eLearning and Technology

Developing a Personal Learning Infrastructure

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - 7 hours 39 min ago
TCU International e-Learning Conference 2016, Bangkok, Thailand (Keynote) Jul 29, 2016 [Comment]

Yahoo Has a Tool that Can Catch Online Abuse Surprisingly Well

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - 10 hours 40 min ago


Will Knight, MIT Technology review, Jul 29, 2016

Interestingly, the term 'surprisingly well' in the headline still means 'far from perfect'.  The Yahoo tool uses keywords and word phrases to catch abusive emails, but finds it difficult to go deeper. “ The language of abuse is amorphous— changing frequently and often used in ways that do not connote abuse, such as when racially or sexually charged terms are appropriated by the groups they once denigrated. Given 10 tweets, a group of humans will rarely all agree on which ones should be classed as abusive, so you can imagine how difficult it would be for a computer.”

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Open Content Initiative Call for Proposals

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - 10 hours 40 min ago


eCampus Ontario, Jul 29, 2016

eCampus Ontario (which is  welcoming David Porter as its new CEO) is launching an open content initiative. The call for proposals (27 page PDF) is available for download. "Funded Open Content projects are intended to incent uptake of these resources across the province, encourage buy-in from faculty members across Ontario institutions, and support the early adopters at a grass-roots level."

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Education Department Proposes Rule on State Authorization of Postsecondary Distance Education, Foreign Locations

by US Dept of Ed

The U.S. Department of Education today proposes regulations that seek to improve oversight and protect more than 5.5 million distance education students at degree-granting institutions, including nearly 3 million exclusively online students by clarifying the state authorization requirements for postsecondary distance education. To ensure that institutions offering distance education are legally authorized and monitored by states, as required by the Higher Education Act, the proposed regulations clarify state authorization requirements for institutions to participate in the Department’s federal student aid programs. The proposed regulations also address state and federal oversight of American colleges operating in foreign locations worldwide.

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-proposes-rule-state-authorization-postsecondary-distance-education-foreign-locations

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Failing Forward With Adaptive Learning in Higher Ed

By George Lorenzo, EdSurge

Michael S. Conner, digital liberal arts specialist at Grinnell College, Conner tells EdSurge how the use of adaptive-learning tools offers extraordinarily promising results for more personalized learning and teaching experiences. However, “there is just not a lot of time for faculty members to explore using this, especially when the payoff is not guaranteed, and it (time put in for development) is not going to be considered as far as their performance and/or promotions reviews.” According to Karen Vignare, former vice provost at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), the prospects for launching a successful adaptive learning and teaching environment requires the development of a solid learning plan, with faculty input; top-notch instructional design support; the utilization of subject matter experts; an appropriate amount of relevant course content, which oftentimes can come from open educational resources; and an understanding of learning technology interoperability.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-07-21-failing-forward-with-adaptive-learning-in-higher-ed

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5 Tips to Interact Successfully With Professors, Students in Online Courses

By Bradley Fuster, US News

Don’t hit the “submit” button when angry, or you may regret it. Did you ever send an email or submit a discussion forum post that you wish you could take back? Most people have. As a result, an online classmate or professor may misinterpret sarcastic jokes, puns and innuendos. Before taking an online class for the first time, it’s wise to familiarize yourself with Internet etiquette, or “netiquette.” Many online programs include this information as part of orientation. Arizona State University tells ASU Online students on its website, “Netiquette, a social code that defines ‘good’ online behavior, is something to keep in mind during your online course interactions. Writing may be the only means of communication you have with classmates and instructors, so it is especially important to do this effectively.”

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2016-07-22/5-tips-to-interact-sucessfully-with-professors-students-in-online-courses

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Disruptive Innovations in Learning

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2016-07-28 04:07

In this presentation I outline the characteristics of innovation and consider them in the light of educational technology. I survey some major innovations and question them from the perspective of idea, benefit and execution. Then I look at the changing nature of benefits in education and take learning beyond innovation and into transformation.

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How to Make E-Learning So People Really Learn: Q&A With Ethan Edwards

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-07-28 02:10

by Justin Brusino, ATD

For starters, Ethan lays out some basic aspects of a quality e-learning course. Surprisingly, the key elements are the same as traditional, face-to-face training. There is a specific outcome that is clear to the learner, and information is provided to help the learner achieve some specific goal. The design still needs to be learner-centric, “where the learner is driving the process, and it adapts to differences in the learner,” he says. More importantly, he explains that the challenge the learner is engaged in needs to have meaning. Sounds simple, right? The problem with most e-learning courseware, according to Ethan, is that designers get caught up in the media. Meanwhile, on the end of the spectrum, subject matter experts are applying pressure on designers to “just present content”—a lot of content. Consequently, too much e-learning—and training, for that matter—is presented like a trivia contest. What’s more, Ethan reminds, that “reading or listening to content without purpose is one of the most dull things in the universe.”

https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Learning-Technologies-Blog/2016/07/How-to-Make-Elearning-so-People-Really-Learn-QA-with-Ethan-Edwards

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New online learning platform Mapt fills in developers’ skill gaps

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-07-28 02:04

by Software Development Times

Developers have another option for learning new professional skills with today’s release of Mapt, an online learning platform built for developers and development teams. Packt is a U.K. company that delivers learning and information services to IT professionals, and Mapt covers a range of topics to help developers fill in knowledge gaps and stay up to date on the latest technologies and skills. Some areas covered include data science, game development, security, frameworks, methodologies and languages. Developers use Mapt to select their “dream job,” or just the skills they want to master, like building websites or creating machine learning systems. The materials and resources on Mapt were created by developers, and it draws from Packt’s library of more than 4,000 books, e-books and videos.

http://sdtimes.com/new-online-learning-platform-mapt-fills-developers-skill-gaps/

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5 Free Cyber Security Courses That Will Keep You Safe Online

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-07-28 02:02

BY KAVITA IYER, TechWorm

Does ever the thought of your personal details lying unsafe online cross your mind? Have you ever thought of how to keep your personal data secure online? At some point of time, these questions do cross everyone’s mind at one point or the other. With hacking and data breaches on the rise, internet and information safety is hugely important. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important. For instance, if your credentials are stolen, there is very little you can do to stop their resale and reuse. However, there are plenty of free online resources designed to teach you about basic information security techniques that can keep yourself safe from criminals who could use them against you. Even though your credentials may be stolen, you can definitely lessen the potential damage that is caused.

http://www.techworm.net/2016/07/5-free-cyber-security-courses-will-keep-safe-online.html

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UN launches e-learning training to tackle sexual exploitation and abuse

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-07-27 02:06

by UN News Centre

The United Nations department providing logistical support to field missions announced today the launch of a new mandatory online programme for all uniformed and civilian personnel to strengthen training on the standards of conduct, with a special focus on sexual exploitation and abuse. The programme is part of the UN’s wider effort to implement a series of corrective and preventive measures, following a number of allegations of such misconduct, including within the ranks of its peacekeepers. “The new e-learning programme is an important step in reinforcing our prevention efforts against misconduct by UN personnel,” said Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare in a memo issued to journalists by the UN spokesperson’s office.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54535#.V5T-yUsrLow

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Udacity wants to help you become a self-taught self-driving car engineer

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-07-27 02:05

by Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

Now you, too, can become a self-driving vehicle engineer, in one year, using Udacity’s newly announced nanodegree (via Recode). Udacity is the online education startup helmed by Sebastian Thrun, a former Google employee who actually helped kick off that company’s self-driving car program before leaving to found his own venture. Thrun’s expertise should help ensure that Udacity’s program has solid educational substance, and Udacity’s nanodegree program (like a condensed, self-directed diploma) in general gets high praise from the likes of Google, which is a partner for some programs. This self-driving car program takes a bit longer than the average nanodegree, which is typically in the range of a few months. But becoming a self-driving car engineer should logically require more time than learning to build your own “Hello World!” iOS or Android app.

https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/21/udacity-self-driving-car-nanodegree/

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Finish your degree online

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-07-27 02:03

by DAVID McCURRY, Greenville Online

In South Carolina there are now more options for completing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Our regional colleges and universities have expanded evening, weekend and online offerings for students who do not fit the definition of the “traditional” 18-year-old high school graduate. Online courses – when designed well and taught by instructors and professors trained in effective methods for this type of learning – are a good alternative to traditional types of education. Many professors have reported, for example, that students’ participation in discussions increase in their online courses compared to their traditional classrooms. Some students, who may be reluctant to speak out in class, find their voice in writing and make their thoughts known in online discussions. More faculty have embraced this “virtual” classroom and excel at providing rich learning experiences for their students.

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/07/17/commentary-finish-your-degree-online/87027526/

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Why Instructional Design Must Focus on Learning Outcomes, Not Learning Activities

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-07-26 02:10

By Nira Dale, EdSurge

It’s no secret that kids learn better when teachers provide learning activities that keep them engaged. Teachers work tirelessly to plan engaging lessons that capture and keep the interests of their students, thereby making content more accessible. However, teachers continue to feel the daunting pressure to compete for their students’ attention amidst the ever-evolving and rapidly-hanging mass media, social media, and entertainment industry, as these elements do a stellar job of keeping students highly engaged outside of the classroom.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-07-21-why-instructional-design-must-focus-on-learning-outcomes-not-learning-activities

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New Research Debunks Online College Student Myths

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-07-26 02:05

by Learninghouse

The report found that online college education has expanded access to students who previously might not have attended; this was primarily due to issues around time and finances. Of note, 50 percent of online college students reported that they “would not,” “probably would not,” or were “unsure” whether they would have pursued higher education had their program not been offered online. The researchers also found that potential students are choosing their schools faster, and limiting the number of institutions they consider, with many selecting the first program that engages with them. The expectation of rapid communication translates to all materials they submit, including those related to financial aid and transfer credit eligibility. The research also found that awareness of alternative pathways — including massive open online courses, micro degrees and bootcamps — is low; 66% of those surveyed reported either “no knowledge” or “minimal knowledge” of these options.

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/new-research-from-learning-house-aslanian-market-research-debunks-online-college-student-2143911.htm

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Half of Online Students Would Not Opt for Live Courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-07-26 02:02

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

New research into the demographics of online college students found 50 percent of them would probably not choose to attend classes on a physical campus. Half of higher education students taking advantage of online instruction said in a survey they either would not or were not sure they would attend live courses even if they were available to them. That’s according to the fifth annual survey by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research on the demographics of students who are pursuing online college degrees. This year’s study, entitled “Online College Students 2016: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences,” found that while online courses were the only option for half of students, 90 percent of students who had taken live on-campus courses said they either prefer online courses or found them just as satisfying.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/07/20/half-of-online-students-would-not-opt-for-live-courses.aspx

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Ria #17: Dr. Jason Osborne On Data Cleaning

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-07-25 21:58


, Ecampus Research Unit | Oregon State University, Jul 25, 2016 In this episode, Jason talks about his book Best Practices in Data Cleaning. [Link] [Comment]

The seven year olds who are learning how to code

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-07-25 18:58


Sunny Freeman, Toronto Star, Jul 25, 2016

Why shouldn't 7-year-olds learn to code? "They learn the basics by dragging and dropping simple instruction boxes into blocks of code that tell a computer what to do. And the toys they work with show them an immediate, tangible result from their commands. "

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Reactor Core founder: short-term programs, not four-year degrees, are the future of tech education

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-07-25 18:58


Scott Matteson, Tech Republic, Jul 25, 2016

The story is in the headline rather than the content, but there's an important undercurrent. "Reactor Core, which currently has about 210 students on multiple campuses and online, offers 12-week programs in software engineering and mobile app development." So far so good. But they are one of several organizations asked to cease and desist. "The primary concern so far has been that bootcamps have not been sufficiently transparent about student outcomes."

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Connectivism, MOOCs and Innovation

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-07-25 09:56

In this presentation I outline the major elements of connectivism as a learning theory, show how this informed the development and design of our massive open online courses (MOOCs), and then discuss the role played by open educational resources in a learning community.

, Chiang Mai, Thailand (Keynote) Jul 25, 2016 [Comment]

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