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#aha_project discovering the Grit Scale #plog

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-08-09 18:30
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Inge de Waard, Ignatia Webs, Aug 09, 2015

There are three things in this post.  The first is a link to Jay Cross's new book: "The book offers insight into learning, and more specifically increasing learning efficiency to a point of a long-lasting AHA-moment, hence the title: "AHA! 75 ways to work smarter". The second is the concept of 'plog' - "writing daily. Short passages (15 min is enough), reflecting on your day, but on a daily basis (something my mom has been doing for over 20 years or more, talking about a role model!). A proven action to increase your mental health, while also adding to your focus, patience, planning and personal growth (research by Teresa Amabile  , nice name). Jay calls it: writing a Plog." I've been doing it for years, but I can't guarantee the claims about mental health. And finally, the  grit score. I still question the concept of grit. But my grit score, for the record, was 4.63, which makes me pretty gritty - some would say abrasive. 

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The Web Feels Fine to Me

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-08-09 18:30
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Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, Aug 09, 2015

Alan Levine says the web feels fine to him. He cits a pretty impressive list of doom and gloom predictions: " It’ s lost. It’ s dead. No the same folks say it’ s not dead. We have to save it. It’ s boring. It’ s lost that loving feeling. It needs to be made fun again." And he writes, "I think they are looking at the wrong end of the web donkey. Does anyone not remember the Long Tail? All of the lamenting, hand wringing, crying to the moon is focused completely on the head of the curve. The bag of gold is in the tail." Good point.

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LIMITS '15: First workshop on computing within limits

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-08-09 18:30
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Various authors, First Monday, Aug 09, 2015

An interesting issue of First Monday just published, its theme devoted to the study of limits - mostly, but not exclusively, software limits. It's relevant at a time where we're contemplating the end of Moore's Law. Papers include an  exploration of "how various forms of civilizational collapse would affect the software development process," the  psychological limits of computing, and Cacophony, software that addresses "the difficulties inherent in collecting, fusing, and reasoning with data from a heterogeneous set of distributed sensors."            

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Did these researchers just create an autistic computer program?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-08-09 18:30
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Graham Templeton, ExtremeTech, Aug 09, 2015

I don't understand autism thoroughly, but this seems right: "one theory of autism claims that many of the  disorder’ s most characteristic symptoms could  be the result of just a single, chemically induced modification: autistic brains may simply be too noisy." If this is true, then the thesis advanced in this article is plausible: "the results suggested that many of autism’ s varied  symptoms could all be  an emergent property of a single low-level computational irregularity in the brain."

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Do smartphones make for smart students? That depends

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-08-09 02:10

By Monique O. Madan, Miami Herald

How are students using mobile devices for educational purposes? Googling, tweeting and texting are an integral part of Professor Andres Caiaffa’s classroom’s culture. “As our student population changes, we need to change with them,” said Caiaffa, who teaches at Miami Dade College’s Benjamin Leon School of Nursing. “Everything around them is related to the use of the Internet, so I’m using to my advantage that they like to be connected, they like to be online.” Caiaffa is not alone. An increasing number of educators in both college and grade school have built cellphones and social media into their curriculums.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/07/30/smartphones-smart-students-093/

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Illinois is ninth state approved for participation in the Midwestern-State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-08-09 02:04

by MHEC

Illinois has been approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) as the ninth state to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA). Illinois joins Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Ohio. Nationally, Illinois is the 28th state to join the agreement. SARA is a nationwide initiative of states that will make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education. The effort is funded by a $3 million grant from Lumina Foundation, a $200,000 grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and fees paid by institutions.

http://link.mhec.org/v/306/17f0358c3dbfe6bcc756670a4cd7e8bc7b3051c17e5ece2f

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Educators Urged to Make Flexibility a Priority to Help Part-time Learners Achieve Career Success

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2015-08-09 02:03

by Houston Chronicle

In the modern world of work, a job is no longer necessarily for life – many companies expect and even seek out candidates with a wide range of experience and expertise. At the same time, many people long to diversify their skills, or to specialise and advance within their current field of work. This growing value and appreciation of lifelong learning means that now nearly one in three university graduates is a mature student. But many adult learners work full or part-time jobs, and around half the students surveyed for the HAE study were shown to be juggling caring for their family along with their studies. Full-time education is simply not practical for many people. However, it isn’t necessary to go to university to gain industry recognised training – as the new research emphasizes, flexible part-time learning, online or in a classroom, is a vital part in making those new job ambitions a reality.

http://www.chron.com/business/press-releases/article/Educators-Urged-to-Make-Flexibility-a-Priority-to-6414246.php

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Riviere du Loup

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-08-09 00:27


Stephen Downes, Flickr, Aug 08, 2015

Photos from my recent visit to Riviere du Loup, Quebec.

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How to do a learning (r)evolution: perspective from Finland

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-08-09 00:27
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Teemu Leinonen, Aug 08, 2015

Education has to do more than adapt to change, write the authors of the SITRA’ s New Education Forum (20 page PDF). "We insist that education must not settle for adapting to change, but also act as a driver. To raise brave, compassionate citizens capable of independent thought and bearing the responsibility for themselves and for others; curious people, capable of finding things out for themselves and assessing the reliability of whatever information they come across." Or as Tiina Silander says: "“ We have long ridden the wave of Pisa hysteria, telling ourselves that our schools are good. And they are excellent – by yesterday’ s standards. Our schools do not meet current or future needs.”

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Ethereum Launched

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-08-09 00:27
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kliuless, Matafilter, Aug 08, 2015

First, the background: "A blockchain is like a place where you store any data semi-publicly in a linear container space (the block). Anyone can verify that you’ ve placed that information because the container has your signature on it, but only you (or a program) can unlock what’ s inside the container because only you hold the private keys to that data, securely."

Now, the cool bit: "Ethereum announced its first developer release a week ago. What is Ethereum? According to the video it's a "planetary scale computer powered by blockchain technology." Why is this important? "This computing paradigm is important because it is a catalyst for the creation of decentralized applications, a next-step evolution from distributed computing architectural constructs.... a system with the benefits of a centralised, shared infrastructure but without the centralised point of control: if the data and business logic is shared and replicated, no one firm can assert control, or so the argument goes." Image: Etherscripter.

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The Teen Who Exposed a Professor’s Myth

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-08-09 00:27
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Ben Collins, The Daily Beast, Aug 08, 2015

After University of Illinois-Chicago history professor Richard J. Jensen published a paper saying that the "no Irish need apply" signs were a myth, 14-year-old Rebecca Fried did some research on her own and disproved the paper. This article is a good account of that exchange, noteworthy not only because it shows that anyone can be a scholar with the right tools, but also because of the intransigence Jensen displayed when confronted with the evidence.

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Art is a Verb

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2015-08-08 21:28
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Colleen Rose, Northern Art Teacher, Aug 08, 2015

Short post that accurately captures the value of artistic endeavours: "The purpose of art is not to produce a product. The purpose of art is to produce thinking. The secret is not the mechanics or technical skill that create art - but the process of introspection and different levels of contemplation that generate it." Via Doug Peterson.

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Drawing Energy: Exploring perceptions of the invisible

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2015-08-08 18:26
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Flora Bowden, Dan Lockton, Rama Gheerawo, Clare Brass, Aug 08, 2015

So good. "The drawings clearly show diverse interpretations of energy and most are vastly different from the ways in which energy is regularly communicated by energy companies through the media and the energy infrastructure. As we have seen, none of these drawings show energy meters or bills and none of them use the visual language of these dominant interfaces. Numbers primarily feature in mathematical equations, not in relation to amounts of energy used." This could be done with almost any term you care to name, and the results would make clear the complex and divergent interpretations each of us has on what are otherwise seen as basic and core concepts. 47 page PDF.

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Teach yourself — or be poor

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2015-08-08 18:26


Joanne Jacobs, Aug 08, 2015

I basically never agree with either Tyler Cowan or Joanne Jacobs. But there's a core of truth in this message. Not the explicit threat of poverty, which should be unacceptable in a developed country (but which is fair retribution according to these two authors, which makes them detestable). No, it is in the idea that people should teach themselves. I often tell people that I work where my four areas of specialization intersect: philosophy, media, computers and education. But equally important is that I am self-taught in three of them. And it is this, and not my formal education, which gives me an edge in the current environment. It is this which makes me unique.

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Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2015-08-08 18:26
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Zach Epstein, BGR.com, Aug 08, 2015

Why is Windows 10 free? Well, here's one reason: "we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary." Microsoft is doing this to catch up to Google. Via Boing Boing: "By default, Microsoft gets to see your location, keystrokes and browser history -- and listen to your microphone, and some of that stuff is shared with 'trusted [by Microsoft, not by you] partners.'"

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National Post View: Helping students, without burdening everyone else

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2015-08-08 18:26
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Editorial, National Post, Aug 08, 2015

"There’ s little doubt," write the editors of the National Post, "that students with some skin in the game — i.e., some financial stake in their own education — will be more apt to ensure they stay the course and complete their degrees." But where is the evidence for this? Is the higher education system failing in countries like Germany or Sweden, where tuitions are free? No. And against the 'skin in the game' argument is the documented evidence that tuition fees "discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study." And, of course, they leave a significant  burden of debt tor years or decades after graduation. The National Post editorial is a classic case of favouring ideology over evidence.

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Computerized provider order entry: advancing technology today, saving lives tomorrow.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Sat, 2015-08-08 12:24
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Computerized provider order entry: advancing technology today, saving lives tomorrow.

AORN J. 2014 Dec;100(6):683-5

Authors: Ghaemmaghami V

PMID: 25453686 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Online Learning Won’t Replace Traditional Education: Khan

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-08-08 02:05

by Bloomberg

Emily Chang and Khan Academy’s Sal Khan discuss whether or not online education will ever replace traditional classrooms, and why he thinks paying for that MIT or Harvard degrees may be “a little bit suspect.” They speak on this week’s edition of Studio 1.0.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-07-30/online-learning-won-t-replace-traditional-education-khan

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With increased video use comes greater copyright concerns for higher ed

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-08-08 02:02

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Google provides a quick and easy way to search for images, taking just tenths of a second to return millions of results. A person could spend less than a minute thinking of an image, searching for it, and then copying it into a presentation or a video project. But someone photographed that image, and just like scholarly text should be properly cited, so too should digital content be fairly sourced. Copyright issues get less attention than they should among colleges and universities, which are becoming increasingly saturated with video in academics and beyond. Hundreds of individuals on any given campus produce video, often adding graphics, still photos, audio soundtracks, and stock video clips to round out their own footage. In many cases, they follow all the rules, but too often, they do not. Raul Burriel, an information technology consultant at Oregon State University, calls it a question of education.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/with-increased-video-use-comes-greater-copyright-concerns-for-higher-ed/403037/

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ICCHE / ACHE Great Lakes Regional Conference – Call for Presentations

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-08-08 02:01

The Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education (ICCHE) and the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE)invite you to submit a proposal the 2016 Annual Conference to be held February 10–12, 2016, in Chicago, IL

ICCHE Mission:

The Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education (ICCHE) is a comprehensive organization of continuing higher education representing all regions of the state of Illinois. Founded in 1975, ICCHE is the only organization in Illinois whose membership includes two and four year colleges and universities, both public and private. ICCHE was established in response to related social, political, and educational issues of the era and continues to evolve, sensitive to institutional,legislative, and stakeholder concerns.

The Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education. As an organization of colleges, universities, and individuals, we encourage professional development, research and exchange of information for its members and continuing higher education as a means of enhancing and improving society.

http://www.acheinc.org/Resources/Documents/GreatLakes/ACHE_ICCHE_2016_Call.pdf

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