Imagined futures 5: Robot teachers

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or robots. This doesn't mean that robots have no place in the classroom though. Robots (or intelligent systems) can be very useful when they are tasked to complete some of the functions that teachers previously performed. The case of ' Jill Watson ', a chatbot designed to act as a teaching assistant on a large MOOC at a US university demonstrated how well they can be designed and deployed. Clarke computers education learning retrofuturism robots teaching Technology

Let your robots do the marking?

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Anant Agarwal, president of EdX, (Harvard and MIT''s non-profit making arm that runs MOOCs), says that the software will be a boon to learning online in the future, because it will allow students to rewrite and resubmit their essays time and again, to improve their grades. What he doesn''t say is that it''s an essential part of the management of MOOC s, especially if they are regularly enrolling upwards of 100,000 students for each course.


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MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 1 Reflection

Last week, the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change , began. This MOOC will help participants: Learn what it takes to coach educators to integrate technology Explore a variety of frameworks such as TPACK, SAMR, and the four Cs Explore opportunities for personalized application Create a Technology Coaching Action Plan I am most excited to learn more about the different frameworks, connect with other coaches, and create my own action plan.


Coursera Is Now a Public Company. What Does That Mean For Higher Education?


For one thing, more robot teaching-tech behind the scenes. “We Growth Is on the Agenda The company started nine years ago amid a hype around free MOOCs , or massive open online courses, some of which drew hundreds of thousands of students each.

'Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs'

Hack Education

” 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.”

Our digital future 10: Cognitive courseware

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Examples of cognitive technologies include computer vision , deep learning, natural language processing , speech recognition, and humanised robotics. This was indeed the case with Jill Watson, a chatbot teaching assistant introduced into a large MOOC by Professor Ashok Goel at Georgia Tech a few years ago (see the video below). AI algorithm chatbot cognitive courseware Deep Learning Digital education future Jill Watson learning MOOC Technology

Educators Make, Play, and Connect This Summer

Educator Innovator

In Pittsburgh, kids might join the growing Maker Movement or pick up some engineering skills while making robots. Here’s a selection: From June 13th to August 1st, a MOOC (massive open online collaboration) on connected learning “will provide many opportunities for participants to connect and form small groups in order to share and reflect on their work, which is what we think MOOCs should be all about. The MOOC is nonsequential, so anyone can join at any time.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'


MOOCs Recent virtual upstarts, MOOCs—massive open online courses—catapulted onto the global learning stage when Stanford University computer scientists Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig in 2011 came upon the bright idea of streaming their robotics lectures over the Internet. The term MOOC was coined by others in 2008.) Now in its seventh year, MOOCs crossed the 100 million learner mark, recently hitting 101 million.

How will we learn languages in the future?

Mark Smithers

Chatting with robots. What if the teachers from the future are robots! When we talk about the future, we often think of robots, and in the case of foreign language learning, this may well become a reality.

Coursera Co-Founder Andrew Ng Wants to Bring ‘AI to Everyone’ in Latest Course


In popular culture, artificial intelligence is used to describe anything from product recommendations to self-driving cars and futuristic robotic overlords. The course will cost $49 per month and will be hosted on Coursera, a platform for massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that Ng co-founded in 2012. (He offers through Coursera, which Ng teaches, have had wide appeal on the MOOC website.

Online Classes Get a Missing Piece: Teamwork


MOOCs get social. Carolyn Rosé, an assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, has been exploring ways to add social engagement to MOOCs since 2013. Rosé and her colleagues found that when students talk to each other, they tend to stick around and show up for their next class more than peers who chose not to complete the activity or those who only talk to the robot. Most online courses are a solitary experience for learners.

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


Students who complete this introductory course will be eligible to enroll in the more advanced Self-Driving Car or Robotics nanodegree programs. Thrun claims that “that nearly 60 students [in the former program] have already found new jobs at companies like BMW, Lockheed Martin, NIO, Volvo and Amazon Robotics.” Founded in 2012, Udacity initially sought to work with universities as a provider of massive online open courses (MOOCs).

The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

– China’s state-controlled news broadcasters have long been considered somewhat robotic in their daily recitation of pro-government propaganda, and a pair of new presenters will do little to dispel that view. Like robots on an automotive assembly line, English AI can work 24 hours a day, doesn’t require benefits and can’t threaten its employer with a strike (yet). We are now living in a world in which robots do many of the jobs we once thought the preserve of humans.

COVID-19 Is Accelerating the Digital Blending of Working and Learning


Retailers such as The Gap are accelerating the adoption of robots in their warehouses. Major employers are embracing libraries of video and MOOC courses, tuition-assistance programs for online courses, and bootcamps focused on tech skills (which have themselves moved online).

What Could Web3 Mean for Education?

ED Surge

If I took a class on robotics, I could put the actual robot [coursework] on the chain, not the grade. The first ghost that Ebenezer Scrooge meets in “A Christmas Carol” is the spirit of his business partner, Jacob Marley.

Disruptive technologies in Education industry


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. Need for Integrated solution : The digitalization in the education sector is fragmented and predominantly limited to Supplemental interactive content, ERPs, GPS tracking, MOOCs or smart class boards.

10 Google+ Communities I'm Recommending to Our Faculty

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All of it from Biology to Robotics to Space exploration!" MOOC - Massive Open Online Courses. "A Here are ten Google+ communities I''ll be recommending that our teachers check out. STEM on Google+ - "Feel free to post into the appropriate section by selecting from the drop-down ''share'' menu." 8399 members as of 1/25/13) 2. Music Producers - Gear, Techniques, Tips, Tricks & Advice (258 members as of 1/25/13) 3.


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


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. Rise of the robots Siemens has both an academic and an industry perspective on digital learning. What does it mean to be human in a digital age?

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Class Central’s Dhawal Shah, writing in Edsurge : “ MOOCs Find Their Audience: Professional Learners and Universities.” More on certifications in the MOOC section above. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.


Building Skills, Inspiring Students through Hands-on Technology – Troy Smith, New Zealand

Daily Edventures

Whether that’s with robotics, Minecraft , or Lego MindStorms, Smith makes sure his students work with real-world technology. ” Smith and his students have been building and programming robots by learning software and hardware development skills. They collaborate, initially in pairs and then together in a whole class project, to program the robots and to work in unison using the 21st century skills that are required in the workplace.

"The Internet Will Be Everywhere and Nowhere"—Dr. Michio Kaku's ISTE 2016 Keynote


Remember, robots are [just] adding machines. The jobs that cannot be automated, he noted, will be those that require creativity and experience, “Remember, robots are [just] adding machines – they do sums faster than you do, giving the illusion that they’re intelligent.”. Dr. Kaku does not, however, envision a world where robots have banished educators from the classroom; he acknowledged the widely-noted shortcomings of today’s MOOC’s.

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


As a researcher, Justin has been carrying this concept into his work with MOOCs. To begin, Justin recommends reading Frank Levy and Richard Murnane’s work, Dancing with Robots. Computers can increasingly solve routine tasks, so the question becomes, what are the kinds of things that computers and robots can’t do. Uber recently went to Carnegie Mellon and purchased the leading robotics program as a way to create driverless jobs.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). A call to rebrand MOOCs , from Edsurge. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” Via NPR : “Hi, Robot : Adults, Children And The Uncanny Valley.” ” “A robot called Bina48 has successfully taken a course in the philosophy of love at Notre Dame de Namur University , in California,” Inside Higher Ed reports. (National) Education Politics. The GOP passed their tax plan.

How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes to Speed Up Education


That kind of feedback would be perfect if you had a robot learner on the other end,” he says. The robot learner would be delighted to have you say, ‘Okay, you made three errors in problem number one,’ and being a robot learner, they’d be able to take out those bugs and do better the next time.

Next Week - The Library 2.0 "Emerging Technology" Mini-Conference - All Keynotes and Sessions Posted!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Her research focuses on emerging technologies such as drones, robotics, driverless vehicles, artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality, and their use in libraries and education. In Fall 2014 she led a MOOC, The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends, that attracted over 1700 global participants. More information about the MOOC can be found on the iSchool website or the MOOC repository.

How a Pandemic Could Change Higher Education


At Duke we’ve been thinking about, like a lot of universities, a “robot-proof future,” and thinking about the sixty-year curriculum. The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a cloud of uncertainty over higher education.

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic]

The Shake Up Learning Blog

Or one for the Robotics Club, National Honor Society, Made with Code, Girls/Boys Scouts, etc. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOC’s are usually free online courses offered by universities with no limit on enrollment.

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Some Thoughts from ASU+GSV

Hack Education

Remember, if you will, the insistence from the University of Virginia Board of Visitors that school was missing the “coming MOOC tsunami” based on columns they’d read in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. ” There was all the usual talk of job-stealing robots and the “ jobs that don’t exist yet.” Yes, I went to ASU+GSV – my first time at the event in the event’s nine year history.

#DLNchat: How Could Artificial Intelligence Shape the Future of Higher Education?


Sometimes an artificial persona (call it AI, virtual assistant, robot like ASIMO, whatever) can, in its failed attempt to be human, be truly tragic. RSVP for our next #DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? Do anthropomorphized forms of artificial intelligence serve students better than hidden bots? Will students receive AI-manifested messages through wearable devices in the future?


Creating a Purposeful Environment for #CSforAll

I took courses online and I mean that I took everything from CS50 (an amazing MOOC taught by a Harvard Professor) to courses on web design, CSS and Python from Code Academy and General Assembly’s Dash platform. I also made wearables, an auto-tweeting bear and got involved with our high school’s First Robotics team. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of being a part of two pivotal moments.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. More robot news up in the MOOC section above. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the series I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools


Robotics and Virtual Reality: While the panel still agrees these technologies are two to three years from widespread adoption in K-12 learning spaces, experts predict more schools will be teaching with robots and asking students to design and build them as part of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses.

MIT’s Mitch Resnick on What ‘Toy Story’ Gets Wrong About the Future of Play


We started the online class for the first time a few years ago when MOOCs were becoming population. We weren't very satisfied with what we saw in the early MOOCs. It felt to us a lot of the early MOOCs were just about delivering information and delivering instruction. If you’ve ever seen the Toy Story movies, you may remember the neighbor kid, Sid.


Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Inside Higher Ed : “Analysis of Georgia Tech ’s MOOC-inspired online master’s in computer science suggests that institutions can successfully deliver high-quality, low-cost degrees to students at scale.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Techcrunch : “This tortoise shows kids that robot abuse is bad.” ” “ Robot abuse ”?!

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “ Should Children Form Emotional Bonds With Robots? Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “ Robot Learning Improves Student Engagement ,” the Communications of the ACM claims. Kiwicampus : a robot delivery service on campus. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Just a few weeks after Daphne Koller ’s announcement she was leaving the MOOC startup she co-founded, Coursera unveiled “ Coursera for Business ” this week, marking its pivot from “democratizing higher ed” to “ training corporate employees.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Humans, the Latest MOOC Feature.” Robots probably won’t take your jobs.

30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

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Robotics in the classroom. MOOCs, nanodegrees, etc. 30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom. by Terry Heick. This post is actually intended to supplement the “Cycle of Learning Innovation” model that will be publishing tomorrow (7.7.2015), which means this is less about analysis and context and more about the examples. First, some quick clarification so that we have a common language.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

I kicked things off with a survey of major technological developments in a very top level way, then dived into specific, currently used digital tools (the LMS, ePortfolios, video, robotics, big data, social media, 3d printing, etc.). I hoped to move on from there to what I called “approaches”, ways of using tech that didn’t depend on a specific platform – i.e., gaming and gamification, blended learning, distance learning, MOOCs, mobile, and digital literacy.

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

Hack Education

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.” These are my prepared remarks, delivered on a panel titled “Outsourcing the Classroom to Ed Tech & Machine-learning: Why Parents & Teachers Should Resist” at the Network for Public Education conference in Indianapolis.

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

Hack Education

” – 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. I don’t believe that robots will take, let alone need take, all our jobs. This talk was delivered at Virginia Commonwealth University today as part of a seminar co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Sociology. The slides are also available here.