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'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

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” I’ve looked at how for-profit colleges , MOOCs , and learn-to-code companies have tapped into these narratives in order to justify their products and services. ” That’s because the stories told this year to keep us hustling and to keep up imagining a certain kind of future are almost all about robots. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over again we were told “robots are coming for your jobs.”

Andrew Ng Is Probably Teaching More Students Than Anyone Else on the Planet. (Without a University Involved.)

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One selling point of MOOCs (massive online open courses) has been that students can access courses from the world’s most famous universities. Ng is seen as one of the leading figures in artificial intelligence, having founded and directed the Google Brain project and served as the chief scientist at the Chinese search giant Baidu, as well as having directed the artificial intelligence laboratory at Stanford University. Meanwhile, it’s important to note the limits of the MOOC format.

Peter Thiel May Finally Get His Flying Cars, Thanks to a New Udacity Nanodegree in 2018

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Udacity already offers a self-driving car nanodegree but, as its founder and former CEO Sebastian Thrun writes , it “has many prerequisites [and] is built for seasoned software engineers.” Students who complete this introductory course will be eligible to enroll in the more advanced Self-Driving Car or Robotics nanodegree programs. Founded in 2012, Udacity initially sought to work with universities as a provider of massive online open courses (MOOCs).

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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 Techcrunch : “ Holberton brings its full-stack software engineering school to Colombia.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. It’s like the MOOC crap all over again.

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“ James Damore is moving his lawsuit against Google out of court,” The Verge reports. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” There’s more MOOC news in the “business of education” section below. ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Google Brings Computing Courses to 10 Colleges.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. The robot presents as a black female?

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news down in the “labor and management” section below. Via The New York Times : “How Google Protected Andy Rubin , the ‘Father of Android ’ ” “Google could have fired Mr. Rubin and paid him little to nothing on the way out. Remember: the biases of engineers and managers get baked into the software you use.

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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.“ Also via Edsurge : “ MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners.” Via The New York Times : “ Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge.”

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” Via the AP : “ Mississippi ’s Supreme Court says a state lawsuit against Google alleging violations of student privacy should stay in a northeast Mississippi court.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). The story is actually a plug for Pathstream (not currently in his investment portfolio), which “supports the delivery of career-critical software skill training in VR/AR and digital marketing at colleges and universities.”

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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).” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Cumulative Growth in Number of MOOCs , 2011–18.” ” Not surprisingly, there is more MOOC news in the surveillance section below.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) ” MOOCs looked – for a short while, at least – like they were going to pivot to become LMSes.

Machine Teaching, Machine Learning, and the History of the Future of Public Education

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MOOCs were going to change everything. My favorite ludicrous claim remains that of Knewton’s CEO who told NPR in 2015 that his company was a “mind reading robot tutor in the sky.” This is what Google does, for example, when you type something like “how many points LBJ” into the search bar, and you get results about LeBron James. How to resist: demand algorithmic transparency in all software systems used by public entities, including schools.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Techcrunch : “ Google partners with MotherCoders to bring tech training to moms in New York City.” ” Any piece of education software or curriculum that puts “fun” in its name is not. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. More robot news up in the MOOC section above. The school management software maker has raised $191,500 total.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via The New York Times : “ Google Workers Reject Silicon Valley Individualism in Walkout.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Edsurge : “What Robots Can Teach Us About Being Human.” ” Via Edsurge : “Cat Ears and Robot Friends: What Japan ’s Educational Future Could Include.” The absentee monitoring software has raised $3.3

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Lots of MOOC PR appeared in the news this week. ” “What if MOOCs Revolutionize Education After All?” “Now that MOOCs are mainstream, where does online learning go next?” More questions about MOOCs in the Betteridge’s Headlines section below. And more on MOOCs in the credentialing section below as well. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Fines Google $5.1 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.” That is, the announcement from RealNetworks that they’re offering facial recognition software to schools for free. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. The Google Empire.

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Google has updated its pseudo-LMS, Classroom. Google blogs ; tech publications help market the news. More Google PR, this time from The Verge : “ Google is adding ARCore support to the Chromebook Tab 10 with Classroom updates.” ” More Google PR, this time from Edsurge : “What It’s Like to Be a Teacher Vlogger Star on YouTube.”

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Curious if students are allowed to use any tech products made by Oracle’s arch-nemesis, Google. Via Motherboard : “To Solve the Diversity Drought in Software Engineering , Look to Community Colleges.” “ Should Children Form Emotional Bonds With Robots? “Should Teachers Get $100 For Steering Kids To Google ‘s ’ Hour of Code ’ Lesson?”

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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. Via Google’s blog : “ Howard University opens a new campus at the Googleplex.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try To Be An OPM : Conversion of for-profits and MOOCs.” Perhaps it should go in the “robots” section.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Politico : Western Governors University , “the nation’s leading provider of competency-based educatio n – which the Education Department’s independent watchdog last month said violated federal student aid rules – is expanding into North Carolina.” In the future, you might want to look for most MOOC-related news in the “business of job training” section below.

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Tune into the Contrafabulists podcast this weekend, when Kin Lane and I will discuss the response (or lack thereof) from the tech industry, including Cloudflare , Spotify , Squarespace , GoDaddy , Google , the EFF , and others. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Charlottesville and UVA.

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Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

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” Note the significant difference in language in this headline from The Verge , for example – “ Harvard’s Root robot teaches kids how to code ” – and the way in which Seymour would describe the LOGO Turtle – that students would using programming to teach the robot. The work is also supported by companies including Apple, Google and Expedia, as well as education organizations including the CollegeBoard, Teach For America and STEMx.”

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Class Central : “A Product at Every Price: A Review of MOOC Stats and Trends in 2017.” ” There’s more MOOC news in the certification section below. I’m also putting some MOOC news in the job training section. ” Edsurge on the Google press release : “Google’s Education Suite is Still Free, but New Add-Ons For Administrators Come With a Fee.”

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill analyzes a recent interview with Coursera ’s CEO and argues the MOOC provider is “betting on OPM market and shift to low-cost masters degrees.” Via e-Literate : “Experience Economy: Enterprise software view into persistence and future of LMS market.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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” That’s Joel Rose ’s School of One software. ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Andrew Ng , Co-Founder of Coursera , Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course.” ” The Google Memo. ” Via The Guardian’s Julie Carrie Wong : “Segregated Valley: the ugly truth about Google and diversity in tech.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). There’s more MOOC news in the job training section below. Via Techcrunch : “ Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support specialists.” “ Google is jeopardizing A frican-American literature sites ,” says The Outline. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Geek Dad : “Little Robot Friends Teach Kids to Code With Empathy.”

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” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” “Why Haven’t MOOCs Eliminated Any Professors?” Via The New York Times : “How Google Took Over the Classroom.” ” Edsurge interviews Stanford’s Candace Thille on “Why ‘Black Box’ Software Isn’t Ready to Teach College.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Education Politics.

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” That’s a school district in Wisconsin , and the learning software in question is the Summit Learning Platform , created by the Summit charter school chain and built by Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. 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.”

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Also via The New York Times : “ Google Faces Internal Backlash Over Handling of Sexual Harassment.” ” Also via The New York Times : “ Google Employees Stage Worldwide Walkout.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Edsurge : “ Robots Won’t Replace Instructors , 2 Penn State Educators Argue.

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Via EdScoop : “ Google adds new terms to comply with Connecticut student data privacy laws.” ” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). If you Google him, you might surmise there’s a lot more going on here than just textbook sales.). Michael Horn writes in Edsurge about “Why Google Maps – not Netflix or Amazon – Points to the Future of Education.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release

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” – that’s Sebastian Thrun, best known perhaps for his work at Google on the self-driving car and as a co-founder of the MOOC (massive open online course) startup Udacity. But that doesn’t jibe with “software is eating the world,” does it?

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Brown University joins edX. “ Y Combinator MOOC for Tech Startups Attracts Thousands of Views,” says Campus Technology. Not sure why this is called a MOOC. ” Nope, robots will not be doing this job of content moderation , as Facebook recently boasted at its developer conference. CNN tries to explain “Why Google , Apple and Microsoft are battling for education.”

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Fast Company : “How Software Is Taking On School Shootings.” ” Related: Safiya Umoja Noble’s new book Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism is out soon, and it seems like a “must read” for teachers, particularly those who tout their special “Google Certified Educator” badges. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Robots won’t replace teachers because they can’t inspire us.” Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.” “ What We Learned From Talking with 100 MOOC Students ” by Justin Reich (and George Veletsianos and Laura Pasquini). MOOCs losing their mojo?

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Online School to Teach Software Development.” 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.” Once upon a time, Coursera updates went in the MOOC section.

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). The company: RIB Software SE. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. ” Via Chalkbeat : “With big names and $200 million, a new group is forming to push for the ‘ portfolio model ’ ” Here’s a great example of how corporate philanthropy works (and works in very self-serving ways), via the Google blog : “Five new grants to support CS education research.”

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOCs are back in the headlines again. Via Edsurge : “The Second Wave of MOOC Hype Is Here, and It’s Online Degrees.” ” From the Google blog : “ Google Science Fair 2018 : Resources for educators to get ideas flowing.” ” Also from the Google blog : “More tools for homeschoolers.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “Peter Thiel May Finally Get His Flying Cars, Thanks to a New Udacity Nanodegree in 2018.” The non-speakers: James Damore, the fired Google engineer, and Lucian Wintrich, a journalist with Gateway Pundit. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” Via Campus Technology : “BYU Researchers Aim to Stop Robots from Eating Tables with Wikipedia.”

Education Technology's Inequalities

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Indeed, the World Bank issued a report in January arguing that digital technologies – not just robots in factories – stand to widen inequalities as well, “and even hasten the hollowing out of middle-class employment.” Whether it’s selling schools or MOOCs or access to the Internet itself , technology companies and education companies are, as Edsurge put it, “ Building Effective Edtech Business Models to Reach the Global Poor.” MOOCs.

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” Via Education Week : “The Ohio education department could seek repayment of more than $80 million from nine full-time online schools , based on audits of software-login records that led state officials to determine the schools had overstated their student enrollment.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” An op-ed in Forbes by University Ventures’ Ryan Craig : “Make Online Education Great (For The First Time).”