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MOOCs: Education for All– On Going Development in India - IEEE Conference Publication
It is evident, that the number of qualified teachers is less but the number of students willing to learn new technologies is increasing tremendously. Therefore, it is desired that alternative methods should be adopted to reduce the gap between the required number of qualified teachers and the actually available. As the technology is evolving rapidly, Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) appears to be an imminent concept which allows the students to use the IT infrastructure to learn while sitting at their home or workplace. MOOCs help the students to nurture problem-solving capabilities in them with the help of a plethora of online courses in diverse fields. Learners can choose courses of their interest and acquire a certificate of the same. This paper explores the concept and benefits of MOOCs in today’s scenario, its advantages like freedom from geographic boundaries, flexibility, optimal cost, better educational outcomes. Further, this paper highlights challenges and limitations towards implementing MOOCs such as the dearth of infrastructure in developing countries, absence of proper assessment method, invalidity of such courses in conventional degree level programs, lack of practical sessions, and dropout rate. Significant developments in the field of MOOCs are ongoing in India under the banner of Ministry of Human Resource Development’s project SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds). Nature Journal survey has shown that India ranked second in the world to access MOOCs services. Indian Institute of Bombay and Indian Institute of Kharagpur started a program called T10KT (Train 10 Thousand (K) Teachers) to conduct large-scale teachers training and E-learning awareness program. This paper wraps up with some other developments implementing MOOCs in India with some pragmatic case studies.
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Cold Front
But it may also be a bellwether. Although it has the least claim of any state to being overtaxed, lacking both a sales tax and a property tax and actually mailing checks to everybody every year, the governor is making the political calculation that reducing the annual handout would be worse than funding the university. If higher ed can’t win in that setting, it’s in sad shape. A government that can afford to mail four-figure checks to every resident every year has no business claiming austerity, but it is.
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Ezekiel Dixon-Román, PhD - School of Social Policy & Practice
He is working on an authored book project that is theoretically and empirically examining the ways in which data and algorithms become racialized, particularly in the area of algorithmic governance, and, as a result, are active agencies in reconfiguring sociopolitical relations in society. Finally, he is also working on a book project that seeks to draw more explicit links between psychometrics and cybernetics. In this book project, he is examining the psychometric influences that underlie cybernetic systems of computational measurement and reasoning and the ways in which this may be contributing to the reconfiguring of education and society.
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RT : Personally, I’m appreciating the potential of “connectivist” , whereby learning is a process of creating conn…
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(PDF) A Systematic Review of Empirical Studies on Learning Analytics Dashboards: A Self-Regulated Learning Perspective | Wannisa Matcha
A Systematic Review of Empirical Studies on Learning Analytics Dashboards: A Self-Regulated Learning Perspective
Article (PDF Available) in IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies PP(99):1-1 · May 2019 with 1,550 Reads
DOI: 10.1109/TLT.2019.2916802
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The Platform Economy — University of Minnesota Press
The Platform Economy

How Japan Transformed the Consumer Internet
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Clay Shirky on Mega-Universities and Scale - PhilOnEdTech
The essential competition of the 2020s will not be mega-universities versus large- and medium-sized schools. It will be schools with any online enrollment versus those with none, and the schools with none tend to be small.

If schools with online offerings start offering credible, low-cost alternatives to classes at institutions like the Tennessee College of Applied Technology or the Santa Barbara Business College, it may usher in the götterdämmerung of the thousands of small schools that have no national reputation or defensible niche. Whether the closure or merger of many small schools would count as a transformation of higher education depends largely on whether you are counting institutions or students.
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How Computation is Changing Journalism | News | Communications of the ACM
Can you give an example of what AI can do for journalism that would be impossible without it?

One of the most compelling and important scenarios for AI in journalism is in using data mining to help discover new stories. I really like the example of how the Atlanta Journal Constitution discovered the misconduct of medical doctors by using machine learning to sift through 100,000 documents. In 2016, the newspaper published an investigative report uncovering more than 2,400 doctors across the U.S. who had been disciplined for sexual misconduct in their practice; about half of them still had licenses and were still seeing patients. It would have taken journalists thousands of hours to read all 100,000 documents. Machine learning selected only those documents with the highest chance of containing information about misconduct. Thanks to this, the job became doable for journalists. This is a great example of a story that journalists wouldn't find, at least not at that scale, if they didn't have computational techniques.

You write in your book that classical news organizations need to be more like Google. Why is that?

At their core, both computing and journalism share a focus on transforming and adding value to information; so, in a way, Google is in the same business as most news organizations. They organize information and knowledge. If news organizations want to compete as information and knowledge producers, they need to be a bit more like Google. We already see that big information companies like Thompson Reuters, Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and BBC get it; they are already deploying a fair bit of AI and automation. A big open question is what will happen to local news media; they are at a disadvantage in terms of resources and their ability to develop new AI tools.
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