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2015 Internet Trends Report

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - 19 min 53 sec ago

Mary Meeker, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, May 28, 2015

Mary Meeker released her annual Internet Trends report yesterday. As usual, it's a daunting 198 page slide presentation. Ad Age has a nice summary of the  nine most important slides:

  • Tech is well-entrenched at the consumer level, but "government, health care, and education have the longest way to go"
  • Desktop traffic peaked in 2011; all the growth is mobile. And the video boom hasn't slowed.
  • Advertisers are overspending on print, leaving $25 billion room for growth in mobile
  • "Six of the top 10 mobile apps globally are messaging apps... messaging apps could evolve into the central hubs for communications"
  • Millennials are looking for meaningful work and a sense of accomplishment, and managers aren't offering it
  • The U.S. is the top market for drones, but other countries have more drone-friendly regulations
  • E-commerce continues to grow, leaving physical retail in continuing jeopardy
  • "India's Internet penetration in 2014 was where China was in 2008, and the U.S. in 1996." So the Indian boom is nearly upon us.


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Women in Tech

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - 3 hours 20 min ago

John Reid, Vimeo, May 28, 2015

The CanWIT (Women in Tech) Forum has launched a video channel to support their work. The videos are designed to foster the idea of and give examples of women as role models working in technology. Currently there are 21 videos on the Vimeo channel, including: Franca Gucciardi, CEO of the Loran Scholars Foundation, on the value of mentorship; ulie King, President & CEO, Biz-Zone, on ecosystems to support women, and more.

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Why Is The University Still Here?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - 3 hours 20 min ago

Danny Crichton, TechCrunch, May 28, 2015

TechCrunch suggests Silicon Valley is beginning to learn about education. "There are few areas of startups today that continue to be as exciting as EdTech, but we have to be cautious in getting ahead of ourselves. Unlike shopping or socializing online, education is simply not as native an activity for many adults today. We can’ t just assume that if we build it, they will come. Instead, we need to think more deeply about motivation and primacy in order to build a new mix that takes advantage of the internet’ s best properties while competing with the quality of the university experience." Good article.

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Stanford researchers develop virtual discussion sections tool

by Skylar Cohen, Stanford Daily

Stanford researchers have developed a new tool called Talkabout to enhance online learning through the formation of virtual discussion sections — allowing students from around the globe to connect and share ideas. Talkabout is built around Google Hangouts and joins groups of 2 to 9 people in conversation. This feature will facilitate small-group discussion in order to improve massive open online courses (MOOCs), which are offered by Stanford and many other institutions and attract thousands of students from around the world.

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Experts: Higher Education Reinvestments Needed In Illinois & Nationwide

by Progress Illinois

Illinois, and nearly every other U.S. state, is spending less today on higher education than when the Great Recession started, according to new research from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). CBPP’s report, issued last week, details how state-level cuts to higher education funding over recent years have been a key cause of “steep tuition increases that threaten to put college out of reach for more students.” The center’s research comes at a time when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed deep cuts to higher education as part of his 2016 budget plan.

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Distance education conference addresses radical changes in teaching and learning

by University of Wisconsin

Technology has radically transformed the way people learn in the college classroom, in the workplace and in the military. Educators must stay on top of cutting-edge innovations to prepare students for success in the 21st century workforce, including novel ways of using mobile devices, digital games and social media. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Distance Teaching & Learning Conference will explore the latest developments August 11-13 at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

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Polizeiliche Kriminalstatistik

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - 21 hours 58 min ago

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Polizeilichen Kriminalstatistik" des Bundeskriminalamtes wurden um das Jahr 2014 ergänzt.

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Analyzing the Social Web

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-05-27 18:37

Jennifer Golbeck, May 27, 2015

Sheri Oberman sent me this link to a set of video lectures on the topic of analyzing the open web. Topics include network basics, network structure, visualization, tie strength and trust, building networks, and more. Tools used include Gephi, "an open source graph analysis and visualization tool," and NodeX, "a graph analysis and visualization plugin for Microsoft Excel. Works on certain Windows platforms only. The unique feature of NodeXL is the 'spiggots' it has to import data from other sites, like Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. I often use NodeXL to import data and Gephi to visualize it."

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Trends 2015: Learning and Teaching in European Universities

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-05-27 15:37

Andrée Sursock, European University Association, May 27, 2015

This is a survey of European higher education institutions in an effort to identify trends half-way through the 2010s finding that, in essence, "the following issues should be addressed if progress is to be continued and consolidated in future:

  • Lifelong access to learning for a diverse student body - "their success hinges on what takes place both inside and outside university classrooms, whether these are “ click or brick” .... with a stress
    on student engagement through their involvement in governance, volunteer activities in the
    community, etc."
  • Student-centred learning and preparation of graduates for the labour market and society - "the importance of promoting active learning and interdisciplinarity and ensuring that teaching is ICT-supported and research-led."
  • Development and implementation of effective internationalisation strategies - "as a mechanism for preparing students for global citizenship and for developing a range of partnerships and research collaborations."

Links to a 133-page PDF.

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The Big Five, self-esteem, and narcissism as predictors of the topics people write about in Facebook status updates

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-05-27 15:37

Tara C. Marshall, Katharina Lefringhausen, Nelli Ferenczi, Personality and Individual Differences, May 27, 2015

According to this study, different personality traits can effectively predict what people will write about in their Facebook status updates. For example, "extraverts more frequently updated about their social activities and everyday life, which was motivated by their use of Facebook to communicate and connect with others. People high in openness were more likely to update about intellectual topics, consistent with their use of Facebook for sharing information."

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Linking Creativity to Entrepreneurship

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-05-27 15:37

Chris Kennedy, Culture of Yes, May 27, 2015

I like the second-last slide of the presentation, which depicts the idea as "replacing 'I wish' with 'I will'." Developing a sense of agency in people is urgent and crucial. But There's a lot more to the concept of 'entrepreneurship' in education than this, and it's all this baggage that gives me cause for concern. But according to Chris Kennedy, the concept is shifting. "  I know I held a traditional view of entrepreneurship, that the area of study was really about creating people for the world of business.   And yes, this is important, our schools are about so much more around the skills and qualities we want and the citizenship we want to foster."And the emphasis, he writes, is far more about the need for creativity and agency than business and finance.

Maybe, but if you look at the examples in the post the idea of business and finance are still central: in Early Entrepreneurs, "participating classrooms each get a $100 micro-loan as startup capital" and create a business to send profits to charity; in Entrepreneurship – Ignite Your Passion students "engage in topics such as leadership, communication, marketing, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship; culminating with developing their own business"; and YELL (Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad) is "a hands-on, experiential accelerator for  high school students interested in gaining knowledge and developing experience in all areas of business  and entrepreneurship."

Why do I dislike the idea of teaching entrepreneurship so much? Because it changes the child's perspective from the idea of serving social needs through work and learning to one of serving the needs of people with money. And when you have this perspective, you can never get at the question of why these people have all the money in the first place, and you can never perform work which changes that.

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Setting the PACE: Teacher Assessment Practices in a Competency-based Education System

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-05-27 15:37

Jonathan VanderEls, Connected Principals, May 27, 2015

Good though overly pandering discussion of the application of an accountability strategy called PACE (Performance Assessment for Competency Education) in competency-based classrooms. "The best performance assessments integrate multiple subject areas and are requiring students to be engaged in deeper levels of learning," writes Jonathan VanderEls. " Our teachers are now building cross-disciplinary assessments that require students to demonstrate varied competencies whereas initially we were generally focusing on one subject area."

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The mass university is good for equity, but must it also be bad for learning?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-05-27 15:37

Hannah Forsyth, The Conversation, May 27, 2015

This article drifts a bit but is nonetheless an insightful look at the relation between mass learning, the academic tradition of informal learning, and class or background. People pine for the days when students eagerly discussed ideas at the café or in the pub, writes Hannah Forsyth, and they think the mass university brings that experience to everybody, but they forget that it is class, culture pedigree and background that gives them the skills necessary to flourish in this environment. I would argue that this is why so-called elite universities are values for their functions as  selectors of people based on class, culture pedigree and background, and not (merely) as academic institutions. That's why their  graduates continue to be favoured by employers, despite no obvious difference in experience or education. We need to understand in open online learning that what we are fostering is not just equitable access to a bunch of facts, but actual equity in the job market and society as a whole.

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TwitterChat: Balancing the Urgency of Revenue Performance with Mission and Quality Online – May 27

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2015-05-27 02:12

by Ray Schroeder, Josh Kim (Dartmouth / Inside Higher Ed), Katie Blot (Blackboard), Debbie Cavalier (Berklee)

Challenged by complex and shifting funding models, higher education faces a growing urgency to balance mission and product mix to keep things afloat as enrollments and state funding decline. Adding to this complexity is the growing tension in the marketplace in which the value/currency of traditional degrees are challenged by micro-credentials and the emergence of CBE. How can institutions address these crises? Join UPCEA for this timely TweetChat by using the hashtag #HigherEdAhead on social media as online education leaders share experiences and resources and respond to your questions. A live question and answer session will occur on May 27th from 2-3PM EST.

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Discover 4 Unusual Online Bachelor’s Degrees

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2015-05-27 02:07

by Ian Quillan, US News

Many people know a college student or a working professional pursuing an online degree in business, health care, information technology or education. “People are stepping away from the thought of, ‘You can’t learn that online,’” says Cali Morrison, communications manager at WCET, an organization that advocates for effective technology use in higher education. And now in 2015, it’s possible to get an online bachelor’s degree in fire and emergency services administration, aviation, integrative health or even horticulture.

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Cal Lt. Gov. cites insufficient outreach to faculty in push for online education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2015-05-27 02:03

by David Siders, Sacramento Bee

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that he and other proponents of online education, including Gov. Jerry Brown, failed to sufficiently engage faculty members in their longstanding push to expand online course offerings at California’s colleges and universities. Brown has pressed the University of California and California State University systems to expand online offerings for more than two years, hoping to expand the system’s reach and to reduce costs. But his efforts remain largely unfulfilled.

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Keyboard Mash - Wed, 2015-05-27 02:00
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How IT and the Role of the CIO is Changing in the Era of Networked Organizations

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2015-05-26 06:34

Dion Hinchcliffe, On Digital Strategy, May 26, 2015

I know that this is the way we want to go. But I also know it's really difficult. If I need a product built, say, how do I get that large cluster of self-managing units to do it? If I need email to function on the weekends, what motivation does the SaaS provider to do that? If I need to connect my laptop to the network, why would IT security enable that? A network structure does away with command and control, but to work it has to replace that with mechanisms that motivate mutually supportive practices. And these are hard to design.

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UK Digital Course Provider Claims Biggest Student Uptake

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2015-05-26 02:10

by Shannon Greenhalgh, MISCO

Classroom overcrowding is not an issue for UK online learning platform FutureLearn. The digital course provider is claiming the biggest online university course ever. The service has reported that 370,000 students have enrolled for its English language British Council course – showing the scale of online learning, says the BBC. The Understanding IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Techniques for English Language Tests course, which prepares students for a recognised English language proficiency test, has overtaken in numbers a US social psychology course from the Connecticut-based Wesleyan University which had 260,000 students.

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When Your Online Course Is Put Up for Adoption

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2015-05-26 02:06

by Steve Kolowich, Chronicle of Higher Ed

For many institutions, online education has been an opportunity not only to increase the number of enrolled students, but also to focus on designing courses that are compelling no matter who is leading them. “You’re seeing more and more of instructors rotating in and out of courses once they’re developed, because obviously the time to develop a course is a lot,” says John Haubrick, manager of instructional design at Pennsylvania State University’s online arm.

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