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Call for applications: Become a Digital Scholar

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-24 16:02


Press Release, Scholar, Jun 24, 2016

Course announcement from a relatively new provider for 'applications' to "an open access course to support the development of scalable digital learning." The course is free but certification costs extra. I read this as an an announcement for Scholar, a "digital learning environment that models effective learning and knowledge development in complex settings." According to their materials, "in Scholar people focus on co-constructing knowledge (by solving problems, building a case study, developing an implementation plan) that is relevant and applicable to their work." Probably the  diagram makes it most clear. What do you think, should I take the course?

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Daniels: You make your luck

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-24 16:02


Joanne Jacobs, Jun 24, 2016

Mitch Daniels  says "that outside of the extremes it’ s the luck you make not the luck of the world that determines your fate." So summarized Andrew Rotham. Or as Joanne Jacobs says, "except for 'tragically bad luck,' it rarely 'decides a life’ s outcome.'" I think that on that basis we would have to define "tragically bad luck" as "not being born rich." Jacobs also quotes Barack Obama,  speaking at Harvard: "Yes, you’ ve worked hard, but you’ ve also been lucky. That’ s a pet peeve of mine: People who have been successful and don’ t realize they’ ve been lucky." I think Obama's take is more correct. As Rotham says, “ Daniels’ argument  confuses what’ s possible with what’ s probable." Jacobs concludes, "for many born in poverty,  economic mobility is a longshot." I have no illusion that education by itself will change this. For those not born rich, education is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for prosperity.

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Education in Africa

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-24 16:02


Graham Brown-Martin, Medium, Jun 24, 2016

Long, detailed and damning investigation of Bridge International Academies (BIA) on the African continent. Graham Brown-Martin details the corporate and philanthropic connections underpinning the organization. BIA is essentially a commercial enterprise based on providing education to African children (planned to expand to 10 million children within 10 years). This article challenges the claim that BIA offers value for the service it provides, and notes "the United Nations who, in an unprecedented statement made public on 9 June 2016, expressed concerns about the UK 'funding of low-fee, private and informal schools run by for-profit business enterprises'." According to the article, buildings are substandard, teachers are underqualified and underpaid, and academic gains are not proven. At a certain point, people give up on a system that  takes wealth out of an economy but puts nothing back in.

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The War on Stupid People

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-24 16:02


David H. Freedman, The Atlantic, Jun 24, 2016

Good argument against the idea of the 'meritocracy'. As argued, "We must stop glorifying intelligence and treating our society as a playground for the smart minority. We should instead begin shaping our economy, our schools, even our culture with an eye to the abilities and needs of the majority, and to the full range of human capacity." I'm not sure a thing such as intelligence exists per se. Insofar as it does exist I don't regard it as some sort of inherent property but rather far more influenced by the circumstances of one's life and upbringing; and even if it were inherent, I see it as no more grounds for elitism than any other accidental quality of birth.

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Elon Musk Says There’s a ‘One in Billions’ Chance Reality Is Not a Simulation

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-24 16:02


Jason Koebler, Motherboard, Jun 24, 2016

When you say "one in a billion chance" what do you mean? If you're Rudolf Carnap, you mean that there are one billion logical possibilities, and this is one of them. But then any state of affairs is one in a billion, and you've said nothing. If you're Hans Reichenbach, you mean that of the last billion occurrences, this has happened only once. But we've only had one occurrence, so again this is meaningless. Or if you're Frank Ramsey, it means you would bet one billion dollars to get one billion and one dollars back if you're right (and lose it all if you're wrong). But there's nobody to take this bet, so again the statement is meaningless. You can't talk meaningfully about the probability of reality. And that (not this refutation) is why Elon Musk is wrong.

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Online Classes To Take As A Graduate

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-06-24 02:10

by Francine Fluetsch, Uloop

Congrats to the class of 2016! We’ve slaved long and hard to earn those bachelor’s degrees, and now we need to decide where we will go next. Some people start to feel at a loss if they aren’t taking classes anymore, so who says it has to stop? You now have a fancy schmancy degree, but that doesn’t mean your learning capacity is over. Online classes are a great way to keep your mind active and there are tons of classes you can take. This can be a great way to ease into grad school, or just a way to further your knowledge while you transition into the real world and get a real job. Here are some ideas of online classes that should make it into your shopping cart.

http://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/204841/Online-Classes-To-Take-As-A-Graduate-

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Coursera president Daphne Koller: Your old college diploma isn’t good enough for the 21st century economy

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-06-24 02:04

By ERIC JOHNSON, Recode

A college degree, per the old conventional wisdom, was your ticket to a career of better work and higher pay. That may still be true, but the digital economy demands ever more, Coursera president and co-founder Daphne Koller said on the newest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. Coursera’s pitch to students is that education should last a lifetime and that it’s too big a risk for them to stop learning new skills in their 20s. “The things you learned in college 15 years ago are no longer the skills that you need for your next job,” Koller said. “Millennials today are expected to change jobs something like every three years. The job that they need next is going to have a completely different skillset than the job that they previously had.”

http://www.recode.net/2016/6/20/11974092/daphne-koller-coursera-online-college-education-podcast

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Coursera on a Mission to Help Refugees

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-06-24 02:03

By Lauren Camera, US News

The online course provider is launching an ambitious effort to help refugees gain the skills they need to transition to new lives. At the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, the online course powerhouse will provide English-language instruction to refugees. Along with Libraries Without Borders, it will work with refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and in partnership with the Institute of International Education, with refugees in Jordan. With Samaschool in Jordan and Kenya, Coursera will help refugees focus on technology skills. Any nonprofit working with refugees also can apply to Coursera for one year of financial aid to pay for courses for refugees. The nonprofits will be able to access an individual online portal allowing them to track the progress of refugees taking the courses, and also to interface with other nonprofits to share best practices.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-06-20/coursera-on-a-mission-to-help-refugees

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Theft Quadrants

xkcd.com - Fri, 2016-06-24 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Die Apotheke - Zahlen Daten Fakten

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2016-06-24 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus dem Bereich "Die Apotheke - Zahlen Daten Fakten" der Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Apothekerverbände wurde um das Jahr 2015 ergänzt.

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College Board and Khan Academy ‘revolutionising’ student learning in US

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-06-23 02:04

by Rebecca Marriage, Relocate Global

As students in the US receive their SAT test results, the university preparation association, the College Board and online learning platform, the Khan Academy are celebrating an unparalleled online learning uptake by the nation’s students. Enlisting the help of the hugely successful and free online learning platform for school-age children, the Khan Academy, the College Board has developed interactive practice tools to create a tailored online learning experience to help students prepare for the test. Going live almost exactly a year ago, the College Board and Khan Academy have seen more than 1.4 million unique users take up the ‘Official SAT practice’ program online. The program is free to use and, says the College Board, is reaching students, ”across race, ethnicities, and income levels.” But, most importantly, the results of tests issued to students by the College Board are then communicated with the Khan Academy and students receive personal study recommendations.

http://www.relocatemagazine.com/news/education-college-board-and-khan-academy-revolutionising-student-learning-in-us

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USC Keck School of Medicine Offers Lectures on Demand

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-06-23 02:02

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Instructors at USC’s Keck School of Medicine now have a new resource for flipping the classroom. Using Wirecast streaming production software from Telestream, the institution’s Preventive Medicine Soto Studio is creating on-demand video lectures for the Master of Public Health Online Program as well as instructional content for multiple departments. “Our goal is to produce videos of our college lectures that offer the same high-quality production standards that viewers have come to expect from a TV newscast,” explained Gary San Angel, distance education specialist/media technology, Department of Preventive Medicine at Keck School, in a prepared statement.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/06/16/usc-keck-school-of-medicine-taps-wirecast-for-lectures-on-demand.aspx

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Get Set Up to Succeed in an Online Degree Program

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-06-23 02:02

By Joe Chapman, US News

Understanding the number of credits required for completing your online degree gives you a goal and end date to work toward. Before beginning classes, explore your access to student resources, like digital libraries and online tutoring. Once you have chosen your online degree program, you may be uncertain about how to now ensure your success. You may not even know what steps to take next. Perhaps you are also worried about how you will manage your online studies while juggling everyday life. However, fear not. There are a few easy steps you can take to ensure you are prepared to start your online degree program.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2016-06-17/get-set-up-to-succeed-in-an-online-degree-program

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Arzneimittelmarkt in Zahlen

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2016-06-23 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem Bereich "Arzneimittelmarkt in Deutschland - Zahlen und Fakten" des Bundesfachverbandes der Arzneimittel-Hersteller e.V. wurden um die Angaben des Jahres 2015 ergänzt.

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Trend: Online learning going personal

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-06-22 02:10

BY RONALD BETHKE, eCampus News

Personalized support and advising achieved through new advances in technology and data analytics are all recommended for helping today’s online students. In a recent online learning panel, innovative institutions that have achieved measurable success in their online learning programs waxed poetic on how harnessing technology to bolster personalized learning experiences is the key to online learning’s success; specifically in helping students advance toward their educational goals and create a culture of success. The panel was part of a recent webinar hosted by The New Media Consortium (NMC) called “Getting Personal,” and featured insight from college and university IT and technology leaders on how advancements in online learning environments and adaptive learning technologies are making it possible to support learners’ individual paths.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/personalized-learning-online/

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For-profit coding bootcamps better as educational add-on

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-06-22 02:05

y Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Software engineering jobs are expected to increase by more than 18% over the next seven years, nearly triple the rate of the entire labor market. Coding bootcamps are offering crash courses in this rapidly growing industry — and at a fraction of the cost attached to an associate’s or four-year degree in computer science. Skeptics say crash courses in coding do not offer the full range of skills sought by most employers in the industry.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/for-profit-coding-bootcamps-better-as-educational-add-on/421089/

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5 EdTech Trends Shaping Business Education — From Artificial Intelligence To Virtual Reality

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-06-22 02:03

by Seb Murray, Business Because

The edtech trend on the tip of everyone’s tongue at this year’s EdtechXEurope event is artificial intelligence. By harnessing the power of AI and deep learning, educators can glean insights from the vast quantities of data hoovered up from their students. AI could also help lecturers make better decisions and could improve student retention rates, according to experts. “AI is a tool to make better sense of data,” says Satya Nitta, director of education and cognitive sciences at IBM. The world’s top online learning platforms are working with business schools such as Yale SOM and Duke Fuqua, and are offering advanced analytical tools to help them refine and enhance student learning. Meanwhile, virtual reality is immersing itself into elite schools like Stanford GSB. MIT Sloan, for instance, has trialled Google’s Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR devices.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/4023/5-edtech-trends-shaping-business-education

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Intervocalic Fortition

xkcd.com - Wed, 2016-06-22 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Digital Learning Research Network Conference 2016

elearnspace by George Siemens - Tue, 2016-06-21 19:35

As part of the Digital Learning Research Network, we held our first conference at Stanford last year.

The conference focused on making sense of higher education. The discussions and prsentations addressed many of the critical challenges faced by learners, educators, administrators, and others. The schedule and archive are available here.

This year, we are hosting the 2nd dLRN conference in downtown Fort Worth, October 21-22 The conference call for papers is now open. I’m interested in knowledge that exists in the gaps between domains. For dLRN15, we wanted to socialize/narrativize the scope of change that we face as a field.

The framework of changes can’t be understood through traditional research methods. The narrative builds the house. The research methods and approaches furnish it. Last year we started building the house. This year we are outfitting it through more traditional research methods. Please consider a submission (short, relatively pain free). Hope to see you in Fort Worth, in October!

We have updated our dLRN research website with the current projects and related partners…in case you’d like an overview of the type of research being conducted and that will be presented at #dLRN16. The eight projects we are working on:

1. Collaborative Reflection Activities Using Conversational Agents
2. Onboarding and Outcomes
3. Mindset and Affect in Statistical Courses
4. Online Readiness Modules and Student Success
5. Personal Learning Graphs
6. Supporting Team-Based Learning in MOOCs
7. Utilizing Datasets to Collaboratively Create Interventions
8. Using Learning Analytics to Design Tools for Supporting Academic Success in Higher Education

Global Online Language Learning Market Growth of 10.9% CAGR by 2020

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-06-21 02:05

by BUSINESS WIRE

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Online Language Learning Market” report to their offering. The global online language learning market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 10.9% during the period 2016-2020. The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global online language learning market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, it considers the revenue generated through the sales of online language learning products and services. The market scope excludes revenue generated through free sources of services and products. The report, Global Online Language Learning Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160615005746/en/Global-Online-Language-Learning-Market-Growth-10.9

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