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Social media fuels distrust in American media, poll finds

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-04-19 21:11


Froma Harrop, NBC, Apr 19, 2016

This part is true: "Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias." This part isn't: "(It's) fueled in part by Americans' skepticism about what they read on social media." As this news item notes: "The most important factor in determining trust: whether or not they know the original source of the story."  Here's  the actual study (not linked in the traditional media news report, naturally)."The study also finds that in the digital age, several new factors largely unexamined before — such as the intrusiveness of ads, navigability, load times, and having the latest details — also are critical in determining whether consumers consider a publisher competent and worthy of trust."

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Integrating emerging areas of nursing science into PhD programs.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Tue, 2016-04-19 15:10
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Integrating emerging areas of nursing science into PhD programs.

Nurs Outlook. 2015 Jul-Aug;63(4):408-16

Authors: Henly SJ, McCarthy DO, Wyman JF, Stone PW, Redeker NS, McCarthy AM, Alt-White AC, Dunbar-Jacob J, Titler MG, Moore SM, Heitkemper MM, Conley YP

Abstract
The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science aims to "facilitate and recognize life-long nursing science career development" as an important part of its mission. In light of fast-paced advances in science and technology that are inspiring new questions and methods of investigation in the health sciences, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science convened the Idea Festival for Nursing Science Education and appointed the Idea Festival Advisory Committee to stimulate dialogue about linking PhD education with a renewed vision for preparation of the next generation of nursing scientists. Building on the 2010 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Position Statement "The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence," Idea Festival Advisory Committee members focused on emerging areas of science and technology that impact the ability of research-focused doctoral programs to prepare graduates for competitive and sustained programs of nursing research using scientific advances in emerging areas of science and technology. The purpose of this article is to describe the educational and scientific contexts for the Idea Festival, which will serve as the foundation for recommendations for incorporating emerging areas of science and technology into research-focused doctoral programs in nursing.

PMID: 26187080 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Emerging areas of science: Recommendations for Nursing Science Education from the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Idea Festival.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Tue, 2016-04-19 15:10
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Emerging areas of science: Recommendations for Nursing Science Education from the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Idea Festival.

Nurs Outlook. 2015 Jul-Aug;63(4):398-407

Authors: Henly SJ, McCarthy DO, Wyman JF, Heitkemper MM, Redeker NS, Titler MG, McCarthy AM, Stone PW, Moore SM, Alt-White AC, Conley YP, Dunbar-Jacob J

Abstract
The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science aims to "facilitate and recognize life-long nursing science career development" as an important part of its mission. In light of fast-paced advances in science and technology that are inspiring new questions and methods of investigation in the health sciences, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science convened the Idea Festival for Nursing Science Education and appointed the Idea Festival Advisory Committee (IFAC) to stimulate dialogue about linking PhD education with a renewed vision for preparation of the next generation of nursing scientists. Building on the 2005 National Research Council report Advancing The Nation's Health Needs and the 2010 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Position Statement on the Research-Focused Doctorate Pathways to Excellence, the IFAC specifically addressed the capacity of PhD programs to prepare nursing scientists to conduct cutting-edge research in the following key emerging and priority areas of health sciences research: omics and the microbiome; health behavior, behavior change, and biobehavioral science; patient-reported outcomes; big data, e-science, and informatics; quantitative sciences; translation science; and health economics. The purpose of this article is to (a) describe IFAC activities, (b) summarize 2014 discussions hosted as part of the Idea Festival, and (c) present IFAC recommendations for incorporating these emerging areas of science and technology into research-focused doctoral programs committed to preparing graduates for lifelong, competitive careers in nursing science. The recommendations address clearer articulation of program focus areas; inclusion of foundational knowledge in emerging areas of science in core courses on nursing science and research methods; faculty composition; prerequisite student knowledge and skills; and in-depth, interdisciplinary training in supporting area of science content and methods.

PMID: 26187079 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Introducing Backchannel Technology into a Large Undergraduate Course

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-04-19 06:08


Ruth Neustifter, Canadian Journal of Learning, technology, Apr 19, 2016

It feels a bit odd reading about the use of backchannels in classrooms in 2016, since it was back in  2007 I was experimenting with them (and others well before that!). But progress moves slowly, I guess (I'm thinking that had I surveyed my participants back then I could have had a publication out of it, just like this author). here are the results: "The purpose of this research was to examine the feasibility of using a backchannel in a large university lecture and to determine whether its use significantly improved student perceptions of engagement and enjoyment in class. Overall, the results supported these hypotheses." The paper is OK, I'm glad it was done, and it's good to see the technology move forward. I just feel I want more from academic literature, somehow.

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Divergence in children's non-cognitive skills based on family income

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-04-19 03:08


Jonathan Kantrowitz, Education Research Report, Apr 18, 2016

This relates directly to the subject of my talk in Arlington on Monday. "Little is known about the relationship between family income and children’ s non-cognitive (or socio-emotional) skill formation. This is an important gap, as these skills have been hypothesized to be a critical link between early outcomes and adult socioeconomic status." Sadly, the paper cited is available only by paid subscription. Because, you know, reporting on the disadvantages created by income gaps doesn't have to mean actually caring or doing anything about it.

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Philanthropist’s global vision for free degrees via the internet

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-04-19 02:08

by Stephen Corrigan, Connacht Tribune

ALISON began ten years ago when Mike Feerick spotted the opportunity of providing free education in the form of a sustainable, for-profit social enterprise, made easier with the decline in broadband and server costs and the growth of online advertising. “I guess that said two things to me; firstly, what an interesting financial business, but also what an exceptional social impact you could have by making education free,” he said. ALISON diplomas and certificates are not accredited in the traditional sense, but that is something that Mike sees as a positive. “We want to get away from traditional accrediting because it is too expensive. We want learning to be free and if we were to be traditionally accredited, we would have to be paying some other organisation, whether it’s Harvard, Cambridge or NUI, to use their brand – but we don’t need their brand, we are smart people and we stand by the quality of our courses,” said Mike.

http://connachttribune.ie/philanthropists-global-vision-for-free-degrees-via-the-internet-201/

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When Students Are Skeptics

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-04-19 02:04

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

At hybrid learning conference sponsored by the Teagle Foundation, participants discuss how to get students who signed up for a traditional liberal arts experience excited about online education. Rui Cao, instructor of Chinese at Schreiner University, was one of several participants who said faculty members need to be aware that blended learning may clash with student expectations. Instead of in a hierarchical model where faculty members lecture and students listen, the blended learning model challenges students to assume a more active role, she said, adding that there should be ample training opportunities both for faculty members and students. “The reason that we see sometimes resistance both from our students and from faculty to this kind of learning is neither of us are fully prepared for this new era,” Cao said. “If both students and teachers are realizing this changing dynamic in our classrooms, that’s going to prepare us better.”

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/04/11/teagle-foundation-grant-recipients-discuss-how-get-liberal-arts-students-excited

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Stanford launches new online courses in computer security

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-04-19 02:02

by Stanford

Staying ahead in the cyber security game is critical to defending against new threats. To protect against cybercrime, corporations, business and government must continuously update their security measures and keep employees properly trained. Since 2005, Stanford has provided professionals around the world with the opportunity to learn the latest real-world applications of computer security through the Stanford Advanced Computer Security Certificate Program. The six-course online program provides participants with the advanced skills needed to learn how to protect networks, secure electronic assets, prevent attacks, and build secure infrastructures.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/stanford-launches-new-online-courses-in-computer-security-300248957.html

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You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That’s Ludicrous

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-04-19 00:08


Ryan Merkley, Wired, Apr 18, 2016

This is an opinion article from the CEO of Creative Commons that (as the title suggests) defends efforts like SciHub to provide direct access to scientific publications despite publisher copyrights. Ironically, as I was reading this article, a bit screen came up, blocking the content, requiring me to turn off my ad blocker.  I'm not turning it off. Here's the thing - I don't mind viewing an advertisement, but what the ad blocker blocks are advertisements that track my viewing habits and (sometimes) try to install spyware on my computer. So let me quote the final line in the article baack to Wired: "There’ s no way anyone can know what research and data can reveal unless we set it free. Innovation can come from anywhere— not just academics— but only if we allow for a non-linear and unrestricted approach to inquiry and discovery." There was a day Wired could survive without spying on its readers, but not any more, I guess.

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Ärztestatistik

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2016-04-19 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem Bereich der "Ärztestatistik" der Bundesärztekammer wurden um das Jahr 2015 ergänzt.

Categories: Science News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau affirms $50M for physics think-tank in Waterloo, Ont.

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-04-18 18:07


Jackie Sharkey, CBC, Apr 18, 2016

The story swirling around the internet is that the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, answered a question by explaining why quantum computing is interesting and novel. Coverage in Canada about the story focused on the funding announcement for quantum physics at the Perimeter Institute. Which was as it should be. It should not be remarkable that a prime minister should be able to spend 30 seconds speaking knowledgeably about something the government is spending $50 million on. And Trudeau was, after all, a teacher.

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Open peer review : from an experiment to a model

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-04-18 18:07


Julien Bordier, HAL, Apr 18, 2016

This could be an important article. The report (49 page PDF) reports on research around open peer review "facilitated by a specific work of a copy editor, name this prototype as: OPRISM, Open Peer Review facIlitation through Social Media" and proposes a model for the practice. The approach is not without risks, for examplee, "that authors refuse to participate to such protocol and, hence, avoid publications practicing open peer review... The author either fears to ruin his reputation or refuses to be criticized." But on balance, with ownership and control of the manuscript remaining in the author's hands, and review and commentary contained in separate documents, these risks can in general be overcome. And indeed, "As a referee put it himself, 'the referee is reviewed'.... the referee's hegemony, usually mediated by the journal behind the curtains of anonymity, is questioned. Thus, open peer review introduces reciprocity in the process."

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Gamification, personalization and continued education are trending in edtech

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-04-18 03:05


Sean O'Connor, TechCrunch, Apr 17, 2016

The real story here is buried: "While the market is small and fractured today, GSV Capital estimates that education will grow from 9 percent to 12 percent of America’ s GDP over the next decade. This equates to a trillion-dollar opportunity." That's an awful lot of opportunity. Good article with good insight on some rising companies and key trends.

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Is virtual reality poised to transform higher ed?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2016-04-18 02:10

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

The Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland College Park is at the forefront of visual communication and learning, and virtual reality is expected to become an important element for students and faculty.EdTech reports the latest generation of virtual reality technology, including the recently released Oculus Rift headset, could achieve mainstream adoption in five to 10 years, giving students a way to experience their lessons firsthand, without leaving the classroom. The University of Maryland is launching a major in immersive multimedia design, training the students who will go on to create virtual reality content to meet the demand in the classrooms of the future.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/is-virtual-reality-poised-to-transform-higher-ed/416741/

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4 Features You Can Now Get by Paying for MOOCs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2016-04-18 02:05

by Jordan Friedman, US News

Given that MOOCs can be expensive to produce, it makes sense that providers would find ways to make a profit, says Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois—Springfield. Even when charging a fee, MOOCs are and will continue to be less expensive than paying for credit-bearing courses offered. “In the beginning, the return to universities came in generally marketing and publicity and giving examples of quality lectures, and showcasing certain faculty members who work for certain departments to prospective students,” Schroeder says. “And yet still, that was a rather high price to pay for just that kind of indirect benefit.” Nanodegrees enable students to earn a credential as they develop job-specific skills through project-based learning, and those who pay get additional benefits on top of the nanodegree, including access to live coaches. Meanwhile, students who enroll in edX and Coursera MOOCs might now gain access to the following features, the availability of which vary depending on the class and discipline.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2016-04-08/4-features-you-can-now-get-by-paying-for-moocs

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‘Huge Opportunity For Online Learning In India’

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2016-04-18 02:02

by Business World

Anant Agarwal, chief executive officer of edX, an online learning venture of Harvard and MIT, has tied up with Indian educational institutions. During his visit, Anant also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who according to him wanted to take a course himself on urban planning and design. He talked to BW Businessworld about his work. We have a mobile app that is growing rapidly, India is the largest smartphone market. However, having said there are many courses that need a larger screen space. But nevertheless, the opportunity for online learning in India is huge. The government has set a clear direction with Digital India.

http://businessworld.in/article/-Huge-Opportunity-For-Online-Learning-In-India-/08-04-2016-95516/

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Planespotting

xkcd.com - Mon, 2016-04-18 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

MONICA/KORA Herzinfarktregister Augsburg

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2016-04-18 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten Tabellen aus dem "MONICA/KORA Herzinfarktregister Augsburg" des Helmholtz Zentrums München, KORA-Arbeitskreis Datenhaltung und Design wurden um die Angaben 2012/2014 ergänzt.

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Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Welt-Malaria-Tages am

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2016-04-18 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Welt-Malaria-Tages am 25.04.2016.
Der Welttag wurde von der WHO beschlossen und macht darauf aufmerksam, dass Malaria ein globales Gesundheits- und Entwicklungsproblem ist.
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Higher education is trapped in a competition fetish

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2016-04-17 03:04


Rajani Naidoo, University World News, Apr 16, 2016

Interesting take. Makes some points that need to be made. Rajani Naidoo writes, "I am arguing against is the idea of competition as a fetish – the idea that different types of competition can be unthinkingly applied to answer all the unsolved problems of higher education. Or the idea that competition has become so powerful that other ways of organising are rendered obsolete."

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