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What the edtech?! Episode one: transforming your student engagement with social media

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-04-19 15:57

Laura Kidd, JISC, Apr 19, 2018

Britain's Jisc has launched a new podcast called "What the EdTech?" hosted by Laura Kidd. The first episode features guests "Eric Stoller, education consultant and thought leader, Sarah Knight, head of change - student experience at Jisc, and Kardi Somerfield, senior lecturer in digital marketing and advertising at The University of Northampton."

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Uncited Research

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-04-19 15:50

Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Apr 19, 2018

The argument documented here is familiar, but it's still a point of frustration for researchers working in the humanities and social sciences when they are compared with peers in technology, engineering and mathematics. Simply, the former receive much fewer citations because citations, and papers themselves, play a different role in those disciplines. So it's silly to compare researchers based on citation counts or H-indices. This, for example, is a big difference between me and other researchers in the same building: "Scholars position their approach not through a comprehensive literature review but by way of strategic citations." The 'literature review' approach to science has always seemed odd to me. Don't you actually know the important papers in your field after having worked in it for 15 years? Also, literature reviews actually miss some of the most important work in a field. But - I recognize - it's a perspective thing.

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Pearson Embedded a 'Social-Psychological' Experiment in Students' Educational Software

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-04-19 15:27

Sidney Fussell, Gizmodo, Apr 19, 2018

According to this article, "Pearson is drawing criticism after using its software to experiment on over 9,000 math and computer science students across the country." The experiment was disclosed in a paper presented on Tuesday (not Wednesday, as was incorrectly reported by Gizmodo). "Some students received 'growth-mindset messages,' while others received 'anchoring of effect' messages. (A third control group received no messaging at all.)" According to the paper's abstract, " Results indicate increased persistence in the growth mindset condition, and a decrease in persistence for the anchoring condition, relative to control." The suggestion here is that the students did not know they were the subjects of an experiment, which would be a violation of research ethics. (This was first reported in EdWeek, but thei link currently is failing due of an invalid SSL certificate. It was presented at an AERA conference, but you really have to dig to view the listing for the paper delivered by Daniel M. Belenky, Yun Jin Rho, Mikolaj Bogucki and Malgorzata Schmidt).

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This Tsinghua University-backed company wants to revolutionize the classroom

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-04-19 15:16

Linda Lew, TechNode, Apr 19, 2018

This article is about a Chinese e-learning application called Rain Classroom. "Services (rain) made possible by big data analytics (the cloud) are utilized in classrooms or for self-learning (rain irrigating the soil). More data on teaching and learning is generated and collected then uploaded to the cloud again (evaporation), completing the cycle." It's used in more than 2,300 universities in China "and there are plans to expand this to colleges overseas and also more high school classrooms at home." The same company. The same company operates the MOOC platform XuetangX.

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How Teaching Online Can Improve Your Face-to-Face Classes

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-04-19 02:10

By: Lolita Paff, Faculty Focus

When teachers are tasked with developing an online course, their thinking often follows along these lines: This is what I do in class. How can that be translated online? What if we reversed our thinking? Instead of assuming what’s done on ground is ideal, what if we looked at teaching online as a means of improving our face-to-face teaching skills? The process of developing an online course, starting with a clean slate instead of converting resident instruction via technology, leads to an examination of our classroom-based course design, assumptions about learning, and ultimately improves instructional practice in both settings along several dimensions: teaching persona, power distance, instructional clarity, student interaction, and learning assessment.

https://www.facultyfocus.com/resources/online-learning/course-design-online-learning/how-teaching-online-can-improve-your-f2f-classes/

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How Can I Facilitate Online Discussions?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-04-19 02:05

by Torria Davis, Visual Design for Online Learning via Tomorrow’s Professor

Providing opportunities for asynchronous and synchronous communication between learners in the course is an important part of creating a sense of presence and building a learning community in an online course. Learning to work with others across time and distance is a new skill for many taking online courses. Although learners may use social media to communicate with family and friends who are not in close proximity, they are not always cognizant of how to do this for academic purposes. Therefore the skill of interacting and collaborating with peers online must be taught and purposefully planned by the instructor.

https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1634

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AI Hive Mind Chooses Clean Water Over Education as Top World Priority

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-04-19 02:01

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Universal access to clean water should be the world’s highest priority, according to a recent pronouncement by a “swarm artificial intelligence” system that connected 70 people in real time via AI algorithms designed to turn them into a “hive mind.” Participants in the swarm were attendees of the South by Southwest conference this month in Austin, who were gathered by AI company Unanimous AI to “think together” on a variety of topics and provide “optimized insights.”  “With the rise of AI, it’s important to keep human knowledge and wisdom in the loop, especially when weighing complex social priorities,” commented Louis Rosenberg, CEO of Unanimous AI, in a statement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/03/21/ai-hive-mind-chooses-clean-water-over-education-as-top-world-priority.aspx

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Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Welt-Malaria-Tages am 25.04.2018. Durch die WHO beschlossen hat der Welttag zum Ziel, auf Malaria als globales Gesundheits- und Entwicklungsproblem aufmerksam zu machen.

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2018-04-19 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Welt-Malaria-Tages am 25.04.2018.
Durch die WHO beschlossen hat der Welttag zum Ziel, auf Malaria als globales Gesundheits- und Entwicklungsproblem aufmerksam zu machen.
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Open Educational Practices and Micro-Credentialing: A pilot project

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-04-18 19:32

Justin Mason, Open Pedagogy Notebook, Apr 18, 2018

What caught my eye was this description of "a competency-based micro-credentialing program called the University Learning Store (ULS).... conceived of as an online store for learning, where students can purchase mini-courses both to acquire and to be assessed on discreet competencies." Offered by the University of Wisconsin Extension's Continuing Education, Outreach and E-learning (CEOEL) it's (to me) a natural locus for experimentation. And that is the main subject of this course, a wiki-based offering with content contributed by students that could be (might be? may never be?) recognized by the university.

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After-school Code Club – Lifelong Kindergarten?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-04-18 16:11

Angela Brown, AACE Review, Apr 18, 2018

It's funny how the after-school activities seem more educationally relevant than classes, when when they're not relevant at all. That's why this description of an after-school coding club appeals to me. Drawing on Mitch Resnick's book Lifelong Kindergarten as a guide, Angela Brown describes how her coding sessions sometimes stay on topic and sometimes stray far from the original idea. And I really like this: "How do we know if our Code Club is successful? I hope we never know. Resnick suggests instead of trying to measure learning, to document it. This made me think of approaches like floor-books in kindergartens." Yeah.

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New Education Marketplace Development Funded by Crypto Coins

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-04-18 15:58

Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, Apr 18, 2018

The script for the On-Demand Education Marketplace (ODEM) reads like it came straight from the Christensen playbook: "The platform reduces costs and improves access to premium education by directly connecting educators with students and eliminating inefficient and costly intermediaries." The idea is that you have to buy cryptocurrency to do this (I don't see why online payments wouldn't have worked as well). Mostly, it's a recommender system. "ODEM uses artificial intelligence to seamlessly manage complex requests, organizing complete educational programs around the world." It then uses Ethereum to manage smart contracts between educator and learner.

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Open the Gateless Gate: OER and Open Education

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-04-18 15:49

Geoff Cain, Brainstorm in Progress, Apr 18, 2018

I love how Geoff Cain mixes a new spirit of optimism and positivity with a couple of 'get off my lawn' moments. The positivity he finds in the Open Pedagogy Notebook created by Robin DeRosa and Rajiv Jhangiani to “support community sharing of learning materials and ideas around access to knowledge and knowledge creation.” I've added the feed to my reader.

Ah, but the cranky moments in Cain's post are to be savoured, even if they have nothing to do with the site just cited. The first: "I can get really annoyed when I come across a pay-wall when trying to access materials that are openly licensed... What part of open don’t you understand?" Totally. And the second: "Is the project 'sustainable'? If by 'sustainable' you mean provide a means for a corporation to make money off of the hard work of other educators, then no, maybe not." Nor would we want it to be. We need to reclaim the concept of 'sustainable' for human systems, not factory farms.

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The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-04-18 15:36

The Atlantic, Jeffrey Selingo, Apr 18, 2018

The suggestion here is that "similar to e-commerce firms, online-degree programs are beginning to incorporate elements of an older-school, brick-and-mortar model." I would comment that the e-commerce physical storefront is a novelty, not a trend, but let's continue. "Richard DeMillo, the executive director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology...  wouldn’t be surprised if universities start fusing the best of the online experience with the best of the physical experience, possibly like 2U is trying to do with WeWork. 'Think of it as the storefront for the university,' DeMillo said." This may mean transforming their existing physical presence, but the trend in education is not toward converting online to in-person. And as you rad through the article it becomes that this is more of a hope being expressed rather than an actual thing.

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Informatics and Nursing in a Post-Nursing Informatics World: Future Directions for Nurses in an Automated, Artificially Intelligent, Social-Networked Healthcare Environment.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2018-04-18 14:36
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Informatics and Nursing in a Post-Nursing Informatics World: Future Directions for Nurses in an Automated, Artificially Intelligent, Social-Networked Healthcare Environment.

Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2016;28(4):61-9

Authors: Booth RG

Abstract
The increased adoption and use of technology within healthcare and society has influenced the nursing informatics specialty in a multitude of fashions. Namely, the nursing informatics specialty currently faces a range of important decisions related to its knowledge base, established values and future directions - all of which are in need of development and future-proofing. In light of the increased use of automation, artificial intelligence and big data in healthcare, the specialty must also reconceptualize the roles of both nurses and informaticians to ensure that the nursing profession is ready to operate within future digitalized healthcare ecosystems. To explore these goals, the author of this manuscript outlines an examination of technological advancements currently taking place within healthcare, and also proposes implications for the nursing role and the nursing informatics specialty. Finally, recommendations and insights towards how the roles of nurses and informaticians might evolve or be shaped in the growing post-nursing informatics era are presented.

PMID: 27122092 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Informatics Activities at the Canadian Nurses Association.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2018-04-18 14:36
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Informatics Activities at the Canadian Nurses Association.

Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2016;28(4):58-60

Authors: Hannah KJ

Abstract
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has been participating in nursing informatics activities since hosting the 1992 national consensus conference that resulted in Health Information: Nursing Components (HI:NC). This article will provide a synopsis of the CNA Strategic Plan 2015-2019 and CNA nursing informatics activities.

PMID: 27122091 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

EHR Learning - It's about Nursing, Leadership and Long-Term Commitments.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2018-04-18 14:36
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EHR Learning - It's about Nursing, Leadership and Long-Term Commitments.

Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2016;28(4):38-47

Authors: Furlong KE

Abstract
Despite a global commitment to the adoption of technologies, such as electronic health records (EHRs), to support the delivery of health services, there is little empirical guidance to support effective planning for the integration of these tools into practice settings (Suter et al. 2009). In particular, although EHR learning is known to positively influence integration (Byrne 2012), individual perspectives are often overlooked because of investigative designs that devalue such viewpoints by exploring the utility of technologies rather than the lived experiences of individual users of the technology. Therefore, this qualitative study offered nurse participants opportunities to make sense of EHR learning through talking about their experiences. This narrative inquiry was a collaborative interpretive method of discovery: stories and thematic analysis were the two separate yet complementary frames used to support data analysis. Finally, several practice implications and recommendations about EHR learning are presented with an emphasis placed upon patient safety as a way to impart accountability on behalf of learners, educators and those charged with governing responsibilities during times of EHR integration.

PMID: 27122089 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

An International Perspective on Nursing Informatics: In Conversation with Nick Hardiker.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2018-04-18 14:36
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An International Perspective on Nursing Informatics: In Conversation with Nick Hardiker.

Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2016;28(4):36-7

Authors: Strudwick G

PMID: 27122088 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Past, Present and Future: The Outlook from Mid-Career Nurse Informaticians.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2018-04-18 14:36
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Past, Present and Future: The Outlook from Mid-Career Nurse Informaticians.

Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2016;28(4):8-17

Authors: Carrière R, MacDonald A, Chan Y

Abstract
Nursing informatics (NI), as a specialty of nursing, can trace its origins back as far as the 1960s. While difficult to find empirical evidence to pinpoint exactly when NI moved from the fringes of nursing to more mainstream recognition, the late 1990s to early 2000s was a period of significant growth in the desire to leverage information technology as a means of collecting more robust and reliable healthcare information. This, in turn, has led to a significant increase in the number of nurses working as NI specialists. Those who have remained in NI roles since this time are now reaching the "mid-career" point. This paper will examine the current NI landscape and the experience of a number of early and mid-career nurses who chose to focus on NI by exploring how and why they chose this career path, the opportunities and challenges they have faced to date and their predictions for the future of NI.

PMID: 27122085 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

The textbook market exploits students. We shouldn’t accept that.

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-04-18 02:10

by Gaurav Dahal, Diamondback (student opinion)

Traditional textbooks — the ones we are assigned in most of our classes — are unnecessarily expensive. The high cost of textbooks can be attributed to the textbook market, which is structured to victimize students. AEI.org reports that textbook prices have increased 812 percent since 1978, which is a greater increase than both medical and home prices. This astronomical increase has led to students spending an average of $1,250 a year on books and supplies, according to the College Board. That $1,250 is on top of the cost of tuition, mandatory fees and housing associated with going to college. It’s the textbook market and the publishers profiting off students that are to blame.

http://www.dbknews.com/2018/04/01/college-affordable-textbooks-open-source-copyright-openstax/

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University of Akron to lift the curtain on new esports program at forum in April

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-04-18 02:06

By Joey Morona, cleveland.com
The University of Akron will unveil more details about its new esports program at a forum next month. The purpose of the event is “to discuss how the esports varsity teams and club will function, and how the program will contribute to the greater Akron area through community involvement,” a university spokesperson said in a release. Akron’s esports — or competitive video gaming — program is scheduled to launch this fall with both varsity and club teams. The varsity team will field between 50 to 55 players competing against other universities in games such as League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, Hearthstone and Rocket League. Like other student-athletes, varsity esports players will be eligible for scholarships.

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/03/university_of_akron_esports.html

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