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Using Gamification in Education Leadership Development

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2017-02-16 01:02

BY MATTHEW LYNCH, Tech Edvocate

The idea of leadership development doesn’t often bring a sense of excitement. Most educators expect training and development activities to remain in the old paradigm with an instructor standing in front of a classroom. Overall, it isn’t a very inspiring image. But, what if there was a better way to get the same information across while keeping everyone engaged in the process? In fact, there is. And it’s called gamification. Gamification refers to the process of bringing in aspects of video games and using them to increase the intrinsic motivation behind completing certain tasks. Often, these systems include aspects like the ability to earn points, reaching new levels, and even advancing on a leaderboard.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/using-gamification-in-education-leadership-development/

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How Google Chromebooks conquered schools

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-02-15 19:13


Anick Jesdanum, Associated Press, Feb 15, 2017

This is an interesting statistic: "Chromebook's share of the U.S. education market was 49 percent last year, up from 40 percent in 2015 and 9 percent in 2013, according to IDC figures released this week." Who would have thought it? But the Chromebook has several advantages: it's cheap, it's lightweight, and it provides access to a full set of tools. That said, "Macs and Windows laptops are still dominant on college campuses." But will this change? And could it go international? The answer to the latter question might be "no" - for example, "Chromebooks are useless in China because the device depends on Google services that aren't available there." But the concept would work, wouldn't it?

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European MOOC Platform Expands to 5 U.S. Universities

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-02-15 16:13


Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology, Feb 15, 2017

I can think of all sorts of policical questions that might be asked in the U.S. following this announcement (especially if the British import succeeds where the US-based alternatives failed). On the other hand, there is the global trade argument: "The partnership with FutureLearn will allow the universities to extend their reach internationally and tap into new communities of potential learners, according to a statement from the company."

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6 Ways to Sample an Online Degree Program

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-02-15 01:12

By Jordan Friedman, US News

For prospective online students, sampling an online degree program is key to determine whether the format is right for them and choose a program based on structure and flexibility, many experts say. These opportunities are often available on a program’s website or by contacting an admissions or enrollment counselor. “I think sometimes, perceptions of students don’t necessarily align with the actual reality of what a program is,” says Vickie Cook, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois—Springfield. Online learning requires self-motivation and the ability to communicate with peers and instructors from a distance, experts say. And each program is created differently. Here are six ways prospective online students might sample online degree programs, depending on what’s available at different schools.

http://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-01-26/6-ways-to-sample-an-online-degree-program

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4 Dangers of Cheating Services for Online Courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-02-15 01:10

By Bradley Fuster, US News

It’s not difficult to imagine the many ways online students might cheat – and all the smart reasons not to do it. Without the watchful eye of a professor or proctor, many online students might be tempted to have a friend take their exam or write their paper, or quickly search the internet to plagiarize assignments. As more online programs employ technological countermeasures to curb and catch cheaters, the new black market of cheat-for-hire services has proliferated. These nefarious services offer to complete as little as one assignment and as much as an entire online course for a negotiated fee. Online cheat-for-hire companies openly advertise online, including sites such as Craigslist, and social media.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2017-01-27/4-dangers-of-cheating-services-for-online-courses

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The 2017 Voice Report by VoiceLabs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-02-15 01:03

by Adam Marchick, Voice Labs

In 2016, Amazon Echo evolved from novelty to in-the-home powerhouse, with over seven million devices in households. Google Home launched in November, legitimizing a multi-platform ecosystem of voice-first devices. These two devices (Google Home, Amazon Echo) are simply the start of a much bigger future, where hundreds of millions of consumers will enjoy a more natural way of interacting with machines – conversational voice. Using only your voice, you can now seamlessly play music, turn on your lights, order a pizza and get breaking news. While early innovation is about taking phone and mobile app use cases and porting them to voice-first platforms, in 2017 we will see unique voice-first experiences that will take the world by storm. Get ready for always communicable family members, a personalized home assistant that makes life easier, and a conversational device that anticipates your needs.

http://voicelabs.co/2017/01/15/the-2017-voice-report/

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Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

xkcd.com - Wed, 2017-02-15 01:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Feststellung des Gebietsstandes

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2017-02-14 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus dem Bereich "Feststellung des Gebietsstandes" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurde um das Jahr 2015 ergänzt.

Categories: Science News

The Myth of Apple's Great Design

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-02-14 22:12


Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, Feb 14, 2017

As a counter to yesterday's post celebrating Apple, a couple of articles are out today with the opposite view. One of these points to the longstanding issue of Apple's software (where 'upgrade' is defined as 'removing features people use'). "Take the iPod," writes Ian Bogost. "It made listening to a whole music library easy, but iTunes always made managing that library difficult and confusing— even destructive. The other article asks Is Apple Over? Longtime Mac  aficionado Shelly Palmer writes, "To be incompatible with the competition is expected. But for Apple's products to be incompatible with thousands of dollars' worth of equipment that Apple forced you to purchase borders on insane."

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Amazon Launches Chime Video & Voice Chat

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-02-14 22:12


Amazon, Feb 14, 2017

Amazon has launched a new video-chat and conference service called Chime. I can't say I'm a fan of the name. I downloaded the software and it seems slick if simple - note the nifty URL it give me, http://chime.aws/Downes - and I'll probably run some tests this week (so watch my Twitter account for announcements of ad hoc conferences) (note that the URL won't be useful unless I'm actually hosting a meeting).

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Tracking innovations in online learning in Canada

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-02-14 19:12


Tony Bates, online learning and distance education resources, Feb 14, 2017

Tony Bates reports on a project that sees him criss-crossing the country talking to education and technology innovators. He is "developing a comprehensive national survey of online learning and distance education in Canadian public post-secondary education" and working on "a project for Contact North, identifying pockets of innovation in online learning in Canadian post-secondary institutions outside Ontario." Both of these respond to oft-stated needs for more data on learning techn ology in Canada. He writes, "there seems to be a widening gap between what is actually happening on the ground and what we read or hear about in the literature and at conferences on innovation in online learning." That disconnect has always existed; it's why I report here on blogs and projects as well as on companies and academic literature.

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Regulating “big data education” in Europe: lessons learned from the US

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-02-14 19:12


Yoni Har Carmel, Internet Policy Review, Feb 14, 2017

I found this item while doing some background reading related to the IEEE-LTSC's approval today of a new proposal to look at standards for the ethical sharing of child and student data. The main point of the analysis - and indeed, the main reason for the IEEE project - is that the responsibility for the management of student data is shifting from the school to the technology company. We've seen how that can turn out badly. There's the risk of "disclosing sensitive information about children, like data about learning disabilities, disciplinary problems or family trauma." There's also a concern that "monitoring of students’ online activities may overly limit creativity, free speech and free thought, by creating a 'surveillance effect'." There are "concerns big data techniques prematurely and permanently labeling students as underperformers." And there are worries that "decision-making based on algorithmic models will exacerbate bias and create new forms of discrimination." Image: JISC, The future of data-driven decision-making.

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Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers Is Out

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-02-14 19:12


Michael Caulfield, Hapgood, Feb 14, 2017

Not the best headline (I thought it referred to a new U.S. government policy). But Michael Caulfield has released a new eBook (127 page PDF) on web literacy for students who are fact-checkers. There's some really useful and relatively novel content here: "how to use date filters to find the source of viral content, how to assess the reputation of a scientific journal in less than five seconds, and how to see if a tweet is really from the famous person... how to find pages that have been deleted, figure out who paid for the web site you’ re looking at..." and a lot more. These are things I do on a daily basis to make sure I don't pass along junk in this newsletter. I'm glad Caulfield has rolled these techniques up into a single document and explained them for everyone.

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The Explosion of Virtual Nursing Care.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Tue, 2017-02-14 16:12
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The Explosion of Virtual Nursing Care.

J Nurs Adm. 2017 Feb;47(2):85-87

Authors: Boston-Fleischhauer C

Abstract
The call for care model innovation is clear, spearheaded by rising healthcare costs, changing payer expectations, overall fiscal and workforce shortages, and an increasingly comorbid patient population requiring significant, long-term support. As part of care model innovation, the leveraging of technology is key.

PMID: 28106680 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Social Media Research Toolkit - Peer Tested & Peer Reviewed

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-02-14 16:12


Anantha Soogoor, Philip Mai, Ryerson University | Social Media Lab, Feb 14, 2017

As the website says, this "is a list of  50+ social media research tools curated  by researchers at the Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.   The kit  features tools that have been used in peer-reviewed academic studies. Many tools are free to use and require little or no programming. Some are simple data collectors such as tweepy, a Python library for collecting tweets  and others are a bit more robust such as Netlytic,  a multi-platform (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) data collector and analyzer, developed by our lab. All of the tools are confirmed available and operational."

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eLearning partnership opens doors to 10 million students

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-02-14 01:12


Ochieng’ O Benny, University World News, Feb 13, 2017

An agreement between the Association of African Universities and eLearnAfrica "will enable 10 million students to access higher education through online services provided to AAU member universities," according to this report. As eLearnAfrica CEO Brook Negussie says, "Africa cannot afford to keep building multi-million dollar physical universities. The continent would have to open a few every week for years just to meet existing demand."

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I look like a self-made millionaire. But I owe my success to privilege.

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-02-14 01:12


Jason Ford, Vox, Feb 13, 2017

When we talk about education and human development we often overlook the fact that success is driven by a lot of factors that have nothing to do with learning. This article makes the point as clearly as any I've seen. Being well-nourished as a child, being safe, getting a good education, being debt-free, getting good introductions, eliminating the risk of failure, getting capital from the family, and having the right physical appearance - if you have all of these, you might be successful. Miss any of them (have a learning deficiency, lack confidence, be uneducated, be in debt, be unconnected, have no safety net, have no capital, be female or black or whatever) and your chances of success drop dramatically. 

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Show me the evidence…

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-02-14 01:12


James Clay, e-Learning Stuff, Feb 13, 2017

At a certain point, writes James Clay, "the problem is not the lack of evidence, but one of resistance to change, fear, culture, rhetoric and motivation." At what point, he asks, is there enough evidence? With some existing academics, "Despite years of “ evidence” published in a range of journals, can studies from Jisc and others, you will find that what ever evidence you “ provide” it won’ t be good enough, to justify that academic to start embedding that technology into their practice." We need sometimes to understand what is motivating the question, rather than simply reaching for the answer.

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Some college ‘is better than none’, study suggests

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-02-14 01:09

By Jack Grove, Times Higher Ed

First transnational study of how university dropouts fare in the labour market suggests any exposure to higher education is better than none. Is it better to be a university dropout or to not have gone to college at all?While there are often very good reasons for leaving university early, many worry that having “some college, no degree” on their job application will result in their CV being moved to the bottom of the interview shortlist pile. Those university non-completers might wonder if they should have been advised to plunge straight into the job market rather than face a lifetime of explaining why they failed to graduate. However, university dropouts should not write off their time on campus because even a small amount of time in higher education is likely to improve a learner’s life chances, according to a study published in Higher Education Quarterly this month.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/some-college-better-none-study-suggests

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California Launches the Nation’s Largest Community College Course Exchange

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-02-14 01:05

By Marguerite McNeal, EdSurge

Even the most driven students are stuck if the classes they need aren’t available. At best they have to wait another semester to enroll. At worst they run out of financial aid and drop out of school before they have a chance to take the courses. To help students get the credits they need, some colleges are pooling resources on an unprecedented scale. To help students get the credits they need, some colleges are pooling resources on an unprecedented scale. California Community Colleges, the nation’s largest system with 113 institutions, just launched a course exchange so students at one campus can take classes online at another if those courses aren’t available on their home turf.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-10-23-california-launches-the-nation-s-largest-community-college-course-exchange

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