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Tech Loops - Fri, 2015-09-18 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-09-18 00:10

Nilay Patel, The Verge, [Sept] 17, 2015

I think there's some truth and some error in this article. All of it is important. First is the (not-so-)slow strangulation of the traditional web by the big three ocntent providers: "It's Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook, all with their own revenue platforms. Google has the web, Facebook has its app, and Apple has the iPhone. This is the newest and biggest war in tech going today." But this is based on what is probably the most pervasive myth about the internet that there is: "the ads pay for all that content, an uneasy compromise between the real cost of media production and the prices consumers are willing to pay that has existed since the first human scratched the first antelope on a wall somewhere." No. Not even close. The ads pay for some content, but huge swaths of content (including antelopes scratched on walls) appear without advertising, and serve a social service (such as education, governance, or public order). Indeed, I pay a huge chunk of the cost when I pay for my own bandwidth, software and Netflix subscriptions, and computer equipment. And that's why I don't think I should have to view advertisements.

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Is Moodle “Bigger than Martin”?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-09-17 03:08

Michael Feldstein, e-Literate, [Sept] 16, 2015

Interesting posts that to me suggests that Moodle is at a turning point. Most of the post is about the Moodle community's loyalty to Moodle founder at person-in-charge, Martin Dougiamas. And for the record, he was more than gracious when I showed up at a Moodle conference and gave a talk titled 'After Moodle'. But there is also, suggests Michael Feldstein, talk afoot that "Moodle is bigger than Martin now". This suggests, he argues, that people are thinking that money for Moodle development, which currently mostly flows through Moodle headquarters, should flow through other agencies. And if sso, this could (emphasis could) mean Moodle moves in directions unintended by its benevolent founder.

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New landmark OECD PISA study on 'Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection'

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-09-17 03:08

Michael Trucano, EduTech, [Sept] 16, 2015

Here's the study. Michael Trucano summarizes: "Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection finds that, despite the pervasiveness of information and communication technologies (ICT) in our daily lives, these technologies have not yet been as widely adopted in formal education. And where they are used in the classroom, their impact on student performance is mixed, at best." I don't blame him for that summary, but it's a ridiculous conclusion based on the data. What does it mean to say "used a computer"? The OECD authors, at least, recognize that there are different types of computer use (though they ignore this in several sweeping overgeneralizations of their own). But I fear most of the mainstream coverage will not. For my own part, I refuse to believe that a person who never uses a computer has better computer navigation skills than a person who uses it every day (slide 44, image). I think we will find explanations for the data via systemic bias in the tests. See also Peter Skillen, who also points to this  ridiculous conclusion as it appeared in headlines around the world.

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Validating Author Services Providers: Q&A with Donald Samulack

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-09-17 03:08

Angela Cochran, The Scholarly Kitchen, [Sept] 16, 2015

Pubklishers are (slowly) realizing that their days as gatekeepers are over; that's why Angela Cochran writes "Offering “ author services” is the name of the game right now." This has long been one of the primary rationalizations for publication or subscription fees. But changing the dialogue to "author services" doesn't let publishers off the hook. "We can no longer discuss 'predatory' publishing without also addressing author services providers that are taking advantage of researchers." That's why  Donald Samulack proposed a Coalition for Responsible Publication Resources. Will this address the issue, or will it simply be a mechanism for existing publishers to freeze out competition? A lot depends on the implementation.

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Student Builds Clock, Is Cuffed for Bomb Hoax, and Ends Up Invited to White House

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-09-17 03:08

Peter Baker, Christine Hauser, New York Times, [Sept] 16, 2015

It actually says in the New York Times that the boy who built a clock will not be charged. That must be a huge relief. On the bright side, he is being invited to the White House - a totally appropriate and necessary response to an unthinking and prejudiced action that could have left permanent scars. To their credit, most Twitter users are  standing with Ahmed. As do I; a home-built clock is a fantastic project, exactly what we want to encourage from children, and people who think "bomb" when they see a young child should have their prejudices checked by a professional, because they are seriously impaired. See also Will Richardson, who keys in on this assertion from Mohamed: “ Here in high school, none of the teachers know what I can do.” Says Richardson: "That just speaks volumes. And it begs the question, why are we ok with that?" Also, Alan Levine: "Our collective cycle of social ignorance/stupidity/racism/ goes sadly through another Lather Rinse (Do Not Learn from Mistakes) cycle."

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What learners do during MOOCs–and why it matters

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-09-17 02:09

By Ron Bethke, eCampus News

A new report examines learner activities during MOOCs, and the importance of integrating certain tools. Course design may take a back seat to personal and environmental factors, and notetaking is just as critical during MOOCs as in face-to-face courses. These are just a few of the findings of new qualitative research that examines the experiences and practices of students who participate in MOOCs. Published by Dr. George Veletsianos and two other colleagues in the British Journal of Educational Technology in May this year, the study aims to provide an understanding of how people experience MOOCs and why they engage in particular activities in the ways that they do.

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The biggest potential, and biggest challenge, to Big Data in higher ed

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-09-17 02:05

By Troy Williams, eCampus News

Slimming down the big data discussion to what really matters. The era of big data in higher education has arrived. However, it’s important for campuses to figure out how to properly capture, manage, and use this data wisely in order to improve student outcomes and retention at their institution. If the data is not properly utilized, the institution runs the risk of wasting both time and money. It’s imperative that this data is properly gathered and assessed in order to turn the results into useful information that will help enhance the institution for both current and future students.

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Universities turn focus to big data careers

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-09-17 02:02

By Laura Devaney, eCampus News

Big data, data science studies gaining popularity at institutions across the country. Over the next five years, the University of Michigan will invest $100 million in a new Data Science Initiative intended to help better connect students and faculty researchers to data science and the study of big data’s implications for society. Under the Data Science Inititive (DSI), the university plans to hire new faculty over the next four years, expand the university’s research computing capacity, offer new learning opportunities for students pursuing careers in data science, support data-related research initiatives and foster new methodological approaches to big data, and strengthen data management, storage, analytics, and training resources. Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_15369') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_15369') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_15369') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_15369'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php');,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if ( === 'facebook_share_button_15369') { button.onmouseover = function(){'#fff'; = '#295582'; = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ = '#3b5998'; = '#d8dfea'; = '#fff'; } } }

Sozialhilfe - Empfänger/-innen Grundsicherung im Alter und bei Erwerbsminderung

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2015-09-17 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Statistik der Sozialhilfe - Empfänger/-innen von Grundsicherung im Alter und bei Erwerbsminderung" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um die Angaben des Jahres 2014 ergänzt.

Categories: Science News

More Microsoft Courses On edX

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2015-09-16 02:10

by Sue Gee, i-programmer

Two new courses from Microsoft, one on XAML, the other on jQuery, start next week on edX. Other of the edX/Microsoft courses are now self-paced so you can begin them whenever you want. Microsoft partnered with edX earlier this year to run MOOCs taught by Microsoft trainers and taking advantage of the edX delivery platform. Both the new courses are relatively short. DEV206.1x: Introduction to XAML and Application Development, which starts on September 14th lasts 4 weeks with an estimated workload of 3-5 hours per week. Its prerequisites are: Experience developing .NET applications with C# and Experience using Visual Studio and its intended audience is people interested in developing Universal Windows apps.

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Harvard Business School Begins Offering Credit for some Online Extension Courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2015-09-16 02:04

by Campus Technology

Beginning in January, students who take select courses in Harvard Business School’s online digital education initiative, also known as HBX, will receive college credit for them. Students who receive the HBX Certificate of Readiness (CORe) after passing three business fundamentals courses — business analytics, economics for managers and financial accounting — will receive eight undergraduate credits from the Harvard Extension School. Previously, those who took the courses, conceived a year and a half ago as an online counterpart to the on-campus Harvard Business School experience, received only the credential but no college credit. The eight units can count toward an undergraduate degree from the extension school and, if transferable, used toward a degree at another university.

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Why We Should Build Classes Around Mobile Tech

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2015-09-16 02:03

By Toni Fuhrman, Campus Technology

Using an app he created, in classes he has configured around mobile technology, Ronald Yaros is preparing his students for a future that will revolve around their technological skills. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s information producers and consumers,” said Yaros, who is an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. “In the past five years, we have seen tectonic changes in how younger people adopt, adapt, and utilize mobile technology for virtually every aspect of their lives. For the next five years, I’m interested in how evolving technology will continue to change the ways in which users interact with information.” According to Yaros, without a systemic change in how we engage students in and outside of class, technology can be — and often is — viewed as getting in the way of learning.

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Squirrelphone - Wed, 2015-09-16 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Welt-Alzheimertag am 21.09.2015

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2015-09-16 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Welt-Alzheimertag am 21.09.2015
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Why Higher Ed Needs to Step Up Its IT Security Game

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2015-09-15 02:09

By David Weldon, Campus Technology

Jane LeClair, chief operating officer at the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College in Washington, DC, recently stressed the need for higher education to step up its game around IT security. And she urged colleges and universities that haven’t already done so to embrace the role of the chief information security officer, or CISO. LeClair appeared at the Campus Technology 2015 conference in Boston speaking on the topic “Cybersecurity at the C-Level: Preparing Future Leaders.’ While she discussed the need for more cybersecurity professionals at all levels of the organization, she stressed the growing demand for a single accountable IT security individual that can hold his or her own with other top executives in the organization.

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Will future global development education be short and online?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2015-09-15 02:06

By Kelli Rogers, Devex

Short-term courses and certificates are gaining ground, especially for mid-career professionals who might not have the wish, time or money to devote to a full-time master’s degree. Diving into details of 3-D printing for social good, earning a certificate in refugees, displacement and forced migration studies or tackling the essentials of nonprofit strategy is only getting easier when it comes to education access — especially when it can all be accomplished online. Startups like TechChange, along with established institutions like Massachusetts’ Clark University or the U.K.’s distance learning focused Open University are beefing up both their short-term and online learning options. Last week’s newly launched Philanthropy University, meanwhile, is offering its online classroom for free to students around the world who wish to do social good.

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Which college degrees are in the most, least demand?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2015-09-15 02:02

by GREG HINZ, Crain’s Chicago

“While it’s encouraging to see accelerated growth in STEM-related college programs, the slowdown in overall degree completions—especially those tied to developing strong communications and critical-thinking skills—is concerning,” said CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson. His reference was to the fact that while the number of new degrees grew a healthy 6.9 percent in 2011 compared with 2010, the year-to-year hike in 2014 was just 0.8 percent. “Nearly half of employers say they currently have job vacancies but can’t find skilled candidates to fill them,” Ferguson added. “We need to do a better job informing students and workers about which fields are in demand and growing.”

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Crohn- und Colitits-Tag am 20.09.2015

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2015-09-15 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Crohn- und Colitits-Tag am 20.09.2015
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Most New Psychology Findings Can’t Be Replicated. So Now What?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2015-09-14 20:59

Simon Oxenham, Big Think | Neurobonkers, [Sept] 14, 2015

If you can get away with it, print this statement out and past it to your manager or CEO's office door: "Whenever you hear the words 'new study,' alarm bells should ring. It isn’ t new studies that you should base your opinions on; it is old studies that have been replicated again and again." Also this: "The simplest way to avoid being misled is to stop getting your psychology and science news from, well, the news."

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