11 mars 2019

How the Web is being body-snatched

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How the Web is being body-snatched
Doc Searles, April 5, 2013
The outline-form notes are a bit hard to read, but it's worth the effort to take the time to ponder Anil Dash's comments on how we're losing the web. Take, for example, this bit: "They are gaslighting(*) the Web.

  • Note how unevenly Facebook places warnings. “Please be careful…” they say, about clicking on a non-Facebook facebook link. You see this on many non-BigCo sites that use Facebook logins. But…
  • With big Facebook partners you don’t get the message. Coincidence
  • Also, sites that register with them get the warning, while those that don’t register don’t have the message, even though they are [no] less trustworthy. (Do I have that right? Not sure.)". More...

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Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers
Joyce Seitzinger, Cat's Pyjamas, April 4, 2013
If you use Moodle you may already be aware of this resource. But if not it's worth a look to see what people are doing with the open source learning management system (LMS). More...

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Towards Robot Scientists for autonomous scientific discovery

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Towards Robot Scientists for autonomous scientific discovery
Andrew Sparkes, H Plus Magazine, April 4, 2013
Interesting article about how scientists like me caan be replaced - well, not me, exactly, because I don't follow enough of a method that my work could be automated, but the process of hypothesis formation and testing in general. More...

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MOOCs to cultivate networked textbooks part 1

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOOCs to cultivate networked textbooks part 1
Dave Cormier, Dave’s Educational Blog, April 4, 2013
Cave Cormier has observed, as have many of us, that the newer xMOOCs are mostly just online interactive textbooks. Which raises the question, what are the other kinds of MOOCs, if thought of from the perspective of textbooks. Well, something like open textbooks. But the whole domain of open textbooks - it has a long history - is fraught with difficulty. More...

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US Mooc platforms’ openness questioned

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. US Mooc platforms’ openness questioned
Chris Parr, Times Higher Education, April 4, 2013
The Times Higher Education supplement is now asking the questions we've all been asking. Patrick McAndrew, professor of open education at The Open University, praised the work of platforms such as Peer to Peer University and the OpenCourseWare Consortium for 'really being careful to do everything in a way that truly meets criteria of open'. More...

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Rate Rule, MOOCs drool

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Rate Rule, MOOCs drool
Mike Caulfield, April 4, 2013
Mike Caulfield picks up on the new terminology I've been hearing over the last few days: "The 'wrapped MOOC' has gained attention over the past year as a way to integrate MOOCs into traditional education. ... in practice most educators are not 'wrapping' the cohort experience, but are instead using the MOOC as robust OER." yes, from what I've been hearing, people are using the term 'MOOC' interchangeably with 'online course materialks'. More...

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Learning and the Massive Open Online Course

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Learning and the Massive Open Online Course
Stephen Downes, April 4, 2013.

Notes from ELI Online Spring Focus Session,
April 3-4, 2013

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Online Courses or Long Form Journalism? Communicating How the World Works…

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Online Courses or Long Form Journalism? Communicating How the World Works…
Tony Hirst, OUseful Info, April 4, 2013
This is an interesting thought: "wouldn't it be wonderful if somebody put together a Coursera course on Bitcoin, covering whole range: crypto, ops, economics, politics?" The idea, as Tony Hirst correctly summarizes, is that an online course, or even a MOOC, could be offered instead of a long-from news article on a topic of economic or political importance. More...

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The Hidden Biases in Big Data

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Hidden Biases in Big Data
Kate Crawford, Harvard Business Review Blogs, April 1, 2013
Norwood Russell Hanson authored one of the most significant attacks on traditional empiricism with ther argument that all data is 'theory-laden', that is, that what counts as data depends on how we interpret what we perceive. The figures in the image above, for example, may resemble antelopes, but in a different context, the same figures may be interpreted as pelicans. More...

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You didn’t make the Harlem Shake go viral—corporations did

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. You didn’t make the Harlem Shake go viral—corporations did
Kevin Ashton, Quartz, April 1, 2013
You are probably aware of the Harlem Shake, which I was told the other day has replaced Gangnam Style (and to which I responded "no-o-o-o..."). We are supposed to believe it's a grassroots meme (and not a product of the K-Pop industry, etc). But according to this article, it's manufactured hype. And they make a good case. More...

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