By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. FunF
Alexander Hayes, Uberveillance, November 1, 2012.
If you're wondering what comes after MOOCs, it includes something like this ("The Funf Open Sensing Framework is an extensible sensing and data processing framework for mobile devices, developed at the MIT Media Lab. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. FunF
Talk given en français on the subject of open learning, MOOCs and the lessons for small and medium businesses. Full text of the talk is available here. Sadly, the video shows only the remote audience, not the speaker and slides.
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Student characteristics predict university graduation odds
Jonathan Kantrowitz, Education Research Report, August 2, 2013
Sometimes the state of research in education depresses me. Other times it makes me angry. What, for example, are we to make of this? "Tim Gramling, LP.D., conducted research on characteristics of more than 2,500 students from the full population of one large, for-profit university and found that higher GPA, fulltime enrollment status, black race (over whites)... weighed most heavily in accurately predicting higher graduation odds." So - what. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Is Online Learning Cheaper?
Terry Anderson, Virtual Canuck, August 2, 2013
My answer would be, "It depends on what you're doing and who is doing it." Terry Anderson references Tom Carey and David Trick (2013), How Online Learning Affects Productivity, Cost and Quality in Higher Education: An Environmental Scan and Review of the Literature. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why Federate?
Tim Bray, Ongoing, August 1, 2013
Tim Bray offers the argument to application developers in favour of employing 'federated identity', that is, using an identity provider such as Facebook, Google, Twitter or Microsoft (and as he says, there are many more, though we never seem to see them) instead of managing logons and storing passwords locally. More...
Taking a test is better than studying, even if you just guess: We need to flip the flipped classroom
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Taking a test is better than studying, even if you just guess: We need to flip the flipped classroom
Mark Guzdial, August 1, 2013
The title of the post is a bit misleading, because Mark Guzdial isn't talking about 'taking a test' specifically, "the critical feature of learning is trying to understand, trying to generate an answer." According to the study, "students are better prepared to understand a theory after first exploring by themselves, and that tangible user interfaces are particularly well-suited for that purpose." Of course, Daniel Willingham, who is cited by Guzdial, looks at results like that and reads "test", which he then cites as 'the testing effect'. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Visiting Seymour
Audrey Watters, Hack Education, August 1, 2013
Seymour Papert was injured in a traffic accident in 2006 and carries the effects to this day. Audrey Watters takes the occasion of the latest Mindstorms robotics kit (sent to her as a promo by Lego) and a visit to Maine to interview Papert and reflect on his work. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Is there a link between flexible access and ‘productivity’ in higher education?
Tony Bates, online learning, distance education resources, August 1, 2013
A while back I challenged Tony Bates to expand on a model of educational productivity, and in this post bates begins his reply by outlining two aspects of such a model. His response, I think, illustrates the gulf between his thinking and mine. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Dino 101 MOOC opens, offering free tuition in paleontology
Katie Collins, Wired, July 31, 2013
My old friends at the University of Alberta opened MOOC registration yesterday to the much anticipated Dino 101 massive open online course on paleontology. Who can resist. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish
Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic, July 31, 2013
Data reinforcing what we all suspected was true: "Copyright correlates significantly with the disappearance of works rather than with their availability," Heald writes. More...