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Online Learning: Outcomes and Satisfaction among Underprepared Students in an Upper-Level Psychology Course

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-10-12 02:10

by Colleen McDonough, Ramona Palmerio Roberts, Jessamy Hummel; OJDLA

This research suggests that outcomes and student satisfaction do not differ in any meaningful ways in traditional, online, and hybrid college courses. These findings underscore the quality and value of the online learning platform for institutions of higher learning, educators, parents, students, and the general public – not only is student performance similar to traditional courses, but students enjoy it as well. Given that the scholarship of online learning seems to be here to stay, it is reassuring to know that its effectiveness is similar to traditional courses at the undergraduate level. Student engagement and course involvement online may play a role in their outcomes, however, so students who tend to procrastinate or who lack intrinsic motivation might be better suited to traditional courses.

http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/fall173/mcdonough_roberts_hummel173.html

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Professors teach online from Keys underwater habitat

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-10-12 02:05

by Associated Press

Two Tennessee college educators have submerged in an underwater habitat in a Florida Keys lagoon to teach online classes and attempt to break a record for the longest human underwater habitation. Roane State Community College associate professor Bruce Cantrell, 63, and adjunct professor Jessica Fain, 25, dove 25 feet to Jules Undersea Lodge Friday. While underwater, they are to host a weekly live online program about marine science open to all students via YouTube. In addition, Cantrell is to teach a college credit class online for Roane State students.While underwater, they are to host a weekly live online program about marine science open to all students via YouTube. In addition, Cantrell is to teach a college credit class online for Roane State students.

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/weird/2014/10/04/professors-teach-underwater-habitat-key-largo/16710533/

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Keeping up with classes when you’re half way around the world

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-10-12 02:02

By Doug Feinberg, Hamilton Spectator

UConn star Breanna Stewart and her freshman teammate, Hamilton’s Kia Nurse, have had more than basketball to focus on at the women’s world championship. They also have to keep up with school work from nearly 8,000 kilometres away. Both will have missed about a month of college to play for their national teams — Stewart with the U.S., Nurse with Canada. Nurse, who helped Canada reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1994 before losing Friday to Australia, agreed with Stewart that the key to success is time management. “That’s the big part of being an elite athlete,” Nurse said. “Even though I’m the only one studying on the team, I find time every day. I’ve got an agenda all planned out, with what needs to be done each day for each class so that I can keep up and transition back to the classroom easily when I return.” Nurse said she’s taking one freshmen class online and missing the others.

http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/4896715-keeping-up-with-classes-when-you-re-half-way-around-the-world/

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The Battle for Beauty

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-10-11 17:00
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Peter Vanderauwera, Petervan, Oct 11, 2014

I don't agree with all of this, but I do agree with the core sentiment, especially as it regards my work and my reserach. "It was about architecture that had been taken over by businessmen, and artists not being allowed to carry out their rich hunger for beauty. A bit like Evgeny Morosov’ s fight against “ solutionism” , where the world is taken over by VCs and commerce in stead of asking the real big questions related to ethos and quality of life." Sadly, however, beauty has already been acquired by businesses and VCs. Books like  Lovemarks make it clear how they draw on human emotion to connect people to brands. So to me this article has the flaavour of wanting from humans what VCs and commerce already (promise to) deliver. There is a space, though, beyond even this, perhaps captured most evocatively by the phrase in Moulin rouge and reflected in my Moulin Ching.

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E-learning in an Ebola environment: A practical way forward

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-10-11 02:07

by Rashid Dumbuya ESQ, Sierra Express Media

As I resume classes on Monday here in the UK, I am so unhappy and broken in spirit especially when I consider the fact that thousands of students in my country are presently not attending school and formal lectures because of the outbreak of the Ebola virus and its attendant consequences. The entire educational system in Sierra Leone is currently on hold for over 3 months now. But as I sat and ponder over this demagogue, something interesting dropped on my mind and I feel a deep sense of responsibility to share it to all and sundry. QUESTION- Assuming E-learning had been encouraged and prioritized in the University of Sierra Leone, would it have made some positive difference during this challenging period?

http://www.sierraexpressmedia.com/?p=70886

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Using Quick Prototyping to Develop Online Courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-10-11 02:05

By Jessica Falkenthal, Blog UP

Eric Ries, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, popularized the idea of a minimum viable product, also known as quick prototyping. The concept is akin to writing an outline and getting it reviewed by your audience before you do hours of research and build your argument. When you get early feedback, you are able to develop a more effective paper. We named our prototype the “MOOC survivor tool.” While developing a prototype, I learned that there were a few things this approach could offer to the field of online learning. When applied to online learning, the idea is simple: create a prototype in increments and test it with customers to validate its effectiveness with real life users. This allows you to learn about what your users need and want while investing little time in going down unnecessary paths. It is essentially a fast process to nullify or accept your hypotheses and assumptions. The process tells you from an early stage if your idea or hypothesis is useful and worth building. The formula is simple: build, test, learn and repeat.

http://blog.up.co/2014/10/01/using-quick-prototyping-develop-online-courses/

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Assess Students’ Readiness to be Online Learners

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-10-11 02:02

by eLearning Industry

Many universities assume that because their students are part of the Facebook and Instagram generation, that they have the skills to be automatically successful online learners. This is a dangerous assumption as the high rates of attrition in online courses and MOOCs (as high as 90 percent in some cases) attest. Education institutions also assume that because students are eager online learners that they will understand and accept the new models of instruction and ways of working online or in blended environments. This is also dangerous assumption. Many students, though they may appear to be eager online learners, will often resist new models of teaching and learning and the increased responsibility they will need to be pushed and supported to learn differently. And many university students will take online courses because of the perception that it is easier, and they will need to be pushed and supported to work harder (especially when they see that an online course often involves more work than a face-to-face course.)

http://elearningindustry.com/helping-online-learners-succeed-part-1

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee speaks out on data ownership

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-10-11 01:59
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Alex Hern, The Guardian, Oct 10, 2014

According to this article, "The inventor of the web says data must be owned by its subject, rather than corporations, advertisers, and analysts." I agree with him, but I think the approach here will have to be technological, rather than legal, if only because I have no faith that corporations, advertisers and analysts will obey the law. After all, look at their track record.

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Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-10 16:58
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Nate Hoffelder, The Digital Reader, Oct 10, 2014

Another company joins the ignoble ranks of those spying on its users. "Adobe is gathering data on the ebooks that have been opened, which pages were read, and in what order.  All of this data, including the title, publisher, and other metadata for the book is being sent to Adobe’ s server in clear text." Here's a timeline:

"But wait," says Nate Hoffelder, the writer who broke the story. "There’ s more. Adobe isn’ t just tracking what users are doing in DE4; this app was also scanning my computer, gathering the metadata from all of the ebooks sitting on my [e-Reader], and uploading that data to Adobe’ s servers." Seriously Adobe?

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Can Scientists Speak?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-10 16:58
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Karen Magnuson-Ford, Katie Gibbs, Evidence for Democracy, Simon Fraser University, Oct 10, 2014

I'm not sure what I can say about this report. :) Just kidding. I can say what I want about it (though I can't issue a press release about it, which I can't say surprises me). This report co-sponsored by an organization called 'Evidence for Democracy' and Simon Fraser University criticizes the Canadian government for imposing speech limitations on its scientists. My own division, the National Research Council, was given a score of 69, or C+, scoring most poorly in "safeguards against political interference" and "protects scientific free speech". these scores, which count for more than half the overall grade, seem a bit harsh to me. I think the report would have been improved had it looked not just at the policies in place but also the practice. The full report is a 24 page PDF; here's the summary.

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View From Nowhere

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-10 16:58
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Nathan Jurgenson, The New Inquiry, Oct 10, 2014

Interesting article commenting on Dataclysm, "a new book-length expansion of OkCupid president Christian Rudder's earlier blog-posted observations about the anomalies of his dating service’ s data set." OkCupid is a matching site which posed questions to men and women and pairs them with their best matches. The data produced by the responses and other activities are mined for insights into human interactions. Nathan Jurgenson likens the approach employed by this site and other Big Data enterprises with the 19th and 20th century philosophy of positivism, which is the idea that the "world can be known and explained from a value-neutral, transcendent view from nowhere in particular." This is a very light and not altogether accurate take on positivism, but it set the stage nicely for a criticism of the hubris and ethical ambivalence demonstrated by big data enterprises.

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Nigeria: How Policy Somersaults, Corruption, Indiscipline Plague Public Schools, By Educationists

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-10 16:58
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Ujunwa Atueyi, allAfrica, Oct 10, 2014

I can't reconcile the hadline with the story, which is about Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Massive Oppen Online Courses (MOOCs) in Nigeria. Here's the gist: "When courses are converted to OER, they are delivered as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)." Which is an interesting (though not totally accurate) take. The context is a talk by Abel Caine on the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) conversion of some of its courses to OER. "OER would create a platform for NOUN to share their huge intellectual wealth so that other educational institutions within Nigeria, Africa and globally could use them free of cost, as well as with the legal freedom to adapt them," Caine stated.

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Do the social sciences need a shake-up?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-10-10 16:58
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Amanda Goodall, Andrew Oswald, Times Higher Education, Oct 10, 2014

This reminds me of the call not so long ago to reform the teaching of economics. Students in that discipline issued a  manifesto calling for the teaching of less orthodox (and hopefully more accurate) theories. In this case, though, the call comes from an  editorial in the New York Times from  Nicholas Christakis,  head of the Human Nature Lab at Yale University. "The social  sciences have stagnated," he writes. "They offer essentially the same set of academic departments and disciplines that they have for nearly 100 years... social scientists too often miss the chance to declare victory and move on to new frontiers." He wants them to move on from studying "classic topics like monopoly power, racial profiling and health inequality" and instead learn from Yale and Harvard and teach things like "biosocial science, network science, neuroeconomics, behavioral genetics and computational social science." But iws nomenclature really the problem? Goodall and Oswald respond, "What principally matters is whether social scientists are doing their job of helping humans to understand the world and improve life." And it's worth noting that institutions like Yale and Harvard have the effect of preserving monopoly power and inequality, precisely by closing discussion of these topics.

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With Online Video, the Classroom Becomes a Laboratory

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-10-10 02:04

By Paul Riismandel, Streaming Media

With thousands of courses and hundreds of thousands of students, MOOCs have the potential to be an enormous laboratory in which to study online learning. Compared to the traditional classroom, most MOOC platforms track significantly more analytic data about how students use materials and proceed through courses. This should be important to Streaming Media readers, because most MOOCs rely on video to deliver instructional content. That makes them a prime source of data about how students consume videos, as well as how consuming those videos correlates with performance.

http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/With-Online-Video-the-Classroom-Becomes-a-Laboratory-99686.aspx

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Higher education: It’s all about the user experience

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-10-10 02:03

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but higher education is in the user experience industry right now,” said one big-name vendor during EDUCAUSE’s annual conference in Orlando. “It’s the first time anyone’s ever really seen this level of dedication to the ‘customer,’ as they like to call it.” It was only in hearing this statement out loud that I realized this is what’s different about the conference sessions this year: everyone’s talking about what’s best for their customers.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/education-user-experience-287/

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Poland creates free online courses for Polish and Ukrainian languages

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-10-10 02:03

by Euromaiden

Polish Internet portal Port Europa organized free online courses for Ukrainians to learn Polish and for Poles to learn Ukrainian. According to the author of the course, Port Europa Editor Jakub Loginov, they are trying to encourage further closeness between Ukrainians and Polish people this way. “As Euromaidan has shown, our nations should stay together. We want to encourage Poles to learn the Ukrainian language and Ukrainians to learn Polish. The Polish language is very similar to Ukrainian, therefore there is no need to use English as a mediator in mutual communication, and mastering at least the basics of a language from a neighboring country is always interesting and useful,” porteuropa.eu cites him.

http://euromaidanpress.com/2014/10/02/poland-creates-free-online-courses-for-polish-and-ukrainian-languages/

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The Sake of Argument

xkcd.com - Fri, 2014-10-10 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

[International classification of functioning, disability and health: use in nursing care for the elderly].

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[International classification of functioning, disability and health: use in nursing care for the elderly].

Rev Bras Enferm. 2013 Sep-Oct;66(5):789-93

Authors: Santos SS, Lopes MJ, Vidal DA, Gautério DP

Abstract
The objective was to reflect on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and its use in nursing care for the elderly. It was conducted a brief history of the Classification; it was addressed the functional assessment of the elderly and importance to the proper planning to care actions; and it was showed the applicability of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health by nurses. The classification is able to direct the functional assessment of the elderly, by the nurses, making the integral, realizing this human being as having a body, with needs to perform activities and participation, and belonging to a context /environment.

PMID: 24217765 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

4 keys to survival in a rapidly changing ed-tech market

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-10-09 02:07

by Connor Gray, eSchool News

While the quality of higher education in the United States is the envy of the world, colleges and universities are approaching a critical inflection point in the way they do business. Greater competition, lower enrollment numbers, reduced funding, and changing demographics are impacting almost every institution. At the same time, we’re all trying to improve student outcomes (Borders was under no pressure to increase literacy while trying to survive market forces). One of our most successful clients, an early adopter of online and emerging technologies as its model, has seen tremendous growth in its online programs, tripling enrollment year over year. Today, it’s a basic supply-and-demand issue. You may still be able to squeeze out your enrollment numbers by offering online programs, but you may be lowering your prices and digging deeper into a degraded pool of students to hit those numbers. You’re achieving your recruiting goals, but now your revenue and retention rates are shrinking.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/rapidly-changing-market-321/

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Redistribution of tuition money leaves courses cancelle

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-10-09 02:05

By Tyler Williams, the Nebraskan

Several departments are scrambling to cover an unexpected reallocation of funds. The political science and history departments, among others, are set to lose classes as a result of budget constraints. Departments have begun eliminating online classes in order to make budget ends meet, causing headaches for students and department chairpersons. The university had the policy of giving departments a portion of online tuition dollars in order to fund both online and in-person classes. Now, those funds are being fed into the larger University of Nebraska-Lincoln budget.

http://www.dailynebraskan.com/news/redistribution-of-tuition-money-leaves-courses-cancelled/article_f9aac13c-49ec-11e4-b9e1-0017a43b2370.html

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