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That’s Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-09-26 07:31


Rebecca Schuman, Inside Higher Ed, [Sept] 26, 2014

Fun read in which Inside Higher Ed and Slate education writer Rebecca Schuman defends herself against  a long criticism authored by by Cornell writing lecturer Charles Green. "I think she crafts fundamentally anti-academic arguments, anti-academic in that they rely heavily on unsourced and unsupported generality clothed in hyperbole," he writes. She responds that she's writing magazine articles and that " a lot of “ public” writing by academics is self-censored, over-equivocated, bogged down in data analysis, and thus unreadably boring to a non-academic audience." I would add that it is often no better researched or sourced than many magazine articles either. I'll hand it to Green, though, for his game and valiant defense of his argument in the comments.

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Use of Synchronous Virtual Classrooms: Why, Who, and How?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-09-26 02:09

by Florence Martin and Michele A. Parker, JOLT

Virtual classrooms allow students and instructors to communicate synchronously using features such as audio, video, text chat, interactive whiteboard, and application sharing. The purpose of the study reported in this paper was to identify why instructors adopt synchronous virtual classrooms and how they use them after their adoption. An electronic survey was administered asking instructors from various institutions to describe their experience adopting a synchronous virtual classroom in either a blended or online course. In describing their reasons for adopting the technology, respondents most frequently cited institutional resource availability, increasing social presence, enhancing student learning, and the availability of technology. Along with audio chat, the features that most influenced the adoption of virtual classrooms and were used most frequently by respondents were the ability to archive conference sessions, see participants through webcams, and use text-based chat interfaces. Open-ended survey responses revealed that instructors used virtual classrooms to promote interactivity, develop community, and reach students at different locations. There were also distinct trends characterizing the demographics of faculty members who reported using virtual classrooms. These findings provide meaningful data for instructors interested in providing synchronous components in their online teaching and for administrators interested in promoting technology-enhanced learning on their campuses.

http://jolt.merlot.org/vol10no2/martin_0614.pdf

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More Students Opting For Online Courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-09-26 02:06

by KRIS-TV

Online enrollment numbers are going up across the nation and here locally. In fact, Del Mar College actually broke a record this past school year with nearly 20% of students taking online courses. “My kids say, ‘Mom, you’re still on the computer. You’re still on that same screen,’” said full time student Mary Guerra. Along with school, Guerra is a mother of three and a full-time worker. “When they’re doing their homework, I’m doing mine.” She says the hardest part about online classes is not talking face to face with her instructors. But despite the hard work, she said she’s dedicated to continuing her education.

http://www.kristv.com/news/more-students-opting-for-online-courses/

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For Some Students, Customized Online Learning Is Best

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-09-26 02:02

by Kevin Nicholls, Times of San Diego

In this day and age, nearly every aspect of life is customizable. We recognize that society is made up of unique individuals, all of whom have unique needs, goals, abilities and desires. And so we have… options. In recent years, we have come to see the benefit of customizable education as well. More and more colleges and universities offer online or accelerated programs, and there is no end to the availability of online continuing education and professional development courses for adults. The proliferation of technology in the last decade has made it possible to achieve our learning goals when a traditional classroom setting just won’t do.

http://timesofsandiego.com/opinion/2014/09/19/students-customized-online-learning-best/

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Reduce Your Payments

xkcd.com - Fri, 2014-09-26 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Krankenhausstatistik - Grunddaten

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2014-09-26 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Krankenhausstatistik - Grunddaten" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

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Internationalen Tag der Gehörlosen am 28.09.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2014-09-26 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Internationalen Tag der Gehörlosen am 28.09.2014
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Stephen Downes: ‘This is the next era of learning’

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-09-25 19:29
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Stephen Downes, Online Educa Berlin, [Sept] 25, 2014

This is my pre-presentation article in the Online Educa Berlin newsletter (I will be keynoting there in December). It discusses the origin and major elements of our current "Learning and Performance Support Systems" program, which is launching pre-release beta invitations in October (we still have a lot of construction to do).

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“Tackling the Challenges of Big Data”

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-09-25 02:09

by MIT Professional Education

MIT Professional Education will offer two new deliveries of the online professional course, “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” to a global audience beginning Nov. 4, 2014 and Feb. 3, 2015. Their first course, offered in the spring of 2014, drew approximately 3,500 professionals from 88 countries, and more than 2,000 organizations worldwide. Participants from around the world, many of whom would otherwise lack access to world-renowned MIT educational resources, benefitted from this comprehensive online course, which addressed a priority-learning need of working professionals. “The success of our first offering on big data proved there is a real value and robust appetite to offer this online course to a broad span of industry players once again. And based on feedback received from the first offering, we have integrated several enhancements into the new version,” said Bhaskar Pant, executive director of MIT Professional Education.

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/mit-professional-education-two-new-online-x-professional-big-data-courses-0919

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EdX launches new high school initiative

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-09-25 02:06

by Zareen Choudhury, the Tech (MIT)

In a new initiative for edX, last Tuesday, the online platform spearheaded by MIT and Harvard launched 26 new courses aimed at high school students, according to The Boston Globe.  The new subjects offered include English, computer science, algebra, calculus, and several Advanced Placement (AP) courses, such as AP Environmental Science and AP Biology. According to edX, fourteen institutions were involved in developing these courses, including MIT, Rice, the University of California Berkeley, Georgetown, and public high schools such as Weston Public High School.

http://tech.mit.edu/V134/N39/highschooledx.html

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Learning without boundaries through online courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-09-25 02:02

BY AKIL YUNUS, The Star (Malaysia)

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are about widening my horizons and going out of my comfort zone to learn things I did not get to pursue in university, says computer science graduate and IT service provider Ricky Soo. Soo is among an increasing number of Malaysians actively pursuing Massive Open Online Courses and believe they are a valuable educational tool that expands one’s knowledge and skills, at virtually no cost whatsoever. MOOC portals have popped up in the last decade, but only gained real prominence of late. Some of the well-known ones are Coursera.org, Stanford Online, Open Education Europa, edX, and udemy, which offer hundreds of free courses from top universities worldwide.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/09/19/Learning-without-boundaries-through-online-courses/

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The connected age: big data & data visualization.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:27
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What students really think about learning online

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2014-09-24 02:10

by Susan Lafky, eSchool News

After recently posting two pieces about being an online teacher on the Middlebury Interactive Languages’ blog, I realized something was missing from the conversation: the voice of the students actually taking the digital classes. So I polled my German language students, asking one simple question: “What do you like most about learning German online?” Participation was completely voluntary, and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of students who took the time to respond. When reviewing the students’ comments, some clear themes emerged. One of the bigger themes was how much the students value self-paced learning. I have found that with many students, a self-paced structure actually enhances independence, responsibility, and confidence.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/09/19/students-learning-online-593/

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Colleges work to meet demand for online study

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2014-09-24 02:04

by Jennifer Paley, NWI Times

As student demand for online courses and degrees continues to grow, local schools are working hard to recruit students. Janet Schutte, director of marketing for Indiana Tech, said the school offers about 30 online degrees ranging from associates to masters. Offering online degrees significantly helps with recruiting students, she said. “We’re seeing a big increase in students enrolling in online courses. We’re also seeing a lot of students like to be able to mix their classes and take some in a classroom and some online depending on their schedules and subject matter. Most of the school’s online students are in their 30s or 40s, working while trying to complete a degree. They also have a few military students who like the ability to move without disrupting their college program.  “We’re definitely adding more online degrees, taking some of the degrees that we offer at our campuses and developing them for online. There are also a couple of degree programs only available online so as we look at new fields and decide whether there is a market for the degree, we’ll look at whether it should be in classroom or online or offered both ways.”

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/colleges-work-to-meet-demand-for-online-study/article_1ff32a7e-d3dc-506f-88a0-1e3dc23ece64.html

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Why Open Education Matters Video Competition Winners Announced

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2014-09-24 02:02

by US Dept of Ed

What would you do if you thought you had a solution that would make a high-quality education freely available to anyone with a computer or cell phone, help instructors build new teaching skills and get credit for their accomplishments, and also greatly reduce costs for schools, families and students? You’d want to tell the world! That is just what the nearly one hundred videographers who entered the “Why Open Education Matters” video competition, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, spent part of this summer doing.

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/07/why-open-education-matters-video-competition-winners-announced/

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Tasks

xkcd.com - Wed, 2014-09-24 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

The Creepiest New Corner Of Instagram: Role-Playing With Stolen Baby Photos

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2014-09-23 19:25
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Blake Miller, Fast Company, [Sept] 23, 2014

I'm, not so sure it's as creepy as Fast Company makes it out to be, because it's really nothing more than fantasy families, but it's noteworthy enough to mention here because of the obvious overlap that is possible with learning and technology. One wonders, for example, whether there are 'fantasy teachers' out there with wholly imaginary classrooms and fictional experiences. Just another day on the internet, I guess.

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16 reasons why this research will change how you look at news consumption

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2014-09-23 16:25
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Paul Bradshaw, Onloine Journalism Blog, [Sept] 23, 2014

This is not a  listicle (list-based article) even though the headline suggests it is. The '16' in the title refers to 16 different ways of using news media, and the report compares them across different dimensions: engagement, amount remembered, and the like. So we get suggestions like: "Reading is about depth; listening is barely remembered." Which may be true, but I still love the audio podcasts, because it's not about memory (as an aside, I wish someone would one day analyze the relation between content and public service announcements in 1950s  radio dramas in the U.S. and the social revolution that followed; I think there are all sorts of ways to show that the influence of audio is pervasive even if it is not remembered).

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Professors on food stamps: The shocking true story of academia in 2014

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2014-09-23 16:25
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Matt Saccaro, Salon, [Sept] 23, 2014

I don't know what's so shocking about this. Adjunct and sessional instructors have been abysmally underpaid since the days in the 1990s when I was caught up in that racket. Maybe the new thing is that they now qualify for food stamps; when I was doing it I simply had to manage with whatever food I could scrounge. I can say this: my experience as a sessional convinced me that a life teaching at a university was not for me. And note well: the only reason the system still exists is because, when it's challenged, professors close ranks and defend it to the end. That's why I do not turn to, or depend on, university professors or the institutions that hire them to achieve genuine educational reform that would open the doors of academia to the people who, ultimately, pay for it.

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A National Look at Student Data Privacy Legislation

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2014-09-23 16:25
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Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Education, [Sept] 23, 2014

This underscores the importance of data privacy in education: in the United States, "state policymakers introduced 110 bills on student data privacy in 36 states this session, with 30 of them passing both houses and 24 being signed into law, according to an analysis by the Data Quality Campaign." In particular, according to Thomas Murray, an advocate for data privacy, institutions should "review third-party contracts carefully to identify how student data will be kept secure and what happens to student data when the contract ends," and "educate teachers so they understand how to keep sensitive data secure."

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