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Creativity and ingenuity know no bounds at UofTHack

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2015-02-07 17:09
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Ashley Huffman, ITBusiness, Feb 07, 2015

It's not really online learning, but it is learning with technology, and the experience-oriented and project-based approach is one I enthusiastically support. Also, it's Canadian. "During  UofT Hacks, a hackathon held at the University of Toronto, more than 480 students from high schools, colleges, and universities across Ontario gathered from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 to flex their hacking skills – and to prove some of their ideas can become businesses in themselves, not just projects to be graded and then swiftly forgotten."

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Learning to Love New Ways of Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-02-07 01:10

BY SEAN MCCABE, Accounting Today

In the digital era of today, businesses with roots in traditional methods are being challenged by game-changing startups, and the will to adapt is no longer optional, but essential. So where does change begin for those willing to adapt? The answer lies in education, and not just for current undergrads and students — CPE is also a vital step. The American Institute of CPAs understood this when it launched its Task Force on the Future of Learning last June to re-assess the nature of professional education in today’s digital world, stating that, “To fuel the passion for learning in the CPA profession, we must fundamentally change how regulation, professional development and CPE are structured, delivered and measured.” But permanent change might have already arrived last year. In a move reflective of a more contemporary sense of learning, the state boards of accountancy in Maryland and Ohio approved plans to accept CPE in 10-mintue increments, a far cry from the traditional model of sit-in classes covering a myriad of topics.

http://www.accountingtoday.com/ato_issues/29_2/learning-to-love-new-ways-of-learning-73503-1.html

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How online certificates can upskill you

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-02-07 01:05

By Chandralekha Mukerji, Economic Times India

In a corporate jungle, only the best survive. If you do not upskill, you might not last very long. While attending classes and taking up a full-time course may not be suitable if you are already employed, an online course can help you. These courses are also a good option for those who could not get admission to regular courses. They also offer an alternative to those who find the high fee of a regular programme unaffordable.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/how-online-certificates-can-upskill-you/articleshow/46076190.cms

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Rural Students – Online Learning the Regional Solution

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2015-02-07 01:02

by Training.Au

Many rural communities around Australia have suffered from a brain drain during recent decades. However, in a strange twist of fate, students who live at great distances from tertiary institutions are often the ones who can benefit the most. Twenty percent of regional Australians are choosing to upgrade qualifications, or commence a career, by staying in their local area while studying. Enrolment in online study has grown by over 40 percent during recent years, with uptake in the Northern Territory and NSW leading the change. In a surprise finding, many regional students aren’t choosing farming and horticultural studies – the fastest growing student choice is presently the Bachelor of Criminology. Paul Wappett, the CEO of Open Universities Australia, believes the figures bode well for communities Australia-wide.

http://www.training.com.au/ed/rural-students-online-learning-regional-solution/

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Europäischen Epilepsietag am

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2015-02-06 23:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Europäischen Epilepsietag am 14.02.2015
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MOOCs in Workplace Learning - Part 3: Launching a MOOC

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-02-06 20:09
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ID and Other Reflections, Sahana Chattopadhyay, Feb 06, 2015

This is a continuation of the series on MOOCs and focuses principally on launching a MOOC. I liked this bit (quoted):

  1. A MOOC is  NOT  an on-line course with a discussion forum and a couple of other "social features" tagged on to it. 
  2. A MOOC is NOT a linear program (though xMOOCs do give that feeling) with a neat start and en end.

There are reasons for these criteria. MOOCs approach learning differently because they define learning differently, and they reflect the understanding that knowledge is not something that is copied and transmitted, but rather, something that is created anew by each person through their learning activities.

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Standards Based Grading Gamified With Badges

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-02-06 20:09


Kyle Pearce, Tap Into Teen Minds, Feb 06, 2015

This is quite an interesting article that will reward careful reading and will reward even more following the background reading and working with the samples yourself. But be prepared to spend some time on it. In a nutshell, it basically takes standards-based student data reports and awards badges based on their achievements. It also proposes a mechanism of 'titles', rather than simnple badges, indicating levels of achievement: "what if we had hierarchical titles that can be earned as you get more badges? Like how some games start you off as a 'townsperson' and move up to “ King” or how in one of Alice’ s classes you begin as a 'Noob' and move up to 'Super Genius'" You can use Jon Orr’ s Master Spreadsheet to try this out yourself. Via Doug Peterson.

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Coursera sets sights on universities

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-02-06 20:09
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Tim Dodd, Financial Review, Feb 06, 2015

According to this article, " Coursera was rebuilding its ­ platform “ from the ground up” to allow  students to commence courses “ on demand” and to give university ­ instructors access to student data on progress and performance." To me what this sounds like is that Coursera is going to take on the LMS market directly. The big change will be that Coursera supports 'on demand' course access so people don't have to wait for the next class to start. Single-course certification will be popular, according to the article, because "there is a growing trend toward ­ micro-credentials."

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Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Better Listener

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-02-06 20:09
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Sarah Green, Harvard Business Review, Feb 06, 2015

This explains in part why lectures are so ineffective. "In a study of thousands of students and hundreds of businesspeople, they found that most retained  only half of what they  heard — and this immediately after they’ d heard it. Six months later, most people only retained 25%." Why is this? They're bored! "The human mouth plods along at 125 words per minute, while a neuron can fire about 200 times a second." I read five times faster than that, which means that when I'm listening I have lots of time to think about other things. I stay engaged by giving myself another task to do, like  taking notes - if the person is slow enough, I actually create whole  sentences and paragraphs as they speak. Yes, it takes time to develop this skill; I learned in university, and my philosophy notes are often mini-essays of the lecture. But like I say, I have lots of time to think during a lecture, and this is more productive than worrying whether I left the stove on. 

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Managing Open Access Publication: A System Specification

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-02-06 20:09
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Charles W. Bailey, Jr., DigitalKoans, Feb 06, 2015

This is interesting. The document describes the management of administrative data related to open access publications, and in particular (quoted):

  • Describe the scope of such a system and the workflows it should support
  • Describe an appropriate data model given the scope and workflows
  • Provide illustrative wireframes for a user interface (UI) to such a system

Straightforward and to the point; it should be sufficient for a developer to work from. It's a 19 page PDF.

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Showcasing the Co-Curricular: ePortfolios and Digital Badges

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-02-06 01:10

By Mary Grush with Alex Ambrose, Campus Technology

Learning scientists at the University of Notre Dame have found a sweet spot in the pairing of digital badges and eportfolios: the perfect opportunity for students to showcase learning achievements not normally featured in traditional transcripts and student records. G. Alex Ambrose, Professor of Practice and Associate Director of ePortfolio Assessment at Notre Dame’s Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning explains how a new digital badge pilot initiative was the key that opened up these new possibilities for the university’s highly successful eportfolio program.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/01/27/showcasing-the-co-curricular-with-eportfolios-and-digital-badges.aspx

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4 Lessons for Serving Adult Learners Online

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-02-06 01:06

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

At a school where the average age of students is 38, delivering online education requires a unique combination of tactics. The average student at private, nonprofit Excelsior College has about 20 years of life experience over the typical undergraduate. Many students come with a hefty background in the military or other professions where they’ve picked up skills that deserve credit. Recently, Excelsior president John Ebersole shared four lessons his online-only college has learned for helping adult learners succeed in earning their degrees.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/01/28/4-lessons-for-serving-adult-learners-online.aspx

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Experts Debate Graduation Rates for Online Students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-02-06 01:03

by Devon Haynie, US News

There has been little national research comparing completion rates for online and on-campus college and graduate programs, says Peter Shea, associate provost for online learning and an education professor at University of Albany—SUNY. Much of the research focuses on community colleges, and even there, the research is divided. Shea’s research has found that community college students across the country tend to have a higher chance of finishing their online courses. But a paper by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College that looked at two state systems found otherwise. The data that does exist on a wider scope suggests that completion rates for online students may be lower, but not much lower, says Russell Poulin, deputy director of research and analysis for WCET, an organization that advocates for effective technology use in higher education.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2015/01/30/experts-debate-graduation-rates-for-online-students

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Quotative Like

xkcd.com - Fri, 2015-02-06 01:00
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Mikrozensus "Haushalts- und Familienstatistik"

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2015-02-05 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem "Mikrozensus - Haushalts- und Familienstatistik" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

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Announcement: Create Your Own Newsletter

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:10

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MOOC Workshop

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What Does Success Look Like?

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