Sunday, July 26, 2009

If Xerox PARC became XP University, they can offer an MS in Education Informatics

WGU college offers a BS degree in Health Informatics.
Health Informatics Degree
|Online Bachelor’s in Health Information Technology
| WGU College of Health Online:
"Our online health informatics degree will give you a tremendous advantage. The B.S. in Health Informatics combines concepts in healthcare, information technology, and leadership practice to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a valuable designer, developer, and manager of health information systems. You’ll become a unique asset in the high-demand fields of health informatics and health information management with the added credibility of two recognized IT certifications."
On 22 Aug 2008 this post appeared at a blog with this in the "about."
This site will explore how analysis of data, concepts, and ideas can inform the design and practice of education. Clarence Fisher, Alec Couros, George Siemens
The first post said,
In late 2007, Clarence Fisher presented a need that he felt at a classroom level: the ability to use data and information generated by his students in order to improve the quality of learning. In conversations with Alec Couros and George Siemens he expressed this need. After several discussions of the administrative and instructional value of education informatics, this site was born.
On the same day, this post
What are we talking about when we say “education informatics”??
Perhaps a discussion on what we mean by ‘education informatics’ is an important starting point. As a broad starting point, informatics is the analysis or science of information, exploring and exposing structures, connections, and interactions.

I view education informatics as the analysis of the flow of information and development of concepts and understanding during the process of learning. Informatics provide educators with an understanding of how individual learners develop their knowledge. For example, how does a critical concept develop in networks of learners? Is it due to the teacher/instructor’s facilitation? Is it due to learner-learner interaction? Does “understanding” ripple like a meme through a classroom? How can we evaluate the quality of learning by one individual in contrast to others? Or in contrast to stated course goals?
It usually only needs a team of three to get it done. All they probably need is some global to say let's really help figure this out. I bet that the really get it based on the video I found at Open Thinking and Digital Pedagogy, "the personal and professional blogging space of Dr. Alec Couros, a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina."

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