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All Stakeholders Must Engage in Learning Analytics Debate

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2016-06-04 02:04

By David Raths, Campus Technology

Whether they like it or not, members of the educational technology community and faculty members should engage in debates about learning analytics algorithms, transparency and data access. That was the message delivered by George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab (LINK) at the University of Texas at Arlington, during a recent Future Trends Forum discussion with futurist Bryan Alexander. “You can hate something and still recognize that it is an important factor to think about,” Siemens stressed. “You can think analytics are crap, but you can’t deny they are influential. If we want a future that embodies values that are important to us, then we have to be active participants in the sociotechnical and economic spaces driving that change.”

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/05/31/all-stakeholders-must-engage-in-learning-analytics-debate.aspx

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The Potential for Stackable Credentials: From 30,000 Feet

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2016-06-04 02:02

by Holly Moore, Evolllution

Stackable credentials are an economic imperative for students today because many learners can’t afford to take the time away from work or invest the capital in one single chunk to do a whole degree program. The programs offer bite-size chunks of education that enable people to gain work-ready skills, where they’re able to go through a series of successive approximations to reach their degree. The other thing that’s really important is that stackable credentials tend to be competency-based and are therefore a stronger signal to employers in regards to the tangible skills they can use on the job.

http://evolllution.com/programming/credentials/the-potential-for-stackable-credentials-from-30000-feet/

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Internet Trends 2016

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-03 20:38


Mary Meeker, Slideshare, Jun 03, 2016

Is it time for Mary Meeker's internet trends report already? Yes it is, and this year's analysis is full of telling charts and statistics. Ina Fried identifies the major takeaways  from this year's report:

  • The internet itself is seeing slowing growth. 
  • In five years, at least 50 percent of all searches are going to be either images or speech.
  • Messaging apps, with context and time, have a chance to rival the home screen as the go-to place for interaction.

This list would explain why Facebook is attempting to force me to use its messaging app on Android (instead of my web browser, which can be turned off). More: a short video  where Meeker says many online ads are ineffective. Also, interviews and much more from the Recode conference.

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35 Interface Innovations that Rocked Our World

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-03 20:38


Xerox, Jun 03, 2016

This list reflects a series of rethinkings of interaction space in (mostly) digital technology. It's interesting to go though the list and ponder not just what the new interfaces allowed, but also what they replaced. For example, the rotary dial on the telephone replaced the need to tell the operator which number you wanted to be connected to. The mourse replaced the need to use arrow keys to move a cursor. 

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Medium acquires Superfeedr

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-03 20:38


Julien Genestoux, Medium, Jun 03, 2016

I found this claim interesting, especially from the perspective of my talk today: "We consume the web from mobile devices, we discover content on silo-ed social networks and, more importantly, the base metaphor for  the web is shifting from space to time." It's not unusual, though, to hear this perspective with respect to RSS; it reminds me of Dave Winer's 'river of news' concept. The otbher thing, of course, is the renewed interest in RSS from Medium, which is a rapidly growwing platform in its own right. But with Superfeedr, and especially PubSubHubbub, Medium is acquiring a whole distribution network.

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The Final Frontier: Space

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-03 17:36
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I compare two metaphors for learning: first, time, as the dominant metaphor, which is a linear and ordered progression toward a goal; and second, space, which is a non-linear exploration of a domain. I also examine the sort of tools. technologies and learning supports we should be thinking about when think of learning from a space-based perspective.

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Bluemix Essrntials

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-06-03 17:36


IBM, Jun 03, 2016

More on the idea of applications being hosted in a cloud environment and developed  in situ: "Bluemix is an open-standards, cloud platform for building, running, and managing applications. With Bluemix, developers can focus on building excellent user experiences with flexible compute options, choice of DevOps tooling, and a powerful set of IBM and third-party APIs and services." This page links to a course outline the major features and application of Bluemix. You'll need an IBM account  to access the course (sorry, they haven't learned the meaning of 'open' yet).

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Augmented Reality, Big Data and Other E-learning Trends for 2016

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-06-03 02:10

by Kamy Anderson, Tech.com

77 percent of American companies rely on online e-learning programs. Throughout 2016, the focus will be on improving the available learning management systems and methods to maximize its ease and efficiency. Here are the top 8 trends in e-learning to look out for in 2016:

https://tech.co/top-8-elearning-trends-for-2016-2016-05

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Online learning, how tech is motivating learners to stay connected

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-06-03 02:04

y Uma Ganesh, Financial Express

Online learning has been adopted by corporations globally. It is considered to be an important medium for imparting training for their employees recognising factors such as ease of learning, costs involved and standardisation of content. Many organisations have invested millions of dollars in creating content with features such as gamification and simulations in order to motivate the learners. Despite all such efforts, the most cited criticism with online learning model have been linked with lack of personal touch, unidimensional experience and the loneliness factor in self learning. However, lately, technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are energising online format of learning and creating enthusiasm with the learners. Learning designers are excited with the possibilities of the near life like experiences that are possible to be provided with these technologies; thus motivate the learners to stay connected with their learning programmes and more importantly help them gain deep exposure to the subject matters of their interest.

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/tech/online-learning-how-tech-is-motivating-learners-to-stay-connected/268553/

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NZTC rolls out global online education service

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-06-03 02:02

by CATHERINE KNOWLES, Educators NZ

The New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) has gone global, taking its early childhood qualifications to students around the world with a new initiative known as NZTC Global. This will enable the education provider to reach a wider audience, and marks the organisation’s first step into the world of MOOCs. MOOCs, otherwise known as massive open online courses, are online courses that are available via the web, to anyone around the globe. They were first introduced in 2008 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012. These courses provide users traditional learning materials such as filmed lectures, readings and problems sets, as well as user forums to support community interactions between both students and teachers.

https://educators.co.nz/story/nztc-rolls-out-global-online-education-service/

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My Friend Catherine

xkcd.com - Fri, 2016-06-03 02:00
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Why Colleges Should Take the Lead in Learning Analytics Development

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-06-02 02:10

By Michael Meotti, EdSurge

Colleges are clearly caught between a fascination with the potential of data analytics and the constraints of finances and internal expertise. This conflict explains why a recent survey by KPMG found that less than half of colleges (41 percent) currently use data for predictive analytics. The same factors that give rise to new education technology also drive an increasingly complex world continually raising the premium for learning. New analytical tools offer the potential to improve learning and increase the value of education even further. That rising value draws the attention of many new players, including those outside of academia. It should come as no surprise that the arrival of new entrants will spark a debate over who should control the field of learning analytics.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-05-17-why-colleges-should-take-the-lead-in-learning-analytics-development

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What Form Does Online Take in Your Institution’s Future?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-06-02 02:04

by Kevin Currie, Evolllution

Distance learning has been a part of education in the United States for over a century—whether it meant the individual coming to the institution or the institution going to the individual. In addition to remote/satellite campuses, there were correspondence courses delivered via US Mail, microwave courses sent dish-to-dish and then bounced off satellites, videotape/CD/DVD courses sent through overnight delivery (courtesy Federal Express), and finally—the blockbuster of them all—online/internet course delivery. Where other distance education vehicles serviced hundreds or thousands of students per year, online now serves nearly 6 million per year according to the most recent IPEDS data.

http://evolllution.com/revenue-streams/distance_online_learning/what-form-does-online-take-in-your-institutions-future/

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Take Your Teaching Online: the Micro-Lecture

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-06-02 02:02

By Travis Grandy, Inside Higher Ed

Whether you want to supplement instruction for your in-person class or you teach a fully online course (like me), you’re probably looking for effective ways to deliver content and maintain student engagement. Online learning is a different landscape thanks to sites like Khan Academy, the rapid adoption of MOOCs, and digital pedagogies (including blended and flipped classrooms). While online lectures aren’t the only medium for online instruction, they can be a powerful one, and can play a strategic part in how you teach. Short, focused discussions of key concepts or ideas can be a great way to support student learning when they’re working independently or at a distance. For example, if you want to share content quickly in a condensed format, micro-lectures can help cut out excessive verbiage. Beyond creating a good learning experience for students, being conversant about effective online teaching can be a big help when you’re doing a job search.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/take-your-teaching-online-micro-lecture

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Tag der Apotheke am 07.06.2016

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2016-06-02 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Tag der Apotheke am 07.06.2016
Categories: Science News

Polizeiliche Kriminalstatistik

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2016-06-02 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Polizeilichen Kriminalstatistik" des Bundeskriminalamtes wurden um das Jahr 2015 ergänzt.

Categories: Science News

Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Welt-Hirntumor-Tages am 08.06.2016. Das diesjährige Motto lautet: "Zeichen setzen"

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2016-06-02 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Welt-Hirntumor-Tages am 08.06.2016. Das diesjährige Motto lautet: "Zeichen setzen"
Categories: Science News

A tour of Docker's components: Machine, swarm, compose, and more

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2016-06-01 17:30


Rick Fast', O'Reilly, Jun 01, 2016

More on Docker. "Docker has grown from a convenience wrapper to encompass an entire architecture. Learn how Docker's major components are related to each other." This is a short video highlighting the major elements of the Docker architecture. Really just a set of slides with an audio track.

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Introducing HyperDev

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2016-06-01 17:30


Joel Spolsky, Joel on Software, Jun 01, 2016

So this looks interesting. "HyperDev  is going to be the fastest way to bang out code and get it running on the internet. We want to eliminate 100% of the complicated administrative details around getting code up and running on a website." I've set up a very simple page here. It took me a couple minutes. But I think I could spend a lot of time with this - already someone has coded a Skype Bot  for it. Note that this is a beta release and that there are going tl be interruptions in service.

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Want to Do Corporate Innovation Right? Go Inside Google Brain

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2016-06-01 17:30


Greg Satell, Harvard Business Review, Jun 01, 2016

I imagine some time in the future we'll be reading about why Google's strategy failed and that the sort of thing it did doesn't work any more. But today is not that day, and as this article suggests, Google is currently riding high on an innovation strategy that is hard to implement but which seems to work. "What makes Google special is the way it’ s been able to integrate an entire portfolio of innovation strategies into a seamless whole. Product managers focus on customers needs. Researchers go where the science takes them. Engineers working on 20% time projects follow their passions. Anybody who wants to can adopt one or more of these approaches."

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