The Harvard University strategic initiative HarvardX is running a massive open online course (MOOC) that features adaptive learning and assessment algorithms that tailor course material in response to student performance. 

"Adaptive learning functionality, through which a computer system can fit learning experiences to the needs of each student, had not been offered previously in a HarvardX course and is featured in a few courses across the edX online learning platform, reports Brent Marlow, Harvard correspondent. That all changes with the first pilot course "Super-Earths and Life, taught by Harvard's Phillips Professor of Astronomy Dimitar Sasselov. The goal is to gain a preliminary assessment of the technological feasibility and impications of adaptive functionahlit to online courses. "Depending on the results, the technology may expand to other HarvardX MOOCs, says Marlow.

"Adaptive learning programs are very good at speeding up information acquisition and lengthening retention, as well as individualizing learning to help learners see where they have difficulty, says Peter K. Bol, Harvard's vice provost for advances in learning (VPAL) and Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Lan- guages and Civilizations.

"One of the big advantages of learning in the digital space is the ability to get real-time feedback, says Robert A. Lue, HarvardX faculty director and professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology. "Adaptive functionality allows users to optimize learning based on their performance, offering a personalized path to mastery."

-Learn more: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/02/adaptive-learning-%20featured-in-harvardx-course/

 

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Skillsoft, provider of e-learning technology, released a new content delivery and learning platform, called Percipio. New content, called business skills and leadership, includes 200 courses and more than 1,800 micro-learning videos between three and five minutes in length. “The videos will be released this month, and an additional 1,100 will be released before the end of December, says Tara O’Sullivan, chief creative officer at Skillsoft.

Skillsoft’s new concept moves away from instructor-led training. The biggest differentiator in the videos is the use of professional actors to depict real-life situations that focus on key messages, O’Sullivan says. Over time, users get to know the actors, such as Seth, who keeps making mistakes at work, and Tom, the CEO who is calm and analytical.

Existing customers will migrate to the new platform over the next year or two while new customers will start on Percipio. Skillsoft delivers Cloud-based content and services to 40 million active users and 6,700 customers, including compliance training for more than 1,000 organizations.

-Learn more: www.skillsoft.com 

 

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MicroTek, provider of training room rentals, virtual training technologies, meeting services and large training roll-outs, released a significant upgrade to its Virtual Training Room, which provides a hybrid learning experience by connecting a live, instructor-led class with remote participants — promoting an equal, interactive learning environment for all learners.

The upgrade includes these enhancements:

>> New breakout room functions. Now, instructors are able to easily place participants into virtual breakout rooms for participation in small group activities.

>> Simplified remote learners connections to the Virtual Training Room platform.

>> New intuitive interface for learners and instructors to use and interact with the system and take advantage of advanced training tools

“Virtual Training Room is a corner-stone of our Next Generation Classroom suite of services and has been very popular with our customers — who have provided valuable insight into how to improve the interface and experience. These upgrades reflect that feedback and enhance the superior learning environment our users expect with Virtual Training Room,” says Ron Tolentino, manager of Technical Services at MicroTek.

 

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Try UpsideLMS for 14 days when you self-setup. The trial, with 24x7 technical support and live chat help, enables users to explore the benefits of a SaaS learning management system as a learner, an administrator, or both.

Features to explore in UpsideLMS are: Blended Learning, E-learning, Classroom Training/ Instructor Led Training (ILT) with Batch Management, Assessments, Social Learning & Knowledge Collaboration, and MIS & Reporting.

The trial area has been designed with a hand-holding section called "Quick Links" that enables users to add new users, add new courses under Curriculums (or choose from the precreated ones), and Assign Curriculum to Users in three simple steps.

Setting up the trial area is extremely simple with the user having to enter a domain name of his/ her choice, a password and name. The area can be personalized by uploading a logo of one's choice, selecting a theme from the ready-to-use theme library or customizing further by choosing from UpsideLMS's wide color palette, fonts and layouts.

-Learn more: https://www.upsidelms.com/us/pressrelease/2017/lms-free-trial.asp

 

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Ed Stengel joined Ingenuiti, as client services manager. Ingenuiti delivers e-learning and translations services to global enterprises. Stengel departed Brookwood Media Arts, after 11 years of service as director of e-learning services.

 

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Brainshark welcomed Der-Mot O'Grady as its new chief financial officer. In his role, O'Grady will be responsible for managing and leading Brainshark's accounting, finance and hu- man resource operations, as well as overseeing Brainshark's relationships with investors, outside counsel and financing institutions.

O'Grady has 30 years of financial experience - including 26 years in CFO roles. Prior to joining Brainshark, O'Grady served as CFO at Xkoto and Convoq, a Web conferencing company.

O'Grady replaces former CFO Mike McEachern, a 16-year Brainshark veteran and founding member of the management team, who has played a key role growing Brainshark.

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Amazon is using Alexa to compete against all of the other retailers on the planet and Google Home. Tesla’s A.I. downloads updated geo-intelligence to compete against all the other car brands that don’t update via the Cloud. IBM’s Watson is automating decision analysis that competes with clinics and hospitals not enabled by its cognitive computer. “This is just the beginning of the A.I. Wars,” says James Canton, futurist.

Companies that are using A.I. to compete will shape the future of A.I. There are companies using A.I. for diagnosing disease, deciphering law, designing fashion, writing films, drafting music, reading taxes or figuring out if you’re a terrorist, fraudster or threat. A.I. is everywhere.

You are exposed to A.I. in real-time if you are within sight of video camera, cell phone, driving a car, traveling by transit, in the city, online or offline claims Canton.

“Here’s a forecast—every job a human can do will be augmented by (increased intelligence assets) and possibly replaced by A.I. Companies will use A.I. to outcompete other companies. A.I. augmented humans will outcompete the Naturals—humans not augmented by A.I.,” predicts Canton.

—Source: Institute of Global Futures www.globalfuturist.com

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Learning Tree International has been awarded a five-year contract by the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency as its strategic learning partner for the provision of training solutions for up to 33,000 NATO staff across 28 European and North American countries. Learning Tree will provide training in project, program and portfolio management; cyber security; service management; and technical I.T. to support NATO in remaining resilient through continuous, rapid innovation.

Under the contract, Learning Tree will provide commercial training services to the NCI Agency, plus the wider community of NATO agencies. The training will be delivered through a combination of on-site courses provided at over 40 different NATO locations, including permanent classrooms on NATO sites, fully equipped by Learning Tree; at publicly scheduled training events in Learning Tree Education Centers; and through AnyWare — Learning Tree’s virtual learning environment.

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Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is playing a bigger role in our every- day lives, but how are enterprises adopting this technology? En- ter cognitive computing and predictive analytics, and so much more. According to the National Business Research Institute, A.I.’s most important benefit is the ability to predict future tasks (38%) and automation of tasks (27%).

—Test your AI knowledge at: https://www.emarketer.com/quiz/artificial-intelligence?ecid=1014#/q/1

 

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The top consumer technology transformations were revealed by Dr. Shawn Dubravac, Research Director, Consumer Technology Association. These trends will impact enterprise technology over the coming months and years.

1. The Next Computer Interface is Voice

The word error rate is now at human parity, meaning the graphic user interface will disappear ushering in an era of faceless computing. Voice will be the command function for digital devices including robotics, A.I., etc.

2. Increasing Intelligent Systems  will Connect Diverse Objects

Software is now found in hardware out of the box, and hard- ware is eating software. Alexa is found in refrigerators and automobiles. While google’s newest smartphone is embedded with AR/VR software out of the box.  “This creates a ‘physical manifestation of data’ in our lives,” says Dubravac.

3. Transportation Transformation

The self-driving car was the catalyst for intelligent systems. With connected systems reporting to other cars, the vehicles can respond and react without human intervention. This is a model of many “robotic” type activities that may complement or replace human interactions.

4. A.I.’s Infusion into Real Life

Blending data from diverse devices is improving signal, functionality, and recommendations for users to follow. Hub de- vices will be used for vocal computing. A.I. will boost informa- tion processing geometrically. For example, Google cars have already driven more miles than a human can in 75 years. The speed, experiences, data collection and sharing has increased geometrically.

5. Digitizing the Consumer Experience

From wearables to smart home, online and mobile characterizes consumers tastes. Drone purchases reached 1.1 million units in 2016; VR 700,000 units; smart watches 5.5 million units and fitness trackers 12.6 million.

—Source: CTA.tech  bit.ly/CES2017TRENDS

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