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Education Giant Pearson Adapts To Digital Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Education Giant Pearson Adapts To Digital Learning
Ellis Booker, Information Week, April 18, 2013
According to this article, half of Pearson's revenues now come from digital products and services. Pearson is also adapting to the changing learner demographic. More...

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MOOCs: taxonomy of 8 types of MOOC

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOOCs: taxonomy of 8 types of MOOC
Donald Clark, Donald Clark Plan B, April 17, 2013
I don't see the need for the rude poem, which requires that I post a language warning here. But beyond that, the list of eight types of MOOC is, well, a taxonomy. More...

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MOOCs and the Elite Edupunk Way

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOOCs and the Elite Edupunk Way
Darren Draper, Drape's Takes, April 17, 2013
Darren Draper summarizes a response from David Wiley to a recent post of mine in which I argue (or complain) that "MOOCs were not designed to serve the missions of the elite colleges and universities. They were designed to undermine them, and make those missions obsolete." As one of the people who actually developed MOOCs, I figured I was in a good position to say why they were designed, but apparently not. More...

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An alternative perspective on the meaning of ‘open’ in Higher Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An alternative perspective on the meaning of ‘open’ in Higher Education
Jenny Mackness, April 17, 2013
Jenny Mackness proposes, "maybe a 'step' towards an understanding of the meaning of openness is through collaboration across institutions and countries. Whilst this does not address 'open' as in 'free' nor 'open access', it does begin to address 'open sharing' and what it means to 'be' open." I don't know. I've observed collaborations across institutions for decades, without a corresponding increase in openness. More...

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Huge attack on WordPress sites could spawn never-before-seen super botnet

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Huge attack on WordPress sites could spawn never-before-seen super botnet
Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, April 14, 2013
Those using WordPress (and thousands of edubloggers do just that) are advised to take extra security precautions as a huge botnet is targeting WordPress sites with a brute-force attack. More...

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Diagramming sentences

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Diagramming sentences
Mark Liberman, Language Log, April 14, 2013
The problem with sentences like "Man arrested with fake CIA badge" is that it suggests the fake CIA badge was used to make the arrest. Obviously there's a problem of ambiguity here, which is corrected with proper grammar. But how do we represent, and subsequently teach, the correct grammar? For decades, the Reed-Kellogg system has been used in schools; it diagrams the same basic sentence elements that might be found in, say, phrase structure rules. More...

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A report from Keith Devlin's and Coursera’s Introduction to Mathematical Thinking MOOC

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A report from Keith Devlin's and Coursera’s Introduction to Mathematical Thinking MOOC
Seb Schmoller, Fortnightly Mailing, April 15, 2013
There is not nearly enough time to follow every MOOC out there, so I'm attending closely to summaries of different MOOCs like this one from Seb Schmoller. He reports quite a positive experience taking Keith Devlin’s 10 week Introduction to Mathematical Thinking. More...

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That's My Mouse

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. That's My Mouse
We will be seeing a lot more of this sort of thing in the future as people try to create the feel of Second Life on existing web pages. That's My Mouse creates a little avatar for each person on the page and allows them to interact. It's enabled using a Javascript on the page. More...

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Can OER Really Impact Higher Education and Human Development?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Can OER Really Impact Higher Education and Human Development?
This article basically equates 'getting an education' with 'getting a degree' and then argues, based on the failure of past forms of online learning to improve degree production, that "unless a new solution to the world's higher education gap is created out of the strengths of OER, and online learning, these promising innovations will have limited impact in terms of increasing access." This is probably true. More...

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Microsoft Bids $45 Billion for Yahoo

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Microsoft Bids $45 Billion for Yahoo
You've seen this everywhere by the time you've seen this. My only comment is that I hope such a bid fails, for both Yahoo! and Microsoft are too large as it is. More...

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