Picture this: you begin your day like any other. The sun rises. You roll out of bed, prepare for the day, and get to work. You arrive with the full knowledge that all of your peers are as prepared and able to take on the day's tasks as you are.
There's been a great deal of recent press and politics around the climbing walls, lazy rivers and other seemingly lavish campus amenities that have become commonplace at colleges and universities. But critics are missing the real arms race in higher education: a new student-recruitment spending war that is orders of magnitude more expensive and ends in only higher tuition rates for students -- with none of the fun and relaxation.
Cindy Carr, the technology enabled learning and teaching co-ordinator with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, said the main goal of using the new technology is to have educators and students collaborate more. "St. Ignatius High School had a long pilot for Google App education and two years ago, we decided to take it to all of our schools," said Carr.
It's not every day you can witness an entire class of software making the transition from specialized, expensive-to-develop code to a general-purpose technology. But that's exactly what's happening with machine learning. Chances are, you're already hip-deep in machine-learning applications. It's how Google Photo organizes those pictures from your vacation in Spain.
IT and analytics managers struggling with all the data flooding into their organizations may find it hard to ignore the increased marketing push machine learning tools are getting from technology vendors. And for good reason: Running automated algorithms designed to learn on their own as they churn through large data sets can accelerate data mining and predictive analytics applications -- and give users information they might not get otherwise.
There has been an explosion of Ed-Tech startups in the last 2 years. While one set provides video lectures or tutoring, the other provides digital test papers. On the surface, this looks like a digital classroom. But parents are skeptical. Why will a device work better?
OLC Innovate is now in full swing in New Orleans. Unfortunately, I am not able to attend the Online Learning Consortium gathering this year (physically or virtually), so I'll be relying on all of you to share what you are learning.
Online courses may not have overwhelmed undergraduate education in a disruptive "tsunami," as once predicted. But Stanford President John L. Hennessy, speaking at a summit on online learning on Friday, April 15, said it is a time of "great experimentation" and called for new research to help measure effectiveness and establish best practices.
Colleges and universities must adapt to a new business model when it comes to marketing. Higher education marketing is more competitive now than it has ever been before, and it's only getting worse. The number of high school graduates in the pool of prospective college-goers is smaller in the Northeast and Midwest than it has been in recent decades.