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In a recent study, students learning via project tested better and improved applied problem-solving skills

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2016-11-14 01:05

by eSchool News

Educators often talk about 21st-century skills and the benefits of incorporating communication, creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking into lessons. These are skills students rarely learn straight out of a textbook. The best way to teach them, we’ve found, is by making these skills a relevant part of their active lives. If that sounds daunting, rest assured, it doesn’t always have to be. One way we have taught these skills is through project-based learning (PBL), where students apply what they’ve learned during a hands-on project that is relevant to the real world — and their lives.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/11/01/our-research-shows-that-when-students-work-on-projects-they-learn-more/

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New data: Higher ed has massive misconceptions about low-income student success

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2016-11-14 01:03

BY LAURA DEVANEY, eCampus News

New data released at EDUCAUSE challenges the commonly held perception that low-income students have a categorical deficit and cannot thrive in a variety of four-year college ecosystems. Contrary to a commonly-held belief that low-income students are more likely to struggle in a four-year institution, new data indicates students from low-income households are, in fact, likely to thrive in four-year institutions, according to a new survey. Higher education institutions are relying on predictive analysis to make decisions about admission and resource allocation, but that process could perpetuate the under-representation of minority and low-income students, according to a survey released by vibeffect at EDUCAUSE.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/events/conferences/educause/take-low-income-students-thrive/

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Online learning: the benefits outweighs the drawbacks

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2016-11-14 01:01

by Abimbola Jubril, Western Herald

Technological advancements have allowed us to accomplish what seemed like impossible tasks a few decades back. Technology has become a part of our everyday life, assisting in every way imaginable. We can easily communicate with loved ones, purchase items online and even get a degree, all without being physically present because technology gives us the ability to do so. Online education has certainly been growing in popularity over the past couple years. Though there are still some negative perceptions about online learning, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.

http://www.westernherald.com/opinion/campus_issues/article_1c740a36-9d4f-11e6-b351-e37ac392df9e.html

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British Map

xkcd.com - Mon, 2016-11-14 01:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

16. Deutschen Lebertag am 20.11.2016Motto: Leber/wert/voll

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Sun, 2016-11-13 23:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum 16. Deutschen Lebertag am 20.11.2016
Motto: Leber/wert/voll
Categories: Science News

Udemy launches online class to help you start a career

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2016-11-13 01:09

by FinBuzz

If you are targeting at an entry- or junior-level position at a top investment bank, like Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase or Goldman Sachs, or you are simply seeking to expand your breadth of knowledge, “The Complete Investment Banking Course” provided by Udemy could be perfect for you. Everything this bundle comprises will make you acquainted with the inner system of investment banks. The course is taught by 365 Careers, a firm specializing in advanced financial training programs, and it comes with lots of interactive material, including five hours of video training and 103 lectures.

http://finbuzz.com/udemy-launches-online-class-help-start-career/

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How online education can fix its student retention problem

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2016-11-13 01:05

By Satesh Bidaisee, Herald Chronicle

The recent growth of online education has been astounding. Last year, 35 million people signed up for at least one online class. The popularity of online learning is easy to understand. Today, students have access to well over 4,000 courses in a wide array of subjects, from chemistry to philosophy to graphic design. Many courses are free. There is, however, a serious problem currently keeping online education from reaching its full potential — low retention rates. About 90 percent of enrollees in “MOOCS” — short for “Massive Open Online Courses,” which have unlimited registration and are the most popular online education product — drop out within two weeks. The key to solving this problem? Making MOOCs more interactive. While MOOCs can never perfectly replicate the in-person back-and-forth of traditional brick-and-mortar schools, they can capitalize on modern technologies that empower students to more intimately engage with the material, their instructors, and their peers.

http://www.heraldchronicle.com/how-online-education-can-fix-its-student-retention-problem-guest-editorial/

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Immersive game-based experiences aim to revolutionize the way students learn calculus

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2016-11-13 01:03

by eCampus News

“Variant: Limits” brings calculus to life by transforming abstract ideas into creative and visually-engaging challenges. Calculus courses today have one of the highest failure rates of any course on any campus, yet Calculus remains a core element of the ever growing STEM curriculum. Easing complex Calculus concepts for students, Triseum is unveiling the first game in a new series of immersive educational experiences for Calculus students, Variant: Limits, at this week’s EDUCAUSE conference. The Variant series gives students a new perspective on difficult Calculus topics, empowering them to learn through high quality, fun and results-driven experiences.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/gaming/triseum-learn-calculus/

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Creating a Scheduling System on a Budget.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Sun, 2016-11-13 00:22
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Creating a Scheduling System on a Budget.

Comput Inform Nurs. 2015 Nov;33(11):473-7

Authors: Nicoll LH

PMID: 26584312 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Nurses' Own Recordkeeping: The Nursing Minimum Data Set Revisited.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Sun, 2016-11-13 00:22
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Nurses' Own Recordkeeping: The Nursing Minimum Data Set Revisited.

Comput Inform Nurs. 2015 Nov;33(11):487-94; quiz E1

Authors: Halloran EJ, Halloran DC

Abstract
There is no consistent, standardized, concise method for nurses to record information about their patients and clients that is conducive to store, retrieve, and use in patient and client care; to improve professional self-development; and to use in collaboration with patients and clients, their families, other nurses, doctors, hospitals, and health systems. Nurses gauge the health status of their patients and clients every day and are now in a position both to record their impressions for their own use and to share them with colleagues who care for the same patients and clients. What is now needed is a way to record these clinical impressions within an authoritative format that is related to the depth and breadth of the clinical literature related to nursing and the needs of the patients and clients nurses serve. The International Council of Nurses' Nurse-Patient Summary is proposed here to fill the gulf between narrative nurses' notes, proprietary and widely varying electronic health record systems, and information from nurses about their patiens and clients human needs. The International Council of Nurses' Nurse-Patient Summary could replace nursing diagnosis items in the Nursing Minimum Data Set and serve as a substitute for the World Health Organization's International Classification of Function, Disability and Health, a seldom used instrument derived from the International Council of Nurses' Basic Principles of Nursing Care.

PMID: 26554810 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Nursing Informatics Competencies Among Nursing Students and Their Relationship to Patient Safety Competencies: Knowledge, Attitude, and Skills.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Sun, 2016-11-13 00:22
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Nursing Informatics Competencies Among Nursing Students and Their Relationship to Patient Safety Competencies: Knowledge, Attitude, and Skills.

Comput Inform Nurs. 2015 Nov;33(11):509-14

Authors: Abdrbo AA

Abstract
With implementation of information technology in healthcare settings to promote safety and evidence-based nursing care, a growing emphasis on the importance of nursing informatics competencies has emerged. This study assessed the relationship between nursing informatics and patient safety competencies among nursing students and nursing interns. A descriptive, cross-sectional correlational design with a convenience sample of 154 participants (99 nursing students and 55 interns) completed the Self-assessment of Nursing Informatics Competencies and Patient Safety Competencies. The nursing students and interns were similar in age and years of computer experience, and more than half of the participants in both groups had taken a nursing informatics course. There were no significant differences between competencies in nursing informatics and patient safety except for clinical informatics role and applied computer skills in the two groups of participants. Nursing informatics competencies and patient safety competencies were significantly correlated except for clinical informatics role both with patient safety knowledge and attitude. These results provided feedback to adjust and incorporate informatics competencies in the baccalaureate program and to recommend embracing the nursing informatics course as one of the core courses, not as an elective course, in the curriculum.

PMID: 26524185 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Development of a Web-Based Self-management Intervention for Intermittent Urinary Catheter Users With Spinal Cord Injury.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Sun, 2016-11-13 00:22
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Development of a Web-Based Self-management Intervention for Intermittent Urinary Catheter Users With Spinal Cord Injury.

Comput Inform Nurs. 2015 Nov;33(11):478-86

Authors: Wilde MH, Fairbanks E, Parshall R, Zhang F, Miner S, Thayer D, Harrington B, Brasch J, McMAHON JM

Abstract
While Web-based interventions have proliferated recently, information in the literature is often lacking about how the intervention was developed. In response to that gap, this is a report of the development of a Web-based self-management intervention for intermittent urinary catheter users and pretesting with four adults with spinal cord injury living in the community. Two Web sites were created, one for recruitment and the other for the intervention itself. The intervention involved developing new Web-based technology, including an interactive urinary diary (with fluid intake/urine output and a journal), extensive catheter products information, three intervention nurse phone call consultations, and user-community discussion forums. Study participants completed an online survey and were interviewed twice about the enrollment process and their perceptions of their involvement in the intervention. Suggestions from the pretesting participants were used to revise the Web site applications prior to the next stage of research (a feasibility study). Numerous recommendations and comments were received related to content, interactivity of components, and usability. This article provides a description of how the Web sites were developed (including the technology and software programs used), issues encountered and what was done to address them, and how the Web-based intervention was modified for improvements.

PMID: 26361267 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Differences in Learning Style Preferences: A Study of Mainland Chinese College Students Studying in Hong Kong

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2016-11-12 15:21


Kin Man Chow, British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, Nov 12, 2016

There has been considerable argumentation in recent years to the effect that learning styles do not exist. Such argumentation, though, is firmly rooted in western culture. What of the learning styles of different cultures? This paper examines attitudes toward learning in Cantonese and non-Cantonese students studying in Hong Kong, and 'local' Hong Kong students. It concludes that there are significant differences, and suggests these are based in Hong Kong students' greater facility in English, which leads them toward a more visual orientation. Similar results have been  found in  previous work. The paper (36 page PDF) is the subject of an open peer review process, and you can read earlier versions as well as reviewer comments. Image: South China Morning Post.

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State University System of Florida Looks to Double Online Enrollment

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2016-11-12 01:07

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

A system of 12 public universities in Florida has set a goal that will double student enrollment in online classes within a decade. The State University System of Florida (SUSF) wants 40 percent of undergraduate credit hours completed online by 2025. According to a News4Jax report, at the most recent Florida Board of Governors meeting, the Innovation and Online Committee said that cost is the main factor driving the transition to online courses. The committee wants to make online classes more affordable for students, citing the fact that last year students actually paid more on online classes at certain universities compared to on-campus classes, due to distance learning fees that would range from $15–$55 per hour.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/10/26/state-university-system-of-florida-looks-to-double-online-enrollment.aspx

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4 ways technology is effectively bridging higher ed to the workforce

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2016-11-12 01:04

BY MERIS STANSBURY, eCampus News

Internet- and technology-based supports are helping traditional colleges and universities reach the national goal of helping students find their place in the workforce. In the midst of the seemingly never-ending debate as to whether or not traditional higher education institutions can help graduates find meaningful employment, four overarching technology-based pathways and tools seem to be doing an excellent job of trying to end the heated argument. “The historic disconnect between higher education and the needs of the labor market is a data problem,” writes Ryan Craig for TechCrunch. “In the past, data translating the discrete skills or competencies that employers need was not easily available or meaningful to faculty who create courses, or the students who take them.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/alternative-pathways/technology-bridging-workforce/

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Is higher ed finding its ideal in micro-master’s?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2016-11-12 01:03

BY JEREMY CUNNINGHAM, eCampus News

Relevancy within post-grad careers just became as easy as a 5-course plan called a micro-master’s. It’s a jarring realization that after 9 years of post-high school education, a person can feel stuck. But that’s how I feel sometimes as I consider my professional options. I love what I do as a high school teacher and part time college instructor. Yet, as I sense the education landscape dynamically shifting all around me, I wonder what is next. How can I stay relevant without starting all over with another 3, 4, or 9 years of education?

http://www.ecampusnews.com/cc-blog/career-pathways/ideal-micro-masters/

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Openness

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2016-11-12 00:18
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Short presentation at a panel discussing aspects of openness in higher education. I am the first speaker in the panel; the other participants speak, and then there is a fairly good discussion following. I offered the argument that we should think of learning resources as the language we use to communicate and educate, and like words in a language, we need to be able to freely use them.

Regional Forum on ICTs in Higher Education of the Arab States, Beirut, Lebanon (Panel) Nov 11, 2016 [Comment]

AAEEBL ePortfolio Review

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2016-11-12 00:18


Nov 11, 2016

The Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) is announcing the inaugural issue of the  AAEEBL ePortfolio Review. They write, "Designed to provide space for emerging thinking about ePortfolio research and practice, as well as a publication opportunity for those working in and with ePortfolio, the AePR focuses on timely, important topics written by leaders in the field" The first issue has been released as a single 74 page PDF.

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Educational Technology & Education Conferences #36, January to June 2017

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2016-11-12 00:18


Clayton R. Wright, Stephen's Web, Nov 11, 2016

Clayton R. Wright has once again published his excellent conference list. He writes, "Some of these events have intriguing themes to guide them, such as 'Changing to Learn, Learning to Change', 'The Politics of Open', 'Respect the Past, Lead the Present, Secure the Future', 'Knowledge Is the Oil of the Future', and 'Democratization and Participation – People’ s Roles in the Digital World'.

"For May and June 2017, in particular, I was unable to find dates, locations, and URLs for a number of events. I did send out 300+ e-mails to obtain missing information, but few responded. This is becoming normal now - people generally don't respond, though some do ask for a copy of the list when it is complete. Further, some conference websites do not provide an e-mail address that I can use to contact the organizer of an event. Bottom line: Yes, there are a number of events I unable to find basic information for; thus, I can't publish information I don't have. As usual, the next or 37th edition of this list will provide an updated listing for June 2017."

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