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.

'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.”

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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. Based on cognitive technology, it is a way of creating learning environments and support systems that mimic human tutors or teaching assistants.

Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

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Learning Management Systems With learning management systems now installed at nearly all higher education institutions here and abroad, instructors can create course materials, assess student progress and generate custom exams. Digital Authoring Systems Faced with increasingly complex communication technologies—voice, video, multimedia, animation—university faculty, expert in their own disciplines, find themselves technically perplexed, largely unprepared to build digital courses.

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

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

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As a researcher, Justin has been carrying this concept into his work with MOOCs. As educators, one of our most critical challenges is to develop students into these learners who can take advantage of both formal and informal education systems.

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How a Pandemic Could Change Higher Education

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In it, it would say, “It will harden the education system against things like public national disasters, epidemics,” and so forth. I think from now on you will see much more awareness on the part of educational institutions that say, “Hey, you know, we do need to have our system hardened.”

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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. More information about the MOOC can be found on the iSchool website or the MOOC repository.

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

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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.

‘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 just doesn’t think our current university systems and edtech solutions will get us there. 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?

The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2019)

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Even if these publications fade away , the breathless stories about the possibilities of brainwave-reading mindfulness headbands and " mind-reading robot tutors in the sky " continue to be told. ASU ends its MOOC experiment , Global Freshman Academy. The University of Alaska system braced for campus closures and layoffs after its operating budget was slashed by 41%.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Clickers” are definitely not new — indeed, in my research for Teaching Machines , I found examples of classroom response systems dating back to the 1950s. MOOCs are, no surprise, their own entry on this long list of awfulness.

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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.

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Via The New Yorker : “ Georgia ’s Separate and Unequal Special-Education System.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Trump administration’s list of primary finalists to operate an overhauled student loan servicing system excludes Navient , a large and controversial servicer, which instead is participating in the program as a subcontractor in a team.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Gotta keep that MOOC hype alive.

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(The Very Last) Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” ” “ University of California System is playing hardball with Elsevier in negotiations that could transform the way it pays to read and publish research,” says Inside Higher Ed.

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Two school districts in two states are scaling back their use of the Facebook -built Summit Public Schools ’ learning management system. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). A call to rebrand MOOCs , from Edsurge. McRaven is stepping down as chancellor of the University of Texas System. ” “ Systems thinking ,” I guess, is the new entrepreneurial “mindset.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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” Or at least CZI is trying to convince schools to buy into its Summit learning management system. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” There’s more MOOC news in the “business of education” section below. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “A Humanoid Robot Gave a Lecture in a West Point Philosophy Course,” says Futurism.com. The robot presents as a black female?

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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.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Techcrunch : “ Mattel releases biologically inspired foldable robot bugs.”

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Driverless Ed-Tech: The History of the Future of Automation in Education

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“The Year of the MOOC” – I was summoned to Palo Alto, California for a small gathering to discuss the future of teaching, learning, and technology. Perhaps with this data, the MOOC providers can build a map of professional if not cognitive pathways.

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” “A government watchdog group called Florida ’s growing system of privately-run public charter schools wasteful and said it sometimes gives rise to self-dealing and profiteering ,” says The Florida Times-Union. 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.”

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A public service announcement from the FBI : “ Education Technologies : Data Collection and Unsecured Systems Could Pose Risks to Students.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Via Class Central : “ Monetizing A MOOC Platform.” Faculty leaders see attempt to turn system into a ‘widget factory.’” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Via Chalkbeat : “ Betsy DeVos ’s first Detroit visit featured Girl Scouts, robots, and talk of beluga whales.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). So much MOOC news! (Or “ MOOCs Are Global. Also via Edsurge : “How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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

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DLNchat -ters voiced the need to create algorithms and other AI systems within carefully construed ethical frameworks. 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?

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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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” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). “Free MOOCs Face the Music,” writes Inside Higher Ed on edX ’s decision to start charging fees. More “MOOC” news under the job training section below. ” Honestly, people, there is a thing called 'BitSchool' now, doing 'personalized learning solution' through a blockchain 'paid for use system' - how much b t can we take??!!

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” The reason given: the registry used “‘rapidly aging technologies’ that do not mesh with other systems” – which is odd for what I thought was largely a metadata project. ” More likely, the “perfect moment” will be when all the corporate tax giveaways come back to bite Virginia’s education system in the ass. Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”).

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” ( Richard Carranza is the new head of the NYC school system.). Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “Children are susceptible to peer pressure from robots,” says The Verge. (So Via Techcrunch : “This happy robot helps kids with autism.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

Creating a Purposeful Environment for #CSforAll

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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. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of being a part of two pivotal moments.

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “The nonprofit National University System announced today that it plans to acquire the for-profit Northcentral University , which specializes in online education in graduate and doctoral-level programs.” 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.”

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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. What had started as a subversive instrument of change was neutralized by the system and converted into an instrument of consolidation. See: the LMS, the MOOC.

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” Gentrification is forcing poor people out of the city; segregated school systems follow them to new locations. ” 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.

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Via Politico : “The Kansas Supreme Court rejected the state’s school funding system in a ruling issued Monday that found it runs afoul of the state’s constitution by failing to adequately and equitably fund its school districts.” In the future, you might want to look for most MOOC-related news in the “business of job training” section below. “‘Eton for all’: will robot teachers mean everyone gets an elite education?

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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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Paul School System.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Vive la MOOC révolution. ” “Orphan MOOCs and the Digital Dark Ages” by Jeffrey Pomerantz in Hybrid Pedagogy. “ University of California president Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday that she wants the system to explore ways to guarantee admission to academically eligible students in the state’s community colleges ,” says Inside Higher Ed.