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Poor grades tied to class times that don’t match our biological clocks

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-04-15 02:12

by Science Daily
Schedules of night owls, morning larks and daytime finches may predict their educational outcomes. It may be time to tailor students’ class schedules to their natural biological rhythms. A study shows that students whose circadian rhythms were out of sync with their class schedules received lower grades due to ‘social jet lag,’ a condition in which peak alertness times are at odds with work, school or other demands.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180329190847.htm

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Research is the Key to Building a High-Achieving Online School

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-04-15 02:11

By Cait Etherington, eLearning Inside

At least some online schools are not only meeting but far exceeding the achievement levels of students in traditional on-premise schools. Davidson Academy is one of the online K-12 schools demonstrating the potential online schools have to offer an outstanding education to high-achieving students. This week eLearning Inside News talked to Stacy Hawthorne, Director of Online Learning at the Davidson Academy in Nevada, to learn how they have built a high-achieving online school for profoundly gifted students. This is the second part of a two-part series (we published the first part of this interview on March 29).

Research is the Key to Building a High-Achieving Online School

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Online fee sits in surplus accounts

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-04-15 02:03

By Logan Garrett, UT Echo

For every online class at UTC, students are charged a $56 online support fee per credit hour, but it may surprise students and faculty alike with how this money is actually spent. Considering UTC offered 332 online courses in the Spring semester alone, this fee has generated a substantial amount of money for online courses; however, the university has amassed a surplus from this fund.

http://www.theutcecho.com/online-fee-sits-in-surplus-accounts/

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Improving real-time vital signs documentation.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Sat, 2018-04-14 14:33
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Improving real-time vital signs documentation.

Nurs Manage. 2018 Jan;49(1):28-33

Authors: Fuller T, Fox B, Lake D, Crawford K

PMID: 29287047 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

This U of A Indigenous history course is the most popular course in Canada

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-04-14 02:10

by  Kyle Muzyka, CBC News

A course created one year ago by the University of Alberta was the most popular online course in Canada in 2017, and is already making inroads into how Canadians understand the history of Indigenous people. With almost 20,000 people enrolled, the free online 12-module course called Indigenous Canada teaches those from an Indigenous perspective. “A lot of Indigenous experiences in Canada have been silenced by a normative settler vision of Canada and the history of it,” said Paul Gareau, assistant professor with the U of A’s Native Studies program and the academic lead for the course.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/indigenous-canada-university-alberta-course-mooc-1.4598119

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Active Duty Military Taking Distance Courses Qualify for Reduced Rate

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-04-14 02:06

by DRG News

Active duty service members enrolled in distance courses offered by all six public universities in South Dakota will soon qualify for a reduced tuition rate. As approved this week by the South Dakota Board of Regents, the new rate is effective beginning in the summer 2018 term. The new tuition rate is $250 per credit hour, compared to a regular internet course rate of $335.

Active Duty Military Taking Distance Courses Qualify for Reduced Rate

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Berkeley offers its fastest-growing course – data science – online, for free

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-04-14 02:02

By Public Affairs, UC Berkeley
The fastest-growing course in UC Berkeley’s history — Foundations of Data Science — is being offered free online this spring for the first time through the campus’s online education hub, edX. Data science is becoming important to more and more people because the world is increasingly data-driven — and not just science and tech but the humanities, business and government. “You’ll learn to program when studying data science — but not for the primary purpose of building apps or games,” says Berkeley computer science Professor John DeNero.

http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/03/29/berkeley-offers-its-fastest-growing-course-data-science-online-for-free/

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How Dark Patterns Trick You Online

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-04-13 19:07

Nerdwriter, YouTube, Apr 13, 2018

Pattern recognition is a critical literacy. This video makes it clear why, with vivid examples of how hard it is to close your account, and how easy it is to pay money. Companies use tactics like 'roach motel' and acculturation in order to persuade you to take actions that work against your best interests. The term 'dark pattern' was coined by  in 2010. Here's a Hall of Shame from Harry Brignull's 'Dark Patterns' website. "Our best defense against the dark patterns is to be aware of them." Via How-To Geek. More really good media analysis from Nerdwriter: this bit on vlogger Casey Neistat, this analysis of a Louis C.K. joke, this explanation of why the Prisoner of Azbakan is the best Harry Potter, this insight into a Goya painting.

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Publishers Win Big in Fake-Textbook Lawsuit

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-04-13 18:41

Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, Apr 13, 2018

I haven't been hearing the term 'fake textbook' used in copyright coverage, so I'm wondering whether its use here signals a change in strategy. It certainly leaves me wondering what makes a face textbook fake. I assume it's not like fake news, which is news that's not true. The facts in fake textbooks are presumably the same as the ones in the original textbooks, otherwise they wouldn't be accused of copyright infringement. Is it that the original textbooks use higher quality electrons? or is some publicity mill just muddying up the use of the word 'fake' in an effort to accomplish, well, something. It's typical of traditional media that they would accept the new terminology and use it in their articles without even a murmur. Image: Amazon.

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Love, Faith, Hope & Charity – the future of the OU

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-04-13 18:23

Martin Weller, The Ed Techie, Apr 13, 2018

This was an interesting read, which is why I posted it. It's also noteworthy how similar this story is to that so so many others, including my own. How often do we read things like this: " Senior management need to trust their staff and to demonstrate that trust for any large scale change to occur." It also reminded me of a thing I did years ago called Moulin Ching, based on the ideas of Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Love (for old time's sake I tossed the coins and got 1-1-1-0: "Friendship. Acceptance and understanding").

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Why I Left Academic Philosophy

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-04-13 16:03

Rachel Williams, Medium, Apr 13, 2018

My own observations about academic philosophy - and academia in general - are similar to those offered here by Rachel Williams. "Academic papers usually end up popularity contests, a game of who’s-who where the goal is to develop incestuous citation networks so that your impact factor will look better for hiring and/or tenure committees." But to be honest, I probably would have stayed. I'm not going to kid myself. Staying in academia would have allowed me to focus on philosophy. Happily, this also is true: "I don’t need academic philosophy to do philosophy. My blogging over the past ten years has reached a larger audience than I could ever hope to achieve through the traditional academic journal system."

Williams also talks about the propensity of philosophy to do work that doesn't matter, contrasting rarefied work like metametaphysics with the urgent demands of social and ethical issues. My concern was different. What I disliked about professional philosophers was that their work didn't matter to them. It really is just a game to them, a job they set aside when they leave the office. To me, then and now, it matters. It was never about getting a job (which is ultimately why the line in the c.v. didn't bother me as much as it perhaps should have). It matters what truth is, it matters where we get our knowledge from, it matters how we understand our place in the world. The rest of it - the whole publishing / job seeking / reputation building thing - is dross.

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Trade your open tickets for interoperability.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Fri, 2018-04-13 14:33
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Trade your open tickets for interoperability.

Nurs Manage. 2017 10;48(10):25-26

Authors: Aldrich K

PMID: 28957829 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Black and Hispanic underrepresentation in tech: It’s time to change the equation

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-04-13 02:10

by Mark Muro, Alan Berube, and Jacob Whiton, Brookings

Broadly speaking, blacks and Hispanics have made genuine progress in penetrating the nation’s tech sector. Blacks, for example, have increased their presence in several important tech occupations, such as computer programming and operations research. Likewise, Hispanics have increased their representation in the overall C&M occupational group, moving from 5.5 percent of workers in the sector in 2002 to 6.8 percent of workers in 2016.  Yet, with that said, the presence of blacks and Hispanics in computer and math jobs remains starkly inadequate at the national level. Blacks make up 11.9 percent of all workers but only 7.9 percent of C&M workers. The gap is even larger for Hispanics, who make up 16.7 percent of all workers but only 6.8 percent of C&M workers.

Black and Hispanic underrepresentation in tech: It’s time to change the equation

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What Motivates Good Teaching?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-04-13 02:05

by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed

As it turns out, certain factors predict professors’ intrinsic and “identified” motivation for teaching (the latter form meaning doing something because it’s seen as important), in support of the authors’ conceptual model. And those kinds of “autonomous” motivations in turn predict greater use of proven, effective teaching methods — namely instructional clarity and higher-order, reflective and integrative, and collaborative learning. “Simply put, faculty who teach because they enjoy and value it tend to teach in the most effective ways,” said Robert H. Stupnisky, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of education and human development at the University of North Dakota.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/03/22/study-faculty-motivation-teaching-says-intrinsic-motivation-and-believing-teaching

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More women look to online classes to earn degrees

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-04-13 02:02

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, The New Service of Florida
More women than men opt to take only online classes to earn bachelor’s degrees in Florida’s state university system, according to a new report from the system’s Board of Governors. Sixty-five percent of the undergraduates who took only distance-learning courses in the 2016-2017 academic year were women, who make up 56 percent of the overall undergraduate student body.

https://www.news4jax.com/education/more-women-look-to-online-classes-to-earn-degrees

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It's Time for an RSS Revival

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-04-12 19:33

Brian Barrett, Wired, Apr 13, 2018

And the debate goes back and forth. " Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It's time to head back to RSS." So writes Brian Barrett in this Wired article. Mostly it profiles two remaining RSS readers, Feedly and The Old Reader. "The lasting appeal of RSS remains the parts that haven't changed: the unfiltered view of the open web, and the chance to make your own decisions about what you find there."

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Evaluation of Doctor of Nursing Practice Students' Competencies in an Online Informatics Course.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Thu, 2018-04-12 14:32
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Evaluation of Doctor of Nursing Practice Students' Competencies in an Online Informatics Course.

J Nurs Educ. 2017 Jun 01;56(6):364-367

Authors: Kupferschmid B, Creech C, Lesley M, Filter M, Aplin-Kalisz C

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs have experienced rapid growth across the United States. With the expansion of electronic health records, DNP students are expected to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to manage data and apply informatics concepts. However, little information exists to help faculty evaluate student competency in these areas.
METHOD: This retrospective analysis evaluated the competencies of a convenience sample of DNP students enrolled in an online informatics course. Two areas were assessed in this study: acquisition of informatics skills, and analysis or application of informatics concepts.
RESULTS: Regarding informatics skills, postbaccalaureate students performed better than post-master's students. In analysis and application of informatics concepts, post-master's students performed better than postbaccalaureate students.
CONCLUSION: Different educational strategies may need to be created to meet the varying needs of postbaccalaureate and post-master's students in DNP programs. [J Nurs Educ. 2017;56(6):364-367.].

PMID: 28585986 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Why Your Advice for Ph.D.s Leaving Academe Might Be Making Things Worse

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-04-12 13:35

Erin Bartram, Chronicle of Higher Education, Apr 12, 2018

This is a follow-up to the Erin Bartram story, the history PhD who couldn't find a position and left the field, writing a letter about her departure that everyone read. I wrote about it back in February. The Chronicle also published a short abridged version of her article. The original is much better and we know this because the comments that follow from the academic crowd that reads the Chronicle are, well, brutal and unsympathetic. Today Bertram writes, "Academe isn’t even fully honest about the bleak conditions of its own job market — perhaps because to describe it accurately still feels like hyperbole to some. Giving Pollyannaish advice doesn’t help those leaving the faculty career path any more than it does for those remaining." No kidding.

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How to Soft Launch Virtual Reality in Schools

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-04-12 13:28

Kipp Bentley, ConVerge, Apr 12, 2018

Short article with some advice that seems, on the face of it, obvious. Start with the cheap cardboard VR headsets and maybe have some students do demos for their classes. After experience with this, purchase one or two higher-end headsets and do some exploration projects. Have some students support those teachers who may be interested. Don't buy full-class sets of VR headsets; it's way too early for that. Maybe do some reading (some articles are listed at the end).

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Nursing Knowledge and the 2017 Big Data Science Summit: Power of Partnership, Imaging, Impact.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Thu, 2018-04-12 02:32
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Nursing Knowledge and the 2017 Big Data Science Summit: Power of Partnership, Imaging, Impact.

Comput Inform Nurs. 2017 Dec;35(12):615-616

Authors: Delaney CW, Weaver CA

PMID: 29219881 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

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