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On metadata

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2016-11-16 00:33

Daniel Lemire, Nov 15, 2016

Daniel Lemire is exactly right in this article, and we forget it at our peril: "Most metadata is unreliable. Maintaining high-quality data is simply hard work. And even when people have good intentions, it takes more mental acuity than you might think." And the system is not set up for it. "One of the problems with metadata in the real world is that you are in an adversarial setting.... you still have to worry that they are going to lie to you."

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Aaron Perzanowski: The End of Ownership

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2016-11-16 00:33

David Weinberger, Joho the Blog, Nov 15, 2016

Summary of a talk on the new state of 'ownership' in the digital age. "What rights do people think they have when they ‘ buy now.' Aaron and Jason did an experiment that showed that if people bought through a 'buy now' button, they thought they have the right to keep, device, lend, and give their copy. People make this mistake because they port over their real-world understanding of buying." In 20 years, will we be free to use our education as we wish, or will our knowledge of, say, calculus only be licensed for particular uses?

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YouTube has (apparently) reinstated RSS feeds

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2016-11-16 00:33

Brian Schrader, BiteofanApple, Nov 15, 2016

Brian Schrader writes, and I echo every word: "Well if there's something I wasn't expecting to find tonight, it was that apparently YouTube has decided to allow users to follow channels via RSS again, and unlike the last few years, this time it actually looks to be officially supported! I have no idea when this feature was added, but it's the first time I've seen it. Most articles about YouTube's RSS feeds are either hacks or from ancient history. I don't know what mad(wo)man is behind this, but I love them."

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Zahnmedizinische Gruppenprophylaxe

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2016-11-15 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus den "Epidemiologischen Begleituntersuchungen zur zahnmedizinischen Gruppenprophylaxe" der Deutschen Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Jugendzahnpflege e.V. wurden um das Jahr 2014/2015 ergänzt.

Categories: Science News

Auckland Startup Launches Revolutionary eLearning Platform

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-11-15 21:33

Modlettes, Nov 15, 2016

I think the  Modlettes product looks really interesting but it's quite expensive to get started (for me, at least) and the two-week trial doesn't really give me the capacity to  try it out with a larger audience. The idea is that "any member of a user organisation can be given permission to create and upload Modlettes to their organisation’ s channel, all with just a few touches on their smartphone." The authoring tool permits you to upload content, but ideally it would allow you to make the content on the fly - don't just 'upload' video, record video. For what they deliver, it's way overpriced, but the concept is good.

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OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-11-15 15:33

Colossal, Nov 15, 2016

Via Quartz I came across this excellent website devoted to what is best described as folk art. But what art! Articles include a Japanese exhibit of  rocks that look like faces, layered yarn  portraits of South Africans, a fiery-throated hummingbird, urban  geodes on the streets of L.A., Japanese  candy sculptures, toilet paper rolls squished into funny faces, a 2017 letterpress lunar calendar, a metropolis of more than 600 paper sculptures, and much more. Things like this inspire people, and they should be seen.

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Development of the Austrian Nursing Minimum Data Set (NMDS-AT): the third Delphi Round, a quantitative online survey.

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Development of the Austrian Nursing Minimum Data Set (NMDS-AT): the third Delphi Round, a quantitative online survey.

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;212:73-80

Authors: Ranegger R, Hackl WO, Ammenwerth E

BACKGROUND: A Nursing Minimum Data Set (NMDS) aims at systematically describing nursing care in terms of patient problems, nursing activities, and patient outcomes. In an earlier Delphi study, 56 data elements were proposed to be included in an Austrian Nursing Minimum Data Set (NMDS-AT).
OBJECTIVES: To identify the most important data elements of this list, and to identify appropriate coding systems.
METHODS: Online Delphi-based survey with 88 experts.
RESULTS: 43 data elements were rated as relevant for an NMDS-AT (strong agreement of more than half of the experts): nine data elements concerning the institution, patient demographics, and medical condition; 18 data elements concerning patient problems by using nursing diagnosis; seven data elements concerning nursing outcomes, and nine data elements concerning nursing interventions. As classification systems, national classification systems were proposed besides ICNP, NNN, and nursing-sensitive indicators.
CONCLUSION: The resulting proposal for an NMDS-AT will now be tested with routine data.

PMID: 26063260 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Ria #33: Dr. Inger Mewburn On Supporting & Training New Researchers

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-11-15 03:31

, Ecampus Research Unit | Oregon State University, Nov 14, 2016 In this episode, Dr. Inger Mewburn shares about her experiences as a research educator and blog writer. [Link] [Comment]

Marco Rubio still teaching an FIU course, online

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-11-15 01:09

by Patricia MazzeiPatricia Mazzei, Miami Herald

Rubio has co-taught an online fall course, according to the university and his campaign. The class, held for an hour a week on Wednesday evenings, is titled, “Topics in Politics — the General Election.” “He participates live from home or on the campaign trail using a laptop,” campaign spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas said in a statement. On Aug. 16, John F. Stack Jr., dean of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, sent Rubio a letter inviting him to work as a “visiting assistant scholar/science/engineer” for the three-credit class, which is co-taught by Dario Moreno and Sara Moats. The course enrolls more than 150 students. Rubio has taught on and off at FIU for years, particularly with Moreno, a Republican pollster. He’s getting paid $8,000, according to Stack’s letter, which the Miami Herald obtained from FIU through a public records request. That’s based on an annual salary rate of $24,000. Rubio makes $174,000 a year as a U.S. senator.

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Why Udacity and EdX Want to Trademark the Degrees of the Future—and What’s at Stake for Students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-11-15 01:05

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

No one owns the term “master’s degree.” But upstart education providers dream of getting a lock on the words for the next generation of online graduate certifications. Their strategy says a lot about how today’s online programs differ from those in the past (Hint: duration and price are just one part of that). Udacity won a trademark for Nanodegree last year. And in April, the nonprofit edX, founded by MIT and Harvard University to deliver online courses by a consortium of colleges, applied for a trademark on the word MicroMasters. And MicroDegree? Yep, that’s trademarked too, by yet another company. Sean Gallagher, chief strategy officer at Northeastern University’s Global Network, picked up on this trend recently and wondered what’s going on. He knows the space well, since he literally wrote the book on “ The Future of University Credentials.” The trademarked words don’t mean much today, since they “aren’t really recognized by employers yet,” Gallagher says.

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Penn State’s World Campus looks to future of online learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-11-15 01:02

BY LORI FALCE, Centre Daily

When Penn State’s World Campus started in 1998, it had a grant and a dream. Eighteen years later, the World Campus is a national leader in online education, with students around the globe and a stack of accolades from U.S. News and World Report for both its undergraduate and graduate programs. “It’s successful because it’s embedded in the core of the university,” Craig Weidemann told the Penn State trustees committee on outreach, development and community relations on Thursday. It was Weidemann’s last meeting as the vice president of outreach and vice provost for online education. He retires Dec. 31. He leaves behind a program that has 20,000 students and 10 percent growth in enrollment each year. The campus is on track to hit 35,000 students by 2025.

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You’ll Know the Drones Are Coming When…

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-11-15 00:31

Tony Hirst, OUseful Info, Nov 14, 2016

So, if a delivery bot using the sidewalk crosses the street at a crosswalk, does the driver have to give way and stop? This is the very relevant question asked by Tony Hirst as new technologies are forcing us to thing of devices as ethical objects. Do their rights sometimes trump ours - for example, if I am demonstrating in front of a political office and impede a sidewalk-using drone, have I committed an infraction? I've seen a few things recently depicting the AI phenomenon not as an intelligence question but as a test of ethics - for example,  this article from O'Reilly, and  episode 334 of Spark on CBC. Does an AI have an obligation to the truth, or to respect individual privacy, or is it waived from the limits that would constrain humans?

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Meet the new IFTTT

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-11-14 21:31

IFTTT, Nov 14, 2016

IFTTT - which stands for "If This Then That" - has long enabled people to partner their services with each other. For example, when I post a new photo on Flickr, I use it to repost it to my art blog and send a notification to Twitter. I also use it to create some RSS feeds out of social media to make keeping track of the industry that much easier. A similar (but expensive) service is Zapier. Anyhow, IFTTT has overhauled its technology, switching from 'recipes' to 'applets'. Applets can do much more than exchange content, for example, this: "Center the map on your home. When you arrive, your Android device will be unmuted, automatically and the volume will be set to 80%."

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Why do we test school kids anyway?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-11-14 21:31

Finn Poschmann, Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), Nov 14, 2016

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) is an "independent think tank" that offers business-friendly advice to governments and lobbyists. Normally they steer away from education, but occasionally offer an item like this recommending that we adopt a pro-testing standards-based system that is definitely not constructivist or 21st-century learning. Finn Poschmann cites "evidence" (from another 'independent think tank', the C.D. Howe Institute; actually a link error but probably this) to argue "too much emphasis on using differently coloured blocks to represent 100s, 10s, and 1s, and not so much on “ what is 7 times 12?” seems to cause problems for kids in later years." The evidence seems to say the opposite; the  highest-achieving students are in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta, and these are also the  most progressive schools in the country. It's where progressive education is steadfastly resisted - as in Canada's Atlantic provinces - where we see poor test scores dragging the nation down. See also: high poverty school succeeds by focusing on adventure, the arts, project based learning.

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Linked Research

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-11-14 21:31

Sarven Capadisli, Nov 14, 2016

Linked Research "is set out to socially and technically enable researchers to take full control, ownership, and responsibility of their knowledge, and have their contributions accessible to society at maximum capacity." The idea is to have open calls for publication and open reviews. The site is brand new; the most useful bit so far is the resource page. Maybe it will go nowhere, but maybe it will become part of the Solid (decentralised personal data storage) and Linked Data Platform: (W3C standard for RESTful read-write Linked Data resources) ecosystem. See  this paper from the same group from 2015.

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Towards a Trusted Framework for Identity and Data Sharing

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-11-14 15:30

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Nov 14, 2016

Good article discussing the emerging distributed framework (a la resource profiles, now known as trusted data ecosystems) for digital identity. Two specific technologies are discussed: a blockchain enabled system called Enigma, and a lighter weight framework called OPAL. "Enigma, is a decentralized computation platform enabling different parties to jointly store and run computations on data while keeping the data completely private... a much simpler and easy-to-deploy version called OPAL (OPen ALgorithms) will soon be ready for pilot testing in a few European countries.

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The Failure of the iPad Classroom

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-11-14 15:30

David Sax, The Walrus, Nov 14, 2016

I think it's far too soon to say the use of technology in learning has "failed". But sceptics will enjoy this thorough  denouement of educational technology. But a strand of thought half way through caught my eye. It was this: the fear that computer screens will "will replace more valuable, sensory activities, such as putting their hands through a box of sand, or eating a tub of Play-Doh." And I wondered: what is the impact of sand on test scores? How about clay and paint? I don't think we'll find a significant difference, but the argument against technology is based on exactly that sort of data.

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In a recent study, students learning via project tested better and improved applied problem-solving skills

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2016-11-14 01:05

by eSchool News

Educators often talk about 21st-century skills and the benefits of incorporating communication, creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking into lessons. These are skills students rarely learn straight out of a textbook. The best way to teach them, we’ve found, is by making these skills a relevant part of their active lives. If that sounds daunting, rest assured, it doesn’t always have to be. One way we have taught these skills is through project-based learning (PBL), where students apply what they’ve learned during a hands-on project that is relevant to the real world — and their lives.

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New data: Higher ed has massive misconceptions about low-income student success

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2016-11-14 01:03


New data released at EDUCAUSE challenges the commonly held perception that low-income students have a categorical deficit and cannot thrive in a variety of four-year college ecosystems. Contrary to a commonly-held belief that low-income students are more likely to struggle in a four-year institution, new data indicates students from low-income households are, in fact, likely to thrive in four-year institutions, according to a new survey. Higher education institutions are relying on predictive analysis to make decisions about admission and resource allocation, but that process could perpetuate the under-representation of minority and low-income students, according to a survey released by vibeffect at EDUCAUSE.

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Online learning: the benefits outweighs the drawbacks

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2016-11-14 01:01

by Abimbola Jubril, Western Herald

Technological advancements have allowed us to accomplish what seemed like impossible tasks a few decades back. Technology has become a part of our everyday life, assisting in every way imaginable. We can easily communicate with loved ones, purchase items online and even get a degree, all without being physically present because technology gives us the ability to do so. Online education has certainly been growing in popularity over the past couple years. Though there are still some negative perceptions about online learning, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.

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