Educational Technology

U-Michigan to Invest $100M in Big Data Initiative

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/13/2015 - 00:35
by Greg Slabodkin, Health Data Management The University of Michigan over five years will invest $100 million in a big data initiative with researchers seeking insights in four targeted areas—healthcare, learning analytics, social sciences, and transportation. Improving personalized healthcare delivery is at the heart of the health sciences/medicine component of the university’s Data Science Initiative. By tapping into DNA sequencing, electronic health records and other sources of big data, U-Michigan researchers hope to translate basic research into patient care based on more precisely diagnosing an individual’s risk for certain types of diseases and coming up with the most effective medical therapies. As part of the Data Science Initiative, U-M will hire 35 new faculty members, expand the university’s research computing capacity and strengthen its data management, storage, analytics and training resources. “We have a substantial personalized health/precision medicine footprint here,” says Alfred Hero, Ph.D., co-director of the new Michigan Institute for Data Science, which was created under the initiative and has an interdisciplinary core faculty of 40 data scientists. “There’s roughly $10 million that will be invested for the computational infrastructure for handling very large data sets.” Share on Facebook

Online learning offers another alternative

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/13/2015 - 00:29

by Jacksonville Daily News

At one time, the public education system was a one-size-fits-all approach to getting students from kindergarten through high school. Now, there are nearly as many options as there are students — each one with strengths that might appeal to different students and their parents. For instance, there are local charter schools, where students, parents, teachers and administrators interact in a way that is simply not possible in the traditional school setting. There are also a host of different programs within those traditional settings — many more options than were available just a few short years ago. And then there’s online learning, an approach that allows students who might be at, ahead or behind the level of their classmates to progress at their own pace.

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Arkansas online-only eVersity ready to enroll after just 18 months

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 00:39

By Aziza Musa, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The UA System board of trustees in March 2014 gave the go-ahead to start eVersity. At the time — and even now — the online market was a competitive one. And in the ring are some of the biggest for-profits, such as the University of Phoenix with its some 250,000 students, as well as the traditional brick-and-mortar universities going online, including Arizona State University with its nearly 83,400 students, 17 percent of which are online only. In Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education has allowed more than 100 distance education providers.

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Udemy sees 200% rise in revenue, online learning demand increases

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 00:34

by Natalie Marsh, the Pie News

Online learning platform, Udemy, has seen an increase in revenue of 200% year on year, as the demand for skills-based online learning increases.Udemy, which launched in 2010 in the US, provides free and paid-for online courses tailored for skills-based learning in subjects including language learning, office productivity and IT and software. Courses are created by instructors themselves, who receive all of the revenue, minus the payment fees, if they bring students to their course, or half of the revenue if students were brought in by Udemy. The revenue increase of the platform overall has risen since last year, when it was displaying a growth of 160%.

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District rolls out revamped elementary computer curriculum

Educational Technology News Blog - Sat, 09/12/2015 - 00:30

by Margaret Reist, Lincoln Journal

This fall, Lincoln Public Schools is rolling out a revamped elementary computer curriculum that emphasizes computer science — and coding — principles. Kent Steen, LPS computer science curriculum specialist, said the goal is to expose all students to the basics of coding and computer science — including robotics — along with digital literacy and digital media arts. Exposing all students to computer science at a young age, by showing them it’s something they all can do, will help reduce the gender and racial minority gap in such fields, he said.

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LinkedIn Open-Sources FeatureFu, A Toolkit For Building Machine Learning Models

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 00:38

by Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch

LinkedIn today announced that it is open-sourcing an internal tool called FeatureFu. The FeatureFu toolkit is meant to make it easier for developers to build their machine learning models around statistical modeling and decision engines. The idea here is to take LinkedIn’s knowledge around “feature engineering” and make it accessible to developers outside of the company. In machine learning, feature engineering is basically using your detailed knowledge of the phenomenon you are looking at and then using that to build machine learning models. LinkedIn argues that most large-scale recommendation systems (think LinkedIn’s own tools for suggesting connections on its site) are managed by at least two teams: one that handles the offline modeling and one that takes care of the online feature-serving/model-scoring part of the system.

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7 Things You Must Know About Lifetime Learning

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 00:34

By Miriam Cross, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

It’s never too late to go back to school, for a degree or for pleasure. You have plenty of options. Older adults may enroll in a degree program, sit in on regular college courses, attend classes with peers or take courses online. Many colleges and universities allow older adults to audit or take classes for credit, as well as host lifelong learning programs for adults 50 and over.

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@ISSUE: Online learning requires educators

Educational Technology News Blog - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 00:30

by JOAN FICKE, Courier – Post

Online learning (or distance learning as it is sometimes called) is here to stay. The conveniences of technology, the exciting changes in instructional approaches and the ever-increasing professional needs for career development will be the essential movers for expanding online opportunities. That said, online learning is not a panacea as is sometimes advocated, and it should be provided by committed and trained educators who understand both its advantages as a learning tool, and its disadvantages when not properly handled.

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