27 février 2019

What can I do with my educational data? (#lak13)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What can I do with my educational data? (#lak13)
Sheila MacNeill, Sheila’s work blog, March 6, 2013
I think this topic will be on the top of a lot of minds in the next little while. No, not simple "what can I do with my educational data?" though that will certainly be the topic of conversation. But the other one: who owns my educational data? The question was prompted for Sheila MacNeill by the recent #etmooc webinar featuring Audrey Watters titled 'who owns your education data?'. More...

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No. 5 aha moment: the Web as a universal standard

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. No. 5 aha moment: the Web as a universal standard
Tony Bates, online learning and distance education resources, March 8, 2013
This is another in the ongoing series by Tony Bates. The particular insight reported this time is "The web allows rich multimedia material to be transmitted to any computer, any software system, anywhere in the world, with an Internet connection. This has had profound implications for the design of online teaching which we still have by no means fully understood or exploited." It took several years for people to realize this, and I don't think it became obvious until the launch of the Mosaic browser in 1993 - it was then we could actually see media (well, slowly loading images) integrated with text. More...

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Further Evidence of Complete Stupidity in the US Patent Office

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Further Evidence of Complete Stupidity in the US Patent Office
Stephen Marshall, Stephen's Blog, March 8, 2013
As Stephen Marshall says, "I really wish the trade people discussing the need for stronger intellectual property protection would deal with the problem of stupid patents like this - they would have more credibility in arguing their case if they weren't trying to protect a fundamentally corrupt and broken system." Why the outburst. More...

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Re-thinking Workplace Learning: extracting rather than adding

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Re-thinking Workplace Learning: extracting rather than adding
Charles Jennings, performance.learning.productivity, March 8, 2013
Typically when people think of workplace learning they think of the learning as something added to the work. That's the sense of the phrase "on the job training" - as though training weren't something you would notmally be doing. Charles Jennings recasts that way of thinking in what I think is a compelling manner - instead of learning being added to the work, it's something extractedfrom the work. Now this isn't 'knowledge capture' or some similar information mining technique. The idea here is one of supporting staff to learn more from their day-to-day work activities. This approach creates challenges: "It can’t be managed and controlled in the way discrete training and learning injections into the workflow can be, [and]most of the learning processes are opaque to HR and L&D." [Link] [Comment]. More...

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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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