For humans to stand a chance in the age of artificial intelligence, we need to join the other team, at least in Elon Musk’s view. Musk has co-founded Neuralink, a medical research company dedicated to building a seamless brain-computer interface, called “neural lace.” Neuralink is already raiding research labs and universities for engineers and neuroscientists to build its technology. Its goal: upgrade the interface between the digital world and human brains.
Just months after L. Rafael Reif became provost of the MIT in 2005, he encountered a significant problem: appreciable numbers of students were no longer attending classes. Investigating the issue, he found that groups of them were eschewing formal study to work together on their own projects using materials from OpenCourseWare, the university’s online library of course content. “I saw the future – that’s it,” said Reif. The discovery led to MIT’s current teaching model and the launch of MITx. Now the research giant is working to improve teaching practice.
What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? Which trends and technology developments will drive transformation? What are the critical challenges and how can we strategize solutions? These questions steered the discussions of 77 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition. This report charts the five-year impact of innovative practices and technologies for academic and research libraries across the globe. The three sections of the report constitute a reference and technology planning guide for librarians, library leaders, library staff, policymakers, and technologists.
Arizona State University will spend more than $100 million to renovate and rethink its libraries, the clearest indication yet of how the library fits into the institution’s plan for the public research university of the future. For President Michael M. Crow “The library has never been more important.” Many other universities are reorganizing their libraries as they see an increase in the use of electronic resources and demand for cafes, multimedia classrooms, maker spaces, writing centers and other spaces devoted to teaching, learning and research.
Digital credentials are making their mark in multiple areas and blockchain technology could offer a simple pipeline for job candidates to share with hiring managers what they've learned. Figuring out this sort of credential transfer is important in an era when employers are moving away from the idea that the four-year degree is the final arbiter of a person's abilities. In a university setting, the concept of the blockchain is to give people full control over their credentials and transcripts. Blockchain could put the record in the alumni's hands. When that day arrives, it could go down in the annals as a milestone.
As schools innovate and transform what teaching and learning look like on their campuses, the design of academic buildings is likely to change in dramatic ways as well. Bryant University offers a glimpse of what the future of campus design could look like with its new Academic Innovation Center (AIC). In this interview, Ron Machtley, president of Bryant University, and Kip Ellis, the architect behind the project, explain the unique concept of the AIC.
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