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Our digital future 10: Cognitive courseware

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Cognitive technologies can be defined as artificial intelligence tools that perform tasks that were once the sole preserve of humans. Examples of cognitive technologies include computer vision , deep learning, natural language processing , speech recognition, and humanised robotics.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

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More than two decades ago, when I was hired at Stevens Institute of Technology, as dean of web-based distance learning—a quaint title for what is now known as online learning—few tools were available to help faculty migrate their on-campus courses online. Looking back now, here are my picks for what have emerged as the most influential tools for online learning that have helped bring digital education from an experiment to a mainstream practice.

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The Greatest EdTech Generation Ever – LIVE Blog of Justin Reich’s Keynote

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To begin, Justin starts by talking about the power of Rainbow Loom – one of the greatest tools of recent years to get kids excited about creativity. As a researcher, Justin has been carrying this concept into his work with MOOCs.

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Disruptive technologies in Education industry

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A full suite solution like EdSense seamlessly combines project based learning with robotics, math lab, soft skills lab, AR/VR Lab, programming, design thinking tools and proper maintenance support.

‘Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning

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He’s credited with co-teaching the first MOOC in 2008, introduced the theory of “connectivism”—the idea that knowledge is distributed across digital networks—and spearheaded research projects about the role of data and analytics in education. He’s worried that, rather than advancing our human potential, many edtech companies and universities are perpetuating the status quo. Rise of the robots Siemens has both an academic and an industry perspective on digital learning.

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” Some of these experimental sites included MOOCs and coding bootcamps. Via The Verge : “US denies visas to Afghanistan ’s all-girl robotics team.” Via The Washington Post : “SEC settles fraud charges against defunct for-profit college company ITT.” Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill follows up on the Edsurge article with his own analysis : “ MOOCs Now Focused on Paid Certificates and OPM Market.”

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms.

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” At least the e-cigarette company (which targets teens) offers a social-emotional learning curriculum, right? Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the credential section below. Via Class Central : “Analysis of 450 MOOC -Based Microcredentials Reveals Many Options But Little Consistency.” I mean, clearly the company has a strong grasp on the politics of information.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Tom Webster, the VP of strategy at the market research firm Edison Research, argued that the report should be viewed as “an extremely effective piece of content marketing,” pointing to the number of slides that cite data about or by a portfolio company of Meeker’s employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Smith Caulfield. “Why are there 72 slides about gaming, from a company invested in EA, Zynga, Mobcrush, and Magic Leap?”

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). A glimpse : “In China ’s Silicon Valley, Edtech Starts at the ‘MOOC Times Building’ ” Via Class Central : “By The Numbers: MOOCs in 2018.” ” Via Real Clear Education : “ Coding Bootcamps Provide High-Demand Tools for New Generation Workforce.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. It’s like the MOOC crap all over again.

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The move comes after criticism from government watchdogs who warned of financial entanglements with private companies vying for millions in GI Bill tuition.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs are dead , according to Udacity ’s VP. ” Never one to let a good MOOC story pass them by, Edsurge repeats the story. “MOOCs Are ”Dead.“ “ Can VR be a tool for inspiring empathy in higher ed?

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” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ For-Profit Companies With the Highest Enrollments at Their Colleges, Fall 2016.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep hyping that MOOC thing. Via Edsurge : “ MOOCs Are No Longer Massive. ” Via Class Central : “Class Central’s Top 50 MOOCs of All Time (2018 edition).” “ Can an Online Tool Depolarize Campus Discussions?

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Class Central : “ MOOCs May Still Be Reshaping Higher Education, Just Not In the Way That Was Initially Predicted.” There’s more MOOC news in the contests and competition section below. Actually it’s Trilogy Education’s bootcamp , as the UO is outsourcing instruction to this company. Companies Should Know About Asia’s Edtech Market.”

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019,” says Edsurge. There’s more MOOC news down in the “labor and management” section below, perhaps prompting another question that Edsurge doesn’t think to ask: “How viable are these companies that are being used to outsource and privatize online higher education?”

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” One huge problem with the new mobile version of the FAFSA : you can’t use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on it. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The New York Times : “This Company Keeps Lies About Sandy Hook on the Web.” ” “This company” is Wordpress.com. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Techcrunch : “This happy robot helps kids with autism.”

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” I’ll be adding student loan company Quiklo to the ed-tech dead pool. Via Campus Technology : “Digital credentials company Credly is adopting the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL), a common markup language designed to improve discoverability of certifications, badges and other verified achievements. MOOCs are out. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “ Robots will replace teachers by 2027 ,” Futurism predicts.

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Here are the education technology companies that have raised money from ISPs. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Why Haven’t MOOCs Eliminated Any Professors?” I’d totally forgotten that Zynga was still a thing, but apparently the company has enough money to subsidize gaming courses. Here’s a look, from Edsurge , at the company’s involvement in education, so that’s just swell.).

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Via the AP: “A new federal lawsuit by Pennsylvania ’s attorney general says the nation’s largest student loan company engaged in abusive practices that have cost borrowers billions of dollars.” ” The largest student loan company is Navient. In the future, you might want to look for most MOOC-related news in the “business of job training” section below. She’s an investor in a company that targets that group.)

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). To borrow from Jello Biaffra, “MOOCs aren’t dead, they just deserve to die.” ” From Edsurge : “How Blockbuster MOOCs Could Shape the Future of Teaching.” ” There’s more MOOC-related news in the nanodegree section below. Via The MIT Technology Review : “ School lockdowns are so prevalent that companies are making apps to help teachers manage them.”

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Via Marketwatch : “One company will now handle close to half of all student-loan payments.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). The 74 interviewed Sal Khan on personalized learning and his goal to create a “ global diploma ,” which he says his company can “uniquely” do. ” The Verge profiles Digital Ally , a company that makes police body cameras and soon, a new “conducted electrical weapon.”

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” (I’m including this here because all of these entities – Kushner’s family, the companies he received loans from – have education investments too.). ” (Learndirect is a job training company that has a major contract with the UK government.). ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOC news is now much more often “job training” news, so there’s more on MOOCs in that section below.

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Via Forbes : “The Startup President: How France ’s Macron Nearly Built An EdTech Company.” ” Ed-tech: where you don’t need an actual product idea for a company, and you can incubate your neoliberalism anyway. But they’re connected to the new Woz U and a web of for-profit companies – raising questions of conflict of interest and legal compliance.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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SoFi is the ed-tech company that has raised the most venture capital. And more on who’s buying student loan companies in the “business of ed-tech” section below. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The GW Hatchet : “Oversight of online learning programs lacking in some schools, report finds.” More MOOC job changes: Techcrunch reports that “ Coursera ’s chief product officer just left to become a VC.”

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The IRS data retrieval tool that let financial aid applicants automatically import income information into the FAFSA won’t be restored for the current aid cycle, said James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, in written testimony to Congress Wednesday.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Brown University joins edX. Not sure why this is called a MOOC.

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“Researchers say removal of an IRS tool for financial aid applicants may have slowed FAFSA submissions, while college aid groups warn that affected students could already be losing out on aid,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via the Coursera blog : “New mobile features: Transcripts, notes, and reminders.” Via Desmos : “The Desmos Geometry Tool.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Via Education Week : “ DeVos-Backed Company Makes Questionable Claims on Autism , ADHD.” ” “Betsy DeVos Won’t Shed Stake in Biofeedback Company , Filings Show,” The New York Times reports. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix – and LinkedIn.” “Can robotics teach problem solving to students?”

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Via Education Week : “ FCC Chair Moves to Block E-Rate Funds for Companies Deemed ‘Security Risk’ ” (State and Local) Education Politics. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “The MOOC is not dead, but maybe it should be,” says Rolin Moe. Via The MIT Technology Review : “ MIT severs ties to company promoting fatal brain uploading.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). In related MOOC news, there's more on “ nanodegrees ” in the “credentialing” section below. ” “ Zynga ’s Headquarters Is Worth More Than The Actual Company.”

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awards debt collection contract to company with ties to DeVos.” ” Via Buzzfeed : “Here’s How A Student Loan Debt Relief Company Preyed On Its Customers.” ” The company: the Student Loan Assistance Center. But that’s what happened last week at the American University of Malta , a start-up institution operated by a Jordanian construction and tourism company without a track record in higher education,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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Via The USA Today : “Kids on winning robotics team told, ‘Go back to Mexico’ ” The kids were from Pleasant Run Elementary School in Indianapolis. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “ Coursera Removes Biometric Identity Verification Using Keystroke Matching,” Class Central reports. ” Ng is, of course, the co-founder of the MOOC startup Coursera. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Education Politics.

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Department of Education officials sent a letter to DeVry University ’s parent company, Adtalem Global Education Inc. ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” A MOOC consortium , that is, with member institutions Davidson College , Colgate University , Hamilton College , and Wellesley College. ” Via The New York Times : “ Robots or Job Training : Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes.”

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” Via The Washington Post : “ Education Department relaxes financial aid process in the absence of IRS tool.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” From the press release : “ MOOCs and books initiative launched by Springer and Federica Weblearning.” Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned.

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The new focus: “classroom tools and services geared toward school districts.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Cumulative Growth in Number of MOOCs , 2011–17.”

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Education Week : “How an Online Tutor Became a ‘Math Celebrity’ ” Via Edsurge : “ CSU and California Community Colleges Partner on a Tool to Find Transferable Online Courses.” Or maybe the company it’s using for its predictive analytics programs – EAB, I think – does and that’s why we’re hearing all these stories.