17 mars 2015

The Big Picture

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Big Picture
nick shackleton-jones, aconventional, 2015/03/11
I love the diagram, and the concept is well-executed, but the word 'apps' stands out like a sore vendor-specific thumb. It shows up in the responses: "People have begun to grasp Journey 1, the journey from courses to resources, but still struggle with the journey from resources to apps." So why don't we fix the terminology:

  • Courses - prepare you for the future ('remember these directions')
  • Resources - support you in the moment ('use this map')
  • Sources - guide your behaviour ('use the SatNav')

It's a slightly different take on the meaning of 'source'. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 16:23 - - Permalien [#]


Debunking the Myth about a Creative Destruction of Higher Education with Technology as the Driver

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Debunking the Myth about a Creative Destruction of Higher Education with Technology as the Driver
Unattributed, Contact North, 2015/03/11

The central premise of this post is that "while it is the case that technology is sneaking into the nooks and crannies of the post-secondary system, it is not producing transformative change." Looking at the evidence itself - from the structure of universities to the nature of assessment - the author argues that little has changed in universities. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 16:22 - - Permalien [#]

The Mythology of Leadership

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Mythology of Leadership
nick shackleton-jones, aconventional, 2015/03/10

With nick shackleton-jones I tend to agree that "leadership models tend to overstate and rationalise the role of leaders, politely glossing over the fact that in most organisations many leaders were probably not ideal candidates for the role." It's a common instance of the tendency to overascribe outcomes to a single or pivotal cause. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 16:20 - - Permalien [#]

Skills for the Networked World

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Skills for the Networked World
Sahana Chattopadhyay, ID, Other Reflections, 2015/03/10
This is an interesting post because it summarizes a number of other posts on new skills and comes up with a list as a bit of a synthesis of them. I think that overall it's a good list, though there's some duplication and cross-categorization. And it mixes skills and values. Things like autonomy (aka 'courage zone') and diversity are values (and he should add openness and interactivity). More...

Posté par pcassuto à 16:19 - - Permalien [#]

Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation
Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, 2015/03/10

Doug Belshaw flags this interesting account on time created by Brain Pickings's Maria Popova. The core thread of the discussion describes how our perception of time changes. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 16:18 - - Permalien [#]


Digital Learning Companies Falling Short of Student Privacy Pledge

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Digital Learning Companies Falling Short of Student Privacy Pledge
Natasha Singer, New York Times | BITS Blog, 2015/03/09

I would like to say I hoped for some other result, but really, could we have expected anything different. There's far too much money to be made selling student data for any of them to worry about following some pledge nobody noticed anyway. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 16:17 - - Permalien [#]

How to Teach for Deeper Learning? An International Survey Provides Insights

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How to Teach for Deeper Learning? An International Survey Provides Insights
Dion Burns, Education Week, 2015/03/09

This is another one of those articles that confuses between what the author wants you to conclude, and what the evidence says. The same problem is repeated throughout, but I'll focus on one example. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 16:16 - - Permalien [#]

People are finally worrying about online privacy—and tech firms are already cashing in

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. People are finally worrying about online privacy—and tech firms are already cashing in
Leo Mirani, Quartz, 2015/03/09

I've been posting more privacy-related items recently because, like the author of this piece, I think it's rising in importance. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 16:15 - - Permalien [#]

3 Things Students Should Have Before They Leave High School

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 3 Things Students Should Have Before They Leave High School
George Couros, Connected Principals, 2015/03/09
Here are the things George Couros says they should have before they leave high school "to help create opportunities for themselves":

  • a social network with other people in their field of choice
  • a digital portfolio
  • an “about.me” page

I get the general idea, and support it, but I think the description is way too narrow. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 16:14 - - Permalien [#]

Reflections and Learnings from the 2015 AASA Conference

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Reflections and Learnings from the 2015 AASA Conference
Dwight Jones, Discovery Education Network, 2015/03/09
Good set of reflections from a recent conference identifying some recent trends. Quoted:

  • The focus on professional development is stronger than ever.
  • School systems are looking to share their work.
  • The need to engage a wide range of stakeholders in the digital transition.
  • School districts of all sizes are finding the funds to make the shift from hardcover textbooks to digital curricula.

As I said to someone last week in Riyadh, the future is slow. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 16:13 - - Permalien [#]