23 mars 2015

Translation for massive open online courses to be developed by the traMOOC project

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Translation for massive open online courses to be developed by the traMOOC project
Unattributed, Open Education Europa, 2015/03/17
According to this short report, "The traMOOC project launched in February 2015 aims at tackling this impediment by developing high-quality automatic translation of various types of texts included in MOOCs from English into eleven European and BRIC languages." Automated translation is on the cusp of becoming everyday. More...

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Innovative MOOCs Take Learning in New Directions

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Innovative MOOCs Take Learning in New Directions
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, 2015/03/17

This article looks at a couple of specialized MOOC initiatives, one from the University of Michigan based on Coursera's expansion into China, and the other a non-MOOC MOOC initiative from Harvard on 'Small Private Online Courses' (SPOCs) directed toward alumni. More...

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We Do Have Memories of the Future; We Just Cannot Make Sense of Them

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. We Do Have Memories of the Future; We Just Cannot Make Sense of Them
Stephane Rogeau, PhilSciArchive, 2015/03/17
This paper is a conceptual exercise but it's important in its implications. Basically the idea is that it is theoretically possible to have memories of the future, because our recall of a memory is decoupled with the mechanism that created the memory. More...

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Online Learning in Postsecondary Education: A Review of the Empirical Literature (2013 – 2014)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Online Learning in Postsecondary Education: A Review of the Empirical Literature (2013 – 2014)
D. Derek Wu, Ithaka S+R, 2015/03/17

According to this article, the long-established 'no significant difference' between online and in-class learning outcomes is upheld. More...

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Zuckerberg and Gates-Backed Startup Seeks To Shake Up African Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Zuckerberg and Gates-Backed Startup Seeks To Shake Up African Education
theodp, Slashdot, 2015/03/17

The WSJ article is inaccessible due to a paywall, but the opinions expressed in this Slashdot are more worth reading in any case (scroll down to read it). More...

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Bob Braun Reports that Pearson Is Spying on Social Media of Students Taking PARCC Tests

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Bob Braun Reports that Pearson Is Spying on Social Media of Students Taking PARCC Tests
Diane Ravitch, 2015/03/16
The site that broke the story has been "attacked and closed", but this is what Bob Braun wrote: "Pearson, the multinational testing and publishing company, is spying on the social media posts of students–including those from New Jersey–while the children are taking their PARCC, statewide tests." More...

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Coursera's Stiglitz: MOOC revolution is just beginning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Coursera's Stiglitz: MOOC revolution is just beginning
Roger Riddell, EducationDive, 2015/03/16

Coursera's director of business and market development Julia Stiglit says the MOOC revolution is not over. More...

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$1.55M MOOC Project to Expand Global Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. $1.55M MOOC Project to Expand Global Education
Kellye Whitney, At Whit's End, 2015/03/16
I think it's interesting that a course review site has achieved enough legitimacy to be able to use its data to develop a MOOC-centric training network (I'm less thrilled that international development funds are diverted to do this). More...

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Walmart pledges $100 million to boost jobs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Walmart pledges $100 million to boost jobs
Patricia Sellers, Fortune, 2015/03/16
This story is revealing because of what WalMart says about the initiative as it launches it: "'The education-to-employment system is broken,' says Walmart Foundation president Kathleen McLaughlin... Harvard Business School’s Bridge the Gap report details the pressing need: 51% of retailers have trouble filling middle-skills roles." More...

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Five Labs Facebook Analysis

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Five Labs Facebook Analysis
Various authors, Five Labs, 2015/03/16

According to this analysis, my Facebook posts reveal that I am inventive, analytical, and reserved. More...

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