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Lessons Learned From Building An Open Online Course

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-08-05 23:45


Chris Gaudreau, Torrey Trust, Weiyang Liu, eLearning Industry, Aug 05, 2016

I've seen these points raised before but I'd like to frame them with a question, which follows. The author asserts "the importance of using technology and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to provide personalized, flexible, and accessible learning opportunities." Here they are:

  1. Provide Multiple Means Of Representation
  2. Provide Multiple Means Of Action And Expression
  3. Provide Multiple Means Of Engagement

So here's the question: are these principles equally applicable in the case of the single learner? Yes, we can see that for a class of people we would want to allow room for people to choose one option or another. But does that need extend to the single case? For example, if I were offering a course to a global audience, I might want to make sure there's a version available in Urdu. But if I'm offering a course to one person in Ireland, the Urdu version probably isn't necessary.

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When Tenure Never Comes

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-08-05 23:45


Stephen Black, The Walrus, Aug 05, 2016

According to the (anonymous) author of this article in the Walrus, "Academia has become a high-stakes gamble— and the losers can barely afford pants." It's a fair point, but as critic Melonie Fullick  writes in University Affairs, "the piece is basically written as if he is the first person to have discovered this is an issue that might be worthy of discussion." Neither piece really comes to grips with academia's increasing reliance on serf labour to balance the books.

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An interview with Michelle Cordy

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-08-05 23:45


Doug Peterson, doug — off the record, Aug 05, 2016

Doug Peterson interviews Michelle Cordy, who, as he said, appeared to many to have "burst upon the scene with her closing keynote address at the 2016 ISTE Conference." Here's the Periscope  recording of that talk; here are some sketchnotes from it; here's  an article about the talk). Titled "Show up and refuse to leave" it touched exactly the right note with the audience (and I have to admit, it's a message that resonates with me as well). It's a bit of a softball interview but I appreciate the look at the interests and activities of a classroom teacher who takes the time to share with the rest of us. "The reality is that I am a full time classroom teacher," she writes, "and I am not a professional speaker or consultant. It is very difficult for me to be away from the classroom. So, I must be very selective about the work I choose to do in addition to my classroom responsibilities. You won't see my face on too many conference flyers after ISTE." Too bad. Here's her blog, Hack the Classroom.

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3 Things People Can Do In The Classroom That Robots Can't

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2016-08-05 23:45


Anya Kamenetz, NPR, Aug 05, 2016

What bothers me most about this article is that the main premise is demonstrably false. Here is the main premise: "Three things people can do that robots can't: Tell a story. Solve a mystery. Give a hug." Now each of these is offered with a bit of description intended to make the behaviour more human. For example, "give a hug" actually means "empathy, collaboration, communication and leadership skills." But there's a bot that has  already done this. Plus, there's already a literal hug bot. There are also numerous storytelling bots, including one that  looks at a picture and tells you a story about it, an MIT storytelling companion, and robot journalists. Mystery-solving bots abound, including the diagnosis bots on WebMD, test failure analyzers, this  countdown bot, a  solver for 2048,  Minesweeper solver, and more. The lesson here is, if you're going to make claims about what technology can't do and publish it in a national newsletter, do your research.

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Online Learning Catches Up to Traditional College

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-08-05 02:10

BY: Kate DeNardi, MeriTalk

Online learning provides multiple benefits for both college students and higher ed institutions. It provides convenience and flexibility for working students and does not require costly facility space for universities. A quick scan of a major college’s course catalog from 10 years ago and today shows that online learning has become more popular, but to get the big picture of online learning in 2016, take a peek at the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) new infographic. Online learning courses no longer cater to typically technology-friendly subjects like Information Technology or Computer Science; now nearly every subject is available online. Your trusted correspondent took everything from STAT 250 to Political Research Methods and Theories of Visual Communication online. Plus, the number of students learning online is skyrocketing. According to the OLC’s infographic, 5.8 million college students are enrolled in online learning courses, which is a 263 percent increase over the last 12 years.

https://www.meritalk.com/articles/online-learning-catches-up-to-traditional-college/

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For Some, Online Learning Offers Chance to Level the Playing Field

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-08-05 02:05

By DAVID DESROCHES, WNPR

Ionel Naghi left Romania in 2003 with $50 in his pocket. Once he got to Connecticut, he quickly learn As more people look to online schools for certificates and degrees, it’s raised questions about the quality of these classes, especially for the ones that don’t cost anything. But some students, like Naghi, simply want to learn skills they can use, and aren’t as concerned about where they’re learning. Naghi said he doesn’t really care about the perception. He owns his own computers business, and he just wants the knowledge. “The IT industry is changing rapidly, so that was one important thing that convinced me that it’s time for me to pursue a higher education program,” he said. Naghi chose the University of the People, which offers accredited degrees. For him, it’s a chance to level the playing field.

http://wnpr.org/post/some-online-learning-offers-chance-level-playing-field#stream/0

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Top online courses for startups that every entrepreneur should take

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-08-05 02:02

by Shalini Rajvanshi, Indian Express

There is a huge boom in the Indian startup sector facilitated by government initiatives as well as influx of foreign capital. Becoming an entrepreneur is not an easy task. Starting out on your own requires more than just technical know-how about your field of study. Most universities focus only on the latter and give a little insight of entrepreneurial or leadership skills. Start-up enthusiasts also face the problem of funding required for their projects. According to a recent study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce (ASSOCHAM), only seven per cent of graduates passing out of Indian business schools are employable. On the other hand, there is a huge boom in the Indian startup sector facilitated by government initiatives as well as influx of foreign capital. This creates a considerable skill set gap in the employable population that needs immediate attention.

http://indianexpress.com/article/education/startup-courses-learn-entrepreneurial-skills-from-these-mooc-platforms2947950/

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Time Travel Thesis

xkcd.com - Fri, 2016-08-05 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

GKV - endgültige Rechnungsergebnisse

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2016-08-05 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus der "KJ 1-Statistik (gesetzliche Krankenversicherung: endgültige Rechnungsergebnisse) " des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit wurde um das Jahr 2015 ergänzt.

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What Makes A Successful Online Learner

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-08-04 02:10

By Elana Goodwin, ULoop

Nowadays, there are a lot of different opportunities online to continue your education, take classes, or earn a degree. However, you shouldn’t necessarily consider becoming an online learner an easy feat — here are some characteristics and abilities you’ll want to have in order to be a successful online learner. Ultimately, completing and excelling in your online classes is up to you — but you’ll find it helpful if you have some, if not all, of these characteristics and abilities as they’ll allow you to be a successful online learner.

http://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/208702/What-Makes-A-Successful-Online-Learner

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Survey: Online professional development booming with faculty

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-08-04 02:05

BY LAURA DEVANEY, eCampus News

Higher-ed instructors most often prefer to participate in online professional development (PD) opportunities that focus on training for online software and digital resources (34 percent), classroom management strategies (34 percent), and digital device training (33 percent), according to a new survey. The 2016 Vision K-20 Professional Learning Survey Report is the ninth annual national K-20 educator survey from the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA, and also is the first survey focusing on online PD.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/online-learning/online-pd-survey/

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Artificial Intelligence And Big Data Are Transforming Online Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-08-04 02:02

by Seb Murray, Business Because

The robots are coming for education — tech will help instructors enhance the learning experience. Artificial intelligence (or AI) has permeated most facets of our lives. Algorithms suggest our social media mates. Software trades our stocks. Soon, computers may even whizz us about town, autonomously. But could the arrival of the robots be applied to education? Jozef Misik, managing director of Knowble, a language tech start-up whose products are built on AI, believes so: “Most educational technology products will have an AI or deep learning component in future,” he says.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/4099/edtech-ai-is-transforming-online-learning

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[Planning With Nanda, Noc, Nic Taxonomies In Neurologic Rehabilitation. A clinical study].

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[Planning With Nanda, Noc, Nic Taxonomies In Neurologic Rehabilitation. A clinical study].

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Authors: Iori A, Foracchia M, Gradellini C

Abstract
INTRODUCTION: Nursing classifications identify a specific professional responsibility, increase nursing visibility, according with nursing evolution of these last years.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate care planning with NANDA taxonomy in neurologic rehabilitation context.
METHOD: Care plan managing with NANDA taxonomy, regarding diagnosis of constipation and impaired skin integrity, using a computerized tool for systematically observation, organized in check list.
RESULTS: Registered data with taxonomy planning are higher in quantitative and qualitative terms. For most of patients (87%) one diagnosis has been opened, both diagnosis for 60% of them.
CONCLUSION: Nursing care plan with NANDA taxonomy can be considered a valid methodology of care for neurologic patient, this since it requests a deep and complete registration of first assessment a systematically registration of each monitoring, it increases visibility of nursing job, and it underlines specific autonomy and responsibility in prevention and management of problems.

PMID: 26749548 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Building a Common Technology Vision

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-08-03 02:10

by Gregory Dobbin, Educause Review

The most effective IT leaders solve institutional problems, not simply IT problems. Their success relies on a shared understanding with institutional leaders on how technology can advance the institutional mission. Promoting this two-way learning between IT and other institutional leaders will contribute to a climate in which constructive dialogue can take place.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2016/7/building-a-common-technology-vision

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Learning Management System Market Expected to Grow $10.5 Billion in Next 5 Years

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-08-03 02:06

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

The learning management system market is expected to grow from $5.22 billion in 2016 to $15.72 billion by 2021, according to a new report by MarketsandMarkets, an India-based market research firm. That increase represents a compound annual growth rate of 24.7 percent. Some of the major driving factors for the growing LMS market are increasing adoption of digital learning among corporate organizations and academic institutions, as well as the bring your own device (BYOD) trend. Furthermore, the market is expected to be driven by new opportunities, such as the growing use of wearable e-learning devices and emerging technologies like gamification and virtual reality.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2016/07/28/learning-management-system-market-expected-to-grow-10.5-billion-in-next-5-years.aspx

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Building a New Model for Data-Driven Decision-Making

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-08-03 02:02

By David Raths, Campus Technology

By creating a centralized Office of Analytics and developing a flexible analytics platform, the University of Maryland University College has leveraged data to reduce recruiting expenses, increase course completion and student persistence rates, and inform university policy. Faced with decreasing revenue from lower enrollments, an evolving business model and an increased focus on student outcomes, the University of Maryland University College created a new Office of Analytics and kick-started data-driven decision-making on campus. “We aimed to build a flexible platform that could answer many of the business questions that the university had,” said Darren Catalano, UMUC’s former vice president of analytics and now CEO of HelioCampus.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/07/28/building-a-new-model-for-data-driven-decision-making.aspx

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Household Tips

xkcd.com - Wed, 2016-08-03 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

How Women Are Swiping The Weirdness Out Of Online Dating

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-08-02 04:24


John Paul Titlow, Fast Company, Aug 01, 2016

There's some mildly descriptive language that might be off-putting to some readers, but overall this is a good look at some of the challenges women face online and some of the efforts being undertaken to address them in the world of online dating. The social aspect of online interaction is perhaps the hardest to manage well, and nowhere else do issues flare up more quickly nor frequently. Different approaches are considered, including apps that limit interactions, apps that divert unwanted interactions to noncommittal chatbots, and apps that make unwanted public exposure a lot more public.

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Ria #18: Dr. Tara Gray On Publish & Flourish

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-08-02 04:24


, Ecampus Research Unit | Oregon State University, Aug 01, 2016 On this episode, Dr. Tara Gray shares tips from her book Publish & Flourish. [Link] [Comment]

August 2016 Preview Clips

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-08-02 04:24


, Ecampus Research Unit | Oregon State University, Aug 01, 2016 Take a listen to our August 2016 preview clips! [Link] [Comment]

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