15 mai 2019

Consistency in Design is the Wrong Approach

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Jared Spool: Consistency in Design is the Wrong Approach, September 16, 2005

This is the key point: "When you think about consistency, you’re thinking about the product. When you’re thinking about current knowledge, you’re thinking about the user. They are two sides of the same coin. We’ve just noticed that the designers who spend more time thinking about the users are the ones that end up with more usable designs." A point with which, in the main, I agree. More...

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Semi-Structured Meta-Data Has a Posse: A Response to Gene Smith

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Clay Shirkey: Semi-Structured Meta-Data Has a Posse: A Response to Gene Smith, September 16, 2005

It is tempting to depict Clay Skirkey's defense of tagging as setting up a false dilemma between tagging and classification, but I think his view is more that tagging forms one part of a wider picture. "Full text indexing, link analysis, trust networks, and related techniques now accomplish about 80% of what classification used to do for us." That's an image I can live with more easily than the caricature view that 'tagging will by itself replace classification'. More...

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MSCTC Online Writing Lab

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors: MSCTC Online Writing Lab, September 16, 2005

One day I hope to write a resource on grammar to complement my guide to the logical fallacies. In the mean time I will content myself to linking to online grammar resources. More...

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Let Us Learn to Solve Problems

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. David H. Jonassen: Let Us Learn to Solve Problems, ITForum September 16, 2005

David Jonassen forays into the uncertain and unforgiving world of online discussion as he posts this article for examination by the group at ITForum. "To blog or not to blog, that is the question this week," he writes. More...

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E-Learning 2.0

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. E-Learning 2.0

September 16, 2005 I spent the day at the Canadian Heritage Information Network engaged in a lengthy and free-wheeling discussion of the concepts surrounding E-Learning 2.0 Although the PowerPoint Slides for my presentation today are basically the same as those I used in Edmonton a few months ago, the discussio0n was much more wide ranging. Audio segments (each about an hour): Part One, Part Two, Part Three. More...

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A Global Conversation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. James Torio: Blogs: A Global Conversation, September 15, 2005

Pretty nice Master's Thesis on blogs, the business of blogs and blogging as conversation. While it doesn't really break new ground (the survey, in which I think I participated, adds very little), and while the range of resources consulted could be wider, the essay nonetheless offers a good introduction to the topic and is written in an engaging and well-informed tone. More...

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The Brains Business

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Adrian Wooldridge: The Brains Business, The Economist September 15, 2005

"A more market-oriented system of higher education can do much better than the state-dominated model." This is the central message being advanced in this series of articles, and the Economist is not above routine rhetorical sleight of hand to make the point (consider, for example, the false dichotomy drawn between "techno-utopians" and "cultural conservatives." Or ponder the omission of Canadian statistics in the comparisons between the U.S. system and purportedly "state-dominated" models). More...

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Web 2.0 for Designers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Richard MacManus and Joshua Porter: Web 2.0 for Designers, Digital Web Magazine September 15, 2005

"In Web 1.0," writes the author, "a small number of writers created Web pages for a large number of readers." Enter Web 2.0, however, and this equation changes, "a vision of the Web in which information is broken up into “microcontent” units that can be distributed over dozens of domains. More...

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Transient Identity

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tom Gordon: Transient Identity, September 15, 2005

According to the author, "the concept of transient identity comes in to play when the ownership of personal identity is transferred back to the individual." It is transient because it is identity fixed at a certain point in time - the last time user info was entered into a website registration, for example. More...

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S1000D/SCORM Data re-use Demonstration

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Press Release: S1000D/SCORM Data re-use Demonstration, September 15, 2005

Peter Hope yesterday flagged this development as something worth watching. "Boeing Australia, HarvestRoad and DEST have collaborated to demonstrate the use of repositories to share content between SCORM training modules and S1000D technical publications based on authoritative data sources". More...

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