04 avril 2019

Are the Basics of Instructional Design Changing?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Are the Basics of Instructional Design Changing?
Following what I thought was an interesting turn of discussion on ITForum (aggregated here) I wrote this item, first, to underscore the role of philosophy as informing educational theory, and second, to highlight the difference between online learning and 'traditional' distance education. I argue that the theory of distributed representation has a profound implication for pedagogy, as it suggests that learning (and teaching, such as it is) is not a process of communication, but rather, a process of immersion. More...

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Watch What You Say: You May Be Violating the 'Speech Code'

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Jean Marie Angelo: Watch What You Say: You May Be Violating the 'Speech Code', University Business September 30, 2005
I have spent much of my life in the centre of one controversy or another, and so this discussion of speech codes is one with which I have direct experience. In my own view, the line between aceptable speech and unacceptable speech is the one dividing the use of speech to express a belief and the use of speech to commit an act, where speech codes would apply to instances of the latter where the speech is being used to harass, threaten, embarass, intimidate or in some other way act in coercive or threatening behaviour. More...

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Metadata Standardisation Update

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Lorna Campbell: Metadata Standardisation Update, CETIS September 30, 2005
The best PowerPoint presentation on this subject I've seen in a while, this report summarizes discussions surrounding the creation of an educational (read: learning objects) profile for Dublin Core (DC). Highlights include Jon Mason advocating a view very similar to mine regarding the definition of learning objects ("It's the act of re-purposing an object that turns it into an educational resource. It is assigning educational metadata to a resource that makes the resource educational.") and Mikael Nilsson illustrating, at some length, why learning object metadata (LOM) needs to be expressed in Resource Description Format (RDF) in order to be adapted into DC. More...

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Various authors: Pedagogy Forum and Metadata SIG

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors: Pedagogy Forum and Metadata SIG, CETIS September 30, 2005Slides from the recent joint meeting of the CETIS Metadata SIG (Special Interest Group) and the CETIS Pedagogy Forum held at Milton Keynes September 20. Worth a look (in addition to the Metadata Standardisation Update, listed separately below) include Curriculum Document Modelling and Storage (PPT) by Ben Ryan - the information model alone is worth the price of the download - and JISC Pedagogical Vocabularies Project by Sarah Currier. More...

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Various authors: SchoolPlaza

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors: SchoolPlaza September 30, 2005
From European Schoolnet: "SchoolPlaza is now accessible to all teachers in Europe at www.schoolplaza.org. The portal is a unique collaborative environment where teachers sharing similar interests or teaching the same subject can meet, communicate and work together." My verdict? Try again. More...

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Prof-Ratings Site Irks Academics

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Prof-Ratings Site Irks Academics
Wired News September 30, 2005
When your students say "Your pillow will need a pillow" or "I learned how to hate a language I already know" then you know you're not reaching them. The trouble is, for some professors, the students are saying these things not in class, where they would be disruptive enough, but on public online forums. More...

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Various authors: Exploding SQL, Yahoo Site Explorer and PubSub rankings

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors: Exploding SQL, Yahoo Site Explorer and PubSub rankings
September 30, 2005
So anyhow, I spent the day yesterday, first, learning the limits of left joins in SQL, and second, trying to get my site back up and running. So there was no OLDaily yesterday, and I'm running behind on links today. I will be catching up over the week-end. And repairing my search function - which may be redundant if Yahoo adds search functionality to this interesting site explorer program. More...

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e-Portfolios

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. e-Portfolios
After the panel at CSTD Kathryn Chang Barker came up to me and said, "that's just what we're doing in e-portfolios." Scott Wilson proves the point with this cracking good presentation on e-portfolios, delivered in Sydney, Australia, today. More...

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Debunking the MPAA

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Debunking the MPAA
By now it is generally known that two things are true. First, that the illicit copies of the latest Star Wars were in circulation the day the movie launched. And second, that same Star Wars movie set a record for the highest grossing opening weekend ever. More...

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