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Statistik der Leistungen zur Rehabilitation

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2016-09-07 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Statistik der Leistungen zur Rehabilitation" der Deutschen Rentenversicherung Bund wurden um das Jahr 2015 ergänzt.

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Tag des Hellen Hautkrebses am 13.09.2016

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Wed, 2016-09-07 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Tag des Hellen Hautkrebses am 13.09.2016
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Team Human: Our Last Best Hope for Peeps

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 22:30

Douglas Rushkoff, Team Human, [Sept] 06, 2016

I've added 'Team Human' to the  Ed Radio list of podcasts. "It’ s a weekly podcast called Team Human, looking to challenge the operating systems driving our society, reveal its embedded codes, and share strategies for sustainable living, economic justice, and preservation of the quirky nooks and crannies that make people so much more than mere programs... The markets and technologies we’ ve created are not new gods. They are not our replacements, but mechanisms we’ ve constructed to make our lives better, more just, and more meaningful."

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Coursera: The pivot to corporate learning becomes clear

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 19:29

Phil Hill, e-Literate, [Sept] 06, 2016

According to e-Literate on August 31, "Coursera is making a big shift to corporate workforce development as described by CEO Rick Levin on the company blog this morning." But is this a pivot or an expansion? According to what I heard at the MOOC conference over the weekend, it may be more of the latter. Phil Hill argues it's a pivot, though, based on "the subtle shift in the description of their vision... The original vision was disrupting 'education', not 'learning experiences'. The idea was that higher education needed broader access and a new approach. The result might or might not have included a degree, but the idea was to change postsecondary education."

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MOOCs no longer massive, still attract millions

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 19:29

Dhawal Shah, VentureBeat, [Sept] 06, 2016

We're still waiting for 2016 data, of course, but it's hard to reconcile the 2015 data with statements that the MOOC era is over. The MOOC user base doubled in 2015. "The total number of students who signed up for at least one course had crossed 35 million — up from an estimated 16– 18 million in 2014." And in 2016, the number of courses has doubled, and many of them are available as self-paced or multiple-cohort options. This means that the frenzied pace of MOOCs has slowed - the courses are smaller, and the interactivity is slowing. But that's good. More MOOCs, more students - and a strong future for open online learning.

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How To Work With Me

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 16:29 (Stephen Downes), Half an Hour, [Sept] 06, 2016 First, see this item; it explains what's going on in the text below. Also, this is a bit incomplete; I may well revisit and revise.
What are some honest, unfiltered things about you?- I've always been the one who stands out; this makes my relation with the rest of the world asymmetric. - I believe that here isn't anything I can't understand in principle, though learning does take time, though for me, not very much time. This makes me impatient with people sometimes (it also makes me a lot more generous with people in other cases). - I don't trust people. I fear rejection. I take many things more personally than I should. I feel things very deeply. What drives you nuts?- People who tell me what to do (or what I can't do), especially is there's no clear reason for this. I'm not a fan of power or authority generally. - People who treat me with disrespect, or who believe they are more important or more valuable than me. What are your quirks?- I'm not comfortable in unstructured social situations like parties or dinners. - I think in metaphors. I'm not linear; I'll jump very rapidly from limited evidence to an explanation. - Also, I am the one who speaks out when someone cuts in line, takes advantage of another, or behaves in an unjust or unfair manner. How can people earn an extra gold star with you?- Be supportive. Be reliable. Be some I can count on. Keep your word. - Be nice to me. Tell me where my work has made a contribution. Let me know if I've done good. What qualities do you particularly value in people who work with you?- Independence and innovation. I like people who find solutions rather than problems. Criticisms are easy (and I've probably thought of them already). Solutions are hard. Making things work is hard. - Dedication. I prefer it when people value what they are doing, when it's more than just a job. What are some things that people might misunderstand about you that you should clarify?- It's very hard for me to initiate communication with someone and I would much rather have people come to me (conversely, if I have initiated communication with you, I have already done something very hard, and so whatever it is is important to me). - Just because I'm not smiling doesn't mean I'm not happy; I just don't smile a lot. How do you coach people to do their best work and develop their talents?- I'm not really a hands-on coach - I give people a lot of latitude to find their own way and create their own solutions. - I recognize effort and contributions, and will give credit in public. - I am open and approachable and will provide any advice and support needed, if asked. What’s the best way to communicate with you?It depends. For most things, email. If it's really important, talk to me, but keep in mind that I'm always on edge when talking with people, especially about important things. What’s the best way to convince you to do something?Ask me for help. How do you like to give feedback? I much prefer a structured feedback mechanism, such as a regular report at a meeting, so that the recipient knows that it isn't capricious or personal. Or comments on a document, so the criticism is structured around a common object. How do you like to get feedback?The same. [Link] [Comment]

Stop Using Dropbox to Share Your Courses & Try This Instead

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 16:29

Tom Kuhlmann, The Rapid E-Learning Blog, [Sept] 06, 2016

Things have changed again. In this case, it means that if you've been using services like Dropbox or Google drive to share things like web pages, you won't be able to do this any more. Dropbox says, "If you created a website that directly displays HTML content from your Dropbox, it will no longer render in the browser. The HTML content itself will still remain in your Dropbox and can be shared." Other services - like OneDrive - have never allowed this. Tom Kuhlmann recommends that you "Use Amazon S3 or a competing service. Here’ s how to set up the Amazon S3 service." Also, "Be careful of free services. Odds are they’ ll be gone or remove the free part of the service and you’ ll be in the same place you are today." That said, we do need a way to share our cloud-stored files online. It's something that's on my mind.

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“Mrs. Levine, Alan’s Watching!”

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 16:29

Alan Levine, [Sept] 06, 2016

I think that what bothers me most about Facebook and the others is not so much the vileness that they expose as it is the fact that they are monetising it. Here are some wise words from Alan Levine: "the thing about ugliness of online spaces... do not underestimate that the stuff you are not reading in comments as just the tip of the suppressed rage/violence in people we share the non-online world with. Don’ t read the comments, but be aware of them, do not ignore what they indicate about society. Do not pretend what lies beneath them doesn’ t exist." We should be correcting for this, not ussng it as the core feature of our business model.

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Automation Technologies and the Future of Work

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 16:29

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, [Sept] 06, 2016

From where I sit, these estimates seem surprisingly low. I'll let Irving Wladawsky-Berger summarize: "This past July, McKinsey published a second article on its automation study, which examined in more detail the technical feasibility of automating 7 different occupational activities:

  • Physical work in predictable environments, e.g., manufacturing, food service: 78% automatable;
  • Physical work in unpredictable environments, e.g., construction, agriculture: 25%;
  • Processing data, e.g., finance, retail: 69%;
  • Data collection, e.g., transportation, utilities: 64%;
  • Stakeholder interactions, e.g., retail, finance: 20%;
  • Expertise in decision making, planning, creative tasks, e.g., professional, education: 18%;
  • Managing others, e.g., management, education: 9%;

A companion interactive website adds the ability to analyze the automation potential of over 800 occupations based on the study’ s data sets." But whether or now the numbers are low, they point clearly to the fact that traditional job training is not preparing people for the future.

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Getting Real About Today’s College Students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-09-06 12:59

by Daniel Greenstein, Impatient Optimists

What are some of the most common misconceptions about today’s college students? Here are just a few: The typical college student is 18-24 years old and enrolls right out of high school. In fact, 40 percent of today’s college students are 25 or older. It is really important for colleges and universities to provide academic supports to help them brush up in areas where they might be weaker and technology-enabled advising that charts a steady and sure path to a credential. The typical college student is focusing full-time on their studies. The reality is that nearly two-thirds of all students are working while enrolled, a quarter of them full-time. Nearly 30 percent of students have children. The typical college student lives in a dorm on campus. Yes, 40 percent of today’s college students do live on campus, but that means 60 percent do not. Commuter students need access to programs and services before 9am and after 5pm, as well as online and blended courses that enable them to learn anytime, anywhere.

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September 2016 Preview Clips

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 04:25

, Ecampus Research Unit | Oregon State University, [Sept] 05, 2016 Take a listen to our September 2016 preview clips! [Link] [Comment]

Ria #23: Dr. Janet Salmons On E-Research

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 04:25

, Ecampus Research Unit | Oregon State University, [Sept] 05, 2016 In this episode, Dr. Janet Salmons discusses approaches to e-Research. [Link] [Comment]

What's the Future of Jobs?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 04:25

John Hagel, Edge Perspectives, [Sept] 05, 2016

The interesting thing about the meeting I was at in Capri was that there were people from Udacity, EdX, Coursera, and other MOOC initiatives, and how much of the discussion focused around preparing people for jobs. "That's the scam," I argued. We're not preparing people for success if we're preparing them for jobs; quite the contrary. This post from John Hagel reflects a similar sentiment. "What we need are learning environments that will draw out and nurture capabilities that today are only in the background, if present at all – capabilities like creativity, imagination, curiosity, and emotional and social intelligence that transcend conventional disciplinary boundaries." We need to foster a new sort of literacy.

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Penn is teaming up with the State Department to offer online courses to English language learners

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-09-06 02:09

By CHASEN SHAO, Daily Pennsylvanian

Penn is partnering with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to offer a series of online courses geared towards English language learners. The courses are being offered through Online Learning at the School of Arts and Sciences as well as the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The curriculum is designed for advanced beginner and intermediate learners, and in total, 33,000 students are enrolled across 161 countries. The collaboration focuses on five content areas: Business and Entrepreneurship, English for Journalism, Career Development, Media Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Using the predetermined content areas, LPS created five courses through the online learning platform Coursera with the same names.

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UAlbany online science courses for refugee Syria medical students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-09-06 02:04

By Paul Grondahl, Times-Union

Languishing for years as political prisoners in an Iranian jail on sham charges of attempting to overthrow the government, brothers Dr. Kamiar Alaei and Dr. Arash Alaei endured harsh treatment because they found hope in the act of learning and teaching. The imprisoned medical doctors, pioneers in the treatment of HIV and AIDS in repressive regimes, scrounged up old textbooks, organized classes and spread a feeling of optimism inside the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Despite shackles and bars, their minds remained unfettered. Now, the Alaeis, who are the recipients of international humanitarian awards, are paying it forward. With the help of colleagues at UAlbany — where the brothers created the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights — they’ve developed an online program of science classes in Arabic for former medical students in war-torn Syria.

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Ed-Tech Startup Coursera Launches Online Learning for Companies

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-09-06 02:03

by Michal Lev-Ram, Fortune

Online learning platform Coursera is launching an enterprise offering for companies. It’s not what everyone expected when MOOCs first came on the scene, but maybe it’s the right move. On Wednesday morning, the company launched Coursera for Business, an enterprise platform for companies. According to CEO Rick Levin, a large percent of the site’s users are seeking content that can advance their career. Many of them are signing in from corporate email addresses. “With that in mind, we felt we could expand the horizon and the number of people we were reaching by going directly to companies,” Levin told me during a phone interview earlier this week. Coursera’s early customers include BNY Mellon, Boston Consulting Group, L’Oreal, and Axis Bank. Some use Coursera for their onboarding and training process. Others simply see it as a retention tool—after all, who doesn’t want to learn Python?

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This is How You Revolutionize the Way Your Team Works Together... And All It Takes is 15 Minutes

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 01:25

David Politis, LinkedIn, [Sept] 05, 2016

The title of this post is way overstated. But the post nonetheless contains a neat idea: a 'user manual' for you! "Basically, the user manual is a “ how to work with me” guide: It outlines what you like, what you don’ t like, how you work best. It was something these CEOs would give their team members when they joined the company in order to shorten the learning curve of working with them." Of course - why limit it to CEOs? Why not for individual people! Here's mine.

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Teaching with Space and Astronomy in your Classroom

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 01:25

European Schoolnet, [Sept] 05, 2016

I'm not generally a fan of "x in the classroom" type resources because my focus is on online learning. To me, the objective is to get learning out of the classroom and into the community. That said, I thine this resource because it looks at how one topic - space and space exploration - can be used to introduce multiple topics - in this case, inquiry-based learning, ICT tols, diversity and gender balance, and careers in space and space-related industries. "It aims to educate teachers how to introduce and attract more and more young people to careers in space."

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“Edublocks” Could Change How We Learn by Adapting Bitcoin Model to Continued Education

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 01:25

Eliana Osborn, Education News, [Sept] 05, 2016

You will want to have a look at this video from the Institute for the Future and ACT Foundation. It describes The Ledger' as it is used in education to define 'edublocks'', which in turn are basically blockchain credentials. What's significant is that it enables anyone to give  learning credits to anyone. I have to think that this is the beginning of a huge debate: "The idea of a ‘ national learning economy’ isn’ t new— America has been moving in a direction where work and education are integrated, rather than sequential, for the past several decades. The ACT Foundation defines this as the new American Dream, or a way for workers to 'achieve greater life satisfaction and economic security.'" See also: the  Learning is Earning blog, press kit, Audrey Watters on the Ledger, the HyperLedger Foundation, Women's Learning Studio, Kathy Moore.

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Unsocial Learning

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-09-06 01:25

Alastair Creelman, The corridor of uncertainty, [Sept] 05, 2016

Although admitting "it is too late to radically turn the tide" Alastair Creelman offers advice to make social networks more friendly and more social. "Sadly most posts in my feed are just soapboxing or commercial. Many simply broadcast "evidence" for their particular ideology and in many cases there is no real invitation to discussion." I don't think we as individuals can change that trend in the major social networks precisely because this runs counter to the interests of their advertisers.

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