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Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2019-02-19 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus dem Bereich "Geschäfts- und Rechnungsergebnisse der gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung" des Bundesministeriums für Arbeit und Soziales wurde um das Jahr 2017 ergänzt.

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A Realistic Look at Where AI is Going in 2019

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-02-19 01:10

BY NEIL KINSON, Tech Spective
When companies say “AI,” they are often using it as a catch-all term for a broad selection of technologies from machine learning and predictive analytics to natural language processing, object recognition and more. It’s a bit like that family member who calls any tablet an ‘iPad’, regardless of the actual device they’re referring to. To the user, the capability of the device or solution is more important than the technology under the hood. But the generic use of the term “AI” has left many IT and business professionals confused about what technology they actually need to procure in order to achieve a desired outcome. Most have explored technologies they think hold the promise of “AI,” and, in many cases, have been disappointed in pilots or even full use cases conducted in 2018.

https://techspective.net/2019/02/10/a-realistic-look-at-where-ai-is-going-in-2019/

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Will A.I. Put Lawyers Out Of Business?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-02-19 01:06

Neil Sahota, COGNITIVE WORLD

What is the law but a series of algorithms? Codified instructions proscribing dos and don’ts—ifs and thens. Sounds a lot like computer programming, right? The legal system, on the other hand, is not as straightforward as coding. Just consider the complicated state of justice today, whether it be problems stemming from backlogged courts, overburdened public defenders, and swathes of defendants disproportionately accused of crimes. So, can artificial intelligence help? Very much so. Law firms are already using AI to more efficiently perform due diligence, conduct research and bill hours. But some expect the impact of AI to be much more transformational. It’s predicted AI will eliminate most paralegal and legal research positions within the next decade.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cognitiveworld/2019/02/09/will-a-i-put-lawyers-out-of-business/#2bc1715c31f0

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Higher Education Revamps Online Education in 2019 as Traditional Enrollment Declines

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-02-19 01:02

Eli Zimmerman, EdTEch

Students’ concerns about the return on investment in their education, coupled with a demand across industries for graduates with more practical skills, are driving changes in the ways universities offer education, according to a report from the Brookings Institution. According to the report, both students and employers feel higher education institutions are not giving students the skills they need to be desirable employees in the modern workforce. These sentiments are reflected in dropping student application rates at major institutions. Freshman applications to the University of California system in 2019 dipped for the first time in 15 years. Other major institutions, like Michigan State University, are also seeing declines. In response, universities are evolving their programs to allow for more online courses and competency-based learning.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/higher-education-revamps-online-education-2019-traditional-enrollment-declines

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Belastung von Kuhmilch und Frauenmilch

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2019-02-18 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle "Belastung von Kuhmilch und Frauenmilch durch PCB und Dioxine " aus der Frauenmilch- und Dioxin-Human-Datenbank des Bundesamtes für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit wurde um die Angaben des Jahres 2017 ergänzt.

Categories: Science News

Making it easier to discover datasets – Google releases Google Dataset Search

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-02-18 01:12

Natasha Noy, Google Blog

In today’s world, scientists in many disciplines and a growing number of journalists live and breathe data. There are many thousands of data repositories on the web, providing access to millions of datasets; and local and national governments around the world publish their data as well. To enable easy access to this data, we launched Dataset Search, so that scientists, data journalists, data geeks, or anyone else can find the data required for their work and their stories, or simply to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

https://www.blog.google/products/search/making-it-easier-discover-datasets/

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The AI research agenda for the next 20 years is being made now

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-02-18 01:10

KHARI JOHNSON, Venture Beat

  • Better understanding of human intelligence and emotion
  • Training robots to learn by example
  • How people interact with AI systems

Recommendations are still being gathered and refined but include:

  • An open national AI platform
  • Broaden AI education in high schools and colleges
  • Create contextually intelligent AI that act as a lifelong assistant

https://venturebeat.com/2019/02/08/ai-weekly-the-ai-research-agenda-for-the-next-20-years-is-being-made-now/

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Report from Learning House and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Reveals Training and Development of Faculty Teaching Online Is Inconsistent

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-02-18 01:04

AASCU / LearningHouse

“Today, online and hybrid courses comprise 38 percent of the courses offered at AASCU institutions, and despite an overall decline in higher education enrollment, the number of online students continues to increase,” said Dr. George Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change of AASCU. “To meet this demand, institutions are rapidly developing and deploying online courses, but the level of faculty support varies widely, ultimately impacting the quality of both the faculty and student experience.” This report explores the overall landscape of online learning and is focused on five key findings.

https://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=235536

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New Chief of California’s Virtual Community College Wants to Help Solve the State’s Work-Force Problem

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-02-18 01:02

By Terry Nguyen, Chronicle of Higher Ed
Heather Hiles will be the new chief executive of California’s fledgling virtual community college, the California Community Colleges system announced on Wednesday. The state’s ambitious first online community college hopes to test its first cohort of students in late 2019. The college, the brainchild of former Gov. Jerry Brown, seeks to reach nontraditional students left behind in the education system — those with some college but no four-year degree, or those who have never been to college at all. The virtual campus will serve primarily adult learners who want to take classes on their own schedules.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/New-Chief-of-California-s/245639

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Meldepflichtigen Störfälle und Störungen in verfahrenstechnischen Anlagen

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Sun, 2019-02-17 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus der "Statistik der meldepflichtigen Störfälle und Störungen in verfahrenstechnischen Anlagen" des Umweltbundesamtes / Zentrale Melde- und Auswertestelle für Störfälle und Störungen in verfahrenstechnischen Anlagen wurde um die Angaben des Jahres 2017 ergänzt.

Categories: Science News

Did A Robot Write This? How AI Is Impacting Journalism

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2019-02-17 01:10

Nicole Martin, Forbes

How do you know I am really a human writing this article and not a robot? Several major publications are picking up machine learning tools for content. So, what does artificial intelligence mean for the future of journalists? According to Matt Carlson, author of “The Robotic Reporter”, the algorithm converts data into narrative news text in real-time. Many of these being financially focused news stories since the data is calculated and released frequently. Which is why should be no surprise that Bloomberg news is one of the first adoptors of this automated content. Their program, Cyborg, churned out thousands of articles last year that took financial reports and turned them into news stories like a business reporter.  [ed note:  How will this apply to students writing research papers?]

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicolemartin1/2019/02/08/did-a-robot-write-this-how-ai-is-impacting-journalism/#6c6fa7207795

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Don’t Fear AI: 16 Ways To ‘Future-Proof’ Yourself As A Professional

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2019-02-17 01:05

Forbes Coaches Council
Many companies are leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning today, and the impact of these technologies is only expected to increase. While this is great for businesses looking to improve their performance, many employees worry that robots will take over their jobs within the next few years. While AI may certainly change certain types of jobs, they will never fully replace human workers—you just need to know how to maintain and sell your skills. Forbes Coaches Council members shared tips for “future proofing” yourself for an AI-driven working world.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2019/02/08/dont-fear-ai-16-ways-to-future-proof-yourself-as-a-professional/#5f2a02ae4cd3

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Could Congress Pass a New Higher-Education Law Before 2020?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2019-02-17 01:03

By Eric Kelderman, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican of Tennessee, confirmed on Monday that he hopes to get the Higher Education Act reauthorized within the next year. Doing so could cement his legacy as a bipartisan dealmaker as chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Speaking in a panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, and later on the floor of the Senate, the former college president and U.S. secretary of education laid out three broad strokes of a proposed bill. At the top of Alexander’s list is his long-term goal of simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by paring the number of questions a student must answer from 108 to 25 or fewer.

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Could-Congress-Pass-a-New/245614

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Nursing Theory, Terminology, and Big Data: Data-Driven Discovery of Novel Patterns in Archival Randomized Clinical Trial Data.

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Nursing Theory, Terminology, and Big Data: Data-Driven Discovery of Novel Patterns in Archival Randomized Clinical Trial Data.

Nurs Res. 2018 Mar/Apr;67(2):122-132

Authors: Monsen KA, Kelechi TJ, McRae ME, Mathiason MA, Martin KS

Abstract
BACKGROUND: The growth and diversification of nursing theory, nursing terminology, and nursing data enable a convergence of theory- and data-driven discovery in the era of big data research. Existing datasets can be viewed through theoretical and terminology perspectives using visualization techniques in order to reveal new patterns and generate hypotheses. The Omaha System is a standardized terminology and metamodel that makes explicit the theoretical perspective of the nursing discipline and enables terminology-theory testing research.
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the approach by exploring a large research dataset consisting of 95 variables (demographics, temperature measures, anthropometrics, and standardized instruments measuring quality of life and self-efficacy) from a theory-based perspective using the Omaha System. Aims were to (a) examine the Omaha System dataset to understand the sample at baseline relative to Omaha System problem terms and outcome measures, (b) examine relationships within the normalized Omaha System dataset at baseline in predicting adherence, and (c) examine relationships within the normalized Omaha System dataset at baseline in predicting incident venous ulcer.
METHODS: Variables from a randomized clinical trial of a cryotherapy intervention for the prevention of venous ulcers were mapped onto Omaha System terms and measures to derive a theoretical framework for the terminology-theory testing study. The original dataset was recoded using the mapping to create an Omaha System dataset, which was then examined using visualization to generate hypotheses. The hypotheses were tested using standard inferential statistics. Logistic regression was used to predict adherence and incident venous ulcer.
RESULTS: Findings revealed novel patterns in the psychosocial characteristics of the sample that were discovered to be drivers of both adherence (Mental health Behavior: OR = 1.28, 95% CI [1.02, 1.60]; AUC = .56) and incident venous ulcer (Mental health Behavior: OR = 0.65, 95% CI [0.45, 0.93]; Neuro-musculo-skeletal function Status: OR = 0.69, 95% CI [0.47, 1.00]; male: OR = 3.08, 95% CI [1.15, 8.24]; not married: OR = 2.70, 95% CI [1.00, 7.26]; AUC = .76).
DISCUSSION: The Omaha System was employed as ontology, nursing theory, and terminology to bridge data and theory and may be considered a data-driven theorizing methodology. Novel findings suggest a relationship between psychosocial factors and incident venous ulcer outcomes. There is potential to employ this method in further research, which is needed to generate and test hypotheses from other datasets to extend scientific investigations from existing data.

PMID: 29489633 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Online learning advances at Marquette

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2019-02-16 01:10

Emma Tomsich, Marquette Wire

With the goal of educating a greater and more diverse student body, Marquette University is working to expand its online learning programs, David Schejbal, vice president and chief of digital learning, said.  Schejbal said enhancing the online learning program and creating more opportunities for students can allow Marquette to become more technologically and socially advanced. Schejbal was hired in August after administration showed interest in developing the program, he said. “One of President Lovell’s interests and goals of the university’s Beyond Boundaries plan is to engage more with the greater Milwaukee community,” Schejbal said. “Marquette is very interested in developing its online presence and expanding its scope to attract a more diverse student body, which would include adult and nontraditional students both in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.”

https://marquettewire.org/4006107/news/online-learning-advances-at-marquette/

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Report: Colleges must offer digital credentials to stay relevant

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2019-02-16 01:05

By Natalie Schwartz , Education Dive
Colleges that offer online programs should grow their digital credential options in order to stay competitive, according to a new report from the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). Credentials are an increasingly popular option for learners, prompting traditional colleges and alternative education providers to increase their offerings to claim a stake in the growing market. Colleges that don’t follow suit could lose out to “nontraditional and tech-savvy organizations” that are dipping into “universities’ traditional spheres of influence,” ICDE warns. Traditional transcripts don’t adequately convey a student’s skills, whereas credentials indicate if an applicant has the required competencies for a job, the working group argues. Credentials will eventually make transcripts irrelevant, they predict, and better align learning outcomes with workplace needs.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-colleges-must-offer-digital-credentials-to-stay-relevant/547858/

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Higher Education Revamps Online Education in 2019 as Traditional Enrollment Declines

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2019-02-16 01:02

Eli Zimmerman, EdTech

Massive open online course companies have given way to a new breed of digital class providers: online program management organizations. These businesses provide a hub for students to take online courses developed by universities and major corporate partners seeking to help students develop in-demand skills at low cost. Recently, Google and IBM announced new online data science programs that will be delivered through OPMs. Students can use these resources directly, or professors can incorporate them into face-to-face classes. “These efforts will not only fuel a new generation of data scientist, but provide a meaningful credential to employers for searching and hiring them,” write Martin Fleming, chief analytics officer and chief economist at IBM, and Seth Dobrin, vice president and chief analytics officer for the company.

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2019/02/higher-education-revamps-online-education-2019-traditional-enrollment-declines

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If taught well, online law school courses can pass the test, experts say

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-02-15 01:08

BY STEPHANIE FRANCIS WARD, ABA Journal

The skills for teaching online law school courses are not unlike those needed for the practice of law. Both require concise writing, well-organized outlines and the ability to speak without appearing that you’re reading from a script, says Ellen Murphy, assistant dean of instructional technologies and design at Wake Forest University School of Law. And despite the stereotypes about online offerings being low-quality, Murphy says that when the courses are done well, students and professors may have a better connection than they would with in-person classes. With online learning, she adds, “you can’t hide in the back row.”

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/are-online-law-school-courses-good-that-depends-experts-say

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Ironwood, The Last Open edX Version, To Be Released This February

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-02-15 01:05

By IBL News

Big news for Open edX’s developers: Ironwood, the 2019 version of this learning platform, will be released on February. The first release candidate, Ironwood.1rc1, was just made available this week. “Our goal is to release Ironwood in two weeks. In order to do that, I need to hear back from you about how testing is going,” Ned Batchelder, Software Architect at edX announced on Google Groups.

https://iblnews.org/2019/02/07/ironwood-the-last-open-edx-version-expected-to-be-released-this-february/

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Are three-year degree programs the answer?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-02-15 01:03

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

A three-year bachelor’s degree may help students dodge some of the increasingly burdensome debt associated with higher education–that is, if the programs can get off the ground. At least 32 institutions offer programs that help students graduate in three years, and more colleges and universities are expected to follow suit. Many of these three-year degree programs have existed for more than 10 years, notes Paul Weinstein Jr., a senior fellow of the Progressive Policy Institute and director of the Graduate Program in Public Management at Johns Hopkins University, in a report detailing the trend toward three-year bachelor’s degrees. “American college students are facing a triple whammy–out-of-control college costs, record levels of student debt, and declining real earnings for college graduates,” Weinstein contends in the report, yet lawmakers haven’t taken any real action to remedy the issue.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/2019/02/05/are-three-year-degree-programs-the-answer/

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