PicoFeed The Chronicle of Higher Education | Technology https://www.chronicle.com/section/Technology/30/ 2018-10-20T06:43:30-04:00 The Chronicle of Higher Education Can an Innovative Online College Help Adults Stay Employed? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Can-an-Innovative-Online/244797 2018-10-16T10:17:00-04:00 Foundry College is designed to prepare adults for middle-skill jobs that won’t leave them vulnerable to losing their livelihoods to a robot in the years to come. By Goldie Blumenstyk MIT Plans $1-Billion Project to Develop Artificial Intelligence — and to Tackle Challenges the Technology Will Create https://www.chronicle.com/article/MIT-Plans-1-Billion-Project/244806 2018-10-15T21:46:00-04:00 Fueled by $650 million in gifts so far and 50 faculty hires, a new college will break down interdisciplinary silos and explore both the future and implications of the growing field. By Lee Gardner What the Degree Really Means https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-the-Degree-Really-Means/244747 2018-10-08T19:08:00-04:00 As a society, we have put a “pay to play” barrier on the path to good jobs, with college credentials the cost of getting in the game. That’s a big source of resentment about higher education’s value today. By Scott Carlson Graduates Are Told They Can Do Anything With Their Degrees. Is That Why They Feel Lost? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Graduates-Are-Told-They-Can-Do/244696 2018-10-02T07:22:00-04:00 For many privileged students at well-regarded institutions, the march toward a credential doesn’t include much time for technical training or reflection on career paths. That’s a problem, and the stakes are high. By Scott Carlson What’s the Value in Helping Students ‘Reclaim’ Their Degrees? https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-s-the-Value-in-Helping/244614 2018-09-24T16:12:00-04:00 “Reverse transfer” campaigns make a powerful sales pitch — to get students on the doorstep of a degree across the threshold. But it’s not entirely clear how much of an impact they make. A new campaign could provide answers. By Goldie Blumenstyk It’s Time for Colleges to Stop Overlooking Hispanic Adults https://www.chronicle.com/article/It-s-Time-for-Colleges-to/244539 2018-09-18T04:45:00-04:00 Most efforts to enroll Hispanic students begin and end with the 18- to 24-year-old set. A new program backed by $2.5 million in grants aims to change that. By Goldie Blumenstyk ‘Education Governors’ Once Roamed Statehouses. Are They Making a Comeback? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Education-Governors-Once/244477 2018-09-10T16:04:00-04:00 The National Governors Association thinks so. The association has found that work-force readiness, college affordability, and teacher retention are hot topics in gubernatorial races. By Goldie Blumenstyk Do Corporate-Style NDAs Have a Place in Higher Ed? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Do-Corporate-Style-NDAs-Have-a/244434 2018-09-04T13:00:00-04:00 Even if a controversial policy at Purdue University Global is an anomaly, it could be yet another harbinger of the rising corporatization of academe. By Goldie Blumenstyk Big Companies Are Investing in Free College. Will Their Commitments Last? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Big-Companies-Are-Investing-in/244375 2018-08-28T11:01:00-04:00 Colleges would be wise to engage more vigorously with those corporations now, while the economy is strong and the employers could use their help. If they don’t, other companies will be more than willing to pick up the slack. By Goldie Blumenstyk On Twitter, Students Want to Know: How Many Retweets for a Full-Ride Scholarship? https://www.chronicle.com/article/On-Twitter-Students-Want-to/244329 2018-08-21T21:04:00-04:00 In the self-serving subculture of retweeting for fame, some universities have been hit with repeated requests for free tuition — if a prospective student can spur a storm of retweets. By Chris Quintana With Employers in the Mix, Can Badges Become More Than a Fad? https://www.chronicle.com/article/With-Employers-in-the-Mix-Can/244322 2018-08-21T11:48:00-04:00 The promise of badges is clear: to help students get hired by highlighting their skills, not just their degrees. Whether the facts live up to that promise is another matter. By Goldie Blumenstyk What’s in Store for Ed Tech? An Annual Report for Leaders Lays It Out https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-s-in-Store-for-Ed-Tech-/244274 2018-08-16T00:01:00-04:00 Analytics, active-learning classrooms, and adaptive courseware are poised to grow more common. By Beth McMurtrie Can This Tiny Career College Really Become ‘America’s Work-Force Partner’? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Can-This-Tiny-Career-College/244264 2018-08-14T12:39:00-04:00 ECMC Group didn’t earn many fans for how it handled the decline and fall of its Corinthian Colleges campuses. But the organization’s new, scrappier approach to career education might be worth your attention. Here’s why. By Goldie Blumenstyk How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Teaching https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Artificial-Intelligence-Is/244231 2018-08-12T19:00:00-04:00 New technologies promise to make the classroom experience more interactive and personal, but they also raise concerns about ethics and privacy. By Beth McMurtrie Online Learning Is Misunderstood. Here's How. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Online-Learning-Is/244173 2018-08-07T16:37:00-04:00 One out of three college students takes at least one class online. But we still get a lot wrong about the medium, according to professionals who work in the trenches. By Goldie Blumenstyk Hey, Alexa, Should We Bring Virtual Assistants to Campus? These Colleges Gave Them a Shot https://www.chronicle.com/article/Hey-Alexa-Should-We-Bring/244129 2018-08-02T17:42:00-04:00 Three research universities provided students with Amazon’s Echo Dot devices in pilot programs last year. Here’s what they learned. By Lindsay Ellis Big Data Is Getting Bigger. So Are the Privacy and Ethical Questions. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Big-Data-Is-Getting-Bigger-So/244099 2018-07-31T10:52:00-04:00 Using wireless-network data to determine where students spend their time on campus could help those students succeed. The idea is a little cool. It's also kind of creepy. By Goldie Blumenstyk Apps Can Help Advise First-Generation Students. But It Takes a Human to Say, ‘I Believe in You.’ https://www.chronicle.com/article/Apps-Can-Help-Advise/243876 2018-07-09T16:26:00-04:00 Buoyed by a $20-million gift, the College Advising Corps is doubling down to help more minority, low-income, and first-generation students get into college. Without them, says its founder and chief executive, Nicole Hurd, “we won’t have the democracy we want.” By Goldie Blumenstyk The Single Best Way to Help Older Students? ‘Colleges Shouldn’t Make Adults Do Scavenger Hunts’ https://www.chronicle.com/article/The-Single-Best-Way-to-Help/243752 2018-06-25T12:55:00-04:00 Speaking from his own experience, Mike Krause, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, says colleges should help veterans, for example, “just enough.” They appreciate peer mentorship, but “veterans don’t need coddling.” By Goldie Blumenstyk What Do Online Students Want? 3 Findings From a New Survey Offer Some Clues https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-Do-Online-Students-Want-/243653 2018-06-13T11:59:52-04:00 For one thing, they’d like to be able to take classes via their phones. By Goldie Blumenstyk