09 mai 2016

Unbundled

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unbundled
Chris Saad, Medium, 2016/05/09

"Unbundling," says this article, "is the process of breaking apart rigid, man made structures (i.e. bundles) into individual, atomic parts." This article is a superficial look at the process, as suggested by the definition. More...

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Replace RESTful APIs with JSON-Pure

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Replace RESTful APIs with JSON-Pure
Michael S. Mikowski, 2016/05/09
If you're not coding websites and web applications, this post is not for you. But for the rest of us, it's interesting to look at the evolving world of web applications development (formerly known as 'web pages'). "The primary goal is to provide the best possible user experience for modern SPAs (Single Page Applications). Certainly the practices shown below are nothing new or revolutionary. You will see echoes of SOAP, JSON RPC, JSON API, JSend, JSON LD and Hydra in the recommendations." More...

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Global Blockchain Project Fermat Revealed

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Global Blockchain Project Fermat Revealed
Simon Cocking, Irish Times, 2016/05/09

Don Tapscott was given the liberty to edit an issue of the Toronto Star as his response was to put a picture of himself on the front page. He has also jumped on to the blockchain bandwagon. I think it's interesting technology, but I thing there are more interesting forces at work under the surface. More...

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The Increasing Problem With the Misinformed

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Increasing Problem With the Misinformed
Thomas Baekdal, Baekdal, 2016/05/09
This is a long article but an important read. It embodies a lot of the philosophy behind my own work in this newsletter, as well as highlighting the danger that misinformation presents to society as a whole.  This danger is as pervasive in education technology as anywhere else. And it won't improve until we accept the responsibility to inform seriously. This is a task not only for journalists - it is also an imperative faced by educators. Especially educators. More...

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Why Luck Matters More Than You Might Think

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why Luck Matters More Than You Might Think
Robert H, frank, The Atlantic, 2016/05/06

The point of the article, in a nutshell: "a growing body of evidence suggests that seeing ourselves as self-made—rather than as talented, hardworking". More...

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One Theory to Rule Them All

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. One Theory to Rule Them All
Esko Kilpi, 2016/05/06

I think there's a point to this post, which is why I'm linking to it, but I think it could probably have been explained more clearly. Essentially the argument is this: companies have shifted their thinking from treating other agencies as 'externalities' to thinking of them as the network. More...

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Brain Warps the Faces We See to Fit Stereotypes

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Brain Warps the Faces We See to Fit Stereotypes
James Devitt, Futurity, 2016/05/06

I have said in the past that we see what we are looking for. This is confirmation of that. More...

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Fifty shades of open

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Fifty shades of open
Jeffrey Pomerantz, Robin Peek, First Monday, 2016/05/05

This could have been much more appropriately titled, but the content of the piece is spot on. Specifically:

Open means rights
Open means access
Open means use
Open means transparent
Open means participatory
Open means enabling openness
Open means philosophically aligned with open principles. More...

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Academia is quietly and systematically keeping its women from succeeding

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Academia is quietly and systematically keeping its women from succeeding
Marcie Bianco, Quartz, 2016/05/05
Marcie Bianco makes the point proposed in the headline fairly convincingly by offering a series of ways in which it is true, listing everything from the larger students loans they must take out to the higher proportion of women in low-paying adjunct positions to the observation that as women join a field, average pay in the field drops. More...

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The Weak Predictive Power of Test Scores

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Weak Predictive Power of Test Scores
Jay P. Greene, Education Next, 2016/05/05
The key question is "Are math and reading test results strong enough indicators of school quality that regulators can rely on them?" The evidence on this isn't clear. "There is surprisingly little rigorous research linking them to the long-term outcomes we actually care about." There is some evidence, such as this, but frankly it reads like pseudoscience. More...

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