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3 Signs an Online Graduate Certificate Is Enough

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-03-05 01:10

By Chris Foley and Lisa Canada, US News

You don’t always need to commit to a full degree program to advance your career. Shorter and sometimes less costly, a graduate certificate might be a better option to get ahead. Think of a graduate certificate as a set of courses devoted to a specific topic, designed to build on top of a bachelor’s degree. The certificate may be meant to go deeper into topics already explored in the bachelor’s degree – like adding cybersecurity skills to a computer science degree – or to expand into a new area, like adding competency in human resources for someone in management with any bachelor’s degree. Some certificates might not require an undergraduate degree at all – for example, programs may consider work experience instead – and may take 18 or fewer hours of coursework and about a year to complete. Now, nearly one-fourth of the diplomas awarded by colleges and universities are certificates, according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Berklee College of Music professor’s online courses provide access for all

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-03-05 01:06

by Sandra Larson, Bay State Banner

“Every time music gets played, someone gets paid,” John Kellogg is fond of saying. The musician, lawyer, book author and Berklee College of Music professor follows the statement with his signature advice for anyone involved in music performance and production: “You should get paid, not played.” Kellogg’s music business wisdom has accrued over a multi-faceted working life that spans songwriting and singing with the band Cameo in the 1970s, decades as an entertainment lawyer representing star R & B and rap acts, and educating students at University of Colorado and now at Berklee, where he also is assistant chair of the music business/management department. So far, nearly 70,000 people from around the world have accessed “Introduction to the Music Business,” a six-week course offered four times per year on the EdX platform, or the shorter “Music Business Foundations” offered every few weeks on Coursera.

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The Fall Of Manufacturing And Rise Of Technology Makes Lifelong Education More Important

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2017-03-05 01:02

By Rick Levin, Forbes

President Trump has sounded a note that resonates with many Americans: good middle class jobs are disappearing. He’s right. Adjusted for inflation, the incomes of the bottom 60% of the income distribution are not much higher today than they were 30 years ago. President Trump blames globalization, and in particular the liberalization of trade which has allowed manufacturing jobs to migrate overseas. But the stagnation of incomes for most Americans is not primarily attributable to the loss of jobs in manufacturing. It is new technology — in particular the growing and now ubiquitous use of computers — that has widened the wage gap between higher and lower skilled jobs — not simply in manufacturing, but in the service sector as well. Some of the most in-demand jobs require training in cybersecurity, computer systems operations, web development, data analytics, data science, and digital marketing.

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Using Internet based paraphrasing tools: Original work, patchwriting or facilitated plagiarism?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2017-03-04 01:26

Ann M. Rogerson, Grace McCarthy, International Journal for Educational Integrity, Mar 03, 2017

A 'paraphrasing tool' is a piece of software which will take a sentence (or paragraph, etc) and rewrite it so that it says the same thing, but using different words or phrasing. A range of paraphrasing tools has become available online, and the authors of this paper explore whether their use constitutes a new form of plagiarism. Sometimes their use will stand out (eg. "phrasing that included 'constructive employee execution' and 'worker execution audits' for an assessment topic on employee performance reviews") but often they will not. And services like TurnItIn demonstrate "apparent inability" to identify paraphrased work. So is it plagiarism? It's not clear it is, and it's not clear it isn't.

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MOOCs: A powerful and effective tool to transform learning curve and accelerate innovation

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-03-04 01:10

by Deepak Garg, Times of India

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) or its variants are there in the market for last 10 years now. Some also refer to it as online courses or video courses. It is prudent to have a look at the progress and contribution for the society. Due to the explosion in the number of smart phones and other digital devices it has become easy for the people to consume online content. The scale of the activity also helps the sustainability aspect of MOOCs. Initially there have been extreme voices in favour and against the utility of MOOCs. Some of them going to the extent that “whole education infrastructure including colleges and universities will become non-existent because everything can be done online”. But with the progress of time, it is becoming evident that MOOCs are becoming enabler in the evolution of a knowledge society and are not a threat to anyone.

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Reimagining education: MIT holds its first Festival of Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-03-04 01:05

by MIT

On Feb 1-2, over 200 students and faculty gathered in MIT’s Building 10 to discuss and share recent advances in education technology. This first-ever — and first of its kind — “Festival of Learning” was co-sponsored by the MIT Office of Digital Learning (ODL), the Teaching and Learning Lab, and the offices of the deans of undergraduate and graduate education. In her welcoming remarks, MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart called the festival an important gathering of scholars and researchers working to reimagine the way we educate 21st century students — from digital content creation, to flipped or blended classrooms, to cracking the learning sciences code. “Clearly, the MIT community is energized about the transformations and experiments happening in this space,” Barnhart said.

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Autonomous, professor-less coding school looks to reinvent teaching and learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2017-03-04 01:02

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

Brittany Bir, the chief operating officer of the U.S. campus for French coding school 42, says that education should be like children learning to walk and to talk and is better suited in the art of practice and doing, rather than listening under a professor. Bir, a former student of the coding academy, says that a typical day in the school is students receiving an assignment, interfacing with each other and researching online, and setting out to self-teach the curriculum. The Silicon Valley-based campus, which currently enrolls 250 students, is part of 42’s global effort to credential 10,000 learners in five years.

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OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-03-03 22:26

Kelli McGraw, Mar 03, 2017

Extracting from her PhD thesis, Kelli McGraw writes "There is no argument in any of the research literature that ‘ linguistic’ semiotic systems and learning to code and decode written language do not constitute a key facet of literacy, however literacy across multiple modes – identified by Bull and Anstey (2007) as ‘ linguistic’ , ‘ visual’ , ‘ gestural’ , ‘ spatial’ and ‘ aural’ – is widely acknowledged as being required in contemporary society." Quite right, but the question isn't one of 'balance', as McGraw suggests, but of recognizing semiotics and coding/decoding are constituents of these other 'literacies'. Image: Jean M. Mas.

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Leveraging Technology to Build Literacy Among Millions of Displaced Children and Those with Disabilities

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-03-03 22:26

Rebecca Leege, EmergingEdTech, Mar 03, 2017

Overview of work by All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD), a partnership of USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government. Key innovations included: EduApp4Syria, " open source smartphone-based learning games to help Syrian refugee children learn to read in Arabic"; "a pilot project that provides Indian students who are blind or low vision with mother tongue reading materials through Bookshare"; "Amman-based Little Thinking Minds has built a platform that includes more than 125 eBooks"; the GraphoGame Teacher Training Service (GG-TTS); and more.

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Immersive Education: VR Comes of Age

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-03-03 22:26

Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, Mar 03, 2017

I don't think VR has come of age yet, despite what the headline says, though it has taken some large strides forward. "The initial 'cool' factor isn't enough to sustain the market," writes Dian Schaffhauser. "As a recent FutureSource report noted, a big question is whether this new technology can be integrated deeply enough into the curriculum and help achieve specific learning outcomes in order to drive mainstream adoption." I think things can have an impact without being "integrated into the curriculum" (thing: Google search, Facebook, mobile phones...) but it does have to have a strong day-to-day use. So far, VR doesn't have that.

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Traditional Literacy Ideas and Resources

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-03-03 22:26

Kathy Shcrock, Discovery Education, Mar 03, 2017

The “ traditional literacy skills” of reading and writing are one of the  thirteen literacy skills students need, writes Kathy Shcrock. This post concentrates "on identifying resources for the traditional literacy skills of reading and writing." Resources include: The Question Is, "a teaching strategy that requires students to reverse the common order of question-and-answer"; the Six Word Story, "a teaching strategy that allows students to practice summarizing and selective word choice"; and A-E-I-O-U, "a teaching strategy that asks students to interpret information from images or videos."

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Launching the new ALT Strategy

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-03-03 22:26

Maren Deepwell, #ALTC Blog, Mar 03, 2017

Britain's Association for Learning Technology (ALT) has announced its next three-year strategy. Here are the strategy slidesfull text in PDF or Google docs and visual content on Flickr. There are three major aims: increase the impact of learning technology for public benefit, stronger recognition and representation of learning technologists, and proferssionalization of learning technology research and practice.

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Meet Afghanistan's female coders who are defying gender stereotypes

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-03-03 16:26

The Guardian, Mar 03, 2017

“ Investing in educating girls in subjects like coding, where we expect there to be abundant, good-paying jobs is key to the future of Afghanistan. With a full range of talent to tap into, Afghanistan’ s economy can grow and become less reliant on foreign aid and retain ambitious young women."

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Dear Twitter. It’s not me, it’s you

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2017-03-03 01:25

David Hopkins, Technology Enhanced Learning Blog, Mar 02, 2017

I continue to use and monitor Twitter and I'm feeling the same way as this author. "My Twitter feed is now full of political commentary and all sorts of negative content that wasn’ t there before." And not just Twitter. I'm actually finding it pretty hard to find material on learning technology because people are preoccupied with political affairs. So it's not Twitter's fault, particularly. Although Twitter has become, you know,  boring

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The 6 Major Barriers to Technology Adoption in Higher Ed

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-03-03 01:10

By David Nagel, Campus Technology

Even as technology proliferates in education at unprecedented rates, new hurdles — including limitations of the human mind to keep up with technological advances — are throwing themselves in the way of effective implementation.Here’s a word you don’t hear much anymore: obsolescence. But it’s a word that’s making a comeback in 2017 in a new and distressing way. Popularly used in a business context (e.g. the planned obsolescence of consumer devices that are designed to fall apart in a few years, like cars and laptops), it’s now being used to describe the human mind. It’s no longer the technology that’s becoming obsolete too quickly; it’s the knowledge of technology that’s rapidly falling behind advances or changes in technologies. And that obsolescence, according to the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition, is just one of the six major challenges facing technology in higher ed in the coming years.

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Social media has redefined college recruitment

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-03-03 01:07

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

In 2015, more than 40% of college admissions officers said that they used the social media profiles of prospective students for recruitment research, a nearly 400% increase from similar efforts gathered in a 2008 survey and signs of an evolving trend in the world of competing for enrollment success. Many admission officers use the profiles as a verification method for academic achievement, criminal background, or to see patterns of potential behavior that may not fit with a specific campus environment. More than 30% of admissions officers reported that information found on the profiles, positive or negative, impacted their admission decisions on potential students.

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How Net Neutrality Will Fare Under Trump’s FCC

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2017-03-03 01:02

by Knowledge @ Wharton

Donald Trump’s Federal Communications Commission is expected to roll back hard-fought rules on network neutrality — specifically the decision to make broadband as heavily regulated as landline phone service — but it will most likely take an act of Congress to do so, according to Wharton experts. The new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, is a noted critic of regulations on net neutrality — the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equally — preferring to rely on competition to put curbs on the industry. Already, he has ended investigations into companies technically in violation of net neutrality because they let their customers stream digital content exempt from their data caps.

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Borrow Your Laptop - Fri, 2017-03-03 01:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

Towards insertables: Devices inside the human body

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2017-03-02 01:25

Kayla J. Heffernan, Frank Vetere, Shanton Chang, First Monday, Mar 01, 2017

I think I would choose some other term than 'insertable' but I would certainly agree that this represents a new device classification. An 'insertable' is a piece of technology one inserts inside one's body (for example, sub-cutaneous electronic door keys). They are distinguished from 'implants' in that they are non-surgical and removable, not medically necessary, and non-specialist. Educational uses for such technology might include personal identification (for access to records from remote systems), cues and reminders (I'll call this category 'twitches'), and eventually, direct neural access to data, messages from other people, and visual information (for augmented displays in artificial lenses).

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Social Networks and the Building of Learning Communities: An Experimental Study of a Social MOOC

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2017-03-02 01:25

Mariana de Lima, Marta Zorrilla, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), Mar 01, 2017

What I like about this paper it its honesty in reporting negative results. "We have not managed to generate a strong learning community either during the course or at its completion: the networks were created around teachers' feedback, learners basically commented once per topic and, after the course ended, people did not return to Facebook or to the forum to participate." We can now ask: why not? The low number of participants? Their preference for traditional instruction? Weaknesses in course registration procedures? From the IRRODL special issue  on advances in research on social networking in open and distributed learning.

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