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Coursera sets sights on universities

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-02-06 20:09
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Tim Dodd, Financial Review, Feb 06, 2015

According to this article, " Coursera was rebuilding its ­ platform “ from the ground up” to allow  students to commence courses “ on demand” and to give university ­ instructors access to student data on progress and performance." To me what this sounds like is that Coursera is going to take on the LMS market directly. The big change will be that Coursera supports 'on demand' course access so people don't have to wait for the next class to start. Single-course certification will be popular, according to the article, because "there is a growing trend toward ­ micro-credentials."

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Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Better Listener

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-02-06 20:09
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Sarah Green, Harvard Business Review, Feb 06, 2015

This explains in part why lectures are so ineffective. "In a study of thousands of students and hundreds of businesspeople, they found that most retained  only half of what they  heard — and this immediately after they’ d heard it. Six months later, most people only retained 25%." Why is this? They're bored! "The human mouth plods along at 125 words per minute, while a neuron can fire about 200 times a second." I read five times faster than that, which means that when I'm listening I have lots of time to think about other things. I stay engaged by giving myself another task to do, like  taking notes - if the person is slow enough, I actually create whole  sentences and paragraphs as they speak. Yes, it takes time to develop this skill; I learned in university, and my philosophy notes are often mini-essays of the lecture. But like I say, I have lots of time to think during a lecture, and this is more productive than worrying whether I left the stove on. 

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Managing Open Access Publication: A System Specification

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2015-02-06 20:09
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Charles W. Bailey, Jr., DigitalKoans, Feb 06, 2015

This is interesting. The document describes the management of administrative data related to open access publications, and in particular (quoted):

  • Describe the scope of such a system and the workflows it should support
  • Describe an appropriate data model given the scope and workflows
  • Provide illustrative wireframes for a user interface (UI) to such a system

Straightforward and to the point; it should be sufficient for a developer to work from. It's a 19 page PDF.

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Showcasing the Co-Curricular: ePortfolios and Digital Badges

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-02-06 01:10

By Mary Grush with Alex Ambrose, Campus Technology

Learning scientists at the University of Notre Dame have found a sweet spot in the pairing of digital badges and eportfolios: the perfect opportunity for students to showcase learning achievements not normally featured in traditional transcripts and student records. G. Alex Ambrose, Professor of Practice and Associate Director of ePortfolio Assessment at Notre Dame’s Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning explains how a new digital badge pilot initiative was the key that opened up these new possibilities for the university’s highly successful eportfolio program.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/01/27/showcasing-the-co-curricular-with-eportfolios-and-digital-badges.aspx

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4 Lessons for Serving Adult Learners Online

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-02-06 01:06

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

At a school where the average age of students is 38, delivering online education requires a unique combination of tactics. The average student at private, nonprofit Excelsior College has about 20 years of life experience over the typical undergraduate. Many students come with a hefty background in the military or other professions where they’ve picked up skills that deserve credit. Recently, Excelsior president John Ebersole shared four lessons his online-only college has learned for helping adult learners succeed in earning their degrees.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/01/28/4-lessons-for-serving-adult-learners-online.aspx

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Experts Debate Graduation Rates for Online Students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2015-02-06 01:03

by Devon Haynie, US News

There has been little national research comparing completion rates for online and on-campus college and graduate programs, says Peter Shea, associate provost for online learning and an education professor at University of Albany—SUNY. Much of the research focuses on community colleges, and even there, the research is divided. Shea’s research has found that community college students across the country tend to have a higher chance of finishing their online courses. But a paper by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College that looked at two state systems found otherwise. The data that does exist on a wider scope suggests that completion rates for online students may be lower, but not much lower, says Russell Poulin, deputy director of research and analysis for WCET, an organization that advocates for effective technology use in higher education.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2015/01/30/experts-debate-graduation-rates-for-online-students

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Quotative Like

xkcd.com - Fri, 2015-02-06 01:00
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Mikrozensus "Haushalts- und Familienstatistik"

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Thu, 2015-02-05 23:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem "Mikrozensus - Haushalts- und Familienstatistik" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

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Announcement: Create Your Own Newsletter

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-02-05 16:10

Create your own newsletter! The links in today's OLDaily connect to documents used in my workshop today. You can click on the links and help edit the documents as well. Whatever you create will be the content of today's newsletter.


MOOC Workshop

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What Does Success Look Like?

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Deep Learning

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Let's Talk about Open

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Curriculum and Content

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Supporting a MOOC

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What Would a Solution Look Like?

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Students test concept of elite, lower-cost, no-campus college

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:10

By: NerdScholar, USA Today

A typical day for college freshman Yoel Ferdman might include a class held at a local coffee shop, an afternoon trip to the opera and an ethnic dinner cooked with fellow students. Ferdman, 17, is a member of the founding class at Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute. It’s a four-year, accredited undergraduate degree program aimed at teaching students critical thinking, creativity and communication skills. Since last September, Ferdman and 27-other students from the United States, Israel, Malaysia and eleven other countries have been testing the innovative curriculum. Minerva Schools has no campus — cities are its classrooms. Its office is in San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood, just down the street from Twitter headquarters. Students spend the first year in San Francisco, then move to a new city every semester: Buenos Aires, Berlin, Hong Kong, Mumbai, London and New York. “Being put into the city really makes me reflect on the way I interact with the city and the people around me,” says Minerva student Lucy Chen, 19, from China.

http://college.usatoday.com/2015/01/29/students-test-concept-of-elite-lower-cost-no-campus-college/

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Educational Technology Strategies

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:09


Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, Feb 04, 2015

I've been at the  Education Technology Strategies conference in Toronto, for the last two days. Here are my notes - Day One, Day Two. Good conference, interesting. I liked the mix of elementary schools and post-secondary. It was heavy on private and independent schools, but also a lot of public school board representation as well.

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Bill Gates Says You Should Worry About Artificial Intelligence

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:02

by Eric Mack, Forbes

Aside from founding Microsoft, Bill Gates is known as an all-around smart guy who has put his money where his mouth is when it comes to saving the world. It would seem that this makes his opinions worth considering when he tells us that he, like fellow brainiac Stephen Hawking and Tesla Motors founder / Iron Man inspiration Elon Musk, fears that artificial intelligence could pose a threat to humanity. “I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well,” Gates wrote. “A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/2015/01/28/bill-gates-also-worries-artificial-intelligence-is-a-threat/

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Online courses gain popularity on campus

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2015-02-05 01:01

By Jeff Odom, USF Oracle

Soon, a classroom with a professor who gestures and speaks to students may become a scene for the history films. With no end in sight, students are increasingly opting to take classes from behind a computer screen while in the comfort of their own homes. USF is among the nation’s leaders in online education, with graduate engineering, business and education programs ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s list of the nation’s top 30 universities for online learning. Last year, 135 new online courses were added to the USF system, bringing the total to 3,064 among USF’s Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota/Manatee campuses. All of USF’s general education requirements can be completed online, as well as 17 percent of all degrees, according to Harff.

http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/859176/Online-courses-gain-popularity-on-campus

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