27 février 2019

How to Deploy Two-Factor Authentication

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How to Deploy Two-Factor Authentication
Joel Snyder, EdTech Magazine, March 8, 2013
We're reading more recently about something called 'two factor authentication'. Here's the concept: "This technique combines a password with something else the user has, such as a token, smart card or a biometric identifier." The 'gold standard' of two factor authentication is the token - a card, signet ring, or some other item that can't be easily duplicated. More...

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Your first degree course is a MOOC

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Your first degree course is a MOOC
Alastair Creelman, The corridor of uncertainty, March 8, 2013
reports: "MOOC2degreeis a new initiative that offers the first course of a degree program as a MOOC in the hope of recruiting students on to the full program. A consortium of seven US universities under the coordination of Academic Partnerships are already on board and intend to use MOOCs as a shop window for their regular programs." It's a bit like a loss leader - get them to do a few courses for free, earn some credits, and then have them sign up to pay full tuition for the rest of the program. More...

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An OER architecture framework: Need and design

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An OER architecture framework: Need and design
Patricia B. Arinto , International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), March 7, 2013
According to the author, "This paper describes the impact of the shift to open and distance e-learning (ODeL), as this trend might be called, on the course design practices of faculty members at a small single-mode distance education university in the Philippines." It's based on "a qualitative study of the ODeL course design practice of 10 UPOU academics." Findings centred on four aspects of course design: content development, teaching strategies, learning activities, and assessment of learning. More...

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‘Binge Learning’ is Online Education’s Killer App

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. ‘Binge Learning’ is Online Education’s Killer App
Eli Dourado, The Ümlaut, March 7, 2013
Well this is an interesting perspective, but it makes sense: "a more natural way to learn than traditional educational structures can offer: develop an interest and mercilessly indulge it until another interest supersedes it. It is a method that conserves the mental energy associated with willpower, leaving more of the brain’s resources to focus on the material itself." The phenomenon is associated with the recent phenomenon of "binge viewing," where a person will watch all or many of a television program's episode over Netflix (me: guilty. More...

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Taking the Testing Effect Beyond the College Freshman: Benefits for Lifelong Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web.Taking the Testing Effect Beyond the College Freshman: Benefits for Lifelong Learning
Ashley M.D. Meyer, Jessica M. Logan, Psychology and Aging, March 7, 2013
I've been seeing research recently pointing to the utility of testing, such as this item (cited here). I don't see this so much as evidence in favour of testing per se but rather as an instance of the 'use-it or lose-it' phenomenon: tests are a way of using knowledge, and hence constitute a form of practice with that knowledge. More...

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How Texting Can Keep Teens on Track to College

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How Texting Can Keep Teens on Track to College
Ben Wildavsky, The Quick and the Ed, March 7, 2013
Ben Wildavsky reports on a study that shows a "remarkably cheap and easy technology 'nudge' can keep students on track to matriculate." The idea is to send messages to students over the summer (the report focuses on "low income" students, but that seems a bit patronizing) to offset the effects of "summer melt," or the loss of gains made in the previous school year. More...

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Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care
Gerd Kortemeyer, EDUCAUSE Review, March 4, 2013
Wait... what? Actually, the headline overstates the case. Here is is, precisely: "OERs have failed to significantly affect the day-to-day teaching of the vast majority of higher education institutions. Traditional textbooks and readings still dominate most teaching venues even though essentially all students are online: Course management systems are used only for the dissemination of syllabi, class notes, general communications, and as a grade book." The article nicely lists some adoption hurdles: discoverability, quality, last mile, acquisition. More...

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ere Comes ACTA: Canadian Government Introduces Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Compliance

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. ere Comes ACTA: Canadian Government Introduces Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Compliance Bill
Michael Geist, March 4, 2013
ACTA - the hated anti-counterfeiting trade legislation rejected outright in Europe and else where - is experiencing a North American revival. Critics complained (justly) that ACTA was negotiated in secret and "would profoundly restrict the fundamental rights and freedoms of European citizens, most notably the freedom of expression and communication privacy." But it is nonetheless the subject of implementation legistation both here in Canada and also in the United States. More...

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Classes start tomorrow!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Classes start tomorrow!
Kelli McGraw, March 4, 2013
I'm sending this along because, well, how can you say no to My Little Pony? (For those who didn't know, My Little Pony is a thing. More...

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BigData in HR: Why it's Here and What it Means

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. BigData in HR: Why it's Here and What it Means
Josh Bersin, Bersin by Deloitte, March 4, 2013
What's interesting about the diagram above is that it presents analytics (properly so-called) as its own discipline, and represents human resources (HR) and (hence) education as the latest thing in the progression of analytics through the years. More...

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