Google's Larry Page: The Most Ambitious CEO in the Universe Fortune
The Google CEO is the kind of guy who thinks the improbable is a given and the seemingly impossible is likely. He’s not one or two steps ahead of his engineers and research scientists; he often seems to inhabit an alternate universe, where the future has already happened.
If setting high expectations and challenging employees to meet them is a time-honored management tradition, then Page has taken the approach to another level altogether. It’s the combination of intensity of purpose with Google’s eye-poppingly strong financial results that makes Page Fortune’s 2014 Businessperson of the Year.
How does a tech company remain dominant? CEO Larry Page believes the best way is to invent the future. Through its moon shot factory, Google X, the web search giant is busy doing just that. Here are a few of its most ambitious bets: Ingestible nanoparticles, high-tech ballons that beam down broadband and robots.
Colleges and Universities Charge More, Keep Less, New Report Finds The Hechinger Report
Forced to keep discounting their prices as enrollment stagnates, U.S. universities and colleges expect their slowest growth in revenue in 10 years, the bond-rating company Moody’s reports.
The proportion of their tuition private colleges and universities are giving back in the form of discounts continues to creep up, to 45 percent from 43 percent last year.
While students and their families may see tuition going up, the pressure on universities and colleges to moderate these increases and give deeper and deeper discounts means they’re still barely keeping pace with inflation, the survey shows.
New Model Needed to Close Widening Education Gap University World News
When most people think of college students, they imagine recent high school graduates in their late teens and early twenties. But today, many degree seekers are working-class, middle-aged working adults. According to the US Department of Education, more than 73% of current US students are deemed ‘non-traditional’.
The modern college system – including most of today’s online programmes – was not designed to meet the needs of these students. Non-traditional students need flexibility. So wow do we fix the education model to address these barriers?
Move away from ‘seat time’ models, where every student moves through classes on a pre-set schedule and embrace adaptive (or personalised) learning technology to help students learn at their own pace.
Tech Trends Shaping The Future Of Medicine
Parts 1 and 2 Forbes
Enormous technological changes in medicine and healthcare are heading our way. They are important because of the impact they will likely have on all of us at one time or another.
To get an overview of the trends in healthcare technology, we turned to Dr. Bertalan Meskó, medical futurist. He identifies several areas that he believes will shape the future of medicine and healthcare for decades to come.
Some of these trends are: Gamifying health; Nanorobots living in our bloodstream; Empowered patients; Artificial Intelligence; Telemedicine and remote care; Surgical and humanoid robots; Genomics and truly personalised medicine and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) biotechnology.
George Siemens: ‘Students Need to Take Ownership of Their Learning’ Online Educa Berlin
Dr Siemens spoke to OEB Editor Annika Burgess about how data is providing opportunities that teachers and educators can’t and where he sees e-learning headed in the future.
What do you think will be the next big e-learning trends? The credentialing pipeline is going to be one of the more interesting innovations in the next several years because it will cause us to think a bit more differently around the process of degree granting.
What do you think are the most important factors that need to be addressed to boost MOOCs to the next level? A lot of what’s wrong with MOOCs stems from how they emulate traditional classrooms. Students need to go through an age of enlightenment with regard to their own learning – meaning that you own your learning process; you’re responsible for what you learn. And we really need to provide an adaptive, personalised learning experience for each individual student.
Palabras Clave: Educación en línea, aprendizaje personalizado, tendencias educativas
Schooling for Employment: How Higher Ed Should React to the Growth of Coding Academies The EvoLLLution
The modern higher education institution can learn lessons from software development schools, which have introduced short-term programming that delivers work-relevant skills.
In short, these schools have a highly efficient educational model that promises to go from campus-based learning to employment in 12 weeks.
Software development schools are disrupting the “typical” learning sequence by incubating existing abilities in a potential student and determining a goodness of fit between the learner and the content.
Can You Learn Nanotechnology Online? Online courses are reshaping higher education. But what does that mean for hands-on learning in scientific fields? The Atlantic
In the two years since these MOOCs arrived on the scene of higher education, educators have learned a few tricks to teach STEM subjects because they can be harder to teach in online courses because of their hands-on nature.
Some universities have invested in technology to teach STEM that may make it even more engaging for students. These tactics shed some light on where MOOCs are going in the future, both with their content as well as how universities utilize them.
This past summer, Aneesh Nainani, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University in California, taught his first MOOC on nanotechnology through Stanford’s partnership with the for-profit provider Coursera.
Palabras Clave: Nanotecnología, MOOC, educación en línea, ciencia
UT Arlington to lead $1.6 million Research Project Focused on Digital Learning Phys Org
The Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Lab at UT Arlington has been chosen to lead a $1.6 million initiative to connect and support researchers as they examine digital learning's effect on higher education today and in the future.
The new Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. LINK Lab Executive Director George Siemens will coordinate work.
Some of the areas to be addressed by research include: competency-based learning; learning analytics; growth of higher education globally; learning at scale and Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs; personalization and adaptation; and credentialing and accreditation through digital programs.
I Attended a Conference Remotely Thanks to this Robot
(And it was a very strange experience) Fast Company
It’s just another morning for me in my Los Angeles apartment. When I get out of bed I put on a flannel shirt, a large sweater, and sweatpants. I spread almond butter and grape jelly on a pita. I make coffe. And then I enter the Defrag Conference in Broomfield, Colorado.
I do this by checking into one of Double Robotics’ Double telepresence robots, a sort of $2,500 iPad-on-a-stick, attached to a little wheel. At Defrag, people can see my face on the screen of the iPad; at my apartment in Los Angeles, through my own iPad, I can communicate with and observe the conference in Broomfield.
The Double telepresence robot is trying to solve The great dilemma: how to be somewhere that you aren’t. And thanks to this robot at no point did I have to deal with catching an Uber to the airport, taking off my shoes at security, getting a rental car, or bad hotel coffee. Excluding the hypothetical cost of the robot, I spent zero dollars to be present 1,000 miles away.