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An international online course that can get your startup career rolling

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-04-12 02:02

By INDIA BUREAU, Business Insider India

The European Business School HEC Paris and Coursera have joined hands to launch an online international degree program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The course is designed for present and future business leaders who wish to drive innovation within their organizations or launch new ventures. Students work in teams over a six-month period on a project of choice. They will receive mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders who will meet with them once a week. Successful graduates will be able to move their respective project into its next phase by applying for seed funding from HEC Paris, and have their project come to fruition at HEC’s incubator, based at Station F, the world’s biggest startup campus.

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Hottest Editors - Wed, 2017-04-12 02:00
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Sozialhilfe - Empfänger/-innen Grundsicherung im Alter und bei Erwerbsminderung

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2017-04-12 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Statistik der Sozialhilfe - Empfänger/-innen von Grundsicherung im Alter und bei Erwerbsminderung" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um die Angaben des Jahres 2016 ergänzt.

Categories: Science News

Canada's Fundamental Science Review

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-04-11 23:50

C. David Naylor,, Government of Canada, Apr 11, 2017

This report (280 page PDF) (if you don't have time to read it have a machine read it for you) addresses Canada's investment in research and development and is known colloquially as the Naylor Report. It doesn't cover internal Government of Canada science (like, say, the National Research Council), but rather, the money the government spends on research outside the government (for example, as supported by the funding councils). The key recommendation is found in the introduction: "The cumulative base increase would move annual spending in steady-state across the four agencies and closely related entities from approximately $3.5 billion to $4.8 billion." And htis is a recommendation that looks especially good to me: "The Government of Canada should rapidly increase its investment in independent investigator-led research to redress the imbalance caused by differential investments favouring priority-driven research over the past decade." More coverage: CBC, Globe and Mail, McLeans, Ottawa Citizen, Science Magazine, Nature.

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eLearning Roadtrip

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-04-11 20:49

Ellen Wagner, eLearning Roadtrip, Apr 11, 2017

Good post from Ellen Wagner that is at once a history of successive programs from EDUCAUSE and the Gates Foundation on student advising and support services (variously the PAR, iPASS and IPAS) and at the same time a rumination on the concept of 'student success' itself. The software (and there are more than 100 offerings now) is part help-desk and part analytics, and is intended to help guide students to their ultimate objectives. "We are going to wonder how we managed to live without platforms that help visualize patterns, red-flag student risks before they become problems," she writes, but at the same time, the innovation here is not in the creation of the tools, but in the use of them to support students. Image: Ellen Wagner.

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How India saved its internet from greedy corporations

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-04-11 20:49

Febin John James, freecodecamp, Apr 11, 2017

The headline is a little over the top but the article describes a determined attempt on the part of a number of companies to create a multi-tier internet where you have to pay extra for things like messaging. Part of this, readers may recall, was Facebook's attempt to create a proprietary 'internet lite'. As All Indian Backchod put it, "These corporations tried to define Net Neutrality as everyone being able to access some things on the internet. In fact, Net Neutrality is about everyone being able to access everything on the internet." Good read, good videos, bu someone directly involved in the campaign.

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Nursing Informatics Competency Assessment for the Nurse Leader: The Delphi Study.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Tue, 2017-04-11 14:49
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Nursing Informatics Competency Assessment for the Nurse Leader: The Delphi Study.

J Nurs Adm. 2017 Apr;47(4):212-218

Authors: Collins S, Yen PY, Phillips A, Kennedy MK

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify nursing informatics competencies perceived as relevant and required by nurse leaders.
BACKGROUND: To participate as a full partner in healthcare leadership among rapidly advancing health information technologies (HITs), nurse leaders must attain knowledge of informatics competencies related to their clinical leadership roles and responsibilities. Despite this increased need to engage in HIT-related decision making, a gap remains in validated informatics competencies specific to the needs of nurse leaders.
METHODS: An environmental scan and 3-round survey using Delphi methods used with nurse leaders for competency identification were used.
RESULTS: Between 26 and 41 participants responded to each Delphi round. Most nurse leaders acquired HIT knowledge through on-the-job training. We identified 74 competencies from an initial list of 108 competencies.
CONCLUSION: This work can advance nursing practice to move beyond "on-the-job informatics training" to a more competency-based model of nursing informatics education and practice.

PMID: 28333789 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

The More Things Change: AAUP Releases Annual Faculty Salary Survey

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-04-11 02:55
by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed Pay for full-time faculty members rose 2.6 percent this academic year over last, according to “Visualizing Change,” the American Association of University Professors’ Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession. But professors shouldn’t get too excited: adjusted for inflation, that amounts to just 0.5 percent. Released today, AAUP’s annual survey finds that the average salary for full-time ranked faculty members was $80,095 in 2016-17, while the average total pay for part-time faculty members at a single institution was $20,508. Average pay for part-time faculty members teaching on a per-section basis only (excluding professors teaching part-time during phased retirement, for example) was $7,066, with serious limitations to the data. Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_28926') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_28926') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_28926') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_28926'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php');,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if ( === 'facebook_share_button_28926') { button.onmouseover = function(){'#fff'; = '#295582'; = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ = '#3b5998'; = '#d8dfea'; = '#fff'; } } }

5 Ways Online Graduate Programs Prepare Future Teachers

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-04-11 02:05

By Marian Stoltz-Loike, US News

Through online graduate education programs, future educators might learn how to incorporate digital tools into their classes.Teaching is often seen as a great field for career changers and other nontraditional students. Some pursue teaching because they want to contribute to society in a meaningful way. Others may desire to share the knowledge and expertise they gained in another setting, or they may no longer want to compete in the corporate world. Online education is an ideal way for future teachers to build the expertise they need while balancing school with work, family or other commitments. Here are five ways online graduate education programs offer value for future teachers.

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Harvard Medical School Launches First Online Certificate Program

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-04-11 02:03

By WILLIAM L. WANG, Harvard Crimson

Harvard Medical School will launch its first online certificate program this summer for people considering health careers, offering four paid courses on topics in medicine. The program, titled “HMX Fundamentals,” will be open to the public through a brief application and includes courses in physiology, immunology, biochemistry and genetics. Upon completion of a course, students will receive a PDF certificate which will not count for academic credit at Harvard. Unlike Harvard’s edX and HarvardX platforms, which offer their online classes for free, access to HMX Fundamentals will come at a cost. Tuition will cost $800 for a single HMX Fundamentals course, $1,000 for two courses, and $1,800 for all four.

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These are the most in-demand skills in the United States

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

by eCampus News

Major online learning provider Alison releases data on the skills most sought-after by students and professionals looking to upskill. Americans looking to upskill online are focusing on hard skills they can use in the workplace, according to new data released by Alison. The list of the top 10 most popular courses on Alison, a free e-learning site, was dominated by Customer Service, IT, and workplace skills like time management. Health and education related courses also claimed many of the top spots, including courses focusing on mental health, working with students with special needs and teaching English as a foreign language.

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Welttag der Hämophilie am 17.04.2017

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2017-04-11 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Welttag der Hämophilie am 17.04.2017
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How a Browser Extension Could Shake Up Academic Publishing

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-04-10 23:49

Lindsay McKenzie, Chronicle of Higher Education, Apr 10, 2017

I've started using Unpaywall, a browser extension that finds open access versions of closed access publications. For example, is a search takes me to a closed Elsevier article, Unpaywall might find the Arxiv version. Too Cool. "We’ re setting up a lemonade stand right next to the publishers’ lemonade stand," says Mr. Priem. "They’ re charging $30 for a glass of lemonade, and we’ re showing up right next to them and saying, ‘ Lemonade for free’ ." I'm just waiting for them to find a way to declare this illegal. Also, free lemonade. They'll declare that illegal too.

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All I Know Is What’s on the Internet

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-04-10 23:49

Rolin Moe, Real Life, Apr 10, 2017

This is an excellent post responding to the idea that fake news is recent, isolated, and easily fixed with media literacy. In fact, fake news is just one part of "an entire landscape of neglect and corruption" and those teaching media literacy "are not necessarily in a position to actually supply it." Instead, "colleges and libraries have ceded control to content publishers, who impose their hierarchical understanding of information on passive consumers, leaving institutions to only exhibit and protect the information."

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I Don’t Need Permission to be Open

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-04-10 23:49

Jim Groom, bavatuesdays, Apr 10, 2017

What is open pedagogy? According to David Wiley, "open pedagogy is the set of teaching and learning practices only possible or practical in the context of the 5R permissions... (it) is the set of teaching and learning practices only possible or practical when you are using OER." This struck some readers, including Jim Groom, as wrong, and after a Twitter argument (these never go well) he explains in a post. "But, I do wonder at the push to consolidate the definition beyond OERs into Open Educational Practices," he writes. "Seems to me there is an attempt to define it in order to start controlling it.... I think the locking down of open is dangerous. I think it draws lines where they need not be, and it reconsolidates power for those who define it." I am much more sympathetic with Groom's perspective. Open Pedagogy is not just about resources, it's not just about open resources, and ideally, it's not about licensing and ownership at all.

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When Pixels Collide

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-04-10 23:49

sudoscript, Apr 10, 2017

I'm not sure what principle this illustrates - chaos, maybe, cooperation, a bit, collaboration certainly, and competition too. Here's the set-up: last weekend Reddit created a grid where members could colour one pixel at a time, but would have to wait a few minutes before colouring the next one. People quickly learned to cooperate, and then these cooperatives began to compete with each other, and then they began to cooperate, and it's all a beautiful worldwide story of collective iconography played out over a weekend (complete with 4chan villains). 

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Federated Learning: Collaborative Machine Learning without Centralized Training Data

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-04-10 23:49

Brendan McMahan, Daniel Ramage, Google Research Blog, Apr 10, 2017

One of the problems with learning analytics and analytics in general is that it requires a lot of data. This means you have to watch what a lot of people are doing, which has ethical and privacy implications. The federated analytics model described here attempts to address these issues. "Your device downloads the current model, improves it by learning from data on your phone, and then summarizes the changes as a small focused update. Only this update to the model is sent to the cloud." Of course, you have to trust that your device is actually doing this.

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Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-04-10 20:49

James Gallagher, BBC News, Apr 10, 2017

If (and it's a big if) this thesis (pay-walled study) is correct, then proponents of  cognitive load theory have a lot of rethinking to do. The suggestion is that while brains do indeed store short-term and long-term memory, they store these using two separate processes. So a memory doesn't have top be squeezed through short-term memory before it becomes a long-term memory. This makes a lot of sense to me - people like Romeo Dallaire  talk about detailed complex traumatic memories of wartime where the entire experience stored and plays back over and over, brushing by the limits of cognitive overload as if they didn't even exist. "Post-traumatic stress disorder hard-wires events in your brain to the extent they will come back in digitally clear detail to your brain. You don't actually remember them. You relive them."

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UC Irvine Launches Research Hub for Connected Learning

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

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

A new Connected Learning Lab (CLL) at the University of California, Irvine will focus on equity-oriented, learner-centered innovation in education technology. Sponsored by UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, School of Education and School of Social Sciences, as well as the UC Humanities Research Institute, the lab will serve as an interdisciplinary hub for research and innovation, providing an “experimental site for pushing the boundaries of connected learning.” “Connected learning happens when someone is pursuing a personal interest with the support of peers, mentors and caring adults, and in ways that open up opportunities for them,” a CLL statement explained.

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Ranking report: Is your state among the best for higher education?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-04-10 02:05


Virginia tops a new ranking that analyzes the best states for higher education. The state took the No. 1 spot based on its ability to educate its residents and high graduation rates. The annual list, from financial technology company SmartAsset, compares four-year public colleges and universities using various metrics such as undergraduate graduation rates, average net price, 20-year return on investment (ROI), and the student-faculty ratio. For 2017, both the University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary rank among the top 10 public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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