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The Myth of the Higher Ed Tech Academic / Administrative Divide

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2017-04-10 02:02

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Today’s reality is that the line between administrative and academic technology has blurred to such a degree that applying organizational distinctions is no longer useful – and is perhaps actively harmful. The reason for this is that we no longer have a clear line where an academic IT service ends and an administrative IT service begins. Are efforts to leverage learning data to drive student success a task of administrative or academic IT? The answer is that neither the skills of the traditional administrative technology professional or the seasoned academic technology expert are, on their own, adequate to the opportunity. Rather, administrative and academic IT people must work collaboratively – really as a single unit.

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Existential Bug Reports - Mon, 2017-04-10 02:00
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MONICA/KORA Herzinfarktregister Augsburg

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2017-04-10 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten Tabellen aus dem "MONICA/KORA Herzinfarktregister Augsburg" des Helmholtz Zentrums München, KORA-Arbeitskreis Datenhaltung und Design wurden um die Angaben 2013/2015 ergänzt.

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The Learning Analytics Blueprint

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2017-04-09 23:49

Desire2Learn, Apr 09, 2017

This is a piece of marketing published by D2L some time in the last year. It's a nice overview of how to plan for the use of data analytics and how to work with the results. "This isn’ t about ‘ analytics’ or data. It is about insight and understanding to help you solve the most pressing challenges impacting your institution, your faculty, and your students."

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Understanding Classrooms through Social Network Analysis: A Primer for Social Network Analysis in Education Research

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2017-04-09 23:49

Daniel Z. Grunspan, Benjamin L. Wiggins, Steven M. Goodreau, Life Sciences Education, Apr 09, 2017

The paper is a couple of years old but I thought it was a good introductory deep dive into social network analysis (SNA) for education. It contains good practical advice for people who want to apply SNA in their own educational research (for example, recognizing and dealing with survey fatigue). It also describes how to test for specific hypotheses, for example, whether there is a correlation between link-formation and learning outcomes. "Conceivably, network analysis can be used to describe the structure of seemingly ethereal concepts such as reputation, charisma, and teaching ability through the social assessment of peers and stakeholders."

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A Bot That Can Tell When It's Really Donald Trump Who's Tweeting

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2017-04-09 20:49

Andrew McGill, The Atlantic, Apr 09, 2017

This is a pretty good example of what can be done with analytics. As we know, there are the tweets Donald Trump writes himself, and then there are tweets written by his press office. The two have different styles, as was noted last year. The twitter bot takes advantage of this. "It’ s a Twitter bot that uses machine learning and natural language processing to estimate the likelihood Trump wrote a tweet himself." This is of course a novelty but it's the same sort of logic that can be used to filter spam, and eventually, to identify individual students by their  writing style and typing cadence.

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Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith’s publisher survival guide in the duopoly era

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2017-04-09 17:49

Sahil Patel, Digiday, Apr 09, 2017

The 'duopoly' in question is Facebook and Google, and arguably these two platforms have a firm hold on platform traffic. This article points out that this is not a good deal for publishers. Bloomber's Media CEO Justin Smith Smith cited a recent study from Digital Content Next showing "only 14 percent of some publishers’ revenues were coming from distributed content." How, then do publishers succeed? Quartz has a good model. "Quartz’ s model from the beginning has been to never accept a banner ad or an IAB standard unit." Also, "If you’ re producing content that someone else is also producing, you have to stop right away and rethink your approach. Create content that no one else is producing."

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How The New York Times, CNN, and The Huffington Post approach publishing on platforms

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2017-04-09 17:49

Joseph Lichterman, Nieman Lab, Apr 09, 2017

I'm not sure whether this represents a sea change or is just a blip, but the New York Times, which was one of the original partners when Facebook launched  Instant Articles in 2015, has not ceased publishing that way. It still publishes a lot of content to platforms (as do most major publishers) but now in the form of links rather than full content. It is worth noting that the Times is trying (still) to make its way as a subscription-based service. This article documents the trend for a number of publishers.

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Using Forums and Discussion Boards to Create Virtual Learning Experiences

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-04-09 13:45

by Matthew Lynch, tech Edvocate

The reason that many teachers strive for a more virtual experience instead of the traditional talking points is that the interaction makes the lesson more memorable to the students. Concepts and ideas that seem too complicated under time-honored instruction methods are easier to grasp when the students can experience the lessons. This does not mean that you need a VR machine to create a virtual experience either. There are a number of tools that can help you establish a virtual environment that makes lessons more entertaining while making the concepts easier to understand.

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Higher Ed Analytics Market Is Growing in Complexity

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-04-09 02:10

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

The availability of analytics products for higher education is on the rise, and the applications tend to fall into two broad camps: learning analytics, designed to be used by instructional staff to examine data tied to student engagement and academic outcomes; and operational analytics, for use by administrators to explore operational and financial areas, such as admission, enrollment and retention. That’s how a new report from Eduventures classifies the more than two dozen offerings it has identified in the current analytics marketplace.

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Coursera’s Rick Levin on the Evolution of MOOCs and Microcredentials

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-04-09 02:05

By Jeffrey R. Young, EdSurge

EdSurge: I’ve heard folks at Coursera refer to your courses and microcredential programs as “products.” That word struck me, since many academics are worried that higher education is becoming too commercialized. Is there a tension between the for-profit structure of Coursera and the nonprofit mission of your college partners?

RIck Levin: The advantage that we bring as a for-profit company is energy and direction and access to a labor force that’s highly talented. There’s an energy about our being a for-profit Silicon Valley entity that will create other services for university partners. Sometimes our partners say we are moving too fast because we’re coming up with new features all the time, and we’re experimenting with new pricing models, and each of these changes requires a lot of explanations from the university departments who customize them. Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_28332') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_28332') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_28332') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_28332'); 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_28332') { button.onmouseover = function(){'#fff'; = '#295582'; = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ = '#3b5998'; = '#d8dfea'; = '#fff'; } } }

How My Online MBA Is Helping Me Juggle Study, Work, Family, And My Own Business

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-04-09 02:02

by Marco De Novellis, Business Because

At Birmingham, the Online MBA is positioned as a direct alternative to the classroom-based course. Fortnightly live sessions bring distance-learning to life, connecting groups of approximately 25 students together with tutors and lecturers in an immersive online learning environment. The sessions are two and a quarter hours long. Munyaradzi wants a world-renowned, accredited MBA to help him build his IT training business and take his corporate career to new heights. When he graduates from Birmingham’s Online MBA, he’ll receive the same certificate as students on the full-time course.

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UI to offer online master’s program in accounting

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-04-08 02:10

by Julie Wurth, News-Gazette

A third online-only master’s program, this one from the top-ranked accounting department, will soon be available at the University of Illinois. Offered in partnership with the online learning platform Coursera, the program is geared toward professionals who want to beef up their accounting credentials, refresh their skills or change careers. The UI is the first top five accounting program to offer a master of science in accounting completely online, dubbed the “iMSA.” The UI helped pioneer this model with the Silicon Valley-based Coursera last year with an “iMBA,” an online master’s degree in business administration for $20,000, a fraction of the cost of the on-campus MBA program. It currently has 500 students from around the globe.

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Penn State e-Learning Institute broadens focus, renamed Office of Digital Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-04-08 02:04

by Penn State

In recognition of the increasing scope of digital learning, the College of Arts and Architecture’s e-Learning Institute will be renamed the Office of Digital Learning, effective April 1. Gary Chinn, director of the e-Learning Institute, will become assistant dean for digital learning. “A broader conceptualization of digital learning acknowledges that today’s courses can move across a continuum of completely in-person and completely online,” explained Chinn. “Blended learning courses, which utilize a combination of online materials and in-person lectures, continue to grow in popularity. Courses that take place in a lecture hall but feature class assignments that have a strong digital aspect are another example. As students flow in and out of physical classroom spaces and virtual environments, a broader term like ‘digital learning’ better captures this fluidity of learning context.”

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Government boosts funding for computer science ed to combat threats

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-04-08 02:02

by Stephen Noonoo, Education Dive

A shortage of trained professionals who can deal with sophisticated cybersecurity threats has put renewed focus on K-12 education efforts in the sector, both at the federal and state level. Preisdent Donald Trump is considering an executive order that would review cybersecurity education efforts. Various federal departments sponsor cybersecurity training initiatives, and several states including Virginia, Michigan and Colorado are taking proactive steps to boost graduates with skills in these areas. Despite the push, less than 25% of high school students have taken a computer science course, with the percentage even lower for students from minority backgrounds.

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The Truth About Zero Calorie Foods

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-04-07 23:48

Alex U. Nickel, Technicality, YouTube, Apr 07, 2017

Wrapping 'post-modernism week' we have this video explaining why a packet of zero-calorie Splenda has 4 calories. What I like of course is the way a student uses science to prove this, then records a video for YouTube. When you wonder why people don't believe in authorities or facts any more, consider perhaps why we allow non-facts to inform FDA-approved food lables. I got this from George Couros, who asks, "Do we ask our students to do this type of work in our schools?  Not only tackling ideas but sharing them through a medium that reaches so many people." And of course we don't, though the supply of material to work with is endless.

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How A Former iPod Chief Built The World’s Most Advanced First-Aid Kit

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-04-07 17:48

Mark Sullivan, Fast Company, Apr 07, 2017

“ Everybody is focusing on doing things in the cloud, but the place where you really control the experience is the endpoint.” I agree, and that's why I think there will be a swing back from cloud-based to local technologies (but no time soon). This health clinic in a box is a good example. "Gale is a breadbox-size chest containing diagnostic tools in the bottom drawer and medications and supplies in the top drawer. On the top is a pop-up touch screen that displays various interactive treatment guides." It is designed for environments where medical assistance (and internet access) are not readily available, though it would be very useful in a connected environment as well.

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OER Curation at Scale: An Opportunity to Support Personalized Learning

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-04-07 17:48

Mark Hannah, Getting Smart, Apr 07, 2017

This is a nice case study in the use of OERs but I think it's more significant because of its reference to the definition of personalized learning: “ A student experience in which the pace of learning and the instructional approach are optimized for the needs of each learner. Standards aligned learning objectives, instructional approaches and instructional content (and its sequencing) may all vary based on learner needs. In addition, learning activities are meaningful and relevant to learners, driven by their interests and often self-initiated.”

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Description of Advanced Practice Nurses Interventions Through the Nursing Interventions Classification in Different Care Settings for Older People: A Qualitative Study.

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Description of Advanced Practice Nurses Interventions Through the Nursing Interventions Classification in Different Care Settings for Older People: A Qualitative Study.

Int J Nurs Knowl. 2016 Feb;27(2):79-86

Authors: Garcia-Mayor S, Morilla-Herrera JC, Cuevas-Fernandez-Gallego M, Villa-Estrada F, Porcel-Galvez AM, Sastre-Fullana P, Morales-Asencio JM

PURPOSE: To identify the interventions provided by advanced practice nurses to older people in different contexts with standardized nursing language.
DATA SOURCE: This is a qualitative study. Content analysis was applied to the texts of experimental research papers about advanced practice nursing for older people. Deductive coding through the Nursing Intervention Classification was carried out.
DATA SYNTHESIS: Seventy-three interventions codified with the Nursing Intervention Classification were extracted, mainly related to the behavioral and healthcare system domains, which could be explained due to the need for improving the psychosocial functioning and self-care of these patients to preserve their quality of life.
CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATION FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Advanced practice nurses interventions can be better described, reported, and analyzed along different contexts with standardized languages.

PMID: 25735495 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Is Matter Conscious?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-04-07 14:48

Hedda Hassel Mørch, Nautilus, Apr 07, 2017

This is a tantalizing suggestion: "Philosophers and neuroscientists often assume that consciousness is like software, whereas the brain is like hardware. This suggestion turns this completely around. When we look at what physics tells us about the brain, we actually just find software— purely a set of relations— all the way down. And consciousness is in fact more like hardware, because of its distinctly qualitative, non-structural properties. For this reason, conscious experiences are just the kind of things that physical structure could be the structure of."

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