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In-flight college courses come to Jet Blue and Virgin America

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-02-12 01:03

By Keith Button, Education Dive

Jet Blue and Virgin America airlines now offer video college lectures during flights. The airlines plan to update the lectures with new selections about every month, according to Money magazine. Jet Blue’s lectures are from MOOC provider Coursera, while Virgin America offers selections from the Great Courses series.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/in-flight-college-courses-come-to-jet-blue-and-virgin-america/361454/

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Frequenzstatistik - Umsatzstärkste ärztliche Leistungen

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2015-02-11 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus dem Bereich "Frequenzstatistik" der Kassenärztlichen Bundesvereinigung wurde um die Angaben des Jahres 2013 ergänzt.

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Labour, property and pedagogy: Theory and practice for co-operative higher education

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-02-11 20:13
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Joss Winn, Education, technology, labour, , property, Feb 11, 2015

There's a lot to like in Joss Winn's article about an educational co-operative in Lincoln (one of the  coolest cities in England, IMO) but I fear it's one of these models that may work better as a single instance than as a replacement for the entire system. "There is no fee for learning or teaching, but most members voluntarily contribute to the Centre either financially or with their time. No one at the Centre receives a salary and all contributions are used to run the SSC." So, ok, it's self-managed learning, which I like. And "Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity." Standing alone, the model is strong. The weakness if it is adapted to serve everybody is that not everybody believes these ideas, and in a democracy, if they have a majority, they can reshape them. Personally, I'm still good with that - in reality, actual co-ops are greatly assisted by paid staff, for example. But a model-based co-op, which is what Winn emphasizes in this paper, does not survive the transition to real democracy. More here and here. Via @psychemedia.

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Seven big myths about top-performing school systems

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-02-11 20:13
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Andreas Schleicher, BBC News, Feb 11, 2015

I really have mixed feelings about this article, mostly because of how some of the things are phrased rather than the actual points made. For example, it says that it is a myth that "disadvantaged pupils are doomed to do badly in school." Yet we know that socio-economic status of a child's parents is the best predictor of educational outcome. What the author wants to say, but isn't saying clearly, is that if we address the negative impact of socio-economic inequality, poor children do as well as rich children. That is pretty clear - but caching that thinking inside a vague and loaded term like 'doomed' misleads and muddles. Similarly with the assertion that there is "no relationship between class size and learning outcomes." On its face, it's a silly assertion - being in a class of a million students to one teacher would be less beneficial than one-to-one tutoring. But we make things clearer when understanding that what we really mean is "the highest performing education systems in Pisa tend to systematically prioritise the quality of teachers over the size of classes."

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Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States, 2014

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-02-11 20:13
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Babson Survey Research Group, Online Learning Consortium, Feb 11, 2015

In the past this would have been a Sloan report - now it's Online Learning Consortium, co-branded with Pearson, and you'll have to fill out a form with your blood type and shoe size in order to access a copy. The upshot, according to the press page, is that online learning is established and accepted, while MOOCs have peaked. Jeff Seaman, co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group:  “ While the rapid pace of online learning growth has moderated, it still accounts for nearly three-quarters of all US higher education’ s enrollment increases last year.” But be careful when reporting the findings. Many of the metrics report "academic leaders' belief" rather than actual facts. Sometimes this is even belief about belief, as in "Only 28.0% of academic leaders say that their faculty accept the 'value and legitimacy of online education'," which is doubly unreliable. Press Release. Graphics. How to Spin.

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Samsung gives warning about talking in front of the Smart TV

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-02-11 20:13
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Michael Lewis, Toronto Star, Feb 11, 2015

Not the TV! It is - quite literally - Orwellian. As the Toronto Star summarizes, "A voice command feature on Samsung’ s Smart TV could allow the interception of private living room conversations and their transmission to third parties, the company says in a privacy statement highlighted Monday by online news site the Daily Beast." So if you have one of the TVs (and I do, here) then you have to be careful what you say, as it will be sent to a third party, transcribed, and then - well, who knows what then?

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What’s wrong with Facebook-sponsored Internet access?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-02-11 20:13
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Mark Calder, eLearning Africa, Feb 11, 2015

This column is an argument in favour of a new type of internet access which allows a Facebook and "selected health, employment and local information websites" to run without data charges, but which will see fees levied for any other sort of internet use (like, say, this newsletter). What's wrong with this? asks the author, responding to what he calls a  diatribe in the Guardian. "This vision of a single demoniacal institution consolidating its power at the expense of the poor is misleading... Facebook is no alcove, but rather a powerful tool by which members of developing nations can create their own networks, beyond traditional media." To be fair, Facebook isn't the first app to do this - Skype has been doing to for some time, to enable calling. But this takes it to a new level. If Facebook really thought this service did not exploit the poor, it would be rolling it out in places like New York and Tokyo. But of course it won't. It will use the poverty of people to entrap them into an environment where normal internet freedoms are, to use a phrase, "rendered quaint."

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"Passwords are stored in plain text."

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-02-11 20:13
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Eric Hellman, Go To Hellman, Feb 11, 2015

A nice explanation of password hashing and salting, and a rather interesting set of responses from various academic services about the manner in which they store their passwords (or entrust third party services to manage them as GET requests, storing them in access logs for later retrieval and reuse). "To sum up," writes Eric Hellman, "adoption of up-to-date security practices is far from complete in the world of library databases. I hope that the laggards have improved since the submission date of this RFP (roughly a year ago) or at least have plans in place to get with the program." OLDaily hashes passwords and should probably salt them as well.

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Literary studies, modesty, and a second empiricism

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-02-11 20:13


Alex Reid, Digital Digs, Feb 11, 2015

When I see the word 'empiricist' in a title my ears perk up because, unlike most people, I am an empiricist. I say 'unlike most people' because while everyone will say they rely on experience, in practice most people cling to very unempirical beliefs - a faith in formalism, a dependence on diety, an urge for utopia. Of there is a 'new empiricism' it is an empiricism that does not presume that the world is governed by these abstract ideals; it is an empiricism that understands that these are human constructs, tools that help us understand reality, and perfectly disposable, rather that descriptions of its foundational forms. I think this actually separates me from the postmodernists; I don't know (and there may be no way of knowing).

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Davos 2015 Wrap-Up: Get Ready for Breakthroughs About the Brain

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-02-11 20:13


Don Tapscott, Feb 11, 2015

After a week or so of hob-nobbing with the elite Don Tapscott wraps up with a final column on Davos talking about brain science. Or, more accurately, funding for brain science. "The research invested in understanding mental illness is starting to catch up with the size of the problem. Over USD $7 billion is committed world wide to understanding the brain with more commitments weekly." That sounds like a lot of money, but it isn't, really, not on a world-wide scale. Also, I don't like the machine-language used to describe the brain - a "parts list" and "bipolar disorder and depression as circuit problems." Humans may be material beings, but they are not machines; they are much more complex than that.

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Internet Radio as an educational intervention

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-02-11 20:13
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Angela Rees, Ange's Scribbles, Feb 11, 2015

I love the idea of internet radio, which is why I want to post this link, but I found the presentation here really off-putting. Maybe it's just me. But, for example, this  Future Facilitators' Guide steps me through one short page after another with bit garish headlines and almost no information. If I opt to take the course, it  throws up a login before even showing me the course contents.  Choose your area takes me to unordered blog posts. And the  Curriculum Grid is a mess. It's one thing to offer unstructured course materials. But there's an art to it. This site putates to offer several paths through the material. But none of the paths work. That's why I find it off-putting.

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British Columbia Economy Losing Billions due to Skills Shortage

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2015-02-11 20:13


Press Release, Conference Board of Canada, Feb 11, 2015

There are still questions being raised as to whether the skills gap really exists, but this Conference Board report says it's real and costing the economy of one province, British Columbia, billions of dollars. “ There is a disconnect between the education and skills that employers need, and those that employees and graduates have... Skills gaps and mismatches in B.C. cost the provincial economy up to $6  billion in foregone GDP, and $785  million in provincial tax revenues, annually."

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NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2015-02-11 01:12

by the New Media Consortium

The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report aims to provide these leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership and practice. View the work that produced the report at www.horizon.wiki.nmc.org.

http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2015-higher-education-edition/

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Online education: the next big thing in India

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2015-02-11 01:05

by Anita Babu, Business Standard

Better start-up environment along with higher internet and smartphone penetration is aiding the sector. The education sector in India is no longer bound to just classrooms. Thanks to new start-ups and higher internet and smartphone penetration, the online learning space in India is growing manifold. The e-learning market in India is estimated to be around $3 billion. The central government’s efforts to make digital learning available to students in every corner of the country is also aiding the sector. Another reason why online training will gain momentum is because of the need for re-skilling, For instance, about a decade ago, all that a software professional was required to know were programming languages. Now these professionals need to update themselves on other aspects like big data analytics and cloud computing. Better salary hikes and promotions are also the reasons why people undertake new courses.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/online-education-the-next-big-thing-in-india-115020600130_1.html

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Pearson SVP shares 5 key strategies for successful online degree programs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2015-02-11 01:03

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive

With nontraditional students quickly becoming the new traditional, online degree programs have increased in prominence. As U.S. News & World Report noted in September, their reputation has also risen to that of an alternative, equally prestigious route. The latest study from Babson Survey Research Group shows that while online enrollment has slowed, its still grew 3.7% in 2014, increasing to 5,257,379, and a majority of higher ed leaders reported that it’s essential to long-term strategy. But in a more competitive market, what do colleges and universities need to do to make sure they differentiate their offerings and stay in the game. We spoke with Pearson Senior Vice President of Online Learning Services Todd Hitchcock, who shared the following five strategic tips with us.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/pearson-svp-shares-5-key-strategies-for-successful-online-degree-programs/359585/

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Friendship

xkcd.com - Wed, 2015-02-11 01:00
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Diagnosedaten in Vorsorge- und Rehaeinrichtungen

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2015-02-10 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Krankenhausstatistik - Diagnosedaten der Patienten und Patientinnen in Vorsorge- und Rehabilitationseinrichtungen" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

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Diagnosedaten in Krankenhäusern

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2015-02-10 07:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Krankenhausstatistik - Diagnosedaten der Patienten und Patientinnen in Krankenhäusern" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

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Online Degrees Can Help Adults Switch Careers

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2015-02-10 01:10

by Jordan Friedman, US News

If you are considering pursuing a new career field, online learning might be the right choice for you. While both online and face-to-face learning can help students achieve their new career goals, online study often allows for greater flexibility, particularly when it comes to balancing a job with an education, says Melissa Venable, online instructor and course designer at Saint Leo University and University of South Florida. In a 2014 survey conducted by Aslanian Market Research and Learning House, Inc., a company that helps colleges and universities develop and deliver online degree programs, 26 percent of undergraduate respondents and 19 percent of graduate respondents said they pursued online learning because they wanted a career in a new field.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2015/02/04/online-degrees-can-help-adults-switch-careers

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Higher Education Online Learning Options Respond To Market Demands

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2015-02-10 01:09

BY ADELIA CELLINI LINECKER, Investor’s Business Daily

If terms like MOOCs, nanodegrees and digital badges befuddle you, you’re not alone. As tech improves and tuition soars, higher education is transforming big time. Ryan Craig, who wrote “College Disrupted,” says that schools are responding to market demand. The future, he told IBD, will look something like this: “A student can walk into a school and say, ‘I want to become an environmental engineer,’ show her competencies and ask for a program that will fill the gaps.” If you’re considering going back to school, whether full time or to take a few classes, here’s what you should know about the options.

http://news.investors.com/management-leaders-in-success/020415-737835-higher-education-responds-to-market-demands.htm

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