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A Human-Centered Approach to Empowering Faculty for Excellence in Online Course Design

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-06-07 02:04

by Katalin Wargo, EDUCAUSE Review

As at many colleges and universities across the nation, the teaching and learning landscape at William & Mary, a midsized liberal arts institution, is rapidly evolving. Online and hybrid programs are being woven throughout the William & Mary experience at such a fast pace that we have had to stop and ask ourselves what exactly we want that experience to be. As a continuation of our work on a contextualized approach to the digital learning environment, William & Mary’s University eLearning Initiatives created a new model of faculty development for online course design. The model deliberately cultivates human-centered digital learning by emphasizing connection, which we know to be difficult to foster within digital environments without intentional design.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/5/a-human-centered-approach-to-empowering-faculty-for-excellence-in-online-course-design

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New Tech Tests Usability of Virtual Apps

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2019-06-07 02:03

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
A researcher in Germany has developed technology for automatically detecting the usability and user-friendliness of virtual environments. Previously, said Patrick Harms from the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Göttingen, the only way to check these aspects of virtual reality and the virtual world was through manual testing. Harms wrote about his results in the May 2019 issue of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/29/new-tech-tests-usability-of-virtual-apps.aspx

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Emergence of Blockchain in Higher Education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2019-06-06 02:12

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

Blockchain is evolving into a robust platform that may shake many aspects of higher ed. We all have heard much about the potential for blockchain, particularly how it might serve as a distribution, validation and secure ledger of transcripts and associated certifications. MIT did the early work on this. Two years ago they began offering the distribution of diplomas via the Blockcerts Wallet app. While that sounds geeky cool, it represents much more than a technological advance. Substantively, it shifts control of transcripts from the registrar to the student. No longer can an unpaid parking ticket delay the delivery of your transcript to a prospective employer.  How can you prepare to adopt blockchain into your institution?

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/blogs/online-trending-now/emergence-blockchain

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First Wave of Carnegie Mellon Learning Tools Now Available

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2019-06-06 02:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Carnegie Mellon University has moved forward in its efforts to release education tools into the world. Last week, the institution officially introduced OpenSimon, a community and collection of tools dedicated to “[catalyzing] a revolution in learning and teaching” for higher education and K-12. According to the university, the software that will eventually be made available under open source licenses represents an investment of $100 million in research and development. OpenSimon includes tools for multiple audiences: those teaching as well as those doing research or developing educational technology products.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/15/first-wave-of-carnegie-mellon-learning-tools-now-available.aspx

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Why Integrated Instruction Is a Must for Today’s Tech-Enabled Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2019-06-06 02:06

Ruth Reynard, Campus Technology

Those of us in education have heard about integrated instruction for some time. Also known as “interdisciplinary instruction,” the term is used to explain approaches to teaching and learning that support problem solving and critical thinking. Bringing various academic disciplines together can help students think more deeply and more holistically about a topic or a project solution. Therefore, rather than presenting content in a linear fashion with prescribed beginning and ending points, an integrated approach not only encourages, but expects intersection points where related content can be part of the learning process. Topics and subjects are not seen as completely separate entities in an educational journey; instead, they are integrated at points, to make more sense of the whole.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/29/why-integrated-instruction-is-a-must-for-todays-tech-enabled-learning.aspx

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Kindersicherheitstag am 10.06.2019Motto: "Gemeinsam den Haushalt sicher machen"

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2019-06-06 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Kindersicherheitstag am 10.06.2019
Motto: "Gemeinsam den Haushalt sicher machen"
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How User-Centered Design Improves the Student Experience

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2019-06-05 02:09

Heidi Stahl, Karin Roberts, William Washington, Campus Technology

Most important of all, when building for students, include the student voice. When planning for a new tool, even if you are going to choose a vendor product, including the student voice is critical to the decision process. Students are crucial but often invisible stakeholders; effort must be made to include their perspective, needs and goals when designing or choosing a product they’ll be using.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/23/how-user-centered-design-improves-the-student-experience.aspx

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Has Technology Made State Regional Universities Obsolete?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2019-06-05 02:06

Richard Rose, Campus Technology

If our SRUs stopped being timid about taking full advantage of technology, they could reconfigure themselves as very different institutions that could offer a great deal more earning potential — and charge a great deal less. To begin to see how this is possible, let’s look at the services SRUs perform for their students — and which services would benefit from a more complete reliance on technology.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/05/22/has-technology-made-state-regional-universities-obsolete.aspx

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What’s Next for Coursera and FutureLearn? Insights Revealed at the EMOOCS Conference

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2019-06-05 02:03

John G. Paul, IBL News

During the same session at the University of Naples Federico II, Anant Agarwal, CEO at edX, and Simon Nelson, CEO at FutureLearn, stressed the impact of in-demand MOOCs on up-skilling and re-skilling employees as well as setting up lifelong learning habits. Simon Nelson, whose company received a recent investment of $64 million, announced that FutureLearn will invest money in creating high-quality content. So far the three big MOOC providers have not invested in content, relying instead on universities’ and industry partners’ offerings.

https://iblnews.org/2019/05/28/whats-next-for-coursera-and-futurelearn-insights-revealed-in-the-emoocs-conference-in-italy/

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7 Women Leaders in AI, Machine Learning and Robotics

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-06-04 02:12

Rina Caballar, Techopedia

Women make up only 22% of AI professionals worldwide, according to analysis done by LinkedIn and the World Economic Forum for its 2018 Global Gender Gap Report. In the more specialized area of machine learning, only 12% are women, based on a study done by Wired in partnership with Montreal startup Element AI. Artificial intelligence and machine learning continue to be male-dominated fields. But what would an artificially intelligent world designed and led by women look like? From making AI more human to automating the construction industry and reimagining the healthcare sector, here are seven women blazing the trail in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics.

https://www.techopedia.com/7-women-leaders-in-ai-machine-learning-and-robotics/2/33884

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Ranking Countries and Industries by Tech, Data, and Business Skills

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-06-04 02:05

Emily Glassberg SandsVinod Bakthavachalam, Harvard Business Review

We find stark skill contrasts between developed and developing markets, with North America and Europe far outpacing Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, on average. That said, the U.S. fails to reach the top quartile of countries in any of the three domains, and shows strong regional heterogeneity, with the South in particular lagging in key skill areas. Among industries, manufacturing and telecommunications demonstrate skill strengths; the tech industry also excels (as expected) in technology and data science, but is weaker in business.

https://hbr.org/2019/05/ranking-countries-and-industries-by-tech-data-and-business-skills

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How Can Edtech Address Evolving School and Workforce Needs?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2019-06-04 02:03

Nilanjana Saxena, EDUCAUSE Review

The education-to-employment gap continues to be the subject of much discussion, often surfacing in policy debates across both the developed and the developing world. The gap, which centers on skill acquisition, has led to relatively high levels of youth unemployment worldwide, as is visible in recent data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the 2018 QS report “The Global Graduate Skills Gap in the 21st Century,” which calls the skills gap “a global and significantly widespread issue.” “The Future of Jobs Report 2018” from the World Economic Forum (WEF) also elaborates on the problem by emphasizing the skills with which the current and future workforce must be equipped in order to succeed in an increasingly technology-driven workplace.

https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/5/how-can-edtech-address-evolving-school-and-workforce-needs

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Sehbehindertentag am 06.06.2019

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2019-06-04 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Sehbehindertentag am 06.06.2019
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Tag der Apotheke am 07.06.2019

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2019-06-04 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Tag der Apotheke am 07.06.2019
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Informatics Competencies for Nurse Leaders: A Scoping Review.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Mon, 2019-06-03 18:46
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Informatics Competencies for Nurse Leaders: A Scoping Review.

J Nurs Adm. 2019 Jun;49(6):323-330

Authors: Strudwick G, Nagle L, Kassam I, Pahwa M, Sequeira L

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To consolidate informatics competencies for nurse leaders.
BACKGROUND: Nurses in leadership positions with financial and human resource responsibilities have the capacity to shape how technologies are selected, implemented, and used. Many nurse leaders are not equipped with the essential informatics competencies to do so effectively. There have been efforts to identify a set of standard informatics competencies that should be core to every nurse leader's suite of capabilities; nonetheless, these efforts have yet to be disseminated widely.
METHODS: A scoping review was conducted by: 1) identifying the research questions; 2) identifying relevant studies; 3) selecting studies; 4) extracting collected data; and 5) reporting the results.
RESULTS: Fifteen articles were found, and 11 competency themes related to informatics knowledge, informatics skills, and others were identified.
CONCLUSION: Findings of this review can be used to support nursing leaders in their identification of gaps in their informatics knowledge and skill.

PMID: 31135640 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Ausgewählte Inforamationen zum Internationalen Tag der Umwelt am 05.06.2019

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2019-06-03 15:46
Ausgewählte Inforamationen zum Internationalen Tag der Umwelt am 05.06.2019
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Aktionentag gegenden Schmerz am 04.06.2019

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2019-06-03 09:46
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Aktionentag gegenden Schmerz am 04.06.2019
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What Boards Need to Know About AI

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-06-03 02:11

Douglas Merrill, Harvard Business Review

More than half of technology executives in the 2019 Gartner CIO Survey say they intend to employ AI before the end of 2020, up from 14% today. If you’re moving too slowly, a competitor could use AI to put you out of business. But if you move too quickly, you risk taking an approach the company doesn’t truly know how to manage. In a recent report by NewVantage Partners, 75% of companies cited fear of disruption from data-driven digital competitors as the top reason they’re investing. Answering these questions requires expertise in technology. But you can’t just add a tech expert to the board and count on him or her to keep the rest of the board up to speed.

https://hbr.org/2019/05/what-boards-need-to-know-about-ai

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Watch Samsung’s new AI turn Mona Lisa into a realistic talking head

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-06-03 02:07

Stan Schroeder, Mashable

Need more convincing that it will soon be impossible to tell whether a video of a person is real or fake? Enter Samsung’s new research, in which a neural network can turn a still image into a disturbingly convincing video. Researchers at the Samsung AI center in Moscow have achieved this, Motherboard reported Thursday, by training a “deep convolutional network” on a large number of videos showing talking heads, allowing it to identify certain facial features, and then using that knowledge to animate an image.  (ed note: We all must inform others that this technology has arrived – it has the power to mislead and to bring about very serious consequences).

https://mashable.com/article/samsung-ai-deepfake-video/

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Upwork releases latest Skills Index, ranking the 20 fastest-growing skills for freelancers

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2019-06-03 02:03

Upwork

75% of the top 20 fastest-growing skills were new to the index in Q1 2019.  The 20 fastest-growing freelance skills in Q1 2019 experienced more than 170 percent year-over-year growth, while demand for the top 10 skills grew more than 370 percent year-over-year.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190514005803/en/

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