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Turning a MOOC Into a Network of Schools Collaborating

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-04-06 02:10

By Robert Quigley, PBS

Students at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Utah are currently engaged in a collaborative online class, Social Media Journalism, which combines the convenience of a MOOC with the engagement of a medium-sized lecture — and the completion rate is more than 95 percent. The engagement scales, too: students at both schools, 1,300 miles apart, are taking the class together, interacting with each other, viewing the same lesson modules and building a news aggregation service on various social media platforms. The difference is they get a personal instructor and smaller groups of familiar classmates. Our next step is to add more campuses and make this a new kind of MOOC — a network of schools working together with the same material but with individual instructors.

http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2014/03/turning-a-mooc-into-a-network-of-schools-collaborating/

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MOOC ‘tension’ hits US

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-04-06 02:05

by JOHN ROSS, the Australian

Massachusetts Institute of Technology chancellor Eric Grimson said it was impossible to prevent governments from capitalising on online courses to cut costs, even to the extent of closing down local universities. He said the “tension” was already apparent in the US, as authorities sought ways to reduce the higher education costs. “There will be pressure to use online tools to help reduce that cost,” he told the HES during a visit to the University of Adelaide last week. “But I’m hoping (cost) won’t be the sole factor. It would be a race to the bottom to figure out who can do it cheapest. It’s also about how you make learning more effective.”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/mooc-tension-hits-us/story-e6frgcjx-1226867952774

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Academic leaders work to ensure quality in online education

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-04-06 02:02

by Jennifer Hernandez, Daily Emerald

The University of Oregon has been slower than other universities in expanding its online education market. About 4,000 UO students took an online course between 2012-2013 in about 60 titles, according to Kassia Dellabough a Senior Program Manager from the UO’s Office of Academic Extension. This spring, the University will be launching its first Massive Open Online Course designed to help educators more effectively teach English as a foreign language through its American English Institute. The UO also offers one other fully online degree, a masters in Applied Information Management. According to officials, the university is looking to ensure quality above quantity in the courses it offers online. Associate professor of anthropology Josh Snodgrass is the chair of undergraduate council, a body that reports and reviews on the quality of general education at UO. It is currently developing guidelines for support and oversight of online courses.

http://dailyemerald.com/2014/03/30/academic-leaders-work-to-ensure-quality-in-online-education/

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It's not called that anymore: changes in medical terminology.

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It's not called that anymore: changes in medical terminology.

NASN Sch Nurse. 2014 Jan;29(1):43-4

Authors: Selekman J

PMID: 24624756 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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6 Ways to Be a Better Online Teacher

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-04-05 02:09

By Paul Beaudoin, Campus Technology

For over a decade, enrollments in online classes have steadily increased. According to a recent Sloan Consortium report, 7.1 million college students are currently enrolled in an online course — and those numbers are expected to rise. To meet the demand, more and more faculty are being asked to teach blended or online courses — even MOOCs. While most institutions have an online preparedness rubric for students, few have such a rubric for faculty who teach online. It doesn’t take long to discover that teaching in the blended or online learning environment is not a direct transfer of the traditional face-to-face class. The challenges of online learning often require a different set of skills that may not come easily to brick-and-mortar instructors. Here are six tried-and-tested strategies for becoming a better online teacher.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/03/26/6-ways-to-be-a-better-online-teacher.aspx

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Florida Memorial University among Select HBCUs Chosen for Online Learning Collaboration

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-04-05 02:05

by Sentinel News Services

Florida Memorial University, Lumen Learning, Oakwood University and Wiley College recently announced their collaboration in support of  The Center for Excellence in Distance Learning at Wiley College, with the goal of improving online education at HBCUs through the effective use of open educational resources. The Universities are forging a new path by tapping into the wealth of high quality open education resources (OER) available today. The Center for Excellence in Distance Learning is working with OER services provider Lumen Learning to tailor online courses to the unique needs of HBCUs and the students they serve.

http://www.lasentinel.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12840:florida-memorial-university-among-select-hbcus-chosen-for-distance-learning-collaboration&catid=81:national&Itemid=171

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Florida bill calls for MOOC accreditation, FIU weighs options

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-04-05 02:02

by Raul Herrera, FIUSM

Florida law is now requiring universities to accredit massively open online courses, which are currently free and not for credit. Their purpose, according to the University, is to provide an “open learning experience” along with what FIU Online Dean Joyce Elam calls “a taste of some of the leading academic programs at FIU.” The University is now weighing options on how to make for-credit MOOCs. “If FIU doesn’t come up with a process to award course credit for learning done through MOOCs or in other ways, someone else will come up with it, and we’ll just be told to implement it,” said Laurie Shrage, a professor of philosophy who proposed a method for MOOCs accreditation to the Faculty Senate. Florida law wants to stimulate the state’s K-12 and higher education system’s interest in MOOCs.

http://fiusm.com/2014/03/23/florida-bill-calls-for-mooc-accreditation-fiu-weighs-options/

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re\wire: ni

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-04-04 21:55
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Monika Hardy, Cooperative Catalyst, April 4, 2014

Nice post that isn't really a neat package (but it probably wouldn't be effective if it were) discussing the new 'networked individualism'. Here's a sample: "Listening simultaneously to each individual and to the entire networked world is beyond complicated. Beyond  Burning Man. Beyond  fan\dom. Beyond  occupy. Beyond us. Perhaps it’ s crazy to imagine a mechanism that could ground that much chaos/complication, and yet still be always listening  without an agenda. Imagine all of us together –   interconnected  –   24/7, as well as alone –   echo chambered  – 24/7.  free  ness. Perhaps it’ s crazier to not give it a try."

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So what is Technology Integration?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-04-04 21:46
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Chris Betcher, Betchablog, April 4, 2014

Nice description of the role, with lots of links: "the role of a tech integrator is all about finding ways that technology can assist learning, and helping teachers and students make the most of it. To do that we try to think about things like the SAMR Model, the TPACK Model, Blooms Taxonomy, Multiple Intelligences, Visible Thinking, Dweck’ s Mindsets, etc, etc, and figure out how technology can assist to make them work even better."

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More Data Can Lead to Poor Student Choices

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-04-04 21:42
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Adam Cooper, LACE, April 4, 2014

Adam Cooper points to an article in Times Higher education entitled More data can lead to poor student choices (I love the use of modalities in headlines; they could easily have written 'less data can lead to poor student choices'). Anyhow, the reference is to research that was conducted for Hefce and posted here. Cooper points to the artificial nature of the study (and therein the lesson for learning analytics): " it does not match the decision-making process as it really is for prospective students. The design feels too data-centric and insufficiently user-centric. I get the same kind of feeling when I see many analytics dashboards."

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A survey of student nurses' and midwives' experiences of learning to use electronic health record systems in practice.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Fri, 2014-04-04 17:05
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A survey of student nurses' and midwives' experiences of learning to use electronic health record systems in practice.

Nurse Educ Pract. 2013 Sep;13(5):437-41

Authors: Baillie L, Chadwick S, Mann R, Brooke-Read M

Abstract
AIM: The study aimed to investigate student nurses' and midwives' experiences of learning to use electronic health records (EHR) in practice.
BACKGROUND: Good record keeping and documentation are integral to nursing and midwifery practice. As EHRs become more widespread, student nurses and midwives need opportunities to access and learn how to use them in practice.
METHOD: A survey of nursing and midwifery students was conducted using questionnaires (n = 215) and three focus groups: one with midwifery students (n = 6); one with mental health nursing students (n = 5) and one with adult nursing students (n = 6). The University research ethics committee approved the study. The questionnaire data were analysed using SPSS v19. The focus group data were analysed thematically following transcription.
RESULTS: The results presented relate to two themes: 1) Preparation for using EHRs and skills development; 2) Access to EHRs and involvement. Students had variable experiences in relation to opportunities to access and use EHRs, training on EHR systems used in practice and guidance from mentors. Some mentors had concerns about students' legitimacy to access EHRs and verification of students' EHR entries was a challenging issue in some areas.
CONCLUSION: To promote opportunities for students to develop competence in using EHRs in practice, training on EHR systems in use, and clear processes for authorised access, are needed. Following the survey, the University and practice partners collaboratively established formalised EHR training for students with clear governance procedures for access and use.

PMID: 23140800 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Canadian job skills mismatch: truth or science fiction?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-04-04 16:18
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Don Pittis, CBC News, April 4, 2014

Someone asked me this week whether I thought the skills mismatch realluy exists. The idea of the skil,s mismatch is that despite persistent unemployment, there are high-skilled or specialized jobs that go unfilled in large numbers because people with the skills aren't available. My response was that the existence of hundreds of colleges and universities is de facto evidence of a skills mismatch. So when a publication like the Globe and Mail calls the  skills mismatch a fairytale, it is referring to one specific statistic in one particular industry, which may or may not be misleading. But in fact, there have always been skills mismatches, and while we can't predict precise job markets, we can do our best - government, industry and educaion - to prepare people to adapt and grow into the new needed skills. "What you can try and do is ensure that you are as resilient as you can be and that you have the broad set of flexible skills that allow you to take advantage of an opportunity when it comes along."

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Mäuse riechen Immunreaktion

ScienceTicker.Info - Fri, 2014-04-04 15:05
Eine Impfung verändert den Körpergeruch – zumindest bei Mäusen. Das haben amerikanische Forscher festgestellt. Mäuse sind demnach in der Lage, geimpfte und nicht geimpfte Artgenossen allein anhand ihres Uringeruchs auseinanderzuhalten.
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Introduces Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education

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

by HMH

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has launched Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education, an e-short by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier, authors of the New York Times bestselling book Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. The short e-book vividly illustrates the transformative effect big data is having on the learning process and sheds new light on visionary individuals and companies that have marshaled big data to enhance the way we learn. Learning with Big Data highlights key examples of how teachers are using data to measure student progress and optimize lessons to individual learning styles. For example, Stanford computer science professor Andrew Ng can now log every mouse-click his students make and track the patterns by which students watch video lectures — where they pressed pause or rewound. Through this data collection, educators can alter and optimize their course materials or delivery methods according to how their students learn best. Learning with Big Data is available for $2.99 at hmhco.com.

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140324-905854.html

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Harvard Business School Launches New Online Learning Platform

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

By ALEXANDER H. PATEL, Harvard Crimson

Courses offered under the platform will model the participation-centered discussion central to the case method style used in classrooms in the Business School. “Moreover, HBX will provide a powerful channel for communicating ideas to and engaging with new and wider audiences, complementing the work we do through Harvard Business Publishing,” Business School Dean Nitin Nohria said in a statement. The platform will also bring a new revenue-generating branch to the Business School at a time when it is facing growing constraints in revenue derived from its executive education and publishing programs.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2014/3/24/hbs-announces-hbx-launch/

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The Tech Trends Most Likely to Transform How Latin Americans Learn

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:02
by Jorge Camil Starr, Huffington Post

The Tech Trends Most Likely to Transform How Latin Americans Learnby Jorge Camil Starr, Huffington PostNew technologies can play a critical role in dramatically improving education quality in Latin America and in turn help catalyze economic growth. Knowledge democratization is the single most important movement sweeping across the globe. The capacity of the edtech market to make a real impact on society in Latin America is irrefutable and a series of startups are capitalizing on the potential of technology applied to learning. The rise of social media in Latin America has been applied to a wide range of industries and sectors, including improving access to and interest in, quality education.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jorge-camil-starr/the-tech-trends-most-likely-to-transform-how-latin-american-learn_b_4408923.html

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Metamaterials

xkcd.com - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:00
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The Massive Course Meets the Personal Learner

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-04-03 19:04
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In this talk I discuss the thinking behind the design of MOOCs and explain how these choices lead to the development of a personal learning environment fraework. Quite a bit of this talk is a reworking of 'The MOOC of One' and I'm trying to develop the ideas regarding pedagogy and theories of knowledge more explicitly. No slideshare yet; uploads are being interrupted every 300K or so (Filezilla just reconnects and continues, but Flickr Uploadr and Slidehare can't recover).

EDUCON2014 – IEEE Global Engineering Education Conferenc, Istanbul, Turkey (Keynote) April 3, 2014 [Comment]

LRMI, Open badges and alignment objects

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-04-03 18:59
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Phil Barker, CETIS Blog, April 3, 2014

This is interesting. After a talk on the Mozilla Open Badges community call Phil Barker notes that their (Mozilla's) "assertion specification, which includes a pointer from each badge to 'the  educational standards this badge aligns to, if any' ...  parallels the LRMI alignment object   very closely." This naturally leads to the suggestion that the two systems can be, and ought to be, more explicitly aligned. "Not only do the LRMI and Open Badge alignment objects both do the same thing they seem to have have the following semantically equivalent properties relating to identifying the thing that is aligned to."

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PKP Donation Drive

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-04-03 18:50


Press Release, Public Knowledge Project, April 3, 2014

I never post donation drive news (so please don't ask) but the Public Knowledge project has very quietly and very effectively been providing Open Journal Systems and Open Conference Sustems for years now. And as they write, "We will never charge for its download and use. All of our community support, including the online help forums, documentation, and instructional videos are free for everyone."

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