21 mars 2019

Federal Reserve Board backs up e-Literate in criticism of Brookings report on student debt

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Federal Reserve Board backs up e-Literate in criticism of Brookings report on student debt
Phil Hill, e-Literate, 2014/08/13
The 'Brookings Report' has been cited by some as a reason to doubt that student loan repayments pose a significant economic risk. The authors write, "Despite the tremendous interest in the perceived problems in the student loan market, there is relatively little empirical evidence to support the discussion." My own view is that we will see dramatic and immediate evidence of the risk should interest rates rise significantly. More...

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Active players in a network tell the story: Parsimony in modeling huge networks

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Active players in a network tell the story: Parsimony in modeling huge networks
Amit Rechavi, Sheizaf Rafaeli, First Monday, 2014/08/13
One problem with studying networks is the huge amount of data generated. But what if you just studied the active members of a network, thus reducing significanty the data that hs to be crunched? Would it be reliable? In some cases, yes. More...

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Crowd-Sourced Peer Review: Substitute or supplement for the current outdated system?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Crowd-Sourced Peer Review: Substitute or supplement for the current outdated system?
Peter Suber, London School of Economics, 2014/08/27
Many authors, writes Peter Suber, prefer to have their work reviewed in private. But this may be about to change. More...

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Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds
Alison Flood, The Guardian, 2014/08/27

So the premise here is that context has an impact on memory, and that eBooks read on the Kindle lack the appropriate context for remembering. More...

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Employers Aren’t Just Whining – the “Skills Gap” Is Real

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Employers Aren’t Just Whining – the “Skills Gap” Is Real
James Bessen, Harvard Business Review Blogs, 2014/08/27
"The idea of a 'skills gap' as identified in this and other surveys has been widely criticized," writes James Bessen, citing criticism from Peter Cappelli, Paul Krugman and the New York Times. "A worldwide scheme by thousands of business managers to manipulate public opinion seems far-fetched.," he says (naively). More...

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Common sense for some and new and inspiring for others

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Common sense for some and new and inspiring for others
Barb Brown, Weblog, 2014/08/27
Barb Brown responds to a post I wrote back in 2013. I complained: "Course instructors discuss their approaches to backward instructional design and describe the digital tools used to support collaboration.... Well, this too could have been written in the 1990s, I guess...." She replies, "The topic may not be as timely or important to some audiences, especially those who are expert in teaching online... however, the topic of post secondary instructors collaborating on the design of online courses is relevant to a broad audience." Well maybe - but is content "relevant to a broad audience" really what belongs in an academic journal? More and more, what we are seeing is journal authors writing to an audience consisting of each other - and not keeping up with developments in the field. More...

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Self-Regulation: The Other 21st Century Skills

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Self-Regulation: The Other 21st Century Skills
Jackie Gerstein, User Generated Education, 2014/08/26
The whole character-building thing has been in vogue recently, what with people writing about "grit" and other aspects of successful learners (and people). There is some point to this - you will not become successful at anything (whether work, hobbies or even lifestyle) without putting the effort, which takes motivation and perseverence. But there's also an aspect of this movement whereby these are externally defined. More...

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Learning Vs. Performance -- The Dichotomy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Learning Vs. Performance -- The Dichotomy
Sahana Chattopadhyay, ID, Other Reflections, 2014/08/26
This article gets at the difference between learning and performance, identifying aspects distinguishing a focus on one as opposed to the other:

  • Growth mindset - Carol Dweck, in her research, differentiated between Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset.
  • Limiting beliefs – Related to fixed mindset, limiting beliefs constrain us in many ways.
  • Fear of failures – This could directly stem from the organizational culture and environment.

In a follow-up article, Sahana Chattopadhyay makes it clear that training is only one aspect of performance. More...

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Hackers Target Video Games for Fun, Profit and Better Scores

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Hackers Target Video Games for Fun, Profit and Better Scores
Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, 2014/08/26
I lost interest in commercial online multiplayer games when I discovered people cheating (a game crash was followed by a massive attack on my empire that somehow pinpointed every weakness; the other player admitted seeing my troop disposition). It's the same experience I had in Reno - playing poker in the poker room was fun until the hustler came in and started betting the maximum on every hand. More...

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At OTF Teaching, Learning & Technology Conference – Hopscotch, Sphero, Social Reading

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. At OTF Teaching, Learning & Technology Conference – Hopscotch, Sphero, Social Reading
Doug Peterson, doug - off the record, 2014/08/26
What Doug Peterson describes here is very similar to my own workflow, readingflow, whateverflow. It's a restatement of the "aggregate-remix-repurpose-feed forward" methodology, identifying specific tools that can be used to accomplish it. Does it work? I offer my own career as evidence. More...

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