27 février 2019

The Most Thorough Description (to date) of University Experience with MOOC

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Most Thorough Description (to date) of University Experience with MOOC
Phil Hill, e-Literate, February 21, 2013
I thought we have been pretty thorough with our own accounts of MOOCs (Rita Kop alone generated more description of our MOOCs than anything else I've seen) so I'm not willing to cede the title of "most thorough description" to this 21-page report (PDF). More...

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Coursera Adds 29 Schools, 90 Courses And 3 New Languages To Its Online Learning Platform

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Coursera Adds 29 Schools, 90 Courses And 3 New Languages To Its Online Learning Platform
Rip Empson, TechCrunch, February 21, 2013
EdX is 'going international' with the addition of six new partners, including the University of Toronto and Montreal's McGill University, as well as Rice University (home of Connexions - I wonder whether there will be any tension there). More...

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Making Search Engines Work for Education Resources

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Making Search Engines Work for Education Resources
John K. Waters, THE Journal, February 20, 2013
This article unwittingly makes the case both for and against the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI). The idea of such an initiative is to help educators find resources to support learning either in the classroom or online. But this, we are told, is very difficult. More...

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Posts About MOOCs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Posts About MOOCs
Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily, February 20, 2013
So I thought it was pretty impressive when Jay Cross posted a list of 195 posts about MOOCs yesterday. Authoritative. Then I got to thinking, did some checking, and realized that I have personally authored 453 posts about MOOCs. This link is to that page, and I've set it to automatically update weekly, so there will always be a current list. Meanwhile, I went over to mooc.ca and found that since last July that site had aggregated 3708 posts about MOOCs. So I think between the two sites we've got the topic pretty much covered.

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When MOOCs melt down

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. When MOOCs melt down
Robert Talbert, Casting Out Nines, February 20, 2013
In the news this week is the story of a professor who quit his own MOOC half way through. The Chronicle provides one side of the story - "the problem had stemmed from Mr. McKenzie’s reluctance to loosen his grip on students who he thought were not learning well in the course" - but we read from these tweets quite a different perspective: "What he didn't like most was the students who WERE informed, but were fighting back on his rigorous rational economics model. He didn't like criticism from those knowledgeable at economics. And the text that was not free was HIS!" (Tweets combined and edited for spelling.) More...

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'Social reading' the next phase of e-book revolution

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 'Social reading' the next phase of e-book revolution
Sean Prpick, Dave Redel’, CBC News, February 25, 2013
Good article on the transition from reading online (or reading digitally) to reading socially. "Rather than limiting discussion of a certain book to a digital room in e-readers such as the Kobo or Kindle, Socialbook lets all your friends in your personal digital network know what you’re reading and invites them into the conversation." There is a caveat, of course. More...

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MOOCs and Digital Diploma Mills: Forgetting Our History

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOOCs and Digital Diploma Mills: Forgetting Our History
David Wiley, iterating toward openness, February 25, 2013
David Wiley writes, "When David Noble first published his groundbreaking critique of online education in 1998, Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education, I thought to myself 'he couldn’t be more wrong.' As it turns out he might not have been wrong – maybe Noble was simply so miraculously prescient that I couldn’t see what he saw." My comment is: Noble's error is the same today as it was in 1998: seeing commercialism in all online learning, instead of online learning as it is being used by commercial learning. More...

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Firefox to follow Safari

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Firefox to follow Safari
Jeff Blagdon, The Verge, February 27, 2013

Thank you Firefox. More...

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Developer Freedom At Stake As Oracle Clings To Java API Copyrights In Google Fight

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Developer Freedom At Stake As Oracle Clings To Java API Copyrights In Google Fight
Sacha Labourey, Steven G. Harris, TechCrunch, March 31, 2013
A good ruling that should be upheld as the judge argues that "when there is only one way to express an idea or function, then everyone is free to do so and no one can monopolize that expression." The issue concerns Java APIs, but could refer to any APIs. More...

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