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How to ditch Google for more privacy and fewer ads

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-09-14 16:04
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Derek Walter, PC World, [Sept] 14, 2014

The four methods suggested are: use DuckDuckGo instead of Google Search, use Firefox instead of Chrome, use FastMail instead of GMail, and use Zoho instead of Google Drive. But surprisingly, there's no suggestion of what to use instead of Google+! Via Doug Belshaw.

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Online university skips class to be more accessible

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-09-14 16:04
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Hari Sreenivasan, PBS, [Sept] 14, 2014

The show in a nutshell (transcript is below video): "Almost all of online education today is still based on the credit hour and the course. We don’ t have any courses, and we don’ t have any credit hours, but we have 120 competencies, and you can master those as fast as you like, or as slow. The thing that we don’ t care very much about is time. And that is such a fundamental reversal of the basic structure of higher education."

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10 lessons learned from MOOCs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-09-14 02:10

By Keith Button, Education Dive

The predictions about the disruptive effect MOOCs would have on traditional colleges and universities have, so far, been overblown. But with two years of experience under their belts, MOOC providers and users are adjusting both their perceptions about online learning and the courses themselves. Here are 10 lessons they’ve learned.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/10-lessons-learned-from-moocs/306113/

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Purdue creates competency degree program

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-09-14 02:05

by Haley Dover, Journal Courier

Purdue University on Thursday introduced a competency degree program, putting students in control of their education. The College of Technology program allows students to progress at their own rate as they demonstrate mastery of specific skills, rather than performance measured only at fixed calendar intervals of classroom time. Instead of letter grades serving as a general indicator of classroom accomplishment, competencies will indicate to employers what graduates can do.

http://www.jconline.com/story/news/2014/09/04/purdue-creates-competency-degree-program/15069165/

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Online degrees have more merit than recognized

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-09-14 02:03

By Brandon Shaik, Oracle

In recent years, online degrees have been critically questioned, and rightly so, given the numerous reports of degree mills. In reality, online degrees require an equal amount of work and more effort on the student’s behalf to communicate with faculty and staff, a fact that employers cannot ignore. Online degree programs are becoming more widely accepted. Employers are more concerned with an applicant’s GPA and field of study than they are with how the student earned the degree, according to New York Daily News. In a survey done by online institution Excelsior College and Zogby International, 83 percent of CEO’s felt online degree programs are just as credible as those earned on campus.

http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/845750/Online-degrees-have-more-merit-than-reco

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Le 21e siècle

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-09-13 19:02
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Michel Cartier, [Sept] 13, 2014

I've only been able to lightly tough the surface of this website, but it is already evident that it is a significant achievement. It is in French. I'll let Jon Husband summarize from his Facebook post: "It looks at the history of signs, symbols, languages and images as used by humans to make sense of their environment and grow the societies in which they live, and follows the evolution of technology, economics and societal issues, notably through the past half-century, as our inventions and human population and the interrelatedness of our activities have brought us to a point of cultural mutation." The relation between this work and my talk in Pereira is evident.

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Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition)

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-09-13 02:10

by Alan Henry, Lifehacker

Institutions like Yale University, MIT, Stanford, Monash, Macquarie and many more are all offering free online classes that you can participate in from the comfort of your dorm room, office, couch or computing chair-of-choice. Because we’re all about helping you improve your life at Lifehacker, we put together a list of courses available right now that will inspire you, challenge you, open the door to something new, and give you the tools to improve your life. Grab your pen and paper and make sure your battery is charged — class is in session!

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/09/plan-your-free-online-education-at-lifehacker-u-fall-semester-2014/

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Online learning: Past, present and future

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-09-13 02:05

by Daryl Yarrow, Post Independent

New technologies have changed today’s classroom – at all levels – in ways unimaginable two decades ago. Students can reach for their iPad to access texts or reading material. They can connect with others in another city via video or web conferencing. And what’s more, they can create their own classroom at their home computer, completing courses or entire degrees online. What might be the most surprising element of online learning is that it is highly engaging – and may in fact provide more opportunities for engagement than the face-to-face class. Consider the shy student who won’t speak up in class but will open up at the keyboard. Discussion boards provide a venue for teacher-to-student as well as student-to-student interaction. Teachers and students can also easily share timely and relevant information that supplements their discussions by posting links to news articles, streaming video, photos and more.

http://www.postindependent.com/news/12891888-113/online-learning-face-students

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Popular ISU veterinary course moves to exclusive online delivery

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-09-13 02:02

by Iowa State University

The course Veterinary Immunology and Principles of Vaccination, taught for 19 years as part of the annual Veterinary Biologics Training Program in Ames, IA, will now be offered exclusively online. “Now that we have several years of success in delivering this course via the web, we have made the decision to remove it from the annual training program and offer it exclusively online,” said Dr. Jim Roth, DVM, PhD and course instructor. “The information is better suited to be delivered online rather than in a concentrated set of lectures in a short time-frame. People can register for the course at any time and have 3 months to complete the online class at their own pace.”

http://www.bovinevetonline.com/news/Popular-ISU-veterinary-course-moves-to-exclusive-online-delivery–274157311.html

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Online learning: the UK’s scepticism is holding it back

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-09-12 02:05

by Nancy Coleman, the Guardian

The UK has a long tradition of online learning, but regulation and a shift in attitudes are needed to stay top on the international stage. Online learning is still seen as the poor relation in the UK – but it’s time for attitudes to change. As the student cap is lifted, and opportunities for expansion increase, online education offers a way for UK universities to compete internationally without struggling to meet capacity. It’s a different story in the US. There, online degree courses have turned a corner. No more lurking in the shadows as the lesser option, the fallback. If it wants to make the most of those opportunities for expansion, the UK can learn some useful lessons from the US experience of learning to love online education.

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/sep/07/online-learning-uk-scepticism-holding-it-back

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Students give Swinburne Online the thumbs up

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-09-12 02:03

by the Courier (Australia)

Swinburne Online students have rated their learning experience as good or excellent, according to the results of a recent Student Voice survey. The survey initiative looked at the overall experience of all online students. Swinburne Online academic director Sue Kokonis said feedback from the survey was essential to providing students with an optimised online learning experience. “We launched the Student Voice survey as a way to keep in touch with the needs of our students and to ensure we continue to provide the very best in online study,” Ms Kokonis said.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/2356353/students-give-swinburne-online-the-thumbs-up/

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Retired Ann Arbor physician and professor wields new media to teach health science

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-09-12 02:02

by Ann Arbor Journal

If Dr. Lawrence Power has his way, the innovative new online learning program he has just launched at HealthYourself101.com will expand people’s understanding of the causes, consequences and management of visceral obesity. He hass set out to provide a health education platform on this modern epidemic and its ill effects. “The program aims to engage the remote learner — the solitary individual signing on from a desktop, laptop, or smart phone,” Lawrence said. “Its content addresses the obesity epidemic through interactive options like social media, a playfully simulated rocket launch and game play.” “Who knows? This could serve as a model for the online learning methodology that higher education has been seeking.”

http://heritage.com/articles/2014/09/05/ann_arbor_journal/news/doc540486c136d95111031039.txt

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Watches

xkcd.com - Fri, 2014-09-12 02:00
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Learning and Connectivism in MOOCs

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-09-12 00:54

In this presentation I examine the phenomenon of MOOCs as I see them, explaining how they result from and support an understanding of the world based in pattern recognition. The presentation is structured along the lines of the six major elements of the underlying literacies of network interaction.

Desconectado IV Encuentro Internacional de Investigadores en EducaciÓn Virtual, (Keynote) [Sept] 11, 2014 [Comment]

Der Wasserbewohner unter den Dinosauriern

ScienceTicker.Info - Thu, 2014-09-11 20:00
Auch manche Dinosaurier verbrachten einen großen Teil ihres Lebens im Wasser. Entsprechende Belege liefert das 97 Millionen Jahre alte Skelett eines Spinosaurus. Der Riese dürfte sich demnach vorwiegend im Wasser aufgehalten und dort auch gejagt haben.
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Umbrella Group Backs Unbundling

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-09-11 15:54


Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed, [Sept] 11, 2014

In the last year or so the American Council on Education (ACE) has offered to provide credit recommendations for online courses (basically, ACE would attest to a university that the work was worth credit, and in theory, the university your agree and grant the credit). This effort has, as the story says, "fizzled". So ACE is trying a new approach. "It  announced  the creation of a pool of about 100 online courses that will lead to credit recommendations. The courses will be low-cost or free."

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Battle brewing over online community college classes and local control

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-09-11 02:10

by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, KPCC

A proposal to make it easier for students to take online community college classes offered by any California campus is running into opposition from local faculty. As students seek classes to accommodate busy schedules and campuses look to expand without constructing new buildings, virtual courses have been multiplying in the state’s massive community college system. The latest idea from Sacramento would create one portal for community college online classes and establish phone and online support for students, regardless of which campus offers the courses. “The goal is to create one online education ecosystem that is used for the entire state, fully supported, faculty-run and driven,” said California Community College Vice Chancellor Patrick Perry.

http://www.scpr.org/blogs/education/2014/09/05/17253/battle-brewing-over-online-community-college-class/

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Forcing a generation to code is unprecedented, says Codecademy chief

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-09-11 02:05

by Stuart Dredge, the Guardian

The training company claims the school coding curriculum will improve England’s digital literacy – but it all depends on the skill of teachers. When US-based website Codecademy was founded in 2011, its emphasis was on adults taking online courses to learn programming skills. Three years and 25m users later, the company has found that it is not just useful for adults. In fact, one of its big pushes in 2014 is around children and coding. That is partly because it realised lots of children were taking its existing courses but also through partnerships with schools. Particularly in England, where from this month, coding is part of the new computing curriculum for children as young as five. “What’s going on here is unprecedented. It hasn’t happened in any other G8 or major economy: forcing an entire country to learn programming,” says Zach Sims, Codecademy’s chief executive.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/sep/05/codecademy-coding-schools-education-apps

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The rush to online education requires a learning curve

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-09-11 02:02

by the Times and Democrat

Distance learning here to stay, but establishing effectiveness is ongoing process. In an online world, the news is cause for at least a pause. In a nutshell, the teacher has as much to learn about teaching in the online world as students have to learn from the courses they are being taught. While studies such as the one referenced here are important as evaluation on a large scale, the most important key to successful online education, which is here to stay, is continuous dialogue between faculty and students as courses unfold. Educators’ willingness to make adjustments is imperative. As noted, even the most experienced educator must learn in the brave new world of online teaching.

http://thetandd.com/news/opinion/the-rush-to-online-education-requires-a-learning-curve/article_4ff928bc-34a3-11e4-8505-001a4bcf887a.html

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Tag des Hellen Hautkrebses am 13.09.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2014-09-11 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Tag des Hellen Hautkrebses am 13.09.2014
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