Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has said the size of the countryâ€™s population with full access to internet connectivity is just about 20 per cent.
Speaking on a national television thursday, Shittu explained that internet connectivity in the country at present is restricted to only areas that has mobile telephone network service.
â€œWe need to have sufficiency in satellite communication, for now we are still deficient in it in the sense that accessibility to internet throughout the country is about 20 per cent and until we have sufficiency in the laying of cables to connect every part of this country, that deficiency will still be there.
He said at present, network subscribers cannot only get access to the internet only where there are mobile telephone network.
The minister, who also spoke yesterday during the inauguration of 18-member committee on the establishment of an ICT University in Nigeria, said the drive was in realisation of the critical role of Information Communication Technology (ICT) could play in the sustainable growth and development of the nation.
The former Executive Secretary National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, is heading the committee whose mandate it is to develop a robust curriculum of the proposed ICT University of Nigeria, among other recommendations.
While giving the rationale for the venture, Shittu said one of the obvious ways to re-strategise our ICT skills requisition and R&D to focus more on solutions to current and anticipated challenges in the sector.
â€œIn response to the foregoing, the Ministry of Communications has identified the establishment of an ICT University as one of the ways to move to the next phase of the nationâ€™s ICT growth by the enhancement of ICT learning environment that is geared towards the stimulation of creative thinking.
â€œTo ensure that Nigeria keeps pace with the rapidly changing technological development in the global ICT industry, deliberate policy strategies must therefore be put in place within a nationally and globally defined agenda for sustainable ICT development,â€ he said..
The minister further explained that the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), which had served as ICT training facility with campuses in each of the six geo-political zones would be converted to serve as the ICT University with specialisation in various ICT fields and expertise.
He said the ministry has secured necessary endorsements from relevant stakeholders both within and outside of government including global leaders in the ICT industry such as Cisco, Facebook, Huawei, MTN, D-Links, Globacom, Lenovo, Samsung, Apple, Siemns, Nortel, Intel, Motorola, Ericsson, Dell, HP, ZTE and IBM.
These industry giants according to the minister have expressed their unequivocal support for this project with pledges in the provision of faculty, library content, syllabus, logistics, including funds towards the realization of the ICT University of Nigeria
Shittu also said the appointments would soon be made for the positions of acting vice chancellor and acting Registrar in preparation for the take off of the institution.
The climate change and prescription drug law has revived a set of party goals that were widely thought to be dead.
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In 2015, Ashok Goel and his colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology informed a class of students that a new teaching assistant named Jill Watson would be joining their course on artificial intelligence.
They left out an important detail, however: Jill Watson is, herself, an artificial intelligence agent. It wasn’t until late in the term that students started to suspect that the answers to their online queries were not coming from a flesh-and-blood TA. Since then, Jill Watson has participated in 17 classes held both online and in person, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, in subjects ranging from biology to engineering and computer science. Meanwhile, Georgia Tech continues to explore the potential of AI in higher education.
The academic landscape was already being transformed by economics and technology before the massive disruption of COVID-19. AI can play a key part in this new educational reality, says Goel, a professor of computer science and human-centered computing, and director of Georgia Tech’s Design & Intelligence Laboratory.
“The old normal is gone forever,” Goel says. “Even when students return to campus, they’ll be going back to more online and blended courses, and we’ll be looking for ways that AI can enhance those classes.”
The impact of COVID-19 on AI in higher education is hard to predict, says Kathe Pelletier, director of Student Success Community Programs at EDUCAUSE. The economic impact of the pandemic may cut spending in research and development, but institutions could look to AI agents for efficiencies as they operate with fewer staff, she says.
The forced move to online teaching did crack some cultural barriers that have slowed adoption of AI tools and the adaptive learning strategies they support, says Pelletier. “Some faculty members who have historically resisted change began to recognize the value of all sorts of technologies during lockdown.”
Enabling adaptive learning, which personalizes learning for individual students, is one of the most promising aspects of AI, she says. Realizing that (and the rest of the technology’s potential) will take time, however.
“AI can process a tremendous amount of data and provide students what they need when they need it,” Pelletier says. “It extends the human capacity to access information, to optimize research and make it more efficient. It can also be the basis for more personalized learning pathways. But humans have to develop algorithms for those pathways, and development time is significant.”
Goel acknowledges the arduous development process that produces AI applications. The original teaching assistant application initially took more than 1,500 hours to program, even using IBM Watson technology. However, a sibling application, dubbed Agent Smith (a nod to The Matrix), can clone a Jill Watson for a specific course with about 10 hours of human input, Goel says.
“We want to use AI to build AI,” he says. “We’re working to take Jill Watson to the Georgia Tech level, where it can be used for any class here. Eventually, we want to share the technology with other universities and with high schools.
Agent Smith means I could go to a busy middle school teacher and offer her the support of a Jill Watson with the investment of just 10 hours of work.”
One variation on Jill Watson can independently read documents and answer questions about, for example, a syllabus or a reference manual. Another, named VERA (Virtual Ecological Research Assistant), enables users to construct conceptual ecological models and run interactive simulations.
Yet another assistant, named SAMI (Social Agent Mediated Interaction), in development, is designed to address a lack of social contact and emotional engagement for online students by alerting them to interests and backgrounds they share with classmates.
“Can AI build better, stronger human interaction? We hope so,” Goel says. “But the application also raises questions of data privacy and security, bias and trust, which we’ll have to answer as we continue with AI.”
Students of Chinese language at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) can be encircled by a panoramic screen and find themselves surrounded by human-sized images in what could be a Beijing marketplace. One student’s unscripted negotiation with a vendor might be interrupted by another shopkeeper negotiating the price. Both merchants are AI agents developed as part of the Mandarin Project.
RPI was the first university in the U.S. given access to IBM’s Watson AI technology, which led to the creation of the Mandarin Project in 2012. From there, RPI and IBM established the Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab (CISL) to explore the use of AI to stimulate “embodied learning,” says CISL Associate Director Jonas Braasch.
“We want students to learn how to translate what they’ve learned from textbooks into the real world,” he says. “Because AI has a long history in gaming, we use similar techniques like interactive engagement with synthetic characters, along with the aspect of rewarding success, rather than marking off for mistakes.”
At present, the Mandarin Project and CISL are only available onsite, but COVID-19 has prompted researchers to explore adapting the technology for different delivery modes.
At CISL, the use of AI in higher education aims to support human instructors, not replace them with bots, Braasch says. “Our systems can increase engagement, and that increases learning. AI can increase the fun of learning.”
AI-based technologies are taking a central role in building operations at the University of Iowa. Leveraging IoT data from sensors embedded in heating, cooling, electrical and security systems, the university relies on AI to manage energy use, maintenance expenses and user comfort in 70 percent of its academic buildings, says Don Guckert, who retired in July as Iowa’s associate vice president for facilities management.
“We’re taking advantage of what’s already in place with our building and mechanical systems and using artificial intelligence to optimize energy consumption and maintenance costs, reduce risk to business continuity and increase the comfort of our buildings,” Guckert says.
In the past three years, the university has expanded a fault detection and diagnostics project to cover more than 55 buildings. The initial investment paid for itself through reduced energy and maintenance costs in approximately a year, Guckert says.
When Iowa shut down its campus in March and moved to online classes, some staff remained. Should one of them test positive for COVID-19, access card data can trace the person’s movements, thus simplifying contact tracing and identifying areas for decontamination, Guckert says.
Using AI, he continues, is an effort to move beyond the traditional reactive maintenance model. “As an industry, facilities management has always been complaint-based. We wanted to use technology to get ahead of problems before they happen.”
On the hires, Amaresh Godbole, CEO Digitas India said, “Data is at the heart of our global and local proposition. We already have a robust data science team in place that services not just Digitas, but serves as a center of excellence for all Publicis Communications brands in India as part of the Groupe’s Power of One Strategy. Prachi’s experience will help us take our data offering to the next level, delivering advanced capabilities such as predictive analytics.”
Siddhyesh Narkar, chief technology officer, Digitas India said, “In today’s ecosystem, custom technology solution providers like us need to play a consulting role to help our clients make the most of the adtech and martech ecosystem. Nilesh will guide this effort and strengthen our partnerships with the likes of Sitecore, Salesforce, Adobe, IBM Watson, amongst others.”Meanwhile, Prachi Pawar said, “The thing I found most exciting about this opportunity was the chance to move from a standalone data function to one where data comes to life via Publicis Groupe’s myriad offerings. Our data capabilities now power insight generation, dynamic content and business decision making, and it’s brilliant to see it come to life as we win pitches and produce truly data inspired work for our clients.”
Speaking on his appointment Nilesh Vaidya said, “I see this role as the need of the hour. My experience will be put to great use here, synthesising external product partnerships with our custom technology capabilities, and delivering best in class marketing transformation solutions for Digitas and Publicis clients as a whole.”
Education & Learning Analytics Market by Offering (Software, Services), Deployment, Application (People Acquisition & Retention, Operations, Performance Management, Others), User Group (Academic, Corporate) and Geography - Global Forecasts to 2029
Redding, California, June 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to a new market research report titled, “Education & Learning Analytics Market by Offering (Software, Services), Deployment, Application (People Acquisition & Retention, Operations, Performance Management, Others), User Group (Academic, Corporate) and Geography - Global Forecasts to 2029”, the global education & learning analytics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23.8% from 2022–2029 to reach $36.59 billion by 2029.
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The market's growth is attributed to factors such as the growing need for data-driven decisions to Improve the quality of education and extensive government initiatives for education modernization. The incorporation of machine learning and artificial intelligence in education & learning analytics is expected to create growth opportunities for the players operating in this market. However, a lack of awareness regarding education analytics standards and data hygiene among educational institutes can obstruct the market growth.
Impact of COVID-19 on the Education & Learning Analytics Market
The COVID-19 pandemic emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. By March 2020, the pandemic had spread across most countries around the world, leading to the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic. Governments across the globe imposed countrywide lockdowns and restrictions on travel and trade to ensure public health & safety. These lockdowns negatively impacted most sectors. Educational institutions worldwide were temporarily closed, severely affecting the education sector. According to the World Economic Forum, 1.2 billion students could not visit educational institutions leading to a considerable impact on learning. As a result, education changed dramatically with the advent of e-learning, wherein institutions started teaching remotely through digital platforms.
Before the outbreak of COVID-19, educational institutions had started effectively incorporating data analysis, slightly boosting the education & learning analytics market from its nascent stage. The shutting down of schools, academic institutions, and educational enterprises compelled learners to adopt the remote learning approach to manage their syllabus and courses. Many universities successfully transitioned to e-learning. For example, Zhejiang University (China) managed to get more than 5,000 courses online within just two weeks into the transition using DingTalk ZJU. Imperial College London started offering a course on the science of coronavirus, which was launched on Coursera, becoming the most enrolled course in 2020. Also, governments across the globe made efforts to devise open-source e-learning solutions to provide education to all students regardless of their technical barriers. For instance, the Government of India developed several free e-learning platforms such as SWAYAM, DIKSHA, and NPTEL for learners pursuing various courses.
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Thus, with the growing adoption of remote learning and e-learning platforms, institutions can leverage learner/student data to make future decisions to support institutional progress and Improve learners’ performance. Thus, the adoption of learning analytics is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on incomes, and as a result, many governments across the globe ordered schools and other educational institutions to reduce tuition fees to provide some relaxation to learners. This factor lowered the adoption of newer technologies among educational & academic institutions due to being largely considered non-essential. However, learners’ growing dependency on e-learning platforms is expected to encourage the adoption of learning analytics solutions & services among educational & academic institutes, boosting the growth of this market in the coming years.
The global education & learning analytics market is segmented by offering (software and services), deployment mode (on-premise and cloud-based), application (people acquisition & retention, operations, performance management, and others), user group (academic institutions and corporate users), and geography. The study also evaluates industry competitors and analyses the market at the country level.
Based on offering, the global education & learning analytics market is segmented into software and services. In 2022, the software segment is expected to account for a larger share of the global education & learning analytics market. The segment's growth is mainly attributed to software's ability to pinpoint individual learning styles and anchoring content that better matches the learner’s learning style. However, the services segment is projected to grow at a faster rate owing to the growing preferences of educational institutions concerning the technical support and maintenance of the education and learning analytics platforms.
Based on deployment mode, the global education & learning analytics market is segmented into on-premise and cloud-based. In 2022, the cloud-based segment is expected to account for a larger share of the global education & learning analytics market. This segment is also expected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period. Benefits such as enhanced scalability, accessibility, and automated upgradation offered by cloud-based analytics solutions contribute to the growth of this segment.
Based on application, the education & learning analytics market is segmented into people acquisition & retention, curriculum development, operations management, finance management, performance management, and other applications. In 2022, the performance management segment is expected to account for the largest share of the global education & learning analytics market. The large share of this segment is mainly attributed to the growing need for monitoring the individual performance of learners and the growing demand from educational institutes to develop personalized content. The segment is also expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
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Based on geography, the market is broadly segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. In 2022, North America is expected to account for the largest share of the global Education & learning analytics market. The education and technology infrastructure in the U.S and Canada is approaching its maturity, and the region is home to a majority of recognized education and learning analytics providers. Besides, the constant incorporation of education and learning analytics by school districts and private schools is also helping the region retain its dominance in the global market. However, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to emerge as the fastest-growing market. Positive government initiatives for promoting education modernization and high population concentration with developing technological infrastructure are further expected to drive the demand for education & learning analytic tools in the region in the coming years.
The report also includes an extensive assessment of the key strategic developments adopted by the leading market participants in the industry over the past four years.
The global education & learning analytics market is consolidated and dominated by a few major players, namely, MicroStrategy Incorporated (U.S.), TIBCO Software Inc. (U.S.), Alteryx Inc. (U.S.), D2L Corporations (Canada), SAS Institute Inc. (U.S.), IBM Corporation (U.S.), Microsoft Corporations (U.S.), Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc. (U.S.), SAP SE (U.S.), Oracle Corporations (U.S.), Blackboard Inc. (U.S.), Tableau Software (U.S.), Qlik (U.S.), Yellowfin (Australia), and Latitude CG, LLC (U.S.), among others.
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Education & Learning Analytics Market, by Offering
Education & Learning Analytics Market, by Deployment Mode
Education & Learning Analytics Market, by Application
Education & Learning Analytics Market, by Region
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa
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TS POLYCET application starts, register by June 11
The Telangana State Board of Technical Education and Training (SBTET) has started the online registration for the Telangana State Polytechnic Common Entrance Test (TS POLYCET) 2021. Students seeking admission to diploma courses in Engineering (Polytechnic), Agriculture, and Animal Husbandry and Fisheries can apply online at polycetts.nic.in till June 11. However, students can also apply till June 15 with the payment of an additional late fee.
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Students qualifying SSC or its equivalent test recognised by the Telangana Board can apply for TS POLYCET 2021. The students who have qualified with a compartment are also eligible to apply for TS POLYCET. The TS POLYCET syllabus is based on the syllabus for the Senior Secondary classes under the state education board of Telangana.
Students seeking admission to Agricultural diploma courses at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) and diploma in Animal Husbandry and Fisheries offered at PV Narasimha Rao Telangana Veterinary University (PVNRTVU) are also required to appear in the exam.
TS POLYCET 2021 test will be held for a duration of two hours and 30 minutes. It will comprise of only one paper and will be based on the Class 10 (SSC) syllabus of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Class 10 (SSC) Exam. The test will be held for a total of 150 marks -- Mathematics (60 marks), Physics (30 Marks), Chemistry (30 Marks) and Biology (30 Marks).
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Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. The Android SDK provides the tools and APIs necessary to begin developing applications on the Android platform using the Java programming language.
An OS is similar to Windows that controls your desktop or laptop personal computers. Google fully developed Android and make it into an Open Source. Now, any phone manufacturer can use Android without expensive license fee from Google. Because it is Open, manufacturer can make changes to Android without restriction, allowing it to fit the device they are making - total freedom. This makes it a big incentive for any device manufacturers to adopt Android. The ability to run tens of thousands of apps is another big incentive.
Software Development companies and Android programmers consider, Android platform as the most promising platform due to the cost efficiency in production values. Google has given the scope to develop equal native applications, with which a user can replace the Google bundle with his own non-Google bundle applications. So Android programmers are the most desirable techies of 2012
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the spotlight in 2012 will be on serious business apps. More and more businessmen are now increasingly depending on their smartphones and other mobile devices to multitask in lesser time frame and generally make life easier for them.
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Mobile consumers now prefer using their mobile devices to make payments online. Services such as Mobile Wallet are taking precedence over credit cards, debit cards and net banking.Companies are looking to use custom-made enterprise business apps that help in a variety of activities
Emergence of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is in like never before. Almost all industries today are shifting to the cloud and are offering cloud-based services.Naturally, this trend is creating cloud-based app providers
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All the latest mobile devices support GPS and hence, offering targeted and relevant location-based content is most beneficial to the mobile advertiser, mobile marketer and B2B companies alike.
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