27 février 2019

Why Numbers Exist

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why Numbers Exist
Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, March 4, 2013
People just take their existence for granted. But on Sunday I got a bug in my head about why they exist at all, and I couldn't get past it. So all work had to be set aside until I had worked it out. Sometimes it's rough being a polymath.

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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013: MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013: MOOCs and Anti-MOOCs
Audrey Watters, Hack Education, November 30, 2013
This is the fourth in her year-end series of articles (I'll run a retrospective of all ten later in December) and focuses on MOOCs. More...

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Ban government use of instant messages, access watchdog says

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ban government use of instant messages, access watchdog says
Karina Roman, CBC News, November 30, 2013
Normally I wouldn't comment on something like this but I want to draw out the presumption, obviously held by the access-to-information commissioner, that instand messages are like emails or even mini documents. More...

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User guide to developing an employer survey on skill needs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. User guide to developing an employer survey on skill needs
Nick Sofroniou, Alena Zukersteinova, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), November 30, 2013
If you are doing a survey on skill needs, and you haven't really done anything like this before, use this guide, It's clear and informative, and I think it covers the ground well, leading the user toward an accurate and appropriate methodology (section 4, which details coverage of sectors and coverage of occupational groups, is evidence for this). More...

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Talk About Mooc with Stephen Downes

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Talk About Mooc with Stephen Downes
Christophe Batier, Stephen Downes, YouTube, November 30, 2013
Nice interview with Christophe Batier about MOOCs - the first MOOC, our French MOOC coming up in January, my talk in Clair, my first visit to France, and why I only follow one person on Twitter. And where MOOCs will be in five years.

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What Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Udacity Should Learn from SJSU

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Udacity Should Learn from SJSU
Michael Feldstein, e-Literate, September 29, 2013
What the SJSU report tells us, says Feldstein, is that "however different the scaling model is for MOOCs, they are still online courses and have similar success factors." More here. More...

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Financing Canadian Universities: A Self-Inflicted Wound

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Financing Canadian Universities: A Self-Inflicted Wound
September 29, 2013
This is a five-part article (part one, part two, part three, part four, part five) that really could have been done in one long post. But it's worth reading even if inconveniently presented. More...

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Froebel and the pedagogy of computing

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Froebel and the pedagogy of computing
Miles Berry, An Open Mind, September 29, 2013
Nice article describing the thinking and influence of 19th century German educator Friedrich Fröbel. Known as the inventor of kindergarten - "children's garden" - Froebel emphasized the importance of natural environments and play. More...

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IMS Global Announces Learn ing Analytics Interoperability Framework

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. IMS Global Announces Learn ing Analytics Interoperability Framework
Press Release, IMS Global, September 29, 2013
Announced by IMS: "IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global) has announced initial public release of the breakthrough Caliper Learning Analytics Framework and associated Sensor API (application programming interface)". More...

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Better education can combat cyber-bullying, not legislation, expert says

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Better education can combat cyber-bullying, not legislation, expert says
Globe, Mail, Jill Mahoney, September 30, 2013
The thing with cyber-bullying and other inappropriate web use is that authorities seem to pretend that students and young people came up with these ideas all by themselves, and that if they are taught (or legislated into) proper behaviour, this would address the problem. More...

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