21 avril 2017

Collision Course — Why Are Funders Straying from Their Lane?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Collision Course — Why Are Funders Straying from Their Lane?
Kent Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, 2017/03/13

The pro-publisher website The Scholarly Kitchen is noting with alarm the shift in funding away from publishers and toward initiatives that compete with publishers. More...

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An Animated Introduction to Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent and How the Media Creates the Illusion of Democracy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An Animated Introduction to Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing Consent and How the Media Creates the Illusion of Democracy
Josh Jones, Open Culture, 2017/03/13
I read Manufacturing Consent many years ago. Its core claims are lavishly documented (indeed, most of the book consists of the documentation; the argument itself begins and ends in the first chapter). Here is an excerpt of the 'five filters' portion of the video:

  • Media Ownership—The endgame of all mass media orgs is profit. “It is in their interest to push for whatever guarantees that profit.”
  • Advertising—What do advertisers pay for? Access to audiences. “It isn’t just that the media is selling you a product. They’re also selling advertisers a product: you.”
  • Media Elite—“Journalism cannot be a check on power, because the very system encourages complicity.  If you want to challenge power, you’ll be pushed to the margins.
  • Flack—“When the story is inconvenient for the powers that be, you’ll see the flack machine in action: discrediting sources, trashing stories, and diverting the conversation.”
  • The Common Enemy—“To manufacture consent, you need an enemy, a target: Communism, terrorists, immigrants… a boogeyman to fear helps corral public opinion.”

I try to make OLDaily the opposite of all that. OLDaily is non-profit. More...

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The Coded Language of For-Profit Colleges

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Coded Language of For-Profit Colleges
Tressie McMillan Cottom, The Atlantic, 2017/03/13
"For-profit colleges," writes Tressie McMillan Cottom, "target and thrive off of inequality." She calls these examples of "lower ed" - in contrast with higher ed, which is where the more economically successful go. More...

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Neural Networks and Deep Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Neural Networks and Deep Learning
Michael Nielsen, 2017/03/13

Between meetings with notaries today I was wondering to myself whether work had been done on using one neural network to train another neural network. More...

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How Maker Mindsets Can Be An Easy Fit For Rural Schools

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web.  How Maker Mindsets Can Be An Easy Fit For Rural Schools
Leah Shaffer, Mind/Shift, 2017/03/09
Some of you may recall my photo set from the Metcalfe Fair last October. What struck me at the time was the participation of young people in the events. In a rural community like Metcalfe, to 'make' is to raise a calf, grow a crop, or restore an antique. More...

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Arab Universities and MOOCs: Cautious Cooperation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Arab Universities and MOOCs: Cautious Cooperation
Sabah Hamamou, Al Fanar Media, 2017/03/09

Dood article providing an overview of the two major Arabic-language MOOC platforms, Edraak and Rawaq. More...

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Who’s speaking at TED2017? Announcing our speaker lineup

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Who’s speaking at TED2017? Announcing our speaker lineup
TED, 2017/03/09
Someone said to me today that TED would be a good platform for me. This led to a conversation about how TED is careful not to offend rich people. More...

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Why Your Employees and Colleagues Might Be Your Most Important Customers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why Your Employees and Colleagues Might Be Your Most Important Customers
Harvard Business Review, 2017/03/09
I used to warn people that unless we in public institutions didn't get our online learning act together, companies like Disney would move in and do our job for us. More...

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Open Learning, Open Networks

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Learning, Open Networks
Stephen Downes, Mar 09, 2017, SUNY Open COTE 2017, Syracuse, New York
Open online learning entered the mainstream with the growth and popularity of MOOCs, but while interest in open online courses has never been greater MOOCs represent only the first step in a broader open learning infrastructure. In this keynote Stephen Downes will describe several key innovations shaping the future of open learning: distributed social networks, cloud infrastructures and virtualization, immersive reality, and personal learning environments. The talk will outline the challenges this evolving model will pose to learning providers and educational institutions and recommend policies and processes to meet them. More...

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How “News Literacy” Gets the Web Wrong

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How “News Literacy” Gets the Web Wrong
Michael Caulfield, Hapgood, 2017/03/07
Michael Caulfield astutely diagnoses what is wrong with a lot of the 'new literacy' guidelines for evaluating news reports on the web. These guidelines spend a lot of time urging students to assess the trustworthiness of the website, instead of getting to the source of the report being passed along. More...

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