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We Want Linux say 300,000 edX Students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-11-22 01:01

by Barb Darrow, GigaOM

In case anyone doubted that Linux is the OS king among modern-day software programmers (or would-be programmers), here’s a tidbit: Some 300,000 people signed up for an edX course on Linux that kicked off in August, the largest turnout for any of edX’s 350 courses this year, according to edX president Anant Agarwal. “This Linux course has been one of the top two MOOCs we’ve ever had,” Agarwal said in an interview. (MOOC stands for massive online open course.) It’s been apparent for a decade that startups and older companies alike look for expertise in Linux (in particular) and open-source technologies (in general).

https://gigaom.com/2014/11/18/we-want-linux-say-300000-edx-students/

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For some students, virtual labs replace hands-on science experiments

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:09

by Carla Rivera, LA Times

Cal State L.A. biology students are breeding fruit flies to learn how mutations, such as white eyes or curved wings, are passed to future generations. On other campuses, subjects on treadmills are monitored for changes in blood pressure and heart rate. These are fairly common lab experiments, except for one thing: They are being conducted via computer. At colleges and universities across the country, students increasingly are using online simulations, animation and other technologies to replicate — and, some say, improve upon — the hands-on experience of a typical lab.

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-college-labs-20141115-story.html

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How This 25-Year-Old Made $66,000 In A Month By Teaching An Online Course

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:05

by LIBBY KANE, Business Insider

Nick Walter spent four days reading Apple’s documentation of the newly-released programming language Swift, “kind of translating into English and giving some extra examples.” Apple announced its release on June 2, and four days later Walter posted 50 videos, or one full course, to the online education site Udemy. It was an introduction to Swift for beginners, called Swift By Examples. That first month, his course earned him $45,000. Udemy charges students a set price — in this case, $99 — to access the online course as many times as they want. If these students find the course through a link sent by Walter, he gets 97% of the money. If they find the course through Udemy, he splits the money 50/50 with the company.

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Experts See Traditional Campus, Online Education Mix Becoming the Norm

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:02

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse Education

When it comes to making higher education more affordable in the future, the question of whether to go to school online or to a traditional campus won’t be an either-or proposition—it will be a question of how much of which. That was one of the major points made during a panel discussion on college access and affordability Thursday at a National Education Week “Thought Leader Summit” held at the National Press Club. As competency-based credentials and online courses become more common on the landscape of higher education, students will have to decide whether football, fraternities and other things to be found on traditional campuses are worth thousands of dollars more than less costly alternatives, one of the panelists suggested.

http://diverseeducation.com/article/67922/

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AI-Box Experiment

xkcd.com - Fri, 2014-11-21 01:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Winners and Losers in the Future of Canada’s Universities

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-11-20 16:50


Ross Paul, Academica, Nov 20, 2014

Ross Paul warns that Canadian universities will have to adapt or perish in this article for Academica Group. He is a  former university president who served at Athabasca universty for a time while I was there. He writes, " while some institutions are well positioned to maintain such standards, others will be able to do so only with significant and substantial changes to their missions, mandates and modes of operation."

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xAPI Statement Generator based on the ADL xAPIWrapper

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-11-20 16:50


Ellen, The Design Space, Nov 20, 2014

This is a tool designed to help developers code for xAPI "ased on the ADL xAPI Wrapper. This will first show you the statement you are sending, then sends the statement to the LRS. When it gets a response, it shows the ADL xAPI Wrapper. javascript call used to send the statement. Ultimately it will generate statements for all the different Object types."

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Pattern recognition: neither deduction nor induction

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-11-20 04:49
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John Wilkins, Evolving Thoughts, Nov 19, 2014

I've spoken many times about the idea that to know is to recognize and yet I've rarely (if ever) followed it up with a reference. Part of the reason is that I'm lazy, and part of the reason is that I've slowly developed this idea over time. Still. It's not like I'm alone here. So we have this article by John Wilkins making the distinction between pattern recognition and traditional epistemology (which views knowledge as a type of deductive or inductive inference). I don't see pattern recognition as a means of  classification so much; rather, I see recognition as a process that stimulates memories directly, without the need for the mechanism (and language) of classification. A  lot has been written on pattern recognition and I think we should take it seriously as a way of representing knowledge tasks as types of  direct perception rather than as inferential or encoding processes.

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Why podcasts are suddenly “back”

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-11-20 04:49


Marco Arment, Marco.org, Nov 19, 2014

Today's big story is the  podcast renaissance (making me feel like a genius for devoting a recent keynote to Ed Radio (though I'd feel like more of a genius if it was working properly, and not cutting off audio files before they've finished playing)). But of course, it's  not really a renaissance; podcasting has been growing steadily over the years. Indeed, as I've tried to explain to people, this is a  golden age of audio. I've never seen so many or such diverse new musical acts. As Tom Hjelm from New York Public Radio exoplains, “ Our backbones, our radio stations, are still going strong, but we’ re seeing this tremendous growth in the on-demand part of the business.” Me, I'm a habitual listener of Old Time Radio. But modern radio drama has made a comeback with something like five million people downloading Serial. Links via the American Press Institute.

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Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-11-20 04:49


George Siemens, elearnspace, Nov 19, 2014

George Siemens writes about receiving Gates Foundation funding for the Digital Learning Research Network at the University of Texas in Arlington. The Gates Foundation is a bit like the Pulitizer Prize - the recipients claim world status, but only entries from the United States are eligible for awards. You have to think trhis will skew the results of any research. That's why Siemens wants to "internationalize the research network to include global partners to advance exploration of research topics and pursue research funding internationally" and writes that "an important aspect of this is involving international universities" but cautions "we don’ t have funds to support these systems." Or more topical interest is his shift of interest toward what he calls "personal knowledge graphs (PKG) and profiles." He writes, "I’ ve been whining about this for a while." Meanwhile, we in Canada have been  developing this for a while, even without Gates money.

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L&D's Role in the VUCA World: Part 1

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-11-20 04:49
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Sahana Chattopadhyay, ID, Other Reflections, Nov 19, 2014

VUCA stands for 'volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity'. It describes the world we face: "The external conditions and environment are not going to stabilize enough for us to take a step back and come up with a solid plan and blue print of organizational learning. We'll have to become deft at designing as we go while keeping an eye on the big picture." So how do learning and design cope? "Focus on re-generating skills like learning agility, resilience, and creativity."

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The Long Life of a Data Trail

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-11-20 04:49
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Bill Fitzgerald, Funny Monkey, Nov 19, 2014

This article outlines five ways data is collected and used by schools (and their providers). Why does this matter? The New York Times makes it clear: "They have created lists of victims of sexual assault, and lists of people with sexually transmitted diseases. Lists of people who have Alzheimer’ s, dementia and AIDS. Lists of the impotent and the depressed. There are lists of “ impulse buyers.” Lists of suckers: gullible consumers who have shown that they are susceptible to “ vulnerability-based marketing.” And lists of those deemed commercially undesirable because they live in or near trailer parks or nursing homes. Not to mention lists of people who have been accused of wrongdoing, even if they were not charged or convicted." See also  What Kids are Reading from  Learnanalytics and Carnegie Mellon's list of apps graded for privacy

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OERRH OER Evidence Report 2013-2014

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-11-20 04:49
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de los Arcos, B., Farrow, R., Perryman, L.-A., Pitt, R. & Weller, M., OER Research Hub, Nov 19, 2014

The OER Research Hub has published what it calls the 'OER Evidence Repoirt' for 2013-14 (36 page PDF). The report summarizes targeted research "combining surveys, interviews, focus groups and data analytics." While we see some expected results, like discussions on the use of open educational resources (OERs) ("OER repositories remain relatively unused and unknown compared with the main three educational resource sites of YouTube, Khan Academy and TED") other hypotheses tested seem like a bit of a stretch ("The two main hypotheses under investigation were (A) that OER improves student performance; and (B) that openly licenced material is used differently to other online material"). The best evidence is saved for last: "There is strong evidence for savings with Open Textbooks that are used to replace compulsory set texts."

For a more narrowly focused report on OERs viewed specifically from a U.S. context, see the Babson Report. (52 page PDF) See  Michael Feldstein on this item: "the best way to view this report is not to look for earth-shaking findings or to be disappointed if there are no surprises, but rather to see data-backed answers on the teaching resource adoption process." That said, I still think the most significant decisions about adoption and use of OERs are not made by faculty, but by students. Of course you'll never discover this when you survey faculty only, as this report does.

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The Future of AI: a Ubiquitous, Invisible, Smart Utility

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-11-20 04:49
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Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Weblog, Nov 19, 2014

I've talked about learning this way. But there's no reason why it can't apply to artificial intelligence (AI) as well: "The AI he (Kevin Kelly) foresees is more like a kind of cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off.  This common utility will serve you as much IQ as you want but no more than you need.  Like all utilities, AI will be supremely boring, even as it transforms the Internet, the global economy, and civilization.'"

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Online MBA Education Infographic

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-11-20 01:10

by Best Education Infographics

Ohio University’s MBA program offers this Online MBA Education Infographic about the rise of the online MBA degree. With over 6.7 million students enrolled in online education, a Master of Business Administration is the #1 most popular online graduate degree offered by 355 accredited programs. Many people believe that online degrees don’t carry as much weight as an on-campus degrees, but 77% of academic leaders say that online learning is of equal quality or better than “Face-to-Face” learning. For part-time students, it takes about 3 years to complete an online MBA. See link below for details.

http://elearninginfographics.com/rise-online-mba-education-infographic/

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Cousera pledges free MOOC certificates for military vets

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-11-20 01:05

By Keith Button, Education Dive

Coursera, the for-profit education technology company and massive open online course (MOOC) provider, is offering each of the 21 million U.S. military veterans a free voucher to receive a verified certificate for one of hundreds of courses to help veterans land jobs. Coursera and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will launch 20 veteran “learning hubs” throughout the country to promote interactive learning for veterans, as well as online accessibility and support.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/cousera-pledges-free-mooc-certificates-for-military-vets/332613/

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Report: 82.6% of higher ed faculty have not taught online-only course at current school

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-11-20 01:03

By Keith Button, Education Dive

Only 17.4% of college and university faculty have taught an exclusively online course at their current school, according to a national survey taking during the 2013-2014 school year. For faculty at public four-year higher education institutions, 27.2% have taught an exclusively online course within the last two years, compared to 8.5% at private universities.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/report-826-of-higher-ed-faculty-have-not-taught-online-only-course-at-cu/332620/

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Statistik der Leistungen zur Rehabilitation

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2014-11-19 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Statistik der Leistungen zur Rehabilitation" der Deutschen Rentenversicherung Bund wurden um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

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More Business Schools Invest In Virtual Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2014-11-19 01:10

by Seb Murray, Business Because

Stanford GSB became the latest leading business school to ramp up its online education offering last week, with a new program for executives that will be delivered entirely through a digital platform. Business schools have been thinking of ways to monetize their free online programs known as Moocs, or massive open online courses, and see off the threat posed by learning technology companies such as Coursera and FutureLearn. Stanford’s new LEAD Certificate program aims to recreate the school’s on-campus experience through instructional video, online exercises, group projects and live-streamed events. It will use technology developed by NovoEd, a distance learning company which also provides tech to business schools Wharton, Darden and Haas.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/2904/business-schools-bet-on-virtual-learning-for-global-growth

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MOOCs pose a threat to brick and mortar B-schools, but still need a stamp of credibility

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2014-11-19 01:06

by Rozelle Laha, Business World

In the US — the Mecca of business education — student applications to B-schools have been dropping steadily. On investigation, it was found that students are increasingly opting for MOOCs or massive open online courses. MOOCs have, in fact, caused great disruption in higher education since 2012. This has led some to predict that half the B-schools in the US will shut shop in the next few years. According to data from three of the biggest MOOCs aggregators — edX, Coursera and Udacity, India is currently the second largest market for online courses after the US. While edX has 26,000 students from India, Coursera has 6,18,654 Indians enrolled. A recent Technopak report on higher education says the enrolment from India in Coursera and edX is 10 per cent and 13 per cent, respectively, of their totals.

http://www.businessworld.in/news/b-school/surveys/now-in-session-the-digital-classroom/1616473/page-1.html

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