate any combination of text, audio, and image outputs. In a blog post, the company said it can respond to audio inputs in as little as 232 milliseconds, with an average of 320 milliseconds, "which is similar to human response time in a conversation."

Purdue Global to expand AI learning capabilities with launch of Learning Assistant - Purdue

Purdue Global professor Melissa Bahle welcomed a new teaching assistant to her composition classes this spring, helping field questions and providing answers while she is leading online classes. The assistant’s name: Purdue Global Learning Assistant (PGLA), a new conversational AI tool designed to help students navigate and understand course resources and policies. Bahle is a professor in Purdue Global’s Department of English and Rhetoric who teaches two sections of CM 107 (College Composition I), each with 28 students enrolled. “I think PGLA is a wonderful addition to the class,” she said. “I have noticed fewer course navigation questions. So far, PGLA seems to work well for questions related to finding materials in the course, providing information and links about APA formatting, and helping students connect with the Academic Success Center.”

Sunday, May 19, 2024

OTT hails ‘new era of online learning’ as AI drives creation of courses - Samantha Mayling, Travel Weekly

Online Travel Training (OTT) says it is “ushering in a new era of online learning” with the use of artificial intelligence to help create courses over the past year. The training provider said AI ensures that the courses maintain the “unique voice” of each partner and mark a “significant” advance in online learning. The OTT platform uses AI to streamline the development of courses – with experienced production staff at the company overseeing the process to ensure quality. Julia Feuell, chief executive at OTT, said: “At OTT, we recognise the importance of authenticity.

2024 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report | Teaching and Learning Edition - EDUCAUSE

This report profiles the trends and key technologies and practices shaping the future of teaching and learning, and envisions a number of scenarios for that future. It is based on the perspectives and expertise of a global panel of leaders from across the higher education landscape.

6 Continuous Learning Skills Companies Seek In 2024 Applicants For High-Salaried Positions - Bryan Robinson, Forbes

What is a continuous learning culture? According to John Baker, a strong learning culture builds high-performing team and organizational cultures. Baker, founder and CEO of D2L, told me by email that, “Creating a culture of learning throughout an organization can help employers get the most out of their employees. In turn, a culture of learning increases retention and worker satisfaction. However, this doesn’t mean simply creating training programs and then sitting back to wait for things to improve. A culture of learning means actively making learning a business priority, and CEOs are the ones who need to carry the torch when it comes to creating successful and life-long learners in the workplace.”