04 avril 2019

Toronto 2005

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Toronto 2005
I am on a bit of a vaction this week, so that means more photos for you. Today's set comes from Toronto, where yesterday I wandered around courtesy the Toronto Transit Commission. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, May 23, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]. More...

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The Open RSS Feed Reader On The Web: Microsoft Start

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Open RSS Feed Reader On The Web: Microsoft Start
Promising. This is Robin Good's assessment of Microsoft Start, "a new, still undefined, unpromoted and unhyped technology service from Microsoft." Start is, in a word, an RSS feed reader. More...

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Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out, Start the Computer Revolution

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out, Start the Computer Revolution
I met Timothy Leary in 1984 (give or take a year). I remember his brand new sneakers, his shock white hair. I remember how slim he was, how burned out he seemed. But Leary, who was on a speaking tour when I interviewed him, was passionate about the coming computer revolution. "Turn on, tune in, boot the mind" was the slogan he repeated over and over. More...

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A Journey of Self-Discovery: Facilitator's Guide to Reflection and Portfolio Development

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Journey of Self-Discovery: Facilitator's Guide to Reflection and Portfolio Development
Another in the recent cluster of resources surrounding portfolio development. This Guide, produced by Saskatchewan Learning, describes portfolios as like "'learning documentaries' that present concrete examples of an individual's knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs)." It introduces the concept, process and product developed. More...

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Cultivating Minds

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Cultivating Minds
When NRC's president, Pierre Coulombe, came through our office a few weeks ago and asked what I'm doing, I replied that I am working toward an education accessible to all. More...

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GSM Association Rejects New DRM Patent License Terms

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. GSM Association Rejects New DRM Patent License Terms
Just an update on the DRM conflicts taking place at the manufacturer level. In this item, the The GSM Association, a trade association representing wireless carriers, has rejected the revised MPEG-LA royalty schedule (this would license for patents held by ContentGuard and others, and has been widely opposed). More...

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Outsourcing Teaching

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Outsourcing Teaching
Keep in mind that though Tech Central Station looks like a news site, it is in reality a political activist site (this has been well documented) and is therefore pushing an agenda here. That said, it is nonetheless relevant to take note of what is being proposed here: that instead of people in developing nations logging onto and studying with established western educational institutions, people in wealthier nations may log on to and study with much more affordable (and, possibly, service oriented) online institutions set up in coutries like India or China. More...

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A (Colossal) Fight Over Fair Use

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A (Colossal) Fight Over Fair Use
The American Association of University Press has launched complaints against Google's plan to digitize scholarly texts. "Google Print for Libraries has wonderful potential, but that potential can only be realized if the program itself respects the rights of copyright owners and the underlying purpose of copyright law. It cannot legitimately claim to advance the public interest by increasing access to published information if, in the process of doing so, it jeopardizes the just rewards of authors..." We will ignore, of course, the fact that most academic authors are not paid, and those that are, receive a pittance. More...

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The Upcoming Copyright Clash

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Upcoming Copyright Clash
Survey article (PDF) describing the issues and the factions surrounding the coming debate on copyright reform in Canada. This one call-out puts the debate into a nutshell: "Copyright extension effectively constitutes a massive transfer of wealth from the public to a select group of copyright holders such as Disney." The question, from where I sit, is: will the interests of the Canadian public at large be able to withstand the rather substantial lobbying power that companies like Disney hold over our politicians. More...

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Leaning on P2P Advocates

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Leaning on P2P Advocates
In the 'unhealthy trends' department: proponents of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networking have been subject to increasing administrative legal and administrative pressure as a result of their advocacy. More...

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