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More Frequent, Intensive Advising Cranks up Student Engagement

A new report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin found that students who get more time in advising with more in-depth discussions during their advising sessions are more engaged in community college. The center surveyed about 180,000 students at 297 colleges around the country to study the impact of advising on retention and engagement.

Survey: In an AI World, Retraining Will Come from Employers, Not Higher Ed

Seventy-six percent of respondents in a recent survey "agree" or "strongly agree" that artificial intelligence "will fundamentally change" the way we live and work over the next decade, according to Northeastern University and Gallup researchers. A majority among employed respondents agreed that they'll need more training to get a new job at an equivalent salary. Given a list of retraining options, the largest number (49 percent) would look to employers for on-the-job training.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Feb. 26, 2018)

Upcoming events include the Innovations Conference, Digital Signage Expo 2018, University Innovation Alliance National Summit, SANS 2018, O.L.C. Innovate and the A.A.C.C. 98th Annual Convention.

Volunteers Step in with NMC Horizon Report Alternative

In the wake of the New Media Consortium's bankruptcy and an uncertain future for the organization's "Horizon" reports, a new initiative undertaken by a group of volunteers aims to provide an alternative forum for forecasting the future of technology in education. The "Future of Education & Everything Community" (FOECast) is kicking off this week with a set of activities intended to capture ideas from people worldwide.

MIT Researchers Aim to Bring Neural Nets to Smartphones

Neural networks have been behind many advancements in AI in recent years, underpinning systems designed to recognize speech or individual faces, among others. But neural nets are also large and power hungry, making them poor candidates to run on personal devices such as smartphones, and forcing apps that rely on neural nets to upload data to a server for processing. But researchers at M.I.T. are working on a new kind of computer chip that might change that. The new chip improves the speed of neural-network computation by three to seven times and reduces energy consumption by 94 to 95 percent, according to the research team.

Print Management Software Updated to Cover Fab Lab Gear Too

A new version of software intended to help organizations manage all of their printers now connects with specialty services as well, including 3D printers and CNC machines that may be located in maker or fabrication labs. PaperCut MF version 18 includes a new job ticketing capability that enables printing service operators at schools and colleges to accept specialty and 3D printing job submissions, such as laser cutting and prototype creation. The program enables the operator to track those jobs through the production process while also communicating work status to the requester.

Survey: For Students Focused on Cost, Quality Takes a Back Seat

Affordability is a driving factor in deciding where to go to college for many students, according to Eduventures' annual Survey of Admitted Students. The survey compiles responses from more than 100,000 high school students recently admitted to colleges and universities, in an effort to help enrollment officers better understand student decision-making and improve the yield of the incoming class.

College-Level Cybersecurity Ed Gets Formal Makeover

A two-year effort to develop curriculum guidelines for cybersecurity education will officially be released this week, two months after a report with the details was published by a joint task force. "Cybersecurity Curricula 2017" will be introduced on February 22nd at the Annual ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education meeting taking place in Baltimore. At the same time a new "community engagement website" will also be launched.

IMS Global Updates Caliper Analytics Standard

The IMS Global Learning Consortium has announced Caliper Analytics v1.1, the latest version of its interoperability standard for learning data, designed to foster an open ecosystem for educational data and analytics.

AP CS Principles Most Successful Launch to Date; Has Become a 'Mission' for College Board

A recent computer science addition to the College Board's Advanced Placement course offerings has seen wild success decades after the non-profit originally introduced the subject in its college-level high school offerings.

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