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Fall of the Banner Ad: The Monster That Swallowed the Web

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-11-09 16:39
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Harhad Manjoo, New York Times, Nov 09, 2014

The internet was originally a military and academic network designed for the free sharing of information and communications. As it began to be opened in the 1990s to allow commercial participation there was significant opposition to the introduction of advertising to the environment. These fears turned out to be well-founded, in my opinion, as much of what is bad about the web today can be traced back to the need to pursue clicks over content. I remember these first banner ads from Wired as I was a longtime member of the Wired online forums (called 'Hotwired Threads'). Today I am reading that sponsored posts  are providing significant returns for advertisers. This next great retreat from meaningful content and communication will be equally harmful. Me need so much to be able to move beyond advertising, but the commercial interest is pervasive, and nobody seems to know how to escape the trap we set for ourselves 20 years ago.

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Connectivism and Composition: Toward a Networked Classroom

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-11-09 16:39
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Jason Tham, Weblog, Nov 09, 2014

Based on the slides this looks like an interesting talk, capturing the core ideas of connectivism. I also like seeing someone else with a proper presentation page, one including slides, audio, and eventually, a transcript. My only significant criticism would be the obligatory invocation of collaboration, which is quite unnecessary and misses some core points of connectivism. Collaboration is about everybody working for a single objective, while in connectivism people work on diverse objectives, interacting and cooperating on points of mutual interest.

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Knowmad Society

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:39


John W. Moravec, Education Futures, Nov 09, 2014

Good diagram, overall. I don't know where it comes from, exactly; I found it on Facebook. I'm not sure how "not restricted by age" is a 'skill'. I would say "shares" rather than "invites sharing". I would say "cooperates and communicates" rather than "collaborates". I would say "investigates new technologies" rather than "purposively..." (dropping the 'purposively' to reflect the idea of exploration over dedication to specific outcomes). I would say 'disregards hierarchy' or 'eschews authority' or some such thing rather than 'thrives in flat networks'.

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Harvard Management Legend Clay Christensen Defends His ‘Disruption’ Theory

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-11-09 01:04

by Henry Blodget, Australia Business Insider

You have predicted — which is staggering — that half of universities will go bankrupt in the next 15 years.

Clay Christensen: Yes. Everybody else thinks that it’s absolutely crazy. But I think I’ll be right. I have made an observation that relates to this. It is as follows: Many of society’s most important and vexing problems were created by unnamed people in the past who decided unilaterally to combine things that should be separate and to separate things that should be together…. In the universities, we teach you what we decide you need to know. And the employers find out when they hire people that students didn’t learn what we needed them to learn. Online learning offerings, like the University of Phoenix, have relationships with employers and teach what you need to know.

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/clay-christensen-on-disruption-theory-apple-2014-11

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Can Twitter Bots Improve Online Learning?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-11-09 01:03

BY SOPHIA STUART, PC Magazine

A MOOC out of The University of Edinburgh will experiment with Twitter bots. For those of us who can’t quite afford to go back to school, services like Coursera offer free online classes in everything from languages and chemistry to nutrition and law. One such session is the E-learning and Digital Cultures class, which will be led by Dr. Jeremy Knox, a Lecturer for the MSc in Digital Education program at The University of Edinburgh. Knox’s background is in teaching, special education needs, and software design. For this year’s course we wanted to see if it was possible to automate some of the process, so we’ve developed an artificially intelligent bot – within Twitter – to attempt to answer students’ FAQs. It’s something of a move towards robot teaching, in a way. Its intelligence is limited right now, but it raises a question – can we consider automation as a fully fledged teaching tool?”

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Class Notes: Some UNG students to get free e-textbooks

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-11-09 01:02

By Jennifer Brown, Gainesville Times

Students in three University of North Georgia courses will get their textbooks free in electronic format thanks to a grant from Affordable Learning Georgia, a University System of Georgia initiative to provide affordable textbooks. Textbooks for the courses — introductory, intermediate and college algebra — would normally cost $188 to $206 when bought new. The University System of Georgia estimates each student spends an average of $1,200 per year on textbooks. The classes will begin using the textbooks in the upcoming spring semester. The $10,800 grants were awarded to 30 USG programs out of 48 that applied.

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/105703/

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Weltgedenktag für die Straßenverkehrsopfer am 16.11.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Sat, 2014-11-08 23:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Weltgedenktag für die Straßenverkehrsopfer am 16.11.2014
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What MOOCs Are Teaching Universities About Active Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-11-08 01:10

by KQED MindShift

In his TED talk, Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX describes how MOOCs are inspiring university and high school teachers to try assigning video lectures for homework so class time can be used for asking questions and hands-on assignments. He’s fired up at how engaged students have been and at the power of immediate feedback the online platform offers. Even more impressive, students from around the world are discussing concepts together online, eventually finding answers to questions on their own. MOOCs may not have upended the university system as predicted, but they may have done something better, Agarwal says — force inert institutions to rethink their practices.

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/10/what-moocs-are-teaching-universities-about-active-learning/

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Statistician explores how faculty can excel in blended learning environments

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-11-08 01:05

By Leslie King, Emory Report

Want to be rated an excellent instructor by your students? Facilitate learning, show respect for students and communicate well and you are virtually guaranteed to get an overall rating of excellent, irrespective of anything else. The University of Central Florida’s Chuck Dziuban said this unbreakable rule is based on data mined from 1.2 million end-of-course student evaluations of their professors and instructors. If the students rate them excellent in all three of those categories, they will inevitably be rated as excellent overall.

http://news.emory.edu/stories/2014/10/er_blended_learning_talk/campus.html

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Coursera May Soon Add Videochats With Professors

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-11-08 01:02

BY CADE METZ, Wired

Coursera is one of the driving forces behind the MOOC, the massive open online course, a way for enormous numbers of people to experience university courses over the internet. Rick Levin, the former president of Yale University who now serves as CEO of Coursera, says the Silicon Valley startup is exploring the possibility of offering intimate online discussions with university professors who teach its MOOCs. “Down the road, we’ll probably go to a premium layer that you could pay for that would give you live interaction with a professor by video or something like that—a seminar within a MOOC,” Levin told WIRED at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJD conference here in Southern California. He compares this to a Google Hangout with a professor, and he indicated that such a thing could arrive in the coming year.

http://www.wired.com/2014/10/king-free-online-courses-may-soon-add-videochats-professors/

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Stanford’s Open Learning Initiative receives Gates Foundation grant

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-11-07 01:10

By: Alexandra Bourdillon, Stanford Daily

Stanford’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) program is one of seven educational technology programs to split a $20 million fund from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. OLI is an online educational platform that enhances classroom learning through digital modules that provide feedback to instructors. Students use the modules to learn and engage with material in an interactive online environment, while activities examine each student’s understanding of key concepts. The instructor uses the data from the platform to design the class and focus on important areas. Founded by Candace Thille, OLI began 12 years ago at Carnegie Mellon University.

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When hybrid can be better than fully online learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-11-07 01:09

by Jane Roberts, eCampus News

The needs of adult learners are changing, and universities interested in retention are turning to more hybrid models.  Tradition-rich Christian Brothers University watched in alarm a decade ago as online, nonprofit colleges began chomping away at nighttime enrollment.v“They all had online options. For many adults, it appeared to be more convenient or faster,” said Toni Ross, dean of the College of Adult Professional Studies. “It was attractive until they got into it and realized maybe they still needed the instructor’s support and having a peer group was important. We’ve seen a 360-degree change in what adult students want from online.” CBU rolled out its solution in the spring, a 40-60 split between the traditional classroom, which requires students’ presence on campus, and the online realm. Instead of two night classes a week, they now attend one night, for two hours.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/hybrid-online-learning-387/

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Online learning: More guidance is now available to the growing community of online learners

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-11-07 01:03

by  GERALDINE HACKETT, Independent (Ireland)

Online learning has lost its image of being low-cost and low-quality, mainly because universities and other providers have worked hard to replicate, as far as possible, the traditional experience of being part of a student group. Even FutureLearn, the front-runner of massive open online courses (Moocs), which has put online hundreds of free courses, has designed features on its website that let students discuss work with each other and academics. Professor Mike Sharples, on secondment to FutureLearn from the Open University (OU), is convinced that the “water cooler” discussions that take place online between students is proving successful. Students watch the video and then comment on or question the material online. For each module, there is a lead academic online to answer queries.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/further/online-learning-more-guidance-is-now-available-to-the-growing-community-of-online-learners-9823538.html

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Cloud

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GKV, KG 2-Statistik

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2014-11-06 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "KG 2-Statistik (gesetzliche Krankenversicherung: u.a. Leistungsfälle und -zeiten von Arbeitsunfähigkeit, Krankengeld, -hausbehandlung, häuslicher Krankenpflege, Leistungsfälle bei Schwanger- und Mutterschaft)" des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit wurden um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

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Welt-Diabetestag am 14.11.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2014-11-06 23:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Welt-Diabetestag am 14.11.2014
Categories: Science News

Nebraska Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-11-06 01:09

By Bob Glissmann, Omaha World-Herald

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine, its clinical partner, are launching two free online Ebola education courses. The downloadable courses will provide easy-to-understand instruction and resources for health care professionals and the general public. The two courses, The Nebraska Ebola Method for Clinicians and The Nebraska Ebola Method for General Public, will provide instruction and information through videos and printable documents. The clinicians’ course already is available via the iTunes U app for iPad and iPhone.

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/med-center-offers-free-online-ebola-education-courses/article_f79765d8-5dcb-11e4-9c0a-001a4bcf6878.html

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Choose Between an Online Graduate Certificate, Degree Program

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-11-06 01:08

By Jordan Friedman, US News

When it comes to making a decision about graduate online education, many may wonder whether to select a certificate or degree program. Online certificates, which typically take a year or less to complete, often focus on developing a particular skill or furthering knowledge in a more specific area, experts say. In contrast to certificates, online degree programs are “going to be broader,” says Vickie Cook, the director of the University of Illinois—Springfield’s Center for Online Learning, Research and Service. Degrees “will have skills embedded into the curriculum and will introduce students to a broader approach to their field of study,” Cook says. “In many cases, it may introduce them to skills not specific to a particular career – more transferable skills like writing, advanced reading and critical thinking.”

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Coursera’s Plan for Online Education: Expansion in China

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-11-06 01:02

By Christina Larson, Bloomberg

Levin, the new chief executive of Coursera, was president of Yale University for 20 years, making him one of the Ivy League’s longest-serving presidents. Levin focused on expanding partnerships in China and the school’s international presence more broadly in his time at Yale, according to his university biography, and he laid out an optimistic vision for the future of higher education in China in a 2010 article for Foreign Affairs. Now he wants to expand Coursera’s footprint in China. The company already offers more than 800 online courses led by professors at 112 colleges and other institutions—including such top-flight schools as Yale, Columbia University, and Duke University. Today Coursera has more than 10 million total users, and as Levin recently told the China Daily, the number of Chinese users is second only to those in the U.S. He sees China as the company’s greatest opportunity for expanding its user base.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-10-27/coursera-ceo-richard-levin-plans-to-expand-the-company-in-china

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It's time to embrace informatics.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2014-11-05 13:36
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It's time to embrace informatics.

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