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Statistik des Rentenbestands

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2014-09-16 00:00

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

Categories: Science News

Games are serious business at news organizations

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-15 04:05


Benjamin Mullin, Poynter, [Sept] 14, 2014

News agencies are learning the same lessons as educators about engagement, including, for example, games. "We process, retain and share experiences differently than reports," Grace said. "Reports can be very efficient, but they may not have lasting impact. You can receive a report and forget the facts and figures, but an experience lasts in a different way."

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On the false binary of LMS vs. Open

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-15 04:05
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D'Arcy Norman, D’Arcy Norman dot net, [Sept] 14, 2014

I'm happy to accept D'Arcy Norman's contention that "We have a responsibility to provide a high quality environment to every single instructor and student, and the LMS is still the best way to do that." But I think he goes overboard i8n his defense of it, and in particular, I think this is wrong: "Any eLearning tool, no matter how openly designed, will eventually become indistinguishable from a Learning Management System once a threshold of supported use-cases has been reached." The history of "history has ended" statements like that is, well, long. And undistinguished. Sure, if you want to keep being a university and teaching classes and such, maybe the LMS is the way it gets done. But why should we believe progress has stopped with the model of the university?

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Protecting Personal Data in an LRS

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-15 04:05
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Ingo Dahn, Google Docs, [Sept] 14, 2014

More from the ongoing discussion around the formalization of the eXperience API specification for learning record stores. "These notes intend to contribute to this discussion on a functional and architectural level in order to form a basis for more detailed specifications at the level of data models, communication protocols and bindings."

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A Big Course from a Small Association

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-09-15 02:10

BY MARK ATHITAKIS, Associations Now

One executive at a state association has taken the lead on educating healthcare workers on a pressing national issue via a MOOC. How do you get more attention for your association? Maybe it’s a membership drive. Maybe it’s a meeting or an ad campaign. For Jan Grimes, it’s meant building a lot of partnerships and putting together a must-attend online course. The MOOC that Grimes has put together covers hospital readmissions—an urgent topic now that the Affordable Care Act penalizes hospitals that readmit patients within 30 days of a discharge. “In my world, we depend on referrals from hospitals at the discharge process,” Grimes says. “I saw that as an incentive [for hospitals] to learn more about the homecare world and how better collaboration with us there and a better understanding of us can help keep patients out of the hospital and further the hospital association’s goals.”

http://associationsnow.com/2014/09/a-big-course-from-a-small-association/

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Online learning enhances success

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-09-15 02:05

by JACQUES ROUSSEAU, Mail and Guardian

Fears of the ‘digital divide’ are unfounded: a blended mode has proven itself to students. The online mode is arguably a far more natural environment for a student in the 21st century than sharing a room with 400 other students. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds sometimes perform better through online learning, because they can study when they want to and how they want to. This revelation has led to a suite of online courses, launched last month by the commerce faculty at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Called Across Africa, this is an initiative that will allow students from across Africa to earn UCT qualifications by the blended-learning mode – a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. Across Africa is a partnership with GetSmarter, an online education company that works with both universities and industry. The company has developed an immersive and pedagogically rich virtual learning environment that, when paired with UCT’s content and quality assurance, ensures the highest-quality online education.

http://mg.co.za/article/2014-09-08-online-learning-enhances-success

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NYU Targets Fortune 500 Company Employees in New Emerging Technology Course

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-09-15 02:02

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

Beginning in January, New York University will offer a year-long graduate-level program targeting the employees of major technology-driven companies who need to stay up to speed on the emerging issues that affect them. The online courses will focus on upgrading employee skills in the areas of cybersecurity, mobility and big data analysis. Taught in three trimesters over a year, upon completion the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering will grant graduates a certificate and nine credits that can be applied to a qualified master’s degree program.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/09/08/nyu-targets-fortune-500-company-employees-in-new-emerging-technology-course.aspx

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Future Self

xkcd.com - Mon, 2014-09-15 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

How to ditch Google for more privacy and fewer ads

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-09-14 16:04
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Derek Walter, PC World, [Sept] 14, 2014

The four methods suggested are: use DuckDuckGo instead of Google Search, use Firefox instead of Chrome, use FastMail instead of GMail, and use Zoho instead of Google Drive. But surprisingly, there's no suggestion of what to use instead of Google+! Via Doug Belshaw.

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Online university skips class to be more accessible

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-09-14 16:04
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Hari Sreenivasan, PBS, [Sept] 14, 2014

The show in a nutshell (transcript is below video): "Almost all of online education today is still based on the credit hour and the course. We don’ t have any courses, and we don’ t have any credit hours, but we have 120 competencies, and you can master those as fast as you like, or as slow. The thing that we don’ t care very much about is time. And that is such a fundamental reversal of the basic structure of higher education."

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10 lessons learned from MOOCs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-09-14 02:10

By Keith Button, Education Dive

The predictions about the disruptive effect MOOCs would have on traditional colleges and universities have, so far, been overblown. But with two years of experience under their belts, MOOC providers and users are adjusting both their perceptions about online learning and the courses themselves. Here are 10 lessons they’ve learned.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/10-lessons-learned-from-moocs/306113/

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Purdue creates competency degree program

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-09-14 02:05

by Haley Dover, Journal Courier

Purdue University on Thursday introduced a competency degree program, putting students in control of their education. The College of Technology program allows students to progress at their own rate as they demonstrate mastery of specific skills, rather than performance measured only at fixed calendar intervals of classroom time. Instead of letter grades serving as a general indicator of classroom accomplishment, competencies will indicate to employers what graduates can do.

http://www.jconline.com/story/news/2014/09/04/purdue-creates-competency-degree-program/15069165/

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Online degrees have more merit than recognized

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-09-14 02:03

By Brandon Shaik, Oracle

In recent years, online degrees have been critically questioned, and rightly so, given the numerous reports of degree mills. In reality, online degrees require an equal amount of work and more effort on the student’s behalf to communicate with faculty and staff, a fact that employers cannot ignore. Online degree programs are becoming more widely accepted. Employers are more concerned with an applicant’s GPA and field of study than they are with how the student earned the degree, according to New York Daily News. In a survey done by online institution Excelsior College and Zogby International, 83 percent of CEO’s felt online degree programs are just as credible as those earned on campus.

http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/845750/Online-degrees-have-more-merit-than-reco

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Le 21e siècle

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-09-13 19:02
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Michel Cartier, [Sept] 13, 2014

I've only been able to lightly tough the surface of this website, but it is already evident that it is a significant achievement. It is in French. I'll let Jon Husband summarize from his Facebook post: "It looks at the history of signs, symbols, languages and images as used by humans to make sense of their environment and grow the societies in which they live, and follows the evolution of technology, economics and societal issues, notably through the past half-century, as our inventions and human population and the interrelatedness of our activities have brought us to a point of cultural mutation." The relation between this work and my talk in Pereira is evident.

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Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition)

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-09-13 02:10

by Alan Henry, Lifehacker

Institutions like Yale University, MIT, Stanford, Monash, Macquarie and many more are all offering free online classes that you can participate in from the comfort of your dorm room, office, couch or computing chair-of-choice. Because we’re all about helping you improve your life at Lifehacker, we put together a list of courses available right now that will inspire you, challenge you, open the door to something new, and give you the tools to improve your life. Grab your pen and paper and make sure your battery is charged — class is in session!

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/09/plan-your-free-online-education-at-lifehacker-u-fall-semester-2014/

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Online learning: Past, present and future

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-09-13 02:05

by Daryl Yarrow, Post Independent

New technologies have changed today’s classroom – at all levels – in ways unimaginable two decades ago. Students can reach for their iPad to access texts or reading material. They can connect with others in another city via video or web conferencing. And what’s more, they can create their own classroom at their home computer, completing courses or entire degrees online. What might be the most surprising element of online learning is that it is highly engaging – and may in fact provide more opportunities for engagement than the face-to-face class. Consider the shy student who won’t speak up in class but will open up at the keyboard. Discussion boards provide a venue for teacher-to-student as well as student-to-student interaction. Teachers and students can also easily share timely and relevant information that supplements their discussions by posting links to news articles, streaming video, photos and more.

http://www.postindependent.com/news/12891888-113/online-learning-face-students

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Popular ISU veterinary course moves to exclusive online delivery

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-09-13 02:02

by Iowa State University

The course Veterinary Immunology and Principles of Vaccination, taught for 19 years as part of the annual Veterinary Biologics Training Program in Ames, IA, will now be offered exclusively online. “Now that we have several years of success in delivering this course via the web, we have made the decision to remove it from the annual training program and offer it exclusively online,” said Dr. Jim Roth, DVM, PhD and course instructor. “The information is better suited to be delivered online rather than in a concentrated set of lectures in a short time-frame. People can register for the course at any time and have 3 months to complete the online class at their own pace.”

http://www.bovinevetonline.com/news/Popular-ISU-veterinary-course-moves-to-exclusive-online-delivery–274157311.html

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Europäischen Prostata-Tag am 15.09.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Sat, 2014-09-13 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Europäischen Prostata-Tag am 15.09.2014
Categories: Science News

Online learning: the UK’s scepticism is holding it back

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-09-12 02:05

by Nancy Coleman, the Guardian

The UK has a long tradition of online learning, but regulation and a shift in attitudes are needed to stay top on the international stage. Online learning is still seen as the poor relation in the UK – but it’s time for attitudes to change. As the student cap is lifted, and opportunities for expansion increase, online education offers a way for UK universities to compete internationally without struggling to meet capacity. It’s a different story in the US. There, online degree courses have turned a corner. No more lurking in the shadows as the lesser option, the fallback. If it wants to make the most of those opportunities for expansion, the UK can learn some useful lessons from the US experience of learning to love online education.

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/sep/07/online-learning-uk-scepticism-holding-it-back

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Students give Swinburne Online the thumbs up

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-09-12 02:03

by the Courier (Australia)

Swinburne Online students have rated their learning experience as good or excellent, according to the results of a recent Student Voice survey. The survey initiative looked at the overall experience of all online students. Swinburne Online academic director Sue Kokonis said feedback from the survey was essential to providing students with an optimised online learning experience. “We launched the Student Voice survey as a way to keep in touch with the needs of our students and to ensure we continue to provide the very best in online study,” Ms Kokonis said.

http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/2356353/students-give-swinburne-online-the-thumbs-up/

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