21 avril 2017

My open source Instagram bot got me 2,500 real followers for $5 in server costs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. My open source Instagram bot got me 2,500 real followers for $5 in server costs
Tim Grossman, Free Code Camp, Instagram, 2017/04/04
The author's Instagram bot is described in detail in this post, with links to Github and to a lot of documentation on the various tests he ran. Stuff like this is why Facebook is in trouble and why Instagram isn't worth the effort. I don't use Instagram at all and left Facebook last August. More...

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The Promise of Administrative Data in Education Research

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Promise of Administrative Data in Education Research
David Figlio, Krzysztof Karbownik, Kjell Salvanes, Education Finance, Policy, 2017/04/04
"Although these data are collected for purely administrative purposes," write the authors, "they represent remarkable new opportunities for expanding our knowledge." This short essay (8 page PDF) examines some of the purposes to which administrative data in education could be put, and raises some of the issues associated with using data in this way. More...

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The New Skills Agenda for Europe

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The New Skills Agenda for Europe
Dana Bachmann, Paul Holdsworth, DVV International, 2017/04/04
This is one of four papers article that set the stage for a virtual seminar currently taking place in Europe (register here). More...

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Installing Mautic with PHP7-FPM on Docker, Nginx, and MariaDB on Ubuntu 16.04

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Installing Mautic with PHP7-FPM on Docker, Nginx, and MariaDB on Ubuntu 16.04
Dave Lane, OERu Tech, 2017/03/30

This is pretty interesting. Ignore the tech, unless you enjoy that, and focus on what it does. More...

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New Study Recommends Key Actions to Improve Early Childhood Education in Mongolia

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New Study Recommends Key Actions to Improve Early Childhood Education in Mongolia
Rabia Ali, Moukim Temourov, Takiko Igarashi, World Bank, 2017/03/30
There's a lot of interesting reading in this World Bank study on early childhood education (ECE) in Mongolia (113 page PDF). The summary article doesn't do it justice. Mongolia has made great strides in recent years, but gaps remain, especially among poorer and more rural populations. In rural communities, access is provided through a ger-kindergarten (using a traditional yurt (from the Turkic languages) or ger (Mongolian)). More...

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Faculty Perceptions about Teaching Online: Exploring the Literature Using the Technology Acceptance Model as an Organizing Frame

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Faculty Perceptions about Teaching Online: Exploring the Literature Using the Technology Acceptance Model as an Organizing Framework
Nancy Pope Wingo, Nataliya V. Ivankova, Jacqueline A. Moss, online learning, 2017/03/30
This is a  good article that does exactly what the title promises. It is a survey article looking at a number of research studies on faculty use of technology from the perspective of the technology acceptance model (TAM). More...

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‘Who shared it?’: How Americans decide what news to trust on social media

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. ‘Who shared it?’: How Americans decide what news to trust on social media
Tom Rosenstiel, et.al., Amercial Press Institute, 2017/03/30
According to this report (13 page PDF) "when Americans encounter news on social media, how much they trust the content is determined less by who creates the news than by who shares it." How much they engage with it (for example, by passing it along) also depends more on who shares it. More...

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How I Let Disney Track My Every Move

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How I Let Disney Track My Every Move
Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo, 2017/03/30
The MagicBand is a bracelet Disney hands out to hotel and resort guests. It gives you access to rides, automatically takes photos, and helps them run the park. It may seem creepy, but it’s very convenient. More...

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AAUP Issues Report On Adjunct Philosophy Professor Allegedly Fired For High Standards

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. AAUP Issues Report On Adjunct Philosophy Professor Allegedly Fired For High Standards
Justin W., Daily Nous, 2017/03/29

Though the post is about academic freedom, there's an interesting perspective about attitudes here. More...

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Apple’s Augmented Reality Debut Will Look More Like “Pokémon” Than Magic Leap

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Apple’s Augmented Reality Debut Will Look More Like “Pokémon” Than Magic Leap
Mark Sullivan, Fast Company, 2017/03/29
This article is mostly speculative at this point. The idea is that Apple is working on augmented reality, but that an eyepiece (think Google Glass) isn't in the works yet. More...

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