21 mars 2019

A Weird but True Fact about Textbook Publishers and OER

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Weird but True Fact about Textbook Publishers and OER
Michael Feldstein, e-Literate, 2014/11/24
Michael Feldstein makes the point in this post that many publishers like open educational resources. "It has become clear that textbook profits are collapsing as student find more ways to avoid buying the new books," he writes. More...

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Working out Loud and Serendipity

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Working out Loud and Serendipity
Sahana Chattopadhyay, ID, Other Reflections, 2014/11/24
This week (or maybe last week; I don't really keep up on these things) is "work out loud week". What that means is that we should share the work that we're doing as we do it. OLDaily is my tool for this. Though to be honest, my work has shifted in a way OLDaily hasn't, exactly, as for the last year I have been leading the LPSS program, a role that has added a slew of new responsibilities: project planning, budgets and resource planning, marketing and communication strategies, and more. More...

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SCORM and Tin Can API: The difference between DVDs and Netflix

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. SCORM and Tin Can API: The difference between DVDs and Netflix
Melanie Moffett, eLearning Industry, 2014/11/24
I'd like to think that we can go a bit beyond Nedtflix, but I appreciate the analogy behind this post comparing SCORM and xAPI. SCORM - the Sharable Content Object Reference Model, was designed as a way for published products, like courseware, to report back to a host system, like a learning management system (LMS). More...

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Doing Better With Open Access Advocacy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Doing Better With Open Access Advocacy
Jill O'Neill, The Scholarly Kitchen, 2014/12/30
Jill O'Neill argues that Open Access advocates shouldn't casually appear to the needs of the visually impaired as an argument in favour of open access. It never bothered them before, she says - "such incompatibility hadn’t surfaced in earlier open access manifestos — Budapest, Berlin, Bethesda" — and now seems a convenient issue to use to make the point. More...

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Salon Culture: Network of Ideas

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Salon Culture: Network of Ideas
Andrian Kreye, Edge, 2014/10/03
The first three quarters of this article offer an interesting outline of the history of salon culture, that is, the fomenting of ideas through the social gatherings of thinkers and intellectuals. The last quarter devolves into dreck promoting things like TED. Leaving aside the (paid?) placement, however, the article is worth a look. And leave aside the idea that salons are reserved for intellectuals. More...

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Google unveils Drive for Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Google unveils Drive for Education
Charlie Osborne, ZDNet, 2014/10/03
Google continues its push to commoditize learning management. It "said Tuesday that the academic version of its online storage solution can be used with Google Apps for Education and boasts unlimited storage with transfer support for files up to 5TB in size. More...

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New York Times Plans to Eliminate 100 Jobs in the Newsroom

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New York Times Plans to Eliminate 100 Jobs in the Newsroom
Ravi Somaiya, New York Times, 2014/10/03
The New York Times was one of the earliest and most prominent news sources to set up a paywall and opt for subscription-based online services. Though the newspaper has consistently claimed that the move was a success, it's not clear that it has been. More...

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LinkedIn University Rankings

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. LinkedIn University Rankings
Various authors, LinkedIn, 2014/10/03
This has to be better than the made-up rankings provided by entities like U.S. News & World Report, or Macleans in Canada, but even so the purpose remains the same: the rankings reflect the values held by the ranker, and are intended to push the rankees into pursuing those metrics (hence, the U.S. News rankings, for example, push universities away from opening access to lower income students). Just so, the LinkedIn rankings are "based on career outcomes". The LinkedIn blog defines outcomes based on "desirable jobs," for examples, where "we define a desirable job to be a job at a desirable company for the relevant profession. More...

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Hack This Book: Announcing Open Music Theory

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Hack This Book: Announcing Open Music Theory
Kris Shaffer, Hybrid Pedagogy, 2014/10/03
While I still have my criticisms of this textbook (music notation is not my thing) I think it represents a useful innovation and, I hope, further undermines the traditional publisher paradigm of university textbooks. It's not just that the published books cost money (though there is that) but also that they convey a single authoritative voice. These open textbooks disrupt that. More...

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Academy of Art University student's CS6 licenses canceled

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Academy of Art University student's CS6 licenses canceled
David Lawrence, Creative Cow, 2014/10/03
You used to buy software on a disk and it would always run. But software companies are convcerting to an annual license model, where there's no disk, and like content streaming, you get to use the software only so long as you keep paying for it. I've bought movies this way, but to this day I can't even watch the movies I've paid Microsoft for (which to me means that they've simply stolen several hundred dollars from me). More...

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