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...
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...
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...
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...
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...