11 mai 2015

Amazon makes toy department gender neutral: 'Boy' and 'girl' search filter removed from online market

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Amazon makes toy department gender neutral: 'Boy' and 'girl' search filter removed from online market
Katherine Rushton, Daily Mail, 2015/05/08
Another step in the right direction. "the online retail giant has deleted the ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ buttons from its online menu, which is designed to help shoppers choose which toys to buy." Critics are complaining that it is an attempt to ‘nanny’ shoppers. More...

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The Civics Teacher Who Turned His Arrest Into A Classroom Lesson

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Civics Teacher Who Turned His Arrest Into A Classroom Lesson
Erika Beras, NPR, 2015/05/08

I have in the past said that "to teach is to model and demonstrate." The aspect of being a role model cannot be underestimated. More...

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Berkeley to Stop Adding Lecture Videos to YouTube, Citing Budget Cuts

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Berkeley to Stop Adding Lecture Videos to YouTube, Citing Budget Cuts
Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Education | Wired Campus, 2015/05/08
I think the headline should read "Berkeley is seeking a $300K donation". That's what it will save by cutting its long-running program of posting lectures to YouTube. I think it's interesting that most of the cost involved had nothing to do with actually posting the lectures. More...

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More for-profit colleges to resign the game

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. More for-profit colleges to resign the game
Bryan Alexander, 2015/05/11

The for-profit college market continues to slump with reports of additional closures this week. Bryan Alexander summarizes the reaction: "PBS wonders if we’re seeing a massive for-profit post-secondary “slump“. More...

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Knowledge is Not a Tree

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Knowledge is Not a Tree
overeducated_alligator, Metafilter, 2015/05/07

Short post from Metafilter illustrating how we're advancing conceptually: "Piggydb and Oinker.me: Non-hierarchical information tools from Japanese designer Daisuke Morita. Piggydb is a Java-based open-source personal knowledge manager, similar to a wiki. More...

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LPSS White Paper

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. LPSS White Paper
Various authors, National Research Council, 2015/05/07

They're not available on the NRC web site yet but I can share our first LPSS white papers (English, French) describing our system under development in more comprehensive terms in an accessible format. More...

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A Path to the Future: Creating Accountability for Personalized Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Path to the Future: Creating Accountability for Personalized Learning
Anne Hyslop, Sara Mead, Bellweather, 2015/05/07
This reflects our experience developing a personal learning environment: "as personalized learning models become more widespread, practitioners are increasingly encountering tensions between personalized learning and state and federal accountability structures." 49 page PDF. More...

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LMS Is The Minivan of Education (and other thoughts from #LILI15)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. LMS Is The Minivan of Education (and other thoughts from #LILI15)
Phil Hill, e-Literate, 2015/05/07

I get the analogy. But it's wrong. Phil Hill explains his thinking: "Everyone has them and needs them, but there’s a certain shame having one in the driveway." Well, OK. More...

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The Word David Brooks Dare Not Speak

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Word David Brooks Dare Not Speak
John Warner, Inside Higher Ed, 2015/05/06
This article is useful for exposing, as the author says, the Rosetta Stone of David Brooks's account of character. "We first have an admission that indeed, capitalism is not without flaw, though in classic Brooks dialectic, the problem is not structural, but individual, moral." Whys. More...

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Canada is a Hot Spot for Creative and Imaginative Developments in Online Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Canada is a Hot Spot for Creative and Imaginative Developments in Online Learning
Unattributed, Contact North, 2015/05/06
As the author says, "Canada is a hot spot for creative and imaginative developments in online learning and open educational resources (OER)." There's a list of names, far from comprehensive - I could easily double it with equally significant contributions. More...

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