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A survey of student nurses' and midwives' experiences of learning to use electronic health record systems in practice.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Fri, 2014-04-04 17:05
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A survey of student nurses' and midwives' experiences of learning to use electronic health record systems in practice.

Nurse Educ Pract. 2013 Sep;13(5):437-41

Authors: Baillie L, Chadwick S, Mann R, Brooke-Read M

AIM: The study aimed to investigate student nurses' and midwives' experiences of learning to use electronic health records (EHR) in practice.
BACKGROUND: Good record keeping and documentation are integral to nursing and midwifery practice. As EHRs become more widespread, student nurses and midwives need opportunities to access and learn how to use them in practice.
METHOD: A survey of nursing and midwifery students was conducted using questionnaires (n = 215) and three focus groups: one with midwifery students (n = 6); one with mental health nursing students (n = 5) and one with adult nursing students (n = 6). The University research ethics committee approved the study. The questionnaire data were analysed using SPSS v19. The focus group data were analysed thematically following transcription.
RESULTS: The results presented relate to two themes: 1) Preparation for using EHRs and skills development; 2) Access to EHRs and involvement. Students had variable experiences in relation to opportunities to access and use EHRs, training on EHR systems used in practice and guidance from mentors. Some mentors had concerns about students' legitimacy to access EHRs and verification of students' EHR entries was a challenging issue in some areas.
CONCLUSION: To promote opportunities for students to develop competence in using EHRs in practice, training on EHR systems in use, and clear processes for authorised access, are needed. Following the survey, the University and practice partners collaboratively established formalised EHR training for students with clear governance procedures for access and use.

PMID: 23140800 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Canadian job skills mismatch: truth or science fiction?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-04-04 16:18

Don Pittis, CBC News, April 4, 2014

Someone asked me this week whether I thought the skills mismatch realluy exists. The idea of the skil,s mismatch is that despite persistent unemployment, there are high-skilled or specialized jobs that go unfilled in large numbers because people with the skills aren't available. My response was that the existence of hundreds of colleges and universities is de facto evidence of a skills mismatch. So when a publication like the Globe and Mail calls the  skills mismatch a fairytale, it is referring to one specific statistic in one particular industry, which may or may not be misleading. But in fact, there have always been skills mismatches, and while we can't predict precise job markets, we can do our best - government, industry and educaion - to prepare people to adapt and grow into the new needed skills. "What you can try and do is ensure that you are as resilient as you can be and that you have the broad set of flexible skills that allow you to take advantage of an opportunity when it comes along."

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Mäuse riechen Immunreaktion

ScienceTicker.Info - Fri, 2014-04-04 15:05
Eine Impfung verändert den Körpergeruch – zumindest bei Mäusen. Das haben amerikanische Forscher festgestellt. Mäuse sind demnach in der Lage, geimpfte und nicht geimpfte Artgenossen allein anhand ihres Uringeruchs auseinanderzuhalten.
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Introduces Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:08

by HMH

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has launched Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education, an e-short by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier, authors of the New York Times bestselling book Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. The short e-book vividly illustrates the transformative effect big data is having on the learning process and sheds new light on visionary individuals and companies that have marshaled big data to enhance the way we learn. Learning with Big Data highlights key examples of how teachers are using data to measure student progress and optimize lessons to individual learning styles. For example, Stanford computer science professor Andrew Ng can now log every mouse-click his students make and track the patterns by which students watch video lectures — where they pressed pause or rewound. Through this data collection, educators can alter and optimize their course materials or delivery methods according to how their students learn best. Learning with Big Data is available for $2.99 at

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Harvard Business School Launches New Online Learning Platform

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:04

By ALEXANDER H. PATEL, Harvard Crimson

Courses offered under the platform will model the participation-centered discussion central to the case method style used in classrooms in the Business School. “Moreover, HBX will provide a powerful channel for communicating ideas to and engaging with new and wider audiences, complementing the work we do through Harvard Business Publishing,” Business School Dean Nitin Nohria said in a statement. The platform will also bring a new revenue-generating branch to the Business School at a time when it is facing growing constraints in revenue derived from its executive education and publishing programs.

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The Tech Trends Most Likely to Transform How Latin Americans Learn

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:02
by Jorge Camil Starr, Huffington Post

The Tech Trends Most Likely to Transform How Latin Americans Learnby Jorge Camil Starr, Huffington PostNew technologies can play a critical role in dramatically improving education quality in Latin America and in turn help catalyze economic growth. Knowledge democratization is the single most important movement sweeping across the globe. The capacity of the edtech market to make a real impact on society in Latin America is irrefutable and a series of startups are capitalizing on the potential of technology applied to learning. The rise of social media in Latin America has been applied to a wide range of industries and sectors, including improving access to and interest in, quality education.

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The Massive Course Meets the Personal Learner

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-04-03 19:04

In this talk I discuss the thinking behind the design of MOOCs and explain how these choices lead to the development of a personal learning environment fraework. Quite a bit of this talk is a reworking of 'The MOOC of One' and I'm trying to develop the ideas regarding pedagogy and theories of knowledge more explicitly. No slideshare yet; uploads are being interrupted every 300K or so (Filezilla just reconnects and continues, but Flickr Uploadr and Slidehare can't recover).

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LRMI, Open badges and alignment objects

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-04-03 18:59

Phil Barker, CETIS Blog, April 3, 2014

This is interesting. After a talk on the Mozilla Open Badges community call Phil Barker notes that their (Mozilla's) "assertion specification, which includes a pointer from each badge to 'the  educational standards this badge aligns to, if any' ...  parallels the LRMI alignment object   very closely." This naturally leads to the suggestion that the two systems can be, and ought to be, more explicitly aligned. "Not only do the LRMI and Open Badge alignment objects both do the same thing they seem to have have the following semantically equivalent properties relating to identifying the thing that is aligned to."

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PKP Donation Drive

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-04-03 18:50

Press Release, Public Knowledge Project, April 3, 2014

I never post donation drive news (so please don't ask) but the Public Knowledge project has very quietly and very effectively been providing Open Journal Systems and Open Conference Sustems for years now. And as they write, "We will never charge for its download and use. All of our community support, including the online help forums, documentation, and instructional videos are free for everyone."

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Taking Notes by Hand Benefits Recall, Researchers Find

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-04-03 18:47

Danya Perez-Hernandez, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2014

I was just going to ignore this but now I see it's getting some pickup, so I feel obliged to point out (to people who really should know better) that one small study of something does not 'show' anything. Here's the Chronicle: "new research suggests that even if laptops are used strictly to take notes,  typing notes hinders students’ academic performance compared with writing notes on paper with a pen or pencil." The new study suggests, at best, the need for another study.

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How Does PISA Put the World at Risk: Part 4

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-04-03 18:33

Yong Zhao, National Education Policy Center, April 3, 2014

Continuation of the series (see How Does PISA Put the World at Risk: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3). Yong Zhao writes, "Unlike what the report claims, the fact that 'students in some education systems, regardless of what their parents do for a living, outperform children of professionals in other countries' cannot be used to show 'that it is possible to provide children of factory workers the same high-quality education opportunities that children of lawyers and doctors enjoy.'" So what about Shanghai? Look at the distribution of parent professions - and understand, he says, that a quarter of the students were left out of the survey.

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Professional Learning in Massive Open Online Courses

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-04-03 18:24

Allison Littlejohn, Little by Littlejohn, April 3, 2014

I can only assume they're not talking about our MOOCs: "A study by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University and Harvard University published April 2014 found that massive open online courses (MOOCs) encourage passive learning among professionals." And the criticisms of these traditional MOOCs are exactly why we structure our MOOCs the way we do: "MOOCs miss the opportunity to exploit the knowledge and expertise diverse groups of healthcare professionals bring to the course." The report findings can be found here. And do follow the link for Allison Littlejohn's comments.

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The place to toot the worth of libraries is NOT in library mags

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-04-03 18:18

Doug Johnson, Blue Skunk Blog, April 3, 2014

"Don't advocate for libraries," says Doug Johnson, "advocate for library users." Good advice in general, and can be applied to other domains. Eg: "Don't advocate for schools, advocate for school users." Or, "Don't advocate for OERs, advocate for OER users."

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Junger Vulkanismus auf Merkur

ScienceTicker.Info - Thu, 2014-04-03 17:07
Der Merkur ist nicht die öde Gesteinswelt, für die er lange gehalten wurde. Aufnahmen der Sonde Messenger zeigen Ablagerungen, die auf explosive Vulkanausbrüche zurückgehen und in teils nur 1 Milliarde Jahre jungen Einschlagkratern liegen. Lesen Sie mehr bei Scienceticker Astro
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2U Ends Semester Online

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-04-03 12:46
by Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed The online education provider 2U will this summer eliminate its online course pool initiative in favor of developing fully online undergraduate degree programs, ending a high-profile effort to offer scalable, credit-granting online courses at residential colleges. The consortium, known as Semester Online, was initially marketed as a platform for top-tier universities to offer online courses to paying students at participating universities. During the 2012 media storm surrounding massive open online courses, it emerged with a distinctive message, promising small course sizes and live, interactive videoconferencing sessions. Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_10656') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_10656') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_10656') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_10656'); 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_10656') { button.onmouseover = function(){'#fff'; = '#295582'; = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ = '#3b5998'; = '#d8dfea'; = '#fff'; } } }

Lessons in online learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:10

by Erica Cervini, the Age

Just because academics may be brilliant in the lecture theatre, doesn’t mean they make great talent in cyberspace. There also seems to be assumptions that lecturers can magically cope with the online learning technology, including iPads, Turnitin (plagiarism detection program) and learning platforms such as Blackboard. Professor Adelman had a team to grapple with the technology side of his MOOC and teaching assistants to monitor the discussion board. Despite the help, the professor hasn’t offered the subject again. Yet in the millions of words written about online learning, there appears to be little attention paid to how academics cope with online subjects.

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FutureLearn Mooc to offer route to UK accountancy credit

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:04

BY CHRIS PARR, Times Higher Ed

A UK massive open online course will offer students the chance to purchase accreditation that would count towards the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification. Students who take the University of Exeter Mooc, Discovering Business in Society, and then pass an accredited online examination will be exempt from the “Accountant in Business” paper which forms part of the ACCA qualification. The course will begin in September, and is aimed at anyone interested in learning the principles of business. This may include prospective undergraduate students, working professionals without a background in business and people interested in entering the finance profession and seeking a route to ACCA membership.

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Cornell Report Notes Promise of Distance Learning but Cautions Against Overtaxing Faculty

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-04-03 02:02

By Kanoe Namahoe, Campus Technology

The future of distance learning, in particular massive open online courses (MOOCs), “holds much promise,” according to a new report released by the Distance Learning Committee (DLC) at Cornell University. The new report advises the institution to develop a scalable, diverse menu of online offerings. “Cornell should pursue a diverse portfolio of distance learning avenues, continually rebalancing it as evidence emerges,” stated the committee in the executive summary of the report. In doing this, though, the institution should take steps to ensure that faculty members do not overextend themselves. “In particular we do not want our faculty making commitments that adversely impact on-campus teaching and research.”

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Ein Straßenatlas des Mäusehirns

ScienceTicker.Info - Wed, 2014-04-02 19:00
Amerikanischen Forschern ist es erstmals gelungen, sämtliche Verbindungen im Gehirn eines Säugetiers zu kartieren. Ihr Atlas des Mäusehirns zeigt im Maßstab einzelner Nervenfasern, auf welchen Wegen Nervensignale von einem Punkt des Gehirns in andere Regionen gelangen können.
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