15 février 2018

The Four R’s of Openness and ALMS Analysis: Frameworks for Open Educational Resources

The Four R’s of Openness and ALMS Analysis: Frameworks for Open Educational Resources
John Hilton III, David Wiley, Jared Stein, Aaron Johnson, Brigham Young University, 2017/12/12
In the ongoing discussion on OER repositories David Wiley suggested today that "While many people are aware of the 5Rs framework for thinking about the legal openness of OER, but far fewer people are aware of the ALMS framework for thinking about the technical openness of OER." It was introduced in 2010 in Open Learning, a Taylor & Francis journal that throws up a subscription barrier if I want to read it. More...

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Is Alison The Answer To The World's Education Needs?

Is Alison The Answer To The World's Education Needs?
Peter High, Forbes, 2017/12/12
Forbes is reporting Alison's oft-debunked claim to have created the world's first MOOCs. It's hard to read this article as anything other than an advertorial (again, I caution people against trusting the traditional media where commercial interests are concerned). I have written to Allison in the past about this but there appears to be no legislation or constraint requiring that they represent themselves honestly. More...

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Open Education and OER - A guide and call to action for policy makers

Open Education and OER - A guide and call to action for policy makers
Maren Deepwell, Martin Weller, Lorna Campbell, Joe Wilson, Association for Learning Technology, 2017/12/12
This short paper (8 page PDF) is a "call to action for policy makers to mandate that publicly funded educational resources are released under open licence to ensure that they reside in the public." Interestingly the document cautions that "the 'open' in MOOCs is very different from the 'open' in OER," though this is the opposite of our intent back in 2008 when we first created them. More...

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Ethically Aligned Design, Version 2

Ethically Aligned Design, Version 2
The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, 2017/12/12
The term 'Autonomous and Intelligent Systems' (A/IS) stands for what we would commonly call AI and this is an extensive effort to describes the ethics of A/IS system design.   This document (266 page PDF) will take some time to read. Take the time. I applaud the good intentions of the IEEE here but just as you wouldn't want a philosopher to design a bridge, a document that reads to me a bit like "Ethics by Engineers" feels wrong. More...

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Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines

Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines 
David Mellor, Center for Open Science, 2017/12/11
I think this is an interesting idea, but the presentation is some of the worst I have ever seen. I've reproduced the basic standards in a post, here. In a nutshell, the Transparency and Openness Promotion Guidelines are intended to describe different levels of openness (disclosure, requirement and verification) regarding data sources, algorithms, and other factors (eight in all) related to scientific research. More...

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Government Adviser Says Stop Investing in Systems that Don’t Work

Government Adviser Says Stop Investing in Systems that Don’t Work
Press Release, Online Educa Berlin, 2017/12/11
According to this press release summarizing a talk at Online Educa Berlin, Pasi Sahlberg argued that education ministers in England, Australia and the United States are continuing to invest in the GERM (Global Educational Reform) model, in spite of evidence that it doesn't work. More...

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A repository platform for OERs

A repository platform for OERs
Panagiotis Stasinakis, Open Education Platform, 2017/12/11
The result was an interesting compendium of resouces, including:

  • Kolibri, which also offers a learning management system component. 
  • WordPress blogs, eg. this one, where each OER or group of resources is released as a blog post
  • DSpace, with search functionality, categories, OER's meta data etc., but tricky to use
  • Tsugi, by Chuck Severence, with integration into LMS systems like Sakai, Moodle, Canvas and work in Google Classroom
  • Edu-sharing, developed in Germany
  • Gitbook.com and Github.com to write, store, and share OER content, also Github at P2PU, and also github/jekyll
  • OER Content Buffet - they use angular, and they offered to send the code if you write an email
  • HackMD - a realtime, multiplatform collaborative markdown note editor
  • Curriki provides the ability to create Groups for Discussions and create Group related and/or specific resources

Note that the annotations are from the posts on the discussion list, not from me. More...

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Care, Communication, Learner Support: Designing Meaningful Online Collaborative Learning

Care, Communication, Learner Support: Designing Meaningful Online Collaborative Learning
Heather A. Robinson, Whitney Kilgore, Scott J. Warren, online learning, 2017/12/11
The authors writem, "The three main themes that emerged from this study were: the importance of online communication approaches, challenges and supports for online collaborative learning, and that care is at the core of online learner support" (note that the abstract expresses this quite differently). More...

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Wherefore Art Thou MOOC?: Defining Massive Open Online Courses

Wherefore Art Thou MOOC?: Defining Massive Open Online Courses
Stephanie J. Blackmon, Claire H. Major , online learning, 2017/12/11
I don't think this paper really succeeded in its stated objective of defining massive open online courses. What we do get is a sense that there are many interpretations of the form, and that if you sample mostly the xMOOC form, you'll find that xMOOC properties (like instructor-centeredness) predominate. More...

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Don’t blame the election on fake news. Blame it on the media.

Don’t blame the election on fake news. Blame it on the media.
Duncan J. Watts, David M. Rothschild, Columbia Journalism Review, 2017/12/11
One of the more salient stories this year has revolved around the phenomenon of fake news and (via fake news) managing and massaging public perceptions. The gist of this article is that, while social media manipulation is a problem that cannot be taken lightly, it would be misleading to attribute the U.S. election results (and the Brexit vote, etc.) to social media. Instead, write the authors of this report, we should look at mainstream media. More...

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