Educational Technology

Google getting serious about deep learning – Publishes free three month course

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 00:35


The course is free and will only take three months to complete, if you’re serious. Google is getting ready for deep learning and it wants you to be ready as well, which is why the tech giant has launched a three month course in order to help you learn its next level machine language. Deep learning is a machine learning technique that has become the foundation of the several services that Google already provides (this would include everything from speech recognition to automatically sorting your photo collection). The course is available to see on educational site Udacity, and could actually take longer than three months, depending on how quick you are to learn it. The course details state that if a student or any interested other person is able to invest 6 hours a week into the course, then they will be able to complete it in a period of months.

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Learn How To Code For Free Using These Top 10 Coding Lesson Sites

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 00:30

by Innov8tiv

In the past half a decade or so there has been a lot of concerted effort to make learning how to code a mainstream thing in the society. From boot camps, hackathons to push by civil societies to have coding become part and parcel of school’s curriculum. As we wait for these efforts to yield fruit, does it mean you will wait until the day coding lessons become mainstream especially in our public education system? Well, you don’t have to, there are plenty of sites online that can teach you how to code, and the best part you don’t have to spend much to get the coding lessons. In fact, you don’t have to spend anything at all! Well, except Internet connection and a device to connect to the web.

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How Data Can Help Shape Higher Education Policy

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 04/02/2016 - 00:39

by Brian C. Mitchell, Huffington Post

The report’s authors – Louis Soares, Patricia Steele, and Lindsay Wayt – make the case that “making the black box transparent and deploying the business intelligence therein are among the keys to re-imagining the academic enterprise itself.” Specifically, they argue that “a model that prioritizes granular data transparency provides stakeholders visibility into the connections between expenses, revenue, and educational outcomes.” Put in other terms, data infuses good policy decisions influenced by a transparent process with nothing to hide. It’s a remarkably simple and telling conclusion. The authors assume, of course, that current governance supports full transparency. But there are some sticking points that must first be overcome if “networked leadership” that will guide transparency is going to work.

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What Higher Education Can Learn From The Fall Of The Newspapers

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 04/02/2016 - 00:34

by Frederick Singer, Forbes

Today, technology is also changing the way that even the most venerable institutions of higher education operate at a difficult time when even the value of the degree is being called into question. Students face a multiplicity of options to acquire knowledge outside of colleges and universities. Colleges and universities will adapt and unbundle, some argue, or go the way of the local newspaper. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Visionary institutions are already making smart, competitive choices without disrupting their values or upsetting faculty. The analogy is imperfect but instructive. So what might higher education learn from the newspaper industry?

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ASU to develop online science course with $10M from NASA

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 04/02/2016 - 00:32

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Arizona State University will get $10.18 million over the next five years from NASA to create a science course that focuses on exploration over simple memorization. Campus Technology reports the courseware will incorporate simulations, virtual field trips, and adaptive learning in a program first designed for independent learners and eventually expected to be applied to a K-12 curriculum. Researchers in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration will develop a range of learning experiences focused on astrobiology, using content from NASA to bring the course to life.

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