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Where Does the LMS Go From Here?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2014-09-28 02:12

Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Faculty members and students want their future learning management systems to be customizable and full of features, but a new study finds they still use the systems’ basic functions most often. The report, produced by Eden Dahlstrom, D. Christopher Brooks and Jacqueline Bichsel at the Educause Center for Analysis and Research, provides an overview of faculty and student opinions about a piece of educational software present at virtually every college and university in the U.S. The researchers pulled data from last year’s Core Data Service survey, which collects information about institutions’ IT use, as well as two surveys of faculty members and students conducted this year, summarizing the responses of more than 27,000 respondents at hundreds of U.S. institutions.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/09/23/educause-gates-foundation-examine-history-and-future-lms

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A Guide to Evaluating Networks

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-09-28 01:33
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Madeleine Taylor, Beth's Blog, [Sept] 27, 2014

From the original post it took three clicks to actually read the document, and that includes a form asking for my name and email for spamming purposes. But I'm interested in networks and I wanted to see what they had to say about evaluating networks. I could probably have stayed with the original post, although the case studies casebook is a substantial document. My main issue is that, although they are using the word network, what they are actually evaluating are consortia or collaborations. Why do I say this? Well, there's the presumption of a common objective, limited or closed membership, rules and processes - all the hallmarks of a single cohesive organization, and not a distributed entity such as a network. I'd point to their definition or account of what a network is, but they don't have one; all they have are very standard and very ordinary evaluation criteria that would be familiar to any hierarchical organization.

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How To Train Your Attention and Be Effective When Working Online

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sun, 2014-09-28 01:33
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Beth Kanter, Beth's Blog, [Sept] 27, 2014

OK, I have a cat that sits on my desk right in front of my keyboard, so I know about being distracted. But then again, I'm usually playing on Facebook or Twitter, so I guess it's a wash. But I'm not sure I need to go on an Information Diet, even if Clay Johnson recommends it. And I think that Daniel J. Levitin's distinction between task-negative and task-positive modes of consciousness is just so much made-up stuff. I haven't observed Linda Stone's 'email apnea' in myself (I have the regular kind of apnea, so I know what to look for). See, the presumption here is that the conversations we have online are interfering with the work we're supposed to be doing. But increasingly, these conversations are the work we're supposed to be doing. And if your work is taking you away from the network, maybe you should re-examine your work. It may be dysfunctional.

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Open Online Participant Invite for 2014-15

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Sat, 2014-09-27 16:33


Various authors, Gleneagle Secondary‘s Philosophy 12 class, [Sept] 27, 2014

If you want to challenge the preconceptions of high school students (well, at least some of them) this is the place to do it. "For now the third year running, Gleneagle Secondary‘ s Philosophy 12 class is being conducted as an open-online course  that  you are invited to join as a non-credit learner in the community." This is also my third year dropping occasional comments into the course.

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Admininstrators give 7 scalable tips for common challenges in online learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-09-27 02:09

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

According to recent polls and surveys among college and universities that are either in the final stages, or have fully implemented, online learning courses and platforms, there are a number of common, well-defined challenges and trends experienced by IT departments and faculty. The good news is: there are also scalable tips. The data comes from a recent UPCEA and NASPA report on thoughts from higher-ed leaders on the challenges and emerging trends in online education.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/online-learning-challenges-772/

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Indiana on forefront of Online CPA training

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-09-27 02:04

by Sherry Slate, The Journal Gazette

The Indiana CPA Society this summer became the first state professional organization to allow certified public accountants to go online for competency-based learning courses to earn some credits required for license renewal. The CPA Center of Excellence pilot program, approved by the Indiana Board of Accountancy, is scheduled to run through the end of 2015. It allows CPAs to use up to two online classes – or 16 hours – toward continuing education requirements. “We just strongly feel that this is the direction education should be headed,” said Dave Shatkowski, spokesman for the Indiana CPA Society.

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20140921/BIZ/309209905

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U. of Wisconsin-Madison using Google Glass for academic feedback

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2014-09-27 02:02

by Stefanie Botelho, University Business

“Instead of marking the paper and posting the solution, we can record personalized videos for each student,” explains Michael Gofman, finance professor from the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “We’re not just showing their grade and what they did wrong, but how they can improve in the future. The technology was the perfect fit for the problem.” After only one semester of using the technology, student evaluation scores that measure the quality of feedback in Gofman’s corporate finance course jumped to 4.69 (on a scale from one to five, five being the highest)—an increase of 38 percent from the year before and 22 percent higher than the average for all business courses at the same semester. By using Google Glass, Spencer gave more nuanced and detailed feedback to students, touching on mistakes, what they did well, and how to build on what they’ve learned.

http://www.universitybusiness.com/news/u-wisconsin-madison-using-google-glass-feedback

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Weltherztag unter dem Motto: "One World - One Home - One Heart" am 29.09.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Sat, 2014-09-27 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Weltherztag unter dem Motto: "One World - One Home - One Heart" am 29.09.2014
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Tag der Endometriose am 29.09.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Sat, 2014-09-27 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Tag der Endometriose am 29.09.2014
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Ed Tech Investment & Exit Report – 2014 On Track for New Funding Record

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-09-26 19:32
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Unattributed, CB Insights, [Sept] 26, 2014

Interesting set of statistics related to venturer capital investments in education technology. The first overall trend is that money is pouring into the sector at a record pace. Second, the list of must well-funded ed tech companies might surprise you - leading the way are companies like Open English, TutorGroup and lynda.com. "Open English is an online school created to reinvent the English-language-learning experience targeted towards Spanish and Portuguese speakers in the Americas... TutorGroup is a provider of live synchronous e-Learning services focused on teaching language to global business professionals."

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That’s Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2014-09-26 07:31


Rebecca Schuman, Inside Higher Ed, [Sept] 26, 2014

Fun read in which Inside Higher Ed and Slate education writer Rebecca Schuman defends herself against  a long criticism authored by by Cornell writing lecturer Charles Green. "I think she crafts fundamentally anti-academic arguments, anti-academic in that they rely heavily on unsourced and unsupported generality clothed in hyperbole," he writes. She responds that she's writing magazine articles and that " a lot of “ public” writing by academics is self-censored, over-equivocated, bogged down in data analysis, and thus unreadably boring to a non-academic audience." I would add that it is often no better researched or sourced than many magazine articles either. I'll hand it to Green, though, for his game and valiant defense of his argument in the comments.

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Use of Synchronous Virtual Classrooms: Why, Who, and How?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-09-26 02:09

by Florence Martin and Michele A. Parker, JOLT

Virtual classrooms allow students and instructors to communicate synchronously using features such as audio, video, text chat, interactive whiteboard, and application sharing. The purpose of the study reported in this paper was to identify why instructors adopt synchronous virtual classrooms and how they use them after their adoption. An electronic survey was administered asking instructors from various institutions to describe their experience adopting a synchronous virtual classroom in either a blended or online course. In describing their reasons for adopting the technology, respondents most frequently cited institutional resource availability, increasing social presence, enhancing student learning, and the availability of technology. Along with audio chat, the features that most influenced the adoption of virtual classrooms and were used most frequently by respondents were the ability to archive conference sessions, see participants through webcams, and use text-based chat interfaces. Open-ended survey responses revealed that instructors used virtual classrooms to promote interactivity, develop community, and reach students at different locations. There were also distinct trends characterizing the demographics of faculty members who reported using virtual classrooms. These findings provide meaningful data for instructors interested in providing synchronous components in their online teaching and for administrators interested in promoting technology-enhanced learning on their campuses.

http://jolt.merlot.org/vol10no2/martin_0614.pdf

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More Students Opting For Online Courses

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-09-26 02:06

by KRIS-TV

Online enrollment numbers are going up across the nation and here locally. In fact, Del Mar College actually broke a record this past school year with nearly 20% of students taking online courses. “My kids say, ‘Mom, you’re still on the computer. You’re still on that same screen,’” said full time student Mary Guerra. Along with school, Guerra is a mother of three and a full-time worker. “When they’re doing their homework, I’m doing mine.” She says the hardest part about online classes is not talking face to face with her instructors. But despite the hard work, she said she’s dedicated to continuing her education.

http://www.kristv.com/news/more-students-opting-for-online-courses/

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For Some Students, Customized Online Learning Is Best

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2014-09-26 02:02

by Kevin Nicholls, Times of San Diego

In this day and age, nearly every aspect of life is customizable. We recognize that society is made up of unique individuals, all of whom have unique needs, goals, abilities and desires. And so we have… options. In recent years, we have come to see the benefit of customizable education as well. More and more colleges and universities offer online or accelerated programs, and there is no end to the availability of online continuing education and professional development courses for adults. The proliferation of technology in the last decade has made it possible to achieve our learning goals when a traditional classroom setting just won’t do.

http://timesofsandiego.com/opinion/2014/09/19/students-customized-online-learning-best/

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Reduce Your Payments

xkcd.com - Fri, 2014-09-26 02:00
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Krankenhausstatistik - Grunddaten

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2014-09-26 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus der "Krankenhausstatistik - Grunddaten" des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden um das Jahr 2013 ergänzt.

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Internationalen Tag der Gehörlosen am 28.09.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2014-09-26 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Internationalen Tag der Gehörlosen am 28.09.2014
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Stephen Downes: ‘This is the next era of learning’

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2014-09-25 19:29
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Stephen Downes, Online Educa Berlin, [Sept] 25, 2014

This is my pre-presentation article in the Online Educa Berlin newsletter (I will be keynoting there in December). It discusses the origin and major elements of our current "Learning and Performance Support Systems" program, which is launching pre-release beta invitations in October (we still have a lot of construction to do).

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“Tackling the Challenges of Big Data”

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-09-25 02:09

by MIT Professional Education

MIT Professional Education will offer two new deliveries of the online professional course, “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” to a global audience beginning Nov. 4, 2014 and Feb. 3, 2015. Their first course, offered in the spring of 2014, drew approximately 3,500 professionals from 88 countries, and more than 2,000 organizations worldwide. Participants from around the world, many of whom would otherwise lack access to world-renowned MIT educational resources, benefitted from this comprehensive online course, which addressed a priority-learning need of working professionals. “The success of our first offering on big data proved there is a real value and robust appetite to offer this online course to a broad span of industry players once again. And based on feedback received from the first offering, we have integrated several enhancements into the new version,” said Bhaskar Pant, executive director of MIT Professional Education.

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/mit-professional-education-two-new-online-x-professional-big-data-courses-0919

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EdX launches new high school initiative

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2014-09-25 02:06

by Zareen Choudhury, the Tech (MIT)

In a new initiative for edX, last Tuesday, the online platform spearheaded by MIT and Harvard launched 26 new courses aimed at high school students, according to The Boston Globe.  The new subjects offered include English, computer science, algebra, calculus, and several Advanced Placement (AP) courses, such as AP Environmental Science and AP Biology. According to edX, fourteen institutions were involved in developing these courses, including MIT, Rice, the University of California Berkeley, Georgetown, and public high schools such as Weston Public High School.

http://tech.mit.edu/V134/N39/highschooledx.html

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