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Opinion: How The MOOC Became A Cash Cow For Business Schools

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-04-01 02:05

by Marco De Novellis, Business Because

Although the global MOOCs market is predicted to grow by more than 30% annually between 2018 and 2022—according to market research firm Technavio—the freebie days are over. This month, Coursera announced the launch of six new online degrees in partnership with universities, including its first ever bachelor’s program. The MOOC, in its original form, is under threat. Resuscitated, remodeled, exploited by business schools, what we may refer to as MOOCs today are less open and more affordable online courses.

https://www.businessbecause.com/news/opinion/5156/opinion-mooc-cash-cow-business-schools

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5 Ways EdTech Can Help Universities Connect with Their Students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-04-01 02:03

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

Educational technology is reinventing all aspects of learning, but this is especially true in the college setting. EdTech is improving higher education at a rapid pace around the country and allowing students to keep up with course material in a way that is most accessible to them.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-ways-universities-can-use-edtech-to-better-connect-with-their-students/

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How to Find Legit Online Colleges (and How to Avoid the Scams)

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-04-01 02:01

by Dori Zinn, Student Loan Hero

When Ryan Yousefi decided to go back to school to get his degree, he knew it had to be online. He came across a news segment that featured Western Governors University (WGU), an online-only school. “I took my time and made sure WGU was accredited,” Yousefi said. Regardless of where you decide to get your college education, researching schools is a vital part of applying. Weeding through accredited online colleges might seem like tiresome work, but choosing the right school is important. There are a few steps you can take to find the right online college or university for you.

How to Find Legit Online Colleges (and How to Avoid the Scams)

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It's Time for an RSS Revival

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2018-03-31 17:29

Brian Barrett, Wired, Mar 31, 2018

I of course have never given up on RSS and use it every day as an ad-free user-selected searchable alternative to the social media newsfeed. And I think it's worth noting what Ben Wolf (of The Old Reader) said when Google killed its reader five years ago: "How long will it be before your Facebook stream is so full of promoted content, bizarre algorithmic decisions, and tracking cookie based shopping cart reminders that you won't be getting any valuable information? For as little as $60, a business can promote a page to Facebook users. It won't be long before your news feed is worthless." RSS is our path back to an open internet; the infrastructure already exists. All you have to do is use it.

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Blockchain-Based Online Learning Platform To Connect Tutors And Students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-03-31 02:10

By Connor Blenkinsop, CoinTelegraph
A peer-to-peer online learning platform is gearing up to bring the “out of date” education sector into the 21st century by becoming a one-stop shop for tutors and students. Blockchain-based NTOK says its ecosystem helps to fundraise education and removes geographical hurdles for teachers and pupils – and will offer a high-quality learning environment furnished with textbooks and courses from prominent publishers. The concept is already being put to the test, with an Alpha version of the platform being used as an online English language school. NTOK executives say they are obtaining “rapid feedback” from users so extra features can be developed. Although the company is planning to specialize in foreign languages, other offerings will include pre-school education, supplementary learning for primary and secondary school students and courses in coding and Blockchain.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/blockchain-based-online-learning-platform-to-connect-tutors-and-students

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This Professor Uses Virtual Labs to Teach Real-World IT Skills That Employers Want

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-03-31 02:05

By Wendy McMahon, EdSurge

Steph YoungGonzaga credits online learning with enriching her education and helping establish herself as an IT thought leader.  YoungGonzaga recently returned to her roots. She pivoted her career in order to focus on supporting students who, just as she did, are pursuing their education online.  As Assistant Professor and Program Chair at the Forbes School of Business and Technology at Ashford University—a fully online university—she developed the new Master of Information Systems Management degree program. Today, she’s focused on giving students the hands-on experience and peer connections they need to become the the next wave of IT leaders. A key part of her arsenal? Virtual labs.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-03-12-this-professor-uses-virtual-labs-to-teach-real-world-it-skills-that-employers-want

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Online Courses Turn Profs From ‘Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side’

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-03-31 02:03

By Eleanor Bent, Cornell Sun

Cornell has made 12 MOOCs ranging a variety of subjects. Some of the most successful have been in the sciences, notably “Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation” conducted by Prof. William E. Bemis, ecology and evolutionary biology. His four-week-long course, which uses a combination of brief informational videos and interactive exercises to apply new concepts, aims to give participants an introduction to shark biology and conservation. The course has attracted “more than 25,000 learners to date from more than 180 countries,” according to Bemis and has an extremely high completion rate, something many MOOCs have failed to achieve.

http://cornellsun.com/2018/03/12/online-courses-turn-profs-from-sage-on-the-stage-to-guide-on-the-side/

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Critical Thinking for Educators

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-03-30 22:45

Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, Mar 31, 2018

Educators, of course, are told a lot about critical thinking. Sometimes, if they are lucky, they take a critical thinking course in university and learn first-hand about the practice. Or they may be given a demonstration at an educational conference. Sometimes they are informed about critical thinking during discussions of pedagogy and policy. Or sometimes they simply read about it in magazines and journals.

I've focused this article on critical thinking for educators because I am concerned that teachers and school administrators are exposed to a lot of misinformation about critical thinking. Various writers have developed 'their own' approach to critical thinking, which sometimes muddies the waters. Others confuse critical thinking with creativity, various literacies, lateral thinking, or rhetoric.

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6 creative ways to solve problems with Linux containers and Docker

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-03-30 22:36

Sean Kane, O'Reilly, Mar 31, 2018

I've mentioned things like Docker and virtualization from time to time but haven't exactly addressed why these things would be interesting. This article helps fill that gap by offering six ways these solutions can solve problems such as read-only filesystems, solving operating system incompatibilities, or running specialized graphical applications.

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Collaboration and the creation of a new journalism commons

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-03-30 22:30

Carlos Martínez de la Serna, Columbia Journalism Review, Mar 31, 2018

I think that a case could be made that a similar cooperation is beginning to develop in education (albeit at a slower pace). "A core function of cooperative practices since the late 2000s, collaboration fills the vacuum left by the industrial decline of media and the constant erosion of the conditions for journalism." The idea is that "The rise of network collaboration in journalism might seem, with hindsight, expected in the context of the network society, defined as an era of intrinsic collaboration. An essential condition of network relationships is that 'one part is dependent on resources controlled by another, and that there are gains to be had by pooling resources, sharing and collaborating.'" I would call this cooperation, rather than collaboration, but the model remains unchanged.

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The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-03-30 16:00

Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker, Mar 31, 2018

This is a really good article, cogent and clear, describing Andy Clark's philosophy and theory of cognition. It also takes us through some side-trips involving David Chalmers and Karl Friston. But the focus is on Clark and his theories concerning the extended mind - the idea that the mind isn't just what's in our head but also incorporates the conceptual and physical world around us. What I like about this article is the way it embeds the description of Clark's philosophy with an account of Clark's personality and style of engaging with the world. Do read the article to the end; otherwise you'll miss the account of Friston's work (to me much more appealing than Clark's) describing how human cognition is, in essence, a prediction engine.

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IBM’s latest computer is a blockchain-ready CPU smaller than a grain of salt

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-03-30 02:05

by Jayce Wagner, Digital Trends

IBM kicked off its Think 2018 conference today with a bombshell announcement: It has made the world’s smallest computer, and it’s designed from the ground up to work with the blockchain. The computer itself is smaller than a single grain of salt, coming in at 1 millimeter by 1 millimeter and reportedly has about the same computing power as a 1990s era CPU. “The world’s smallest computer is an IBM-designed edge device architecture and computing platform that is smaller than a grain of salt will cost less than ten cents to manufacture, and can monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data,” IBM claims. “It packs several hundred thousand transistors into a footprint barely visible to the human eye and can help verify that a product has been handled properly throughout its long journey.”

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/ibm-blockchain-computer-salt/

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Can video games help students learn complicated concepts?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-03-30 02:03

by Patti Zarling, Education Dive

Many young students grew up with a joystick in their hands, so Texas A&M University has developed a sophisticated video game aimed to make calculus class a little less daunting. Following on the heels of offering its first game-based course in art history in fall, the university this semester is piloting a game-based calculus class in which the game is the course. Students use calculus fundamentals to complete quests and face virtual obstacles throughout the 3-D game, said Paula Lima-Filho, a mathematician at Texas A&M, who helped develop the game.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/can-video-games-help-students-learn-complicated-concepts/

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OnlineMedEd helping medical students prepare for future

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2018-03-30 02:01

By TIMOTHY BOONE, the Advocate

In just three years, Dr. Dustyn Williams has helped build OnLineMedEd to annual revenue of $3.5 million. Now, he’s looking to expand the mission of the company from training medical students to providing online courses in a range of fields. Williams, a physician at Baton Rouge General Medical Center who serves as a faculty member for the medical center’s internal medicine residency program, helped launch OnlineMedEd in 2014. The company offers medical education to about 75,000 unique email addresses each month. While the core videos are free, OnlineMedEd makes its money by selling “freemium” content, such as lessons that prepare students for medical residencies and continuing education classes. “Medical knowledge belongs to no one,” Williams said. “If you have an internet connection, you can get the fundamentals.”

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/business/article_5d3ec878-27a8-11e8-8003-df09ff88e9ac.html

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Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2018-03-30 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen aus Anlass des Weltgesundheitstages am 07.04.2018.
Der Weltgesundheitstag befasst sich jedes Jahr mit einem globalen Gesundheitsthema. In diesem Jahr lautet das Motto: Flächendeckende Gesundheitsversorgung
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Why schools should not teach general critical-thinking skills

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-03-29 15:41

Carl Hendrick, Aeon, Mar 31, 2018

Carl Hendrick restates the tired and wrong argument that critical thinking cannot be taught as a general skill. But from where I sit, if a person says critical thinking cannot be detached from context, then this tells me that the person does not understand what critical thinking is. Critical thinking is not factual recall or provision of implicit premises. It's based on form, not content. I offer more argumentation here (and I guess I'll just have to write an article or something to dispel this wrongheaded notion).

 

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Vor 24.000 Jahren: Höhlenbär war nicht flexibel genug

ScienceTicker.Info - Thu, 2018-03-29 14:20
Mit 3,50 Metern Länge und 1,70 Metern Schulterhöhe gehörte der Höhlenbär zu den Giganten der letzten Kaltzeit ? und überlebte doch die Eiszeit vor 24.000 Jahren nicht. Verantwortlich sei die Kombination dreier Faktoren gewesen, sagen Forscher, die Knochenfunde von Höhlenbären mit modernsten Methoden neu untersucht haben.
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Apple’s Strongest Case to Reclaim the Education Market Is Not the New iPad

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2018-03-29 13:14

Jin-Soo Huh, EdSurge, Mar 31, 2018

Apple chose to launch its new education-specific iPad at an exclusive private school, Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago. That should tell you all you need to know about its approach to education. The pitch is that students can be more creative with a iPad than with (say) a Chromebook. At three times the price (plus a $90 pen) I'm not surprised. The iPad also comes with Schoolwork, Apple's answer to Google Classroom. It "allows a teacher to send out documents and open specific apps on their students’ iPad (and) gives them visibility into what each student is working on to make sure they are on task or to provide support." Developers were pointed to ClassKit, a set of APIs that connect with Schoolwork. More coverage: The Verge, ComputerWorld, TechRadar, MacWorld, VentureBeat, Apple Insider, CNet, Mashable, Gizmodo.

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Will your job survive when the machines come?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-03-29 02:07

By Networks Asia
Almost half (48%) of Singapore business leaders believe they’ll have more job satisfaction in the future by offloading the tasks they don’t want to do to machines, while 52% disagree, finds research conducted by Vanson Bourne. Findings pointed towards how a truly mutually beneficial partnership is on the cards – if businesses prepare accordingly.  Machines will assume work functions in finance, inventory, logistics, administration, customer service, marketing, HR, medical care and more to alter the course of education. Society will enter a new phase that will be characterized by “in the moment” learning as the pace of change will be so rapid that new industries will be created and new skills will be required to survive.  A majority (97%) believe that technology will change the way we learn by 2030, globally.

https://www.networksasia.net/article/will-your-job-survive-when-machines-come.1521371527

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What Is BitDegree Cryptocurrency?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2018-03-29 02:05

by Robert Leyland, Merkle
Of all the industries that blockchain technology has the potential to disrupt, education seems like one of the least obvious. However, current education systems are not keeping pace with technological developments, leaving students out in the cold.  BitDegree’s concept is simple. Technology is outpacing the development of educational courses in traditional educational institutions. Therefore, the company seeks to provide the highest quality courses available to bridge an identified gap between employers’ needs and the current offerings of universities and higher education institutions. BitDegree likes to think of their platform as a merged version of Coursera and HackerRank.

What Is BitDegree Cryptocurrency?

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