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Comparing the Factors That Predict Completion and Grades Among For-Credit and Open/MOOC Students in Online Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-04-20 02:11

by Ma. Victoria Almeda, et al, Online Learning Journal

Online education continues to become an increasingly prominent part of higher education, but many students struggle in distance courses. For this reasonFor this reason, there has been considerable interest in predicting which students will succeed in online courses , achieving poor grades or dropping out prior to course completionn). Effective intervention depends on understanding which students are at-risk in terms of actionable factors, and behavior within an online course is one key potential factor for intervention. In recent years, many have suggested that Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are a particularly useful place to conduct research into behavior and interventions, given both their size and the relatively low consequences/costs of experimentation

https://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/view/1060

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As Education Civil Rights Office Gets More Money, It Limits Investigations

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-04-20 02:04

By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed

Department of Education has narrowed scope of civil rights inquiries — a necessary step, it says, to deliver speedier resolutions to students and colleges. The omnibus spending package passed by Congress last week will give a serious boost to the Department of Education’s civil rights enforcement arm, even as that office narrows the scope of its investigative work. OCR, however, has taken steps recently to streamline its investigation of civil rights complaints, limiting its use of broad systemic reviews and mandating that cases be automatically dismissed under a range of circumstances.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/03/30/more-money-civil-rights-office-comes-it-narrows-its-investigative-work

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With FCC approval, all systems are go for Starlink global internet

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-04-20 02:02

by Mark Austin, Digital Trends
Not satisfied with merely ferrying cargo to and from the International Space Station (and putting a red Tesla into orbit around Mars), SpaceX now wants to provide high-speed internet to everyone in the world. SpaceX CEO and flamethrower enthusiast Elon Musk envisions Starlink as a network of thousands of satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) that will provide broadband internet access to the entire planet. That plan took a big step forward this week when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the company’s request to provide broadband satellite services.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/spacex-starlink-gets-fcc-approval/

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Open Educators Factory

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-04-19 21:55

Research Institute for Innovation & Technology in Education, Apr 19, 2018

In my email today: "Open Educators Factory is a methodology produced by the Research Institute for Innovation & Technology in Education (UNIR iTED) aiming to allow self-evaluation of professors capacity in the use of open approaches and to recommend tailored actions to increase the open education “fluency" of educators. The platform will be used by Brazil's Open Education Initiative, a major Brazilian project focused on Open Education and teacher professional development, that is being launched with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Education." Nice.

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Why collaboration is a bad idea for developing personalized learning teachers

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-04-19 16:18

Thomas Arnett, Christensen Institute, Apr 19, 2018

According to Thomas Arnett, "the 'collective action' approach will likely flounder at creating the pipeline of excellent personalized learning teachers that the field needs." This is because "when new innovations are still stretching to meet our expectations, the best strategy for pushing a product’s performance forward is for a single entity to control all the interdependent pieces of the solution." He draws a parallel between the development of teachers and the development of touchscreens. It's hard to imagine a more tone-deaf analogy, save perhaps the reference to training for a particular charter school network in New York City. Teachers are not "a product" and personalization may yet be something that resembles art more than it does manufacturing.

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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

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