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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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Counting the Online Population

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

Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

The Babson Group now uses a combination of enrollment data from IPEDS reported by 4,891 colleges and universities (most recently from fall 2013) and additional survey responses from 2,807 of them (from fall 2014), but it is more interested in trends than totals. Across all of higher education, the growth from 2012 to 2013 in the number of students taking at least one online course — pegged at 3.7 percent for a total of 5.2 million students — is the smallest year-to-year increase since the inception of the survey. The growth still is triple that of overall enrollments, which during the same period grew by 1.2 percent.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/02/05/babson-survey-research-group-considers-changes-annual-report-distance-education

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Is online education good or bad? And is this really the right question?’

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2015-02-09 01:11

by Eric Fredrickson, the Conversation

A common misperception of online education has been that it is an isolating experience for students. In fact, research studies that I have conducted with colleagues show quite the opposite. Another advantage is the ability to facilitate peer review – a beneficial instructional strategy for learners to share their individual views and knowledge with their classmates regarding papers or projects. This feedback benefits the student author and the student reviewer. So what’s the future for online classes? My hope is that we continue to evolve different models of online learning. The spirit of “blended” or “hybrid” online courses strives to capture the best of online with the best of traditional classroom experiences. Ultimately, I believe we will progress and develop instruction to the point where these historically based distinctions and categorical terms will blur and become less meaningful, and we will simply just focus on learning.

http://theconversation.com/is-online-education-good-or-bad-and-is-this-really-the-right-question-35949

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University Pilots Online Laboratory Course

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2015-02-09 01:04

By Peter Ehrhard, Lab Manager

This spring, Missouri University of Science and Technology is offering its first fully online section of a biology laboratory class using an at-home lab kit. Students can perform “wet” laboratory experiments, hands-on chemical-based work in open-air areas, and follow provided instructions for biological course work. The introductory course, designed for students who aren’t biology majors, allows students to perform 13 experiments outside of the classroom during the semester. Students document each step of the experiment and upload them for the professor to review. The kits contain all the equipment, chemicals and personal safety items students need for the semester.

http://www.labmanager.com/news/2015/02/university-pilots-online-laboratory-course

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Nicholas Felton Will Teach You Data Viz In A $10 Online Class

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

by Fast Company Design

Nicholas Felton, the information designer behind Facebook’s Timeline and the annual Feltron Report, has just uploaded a course on Skillshare that will introduce you to the art and techniques of data visualization. You’ll have to enroll for $10/mo to watch it. Over the course of 16 short videos (none is longer than nine minutes, and most are just a few minutes), Felton teaches you how to render meteor strikes on a map. You’ll learn to deal with the data-shaping app Processing, juggle scalable vector graphics, parse a major data set, link that information to markers, and even pick up a few pointers about typography while you’re at it.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3041900/infographic-of-the-day/nicholas-felton-will-teach-you-data-viz-in-a-free-online-class

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Apollo Speeches

xkcd.com - Mon, 2015-02-09 01:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Mikrozensus "Erwerbstätigkeit"

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Sun, 2015-02-08 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem "Mikrozensus - Fragen zur Erwerbstätigkeit, Beruf, Ausbildung und Arbeitsbedingungen der Erwerbstätigen" wurden um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

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A Typology of Web 2.0 Learning Technologies

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-02-08 20:10
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Matt Bower, EDUCAUSE, Feb 08, 2015

The 2015 Typology of Web 2.0 technologies on their website published by EDUCAUSE includes 212 tools arranged into 37 categories and 14 clusters. Can you imagine how powerful it would be if they all worked together seamlessly? Good list; few pictures, but many links.

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The best way to win an argument

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2015-02-08 20:10
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Tom Stafford, BBC | Future, Feb 08, 2015

As Doug Belshaw summarizes, "Basically, get your 'opponent' to explain step-by-step how their position would work in practice (and avoid doing likewise)." In my case, however, all you'll get is a detailed explanation of how it would work and why I'm right. Because I have thought it through. :) So this is yet another one of those posts in which the author is describing something he thinks will work on 'other people'. And not, of course, himself.

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