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Forget the MBA

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2014-10-01 02:06

by Ronald Alsop, BBC

When Luis Ochoa wanted to make the leap from investment banking analyst to corporate strategist, he didn’t follow the usual path of getting a master’s of business administration degree. Instead, the Stanford University graduate took a few free strategy and financial accounting classes on Coursera, one of the major providers of so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), which have grown in popularity globally over the past few years. “I gained a foundation with those courses that helped me transition into corporate strategy” at Oppenheimer Funds, the 29-year-old New Yorker said. “Now, I’m not interested in an MBA because I’m where I want to be.” “We still get questions from companies about how good MOOCs are, but we’re finding that businesses are more and more willing to consider them to help fill skill gaps,” said Sebastian Thrun, chief executive of the MOOC platform Udacity, based in Mountain View, California.

http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140925-forget-the-mba

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‘Going’ (But Not Going) to College

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2014-10-01 02:04

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

How do you tell high school students they’re going to attend — but not actually go to — college? It’s a conversation the University of Florida is having with potential students, parents and school counselors about UF Online, the institution’s degree-granting online arm. Now facing its first full academic year, UF Online is hitting its course development and enrollment targets, but it has so far attracted few first-time-in-college (FTIC) students. UF Online launched in January with 583 students — all of them transferring in. In March, university officials said they hoped to enroll 750 to 1,000 students by the fall semester, including 100 to 150 high school graduates starting as freshmen.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/09/25/u-florida-online-considers-how-sell-studying-online-high-school-graduates

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Move Fast and Break Things

xkcd.com - Wed, 2014-10-01 02:00
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Google X founder Sebastian Thrun leaves Google to focus on Udacity

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2014-09-30 02:09

By Kye White, Startup Smart

Google X founder Sebastian Thrun has left his role as VP and fellow at the company. Thrun launched Google’s driverless car project and was the project lead on Google Glass. He is currently running an online education startup Udacity, which he also co-founded. Google confirmed the news to TechCrunch. “As the co-founder of Google [x] and our self-driving car project, Sebastian made huge advances in computer science and robotics that have paved the way for autonomous driving technology,” a spokesperson said.

http://www.startupsmart.com.au/growth/the-news-wrap-google-x-founder-sebastian-thrun-leaves-google-to-focus-on-udacity/2014092313272.html

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E-Learning Startup Udacity Raises $35M to Launch ‘Nanodegrees’

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2014-09-30 02:04

By LIZETTE CHAPMAN, Wall Street Journal

Udacity Inc. has secured $35 million, the latest e-learning startup to raise funding in a growing cluster that has raised hundreds of millions from venture investors in a bid to redefine the way people learn. Unlike crowdsourced learning marketplaces like Udemy Inc. and Skillshare Inc., which invite the masses to teach a variety of skills, Udacity works with corporate partners to create online courses to train future employees. And while companies like the Minerva Project Inc., Coursera Inc., Khan Academy and others aim to upend the traditional college experience, Udacity targets college grads and is built with the help of industry partners seeking skilled employees. Those partners, a list of roughly 20 that now includes Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Cloudera Inc. and Salesforce Inc., provide the content and pay Udacity to develop online classes and verify knowledge upon graduation.

http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/09/24/e-learning-startup-udacity-raises-35m-to-launch-nanodegrees/

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E-Learning Through Smart Watches – Finding Possibilities

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2014-09-30 02:02

by Training Zone

Transition from Desktop to mobile is still in process, there is a large portion of the industry which still struggling to develop content for mobile devices. Now a new challenge emerged to develop content for micro screens. The companies which are already in developing content for mobile devices may not face it as difficult as those who don’t. Still it is a great challenge to deliver content developed in different styles of content presentation such as animations, diagrams, images etc. Above all challenges, it has great potential to reach more learners anywhere for more time of the day with wide range of subjects. We can expect applications to come-up in the smart watches market to deliver learning content.

http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/blogs-post/what-about-surplus-learning-budgets/187738

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The Most Popular Social Network for Young People? Texting

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 19:35
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Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, [Sept] 29, 2014

I can't say I'm surprised that texting would be more popular than Facebook or Twitter - it is, after all, the medium you can use to talk to your friends that doesn't leave a content trail, isn't monetized by advertisers, and won't accidentally become the next internet meme. "Messaging is an everything network. It's identity, it's social,  it's intent ("hey do you want to see Spider-Man"),  it's location ("yo I'm in the theater"). It's the purest form of social network, so simply social that we scarcely consider it a network."

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The Great British Bake Off copyright grab: We can use your #ExtraSlice Twitter images but not give you credit

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 19:35
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Paul Bradshaw, Online Journalism Blog, [Sept] 29, 2014

It's almost certainly not legal, but who is going to stop them? In case you haven't seen it (and you almost certainly haven't), here are the terms posted on the BBC TV show An Extra Slice website: "By submitting a photograph or other material ("Material") to twitter.com and instagram.com using #ExtraSlice, you grant to Love Productions Ltd ("we/us") the right to edit, modify, adapt, translate, exhibit, transmit, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute and otherwise use the Material, at no charge and in any medium for the purpose of the full period of copyright and therefore insofar as possible, in perpetuity (the "Rights") and for such purpose you agree to waive irrevocably all moral rights of whatever nature in the Material." I'd like to do the same thing to hashtags of my choosing. Like, say, #BBC.

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The ABC of Hand Tools (1945)

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 19:35
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Disney, YouTube, [Sept] 29, 2014

Disney produced training video for GM about proper use of hand tools in 1945. Because educational technology wasn't invented in 1995. Via Metafilter.

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The Current Ecosystem of Learning Management Systems in Higher Education

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 04:35
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Eden Dahlstrom, D. Christopher Brooks, Jacqueline Bichsel, EDUCAUSE, [Sept] 28, 2014

As Audrey Watters comments, the LMS is back and humming like it's 1997. "Global learning management system (LMS) revenue was estimated at $1.9– 2.6 billion in 2013, with projected growth to $7.8 billion by 2018.3 These estimates include the K– 12 market, corporate training, and higher education segments and demonstrate clearly the considerable scope of the LMS market." Related: Instructure  launches a learning object repository.

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Online Learning is Just as Effective as Traditional Education, According to a New MIT Study

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-09-29 02:12

by Lauren Landry, BostoInno

Researchers’ findings have been published in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, and co-author David Pritchard, MIT’s Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics, knows they will be controversial. The group, comprised of researchers from MIT, Harvard and Tsinghua University, completed a before-and-after test on students taking “Mechanics ReView,” an introductory mechanics course offered on massive open online learning platform edX. Researchers then conducted a similar test on students taking the class residentially, discovering: The amount learned is somewhat greater than in the traditional lecture-based course.

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/09/24/mit-study-how-do-online-courses-compare-to-traditional-learning/

link to IRRODL article:

http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/1902/3009

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Google’s ‘Most Searched For’ University Rankings

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-09-29 02:08

by The Huffington Post UK

Google has revealed the most popular searches for universities from people across the globe – and the results were pretty unexpected. Compared to the typical university ranking system highlighting the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to higher education, the new Google ranking system gives us an indication of the universities that most people (including potential students) are searching for – as well as why this could be. The number one search? University of Phoenix, a US-based university with a plethora of online courses to choose from. The new rankings show that there’s a global interest in attending universities that can cater to those who want to learn online, rather than on campus. In third place sits the popular Open University, which also happens to be the top ranking uni in Europe on Google’s list.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/09/24/google-university-ranking_n_5871942.html

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8 Websites for Free Online Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2014-09-29 02:02

By Trent Hamm, US News

One of the biggest benefits of the Internet is the huge amount of information we all have available at our fingertips. Yet the biggest challenge for many of us is making sense of all that information. There are many opportunities for learning, but the information is often spread out in various places and not presented in an organized way that makes learning easy. Thankfully, several organizations – both nonprofits and businesses – have jumped into this niche and have developed online courses that draw upon this vast wealth of available knowledge. These eight free websites allow you to take educational courses in the comfort of your home, expanding your knowledge and understanding of the world at your convenience.

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2014/09/23/8-websites-for-free-online-learning

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iOS Keyboard

xkcd.com - Mon, 2014-09-29 02:00
Categories: Cartoons, Science News

The Learning Machine, pecking pigeons and the Sending of Being

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 01:35
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nick shackleton-jones, aconventional, [Sept] 28, 2014

When people interact with each other, the social learning produced is not the replication of content from one mind to the next to the next. It's not even contained in any individual mind at all. Rather, society as a whole develops new learning. This is the meaning of "We think, therefore we am." Nick Shackleton-Jones captures the effect of this nicely. "Although we frequently stumble upon these bigger, emergent, purposes - evolution, religion, capital, technology – we don’ t like to think of ourselves as their component parts. Because we glimpse but not grasp them, we like to think of them as products of human activity... Heidegger understood this: he realized that at best we glimpse these higher purposes, and that we experience them as an unfolding, as uncanny – as a revealing, a ‘ destining’ and a ‘ sending of Being’ . We sense that something is being done to us, but we can’ t guess what until we see it."

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Why the Unskilled Are Unaware: Further Explorations of (Absent) Self-Insight Among the Incompetent

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 01:35


Joyce Ehrlinger, Kerri Johnson, M. Banner, D.Dunning, Justin Kruger, PubMedGov, [Sept] 28, 2014

It is well known that low-skilled people tend to over-estimate their performance. This is typically thought to result from their inability to recognize what poor and good performance looks like. But in this paper, the authors suggest there may be more to it than that. "What appears to be an inability to assess the quality of one’ s performance on the part of the unskilled might actually be an unwillingness to do so accurately." People don't want to admit their own incompetence. But suppose this were accompanied with the knowledge that their performance can improve. "Recent research reveals that individuals who hold a view that intelligence is malleable make far more accurate assessments of the quality of their performance than do those who believe intelligence to be fixed." It's easier to be honest about our level of competence if we know that this is something that can, and will, improve. Via Doug Belshaw.

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'Connectivism': Creating Learning Communities

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2014-09-29 01:35
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Balthas Seibold, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), [Sept] 28, 2014

Short, crisp and well-written article on connectivism connecting it to Albert Bandura’ s social cognitive theory and "the early notion of 'Bildung' that sees education as the process of shaping oneself and the world as put forth by German writers and thinkers Wilhelm von Humboldt and Friedrich Schiller in the late 18th and early 19th century." I think, though, connectivism is characterized not by the Brown and Adler quote, but by this variation: "We think, therefore, we am." See also more  trends in open innovation at GIZ - a lot of good stuff here, including sections on tech hubs, crowdfunding, Africa's mobile revolution, and more.

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Arzneimittelmarkt in Zahlen

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2014-09-29 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem Bereich "Arzneimittelmarkt in Deutschland in Zahlen" des Bundesfachverbandes der Arzneimittel-Hersteller e.V. wurden um die Angaben des Jahres 2013 ergänzt.

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Psychotherapeutendatei

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2014-09-29 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus der "Psychotherapeutendatei (Psychologische Psychotherapeuten und Kinder- und Jugendlichenpsychotherapeuten)" der Bundespsychotherapeutenkammer wurde um die Angaben des Jahres 2013 ergänzt.

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Tag der älteren Menschen am 01.10.2014

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Mon, 2014-09-29 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Tag der älteren Menschen am 01.10.2014
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