16 juin 2014

Man trademarks Pi, tries to cut out geeky T-shirt designers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Man trademarks Pi, tries to cut out geeky T-shirt designers
Kevin Poulsen, Wired, June 11, 2014
I wish I could say that the headline is a joke, but it appears instead to be an all-too-real example of an IP regime gone off the rails. More power to those people ignoring the law and using PI for their own purposes. More...

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Are All Experiential Learning Opportunities Created Equal?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Are All Experiential Learning Opportunities Created Equal?
Ailsa Bristow, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, June 12, 2014
Co-op learning and work placement are good means of ensuring authentic learning experiences, but to be effective they must reach those students who would benefit most from them. This is what is not happening, reports the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. In general, university participation rates are lower among aboriginals, students with disabilities, and the poor. More...

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#YesAllWomen and Ed-Tech Conferences, or Why ISTE is Unsafe

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. #YesAllWomen and Ed-Tech Conferences, or Why ISTE is Unsafe
Audrey Watters, Hack Education, June 13, 2014
I'm still dealing with backlog, so I didn't see it when it came out 9 days ago, but it's important enough to pass along. Audrey Watters writes, "Ariel Norling published an incredibly brave article — an incredibly difficult to read article — chronicling predatory behavior and sexual assault at last year’s ISTE conference." She then relates her own experiences in the field, and the "utterly dismissive, if not utterly disgusting" response offered by ISTE's Brian Lewis. More...

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Dean at M.I.T. Resigns, Ending a 28-Year Lie

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Dean at M.I.T. Resigns, Ending a 28-Year Lie
Tamar Lewin, New York Times, June 14, 2014
My first reaction to this was to laugh. Yes, of course, she should not have misrepresented her credentials. But it turns out that she did not even have an undergraduate degree. What does it say about the need for a university when you can even be a successful as a dean at MIT without having earned a degree?. More...

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New Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New Learning
Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, June 14, 2014
A recent post describes "8 Ideas That Will Permanently Break Education As We Know It," by Terry Heick in TeachThought. Sheila Stewart addresses one of these points, the idea that 'parents are the sleeping giants' in education. "Hopefully parents can also work with teachers, principals and policymakers," she writes, rather than "redirecting anger". More...

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Digital News Report 2014

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Digital News Report 2014
Nic Newman, Reuters, June 14, 2014
The disruptions to news reporting caused by the internet and social media are just beginning, according to this report released by Reuters. Facebook is vital worldwide for news distribution, Twitter in the US, UK and Spain, and WhatsApp in many other parts of the world. Sharing is widespread in the US, Brazil and Spain (though much less so in the UK. So, in related news, we are seeing that the next five years will see a major revenue shift for news agencies. More...

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Adapt Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Adapt Learning
Adapt Learning, June 14, 2014
Interesting effort devoted to, as their website says, "create, as a community, the leading e-learning authoring tool for producing responsive content... to develop a freely available authoring tool for organisations that wish to develop their own responsive e-learning content... [and] to encourage a large, global community of end users and developers." Version 1.1 of their framework has just been released. Interestingly, the code available is all Javascript and Less (CSS). More...

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'Can I Tweet That?'

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 'Can I Tweet That?'
Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2014
Summary of a conference session on the issues raised with respect to professors' use of social media. Normal rules of online postings - such as, for example, a disclaimer stating that the views of the professor are not those of the institution - do not work when there are only 140 characters to work with. More...

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Will competency-based degree programs come to Canada?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Will competency-based degree programs come to Canada?
Rosanna Tamburri, University Affairs, June 14, 2014
As Academica summarizes (with helpful links), "An article in University Affairs examines the potential for the growth of competency-based education (CBE) programs in Canada. CBE models offer credentials based on demonstrated proficiencies, not on time spent in the classroom." More...

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Google announces Google Educator Groups - great resource for educators

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Google announces Google Educator Groups - great resource for educators
David Andrade, Educational Technology Guy, June 14, 2014
David Andrade writes, "Yesterday Google announced the launch of Google Educators Groups. This is a program made up of communities of educators who can connect with each other to learn, share, and help each other. While it is mainly online, there are real-world meetups and events as well." Of course, educators have been doing all of this before Google Educators Groups - but now Google owns it. More...

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