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Community Teaching Assistants: Coursera’s Student Warriors

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-08-10 02:10

by ELISE MUELLER, Duke

Before the start of the second run of English Composition I: Achieving Expertise, the Duke staff went on the hunt for students from the first offering of the course who would be good candidates for the volunteer position of Community Teaching Assistant (CTA). With the help of analytics from Coursera, we invited 25 students who had a high number of forum posts and a top GPA. Thirteen students volunteered to monitor the discussion forums and provide technical and content support for the 89,000 students who signed up.

http://cit.duke.edu/blog/2014/07/community-teaching-assistants-courseras-student-warriors/

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UPenn Professors Say MOOCs the Future of MBA Programs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-08-10 02:03

by Kristin Decarr, Education News

According to a recent study by two professors from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, online learning could benefit students in ways separate from the benefits gained from traditional classroom learning. The study, titled “Will Video Kill the Classroom Star? The Threat and Opportunity of MOOCs for Full-Time MBA Programs,” looked at the video technology used for massive open online courses (MOOCs), which the authors call “SuperText”, and discovered that it could make MBA courses 40% cheaper to produce. Currently, a full-time traditional MBA involves many professors giving in-class lectures. Each course costs about $1,500 to produce, while “it costs just pennies to register a new student in a MOOC,” writes Seb Murray for website Business Because.

http://www.educationnews.org/online-schools/upenn-professors-say-moocs-future-of-mba-programs/

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The Top 5 MOOC Finders

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-08-10 02:02

by IBL Studio

Here is a list of the top 5:

Class-Central.com. It tracks more than 50,000 courses. It has a great feature called “Mooc tracker”, which allows you to build your own catalog of courses and get notified.

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Accredible.com. It tracks free and paid video courses from the nine best course providers. It highlights the idea of collecting certificates and getting references.

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CourseBuffet.com. It includes MOOC providers such as Saylor.org Academy, India’s NPTEL and the OpenCourseWare consortium, that aren’t well represented by other aggregators.

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edHoop.com. It covers an extensive offering of video-based courses, both free and paid. So far, RedHoop has collected over 21,400 courses, of which 3,600 are free. It features an interesting top 100 list.

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TopFreeClasses.com. It ranks courses in terms of popularity.

http://iblstudios.com/moocs-offer-grows-exponentially-the-top-5-moocs-finders/

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All Things in Modulation

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-08-09 20:10


Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, Aug 09, 2014

It's hard not to be a bit cynical about the University of Wisconsin's strategy to reduce MOOC dropouts by making courses more locally focused and a lot shorter. “ We’ ve got to pick the greatest hits, as it were, of your course and find some of the material that you think, 'Boy, if [students] only have one exposure to me or my course, here are four things I want them to know,' ” said Joshua Morrill, a senior evaluator at UW-Madison.

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Punished for Its Mission?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-08-09 20:10


Ry Rivard, Inside Higher Ed, Aug 09, 2014

There's more than a little hyperbole in this story, which describes a small liberal arts college that does not score well on metrics because it's designed to help people get jobs or university placements outside the state of Florida, where it's funded. The real lesson here is that metrics reflect the interests of those who set them, and as a consequence often predict what they attempt to measure, missing what may be relevant or valuable. As for the college itself, it's not clear to me that a small hands-on college designed to send students to Oxford is the best use of public funds in any case. But as one person says on the comments, if the president can make the case, the metrics will be changed.

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Harvard pilot study put blended-format courses to the test

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-08-09 02:10

By Michael Patrick Rutter, Harvard Gazette Correspondent

Bergeron’s research team developed a set of recommendations for faculty who are planning to blend existing courses, designing new ones, or are interested in critically assessing new teaching approaches. Foremost is planning, which should address questions such as how time is spent in class or sections; the instructor’s role as facilitator; what form of content — media, lecture, or text — works best for what purpose; what physical environment best promotes learning objectives; how to ensure in-class engagement. The study found that expectations about participation and time commitments should be well-defined across all components, especially those that are online. Grading systems for online components should also be transparent. Likewise, instructors must be clear about the nature of the course and why and how it is blended, as many of the students regarded the digital component as an attempt to supplant rather than supplement the in-class experience. Lastly, digital materials and in-class activities must be evenly balanced.

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2014/07/a-virtual-analysis/

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MIT: What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-08-09 02:05

by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL

The rise of online education and massively open online courses (MOOCs) have prompted much naysaying on their effectiveness, with detractors citing single-digit completion rates and short-lived pilot programs. Amidst all the arguments about “flipped classrooms” and “hybrid learning,” however, few people have actually analyzed what makes MOOCs work (or fail): the content. Online learners spend most of their time watching videos — but are the videos any good? This year edX, the online learning platform co-run by MIT and Harvard University, gave researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) data on the second-by-second viewing habits of more than 100,000 learners perusing more than 6.9 million video sessions. In a paper published this spring, the CSAIL team outlined some key findings on what online learners want from videos.

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/what-69-million-clicks-tell-us-about-how-fix-online-education

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Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-08-09 02:02

by BENJAMIN WINTERHALTER, the Atlantic

An expanding body of research suggests that providing students with feedback in real-time has a big impact on how much they retain. And this just so happens to be something that MOOCs—and automated grading—do exceptionally well. As Mitros put it: “We have study after study suggesting that you learn very little as a result of me talking at you for an hour. Whereas if I convey information to you for five minutes and then assess you on it, and repeat that for an hour, you learn a lot more.” For the time being, MOOCs seem unlikely to take the place of physical campuses—or even replace for-profit universities, as Lue hopes they will. In order to do that, MOOCs would have to begin offering meaningful credits—the kind someone could take to a job interview and expect to have taken seriously.

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/how-online-courses-are-becoming-educations-new-wave/375152/

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Online Learning Consortium Announces 2014 Class of Fellows

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-08-08 02:09

by OLC

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly The Sloan Consortium, announced its 2014 class of Fellows. Recognizing exceptional professional excellence, the OLC Board of Directors confers the distinction upon individual members of the Consortium. The 2014 Fellows of the Online Learning Consortium are: Thomas B. Cavanagh, Cathy Cheal, Marie A. Cini, Gerard L. Hanley, David A. Sachs, Wayne D. Smutz, and Murray Turoff.

http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2014/07/28/MN76456

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Roundup Of Free Cloud Computing Online Courses Midyear Update

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-08-08 02:05

by Louis Columbus, Forbes

Amazon Web Services, Coursera, Google, MIT Courseware and Microsoft are accelerating the depth and variety of cloud computing courses, courseware and learning materials they are freely making available online. Over the last six months since the last Roundup Of Free Cloud Computing Online Courses, Amazon Web Services has added an additional series of free instructional videos, self-paced labs and selected free courses in the seven areas their AWS Training programs focus on. Microsoft’s Virtual Academy has grown to include more courses, training material and entire section of free downloadable books from Microsoft Press. Google’s continual additions to the Developer Academy include online courses to learn more about Google AppEngine, Python App Engine and Google Cloud SQL.Roundup Of Free Cloud Computing Online Courses Midyear Update – Louis Columbus, Forbes

http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiscolumbus/2014/07/27/roundup-of-free-cloud-computing-online-courses-midyear-update/

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BYU grad strikes gold teaching via online markpetplace

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-08-08 02:03

By Jasen Lee, Deseret News

BYU graduate Rick Walter made $45,000 for teaching his first online class on the Udemy marketplace website. He developed an online course on Apple’s new programming language, Swift. Within just three days of Apple announcing Swift, Walter had studied the 500-page programming manual and understood the content enough to develop video lectures to teach the language to others.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865607619/BYU-grad-strikes-gold-teaching-via-online-markpetplace.html

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Meteor

xkcd.com - Fri, 2014-08-08 02:00
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Statistik des Rentenzugangs

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2014-08-08 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Statistik des Rentenzugangs" der Deutschen Rentenversicherung Bund wurden um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

Categories: Science News

Is there such a thing as too little cognitive load?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-08-07 07:58


Kerry Johnson, KerryJ's Neotenous Tech, Aug 07, 2014

My own take here is that I'm not convinced that there is such a thing as cognitive load, but if there is, then the answer to the question is 'yes'. "Great care is taken in online learning spaces to reduce cognitive load," writes KerryJ, "But at what point (AQF and Blooms aside) do we prepare learners for the messy, complicated world they’ re going to find and how can we build that into course design in such a way that  we don’ t discourage them?"

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The Standards of Critical Digital Pedagogy

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-08-07 07:58


Chris Friend, Hybrid Pedagogy, Aug 07, 2014

"Educational standards limit the consciousness towards which critical pedagogy aims. Yet, those committed to developing critical digital pedagogies need to pay attention to standards anyway." So says Chris Friend, but the example he offers - "critical digital pedagogues at all levels of education must familiarize themselves with standards regarding Information and Communications Technology (ICT) literacy" - isn't convincing.

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Beginning to process the LA Reclaim Your Domain Hackathon

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-08-07 07:58


Brian Lamb, Abject, Aug 07, 2014

This is good stuff. "I’ ve been intrigued by discussions concerning how things like AWS, Docker, OpenShift are shifting the software landscape, and wondering how something like UBC’ s EduCloud might allow us to do some of these things while remaining compliant with our province’ s FIPPA privacy legislation." And much much more.

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Blogphilosophy: does #peace, pacifist education exist in #MOOC?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-08-07 07:58


Inge de Waard, Ignatia Webs, Aug 07, 2014

In the last week I have sadly deleted dozens of Facebook contacts, all of whom have in one way or another promoted the war effort of one or another side through the posting of graphic images, propaganda, or justifications. With Inge de Waard I ask, is there nobody who will promote peace? "No matter how hard I try I cannot keep war and conflict out of my mind’ s eye... And in all honesty, there is not a single course of action I seem to be able to take. The powers that be are using all their influences - no matter from which point of view - to instill all of us with the thought that 'war is necessary and good'." The same influences pervade the world of open online learning, she observes. "So can someone please build a peace MOOC?"

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Open Online Classes and International Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:10

by MICHAEL S. ROTH, e-International Relations

Much of the euphoria and hype around MOOCs has died down in the last year, and some of the fear-mongering, too. That’s a good thing. Online classes that reach an international audience won’t solve all the problems of higher education, but they are an effective tool to use for increasing awareness, stimulating research and creating widely dispersed networks of learning and action. Rather than fear them or celebrate them as “disruptive forces,” we should work at making them more effective for reaching an international group of “learners” who want to connect with important material and with one another.

http://www.e-ir.info/2014/07/26/massive-open-online-classes-and-international-learning/

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8 key considerations for competency-based education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:06

by Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

How ready is your institution for competency-based education?  Here are 8 questions to help get started.  With the recent signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the popularity of jobs training programs across the country, and the recent surge in the offerings of digital badges, competency-based education (CBE) is becoming a must for any higher education institution looking to serve a broader pool of 21st-century students. But competency-based education is about more than just offering digital badges for one-off skills–any institution looking to implement CBE knows that strategic planning for programs and credentials is critical…but where do interested colleges, universities, and institutions start?

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/considerations-competency-education-291/

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FutureLearn Offers a Wide Range of Free Online Courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-08-07 02:04

by Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers

FutureLearn, a subsidiary of The Open University, offers a wide range of free online courses. FutureLearn offers online courses on academic topics in history, science, literature, and political science. You will also find FutureLearn courses on topics like public speaking, developing a resume, and digital marketing. Courses range in length from two weeks to eight weeks. Some of the courses, like this public speaking course, require you to submit assignments to participate.

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/07/futurelearn-offers-wide-range-of-free.html#.U9V5euNdW2o

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