27 mars 2019

Freire, the Matrix, and Scalability

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Freire, the Matrix, and Scalability
Paulo Freire, as the biographies note, wove education theory and social theory into a form of liberation pedagogy based on "the idea of building a 'pedagogy of the oppressed' or a 'pedagogy of hope' and how this may be carried forward." A session on Freire at a recent conference in Montreal moved David Wiley to pen this article. More...

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Blocking VoIP Calls: Foreboding Harbinger or Benign Fluke?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Blocking VoIP Calls: Foreboding Harbinger or Benign Fluke?
The nation of Qatar has already started cracking down on what it calls "illegal VoIP" (Voice over IP) and there are signs that this trend is spreading as some U.S. carriers have already attempted to block voice traffic, citing it as unfair competition. I personally don't see what's unfair about using technological innovation to provide the same service at a lower cost, but then I have maintained that the global business ennvironment has long since ceased to be based on the principle of free competititon and now relies on cartel, copyright, patent and trade legislation to support otherwise unprofitable business methods. More...

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When iPod Goes Collegiate

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. When iPod Goes Collegiate
Overview of Duke's experiment with iPods (the university gave one to every student last year) with some frank admissions that they weren't well used combined with some interesting observations on their use. More...

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The Early History of Nupedia and Wikipedia

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Early History of Nupedia and Wikipedia
With more than a million entries and able to compose credible and authoritative articles years before its more traditional competition, Wikipedia has emerged as a force in online publishing. But how did it start? In this two part essay (Part One, Part Two) one of the people who worked on the project in its early days, Larry Sanger, offers a retrospective. More...

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The Gift Economy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Gift Economy
Dave Pollard writes, "The Gift Economy offers us a means to learn, to understand, to take charge, and to change our world. It is a natural economy, steeped in millions of years of pre-civilization human culture and the culture of all life on Earth. If enough of us embraced it, the modern 'market' economy, built on the faulty and inhuman foundations of inequality, scarcity, false quantification of value, and acquisition, could not survive." In this thus far I agree, and in what follows he provides a pretty good overview. More...

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Capella Education Company Capella

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Capella Education Company
Capella University, which " provides online accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs to working adults and employers," has filed for its initial public offering (IPO). It intends to raise up to $86 million. More...

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Faceted Classification in the Government of Canada

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Faceted Classification in the Government of Canada
There are two major ways to organize resources. One way is to assign each resource a position within a classification system. Dewey Decimal and the Library of Congress classification systems work this way. But there are many such ways to classify resources. And some resources might not fit easily into a single category. Another way is to look at the properties of a resource. More...

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The Learning Activity Management System

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Learning Activity Management System
The Learning Activity Management System, better known as LAMS, has been (as promised last year) launched as open source software. Downloads are available for both Windows (143.9 megabytes) and Red Hat Linux. More...

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European Schoolnet

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. European Schoolnet
European Schoolnet launched today a new portal as "a corporate site for its institutional and business partners and for anyone interested to know more about EUN activities and projects." The portal provides European Schoolnet news and updates, as well as quick access to online committee rooms for members. More...

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PH.Dotcom

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. PH.Dotcom
Article about academic blogging which, while it notes the paucity of academic bloggers, speaks positively about the potential benefit. What I liked was the description of why academics blog: to enjoy a freedom they cannot find in traditional academic writing. More...

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