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Canadians 'reluctant' to accept new police powers, prefer privacy online, government finds

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-05-23 18:31

Matthew Braga, CBC News, May 23, 2017

I think we already knew that Canadians expect online privacy and security, but in true Canadian tradition the government conducted an inquiry. They found that large majorities (on the order of four fifths) expect even basic subscriber information (such as  name, home address, phone number, and email address) to remain private, and they    a law mandating telecom companies maintain interception capabilities. There are also concerns that the government won't respect  their wishes. ""The Liberals promised to do this (to roll back surveillance allowed by  Bill C-51), and they've been in office for two years, and we're getting to a point where there's a certain amount of anxiety as to whether they're going to follow through." [Link] [Comment]

Lebanon Valley president argues liberal arts education still valuable in changing world

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-05-23 02:10

by Pat Donachie, Education dive

Some argue a traditional liberal arts education is outdated and “smaller bites” of learning are preferable, but it is a mistake to discount the benefits of a complete college education, Lebanon Valley College President Lewis E. Thayne writes for the Hechinger Report. Thayne argues that five and 10 years after graduation, Lebanon Valley alumni report that their college education prepared them well, and he said critics shouldn’t discount the benefits of co-curricular activities available in a campus setting. Thayne writes that colleges should incorporate online learning and small-bite education, but he said only a well-rounded college education could offer that as well as the totality of know

http://www.educationdive.com/news/lebanon-valley-president-argues-liberal-arts-education-still-valuable-in-ch/441976/

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Diane von Furstenberg to teach online course on how to build a fashion brand

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-05-23 02:05

by Andrew Nodell, LA Times

Diane von Furstenberg became the person she wanted to be and now she hopes to teach others how to do the same. With over four decades running her fashion label, the designer is replete with life lessons and business acumen that she will impart as the latest instructor being added to the roster for MasterClass. The online education company also includes video lectures from Kevin Spacey on acting, Christina Aguilera on singing and David Mamet on dramatic writing. “I spoke [on-camera] for three days,” the designer explained in a call from her New York City office. “As I now have Jonathan [Saunders] handling the rebranding, I’m focusing a lot of my time on mentoring and philanthropy. I hope this lesson is nice. I made the director cry, so I think it was good.”

http://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-ig-wwd-dvf-online-courses-20170504-story.html

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UMKC Students Haggled into Online Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-05-23 02:03

By Madison Noordhoek, UMKC

Are technological resources in the classroom a student’s best friend, or worst enemy? While universities like UMKC grant students the convenience of online classes, some students who enroll in physical lectures face the inconvenience of online resources that are required to complete the course. “I think online classes are a great way to earn course credit without having to go to class at a set time during the week,” recent KU graduate student David Sukenik said. “They save money and are generally easier than a normal course.” Being able to study a lecture and do homework from the comfort of your couch seems to give students more motivation to enroll in online classes. They also provide an opportunity to knock out required credits during the summer. Students are able to learn at their own convenience while still receiving an equal quality of teaching.

http://info.umkc.edu/unews/umkc-students-haggled-into-online-learning/

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The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-05-22 22:48

David Streitfeld, New York Times, May 22, 2017

@ev is Evan Williams, known for co-creating such things as Blogger, Twitter and Medium. One sold out to Google. The other simply sold out. The third is trying to sell memberships. There's a nice analogy in this: "The trouble with the internet, Mr. Williams says, is that it rewards extremes. Say you’re driving down the road and see a car crash. Of course you look. Everyone looks. The internet interprets behavior like this to mean everyone is asking for car crashes, so it tries to supply them."  [Link] [Comment]

New AWS Training and Certification Portal

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-05-22 21:59

Amazon Web Services, May 22, 2017

Technical Certificate programs have been around for a while now - long-time professionals will recall things like the Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) exams, for example. So this portal by Amazon isn't new, particularly, except that oit's connected to their cloud environment so that when they say yopu need "one or more years of hands-on experience designing available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS" to qualify for an exam, they don't have to take you at your word. All of this surveillance is broken by ad blockers, though.  [Link] [Comment]

These are the arguments against net neutrality — and why they’re wrong

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-05-22 21:38

Devin Coldewey, TechCrunch, May 22, 2017

I am unambiguously in favour of net neutrality, but I think that the strongest argument against it isn't any of the arguments listed here but the unassailable fact that the net is not neutral now and that therefore 'net neutrality' pits one form of unequal distribution of wealth against another. Today, because of asynchronous internet access, people cannot run web servers from their homes. Additionally, because of content distribution networks, professional content will run more quickly than private content. Finally, overhead costs and technology (for example, digital certificates) make it more difficult for individuals to offer online content. These all favour technology companies, but their dominance is being challenged by media and telecommunication companies who feel their advantageous position ought also to be favoured by pricing advantages. [Link] [Comment]

From Pikachu to Patients: The Rise and Rise of Augmented Reality

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-05-22 21:33

Jeremy Miles, GP Strategies, May 22, 2017

It's an unusual "rise and rise" that includes a significant retrenchment, but that's what's documented here: "In 2012 AR, along with virtual reality (VR), was being hailed as the next generation technology to watch, with markets estimated at £600 billion (approximately $776 billion) by 2016. Today those estimates have been revised (reflecting passage along the Gartner Hype Cycle) to a more conservative $90 billion annually by 2020." Yes, there is a role for AR to play in online learning. But no, it's never going to be the whole. [Link] [Comment]

Toward an open empowered learning model of pedagogy in higher education

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-05-22 21:24

Shirley Reushle, Amy Antonio, Mike Keppell, ResearchGate, May 22, 2017

Relevant and realistic:  "The separation of assessment from learning could have significant ramifications for the outcomes of learning because a schism could appear in the alignment of the curriculum in a disaggregated model. Quality assurance of learning and certification of its outputs become problematic so new ways of aligning and assessing learning outcomes and arranging academic support for students will be needed." We've been gradually drifting toward this outcome, and when we reach a tipping point higher education will appear to have been enveloped in crisis overnight. 21 page PDF. Image: Patricia B. Arinto. [Link] [Comment]

Signs of a Ceiling in Online Ed Market?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-05-22 10:55

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

A new survey of online education administrators at 104 colleges and universities released today shows — as other studies have suggested — that public and private four-year institutions saw healthy enrollment growth in their fully online programs in spring 2016 compared to the year before, and that they are showing few signs of slowing their investments in the space. The situation is not the same at two-year colleges. Online programs at all institutions grew on average by 9 percent year over year, but at community colleges, growth typically registered 1 to 2 percent. And while only a handful of the public or private four-year institutions surveyed said their online enrollments shrank from 2015 to 2016, findings at community colleges were mixed: 33 percent saw growth, 27 percent decline and 40 percent stability.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/22/reports-finds-rising-competition-online-education-market

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Udacity re-launches its Intro to Programming Nanodegree

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-05-22 02:10

by DQ India

Udacity has announced the relaunch of its Intro to Programming Nanodegree. The programme designed to provide effective and engaging content to students and professionals, aims at introducing them with basic foundation in programming. The course will give a fundamental understanding thereby helping students land the most in demand jobs in today’s time. The three months course will equip a person with the core skills that programmers use while programming mobile apps, webpages or analyze data. Successful completion of the nanodegree will enhance the skills, broaden opportunities and lay the groundwork for a future in technology. The programme comprises of interactive quizzes, videos and hand-on projects which are reviewed by industry experts.

http://www.dqindia.com/udacity-re-launches-its-intro-to-programming-nanodegree-to-help-bridge-the-skill-gap/

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What does voice search mean for your local SEO strategy?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-05-22 02:05

by Chris Camps, ClickZ

Voice search is a growing trend that has been pinging the radars of savvy search marketers for the last few years. In 2016, conversational AI company MindMeld surveyed smartphone users in the US, finding that 60% of users who used voice search had started using it in the last past year – indicating rising adoption rates. This is backed up by Mary Meeker’s 2016 Internet Trends Report, which found that Google voice search queries in 2016 are up 35x over 2008, now making up 20% of searches made with the Google Android app. Whereas regular searches usually just include keywords. In fact, Google is currently working to better accommodate these so-called ‘natural language’ queries. At the Google I/O developer conference last year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed Google Assistant’s ability to handle follow-up questions without the need to re-state the context.

https://www.clickz.com/what-does-voice-search-mean-for-your-local-seo-strategy/110541/

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University discovers how to bring expensive on-campus resources to online students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-05-22 02:03

BY GREG SMITH, eCampus News

UMUC is the largest online public university in the United States, celebrating our 70th year of serving adult students in Maryland and around the world. How do we provide near-ubiquitous access when students are geographically dispersed, use different types of computer platforms, and don’t have access to campus computer labs? Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) seemed like the solution. DaaS can help universities overcome access challenges by delivering industry-grade software to remote students. It was the solution we were looking for, but after deploying, we learned the current crop of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) did not meet UMUC’s “Students First” philosophy.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/ed-tech-leadership/university-daas-online-students/

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Genetic Testing Results

xkcd.com - Mon, 2017-05-22 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

DKMS-Tag (Knochenmarkspende) der Lebensspende am 28.05.2017

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2017-05-22 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum DKMS-Tag (Knochenmarkspende) der Lebensspende am 28.05.2017
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Study: Online Course Enrollment Rising Rapidly at Private Nonprofits

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-05-21 02:10

by Jordan Friedman, US News

Even as fewer students overall pursue a higher education, online courses are rising in popularity – including at private nonprofits, which historically were slower to embrace them. More than 6 million students – a large majority of whom were undergraduates – enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2015, according to the first in a series of publications from a research partnership between the Babson Survey Research Group, the blog e-Literate and the education nonprofit WCET. This year’s report relied on federal data from more than 4,800 institutions.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-05-03/study-online-learning-enrollment-rising-fastest-at-private-nonprofit-schools

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College Connection: Many options for intellectually curious students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-05-21 02:05

by Susan Alaimo, My Central NJ

High school students in New Jersey can sit at home on their computers and take courses such as Medical Neuroscience from Duke University, Introduction to Computer Science & Programming from M.I.T., Understanding Research Methods from the University of London, or ParticlePhysics from the University of Geneva. These are just a sample of the thousands of college courses that are offered through online services from many of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the U.S. and 28 other countries. Students are typically able to explore lectures and nongraded material at no cost. However, there is often a charge if students submit assignments to be graded or if students want to receive a certificate upon completion of a course.

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/education/college/2017/05/04/college-connection-many-options-intellectually-curious-students/101198264/

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