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Rethinking MOOCs

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-10-25 21:08

The Chronicle, The Editorial Board, Oct 25, 2017

This appears in Duke University's independent student newspaper and supports what I wrote in my article today: "The most valuable products that elite institutions like Duke sell for over $70,000 a year are not high-quality courses but rather the prestige of the Duke brand as well as access to networks of other talented students, professors and elite employers." Exactly. But here is where we disagree: "It is impossible to democratize access to these goods because their value depends on scarcity." No. Their price depends on scarcity. Their value is defined by the benefit they bring students. If the rest of the academic world - and not just the elites - focused on access to networks of other talented students, professors and quality employers, instead of churning out academic content like so much manufactured pablum, then the value would be increased, the scarcity would be reduced, costs would be lower, and the relative advantage the so-called elites have over the rest of us would be diminished and eventually be rendered quaint. Image: New York Times.

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Neuroeducation Will Lead to Big Breakthroughs in Learning

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-10-25 20:49

Raya Bidshahri, Singularity Hub, Oct 25, 2017

I'm often frustrated by introductory articles that don't really add to anyone's understanding, but they can be done well, and this is a case in point. It's tempting to go over the top when talking about "an emerging interdisciplinary field that brings together neuroscientists and educators" (and yes, the headline goes way over the top). But Raya Bidshahri is relatively restrained in her summary of the field. Introductory articles also frequently offer no means to learn more, but this article has a nice set of links that provide access to articles in the related areas, including neuroplasticity, positive brain states, and active learning. Are these the best articles that could be found? Well, no, not even close - the link selection was obviously done in a hurry. But the method is sound - give people the means to follow up with deeper reading through links. So the article is still a good starting point, even if it's not perfect.

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Why Adaptive Courseware Will Scale in Higher Ed

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-10-25 20:15

Karen Vignare, EDUCAUSE Review, Oct 25, 2017

This article doesn't provide the explanation promised in the headline at all. I'm reading it mostly as a vehicle to embed a link to the CWiC Framework. The Courseware in Context (CWiC) Framework is a product taxonomy and set of implementation guides to facilitate the assessment of courseware. Given the basic premise of the site ("Research shows that decision-makers are starved for time to discover and rigorously evaluate courseware") I would infer that over time these evaluations will be provided by CWiC itself, with revenues generated both from "decision-makers" (presumably not professors or instructors?) and from the courseware providers (for assessment and listing in the report). If you give them your name and email (for future marketing no doubt) you can download the tool as a PDF or Excel spreadsheet. I downloaded it and found it was a very elementary assessement tool with only six questions related to whether or not the courseware is 'adaptive courseware'.

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Verbal Violence During Jakarta Election (Pragmatics Study)

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2017-10-25 19:26

Agustina, International Journal of Innovation and Research in Educational Sciences, Oct 25, 2017

I was browsing through the archives of the International Journal of Innovation and Research in Educational Sciences (IJIRES) in an effort to assess the legitimacy of this open access publication. The quality is pretty mixed but I did come across this gem looking at the use of language in the civic election in Jakarta, Indonesia. I liked the specific examples of very colourful language, and also the message to those vying for office: "The political elites should give examples to the public how to communicate well by establishing a polite language tradition in politics and in governing." It's a message that would apply not only in Indonesia but in my own society and culture as well. The journal as a whole is poorly edited and produced, but there's enough good to encourage me to come back, and for those looking, there are also more traditional education reserach articles among those published.

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Online Learning Consortium Announces 2017 OLC Fellows

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-10-25 02:10

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) today announced the 2017 class of OLC Fellows as well as recipients of the 2017 OLC Awards and the 2017 Effective Practice Awards. Fellows and awardees will be recognized at the upcoming OLC Accelerate conference, in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 15-17.  Recognition as an OLC Fellow is conferred by the OLC Board of Directors on those who have contributed to advancing quality, effectiveness and breadth in online and blended education in areas represented by the OLC Pillars: learning effectiveness, access, faculty and student satisfaction and scale. Named to the 2017 class of OLC Fellows are:

Vickie Cook, Ph.D., Executive Director for Online Learning, Research and Service, University of Illinois Springfield
Laurie Dringus, Ph.D., Professor, Nova Southeastern University
Jill Buban, Ph.D., Senior Director of Research & Innovation, Online Learning Consortium

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Online-Learning-Consortium-Announces-2017-OLC-Fellows-and-Recipients-of-2017-OLC-Awards-and-Effective-Practice-Awards-1001783815

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Where will UK online education be in five years?

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-10-25 02:06

by Geoff Webster, Times Higher Education

Given the uncertainties around Brexit, and idiosyncratic US leadership, it is brave to envisage what the sector will look like in five years’ time. However, of the 120 mainstream universities in the UK, we expect more than half to have committed strategically to online learning. Institutions will deliver a wide range of purely online and blended degrees, short courses, and other accredited activities to a broad range of domestic and global students. Some will be expansive, offering the broadest range of subjects and competing in multiple markets; others will seek to differentiate by specialising in their traditional niches. Online pedagogy and technology will, in turn, improve the on-campus experience of traditional students.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/where-will-online-education-be-five-years

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EdX Appoints Adam Medros as President and COO

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Wed, 2017-10-25 02:02

by Business Wire

edX.org, the leading nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, has announced the appointment of Adam Medros as the company’s president and chief operating officer. Medros will assume the day-to-day management and oversight of edX’s operations, contribute to edX’s strategy and growth and report to Anant Agarwal, edX CEO. Medros comes to edX from TripAdvisor, Inc. where he was Senior Vice President of Global Product, leader of the hotels vertical, and a member of the executive team. Medros brings experience in building strong teams and driving innovation. His appointment comes at an exciting time for edX, as the company continues to grow, expanding its global learner base to over 13 million students and offering new, innovative programs and credentials designed to help learners advance their careers.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171018005253/en/EdX-Appoints-Adam-Medros-President-COO

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The Semantic Condition

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-10-24 22:49

Stephen Downes, YouTube, Oct 24, 2017

I created a nice new version of my 'Groups vs Networks' diagram and created a video wherein I create the diagram step by step and explain what I mean at each step, and therefore, by the diagram as a whole. After the fact I realize that there is a major element missing from the diagram (both individual and new): the idea that the core value in groups is mass while the idea that the core value in networks is structure or organization. The diagram is located here

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Mutualistic Anteractions

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-10-24 16:10

Benjamin Blanchard, The Daily Ant, Oct 24, 2017

At the end of a movie there is a long (sometimes endless) list of credits acknowledging everyone who contributed to its production, even down to the people who provided catering and security. I have often wondered what it would look like if we provided attribution to other things in that way. Buildings, for example, could list each person who took part in construction. McDonalds wrappers could list everyone who works at the store and provides services to it. A student's diploma could list every teacher, administrator and custodian on the back side. Shirts could name the people who made it on the tag. Ambulances could list entire hospital staff on the side, your car could list all the people at the design and assembly plant, and your coffee could list the names of the people who picked the beans on the side.

Why is this important? Because it points to the way - even in the film industry - we do the exact opposite of that. We give one person credit for the work that resulted from the interactions of hundreds or thousands of people.  As Benjamin Blanchard says, " I use the city sanitation service as a tool to clean my house" ("This is not to deny the agency of the individuals that constitute those tools"). I think we need to understand, first, the degree to which individual success depends on sopciety, and second, that this is the result of social cooperation rather than collaboration. We have different purposes and different intents. "I use the city sanitation service as a tool to clean my house. The city officials use me as a tool to facilitate the convenient removal of garbage." Photo: Alex Wild.

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Who Gets To Be An Expert In Education?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-10-24 14:00

John Warner, Inside Higher Ed, Oct 24, 2017

First, read this account of the (non-)relation between expertise, think tank support and citations in the media of "education experts". As noted by John Warner in this article, It is cited by Audrey Watters and Sara Goldrick-Rab of Kevin Carey’s The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, “In this political economy, the experts on education are rarely experts in education, and that is just the way an increasing number of powerful people seem to like it.” In the two years since the book was published, the criticisms have been borne out: "the MOOC revolution that was supposed to transform into the 'University of Everywhere' has fizzled into targeted corporate training and other very specific applications." Of course, history is not yet over, and Carey's predictions may yet come true, but the deeper question lingers: what made him an "education expert" in the first place?

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Info-Environmentalism: An Introduction

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-10-24 13:37

Michael Caulfield, EDUCAUSE Review, Oct 24, 2017

Michael Caulfield points to a number of examples where Google search results lead to false and misleading information. We can blame the sites or Google, but "the truth is that higher education is at least partially to blame for this state of affairs," he writes. "But in walking away from this demand, we cede the field to corporations, hacks, and charlatans. How can we complain about our "post-fact moment" if we are unwilling to supply the public with facts in the places where the public is looking, be that Facebook, Wikipedia, or Google?" The idea of "info-environmentalism" is to contribute to improving the information environment by overwhelming the pollution with facts and data.

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New research on school climate and how it impacts on bullying and delinquent behaviour

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-10-24 13:32

Jill Aldridge, Katrina McChesney, Ernest Afari, EduResearch Matters, Oct 24, 2017

Some reserach in the relation between bullying and outcomes in Australian schools. "Overall, our research confirms the importance of the socio-emotional school climate and shows that there are relationships between the nature of this climate and students’ involvement in bullying and delinquent behaviour. Our research also highlights the importance of both support and structure in healthy school climates."

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Serious flaws in how PISA measured student behaviour and how Australian media reported the results

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Tue, 2017-10-24 13:19

Alan Reid, Oct 24, 2017

Interesting article pointing to flaws in how the PISA tests measured "disorder and chaos" in classrooms, and flaws in how these results were amplified and exaggerated by traditional media in Australia. "The mainstream press have broadened the research findings to encompass not just 15 year old students in science classrooms, but ALL students (primary and secondary) across ALL subject areas... The mainstream press have cherry picked negative results to get a headline, ignoring such findings in the same ACER report that, for example." This again is why I point out that fake news existed in traditional media long before the current social media panic.

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Ausgewählte Informationen zu den Herzwochen vom 01. bis 30.11.2017 Motto: "Das schwache Herz"

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2017-10-24 10:32
Ausgewählte Informationen zu den Herzwochen vom 01. bis 30.11.2017
Motto: "Das schwache Herz"
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Woz U and the Future of Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-10-24 02:08

By Shayan Ushani, Bryant Archway
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and speaker at Bryant University in the Spring of 2017, has launched his latest venture – Woz U. Wozniak was always into learning and tinkering perhaps more so than his former business partner Steve Jobs. Now he wants to give back. Wozniak said, “People often are afraid to choose a technology-based career because they think they can’t do it. I know they can, and I want to show them how.” This is just one of many ventures that aims at solving the shift in demand for specialized skills in the labor market as well as innovating the education marketspace.

http://bryantarchway.com/woz-u-and-the-future-of-learning/

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The benefits of blended online MBA programs

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-10-24 02:05

By Morgan Golliver,  UC Tangerine

Many Utica College students and staff have gone digital as the college has added more online courses and degree programs to its curriculum. UC currently offers 24 online degrees, including the Master of Business Administration program. Students pursuing a MBA degree have the option of sitting in a physical classroom or staying at home to participate in the course through the internet, which is called a blended course. Patricia Swann, professor of public relations and journalism, has recently moved to the Clark City Center and teaches one of the MBA blended courses.

https://uctangerine.com/2017/10/20/benefits-blended-online-mba-programs/

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Educator MOOC Adds Micro-Credentials on Personalized Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Tue, 2017-10-24 02:03

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal
The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, which conducts research and delivers professional development out of its operations at North Carolina State University, has recently connected its MOOC platform for educators to the Learner Positioning System developed by Digital Promise Global. The institute’s MOOC-Ed provides massive, open, online courses specifically for educators. The system from Digital Promise is an online resource that lets educators look up current research on aspects of personalized learning. Each micro-credential starts with an overview of a construct or idea in personalized learning supported by research to help educators gain a deeper understanding of its importance in the learning process.

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/10/19/educator-mooc-adds-microcredentials-on-personalized-learning.aspx

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Krankheitsbedingte Fehlzeiten

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2017-10-24 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus dem Bereich "Krankheitsbedingte Fehlzeiten in der deutschen Wirtschaft" des Wissenschaftlichen Instituts der AOK wurde um das Jahr 2016 ergänzt.

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Welt-Psoriasis-Tag am 29.10.2017

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2017-10-24 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Welt-Psoriasis-Tag am 29.10.2017
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Welt-Schlaganfalltag am 29.10.2017Motto: "Ein Schlaganfall trifft auch die Seele"

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Tue, 2017-10-24 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Welt-Schlaganfalltag am 29.10.2017
Motto: "Ein Schlaganfall trifft auch die Seele"
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