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KineMan

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-07-05 20:24

Jul 05, 2017

KineMan is a lovely web-based 3D simulation of a human skeleton. View KineMan from any angle, and manipulate any of the many joints in this body. "You’ ll observe biomechanically-realistic behaviors, owing to movement parameters (like ranges of motion) derived from scientific sources."  Is it wrong that when I see such a useful animation all I can think of is how this would make great material for videos or animated gifs?

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Making the Web More Human

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-07-05 18:30

Creative Commons, Medium, Jul 05, 2017

Ths article and the associated Creative Commons project address  “ the abstraction problem.” This problem describes the tendency of digital interaction to depersonalize communications. It's why it's easier for some to say things by email than in person. So Creative Commons is asking, "What can platforms do to make interactions within their communities more human?" So we read a bit from latform representatives talking about how  their  platform makes the web more human. Creative Commons would do better, I think, to talk to users rather than platform owners.

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The Structure of an Elm Application

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-07-05 18:02

James Kolce, CSS-Tricks, Jul 05, 2017

We habve a number of Javascript and CSS frameworks - JQuery, Angular, Node, Less, Bootstrap, React - so the case has to be pretty good for adding another one. Though that said, as HTML changes, and as modern HTML is implemented on browsers, the need for various frameworks changes. And each of these does a different thing: one specializes in document manipulation, another creates user interface designs, etc.  It's a constantly moving target (disclosure: I am currently working with JQuery and  have dropped Bootstrap, which makes me an old fuddy-duddy using 3-year-old technology). Anyhow, this article describes a relatibvely new entrant called Elm in three parts (Part One, Part Two, Part Three). Elm is a bit different in that it is a functional programming language based on static types with output that compiles into HTML, CSS and Javascript. It also promises "a sane package manager" (which would indeed make it unique).

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Giving Online Learning a Try With a Crash Course in Robot Ethics

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-07-05 02:09

BY SOPHIA STUART, PC Magazine

Class, in this case, is being conducted through my computer. I’m enrolled in a massive open online course (MOOC) through FutureLearn, and for the past three weeks, my Philosophy of Technology and Design class has studied the challenges (and opportunities) between humans and our emerging silicon cousins (robots, automated transportation, and other things as yet uninvented). Our professor, Dr. Peter-Paul Verbeek, is from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, while my classmates include AI researchers, industrial engineers from Indonesia, a civil engineer from South Korea, system designer from India, quite a few educators from Western Europe, and at least nine PhDs from Denmark, Italy, UK, and the US. We’re not alone. According to stats from Class Central, at least 23 million people registered for a MOOC for the first time in 2016; overall, 58 million students at 700+ universities took 6,850 online courses worldwide last year.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/354333/giving-online-learning-a-try-with-a-crash-course-in-robot-et

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EMCC first community college in the state to offer e-commerce program

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-07-05 02:05

by The Star

East Mississippi Community College is the first college in Mississippi to offer an E-Commerce Technology program tailored to meet a growing need for employees in the online business sector. “One of our goals at EMCC is to ensure that our course offerings reflect marketplace demands,” EMCC Associate Dean of Instruction Dr. Melanie Sanders said. “Given that the impact of E-Commerce is being felt across the global economy, we felt that the time was right to offer a program that would help our students capitalize on this growing industry.” “We will offer a prestigious one-year certificate for business graduates that can be completed in two semesters online,” EMCC Marketing instructor Dr. Joshua Carroll said. “This is perfect for graduates with a master’s degree who are looking for certification in E-Commerce.

http://www.meridianstar.com/news/business/emcc-first-community-college-in-the-state-to-offer-e/article_38cc9027-26d2-57df-b740-00894ac1e328.html

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Expanding your employment options: Learning opportunities for over 50s

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-07-05 02:05

by Emma Brook, Virtual College

Online training courses provide people of all ages with access to learning new skills and areas of knowledge, which, in turn, helps to expand their employment options. Across the UK, there are thousands of people aged over 50 and under the state pension age that are out of work, either due to early retirement or because of the struggle to find work. Life begins at 50, right? So why are so many over 50s out of work? Although laws seek to protect us from discrimination of any type – whether this is based on age, gender or race – older job seekers are more likely to experience long-term unemployment than any other age group. However, in today’s world, being over 50 means very little when you have the right skill set. And with new tools and technology easily at the ready, there’s no stopping the older workforce.

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Art education goes online in China

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-07-05 02:02

by Lin Qi, China Daily

China’s new e-university taps lecturers around the globe. The recent launch of the online L-Art University in China promises to give people access to courses taught by lecturers around the world. L-Art University went live on May 20 to provide training to professionals in art and culture. It also caters to art lovers and collectors who regularly visit museums. Anyone interested can register for and follow a course at the university’s website, LArt.org, or download its app. On offer are 10 courses, including 3D animation, filmmaking, exhibition design, 20th-century European art and museum management. Young people take art courses offered by LArt University, a new online-education institute, taught by lecturers around the world. Each course involves seven to 14 classes, each of which is a 30-minute video uploaded weekly. The course prices start at a few hundred yuan.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/aec/asean_plus/30318254

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Sports Knowledge

xkcd.com - Wed, 2017-07-05 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Weltbevölkerungstag am 11.07.2017

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2017-07-05 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Weltbevölkerungstag am 11.07.2017
Categories: Science News

Canvas - the undead LMS and the consolidation of managerial power

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-07-04 18:06

Leigh Blackall, Jul 05, 2017

Leigh Blackall criticizes "a whitewashed illusion of objectivity through 'stakeholder consultation'  to create 'user stories'  and 'personas'  that inform 'requirements'  in a 'data-driven, evidence -based'  process that hides the reality of a political process of managed  dissent and controlled opposition" in the selection of a new LMS for RMIT. I think that the criticism is fair enough, but I would observe that institutions themselves are structured to optimize "managed  dissent and controlled opposition". That's what makes it so difficult for them to select - or even consider -    decentralised, distributed and networked technologies. Institutions required consensus, and consensus requires that opposition remain localized. In short: the process comes with the territory.

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Universities add blockchain to course list: Demand for talented individuals far exceeds the available

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-07-04 02:10

by: Martin Arnold, Financial Times

The market for recruiting blockchain engineers has been described as “red hot”. But where can aspiring software coders find training about the intricacies of this technology? There has been a surprising dearth of courses available in this nascent but fast-growing field. Yet the signs are that this is starting to change. Blockchain is a technology that powers cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, the value of which soared to more than $2,500 recently, up almost fivefold in the past year. Blockchains allow encrypted data on anything, from money to medical records, to be shared between many companies, people and institutions. This protects data from fraud while instantly updating all parties concerned. Experts say the demand for expertise is coming from all sectors — from financial services to retail — and it is far outstripping supply.

https://www.ft.com/content/f736b04e-3708-11e7-99bd-13beb0903fa3

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Demand for online education courses in India shoot up due to IT sector uncertainty

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-07-04 02:05

by Priyanka Sangani, Economic Times

Online education provider Udacity analysed data on online course consumption in the country and found a sharp increase in demand since the start of the year. Uncertainty in Indian IT sector has led to employees learning new technologies on their own time. Online education provider Udacity analysed data on online course consumption in the country and found a sharp increase in demand since the start of the year. Linked below are the key findings:

http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/corporate/demand-for-online-education-courses-shoot-up-due-to-it-sector-uncertainty/59212489

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Adults Regret Their College Education Decisions

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-07-04 02:02

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Most adults would change at least one big decision related to their college education if they could, related to their major (36 percent), what institution they attended (28 percent) or what type of degree they pursued (12 percent). This finding came from interviews with almost 90,000 U.S. adults conducted as part of an “Education Consumer Pulse” survey run between June 2016 and March 2017 by Gallup and Strada Education Network. Strada, previously USA Funds, is a nonprofit focused on student success in higher education. The Education Consumer Pulse is a new research platform developed by the two organizations to research “education consumers.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/06/12/adults-regret-their-college-education-decisions.aspx

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Cool Tool | Discovery Education Streaming

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-07-03 23:55

Victor Rivero, Ed Tech Digest, Jul 05, 2017

On the one hand, we have this very laudable initiative: "Featuring tens of thousands of standards-aligned and searchable videos, images, primary source documents, podcasts, audio books, articles and more, Discovery Education Streaming has long been a “ must have” cross-curricular K-12 digital content resource for educators across the country." On the other hand, at this very moment, Dscovery Channel is playing the utterly ridiculous (and very fake) 'Expedition Mungo' on our TV. I love the Discovery Channel but sometimes it's not possible to take it seriously as an education channel.

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QUT Robot Academy

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-07-03 23:51

Queensland University of Technology, Jul 05, 2017

No, this is not a place where robots are trained, but.... well, OK, it  is  a place where robots are trained, but that's not the point of it, it's to train the robot trainers, who ar themselves not robots. Or as they say: "University-level, short video lessons and full online courses to help you understand and prepare for this technology of the future."

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It’s time to protect the public domain!

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-07-03 23:46

Jan Gerlach, Dimitar Dimitrov, Wikimedia, Jul 05, 2017

You go to a museum - there are no photos allowed "because of copyright" even though most of the images are hundreds of years old. What's going on? It is a literal enclosure of public domain content, protected and monetized through the museum gift show. And protected with some very dubious legislation. "In Germany, for instance, the Reiss-Engelhorn museums have sued the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland over the use of images of cultural artefacts and paintings. Recently, the court has decided that even a photographer’ s own images of these works will infringe on the museums’ property."

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Big List of Decentralized Web Initiatives

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-07-03 23:42

Chris Johnson, Jul 05, 2017

It's not really a big list, yet, but it is a list. "This list is intended to be exhaustive, but this is only an early version.... For the most part, these are not  companies. Companies will play a crucial role in the future of the decentralized software, but in our current funding ecosystem, the temptation for any individual company to abandon its principles and monitize its users' attention is too great for us to trust." Indeed, I have yet to see a company that has failed to do this eventually.

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To Test Your Fake News Judgment, Play This Game

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-07-03 17:02

Tennessee Watson, NPR, Jul 05, 2017

The premise of this article is that you can learn how to distinguish between real news and fake news by playing this game. Try it here. With games and simulations, however, the assumptions matter a lot. A case in point: the first article I read was titled "Humans have shorter attention span than goldfish, thanks to smartphones." Now I know that this is not true, so I clicked "fake" and was  corrected. Here's the justification: "That was actually a  news  article. [View it here] The Telegraph is a major British newspaper, generally regarded as reliable. It cites a Microsoft study, which can be verified." But newspapers, even the Telegraph, often run fake news stories. And the 'study' mentioned here (not 'cited': there is no link or reference) is dubious; as this criticism points out, "no definition of attention span is given, and it’ s not at all clear how these numbers were developed." You can't just depend on the source to distinguish between fake news and real news. That should be the first lesson in the game, not the first error.

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Questioning the status quo

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-07-03 16:53

David Atkinson, University World News, Jul 05, 2017

Grant MacEwan University president  David Atkinson argues that a new type of teaching-focused university has emerged in western Canada, one that grants both trades-focused diplomas along with academic degrees, and he suggests that perhaps more thinking about the core structures of our post-secondary education system is needed. His insttution reflects a trend especially evident in western Canada of converting community colleges (such as Grant   MacEwan Community College) into degree-granting universities. There is definitely a demand for their programs. But do they really represent a rethinking of basic structures, or are they a retrenchment of them?

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Is Technology Making Us Smarter? Yes!

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-07-03 15:39

To understand the ways technology is making us smarter in 2017, let’ s examine the ways we are told technology is making us less intelligent.

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