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ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2016 Jan-Mar;39(1):1-2

Authors: Chinn PL

PMID: 26836989 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Coursera Reveals Most Popular Online Courses of 2016

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-01-04 01:10

by Business Wire

Programming, data science, machine learning, English, and learning fundamentals are among most sought after skills. Coursera, the global leader in online education, today announced the Most Popular Courses and Most Popular Specializations of 2016 based on enrollments from its 23 million registered learners. The annual lists reveal a distinct interest in building specific professional and personal skills – from coding to communications – to land some of today’s hottest jobs. “We see a strong preference for skills in the cutting edge technology professions like data science and computer programming. But we also see a desire for personal betterment reflected in the choice of topics such as modern psychology and learning fundamentals”

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161222005624/en/Coursera-Reveals-Popular-Online-Courses-2016

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The 5 Biggest Higher Education Tech Trends in 2016

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-01-04 01:04

by Megan Bogardez Cortez, EdTech

Here’s the lowdown on what was interesting and innovative at universities this year. 1. Understanding the Power of Data; 2. Protecting Colleges from Growing Cybersecurity Threats; 3. Seeing the Valuable Potential for Virtual Reality; 4. Creating Robust Networks for Even More Devices; 5. Increasing Utilization of Cloud Services.

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2016/12/5-biggest-higher-education-tech-trends-2016

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How Should American Workers Prepare for Artificial Intelligence?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-01-04 01:03

by EdSurge

EDUCATING AN AI WORKFORCE: Will robots really take our jobs? As artificial intelligence (AI) technology advances, a new White House report offers three policy strategies that can help prepare Americans for a changing and increasingly automated economy. Highlights include: Invest in and develop AI; Educate and train Americans; Aid workers in the transition.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-12-21-how-should-american-workers-prepare-for-artificial-intelligence

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Artifacts

xkcd.com - Wed, 2017-01-04 01:00
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When are Digital Media and Tools Wrong for Teaching and Learning?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-01-04 00:19


Hugh Beaulac, Emerging EdTech, Jan 03, 2017

My answer to this is: almost never. But let's hear the other side. "Digital media changes the way students think. One  study says that reading on digital platforms makes youngsters more focused on 'concrete details rather than the big picture.' ... it would seem better to use non-digital platforms for teaching subjects where abstract thinking is crucial." And "the price we pay for being constantly inundated with information is a  loss of our ability to be contemplative and to engage in the kind of deep thinking that requires you to concentrate on one thing." There is also the concern about "screen addiction". I don't take any of these arguments to be conclusive; digitally literate students may think differently, but it does not follow that they are faring more poorly.

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2017: Quarks, Love, and Insight

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-01-04 00:19


Gardner Campbell, Gardner Writes, Jan 03, 2017

Gardner Campbell starts off the new year with a terrific post asking the question: "what are the elementary particles and fundamental constituents of learning?" It's not that there's a right answer, but rather, that it sets us in motion asking the deep questions about our discipline. And whatever I may have thought about the question, I don't think I would have come close to Gardo's answer: love and insight. I don't see these as even close to elementary, but rather complex and complicated phenomena that require textbooks (or steamy summer movies) to explain. But if you're a teacher, and you're looking for feedback, it's the 'aha' of insight that is your primitive data (and Vicki Davis has a nice post on  love of teaching today too).

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Interaction networks for learning about objects, relations and physics

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-01-04 00:19


Adrian Colyer, The Morning Paper, Jan 03, 2017

One of the criticisms of neural networks (and of associative inference generally) is that it cannot generalize. See, for example, Fodor and Pylyshyn 1988. Of course in the 25 years since the criticism was leveled they have faced the sternest of all critics: empirical evidence to the contrary.  This paper describes a neural net that can learn Newtonian physics. "Our results provide surprisingly strong evidence of IN’ s ability to learn accurate physical simulations and generalize their training to novel systems with different numbers and configurations of objects and relations."

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Person to Person: That’s How My Kind of Internet Works

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-01-04 00:19


Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, Jan 03, 2017

I'm not so much a person-to-person person. I prefer mass media and talking to large groups. But that's my shortcoming, the habits of a person raised in the era of best-selling books, newspapers and television. And as comfortable as I am with the format, I can see it's weaknesses very clearly - as Alan Levine points out, there's no person at the other end of the line. And it's only when there's a person there that any of this makes any sense (maybe that's why YouTube comments are so horrible - we know nobody at YouTube will ever read them).  Photo: Timur Saglambilek.

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Dramatic Growth of Open Access

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-01-04 00:19


Heather Morrison, The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, Jan 03, 2017

Heather Morrison writes, "Arguably the best indicator of the global collaborative growth of open access, whether through archives or publications, is the ongoing impressive growth of what we can access through the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine, which surpassed two major milestones in 2016: over 100 million documents (about 60% open access) and 5,000 content providers." Too true.

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OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-01-03 15:19


Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, Jan 03, 2017

mentioned Facebook's Instant Articles yesterday and the trap they pose to publishers. According to this article, publishers are also experiencing issues with Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). "Google, to speed up AMP, stores copies of publisher’ s pages and serves them from its own internet network. So when a reader clicks an AMP link, the address bar at the top of the page displays google.com instead of the actual web address from the publisher. 'It looks like a Google story,' said Danny Sullivan."

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10 must-haves to appease online students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-01-03 01:07

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Large-scale survey recognizes often-contradictory demands from students; offers recommendations for programs. Higher ed online students expect a lot from their programs; but with every student’s unique expectations and desires, how can institutions not only rise above the competition, but offer the best online learning options for their students? Those are the questions a joint survey–conducted by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research of 1,500 individuals part of higher ed online learning programs nationwide–aimed to answer in its fourth annual survey. The third most appealing marketing message among the group sampled was “a high job placement rate.” Online learning must also be major- or program-driven, as 60 percent of respondents indicated that they selected their program of study first and then considered institutions.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/online-learning/7-appease-online-students/

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Smart Cybersecurity Plans Balance Long-Range Vision and Short-Term Agility

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-01-03 01:04

by Bob Turner, EdTech Magazine

Bob Turner is the CISO at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he leads the development and delivery of a comprehensive information security and privacy program. There’s an inherent dilemma in effectively managing cybersecurity: IT organizations must dedicate the time and focus required for long-term strategic planning while maintaining the agility to meet evolving threats and take advantage of emerging technologies. Add in the ongoing need to review and revise strategic plans to reflect those changing risk and technology landscapes, and the task can seem herculean. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one year into a five-year cybersecurity strategy; we published our first plan update in July 2016. The practices that worked and the lessons learned in Madison can easily apply to other institutions to make this high-stakes endeavor easier.

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2016/12/smart-cybersecurity-plans-balance-long-range-vision-and-short-term-agility

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Merging neuroscience and education research to personalize multimedia and online learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-01-03 01:02

by the University of Florida

The University of Florida education technology researcher Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko has never been afraid to take risks and go against convention. His pioneering spirit emerged in the 1990s in his Ukraine homeland, where personal computers were scarce and there was no internet connection. Today you’ll find him leading groundbreaking studies on a radical new approach for advancing and personalizing the still-fledgling field of online learning.  “Virtually all research on multimedia learning methods has been performed on high-achieving students at elite research-intensive universities, where studies like this usually occur. We are evaluating these methods with more diverse student populations and those with special needs,” Antonenko says.

http://news.ufl.edu/articles/2016/12/merging-neuroscience-and-education-research-to-personalize-multimedia-and-online-learning.php

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Facebook’s Instant Articles: damned if you do, damned if you don’t

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2017-01-02 21:07


Enrique Dans, Medium, Jan 02, 2017

Maybe things work differently for major news media. Perhaps they still believe they need Facebook. From my perspective, when I stopped posting on Facebook at the end of last summer, my visits  increased substantially. Facebook was neither showing my content nor referring traffic, yet people thought I was posting on Facebook and didn't look elsewhere. Meanwhile, Facebook started suggesting I pay for advertising, and at the same time they started flooding my news stream with advertising. If news media did what I did, their Facebook problem would be solved. But they're like the boy and the filberts. If they want to escape the trap, they have to let go a bit, but their greed won't let them. Image: itsaperfectstory

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Students: Colleges Are Tracking You Online. It Can Help You Graduate

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-01-02 01:05

by ERIC WESTERVELT, National Public Radio

So why aren’t the best minds in higher education doing more to tap all that information to improve teaching and learning? Now, some of them are. Schools such as Valencia College in Orlando, Fla., are wading into the data streams of what’s being called “predictive and learning analytics.” Basically it means big data goes to college. How engaged is a student with online course material? With discussion forums? What could schools do with information on his or her academic background? The goal is, of course, to use all that data to boost graduation rates. Teachers and counselors can identify students who need help, and intervene quickly: a compelling nudge, a note from a counselor, a meeting with an adviser.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/12/21/504735080/students-colleges-are-tracking-you-online-it-can-help-you-graduate

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Indians are completing online courses faster than US students, reveals Udacity’s 2016 trends

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

by ANUSHREE SINGH, Business Insider India

Leaders at Udacity, an education startup disrupting learning technologies globally, have observed trends related to online courses in Android, Machine Learning, and Data Analysis in India, US, and around the world this year. One of them is that Indians are completing online courses faster than their US counterparts.

http://www.businessinsider.in/indians-are-completing-online-courses-faster-than-us-students-reveals-udacitys-2016-trends/articleshow/56115923.cms

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Study: Wage gap flattens between college, high school graduates

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-01-02 01:03

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

A recent study suggests technology is the primary reason for slowed growth in the earning gap between high school and college graduates over the last 6 years. Non-cognitive jobs once filled by people are being replaced by digital programs and systems, while abstract jobs are supported by technological innovation. Mid-level and management jobs are now sources of heavy competition between graduates with bachelor’s and advanced degrees, creating a new emphasis on credentialing which makes higher education more costly and time-consuming. Since 1980, the number of employees with bachelor’s degrees had quadrupled as the wage gap between high school and college graduates has doubled.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/study-wage-gap-flattens-between-college-high-school-graduates/432798/

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xkcd.com - Mon, 2017-01-02 01:00
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