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Ed Department to Colleges: Read the Instructions

by Inside Higher Ed The U.S. Department of Education has a response to colleges and universities confused by how they are supposed to count students enrolled in distance education courses: Read the instructions.  In a study released last month, higher education consultant Phil Hill and the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies found many colleges and universities have under- or overreported thousands of students to the federal government, which tracks those numbers through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System program, or IPEDS.   In some cases, institutions were confused about whether or not to report students enrolled in continuing education, and in others, institutions used their own definitions of distance education. Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_12493') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_12493') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_12493') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_12493'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php');,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if ( === 'facebook_share_button_12493') { button.onmouseover = function(){'#fff'; = '#295582'; = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ = '#3b5998'; = '#d8dfea'; = '#fff'; } } }

Publishers Win Reversal of Court Ruling That Favored ‘E-Reserves’ at Georgia State U.

By Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Ed

How much copyrighted material can professors make available to students in online course reserves before they exceed the boundaries of educational fair use? That’s the essential question at the heart of a long-running copyright-infringement lawsuit that has pitted three academic publishers against Georgia State University. The answer matters not just to the parties to the case, Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al., but publishers, librarians, and professors at many other institutions. It’s already been more than six years since Cambridge, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publications sued Georgia State for copyright infringement. And the latest round of legal action guarantees that the case will drag on a while longer before it produces a reliably precedent-setting answer, if it does.

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Want an online degree? Net ruling threatens that

by Vincent del Casino, AZ Central

Success of online education, including student retention and graduate rates, can’t happen without a wide range of services, from online-faculty office hours to tutoring to disability services and beyond. Online-library access and journal accessibility are also central to success; it is hard to imagine any student today who does not rely on the Internet for much of his or her basic research. An open and accessible Internet is, after all, a space where students — not just as consumers of knowledge, but also as producers — will exchange content across an ever-growing set of information databases. However, just as those in higher education accelerate action to expand online education, the debate about net neutrality — the idea that broadband and Internet service providers should provide open access to all legal online content equally and without interference — has intensified.

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Weltpoliotag am 28.10.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - 4 hours 37 min ago
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Weltpoliotag am 28.10.2014
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Online classes can serve students well: Guest opinion

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-10-25 02:08

By Kathryn Hubbell, the Oregonian

In response to Ramin Farahmandpur’s Oct. 12 “In My Opinion” column, “Online courses shortchange their students,” I would like to defend online learning. I have taught both online and on-campus classes at Marylhurst University for the past six years, and prior to that earned my master’s in communications management from Syracuse University. The Syracuse program involved spending the first week of each term on campus, then finishing up via online learning from home. I was running my public relations firm in Montana at the time; the program meant I did not have to move in order to get the degree I wanted. The experience at Syracuse was so good that when I came to Oregon and began teaching online classes at Marylhurst, I took those lessons into my virtual classrooms.

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Colleges say student-faculty online engagement and assessment tools contribute to success

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-10-25 02:06

By Rachel Weick, Grand Rapids Business Journal

West Michigan colleges and universities are finding that online advanced degree programs are especially popular among nontraditional and professional students whose schedules do not allow for consistent classroom time. The online platform for education is a tool academic institutions can use to meet the needs and expectations of their students in an increasingly data-driven world. Jill Langen, chief academic officer at Baker College Online and Center for Graduate Studies, said the college focuses on small classes of between nine and 12 students. “We really focus a lot with our faculty on a high level of student engagement. There is a lot of interaction that happens on the discussion board. We provide a lot of training and professional development for that,” said Langen. “It really only works if you have a lot of individual attention and classes are really small. It is a real core belief we have.”

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The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn’t MOOCs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-10-25 02:02

by Michelle Weise, Harvard Business Review

Something is clearly wrong when only 11% of business leaders — compared to 96% of chief academic officers — believe that graduates have the requisite skills for the workforce. It’s therefore unlikely that business leaders are following closely what’s going on in higher education. Even the latest hoopla around massive open online courses (MOOCs) amounts to more of the same: academics designing courses that correspond with their own interests rather than the needs of the workforce, but now doing it online. But there is a new wave of online competency-based learning providers that has absolutely nothing to do with offering free, massive, or open courses. In fact, they’re not even building courses per se, but creating a whole new architecture of learning that has serious implications for businesses and organizations around the world. It’s called online competency-based education, and it’s going to revolutionize the workforce.

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Conversation on Workplace Learning and Literacy

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-24 23:21

Stephen Downes, Valerie Irvine, John Kenney, YouTube, Oct 24, 2014

Framed around the LPSS program, and looking at specific issues such as workplace learning and literacy, this discussion outlines some of my views on the problems we are trying to solve, the applicability of the solutions we are creating, and the question of broader social needs being served by the program. I am in one window; Valerie Irvine and John Kenney are in the other.

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Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, IMS Global Learning Consortium, and International Digital Publishing Forum Announce Digital Learning Metadata Alliance

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-24 17:21

Press Release, IMS, Oct 24, 2014

According to this press release issued by IMS, the new organization will be called the Digital Learning Metadata Alliance and can be found at - "The first incarnation of DLMA work will be the metadata schema for EDUPUB a joint collaboration between IDPF and IMS Global to enable e-books that are interoperable across reader platforms, web browsers and educational systems (such as learning platforms and learning tools)." Dublin Core just the other day assumed  formal responsibility over the learning resource metadata initiative (LRMI). The significant feature of this annpouncement is the inclusion of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), which is "the global trade and standards organization for the digital publishing industry."

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Wandern: Von Ameisen und Elefanten

ScienceTicker.Info - Fri, 2014-10-24 16:57
Wenn Sie das nächste Mal zu einer Wanderung aufbrechen, halsen Sie ruhig den kleinsten Mitwanderern die schwersten Rucksäcke auf. Dieser erstaunliche Ratschlag lässt sich zumindest aus den Berechnungen eines amerikanischen Physikers ableiten.
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Poverty Is Strongest Factor in Whether High School Graduates Enroll in College

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-24 14:21

Laurie Arnston, Higher Education Today, Oct 24, 2014

Despite all the emphasis on how important teaching and testing are for improving educational outcomes,  the fact remains that the worst results from higher-income schools are still better than the best results from low-income schools. This is why education alone is not sufficient to provide opportunities to youth. Governments also have to be focused on measures that address equity, in order to lower the pervasive impact of poverty on outcomes. Measures that do not address this cause are not (despite the rhetoric) addressing outcomes; they are addressing some other objective, an objective the proponents do not want to talk about.

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Solidarity in the Ivory Tower

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-24 14:21

Herbert Pimlott, Academic Matters, Oct 24, 2014

Herbert Pimlott writes, "The growing number of precarious academic workers teaching an ever-larger number of undergraduate students is a threat. It is a threat to our profession, with serious implications for our working conditions, our compensation, and the future of collegial governance. It is also a threat to the existence of higher education and the public university as we know it. Indeed, it is also part of the tale of Canada’ s shrinking middle class."

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LISTedTECH: New wiki site and great visualizations

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-24 14:21

Phil Hill, e-Literate, Oct 24, 2014

Phil Hill onmtroduces us to this interesting site that assembles statistics on technology usage in education, creating useful visualizations in the process. LISTedTECH wiki used to run on Drupal, but has since converted to a MediaWiki. This makes it a lot easier for people to add content (though sadly the RSS feeds are not useful). "  LISTedTECH  was created by Justin Menard, who is Business Intelligence Senior Analyst at University of Ottawa," writes Hill. "The site is broader in scope than just the LMS – there is a rich source of data & visualizations on MOOCs, university rankings, and IPEDS data.  Most of the visualizations are presented by Tableau and therefore interactive in nature, allowing the user to filter data, zoom in on geographic data, etc."

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Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?”

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-24 14:21

Isaac Asimov, MIT Technology review, Oct 24, 2014

Isaac Asimov was very influential on me ion my youth, and I read many of the dozens and dozens of books he authored. This essay is a previously unpublished article he wrote on creativity, and it is not surprising to see the affinity between my own thought and what he wrote. "What is needed," he writes, "is not only people with a good background in a particular field, but also people capable of making a connection between item 1 and item 2 which might not ordinarily seem connected." And, "Making the cross-connection requires a certain daring. It must, for any cross-connection that does not require daring is performed at once by many and develops not as a 'new idea,' but as a mere 'corollary of an old idea.'"

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SUNY Expands Online Course Offerings

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-10-24 02:10

by Fox 28

The State University of New York is adding 56 degree and certificate programs from 17 campuses to a year-old online initiative as part of SUNY’s goal of increasing enrollment by 100,000 students. The expansion of Open SUNY+ announced Thursday is expected to attract 6,000 students next semester, more than triple the number that have enrolled since the program was launched with eight degree programs in January. Regardless of where they are, enrollees will be able to earn an associate degree in computer security and forensics from Broome Community College, for example, or a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Empire State College.

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Tips for succeeding in online classes

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-10-24 02:05

by Erin Malloy, Iowa State Daily

Five tips to succeed in an online class:

1. Stay organized

2: Don’t procrastinate

3: Be self-motivated

4: Set individual goals

5: Connect with instructors

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Minerva’s Virtual College Scores Backing to Grow

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-10-24 02:02

by Bernadette Tansey, Xconomy

The Minerva Project, a San Francisco-based for-profit that aims to provide an Ivy League-caliber college degree for $10,000 a year, says it has closed on the bulk of a $70 million Series B round that will allow it to scale up its freshman class next year. Meanwhile, competitor Udacity, through some of its new online “nanodegree” programs, is focusing on the knowledge needed by its partner companies–which include Google and AT&T—in students they hire, such as wizardry in specific technical and computer programming skills. Udacity is trying to bypass the entrenched university credentialing system by developing employer-backed academic credentials. Whatever edtech models pull ahead, traditional universities would be wise to keep watching.

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Five Reasons #Gamergate Connects to Educational Technology

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-10-23 23:20

John Spencer, Education Rethink, Oct 23, 2014

We teach people this stuff. We who create technology and media, who shape thought and opinion, who set examples and and work in public - we are the ones who make it OK to shame and harass and threaten and all the rest.

Today I read that Felicia Day, creator of the (great!)  online show about gaming, The Guild,  has been doxxed for writing a post on #gamergate (to 'doxx' someone is to expose their personal information, such as their home address, online, thus opening them up to harassment and stalking). She had been mostly silent, she says, because "I have been terrified of inviting a deluge of abusive and condescending tweets into my timeline." It turns out her fears were justified. In this post, John Spencer directly draws the link between #gamergate and education. "People are way too quick to minimize the misogyny that exists online," he writes. "I wrote a post about not shaming girls who break dress code and faced a barrage of trolling." He adds, "the misogyny and sexism is rampant at tech conferences. Go visit the vendor hall and see the number of companies that hire women based upon their looks to be the 'booth girls.' You don't have to look hard to find the objectification."

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Der Duft eines Kometen

ScienceTicker.Info - Thu, 2014-10-23 14:59
Obwohl noch weit von der Sonne entfernt, verströmt der Komet Tschurjumow-Gerassimenko bereits sein ganz persönliches Parfum. Für menschliche Nasen alles andere als attraktiv, ist der reichhaltige Geruch für Wissenschaftler erfreulich aufschlussreich. Lesen Sie mehr bei Scienceticker Astro
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