Does Reliance on Artificial Intelligence Compromise Our Ability to Think?

It poses a risk agreed University of Maryland University College cybersecurity faculty members Emma Garrison-Alexander, Tamie Santiago and Candice Smith, who explored the influence of AI bias on society in a Facebook Live panel discussion Feb. 13.

“Often times we tell ourselves that by using [AI] technology we are freeing up our mind to use on other projects,” said Smith, associate professor in the UMUC graduate cybersecurity technology program. But over time in the process, she suggested we sacrifice cognitive functioning.

“We let AI do all these executive functions for us. It almost allows us to dumb ourselves down and not take responsibility for our own learning and mental capacity,” Smith said.Continue Reading

UMUC Orkand Chair’s Book to Receive 2019 UPCEA Frandson Award for Literature

Peter Smith, Ph.D., University of Maryland University College Orkand Chair and professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education, has been named recipient of the 2019 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature, sponsored by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), for his book “Free Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education.”

The award, given to the author and publisher of “an outstanding work of continuing higher education literature,” will be conferred at the UPCEA annual meeting in Seattle, March 27-29, according to the association’s announcement.  In all, UPCEA honored 10 individuals and six programs with awards in 2019.Continue Reading

UMUC Field Study Students Take It to the Streets of Europe

As UMUC Europe celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019, it heralds its state-of-the-art learning models and a unique program that for decades has immersed students in living classrooms to study history, literature and art in the very places where it was made, inspired or imagined.

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Combating Artificial Intelligence Bias Starts at the Top

University of Maryland University College cybersecurity faculty members Emma Garrison-Alexander, Tamie Santiago and Candice Smith will explore the influence of AI bias on society in a Facebook Live panel discussion on Feb. 13

It’s no secret that artificial intelligence (AI) has a bias problem. Machine learning bias, a phenomenon occurring when an algorithm produces results that are systematically prejudiced, affects many aspects of our society including racial partiality in hiring, policing, judicial sentencing and, as recently discussed in a New York Times editorial, healthcare.Continue Reading

Social Consciousness Takes the Field in 2019 Super Bowl Advertising

Online conversation has the “big game” trending and some people like to watch the NFL’s biggest event of the year just for the commercials. In fact, data show that 70 percent of people are more likely to pay attention to advertising during the Super Bowl than to ads that appear during their “normal” TV viewing, according to Sandeep Patnaik, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) professor and program chair for the Master of Science in marketing.Continue Reading

Does Online Conversation Give Super Bowl Advertising a Boost?

Online conversation has the “big game” trending and some people like to watch the NFL’s biggest event of the year just for the commercials. And while Super Bowl viewership varies from year to year—more than 111 million and 103 million watched in 2017 and 2018 respectively—this football extravaganza arguably is still the best way for advertisers to promote their products and services to as many people as possible at the same time.Continue Reading

UMUC Student’s Essay on Physician-Assisted Suicide Earns Top Honors

Ladonna Ford, a senior at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), is the winner of the 2018 Mary E. Brown Undergraduate Student Paper Award. The award is sponsored by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and given for “an outstanding undergraduate paper dealing with a topic related to dying, death, loss and bereavement.”Continue Reading