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Developing a Strategic Approach to MOOCs

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2016-12-29 00:04

Rebecca Ferguson, Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME), Dec 28, 2016

The authors write, "In this contribution we look at one substantial body of work, publications on MOOCs that were produced at the 29 UK universities connected to the FutureLearn MOOC platform. Bringing these papers together, and considering them as a body of related work, reveals a set of nine priority areas for MOOC research and development."

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'A whole world of opportunity'.

NLM - Nursing Informatics - Wed, 2016-12-28 15:03
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'A whole world of opportunity'.

Nurs Stand. 2015 Jan 27;29(21):64-5

Authors: Kendall-Raynor P

Last year, NHS England announced that 74 trusts had been awarded a total of around £30 million from the Nursing Technology Fund. This is for projects to support nurses, midwives and health visitors make better use of digital technology for safer, more effective and efficient care.

PMID: 25605119 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Categories: nursing informatics

Learning is fun for Western Nevada College Jump Start students

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-12-28 01:10

by Nevada Appeal

Western Nevada College Jump Start students celebrated the conclusion of a fall semester of Advanced Manufacturing training by holding an Olympics of sorts on Thursday morning. The Career and Technical Education students, who represent Carson and Dayton high schools, put their newfound industrial technology knowledge into a series of Olympic-type games. “This is an end-of-semester project demonstrating coding and building of small robots, and presentation skills for students studying advanced manufacturing,” said WNC Professor of Electronics and Industrial Technology Emily Howarth. “This class and lab work has reinforced for students the importance of initiative and drive on the job, showing them that they can learn and do a variety of technical work tasks.” Individuals can take three classes (online and in-class options) in one semester to become certified to work in an above entry-level-position in Advanced Manufacturing.

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Atlantic Cape, U.S.C.G. Training Center Cape May Partnering to Provide Educational Opportunities to Service Personnel

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-12-28 01:05

by Cape May Herald

Atlantic Cape Community College and the United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May are partnering to provide educational opportunities to Coast Guard service members, reservists and civilian employees. The training center is the Coast Guard’s fifth largest base and the sole accession point for the entire enlisted workforce.

To re-affirm this collaboration, college representatives recently visited the training center to discuss admissions procedures, degree programs, course scheduling, transfer of credits and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA.)  Andre Richburg, dean of Enrollment Management and College Relations, said that Coast Guard members have the option of taking traditional courses at the Cape May County Campus, located in Cape May Court House, as they pursue any of 46 associate degree or certificate programs. Students also have the option of taking online courses and may complete any of 13 associate degree programs completely online.

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35% of colleges missed enrollment goals in 2016

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2016-12-28 01:02

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a recent survey of more than 440 colleges and universities nationwide, of which more than 40% of private schools and 30% of public institutions reported missing at least one enrollment goal of increased first-year student numbers or tuition revenue for this academic year. Nearly 40% of schools surveyed met both goals, but say the numbers are down from previous years and were adjusted to meet forecasts based upon appropriations, industrial growth and demographic trends in the surrounding region. College officials say that it is nearly impossible to read growth in one year as the beginning of a trend, or a one-time bump which could decline in the following year.

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Learning through life rather than exams

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2016-12-28 00:02

Calvin Yang, Strait Times, Dec 27, 2016

Singapore, noted for its top 10 finish in the recently released PISA test results, is shifting its focus away from rote and testing. "The system is now embracing skills, interests and a sense of curiosity. Above all, it hopes to bring out a love for lifelong learning in Singaporeans, from pupils to workers with decades of experience."

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Could online tutors and artificial intelligence be the future of teaching?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-12-27 18:02

Hannah Devlin, The Guardian, Dec 27, 2016

I think it would be surprising if these new technologies did not play a significant role, particularly in environments where teachers are too expensive or scarce to provide the necessary learning support. We are already looking at significant employment of tutors to support learning. This article looks at initiatives such as "the lessons, provided by a company called Third Space Learning, (that) are targeted at pupils struggling with maths – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds."  Researchers at University College London (UCL), have "analysed around 100,000 hours of audio and written data from its tutorials, with the goal of identifying what makes a good teacher and a successful lesson."

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Assessing Critical Thinking in Higher Education: Current State and Directions for Next-Generation Assessment

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-12-27 15:02

Ou Lydia Liu, Lois Frankel, Katrina Crotts Roohr, ETS Research Report Series, Dec 27, 2016

This is quite a good paper from a couple years ago on the topic of assessing critical thinking. The authors look at a variety of critical thinking definitions and assessment methods, finding (not surprisingly) considerable variation in the quality of the research in the field. They recommend a new framework for assessment that is reasonably comprehensive.

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Ria #39: Dr. Jill Buban On Transitioning From Academia To Industry

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-12-27 12:01

, Ecampus Research Unit | Oregon State University, Dec 27, 2016 On this episode, Jill discusses her experience moving from higher education to industry and also shares some tips for working effectively from home. [Link] [Comment]

Online learning benefits those juggling jobs/studies

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-12-27 01:09

By Frank Matys,

Decades after earning a diploma in chemical engineering technology, Rettinger — who entered policing in 1990 after initially working in the private sector — enrolled in online studies at Georgian College. “Most of my peers at Georgian weren’t even born when I graduated the first time,” he told Eligible for retirement from his job as staff sergeant with the Midland Police Service in 2018, Rettinger decided to pursue a degree in police studies in the hope of joining the college faculty part-time and training students in law enforcement.

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3 Steps to Choose the Right Online Degree Major

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-12-27 01:06

By Joe Chapman, US News

Prospective online students should consider their career goals and virtually connect with an enrollment counselor. For some, choosing an online degree program can be daunting. With dozens of programs to choose from, deciding on the right fit can be tough – especially considering the financial investment. Remember, your online degree choice should reflect your interests and passions and ultimately lead to a career that is satisfying and rewarding. For online students, choosing the right degree program can be easier if online education is being used to further a current career path, because you most likely have an idea of the degree you need to continue. However, it’s still important to follow these steps, as you may discover a new degree option or career path that piques your interest and ultimately achieves your goals in a different way.

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E-Learning Market Expected to Experience Major Growth Over Next Five Years

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2016-12-27 01:02

By Richard Chang, Campus Technology

The e-learning market is predicted to experience significant global growth over the next five years, largely driven by advances in technology, evolving business needs and a number of emerging learning and development trends, according to Docebo’s newly released research report, “E-Learning Market Trends and Forecast 2017-2021.” For instance, the report says the global corporate e-learning market is projected to reach approximate revenues of $31 billion by the end of 2020. This information initially came from Technavio’s report, “Global Corporate E-Learning Market 2016-2020.” Docebo reports that social and collaborative tools, followed closely by mobile delivery, lead the pack at the top of the list of top learning technology priorities. This initially came from Brandon Hall Group’s 2016 Learning Technology Study.

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By The Numbers: MOOCS in 2016

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-12-27 00:00

Dhawal Shah, Class Central, Dec 26, 2016

This year's MOOC numbers from Class Central. "In it’ s fifth year, 23 million people worldwide registered for a MOOC for the first time ever... This makes the total number of students who signed up for at least one MOOC estimated to be 58 million."

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The broken edtech ecosystem investors once avoided is changing

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-12-27 00:00

Charles Wiles, TechCrunch, Dec 26, 2016

According to this article, " innovative apps have been unable to displace archaic, inferior technologies in schools because of restricted funding and a general unwillingness of schools to disrupt the status quo." This, however, is beginning to change. "Schools are ripe for this new generation of intelligent software that uses data, analytics and intelligent algorithms to make teaching more informed and effective and to help students learn better." I think the gushing tone of this article is a bit overstated, and so, therefore, is the forecast "to grow 17 percent year-on-year to become worth $252 billion by 2020," if only because educators are more resistant to commercialization than they are to technology.

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This Simple Tweak in Goal-Setting Changed My Creative Output

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2016-12-27 00:00

John Spencer, Dec 26, 2016

If you can get past the come-ons and popups that litter this page (despite my Firefox settings) you'll enjoy the discussion of outcome-based versus process-based goals. The former focuses on short-term results, while the latter allows for more exploration and depth. " Instead of saying, “ I’ m going to run 25 miles this week,” I’ m said, “ I’ m setting aside 40 minutes five days a week to go running.” If I run slower, fine. If I run faster, okay. If something comes up and I can’ t get it done, that’ s fine."

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Student Assessment of Quality of Access at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-12-26 18:00

Juliet Obhajajie Inegbedion, Folorunso Israel Adu, Christine Yetunde Ofulue, Open Praxis, Dec 26, 2016

The more interesting part of this article is in the opening sections as we learn about the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and in particular how it is positioned to meet government objectives of access and open education. Still, the survey provides some helpful information, suggesting that too few people in Nigeria are aware of the university (and hence recommending radio and TV advertisements), and the surprising result that people find the university website easier to access than the printed student handbook.

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xAPI: Beyond the What

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-12-26 18:00

Myra Roldan, GP Strategies, Dec 26, 2016

Short article, maybe a 2-minute read, that will give you a good overview of xAPI. Something to pass along to an executive who needs to know but who doesn't have time.

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Baseball Down Under

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2016-12-26 05:58 (Stephen Downes), Half an Hour, Dec 26, 2016 First published on SB*Nation
It's the middle of winter, months away from spring training. Even the free-agent signings and trades have slowed to an icy crawl. For those of us who need our baseball fix, it's the darkest time of the year. Let me recommend, then, a ray of sunshine, the Australian Baseball League. They're currently in the middle of their season, having just completed a nailbiter of an All Star game, and even better, many of their games are available on YouTube. Of course, baseball is not a major sport in Australia. Aussies prefer their own brand of football, two types of rugby (League, and Union), soccer, and cricket. They also excel in Olympic sports, perennially among the top nations competing in the summer games. So Astralian baseball is at best minor league baseball. But so what? It's baseball - the real thing! - being played in December and January, and we can follow the league and watch the games. What more could we want? It's a development league of sorts, not only for the occasional major leaguer who finds his way down under, but also for native Australians who are honing their skills in a bid to make the roster of the Southern Thunder, Australia's national team. The aforementioned ABL all star game pit the Southern Thunder against 'imports' playing in the ABL, designated the World All Stars. For the second year in row, the Aussies walked in off, the game played this past Thursday ending in a 2-1 score. Yes, you can watch it on YouTube. The Thunder have once again qualified for the World Baseball Classic, the 2017 edition to be played in San Diego this March. The Australian Baseball League is a six-team circuit spanning Australia from coast to coast: Adelaide Bite - the name might seem odd, but recall that Adelaide, South Australia's largest city, is located on the long shallow bay across much of the southern coast called the Great Australian Bight, and it begins to made sense. They're a .500 team with a 10-10 record. Starring for the Bite is 22-year old Texas Rangers draft pick Marcus Aurelius Greene, who leads the league in RBIs and is second in the dinger department. And sporting a giant red beard, starter Matthew Williams is one of the top hurler's in the league. Brisbane Bandits - winners of the Claxton Shield (first contested in 1934) but currently fourth in the standings with a 9-11 record. The Australian Baseball League title is called the Premiership, in line Aussie football and rugby titles. Also like those sports, the schedule is divided in to "rounds", each round being a weekly series of three or four games against a single opponent. A bright sport for the Bandits is reliever Ryan Searle. In his seventh straight season with the Brisbaners, Searle leads the league in saves with six. Canberra Cavalry - Australia's capital city hosts a second place team as the Cavs sit 4 games behind with an 11-9 record. Canberra faced the Sydney squad in the Wollongong Classic November 27 on the shores of the Tasman Sea - "if you lose sight of the escarpment, watch out" - and were winners in a 4-hour 21-11 slugfest, the most runs ever scored in an ABL game. With a homer and 5 RBIs, catcher Mike Reeves was player of the game, while fellow catcher Robbie Perkins leads the league in batting average. Melbourne Aces - Leading the league with a 15-5 record, the Aces are home to the top two pitchers in the league, Keisuke Honda (ERA 1.21 ) and Mark Hamburger (ERA 1.91). A journeyman on the AAA circuit, Hamburger appeared in five games in the majors with Texas in 2011, pitching to a 4.50 ERA and one win. Honda, meanwhile, is trying to improve on a 7.71 ERA with the Saitama Seibu Lions of the Japan Pacific League. Melbourne also has the distinction of having the poorest audio quality of all the cities in the league. Melbourne is also home to Braves prospect Ronald Acuna. Perth Heat - situated on the far west coast of Australia and on the Indian Ocean, Perth is known as the most isolated city in the world. It's nearest competitors, the Bite in Adelaide, are a three-hour plane ride away. Sponsored by a local drinking awareness program, the team refers to itself as the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat. Instead of selling season tickets, teams in the ABL sell club "memberships"- a single-person Heat membership tops out at a bargain $AUS 440. Second-baseman Luke Hughes is a long-time Heat star. At 6-14, the Heat are out of the running for this year. Sydney Blue Sox - representing Australia's largest city, the Sox are struggling with a 9-11 record and lead only the Heat in the standings. 36-year old pitcher Craig Anderson has been with the team since 2011, pitching to a middling 4.44 ERA following a long AAA career. Thed Sox suffered this year from the loss of infielder Tyler Bortnik, who spent the 2016 season rising to AAA in the Tigers farm system.The ABL regular season starts again with the next "Fixtures" on the 29th. Hefrfe in North America we'll be able to watch the Bandits at the Bit on Wednesday morning, the 28th (or catch the archive later). Playoffs begin at the end of January. No, it's notMajor League Baseball, and nobody pretends it is. But it brings back thoughts of baseball from an earlier era, when the crowds were small (and passionate and noisy), the outfields looked out on a forest, a field or an escarpment, and the boys of summer played for the love of the game. [Link] [Comment]

5 brilliant ways top universities are handling Millennials’ web needs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2016-12-26 01:10


From LMS to Facebook, and from streaming in class to proliferating devices, universities are coming up with new ways to satisfy the Millennials’ digital age. The proliferation of connected devices (Gartner predicts that 20 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020) is coming with a generation of people who will leverage the internet in novel ways. Already, online courses and web-based resources are an everyday option on campuses all over the country thanks to Millennials’ web needs. To handle this new digital paradigm, universities are coming up with new ways to leverage students’ expanding use of technology and adapt their networks to meet new demands. Current teaching styles and innovative campus technologies supporting these Millennials’ needs are leading to a shift in how higher education plans and deploys its IT infrastructure.

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