25 février 2019

Warrant Canary Frequently Asked Questions

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Kurt Opsahl, EFF, 2018/12/13
The 'warrant canary' is a pretty good idea. When an online service provider receives a demand from the government, this demand is often accompanied with a requirement that it tell no one about the demand. So, for example, Yahoo can never inform you if the FBI demanded your personal information. More...

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Digital Learning: An overview of MOOCS

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Ishfaq Majid, RisingKashmir, 2018/12/12
This article looks at open online learning from a Kashmir perspective. It lists a number of learning initiatives important in India, for example, the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) formed by seven Indian Institutes of Technology, the online National Digital Library (NDL), and MooKIT. More...

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How to Be an Artist

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Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 2018/12/03
Good advice that could be applied not only to art but to anything (substitute 'research scientist' for 'artist' and you get the same useful tips): "How do you get from there to making real art, great art? There’s no special way; everyone has their own path. Yet, over the years, I’ve found myself giving the same bits of advice. More...

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The Academic Market in China: An Overview

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Tao Tao, The Scholarly Kitchen, 2018/12/03
This post is directed toward people trying to sell academic journal subscriptions in China, and thus has limited appeal on that front, but also in so doing offers a pretty good summary of the structure of China's higher education system, describing different types of institutions, and providing statistics on each, including the primary teaching and research focus overall. More...

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Multi-Cloud & Kubernetes: Cloud Academy

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Alex Brower, Cloud Academy, 2018/12/03
The main story here is that we are in a 'multi-cloud universe'. However, by 'multi-cloud' we mean mostly AWS (Amazon) and Azure (Microsoft), with Google Cloud trailing in a distance third. More...

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I quit Instagram and Facebook and it made me a lot happier — and that's a big problem for social media companies

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. I quit Instagram and Facebook and it made me a lot happier — and that's a big problem for social media companies
Christina Farr, CNBC, 2018/12/03
This is yet another example of a genre called "quit lit". It's the post someone writes when they've quit something. These days, what they're mostly likely quitting is social media like Facebook and Twitter. More...

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Avoid ‘uncritical use’ of PISA scores, researchers warn ministers

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Freddie Whittaker, SchoolsWeek, 2018/12/03

No real surprise, but it's nice to see someone actually come out and say it. More...

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Framing Self-Directed Learning

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Dennis Sale, SoftChalk Talk Blog, 2018/12/03
This is the first of a series of five posts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (forthcoming)) on self-directed learning. While I don't agree with everything in it (references to Hattie and to cognitive load leave me cold) I nonetheless found it a well-reserach and considered treatment of the subject. More...

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Another perspective on AI in higher education

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Tony Bates, Online learning and distance education resources, 2018/12/03
Summary of Klutka, J. et al. (2018) Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: Current Uses and Future Applications. What strikes me about this report is how most of the applications of AI in higher education are really to things that have little to do with the education itself, such as admissions, student services, and so-called institutional efficiency. More...

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Benefits and Costs of MOOC - Based Alternative Credentials

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Fiona Hollands, Aasiya Kazi, Columbia University, 2018/12/07
This is generally a good study (10 page PDF). "The hypothesis of the current study is that courses offered as a series with a culminating credential could be even more beneficial than individual MOOCs." I would call the outcome "inconclusive". The authors discuss, for example, credentials such as the micro-Masters, which can be offered at a much lower cost via MOOCs, and appear to have some currency in the workplace. More...

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