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The Most Popular Social Network for Young People? Texting

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 19:35
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Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, [Sept] 29, 2014

I can't say I'm surprised that texting would be more popular than Facebook or Twitter - it is, after all, the medium you can use to talk to your friends that doesn't leave a content trail, isn't monetized by advertisers, and won't accidentally become the next internet meme. "Messaging is an everything network. It's identity, it's social,  it's intent ("hey do you want to see Spider-Man"),  it's location ("yo I'm in the theater"). It's the purest form of social network, so simply social that we scarcely consider it a network."

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The Great British Bake Off copyright grab: We can use your #ExtraSlice Twitter images but not give you credit

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 19:35
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Paul Bradshaw, Online Journalism Blog, [Sept] 29, 2014

It's almost certainly not legal, but who is going to stop them? In case you haven't seen it (and you almost certainly haven't), here are the terms posted on the BBC TV show An Extra Slice website: "By submitting a photograph or other material ("Material") to twitter.com and instagram.com using #ExtraSlice, you grant to Love Productions Ltd ("we/us") the right to edit, modify, adapt, translate, exhibit, transmit, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute and otherwise use the Material, at no charge and in any medium for the purpose of the full period of copyright and therefore insofar as possible, in perpetuity (the "Rights") and for such purpose you agree to waive irrevocably all moral rights of whatever nature in the Material." I'd like to do the same thing to hashtags of my choosing. Like, say, #BBC.

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The ABC of Hand Tools (1945)

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 19:35
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Disney, YouTube, [Sept] 29, 2014

Disney produced training video for GM about proper use of hand tools in 1945. Because educational technology wasn't invented in 1995. Via Metafilter.

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The Current Ecosystem of Learning Management Systems in Higher Education

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 04:35
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Eden Dahlstrom, D. Christopher Brooks, Jacqueline Bichsel, EDUCAUSE, [Sept] 28, 2014

As Audrey Watters comments, the LMS is back and humming like it's 1997. "Global learning management system (LMS) revenue was estimated at $1.9– 2.6 billion in 2013, with projected growth to $7.8 billion by 2018.3 These estimates include the K– 12 market, corporate training, and higher education segments and demonstrate clearly the considerable scope of the LMS market." Related: Instructure  launches a learning object repository.

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Online Learning is Just as Effective as Traditional Education, According to a New MIT Study

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-09-29 02:12

by Lauren Landry, BostoInno

Researchers’ findings have been published in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, and co-author David Pritchard, MIT’s Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics, knows they will be controversial. The group, comprised of researchers from MIT, Harvard and Tsinghua University, completed a before-and-after test on students taking “Mechanics ReView,” an introductory mechanics course offered on massive open online learning platform edX. Researchers then conducted a similar test on students taking the class residentially, discovering: The amount learned is somewhat greater than in the traditional lecture-based course.

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/09/24/mit-study-how-do-online-courses-compare-to-traditional-learning/

link to IRRODL article:

http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1902/3009

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Google’s ‘Most Searched For’ University Rankings

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-09-29 02:08

by The Huffington Post UK

Google has revealed the most popular searches for universities from people across the globe – and the results were pretty unexpected. Compared to the typical university ranking system highlighting the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to higher education, the new Google ranking system gives us an indication of the universities that most people (including potential students) are searching for – as well as why this could be. The number one search? University of Phoenix, a US-based university with a plethora of online courses to choose from. The new rankings show that there’s a global interest in attending universities that can cater to those who want to learn online, rather than on campus. In third place sits the popular Open University, which also happens to be the top ranking uni in Europe on Google’s list.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/09/24/google-university-ranking_n_5871942.html

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8 Websites for Free Online Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-09-29 02:02

By Trent Hamm, US News

One of the biggest benefits of the Internet is the huge amount of information we all have available at our fingertips. Yet the biggest challenge for many of us is making sense of all that information. There are many opportunities for learning, but the information is often spread out in various places and not presented in an organized way that makes learning easy. Thankfully, several organizations – both nonprofits and businesses – have jumped into this niche and have developed online courses that draw upon this vast wealth of available knowledge. These eight free websites allow you to take educational courses in the comfort of your home, expanding your knowledge and understanding of the world at your convenience.

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2014/09/23/8-websites-for-free-online-learning

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iOS Keyboard

xkcd.com - Mon, 2014-09-29 02:00
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The Learning Machine, pecking pigeons and the Sending of Being

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 01:35
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nick shackleton-jones, aconventional, [Sept] 28, 2014

When people interact with each other, the social learning produced is not the replication of content from one mind to the next to the next. It's not even contained in any individual mind at all. Rather, society as a whole develops new learning. This is the meaning of "We think, therefore we am." Nick Shackleton-Jones captures the effect of this nicely. "Although we frequently stumble upon these bigger, emergent, purposes - evolution, religion, capital, technology – we don’ t like to think of ourselves as their component parts. Because we glimpse but not grasp them, we like to think of them as products of human activity... Heidegger understood this: he realized that at best we glimpse these higher purposes, and that we experience them as an unfolding, as uncanny – as a revealing, a ‘ destining’ and a ‘ sending of Being’ . We sense that something is being done to us, but we can’ t guess what until we see it."

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Why the Unskilled Are Unaware: Further Explorations of (Absent) Self-Insight Among the Incompetent

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 01:35


Joyce Ehrlinger, Kerri Johnson, M. Banner, D.Dunning, Justin Kruger, PubMedGov, [Sept] 28, 2014

It is well known that low-skilled people tend to over-estimate their performance. This is typically thought to result from their inability to recognize what poor and good performance looks like. But in this paper, the authors suggest there may be more to it than that. "What appears to be an inability to assess the quality of one’ s performance on the part of the unskilled might actually be an unwillingness to do so accurately." People don't want to admit their own incompetence. But suppose this were accompanied with the knowledge that their performance can improve. "Recent research reveals that individuals who hold a view that intelligence is malleable make far more accurate assessments of the quality of their performance than do those who believe intelligence to be fixed." It's easier to be honest about our level of competence if we know that this is something that can, and will, improve. Via Doug Belshaw.

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'Connectivism': Creating Learning Communities

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 01:35
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Balthas Seibold, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), [Sept] 28, 2014

Short, crisp and well-written article on connectivism connecting it to Albert Bandura’ s social cognitive theory and "the early notion of 'Bildung' that sees education as the process of shaping oneself and the world as put forth by German writers and thinkers Wilhelm von Humboldt and Friedrich Schiller in the late 18th and early 19th century." I think, though, connectivism is characterized not by the Brown and Adler quote, but by this variation: "We think, therefore, we am." See also more  trends in open innovation at GIZ - a lot of good stuff here, including sections on tech hubs, crowdfunding, Africa's mobile revolution, and more.

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Arzneimittelmarkt in Zahlen

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2014-09-29 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem Bereich "Arzneimittelmarkt in Deutschland in Zahlen" des Bundesfachverbandes der Arzneimittel-Hersteller e.V. wurden um die Angaben des Jahres 2013 ergänzt.

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Psychotherapeutendatei

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2014-09-29 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus der "Psychotherapeutendatei (Psychologische Psychotherapeuten und Kinder- und Jugendlichenpsychotherapeuten)" der Bundespsychotherapeutenkammer wurde um die Angaben des Jahres 2013 ergänzt.

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Tag der älteren Menschen am 01.10.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2014-09-29 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Tag der älteren Menschen am 01.10.2014
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Want even more mind-blowing TED Talks? Let’s get more STEM teachers in the classroom. Starting with … you!

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-09-28 04:33
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Baratunde Thurston, TED Blog, [Sept] 27, 2014

Sorry about the super-long title. It's typical of this post, which in turn is typical of the TED approach to education. Which is sad, and (as we see in this video) disappointingly patronizing. "Today,  Cultivated Wit launches a co-funded digital campaign to inspire math, science, tech and engineering (or STEM) undergraduates and recent grads to teach." Yes, teaching science and technology and the rest are important. But a video titled (so help me) "I blow minds" isn't going to convince graduates to teach these subjects. Offering them a competitive salary and professional standing will. But I'm still waiting for that TED video.

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Network Theorist Barry Wellman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-09-28 04:33
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Unattributed, Oll Awards, [Sept] 27, 2014

Worth noting as University of Toronto researcher  Barry Wellman receives a significant honour. "The top-cited Canadian sociologist, Wellman’ s current work continues to focus on the interplay between information and communication technologies, especially the Internet, social relations and social structure." Here's a sample of his writing, from Connecting Community: "In the old days, before the 1990s, places were largely connected -- by telephone, cars, planes and railroads. Now with the Internet (and mobile phones), people are connected." And the Glocal Village: "the Internet and other new communication technologies are helping people to personalize their own communities."

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Where Does the LMS Go From Here?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-09-28 02:12

Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Faculty members and students want their future learning management systems to be customizable and full of features, but a new study finds they still use the systems’ basic functions most often. The report, produced by Eden Dahlstrom, D. Christopher Brooks and Jacqueline Bichsel at the Educause Center for Analysis and Research, provides an overview of faculty and student opinions about a piece of educational software present at virtually every college and university in the U.S. The researchers pulled data from last year’s Core Data Service survey, which collects information about institutions’ IT use, as well as two surveys of faculty members and students conducted this year, summarizing the responses of more than 27,000 respondents at hundreds of U.S. institutions.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/09/23/educause-gates-foundation-examine-history-and-future-lms

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A Guide to Evaluating Networks

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-09-28 01:33
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Madeleine Taylor, Beth's Blog, [Sept] 27, 2014

From the original post it took three clicks to actually read the document, and that includes a form asking for my name and email for spamming purposes. But I'm interested in networks and I wanted to see what they had to say about evaluating networks. I could probably have stayed with the original post, although the case studies casebook is a substantial document. My main issue is that, although they are using the word network, what they are actually evaluating are consortia or collaborations. Why do I say this? Well, there's the presumption of a common objective, limited or closed membership, rules and processes - all the hallmarks of a single cohesive organization, and not a distributed entity such as a network. I'd point to their definition or account of what a network is, but they don't have one; all they have are very standard and very ordinary evaluation criteria that would be familiar to any hierarchical organization.

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How To Train Your Attention and Be Effective When Working Online

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-09-28 01:33
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Beth Kanter, Beth's Blog, [Sept] 27, 2014

OK, I have a cat that sits on my desk right in front of my keyboard, so I know about being distracted. But then again, I'm usually playing on Facebook or Twitter, so I guess it's a wash. But I'm not sure I need to go on an Information Diet, even if Clay Johnson recommends it. And I think that Daniel J. Levitin's distinction between task-negative and task-positive modes of consciousness is just so much made-up stuff. I haven't observed Linda Stone's 'email apnea' in myself (I have the regular kind of apnea, so I know what to look for). See, the presumption here is that the conversations we have online are interfering with the work we're supposed to be doing. But increasingly, these conversations are the work we're supposed to be doing. And if your work is taking you away from the network, maybe you should re-examine your work. It may be dysfunctional.

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Open Online Participant Invite for 2014-15

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-09-27 16:33


Various authors, Gleneagle Secondary‘s Philosophy 12 class, [Sept] 27, 2014

If you want to challenge the preconceptions of high school students (well, at least some of them) this is the place to do it. "For now the third year running, Gleneagle Secondary‘ s Philosophy 12 class is being conducted as an open-online course  that  you are invited to join as a non-credit learner in the community." This is also my third year dropping occasional comments into the course.

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