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The Best of Elearning! 2014 Voting Begins

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-03-31 02:02

by Elearning!

In previous years we processed more than 4,000 nominations, and we expect an even higher volume this year. Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, the industry voices of the enterprise learning and workforce technology market, has announced that the Best of Elearning! Awards 2014 voting is now open. Celebrating 10 years of success, The Best of Elearning! Awards recognizes best-in-class solutions across 27 product and services categories. Executives leveraging learning and workplace technologies, including readers, practitioners, and community members from both the private and public sectors, are invited to cast their vote for best-in-class solutions starting March 15.

http://www.2elearning.com/awards/best-of-elearning-awards

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Shouldn't Be Hard

xkcd.com - Mon, 2014-03-31 02:00
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Tales of the Undead…Learning Theories: The Learning Pyramid

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-03-30 11:46
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Candice Benjes-Small, ACRLog, March 30, 2014

It's worth re-running this item (shared this week by Doug Belshaw). "Since the 1960s, experts have been trying to convince people that the learning pyramid is bogus.  But for every article written exposing its weaknesses, there seem to be dozens of instances where it is invoked as truth in presentations, websites, and trade publications." If you want proof someone hasn't done real research, watch for the cone of experience to show up in their work.

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Crows Understand a Fundamental Part of Logical Reasoning

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-03-30 11:40
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Jason G. Goldman, Animals, March 30, 2014

David Hume wrote, "It is certain that the most ignorant and stupid peasants — nay infants, nay even brute beasts — improve by experience, and learn the qualities of natural objects, by observing the effects which result from them." We see this over and over again; this link adds to that evidence, as we see crows using heavy objects to raise the level if water in a glass in order to reach food floating in it. Whatever theory of learning we have, it seems ervident that it must be simple enough that children and animals can use it, and this seems to me to rule out theories requiring complex constructivism or the making of meaning. Because crows don't make meaning.

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Online Course Provider’s Data Shows Low Women in Engineering

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-03-30 01:09

by Shawn Wasserman, IMT

Coursera, which partners with major universities, shows female enrollment in science and engineering e-courses is dragging. Its study, however, notes that the proportion of women engaging in online learning is growing overall. March 8 marked International Women’s Day this year. In response to the festivities, Coursera, a for-profit educational technology company offering massive open online courses (MOOCs), released data on female interactions within its MOOCs. The results, for the most part, are promising. Overall, about 40 percent of Coursera’s users are female and the numbers are climbing, though work is still needed to bring women to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) courses.

http://news.thomasnet.com/IMT/2014/03/20/online-course-providers-data-shows-low-women-in-engineering/

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Focus on high-demand courses in UC online education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-03-30 01:05

by Alexandra Tashman, Daily Bruin

To accomplish the goal of decreasing overcrowding on a long-term basis, the initiative should be targeted toward General Education requirements on all UC campuses. That way, the program would serve as a means of cutting costs because different professors and teaching assistants wouldn’t have to be teaching the same or similar classes at every UC. As it stands, for UCLA students, many of the classes that will be offered through the new program will only count as units toward their degree, as opposed to major or GE requirements. By focusing on the latter, the UC can maximize the impact of the initiative. The Innovative Learning Technology Initiative is a step in the right direction toward providing a better educational experience for students who would otherwise have to enroll in overcrowded classes, or wouldn’t be able to enroll at all.

http://dailybruin.com/2013/11/13/alexandra-tashman-focus-on-high-demand-courses-in-uc-online-education/

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Harvard Business School to offer online courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-03-30 01:02

By Callum Borchers, Boston Globe

The new program, called HBX, also marks the school’s maiden voyage below the graduate level. At its Allston campus it currently provides master’s- and doctorate-level courses, or executive education certificates, to about 2,000 students a year. HBX is inspired by popular online learning platforms, such as edX, which was launched two years ago by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But unlike edX, the Harvard Business offering will not be a so-called MOOC — a massive open online course anyone with an Internet connection can join. Prospective students must apply for admission and must already be pursuing at least a four-year degree at another school. “The folks who are flocking to these open courses vary dramatically in terms of how committed they are to finishing. You get a lot of browsers,” said Youngme Moon, chair of Harvard’s MBA program. “We started from a very different place, where we decided we wanted to offer something that is for serious learners only.”

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/03/20/harvard-business-school-launches-online-education-program/L2×3xMuBgjR12TLlh01XYO/story.html

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Premier event HIMSS14 set for Orlando.

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Wisdom of massive open online courses now in doubt

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-03-29 01:09

By Meghan Drake-The Washington Times

“There is a lot of speculation that [MOOCs] were going to change the face of higher education. That’s not what’s happening,” said Jeff Seaman, co-director of Babson Survey Research Group. Mr. Seaman and fellow Babson researcher I. Elaine Allen conducted a survey charting fresh doubts about MOOCs as long-term higher-education supplements. Their study, which polled chief academic officers at 2,831 colleges and universities about online education, reported that 39 percent say they do not believe that MOOCs are sustainable models for their schools — up from 26 percent in 2012. “There still is not a clear business model to why I should do this,” Mr. Seaman said. Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng notes that half of MOOC students who complete the first homework assignment wind up completing the entire course. But skeptics say the virtues of MOOCs also are emerging as vices. “Two words are wrong in ‘MOOC’: massive and open,” Stanford President John Hennessy said in a widely noted interview with the Financial Times.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/9/big-plan-on-campus-is-dropping-out/

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Shai Reshef is bringing the university to the people

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-03-29 01:05

By Gregory M. Lamb, Christian Science Monitor

The online University of the People has an immodest goal: Bring higher education to everyone on the planet – and at little or no cost. This spring it’s passing two significant waymarks on the way: Earlier this year, the UoPeople, as it’s called, earned accreditation from the Distance and Education Training Council. And on April 2 the first seven students (four from the United States and one each from Nigeria, Jordan, and Syria) will formally graduate. The nonprofit, online-only university, which began operation in 2009, seeks to reach millions of potential learners worldwide who would otherwise have little or no chance of earning a two-year or four-year college degree.

http://news.yahoo.com/shai-reshef-bringing-university-people-192543885.html

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Online learning pioneer slams ban on Iranian, Cuban, Sudanese students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-03-29 01:02

by Gemme Ware, the Conversation

The founder of free online learning platform edX, set up by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has spoken out against the US State department’s decision to block people in Iran, Cuba and Sudan from accessing a new advanced course on aircraft design. “I believe that all our courses should be freely available. I believe it does not make sense to block any courses from embargoed nations,” said Anant Agarwal, president of edX and professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. In early March, edX discovered the US government was going to block the Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics course offered by MIT. “Right now on EdX, of the 160 courses on our platform, one course is blocked, that’s the advanced aeronautics course to the embargoed nations.”

http://theconversation.com/online-learning-pioneer-slams-ban-on-iranian-cuban-sudanese-students-24581

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Stanford scientists put free text-analysis tool on the web

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-03-28 10:24
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Andrew Myers, Stanford Engineering, March 28, 2014

As this prromotional article states, "Ever wondered whether a certain TV show had a slant in favor of a political candidate? Stanford computer scientists have created a website that gives anyone who can cut and paste the ability to answer such questions, systematically and for free. The website is known as etcML, short for Easy Text Classification with Machine Learning." The story says two things to me. First, learning analytics is becoming a commodity, which will manifest itself as a service that other applications can access. Second, if you're developing something and want to develop a market for it, the way to be successful is to create a publicly-accessible protototype and then promote it - I know lots of people have been working on emotional and sentiment analysis, but the world beats a path to the door of the people who actually show how it's done. Via Geoffrey Rockwell.

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Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-03-28 10:19
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Marc A. Smith, Lee Rainie, Ben Shneiderman, Itai Himelboim, Pew Research Internet Project, March 28, 2014

I think that the structure of Twitter (specifically: the fact that wheen you post, you post to an audience of all your pollowers) limits the range of possible types of 'conversatuon networks'. So don't take this post as all-inclusive. Where the value lies, however, in the recognition that very distinct forms of networks can form in an environment where people have conversations, some dysfunctional (such as 'polarized crowds') and others less so (such as 'community clusters'). Via Brent Schlenker.

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Moneyball

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-03-28 10:12


Jim Groom, bavatuesdays, March 28, 2014

People are beginning to notice the the proponents of learning analytics need to brink some new data and examples forward to support their case, as the old ones are not only, well, old, they have also been thoroughly discredited. Jim Groom comments, "a lot has happened since 2010. Mike Caulfield pointed out  six months ago, and Michael Feldstein re-iterated, the research claims of the effectiveness of Course Signals to increase retention are deeply problematic."

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The Game of Wrong, and Moral Psychology

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-03-28 10:05


John Holbo, Crooked Timber, March 28, 2014

Some interesting post-MOOC reflections on learning and moral psychology from Crooked Timber, another example I think of how a MOOC well done results in the creation of new knowledge, as opposed to the mere transmission of the old (this may not be so much true for the students of a Coursera course as it is for the instructor). Anyhow, the reflections cause in me some thoughts about the apparent contradition between two principles I have long held, the first of which is a form of utilitarianism, and the second of which is a version of Kant's principle that each person is inherently valuable. Silly problems like the  Trolley Problem are designed not merely to test these principles but to drive a wedge between them. But in fact, the two principles are different aspects of the same principle of ethics, to my mind.

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Students press for cheap online textbooks

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-03-28 01:10

By KATHERINE LONG, The Seattle Times

In deciding which classes she’ll take every quarter, Alissa Ramberg often applies the textbook-cost-factor test: She figures out which professors require pricey textbooks, and avoids those classes. The University of Washington senior and student-government senator, who is majoring in political science, also has put off taking classes – and even chosen alternative courses that still fill the requirement – to try to control how much she must shell out for books. The price of college textbooks has risen at four times the rate of inflation in the past two decades, according to one study. Now, students are trying to gain some control over spiraling prices by asking professors to seek out less-expensive alternatives.

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/life/students-press-for-cheap-online-textbooks/article_28ffbbab-b4e5-51fd-b869-253d2d0798db.html

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Critical success factors for online education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-03-28 01:05

By Mario Matus, Navy Times

Active-duty service members and veterans tend to be nontraditional students — more likely to be married, have children, and to hold down a job while going to school. For these reasons, the flexibility and time-efficient environment of online programs is well-suited to military and veteran students. Compared to the traditional college environment, they adapt to the online environment well, given that the military culture instills discipline, commitment and planning behaviors — attributes essential to success in an online learning program. However, military students and veterans often need guidance to adapt from getting hands-on, in-the-moment training to completing reading assignments, written essays and final exams in an online environment.

http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140318/NEWS01/303180039/Opinion-Critical-success-factors-online-education

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Coursera course inspires student to apply to Penn

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-03-28 01:02

By JESSICA MCDOWELL, Daily Penn

College freshman Taha Tariq’s journey to Penn began with an online Coursera course. As a high school senior in Lahore, Pakistan, Tariq knew he wanted to come to the United States for college, but was never able to visit schools before applying. “As an international student, you don’t get the opportunity to fly around visiting all of these campuses. You really have to rely on what is available online,” he said. While researching Penn, Tariq discovered Modern Poetry, an online course taught by Professor Al Filreis on Coursera, a free platform for Massive Open Online Courses, commonly known as MOOCs.

http://www.thedp.com/article/2014/03/taha-tariq-coursera-to-penn

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Before the Internet

xkcd.com - Fri, 2014-03-28 01:00
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Ein Schlupfloch für Licht

ScienceTicker.Info - Thu, 2014-03-27 20:00
Einen Spiegel der besonderen Art haben amerikanische Physiker entwickelt. Aus dünnen Kristallschichten aufgebaut, reflektiert das Material auftreffendes Licht wie ein herkömmlicher Spiegel. Nur unter einem bestimmten Winkel einfallendes Licht lässt es passieren.
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