16 février 2015

Innovation Imperative: Meet Generation Z

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Innovation Imperative: Meet Generation Z
Northeastern University, 2015/02/12
University Business tells us that, according to this report, Generation Z wants to design their own learning programs. "The majority of Gen-Zers think col­leges should allow stu­dents to design their own majors, should integrate practical experience into programs and should offer skills like financial planning." I happen to this this is a good idea so of course I'll take this uncritically as conforming my pre-existing beliefs. More...

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Citation-Based Document Categorization: An Approach Using Artificial Neural Networks

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Citation-Based Document Categorization: An Approach Using Artificial Neural Networks
Magali Rezende Gouvêa Meireles, Beatriz Valadares Cendón, Qualitative, Quantitative Methods in Libraries, 2015/02/12
Meaning, said Ludwig Wittgenstein, is use. So the meaning of an academic paper would be how it is used, and the most common use of a paper is represented via citations. So instead of categorizing papers through their contents, which mixes together the useful and the useless, a categorization system based on citations might be more interesting. More...

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COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability
Friedrich Summann, Kathleen Shearer, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), 2015/02/12

Getting online resource providers to cooperate is like the pulling of proverbial teeth. Still, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has a roadmap which takes us a little further along that path. More...

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Labour, property and pedagogy: Theory and practice for co-operative higher education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Labour, property and pedagogy: Theory and practice for co-operative higher education
Joss Winn, Education, technology, labour, , property, 2015/02/11
There's a lot to like in Joss Winn's article about an educational co-operative in Lincoln (one of the coolest cities in England, IMO) but I fear it's one of these models that may work better as a single instance than as a replacement for the entire system. More...

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Seven big myths about top-performing school systems

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Seven big myths about top-performing school systems
Andreas Schleicher, BBC News, 2015/02/11
I really have mixed feelings about this article, mostly because of how some of the things are phrased rather than the actual points made. For example, it says that it is a myth that "disadvantaged pupils are doomed to do badly in school." Yet we know that socio-economic status of a child's parents is the best predictor of educational outcome. More...

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What’s wrong with Facebook-sponsored Internet access?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What’s wrong with Facebook-sponsored Internet access?
Mark Calder, eLearning Africa, 2015/02/11
This column is an argument in favour of a new type of internet access which allows a Facebook and "selected health, employment and local information websites" to run without data charges, but which will see fees levied for any other sort of internet use. More...

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Passwords are stored in plain text

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. "Passwords are stored in plain text."
Eric Hellman, Go To Hellman, 2015/02/10
A nice explanation of password hashing and salting, and a rather interesting set of responses from various academic services about the manner in which they store their passwords (or entrust third party services to manage them as GET requests, storing them in access logs for later retrieval and reuse). More...

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Lifelong learning in the digital age: A content analysis of recent research on participation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Lifelong learning in the digital age: A content analysis of recent research on participation
Alison J. Head, Michele Van Hoeck, , Deborah S. Garson, First Monday, 2015/02/10
According to the abstract, "This paper presents results from a cross-disciplinary content analysis of 185 recent research articles, published between 2008 and 2013." Nothing from me, or Wiley, or Levine, or Conole, and only one item from Siemens (from 2006), and exactly two paragraphs of discussion of MOOCs, in the introduction, all of which suggests some issues with the methodology. More...

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A Typology of Web 2.0 Learning Technologies

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Typology of Web 2.0 Learning Technologies
Matt Bower, EDUCAUSE, 2015/02/10

The 2015 Typology of Web 2.0 technologies on their website published by EDUCAUSE includes 212 tools arranged into 37 categories and 14 clusters. More...

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The best way to win an argument

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The best way to win an argument
Tom Stafford, BBC | Future, 2015/02/10
As Doug Belshaw summarizes, "Basically, get your 'opponent' to explain step-by-step how their position would work in practice (and avoid doing likewise)." In my case, however, all you'll get is a detailed explanation of how it would work and why I'm right. More...

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