05 août 2014

Learning technology through generations

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Learning technology through generations – Paper Summary
Anne Strethewey, Even Elmo's Got a Mobile, Aug 01, 2014

Overview of the development of e-learning through three 'generations' summarizing Terry Anderson and Jon Dron’s  2012 EURODL article, ‘Learning technology through three generations of technology enhanced distance education pedagogy. My own take on the same idea is in my e-Learning Generations article, presented originally in Clare, New Brunswick. More...

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Racy frosh event video angers Ottawa student federation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Racy frosh event video angers Ottawa student federation
Umnattributed, CBC News, Aug 01, 2014

Every once in a while, you get a photo of a person enjoying a university social activity (such as binge drinking) with the caption "you can't do this in online learning." The implication of course is that the physical and social presence of an in-person class creates an experience that can't be duplicated off-campus. More...

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Campus Tech 2014: Reinventing Higher Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Campus Tech 2014: Reinventing Higher Education
Tara E. Buck, Ed Tech, Jul 30, 2014

I like data as much as the next person. Probably more. But I'm fussy. And while I'm impressed by 3 billion data points in EdX, I first of all know that this is a relatively small amount of data, only a fraction of the actual reading and learning that happens online, and that it is a terribly unrepresentative sample, coming from only one platform representing only one approach. More...

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Municipal nets, municipal electric power, and learning from history

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Municipal nets, municipal electric power, and learning from history
David Weinberger, Joho the Blog, Jul 26, 2014

David Weinberger writes, "The debate over whether municipalities should be allowed to provide Internet access has been heating up. Twenty states ban it. Tom Wheeler, the chair of the FCC, has said he wants to “preempt” those laws. Congress is maneuvering to extend the ban nationwide." This is not just a U.S. issue because similar pressures exist worldwide. More...

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Confound it! Correlation is (usually) not causation! But why not?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Confound it! Correlation is (usually) not causation! But why not?
gwern branwen, LessWrong, Jul 27, 2014

When somebody proposes a simple mechanism to improve (say) learning outcomes, they're most always wrong. But why? It's because they have ascribed a simple cause-effect relation onto a complex phenomenon. More...

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The real 10 algorithms that dominate our world

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The real 10 algorithms that dominate our world
Marcos Otero, Medium, Jul 28, 2014

This is an interesting and alternative way of looking at how our world is structured. For people who design systems, these algorithms are second nature. Yet I would wager that they are virtually unknown to the wider public. More...

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The Talent Management Systems Market Surges Ahead

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Talent Management Systems Market Surges Ahead
Josh Bersin, Bersin by Deloitte, Jul 28, 2014

The flip side of learning management in the corporate world is talent management. These systems are every bit as involved with learning as the systems used in colleges and universities. More...

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Ed tech promoters need to understand how most of us learn

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ed tech promoters need to understand how most of us learn
Annie Murphy Paul, The Hechinger Report, Jul 28, 2014

This article dredges up the straw men arguments offered by Paul Kirschner et.al. against self-directed learning: people don't know enough about the subject to make good choices, people choose to learn what they like rather than what they need, and the making of choices interferes with learning. More...

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