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Can AI Rescue Us From Violent Images Online?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-05-12 02:02

by Kalev Leetaru, Forbes

Putting this all together, while no technology is 100% accurate, deep learning image recognition algorithms have reached a level of nuance, accuracy and precision that they can not only recognize firearms and violence in realtime today, but their ability to precisely catalog an image into thousands of objects and activities mean that in 2017 we have the technology to offer complete personalization of violence filtering, allowing each individual user to precisely define the level of violence or conflict that distresses them and have those hidden. In short, deep learning has reached a point where social media platforms simply no longer have any excuse not to take real steps towards curtailing the reach of violent imagery and in the process perhaps eliminate the infamy that drives many of the worst uses of live streaming.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2017/04/29/can-ai-rescue-us-from-violent-images-online/#5a69c8742570

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University System of Maryland Scales Up OER at 12 Institutions

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-05-12 02:02

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

The University System of Maryland (USMD) has selected 21 faculty and staff members to receive funding to increase the use of open educational resources (OER). Through the Maryland Open Source Textbook (MOST) initiative led by USMD’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, more than 8,000 students will save $1.3 million in textbook costs over the upcoming fall semester. Grantees at seven community colleges and five four-year institutions will participate in the MOST initiative’s High-impact OER Mini-Grant Program,

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/04/24/university-system-of-maryland-scales-up-oer-at-12-institutions.aspx

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Okeanos

xkcd.com - Fri, 2017-05-12 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Welt-Hypertonie-Tages am 17.05. 2017

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2017-05-12 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Welt-Hypertonie-Tages am 17.05. 2017
Categories: Science News

Globalization at a Crossroads

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2017-05-11 22:47

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, May 12, 2017

The suggestions at the end of this article are reasonable but I'm more sceptical of the discussion learning to them. No, I don't think opposition to globalization is due to "  the tendency to overestimate globalization levels" or "thinking your own country is superior". It very much has to do with replacing social imperatives - such as education and health care - with business imperatives. There's nothing inherent about globalization (or anti-globalization, as we've seen recently) that makes this the case, but the way globalization has been structured, business interests supersede the public interest. Trade pacts - from the European Union to NAFTA to Trans Pacific Partnership - make it much more difficult to protect labour, the environment, pensions, health care, education and a host of other services. I am generally supportive of globalization, but I am not supportive of corporate rule - and that's what globalization represents today. [Link] [Comment]

Learning’s Role in Innovation

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2017-05-11 22:20

Clark Quinn, Chief Learning Officer, May 12, 2017

The nature of productivity is changing, writes Clark Quinn. "The ability to plan, prepare and execute is no longer sufficient. Agility and the ability to adapt is imperative." This puts an increasing weight on innovation. Quinn cites  Keith Sawyer’s 2007 book, Group Genius. "innovation is about creating an environment where people can be exposed to different concepts, interact productively, experiment safely and be allowed time to reflect." Learning plays a role here in four areas: explicit skills, process facilitation, culture and leadership. [Link] [Comment]

Auto-Annotating News Articles To Scaffold Media Literacy Skills In Students

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2017-05-11 22:11

Michael Caulfield, Hapgood, May 12, 2017

This is a really nice example of using automation hand-in-hand with instruction to develop metacognitive skills. To over-simplify: Mike Caulfield describes the use of a tool to extract data from large sets of articles where the data references funding, support or authorship from a partisan think-tank, then looks at these and asks about what sort of agenda these think-tanks may have. "It’s the sort of thing an perceptive student would select and search on, to find more about the source of the information. And it’s the kind of thing a majority of students wouldn’t notice or think about at all." [Link] [Comment]

Emotions are not hardwired but learned in our brains, says author

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2017-05-11 21:12

Anna Maria Tremonti, CBC | The Current, May 12, 2017

This was an exceptionally good interview with  psychology professor  Lisa Feldman Barrett. The main point of her book How Emotions are Made is that  that emotions are learned, not hardwired, and that they are part of the general mechanism of the brain as a whole, which is in essence to predict, not react.  "Everyone has the same networks but the wiring is dependent on experience," says Feldman Barrett.   "Anger, sadness are not universal. The way people make sense of sensations differ by culture." [Link] [Comment]

Is writing education vital to emerging technology?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2017-05-11 02:10

BY JEREMY CUNNINGHAM, eCampus News

In a computer-driven world, it seems that writing still plays a critical role in education and beyond. In an age of technological advancement, it’s easy to feel obsolete. I feel confident that education will always be needed; but, occasionally I wonder if writing education has value in a computer-driven world. Students enter my English classrooms and see the course as a requirement for advancement. They look at is as one of many “basics” they need until they can study their actual interest.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/cc-blog/writing-education-technology/

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Google Classroom now lets you create your own classes

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

By Ida Torres, Android Community

Just last month, Google opened its Classroom service, allowing those who do not have G Suite for Education accounts to still join and even teach classes, manage assignments and collaborate with other teachers and students. Now they’re going one step further by allowing anyone with a Google account to create classes and invite people to be part of it. You can set up and manage either or both online and in-person classes and it can range from classes for adult education, hobbies, after school programs, and special interests.

https://androidcommunity.com/google-classroom-now-lets-you-create-your-own-classes-20170428/

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UMUC integrates workplace solutions to create better academic online environment

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

by Amelia Harper, Education Dive

The University of Maryland University College, the largest online public university in the United States, has found a solution to the challenge of providing access to coursework and resources to students who use different types of computer platforms, and don’t have access to campus computer labs. The university is using resources designed for a workplace environment and now integrates Amazon Workspaces into the student learning environment to help create an academic online environment that is more reliable, scalable and student-friendly.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/umuc-integrates-workplace-solutions-to-create-better-academic-online-enviro/441421/

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Welt-Zöliakie-Tag am 16.05.2017

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2017-05-11 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Welt-Zöliakie-Tag am 16.05.2017
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Unsplashing

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-05-10 22:56

Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, May 12, 2017

Alan Levine writes about trying out Unsplash. "I’ve known and used photos from  Unsplash  before but after a presentation on it at the  Creative Commons Summit, I thought it was time to try it out with my first set of 10 photos," he writes. He isn't happy that they seem to emphasize a grab-and-go approach without worrying about credit, but was intrigued by the possibility of an API. [Link] [Comment]

Email is the new RSS (or a Factotum is Born)

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-05-10 22:49

Clint Lalonde, ClintLalonde.net, May 12, 2017

I'm not sure I agree with Clink Lalonde that email is the New RSS, but I'm not sure I disagree as well. I can say both modes have been declining as large publication networks  squeeze out the voices of non-members. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to the new newsletter, which will focus on three curated articles per week.  [Link] [Comment]

A Plan to Kill High School Transcripts … and Transform College Admissions

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-05-10 22:30

May 12, 2017

I think it would be very interesting to be able to hear some of the discussions behind the scenes. The  "Edward E. Ford Foundation on Tuesday announced a $2  million grant to support the effort," according to this article, and one wonders, why? "This foundation has a narrow focus in its support—independent, private U.S. high schools," according to Inside Philanthropy.  According to  Scott Looney, head of school of the Hawken School, a private institution in Cleveland, "Once the new mastery transcript takes hold, he said, colleges will value it over traditional materials they currently receive. Looney said that, initially, he expected the use of the mastery transcript might encourage colleges to pay more attention to standardized-test scores." [Link] [Comment]

Google Chrome won't be allowed on Windows 10 S

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-05-10 22:25

Ed Bott, ZDNet, May 12, 2017

We are in the process of entering an unhappy world where the browser is part of the operating system. This seems to be the trend set by Windows-S, on which Google's Chrome browser won't run. I'm not sure, but I don't think you can run Internet Explorer on a Chrome desktop either. "In theory, Google could use those tools to turn the desktop version of its Chrome browser into an app package.....But if Google or Mozilla or any of those smaller developers submitted one of those packages to the Store for distribution, the submission would be rejected." [Link] [Comment]

Educational Technology and Education Conferences for June to December 2017, Edition #37

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-05-10 22:10

Clayton R. Wright, May 12, 2017

Clayton R. Wright's excellent conference list is available once again. He writes, "The 37th edition of the conference list covers selected professional development events that primarily focus on the use of technology in educational settings and on teaching, learning, and educational administration. Only listings until December 2017 are complete as dates, locations, or Internet addresses (URLs) were not available for a number of events held after December 2017. In order to protect the privacy of individuals, only URLs are used in the listing as this enables readers of the list to obtain event information without submitting their e-mail addresses to anyone. A significant challenge during the assembly of this list is incomplete or conflicting information on websites and the lack of a link between conference websites from one year to the next."  [Link] [Comment]

A technology to improve STEM retention?

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

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

Educational data mining, learning analytics will prove invaluable in helping improve students’ course retention. Colorado State University (CSU) and the McGraw-Hill Education Learning Science Research Council will partner on a new academic research project designed to use learning analytics and educational data mining to improve student retention in STEM courses. This new research initiative, announced at SXSWedu, will investigate the use of advanced techniques in learning analytics and educational data mining to reduce the Drop-Fail-Withdraw (DFW) rates in STEM gateway courses. Unsuccessful course completion in these gateway courses is often associated with significantly lower retention and graduation rates. CSU researchers said they are hopeful the data to come from the partnership will inform other courses and faculty insight.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/big-data/learning-analytics-stem-retention/

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eMarketer Updates Worldwide Internet and Mobile User Figures

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

by eMarketer

This year, 47% of world’s population will access the internet. eMarketer has raised its projections for worldwide internet users for 2016 to 2021, mainly because of increases in China and other countries in Asia-Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe and Western Europe. According to eMarketer’s new report, “Worldwide Internet and Mobile Users: eMarketer’s Estimates for 2016-2021” (available only to eMarketer PRO subscribers), nearly 47% of the world’s population will use the internet at least once a month in 2017 (either via desktop/laptop or mobile device), a 6.1% increase vs. 2016. eMarketer estimates internet adoption will surpass the halfway mark in 2019, when 50.6% of the worldwide population will use the internet, equating to 3.82 billion people.

https://www.emarketer.com/Article/eMarketer-Updates-Worldwide-Internet-Mobile-User-Figures/1015770

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Indians Benefit More From Online Courses Than Global Peers

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

by Anisha Singh, NDTV

In a survey conducted by Coursera, it was revealed that Indian online learners benefit more career and education wise than their counterparts in US and UK. Among the working professionals and job seekers, almost 89% online learners from India said that they benefitted in their career compared to 84% people globally. The number of online learners who said they advanced in their career was 84% in the US and 86% in the UK. In India, 46% of career builders said that they became better t their job and 39% of those surveyed said that taking online courses improved their chances of getting a job. Coursera Chief Business Officer Nikhil Sinha told PTI, “Since Coursera launched five years ago, online learning has transformed from an experiment in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) to a widely accepted choice among Indians looking to acquire new skills.” Till now more than 2 million Indians are registered on Coursera. As per the survey, 98% of Indian learners said to have benefitted which is more than the global average of 93%.

http://www.ndtv.com/education/indians-benefit-more-from-online-courses-than-global-peers-1687164

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