13 février 2019

Truth in a Post-Truth Age

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Truth in a Post-Truth Age
Jenny Mackness, Jenny Connected, 2018/10/01
Jenny Mackness writes in this article of "the necessity, as expressed by both Ghandi and Nietzsche, to recognise that human beings can only know partial and contingent truths and perspectives; there are a multiplicity of truths and perspectives." And she points out that we've lived through "post-truth" eras before (one of which was the one that started with the first newspapers). More...

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So is it nature not nurture after all?

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. So is it nature not nurture after all?
Andrew Anthony, The Guardian, 2018/10/01
The ideas reported in this article pose a challenge to the beliefs underlying a lot of progressive education theory. In his new book, Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are, Robert Plomin argues that most of what makes up our personality is based on genetic, not environmental, factors. More...

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Réforme de la formation professionnelle : posez vos questions !

Par . L’année 2019 marque les débuts d’un nouveau système de la formation professionnelle en France. Dans cette phase de transition, quelque peu inconfortable, nous comprenons qu’un changement radical est en marche. Plus...

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What Do Edtech and IKEA Have in Common? Persuasive Design.

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What Do Edtech and IKEA Have in Common? Persuasive Design.
Jeffrey R. Young, Sydney Johnson, EdSurge, 2018/10/04
This is a partial podcast transcript of a discussion with a panel (Sandra Burri Gram-Hansen, Margarita Quihuis and Safiya Noble) discussing behaviour design using educational technology. I like the analogy with the Ikea showroom, though it suggests something a bit pernicious: you cant't go wherever you want in an Ikea store the way you can in a department store, and the design is not for your benefit, it's for Ikea's. More...

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American Chemical Society (ACS) and Elsevier File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit in U.S. vs. ResearchGate

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. American Chemical Society (ACS) and Elsevier File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit in U.S. vs. ResearchGate
Gary Price, Library Journal, 2018/10/04
The only thing that surprises me about this is that it took this long to happen. The lawsuit alleges that "ResearchGate takes high-quality scientific articles that are written and published by others and makes them freely available via its for-profit platform." There may be examples to the contrary (though I didn't see any) but strictly speaking, this isn't what ResearchGate does. More...

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Blockchain looking more and more like a ball and chain?

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Blockchain looking more and more like a ball and chain?
Donald Clark, Donald Clark Plan B, 2018/10/04
Donald Clark was a fan of blockchain a couple of years ago but he reports that he has "fallen out of love with this technology" because "I’ve still to see a single implementation in learning that is worth the candle." I think this is true, and I think most of the educational implementations to date have been trivial. More...

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France is more attractive for study than Germany, US, UK, survey finds

By Kerrie Kennedy. The attractiveness of France as a study destination for international students is continuing to grow, with nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents in a recent Campus France survey choosing it ahead of Germany, the US and the UK. Only Canada came in ahead of France, with 69% respondents choosing it as a study destination that is increasing in attractiveness. More...

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English Attack! language service hits 1m int’l users

By Kerrie Kennedy. Entertainment-based English language learning service English Attack! has announced new distribution partnerships in Asia and the Middle East following rapid development of its business that saw it reach the 1 million user mark for learners outside of its home market of France. More...

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French Embassy launches scholarships for Filipino students and academics

By Kerrie Kennedy. The Embassy of France in Manila has launched the PhilFrance Scholarship Program to encourage the next generation of Filipino leaders who have shown strong academic abilities to develop their expertise by studying and carrying out research work in France. More...

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Spanish tops languages to learn in 2018, says British Council

By Kerrie Kennedy. One in five (21%) adults in the UK are planning to learn a language in 2018, with Spanish being the most popular choice amongst potential learners according to a poll commissioned by the British Council. More...

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