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HEBOCON World Championship 2016

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2017-02-04 01:05


YouTube, Feb 03, 2017

As usual, the essence of understanding technology can be found in understanding what makes for bad technology. "Hebocon is a robot contest for the technically ungifted. "The word Heboi in Japanese means 'crappy,' 'unperfected,' 'poor in quality,' or 'poor in ability.' 'Hebocon, the robot contest for dummies,' is a robot battle contest for Heboi robots made by Heboi people. All the entrants are people who neither have the technical expertise, determination, nor the focus it takes to build an actual robot. " "Entrants will need compromise and surrender, instead of ideas and technical skill. Robots are penalized for having high-tech features." (Metafilter, 2014) The first Hebocon. A bit from IEEE Spectrum. I thin k technology conferences should have mandatory contests to design the worst possible actually functioning technology. And the winner should have to apologize.

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Educause Announces Top IT Issues, Trends and Tech Report for 2017

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-02-04 01:04

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Expanding on the preview of its annual ranking of IT issues for higher education released last fall, Educause announced its full report on the key issues, trends and technologies poised to impact higher ed in 2017.

The top 10 IT issues for 2017, reiterated in today’s report:

Information security;

Student success and completion;

Data-informed decision-making;

Strategic leadership;

Sustainable funding;

Data management and governance;

Higher education affordability;

Sustainable staffing;

Next-generation enterprise IT; and

Digital transformation of learning.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/01/18/educause-announces-top-it-issues-trends-and-tech-report-for-2017.aspx

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Hey, Siri, Do My Homework!

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-02-04 01:02

by Rimma Kats, eMarketer Daily

Digital assistants are becoming a part of everyday life, and many people—primarily teens and millennials—use them regularly. Accenture polled 25,996 internet users worldwide ages 14 and older and asked about usage voice-enabled digital assistants. For the most part, younger respondents use voice-enabled digital assistants more frequently than their older counterparts. For example, nearly a third of respondents ages 14 to 17 said they use them regularly. Respondents ages 18 to 34 are more interested in AI than older respondents, but just 23% of these older millennials use the technology regularly.

https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Hey-Siri-Do-Homework/1015057

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Is It OK to Punch Nazis? Here’s What Philosophers (Including Slavoj Žižek) and Ethicists Have to Say

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-02-03 22:05


Dan Colman, Open Culture, Feb 03, 2017

I'm happy to say that the philosophers are lining up on the correct side of this discussion. "No, you do not get to punch people even though they’ re ideologically despicable." Let's remember that. For more on ethics, you might want to read my recent post, An Ethics Primer.

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Graham Brown-Martin

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-02-03 22:05


Graham Brown-Martin, Learning {Re}imagined, Feb 03, 2017

I'm generally sympathetic with the aims of this post but I can't get past his use of corporate logos and branding (specifically, the whole Star Wars motif) to animate his call. I come from the same place he does, in 1985, "the future of learning was bright and educational technology would play a central role in its transformation by removing the curriculum, the artificial subject silos and the streaming of kids by age, so that learning could be experienced and lived." I didn't need Seymour Papert to come up with these ideas for me, I might note: a lot of people figured this all out independently. I too regret that "technology was co-opted not to liberate but to reinforce standardisation and automation of schools ways." But no I won't join an “ EdTech Rebel Alliance” - I will continue to work with my own identity and my own brand, even if not stamped with corporate imprimatur, as I have always done.

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The woes of Windows 10

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-02-03 22:05


The Economist, Feb 03, 2017

We still use Windows 7 at the office. Our version of Exchange, meanwhile, is so old it is actually incompatible with newer versions of Outlook, with the result that my Windows 10 laptop and desktop at home have to use Thunderbird to access email. It's a common scenario.  The article blames the complexity of Windows 10 and privacy concerns. I disagree. First, I think that the software-by-subscription model is seriously flawed; you no longer own software, so signing over to Windows 10 means permanent annual expenses. Second, I think the Microsoft apps that come built-in with Windows 10 (Mail, Calendar, Maps, Groove, Messaging, even Edge) are terrible; features I'd come to count on have vanished. Windows 7 with the 2010 versions of Word, PowerPoint, etc., is a stable long-term solution. The software won't disappear on you, features won't disappear on you, not even if you stop paying Microsoft. And that's why companies and individuals are sticking with it.

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Cameroon's Anglophone Regions Suffer Under Internet Ban

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-02-03 19:05


Moki Kindzeka, AllAfrica.Com, Feb 03, 2017

The Cameroon government has shut down internet access in English-speaking regions of the predominately French-seaking country in response to unrest in the minority population. The outage, which has lasted two weeks, is having a significant effect on the region's nascent internet industry. Edward Snowden notes, "This is the future of repression." I'm sympathetic with all sides in the dispute, and hope they are able to de-escalate. meanwhile, the event makes it clear that organizations need to develop diginal communications that do not depend on the internet, a 21st century wireless Fidonet, if you will. Image: Steve Tchoumba

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United States of Knowledge

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-02-03 01:10

by Coursera

Coursera has released a map of learning regions across the US based on relative popularity of online course topics on Coursera. Coursera analyzed data on online course enrollments among 5 million online learners in the United States to track the share of learners in each state interested in a variety of topics. While business and computer science are the most popular topics overall in most states, trends in relative interest between states tell a different story – one of a vibrant, diverse nation in which 12 distinct learning regions emerge. Check out the learning regions above, and be sure to scroll over your state to see the five most popular categories of online courses as well as what specific topics of interest make that state unique.

https://about.coursera.org/united-states-of-knowledge

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Is Blockchain the Next Great Hope — or Hype?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-02-03 01:05

by Knowledge@Wharton

Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin may have captured the public’s fancy – and also engendered a healthy dose of skepticism — but it is their underlying technology that is proving to be of practical benefit to organizations: the blockchain. These uses are merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg for a nascent technology whose development stage has been compared to the early years of the internet. “We’re very early in the game,” said Brad Bailey, research director of capital markets at Celent, at a recent Blockchain Opportunity Summit in New York. He likened the blockchain’s current status to the web of the early 1990s, heralding a coming wave of new ideas and uses. “This will impact the world.”

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/blockchain-next-great-hope-hype/

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Web Strategies for the Curation and Discovery of Open Educational Resources

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-02-03 01:02

by Vivien Rolfe, Open Praxis

For those receiving funding from the UK HEFCE-funded Open Educational Resource Programme (2009–2012), the sustainability of project outputs was one of a number of essential goals. Our approach for the hosting and distribution of health and life science open educational resources (OER) was based on the utilisation of the WordPress.org blogging platform and search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques to curate content and widen discovery. This paper outlines the approaches taken and tools used at the time, and reflects upon the effectiveness of web strategies several years post-funding. The paper concludes that using WordPress.org as a platform for sharing and curating OER, and the adoption of a pragmatic approach to SEO, offers cheap and simple ways for small-scale open education projects to be effective and sustainable.

http://www.openpraxis.org/index.php/OpenPraxis/article/view/305

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Fire

xkcd.com - Fri, 2017-02-03 01:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Fire

xkcd.com - Fri, 2017-02-03 01:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Kinderkrebsregister

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2017-02-02 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem "Deutschen Kinderkrebsregister" des Instituts für Medizinische Biometrie, Epidemiologie und Informatik der Universität Mainz wurden um das Jahr 2015 ergänzt.

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Tag der Zahnschmerzen am 09.02.2017

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2017-02-02 23:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Tag der Zahnschmerzen am 09.02.2017
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Knowledge Science: The Great Big Beautiful Puzzle

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2017-02-02 19:05


Dennis Thomas, Learning Solutions Magazine, Feb 02, 2017

This is a view of knowledge and learning that I think is wrong (and would argue has been disproven in application) but which is nonetheless believed - either implicitly or explicitly - by many. The idea is that all knowledge can be understood conceptually a nd semantically, and that it all fits a giant puzzle explaining the universe, which can be understood using "time-tested a priori knowledge."

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Transversal Competencies and their Assessment: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2017-02-02 16:05


Ramya Vivekanandan, Esther Care, Rebekah Luo, UNESCO, Feb 02, 2017

'Transversal skills' is the term adopted by UNESCO to refer to things like 21st century skills, critical thinking, persitence, and related skills. This article observes that they are being more widely valued world-wide. But the question remains: how are they being evaluated? It is in this context that UNESCO Bangkok published Assessment of Transversal Competencies: Policy and Practice in the Asia-Pacific Region (62 page PDF) "in the aim of understanding more about these questions and how some countries are trying to answer them."

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Coursera’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix—and LinkedIn

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2017-02-02 16:05


Jeffrey R. Young, Sydney Johnson, EdSurge, Feb 02, 2017

Coursera is continuing its migration from being a MOOC provider offering free online learning to a subscription-based learning provider charging fees for access to learning materials. The model, as this article points out, has already been established by Netflix (for videos) and Microsoft (for its LinkedIn owned Lynda course platform). According to this article the big problem with the model is the size of the courses ("meaningful education cannot be delivered at massive scale") but of course the real problem for students is the course fee.

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EdX Courses Take Less Time Than On-Campus Ones, Report Says

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2017-02-02 01:06

By JULIA E. DEBENEDICTIS, CRIMSON

According to the report, described as “one of the largest surveys of MOOCs to date,” 2.4 million “unique users” around the world have participated in an edX class. Of those users, 159,000 have earned at least one certificate. The report details disparities between on-campus courses, or “residential courses,” and online ones—namely that students spend considerably more time on standard classroom-based courses. Most online certificate earners spend less than 50 hours completing a course, and one percent of certificate earners get certificates with “less than 23 minutes online,” according to the report. Researchers estimated that the average semester-long residential course takes approximately 168 hours, or 12 hours per week. “There still is a way in which this report reminds you how heterogenous [edX] still is,” Ho said. “The punchline is there’s no physical classroom like this in the world.”

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/1/17/edX-report-shows-growth/

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As cost of higher education soars, online learning emerges as most viable solution

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2017-02-02 01:02

By: Aditya Malik, Financial Express

Technology has virtually touched almost every aspect of our lives today, and education is no exception. Disruptive innovation in the form of online learning is a catalyst to bring about a more equitable approach to high-quality education. Today’s generation is on a constant lookout to acquire new skills. Students are undertaking courses that enhance their learning and development according to their immediate needs, while leaving a window open to change their calling with online courses. Conservation of hours and money enables them to learn with a purpose and instils a sense of self-belief in them, creating a tangible impact in their professional life. Working executives are keen on embracing change, by increasingly choosing online certificate courses and programmes that enable them to acquire new skills and competencies to enhance their vocation.

http://www.financialexpress.com/jobs/as-cost-of-higher-education-soars-online-learning-emerges-as-most-viable-solution/509326/

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Trump should make adult education a priority

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2017-02-02 01:01

By Don Block, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thousands of people are on waiting lists in Pennsylvania alone to get the training they need to make a decent living. Donald Trump was elected president with the votes of millions of disenfranchised and unemployed workers who feel that they are not sharing in the country’s economic prosperity. One method of bringing this group back into the mainstream of working America is as old as the American dream itself, and that is education. While the value of higher education is widely understood, our nation has overlooked another part of the educational pipeline for far too long. I’m referring to adult basic education. Higher education is out of reach for the 12 percent of adult Americans who do not have a high school diploma.

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2017/01/15/Trump-should-make-adult-education-a-priority/stories/201701150009

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