03 février 2016

Making a MOOC ‘successful’

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Making a MOOC ‘successful’
David Hopkins, Technology Enhanced Learning Blog, 2016/02/01
What exactly is it that makes a MOOC successful? David Hopkins links to a number of schemes (here, here, here, here and here) based on things like "interactions, journeys, optimum length, appropriate materials, platform, etc." but suggests that what really makes a MOOC successful has far more to do with how much attention you can drive to it. More...

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Jaron Lanier’s rant against online collectivism and its relational alternative

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Jaron Lanier’s rant against online collectivism and its relational alternative
Michel Bauwens, P2P Foundation, 2016/01/29

Michel Bauwens responds to Jaron Lanier's post in Edge warning us of "digital Maoism" and the dangers of online collectivism. Bauwens finds, I think, the same middle ground between the individual and the collective. More...

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Amber

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Amber
Amber, 2016/01/29

Amber is a nifty solution to the problem of dead links in blogs and websites. "It automatically preserves a snapshot of every page linked to on a website, giving visitors a fallback option if links become inaccessible." More...

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Plurality, partnership and pellucidity – the three ‘p’s of open access monograph publishing

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Plurality, partnership and pellucidity – the three ‘p’s of open access monograph publishing
Caren Milloy, Jisc, 2016/01/29

This strategy outlined in this article is much like the use of the word 'pellucidity' - it may have seemed like a good time to all concerned, but nobody really knew what the objective is, and there was a much simpler way to go about it. More...

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Fear of Screens

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Fear of Screens
Nathan Jurgenson, The New Inquiry, 2016/01/27

Nathan Jurgenson responds to Sherry Turkle's recent book, Reclaiming Conversation, with the question, "Why would anyone want to believe that people who are communicating with phones have forgotten what friendship is?" More...

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How to Succeed with Badges Without Really Trying

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How to Succeed with Badges Without Really Trying
Jared Ward, Canvas, 2016/01/27

Video from the recent Instructure conference. Here's the outline: "Looking to gamify Canvas courses? Want to award badges to students who complete learning objectives". More...

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The PhD is in need of revision

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The PhD is in need of revision
Rosanna Tamburri, University Affairs, 2016/01/27

If you ask me, this is what I think the problem is with PhD programs: “Part of the problem, I think, is that a large part of the academy still believes they are creating Mini-Me’s or clones,” says Dr. Doering. More...

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Stephen Gordon: How to get more Canadians into university? Don’t reduce tuition fees

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Gordon: How to get more Canadians into university? Don’t reduce tuition fees
Stephen Gordon, National Post, 2016/01/27
This is an old (old old old) argument, yet it gets trotted out every once in a while by some economist. The perpetrator in this case is Stephen Gordon from Laval. Here's the gist: higher-income students form the majority at universities, so higher-income students would benefit disproportionately from tuition fee reductions, therefore, fees should not be reduced. More...

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European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2015

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2015
European Education, Training, Youth Forum, 2016/01/27

This is the report (23 page PDF) summarizing the results of this conference held in October. It reflects some of the tensions inherent in developing an education strategy in a multi-stakeholder environment. I'm not just referring to nations and nationalities. More...

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Exploring faculty use of Open Educational Resources in B.C. post-secondary institutions

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Exploring faculty use of Open Educational Resources in B.C. post-secondary institutions
Tajiv S. Jhangiani, Rdebecca Pitt, Christina Hendricks, Jessie Key, Clint Lalonde, BC Campus, 2016/01/27

The subhead of this report (40 page PDF) describes it as follows: "The findings in this report provide a snapshot of the B.C. post-secondary system as a whole, we also explore similarities and differences in OER use among faculty across the three institution types in British Columbia: research-intensive universities, teaching-intensive universities, and colleges/institutes." More...

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