17 août 2015

Controlling the Social Construct

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Controlling the Social Construct
Leigh Blackall, 2015/08/17

I agree with Leigh Blackall that constructivism should be criticized, but I don't agree with his argument. "I'm wondering if individuals and their societies really do freely construct their knowledge and understanding, or is it more likely constructed for them," he writes. More...

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


Synesthesia: From Cross-Modal to Modality-Free Learning and Knowledge

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Synesthesia: From Cross-Modal to Modality-Free Learning and Knowledge
Roy Williams, Simone Gumtau, Jenny Mackness, Leonardo, 2015/08/17
Really interesting paper looking at the phenomenon of synesthesia as it relates to concept formation, using as its basis two case studies where children create complex ideas out of simple experiences without benefit of verbal or textual guidance. Synesthesia is the name given to a cross-over of one sensory input into another - sounds are perceived as shapes, for example, or words are perceived as colours. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:15 - - Permalien [#]

Open peer review at Collabra: Q&A with UC Press Director Alison Mudditt

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open peer review at Collabra: Q&A with UC Press Director Alison Mudditt
Richard Poynder, Open and Shut?, 2015/08/14

Richard Poynder looks at an open-access open-review journal called Collabra, launched by the University of California Press earlier this year. Authors have the option of having paper reviews signed and published alongside the paper. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:13 - - Permalien [#]

The Problem With Group Projects

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Problem With Group Projects
Alfred Thompson, Computer Science Teacher, 2015/08/14

I was never a fan of group projects, for two reasons: first, someone else, usually without a firm grasp on the material, wanted to take charge; and second, no matter who was in charge, I ended up doing all the work. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:12 - - Permalien [#]

What’s the difference between skills and competencies?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What’s the difference between skills and competencies?
Sarah Beckett, HRSG, 2015/08/14

According to Sarah Beckett, skills represent the 'what' while competencies represent the 'how'. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:11 - - Permalien [#]


Learning Styles, Mindsets, and Adaptive Strategies

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Learning Styles, Mindsets, and Adaptive Strategies
Matt Bury, matbury.com, 2015/08/14

This is a really nice contribution in support of the concept of learning styles that reinterpretings it away from the 'fixed mindset' model, where styles are more like innate properties of a person, and toward a 'growth perspective', where learning styles can change and develop as a person matures. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:10 - - Permalien [#]

Time For Change

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Time For Change
Julia M. Stasch, MacArthur Foundation, 2015/08/13

The president of the MacArthur Foundation announces a significant change of direction. "In the future, we will work primarily through programs and projects that are larger in scale, time-limited in nature, or designed to reach specific objectives. We will place less emphasis on program areas with an indefinite lifespan". More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:09 - - Permalien [#]

The Pedagogy Behind MOOCs: What eLearning Professionals Should Know

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Pedagogy Behind MOOCs: What eLearning Professionals Should Know
Marisa Keramida, e-Learning Industry, 2015/08/13

From the intro: "What are the peculiarities of designing an online course that addresses to such a big audience? What does it mean in terms of instructional design? And is there an ideal pedagogy behind MOOCs". More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:08 - - Permalien [#]

An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education
David Wiley, iterating toward openness, 2015/08/12

I don't want to be the sort of person who always says "I said this first", but I would be remiss in not pointing out that the solution advocated here by David Wiley was the central recommendation, oft-repeated, of my paper on OERs written for OECD in Malmo. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:07 - - Permalien [#]

Random Thoughts on Passive Learning and Lectures

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Random Thoughts on Passive Learning and Lectures
Karl Kapp, Kapp Notes, 2015/08/12

Let's begin here: “Passivity isn’t wrong because it’s boring; it’s wrong because it doesn’t work.” The post is on lectures and it surveys the evidence. But in an inference like this I tend to ask whether we understand the premise. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:06 - - Permalien [#]