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Report Identifies 4 Areas Where AI Benefits Higher Ed

According to a new report, the four areas where artificial intelligence could prove most beneficial in higher education are: student acquisition; learning and instruction; student affairs; and institutional efficiency. The report was developed by online program management company Learning House.

Research Finds that Anonymized Mobile Data Still Leads to Privacy Risks

When you allow an app to identify your current location through your mobile device, is the result being used to optimize your experience or putting your private data at risk? That's the question behind a study undertaken by researchers at MIT and Imperial College London, who recently published their findings in IEEE's Transactions on Big Data. According to the study, the compilation of massive, anonymized datasets detailing people's movement patterns through their location stamps can be used for "nefarious purposes."

Report: U.S. Needs a National AI Strategy

If the United States wants to maintain its leadership stance in the world for development and use of artificial intelligence, it's time to adopt a national strategy. That's the conclusion of a report developed by the Center for Data Innovation, a self-described thinktank that studies the "intersection of data, technology and public policy."

Intro AI, Machine Learning Courses Wooing More Students

Enrollment in artificial intelligence introductory courses in the United States grew by 3.4 times between 2012 and 2017, and introductory machine learning classes grew by five times during that same period. That's according to the latest AI Index 2018 Report, a rich collection of data intended to serve as a "comprehensive resource" for anybody interested in the field. The information was contributed by universities, companies, consultancies and associations.

New Insights into How People Learn

When the National Academies issued its first expanded "How People Learn" report, the contents struck a nerve, providing a readable explanation of the various research findings on the science of learning along with guidance on how to turn those insights into instructional practice in the classroom. A new version of that report offers an updated view on the topic and pushes beyond K-12.



Digital Dominates in College Libraries

For the second year running, library collections in higher education now contain more digital items than physical. According to preliminary numbers issued by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics, of the 2.5 million items in colleges and universities in 2017, 59 percent were digital — books, databases, media and serials — and 41 percent were physical.

Online Course Enrollment Grows in Face of Shrinking College Enrollment

The share of college students taking online courses has grown, up by about 6 percent, even as the overall number of people enrolled in higher education institutions dropped by about half a percent. According to preliminary numbers issued by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, of the 20.1 million students enrolled in fall 2017, 6.7 million were taking at least one distance education class, representing 33 percent of the total — a boost from 31 percent in the previous year.

FLEXspace: From Learning Space Examples, to Planning and Assessment Tools and a Research Community

FLEXspace, the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange, has changed over time, starting out in 2013 as a great place to showcase and exemplify learning spaces, then rapidly growing to include a comprehensive toolset for planning and assessing these spaces, and now connecting a vibrant research community. Here, CT gets an update from FLEXspace.org pioneers Lisa Stephens and Rebecca Frazee.

Advising Program Helps Underprivileged Students Find the Right College Fit

A recent project found that low-cost advising techniques can help disadvantaged students increase the number and selectivity of colleges they apply to. "Find the Fit," as the initiative is called, is intended to address the continuing problem of "undermatch," in which students don't go to college at all or choose a college that's less selective than their academic credits warrant.

Report: Data Challenges and Retention Offer Barriers to Equity in CS Education

A new report from the Association for Computing Machinery asks whether there's anything to be done for the lack of diversity in the tech field, which seems to arise in high school and college and percolate into the workforce from there. The research project called on university representatives and industry experts to examine questions of diversity in computer science. They offered two big conclusions: First, retention in CS is a major issue; and, second, data collection about retention in CS is poor.

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