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Beyond the Horizon Report: towards a new project

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-01-04 14:33

Bryan Alexander, Jan 04, 2018

Beyond the Horizon Report, writes Bryan Alexander, "’d like to kick off a process that could lead to a prototype or even a new publication." This of course is not to be confused with the existing Horizon project or report in any way, since these are in bankruptcy court, and through some magical process could be harmed by people talking about what should be done. Maybe the best new thing that could be done is to change the methodology, which yielded mixed results at best. The Horizon Classic used the Delphi process, but New Horizon could use scenario creation, trends analysis, prediction markets, or any number of other methodologies. What would be key, I think, is for New Horizon to be able to draw on the same sources of support that funded Horizon Classic. 

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Taking stock of 2017: What we learned about personalized learning

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-01-04 14:22

Luis Flores, Christensen Institute, Jan 04, 2018

This post reads like a focused issue of OLWeekly, so naturally I like the format. It offers a dozen or so links from different sources, each with a capsule description, on topics related to personalized learnig, and specifically: Competency-based education, Online and blended learning, Personalized learning, and Preparing students for the future. The reports themselves are a mixture of case studies, research briefs, findings and results, and progress reports. 

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Where Technology Goes, So Too Must Culture

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-01-04 01:10

by Heather Chakiris, Evolllution

The shift to a student-centric institutional culture shows many different forms, from changes in curriculum design to shifts in service availability to the improved leveraging of data. From the perspective of students, one major tell that an institution has transitioned to a greater level of student centricity is in the personalization of communications and outreach, and CRMs have a massive role to play here. But the implementation of a tool does not a culture create. In this interview, Heather Chakiris reflects on the benefits CRMs bring to the table when it comes to delivering a personalized experience to learners and shares her thoughts on how the implementation of a CRM system must be accompanied by a broader culture shift to be truly effective.

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Tech giants taking on talent shortage, developing own curricula

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-01-04 01:05

BY DAN COOK, Benefits Pro

A recent study by the partner relationship management firm Impartner found that nine out of 10 respondents in the sales arena can’t fill available positions, and that the problem has intensified in the past year. Managers who have the good ones now realize they need to do what it takes to keep them, because finding a replacement on the open market is like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Many of these managers point to today’s educational system as the reason they can’t find well-rounded talent. Universities simply aren’t graduating highly trained professionals quickly enough—particularly in such fields as computer science, medicine and finance.

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5 Online Courses That Will Give You a Leg Up in the Job Hunt

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-01-04 01:03

By Brittany Hawes, Uloop

Students already have limited time so sometimes, the best way to learn new skills will be through online courses. So, which online courses are really going to give you the skills to give you a leg up in the job hunt? Read on to find out! (Note: You won’t have to pay thousands of dollars or search through dozens of YouTube tutorial videos to learn these skills!)

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Mitgliederstatistik der (Landes-) Zahnärztekammern

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2018-01-03 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Mitgliederstatistik der (Landes-) Zahnärztekammern" der Bundeszahnärztekammer Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Deutschen Zahnärztekammern e.V. wurden um das Jahr 2016 ergänzt und für die Jahre 2012 bis 2015 rückwirkend korrigiert.

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Podcasting Equipment Setup and Software I use on the 10-Minute Teacher

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-01-03 21:55

Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher Blog, Jan 03, 2018

I always appreciate article like this describing the why and how of some aspect of education technology. In this case it's Vicki Davis describing the tools and methods she uses to broadcast a regular podcast (I've always been tempted - I love audio - but it would take more time than I have in a week). Just for fun, as well: try to guess the sponsor link in the article - she discloses that she has a sponsor link, but doesn't tell us who the sponsor actually is (which breaks the spirit of the Federal Trade Commission regulation she says she's following in the disclosure, I think). I'm guessing it's the podcast course.

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10 Reasons for Optimism About Ed Tech in 2018

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-01-03 21:38

Matthew Rascoff, Learning Innovation, Jan 03, 2018

This article combines some much-needed optimism about educational technology (which has been in short supply lately) with some useful links. There's the HAIL Storm Network, Tsugi and NGDLE, Authorea (built on top of GitHub), and closer to the author's home at Duke, the OSPRI Lab's open source education technology project

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Dude, you broke the future!

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-01-03 21:29

Charlie Stross, Charlie's Diary, Jan 03, 2018

This is the text of science fiction writer Charlie Stross's address to the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig in December. The speech rambles a bit but there are interesting reflections on how to predict the future (the key is combining the 85 percept of trends that will continue as expected and the small percentage that leave you wondering what happened), the role of corproations in society, the question of what AI wants, and what went wrong with it all (his explanation: the "mistake was to fund the build-out of the public world wide web—as opposed to the earlier, government-funded corporate and academic internet—by monetizing eyeballs via advertising revenue."). 

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Online Markdown Converter For Open Educational Resources

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-01-03 21:00

George Williams, Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan 03, 2018

The story here (buried in the third and last paragraph of this short article) is that "the University of Oklahoma Libraries has made available a Pandoc-based, web-hosted, open-source Markdown Converter." The idea behind 'markdown' is that it's a way of writing text that can be formatten (into bold, paragraphs, lists, etc) without the use of computing code (like HTML or the languages used to define PDFs and MS-Word documents). It makes entering text into (some) web-based forms a lot easier. That's it. Meanwhile, I'm wondering why the author refers to Lincoln, Ryan and Konrad only by their first names while Alex Gil gets the full first-and-last name treatment. (Update: figured it out: Lincoln, Ryan and Konrad are regular Chronicle bloggers, while Alex Gil is not.)

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A news site gave would-be commenters a quiz. Here’s what happened.

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-01-03 20:51

Jan 03, 2018

The Columbia Journalism Review is not above writing click-bait headlines, it seems (rememeber when clickbait headlines were the biggest problems in social media?). The idea has merit on first glance: make sure people have read the story before they can comment by asking them simple questions about what the story said. This did reduce the number of comments, but did not keep commenters on track. And critics point out that making it more difficult to engage with the story does not encourage people to engage with the story. When my high school English teacher used the same tactic on me I boycotted a year's worth of content quizzes.

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People Are Not Talking About Machine Learning Clickbait and Misinformation Nearly Enough

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2018-01-03 20:37

Mike Caulfield, Hapgood, Jan 03, 2018

"In short," writes Mike Caulfield, "the social media audience becomes one big training pool for your clickbait or disinfo machine." True. But even without social media, there will be no shortage of data for the machines. Consider, for example, the content from our learning management systems. Or our loyalty card programs. Or the telephone listings. There are issues with the input end - biased training data, for example - but the real problems are happening at the application end. That's when this data is used by machine learning algorithms to perpetuate stereotypes, create fake news, teach falsehoods, etc., and this can't be solved by the technology. Nor even by teaching people how to spot fake news. It's a social problem. It's a governance problem.

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Is Online College for You? Answer 5 Questions to Find Out

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-01-03 01:06

by ANNA HELHOSKI, Nerd Wallet

Millions of college students enroll in online courses every year. Nearly a third of all college students take at least one online course, and one in seven students take online courses exclusively, according to the most recent data available from Babson Survey Research Group, which conducts national surveys annually on online learning in the U.S. But it’s not for everyone. If you’re considering an online degree program, ask yourself these five questions.

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Is your institution preparing students for future-forward jobs?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-01-03 01:03

by Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
During a visit to Education Dive’s office Tuesday, Fielding Graduate University President Katrina Rogers and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Orlando Taylor said college administrators must enhance students’ access to the STEM pipeline while looking ahead toward jobs of the future to determine what types of skills students may need.  Taylor said college leaders should be thinking about “a new kind of America in the global context,” asking forward-looking questions like “what does a scientist look like?” and “what types of problems in your community would you like to see solved?” He also said administrators need to consider how to get answers from diverse perspectives to drive research and student goals in positive ways.  Rogers said leaders must ponder what types of jobs may develop as automation gains steam, with particular emphasis on the kinds of tasks only humans can perform. Skills like thinking critically, working collaboratively and showing empathy will always require a human touch, and the onus is on higher ed leaders to help students develop those traits alongside technical skills.

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A VC Perspective – Staying Ahead Of Digital Curve

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2018-01-03 01:01

By njli Jain, Bizztor

Digitalization has been changing the society and our economies for the last twenty years and this evolution is gaining speed with the transformative powers of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Internet of Things, Mobile and Blockchain technologies that are on course for a fourth industrial revolution. In simple words, Digital Transformation is the change associated with the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society which is overwhelmingly good for improving the living standards, life expectancy and quality of life. Nevertheless, it can also disrupt the labor markets.

A VC Perspective – Staying Ahead of Digital Curve

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GKV, KG 2-Statistik

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2018-01-02 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "KG 2-Statistik (gesetzliche Krankenversicherung: u.a. Leistungsfälle und -zeiten von Arbeitsunfähigkeit, Krankengeld, -hausbehandlung, häuslicher Krankenpflege, Leistungsfälle bei Schwanger- und Mutterschaft)" des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit wurden um das Jahr 2016 ergänzt.

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OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2018-01-02 22:50

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Frontend in 2017: The important parts

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2018-01-02 21:27

Kaelan Cooter, LogRocket, Jan 02, 2018

I'm generally three or four years behind in frontend technology (that's the technology that makes your website do stuff in your browser, like CSS and Javascript, but now much more complex). That's because the lifespan of a lot of them is about equal to the length of an undergraduate computer science education. I won't join the React bandwagon (because React is a Facebook product, with all the associated risks), but jQuery works just fine. WebAssembly is still too new for me. Pakage managers are a great idea, but are often more complex than the packages they manage. Same with CSS preprocessors. Redux and GraphQL are on my radar, but that's about it.

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In Our Connected World, What If Empathy Is Learning?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2018-01-02 19:05

Thom Markham, Mind/Shift, Jan 02, 2018

I'll file this one under 'pedagogy of harmony' though the fit is a bit uneasy. Thom Markham taskes as a point of departure the end of the transmission model of learning asks "what now?" He observes that in today's world, more than ever, people learn together, an d "living a densely linked life and operating in a non-linear, intimately connected, globally diverse, culturally conflicted world... requires entirely new thinking about learning itself." To learn, on this new model, he suggests, may be to develop empathy, where empathy is characterized not merely asd a cognitive state but also a physiological state. Markham adds that "in the transmission model, learning is very much geared toward self-fulfillment; in the new model, we can expect empathy to shift the focus to the common good."

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Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm Is Completely Busted

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2018-01-02 18:58

Eric Ravenscraft, ReviewGeek, Jan 02, 2018

"Facebook has no idea what you want," writes Eric Ravenscraft in this scathing review of the social network site's news feed. It tends to focus on recently added friends andf frequently-posting people as well as controversy (as signified by engagement) and, of course, advertisements (a.k.a. "promoted posts"). Users can't really define what they want to see (just what they don't, and Facebook "seems to re-follow some people if you unfollow too many"). The reason the feed is so bad is that you wouldn't use it if it only showed you what you want to see. "Facebook’s never going to reach a point where they say 'Well, that’s all your close friends have to say! Maybe you should go outside.'" So it fills your feed full of junk to keep you scrolling.

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