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Google is making a giant change this week that could crush millions of small businesses

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2015-04-21 23:03
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Jillian D'Onfro, Business Insider, Apr 21, 2015

I've long been meaning to redesign my website to make it mobile-friendly -- all I need to do really is use JQuery and Bootstrap and do some basic design work. But, you know, I've been busy. But this might spur me to make the change. "The algorithm will start  favoring mobile-friendly websites  (ones with large text, easy-to-click links, and that resize to fit whatever screen they're viewed on) and ranking them higher in search."

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MIT creates new Online Education Policy Initiative

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:04

by MIT

Through its newly created Online Education Policy Initiative (OEPI), made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, MIT aims to catalyze the national conversation on the future of education and online learning. Led jointly by Professor Karen Willcox and Dean of Digital Learning Sanjay Sarma, the initiative’s broad objectives are: to explore teaching pedagogy and efficacy, institutional business models, and global educational engagement strategies — and to present a cohesive report on these issues that can be used by policymakers and leaders in education; to engage in the public discourse surrounding online learning and to encourage productive discussion; and to aid policymakers in creating a welcoming environment for educational innovation. “There’s been much written about online education recently,” Sarma says. “OEPI is an opportunity to pause and have a thoughtful, scholarly discussion about everything from the cognitive psychology of learning to the policy implications of online courses.”

https://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/mit-creates-new-online-education-policy-initiative-0414

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What Harvard Business School Has Learned About Online Collaboration From HBX

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:03

by Bharat N. AnandJanice H. HammondV.G. Narayanan, Harvard Business Review

In June 2014, Harvard Business School launched HBX, to focus on solving real-world business problems. Videos capturing real managers discussing real problems would anchor the course offerings, to help students understand the applicability of even the most abstract and esoteric concepts. Encourage active learning. Students would engage with the material in “lean forward” mode, rather than passively watching video lectures. Students would not spend more than 3-5 minutes on the platform before being required to interact with the material. Foster social and collaborative learning. Students would engage meaningfully and regularly with others on the platform. We believed that such collaborative learning would not only make it more engaging, but would draw participants more deeply into a process of discovery. Here are some of the most important things we’ve learned since launching HBX, as it relates to creating a social, collaborative experience online.

https://hbr.org/2015/04/what-harvard-business-school-has-learned-about-online-collaboration-from-hbx

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Online Course Offers N.H. Primary Experience To Political Junkies Across Globe

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2015-04-21 02:02

By MICHAEL BRINDLEY, New Hampshire Public Radio

A free online course this fall focused on the New Hampshire Primary is likely to attract political junkies from the Granite State and beyond. “FIRST! Understanding New Hampshire Presidential Primary” is the University of New Hampshire’s first Massive Open Online Course. It’s open to anyone, anywhere. It will explore the history of the First-in-the-Nation primary, and follow the 2016 primary as it unfolds. The course will be taught by UNH political science professors Andrew Smith and Dante Scala.

http://nhpr.org/post/online-course-offers-nh-primary-experience-political-junkies-across-globe

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Welttag für Sicherheit und Gesundheit am Arbeitsplatz am 28.04.2015

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2015-04-21 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Welttag für Sicherheit und Gesundheit am Arbeitsplatz am 28.04.2015
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Human-Like Brain Found in Worm

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2015-04-20 23:01
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Jennifer Viegas, Discovery.com, Apr 20, 2015

A persistent  statement that frustrates not only me but many researchers involved in thought and perception is this: language is required for thinking. If you ponder it for a bit you realize that this could be true only for the most narrow definition of 'thinking', and would exclude babies, cats, and other animals from 'thinking'. It's far more accurate to state it the other way around, in my view: thinking is required for language. This not only makes conceptual sense, it makes biological sense; witness this article describing fundamental similarities in human and worm brains. Now draw this inference to the next logical step: language is not required for learning, thinking or cognition. What then do these look like?

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7 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT VISUAL LITERACY

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2015-04-20 02:09
by EDUCAUSE Visual literacy is the ability to recognize and critically appreciate meaning in visual content and to use visual elements to create effective communication. Visualizations often provide better ways to tell a story or understand data, and some colleges and universities are making visual literacy coursework part of general education requirements. As the prevalence of visual communication expands, so does the need to develop a critical eye to evaluate visual content for its accuracy and validity. The demand for visual literacy is driving key changes in curricula as visual content becomes a presumptive component of our communication toolbox.

http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/7-things-you-should-know-about-visual-literacy

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Yale Online Expansion Held Back

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2015-04-20 02:05

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Yale University has learned that a thorough review over a period of several years may be the fastest way for its hybrid master’s degree program in medical science to become accredited. The development — while in no way killing the program — is being seen as a victory for alumni and students who have expressed skepticism about online education. The university’s School of Medicine had planned to treat the hybrid program, which combines online learning and in-person classes, as merely an increase in class size, which meant it would piggyback on the face-to-face program’s accreditation. But at the same March 2014 meeting of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) where Yale received approval for its most recent change in class size, the accreditor also made it more difficult for programs to rapidly grow or shrink.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/04/14/accreditation-snag-delays-yale-us-hybrid-physician-assistant-program

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Michigan Virtual U Revamps Professional Development Courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2015-04-20 02:02

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

Michigan Virtual University (MVU) has teamed with a private partner to update 60 courses for its LearnPort program. The school has selected Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS) to ready the courses, which are designed primarily to help Michigan K-12 educators improve their teaching skills and earn required state continuing education certification. Among course subjects to be covered will be those that address the needs of diverse learners, blended learning and data-driven decision-making. New courses being offered include “The Flipped Classroom: Personalizing Learning for Students Every Day,” “Shifting Instruction With the Five Core Practices” and “Courageous Conversations about Race.” MVU President and CEO Jamey Fitzpatrick said, “As standards continue to evolve, it is crucial that we also equip educators with the tools and resources they need so that they can make a real difference in the classroom.”

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/04/13/michigan-virtual-university-adds-professional-development-courses.aspx

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PermaCal

xkcd.com - Mon, 2015-04-20 02:00
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Deutschen Venentag am 25.04.2015

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2015-04-20 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Deutschen Venentag am 25.04.2015
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Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Welt-Malaria-Tages am 25.04.2015

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2015-04-20 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Welt-Malaria-Tages am 25.04.2015
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A Data Commons for Scientific Discovery

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-04-19 02:10

By David Raths, Campus Technology

The Open Cloud Consortium is working to meet the collaboration and data-management needs of multi-institution big data projects. In 2008, a group of researchers came together to form the nonprofit Open Cloud Consortium (OCC), a shared cloud-computing infrastructure for medium-size, multi-institution big-data projects. The OCC has grown to include 10 universities, 15 companies and five government agencies and national laboratories. In a recent interview with Campus Technology, OCC Director Robert Grossman discussed the organization’s relationship to research universities’ IT departments, as well as its business model and sustainability challenges.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/04/09/a-data-commons-for-scientific-discovery.aspx

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9 accessibility steps for MOOC platforms

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-04-19 02:05

by eCampus News

U.S. reaches settlement with edX to increase MOOC accessibility for those with disabilities. Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, edX will make its website fully accessible to users with disabilities within 18 months and will appoint a web accessibility coordinator, in addition to a number of other actions to ensure accessibility. The agreement with edX addresses complaints that edX’s website is not fully accessible to individuals with disabilities, including individuals who are blind or have low vision, those who are deaf or hard of hearing, and those who have physical disabilities affecting manual dexterity. Under the settlement, edX will provide accurate captioning for the deaf, oral navigation signals for the blind, and programming changes so those with dexterity disabilities can navigate content without struggling with a hand-operated mouse.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/mooc-accessibility-steps-742/

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5 universities taking innovation from buzzword to practice

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-04-19 02:02

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

How universities are looking past incubators to future functionality. Are college and university investments in innovation worth the time and money? Only if your incubators lead to scalable, sustainable success, says new research. A recent report, conducted in 2014 by the American Council on Education (ACE) and Huron Education aimed to gauge some of the current thinking and practices of select institutions on taking innovation from a commonly passed around buzzword to actionable practice. ACE chose five institutions that had detailed case studies and data on their innovation incubators—each highlighting the goals, challenges, and outcomes of their own unique approaches to scaling innovation campus-wide.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/innovation-buzzword-practice-311/

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Patient Zero of the selfie age: Why JenniCam abandoned her digital life

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2015-04-18 19:59
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Emma Reynolds, News.com.au, Apr 18, 2015

The subtext of this item is that there is something wrong with sharing your life online, because after all the original "cam girl", Jennifer Ringley of JenniCan, gave it up after seven years and not has no social networking presence at all. But I think that reflects more the price of fame than of sharing, and I don't think we should accept the subtext. Nonetheless, this is a fascinating article well worth reading and an interetsing look back at, if you will, a more innocent internet.

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The Open Publishing Revolution, Now Behind A Billion-Dollar Paywall

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2015-04-18 16:59
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Tina Amirtha, Fast Comnpany, Apr 18, 2015

Mendeley, as the author notes, built a piece of software "aimed at helping researchers organize their papers, annotate them, and share them with each other." In 2013 the company was acquired by Elsevier, which had "to squash the threat Mendeley posed to its traditional subscription model, and to own the ecosystem that Mendeley had constructed, with its valuable data on the behavior of millions of researchers." The reaction of members was, not surprisingly, widely negative. This article looks at the fallout, two years later, and some the efforts Elsevier has taken to soften its image.

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Keep gender in mind for course evaluations

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-04-18 02:12

by the Daily Tarheel (letter to editor)

Recent research suggests that students rate female professors more harshly than male professors. When a female professor of an online course pretends she is male, her evaluations are significantly higher than when students know she is a female, and evaluations of female professors are more likely to focus on aspects of personality or appearance rather than intellect or skill in the classroom. Gender bias in course evaluations can be reduced by focusing comments on feedback that is useful for improving instruction. Ideally, student comments will help us improve our instructional techniques and thus improve the learning experience of future Carolina students. Comments that are vague, belittling, personal or based on gender expectations do not help us make our courses better.

http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/04/letter-keep-gender-in-mind-for-course-evaluations

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