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Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring

Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The practice is part of a general trend of some hiring companies to move away from assessing candidates based on their resumes and skills, towards making hiring decisions based on people’s personalities.
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What could an AI glean about your personality by analysing your social media presence?  How would you feel about an employer scanning your video interview to feed an artificial intelligence algorithm as it compares your micro-gestures to those of proven producers?   It's a brave new world of work out there.  

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Bill Gates: Why I want to stop talking about the “developing” world

Bill Gates: Why I want to stop talking about the “developing” world | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
My late friend Hans Rosling called the labels “outdated” and “meaningless.” Any categorization that lumps together China and the Democratic Republic of Congo is too broad to be useful. But I’ve continued to use “developed” and “developing” in public (and on this blog) because there wasn’t a more accurate, easily understandable alternative—until now.
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Gates speaks of Hans Rosling's new book Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think.  

 

I am saddened by the news that Han's Rosling died earlier this year. His fact based world view (brilliantly support by data visualizations) is one of the reasons I count myself a serial optimist.  This is a book that will shake you free of preconceptions and help you see the world in a new (and very hope filled) light. 

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Edu Trends Augmented and Virtual Reality —

Edu Trends Augmented and Virtual Reality — | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The concepts of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are becoming increasingly common in the field of education. Although the implementation of these trends is very recent within the education system, their positive effects on learning have been established.
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Infographic rich PDF - March 2018

"The concepts of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are becoming increasingly common in the field of education."

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How You Wound Up Playing The Oregon Trail in Computer Class

How You Wound Up Playing The Oregon Trail in Computer Class | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
All MECC games had to do four things, says Rawitsch. First, the information based on real events had to be historically accurate. Second, learning couldn't be spread out in patches; it had to be woven throughout the game start to finish. Third, it had to include thorough documentation for the teachers to use it as a teaching aid. And fourth, the games had to be fun.
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Remember MECC, Oregon Trail and the Apple II?  The future has always been NOW!

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E-Jobs: NASA - Teach On Mars

E-Jobs: NASA - Teach On Mars | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Download a free Mars poster that speaks to you. Eight posters are available for download and printing. Each poster represents a different type of explorer NASA is seeking.

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In the near future what we think of as cutting edge e-learning will be a quaint antique technology. 

 

I'm guessing that teachers on Mars will be into project based learning~ 

 

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Automation or empowerment: online learning at the crossroads | Tony Bates

Automation or empowerment: online learning at the crossroads | Tony Bates | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The key question we face is whether online learning should aim to replace teachers and instructors through automation, or whether technology should be used to empower not only teachers but also learners. Of course, the answer will always be a mix of both, but getting the balance right is critical.
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I curate digital information. To do so I build and employ filters that help me sift through to find the gold.

 

One very simple filter is "When Tony Bates Talks -- Listen.

 

Love him or hate him. Agree or Disagree. Bates will get you thinking as he supplies historical context along with his thought provoking ideas.

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Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot

Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Students mostly couldn’t tell ‘Jill Watson’ wasn’t human; ‘Yep!’

 

Since January, “Jill,” as she was known to the artificial-intelligence class, had been helping graduate students design programs that allow computers to solve certain problems, like choosing an image to complete a logical sequence.

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Fascinating.  The line between an automated response or canned comment just got crossed.

 

So much of good online teaching and learning is based on developing a safe learning community. Would you take it as a violation of trust to learn your TA was a bot?

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Progress: 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

Progress: 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
About the video
Instead of studying history for one year at the university, you can watch this video for less than five minutes.
Income per person (GDP per capita) is adjusted for inflation and for differences in costs of living (purchasing power) across countries. You can play with the data yourself in Gapminder World.
This is a short clip from the longer film The Joy of Stats ©Wingspan Productions for BBC, 2010.
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Hans Rosling's work presents a continual series of occasions for hope. As he says at the end of this remarkable data visualization video: "Pretty neat, huh?"

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Virtual Reality is the Future of Career Education

Virtual Reality is the Future of Career Education | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Virtual Reality will be omnipresent and ubiquitous in 5 years. It is hard to find now. It is completely missing in education. The question is, who will take a leadership role and fill the gap? Why not you?
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I've been dreaming of full immersion virtual reality education since MECC distributed Oregon Trail on floppy disks. (Way before the turn of the century kids!) 


Who's ready to dive in head first?

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Lochlan Finney's curator insight, March 25, 2015 9:42 AM

This article talks about one of the many future uses of VR, as a means of education. You asked us what we thought the future of technology is, well Sir, I do believe this is it.

Brock Nicholls's curator insight, March 27, 2015 9:34 AM

Pfaff, J (1 March, 2015). Virtual Reality is the Future of Career Education. EduKWest.http://www.edukwest.com/virtual-reality-is-the-future-of-career-education/


This article is an expansion on the idea of virtual reality and what it can do for us. It explains that virtual reality has the possibility of providing us with real life work experiences. Mentions the oculus also and discusses the potential of providing many people across the world at once a unique experience of the scenario in real time. Author states he himself is jumping on board and others should also try filling the gap between VR and online education. Technology allowing people to have a in-depth life like experience before having to really experience it is obviously important and will be massive if done properly.

Benjamin Johnson's curator insight, March 28, 2015 1:06 AM

Difficult to imagine all of the 'in-between' steps between where we are now and being hard-wired into direct-to-brain electrode stimulation.

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Free Earth (Google Earth Pro that is) !

Free Earth (Google Earth Pro that is) ! | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Most amazing of all, Google made this tool available for free. This despite an educational -- and, let's be honest, entertainment -- value that's virtually impossible to measure.

What you maybe didn't know is that Google has long offered a Pro version of Earth as well, one that cost a hefty $399 per year. Now, however, you can get Google Earth Pro absolutely free.

First things first: The words "free trial" still appear in that URL, but as you'll see when you click through to the sign-up page, "Sign up is no longer required for Google Earth Pro." All you have to do is download the installer, run it, then sign in using your e-mail address (as your username) and license code GEPFREE.
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Do you remember when Google Earth first came online?  I do!  What a thrill to see the world flowing across your screen.  My teenage kids would take over the machine to search the world (usually starting with the location of our house).  


It was a thrill then, it's a thrill now.  Free Google Earth Pro. (Free is of course a relative term that we could philosophize over-- with Google you pay in data, not coin.  At least for now! 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 4, 2015 1:59 PM

Do you remember when Google Earth first came online?  I do!  What a thrill to see the world flowing across your screen.  My teenage kids would take over the machine to search the world (usually starting with the location of our house).  


It was a thrill then, it's a thrill now.  Free Google Earth Pro. (Free is of course a relative term that we could philosophize over-- with Google you pay in data, not coin.  At least for now! 

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 5, 2015 1:55 PM

Yes! Just cause it's free and so cool.

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What next for the future tech of 2014? - CNET

What next for the future tech of 2014? - CNET | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The year gone by brought us more robots, worries about artificial intelligence, and difficult lessons on space travel. The big question: where's it all taking us?
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Here's an end of the year round up article that tip-toes through the artificial tulips highlighting technologies and possibilities for the near future. 


Depending on your point of view the near future is either filled with promise or threatening.  


Is the glass half full or half empty? Are you interested in what's coming or afraid to look?  Would you buy a ticket to ride into space or be able to fall asleep in your car as it drives you home?


It's an amazing time to be alive. 

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The Global Learning XPRIZE - YouTube

Published on Sep 22, 2014

The $15M Global Learning XPRIZE is a competition that challenges teams from around the world to develop open source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic.


The learning solutions developed by this prize will enable a child to learn autonomously. And, those created by the finalists will be open-sourced for all to access, iterate and share. This technology could be deployed around the world, bringing learning experiences to children otherwise thought unreachable, who do not have access to quality education, and supplementing the learning experiences of children who do.

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I heard Ray Kurzweil speak in the mid 90's about right now. He predicted computer power, following Moore's Law, would continue exponential growth to the point where AI could manifest the perfect teacher, capable of adapting perfectly to the learner and able to individually educate each person on the planet and allow everyone to maximize their potential.   


The Global Learning X-prize is a part of this vision. Explore it. 

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Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences

Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Story and images by Manish Singh / WinBeta Earlier this year, 


Earlier this year, Microsoft announced "Skype Translator", a ground breaking feature which would allow two people speaking in different languages to have audio conversations. At the company's Worldwide Partner Conference event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a development to that project -- Skype Translator now facilitates video conferencing as well.

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Ever since Douglas Adams introduced the Babel Fish concept in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I've been fascinated by the implications of A.I. enabled universal translation of languages. 


Here's a step in that direction via Skype. (We all know it will be wonky and buggy at first, but it's another step down the road to cross cultural communication.

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Rocio Watkins's curator insight, July 30, 2014 10:37 AM

Wow! 

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, July 30, 2014 11:16 AM

Looks like we are one step closer to Gene Roddenberry's view of the future. Does this remind anyone of a universal translator??? 

terry clarke's curator insight, July 30, 2014 2:54 PM

Although universal communication among people speaking different languages is certainly a worthy goal, I am reluctant to embrace the technology that allegedly allows instantaneous translation during audio/video conferences among speakers of different languages--for many reasons.

  • My ethnic Kazakh daughter and I are bilingual (English & Russian), and I have found that the act, itself, of learning a new language necessarily draws one closer to the customs and practices of the people who use the language in their day-to-day lives (requiring an examination of nearly every aspect of the lives of those who speak the "different language"--allowing, at least the feeling of, adoption of a new and different culture).
  • Language (particularly oral as opposed to written) is an imprecise method of communication, and even experienced translators will attest that different languages have idiosyncrasies that do not allow for an accurate or precise communication of a particular idea, description or opinion sought to be сonveyed. Подвиг (Podvig) is a Russian word used to describe a particular idea in Eastern Orthodox Christianity is an example of one such word--though others may disagree
  • Because of the decline of formal language usage in favor of slang and the explosion of the use of acronyms (SMH, YOLO, WTF), and the multitudes of "figures of speech", I am skeptical that current technology exists that would allow a computer program algorithm to translate accurately and instantaneously the communications between people speaking different languages.
  • Upon reflection, I could not support the widespread use of the technology described in this article. Language, in its many different and beautiful forms, is a reflection of the culture, history and heritage of those who speak it.
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Hope filled news | School in the Cloud

Hope filled news | School in the Cloud | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
In 1999, Sugata Mitra’s pioneering “Hole in the Wall” experiments helped bring the potential of self-organized learning to the public’s attention. Research since then has continued to support his startling conclusion that groups of children, with access to the Internet, can learn almost anything by themselves.

From the slums of India and villages of Cambodia, to schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and United Kingdom, Professor Mitra’s experimental results offer an intriguing new future for learning: a future in which ‘knowing’ may be obsolete.
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I've followed this project for many years.  Sugata Mitra provides the children of the world with a continual series of occasions for hope.  Inspiring video. 

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5 levers that can unlock smarter demand for education technology

5 levers that can unlock smarter demand for education technology | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
When procurement decisions focus too heavily on inputs like enrolling students in online courses or filling tutoring time, it’s hardly surprising to find tools merely providing cheaper seat-time-based learning models. Pockets of the market, such as credit recovery, have largely fallen victim to this trend. Moreover, even if schools want to focus on learning outcomes, they may be purchasing tools blindly when little to no efficacy data exists to inform their decisions.
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EDtech promise and possibility... how to bridge the gaps.

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Key Issues in Teaching and Learning | EDUCAUSE.edu

Key Issues in Teaching and Learning | EDUCAUSE.edu | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Each year, ELI surveys the higher education community to determine key issues & opportunities in post-secondary teaching & learning. These key issues serve as the framework, or focal points, for our discussions and programming throughout the coming year. More than 900 community members voted on the following key issues for 2016
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It's a full plate. Every one of these issues is on my list.

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Dennis Swender's curator insight, October 6, 2016 1:05 PM
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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 7, 2016 1:34 AM
Différents sujets à surveiller pour la pédagogie dans l'enseignement supérieur.
Audencia-innovation's curator insight, October 7, 2016 11:17 AM
Rich and relevant information on pedagogy. Thanks!
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Games and the Future of Education | ABUNDANCE

Peter Diamandis: Learning needs to be less like school and more like Angry Birds. We need get kids addicted to learning while they are having fun. http://xprize.or

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The future I dreamed of as a young teacher is happening right now. The next 20 years will be profoundly interesting for all teachers and learners.

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7 lessons about finding the work you were meant to do

7 lessons about finding the work you were meant to do | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
You don’t “find your calling,” you fight for it — and other lessons from people who found their passion (sometimes late in life).
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I found my calling as a teacher when I as still in high school. It kept coming back. I once had a license plate holder that said "Born to Teach".  After 25 years in public school classrooms I was worn out by the all the demands that were draining my teaching spirit.

 

Then I found my way to teaching online. Returning to school at age 50 was the key.  I fought for a better way to teach... and found it online. ~ Dennis

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Ashleigh Latter's curator insight, May 19, 2016 8:20 AM
This is great! I recently changed career paths and this is a good reminder that I think I've chosen the right thing for now as teaching is making me feel like all 3 of those circles are ticked!
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What Artificial Intelligence Could Mean For Education

What Artificial Intelligence Could Mean For Education | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Recent advances — such as the victory over a human Go champion — raise important questions about AI's potential role in teaching and learning.
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As an online teacher and learner I've been working 'IN' a computer 20 years.  My work place is exponentially more interesting every day. The NPR article is a resource rich overview of how technology and education are transforming teaching and learning.   (Will you be frightened or intrigued by the ideas this piece unlocks?)

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MA-Bell (Aka AT&T) lays it on the line: Adapt or Die

MA-Bell (Aka AT&T) lays it on the line: Adapt or Die | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
People who do not spend five to 10 hours a week in online learning, he added, “will obsolete themselves with the technology.”
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What would you do if you were working for the 'phone company' and Heard these words from the chairman of AT&T?  Sounds like learn or die to me.


What about your teaching career?  Are you, "...riding the copper train all the way down..."  to obsolescence or reinventing yourself?











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Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 K-12 NMC Horizon Report

Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 K-12 NMC Horizon Report | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
A preview of the NMC Horizon Report's interim results for its 2015 K-12 education edition - emerging technologies & trends & challenges in education worldwide

Via David W. Deeds
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What's that coming over the horizon?  

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David Witzeling's curator insight, April 6, 2015 5:55 PM

A look into what may be coming to the K-12 classroom in the next few years. Some of these technologies are already in use in many places.

Dennis Danielson's curator insight, May 6, 2015 7:37 PM

Change or die?

Erin Ryan's curator insight, October 22, 2015 6:14 PM

The students of tomorrow will demand the curriculum of tomorrow. This statement engulfs the idea that education has to change with the times. What used to work, no longer does. We have to make some aggressive changes to education in order to support students in developing the skills that employers expect. I am privileged to work for  district that has many of these new technologies in place. There is a definite awareness in education that our instruction and pedagogies need to be adjusted or revamped to fit our learners needs. The constant news flashes are not new and we are on it folks!

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NMC and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Release th NMC Horizon Report - 2015 Higher Ed Edition

NMC and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Release th NMC Horizon Report - 2015 Higher Ed Edition | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Click here to edit the titleAnaheim, CA (February 11) -- Today the New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition  in a special session at the 2015 ELI Annual Meeting. The 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. This report is also the first NMC publication made possible in part through crowdfunding efforts.  

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I've been following the HORIZON reports for years.  They always give me a sense of what's coming down the near future information highway. 

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 12, 2015 11:06 AM

interesting...

Sue Walsh's curator insight, February 12, 2015 6:34 PM

Brain food. Enjoy :-)

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Old School, New School, No School? As California Goes...

Old School, New School, No School? As California Goes... | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
How California navigates the next five years could lay a blueprint for how higher education as a whole adapts to a shifting climate.
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It takes enormous pressure and time to make changes in education. Can the problems created over the last 30 years be solved in the next 5?

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Harold Jarche: uber-proof your labour - Can Teaching be 'Uberized'?

Harold Jarche: uber-proof your labour  - Can Teaching be 'Uberized'? | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Harold Jarche "Platform capitalism is beginning to define the economy for the second Gilded Age we seem to be entering. It requires 4 contributing factors, which when combined, create a perfect opportunity for the “uberization” of almost any industry...


...Any work that can be billed by the hour is probably a commodity. Any work that can be standardized is a commodity in the eyes of platform capitalists. Any work that can be represented as a flowchart, and eventually put into a software program, is a commodity.


What’s left is work that is creativeSolving complex or wicked problems is another area for human workDealing with people as individuals, requires human compassion and empathy."  (emphasis mine - doconnor)


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Horold Jarche always gets me thinking.  Thanks Harold for provoking the question: Can teaching be 'uberized'?


Can the art we've practiced and evolved become something parceled out via an app to anyone with a demand?  


There is no doubt that much can be learned without a teacher. Mobile learning is real and useful. On demand apps & and the endless supply of YouTube How-To videos can provide us with process knowledge as soon as we come up with a keyword search. 


In a world where information is just a few 'taps' away, all we need is the education to turn information into knowledge. 


As an online teacher I specialize in creating environments that promote self-directed learning.  I've shifted my stance from teacher to guide. My work is to help my students become independent thinkers, learners, and teachers.


Could very clever programming put me out of work? Perhaps.


However,  I believe (based on many years of online teaching experience) that my empathy and compassion for my students can be delivered in a very real and meaningful way via the technologies I teach 'in'.  I doubt that there will be an app for that. 


If someday we can each have our own on demand, mobile and empathetic AI Mentor that develops our capacity to truly learn, then the world becomes a more educated place and everyone wins.  


Until then, a new semester is about to being and I'll be teaching online with all the skills at my command. 8-) ~ Dennis





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tom cockburn's curator insight, January 5, 2015 7:04 AM

I fear it may be too late.Much creative work is getting 'outsourced' to the crowd by companies and Menlo Park or somewhere have already begun on mood recognition apps.

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Microsoft, Intel, and Gaming Companies Get Ready for Laptops and Tablets with 3-D Vision | MIT Technology Review

Microsoft, Intel, and Gaming Companies Get Ready for Laptops and Tablets with 3-D Vision | MIT Technology Review | E-Learning, Instructional Design, and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Laptops with 3-D sensors in place of conventional webcams will go on sale before the end of this year, according to chip maker Intel, which is providing the sensing technology to manufacturers. And tablets with 3-D sensors will hit the market in 2015, the company said at its annual developers’ conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Achin Bhowmik, general manager for Intel’s perceptual computing business unit stated, “You can bring all these digital characters into the real world. It could be your favorite Disney character or something from a game."

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As an online educator, I look at gaming technology and immediately see learning opportunities. At a conference in 1996 I listened to Ray Kurszweil describe a future where AI enabled holographic avatars would be personal mentors and master teachers able to meet the individual needs of each and every learner. It was a vision of ultimate differentiation that would allow everyone to meet there maximum potential.


This 3-D gaming announcement feels like another step into that future.

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