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California, Pennsylvania disrupt the two-year business model

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-07-17 02:05

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

California and Pennsylvania are making efforts to boost enrollment in their community college systems, utilizing different approaches to target underrepresented student populations, according to Inside Higher Ed. A California proposal seeks to close gaps caused by declining enrollment over the last 10 years by creating an online-only college which targets unemployed or underemployed adults who may want additional schooling. Pennsylvania is looking to use an “interactive television” model to reach students in rural areas. The Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania will target students living in nine counties in the northwestern part of the state where there are no public community colleges. The state’s Department of Education approved the new school last month, where students will interact on television with an instructor teaching students live.

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Supporting the success of online students who are deaf

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-07-17 02:03

by Laurel Iverson Hitchcock, Teaching & Learning in Social Work

As the field of online education grows and new technologies develop, it’s important to us to make sure that we’re inclusive in administration, planning, and teaching.  Matthea Marquart and Beth Counselman-Carpenter of Columbia hosted a conversation on the topic, tod learn from the experiences of our peers at other institutions. You can access a copy of our handout, which includes details about the tools & strategies we’ve used to support online students who are deaf, here: From our perspective, there are three critical components to success: never assume, attention to a solid time line, and thorough preparation with a back-up plan for live course sessions.

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City Nicknames - Mon, 2017-07-17 02:00
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Apple’s Next Move? It’s Obvious. But We’re Missing It.

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2017-07-16 15:51

Seyi Fabode, HackerNoon, Jul 16, 2017

The title is unfortunate clickbait, but ignore that, as the content is worth the read. The main point is that the next big thing will be electricity management (and that Apple will be the ones to own the market). There's a case to be made for this - anything that runs on electricity can be run remotely through home (or office) wifi. More significantly, I think we're close to a revolution in battery power as we convert from lithium ion to graphene energy storage  . This we read "Apple’ s next move will be to design a home battery as part of a home energy management system controlled through the hub that is the Homepod or the iPhone." That's what the Apple patent for solid state power management relates to. But Apple won't own this market.

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Stunning market data predicts the future of online learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-07-16 02:10

BY MERIS STANSBURY, Campus Technology

Today’s colleges and universities know that online learning is a must for satisfying the learning demands of a rapidly changing student body. Now, recent market data exposes just how big the business of online learning really is, as well as how much it’s expected to grow in the near future, and which components of online learning are expected to bring in the most revenue. Recent findings detailed in “Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017,” find that thirty percent of all students in higher education are now taking at least one online course. Those online learners are split almost evenly between students who are exclusively online (14 percent) and those who take some courses in person (16 percent).

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Led by Watches, Wearables Market to Nearly Double by 2021

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-07-16 02:05

By Rhea Kelly, THE Journal

According to the latest forecast from International Data Corp., the worldwide wearables market will increase 20.4 percent this year compared to 2016, and nearly double by 2021 — reaching a total of 240.1 million units shipped that year. The majority of that growth will come from the watches product category, which IDC anticipates “will account for the majority of all wearable devices shipped during the forecast period.”

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These are the top 10 workforce skills students will need by 2020

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-07-16 02:03


Today’s workforce, as nearly everyone knows, is increasingly global. And with that global nature comes fierce competition–students will need an arsenal of workforce skills in order to stand out from their peers. According to a recent McGraw-Hill Education survey, just 40 percent of college seniors said they felt their college experience was helpful in preparing for a career. Alarmingly, that percentage plummeted to 19 percent for women answering the same question. That same survey also found that students in STEM majors were the most likely out of any group to report that they are optimistic about their career prospects (73 percent). According to data from the nonprofit Institute for the Future, there are 6 drivers of change in today’s workforce:

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Machine Learning Is Creating A Demand For New Skills

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-07-15 02:08

BY Hovhannes Avoyan, Forbes

Google released three months’ worth of online courses on deep learning, which also serves as an example of how tech giants are embracing the skills shortage challenge while at the same time educating the industry to work on its products. In my opinion, in order to satisfy the global demand for highly skilled professionals in the field, basecamps, universities and other educational organizations need to collaborate with big companies in order to teach a new generation of data scientists. They are the ones who will define our future and replace engineers, who, ironically, may be working hard to design robots that will one day take over their jobs.

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Synchronous Online Classes: 10 Tips for Engaging Students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-07-15 02:05

By: Marie Norman, Faculty Focus

So how do you teach in this odd virtual space? How do you keep participants from descending into that peculiar passivity characteristic of conference calls? And how do you help students fight the constant temptation of momentarily clicking away from class? While virtual classes are not without challenges, there are, in fact, concrete steps you can take to run class sessions that are energetic, interactive, and productive. Here are a few suggestions.

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Are Today’s Students Prepared to Enter the Tech Industry?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-07-15 02:03

By Maya Beasley, Center for American Progress

As discussed in an earlier report, putting aside hiring failures and hostile environments at tech companies, there remains a widening gap between job requirements and the skills that universities provide their students, especially people of color.In recognition of this gap, Howard University and Google recently joined forces to create Howard West, a program for 25 to 30 rising junior and senior computer science students from the university at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. The program, which begins in summer 2017, will take place over three months; senior Google engineers and Howard faculty will act as teachers, and the program appears to be largely instructional. Similarly, Georgia Tech and Udacity recently teamed up to provide a series of free online courses that are directly applicable to a range of careers in technology for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

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Anchor Offers the Easiest Way to Publish Podcasts

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-07-14 22:03

Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers, Jul 15, 2017

This post introduces us to Anchor, a podcast application that allows you to record and mix podcasts using your phone, then publish the result to audio subscription services. "This month Anchor moved into direct competition with other full-fledged podcasting platforms by  automating the process of submission and distribution to Apple Podcasts and Google Play," writes Richard Bryne. The disadvantage, from my perspective, is that it only runs on iOS and Android (so I can't use it on my desktop or laptop, which is where I really prefer to dso stuff like this). 

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How We Are Ruining America

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-07-14 21:46

David Brooks, New York Times, Jul 15, 2017

I don't think I belong to the 'we' in this column, but it is nonetheless telling, not only for the message, but also the source: "Status rules are partly about collusion, about attracting educated people to your circle, tightening the bonds between you and erecting shields against everybody else. We in the educated class have created barriers to mobility that are more devastating for being invisible. The rest of America can’ t name them, can’ t understand them. They just know they’ re there."  Robert Pondiscio interprets this as an argument for explicitly teaching these to everyone (instead of, say, "a child’ s home language, culture, and dialect."). "There is a language of power. It is the language of privileged parents, affluent communities, and elite universities. It’ s the language of David Brooks. But he’ d do well to recognize that you don’ t  learn  that language in those places. They don’ t let you in until or unless you demonstrate command of it." The problem is, if we teach 'the right language' to everyone, the elite simply moves on to something new. You can't standardize on the language of power; you have to make the language of power irrelevant.

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Will to Power: Project-Based Learning in Post-WWII Japanese School Curriculum

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-07-14 21:37

Kazuyuki Nomura, British Educational Research Association, Jul 15, 2017

The translation to English in this post is a bit rough, but ther story it tells is interesting. The starting point is a 1998 curriculum reform in Japan (44 years after the end of the war, but who's counting?) which reduces the emphasis on content and "promoted activities focusing on the individual relevance of each child along with alleviating excessive pressure in learning [including]  a new subject called Integrated Study (sogoteki na gakushu no jikan) was introduced with great fanfare to promote project-based learning beyond prescribed subject boundaries." The gist of the article is that through two successive reforms (2008 and 2017) central authorities exercised inclreading control over the curriculum. "Integrative Study in the 2017 curriculum guidelines is closely tied up with skills ‘ fundamental to all learning’ such as use of language, logical thinking, and IT literacy." 

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The Ed-Fi Alliance Releases Evolutionary Data Standard v2.1

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-07-14 21:20

Eric Jansson, Ed-Fi Alliance, Jul 15, 2017

Ed-Fi 2.1 has been released. "The Ed-Fi Data Standard serves as the foundation for enabling interoperability among secure data systems and contains a Unifying Data Model designed to capture the meaning and inherent structure in the most important information in the K– 12 education enterprise." Of significance: "A  fresh, simpler organization  anchored on the Unifying Data Model (UDM) that reflects our move away from Bulk and toward API/JSON as the primary method of interacting with concrete implementations of the data model" Also worth noting: "this is also the first release of the data standard where the technical artifacts (and a significant portion of the documentation) have been managed by  MetaEd, a tool that supports implementers who are extending Ed-Fi technology."

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Why Business Leaders Need to Read More Science Fiction

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-07-14 21:11

Eliot Peper, Harvard Business Review, Jul 15, 2017

I think everybody should read more science fiction, not just business leaders. I can certainly attest to its value, having read hundreds, indeed probably thousands, of science fiction books. "Science fiction isn’ t useful because it’ s predictive. It’ s useful because it reframes our perspective on the world. Like international travel or meditation, it creates space for us to question our assumptions....  Exploring fictional futures frees our thinking from false constraints. It challenges us to wonder whether we’ re even asking the right questions." But. You don't get this effect  just by reading a few science fiction novels; you have to read a lot. And more, we're in a science fiction slowdown, with few quality titles being released. 

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Making friends in MOOCs: It is No Fluke!

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-07-14 21:05

Curt Bonk, TravelinEdMan, Jul 15, 2017

Curt Bonk summarizes some of the work from a journal article on the subject (unfortunately he doesn't offer a link or even a title for the article) about whether people make friends in MOOCs. He seems to focus on whether  instructors  make friends, which seems to me to be totally beside the point - I would be looking for MOOC participants to make friends with each other. Anyhow, here is the line of thinking: "Giving away one's writing is one way to generate new friendships. Giving course design feedback is another. So is offering a free massive course. In terms of MOOCs, I think that the number of friendships made relate to the type or form of MOOC that you design. Is it an xMOOC (more traditional instructor led) or a cMOOC (more community and participant driven) or pMOOC (more project or product based) or some other type?"

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10 apps to use for the 2017-2018 term

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-07-14 20:51

Meris Stansbury, eCampus News, Jul 15, 2017

One of the things I do when I read a 'top 10 tech tools' article like this is to ponder which of the tools the list was designed to promote. In this case I'm guessing it's EdCast, self-styled as "the Netflix of Knowledge". We read, "EdCast’ s app allows users to discover their most relevant learning opportunities, including those from co-workers, internal experts, formal and informal courses, external experts, MOOCs, and the internet." So, like Google then. Except you can't actually use it on the web; you need the    iOS  or  Android  app. The other items on the list are actually useful, including CamScanner, which captures textbooks using OCR, Due, a deadline reminder app, GradeProof, which proofreads your writing.  The list also includes a number of well-known apps.

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Nurse Informaticians Report Low Satisfaction and Multi-level Concerns with Electronic Health Records: Results from an International Survey.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Fri, 2017-07-14 12:29
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Nurse Informaticians Report Low Satisfaction and Multi-level Concerns with Electronic Health Records: Results from an International Survey.

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2016;2016:2016-2025

Authors: Topaz M, Ronquillo C, Peltonen LM, Pruinelli L, Sarmiento RF, Badger MK, Ali S, Lewis A, Georgsson M, Jeon E, Tayaben JL, Kuo CH, Islam T, Sommer J, Jung H, Eler GJ, Alhuwail D, Lee YL

This study presents a qualitative content analysis of nurses' satisfaction and issues with current electronic health record (EHR) systems, as reflected in one of the largest international surveys of nursing informatics. Study participants from 45 countries (n=469) ranked their satisfaction with the current state of nursing functionality in EHRs as relatively low. Two-thirds of the participants (n=283) provided disconcerting comments when explaining their low satisfaction rankings. More than one half of the comments identified issues at the system level (e.g., poor system usability; non-integrated systems and poor interoperability; lack of standards; and limited functionality/missing components), followed by user-task issues (e.g., failure of systems to meet nursing clinical needs; non nursing-specific systems) and environment issues (e.g., low prevalence of EHRs; lack of user training). The study results call for the attention of international stakeholders (educators, managers, policy makers) to improve the current issues with EHRs from a nursing perspective.

PMID: 28269961 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

UCLA Plans Online Ed Expansion

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-07-14 02:12

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

The University of California, Los Angeles, is planning a major expansion in the online certificate and graduate degree markets that it hopes will reach as many as 15,000 students by early next decade. Wayne Smutz, dean of continuing education and UCLA Extension, said in a statement that UCLA is in the planning stages to launch UCLA Global Online, which will offer for-credit courses and programs, as well as certificate programs from the university’s extension arm. Smutz will serve as UCLA Global Online’s founding dean. “The programs and courses will focus on the needs of Los Angeles’s largest industries such as entertainment, aerospace, health care and advanced manufacturing in order to develop and attract talent to our community,” Smutz said. “The goal is to expand and improve ease of access to UCLA’s educational offerings, and we hope to reach upwards of 15,000 learners in the next five years.”

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Google Classroom Could Bridge a Gap in Online Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-07-14 02:10


Contrary to popular perception, faculty are not reflexively opposed to online learning. In a recent survey of 3,500 postsecondary faculty and administrators, Tyton Partners found that a majority of faculty—63 percent—valued the potential impact of courseware. The trouble is, they lack the time and training to pursue it. The solution isn’t another learning management system (LMS). Educators need an easy onramp to blended learning that leverages the tools and repositories they already use. Google might have the answer. Google G Suite for Education is already a fixture in K-12 and higher education. According to Google, 70 million students and teachers rely upon the online suite—half of all primary and secondary students in the US and more than 800 colleges and universities, as of last spring.

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