27 février 2019

Surviving the Media Aggregation Economy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Surviving the Media Aggregation Economy
Brian Morrissey, Digiday, February 5, 2013
I have since the beginning of the web been an aggregator as much as I have been a producer of original content and ideas. It's hard to say which approach has been more successful (and really, it's a bit like meat and potatoes - you need both). So I both sympathize and don't sympathize with Brian Morrissey who in Digiday laments the economics of original content publishers as compared to aggregators. More...

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MOOC et REL

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOOC et REL
Stephen Downes, February 5, 2013, Atelier REL, Moncton
Presentation in French on the subject of MOOCs, their design and intent, and their relation to open educational resources (REL).

[Slides] [Audio]. More...

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American Council on Education Recommends 5 MOOCs for Credit

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. American Council on Education Recommends 5 MOOCs for Credit
Steve Kolowich, The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog, February 7, 2013
Today's big MOOC news (is there any day these days without big MOOC news?) is that the American Council on Education has recommended five MOOCs for credit, all offered through the Coursera platform. More...

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Analyzing MOOCs – A SWOT Analysis

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Analyzing MOOCs – A SWOT Analysis
Andrew Spinner, February 7, 2013

The article pretty much delivers on what the title promises - a straightforward SWOT analysis of MOOCs. More...

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Free Course, Inexpensive Exam

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Free Course, Inexpensive Exam
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed, February 4, 2013
More on the same story, with a few new players. "students can use free course content from providers like the Saylor Foundation and Education Portal to study for “challenge exams,” probably the fastest and most inexpensive way to earn credits. The examinations, like those offered by Excelsior College and the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP), are designed to test whether students grasp the concepts that would be taught in a conventional classroom version." What's important is that the tests are accepted as rigorous. More...

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How NOT to Design a MOOC: The Disaster at Coursera and How to Fix it

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How NOT to Design a MOOC: The Disaster at Coursera and How to Fix it
Debbie Morrison, online learning insights, February 4, 2013
As I've told people in the past, what makes a MOOC a MOOC is that it i set up to use distributed resources, not centralized resources. More...

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University of Phoenix Online Platform Receives Patent from United States Patent and Trademark Office

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. University of Phoenix Online Platform Receives Patent from United States Patent and Trademark Office
University of Phoenix, February 4, 2013
This one passed by last week and I just never got the chance to ake note (I spent most of last week quite under the weather). It's the sort of link I need extra energy to writem, because it's another one of those "the U.S. patent system is broken" links. More...

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LearnDash

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. LearnDash
LearnDash, February 4, 2013
Audrey Watters notes this website in passing in her weekly summary: "LearnDash (is) a WordPress plugin that lets you create courses, set up quizzes, and track user info. It also takes advantage of the TinCan API (which I [Watters] wrote about here)." Note that even though WordPress is an open source application, this plug-in is not free. More...

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Educon: Unraveling the Textbook

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Educon: Unraveling the Textbook
Tim Stahmer, assortedstuff, February 4, 2013

Tim Stahmer, reflecting on Educon (and linking to a few of the wonderful reflections written by others) jots down a few short notes about textbooks. "A replacement for the textbook should

  • be accessible on any device, anywhere
  • allow users to add comments
  • allow certain users (teachers, trusted students) to add and update materials
  • have a social media component to allow users to discuss the materials
  • have content controlled by educators, not publishers."

The fact that this would completely disrupt the textbook industry should tell us something. More...

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Negating the learner in the learning process

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Negating the learner in the learning process
George Siemens, elearns, February 4, 2013
Nice. It looks like the bulk of CCK08 is now available again online. The newsletter archives have always been available, here - scroll down to 2008. Now the pages and Moodle forum are back on the University of Manitoba website, here. More...

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