27 décembre 2014

The secret to the Uber economy is wealth inequality

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The secret to the Uber economy is wealth inequality
Leo Mirani, Quartz, 2014/12/22

We need to be careful about which part of the new technology-enabled on-demand economy we are cheering for. Uber, for example, or AirBNB appear to be tech-enabled, but they're not, really. More...

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The End of Sitting

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The End of Sitting
Ronald Rietveld, Erik Rietveld, Arna Mackic, RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances], 2014/12/22

As we get away from classrooms we begin to look at new ways of creating environments for working together. The modern design - offices with desks, tables and chairs - is no real improvement on the classroom. More...

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Strength in numbers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Strength in numbers
John De Jong, Pearson, 2014/12/23
So what's the link between Pearson and the PISA assessments? I don't know either, but after reading this odd post I begin to suspect there is one. Why is it odd? Well, first, it conflates the emergence of the World Wide Web with a political campaign, saying (erroneously) that they both "show the power of a shared ambition and a collective approach." More...

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Real talk

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Real talk
Vyvyan Evans, Aeon, 2014/12/23
"For decades," begins this article, "the idea of a language instinct has dominated linguistics. It is simple, powerful and completely wrong." There is no language instinct - yes, we have the capacity to learn a language, but what`s key here is that language is something that is learned, and not the basis for learning. More...

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The conundrum of creating an open course in a closed site – Storyboard OOC update

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The conundrum of creating an open course in a closed site – Storyboard OOC update
Gabi Witthaus, Art of e-learning, 2014/12/23
So this, I think, is the opposite of a MOOC: "We chose to use a platform that requires people to have accounts and sign in, in order to be able to set up and manage the groups effectively." Ironically the letter they choose to drop MOOC is not 'O' for 'Open' but 'M' for 'Massive'. More...

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Article at the Open Badges in Education workshop

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Article at the Open Badges in Education workshop
Hans Põldoja, hanspoldoja.net, 2014/12/24
Post linking to an article on the use of open badges in education. Covers badges briefly and most notably, identifies the following use patterns (quoted from the post):

  • composite badges can be achieved by completing multiple assignments;
  • activity-based badges can be awarded automatically based on measurable learning activities;
  • grade-based badges are based on the grades that the learners have received;
  • hierarchical badges are divided to several levels, some of which may be composite badges based on lower level badges. More...

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How to Write a Resume That Stands Out

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How to Write a Resume That Stands Out
Amy Gallo, Harvard Business Review, 2014/12/25

Yes I know, there's a million of these articles out there already. But this is short, clear, and really good. It made me rethink how I wrote my own c.v. (you get to call a resumé a c.v. is you're looking for an academic position). More...

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MOOCs are closed platforms… and probably doomed

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOOCs are closed platforms… and probably doomed
Daniel Lemire, 2014/12/25
"Do not be fooled by how savvy MOOC advocates sound," cautions Daniel Lemire. "They do not understand what they are doing." He doesn't me me, of course. "The actual MOOCs that colleges publish are closed platforms, as per Wikipedia’s definition," he writes. Interestingly, you can walk into any university classroom and sit in on a lecture, and nobody will care (if they notice at all). More...

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If you were to Start a School from Scratch…

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. If you were to Start a School from Scratch….
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano, LangWiches, 2014/12/25
I've actually thought about this question quite a bit. New Brunswick has legislation that makes it comparatively easy to start colleges and even universities, so I've idly scoped out all the buildings in the city, pondering amenities and sitelines, and thinking about the possibilities. More...

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Five Reasons the Conversations Have Moved from Twitter to Voxer

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Five Reasons the Conversations Have Moved from Twitter to Voxer
John Spencer, 2014/12/25
I don't know whether Voxer will replace existing social networks, but John Spencer's five reasons were enough to convince me to pay the $2.99 a month (quoted from his post):

  • The lack of badges, and metrics "likes" or "favorites" means we aren't playing Relational Fantasy Football. There are no rockstars.
  • We don't have to put on a public persona.  On Twitter, it often feels less about talking with one another and more about talking to the public. More...

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