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Pearson Global Learner Survey 2019

Pearson have published their inaugural Global Learner Survey, capturing the opinions of learners worldwide. Internationally, learners are relying less on traditional institutions and are adopting a self-directed approach to their education, embracing technology and online learning to facilitate this. Learners are looking for vocational and soft skills bite-size learning across their lifetime. The report highlights… Read more »

Women in AI: Reinforcing Sexism and Stereotypes with Tech

An interesting article from Techopedia on the persistent problem of bias in AI. Why are gendered stereotypes manifested in the female identities associated with AI assistants? Why is there a systemic gender gap in technology roles in general, and in AI in particular? A recent UNESCO report warns how, if men continue to dominate this… Read more »

5 common myths about virtual reality

… and why they aren’t true People have many different ideas about virtual reality, but not all of those conceptions are based in reality. Techopedia looks at the fact and fiction of VR and its potential across a broad range of different industries, highlighting 5 common myths: Myth 1: VR is a modern technology that… Read more »

The Future of Skills in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution

D2L (suppliers of Brightspace) have produced a whitepaper on the skills of the future and how new models of learning must be embraced to meet the needs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As automation rapidly consumes basic tasks in the workplace, they focus on how educational establishments must adapt to address the rising demand for… Read more »

The first AI-generated textbook has been published – but is it useful?

Academic publisher Springer Nature has unveiled what it claims is the first research book generated using machine learning. Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research is a summary of peer-reviewed papers includes quotations, hyperlinks to the work cited, and automatically generated references contents. Does this herald a new era in scientific publishing? Read the full… Read more »

Can AI be a fair judge in court?

Estonia has been adopting AI (Artificial intelligence) for many applications; algorithms assessing satellite images and determining when fields need cutting, matching the skills of unemployed workers with employers and, in their latest ambitious project, an AI judge to adjudicate small claims disputes. This may be the first attempt to give an algorithm decision-making authority in… Read more »

Digital 2019 – global report on digital trends

Hootsuite’s report looks at the past 12 months in all things digital looking at how people around the world use the internet, mobile devices, social media and e-commerce. In 2018 there were more than one million new internet users each day with 57% of the world’s population now connected to the internet. Social media accounts… Read more »

The biggest impact of artificial intelligence? helping humans make discoveries we couldn’t make on our own

Research productivity—the number of researchers it takes to produce a given result—is declining annually. Could AI make research faster and more productive, reviving areas that have become too expensive for businesses to pursue? This MIT Technology Review article looks at the way AI is reinventing the way we invent, the predictions for machine learning and… Read more »

Video feedback using Brightspace and Panopto

In this short 7 minute video, Suzy Atfield-Cutts in Computing demonstrates how to create Panopto video feedback with Brightspace submissions.  Recording with Panopto has the benefit of a longer time duration than using standard Brightspace video feedback and the main screen can also be captured allowing students to follow through the comments with their piece… Read more »