09 avril 2019

Gates Heads Back to School in Open Source Spat

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Gates Heads Back to School in Open Source Spat
Microsoft so misses the point in its response to the leak of a recent report advocating the use of open source in British schools. "Competition in the software market is good for customers because it ensures that they get a good deal as it drives choice and innovation," writes a Microsoft representative. More...

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Why You Should (or Should Not) Use the Yahoo! Music Engine

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why You Should (or Should Not) Use the Yahoo! Music Engine
I figure that this is about the best marketing blog post ever, and after giving it a read I downloaded Yahoo!'s new music player. The player connects to Yahoo!'s Launch music service, which has been around for a while now (I gave up on it when the ads outnumbered the songs). The download was a breeze, but the player uses Internet Explorer, which fired off a stream of Javascript errors while failing to import my local music. More...

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mLearnopedia: Your Mobile Learning Resource

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. mLearnopedia: Your Mobile Learning Resource
eLearnopedia introduces us to mLearningopedia, a comprehensive resource on mobile learning. On the one hand I am an unabashed enthusiast for wireless connectivity and networking. On the other hand, I'm not sure about learning on a two-inch screen. More...

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Open Learning and Large Learning Objects

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Learning and Large Learning Objects
I keep meaning to do some Googling for some supplentary links for this item. The main point is that Utah State University's Open Learning Support has expanded from supporting MIT's OCW to also supporting Rice University's Connexions. More...

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BBC Eases Rules on News Feed Use

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. BBC Eases Rules on News Feed Use
The BBC made some more friends worldwide today as restrictions previously limiting use of their RSS feeds were waived. Even more interesting is todays's announcement of BBC's Backstage, "the BBC's new developer network, providing content feeds for anyone to build with. More...

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EDUCAUSE Podcast on Project Governance

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. EDUCAUSE Podcast on Project Governance
D'Arcy Norman links to this podcast by Lisa Kosanovich on project governance. The talks starts out pretty well. She describes administrivia, that sort of project management that drives us all nuts, as "a more reactive approach to problems that arise" and tracable to things like design problems "being resolved in a vacuum". Her four principles of project management seem sound to me: assigning roles and responsibilities, creating a change management and scope steward, setting out communication rules, and setting up schedule tools and principles. More...

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IST-EC 2

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. IST-EC 2
Just announced: "IST-EC 2 (Information Societies Technologies Europe-Canada) is a joint Canada-Europe project whose objective is to connect the European and Canadian research communities in key areas of the Information Society Technologies (IST)... Under the project, Canadian and European research and technology developers from both the public and private sectors (university, research centers or SME’s), can search for joint projects in which to participate on the basis of mutual benefits." There is an e-learning component to the project, which described in full on the web page. More...

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The Role of Metaphor in Interaction Design

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Role of Metaphor in Interaction Design
I think metaphor is the foundation of human reason (more accurately, I think similarity is the foundation of human reason). So it should be no surprise that I would be interested in Dan Saffer's essay on the role of metaphor in interaction design. More...

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Anticipating Autopoiesis: Personal Construct Psychology and Self-Organizing Systems

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Anticipating Autopoiesis: Personal Construct Psychology and Self-Organizing Systems
Seb Fiedler hits on a nice article that draws out some implications of the psychological theory of constructivism, a theory which holds, essentially, that our understanding of the world is a creative act. "There is no event which could be called 'stark reality' because there is no event which we cannot reconstrue alternately." What's important is how we undertake this process (c.f. my remarks on similarity, below). More...

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Dutch Academics Declare Research Free-for-all

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Dutch Academics Declare Research Free-for-all
Three cheers for the Dutch! As the Register reports, "Scientists from all major Dutch universities officially launched a website on Tuesday where all their research material can be accessed for free. Interested parties can get hold of a total of 47,000 digital documents from 16 institutions the Digital Academic Repositories. No other nation in the world offers such easy access to its complete academic research output in digital form, the researchers claim. Obviously, commercial publishers are not amused." Personally, I don't care whether they are amused. More...

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