27 février 2019

Jalopnik reboot hints at new era for Gawker where readers become writers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Jalopnik reboot hints at new era for Gawker where readers become writers
Tim Carmody, The Verge, February 13, 2013
One of my long-time objectives is realized in this development. It has always seems to me that comments on webstes, along with things like posts on discussion lists, should become blog posts in their own right. More...

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Dangerous Curves

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Dangerous Curves
Zack Budryk, Inside Higher Ed, February 13, 2013
Sometimes your students are not only smarter than you imagine, they are smarter than you can imagine. "Professor Peter Fröhlich has maintained a grading curve in which each class’s highest grade on the final counts as an A... [students] decided to test the limits of the policy, and collectively planned to boycott the final. Because they all did, a zero was the highest score in each of the three classes, which, by the rules of Fröhlich’s curve, meant every student received an A." Fröhlich was forced to honour the grades. More...

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The business of MOOCs: how to profit from giving away something for nothing

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The business of MOOCs: how to profit from giving away something for nothing
David Glance, The Conversation, February 13, 2013
The discussion in the comments is much more emlightening than the article itself, which is essentially a restatement of how to profit from giving something away for free, with references to online music, news, etc. - the presumption that online learning should somehow be 'sustainable' is itself never questioned. More...

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Visualizing the community neocortex

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Visualizing the community neocortex
Fred Bartels, Icl - Meta MOOC Explorations, February 18, 2013
Interesting 'meta MOOC' community created by Fred Bartels and an interesting diagram (above) capturing nicely the model of MOOCs as I see them (the people working in neural networks and connectionism will recognize it as a perceptual system, which is exactly what I think MOOCs are). More...

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T3S1: Digital Literacies with Dr. Doug Belshaw

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. T3S1: Digital Literacies with Dr. Doug Belshaw
Doug Belshaw, Slideshare, February 18, 2013
Good set of slides from a Doug Belshaw presentation to #etmooc on Monday (hard to gauge the exact time - the schedule says "all times eastern" but then posts times inside a Google Calendar, which automatically corrects time zones). More...

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Posterous will turn off on April 30

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Posterous will turn off on April 30
Sachin Agarwal, The Official Posterous Space, February 18, 2013
From where I sit, the good people at Twitter have changed their minds about a "vision for making sharing simpler," as Posterous staff claimed when the former acquired the latter last March. Now comes the world that Twitter is shutting down Posterous. More...

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edcmooc interesting

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. edcmooc interesting
Flickriver, February 18, 2013
This is a link to a seemingly endless set of images related to edcmooc (and MOOCs in general) generated as a result of a week 3 contest in the open online course. I'm not sure what the licensing is, but it seems to me that what we have here is a bottomless supply of slides for PowerPoint presentations on MOOCs. More...

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The Future Of Google Plus, And Its Path To Social-Media Domination

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web.The Future Of Google Plus, And Its Path To Social-Media Domination
Dave llorens, Fast Company, February 11, 2013
I think this is a generally accurate account of how Google is stocking its new (well, not so new any more) Google Plus service with members. More...

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Blogger’s Guide to Creative Commons: In Pictures

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Blogger’s Guide to Creative Commons: In Pictures
Angus Shaw, The Blog Herald, February 11, 2013
This article makes me think about how I would have designed Creative Commons had I been the one (as opposed to, say, a Harvard lawyer) to design it at the outset. More...

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B. F. Skinner on Teaching Machines (1954)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. B. F. Skinner on Teaching Machines (1954)
Mike Caulfield, Hapgood, February 11, 2013
Mike Caulfield links to this video with the commentary, "Skinner tackles concepts of self-paced learning, the importance of quick feedback, the basics of gamification, aspects of proximal development, and mastery learning. He understands that it is not the *machine* that teaches, but the person that writes the teaching program. And he is better informed than almost the entire current educational press pool in that he states clearly that a “teaching machine” is really just a new kind of textbook." More...

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