Nov 30th

udacity online education presented by sebastian thrun

udacity online education presented by sebastian thrun
News from Designboom:

udacity online education presented by sebastian thrun
sebastian thrun, the CEO and co-founder of udacity, wearing google glasses
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in our most recent trip to istanbul, designboom met up with sebastian thrun at the turkey innovation week conference.

udacity was born out of a stanford university experiment in which sebastian thrun and peter norvig offered their ‘introduction to artificial intelligence’ course online to anyone, for free. over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled and not much later, udacity was born. by making high-quality classes affordable and accessible for students across the globe: udacity is democratizing education. in the conference he talked about higher education as a basic human right, and how udacity seeks to empower students to advance…………… continues on Designboom

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Declara: Social Disruption of Online Education
News from Bloomberg:

We want to bring in the cofounder of declara.

You say it is a combination of google and facebook, but for education.

Explain that.

We are focused on continuous adult learning, and we are combining the best parts of facebook and google with a learning layer embedded inside of it.

We have combined my background with neuroscience, math, computer science, so that we can better understand the learning needs of people continuously, while they are embedded in their work.

Give me an example.

One of our clients is genentech.

Imagine a pharmaceutical where adults are having to constantly learn to innovate new molecules for cancer research, and you might be one type of researcher, and i might be another type, but maybe we need to be combined together, or your nerve — learning needs might be different than mine.

If you are working on a particular genotype, you will be fed information resources and experts that will support your ability to invent new cancer research, and i may be focused more on something with a different type of disease.

So, the work that i am going to get, the resources, the content, and the experts that support my learning to invent new research will come my way.

You have an incredibly moving personal story.

You were hit by a drunk driver when you were 22. heuer in a coma — you were in a coma fo…………… continues on Bloomberg

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Nov 28th

AfDB and African Virtual University discuss benefits of e-learning

AfDB and African Virtual University discuss benefits of e-learning
News from Sierra Express Media:

The African Virtual University (AVU) Project very critical to the effort to improve access to higher education in Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 26, 2013/ “We consider the African Virtual University (AVU) Project very critical to the effort to improve access to higher education in Africa and are pleased to learn that the deliberations on the integration of e-learning and open education into mainstream education programs was fruitful,” concluded Stefan Muller, Lead Economist of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) East Africa Regional Resource Center (EARC) during the first international conferenc…………… continues on Sierra Express Media

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Training Executive – e-Learning
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Nov 26th

AfDB and African Virtual University Discuss Benefits of E-Learning

AfDB and African Virtual University Discuss Benefits of E-Learning
News from AllAfrica.com:

“We consider the African Virtual University (AVU) Project very critical to the effort to improve access to higher education in Africa and are pleased to learn that the deliberations on the integration of e-learning and open education into mainstream education programs was fruitful,” concluded Stefan Muller, Lead Economist of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) East Africa Regional Resource Center (EARC) during the first international conference African Virtual University organized from November 20-22, 2013 in Nairobi.

Under the topic “Integrating eLearning and Open Education to Increase Access to Quality Education and Training”, the conference brought together more than 100 participants including Ministries of Education and 22 universities from the Multinational AVU support project** as well as the private sector. The main objective of this first gathering was to discuss the future of e-learning in Africa and the role of Open Education Resources (OERs) including the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the ICT learning revolution.

“The conference is very timely, it is taking place at a time of ICT revolution in Africa. It is critical for the Bank to ‘seize the moment’ and ensure that regional member countries harness ICT technologies that will result not only in increased access, but also facilitate quality and relevance of education,” said Ruth Charo…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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2013 Excellence in E-Learning
News from Chier Learning Officer:

Gold: Ivy Planning Group
Human psychology is to Ivy Planning Group’s learning programs what wood pulp is to paper.
Ivy’s learning programs are founded on a group of subtle behaviors called microtriggers. The Rockville, Md.-based service management and consulting firm identified 58 behaviors that could have a negative impact on work relationships. Microtriggers could be seemingly harmless words or body language ticks that may cause individuals or groups to become less productive, become disengaged or even quit.

International Paper hired Ivy to create a learning program that would train front-line leaders in various business functions on inclusive leadership. The program also had to be translated into eight languages.

Ivy helped International Paper develop a learning program that provided a common language for global inclusion and diversity. The initiative also allowed leaders to understand how their microtriggers affect interactions between employees, colleagues and customers, and how to properly respond in situations where they were the sender, receiver or observer of microtriggers.

The learning initiative was delivered as a 60-minute Web-based course and led participants through various scenarios of real workplace situations where they might encounter off-putting but subtle behaviors. Participants were r…………… continues on Chier Learning Officer

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Nov 26th

Will online classes make professors extinct?

Will online classes make professors extinct?
News from CNN:

  • David Wheeler: Tenure-track full-time professors are an endangered species
  • Wheeler: Blame it on the fervor for large-scale online education initiatives
  • He says colleges are embracing online courses for cost-cutting reasons
  • Wheeler: But in the long term they could destroy America’s higher education system

Editor’s note: David R. Wheeler lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he is a freelance writer and a journalism professor at Asbury University. Follow him on Twitter @David_R_Wheeler

(CNN) — I’m one of the lucky ones. I landed a tenure-track job at a liberal arts college, a position that offers lots of personal interaction through teaching and advising. I get to bond with my students not only in the classroom, but also on nature retreats, at…………… continues on CNN

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UF to host online learning conference to kick off pioneering effort in digital …
News from University of Florida:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the University of Florida adds four-year programs to its online course offerings in January, the Office of the Provost and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service will kick off this pioneering effort in digital education with a conference Dec. 3 – 4 in University Auditorium.

Leaders from around the nation and faculty and administrators from UF and other State University System schools will gather to engage in a substantive discussion about new technologies and ways they can be deployed to strengthen the learning experience of students. Issues surrounding online education from delivery platforms to student engagement to intellectual property will also be addressed.

Will Weatherford, speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, will offer a luncheon address on Dec. 4. Weatherford, a champion of the legislation that mandated the online track at UF, will discuss the impetus behind the expanded funding for online education by the Florida Legislature.

“We are looking to set UF Online apart from other online learning experiences by employing innovative teaching frameworks,” said Joe Glover, UF provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “It is critical that faculty be involved in the development of curriculum…………… continues on University of Florida

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Nov 24th

Online education startup Coursera nabs $20M more and lures two key Netflix vets

Online education startup Coursera nabs $ 20M more and lures two key Netflix vets
News from VentureBeat:

Coursera founders Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller

Dec. 4 – 5, 2013
Redwood City, CA

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Online education startup Coursera just raised an additional $ 20 million in funding, bringing its mammoth series B round to $ 63 million.

Coursera was founded by Stanford University professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. It has succeeded in becoming one of the most well known of the massive open online cour…………… continues on VentureBeat

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A founder of online education changes course
News from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

St. Louis — Sebastian Thrun, godfather of the massive open online course, has quietly spread a plastic tarp on the floor, nudged his most famous educational invention into the center, and is about to pull the trigger. Thrun – former Stanford superprofessor, Silicon Valley demigod, and now CEO of online-course purveyor Udacity – just admitted to Fast Company’s openly smitten Max Chafkin that his company’s courses are often a “lousy product.”

This is quite a “pivot” from the Sebastian Thrun, who less than two years ago crowed to Wired that the unstemmable tide of free online education would leave a mere 10 purveyors of higher learning in its wake, one of which would be Udacity. However, on the heels of the embarrassing failure of a loudly hyped partnership with San Jose State University, the “lousiness” of the product seems to have become apparent. The failures of massive online education come as no shock to those of us who actually educate students by being in the same room with them – and, accordingly, Chafkin’s unabashed display of sycophantic longing has blazed up the academic Internet.

But what is the big deal about Thrun’s pivot, and why are academics and higher-ed writers alternately wary and gleeful about it? On the surface, Thrun appears duly chagrinned that his brainchild has failed the tired, poor and huddled masses yearning to l…………… continues on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Nov 23rd

Elearning Africa 2014 Call for Proposals Now Open

Elearning Africa 2014 Call for Proposals Now Open
News from AllAfrica.com:

Many African countries are undergoing an economic boom, with ICTs seen as a major tool supporting growth. While Internet penetration rates remain low, innovative technologies are helping to ensure connectivity for more Africans than ever before.

The buoyancy in the African eLearning market is yet another sign that the potential of this diverse Continent is already being realised. There are, however, major challenges ahead. inflated trade tariffs and restrictive border controls between many African countries, for example, are stifling intra-African trade and collaboration, frequently presenting an all-too-physical barrier to continued, sustainable growth.

Out of this environment of challenge and opportunity, eLearning Africa has announced a Call for Proposals, inviting participants from across Africa and the world to submit their ideas, innovations and research, under the main theme of “Opening Frontiers to the Future”.

As the largest gathering of eLearning and ICT supported education and training professionals in Africa, the Conference is expected to address topics including infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships, as well as showcasing the very best of African innovation. The following sub-themes will be addressed:

  • From the African Continent
  • Funding Education
  • Infrastructures: Increasing Scalability
  • Tec…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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Focusing on eLearning
News from The Flat Hat:

The College of William and Mary recently launched a new initiative to incorporate and enhance technology in education, dubbing the initiative “eLearning.”

Gene Roche, a professor of educational technology at the College’s School of Education, was appointed to lead the new eLearning initiative. Previously, Roche served as the College’s director of Academic Information Services for more than a decade.

A trend seen both in the United States and around the world, eLearning is part of an initiative to merge technology with learning in higher education. Roche said that one in three enrollments in the United States are in online courses, which is twice the enrollment of one decade ago.

“Nearly 7 million students are taking at least one online course, and academic leaders — deans and provosts — are increasingly confident that outcomes from online learning are similar to those that can be achieved through purely face-to-face means,” Roche said in email.

Roche added that learning via face-to-face interactions might also be enhanced through technology.

Earlier this year, the Digital Educational Technology Committee reported to Provost Michael Halleran that eLearning, and particularly web-based learning, is already common at the College. As technology in the realm of education improves, however, eLearning initiatives will become increasingly pre…………… continues on The Flat Hat

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Nov 21st

Critique of online education on Stanford Faculty Senate chair’s agenda

Critique of online education on Stanford Faculty Senate chair’s agenda
News from Stanford University News:

L.A. Cicero

Comparative literature Professor David Palumbo-Liu is chair of Stanford’s Faculty Senate.

If not for an unlucky investment decision by his paternal grandfather, Stanford Professor David Palumbo-Liu said he would be “luxuriating on a beach” in Hawaii, instead of teaching at a university and chairing the Faculty Senate.

“My grandfather was a very savvy businessperson who had developed real estate holdings in Waikiki and Shanghai, and one day he decided he needed to consolidate and put all his eggs in one basket,” Palumbo-Liu said during a recent interview in his office on the Main Quad.

“Which one do you think he picked? He chose Shanghai, which made a lot of sense in the 1930s. But after the Chinese Revolution, the governmen…………… continues on Stanford University News

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Coursera improves online education using –
News from you guessed it — data – VentureBeat:

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Andrew Ng, a co-founder of Coursera, talks at an IBM Research event about how analysis of data from outreach can help engagement.

Dec. 4 – 5, 2013
Redwood City, CA

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Unlike in-person education, massively open online courses, or MOOCs, have the advantage of generating data on performance and engagement, just like popular social networks. Engineers get data to scrutinize, and they can adjust operations to improve outcomes. That’s exactly what’s going on at Coursera.

Speaking at an IBM Research event on cognitive computing today, Coursera cofounder Andrew Ng gave a concrete example of not just

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Nov 18th

CreativeLive lands $21.5M, looks to upend online learning with live broadcasts

CreativeLive lands $ 21.5M, looks to upend online learning with live broadcasts
News from GeekWire:

CreativeLive co-founder Chase Jarvis at the company’s offices on Thomas Street in Seattle.

CreativeLive co-founder Chase Jarvis is giving a tour of his company’s spartan offices — tucked in a former photo studio on the cusp of Seattle’s burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood — when he stops for a moment to catch a glimpse of a live recording about health and wellness in the main studio area.

A world-renowned photographer who co-founded CreativeLive in 2010 with entrepreneur Craig Swanson, Jarvis watches the dialogue for a few seconds before diving into the essence of his online education business.

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LinkedIn Partners with Online Education for Certifications, Courses
News from The Next Web:

LinkedIn today announced it has partnered with some of the biggest names in online education to help users include educational accomplishments that go beyond the traditional institutions. As part of a new pilot program called Direct-to-Profile Certifications, users can now add certifications and courses to their profiles.

The pilot features “premier” online education firms, of which LinkedIn lists seven that it has partnered with: Coursera, EdX, Lynda.com, Pearson, Skillsoft, Udacity, and Udemy. The company wouldn’t share if it plans to expand this list if the pilot is successful, but even if it doesn’t, it looks like the professional social network has its bases largely covered.

Here’s how it works. Once you complete a course with a participating provider, you will receive an email from LinkedIn that includes a link with an automatically populated certification field.

The details of the course you just completed are provided by the online education firm (so no, these aren’t easy to fake), as you can see in this Coursera example:

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An Administrator’s Guide to Online Education (PB) (USDLA Book Series on Distance Learning)
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Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning)
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Nov 17th

Duke council talks Kunshan course approval, online education

Duke council talks Kunshan course approval, online education
News from Durham Herald Sun:

DURHAM —

The Duke Arts & Sciences Council got a first-hand look Thursday at 18 undergraduate courses planned for Duke Kunshan University, the new campus in China that will open its doors to students in fall 2014.

During the council meeting held in the Social Sciences building on campus, Tom Robisheaux, chair of the council as well as chair of the DKU Joint Committee, shared the list of humanities classes, ranging from “Greek Civilization” to “Chinese Immigration/Migration,” global health courses focused on pollution and the environment, physical and natural sciences courses such as “Bioenergy” and “Water Resources/Water Pollution, and social sciences classes tackling ethics and leadership.

The course proposals, which are planned to be taught in fall of 2014 and/or spring 2015, are making their way through the approval process, in which the proposal is sent to the associated department, the China Faculty Council at Duke, the Liberal Arts in China Committee at Duke, a joint Arts & Sciences committee, and then on to the undergraduate education department head.

Questions asked about the courses have included what student English proficiency levels will be required and if there will be student proficiency differences across certain academic subjects, such as math or science skills, between Duke and Chinese students.

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Former edX Program Manager to Help Direct BU’s Online Education
News from BU Today:

A former program manager at edX, the online learning network founded by Harvard and MIT and now including BU and 28 other schools, is now associate director of BU’s Digital Learning Initiative. In her new job, Romy Ruukel is helping to shape BU’s expansion in the rapidly evolving field of digital learning.

“I’d been at edX for a year,” says Ruukel, who started at BU last month. “I enjoyed it, but I’m excited to move closer to the teaching and learning that takes place in a university setting.”

DLI director Chrysanthos Dellarocas, a School of Management professor, describes Ruukel as the ideal person for the job, in part because of her previous experience working at edX. But it’s not only that, he says. “Romy brings a fantastic energy and a passion for learning. We’re thrilled to have her on board.”

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Nov 17th

What Microsoft’s Elimination of Employee-Ranking Program Means for eLearning

What Microsoft’s Elimination of Employee-Ranking Program Means for eLearning
News from Business 2 Community:

Microsoft’s controversial employee-ranking program meet its end this week as the company strives to build a more collaborative culture. While this internal move won’t directly impact consumers, the shift illustrates a larger change in corporate culture and the elearning industry towards a more personalized approach.

Microsoft leadership and employees alike have blamed the ranking program for the cannibalistic and turbulent atmosphere at the software giant over the last decade. The technique, known as stack ranking, dictated managers rank a certain percentage of employees as top performers, average or poor performers. Since Microsoft’s system had set percentages, this meant some employees had to be given poor reviews in order to match the ranking method.

In discontinuing this program, Microsoft is hoping to increase employee retention and attract new hires. Under the new initiative, rewards and incentives will now be awarded at the manager’s discretion. Additionally, Microsoft is placing a greater emphasis on employee growth and development through a process called “Connects.”

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Metal Cutting Technology e-Learning Program
News from Today’s Medical Developments:

Sandvik Coromant’s comprehensive online program is based on the needs of manufacturing personnel all over the world.

Sandvik Coromant officials are pleased to announce the company’s interactive Metal Cutting Technology (MCT) e-Learning program is now available. This comprehensive online program was developed by the Sandvik Coromant Academy and was based on the needs of manufacturing personnel all over the world. The 75-course curriculum is packed with information and expertise about the metal cutting process. Ideal for engineers, programmers, operators and students, it provides first rate insight and knowledge to improve productivity and profitability.

This unique training and education program explains the fundamentals of metal cutting and specifically teaches about internal and external turning, parting and grooving, milling, drilling, threading, boring and tool holding. Understanding the metal cutting process plays an increasingly important role in manufacturing to boost productivity and cut costs. This program provides vital inform…………… continues on Today’s Medical Developments

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