04 avril 2019

Simulations, Computer Games and Pedagogy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Simulations, Computer Games and Pedagogy
My summary of Clark Aldrich's presentation at today's CSTD conference. The first part is a quick survey of current technologies and their place on the hype cycle. The second part looks at simulations, summarizing four major types and outlining six criteria. In fairness (because I criticize the lightness), conference organizers told me he was asked to do an introductory talk. Also, the paper he placed in the conference kit is much better (if I see it online I'll link to it; it's worth reading). By Stephen Downes (summary), Stephen's Web, May 16, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]. More...

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CSTD Screencast

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. CSTD Screencast
I'm at the Canadian Society for Training and Development Learning Innovations Symposium in Fredericton, New Brunswick. So what do you do when you went to the wrong room and missed a session. You take your microphone and Quickcam and walk around the room interviewing the booth operators. Yes, it's another screencast. More...

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AOL Launches Video Search Service

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. AOL Launches Video Search Service
In the wake of this week's Google Video announcement, news of AOL's response (fortified by the Time Warner video library). More...

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Appcasting

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Appcasting
If you envision learning objects as objects, not merely bits of content, then this should interest you. The syndication of multimedia content is going to get much more interesting than people realize. Right now, the focus is on audio and video. More...

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Amazing New Software Turns Any Computer into A TV Station

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Amazing New Software Turns Any Computer into A TV Station
The author, referring to a Chronicle article, introduces ACTLab TV (aka Alluvium). I installed the demo viewer just the other day to see how it works and was suitably impressed. The secret to this software is that it integrates content authoring tools with shared downloading (a lot like BitTorrent). More...

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Developing and Implementing a Methodology for Reviewing E-portfolio Products

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Developing and Implementing a Methodology for Reviewing E-portfolio Products
As Lisa Grey summarizes, "The study developed a mapping template and explored a sample of twelve e-portfolio products which exemplify the range of existing UK systems, in terms of target learner communities, purposes and functionalities and commercial or non-commercial basis." The authors acknowledge in the report that only a small sample of the available software was considered, with the focus on those in use in Britain. More...

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Google's War on Hierarchy, and the Death of Hierarchical Folders

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Google's War on Hierarchy, and the Death of Hierarchical Folders
Roger Casselman sends along this link to a good analysis by John Hiler, one of the original visionaries of personal publishing. "If you examine Google's products closely," writes Hiler, "you may notice a surprising pattern: Google is attempting to organize the world's information without folders." This is a correct analysis and a correct strategy. More...

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First Impression of Sakai 2.0: Better Than I Expected

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. First Impression of Sakai 2.0: Better Than I Expected
Michael Feldstein's otherwise innocuous review of the latest release of Sakai, an open source learning management system (LMS), has become quite the attraction as several Sakai developers and other commentators have weighed into the discussion, responding to Feldstein's criticism of the discussion tools and the gender imbalance at the Sakai conference. More...

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RSS and Media: Can't we All Just Get Along?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. RSS and Media: Can't we All Just Get Along?
Useful discussion of RSS extensions offered by Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple to support the distribution of multimedia content. Each is slightly different and the author proposes something like a common approach. Historically, when one standard is proposed to replace three divergent standards, the result is four divergent standards. More...

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Welcome to TagCloud.com

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Welcome to TagCloud.com
It was only a matter of time. Why go to all that effort to tag links manually when everything you need is already present in the link. This service automates the process, courtesy of Yahoo's content analysis web service. Except for the Yahoo bit (I use my own algorithm) this is exactly how I derive Edu_RSS topics. More...

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