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MOOCs -- Completion Is Not Important

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:00
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Matthew LeBar, Forbes, [Sept] 25, 2014

It's old news in a recent article, but I've had a few people mention this article to me over the last few days: "data suggest that most of the students taking these courses are not doing it for a degree:  a survey of 35,000 MOOC students found that 79 to 86 percent of students already have a college degree   (the percentages vary from country to country). Many of the students took MOOCs to help them in their current job or in getting a new one, while only 13% took it to work towards a degree."

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Canadian physicians get advice on how to handle ‘rate my doctor’ websites

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Sharon Kirkey, Canada.com, [Sept] 25, 2014

A persistent myth in the U.S. about the Canadian health care system is that, because it's socialized healh care, we get no choice of doctors or facilities. This is in fact false; even in small centres like Moncton we can (and have) changed doctors or specialists. That's why a service like 'Rate My Doctor' can even exist in Canada, much less be useful. It is similar in form and function to 'Rate My Professor' (yes, we halso have choice of professors in out mostly socialized higher education system). This post provides advice to doctors on how to maintain their internet reputation. Hint: care about patients, tell them the truth, provide quality care, and keep your word. And listen to the feedback: "Rather than turn a blind eye to these ratings, doctors should consider monitoring what is being said about them, and take measured steps to deal with these reviews."

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