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The Limits of Competition

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-05-27 23:16


John Warner, Inside Higher Ed, May 27, 2016

I have a story I often tell. Suppose, I say, two people want to travel from Edmonton to Calgary. What's the best way to do this? Should they each get a separate car and race? Should they bid against each other for the one remaining car, with only the winner traveling? No, competition won't get these drivers to Calgary faster nor more efficiently. The rational thing to do is to share a ride. John Warner writes, "Competition works really well when the goal is to determine who is a winner and who is a loser and the winners benefit, receiving their tributes and rewards. When the rewards are outsized, or the punishment severe, truly terrible behaviors can result." He's right.

 

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“Learning on the go”

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-05-27 23:16


Contact North, May 27, 2016

This is a good but not especially imaginative article on what to expect from mobile learning in education. For example, what factors will impact  the use of mobile technologies? Bandwidth, instructor use and proficiency, and student proficiency, we are told. Well - yeah. Anything else? Or, for example, what can we expect in the future? We are told: location-based learning, augmented reality, wearable learning, internet of things, and 'apps' for learning. The same stuff, in other words, that we've been reading about for a decade. And yes, we are told to ramp up instructor training, secure leadership buy-in, and measure project results. Yawn. 

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A Moodle Plug-in for Gamified, Individualized Learning

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-05-27 23:16


Leila Meyer, Campus Technology, May 27, 2016

Using a Moodle plugin, "instructors can turn their courses into a personalized game, where students complete course activities in the school's  Moodle  learning management system to gain skill points and advance their avatar through a series of objectives." Students take a pretest, receive an avatar, and then run through some 75 activities, working to earn 'skill points' which count toward getting their 'job' of choice. 

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Oculus Riles Users Over Piracy Block That Fails Anyway

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-05-27 23:16


David Jones, E-Commerce Times, May 27, 2016

Should games be hard-coded to run on specific hardware? Oculus is in a war against so-called hackers who are adapting their games to run on rival systems such as HTV Vive and Valve. Is this (as they claim) 'piracy'? Technically, yes, since the DRM must be broken. But using a legally purchased game on an alternative platform doesn't  seem to be inheerently wrong. And even Oculus said it would be OK: "Last year, company founder Palmer Luckey posted on  Reddit  that he would not resist users' attempts to try out Oculus games on rival headsets." What does this whole episode tell us how Facebook - which owns Oculus - will operate in the future should it ever be able to lock users into its platform?

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Interested in Bitcoins? Here are 10 Blogs You Need to Check Out

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-05-27 23:16


Dave, The Blog Herald, May 27, 2016

Unlike Don Tapscott, I'm not going to transform myself into a blockchain expert. But some people will, and if you are one of those, here is a list of blogs that might get you started.

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What If Academic and Scholarly Publishers Paid Research Authors?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-05-27 23:16


Kent Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, May 27, 2016

One of the major complaints about the current system of academic publishing, writes Kent Anderson, is that authors are not paid. So, he asks, what if they were paid? It's obviously a straw man question, and not surprisingly, Anderson treats it that way. But the consequences would be predictable: it would cost the system roughly an extra billion dollars or so, increasing costs between 9-15%. There would also be more overhead and numerous opportunities (and temptations) to game the system. Fair enough. But isn't all this the current result of paying  publishers? Sure, the system could go wrong if we start paying people. Bloated subscription fees, pseudo-journals, bundling - that's what happened when we started paying publishers.

Anderson also writes that the current incentives "allow authors to shift risk to publishers for publishing their papers, and allow editors and researchers to focus on core scientific and intellectual issues." But authors already assume a great deal of risk, arguably much more than publishers, as each paper represents an investment of time and resources to produce. It means authors have to find funding elsewhere - from an institution, a foundation, a corporate sponsor. There is virtually no such thing as an independent researcher because there is no direct reward for publication. (I'm not arguing here that authors should be paid, but rather than Anderson's argument against paying them falls far short of being conclusive). 

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Moocs prove that universities can and should embrace online learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-05-27 02:09

by Kerri Morgan, Times Higher Education

The demand by students to study by distance, and the increasingly sophisticated delivery methods on offer, has created a truly staggering shift in our understanding of what “going to university” means. No longer are students confined to studying within their borders: a wonderful fact if you come from a poor country with limited university access, or if you want to learn a specialist subject but don’t have the means to travel overseas to study. While the power of technology to improve learning is well understood, the spectre of failure that comes from innovating, including deep technology adoption, sits heavy on the shoulders of universities who are acutely aware of what it would mean to fail. Higher education institutions have a responsibility to ensure that they are wisely adopting technology to support and advance their core endeavours.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/moocs-prove-universities-can-and-should-embrace-online-learning

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Commentary: Colleges need to catch up on game-based learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-05-27 02:03

By Ramin Nadaf, Philly.com

Given their ubiquity, it makes sense to apply games to schoolwork. Many teachers have done so through game-based learning, in which actual video games are used to teach specific skills. Take the online game “Whack-A-Bone,” which teaches the names, locations, and functions of bones and muscles throughout the human body. Or the H&R Block Budget Challenge, which provides instruction in the basics of personal finance by making a game of saving for college. Done right, game-based learning can be fun. Students who learn through games are more engaged with the material and more immune to distractions. They also benefit from a direct sense of accomplishment while learning.

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20160523_Commentary__Colleges_need_to_catch_up_on_game-based_learning.html

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Our online model will always be free: ALISON founder

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-05-27 02:03

by Sanjay Vijayakumar, the Hindu

When compared to other prominent Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) such as Udacity, Coursera and edX, ALISON’s content is not drawn from elite US-based universities, instead it focuses on practical workplace skills. ALISON, which has 7 million learners and over 750 courses, focuses mainly on developing markets such as India and Africa. ALISON calls itself a ‘for profit social enterprise’ and a single platform focused on workplace skills. “We are focusing on job skills at lower level. We are not training any one to become neuro scientist. We are training lots of people to speak English, to learn about IT, to learn about basic principles of business, on entrepreneurship this is what we teach,” said Mr. Feerick. Workplace is where the numbers are when compared to the academics, he said.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-business/our-online-model-will-always-be-free-alison-founder/article8632836.ece

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Feel Old

xkcd.com - Fri, 2016-05-27 02:00
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Tag der Organspende am 04.06.2016

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2016-05-27 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Tag der Organspende am 04.06.2016
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University of Iowa investigates claims of cheating by online students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-05-26 02:04

by Vanessa Miller, the Gazette

Safeguards in place to prevent cheating among University of Iowa online students recently detected “potential irregularities” during an exam, prompting the institution to launch an academic misconduct investigation. The revelations came after ProctorU, a national proctoring service that the university partners with to provide identity verification for several online courses, alerted UI officials that at least 30 students enrolled in online courses might have tried to cheat by having other people take their tests. The proctoring service flagged potential instances of cheating through discrepancies in identification provided by test-takers in one or more exams and — in some cases — in multiple courses. A statement provided by UI spokeswoman Jeneane Beck says the institution is reviewing each case and will determine appropriate next steps.

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/education/higher-education/university-of-iowa-investigating-cheating-among-online-students-20160520

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3 Ways Online Students Might Take Exams

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-05-26 02:04

By Bobbie Lynn Eicher, US News

Different programs have different test-taking requirements and might proctor exams in person or online. Some programs will require that students have the proper equipment needed to take tests online, such as a microphone and webcam. Few students would cite exams as their favorite part of being in school, but doing well on them is crucial to surviving most academic programs. Being an online student means never having to sit in a classroom overseen by a professor and surrounded by others taking the same test, but online programs have still found ways to examine what students know.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2016-05-20/3-ways-online-students-might-take-exams

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Role of CIO critical in higher ed’s future

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-05-26 02:02

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive

Citing an Educause and Jisc report that states future IT leaders in higher ed must bring strategic focus to the role, EdTech Magazine breaks down the importance of the position as campuses are increasingly required to adapt to the technological demands of the 21st Century. Strategy in the role must go beyond simply being a middle-man between a college or university’s top administrators and IT, addressing how IT fits into the campus overall in relation to its strengths and weaknesses. A survey from CIO magazine suggests this is a challenge those in the position (regardless of official title, which can vary) are more than up for as they increasingly tackle business strategy as part of their day-to-day responsibilities.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/role-of-cio-critical-in-higher-eds-future/419455/

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Continuing Education Divisions as Impact Agents in Online Initiatives

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-05-25 02:10
by Vickie Cook and Gayla Stoner, Evolllution Continuing Education divisions have an opportunity to work with their institutions to impact change through standalone centers focused on supporting campus-wide online program development. This article will look at seven key components that will benefit an institution’s centralized approach led by the CE Division as well as the impact of this standalone center approach on the long-term sustainability of a CE Division. http://evolllution.com/revenue-streams/distance_online_learning/continuing-education-divisions-as-impact-agents-in-online-initiatives/ Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_17556') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_17556') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_17556') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_17556'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_17556') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

What’s Your Type? Making Online Education Work #infographic

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-05-25 02:04

by Affordable Colleges

A useful collection of data by type of online student is provided in this infographic. This may be a good orientation to those who are unfamiliar with the growing importance of online learning.

http://www.affordable-online-colleges.net/online-education/

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Take Your Teaching Online: the Micro-Lecture

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-05-25 02:02

By Travis Grandy, Inside Higher Ed

Whether you want to supplement instruction for your in-person class or you teach a fully online course (like me), you’re probably looking for effective ways to deliver content and maintain student engagement. Online learning is a different landscape thanks to sites like Khan Academy, the rapid adoption of MOOCs, and digital pedagogies (including blended and flipped classrooms). While online lectures aren’t the only medium for online instruction, they can be a powerful one, and can play a strategic part in how you teach. Short, focused discussions of key concepts or ideas can be a great way to support student learning when they’re working independently or at a distance. For example, if you want to share content quickly in a condensed format, micro-lectures can help cut out excessive verbiage. Beyond creating a good learning experience for students, being conversant about effective online teaching can be a big help when you’re doing a job search.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/take-your-teaching-online-micro-lecture

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Patch

xkcd.com - Wed, 2016-05-25 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Bericht zur Meldung nach § 21 Transfusionsgesetz

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2016-05-25 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem "Bericht zur Meldung nach § 21 Transfusionsgesetz" des Paul-Ehrlich-Instituts wurden um das Jahr 2015 ergänzt.

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Welt-Nichtrauchertag am 31.05.2016

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2016-05-25 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Welt-Nichtrauchertag am 31.05.2016
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