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xkcd.com - Wed, 2017-05-10 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Ärztestatistik

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2017-05-10 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem Bereich der "Ärztestatistik" der Bundesärztekammer wurden um das Jahr 2016 ergänzt.

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Exploring Qualitative Displays and Interfaces – Architectures

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-05-09 21:10

Dan Lockton, Architectures, May 09, 2017

"Much of how we construct meaning in the real world is qualitative rather than quantitative," writes Dan Lockton, "Yet, quantification has become a default mode for information display, and for interfaces supporting decision-making and behaviour change." Her's right on both counts, and this article illustrates part of the reason why. It's not exactly easy to create a qualitative interface, though he offers a number of intuitive examples: the movement of water as an indicator of acceleration, the swirling of leaves as a wind indicator, or wind socks. How would our understanding of learning and performance data change if we used qualitative indicators? If, for example, we could see skills development, rather than simply measuring them? Related: Design students explore landscape as a metaphor. [Link] [Comment]

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OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-05-09 19:37

May 09, 2017

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Instagrim: Why Social Media Makes Students Miserable

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-05-09 19:32

Donna Freitas, The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 09, 2017

The gist of this article is that people can't be themselves any more on social media, that they have to edit their social media feeds and essentially 'professionalize' their online presence, and that this has in turn caused unhappiness in the student population. My own take is that the possibility of exposure on social media has made them clean up their act, and if this causes them stress and hardship, I'm sure they can learn to deal with it. [Link] [Comment]

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OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-05-09 15:31

May 09, 2017

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Purdue Faculty Questions Kaplan Deal

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-05-09 02:10

By Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed

Faculty members at Purdue University took a strong stance Thursday against last week’s unorthodox acquisition of Kaplan University, passing a University Senate resolution calling the deal a violation of common-sense educational practice and respect for Purdue faculty. The resolution calls on Purdue President Mitch Daniels and the university’s Board of Trustees to rescind any decisions possible about the online-heavy university Purdue is acquiring from Kaplan. It also calls on Purdue leaders to include faculty members in all decisions made going forward about the soon-to-be-acquired university. That wording could catch the attention of Purdue’s accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission. HLC has to sign off on the acquisition before it can close, as do state and federal regulators. Accreditors generally expect a prominent faculty role in academic-related decisions.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/05/purdue-faculty-votes-against-kaplan-process

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Online courses become effective for building technical skills, earning certifications

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-05-09 02:05

by Ross Rubin, CIO

Lower cost, course variety, schedule flexibility and the optional endorsement of top universities are among the forces driving the wave of online technical education. However, spotty feedback from teachers and follow-through from students can compromise the experience. Online providers of technical education courses include Udemy, a marketplace in which virtually anyone can offer instruction, and sites such as Coursera, edX and Udacity that partner with universities. New York-based General Assembly, which focuses on technical skills development, offers online companion courses to physical class offerings that can span a weekend or go on for months in one of its immersive programs. It has served more than 350,000 students

http://www.cio.com/article/3192199/it-industry/online-courses-become-effective-for-building-technical-skills-earning-certifications.html

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70% of UK universities are phishing victims — and US numbers are likely similar

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-05-09 02:02

by Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

According to a new report from Duo Labs Research, 70% of universities surveyed in a Freedom of Information inquiry have fallen victim to phishing scams in the last year. Several of the schools surveyed indicated multiple attacks, and 10% indicated 51 or more attacks in the last year. The report focused heavily on U.K. institutions, but Jordan Wright, Senior R&D Engineer at Duo Security, said via email, “[I]t’s safe to assume that U.S.-based universities are just as vulnerable to phishing attacks as those in the U.K.”

http://www.educationdive.com/news/70-of-uk-universities-are-phishing-victims-and-us-numbers-are-likely-sim/441348/

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Begutachtungsstatistik (Pflegeversicherung)

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2017-05-09 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der Begutachtungsstatistik nach Begutachtungsanlässen (Pflegeversicherung) des Medizinischen Dienstes der Spitzenverbände der Krankenkassen e.V. wurden um die Angaben des Jahres 2016 ergänzt.

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Is the college degree outdated?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-05-08 02:05

by Laura Pappano, the Hechinger Report

The bachelor’s degree may be the classic pass to join the world of work, but increasingly it’s no longer enough. We have entered a “prove it” economy in which codified skills are currency. It’s driving a revolution in how education is constructed, delivered, used — and credentialed. Even as degrees, from associates to doctorates, proliferate, they are joined — maybe trumped — by thousands of resume-worthy credentials from shorter, non-degree programs. Half of recent college graduates are not using skills they learned in college at work; 86 percent are learning new skills outside of college. The credentials come from many sources: traditional universities, online platforms like edX, trade organizations like the American Hotel and Lodging Institute and companies like Jiffy Lube and IBM. Content and costs vary. Some are earned in quick sessions; others take months.

http://hechingerreport.org/college-degree-outdated/

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Twitter Gains More Followers

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-05-08 02:05

by eMarketer Daily

Twitter’s latest quarterly results indicate the social network has found its footing once again. While revenues declined for the first time ever, the company added 9 million more users. “We’re proud to report accelerating growth in daily active usage for the fourth consecutive quarter, up 14% year over year,” said Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a statement. This year, eMarketer estimates Twitter’s worldwide user base will grow 3.4% to 255.3 million monthly users.

https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Twitter-Gains-More-Followers/1015764

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EdX Certificate Programs Aim to Deliver Immediate Pathways to Careers

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-05-08 02:02

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

Massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX launched a new line of programs that are designed to build or advance critical skills for in-demand careers like software development and data science. Professional Certificate programs “provide learners with a more immediate path to reskill or upskill quickly in order to advance their career or position themselves for a new job,” according to the announcement. Each offers a series of courses created in collaboration with industry professionals and universities, focusing on job competencies and professional development in fields like computer science, data science and digital marketing. According to the edX announcement, “certificates are endorsed by corporations like HSBC, GitHub and The North Face, and recognized for real career relevancy.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/04/26/edx-certificate-programs-aim-to-deliver-immediate-pathways-to-careers.aspx

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Lunch Order

xkcd.com - Mon, 2017-05-08 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Polizeiliche Kriminalstatistik

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2017-05-08 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Polizeilichen Kriminalstatistik" des Bundeskriminalamtes wurden um das Jahr 2016 ergänzt.

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OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2017-05-07 19:08

May 07, 2017

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For-profit education could come roaring back in the Trump administration

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-05-07 02:10

By St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

A higher education business model targeted in the Obama administration for preying on military veterans, minorities and poor people is poised to get a second life under the new education secretary, Betsy DeVos. The businesses are for-profit college companies, including Trump University, which racked up enormous student debt that led to exploding default rates. They prey on students who lack the academic credentials to get into public higher education institutions. For-profit colleges account for about 8 percent of total higher education enrollment but 15 percent of subsidized student loans. You don’t have to be a math whiz to know that equation’s out of whack. Taxpayers are saddled with bills they shouldn’t have to pay to bail out former students defrauded or misled by the for-profit companies.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/04/25/profit-education-come-roaring-back-trump-administration/

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The Impact of Virtual Reality on Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-05-07 02:05

By Ruth Reynard, Campus Technology

As with every new “technology” that has entered society since the advent of the quill and the printing press, there are immediate interests and innovations pursued by early adopters, innovators, scientists and end users. In most cases, the technology is used for a while and then educators begin to look at the potential benefits for learning and instruction. Usually that happens when we realize the technology is popular and the younger generations are enthralled with using it — and therefore it is “here to stay.” As educators, we then begin to look at how the technology is impacting the way students think and process information — and how we can integrate the technology in the teaching and learning process.That model is an apt description of the state of virtual reality (VR) technology in education. As VR increasingly goes mainstream, there are various points of view on its current effectiveness in teaching and learning — and its potential use moving forward.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/04/26/the-impact-of-virtual-reality-on-learning.aspx

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MOOCs Started Out Completely Free. Where Are They Now?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-05-07 02:02

By Dhawal Shah, EdSurge

As MOOC providers focussed on finding a business model, they started putting certain aspects of the experience behind a paywall, hoping to get more people to pay. MOOCs went from free to free to audit (nevermind that the concept of auditing a class is completely foreign in most parts of the world). Free certificates were the first items to be shifted from free to pay. Then the graded assignments were put behind paywall. Now all the major MOOC providers have (or will soon have) some courses that are completely paid (even the videos). This shift to a freemium model, with more and more chances to up-sell, seems to be working for the providers, with the top three players earning more than $100 million combined last year. Each provider has a different model, and that can be really confusing to students. So here’s a summary of what free means for the four biggest MOOC players.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-04-20-moocs-started-out-completely-free-where-are-they-now

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