04 janvier 2016

Promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks: a conceptual framework

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks: a conceptual framework
Etienne Wenger, Beverly Trayner, Maarten de Laat, Ruud de Moor Centrum, 2015/12/22
This is pre-reading for the next post. Wenger, Trayner and De Laat provide "a conceptual foundation for promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks." (60 page PDF). More...

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Trust and the On-Demand Economy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Trust and the On-Demand Economy
Irving Wladawsky-Berger, 2015/12/22
I know that the dominant story today is if "the shift of value from suppliers to consumers." We have seen the digitization of content, then the creation of consumer-generated content, then finally on-demand services like Uber and AirBnB, where consumer provide each other with everything from cars to houses. According to Irving Wladawsky-Berger this shift is made possible by trust. More...

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989

Image result for webfoundationSir Tim Berners-Lee is a British computer scientist. He was born in London, and his parents were early computer scientists, working on one of the earliest computers.
Growing up, Sir Tim was interested in trains and had a model railway in his bedroom. He recalls:
“I made some electronic gadgets to control the trains. Then I ended up getting more interested in electronics than trains. Later on, when I was in college I made a computer out of an old television set.”
After graduating from Oxford University, Berners-Lee became a software engineer at CERN, the large particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. Scientists come from all over the world to use its accelerators, but Sir Tim noticed that they were having difficulty sharing information.
“In those days, there was different information on different computers, but you had to log on to different computers to get at it. Also, sometimes you had to learn a different program on each computer. Often it was just easier to go and ask people when they were having coffee…”, Tim says.
Tim thought he saw a way to solve this problem – one that he could see could also have much broader applications. Already, millions of computers were being connected together through the fast-developing Internet and Berners-Lee realised they could share information by exploiting an emerging technology called hypertext.
In March 1989, Tim laid out his vision for what would become the Web in a document called “Information Management: A Proposal”. Believe it or not, Tim’s initial proposal was not immediately accepted. In fact, his boss at the time, Mike Sendall, noted the words “Vague but exciting” on the cover. The Web was never an official CERN project, but Mike managed to give Tim time to work on it in September 1990. He began work using a NeXT computer, one of Steve Jobs’ early products. More...

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25 years of the web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 25 years of the web
Dave Winer, Scripting News, 2015/12/21

True for learning technology as well: "The people we celebrate as heroes of tech are the ones who made the most money, and that money is directly proportional to the amount of diversity they destroyed. More...

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College at Oxford Will Remove Cecil Rhodes Plaque

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. College at Oxford Will Remove Cecil Rhodes Plaque
Inside Higher Ed, 2015/12/21

I have always been opposed to the Rhodes Scholarship. Not only are the obvious reasons to oppose it - as in the case of the monument, the scholarship "an uncritical celebration of a controversial figure, and the colonialism and the oppression of black communities." More...

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Put Down Your Damn Cell Phones

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Put Down Your Damn Cell Phones
Jadelin Pikake Felipe, Inside Higher Ed, 2015/12/21

The original title for this post was "Colleges need to teach healthy digital boundaries," which I guess wasn't click-bait enough for the IHE editors. More...

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10 challenging ways to get the best from your SMEs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 10 challenging ways to get the best from your SMEs
Donald Clark, Donald Clark Plan B, 2015/12/21

In his tweet Donald Clark says the "SME bridge into online learning production [is] often wobbly, even catastrophic." I wouldn't go quite so far as that, but I do appreciate the need to be clear about the role of the SME in learning design. More...

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Reimagining Online Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Reimagining Online Education
Steven Mintz, Inside Higher Ed, 2015/12/21

"As long as aviation pioneers tried to mimic birds, controlled, heavier-than-air human flight proved impossible," writes Steven Mintz. More...

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Beyond the MOOC

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Beyond the MOOC
Audrey Watters, Hack Education, 2015/12/19

Sure, some say “when the MOOC is Over, turn out the lights…" And yes, the phenomenon of MOOC as buzzword will pass. But the phenomenon that is more durable, if less hyped (and definitely less well financed) is open online learning. More...

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Credits and Credentialing

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Credits and Credentialing
Audrey Watters, Hack Education, 2015/12/19

I have long believed we are headed for a post-university-degree era in learning, an era where there is a proliferation of credentials offered by a wide range of agencies. More...

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