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Kerndokumentation Rheuma

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2014-06-30 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus dem Bereich "Kerndokumentation Rheuma" des Deutschen Rheuma-Forschungszentrums Berlin wurde um die Angaben des Jahres 2012 ergänzt.

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Report: Online Students Take 5 Forms, Each Calling for Unique Offerings

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-06-29 02:05

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Online instruction must become as nuanced as the institutions and high schools delivering it if it is to grow as a force in education, according to a new survey by the Boston Consulting Group. The management firm has identified five distinct types of students who take online courses; each type differs from the others based on the students’ expectations for their learning. The company also examined what schools need to do in order to expand their online programs to attract or retain more learners within each grouping.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/06/18/research-online-students-take-five-forms-each-calling-for-unique-offerings.aspx

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University of Southern California Trains Cyber Security Front Lines

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-06-29 02:03

by USC

The University of Southern California (USC) announced it will expand its course offerings for its popular Cyber Security program, part of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Informatics Program. These new courses will be offered online through USC’s top-ranked DEN@Viterbi program, allowing working cyber security professionals to continue full-time careers while pursuing advanced degrees via DEN@Viterbi’s state-of-the-art online delivery capabilities. The new courses that will be offered online include Distributed Systems and Network Security and Secure Systems Engineering, among the roster of online courses currently offered.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/University-of-Southern-California-Trains-Cyber-Security-Front-Lines-20140619#.U6Y2nZRdVp0

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Summer online courses becoming more popular

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-06-29 02:02

By Lindsey Clark, Daily Vidette (ISU)

More and more students are enrolling in online courses over the summer because they are convenient and flexible with different schedules. ISU is offering 263 online courses this summer. Online summer classes have been on the rise at Illinois State University and colleges across the country over the last few years. One of the biggest draws of digital classes is that they can help students get the credits they need no matter where their location or other responsibilities. “I believe that online summer courses have become increasingly popular because more online courses are being offered and students are more comfortable with the online learning environment,” Danielle Lindsey, ISU director of academic services, said.

http://www.videtteonline.com/index.php/2014/06/17/summer-online-courses-becoming-more-popular/

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Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-06-28 21:25


Adam D. I. Kramera, Jamie E. Guillory, Jeffrey T. Hancock, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, Jun 28, 2014

To borrow from an old quote, it renders quaint normal concerns about research ethics. Facebook is performing experiments to manipulate users' emptions. From the paper:  "We show, via a massive (N = 689,003) experiment on Facebook, that emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness." Via William Hughes.

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Online Leadership at the Vortex of Academic Destiny

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-06-28 02:10
by Jay A. Halfond, New England Journal of Higher Education Over the past year, I have been conducting qualitative research on those institutions with a bias towards action—and interviewing academic leaders at 29 universities where significant progress has occurred in restructuring online initiatives. We are in a time of flux, as organizational models emerge and evolve. Though institutions engage in independent, internal efforts to build their own unique models, they are following remarkably similar paths and arriving at very similar places…. Online education has reduced local monopolies, expanded student choice and pitted institutions against one another in a way that places some at risk and others in the position of vastly expanding their size and reach. Academic fate will largely be in the hands of those given the mandate to develop and grow online distance learning. http://www.nebhe.org/thejournal/online-leadership-at-the-vortex-of-academic-destiny Share on Facebook var button = document.getElementById('facebook_share_link_11400') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_icon_11400') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_both_11400') || document.getElementById('facebook_share_button_11400'); 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_11400') { 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'; } } }

Why Distance College Counseling Works

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-06-28 02:06

by Jeannie Borin, Huffington Post

College counseling professionals guide students through their admissions process on the telephone, through email, via fax, video-conferencing and Skype. Distance does not seem to be a factor in getting to know applicants. Online learning and countless virtual programs are growing rapidly with much success. Students are at ease with the distance format. Between personal web pages, social media, texts and emails, online communication is a comfort zone for most people and many students prefer communicating online.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeannie-borin/why-distance-college-counseling_b_5505333.html

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Arizona State University: Starbucks Deal Is Not Meant To Replace State Budget Cuts

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-06-28 02:05

by Tyler Kingkade, Huffington Post

Representatives from Arizona State University insist that the school’s new partnership with Starbucks was not struck to make up for budget cuts from the state legislature. Starbucks named ASU its exclusive partner in a new initiative in which the coffee giant will pay the entire cost of tuition for junior and senior years of online education with the university. Starbucks employees who work 20 hours or more a week are eligible. ASU Foundation Chief Executive Officer Rick Shangraw Jr. acknowledged the deal would raise revenue for the school, but it is not meant to compensate for state funding cuts.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/17/arizona-state-starbucks-revenue_n_5504122.html

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How Students Are Choosing Online Degree Programs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-06-28 02:02

by the Digital Journal

According to the third annual Online College Students report from The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research, a large majority of students are earning their degree to improve their employment situation, and 80% of them have transfer credit to help them finish faster. “For institutions looking to expand their online footprint, it’s critical to communicate the right message to students,” said Dr. David Clinefelter, Chief Academic Officer at Learning House and coauthor of the report. “While overall college enrollment is declining, the growth of online degrees continues,” said Carol Aslanian, Senior Vice President of Aslanian Market Research and coauthor of the report. “Offering the degrees students want, accepting transfer credits and streamlining the enrollment process are all key indicators for students when choosing an online degree program.”

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1992252

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Principles for Rhizomatic Thinking

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-06-27 15:21


Jenny Mackness, Jun 27, 2014

"Deleuze and Guattari   (D & G) enumerate 6 approximate characteristics of the rhizome.  The principles are: 1. Connections – a rhizome ceaselessly establishes connections. 2. Heterogeneity - any point of a rhizome can be connected to any other and must be. 3. Multiplicity – A multiplicity is, in the most basic sense, a complex structure that does not reference a prior unity. Asignifying rupture. If you break a rhizome it can start growing again on its old line or on a new line. 5 & 6. Cartography and decalcomania – the rhizome is like a map and not a tracing."

 

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5 Things Researchers Have Discovered About MOOCs

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-06-27 12:20


Steve Kolowich, The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog, Jun 27, 2014

I think we've learned a lot about MOOCs. And as one of the academics gathered during the Texas snowstorm, I think I can say confidently that these five things are not among them. The five:

  • If you are isolated, poor, and enamored of the prestigious university offering the MOOC you’ re taking, you are less likely to complete it.
  • Coaching students to have a healthier mindset about learning may not help in a MOOC.
  • Paired with the right incentives, MOOCs can help prepare at-risk students for college-level work.
  • Discussion forums in MOOCs are healthy places for the few students who use them.
  • We still do not know if doing well in MOOCs will help underprivileged learners become upwardly mobile.

Where does the Chronicle say this nonsense comes from?  From an organization that should know better. It's not simply that these statements are false (though no doubt some of them are). It's that they're misplaced and emphasized the wrong things. Note that not one of them has anything to do with whether people learn, form communities, or make their lives better.

 

 

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Mean Tweets, Academic Style

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-06-27 12:20


Charlie Tyson, Inside Higher Ed, Jun 27, 2014

Professors read Twitter reviews of their courses in thsi video, a take-off on the mean tweets meme. "One professor read a review saying, 'She will mock your aspirations then cackle over the remains of your spirit.' Another comment was: 'Good lecturer, ugly shoes.' The camera panned to take in a row of Crocs." I would never wear Crocs while teaching. I would, however, wear ugly shoes.

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College Libraries Push Back as Publishers Raise Some E-Book Prices

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-06-27 12:20


Avi Wolfman-Arent, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jun 27, 2014

11 publishers are raising their prices all at the same time. "Publishers insist, however, that there was no conspiracy to raise prices and that the previous cost model for e-books wasn’ t sustainable. 'We had absolutely no knowledge and we weren’ t advised by the aggregator at all that other publishers were making a change at the same time,' says Rebecca Seger, director of institutional sales for the Americas at Oxford University Press." Not surprisingly, there is tension and mistrust between academic libraries and publishers.

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Online learning gains ground in companies

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-06-27 02:06

by Think-Act

As e-learning becomes more affordable and more accessible, education expert Dr. Katrin Vernau talks about how companies can support online learning among employees. The recent years have been a fertile time for online learning. It is steadily transforming education, and this phenomenon has now spilled over to businesses. Today many e-learning enrollees are mid-career professionals who want to sharpen specific skills. “Online education has the potential to significantly change the way we learn. Online technologies combined with social media influence demand and supply in the education sector. This gives rise to new business models and new opportunities for life-long learning within the company,” said Dr. Katrin Vernau, a Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Take, for example, the German software corporation SAP, which recently expanded its massive open online course that formerly focused on software development to now include courses for business learners.

http://www.think-act.com/blog/2014/online-learning-gains-ground-in-companies/

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Chat with Andrew Ng, Co-Founder, Coursera; Director, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-06-27 02:04

by Stephen Ibaraki, Canadian IT Managers Blog

What are some controversies in your field and why?

“….Deep learning is very exciting and one of the confusions in the discipline is that the term ‘deep learning’ encompasses really two ideas. The first idea is called Supervised Learning in which if you have a lot of labeled data, these algorithms are fantastic at soaking up the labels to make accurate predictions….But there’s a second, not really unrelated body of ideas that also goes by the term deep learning that is very different, which is: ‘can you get a piece of software to watch YouTube or read text on the internet or listen to audio for hours on end and without you telling it anything or tagging or labeling any data and have it figure it out for itself?’….I think the second unsupervised learning, learning from unlabeled or untagged data is maybe most human-like. I think most humans learn primarily from unlabeled data and I think that this unsupervised learning idea has tremendous potential for letting us make a lot of progress in machine perception….”

http://blogs.technet.com/b/cdnitmanagers/archive/2014/06/16/chat-with-andrew-ng-co-founder-coursera-director-stanford-artificial-intelligence-lab-world-renowned-top-ranking-distinguished-researcher-innovator-and-entrepreneur.aspx

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It’s Andragogy, Not Pedagogy

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-06-27 02:03

By Andrew Joseph Pegoda, Inside Higher Ed

Some will immediately say this is nothing more than a semantics debate.

Pedagogy: the methods and practice of teaching children.

Andragogy: the methods and practice of teaching adults.

So the question becomes: at what point is a student no longer a child, but an adult? There is no hard-and-fast rule, but for our purposes here, any college student is an adult. Andragogy, a concept dating to the 1960s and Malcolm Knowles, is important because it recognizes that adult learners are different and that these differences are extremely important. And its importance, as a body of knowledge and approach in and of itself, is profound and vastly under-recognized.

http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2014/06/17/essay-questions-use-term-pedagogy-describe-ideas-regard-college-teaching#sthash.B4gpCnT7.dpbs

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Clumsy Foreshadowing

xkcd.com - Fri, 2014-06-27 02:00
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Who is using LRMI metadata?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-06-27 00:15


Phil Barket, Sharing, Learning, Jun 26, 2014

You may have heard of LRMI (Learning Resource Metadata Initiative) but you may not know who is using it. This post offers a short selection of sites where it can be found. Despite Barker's qualification ("there are others using LRMI properties in their webpages that I happened not to find (t.b.h. I didn’ t spend very long looking) ") this seems to me to be a very short list.

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ALT issues first Open Badges as part of ocTEL and releases plugin to the community

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-06-26 21:15


Unattributed, ALT Online Newsletter, Jun 26, 2014

Nice. "Badges designed and awarded using BadgeOS are now exposed as  Open Badges compliant Assertion  - Assertions are the DNA of Open Badges. They are data files which describe the badge and identify who it has been awarded to." P.S. The headline writers should note the difference in meaning between saying "issue first badges" and "issue our first badges" or "issue their first badges." English: it definitely needs to be clear. Related: Alan Levine writes, "But to me badging, nanodegreeing, calculating massive course dropouts remains overweighted on one side of the system."

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What is the problem for which MOOCs are the solution?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-06-26 21:15


Diana Laurillard, ALT Online Newsletter, Jun 26, 2014

Diana Laurillard offers the answer to the question in terms of what problems MOOCs have solved, which seems to be a bit of an odd way to address a nascent technology. "The problem MOOCs succeed in solving is: to provide free university teaching for highly qualified professionals." Well, yes. And that's the problem the internet had solved by 1990, and the web by 1999. But surely that's not the extent of the problem-solving being does by open online content and services. I have always intended open online learning so address issues of access. Laurillard writes, "by 2015 there will still be 53m children out of school... UNESCO estimates that we need 1,600,000 teachers to achieve universal primary education." At $10K per teacher, that's an additional $16 billion in salaries; at $100K that's $160 billion. I see no sign anyone is prepared to pay this kind of money. So we need to address access in some other way than simply hiring teachers. Can MOOCs help here? Maybe. As Laurillard says, "If we are to have any hope of reaching our most ambitious educational goal of universal primary education, we have to find innovative ways of teaching." (p.s. - if you charge "even the modest cost of $49"  it's not a MOOC).  (p.p.s. this was posted on the ALT newsletter today; previously posted at IOE London blog May 14).

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