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What’s the Ideal Mix of Online and Face-to-Face Classes?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-11-04 01:10

By Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Ed

If students rarely set foot on campuses, says Peter Shea, they may feel less invested in their education. Is there a tipping point at which students who take a blend of online and in-person coursework are doing too much online? That question goes to the heart of something called the online paradox. The online paradox has inspired much debate, and it describes two seemingly contradictory things. The first is that community-college students who take an online course are more likely to fail than are those who take it face-to-face. The second is that community-college students who take some online classes are more likely to complete their degrees than are those who don’t take any.

http://www.chronicle.com/article/What-s-the-Ideal-Mix-of/241616

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UM System encourages faculty to use more open educational resources

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-11-04 01:04

BY LILY O’NEILL, Missourian
Beginning next week, professors will have more incentive to offer free or low-cost textbooks. As part of a University of Missouri System initiative on educational resources that are free to access online, the four campuses will be launching an incentive grant program next week. This is intended to encourage faculty members to incorporate more of these resources in their courses. With the rising cost of college textbooks, UM System President Mun Choi announced the initiative last spring. Scott Curtis, who’s on the system’s Affordable & Open Educational Resources Taskforce, said he hopes the lower costs of textbooks will help students academically.

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/higher_education/um-system-encourages-faculty-to-use-more-open-educational-resources/article_b602a3dc-b9d3-11e7-adfb-2f83e6711418.html

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A Kayak for Credentials

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-11-04 01:02

by Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

A sprawling new project seeks to change that by creating a centralized database of information about postsecondary credentials — all 250,000 or so of them in the U.S., ranging from Ph.D. to badge, professional license to apprenticeship and certificate. The nonprofit Credential Engine, which is planning a formal launch in December, has tapped a broad range of advisers to develop a common language about credentials, with a focus on the “competencies” people should have after earning them. Credential Engine’s web-based registry allows colleges, professional associations, unions, other credential issuers and state governments to post public-facing information about credentialing programs. The site also plans to feature information about how credential earners fare in the job market, including wage data from state and federal sources.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/10/18/credential-engine-seeks-create-database-public-information-all-credentials

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Poll: How has technology impacted the future of work?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-11-03 01:04

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eSchool News

majority of Americans would like to see technology companies take a more active role in improving U.S. education by creating apprenticeship programs and providing more technology resources, according to new data. The new poll from OZY and SurveyMonkey tracks how technology is impacting post-secondary education and the workforce in the U.S. It also gauges how survey participants feel about free public higher education, online learning, classroom teachers, and more.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/10/27/poll-technology-future-of-work/

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Wake Tech works to improve success gap between seated, online classes

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-11-03 01:02

by WRAL

Online college courses offer convenience and flexibility, but they also come with challenges. Wake Technical Community College looked at some of its most popular classes in 2015 and noticed students were not doing as well in the online classes as they were in the traditional “seated” classes. In 2015, 67 percent of students in traditional classes earned an “A”, “B” or “C” grade, while only 58 percent of students in online classes earned the same grades.  One of the things we found out is students, even young students, who had grown up as digital natives aren’t as well prepared for taking online classes as you may think,” said Wake Tech Senior Vice President of Effectiveness and Innovation Bryan Ryan.

http://www.wral.com/wake-tech-works-to-improve-success-gap-between-seated-online-classes/17058000/

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Future-forward: How to incorporate the 5th ‘C’ of 21st Century learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-11-03 01:01

BY GENEVRA WALTERS, NICOLE DEVRIES, AND JAMIE HARBIN, eSchool News
Three educators explain how they include career readiness in their 21st-century learning initiatives. Many of you are familiar with the four C’s of the 21st-century learning framework: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. But step back for a second and remember why you teach students in the first place–so they can be successful adults who contribute to society and thrive while pursuing a fulfilling career. This is why we add to our list of 21st-century learning skills a fifth C: career readiness. Career readiness can be engrained into the teaching and learning landscape in many ways. Educators across the nation are latching on to project-based learning (PBL) as an effective teaching method for building 21st-century skills. Career-focused PBL gives students the freedom to explore a variety of careers from the comfort of their classroom.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/10/25/future-5th-c-career-readiness/

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Female administrators in education face discrimination

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2017-11-02 01:09

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

When we put this in the context of the #MeToo movement which took off on social media in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations to show the number of women who have been impacted by sexual assault or sexual harassment, and we consider how few women are actually leaders (versus teachers) in the education space, these things all seem connected…. I have had female presidents tell me they’ve been catcalled on their own campuses, by male students who didn’t realize they were in charge. I’ve heard others say they wear men’s clothing and try to dress in ways that do not call attention to their figures when they attend board meetings, because they are often the only woman in the room. One female district leader wrote in to tell me the harassment she had received by male colleagues affected her confidence and the level of position for which she would consider applying — to go further up the ladder, she assumed, she’d face more of this type of behavior as she’d find herself more outnumbered.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/title-ix-is-often-framed-as-a-student-issue-but-female-administrators-face/508338/

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Spoiler Alert: Millennials Prefer Digital for All Communications

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2017-11-02 01:05

by eMarketer Daily

A September 2017 survey of young adult internet users in select countries painted an interesting—and yet unsurprising—picture of their typical day-to-day interactions. The study from LivePerson, a provider of cloud-based mobile and online business messaging solutions, surveyed 4,013 internet users ages 18 to 34 in six countries: Australia, Germany, France, Japan, the UK and the US.  In the US and the UK, nearly three-quarters of respondents said they were more likely to communicate digitally—whether via email, SMS or social media—rather than in person.

https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Spoiler-Alert-Millennials-Prefer-Digital-All-Communications/1016677

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Three Silicon Valley Companies Bridging The Gap Between Education And Workplace Readiness

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2017-11-02 01:02

by Mark Hall, Forbes

For many young adults, the process of transitioning into the corporate workforce can be met with a number of difficult challenges. Gaining role-specific education is not easy, particularly if you are trying to avoid being part of the $1.3 trillion student debt crisis. Convincing a great company to hire you without having a track record of success is no simple task either. Landing a highly competitive job without having either a university degree or prior work experience used to be practically impossible, until now. Three Silicon Valley companies are improving how emerging professionals become job-ready by filling the practical skills gap felt by so many workforce newcomers. Coursera, Udacity and Udemy are three alternative education platforms, known as massive open online courses (MOOCs), on a mission to redefine workplace readiness and industry-specific education.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/markhall/2017/10/27/three-silicon-valley-companies-bridging-the-gap-between-education-and-workplace-readiness/

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Again, What Is Nursing Science?

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2017-11-01 15:38
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Again, What Is Nursing Science?

Nurs Sci Q. 2017 Apr;30(2):129-133

Authors: Barrett EAM

Abstract
This article again asks, What is nursing science? Who knows? Who cares? The author describes the threat to the survival of nursing science grounded in nursing frameworks and theories. This threat is magnified by the proposal of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) to change the curricula of PhD education. The aim of CANS is to prepare nurse scientists for lifelong competitive careers in interdisciplinary research, often focused on funding priorities of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Curricula would include preparation for conducting research in topics such as omics, e-science, translation science, biobehavioral science, symptom science, and team science. How can this be nursing science? It is argued that this focus might obliterate nursing's discipline-specific phenomenon of concern, the human-universe-health process.

PMID: 28899250 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Modeling Flowsheet Data to Support Secondary Use.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2017-11-01 15:38
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Modeling Flowsheet Data to Support Secondary Use.

Comput Inform Nurs. 2017 Sep;35(9):452-458

Authors: Westra BL, Christie B, Johnson SG, Pruinelli L, LaFlamme A, Sherman SG, Park JI, Delaney CW, Gao G, Speedie S

Abstract
The purpose of this study was to create information models from flowsheet data using a data-driven consensus-based method. Electronic health records contain a large volume of data about patient assessments and interventions captured in flowsheets that measure the same "thing," but the names of these observations often differ, according to who performs documentation or the location of the service (eg, pulse rate in an intensive care, the emergency department, or a surgical unit documented by a nurse or therapist or captured by automated monitoring). Flowsheet data are challenging for secondary use because of the existence of multiple semantically equivalent measures representing the same concepts. Ten information models were created in this study: five related to quality measures (falls, pressure ulcers, venous thromboembolism, genitourinary system including catheter-associated urinary tract infection, and pain management) and five high-volume physiological systems: cardiac, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, respiratory, and expanded vital signs/anthropometrics. The value of the information models is that flowsheet data can be extracted and mapped for semantically comparable flowsheet measures from a clinical data repository regardless of the time frame, discipline, or setting in which documentation occurred. The 10 information models simplify the representation of the content in flowsheet data, reducing 1552 source measures to 557 concepts. The amount of representational reduction ranges from 3% for falls to 78% for the respiratory system. The information models provide a foundation for including nursing and interprofessional assessments and interventions in common data models, to support research within and across health systems.

PMID: 28346243 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Assessment of a prototype for the Systemization of Nursing Care on a mobile device.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2017-11-01 15:38
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Assessment of a prototype for the Systemization of Nursing Care on a mobile device.

Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2016;24:e2714

Authors: Rezende LC, Santos SR, Medeiros AL

Abstract
OBJECTIVES: assess a prototype for use on mobile devices that permits registering data for the Systemization of Nursing Care at a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
METHOD: an exploratory and descriptive study was undertaken, characterized as an applied methodological research, developed at a teaching hospital.
RESULTS: the mobile technology the nurses at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit use was positive, although some reported they faced difficulties to manage it, while others with experience in using mobile devices did not face problems to use it. The application has the functions needed for the Systematization of Nursing Care at the unit, but changes were suggested in the interface of the screens, some data collection terms and parameters the application offers. The main contributions of the software were: agility in the development and documentation of the systemization, freedom to move, standardization of infant assessment, optimization of time to develop bureaucratic activities, possibilities to recover information and reduction of physical space the registers occupy.
CONCLUSION: prototype software for the Systemization of Nursing Care with mobile technology permits flexibility for the nurses to register their activities, as the data can be collected at the bedside.

PMID: 27384467 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

WVU researching new ways to enhance online technology

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-11-01 01:09

by Conor Griffith, Exponent Telegram

Students and professors at WVU’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources are researching new ways to enhance the online and learning experience of West Virginians. At the college’s Advanced Engineering Research Building, work is proceeding on new programs and web robots, or simply bots, which are software applications that run tasks (or scripts) over the internet. Bots perform simple and repetitive tasks at a faster rate than a human could do alone. The bots under development are intended to make online learning more collaborative. Ph.D. student Carlos Toxtli is working on the development of a new kind of automated bot, the Micro Assistance Through Tutorials or MATT bot. The MATT bot, he said, is meant to break down electronic learning into smaller, easily approachable tasks, which is different from the more conventional open online courses people sign up for.

https://www.theet.com/news/free/wvu-researching-new-ways-to-enhance-online-technology/article_88533787-b758-573c-9709-5e6fde432cb9.html

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Distance Learning Programs Make Case for Quality Assessment

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-11-01 01:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
The Dallas County Community College District had grown its online learning programs organically for two decades when Terry Di Paolo, executive dean of online instructional services, decided it was time to take a “holistic view” of the programs to assess quality and create an improvement plan that aligned with its accreditation work. Attendance in 2015 at a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) workshop introduced him to the Online Learning Consortium’s Quality Scorecard. Other institutions at that event assured him that he could use the scorecard system across all seven colleges and various service centers that made up the district.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/10/25/distance-learning-programs-make-case-for-quality-assessment.aspx

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The Benefits of Working With Your ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-11-01 01:01

by Affordable Colleges Online
Tulane Alumni Club of Las VegasSydnee LoganDigital Communication Fellow at FDA and Tulane University Alumna, Class of 2010It is not uncommon to think that the day you receive your diploma is the last day your college or university would help you in your career. This is far from the truth, however. Most colleges and universities across the nation have alumni associations that offer a range of benefits, perks, discounts, and most importantly, networking opportunities and events to help graduates make the most of their hard-earned degree after college. But alumni associations are a two-way street–in order to reap the benefits, graduates must also give back to their alma mater through gifts, membership fees, and volunteering. The following guide takes an in-depth look at alumni associations and their benefits and also helps students and graduates understand how to effectively leverage these networks and give back to future generations.

https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/how-to-work-with-your-alumni-association/

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Thinking outside the box.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Tue, 2017-10-31 15:37
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Thinking outside the box.

Nursing. 2017 09;47(9):6

Authors:

PMID: 28795989 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Big data science: A literature review of nursing research exemplars.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Tue, 2017-10-31 15:37
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Big data science: A literature review of nursing research exemplars.

Nurs Outlook. 2017 Sep - Oct;65(5):549-561

Authors: Westra BL, Sylvia M, Weinfurter EF, Pruinelli L, Park JI, Dodd D, Keenan GM, Senk P, Richesson RL, Baukner V, Cruz C, Gao G, Whittenburg L, Delaney CW

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Big data and cutting-edge analytic methods in nursing research challenge nurse scientists to extend the data sources and analytic methods used for discovering and translating knowledge.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify, analyze, and synthesize exemplars of big data nursing research applied to practice and disseminated in key nursing informatics, general biomedical informatics, and nursing research journals.
METHODS: A literature review of studies published between 2009 and 2015. There were 650 journal articles identified in 17 key nursing informatics, general biomedical informatics, and nursing research journals in the Web of Science database. After screening for inclusion and exclusion criteria, 17 studies published in 18 articles were identified as big data nursing research applied to practice.
DISCUSSION: Nurses clearly are beginning to conduct big data research applied to practice. These studies represent multiple data sources and settings. Although numerous analytic methods were used, the fundamental issue remains to define the types of analyses consistent with big data analytic methods.
CONCLUSION: There are needs to increase the visibility of big data and data science research conducted by nurse scientists, further examine the use of state of the science in data analytics, and continue to expand the availability and use of a variety of scientific, governmental, and industry data resources. A major implication of this literature review is whether nursing faculty and preparation of future scientists (PhD programs) are prepared for big data and data science.

PMID: 28057335 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

#SOCRMx: Week 4 – Discourse Analysis

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-10-31 02:01

Jenny Mackness, Jenny Connected, Oct 30, 2017

In this post Jenny Machness shares "notes from watching Sally Wiggins’ video introducing Discourse Analysis." there's not a lot of detail, but just enought to be useful, as she distinguishes between five types of discourse analysis: conversation analysis, discursive psychology, critical discursive psychology, Foucauldian discourse analysis, and critical discourse analysis. She also links to a number of other course participants' blog postgs about this unit. Image: Rudy Banuta.

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Professor: My biggest problem with online teaching

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-10-31 01:10

by JEREMY CUNNINGHAM, eCampus News

At times, I am simultaneously a learner and instructor within a course. This gives me some sensitivity to student discombobulation in the online classroom and allowed the article “5 Techniques To Help You Step Inside The Shoes Of Your Online Learners” by Nipun Sharma to ring true with me. The general theme of his work focuses on seeing students as unique individuals and tailoring your work in response. As institutions create one-size classroom models, instructors must conversely seek to personalize it to the student. Sharma recommends knowing your students on a personal level. By seeking to understand the motives, backstories, and opinions of the students in your course, instructors can intentionally break down the inherent walls of the online format. Things you would glean from meeting students face-to-face and interacting with them are important; the online instructor must make an effort to learn this information. After addressing instructors’ external actions, Sharma challenges individuals to some inward reflection. He discusses the idea that online instructors must acknowledge their assumptions and start each student with a clean slate.

https://www.ecampusnews.com/ed-tech-leadership/prof-biggest-prob-online-classroom/

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