Thursday, July 18, 2024

The Synthetic Professor - Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

The role of the college professor has evolved over the centuries, but several core responsibilities have remained central to the position for many years. The four-part mission of tenure-track faculty at many colleges and universities continues to include teaching, advising, research and service. Emphases among these areas vary with the individual and institution. Now generative AI has arrived on the scene with the ability to assist with most all of the work that a traditional professor does. 

Revolutionizing online education: Chief methodology officer and data science expert shares insight on AI, neural networks, and edtech innovations - Ella Hopkins, Business Insider Africa

Ilnar Shafigullin is an expert in online education and data science, a teacher with more than 10 years of experience, and the author of dozens of scientific papers. He serves as the Director of Methodology at GeekBrains, a leading EdTech company in the CIS, renowned for helping millions of students acquire IT skills. In this interview, Ilnar discusses the challenges faced by students and organizations in the industry, and how he has managed to solve them with the innovative "Developer" program. Furthermore, he provides insight into current trends in EdTech and how neural networks can change the market.

A Guide for Creating an Empathetic Learning Environment - Nancy A. Bellucci, Faculty Focus

Empathy, in course development, refers to an educator’s ability to understand the problems, needs, and desires a group of learners faces through research and inquisition. An inclusive learning environment is one where all students feel academically and intellectually supported, feel a sense of belonging and respect, and do not feel closed off from the rest of their peers. It is, therefore, invaluable to identify ways educators can create an inclusive learning environment while also crafting content that is empathetic to the needs of the diverse nursing student population.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Penn State offering stackable credentials through online learning - Penn State

Penn State is offering for the first time stackable credentials that can be used to earn master’s degrees in engineering, data analytics, information science, artificial intelligence, human resources and psychology. The stackable credentials at Penn State are being offered through 27 graduate-level certificates that can be completed online, through Penn State World Campus. To earn a stackable credential, a student will take courses in sequence to complete a graduate-level certificate of either nine or 12 credits. Some certificates can be completed in a year or less.

Some Community Colleges See Level Funding Despite Lean State Budgets - Sara Weissman, Inside Higher Ed

Despite doom-and-gloom news about lean state budgets and dwindling federal pandemic-relief funds, some community colleges have successfully staved off cuts this budget cycle, to the great relief of campus leaders and advocates. They say these spells of good fortune show growing support for their institutions among state lawmakers. New Jersey state legislators reversed course late last month on a proposed 12 percent cut to the state’s 18 community colleges. The earlier version of the budget put $20 million at risk, a sum added by the state Legislature last year to offset rising employee health-care costs at the colleges. But the final version of the budget, recently signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy, kept funding level with last year.

With AI, we need both competition and safety - Tom Wheeler and Blair Levin, Brookings

Regulatory oversight of AI must encourage collaboration on AI safety without enabling anticompetitive alliances. Regulation must close the gaps in voluntary commitments with an AI safety model that includes a supervised process to develop standards, a market that rewards firms who exceed standards, and ongoing oversight of compliance activities.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Illinois Central College to cut majority of course term lengths in half - Liz Lape, 25 News Peoria

“[It] lets students customize to their learning style and it really helps them think through where they might need a little extra time on task,” Quirk-Bailey said. Swaim said they reviewed studies done at colleges across the country, as well as took student surveys and collected data from ICC, finding that shorter course terms increased student success. “Courses that may have had 80% to the mid-80s percent of a success rate, with eight-week classes, they’re coming out well into the 90% of success rates,” Swaim said.

Role and significance of artificial intelligence in diverse fields - the Statesman

The contemporary era of Artificial Intelligence (AI), has transformed knowledge paradigm and learning trajectory so profoundly that it has become imperative for students of management, commerce, humanities, and liberal arts to garner adequate knowledge and proficiency of such emerging technologies in order to have a competitive edge in their professional pursuits. Dynamic changes in AI applications have made students of such streams increasingly adaptive to new technology tools through a continuous process of skilling, reskilling, and upskilling while embracing an interdisciplinary approach by combining AI knowledge with their existing expertise to become more versatile, efficient, and productive in workplaces.

One in three researchers now using ChatGPT at work: survey - Chris Havergal, Times Higher Ed

Nearly one in three researchers have started using ChatGPT for work purposes, according to a major survey. In a survey of more than 2,200 researchers globally, conducted by academic publisher Elsevier, 31 per cent say that they have used the generative artificial intelligence tool as part of their work. In the Elsevier report, 41 per cent of researchers questioned say that they feel positively about the development of AI tools including generative AI, while 48 per cent say they have mixed feelings, and 10 per cent say they are unsure. Only 1 per cent say that they feel negatively about AI.

Monday, July 15, 2024

My trip to the frontier of AI education - Bill Gates, Gates Notes

In May, I had the chance to visit the First Avenue Elementary School, where they’re pioneering the use of AI education in the classroom. The Newark School District is piloting Khanmigo, an AI-powered tutor and teacher support tool, and I couldn’t wait to see it for myself. I’ve written a lot about Khanmigo on this blog. It was developed by Khan Academy, a terrific partner of the Gates Foundation. And I think Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, is a visionary when it comes to harnessing the power of technology to help kids learn. We’re still in the early days of using AI in classrooms, but what I saw in Newark showed me the incredible potential of the technology.

Morehouse to use AI teaching assistants this fall - Wilborn P. Nobles III, Axios

Morehouse College is planning to use AI teaching assistants to help crack the code of education. Why it matters: Morehouse professor Muhsinah Morris says every professor will have an AI assistant in three to five years. Morris says the technology has taken off in the last 24 months faster than it has in the last 24 years. Meanwhile, baby boomers are leaving the workforce amid national teacher shortages and burnout.
How it works: Morehouse professors will collaborate with technology partner VictoryXR to create virtual 3D spatial avatars. The avatars use OpenAI to have two-way oral conversations with students.

Humane leaders quit to form Fact-Checking Search Engine! - Martin Crowely, AI Tool Report

Following a disastrous launch, with scathing customer reviews, AI Pin company, Humane, has lost two of its key leaders: Strategic Partnerships Lead, Brooke Hartley Moy and Head of Product Engineering, Ken Kocienda, who have left to start their own company–called Infactory–which has nothing to do with AI hardware. Infactory is an AI-powered fact-checking search engine, with a difference. Unlike Google’s AI Overviews, which uses AI to provide information summaries, Infactory uses AI to pull information from a variety of trusted sources (citations included). They are prioritizing quality data over general content sources to ensure answers are accurate and not hallucinogenic.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Higher Education is Indeed a Business, the Business of Student Transformation - Mordecai Ian Brownlee, Diverse Education

When I first became a higher education professional, I remember being told that higher education was not a business. It was a public good, and as such, we don’t serve customers. Instead, we serve learners. Now more than ever, I reflect on that perspective and ask if it is relevant to society’s emerging realities and today’s public perceptions and expectations for higher education.

One-third of US adults have little to no confidence in higher education, poll finds - Natalie Schwartz, Higher Ed Dive

Nearly one-third of U.S. adults, 32%, said they have very little or no confidence in higher education, up from 23% of respondents who said the same last year, according to new research from Gallup and Lumina Foundation. Meanwhile, the share of adults who reported strong confidence in higher education, 36%, stayed the same compared to last year. The percentage of those who said they have only some confidence in higher education dipped from 40% last year to 32% in 2024. The results show adults are increasingly questioning higher education, with the sharpest changes in views among Republicans. Respondents with low faith in colleges frequently cited their belief that the institutions are attempting to “indoctrinate” students, fail to teach students relevant skills and leave graduates struggling to find jobs. 

Student Loan Borrowers Owe $1.6 Trillion. Nearly Half Aren’t Paying. - Stacy Cowley, NY Times

Millions of people are overdue on their federal loans or still have them paused — and court rulings keep upending collection efforts. At the end of March, six months after the hiatus ended, nearly 20 million borrowers were making their payments as scheduled. But almost 19 million were not, leaving their accounts delinquent, in default or still on pause, according to the latest Education Department data. “The nonpayment rate really is emblematic of a system that’s not doing its job,” said Persis Yu, the managing counsel for the Student Borrower Protection Center, an advocacy group.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

How will the rise of AI in the workplace impact liberal arts education? - Danielle McLean, Inside Higher Ed

Experts predict that skills like critical thinking and creativity will be more coveted as artificial intelligence replaces some technical jobs. While robotics in the 1990s replaced many blue-collar jobs, AI will replace jobs that require college degrees, or even graduate degrees like attorney positions, predicted Ray Schroeder, a senior fellow at UPCEA. Schroeder estimates big changes will occur over the next three to four years. “This is really a significant factor in employment and of course, those of us in higher education are monitoring it closely because we want to be able to give our students the skills that will enable them to thrive in this emerging workplace environment,” Schroeder said. 

These free ChatGPT apps will analyze data, copyedit text, and improve productivity - Jeremy Caplan, Fast Company

To use ChatGPT more creatively, you can now pick from thousands of free apps called “GPTs.” Each AI app has a special super power. GPTs can help you create images, diagrams, and videos, or get help with negotiating, designing, or presenting. Read on for my favorites and how to make the most of these Custom GPTs.

Will UBI Solve AI Job Disruption? - Julia McCoy,

In an age of total automation, what if money was considered a basic right to life - a stewardship we all took part in? Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a social welfare concept that’s never been implemented successfully on a wide scale. Could UBI be necessary in an economy not driven by human production, but run by AI? In the next decade, for the FIRST time in history, humans won't have to work to see consistent production occur to fuel consumption. This necessitates a massive change in economics – an entire overhaul. I believe we have to be open to whatever will work best to help humans thrive in the AI age, no matter if it has a stigma attached to it, if it comes from a party we typically disagree with, etc. I've challenged my own viewpoints on many things as I learned about the true history of UBI.

Friday, July 12, 2024

AI at Work Is Here. Now Comes the Hard Part - Microsoft and LinkedIn 2024 Trend Index Annual Report

The data is in: 2024 is the year AI at work gets real. Use of generative AI has nearly doubled in the last six months,1 with 75% of global knowledge workers using it. And employees, struggling under the pace and volume of work, are bringing their own AI to work. While leaders agree AI is a business imperative, many believe their organization lacks a plan and vision to go from individual impact to applying AI to drive the bottom line. The pressure to show immediate ROI is making leaders inert, even in the face of AI inevitability.

The rise of flexible online MBA programs - Maclean's

Thinking about an MBA but worried it won’t fit into your busy schedule? The rise of online programs means you can get a quality education without sacrificing flexibility. The recent rise in hybrid and remote workspaces has affirmed that communicating online can be just as productive as in-person interactions. This shift in perception has helped fuel an influx of online options for prospective MBA students in which the quality of education is consistent across both delivery methods. But that doesn’t necessarily make the choice easy. To determine which will provide the most fulfilling experience, students should weigh the benefits of each against their life circumstances and learning preferences.

Nord Anglia Education sees record levels of online learning amongst students and teachers - Nord Anglia

Leading international schools organisation Nord Anglia Education released its latest edtech analysis today showing record-breaking engagement in the first six months of 2024 on its online learning platforms for students and teachers. Online learning surges by 79% amongst students. January to June 2024 has seen more Nord Anglia students than ever use Global Campus—its online learning platform. For the first six months of 2024, there were 913,379 views and 22,752 posts on Global Campus. This represents a 79% increase in views and a 33% increase in posts compared to the same period for 2023.