13 mars 2019

Les Mille endormis d’Adam Maor et Yonatan Levy

Mille détenus administratifs font une grève de la faim. Le Premier Ministre décide de les plonger dans un sommeil qui détournerait l’attention internationale. Mais voilà que les mille dormeurs palestiniens causent des insomnies au peuple israélien. Dès lors il est urgent d’envoyer une émissaire dans le monde des rêves… À travers leur parabole onirique, leur conte oscillant entre gravité et légèreté, le compositeur Adam Maor et le dramaturge Yonatan Levy, tous deux Israéliens, parlent d’un pays déchiré, d’une société multiculturelle que ses dirigeants n’envisagent plus comme un tout organique, mais comme une irréconciliable mosaïque. Leur opéra bariolé de couleurs tour à tour fantasques et rêveuses, en création au Festival d’Aix avant une tournée internationale, est traversé d’une certitude : « il n’est d’autre patrie que l’espace entre une âme et une autre. »

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Global University Rankings and their Impact

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web.Global University Rankings and their Impact
Andrejs Rauhvargers, European University Association, April 12, 2013
Over the years I have found the deference people show to institutions like Harvard, MIT and Standford to be quite remarkable. Yes, the people who work there are smart, but they are not uniquely smart, and they are as often more important for their biases (such as, for example, a pro-commercial affiliation) than for their academics or teaching. This report on university rankings points to instances of this phenomenon. More...

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Foursquare Planning to Offer Check-in Data to Target Ads on Other Platforms

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Foursquare Planning to Offer Check-in Data to Target Ads on Other Platforms
John McDermott, Ad Age, April 12, 2013
It should be no surprise to people to find that their FourSquare checkin data is being sold to advertisers and marketing agencies. More...

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What do you mean… open?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What do you mean… open?
Dave Cormier, Dave's Educational Blog, April 12, 2013
This is generally a pretty good discussion of the concept - and complexities - around the term 'open'. I have some issues with it - see my comment at the end of the article. But I like the account quoted near the end: "Perhaps the most commonly used sense of ‘open’ has been the idea of creating opportunities for study for those debarred from it for whatever reasons, be it lack of formal educational attainments or shortage of vacancies, poverty, remoteness, employment or domestic necessities," from Mackenzie, Postgate and Scupham, 1975. More...

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Learning: A Field Guide

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Learning: A Field Guide
nick shackleton-jones, aconventional, April 12, 2013
This is more a first draft than a finished book (or half-book) but I like the idea and the presentation is engaging. Learning, A Field Guide steps the reader through the varities of the learning experience, including simulations, scenarios, story-telling and a dozen or so more. More...

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Learning Styles, ha, ha, ha, ha

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Learning Styles, ha, ha, ha, ha
Jay Cross, Internet Time Blog, April 12, 2013
I still think there's something to the basaic idea of learning styles, but the most effective criticism that can be levied against them is offered here, as Jay Cross reviews some of the dozens of dichotomies that define different learning styles theories. More...

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Reclaim Open Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Reclaim Open Learning
Jim Groom, bavatuesdays, April 12, 2013
If I had a simple way of reclaiming open learning I would do it. Though I'm not sure I'd be seeking out the MIT Media Lab as the place to do it (strictly my own bias, but I don't really associate MIT with 'non-commercial'). But anyhow, Jim Groom (who I still have faith in after all these years) descended into Babylon to chat with Audrey Watters and Philipp Schmidt on Jöran und Konsorten on Vimeo. More...

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Ten Commandments for Educators

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ten Commandments for Educators
James Paul Gee, April 8, 2013
I think the statements could have been made in a less culturally-specific way, but I can say I disagree with them. More...

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Learning to Teach online

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Learning to Teach online
Cristina Costa, April 9, 2013
A really good point in a nutshell: "If we believe that learning is anchored in engagement, then we really need to design for engagement. I think this is where creating learning contexts becomes key. More...

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The Realities of MOOCs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Realities of MOOCs
Ben Betts, Stoatly Different, April 9, 2013
Some interesting early results in a MOOC run by University of San Diego (USD) based on a course called "Sustainability in the Supply Chain." The post is a bit awkwardly written, but essentially, they started with three cohorts, one of 300, one of 150, and one of 50 students. More...

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