Professional, Continuing, and Online Education News


See below for a listing of curated news articles of the day brought to you by Ray Schroeder, Director of the National Council for Online Education. 

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  • 7+ Amazing Examples Of Online Chatbots And Virtual Digital Assistants In Practice - Bernard Marr, Forbes
    Two of the most influential tech innovations that rocketed into our daily lives in the last several years are virtual digital assistants and online chatbots. These AI-driven tools are already impacting the way people live and how companies interact with their customers in just about every industry. It is expected that the market for digital […]
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    IBM will invest $2 billion in its New York footprint that will help create an artificial intelligence (AI) research center at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week. The new research hub, dubbed the AI Hardware Center, will focus on computer chip research, development, prototyping, testing and simulation. IBM […]
  • Preparing workers for the - new economy - AACC 21ST CENTURY CENTER
    A Virginia grant program is leading to increased credentials and wages for participants. The grants tie in with the FastForward program, which provides short-term training courses at community colleges. Through the program, students can work toward credentials in health care, skilled trades, welding and manufacturing, education, logistics and transportation, information technology and business and customer relations. Programs […]
  • Higher Education Revamps Online Education in 2019 as Traditional Enrollment Declines - Eli Zimmerman, EdTEch
    Students’ concerns about the return on investment in their education, coupled with a demand across industries for graduates with more practical skills, are driving changes in the ways universities offer education, according to a report from the Brookings Institution. According to the report, both students and employers feel higher education institutions are not giving students the […]
  • Will A.I. Put Lawyers Out Of Business? - Neil Sahota, COGNITIVE WORLD
    What is the law but a series of algorithms? Codified instructions proscribing dos and don’ts—ifs and thens. Sounds a lot like computer programming, right? The legal system, on the other hand, is not as straightforward as coding. Just consider the complicated state of justice today, whether it be problems stemming from backlogged courts, overburdened public […]
  • A Realistic Look at Where AI is Going in 2019 - BY NEIL KINSON, Tech Spective
    When companies say “AI,” they are often using it as a catch-all term for a broad selection of technologies from machine learning and predictive analytics to natural language processing, object recognition and more. It’s a bit like that family member who calls any tablet an ‘iPad’, regardless of the actual device they’re referring to. To […]
  • Report from Learning House and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Reveals Training and Development of Faculty Teaching Online Is Inconsistent - AASCU / LearningHouse
    “Today, online and hybrid courses comprise 38 percent of the courses offered at AASCU institutions, and despite an overall decline in higher education enrollment, the number of online students continues to increase,” said Dr. George Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change of AASCU. “To meet this demand, institutions are rapidly developing and deploying […]
  • Making it easier to discover datasets - Google releases Google Dataset Search Engine! - Natasha Noy, Google Blog
    In today's world, scientists in many disciplines and a growing number of journalists live and breathe data. There are many thousands of data repositories on the web, providing access to millions of datasets; and local and national governments around the world publish their data as well. To enable easy access to this data, we launched Dataset […]
  • The AI research agenda for the next 20 years is being made now - KHARI JOHNSON, Venture Beat
    Integration of key AI systemsBetter understanding of human intelligence and emotionTraining robots to learn by example How people interact with AI systems Recommendations are still being gathered and refined but include: An open national AI platform Broaden AI education in high schools and colleges Create contextually intelligent AI that act as a lifelong assistant   https://venturebeat.com/2019/02/08/ai-weekly-the-ai-research-agenda-for-the-next-20-years-is-being-made-now/
  • Colleges vary widely in reliance on state support, report says - James Paterson, Education Dive
    Although state aid to higher education increased for most states in fiscal year 2019, public universities vary widely in their dependence on state funding and thus their ability to respond to future cuts, a recent Moody's Investors Service analyst report suggested. Three states — Hawaii, Arkansas and Illinois — rely on state support for more […]
  • Did A Robot Write This? How AI Is Impacting Journalism - Nicole Martin, Forbes
    How do you know I am really a human writing this article and not a robot? Several major publications are picking up machine learning tools for content. So, what does artificial intelligence mean for the future of journalists? According to Matt Carlson, author of “The Robotic Reporter”, the algorithm converts data into narrative news text in […]
  • Don't Fear AI: 16 Ways To 'Future-Proof' Yourself As A Professional - Forbes Coaches Council
    Many companies are leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning today, and the impact of these technologies is only expected to increase. While this is great for businesses looking to improve their performance, many employees worry that robots will take over their jobs within the next few years. While AI may certainly change certain types of […]
  • Could Congress Pass a New Higher-Education Law Before 2020? - Eric Kelderman, Chronicle of Higher Ed
    Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican of Tennessee, confirmed on Monday that he hopes to get the Higher Education Act reauthorized within the next year. Doing so could cement his legacy as a bipartisan dealmaker as chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Speaking in a panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute, a […]
  • Report: Colleges must offer digital credentials to stay relevant - Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
    Colleges that offer online programs should grow their digital credential options in order to stay competitive, according to a new report from the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). Credentials are an increasingly popular option for learners, prompting traditional colleges and alternative education providers to increase their offerings to claim a stake in the […]
  • The Purdue University Online Writing Lab and Chegg Partner to Make World-Class Writing Education Tools More Accessible -Purdue University
    The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) and Chegg, Inc. (NYSE: CHGG), today announced an exclusive agreement to integrate Chegg’s Writing tools with Purdue University’s OWL content to support students on-demand whenever and wherever they need it. This partnership furthers both groups’ shared goal to help students worldwide become better writers. “This underscores the huge opportunity […]
  • If taught well, online law school courses can pass the test, experts say
    BY STEPHANIE FRANCIS WARD, ABA Journal The skills for teaching online law school courses are not unlike those needed for the practice of law. Both require concise writing, well-organized outlines and the ability to speak without appearing that you’re reading from a script, says Ellen Murphy, assistant dean of instructional technologies and design at Wake […]
  • Are three-year degree programs the answer? - LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News
    A three-year bachelor’s degree may help students dodge some of the increasingly burdensome debt associated with higher education–that is, if the programs can get off the ground. At least 32 institutions offer programs that help students graduate in three years, and more colleges and universities are expected to follow suit. Many of these three-year degree programs […]
  • Ironwood, The Last Open edX Version, To Be Released This February - IBL News
    Big news for Open edX’s developers: Ironwood, the 2019 version of this learning platform, will be released on February. The first release candidate, Ironwood.1rc1, was just made available this week. “Our goal is to release Ironwood in two weeks. In order to do that, I need to hear back from you about how testing is going,” Ned […]
  • Lifelong Learning For The 100-Year Life - Jeffrey S. Russell, Evolllution
    In this new world, described in The 100-Year Lifeby Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott, most of us won’t have the luxury of sticking with what we learned in college during our teens and 20s. Most of us won’t be able to stop working in our 50s, either, as my father and grandfather did. With careers lasting […]
  • Midwest instructors move classes online during polar vortex - Natalie Schwartz, Education Dive
    When a polar vortex swept through the Midwest last week and triggered wind chills as low as 66 degrees below zero, University of Michigan professor Perry Samson thought it was too good of a teaching opportunity to pass up. Samson, an atmospheric sciences professor, teaches a course called "extreme weather." In it, he covers topics such […]

News from UPCEA: 

US Department of Education Begins Substantial Negotiated Rulemaking Sessions

Beginning Tuesday January 15, following a day and a half of weather delay, the Department of Education initiated negotiated rulemaking sessions covering a considerable number of issues important to UPCEA and its membership. Meetings will continue through the months of February and conclude in March. Among...

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Reflecting on 2018, and (Tentatively) Projecting the Future (Inside Higher Ed)

Just like that, another year is almost over. If it’s been as much of a whirlwind for you as it has for us, you’re likely struggling to make sense of all that changed on the digital learning landscape this year. Our second annual year-end recap...

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UPCEA Submits Comments on Proposed Public Charge Rule

Higher education groups request exemption for Title IV student aid and international students ​UPCEA today joined over 150,000 groups and individuals submitting comments on the Trump administration’s proposal​ to overhaul how the government evaluates whether a would-be immigrant is “not likely to be a public charge”—that is, not likely...

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