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How a 20 Year Old Patent Application Could Up-End Canada’s Biggest Trade Deal

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2014-08-05 16:54


Michael Geist, Aug 05, 2014

Opponents of free trade legislation have long argued that these mechanisms subvert the rule of law in the contracted countries. This has now apparently been proven to be the case in - where else? - patent law. "If the pharmaceutical giant succeeds, it will have effectively found a mechanism to override the Supreme Court of Canada and hold Canadian taxpayers liable for hundreds of millions in damages in the process. The cost to the health care system could be enormous as the two Eli Lilly patents may be the proverbial tip of the iceberg and claims from other pharmaceutical companies could soon follow."

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No More 'Collective Begging'

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2014-08-05 16:54


Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, Aug 05, 2014

Hard to disagree: "Unless and until faculty, including part-time faculty, hit the streets and occupy the classrooms," said Stanley Aronowitz, a tenured professor of sociology and urban education at the CUNY Graduate Center, "there won’ t be any change of substance." Of course, there's a fundamental contradiction where the person juding your academic progress is aalso your employer paying you below-subsistence wages.

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Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2014-08-05 16:54
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Matt Bower, Gregor Kennedy, Barney Dalgarno, Mark J. W. Lee, Aug 05, 2014

Nice. 190 page PDF. I'll just quote from the email at length: "The Handbook includes a Blended Synchronous Learning Design Framework that offers pedagogical, technological and logistical recommendations for teachers attempting to design and implement blended synchronous learning lessons (see Chapter 14). It also includes a Rich-Media Synchronous Technology Capabilities Framework to support the selection of technologies for different types of learning activities (see Chapter 4), as well as a review of relevant literature, a summary of the Blended Synchronous Learning Scoping Study results, detailed reports of each of the seven case studies, and a cross-case analysis.

"For those who are interested, the BlendSync Final Report and External Evaluation Report are also from the OLT website at the following URLs: here and here.  A list of academic papers and links to recordings of presentations that have arisen out of the project is posted  here . The project team would also like to take this opportunity to invite all those with an interest in area to join the Blended Synchronous Learning Collaborator Network to abreast of events and updates in the future. Instructions on how to do this can be found at http://blendsync.org/network."

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Fracking kann schädliche Gase freisetzen

ScienceTicker.Info - Tue, 2014-08-05 10:54
Die in den USA praktizierten Techniken zur Schiefergas- und Schieferölförderung belasten die Atmosphäre mit klima- und gesundheitsschädlichen Gasen. Das berichten Forscher der Universität Innsbruck, die an Messungen der US-amerikanische Luft-und Raumfahrtbehörde NASA beteiligt sind. Lesen Sie weiter bei Scienceticker Umwelt.
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The Best MOOC Business Courses Starting In August

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2014-08-05 02:09

by JOHN BYRNE, Business Insider

In reality, negotiation isn’t an either-or. It is about creating more. That’s the philosophy behind a new MOOC course from Stanford University: “Introduction to Negotiation.” Taught by David Johnson, a celebrated Silicon Valley attorney. Stanford’s Johnson isn’t alone in pushing for transparency, self-understanding, and mutual benefit. Kirk O. Hanson, a pioneer in the field of ethics, launches his first MOOC: “Business Ethics for the Real World” (along with a sequel, “Creating an Ethical Corporate Culture.”) Case Western Reserve’s Richard Boyatzis returns with another section of his popular “Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence.” A highly-regarded author, Boyatzis was ranked as the ninth-most influential thinker in a survey by HR Magazine. Celebrity professor Peter Navarro jumps into the MOOC fray with “Managing Your Time, Money, and Career: MBA Insights for Undergraduates,” a UC-Irvine course designed for college freshmen who are striking out on their own for the first time.

http://www.businessinsider.com/best-online-business-courses-august-2014-2014-7

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Illinois Gov. Quinn signs SARA online learning law

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2014-08-05 02:05

by Morton Daily Press

Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to sign a law to help boost the quality of distance and online learning programs across Illinois and other states. Senate Bill 3441, sponsored by state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Crest Hill, and state Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Sycamore, authorizes the Illinois Board of Higher Education to make agreements with other states to guarantee distance learning programs maintain common standards and that completed course work is recognized by institutions in each state. The agreements will also establish a mechanism for handling complaints and refunds across states and institutions. The new law is effective Jan. 1, 2015. The new law will allow Illinois to join other members of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines while also making it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education. The Midwestern Compact will interact with other regional compacts across the country.

http://www.mortontimesnews.com/article/20140725/NEWS/140729351/1994/NEWS

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The Future of Online Learning and the Real Estate Industry

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2014-08-05 02:02

by Keith Williams, Realty Times

As independent contractors, who are entrepreneurial by circumstance and design, real estate professionals must be competitive in a dynamic and increasingly global marketplace. The best way for these individuals to achieve that goal – the most effective and convenient means for them to leverage and profit from this environment – is through online learning. With the right platform to make this scenario a reality, everyone benefits from the promotion of education, and the engagement of a lively community, which is also a highly successful community. Realtors can take classes from another company’s library of instructional materials, or they can highlight their services about their respective areas of expertise; they can be mentors and sages, commanding generous compensation (in an open marketplace) for the wisdom they possess and the insight they apply to a host of challenges.

http://realtytimes.com/agentnews/agentadvice1/item/29425-20140726-the-future-of-online-learning-and-the-real-estate-industry

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Learnification

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-08-04 19:51


Philip Kerr, ELTjam, Aug 04, 2014

Good paper that I wish were longer. The last few paragraphs are especially abbreviated. Philip Kerr first addresses the rise of the terms 'learner' and 'learning' in education, these reflecting an increased focus on the role of the learner and an emphasis on process. But correspondingly, there has been a focus on outcomes, especially in commercial learning, and the rise in technology in learning. These suggest that satisfactory outcomes can be achieved merely my the application of the correct learning theory. This, Kerr suggests, is incorrect.

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How to Develop Good Online Learning Habits

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:09

By Devon Haynie, US News

During a U.S. News Twitter chat, experts discussed ways students can engage with online courses. Online learning has increasingly become an option for students seeking to earn a degree without having to quit their jobs or relocate to campus. Here’s a look at some highlights of a recent U.S. News Education Twitter chat in which online education experts shared tips for how online students could develop good habits for success. The chat included Ray Schroeder (@rayschroeder), associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois—Springfield; academic staff from Pennsylvania State University—World Campus (@PSUWorldCampus) and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University—Bloomington (@KelleySchool); and Devon Haynie (@DevonHaynie), online education reporter for U.S. News.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2014/07/31/twitter-chat-how-to-develop-good-online-learning-habits

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Learning Revolution: Interest In Online And Distance MBAs Grows

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:04
by Seb Murray, Business Because The online learning revolution continues to gather steam, as the number of MBA applicants seeking online and distance study has increased for the second consecutive year, while interest in full-time MBA programs has remained roughly flat. Widening pools of MBA candidates are seeking more flexible study options, spurring business schools to roll out more online programs and distance learning options. Interest online learning has risen to a high of 18.3%, according to new data from QS, up from 16.2% last year. Interest in distance learning has also risen to 8.7%, an increase on 2013. Interest in part-time study has risen for the second consecutive year to 28.4% of MBA candidates, while interest in the executive MBA which is often taught at a distance, has risen to nearly 15% of applicants. http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/2684/interest-in-online-and-distance-mbas-grows Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11745') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11745') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11745') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11745'); 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_11745') { 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'; } } }

INFOGRAPHIC: 10 advantages of online courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:02

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

“Although some would argue that online education is only an awesome alternative to traditional education because of the savings and convenience, there are actually many other advantages,” says Brad Zomick, SkilledUp’s chief content officer. “Only online education fully integrates itself into today’s educational technology. It is also more efficient for fast and especially motivated learners and offers skills that lack resources in traditional education despite high demand from employers (coding and social media marketing are common examples). One could even claim that it isn’t an alternative at all but rather a different path with its own rewards.”

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/advantages-online-courses-349/

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Thesis Defense

xkcd.com - Mon, 2014-08-04 02:00
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Tweeting to Learn: Extending Social Classroom Learning Via Twitter

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-08-03 02:10

By Debra Beck, Evolllution

There are myriad ways to use Twitter, both to support classroom management and increase student engagement. One example of the latter usage comes from a colleague who asks student peer groups to research topics and share discoveries on Twitter using a common course hashtag (a way to identify messages related to a specific topic in social media). Students not only share what they learn with classmates, expanding the group’s collective knowledge, but with others who read their tweets. This opens discussion and learning opportunities to not only fellow class members but to a larger global audience. Similarly, students can follow content-related hashtags or terms (e.g., #nonprofit or #governance for students in my classes) to access live discussions and news related to topics germane to the course.

http://www.evolllution.com/featured/tweeting-learn-extending-social-classroom-learning-twitter/

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Higher Education Funding Committee Discusses Open Textbook Library for NDUS

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-08-03 02:07

By Corina Cappabianca, KXNET

Heavy textbooks could soon be a learning tool of the past for North Dakota University students. The Higher Education Funding Committee discusses partnering with the University of Minnesota to access an online Open Textbook library. Students would be able to visit the website and download their course materials. They could then view the digital files, or print them out. NDUS representative Dr. Tanya Spilovoy says Open Textbooks would help students learn on the go.

http://www.kxnet.com/story/26087295/higher-education-funding-committee-discusses-open-textbook-library-for-ndus

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NSA seeks college students to fill cyber professionals shortage

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-08-03 02:02

By: Jenna Lyons, USA Today

In response to a shortage of cyber professionals in the U.S., the National Security Agency is reaching out to a younger crowd: college students. Beginning in 2012, the NSA started its National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program at select universities across the nation to attract students to the field. On July 14, the agency announced that five new schools would join the program, bringing the number of participating universities to 13. The new recruits include New York University, Towson University in Maryland, The United States Military Academy, University of Cincinnati and University of New Orleans. RAND Corporation released a report in June on the nation’s cyber professional shortage, citing the NSA as the largest and leading employer of cyber security professionals.

http://college.usatoday.com/2014/07/22/nsa-targets-college-students-to-fill-cyber-professionals-shortage/

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How MOOCs Are Being Used In Europe

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-08-02 02:08

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

One of the wonderful things about MOOCs is that they don’t force students to be in a particular location in order to ‘attend’ class. Especially if you’re looking for a course that will help you gain a specific skill, MOOCs allow students access to teachers and other experts they might not have otherwise. The handy infographic below takes a look at how MOOCS are starting to bridge what is usually a gap between higher education and more practical education. Realistically, whether you’re teaching language, science, or math, your students are still going to need at least some of these ‘practical’ technical skills during their working lifetime – along with some others that probably don’t even exist yet.

http://www.edudemic.com/moocs-eu/

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Report: Global MOOC Market Continuing to Grow

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-08-02 02:06

By Julia Sufrin, Campus Technology

A new report issued by TechNavio and available for purchase in the Sandler Research online store says that the global market for MOOCs will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 56.61 percent over the period 2013-2018. According to Sandler Research, “Global Massive Open Online Courses Market 2014-2018″ was conducted using a combination of primary and secondary information. The report found that growth of the global MOOC market is driven by several factors — chief among them the rising cost of higher education. On the other hand, the report states that the future of the market is constrained by factors including the low completion rate of students enrolled in MOOCs.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/22/new-research-report-shows-mooc-market-to-grow-at-51.61-percent-cagr-by-2018.aspx?admgarea=news

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Duke Libraries Offers E-Books and Audiobooks for Personal Mobile Devices

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-08-02 02:02

By Leila Meye, Campus Technology

Duke University Libraries has launched a new service, called Duke OverDrive, which lets students, faculty and staff download e-books and audiobooks to their personal mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads, Nooks, Android phones and tablets and Kindles. The Duke OverDrive service went live in May and currently offers 158 e-books and 132 audiobooks, all of which are searchable through the general Duke Libraries catalog. Faculty, students and staff with a Duke NetID can borrow up to five of the books at a time, and the books automatically expire after 21 days. Patrons can also recommend additional titles; the library will add the recommendations to its wish list for future purchases once funds become available.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/21/duke-libraries-offers-e-books-and-audiobooks-for-personal-mobile-devices.aspx

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Racy frosh event video angers Ottawa student federation

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:45


Umnattributed, CBC News, Aug 01, 2014

Every once in a while, you get a photo of a person enjoying a university social activity (such as binge drinking) with the caption "you can't do this in online learning." The implication of course is that the physical and social presence of an in-person class creates an experience that can't be duplicated off-campus. So while this non-sanctioned Frosh Week video - created by an organization with no institutional affiliation - is rightly drawing criticism from city post-secondary institutions, it nonetheless makes the point that you don't need to be at university in order to attend and enjoy traditional university social events.

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Further thoughts and discussion about rhizomatic learning

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-08-01 16:45


Jenny Mackness, Jenny Connected, Aug 01, 2014

Audio and video recording of a presentation given by Jenny Mackness and Frances Bell at the ALTMOOCSIG conference last month.In  preparation for the talk, "a series of blog posts prior to the conference. Here is the post with information and links about this.    And here is a link to the complete Prezi that we prepared for the presentation." While the content is interesting in itself, other speakers at conferences should take this as an object lesson in how to provide good resources for your session.

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