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Post-Collegiate Outcomes Initiative

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-01-09 21:29
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Teri Lyn Hinds, Kent Phillippe, American Association of Community Colleges, Jan 09, 2015

It seems a bit odd that the Gates Foundation is funding this project looking at redefining the outcomes of post-secondary education. After all, isn't that what a government would normally look at, as it assesses funding priorities? But then again, maybe it's not so odd, when we look at this background document. Instead of 'social' outcomes, such as 'better health' or 'quality of life', as described by the Institute for Higher Education Policy in 1998, we now get 'human capital' outcomes, such as 'career advancement'. Now this is just a very early document, but really, could we at least try to pretend to care about social outcomes? There's coverage of the PCO initiative in both the  Chronicle and Inside Higher Ed.

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My five wishes for online learning in 2015

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-01-09 18:29


Tony Bates, online learning and distance education resources, Jan 09, 2015

I like that his wishes are Canada-focused and almost in alignment with my own. Here they are:

  • Faculty will start adopting open textbooks on a large scale in 2015.
  • Faculty in each province or state will develop agreed province wide curricula for OERs
  • A new ‘ green-field’ , designed and built from scratch, institution that is conceived around the idea of digitally-based education designed to meet the learning needs of a digital age
  • A national research and development centre on digital education
  • An online university preparation program for international students.

For $20 million a year we could have the R& D centre, he suggests - and the rest would not be out of scale with that expense. Yes, it's a lot, but compared to the scale of other government expenditures, it's a tiny fraction. To any politicians listening - I'd be happy to lead the R& D centre; we can use our NRC program as a starting point.:)

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The Core Model: Designing Inside Out for Better Results

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-01-09 18:29
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Ida Aalen, A List Apart, Jan 09, 2015

The design of internet technology always gets back to what you want from your application, and what you want your users to do. It's easy to forget. This article reframes that discussion by focusing on the "core mode;" which defines "the core tasks users need to accomplish". Now this article is directed more toward a business team developing an website for an organization - in this case, a cancer information site. People don't bring their page design ideas or lobby for positions on the menu - what they contribute is the nature of the content that needs to be on the site and why it needs to be there, that is, what goal it supports.

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If I Could Make a School

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-01-09 15:29


Unattributed, Business Innovation Factory, Jan 09, 2015

Longish article (32 page PDF) describing the he Business Innovation Factory’ s Student Experience Lab. They write, "Using BIF’ s student-centered participatory design approach we seek to:

  1. Put the student at the center of the innovation in education conversation
  2. Develop and test innovative design concepts for new school experiences
  3. Provide new life and learning skills for students

It’ s student-led R& D. And it works." It's about (according tot he article) creating a "menu of options", a web of support, and a blended curriculum. But let me add a note of caution: the article feels a bit artificial to me. For example, a student her parents immigrated from "Columbia" - a misspelling that suggests the quote is not genuine.  That said, it's a concept that has been around for a while. Here's Tom Carroll  discussing it this week. Jeff Drury  linking to the site in 2011. Via Ewan McIntosh.

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Apps Everywhere, but No Unifying Link

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-01-09 15:29
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Conor Dougherty, New York Times, Jan 09, 2015

'Apps' - as introduced to the world by Apple and emulated by prettey much every other mobile platform - represent a huge step backward for the internet. We used to have this whole network of linked sites. Now apps stand alone, isolated from each other, each one in its own data universe. For example, "if you find a few hotels on HotelTonight, you cannot email them to your spouse, because there are no links to send." That's why I still use things like expedia.ca - web sites, so I can share the location of the information. The future, I think, is "software to repackage websites so that they can be sold and downloaded like apps, but still can be searched and linked like web pages."

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A Teenager’s View on Social Media

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-01-09 15:29
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Andrew Watts, Medium, Jan 09, 2015

I thought this was interesting - it presented a certain perspective (U.S. male teen in college in Texas), it posed me a mystery (which I solved: what does YikYak mean when it says 'enter your digits'? Phone number), and identified some areas of concern for people using the social networks (not privacy per se "We aren't sending pictures of our Social Security Cards here, we're sending selfies and photos with us having 5 chins") but privacy in terms of following ("Without the constant social pressure of a follower count or Facebook friends...") and content ("There are no links on Instagram, meaning I'm not being constantly spammed by the same advertisement, horrible gossip news article, or Buzzfeed listicle ...).

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When rhetoric gets real

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-01-09 15:29
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Alex Reid, Digital Digs, Jan 09, 2015

I've dealt with the concept of 'reality' and e-learning in a couple of presentations, including  this one delivered to the Department of National Defense 2008, and  this one delivered to the Australia's Flexible Learning Network in 2001. So it should be no surprise that I see 'reality' as a bit of a slippery concept. On the one hand, saying that 'my cat is real' seems to add no new information about my cat. Of course he's real, and right between me and my keyboard as I type. On the other hand, saying '2+2=4' is 'real' seems to be questionable. Is there some 'thing' out there that is '2+2=4'? Plato thought so. I don't. So now we have this post, which asks about the reality of rhetoric. Now our entities do not even have the status of 'things' or 'facts'. So is rhetoric real? Good question.

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Strategies for searching and managing evidence-based practice resources.

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Strategies for searching and managing evidence-based practice resources.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2014 Oct;45(10):461-6

Authors: Robb M, Shellenbarger T

Abstract
Evidence-based nursing practice requires the use of effective search strategies to locate relevant resources to guide practice change. Continuing education and staff development professionals can assist nurses to conduct effective literature searches. This article provides suggestions for strategies to aid in identifying search terms. Strategies also are recommended for refining searches by using controlled vocabulary, truncation, Boolean operators, PICOT (Population/Patient Problem, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome, Time) searching, and search limits. Suggestions for methods of managing resources also are identified. Using these approaches will assist in more effective literature searches and may help evidence-based practice decisions.

PMID: 25221988 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Strategies for searching and managing evidence-based practice resources.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Fri, 2015-01-09 12:28
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Strategies for searching and managing evidence-based practice resources.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2014 Oct;45(10):461-6

Authors: Robb M, Shellenbarger T

Abstract
Evidence-based nursing practice requires the use of effective search strategies to locate relevant resources to guide practice change. Continuing education and staff development professionals can assist nurses to conduct effective literature searches. This article provides suggestions for strategies to aid in identifying search terms. Strategies also are recommended for refining searches by using controlled vocabulary, truncation, Boolean operators, PICOT (Population/Patient Problem, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome, Time) searching, and search limits. Suggestions for methods of managing resources also are identified. Using these approaches will assist in more effective literature searches and may help evidence-based practice decisions.

PMID: 25221988 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

15 higher-ed technology predictions for 2015

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-01-09 01:09

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

Education and technology analysts say these tech-enabled trends will take off this year. Think it’s just about online learning? Think again; more like wearable tech and spending on campus IT security. These are just two major trends technology analysts from IEEE Computer Society, and education analysts from Eduventures, say will shape higher education in 2015. Looking at technology from a general consumer angle, IEEE’s Computer Society developed specific predictions on the underlying technology issues all IT professionals will need to tackle as a direct result of those consumer-driven trends.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/tech-trends-2015/

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Ivy Tech introduces new student huddles

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-01-09 01:03

by Kokomo Perspective

Ivy Tech Community College has scheduled six “New Student Huddles” in early January to welcome students entering the college for the spring 2015 semester. “Our goal is to make sure our incoming students feel well-prepared for the first day of class,” said Marcia Worland, executive director of Marketing & Communications. “To accomplish this, we’ve planned these 90-minute ‘huddles’ to familiarize students with the campus and its services. And those attending will have chances to collect some great Ivy Tech swag along the way!”

http://kokomoperspective.com/kp/ivy-tech-introduces-new-student-huddles/article_dc9c5fcc-9034-11e4-9f8e-df3de8cea4a5.html

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‘The greatest challenge for online education in India is poor internet connectivity in rural areas’

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-01-09 01:02

By: Vikram Chaudhary, Financial Express

The greatest challenge for online education in India is internet connectivity in rural areas. As infrastructure increases, so will the popularity of online education as a means of gaining new skills. Payment is another issue. While most Indian learners come to our site to take courses for free, many who would like to pay to earn a verified certificate are unable to do so. To alleviate that problem, we have started to introduce more accessible prices for our learners in India.

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/jobs/the-greatest-challenge-for-online-education-in-india-is-poor-internet-connectivity-in-rural-areas/26035/

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Gut Fauna

xkcd.com - Fri, 2015-01-09 01:00
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TPACK as shared practice: Toward a research agenda

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-01-09 00:28


David T. Jones, The Weblog of (a) David Jones, Jan 08, 2015

Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) has surfaced in the literature recently as "a popular framework for describing the knowledge required by teachers to successfully integrate technology," says David T. Jones. However, despite the newness of the field, old habits die hard: TPACK "has consistently been conceptualized as being a form of knowledge that is resident in the heads of individual teachers." Regular readers of OLDaily will know we need to look at knowledge more broadly. Jones writes, "the entire context, understood as an interactive system including people, materials and representational systems, in which an activity takes place becomes “ a fundamental part of what is learned” (Putnam & Borko)." The post analyzes teacher knowledge as situated, social, distributed and protean (ie., tending or able to change frequently or easily).

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Feststellung des Gebietsstandes

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2015-01-08 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus dem Bereich "Feststellung des Gebietsstandes" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurde um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

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On Nerd Entitlement: Those who feel underprivileged are now the privileged

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-01-08 15:28


Mark Guzdial, Computing Education Blog, Jan 08, 2015

Compared to the vast majority of people, I am rich and I am privileged. No, I am nowhere near the one percent, but that's irrelevant. Having said that, it was no easy road to get to where I am. So I emphasize deeply with Scott Aaronson's perspective. I do recommend  Scott Alexander's post about Scott Aaronson's struggles, except the last section (which trivializes everything that went before). Here's  coverage in the Chronicle, here's Scott Aaronson's post, and here's his 'Comment 171' that kicked off the whole discussion.

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Theory lags practice

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-01-08 15:28


Daniel Lemire, Jan 08, 2015

This could be a lesson for knowledge in general: "Don’ t ever make the mistake [of thinking] that you can design something better than what you get from ruthless massively parallel trial-and-error with a feedback cycle. That’ s giving your intelligence much too much credit. (Linus Torvalds)." The fact is, the theory - or the principle, representation or model - comes only after the fact, is an abstraction of the fact, and is not the fact.

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Neues Antibiotikum in Bodenbakterien entdeckt

ScienceTicker.Info - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:09
Im Bodenbakterium „Elefhtheria terrae“ haben Wissenschaftler einen Wirkstoff entdeckt, der möglicherweise als Antibiotikum in der Medizin eingesetzt werden könnte. Erste Versuche an Mäusen seien vielversprechend verlaufen, schreiben die Forscher im Magazin „Nature“. Die Verträglichkeit und Wirksamkeit beim Menschen ist allerdings noch unbewiesen.
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7 Places to Learn to Code – for Free!

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:10

by Larry Kim, Wordstream Blog

Over my 10-year internet marketing career, my biggest personal competitive advantage was having an electrical engineering degree and being comfortable doing coding. Nowadays, you don’t have to go back to college (and take on the huge loan or remortgage your house) to get up to speed. The ability to code (and to participate in conversations around programming) is indispensable; it’s not a skill reserved for the uber-geeky. It allows business professionals to identify and quickly resolve issues like a string of wonky HTML in a content management system, to more effectively optimize landing pages, or leverage powerful new AdWords Scripts. It also gives you a unique new perspective in content development, when you understand the inner workings of your systems and can play around in it and get creative.

http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2015/01/02/learn-to-code-free

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Six Transformational Ideas for the New Year

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-01-08 01:02

by Steven Mintz, Higher Ed Beta

Academic innovation is in the air. But many of the proposed innovations are fairly tame. Placing lectures online; breaking large classes into small groups; incorporating more in-class activities into instruction are all signs of progress – and yet, these incremental innovations do not fundamentally transform the learning experience.  In celebration of the New Year, let’s look at six slightly more radical ideas designed to transform the student experience.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-beta/six-transformational-ideas-new-year

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