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Reach of the edX.org and Open edX Platform In Numbers

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-12-18 01:10

By IBL News

EdX has attracted 40,000 credit-elegible learners, according to the data disclosed yesterday at the 2018 Global Forum Event in Boston.  Overall, the number of learners has jumped to 18 million, while there are 2,400 courses included in the platform. Nine fully online Master’s degrees, 14 new MicroMasters, and 54 professional certificate programs have been launched in the last year. The numbers about the Open edX platform reflect that this open source, community-based initiative shows a wider reach than the edX.org project.

https://iblnews.org/2018/11/18/reach-of-the-edx-org-and-open-edx-platform-in-numbers/

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MOOCs Are Dead, Welcome MOOC-Based Degrees

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-12-18 01:05

By IBL News

This new reality goes against that dream. edX, like Coursera, Udacity, and FutureLearn, needs to be either financially sustainable or profitable. Therefore, revenue-generating solutions are required. A successfully emerged idea is MOOC-based degrees, developed in partnerships between universities and the aforementioned platforms. The problem is how to split the revenues. Coursera and edX require a 50 percent split, because of the technology and marketing costs. Not all of the institutions are ready to take this deal. They believe that their brands, along with low prices, are powerful enough to make their online degrees successful. Regarding the technology, there are several solutions, including Open edX, which is a community-based, open source software (edX.org uses this code, plus an additional 10% of proprietary software).

 

https://iblnews.org/2018/12/03/moocs-are-dead-welcome-mooc-based-degrees/

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AI thinks like a corporation—and that’s worrying

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-12-18 01:03

Jonnie Penn, the Economist

At RAND, Simon and two colleagues—Allan Newell, a young mathematician, and J. Clifford Shaw, a former insurance actuary—tried to model human problem-solving in terms that a computer could put into operation. To do so, Simon borrowed elements from the framework that he had developed in “Administrative Behaviour”. To make a computer “think” as a human, Simon made it think like a corporation. The product of the trio’s labour was a virtual machine called the Logic Theorist, heralded as the first working prototype of artificial intelligence. Printouts of the Theorist in operation turned heads at the 1956 Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence, which gave the field its name and initial membership. In notes from the Dartmouth conference, one participant wrote that the Theorist helped to solve the dreaded “demo to sponsor” problem. This was essential, because the foundation funding AI was sceptical that the research area was worthwhile.

https://www.economist.com/open-future/2018/11/26/ai-thinks-like-a-corporation-and-thats-worrying

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Perceived usefulness of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) increases after a short training: A randomized controlled trial in master of advanced nursing practice students.

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Perceived usefulness of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) increases after a short training: A randomized controlled trial in master of advanced nursing practice students.

Nurse Educ Pract. 2018 Nov;33:55-62

Authors: Stallinga HA, Dijkstra PU, Napel HT, Roodbol G, Peters JWB, Heerkens YF, Roodbol PF

Abstract
The Master program of Advanced Nursing Practice (MANP) educates nurses to become a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners are health care professionals focusing on the intersection of cure and care. However, a clear model covering that area is lacking. The use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) may be considered for incorporation in curricula due to its focus on the integration of cure and care. The purpose of this study is to test the effects of a short (= 4-h instructor-led) ICF training on perceived usefulness of the ICF. In a randomized controlled trial, 76 MANP students were randomly allocated to intervention or control group. Data were collected using an 'ICF survey and learning assessment tool'. Data of 56 students were included for analysis. Perceived usefulness of the ICF increased significantly in the intervention group immediately after training (p?=?0.001) but no longer at 3-months follow-up (p?=?0.388). Attitude and knowledge related to the ICF were significantly increased in the intervention group at both post-training assessments (p?<?0.001 and 0.02). The positive influence of the ICF training on perceived usefulness of the ICF is relevant for including ICF in MANP curriculum.

PMID: 30243214 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Sozialhilfe - Leistungen nach dem 5. bis 9. Kapitel SGB XII

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2018-12-17 07:01

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Statistik der Sozialhilfe - Empfänger/-innen von Leistungen nach dem 5. bis 9. Kapitel SGB XII " des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um die Angaben des Jahres 2017 ergänzt.

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Abandoned Campuses and Online Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-12-17 01:10

Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Press reports indicate that Knoxville College is attempting a rebirth. The school’s website indicates that it is open for enrollment. The college will start with online classes and is hoping to transition to a residential institution once again. In watching the videos and reading the stories that I could find on Knoxville College, I kept thinking that this is an institution that we should all be supporting. The stories contain many examples of alumni talking about how important the institution has been in providing a foundation for success.  Can we call on edtech companies to offer their platforms and expertise to Knoxville College?  Are there any higher ed consulting companies willing to partner with the College?

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/abandoned-campuses-and-online-learning

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The Catalyzing Impact of Blockchain Technology on Higher Education: Student-Centricity at Every Level

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-12-17 01:06

Christine Shakespeare and James Curry, Evolllution

What possibilities could we imagine if HEIs committed to putting data on a distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform? Can we imagine a distributed ledger across the HEI enterprise to include the registrar, bursar, provost, human resources, purchasing and continuing education divisions (just to name a few) who can all share in the stewardship of a student’s blockchain? Some intermediary progress toward leveraging DLT would enable registrar-like offices to be the stewards of that portion of the chain, with distribution of credentials in ways universities never could have imagined. It remains to be seen what type of Trusted Third Party (TTP) providers may become “owners” or clearinghouse providers so that access is permitted to construct and distribute in whole or segments, or even provide access to employers, graduate schools, professional certifying bodies, etc.

https://evolllution.com/technology/tech-tools-and-resources/the-catalyzing-impact-of-blockchain-technology-on-higher-education-student-centricity-at-every-level/

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BRIEFING ARTIFICIAL INGELLIGENCE Artificial Intelligence Jobs Are on the Rise. Which Countries Are Hiring Right Now

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-12-17 01:02

Rene Reints, Fortune

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is a massive industry, with potential in every field from autonomous cars to human resources. According to PwC, A.I. could add up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030.  The A.I. explosion invites plenty of employment as well, although a study by Element AI found there’s only about 90,000 people in the world with the right skill set.  China tops the list with just over 12,000 job listings, followed by the U.S. with 7,000. Other leaders include Japan, the UK, India, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, and Poland.

http://fortune.com/2018/11/29/ai-jobs-worldwide/

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Essential Elements ?f Interactive Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-12-16 01:10

Isha Sood, eLearning Industry

Educators and trainers across the globe are dealing with constantly dropping learner attention spans. This article focuses on interactivity as one of the best approaches to address this challenge and lists down some of the most essential elements of interactive learning.

https://elearningindustry.com/interactive-learning-essential-elements

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Google Makes a Rare Education Technology Acquisition

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-12-16 01:05

By Tony Wan, EdTech Business

Google acquired Workbench, a Baltimore-based company that provides an online library of lessons and projects, organized by subject and grade level, that educators can use in their classrooms. It also offers a programming interface where students can do coding exercises and even control bluetooth-connected devices that are integrated with the platform. The two companies are no strangers: Workbench has been integrated with Google Classroom, which allows educators to assign Workbench projects to students, and track, review and assess their progress. Claiming more than 30 million users, Google Classroom is currently one of the most widely used online educational tool, which lets teachers, students and parents manage class assignments, quizzes and discussions.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-11-30-google-makes-a-rare-education-technology-acquisition-workbench

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4 ways online police training saves time, money

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-12-16 01:02

PoliceOne

Nearly every profession requires continuing education and training to stay current with trends and certification requirements. In law enforcement, this ongoing education is critical to stay abreast of changes in the law, for risk management purposes and to keep officers’ skills sharp in the field. But training can take a big bite out of an agency’s resources. In addition to the financial burden of paying for trainers, facilities and even travel, in-person courses mean taking officers off the streets for hours at a time, reducing the numbers patrolling your community and creating budgeting and staffing challenges. Blended learning – combining traditional methods of face-to-face education with online learning – can be an effective option. Online, on-demand training provides flexibility by allowing officers to complete courses when and where it’s convenient for them.

https://www.policeone.com/police-products/training/online-training/articles/482232006-4-ways-online-police-training-saves-time-money/

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Flexible and Forward-Thinking: How to Create Adaptive E-Learning Experiences Based on Learner Behavior

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-12-15 01:10

by ATD

Certain e-learning authoring tools feature more adaptive assessment engines that allow corporate learners to identify mistakes and remedy knowledge gaps immediately. For example, the system automatically flags questions answered incorrectly so that corporate learners can reevaluate relevant sections of the online training course; then they come back to the online quiz and see how they’ve improved. This is in stark contrast to traditional testing methods, wherein corporate learners receive their results after the fact, when it’s often too late to improve behaviors or bridge gaps before completing the online training course. Your corporate learners get the chance to enjoy an adaptive e-learning experience where they receive feedback right away and make meaningful changes.

https://www.td.org/professional-partner-content/flexible-and-forward-thinking-how-to-create-adaptive-elearning-experiences-based-on-learner-behavior

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Learning in Canada

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-12-15 01:04

By Space Coast Daily

One of the most common benefits of distance learning is the fact that you get to learn in an environment that suits your expectations. As a student, you get to decide when it is appropriate for you to learn, and how you wish. Unlike when you go to college, online education gives you the freedom to undertake your other responsibilities comfortably. It also allows you to pick the type of lessons you want to learn on a particular day and so on. Additionally, as a student going for an online program, you have the last say in whatever you want to be included in your education.

http://spacecoastdaily.com/2018/11/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-distance-learning-in-canada/

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For higher ed, investing in OER pays eventual dividends

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-12-15 01:02

Ray Bendici, University Business
Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative increased the number of students enrolling in open education resources-based courses. Open education resources (OER) provide significant cost savings to low-income students and strengthen instruction and learning, according to a recent study from Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit that supports evidence-based institutional improvement. The study also examined, for the first time, OER-related costs and revenue for an institution. Developing an OER course averages $11,700 (including faculty salary and benefits), while developing a full OER degree program costs nearly $500,000 per institution, found the study.

https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/For-higher-ed-investing-oer-pays-eventual-dividends

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Be Intentional—in Your Learning Design, in Your Skills, in Your Career

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-12-14 01:10

By Ryann Ellis, ATD

Cindy Huggett, CPLP, is a pioneer in the field of virtual training. She’s been providing virtual training solutions since the early 2000s, and is a recognized industry expert in teaching training professionals how to design and deliver interactive online classes.  The biggest benefit of virtual learning is that participants don’t have to leave the workspace to participate in the learning event. On the flip side, that’s also the biggest challenge.  The number 2 skill goes hand-in-hand with first skill: be tech savvy and willing to learn the specific technology. Platforms are consistently evolving, and designers need to stay current on the technology that the L&D field is using to deliver virtual learning. Finally, the third must-have skill is to be digitally literate.

https://www.td.org/insights/be-intentionalin-your-learning-design-in-your-skills-in-your-career

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Keeping up with Coding

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-12-14 01:05

by Oli Walker, Times Higher Education

I’ve found that learning to code at a higher education level isn’t a straightforward choice between practical courses versus a degree at a traditional redbrick university. Some of my peers had been to UK universities too, so they had some computer science theory under their belts, which helped. I’d say think about how to get into work and consider adding a bootcamp on to your degree. This was a more condensed type of learning with less theory; it was intensely practical. And after it’s over, you’ll love that feeling of an empty code editor and a world of possibilities. For the next few years I plan to hone my JavaScript skills, then maybe I’ll take off travelling once again.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/blogs/keeping-coding

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Why Graduation Rates Are Rising But Student Achievement Is Not

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-12-14 01:02

Natalie Wexler, Forbes

A report in D.C. last year revealed that school-level administrators often ignored a district policy stating that students couldn’t take the online version of a course until after they’d failed the traditional one. Most of those enrolled in credit recovery—22% of all 2017 graduates—had never taken the original course. Students weren’t interested in showing up for class, teachers told investigators, because they knew they could easily get credit for it online. How many schools are offering these programs, and what kinds of students are most likely to be enrolled? Until recently, it was hard to say. But two recent reports—one released today—provide some answers. The vast majority of American schools—around 70%—have some kind of credit recovery program, with average participation rates under 10%. But a subset enroll far higher proportions of students in credit recovery, some as many as 60%.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nataliewexler/2018/11/29/why-graduation-rates-are-rising-but-student-achievement-is-not/#7665f9766a7f

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Arzneimittelindex

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2018-12-13 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem "Arzneimittelindex der GKV" des Wissenschaftlichen Instituts der AOK wurden um das Jahr 2017 ergänzt.

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Hey, Google, Alexa, Siri and Higher Ed

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-12-13 01:12

By Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

The growing use of voice search and virtual digital assistants will have an increasing impact on how we deliver, search for and market higher education.  Voice enabling is the funnel through which we will access increasingly smart technologies. As these technologies evolve and further intertwine into a conversant smart system, we must respond and anticipate the changes that are only months away. A good place to begin is implementing VEO for all of our programs. Universities must be responding to this new trend to capture new prospective students, and to make sure you are sending current students to the proper resources that will enrich their time on campus. (thanks to Jordan DiMaggio UPCEA Associated Director of Policy and Communications for his assistance with this article)

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/hey-google-alexa-siri-and-higher-ed

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This is when AI’s top researchers think artificial general intelligence will be achieved

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-12-13 01:10

James Vincent , the Verge

In a new book published this week titled Architects of Intelligence, writer and futurist Martin Ford interviewed 23 of the most prominent men and women who are working in AI today, including DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, Google AI Chief Jeff Dean, and Stanford AI director Fei-Fei Li. In an informal survey, Ford asked each of them to guess by which year there will be at least a 50 percent chance of AGI being built. Of the 23 people Ford interviewed, only 18 answered, and of those, only two went on the record. Interestingly, those two individuals provided the most extreme answers: Ray Kurzweil, a futurist and director of engineering at Google, suggested that by 2029, there would be a 50 percent chance of AGI being built, and Rodney Brooks, roboticist and co-founder of iRobot, went for 2200. The rest of the guesses were scattered between these two extremes, with the average estimate being 2099 — 81 years from now.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/27/18114362/ai-artificial-general-intelligence-when-achieved-martin-ford-book

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