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

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.

http://upcea.edu/tweetchat

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Effects of Applying the Site Map Principle in an Online Learning Environment in Higher Education

by Laura Porta Simó, et al; iJET

Web interfaces play a very important role in teaching-learning processes in virtual environments, since this is how students carry out their activity. This paper describes a web interface for online learning based on a graphic map that orients learners, tries to reduce cognitive overload, gives access to learning resources and personalizes learning. The interface was designed to guide the learning process in accordance with Shapiro’s “site map principle”. The objective of this article is to analyze the impact of such web interface on students’ satisfaction with the learning process and on their academic performance. We conducted experimental research. The experiment tested the goodness of the interface among students enrolled in a Multimedia Degree in an open university. We used the T-Test, the Chi-square Test and the Kendall correlation Test. The results showed that the interface had a positive impact on students’ satisfaction and performance. It also encouraged students to take a more proactive role in their learning activity than with the “normal” interface. These results are in keeping with the features the site map principle has shown in face-to-face environments.

http://online-journals.org/index.php/i-jet/article/view/4620

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Get Back to Work – Reducing Procrastination in Online Classes

by Carl Straumsheim, Tomorrow’s Professor

The key to making online students focus on their course work may be making procrastination as unenjoyable as possible, according to a study out of Cornell University. It’s a familiar problem to anyone with a deadline and a computer: the assignment is open on the screen, half-finished, but is quickly lost in a stack of web browser tabs. Upon rediscovery (with an accompanying pang of guilt), the procrastinator resolves to buckle down and type out the last few paragraphs — right after clearing the notification that just popped up and checking just one more website. Richard W. Patterson, a Ph.D. student in policy analysis and management at Cornell, wanted to see if software could reduce procrastination and, as a result, improve students’ grades.

http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/enewsletter.php?msgno=1413

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PhD: is the doctoral thesis obsolete?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-05-24 18:31
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Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, May 24, 2015

If it were not for the requirement of a doctoral thesis, I would have a doctorate (that is literally what "All but Dissertation" means). So, yeah, I think it's obsolete. But maybe I'm a bit biased. Sure, I could have finished, I suppose, but I couldn't justify spending a year of my life writing something that would be read by four people. As Jeremy Farrar says, "An awful lot is going unused and unread. Is this really appropriate for the modern world? Communication within the science world and with the public is becoming shorter and snappier, yet our PhDs still seem to be stuck in the 1960s." Or maybe the 1860s.

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My website in a Dropbox

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-05-24 18:31


Dave Winer, Liveblog, May 24, 2015

I'm not sure how this works exactly, but I've long been an aficionado of personal websites for everybody, so this idea - using some node.js code to create your own website on Dropbox - is a natural. Dave Winer writes, "The server is called PagePark. Of all my latest tools, it's my favorite. I love tweaking it, adding little shortcuts. Things that make it work really well for the kind of content I serve." See also.

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NM online classes will go out of state

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-05-24 02:09

By Mike Bush, ABQ Journal

The ability of New Mexico’s public and private colleges and universities to offer online programs beyond the state borders just increased considerably and includes target states from coast to coast. In addition, New Mexico students who take distance education courses from institutions in those other states can now rest assured that the programs meet high, uniform standards. The state Higher Education Department announced this week that the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education – of which New Mexico is one of 16 members – unanimously approved New Mexico for membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.

http://www.abqjournal.com/586393/news/nm-online-classes-will-go-out-of-state.html

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Archaeology professor designs first online companion course for field work in Kenya

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-05-24 02:06

by Ryan Lasker, GW Hatchet

Before GW’s archaeology students visit Kenya, they’re going to have to see it on their computer screens. A field archaeology course run by David Braun, an associate professor of archaeology, now features a four-week-long online course that prepares students to study early human origins for six weeks over the summer at the Koobi Fora Field School in northern Kenya’s Sibiloi National Park. The class marks the University’s first online companion course for a course held abroad. With previous classes, Braun had previously typed up a 150-page manual with information on geology, ecology and evolution for students to read before heading off to Kenya. But that set the students back in learning once they got to Kenya because, “we knew that they didn’t get to read [the document],” he said.

http://www.gwhatchet.com/2015/05/18/archeology-professor-designs-first-online-companion-course-for-field-work-in-kenya/

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Online classes, convenience does not mean easier set up

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-05-24 02:02
By Rachel Fradette, State News

My fellow procrastinators, you cannot procrastinate in these classes and expect to pass with flying colors. Online classes require participation throughout the entire class. If you wait to work on anything, you will get far behind and you can kiss that 4.0 goodbye. So if you are constantly battling your own laziness, I would recommend you either not take the class or you use it as a way to fix your problem. After each of my online classes, I had become a much more diligent student–they forced me to actively participate. Go for those online classes, but be cautious, you will have to work harder than usual.

http://statenews.com/article/2015/05/online-summer-classes-opinion

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Stigma over online courses has gone away

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-05-23 02:09

by Patrick Murphy, Ft Wayne Journal Gazette

Online degrees are more common and accepted part of the educational landscape, according to career counselors and people like Jennifer Schramm, manager for workforce trends and forecasting with the Society for Human Resource Management. “More and more employers and job applicants are realizing the opportunities available online,” Schramm said. “And company executives and human resource professionals feel more comfortable considering and hiring individuals who obtained these types of degrees later in life.”

http://www.journalgazette.net/business/Stigma-over-online-courses-has-gone-away-6634536

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4 Steps to Smart Online Learning at Your Agency

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-05-23 02:04

by Paul Terry, ATD

Every agency has requirements for training and professional development. From keeping Baby Boomers at the top of their game to getting a new generation of federal employees up to speed, talent development leaders need to align training with the mission and objectives of their agencies. However, most government agencies are at a crossroads. Learning and development (L&D) remains a critical need, but budgets continue to tighten. Consequently, a growing number of agencies are turning to a cost-effective, online learning environment to ensure training mandates are met while saving budget dollars. Indeed, online learning is not only economical, but when used as part of a blended solution, it is proving to be more effective than traditional training.

https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/GovLearning-Blog/2015/05/4-Steps-to-Smart-Online-Learning-at-Your-Agency

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Community of practice helps faculty and staff step into role of online learner

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-05-23 02:03
by Lika Balenovich, University of Wisconsin Lisa Hebgen and other TeachOnline@UW participants shared their lessons learned during mini-presentations after the Fall 2014 workshop. This past year, more than 20 faculty and instructional staff received another chance at being a student — a role reversal that allowed each of them to explore the opportunities and challenges facing today’s online learners and instructors. As participants in UW-Madison’s inaugural TeachOnline@UW learning community, participants from eight schools and colleges came together to learn and share strategies for designing and teaching quality online courses. Over 12 months, they met and completed online coursework to learn how to better design and manage courses with specific learning goals, and to explore the use of new tools to help their teaching and their students. http://news.wisc.edu/23774 Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_14321') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_14321') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_14321') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_14321'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_14321') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

Widening Wealth Gap

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-05-22 18:26
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Kellie Woodhouse, Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2015

I come back to this story from time to time because people insist that we (promoters of free and open learning) should be supporting the existing system of higher education. The problem with that premise is that the existing system works mostly to promote itself and to stay true to its real mission: to "reward the inside game, and ensure that the advantages enjoyed in one generation can be passed safely onward to the next." And as we read today, "We expect the trend not to change dramatically until there’ s a significant change in the higher education model," said Pranav Sharma, an analyst with Moody’ s. "The gap will continue to increase and those who are not well endowed will continue to struggle." So let's change the higher education model.

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http://theory.cribchronicles.com/2015/05/20/for-shame/

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Bonnie Stewart, the theoryblog, May 22, 2015

Really good set of notes on the phenomenon of public shaming. "First, public shaming is in no way a new or online phenomenon," writes Bonnie Stewart. "We’ re not gawking because it’ s new. We’ re gawking because it’ s uncomfortable." Second, public shaming is used to exert control, either to force people to conform to the status quo, or to push back against the status quo. She writes, "We don’ t want a society entirely driven by shame. Those always turn out dangerous. But I am wary of the ways that pundits and media are lining up to denounce shame at this juncture, particularly when their words tend to sympathize with the risks that white, middle class Justine Saccos face in this 'mob morality,' rather than with the risks and shame that those  #FHRITP guys were trying to inflame  as they aggressively asserted  their own right to complete and utter  shamelessness."

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Here’s the difference between research and innovation

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Richard Mackenzie, University Affairs, May 22, 2015

As Canada's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada  announces the recipients of "$28 million in job-related training for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows" a Quebec physicist takes to the pages of University Affairs to criticize the agency's new focus on 'innovation' as opposed to 'discovery'. "I have a very different view, one that I suspect is shared by many, if not most, of your clients: that discovery, rather than being a component of research, IS research, while innovation is a completely different activity, one largely concerned with taking scientific discoveries and other ideas and developing useful products out of them."

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Purdue hires actors to deliver online course content

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-05-22 02:07

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Purdue has seen success with its online courses by hiring actors who can be more engaging to watch than industry professionals. Campus Technology reports that the university cut the standard 20- to 40-minute lecture series by subject-matter experts in favor of 7-minute videos from actors contracted by a studio in Dallas. The shorter videos allow specific modules to be replaced easily to update courses, and, while the actor fees are relatively hefty, in some cases they’re cheaper than experts and their work gets better outcomes, according to the article.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/purdue-hires-actors-to-deliver-online-course-content/397777/

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Feds say Miami University failed to accommodate disabled students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-05-22 02:04
by Collin Binkley, The Columbus Dispatch Miami University has failed to accommodate students with disabilities and provide them the technology they need to learn, the U.S. Department of Justice reports. The department joined an existing lawsuit filed against Miami by a blind student who said the school promised to accommodate her but failed to deliver.  A statement from the department said education is “said to be the great equalizer of American society.” “However, students with disabilities continue to encounter an impenetrable glass ceiling of opportunity when schools fail to comply with the ADA,” Vanita Gupta principal deputy assistant attorney general of the department’s Civil Rights Division, said in the statement.  The department’s legal complaint demands that Miami provide the right accommodations to students with disabilities, and to pay damages to those harmed by its practices. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/05/13/Feds_join_disability_lawsuit_against_Miami_University.html Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_14315') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_14315') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_14315') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_14315'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_14315') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

Learning online offers many educational, financial benefits

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-05-22 02:02

By Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle

Students are finding out that online programs can be an affordable education path. Though not all online programs have less expensive tuition than traditional schools, the associated costs can be lower. “The financial benefits of enrolling in online programs at universities is that students do not have to pay commuting expenses, may not need additional child care, and most likely will be able to continue in their current employment while in school as they can manage their own schedule and do their coursework around their families and work obligations,” said Vickie S. Cook, Ph.D., director, Center for Online Learning, research and service/research associate professor, University of Illinois at Springfield.

http://www.chron.com/jobs/article/Learning-online-offers-many-educational-6264367.php

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The K12 Education Market

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-05-21 21:23
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Rachel Norris, PILOTed, May 21, 2015

Short article making the impoirtant point that the K-12 education market is a complex array of interplaying forces, including several levels of government, corporations, lobbyists, school boards, and finally, teachers and children. If anything, I think the diagram under-represents the complexity of the market. The diagram is focused on the U.S. system but I think that the schooling system in other markets is no less complex. This diagram helps us understand why reform in education is so difficult - it means aligning a wide variety of agencies, many of which are working to serve particular outcomes and interests.

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Speaking out on Elsevier’s Article “Sharing” Policy

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-05-21 21:23


Heather Joseph, SPARC, May 21, 2015

About three weeks ago, Elsevier released  a new policy governing open access publication. The response from the academic community was immediate and unfavourable, including this statement, signed by a couple dozen groups, criticizing the policy. More. SPARC argued that "Despite the claim by Elsevier that the policy advances sharing, it actually does the opposite." The Elsevier policy extends the embargo period to as much as 48 months, and requires that authors apply a "non-commercial and no derivative works" license to self-archived work. Elsevier  responded to the criticism today. Meanwhile Emerald is going after harvesting itself, requiring authors agree that "I/We will not permit others to electronically gather or harvest and save to a separate server my/our Work." The backstory here is that publishers are facing a threat from services like  Academia and ResearchGate, which harvest and store works from wherever they can be found, and compile a list of publications for each author. The aggressively seek to upload versions of the works,  provide access only to versions on their own website, and do not link back to original copies. The perfect walled garden.

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'Hack or be hacked': Why kids need to know how technology works

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-05-21 21:23
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Jesse Hirsh, CBC, May 21, 2015

Whose responsibility is it to prevent hacking and to promote security? I have two stories in my inbox today -  this one and  this one - that suggest it's the user's responsibility. In one, " Jesse Hirsh makes the case for a deeper understanding of technology as a civic duty. He says 'hack or be hacked.' The choice is yours." The rest of the story is an advertisement for Kano, a $150 computer that you build yourself. In the other story, we are told "End users are widely seen as a weak link in the enterprise security chain." The argument is that employees should receive security training. Maybe. But end users are the "weak link" because they're trying to get their job done, whether than means teaching 6-year-olds or writing reports. Network security is often a problem they need to overcome, rather than a shield that protects them. There needs to be some accord here.

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