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UC Santa Cruz faculty members develop inventive online courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-07-25 02:02

By Ben Scott, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Members of the UC Santa Cruz faculty are working with experts in the field of online teaching to create well-designed courses that can prove to be more accessible, educational, and involving than a traditional lecture course. These online classes work very well as an alternative to the large courses that many students are required to take, such as calculus. UCSC’s Frank Bäuerle and Anthony Tromba created the first online calculus course to satisfy prerequisites of all UC students through the cross-campus enrollment system.

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/social-affairs/20150710/uc-santa-cruz-faculty-members-develop-inventive-online-courses

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Well I wouldn't start from here anyway!

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-07-24 23:32


Brian Mulligan, Jul 24, 2015

One of the  arguments against the longterm success of MOOCs, and of of online learning generally, is that it does not provide the two major things college students are looking for when they enrol in college: first, a mechanism for finding a husband or wife of the same demographics and social standing as them; and second, a method of signalling to future employers that you can get into a 'good' college, which demonstrates not simply academic ability but also background and pedigree, wealth and social standing. My first reaction is that if this is the real value of post secondary education, then we should reconsider funding it at all. But second, I'm not so sure a MOOC can't serve those functions. Certainly if eharmony and match.com can become viable dating sites, then mooc.ca could do even better! I doubt that MOOCs can fix the second point, though - and I think you'd need a major overhaul of society to prevent the ultra-rich from self-identifying and forming mutual support networks. Not saying it shouldn't be done - just that MOOCs might not be sufficient to do it. See also Jason Potts of RMIT on "Why MOOCs will fail".

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LinkedIn quietly removes tool to export contacts

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-07-24 23:32
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Bobby Owsinski, VentureBeat, Jul 24, 2015

You may think you own your own identity, but LinkedIn has very quietly underlined the fact that no, you don't. "LinkedIn has removed the option to export your contacts. Instead, the company is asking users to request an archive of their data, but that process can take up to 72 hours to complete." This is again a warning to be sure not to depend on LinkedIn - or any of the social network platforms - for anything critical. This includes customers of lynda.com, which was  recently acquired by LinkedIn.

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Georgia sues Carl Malamud, calls publishing state laws "terrorism"

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-07-24 23:32
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Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing, Jul 24, 2015

Each paragraph gets more outrageous. "The State of Georgia claims that its statutes are a copyrighted work, and that rogue archivist Carl Malamud.. committed an act of piracy by making the laws of Georgia free for all to see and copy." Why? "The state makes a lot of money vending the 'Official Code of Georgia Annotated.'" But it gets worse: "Georgia claims that if Malamud is allowed to make copies of the law available, they will no longer have any incentive to make good laws, because they won't be able to profit from them." Please let this be a parody or an Onion article. See also TechDirt.

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Ed Tech's Funding Frenzy

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-07-24 14:30
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Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, Jul 24, 2015

It used to be the case that there was no investment money in Ed Tech. This has changed. If you build something worthwhile, the money is there to take it to the next level. "Between January and June, investors poured $2,512,803,700 into ed-tech companies, eclipsing the record high $2.42 billion invested in all of 2014 -- the first year investments broke the $2 billion barrier." This is based on a white paper from market research firm Ambient Insight.

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Neuentdeckung: „Prächtiger Sonnentau“ wird 1,5 Meter lang

ScienceTicker.Info - Fri, 2015-07-24 12:59
Auf einem Berg in Südost-Brasilien wurde ein bisher unbekannter Sonenntau entdeckt. Die fleischfressende Pflanze bringt es auf eine Gesamtlänge von 1,5 Metern. Es handelt sich damit um den größten bisher bekannten Sonnentau Amerikas. Botaniker wurden auf die Art anhand eines Fotos aufmerksam, das auf dem sozialen Netzwerk Facebook gepostet wurde.
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Join the Nano Open Online Courses (NOOCs) Adventure!

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-07-24 11:30


Zaid Ali Alsagoff, ZaidLearn, Jul 24, 2015

The idea of a nano-MOOC is that it is a very short MOOC. Zaid Ali Alsagoff writes, "Instead of having to do the whole course, I can now focus on the juice (I want), get assessed, and be certified (or Badged) on it. Yes, a NOOC is more granular, chunked, digestible, meaningful (evidence) and juicy!" My question is, can we build a meaningful network around a course that is an hour or two long? Or does it just become another way to present content?

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How a dashboard can improve the quality of teachers

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-07-24 02:10

By Andrew Barbour, eCampus News

The University of North Carolina has developed a customizable dashboard to identify problems in how the state trains teachers for its public school system. Faced with an alarming decline in both the number and quality of teachers in the North Carolina public school system, the University of North Carolina has developed a data-driven dashboard to provide immediate visibility into what’s working—and what’s not—in the state’s teacher-preparation programs. Developed in partnership with SAS, the North Carolina-based software giant, the dashboard was a key recommendation of the UNC Board of Governors Subcommittee on Teacher and School Leader Quality.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/dashboard-quality-teachers-981/

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How do you get tech-resistant teachers to embrace change?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-07-24 02:03

By Peter West, eSchool News

Many millions of dollars have been wasted over the years by the well-intentioned, but ad hoc, introduction of technology into education. Eager tech savvy teachers or administrators may jump in feet first, but a significant portion of their colleagues are left struggling along or resisting the change. The results of well-planned, long-term implementations, however, can produce momentum. When even reluctant adopters are given support, training, and time, positive changes can occur. Teachers are similar to other groups in society. They follow the “Diffusion of innovation” graph as proposed by Everett Rogers.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/07/14/embrace-change-792/

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Hanna Norton Named Dean of Arkansas Tech’s New eTech College

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-07-24 02:02

by Alexis Hosticka, Arkansas Business

Arkansas Tech University in Russellville has named Hanna Norton dean of its new College of eTech, which aims to expand the university’s degree programs online. ATU established the new college on July 1. Norton is assistant vice president for academic affairs and a professor of journalism; she’s been with ATU since 2001. “It is important that we offer educational opportunities to people regardless of their station in life,” Norton said in a news release. “We exist to help students meet their educational and professional goals.”

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/106027/arkansas-tech-offers-expanded-online-learning-opportunities

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Exoplanet Names 2

xkcd.com - Fri, 2015-07-24 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Statistik der schwerbehinderten Menschen

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2015-07-24 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der Statistik der schwerbehinderten Menschen wurden um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

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ds106: Open Pedagogy or Personality Cult?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-07-23 23:28


Geoff Cain, Brainstorm in Progress, Jul 23, 2015

Is ds106 a personality cult? Maybe. But as Geoff Cain notes, "It is not the personality that creates the success; it is the engagement of the instructor.... instructors who make regular videos, podcasts, send weekly emails, and comment frequently on student blogs are experienced by the students as an instructor who is present in the course." Jim Groom,  meanwhile, says "ds106 is not a cult. It's a club." But that might be only because the top-level domain .cult is not available.

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Pearson and the Financial Times

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-07-23 20:28
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John Fallon, Pearson Blog, Jul 23, 2015

The key impact of Pearson's sale of the Financial Times may be in education: "We plan to reinvest the proceeds from today’ s sale to accelerate our push into digital learning, educational services and emerging markets. We will focus our investment on products and businesses with a bigger, bolder impact on learning outcomes, underpinned by a stronger brand and high-performing culture."

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"Core Communication Competencies in Patient-Centered Care" by Anita D. Boykins.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Thu, 2015-07-23 17:28
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PMID: 26197632 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Technology is no substitute for nursing judgment.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Thu, 2015-07-23 17:28
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Reddit and Weep

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-07-23 17:28
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Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed, Jul 23, 2015

Kudos to the headline writer for the best pun from the spate of articles surrounding the current controversy at Reddit. The website  Reddit calls itself the 'front page of the internet'. Its  stories are contributed by thousands of members, and readers can 'vote up' or 'vote down' the story. It's very popular, and recently attracted $50 million in VC funding, which is when things started to go south. The best  short summary comes from Dave Winer, who suspects the first firing was due to the new board's desire to monetize the 'Ask Me Anything' feature (probably with paid placements). And former CEO Ellen Pao, once dubbed "Silicon Valley’ s #1 Feminist Hero,"  seems to have left over the  new crackdown on offensive content. Or  maybe it was just that  the trolls finally got the best of her. I would never defend Reddit's more offensive side. But sometimes Reddit was good. And corporate control tends to throw out the good with the bad - thus we see today Facebook throttling non-profits and activists. Bit by bit, the editorial freedom of the internet from commercial interests is being eroded. Image: New Scientist.

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Are crows the ultimate problem solvers?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-07-23 14:28


Alex Taylor, BBC / Youtube, Jul 23, 2015

We were having a conversation yesterday about whether we need language in order to know things and to learn. We certainly need language of some sort in order to create models and representations. But to my mind, that's not how we learn. Consider this case from the BBC demonstrating a crow undertaking a complex eight-stage task. Crows caw, but they don't have a language. This is the sort of behaviour that any learning theory needs to explain. It's not enough to theorize how humans learn. We need to know how learning happens, no matter where it occurs.

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University of Chicago offers free online courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-07-23 02:06

By Sarah Pan, Hyde Park Herald

This week, the University of Chicago (U. of C.) is releasing a free online law course. Anyone can go online and take Randal C. Picker’s seven-week course, self-paced and with no definite start and end date. Learn more about the important relationship between law and technology with the course: “Internet Giants: the Law and Economics of Media Platforms.” Topics include antitrust, copyright and network industries. Although there are no dates for the actual course, Picker and his staff offer a private community for U. of C. alumni; they can be in a separate session of the class, with discussions on the material and exclusive information.

http://hpherald.com/2015/07/15/u-of-c-offers-free-online-courses/

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Google, ISPS offering free broadband to low-income families

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-07-23 02:02

by Fred O’Connor, PCAdvisor

Google and seven other ISPs have joined a new U.S. government pilot program to connect 275,000 low-income households to the Internet for free or at reduced rates. U.S. President Barack Obama will discuss the initiative, called ConnectHome, Wednesday in Durant, Oklahoma. Durant serves as the capital of the Choctaw Tribal Nation, one of the communities taking part in the program. In Durant, like in many parts of rural Oklahoma, the library is a town’s only location with a high-speed Web connection, the state’s director of libraries said in a statement. ConnectHome will prioritize households with children and connect approximately 200,000 students to the Internet.

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/internet/google-isps-offering-free-broadband-to-low-income-families-3619801/

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