09 avril 2019

South African National Curriculum Wiki

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. South African National Curriculum Wiki
Will Richardson reports on this remarkable wiki, a website containing pages for each subject area in each class for the South African grades 10-12 curriculum. More...

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The Development of Socialization in an On-line Learning Environment

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Development of Socialization in an On-line Learning Environment
What I like about this item is that it is an application of Gilly Salmon's five stage model of moderation. The context of this application is a set of e-moderator courses designed to train on-line tutors. According to the study, if Stage 1 of the model - "access and motivation" - is effectively designed and facilitated, then socialization follows. More...

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Overcoming the Biggest Barrier to Student Success

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Overcoming the Biggest Barrier to Student Success
According to the abstract, "life interruptions are common for students and that more fixed seat time in courses increases the probability of student failure. Redesigning course schedules is critical to increasing student success." Reasonably short PowerPoint presentation that makes the case. More...

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In Praise of Sharing

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. In Praise of Sharing
The author argues, "we should reject the notion that we, or our institutions, own ideas. Even though much of what we do can be made to fit an ownership model, this is the wrong model for the long haul." Moreover, "we should resist the temptation to think about our endeavors in commercial terms." And we should reward sharing. More...

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Now Grading Your Student Essay -- A Computer

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Now Grading Your Student Essay -- A Computer
There have been numerous articles and commentaries about this item. For myself, I consider it a trivial distraction. Not because I am opposed to the use of computers to grade essays - I'm not. Not because this program does it well - it doesn't. But because the use of computers to grade essays is old news and because the use of any instrument (up to and including blind mice) to grade essays would be about as fair and consistent as the current practice. More...

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Charter Threatens Parents With Lawsuit

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Charter Threatens Parents With Lawsuit
One of the advantages of charter schools, we are told, is that they enable direct parental input. Another is that they take advantage of the free market to allow free and informed choice. But Charter Schools USA has nullified both advantages with a single action recently with the sending of a Cease and Desist notice to a group of parents voicing their concerns about the school in an online forum. We need to remember that when private enterprise takes over our normal rights and freedoms are abrogated. More...

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Open Source Means Just That

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Source Means Just That
Scott Leslie levels some criticism at an unnamed open source learning object repository, pointing out quite reasonably that if it won't release its code, it cannot be called open source. I am inclined to agree and can name three projects off the top of my head that could fit his description. More...

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Open Source Software in Schools

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Source Software in Schools
The long-awaited BECTA report advocating the use of open source in schools has now been released. The report, kept under wraps because of the British election, was nonetheless widely discussed in the blogosphere. More...

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Laptop Theft Prompts a Student-ID Shift at Oklahoma State U.

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Laptop Theft Prompts a Student-ID Shift at Oklahoma State U.
According to this article, staff at Oklahoma State are scrambling to implement a new student ID system after a laptop containing 37,000 student social security numbers was stolen from the school's career services department. University officials can lament now, but we have to ask, what were these records doing on a laptop in the first place. More...

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My First (sloppy) ScreenCast

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. My First (sloppy) ScreenCast
Alan Levine experiments with screencasting and is successful. Even better, he has provided instructions for the rest of us. You can view his screencast at his link. And also, you can see what I produced after following his instructions, made with Windows Media Eccoder, which recorded the screen, and SwishVideo, which converted it to Flash. More...

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