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How Digital Credentialing is Driving the Shift Towards a Learning Economy

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2018-05-29 02:03

by Louis Soares, Evolllution

Digital credentials are at the forefront of broader technological innovation in the academic sector and signal the possibility of broader cooperation between higher education and the labor market—but, as Louis Soares points out, the revolution towards a true learning economy is far from finished. For evidence of this expansion, the American Council on Education (ACE) has partnered with Credly to allow participants in ACE’s College Credit Recommendation Service to award badges recognizing professional and academic achievements. In this interview, Soares lays the groundwork for continued growth in digital credentialing, and discusses the role of the ACE in exploring, adopting and acculturating technological change in higher education.

How Digital Credentialing is Driving the Shift Towards a Learning Economy

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Arzneimittelmarkt in Zahlen

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2018-05-29 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherten gestaltbaren Tabellen aus dem Bereich "Arzneimittelmarkt in Deutschland - Zahlen und Fakten" des Bundesfachverbandes der Arzneimittel-Hersteller e.V. wurden um die Angaben des Jahres 2017 ergänzt.

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My #Netnarr Reflection

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2018-05-28 19:13

Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, May 28, 2018

This is a wrap-up from Levine's Networked Narratives class at Kean University. Mostly it's what we would expect, but I wanted to highlight this: "I have grown to love the concept I learned from Mia of having an over all shape or major parts of the course outlined as a “spine” but filling in details as we went, rather than committing everything to a detailed syllabus." Ah, the spine, linking in resources and services as needed. Enjoy my hand-drawn version of this old standby from 1997.

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The 3 Types of Diversity That Shape Our Identities

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2018-05-28 16:24

Celia de Anca, Salvador Aragón, Harvard Business Review, May 28, 2018

I talk about diversity as a core value in learning networks, so the question for me is whether this discussion of diversity adds to that. According to the author, reporting on a Spanish study, "diversity usually means one of three things: demographic diversity (our gender, race, sexual orientation, and so on), experiential diversity (our affinities, hobbies, and abilities), and cognitive diversity (how we approach problems and think about things)." Each of these seems to me to be trivialized in this article. None of the following are mentioned: culture, background, language, experience and trauma, disability, competencies, values, religion, and origin of a sense of self-worth.

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Now playing: a movie you control with your mind

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Mon, 2018-05-28 13:18

Rachel Metz, MIT Technology Review, May 28, 2018

The headline should probably read 'influence' rather than 'control'. Still, the idea of a movie you can influence with your mind raises new possibilities for interactive media. Whileyou wear a NeuroSky MindWave headset, "scenes, music, and animation change every time you watch it, depending on the meanderings of your mind." The movie, "a 27-minute avant-garde tale called The Moment," was created by Richard Ramchurn, a graduate student at the University of Nottingham.

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Student ROI more dependent on degree than status of institution

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-05-28 02:10

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
When it comes to student return on investment, differences in marketplace value among fields of study means that students are often able to earn higher salaries with significantly less education, because what they make no longer depends on “how many degrees” are earned or “where you go to college,” said Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, during a recent episode of “In Focus” from Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies.  Carnevale said there’s a $3.3 million career-earnings difference between the highest-paying bachelor’s degree and the lowest-paying bachelor’s degree, and because of this gap, 40% of people with bachelor’s degrees make more than those with graduate degrees, on average.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/student-roi-more-dependent-on-degree-than-status-of-institution/523421/

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How artificial intelligence will change the future of work

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-05-28 02:04

by Fred Dews, Darrell M. West, and Bill Finan; Brookings

Darrell West, director of the Center for Technology Innovation, discusses his recent book “The Future of Work: Robotics, AI, and Automation.” West explains that as robots, artificial intelligence, and automation make it possible to be more productive while working fewer hours, society must change its definition of work.

 

How artificial intelligence will change the future of work

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Will Google Duplex Evolve Into a Virtual Teaching Assistant?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Mon, 2018-05-28 02:02

by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Once we get over Google’s boneheaded failure to clearly indicate that the calls were originating from a computer, can we take a step back and try to think about the implications of this technology? What Google is demonstrating with Duplex is the ability of AI (artificial intelligence) to have conversations.  Right now, these conversations are limited.  Duplex will be able to call and make a dinner reservation or a styling appointment, but it is not clear what else the technology will be able to do. The current generation of personal digital voice assistants – Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana – are just not all that useful.  They seem like a technology in search of a problem to solve.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/will-google-duplex-evolve-virtual-teaching-assistant

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For Free Community College, Online Learning Isn’t Always Part of the Recipe for Success

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-05-27 02:06

By Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

Free community college programs are springing up around the country, aiming to bring more students to local higher-ed institutions. But several colleges experimenting with such programs are avoiding a tactic that other public institutions are increasingly using to boost numbers: online learning. That’s the case in Tennessee—one of the first states to introduce a free college program, called Tennessee Promise—where advisors at some campuses steer students participating in the program away from online courses. Students entering their first year in Tennessee Promise aren’t prohibited from taking online courses, says Judy Lowe, assistant vice president for academic resources and testing at Chattanooga State Community College. However, she and other officials at Chattanooga State worry that sending students straight into online courses might hurt their chances of success.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-18-for-free-community-college-online-learning-isn-t-always-part-of-the-recipe-for-success

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Pros, Cons of Online Learning for Students With Disabilities

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-05-27 02:04

By Jan Holloway and Chris Foley, US News

Online learning can provide a practical, workable option for diverse populations of learners, including students with various kinds of disabilities. Attending an online college offers flexibility, convenience and privacy. Various assistive devices and applications can help students consume information in formats that align with their needs. Before pursuing a degree online, though, be sure to consider the pros and cons.

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/articles/2018-05-18/pros-cons-of-online-education-for-students-with-disabilities

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Educause Releases 2018 Horizon Report Preview – Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sun, 2018-05-27 02:03

After acquiring the rights to the New Media Consortium’s Horizon project earlier this year, Educause has now published a preview of the 2018 Higher Education Edition of the Horizon Report — research that was in progress at the time of NMC’s sudden dissolution. The report covers the key technology trends, challenges and developments expected to impact higher ed in the short-, mid- and long-term future.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/04/27/educause-releases-2018-horizon-report-preview.aspx

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How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-05-26 02:10

By Michael Sano, EdSurge

Regardless of how they represented their concepts, #DLNchat-ters agreed: accessibility starts at the beginning of the design process. Phyllis Brodsky put it this way, “The commitment to accessibility should be authentic, not rote, and up front, not an afterthought… Applying sound pedagogy that drives design and truly integrates UDL is foundational.”  Part of this process is considering the platform in which the course will be designed. As Albat pointed out, “Just the LMS can be a challenge in itself. Screen readers have an awful time with the separate sections.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-09-how-can-we-improve-accessibility-through-instructional-design-dlnchat

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Where Are All the Faculty in the Open Education Movement?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-05-26 02:06

By Jasmine Roberts, EdSurge

Open educational resources (OER) are gaining increasing popularity. And as an active member in what advocates define as the “open education movement,” I frequently hear about the growing dissatisfaction of textbook costs and pedagogical concerns among faculty about outdated course materials. When I attend professional gatherings on open education, however, instructors like myself are often the minority. Yet open educational materials impact faculty and students alike, and many instructors are using these resources today. So why are there so few practitioners actively involved in increasing open education?

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-05-16-where-are-all-the-faculty-in-the-open-education-movement

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The online world at risk of ADA lawsuits

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Sat, 2018-05-26 02:03

by Kent Bernhard, Pittsburgh Business times

Lawsuits and enforcement actions over websites’ accessibility to disabled people have swamped businesses, as well as colleges and universities over the past several years. “We’ve seen such a spike in the last few years in threatened litigation and enforcement actions,” says Susan Deniker, an attorney with the law firm Steptoe & Johnson PLLC who focuses on labor and employment law, litigation, and education law. “We’ve seen this hit many different industries. Any business that has a public website faces these issues.”

https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2018/05/07/the-online-world-at-risk-of-ada-lawsuits.html

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Hosting Futures

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-05-25 20:47

Jim Groom, bavatuesdays, May 25, 2018

I'm still in the mindset of "about what piloting a mashup of LAMP and Docker-container based hosting might look like." So I'm just as interested as Jim Groom in QUBES: “a community of math and biology educators who share resources and methods for preparing students to tackle real, complex, biological problems.” Groom adds that "QUBES is built on top of a project that came out of Purdue University called HUBzero, a service which provides focused community sites, course spaces, open educational resource sharing, and access to applications used heavily in the sciences, such as R, Latex, Jupyter Notebooks, etc." This whole space is moving forward at breakneck speed; it's exciting but really hard to keep up.

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First Law of Robotics

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-05-25 20:28

Metafilter, May 25, 2018

The problem isn't with automated systems or artificial intelligence. The problem is with companies deploying such systems with the same due care and attention they pay to their customers needs and interests on a day-to-day basis. Case in point: Uber. "There were no software glitches or sensor breakdowns that led to a fatal crash, merely poor object recognition, emergency planning, system design, testing methodology, and human operation." For example, "Uber chose to disable emergency braking system before fatal Arizona robot car crash, safety officials say." I think we can trust artificial intelligence in learning, but not artificial intelligence managed by Silicon Valley corporations in learning.

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The Great Remake is Underway

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-05-25 20:21

Sunanna Chand, Ani Martinez, Remake Learning, May 25, 2018

This is a bold claim: " One of the biggest shifts in the history of education is underway across the country as rote memorization makes way for deeper learning, standardized tests are replaced by whole-student assessments, and lecture-style classrooms turn into collaborative hands-on learning spaces." Bold, but backed up with examples of funded projects "to support new learning opportunities that equip students with deep content knowledge and creative capacities, but also the skills and traits needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world." No links for any of them, sadly, but a diligent reader wielding the project titles and Google search could find enough background reading for a full weekend.

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Blockchain technologies face a maturity problem

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-05-25 19:56

Dan Swinhoe, IDG Connect, May 25, 2018

The first problem is scalability, which shows up immediately in the amount of time it takes to verify that a transaction is authentic. Visa performs 40K transactions per second, while Ethereum and Bitcoin are capable of between 7-15 per second. You see the issue. The energy cost is another factor, "currently around 180 million KWh for just 200,000 transactions." Again, you see the issue. A third issue centres around hacking; while the blockchain itself is secure, the systems around it might not be. This is how the recent Ethereum hack worked. Choice is also becoming an issue; "there are dozens of different networks you can employ, each with their own features and capabilities." Where is this headed? The article suggests (and it's hard to disagree) that we'll see more emphasis on private blockchains; "pragmatists understand that businesses need solutions that are both scalable and flexible to their needs, even if in being ‘permissioned’ they aren’t true to Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto’s original vision." Oh well, I guess I'll just go play with cryptokitties.

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Implementation of an Intelligent Library System Based on WSN and RFID

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Fri, 2018-05-25 19:23

Yuping Gao, International Journal of Online Engineering, May 25, 2018

This paper describes the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) to automate the process of finding, borrowing and returning books at the library. This would be an advance over scanning barcodes, which still require a lot of human intervention. The obvious analogy here is with the no-checkout store unveiled by Amazon earlier this year. The paper described the algorithms in detail and describes a test of the system. My only criticism is to question why we still need to borrow physical books. But of course the same approach can work with any educational resource.

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