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The EHR in the room.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Sat, 2015-07-11 14:11
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The EHR in the room.

Nursing. 2015 May;45(5):8

Authors: Pendersen C

PMID: 26052597 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Are small, private online courses the future of higher education in America?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-07-11 02:09

by James Poulos, the Week

A wellspring of fresh faith has surged up around so-called SPOCs. Small and Private, not Massive and Open, SPOCs are boasting better completion rates and better vibes than their highly scalable predecessors. Garlock posits a developing consensus: “[B]y using technology to combine the centuries-old lessons of campus education with the best promises of massive learning, SPOCs may be the most relevant and promisingly disruptive experiments the MOOC boom has yet produced.” So long as the SPOC model is restricted to accredited universities, however, its impact is likely to be limited in at least one important way. Even if, as Garlock suggests, it “enables deep engagement through intense Socratic discussions” in a way that far surpasses what MOOCs can achieve, it’s still beholden to the formal and informal rules of academic officialdom — where shifting, often shadowy moral and bureaucratic strictures have made the pursuit of wisdom in the classroom prohibitively difficult and risky.

http://theweek.com/articles/563541/are-small-private-online-courses-future-higher-education-america

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Online Classmates or Bystanders?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-07-11 02:06

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

The more students who witness cyberbullying in an online setting — for example, in an online course — the less likely those students are to take a stand against it, a new study suggests. The report, published in this quarter’s edition of Communication Monographs, explores how witnesses choose to act — or not act — in response to cyberbullying. Its findings suggest college students’ ability to intervene in cyberbullying changes depending on the number of other students witnessing the bullying, their perception of their own anonymity and how close they feel to the victim, among other factors.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/07/01/study-examines-bystander-behavior-cyberbullying-cases

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9 ways to support collaboration in higher ed

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-07-11 02:02

By Carly Morales, eCampus News

The next step in improving students’ experience in higher ed may be in rebuilding campus spaces for collaboration and data sharing. Institutions need to create layered, blended and personalized places that support a variety of interactions and digital platforms, rather than creating specialized spaces, such as computer labs. These findings are part of a recent study, which also found that mobility has transformed the way students learn, and therefore requires careful attention to physical spaces now more than ever.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/collaboration-design-campus-365/

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An executive’s guide to machine learning

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-07-10 23:10
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Dorian Pyle, Cristina San Jose, McKinsey, Jul 10, 2015

I think this is a pretty good article overall. It tells the executive officer what machine learning is without making the mistake of telling them what machine learning is. That is, it focuses more on value and use than it does on technology and mechanics. I think this is a bit of a cop-out, though: "Without strategy as a starting point, machine learning risks becoming a tool buried inside a company’ s routine operations." That's like saying, "without learning objectives you can't rely on machine learning to recommend learning resources." In one sense, this is true, but in another, deeper, sense, you want the machine learning to tell you what the strategic (or learning) options are. You don't know what you don't know, but good AI should help you with that.

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Open Letter on Sustainable Development Goals, Research and Higher Education

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-07-10 20:10


Project SOHA, Google Docs, Jul 10, 2015

Here's a question. If you have stated explicitly in a United Nations document that you support "inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all" do you need to add "notably through open educational resources and open access to scientific and technical information"? And if you support "resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation," do you need to add "socially responsible technological and social innovation and research capacity with affordable access to the Internet for all"? Let me note: I support the content of both additions. But are they necessary? It could be argued that they restrict the application of the principles to only open access and internet for all. Maybe it should be? Or maybe not.

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Doing Something About the ‘Impossible Problem’ of Abuse in Online Games

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-07-10 20:10
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Jeffrey Lin, Re/Code, Jul 10, 2015

On the creepy side, players are finding themselves being admonished for bad behaviour by machines. On the positive side, it is at long last a mechanism that enables a platform to deal with abuse and harassment. "How do you introduce structure and governance into a society that didn’ t have one before? The answer wasn’ t as simple as abolishing anonymity.... While anonymity can be a catalyst for online toxicity, we focused on the more powerful factor of whether or not there are consequences (both negative and positive) for behaviors."

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MIT and German research on the [appalling] use of video in xMOOCs

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-07-10 17:10
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Tony Bates, online learning and distance eductaion resources, Jul 10, 2015

Here's the recommendation from Hansch, A. et al. (2015)  Video and Online Learning: Critical Reflections and Findings From the Field, as cited by Tony Bates: "Think twice before using video.... it seems problematic that online learning pedagogy is concentrated so heavily in this medium." Bates responds, first, that the authors haven't done their research ("the failure in the main text to recognise properly  Richard Mayer’ s contribution to what we know about using video for teaching and learning is unforgivable"), second, that he nonetheless agrees with the conclusion, and third, "those designing xMOOCs have made the most egregious of errors in effective design through sheer ignorance of prior research in the area. Since those making these stupid mistakes in course design come from elite, research-based institutions, the sin of ignoring prior research is even more unforgivable," and fourth, "the real value of this paper comes from the authors’ typology of video production styles." But finally, and he puts it in bold: "we should stop taking xMOOCs seriously. They are badly designed by amateurs who don’ t know what they are doing." Hear, hear.

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News outlets vie for global audiences with translated stories

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-07-10 17:10
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Benjamin Mullin, Poynter, Jul 10, 2015

What happens in news media usually happens in education not too long after. In this case what we are seeing is the increasing impact of automated translation on media services. It's not quite there yet. But it's close enough that we can begin to plan for automated translation as a way to extend our reach. Certainly educators and content authors are looking to extend readership across languages in anticipation of easy interaction in the future. “ Our goal in growing internationally is to build a global network of locally relevant sites, so we also work with our international teams to highlight great stories that are going viral around the world and bring them to a wider audience,” said Liz Wasden, vice president of communications for BuzzFeed.

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How Not to Let Work Explode Your Life

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-07-10 17:10
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The Book of Life, Jul 10, 2015

This is part of the much larger "Book of Life", which is being written iteratively by a number of authors. I don't always agree with its themes and emphases but this item caught my eye, and seems to me to be fundamentally right. "Although so often it seems incredibly personal that one fails to combine work harmoniously with family life or with  exercise or with maintaining old friendships, the charge should not really be laid primarily against oneself. The fault lies with something much larger than our own individual failings (real though those are)."

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SARA Tipping Point: 27 SARA States

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-07-10 02:10

by NC-SARA

As of June 29, 2015, twenty-seven states have now joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) initiative, a key moment for SARA and higher education. In the past month, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Iowa, approved by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) to join the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA) on June 1. Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma soon followed with approval by Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to join the Southern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (S-SARA) on June 29. These states join 23 others (Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming and West Virginia) as members of SARA. SARA is a nationwide initiative of states that will make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education. The effort is funded by a $3 million grant from Lumina Foundation, $200,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and fees paid by institutions.

http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d33f013c3412cbcac1e8ae453&id=623dfbe015&e=7e8a4b699b

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Balancing Act: Finding Success with Online Classes

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-07-10 02:05

by Guest, Corner of College and Allen

So how does one plan, implement, and prepare for successful online classes? As mother of three children, student at Penn State World Campus at least three-quarters of my time, and intern part-time in human resources for Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, I have a lot on my plate. But despite my numerous tasks, I still maintain my honor roll status. Here’s how I manage my time — and maybe my tips will help you achieve the best possible experience with your own course work. We all have the same amount of time in each day to accomplish everything with success and minimal stress. It takes a lot of work at first, but soon you can develop a forced habit. Over time and with scads of advice from successful peers, I have learned to use these exceptional strategies that I will share with you, in the hope that you, too, can succeed!

http://studentblog.worldcampus.psu.edu/index.php/2015/06/balancing-act-finding-success-with-online-classes/

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College must become more accessible and affordable–so here’s a start

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-07-10 02:02
by Anant Agarwal and Michael Crow, Quartz It might be difficult to believe that by 2020, the U.S. alone will be three million college graduates short of what projections say the economy will need. By 2025, that number could skyrocket to 16 million. Making college exclusive and expensive is not the answer the global economy needs, but that’s the trend in current budget climates. It doesn’t have to be this way. Some schools, prestigious universities included, have been making strides in quality online education. This commitment to more inclusion and access should be applauded. http://qz.com/439207/college-must-become-more-accessible-and-affordable-so-heres-a-start/ Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_14744') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_14744') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_14744') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_14744'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_14744') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

XKCD Phone 3

xkcd.com - Fri, 2015-07-10 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Leben in Europa (EU-SILC)

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2015-07-10 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Gemeinschaftsstatistik über Einkommen und Lebensbedingungen. Leben in Europa (EU-SILC)" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

Categories: Science News

Tackling BYOE (bring your own everything) in Higher Ed

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-07-09 02:10

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

“Bring Your Own Device,” or BYOD, has been an ed tech buzzword for so long that it’s hard to imagine a learning environment without student-owned laptops, tablets, smartphones and the like. In fact, in its 2015 Top 10 IT Issues, Educause referred to BYOD as part of “the new normal,” pointing out that technologies such as mobile, online education, cloud and BYOD are forcing IT to retool and redefine its support strategies and security policies. “What began in the last decade as a faculty or staff member connecting a personal laptop to the campus network has exploded into an ever-growing ecosystem of personally owned smartphones, tablets, cloud storage, processing, and other individually owned technologies that are everywhere we are,” wrote Mark Askren, CIO at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in the ECAR research report “The Consumerization of Technology and the Bring-Your-Own-Everything (BYOE) Era of Higher Education.”

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/06/25/tackling-byoe-in-higher-ed.aspx

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Designing Learning Spaces for Both Online and On-Campus Delivery

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-07-09 02:06

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Purdue University found a way to create a flexible and inviting learning space for on-campus learners while also delivering high-quality audio and video recording for distance students. Determined to provide a better experience for everybody, the university laid out specific requirements for the new physical space: soundproofing, acoustic panels and ceiling mics (which would be out of the way and less intimidating for students physically present). To be able to turn lectures around quickly for online use, Conrad’s team chose Telestream appliances to do the encoding, which would allow the school to provide recordings within 20 minutes from the time the lecture was completed. The encoding process would capture the lecture, creating a massive file, then compress that down into an MPEG-4 file and push it onto a Web server. To make sure lectures weren’t lost due to technical difficulty, the division used two layers of backup. And for real-time lecture streaming, the staff implemented a Wowza Media Systems server too.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/06/24/designing-learning-spaces-for-both-online-and-on-campus-delivery.aspx

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Is Facebook the Next Frontier for Online Learning?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-07-09 02:05

by Christine Greenhow & Andy Henion, MSU Today

Social-networking sites such as Facebook can help students learn scientific literacy and other complex subjects that often receive short shrift in today’s time-strapped classrooms. In a first-of-its-kind study, Michigan State University’s Christine Greenhow found that high school and college students engaged in vigorous, intelligent debate about scientific issues in a voluntary Facebook forum. Such informal learning not only could supplement the content knowledge students acquire in class, but also connect them with professionals and experts in the field, spur interest in careers and inspire civic engagement.

http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2015/is-facebook-the-next-frontier-for-online-learning/

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Nursing informatics leadership: Helping craft the profession's future.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2015-07-08 13:52
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Nursing informatics leadership: Helping craft the profession's future.

Nursing. 2014 Dec;44(12):23-4

Authors: Parker CD

PMID: 25406778 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Can an Online Teaching Tool Solve One of Higher Education’s Biggest Headaches?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2015-07-08 02:05

By Amy X. Wang, Future Tense

Carnegie Mellon University has a problem. It’s a good one, this time—unlike when it lost dozens of researchers and scientists to Uber. The university’s new problem is not one of lack but of excess: Too many students are interested in taking a popular computer science course, and there’s not enough physical space in the classroom to accommodate them all. Rather than move the course to a football stadium, the Pittsburgh-based university plans to open the course up to more students by moving the majority of its instructional content from the classroom to the Internet. But it’s not just uploading a series of lectures and calling it an online course. The university will rely on a “blended learning” approach, combining video lectures, optional minilectures, and a handful of face-to-face group meetings between students and instructors for concepts that need to be reinforced in person.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/06/29/blended_learning_carnegie_mellon_university_will_debut_new_online_instructional.html

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