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Being Human in a Digital Age

elearnspace by George Siemens - Fri, 2016-09-02 17:55

I’m exploring what it means to be human in a digital age and what role universities play in developing learners for this experience. Against the backdrop of everything is changing, we aren’t paying enough attention to what we are becoming. The Becoming is the central role of education in a machine learning, artificial intelligence era. It’s great to see people like Michael Wesch exploring the formative aspect of education. Randy Bass’s work on Formation by Design is also notable and important.

I spent a few weeks in Brisbane recently working with the Faculty of Health on digital learning and how to prepare the higher education system for this new reality. On my final presentation, I focused on the needs of learners in this environment and what we need to focus on to help develop their capabilities to be adaptive and respond to continual changes. Slides are below.

Being Human in a Digital Age? from gsiemens

How tutoring is giving students the edge in class

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-09-02 02:09

by Brett Henebery, the Educator

Many parents are often too busy to provide the kind of methodical and patient mentoring their children need when studying for an exam, leaving them to sit up all night, and pour through their research material. Recognising this issue, tutoring providers such as YourTutor are working hard to support the students who need help – or those who simply prefer to receive their coaching and feedback online. This fast, online help for students has subsequently led to an increase in engagement, retention and outcomes, and created a major shift in the traditional paradigm of in-class learning.

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Ransomware Meets its Match with Machine Learning

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-09-02 02:06

by VINAY PIDATHALA, Information Management Online

Cyber criminals are generating millions of dollars in revenue by targeting organizations with dated cybersecurity infrastructures. The latest attack techniques are designed to take over legitimate user credentials and have evolved to evade traditional signature-based perimeter defenses, which enables attackers to compromise users and masquerade as legitimate insiders with full access to corporate networks. Skilled cyber criminals are increasingly deploying new strains of ransomware due to its effectiveness in avoiding detection and in generating profits. In fact, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center released data revealing that there were 2,453 reported cases of ransomware attacks in 2015 and victims paid around $24.1 million to regain access to critical data.

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Why It’s Time to Disrupt Higher Education by Separating Learning From Credentialing

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Fri, 2016-09-02 02:03

By Joseph V. Kennedy, et al; Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

This paper argues that the federal government should spur reform by promoting alternatives to traditional college diplomas that allow individuals to more effectively demonstrate educational mastery to prospective employers. This would give students the freedom to pursue their own best options for learning, incentivize students to study harder and schools to teach better, and apply competitive pressure on colleges and universities to reduce the costs of education.

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Cron Mail - Fri, 2016-09-02 02:00
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Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung - Versicherte

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2016-09-02 00:00

Die im Informationssystem eingespeicherte gestaltbare Tabelle aus der "KM 6-Statistik (gesetzliche Krankenversicherung: Versicherte)" des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit wurde um die Angaben des Jahres 2016 ergänzt.

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Internationalen Tag des alkoholgeschädigten Kindes am 09.09.2016

Gesundheitsberichterstattung - Fri, 2016-09-02 00:00
Ausgewählte Informationen zum Internationalen Tag des alkoholgeschädigten Kindes am 09.09.2016
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Downe’s great summary article, but…….

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2016-09-01 14:34

Terry Anderson, Virtual Canuck, [Sept] 01, 2016

Terry Anderson is right. I should have used the word 'education' instead of 'learning'. "In fact only a very tiny fraction of the “ learning” that has ever taken place historically and of course 100% pre-historically, has occurred in a classroom. Only beginning in  the 19th Century have a few children of rich minorities been  able to learn part of what they learned in life in a classroom. " (p.s. the possessive form of my name is "Downes's". :) )

He also writes, "Strangely, this overview chapter ends without a summary or conclusion." I thought about that when I wrote it. What would a good summary or conclusion for this material be? I decided that there wasn't one - the material is itself a summary, and to try to wrap it up in a single paragraph or so would be to take the abstraction too far. So I settled on what was essentially an ellipses...

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How to Make a Twitter Bot in Under an Hour

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2016-09-01 14:34

Daniel Peterschmidt, Medium, [Sept] 01, 2016

Readers of the  OLDaily Twitter account are receiving tweets from what is essentially a Twitter bot - sure, the posts are copies of what I write for the newsletter, but the rest of it is automated. This Twitter bot takes it a step further, creating new posts from a set of sample posts using what is known as a Markov Chain - this is a type of artificial intelligence that detects similarities in a base set of data and generates new and still similar content. It also generates nonsense, but that's half the fun, right? The thing wit Twitter bots is that they are  not always used for good. Consider the case of the author who tweeted about former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and  faced a deluge of hate tweets launched by a bot.

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Have hashtags finally outlived their usefulness?

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2016-09-01 14:34

Terry Dawes, CanTech Letter, [Sept] 01, 2016

In 2005 I  gave a talk at Northern Voice "deflating a few pet concepts of the blogerati, such as the value of the long tail and the utility of tagging." people actually shouted at me when I criticized the future of hashtags (well, it was Marc Canter shouting, but he counts as people). But maybe I was right? "A decade in... hashtags are widely regarded as useless noise, with Toronto infographic company Venngage going so far as to say that the hashtag has outlived its usefulness entirely, saying that 'for businesses, they are more trouble than they are worth. And honestly, at this point, they look unprofessional.'"

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Watch Nirvana Perform “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Just Two Days After the Release of Nevermind (September 26, 1991)

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2016-09-01 14:34

Dan Colman, Open Culture, [Sept] 01, 2016

It's Friday. Time for some weekend music. How about it being 25 years since the release of Smells Like Team Spirit? As Jason Kottke said on his site when he posted this, “ There’ s a freight train bearing down on those boys and they don’ t even know it.” I was never really a Nirvana fan (when the song came out it was tied to advertising for a deodorant, and the marketing campaign just turned me off). But I appreciate this gig, before it all started. A lot. The big song starts at 34:30 in the video.

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GradeSlam Raises $1.6 Million in Seed Financing

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2016-09-01 14:34

Philip Cutler, GradeSlam Blog, [Sept] 01, 2016

A Montreal company called GradeSlam has raised $1.6 million in seed funding after launching last fall. According to its website,  "GradeSlam provides unlimited tutoring at a fixed cost, one-tenth the cost of traditional models, making one-to-one learning financially accessible in a way that has never been done before."

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Self-Paced E-Learning Market Evaporating, Report Finds

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2016-09-01 11:34

Leo Doran, Ed Week Market Brief, [Sept] 01, 2016

As quickly as you can say "MOOCs have had no impact" you can discover that free and open online learning has had an impact after all. "Future revenue in the $33 billion e-learning market is expected to fall precipitously in the United States and internationally... The free report, published by Monroe, Wash.-based Ambient Insight, predicts a five-year compound annual growth rate, or CAGR, of negative 6.4 percent for self-paced courseware, translating into an anticipated $13.3 billion drop in worldwide revenue from 2015 to 2021." The good news for prroducers is that earnings for other types of e-learning, such as "mobile learning, simulation-based learning, game-based learning, and 'brain-training'" are on the rise. For now.

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The Dropbox hack is real

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2016-09-01 11:34

Troy Hunt, [Sept] 01, 2016

This article provides concrete evidence that DropBox has been hacked. So if you haven't changed your DropBox password for a few years, you may want to consider it (my own DropBox password is both recent and pretty secure so I'm feeling OK). See also Motherboard's report.

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Elsevier Awarded U.S. Patent For “Online Peer Review System and Method”

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2016-09-01 11:34

Gary Price, Library Journal, InfoDocket, [Sept] 01, 2016

I think that the operators of  Open Journal Systems may want to say something about the recently awarded Elsevier patent. They have only been operating this sort of technology for the last fifteen years. Tom Reller from Elsevier writes, via Twitter, "There is no need for concern regarding the patent. It’ s simply meant to protect our own proprietary waterfall system from being copied." He does not comment on whether Elsevier copied their system from someone else, and whether the patent is intended to legitimize that act. EFF has awarded it the  Stupid Patent of the Month award.

As EFF notes, Elsevier has a poor track record. "The company has tried to stop researchers from sharing their own papers in institutional repositories, and entered an endless legal battle with rogue repositories Sci-Hub and and LibGen. ... Elsevier recently acquired SSRN, the beloved preprints repository for the social sciences and humanities. There are early signs that it will be a poor steward of SSRN."

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Hey Jphn Oliver, Back Off My Charter School

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Thu, 2016-09-01 11:34

Center for Education Reform, [Sept] 01, 2016

The  Center for Education Reform appears to be unhappy about the  John Oliver video on charter schools aired last week. They're offering $100,000 to the winner of a contest called Hey John Oliver, Back Off My Charter school. "Here is a brief summary of Mr. Oliver's presentation," they write. "Some charter schools have been mismanaged. Ergo, ipso facto, presto change-o, all charter schools are bad, bad, bad." They want anecdotes: "We want to hear from parents and teachers and especially from students why they made the choice to be at your school! Why do they believe their charter school works better for them than their old school, or the one they would have attended?" View their  Twitter feed for more discussion. Here's  an article on the contest.

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Taking Student Orientation Online

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-09-01 02:09

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

While the traditional orientation process at the University of Colorado Boulder was meant to bond new students to the institution from their first moments on campus, its structure often had just the opposite effect. Two early-summer “welcome days” packed with face-to-face presentations and panels blasting participants with a firehose of information were bound to leave students feeling numb. By the time they returned to campus in August, they’d have forgotten much of what they’d learned. So the university came up with a different approach. The “New Student Welcome Online Experience,” introduced in 2015, doles out content just in time, using a blend of videos, text, quizzes, checklists and rewards to engage and entice students to learn more continually.

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Online Learning Business Opportunity Ahead For Microsoft Partners

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-09-01 02:04

By Lynn Haber, Channel Partners

Microsoft partners not only are interested in participating in the newly minted Microsoft Professional Degree program (MPD) announced in July and currently in pilot, they’re also excited about the business opportunity around online content. That’s according to a recent blog, in which Microsoft’s corporate vice president, worldwide partner group, Gavriella Schuster, reiterated that partners soon will be able to offer learning solutions built on the Open edX platform powered by Microsoft Azure. Just six weeks ago, Schuster gave us an inside look at the new (MPD) program pilot discussed as part of Microsoft’s partner enablement efforts. At that time, the first Data Scientist degree candidates were scheduled to complete curriculum in September. Microsoft rolled out MPD to address the skills gap in critical fields in the industry. The Data Scientist degree is the first of many degree programs in the works, according to the vendor.

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Top 5 tech courses that can get you a job

Online learning update by Ray Schroeder - Thu, 2016-09-01 02:03

by Diksha Gupta,

While there are a host of tech courses being offered in India, there are only handful of them which can help build a bright career. The best part is that international universities have ventured into the Indian educational setup with their online courses. Kabir Chadha, India Country Manager, Coursera, shares, “we see a lot of demand for high-tech skills and certifications. Technology and computer science courses register more than half of all the enrollments in India. Computer Science and Data Science lead the pack at 25 per cent and 18 per cent respectively.” Tech courses are worthy, yet expensive. But online education world has helped a lot of techies up their game with respect to skills Online learning platforms like Coursera, Udemy and SimpliLearn are providing an alternative to people who aren’t able to afford the otherwise expensive international degrees.

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The Cons of Social Media for E-Learning

OLDaily by Stephen Downes - Wed, 2016-08-31 11:29

Tom Kuhlmann, The Rapid E-Learning Blog, Aug 31, 2016

The link to his ebook (73 page PDF) appears in his RSS feed, but not the web version of the same post, which is interesting. No matter, it's free and worth a look. To the post: it caught my eye when I found myself sympathizing with how difficult it is to keep up. This is my job and I'm in awe of how a simple thing like computers and websites became this great tangled mass of applications, standards, protocols and formats. And that's just the surface level! And then there's the way the internet has changed from being a place where people share with each other to a place where people relentlessly market themselves (maybe rereading his post was what led him to remove the link to his book). That said, I think he's wrong when he says "Social media is what you make of it." Companies like Facebook and Twitter are working very hard to make sure you can't make it into something that works for you - they need it to work for their advertisers. And we need to rethink 'social'. It's not just 'conversations'. I want to write well-thought-out pieces and engage in thoughtful and reasoned criticism - not conversation. Just saying.

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