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How Google is disrupting the education system

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-05-06 02:05

By Rachel Gee, Marketing Week

Google has unveiled plans to use its Squared Online course to disrupt the education system, as it says it is “successfully” merging classroom and online learning styles, something it claims rival tech firms have failed to do. “Squared Online bridges the gap between the classic classroom experience, where you can’t get scale, and e-learning that can sometimes be a bit dry. It offers a more experiential learning experience,” says Shuvo Saha, director of the Google Digital Academy. The course focuses on digital marketing and is split into five modules which look at disruption, how tech is changing businesses, the rise of social and mobile, data analytics and insights.

https://www.marketingweek.com/2017/04/20/google-disrupting-education-system/

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Colleges Pivot to Prep Students for High-Demand Tech Careers

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-05-06 02:03

by Wylie Wong, EdTech

As technology drives new career paths, colleges pivot to help students get ready. At Indiana University avid gamers are enrolled in the university’s Bachelor of Science in Game Design program, established in 2015. To prepare them, IU invested in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs featuring high-end gaming PCs, virtual reality headsets and specialized software that let students design and build their own games. Anthony P. Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, says that advances in technology tend to shape higher education programs in two ways: first, through traditional degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Second, among a broader set of majors (e.g., healthcare, business and education), institutions are incorporating technology into curricula to ensure students have the necessary tech skills to meet employers’ needs.

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2017/04/colleges-pivot-prep-students-high-demand-tech-careers

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Colleges and universities invest in tech to support new STEM degrees

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-05-06 02:02

by Pat Donachie, Education Dive

Colleges and universities are increasingly investing in creating new degrees, as well as purchasing new hardware and software, in order to offer students more choices as they enter a workforce increasingly dependent on STEM knowledge, according to Ed Tech: Focus on Higher Ed. Institutions are finding that cybersecurity skills are increasingly in demand, with San Diego State University seeing Homeland Security master’s degree students double in the past year. College educators will also need to keep pace with the changes coming to classrooms, and Georgetown has responded by creating a masters of arts in Learning and Design that will prep instructors on careers in educational technology and learning analytics.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/colleges-and-universities-invest-in-tech-to-support-new-stem-degrees/441316/

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Still Blogging in 2017

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-05-05 22:57

Tim Bray, Ongoing, May 05, 2017

I liked this short post from Tim Bray. "I'm still blogging," he says, noting that it's a bit of an exception these days, an exception not only to write (as fewer and fewer people are doing it) but also to be read (as more and more the internet is being taken over by commercial publications). "The great dan­ ger," he writes, "is that the Web’ s fu­ ture is mall-like: No space re­ al­ ly pub­ lic, no store­ fronts but na­ tion­ al brands’ , no vi­ su­ als com­ posed by am­ a­ teurs, noth­ ing that’ s on of­ fer just for its own sake, and for love." 

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How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Interactive Edition

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-05-05 22:51

et.al., Brad Miller, May 05, 2017

At a certain point this online text reverts back into being an ordinary textbook, but the premise was interesting. It has often been said that to learn how to become something - a computer scientist, say - is to be able to  think like that kind of person. And so that's what this guide sets out to do. Alas, computer science also involves an awful lot of small things like string methods, GUI and recursion, so you get less of the 'think like a' and more of the detail.

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The New Skeuomorphism is in Your Voice Assistant

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-05-05 22:24

Bert Brautigam, UXDesign.cc, May 05, 2017

Our new word for the day is "Skeuomorphism", which means "using real world references and metaphors on interfaces to enhance their comprehensibility." For example, "A skeuomorphic button looks like a physical switch, a skeuomorphic canvas can have a wood texture." The point of this post is to examine the concept as it relates to audio input devices, such as your voice assistant. Currently, these resemble human voices - they have gender, they make jokes, they express emption. None of these is core to the function of the voice, however. The suggestion is that, as we become used to voice assistants, we will be more inclined to let them be featureless automatons. [Link] [Comment]

House favors adding Mass. to online learning compact

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-05-05 02:04
By Katie Lannan, State House News Service The $40.3 billion budget that cleared the House last week includes language higher education officials say will make it easier for colleges and universities to offer online learning programs. One of the amendment packages the House tacked on to its fiscal 2018 budget included a proposal from Minority Leader Brad Jones that would authorize Massachusetts to join 47 other states in a reciprocity agreement dealing with online learning and distance education. Participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) will allow public and private colleges and universities in Massachusetts to “offer online programs to students in other states in a much more efficient and far less costly manner,” according to the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts. http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/house-favors-adding-mass-to-online-learning-compact,506296 Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_30286') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_30286') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_30286') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_30286'); if (button) { button.onclick = function(e) { var url = this.href.replace(/share\.php/, 'sharer.php'); window.open(url,'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436'); return false; } if (button.id === 'facebook_share_button_30286') { button.onmouseover = function(){ this.style.color='#fff'; this.style.borderColor = '#295582'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#3b5998'; } button.onmouseout = function(){ this.style.color = '#3b5998'; this.style.borderColor = '#d8dfea'; this.style.backgroundColor = '#fff'; } } }

Using Big Data to Improve the Online Learning Experience

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-05-05 02:03

By Cher Zevala, IoT Evolution World

One area that is seeing a great deal of change due to big data is online learning. As online learning has become an integral part of the overall educational system, administrators, curriculum designers, and instructors have all sought to make the experience as meaningful and engaging as possible. More than ever before, students are looking for programs that will meet their specific needs and allow them to have a more personalized experience, and data is an important part of making that happen. Students looking for the best online MBA program are likely to be more concerned with how the curriculum can be customized to their own needs than with other factors.

http://www.iotevolutionworld.com/iot/articles/431493-using-big-data-improve-online-learning-experience.htm

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Option of shorter online courses gaining popularity at Fort Hays State

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-05-05 02:02

by Hays Daily News

Eight-week courses are gaining popularity at Fort Hays State and are available in a broad range of programs through the university’s Department of Advanced Education Programs, which offer core courses across several programs. Instead of enrolling in a traditional 16-week course in time for the fall and spring semester start dates, online students can now choose from several other dates to enroll in the same course that is completed in half the time. “These offerings are being developed to meet the needs of the adult students who are looking for both an expedited timeline to complete their degree and/or have decided to go to school after one of the three traditional start dates,” said Dennis King, assistant vice president for student affairs. “The idea is to offer something for the adult student who presses to move through their program at a little faster pace.”

http://www.hdnews.net/press_releases/option-of-shorter-online-courses-gaining-popularity-at-fort-hays/article_10df9398-492a-5831-94f2-0916bfc25a00.html

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Code Quality 3

xkcd.com - Fri, 2017-05-05 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Internationalen Tag der Pflegenden am 12.05.2017

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2017-05-05 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Internationalen Tag der Pflegenden am 12.05.2017
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How to Prepare for an Automated Future

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2017-05-04 19:55

Claire Cain Miller, New York Times, May 04, 2017

Why are we preparing students for jobs that won't exist? Consider this: "We don’ t know how quickly machines will displace people’ s jobs, or how many they’ ll take, but we know it’ s happening — not just to  factory workers  but also to  money managersdermatologists  and  retail workers." As this Times article says, "The question isn’ t how to train people for nonexistent jobs. It’ s how to share the wealth in a world where we don’ t need most people to work." Thant's not to say that we no longer need education. But the sort of education we need isn't skills upgrading, particularly. It's more like helping people become self-reliant and personally capable, not because they need to work in order to survive, but because they want to work to help society progress.

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Students to colleges: Please use our data this way

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2017-05-04 19:40

Meris Stansbury, eCampus News, May 04, 2017

The Ellucian survey cited is presented  as nothing more than an infographic and so we learn very little about how it was conducted (other than that it was an online survey of 1,000 U.S. students conducted last October). We are told that "62 percent of surveyed students said they believe institutions should use their personal data to improve their graduation requirements, 59 percent for course selection and registration, and 53 percent for advising." The eCampus News story also has a couple of  case studies. The survey also says that students do not want their data used for non-academic purposes. 

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Have You Heard: Education Can’t Fix Poverty. So Why Keep Insisting that It Can?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2017-05-04 19:23

Jennifer Berkshire, National Education Policy Center, May 04, 2017

This is Harvey Kantor is professor emeritus in the Department of Education, Culture and Society at the University of Utah, making sense: "One of the consequences of making education so central to social policy has been that we’ ve ended up taking the pressure off of the state for the kinds of policies that would be more effective at addressing poverty and economic inequality. Instead we’ re asking education to do things it can’ t possibly do."

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Evaluation of the functional performance and technical quality of an Electronic Documentation System of the Nursing Process.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Thu, 2017-05-04 17:57
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Evaluation of the functional performance and technical quality of an Electronic Documentation System of the Nursing Process.

Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2015 Feb-Apr;23(2):242-9

Authors: de Oliveira NB, Peres HH

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the functional performance and the technical quality of the Electronic Documentation System of the Nursing Process of the Teaching Hospital of the University of São Paulo.
METHOD: exploratory-descriptive study. The Quality Model of regulatory standard 25010 and the Evaluation Process defined under regulatory standard 25040, both of the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission. The quality characteristics evaluated were: functional suitability, reliability, usability, performance efficiency, compatibility, security, maintainability and portability. The sample was made up of 37 evaluators.
RESULTS: in the evaluation of the specialists in information technology, only the characteristic of usability obtained a rate of positive responses of less than 70%. For the nurse lecturers, all the quality characteristics obtained a rate of positive responses of over 70%. The staff nurses of the medical and surgical clinics with experience in using the system) and staff nurses from other units of the hospital and from other health institutions (without experience in using the system) obtained rates of positive responses of more than 70% referent to the functional suitability, usability, and security. However, performance efficiency, reliability and compatibility all obtained rates below the parameter established.
CONCLUSION: the software achieved rates of positive responses of over 70% for the majority of the quality characteristics evaluated.

PMID: 26039294 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

The steps towards open resource materials

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2017-05-04 02:10

by the UConn Daily Campus Editorial Board

On April 13, the student activist group, UConnPIRG, held a panel in appreciation of open educational resources (OERs) and the UConn professors who utilize them. OERs are free learning materials. They are free either because they are in the public domain or due to intellectual property license. This panel, hosted by UConnPIRG, showcased 20 professors of various disciplines, ranging from Chemistry to English, who have implemented these resources into their classes. This panel and the professors it featured are taking important steps to improve the university for its students. These highlighted successes with OERs should encourage other professors to try incorporating these resources for some of their classes. The university must support this movement as well. It is important that the university continually strive to make higher education less expensive, while bettering the overall university experience. Open educational resources do both.

http://dailycampus.com/stories/2017/4/23/the-steps-towards-open-resource-materials

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Using MOOCs to Advance Education in Nepal

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

by Randal Mason, Huffington Post

In the two years since a devastating earthquake damaged or destroyed over 35,000 classrooms, Nepal struggles to get its education system back on track. But while the country has made impressive strides in improving enrollment rates for primary school students, learning outcomes at all levels remain weak. In such a challenging environment, educators like Baman Kumar Ghimire are turning to technology to innovate. A teacher at Motherland Higher Secondary School in Pokhara, Nepal, Ghimire travels to classrooms across the country to promote MOOCs (massive open online courses). In a country where over 25% of the population lives below the poverty line, such free online classes are an invaluable educational resource, once people know how to access them.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/using-moocs-to-advance-education-in-nepal_us_58fde998e4b0f02c3870ec59

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Tesla moves certified auto body courses online

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2017-05-04 02:03

By John Huetter, RDN

Seeking to expand its body shop network ahead of the potentially blockbuster Model 3, Tesla informed its certified collision repairers last week that it would replace its in-house training and welding requirements for curriculum held online and administered by I-CAR, respectively. “Building on the past 5 years of experience, we have been able to evaluate and dramatically simplify training, and will no longer require instructor led, onsite training,” Tesla wrote in an email to its certified shops obtained by Repairer Driven News. “We have developed online training as a more time and cost effective way to train your technicians to be approved for Tesla repairs. Online training offers many benefits not possible solely with instructor led training, such as unlimited reviewing of procedures, more frequent class offerings and updates for the network, and less time to train our whole technician population vs cycling everyone through constrained class rooms.

http://www.repairerdrivennews.com/2017/04/24/tesla-moves-certified-auto-body-courses-online-outsources-welding-to-i-car/

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Verbrauchsteuerstatistik, Tabak und alkoholische Getränke

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2017-05-04 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle zum "Verbrauch von alkoholischen Getränken und Tabakwaren" aus der Verbrauchsteuerstatistik des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurde um das Jahr 2016 ergänzt.

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Ausgewählte Informationen zum Tag gegen den Schlaganfalll am 12.05.2017

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2017-05-04 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Tag gegen den Schlaganfalll am 12.05.2017
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