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Baccalaureate Nursing Students' Abilities in Critically Identifying and Evaluating the Quality of Online Health Information.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2018-06-27 21:16
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Baccalaureate Nursing Students' Abilities in Critically Identifying and Evaluating the Quality of Online Health Information.

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;234:321-327

Authors: Theron M, Redmond A, Borycki EM

Both the Internet and social media have become important tools that patients and health professionals, including health professional students, use to obtain information and support their decision-making surrounding health care. Students in the health sciences require increased competence to select, appraise, and use online sources to adequately educate and support patients and advocate for patient needs and best practices. The purpose of this study was to ascertain if second year nursing students have the ability to critically identify and evaluate the quality of online health information through comparisons between student and expert assessments of selected online health information postings using an adapted Trust in Online Health Information scale. Interviews with experts provided understanding of how experts applied the selected criteria and what experts recommend for implementing nursing informatics literacy in curriculums. The difference between student and expert assessments of the quality of the online information is on average close to 40%. Themes from the interviews highlighted several possible factors that may influence informatics competency levels in students, specifically regarding the critical appraisal of the quality of online health information.

PMID: 28186062 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Declaration of Rights and Principles to Transform Scholarly Communication

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-06-27 20:04

Richard A. Schneider, University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication, University of California, Jun 27, 2018

This is dates from April, 2018, and was recently (?) released (via Digital Koans). It is an all-encompassing statement of author and institutional rights that draws a clear line between current predatory practices and what ought to be the academic publishing regime in the future. I strongly support this declaration. It opposes copyright transfers, opposes waivers on open access clauses, and states (among many other things) that "licenses shall not restrict, and should instead expressly protect, the rights of authors, institutions, and the public to reuse excerpts of published work consistent with legal exceptions and limitations on copyright such as fair use." Yeah! No double payments. No hidden profits. And no NDA clauses - " shall be transparent and shall not contain terms that prevent the sharing of their contents."

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5 Critical Gaps in STEM Skills

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-06-27 19:47

Dian Schaffhauser, Jun 27, 2018

This is a different way of looking at the gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. Sure, there's the knowledge component - or, at least, "basic mathematics, critical thinking, complex and creative problem-solving and the ability to adapt." But the gap manifests in some unexpected ways as well. Consider, for example, the "belief gap", that is, "the impression students have about which industries offer STEM jobs and whether or not they believe they belong in STEM." Or the "geography gap," "exposing the connections between 'poverty and place' and the 'lack of opportunity in certain neighborhoods and communities.'" This account is based on the State of STEM report (warning: they will require the information they need to spam you before they send you a copy, but this direct link to the 44 page PDF might work).

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The Coherence Theory of Truth

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-06-27 19:32

James O. Young, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Jun 27, 2018

A naive theory of truth would be one where a sentence is true if and only if whatever it describes is actually true in the real world. This is the correspondence theory of truth. But what if you can never satisfy this? What if you can't know enough about the real world to establish correspondance? Is there no truth, then? Not necessarily - this is where the coherence theory of truth comes in. If we can have a set of consistent sentences describing the world as we know it, then that consistence itself might be enough to justify our claim that the sentences are true. The most important advocate for a coherence theory of truth today is probably Donald Davidson, and I think this newly revised article in the Stanford Encyclopedia doesn't do him justice. But it's a good brief description of a concept everybody interested in knowledge should know.

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Lessons Learned From a Consortium That Fizzled

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-06-27 16:01

Mark Lieberman, Inside Higher Ed, Jun 27, 2018

This article describes what happened when four liberal arts colleges decided to form a consortium to offer EdX MOOCs together. Don't worry, it's nothing bad. But it's interesting to see how each institution found its own path forward. Davidson focused on "free, short courses driven by timely topics in the news, such as voter fraud and "engaging in a time of polarization." Colgate developed two MOOCs and "now sees them as one element in the institution's landscape of course modes." Wellesley secured Mellon Foundation grant for blended learning and developed an on-campus initiative. And Hamilton developed four MOOCs "but eventually opted not to pursue the medium further."

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Gesundheit in Deutschland aktuell - GEDA 2014/2015

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2018-06-27 11:30

In Abstimmung mit dem Robert Koch-Institut wurden gestaltbare Tabellen (Passivrauchbelastung und selbsteingeschätzter allgemeiner Gesundheitszustand) aus der Querschnittsbefragung "Gesundheit in Deutschland aktuell" (GEDA) neu ins Informationssystem aufgenommen. In diese Befragung ist auch die europäische Gesundheitsbefragung - European Health Interview Survey (EHIS) integriert.

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5 ways for universities to build corporate partnerships

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-06-27 02:12

BY MARY DAVIS, eCampus News

When it comes to higher education and corporate partnerships, it’s not a “nice to have;” it is mission-critical for colleges and universities to survive. The job market is evolving so quickly that institutions need a steady stream of information from employers on what they want and need from their workforce so curriculum and learning can reflect those needs. The key here is “partnership.” Think quality over quantity. Both sides—institutions and employers—are looking for return on investment (ROI), and these five approaches will help universities build impactful relationships with mutual benefits.

5 ways for universities to build corporate partnerships

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3 higher ed experts share their blended learning advice

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-06-27 02:05

With a growing non-traditional student population, many colleges and universities are looking to blended learning technology and strategy to meet their pedagogical needs. But finding a combination of online and in-person components that match the expectations of both students and faculty can be daunting. Thankfully, higher ed’s collaborative culture makes networking and sharing expertise with other IT professionals easier. On March 1st, the higher ed IT Professional’s Meetup gathered at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., to discuss how attendees could find the right blend for their university’s blended learning offerings. A panel of industry experts came together: Eric Palson, director of academic technologies at Babson College; Kristen Palson, director for Simmons Online at Simmons College in Boston; and Gaurav Shah, director of academic technologies at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. Elmore Alexander, the dean of the Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass., moderated the discussion.

3 higher ed experts share their blended learning advice

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People with More Education Have a More Positive View of the Internet

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-06-27 02:03

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
The share of online adults who say the internet has been good for society is on the decline. While 76 percent in 2014 said the internet has been “mostly” good, by 2018, the proportion sharing that sentiment had dropped to 70 percent. Among older adults, those 65 and older, the shift was starkest, dropping from 78 percent in 2014 to 64 percent this year. Young people — ages 18 to 29 — were slightly more upbeat; 79 percent said the internet has been mostly good for society in 2014 compared to 74 percent in 2018. These results came from a phone survey of 2,002 adults, 18 years or older, run by the Pew Research Center during January 2018.

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What skills improve pattern recognition?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2018-06-26 22:10

Steven Forth, TeamFit, Jun 26, 2018

Knowledge is recognition, but what leads to greater skill in recognition. This post considers that question. " Pattern recognition depends on the ability to see what is the same and the ability to see what is different. Further, it depends on being able to make connections between different types of information and on being able to apply transformations to different types of data... Pattern recognition skills can be built up by actively working with patterns of different types. There are several approaches to this. The six modular operators help one work with many basic organizational patterns (split, substitute, exclude, augment, invert, port)." Interesting. Worth noting.

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Designing Learning Experiences in an Evidence-Informed Way

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2018-06-26 21:15

Mirjam Neelen, Paul A. Kirschner, 3-Star Learning Experiences, Jun 26, 2018

Paul A. Kirschner and Mirjam Neelen aren't too shy to accuse people of being eduquacks, and they base this assessment on their own fidelity to what they call "evidence-informed learning design". They're not wrong, but they're not exactly right either. To a degree they recognize the difficulty in our field: it "doesn’t usually deliver the quality of evidence that clinical practice does. This is simply because we’re dealing with so many variables that are extremely hard to (all) control. Literally, what worked with a class today at 9 AM won’t necessarily have the same effects on a different class at 3 PM." True. But even worse, while there are generally accepted accounts of what might be called 'healthy', our views on what constitutes 'educated' are very different. And because of this, it becomes very difficult to compare evidence from one theory against another; they are, literally, incommensurate.

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To Learn, Stop Believing Everything You Think

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2018-06-26 20:55

Tim Rahschulte, Chief Learning Officer, Jun 26, 2018

This is a really good piece of advice that, so far as I know, doesn't show up in a traditional educational curriculum anywhere. The advice is simple: don't believe everything you think. That voice inside your head sometimes lies, sometimes fools itself, and is sometimes simply wrong. This article talks about overconfidence bias but the lesson applies to underconfidence as well - that voice may be saying you can't do it, but that voice could be wrong. That voice could be saying other people are so much better than you, but that voice doesn't know any more than you do. When you think something - think again. Subject your own thoughts to a sober second opinion. Trust yourself - but verify.

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It’s Not Just Code, It’s a Network

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2018-06-26 20:24

Anil Dash, Glitch, Medium, Jun 26, 2018

Why would Microsoft buy GitHub? Anil Dash looks at "the cost of acquiring developers for a platform" as one explanation and suggests that "the far greater value comes from radically increasing the number of people who can create software, while improving the quality of software." Both are good reasons but my explanation is a bit different. It's this: Microsoft has finally acquired its social network technology, so it can challenge Facebook and Twitter, but crucially, it's also a distributed consensus mechanism for creating works collaboratively. Git is a directed acyclic graph (DAG) that has been used and tested over time. It creates an ordering of contents, and also creates a way for contents to converge with each other. This is really important, and in my view if properly applied gives Microsoft the core technology it needs to compete in social networks - and more.

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ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2018-06-26 20:00

Jenny Abamu, EdSurge, Jun 26, 2018

ISTE - the International Society for Technology in Education - is the largest ed tech conference in the United States, and this week it has announced its intention to become something more. There are two major announcements: first, a set of "new standards for education leaders, which focus on equity, digital citizenship, team and systems building, continuous improvement and professional growth, the organization announced," and second, a partnership with D2L to create something called ISTE-U, which will be a professional learning hub for ISTE members. A number of courses are listed, many being developed in partnership with organizations like Google. The courses themselves cost money and "are eligible for graduate-level credit at an additional fee ... at Dominican University of California."


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OpenAI built gaming bots that can work as a team with inhuman precision

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2018-06-26 13:45

Dave Gershgorn, Quartz, Jun 26, 2018

The set of five AIs had a lot of time to practice, and this made all the difference. " By using a huge stack of 256 graphics processing units (GPUs) with 128,000 processing cores, the researchers were able to speed up the AI’s gameplay so that they learned from the equivalent of 180 years of gameplay for every day it trained. One version of the bots were trained for four weeks, meaning they played more than 5,000 years of the game." That kind of practice will give you some skills, even if you aren't working with the biggest brain.

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Being rational all the time isn’t going to do you any favors

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2018-06-26 13:33

Zat Rana, Quartz, Jun 26, 2018

This is a quick summary of some recent research from Lisa Feldman Barrett on emotions. According to Barrett, there aren't distinct emotions (like anger, sadness or happiness). Rather, what we have is "a survival system that evaluates our surroundings to create a unique emotional landscape." According to the article, "The thing you call anger isn’t a distinctly programmed thing, but it’s a concise information point, and it gets updated by each new experience." It's a primitive prediction system. "The seeming irrationality of a well-tuned emotional system, within the right context, can fill in gaps that reason misses."

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The Prime Real Estate of a Library Address

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-06-26 02:10

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

We all know the 3 most important attributes when it comes to real estate: location, location, location. Higher education offices are just another form of real estate. And the most valuable real estate on campus is in the library. Today, academic libraries are both physical and digital spaces. As a digital learning person, I care greatly about the services and resources available via browsers and phones – and which can be accessed from anywhere in the world at any time. A robust digital library presence is the enabler of our online learning revolution.

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UJ introduces 100% online degrees

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-06-26 02:04

by Sibahle Malinga, IT Web

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has introduced 100% online degree programmes as part of its strategy to create a learning ecosystem that aligns with international benchmark institutions. The newly introduced 100% online programmes, according to UJ, are part of the institution’s commitment to provide alternative means of acquiring internationally renowned qualifications available to students who are not able to attend face-to-face lectures.

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Face-to-face versus online training for the interpretation of findings in the fiberoptic endoscopic exam of the swallow procedure

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-06-26 02:02

by Susan L Brady, Dove Press open access to scientific and medical research

The aim of this study was to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of an online, interdisciplinary, interactive course designed to increase the ability to accurately interpret the fiberoptic endoscopic exam of the swallow (FEES) procedure to traditional, face-to-face (F2F) lectures for both graduate medical education (GME) and graduate speech language pathology (GSLP) programs….  Conclusion: Incorporating technology into GME and GSLP programs yielded comparable gains to traditional lectures. Findings support the use of online education as a viable alternative to the traditional F2F classroom format for the instruction of the cognitive component of the FEES procedure.

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Dispelling the misconceptions of online education

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2018-06-25 21:04

Jeff Vaklance, Barbara Wilson-Keates, University Affairs, Jun 25, 2018

This is a back-and-forth between Athabasca University and University Affairs magazine. In the original “Online learning isn’t as inclusive as you may think,” University Affairs authors Erin Clow and Klodiana Kolomitro argue that in online learning things like netiquette are set by the instructor, while "community guidelines in a 'traditional' in-person classroom are often set through a collaborative process where both students and faculty are actively engaged." I have never actually seen that in an in-person classroom, but that's what they say. Anyhow, the Athabasca University authors reply that "Virtual learning environments have continued to grow over the last decade and what may have been considered difficult before has now changed."

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