03 juillet 2018

Educational and Occupational Credentials should be in schema.org

Educational and Occupational Credentials should be in schema.org
Phil Barker, GitHub, 2018/06/15
The current effort to match credentials to competencies, and digitize credentials, is ongoing. This is a discussion thread on GitHib addressing the question in the title. Of note is the most recent post in which Phil Barker outlines recent work done in the field by a W3C Community Group. More...

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Cryptocurrencies Make Their Way to Campus, Bringing Flexibility and Risks

Cryptocurrencies Make Their Way to Campus, Bringing Flexibility and Risks
Erin Brereton, EdTech, 2018/06/15

The headline pretty much says it all. The big risk (aside from wildly fluctuating currency values) is currency-mining malware. More...

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The Existential Question: Why Do We Measure?

The Existential Question: Why Do We Measure?
David Vance, Chief Learning Officer, 2018/06/15
My interest in measuring things is pretty minimal, but that's probably because my interest in the six reasons outlined in this article is pretty minimal. The six reasons are: 1) to answer questions, 2) to show results, 3) to demonstrate value, 4) to justify our budget (or existence), 5) to identify opportunities for improvement and 6) to manage results. More...

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Propositional Content in Signals

Propositional Content in Signals
Jeffrey A. Barrett, Brian Skyrms, UCI School of Social Sciences, 2018/06/15
I cut my teeth on Choice and Chance by Bryan Skyrms, so I was naturally interested in this article on information and meaning. It's nice and clear and will give the reader a good sense of some of the issues involved in determining the informational content of a signal (and especially the informational content of a signal when the signaler is lying or deceiving). More...

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Does Higher Education need blockchain?

Does Higher Education need blockchain?
Chris Fellingham, Medium, 2018/06/15
As the Class Central report suggests, this article reminds us of Audrey Watters's outline of blockchain in education dating from April of 2016 (where she wrote "One Bitcoin is currently worth about $415" - heh). "Decentralised trust systems may well be the future but I don’t see that it solves a core problem," writes Chris Fellingham. More...

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Advocates are becoming journalists. Is that a good thing?

Advocates are becoming journalists. Is that a good thing?
Mathew Ingram, Columbia Journalism Review, 2018/06/15
The way to read this post is to replace the word 'journalists' with the word 'educators'. So. Would it be a good thing if advocates became educators? For example, consider a potential educational program about Amazon’s marketing of a controversial facial recognition software product to US law enforcement as provided to schools by the American Civil Liberties Union. More...

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Post-Soviet Higher Education

Post-Soviet Higher Education
Alex Usher, Higher Education Strategy Associates, 2018/06/15
I think there's a really important insight buried in this look at post-Soviet educational institutions: " a market-driven system does not necessarily lead to a differentiated system; in fact, it may be the opposite... Though subject to market competition, in all countries institutions became more homogenous." Once enterprises reach a certain size (larger than a family business but smaller than a college) specialization makes them vulnerable to competition. More...

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EdX Begins Testing a Paywall

EdX Begins Testing a Paywall
Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, 2018/06/13
The problem with certain models of education is that they require commercial sustainability. Thus with EdX. "EdX has been struggling to figure out how to support its work ever since Harvard University and MIT first opened it for learning in 2012." I don't know how EdX burned through an initial startup of $60 million (by contrasts, the cMOOC initiative burned through $4.95). More...

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Canada’s The Logic is a new subscription news outlet focused on the innovation economy, à la The Information

Canada’s The Logic is a new subscription news outlet focused on the innovation economy, à la The Information
Shan Wang, Nieman Lab, 2018/06/13
The difference between me an the people launching The Logic is that they think quality news and education should be sold to rich people while I think quality news and education should be distributed for free to poor people. More...

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Transparency and the Marketplace for Student Data

Transparency and the Marketplace for Student Data
N. Cameron Russell, Joel R. Reidenberg, Elizabeth Martin, Thomas B. Norton, Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy, Social Science Research Network, 2018/06/13
According to these four authors from various Fordham Centers, "Student lists are commercially available for purchase on the basis of ethnicity, affluence, religion, lifestyle, awkwardness, and even a perceived or predicted need for family planning services." According to the report (38 page PDF) some 14 separate data brokers sell access to student data. More...

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