27 mars 2019

How to Let Educational Systems Talk

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How to Let Educational Systems Talk
Good background on the new IMS General Web Services spec describing the three major scenarios described and what they mean in general terms. Despite the heroic effort to make arcane topics accessible I think average readers will still find it too technical. More...

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Education as Toaster

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Education as Toaster
Well, it's an interesting analogy. "We put bread in, and toast comes out. Teachers are the toaster operators. The field of educational technology is responsible for the engineering and marketing of the toasters." Taken to a certain point, the analogy - intending to contrast the division of labour in other industries with the artisan nature of learning - works. More...

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Why Online Teaching Turned Me Off

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why Online Teaching Turned Me Off
I'm not really sure of the point of this contrarian article - the author says "I want to look my students right in the eyeball" while pretending (I guess) that the eyes in the top row of a 500 seat classroom are anything other than a distinct blur. More...

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Digital Tweed: Mapping the Terrain of Online Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Digital Tweed: Mapping the Terrain of Online Education
Discussion of the recent Sloan-C reports on the number of students involved in online learning. "Some 1.92 million students were enrolled in at least one online course as of fall 2003, up almost 20 percent from 1.6 million in Fall 2002. Sloan-C projected the Fall 2003 online course enrollment numbers would increase by a third to 2.63 million students for Fall 2004." Via Distance-Educator, which seems to have repaired its RSS feeds. More...

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Why Google is Syndication Shy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why Google is Syndication Shy
I think there's a germ of truth here: "Feeds may be Google's greatest enemy. If Google did offer feeds that connected users with the information they are looking for from the Web they would miss the opportunity to advertise to them. What will remedy this? Google will incorporate contextual Adwords ads into these kinds of feeds, much like Overture has done. What’s taking so long? Beats me." But the answer is this: if Google can aggregate, anyone can aggregate - and who is going to aggregate advertisements. More...

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Handheld Computer Yet to Reach the Masses

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Handheld Computer Yet to Reach the Masses
The low-cost Simputer developed for use in India is being regarded as a failure - "Picopeta has sold fewer than 2,000 units in the past 12 months, far below the target of 50,000. Worse, only 10 percent of those Simputers were bought for rural use. Encore software, the other company making Simputers, also sold about 2,000 units." The major reason for the slow sales seems to be the dramatic drop in price of traditional computers. More...

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Korea, US to Develop e-Learning Standards

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Korea, US to Develop e-Learning Standards
Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) is opening an office and test lab in Korea, according to this report. More...

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New BCcampus Services Improve Online Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New BCcampus Services Improve Online Learning
BC Campus made the news yesterday with its official launch of its "final major development phase of BCcampus, which will provide a single point of access to every service an online student needs." According to executive director David Porter, “This system allows learners to use their student number at their ‘home’ institution to ‘visit’ other schools and have access to the electronic library of the institution they’re visiting – all through the BCcampus portal. More...

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MIT Students Pull Prank on Conference

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MIT Students Pull Prank on Conference
Everyone has gotten a good giggle over this one. A group of computer science students created a random essay generator, printed out a random essay, and got it accepted at an academic conference. Read the fine print and you see it was accepted as an "unrefereed submission". But still. Pretty funny. More...

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Botany Photo of the Day

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Botany Photo of the Day
Because it's a slow news day (a Friday in April - does it get any better?) and because I like things like this. More...

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