EDUCATION FOR HUMANS IN AN AI WORLD

| March 6, 2019

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The world of our future has been described as an “intelligent, digital mesh” where artificial intelligence is the engine, and physical and virtual environments are conflated into an immersive digital existence. It is technology meshing people, processes and objects together for a new kind of existence and lived experience.

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Harper College is a great place to start or continue your college education. Earn your degree, prepare to transfer to a four-year institution, train for a new career or just get that class you need. Harper offers 111 certificate programs, 41 Associate of Applied Science degree programs and 7 associate/transfer degree programs. Harper College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCA), the same institution as four-year colleges and universities in the midwest, such as University of Illinois, Northwestern University and Washington University.

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How to Make the Education System More Beneficial with Blockchain and Digital Badges?

Article | January 18, 2021

Due to the increased exposures and positive COVID-19 cases, the educational industry is adapting to the fourth industrial revolution more swiftly than intended. Both students and educational institutions are realizing the requirement of technology to support the learning process. It has also led to the development of digital badges and the adoption of blockchain in this sector. But, why should we adopt blockchain? Blockchain which is originally known as being the support of digital currencies like bitcoin is not new to the academe. Blockchain can be used as a validation tool for learning. With blockchain as the backbone of the educational system, institutions will become able to list courses, manage training badges, and issue certificates to the students. It will in return reduce the chances of issuing fraudulent certificates. Moreover, having high-end encryption, even the most experienced hackers will not be able to tamper the credentials. And, what’s a digital badge? A digital badge validates the accomplishment, skills, and certifications of students. It can also be offered to the student after completing internships. In the educational sector, a digital badge can be acquired by a student after learning a skill or completing a course. It should be considered by every institution to help students in showcasing their skills in the job market as well. The digital badges are multipurpose. It can be used for certifications to show the acquired skills, transparency for other universities or schools to collect key details of the student, and validation to show that the individual has participated in a workshop or training program. Besides the basic reasons discussed, how these digital badges can help and why should institutions opt for digital badges? Why Should Educational Institutions Opt For Digital Badges? Among numerous reasons why an educational institution should go for digital badges, let’s check some of the most important reasons. Personalized Learning Micro-credentials help in dividing the part of the subjects into certain skills that enables students and educational institutions to design plans according to their needs. With the availability of personalized learning, a learner can complete the course anywhere regardless of the time and earn a badge. Skill-Based Learning A digital badge can enable students to showcase their skills while applying for an internship or part-time job. These badges must be connected with professional capabilities that confirm that it is worthy to the students. These skill badges either can be for technical skills like programming or soft skills like leadership, teamwork, and so on. Open Standards As we know that digital badges are verifiable, it offers a chance for students to learn something outside their typical classroom. It increases the achievement and abilities of the students creating a new opportunity for them at the time of recruitment. Some of the companies and institutions that are using digital certifications include Certif-ID, Stamford University, Georgetown University, and MIT. For those who want to implement blockchain and digital badges in their educational institutions, you can easily hire developers that will build a powerful system to glorify the entire education process. Wrapping it up! To maintain educational records, a digital badge is the most innovative solution. Moreover, the education industry is gradually moving towards record maintenance on blockchain to eliminate fake degrees due to which many deserving candidates lose their chance to attain better opportunities. It is also beneficial for the companies as they will not have to hire less staff for cross-checking the information which will increase their profitability and productivity as well. Despite the increasing acceptance of digital badges and blockchain in the education sector, many educators are unaware of their power. Plausibly, it is about to change soon.

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Here we go again: Back to online learning in Fall 2020

Article | August 19, 2020

As many colleges and universities make the decision to offer online instruction in fall 2020 due to COVID-19, we’re quickly reminded of the Saturday Night Live (SNL) episode that aired during the spring commencement season. “Congratulations Class of 2020! You will now pay full price for your college experience at a University of Phoenix Online without the tech support,” joked Kate McKinnon. She was portraying the principal at a COVID-19 graduation at St. Mary Magdalene by the Expressway High School. Unfortunately, this skit from SNL wasn’t only humorous, it also reflected the reality for some. These people have been thrust into a version of remote teaching that, while developed with the best intentions of faculty and administrators, was more emergency triage than true online learning.

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How Analog Security Cameras Paved the Way for Modern Campus Security

Article | March 2, 2020

There’s no denying that video surveillance is a big part of physical safety on campuses. Today, this technology is a security program staple for universities across the country. A 2019 survey by Campus Safety magazine found that 96 percent of respondents in the higher education, K–12 and healthcare sectors have security cameras installed on their campuses. Most universities have adopted network security cameras, which convert video signals into IP packets broadcast over a LAN or the internet, because they boost security. Schools are also utilizing tools, such as AI-based video analytics software, that enable public safety staff to monitor activity on campus without needing to be at their posts at all times.

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Look Out, Cryptoverse, Blockchain Education Is Just Getting started

Article | February 13, 2020

As blockchain weaves its way deeper into the world economy, more American universities are teaching the technology, offering more courses and expanding delivery methods. Kevin Werback, a professor and blockchain club mentor at the University of Pennsylvania, told Cointelegraph, “Even if they aren’t pursuing a career in the area, most students aren’t confident they can figure it out on their own. Blockchain is just so darn weird.” Weird it is, but employers are demanding more skilled Blockchain workers. Businesses, governments, hospitals and retailers are transforming operations using digital ledgers to share data, create copyrights, collect votes, and even track food, among myriad other uses.

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Harper College

Harper College is a great place to start or continue your college education. Earn your degree, prepare to transfer to a four-year institution, train for a new career or just get that class you need. Harper offers 111 certificate programs, 41 Associate of Applied Science degree programs and 7 associate/transfer degree programs. Harper College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCA), the same institution as four-year colleges and universities in the midwest, such as University of Illinois, Northwestern University and Washington University.

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