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Design Of An Embedded Engineering Learning On Social Cloud Model To Enhance Creative Thinking And Creative Product
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Sathaporn Yoosomboon, Pallop Piriyasurawong, International Journal of Online Engineering, Jan 19, 2017


This paper (9 page PDF), as the title suggests, describes the use of embedded systems to promote creative thinking in engineering. An embedded system "is a programmable or fixed in capability device iscontrolled by a computer or the combination of computer hardware and software re-modeled for a specific purpose." They are placed in medical equipment, industrial equipment, airplanes, cars, appliances, vending machines, cameras and toys. But these embedded systems don't have to be mounted in equipment - they can be served from the cloud as though they were actually installed in equipment and used for learning and experimentation by individuals or groups. That's what this paper describes.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:: -0400

Early Learning Is Making A Difference For Children From Ethnic Minority Communities
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Sam Waller, Medium, Jan 19, 2017


This article summarizes  two  reports from UNICEF on pre-school programs in rural Cambodia. The emphasis is on both early childhood education and on multilingual education, both of which are important for a student's future success. Pre-school teacher Chey Nita... has seen firsthand the difference that can be made through multilingual education in pre-schools. She has also seen the impact that early education, both for her students and her family." What strikes me looking at this is the complete absence of technology in the school - even the whiteboard is too small, there are no chairs, and of course there's no sign of electricity at all. More information on Cambodia can be found on the UNICEF country page.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:: -0400

The State Of The Mooc: What Associations Should Know
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Ernie Smith, Associations Now, Jan 19, 2017


This is a routine report on MOOCs with a focus on associations, but note the zinge rat the end: "Education outside of the university system could gain momentum through MOOCs, especially with the growth of certifications. That’ s good for associations, which tend to offer a lot in the way of education." We are rapidly approaching the day when universities have competition for certification, which will mean that they (like the New York Times) will have to rely on the quality of their offering. One wonders whether they are up to that.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:: -0400

Journalism That Stands Apart: The Report Of The 2020 Group
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New York Times, Jan 19, 2017


This is an internal report that the New York Times has shared with the world (and plugged with an article) describing how it needs to modernize its approach to journalism (archive version on Scribd). One of the keys is its decision to focus on a subscription-first model. "We are not trying to maximize clicks and sell low-margin advertising against them." This approach requires that the product be compelling, which is what the bulk of the report addresses. They're looking at a more visual product, a "digitally native mix of product forms", and greater reader interaction. Poynter, in addition,  covers an internal memo that was circulated to staff addressing staff cuts in editorial, a need for diversity, and the creation of 'thematic tams' to cover major stories.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:: -0400

Feds Launch Networking Site For Academics, Students And Public Servants
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Natalie Samson, University Affairs, Jan 19, 2017


This is a Canadian government initiative, "a digital networking platform called GCcollab.ca, a site it’ s pitching as an easy way for academics and students to connect and collaborate with Canada’ s public service." The open source software referred to in the article is Elgg, which formed the backbone of GCConnex. I am signed up on the site and will be welcoming connections and groups linking the academic sector and learning and development in the Canadian public service.

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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:: -0400

The Two Resources Administrators Should Maximize For Personalized Learning Success
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Grant Rivera, EdSurge, Jan 19, 2017


This is a good non-technology based definition of personalized learning: "it occurs as leaders empower teachers to go beyond the traditional role of a 'content expert' and organically diagnose, analyze, guide, instruct, and coach students." This definition, however, makes personalization very labour-intensive, which it has in fact always been. Thus, writes Grant Rivera, "we need to maximize two finite, critical resources for student success: time and teachers." The rest of the article contains suggestions on how to do this: "break free from the constraints of the traditional school clock" and "gone are the days of a course-pacing guide that locks a team of teachers to a prescribed lesson plan."

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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:: -0400

No More 'Beall'S List'
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Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, Jan 19, 2017


Beall's List, a collection of what the author called "predatory" journals, was suddenly  removed from the internet this week. The story broke on Twitter Sunday night and on  Debunking Denialism Monday. The site contained "thousands of journals and publishers that Beall alleged exploit open-access publishing for their own profit -- for example by spamming researchers with invitations to publish their findings or present at conferences, then pocketing publication or registration fees while providing little or no quality review." The emerging consensus is that the list was removed due to legal threats, but I have seen no formal confirmation of this. Beall was previously threatened  in 2013 and 2016. The list still exists on the Internet Archive; check here. You can also use thinkchecksubmit.org, "a cross-industry initiative led by representatives from ALPSP, DOAJ, INASP, ISSN, LIBER, OASPA, STM, UKSG, and individual publishers," to verify publications. More coverage:  Science Magazine, Ottawa Citizen.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:: -0400

Modern Workplace Learning Magazine Is Launched
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Jane Hart, Learning in the Modern Workplace, Jan 18, 2017


Another publication in our field. As always, I welcome the new voice and look forward to future news and opinions from another perspective. The magazine "focuses on helping L& D departments do things differently and do different things in order to provide an effective service for today’ s workforce." I've followed the  feed and will pass along articles of interest. Articles so far by Ed Willis and Jane Hart.

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[Tues], 17 Jan 2017 16:: -0400

The Five-Tool Scholar
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Rick Hess, Education Next, Jan 18, 2017


I found this an interesting concept. The five tools are: "disciplinary scholarship, policy analysis and popular writing, convening and shepherding collaborations, providing incisive commentary, and speaking in the public square." The list is an attempt to explain Rick Hess's "Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings" (probably far more relevant to American readers than, say, me). But it led me to consider what we ought to value in scholarship. In my office, they look for leading edge scholarship, project and program development and management, and client relations and revenue generation (in response I suggested they also look for sainthood). Hess adds a 'public scholar' component that we are missing here. And he includes wading in the education policy cesspool, an activity probably best reserved for the partisans and pundits.

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[Tues], 17 Jan 2017 16:: -0400

Reporters Flocked To A Campus Controversy But Missed Its Surprising Conclusion
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Christopher Hoffman, Columbia Journalism Review, Jan 18, 2017


Excellent article from Columbia Journalism Review on a controversy that enveloped the student-run Wesleyan Argus. It involved a column written by a staff member about Black Lives Matter that led to calls for the student association to withdraw financial support for the newspaper. This was a case that went to the heart of freedom of the press, the autonomy of the student press, and social responsibility in the press, all of which were front and centre in my own life for several years as I sat in The Gauntlet's editorial chair. The story not being reported, according to CJR, is that "Relations between The Argus and its critics, meanwhile, have improved significantly... (and) the campus has recognized the value of having contrarian voices."

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[Tues], 17 Jan 2017 15:: -0400

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