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The Coming Revolution in Email Design

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-11-18 00:38


Jason Rodriguez, A List Apart, Nov 17, 2016

Could we be about to see technological innovations in email? According to this article, email vendors are beginning to awaken to the possibility. "The email industry itself is in a state of reinvention," writes Jason Rodriguez. "The web is leaking into the inbox." We're looking at responsive layouts,  animation and interactivity, semantic elements, and tooling and frameworks. Significantly, Microsoft (which has never supported HTML email properly) is taking more of an interest.

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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-11-18 00:38


David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Nov 17, 2016

David Wiley comments on the role of commercial actors in the open space in light of yesterday’ s revelation  that Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation. He writes, "The open source software side of the open house has absolutely no issue with commercial entities using or contributing to open source software." That's not exactly true, but the dissenting voices have long since been drowned out. Anyhow, it's not the same in the content world, but the fear of educators, he writes, is unjustified. "There’ s no excuse for judging an organization based on whether it was incorporated as a for-profit or non-profit entity." Maybe, but that's not how commercial use is defined. It's when you slap a pricetag on a learning resource and prevent them from accessing it otherwise that people begin to question the practice. And remember, in most countries, education, unlike software development, is a public good. Which is why we resist the commercialization of learning resources.

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HTML 5.1 is the gold standard

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-11-18 00:38


Philippe le Hegaret, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Nov 17, 2016

As reported by the W3C: "A couple weeks ago the W3C Web Platform Working Group published HTML  5.1 as a Standard. It was merely days after the second anniversary of the advent of the 5th major version of the core language of the World Wide Web (you may read the press release we put out when HTML  5 became a W3C recommendation)." Best line of the day is from Ben Werdmuller: "According to software precedent, the next version should be HTML 7."

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Is Audio Really the Future of the Book?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-11-18 00:38


Rebecca Rego Barry, JSTOR Daily, Nov 17, 2016

I don't think anyone has seriously suggested that all books will be replaced by audio. It's far more plausible to suggests that all paper versions of books will be transferred to a digital format. Audio as a medium has its limitations. But it is a terrific medium to help occupy the mind while doing other things, like cooking, driving or trying to sleep. Hence the continuing popularity of radio and the recent rediscovery of podcasts. This article looks at the history of audio books - aka 'talking books' - from its origin in the 1930s. Audio books have always had their criticisms, as though they were some form of cheating. But there's also a sense in which audio is more. “ Listening to authors read their own memoirs introduces an intimacy that  cannot be achieved without the audio,” writes Amy Harmon.

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Statistik der natürlichen Bevölkerungsbewegung

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2016-11-17 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem Bereich "Statistik der natürlichen Bevölkerungsbewegung" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um die Angaben des Jahres 2015 ergänzt.

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Internationalen Tag zur Beseitigung von Gewalt gegen Frauen am 25.11.2016

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2016-11-17 23:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Internationalen Tag zur Beseitigung von Gewalt gegen Frauen am 25.11.2016
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New Era for Disability Rights

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-11-17 01:10

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Miami University in Ohio last month became the latest institution to overhaul its accessibility policies for people with disabilities. Miami is far from the only university to face legal action over accessibility issues. In the last two years alone, several colleges and education companies — Atlantic Cape Community College, edX, Harvard University and the University of Phoenix, among others — have either been sued or settled complaints about inaccessible websites or content. . Lennard J. Davis, a prominent disability studies scholar based at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said those lawsuits highlight a trend of the last 10 years of accessibility lawsuits shifting from concerning physical to digital spaces. “The web and technology associated with sensory impairments are where it is at right now,” Davis said in an email. “The virtual and digital world has replaced the physical world as the locus for discrimination and barriers.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/11/07/disability-rights-advocates-shift-strategies-ensure-equal-rights-digital-age

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Georgia Tech’s Ashkok Goel says automated ‘nano tutors’ will take-off in education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-11-17 01:04

by Tim Dodd, Financial Review

Georgia Tech artificial intelligence pioneer Ashkok Goel says his ground-breaking use of artificial intelligence to interact with students will soon be cheap and widely available. Earlier this year Professor Goel famously introduced a “nano tutor”, dubbed Jill Watson, to answer the questions in the online forum for students in his course at the US university, called Knowledge-Based Artificial Intelligence. For over a month students didn’t realise they were talking to a robot teaching assistant (TA) rather than a real one. “We did not tell the students Jill Watson was an AI [artificial intelligence]. As far as they were concerned Jill Watson was just another human TA,” he told a Sydney conference last week. After learning that one of their teaching assistants was a bot, students were both amazed and receptive.

http://www.afr.com/news/policy/education/georgia-techs-ashkok-goel-says-automated-nano-tutors-will-takeoff-in-education-20161103-gshuth

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U of Alberta launches more massive open online courses to increase brand

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-11-17 01:03

by Daniel Stilwell, iNews

The University of Alberta is adding another option to their range of massive open online courses. The MOOC program started a couple of years ago with the highly popular Dino 101 program. U of A Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Dean Kerry Mummery said Dino 101 and several other courses were so successful that they thought opening up a new course called Mountains 101 would be a good fit. “We’d certainly be the leaders in the world right now for inter-disciplinary mountain studies and we’re intent on claiming that for the University of Alberta. Where better than Alberta to claim the mountains? We’re known internationally for them,” said Mummery.

http://www.inews880.com/syn/110/133286/133286

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Thank You, Pearson: OER, Metadata, Gateways, and Elephants

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2016-11-17 00:33


Bill Fitzgerald, FunnyMonkey, Nov 16, 2016

There's debate about Pearson's approach to OER, especially through it's  Equella service (acquired in 2009). Lisa Petrides posts on 'open source pillaging': "see how our non-commercial resources are used inappropriately here." Bill Fitzgerald responds that Pearson is doing the community a service. "Pearson is helping to expose more people to OER, and subsequenty increase the adoption of OER," he writes. "By selling access to communities around OERs, Pearson provides a gateway, exposing many people to OER who might never have used them otherwise." But if they're using them simply as yet another commercial resource, where's the benefit in that?

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GKV, KG 5-Statistik

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2016-11-16 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "KG 5-Statistik (gesetzliche Krankenversicherung: Leistungsfälle und -tage von ambulanten und stationären Kuren, Müttervorsorge- und Müttergenesungskuren, Krankengeld bei Kuren)" des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit wurden um das Jahr 2015 ergänzt.

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4 learning and development trends for HR leaders to watch in 2017

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2016-11-16 21:33


Tess Taylor, HR Dive, Nov 16, 2016

It's  not the first 'end of the year' article (believe it or not) but it's early. Too early, in my view, but I digress. Anyhow, it makes four predictions, which I quote:

  • Video will continue to enable micro-learning
  • Millennials will continue to value learning and development as a prime benefit
  • Gamification and virtual reality will continue to enhance learning experiences
  • Mobile learning will continue to expand employee development goals

Well, *yawn*. All of these (very vague) things are happening now. If you're going to write an end-of-year article, try to be useful. How will video be enhanced in 2017? What impact will defining learning as a benefit have? What new features or types of gamification can we expect? How will be define employee development goals? Come on - if you're going to predict, try to actually engage with the topic.

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In defence of the humanities: Why studying philosophy in a world where welders earn more still makes sense

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2016-11-16 18:33


Robert Fulford, National Post, Nov 16, 2016

It's telling that this defense of the most non-utilitarian of disciplines appeals to a utilitarian argument: "Properly applied, the humanities teach us how to formulate our views, articulate them and defend them." That's a side-benefit, but hardly the core of philosophy or any of the humanities. I studied philosophy motivated by a spirit of discovery and creativity, a desire to explore ideas and perspectives and points of view. I didn't care (and still don't care) whether welders make more money than me (I hope they do; welders offer a valuable service to us all). Philosophy doesn't need defending. The reduction of all things to monetary value needs defending.

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'Augmented Intelligence' for Higher Ed

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2016-11-16 18:33


Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, Nov 16, 2016

As the story says, "IBM picks Blackboard and Pearson to bring the technology behind the Watson computer to colleges and universities." Watson is IBM's flagship analytics engine. Pearson is working on an “ intelligent tutoring system” while Blackboard is working on "tools for advisers and faculty members."  

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What Edtech Can Learn from Theranos

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2016-11-16 18:33


Jennifer Carolan, EdSurge, Nov 16, 2016

How do we explain the high-profile silicon Valley failures in ed tech? Jennifer Carolan suggests we can learn some lessons from their failures in other domains. First, "Education expertise, which is critical to building great education startups, has been undervalued in edtech." Second, "top performing edtech companies almost always have at least one investor with deep experience operating and investing in the space." And third, "efficacy matters even if it is hard to demonstrate."

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IBM picks Blackboard and Pearson to bring Watson computer technologies to colleges and universities.

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-11-16 12:50

By Carl Straumsheim, In higher education

IBM is at the moment working with Blackboard and Pearson on student retention and tutoring, respectively. Both education companies are this fall beginning to test a handful of early prototypes, exploring potential use cases and working with clients to learn what sort of software they are interested in. “This is about augmenting human intelligence,” Neti said. For example, Pearson is testing what Angie McAllister, senior vice president says is how Watson technology could power a virtual assistant similar to Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa, which students could chat with if they need help while studying. Blackboard is working on tools for advisers and faculty members, said Katie Blot, chief strategy officer. “We’re very focused on student pathways, support and persistence.” She highlighted Planner, a student planning tool, as one product that could benefit from Watson technology.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/11/16/blackboard-pearson-join-ibms-ecosystem-bring-watson-technology-higher-ed

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Growth in Online Education at Private Colleges

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-11-16 01:15

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Private colleges are growing more accepting of online education, according to a survey of chief academic officers conducted by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Learning House. Compared to a similar survey conducted in 2013, the share of private colleges that offer five or more fully online programs has grown from 15 percent to 25 percent, and while about half (48 percent) of colleges say some faculty members are still skeptical of online education, 38 percent say they have overcome that barrier. The Learning House and the CIC surveyed 169 members of the organization for the study. Other findings include: More private colleges offer at least one fully online program. This year, 61 percent of respondents said they do so. One-quarter of colleges report making more than $1 million in revenue from their online programs.

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/11/14/growth-online-education-private-colleges

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Do online high schools make the grade?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-11-16 01:10

by Leslie Katz, C|Net

There are all kinds of online high schools — from government-funded public and charter schools, which are free to resident minors, to private schools including those like OHS, which are affiliated with universities. This last category varies in price: Indiana University High School charges $250 for each course, George Washington University Online High School costs $12,000 a year, while yearly tuition at OHS hits nearly $20,000 for four or more courses. (OHS says about 15 percent of its students receive financial aid.) Nearly 460 full-time charter, privately run or district-operated virtual schools enrolled more than 261,000 students during the 2014-15 academic year, according to the National Education Policy Center.

https://www.cnet.com/au/news/online-schools-get-mixed-report-cards/

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Oberlin College Goes Global with Online Courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-11-16 01:05

by Melissa Harris, Oberlin Review

The College is going digital and entering the world of online education as part of a bid to raise revenue, increase research opportunities for faculty and heighten international exposure. The College will partner with Pioneer Academics to provide online college-level educational programs and research mentor partnerships with professors for high school students. Through Pioneer, a start-up that aims to expand educational accessibility with technology, students taking these online courses will be able to access Oberlin’s online library resources, receive college credits and have an opportunity to work with college professors as they pursue research projects.

http://oberlinreview.org/11637/news/college-goes-global-with-online-courses/

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Shifting to digital classrooms

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-11-16 01:02

By Skylar Griego, Daily Lobo

With registration for the spring semester beginning on Nov. 14, many students are browsing the UNM course catalog to start piecing together their class schedule. Some may notice a number of courses available online for the first time. Students may also notice that many of the new classes aren’t actually new — they’re online sections of courses already held on campus. UNM Extended Learning is developing online sections for classes in high demand to add to the online course directory. Debby Knotts, the executive director of UNMEL, said this she hopes of creating more availability for students trying to meet requirements for their degrees.

http://www.dailylobo.com/article/2016/11/4-online-courses-at-unm

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