The latest budget proposal released by California Gov. Jerry Brown calls for a significant addition to the nation’s largest community college system: A fully online California community college. California’s community colleges serve 2.1 million students, or roughly one-quarter of all community college students in the nation.
Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, in-person learning. At present, colleges and universities are most worried about competition from schools or training systems using online learning technology.
Artificial intelligence is a rapidly emerging technology that has the potential to change our everyday lives with a scope and speed that humankind has never experienced before. Some well-known technology leaders such as Tesla architect Elon Musk consider AI a potential threat to humanity and have pushed for its regulation "before it's too late"—an alarmist statement that confuses AI science with science fiction.
The concept of “Artificial intelligence” can be hard to understand/grasp, especially when trying to think about how it can be applied to education as well as many other sectors of society. In December 2015, the Getting Smart #AskAboutAI research began and over these two years, they have identified over 100 applications of AI to life in areas such as recreation, transportation, education, healthcare and gaming to name just a few.
One hundred years ago, today’s classroom would have been unimaginable. From white boards to laptops to learning management systems that enable learners to learn anywhere and anytime, there is not much about today’s technologies that reflects those present in a classroom from 1918. However, this doesn’t mean that our counterparts back in 1918 didn’t have their own form of “ed tech.”
As the scourge of ransomware continues unabated, K–12 education increasingly falls victim. As of December, at least 283 U.S. public schools and districts have reported cybersecurity incidents in the nearly two years since January 2016, according to the EdTech Strategies’ K-12 Cyber Incident map.
Risk one is the invasion of student privacy, utilizing data by tech companies collected when students are online. The story of inBloom is a cautionary tale. Funded in 2014 with $100 million from the Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, inBloom intended to collect massive amounts of personally identifiable student data and use it to “personalize” learning to each student.
As a new year commences, many educators wonder what’s on the minds of technology leaders and what they see ahead for edtech in 2018. While new classroom technologies and digital learning platforms will continue to proliferate, the education sector may also start to notice shifts within institutions on tech-related cultural issues, sources in the field say.
Virtual reality plays a significant role in the education field or sector. It makes it easier for students to comprehend what they are being taught and also allows them to live the reality. Virtual reality opens up many opportunities in the educational system.
Concerned that current technologies may not be closing equity gaps, a group of educators, researchers, developers and funders gathered over the course of this past year to consider how we might do better. Here’s some of what we learned about the challenges and opportunities in mobilizing new technologies to address educational equity.