By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Twitter Is Dead
Karoli, odd time signatures, April 8, 2013
I personally think Twitter has long since passed its best-before date, but now I think the realization is dawning on wider circles. It happened with Twitter transitioned from being a sharing site to being a marketing site. The failure becomes when some of the marketing begins to smell, well, off. For example, as Karoli observes, Michelle Malkin's 'Twitchy' site. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Twitter Is Dead
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Queen’s University’s report on online learning
Tony Bates, online learning, and , distance education resources, April 8, 2013
The best part of this report is the reaction to it posted by Tony Bates: "Reading this report was like peering over the wall of a monastery watching the monks diligently tending their vegetables with trowels and hoes, then along comes someone who suggests that they might want to use a tractor." One gets that impression, perhaps, on reading in the opening few sentences that "The question that permeates the discussions to date has been whether online learning is demonstrably better than traditional approaches." It's not that it's a bad report per se, it's that it just seems, well, a bit quaint. More...
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Stephen DownesI want and visualize and aspire toward a system of society and learning where each person is able to rise to his or her fullest potential without social or financial encumberance, where they may express themselves fully and without reservation through art, writing, athletics, invention, or even through their avocations or lifestyle.
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[link: 1 Hits] No, I have not come out of my hiatus - I have a very long way to go before I can think of that. But I did promise in my hiatus FAQ that I would honour my speaking committments, and so here I am in Tennessee to give a talk. Here are the slides and MP3 audio. The talk addresses the usual e-learning 2.0 point of view, but I also reflect a bit on the purpose of what we are doing. It's little enough, and I need to say more - I do want to thank everyone for their kind words and support, and to those special people (you know who you are) who have been there for me and who are now and always in my thoughts. [Tags: Online Learning, Podcasting] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Broadband to Go Free in 2 Yrs Add to Clippings
Interesting news - according to this Indis Times report, the Indian government will provide free wireless broadband (2 megabit per second) across the country by 2008. In a similar story, the government of the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, is creating a free wireless network that will cover its four largest cities. Here in New Brunswick, of course, we have Fred-E Zone covering the capital city and even some parts beyond. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. One Laptop Per Child and the Commonwealth of Learning
Alastair Sweeny sends along some links, observing that students making their own wiki textbooks with free Wikispaces. here's a sample. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MySpace&a Drunken Pirate's Fate: A Cautionary Tale or Hint of Things to Come?
There's obviously more to this than what we see on the surface, but what we see on the surface is pretty disturbing: "A MySpace photo of a teacher education candidate, Ms. Snyder, wearing a pirate hat while drinking from a plastic 'Mr. Goodbar' cup was reason enough for Millersville University (aka My'Ville) to deny her both an education degree and teaching certificate." She is accused of "promoting underage drinking." Which is ridiculous, of course, but she has obviously failed some sort of political purity test. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Desire2Pod Cast 13: Nancy White
I haven't noticed Odeo audiocasts embedded in blog posts for a while (and had noticed that Odeo, which allows you to upload audio the way Flickr allows you to upload photos) was having read speed problems. This seems to be inversed - Flickr now seems to be throttling output (resulting in pages - that I see, at least - displaying only 6 thumbnail images out of a page of, say, 30) while Odeo seems to be loading smartly. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Supreme Court Strikes a Major Blow for Patent Reform
This is very good news. In a nutshell, the Supreme Court has ruled that a broad and common-sense reading of the word 'obvious' should be used when considering whether a proposed patent is 'obvious'. More...