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How administrators can enhance online learning programs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-10-27 01:02

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

Administrators and administrative structure can not only vastly improve online program efficiency, but boost enrollment by thousands of students. At least, that’s what a new study of private, nonprofit colleges revealed, providing what researchers say is much-needed empirical research on what works for administrative structure for online programs. “Nonprofit private colleges lag behind their public and for-profit counterparts in offering online programs,” explains Rebecca Hoey, director of online learning for Northwestern College. “As a result, administrative structures to manage online programs at those institutions may be underdeveloped.”

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/administrators-online-learning-746/

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Rack Unit

xkcd.com - Mon, 2014-10-27 01:00
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Welt-Psoriasis-Tag am 29.10.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Sun, 2014-10-26 23:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Welt-Psoriasis-Tag am 29.10.2014
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Weltschlaganfalltag am 29.10.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Sun, 2014-10-26 23:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Weltschlaganfalltag am 29.10.2014
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The Story of Greatguy7

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-10-26 22:25
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Eric Sheninger, A Principal's Reflections, Oct 26, 2014

So this school principle is looking for good examples of YouTube videos being used to teach things and is referred to an account by someone called Greatguy7, who turns out to be an eight year old boy. Among the videos is one on how to make YouTube tutorials, which he refers to a colleague. Great story, right? Here's the kicker: Greatguy 7 turns out to be his own son. Eric Sheninger writes, "not only did I have no idea about this, but I had never helped him get on YouTube or create videos for that matter...  The end result, in his words, was that my son taught a veteran teacher with over 30 years of experience how to make and share videos."

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This Has Potential

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-10-26 22:25
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Doug Peterson, Doug - Off the Record, Oct 26, 2014

Doug Peterson segues from a discussion of the teaching of mathematics in general (and how it is killed by memorization and out-of-context problem sets) to the introduction of the new equation-solving tool (photograph the equation and it presents the solution). "Essentially, the app lets the camera take a picture of a problem and it solves it for you, including “ showing your work” .  How many times have you heard that in your mathematics life?" This has value, he says, because it may move us from applying a solution by rote toward asking ourselves what the solution means.

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Review of Clark Quinn’s New Book: Revolutionize Learning and Development: Performance and Innovation Strategy for the Information Age.

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-10-26 22:25
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Will Thalheimer, Will at Work Learning, Oct 26, 2014

Review of Clark Quinn's book Revolutionize Learning and Development. Thalheimer writes, "Clark loves what we do. He just wishes with hope that we did it better. He puts the focus on on-the-job performance, saying that our learning solutions should be aimed at creating results in the workplace. Indeed, Clark nimbly changes our name from the Learning and Development team to the Performance and Development team! Learning is just a means to performance." See also  this interview between Thalheimer and Quinn.

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Stand Up for Education

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-10-26 22:25
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Various authors, National Union of Teachers, Oct 26, 2014

Britain's National Union of Teachers (NUT) has released a manifesto (16 page PDF) addressing changes to the direction of that nation's schools. While the document is focused on the British general election slated for 2015, the document has wider relevance. Among other things, it argues that:

  • We need a wider vision of learning and achievement
  • We need more time for teaching – not more tests
  • All children deserve qualified teachers
  • We need to end child poverty
  • Education should not be run for profit
  • We need teaching to be an attractive profession

I think these are reasonable statements. And I think that all parties will need to look at a retreat from the numbers-based corporate-focused education that has characterized reform in some places in recent years.

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Ed Department to Colleges: Read the Instructions

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-10-26 02:07
by Inside Higher Ed The U.S. Department of Education has a response to colleges and universities confused by how they are supposed to count students enrolled in distance education courses: Read the instructions.  In a study released last month, higher education consultant Phil Hill and the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies found many colleges and universities have under- or overreported thousands of students to the federal government, which tracks those numbers through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System program, or IPEDS.   In some cases, institutions were confused about whether or not to report students enrolled in continuing education, and in others, institutions used their own definitions of distance education. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/10/20/ed-department-colleges-read-instructions Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_12493') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_12493') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_12493') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_12493'); 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_12493') { 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'; } } }

Publishers Win Reversal of Court Ruling That Favored ‘E-Reserves’ at Georgia State U.

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-10-26 02:04

By Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Ed

How much copyrighted material can professors make available to students in online course reserves before they exceed the boundaries of educational fair use? That’s the essential question at the heart of a long-running copyright-infringement lawsuit that has pitted three academic publishers against Georgia State University. The answer matters not just to the parties to the case, Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al., but publishers, librarians, and professors at many other institutions. It’s already been more than six years since Cambridge, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publications sued Georgia State for copyright infringement. And the latest round of legal action guarantees that the case will drag on a while longer before it produces a reliably precedent-setting answer, if it does.

http://chronicle.com/article/Publishers-Win-Reversal-of/149523/

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Want an online degree? Net ruling threatens that

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-10-26 02:02

by Vincent del Casino, AZ Central

Success of online education, including student retention and graduate rates, can’t happen without a wide range of services, from online-faculty office hours to tutoring to disability services and beyond. Online-library access and journal accessibility are also central to success; it is hard to imagine any student today who does not rely on the Internet for much of his or her basic research. An open and accessible Internet is, after all, a space where students — not just as consumers of knowledge, but also as producers — will exchange content across an ever-growing set of information databases. However, just as those in higher education accelerate action to expand online education, the debate about net neutrality — the idea that broadband and Internet service providers should provide open access to all legal online content equally and without interference — has intensified.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2014/10/16/net-neutrality-online-degrees/17384523/

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Weltpoliotag am 28.10.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Sun, 2014-10-26 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Weltpoliotag am 28.10.2014
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Online classes can serve students well: Guest opinion

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-10-25 02:08

By Kathryn Hubbell, the Oregonian

In response to Ramin Farahmandpur’s Oct. 12 “In My Opinion” column, “Online courses shortchange their students,” I would like to defend online learning. I have taught both online and on-campus classes at Marylhurst University for the past six years, and prior to that earned my master’s in communications management from Syracuse University. The Syracuse program involved spending the first week of each term on campus, then finishing up via online learning from home. I was running my public relations firm in Montana at the time; the program meant I did not have to move in order to get the degree I wanted. The experience at Syracuse was so good that when I came to Oregon and began teaching online classes at Marylhurst, I took those lessons into my virtual classrooms.

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/10/online_classes_can_serve_stude.html

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Colleges say student-faculty online engagement and assessment tools contribute to success

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-10-25 02:06

By Rachel Weick, Grand Rapids Business Journal

West Michigan colleges and universities are finding that online advanced degree programs are especially popular among nontraditional and professional students whose schedules do not allow for consistent classroom time. The online platform for education is a tool academic institutions can use to meet the needs and expectations of their students in an increasingly data-driven world. Jill Langen, chief academic officer at Baker College Online and Center for Graduate Studies, said the college focuses on small classes of between nine and 12 students. “We really focus a lot with our faculty on a high level of student engagement. There is a lot of interaction that happens on the discussion board. We provide a lot of training and professional development for that,” said Langen. “It really only works if you have a lot of individual attention and classes are really small. It is a real core belief we have.”

http://www.grbj.com/articles/80829-online-strategy-is-essential-element-of-education

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The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn’t MOOCs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-10-25 02:02

by Michelle Weise, Harvard Business Review

Something is clearly wrong when only 11% of business leaders — compared to 96% of chief academic officers — believe that graduates have the requisite skills for the workforce. It’s therefore unlikely that business leaders are following closely what’s going on in higher education. Even the latest hoopla around massive open online courses (MOOCs) amounts to more of the same: academics designing courses that correspond with their own interests rather than the needs of the workforce, but now doing it online. But there is a new wave of online competency-based learning providers that has absolutely nothing to do with offering free, massive, or open courses. In fact, they’re not even building courses per se, but creating a whole new architecture of learning that has serious implications for businesses and organizations around the world. It’s called online competency-based education, and it’s going to revolutionize the workforce.

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/10/the-real-revolution-in-online-education-isnt-moocs/

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Conversation on Workplace Learning and Literacy

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-24 23:21
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Stephen Downes, Valerie Irvine, John Kenney, YouTube, Oct 24, 2014

Framed around the LPSS program, and looking at specific issues such as workplace learning and literacy, this discussion outlines some of my views on the problems we are trying to solve, the applicability of the solutions we are creating, and the question of broader social needs being served by the program. I am in one window; Valerie Irvine and John Kenney are in the other.

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Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, IMS Global Learning Consortium, and International Digital Publishing Forum Announce Digital Learning Metadata Alliance

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-24 17:21
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Press Release, IMS, Oct 24, 2014

According to this press release issued by IMS, the new organization will be called the Digital Learning Metadata Alliance and can be found at  dlma.org - "The first incarnation of DLMA work will be the metadata schema for EDUPUB a joint collaboration between IDPF and IMS Global to enable e-books that are interoperable across reader platforms, web browsers and educational systems (such as learning platforms and learning tools)." Dublin Core just the other day assumed  formal responsibility over the learning resource metadata initiative (LRMI). The significant feature of this annpouncement is the inclusion of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), which is "the global trade and standards organization for the digital publishing industry."

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Wandern: Von Ameisen und Elefanten

ScienceTicker.Info - Fri, 2014-10-24 16:57
Wenn Sie das nächste Mal zu einer Wanderung aufbrechen, halsen Sie ruhig den kleinsten Mitwanderern die schwersten Rucksäcke auf. Dieser erstaunliche Ratschlag lässt sich zumindest aus den Berechnungen eines amerikanischen Physikers ableiten.
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Poverty Is Strongest Factor in Whether High School Graduates Enroll in College

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-24 14:21
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Laurie Arnston, Higher Education Today, Oct 24, 2014

Despite all the emphasis on how important teaching and testing are for improving educational outcomes,  the fact remains that the worst results from higher-income schools are still better than the best results from low-income schools. This is why education alone is not sufficient to provide opportunities to youth. Governments also have to be focused on measures that address equity, in order to lower the pervasive impact of poverty on outcomes. Measures that do not address this cause are not (despite the rhetoric) addressing outcomes; they are addressing some other objective, an objective the proponents do not want to talk about.

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Solidarity in the Ivory Tower

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-24 14:21
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Herbert Pimlott, Academic Matters, Oct 24, 2014

Herbert Pimlott writes, "The growing number of precarious academic workers teaching an ever-larger number of undergraduate students is a threat. It is a threat to our profession, with serious implications for our working conditions, our compensation, and the future of collegial governance. It is also a threat to the existence of higher education and the public university as we know it. Indeed, it is also part of the tale of Canada’ s shrinking middle class."

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