25 octobre 2018

Copyright Arrest in Japan

Copyright Arrest in Japan
A Japanese professor who developed a file-sharing program called Winny was arrested "on suspicion of developing and offering free downloads" of copyrighted material. Isamu Kaneko, a 33-year-old assistant professor at the University of Tokyo, developed Winny in 2002. More...

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Is a Degree Still Worth Having?

Is a Degree Still Worth Having?
Questions are being raised about the usefulness of a university degree, at least according to a couple of new studies described in this BBC article (referred via elearnspace). In particular, the university degree is no longer the ticket to a better paying job that it once was, leaving students who take out large student loans looking at dim financial prospects. More...

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What Is Social Capital

What Is Social Capital
There seems to be this desire on the part of some to reduce every sort of good to some sort of 'capital' - human capital, knowledge capital, and now, social capital. Social capital is, according to one definition, "the degree to which a community or society collaborates and cooperates (through such mechanisms as networks, shared trust, norms and values) to achieve mutual benefits." According to another, "Over time, social capital builds what may be termed as social infrastructure." Bleah. More...

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The Great Blogger Relaunch

The Great Blogger Relaunch
Blogger has upgraded its software, probably the largest upgrade since Pyra launched the service. The new interface (I tried it out this afternoon) will feel familiar to Blogger users, and some of the new features - comments, syndication using the Atom format, enhanced templates, email blogging, personal profiles - will be well received. More...

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Google Blog

Google Blog
For the last few week, this page has served as a place-holder with one word suggesting what was to follow. The Google blog has finally launched with what I think is the best single response to complaints about outsourcing to India and elsewhere: "It's not their fault they have a lot of brilliant computer scientists who don't care to relocate to the States." Speaking as another person who does not care to move to the United States, it's worth observing that one person's outsourcing is another person's home, family and local industry. More...

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IMS/SSP Comes So Close...

IMS/SSP Comes So Close...
David Wiley is back to doing cool things with the launch of his Open Learning Support pilot project, which adds discussion board support to half a dozen or so OpenCourseWare courses at MIT. More...

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Scholars and Scripts, Eyeballs and Epistemes: What it Means to Publish

Scholars and Scripts, Eyeballs and Epistemes: What it Means to Publish
These PowerPoint slides are well worth a quick view, displaying graphically as they do the increase in journal prices and the increase on open access publications and requests. Some neat discussion as well about the different publishing traditions in different disciplines. More...

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Chalk, Talk and Customer Service

Chalk, Talk and Customer Service
The Economist offers a description of, and more or less endorsement of, low-cost private education as offered by Sunny Varkey, a wealthy Dubai-based entrepreneur, through his firm, Global Education Management Systems (GEMS). More...

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RSS News Ticker

RSS News Ticker
James Farmer asked for an Edu_RSS news ticker, and I was happy to oblige (thanks to the coding work already done by the good people at BBCi) - you can find my new ticker (with instructions on how to place it on your own site) here. More...

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Writing for Google

Writing for Google
This is an interesting item because it captures the flavour of writing content for an unknown audience. Typically, articles are written in the context of a certain journal - or in our field, for a certain course. More...

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