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Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Hardest Students to Teach | Teaching Professor Blog

"Some students are more challenging to teach than others. They require pedagogical skills of a different and higher order" argues Maryellen Weimer, PhD.

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Sometimes it’s easier to sigh and just turn away. And that’s legitimate in the sense that students (indeed, people of all sorts) have to figure things out for themselves. But many of us were such “works in progress” when we were in college, and a teacher (or several of them) ended up being instrumental in moving us in more productive directions. It’s for that reason I’d like us to consider some of these challenging students, each one a unique individual, but many displaying the same counterproductive attitudes and actions. Descriptions of these students come much more easily than solutions to what’s holding them back. Said more directly, my goal here is to start this conversation and ask for your wisdom, insights, and experiences with students who are tough to teach.

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The Student Who’s Cruising – The one who is just going through the motions, doing coursework with the least amount of effort. Often these students are polite, sometimes even apologetic, but they’re fundamentally uninterested in learning what’s being taught in the course, and one strongly suspects they’re not interested in any of their courses. Can personal attention make a difference? Can showing you care inspire even a modicum of motivation? What about choice? “Is there a way you could do this assignment that would make it more interesting?” What about challenge? “Study hard for one exam—put your brain to the test so you know what it can accomplish.” What about confrontation, constructively framed, but still in the student’s face? “Why isn’t coursework part of your agenda in college?”...

Two points in summary: Maybe the best we can offer these challenging students is our vision of their potential, unclouded by their behaviors. And we may never know that we made a difference. Writer T. C. Boyle had three college teachers who were instrumental in his discovery that he could write. Of one of them, he observes, “He saw something in me—in my writing and my intelligence—and he tried to promote and encourage it.” Boyle says of this teacher who became his mentor, “I hurt him. I didn’t attend classes. I hung with the losers.” But that teacher’s vision caused Boyle to move in a new direction. He started to read books.
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Changing Mobile Learning Practices: A Multiyear Study 2012–2016 | EDUCAUSE Review

Student surveys on mobile technology usage highlight a need for better mobile integration in coursework and institutional strategy.

"Since the first iPhone was invented in 2007, mobile devices have progressed from a convenience in our daily lives to a necessity" says

In higher education, the use of mobile technologies in learning has also increased rapidly over that 10-year period.1 Given mobile's changing nature and affordances, however, it is still unclear how to best integrate the technology into both coursework and institutional strategy. 

At the University of Central Florida (UCF), we conducted online surveys in 2012, 2014, and 2016 to gather student perspectives on mobile learning at the university. Our goal was to get an overview of students' mobile device ownership and learning activities over time and understand related trends. This article compares the results of the 2016 survey to the previous two surveys and addresses three research questions: 
  1. What types of mobile devices do students use, and how has device ownership changed over time?
  2. How do students use mobile devices and apps, and how has that usage changed over time?
  3. What are students' beliefs about mobile usage, and how have those beliefs changed over time?

Mobile Technology and Education 
According to the ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2017, 95 percent of undergraduate students own a laptop or a smartphone and 30 percent own a laptop, a smartphone, and a tablet.2 Mobile technology's high ownership has translated into increased usage to support student learning; this is particularly true with smartphones, which are conducive to agile tasks such as communication, easy information access, and photography.3

According to a recent survey, for example, 70–79 percent of University of Washington students reported using smartphones for academic purposes in at least one class.4 Other study results show that 78 percent of students consider their phones to be at least moderately important to their academic success,5 while 83 percent used a smartphone for course-related activities for one or more of their courses and 25 percent used a smartphone for all of their courses.6

Although usage for academic purposes has clearly increased, several challenges remain in implementing mobile technology in higher education. These challenges include a disconnect between student and instructor views of mobile technologies, a lack of pedagogical support or training for instructors, and a lack of effective technical support for mobile learning...

Next Steps 
Our mobile survey results offer a systematic view of mobile learning implementation and its implications for practice at UCF. Our hope is that it might also help other institutions promote and more systematically establish mobile learning practices of their own.

Among our short-term plans are to eliminate the disconnect between instructors and students through faculty training and pedagogical support. In addition to our stand-alone mobile training course, we intend to integrate learning concepts, such as universal design, into all training programs to help instructors design mobile-compatible online courses and assignments.

To support these mobile initiatives, UCF has created a new position, program director of mobile strategy, to focus on growth and awareness of mobile technologies.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Nvidia's amazing deep learning tool can reconstruct incomplete photos | TechRadar

Phil Hall, Photography Editor inform, "A glimpse into the near future of image editing."

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It might look like witchcraft, but researchers at Nvidia have developed an advanced deep learning image-retouching tool that can intelligently reconstruct incomplete photos.

While removing unwanted artefacts in image editing is nothing new – Adobe Photoshop's Content-Aware tools are pretty much the industry standard – the prototype tool that Nvidia is showcasing looks incredibly impressive. 

Don't take our word for it – check out the two-minute video below to get a taste of what this new technology is capable off.

Research at NVIDIA: AI Reconstructs Photos with Realistic Results 

What differentiates Nvidia's new tool from something like Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop is that it analyzes the image and understands what the subject should actually look like; Content-Aware Fill relies on surrounding parts of the image to fill in what it thinks should be there. 

Source: TechRadar and NVIDIA Channel (YouTube)

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How Robots Are Helping MBA Students Be In Two Places At Once | BusinessBecause

"New technology lets b-schoolers attend classes and meet recruiters virtually via robots" summarizes Seb Murray at BusinessBecause.

Carey's “Gizmo”, one of three Segway robots at the business school
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Albert Einstein once claimed that you can be in two places at once. The boffin was right—and you don’t need to be a quantum physicist to do it; merely a business school student. MBAs are attending campus classes using robots, controlled from halfway across the planet.  

Online learning has existed for decades, but schools are turning to newer forms of technology as the demand for digital degrees rockets and technology becomes increasingly prevalent in the workplace.

At Arizona’s W.P. Carey School of Business, MBA and Executive MBA students are able to attend classes virtually using “Gizmo”, one of three Segway robots with wheels that display a student’s face via an iPad strapped to the machine. A microphone and speaker enable conversations in real-time, while the wheels let students roam campus, interacting with anyone who crosses their path.

Lisa Bienstock says that she would not be able to get her Carey EMBA if it were not for technology such as Gizmo. “I’m a parent,” she says. “I also work full-time and I’m getting my Executive MBA all at the same time. I wouldn’t be able to do it if I didn’t have the support of ASU and technology like Gizmo to be in two places at once.”

She cites, as an example of how the robot has helped her, an instance in which she was attending a conference in Las Vegas but had to attend EMBA classes simultaneously in Arizona. “I was able to attend class through Gizmo, which was phenomenal as I didn’t miss anything,” says Lisa.

She controlled the Arizona-based bot from her Vegas hotel room using her laptop keyboard. “It’s great for parents or people who have sick children or disabilities — if you can’t get to class, you’re able to be there to participate [virtually],” Lisa says.

The robots may seem unusual but are now regularly roaming some campuses, with remote students routinely rolling into lecture theatres on wheeled machines, as well as meeting recruiters virtually using the devices.

MIT Sloan School of Management in Massachusetts, for instance, has been using robots designed by Double Robotics and Avaya Robotics since 2015, mostly in the executive education space where distance learning is more common than in MBAs.

Schools hope the robots mimic the feel of being on a buzzy campus, though nothing has truly replicated that experience yet. 
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Be A Master Of Networking by Ania Zymelka at BusinessBecause.
"The ultimate guide to networking, from cycling clubs to lunching with CEOs. Plus how to write those pesky introductory emails."    

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

3 Benefits of Online Programs at Community Colleges | Education - U.S. News & World Report

"Access to a physical campus is among the advantages of attending a local community college as an online student" reports Bradley Fuster, associate vice president of institutional effectiveness at SUNY Buffalo State.

Many community colleges offer seamless transfers to four-year colleges.
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Since the humble beginnings of American community colleges in 1901, these institutions have typically focused on meeting the academic, professional and vocational needs of nontraditional, financially constrained students bound to a certain location.

Community colleges have been successful, growing undergraduate enrollment faster than their four-year public, four-year private and for-profit competitors from 2000 to 2015.

Findings from the National Center for Education Statistics show that in fall 2014, of 6.4 million students attending public community colleges, 1.8 million students enrolled in at least one online course, with 690,000 students attending community colleges completely online.

Over time, more online programs and degrees have become available. For example, Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina, offers more than 100 online programs.

While community colleges may not have the reputational prestige of large, national online colleges, they generally have a much lower sticker price. Here are three additional advantages of attending an online program at a public community college. 

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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NASA's women scientists rank space movies from worst to best - the list | Science - International Business Times, India Edition

The story is based on a BBC report on NASA's women and their take on films that project their profession.

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"Scientists at NASA are fans of film, more so when they are based in space - here is a ranking of what real space engineers think of space movies" according to Immanuel Jotham, Science and Technology reporter at International Business Times.

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Scientists at NASA are a big fan of movies, especially space movies, however, not all movies based in space strike a chord with actual engineers who work and develop the technology that will one day take humans into the great beyond. Here is a list of movies that a team of women NASA employees thinks of space movies - ranked from worst to best.
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Source: International Business Times, India Edition

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tour the Space Station in VR with This Amazing 3D, 360-Degree Video | Tech -

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"The National Geographic Channel has revealed the first 3D, 360-degree video of space as a part of its new documentary series "One Strange Rock" reports 

We took a virtual tour with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station while hearing their thoughts on the enormity of space, and it left us speechless.

First-Ever 3D VR Filmed in Space | One Strange Rock

A special delivery arrived at the space station last November: a state-of-the-art Vuze VR camera. European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli brought the camera with him during his daily routine on the station. Nespoli received unique training on the device from series filmmaker Darren Aronofsky himself, who gave the Italian astronaut a crash course in VR filming via Skype. To experience the full impact of the video, watch it on your smartphone while wearing your favorite VR headset.

The video begins in low Earth orbit. An instrumental prelude plays as the space station approaches. The welcoming voice of retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield relates how his 166 days in space changed his world view, both literally and metaphorically. Hadfield is soon joined by former NASA astronauts Mae Jemison, Mike Massimino and Nicole Stott, all of whom discuss their experience of Earth from the rarified vantage point of the space station. [The International Space Station: Inside and Out (Infographic)]

Nespoli carries the trusty camera through the tight quarters of the space station, providing viewers with a 360-degree perspective of life aboard the outpost in the sky. Wires, fixtures and equipment cover nearly every surface of the cabins, but that's nary a problem when you can float past them in microgravity. Nespoli also recorded super-high-definition footage of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, the first woman to command the space station, including her final day in space at the end of Expedition 52. The sequences will appear in the series' final episode, which airs on Monday, May 28 at 10 p.m. EDT/9 p.m. CDT.

Source: and National Geographic Channel (YouTube)

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Seven Artificial Intelligence Advances Expected This Year | Technology - Forbes

"Artificial intelligence (AI) has had a variety of targeted uses in the past several years, including self-driving cars" continues Forbes Technology Council.

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Recently, California changed the law that required driverless cars to have a safety driver. Now that AI is getting better and able to work more independently, what's next?
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We asked seven technology experts from the Forbes Technology Council their thoughts on the advances and implementations in AI that they expect to see in the year ahead. All the responses touched on how AI can help humans now, instead of much further down the road. This is what they had to say.

1. Improved Patient Health Outcomes 

I expect that we will see an increased focus on improving health outcomes utilizing artificial intelligence. Patients are producing significant amounts of health data with mobile devices and connected wearables. Providers are using electronic health records generating enormous amounts of information. Applying artificial intelligence will utilize information from patients and providers to actively identify health conditions that may not have been detected until later. - Meghann Chilcott, OrderInsite, LLC
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What You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence | Parade

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Kathleen McCleary, Contributor says, "Artificial intelligence, the top job trend, is here to stay and it’s changing the face of work."
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If you’ve recently chatted online with customer service, had an X-ray taken or applied for a loan, you’ve likely experienced A.I., including “chatbots,” diagnostic imaging machines and loan algorithms. But the new wave of technology doesn’t necessarily mean unemployment.

“People fear a lot of jobs will be destroyed, but the reality is jobs will change as people team up with technology,” says Andrew Chamberlain, Ph.D., chief economist with job search website Glassdoor. A recent report by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) found that up to 32 percent of the U.S. workforce (166 million people) will have to move out of their current occupational categories to find work over the next 12 years, but they’ll be taking on different jobs, including some that never existed before.

“Everybody’s job is going to look different by 2030,” says Susan Lund, partner with MGI and an author of the report. Think back to 1980, before personal computers and the internet. PCs have created 19.5 million new jobs in the U.S., from software developers to semiconductor manufacturers. At the same time, 3.5 million jobs have dried up, including typists, secretaries and typewriter manufacturers. Still, the economy has gained 16 million jobs over the past 35 years, thanks to new technology...

Natalie Choate, director of media relations and partnerships for the Texas Tribune, worked for the organization for more than five years in fundraising and membership before moving over to her current job. “I was stepping out into the unknown,” she says. “It was a completely different job—and different jargon.” The Tribune was willing to invest in the time it took her to learn her new gig in order to keep her on staff. “I have very patient co-workers who helped me get from point A to point B,” she says.
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Changing the game: Machine learning in healthcare | Healthcare IT News

"When EHRs can learn – gather and remember – what works best for each user, they can attain maximum efficiency" according to Paul Black, CEO of Allscripts.

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As we live in the new world of quality, value-based care, we must be able to draw more insights and conclusions from ever-increasing amounts of information. We have the data, now we must put it to work. When we combine all of this data with machine learning, we are equipped to make smarter decisions. We have the power to transform healthcare – from the way we use electronic health records to the way we predict and deliver care.  

A game changer for EHRs 
Most EHRs are built on technology that is 20 or 30 years old. Generally, EHRs have kept up with rapid changes in healthcare by making incremental improvements over time. But it is challenging to retrofit EHRs to take full advantage of new innovations.

EHRs must do more than store data. They should be smart enough to deliver the right information at the right time, at the point of care. When an EHR is powered by machine learning, it can pre-populate information based on usage patterns and deliver preference reminders, constantly surveilling trends by user and organization to create opportunities for more effective care...

A game changer for population health, predictive modeling 
Machine learning is also empowering us to analyze patient data at a level never before possible. We can now transform data into insights and actionable information.

Just think how a "data lake," where we are able to store millions of de-identified patient information to structure and to analyze data and study problems that are meaningful to health care, could transform diabetes care, for example.

We now have the power to compare things like blood sugar levels, body mass index, age and other risk factors and analyze treatment outcomes...

The way of the future 
...extraordinarily exciting set of capabilities today that didn't exist a decade ago. It enables computers to handle greater amounts of work than human beings can undertake, and will become increasingly important in this era of consumerization...

Source: Healthcare IT News (blog)

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