28 mai 2019

Improving reuse of design knowledge in a LMS

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Improving reuse of design knowledge in a LMS
David T. Jones, Creative dissatisfaction, 2019/01/30
This is an article that moves seamlessly from a problem with ugly text in Blackboard (who hasn't had that problem?) to a general commentary about the need to be able to develop and reuse design patterns in an LMS environment. This becomes even more critical, writesDavid T. Jones, as we consider the implications of next generation digital environments that involve the use of multiple applications in online learning. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 12:00 - - Permalien [#]


It’s about Trust, Stupid! Why Blockchain-based BlockCerts are the wrong solution to a false problem (0/3)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. It’s about Trust, Stupid! Why Blockchain-based BlockCerts are the wrong solution to a false problem (0/3)
Serge Ravet, Learning Futures, 2019/01/30
This is the first of what may be three or four articles on the subject. The key point in the this first post is this: "Trust is the mortal enemy of public blockchains." Or, to put the same point another way, the core message of blockchain technology is this: "distrust each other, the way I distrusted you." I would have though we had learned the limits of trust in this era of hack attacks, online scams and fake news, but maybe not. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 11:59 - - Permalien [#]

Top 10 IT Issues, 2019: The Student Genome Project

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Top 10 IT Issues, 2019: The Student Genome Project
Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE Review, 2019/01/31
This is a follow-up to an earlier article on the top 10 IT issues. The cleverly titled focus of this article is on how to 'sequence' educational data. "In 2019 we are focused on organizing, standardizing, and safeguarding data," writes Susan Grajek, "so that we can use it to address our most pressing priority: student success." This the issues are clustered into three themes: empowered students, trusted data, and 21st-century business strategies. It's no surprise the focus is on data - most of the top 10 IT issues listed focus on data, and the other two themes are almost afterthoughts, interpreted here in terms of data. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:36 - - Permalien [#]

Who will become the Uber of packaged elearning content?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Who will become the Uber of packaged elearning content?
Conor Gilligan, Training Journal, 2019/01/31
This article offers a corporate-centered discussion of e-learning trends, and specifically, that "the market for packaged elearning content will continue to grow as the hunger from corporates increases and requires more agility than ever. This will be driven by the growing demand for skills development." This ties into the 'Uber' in the headline in the sense that companies are offering to link content creators with these corporate markets. So, "one of the leading LMS providers has decided to join the race to become the Uber of elearning content — yes, Cornerstone on Demand. CSOD acquired a leading packaged  microlearning provider based in New York, Grovo, for $24m. Another leading LMS, Totara Learn, has also announced its plans to create a content marketplace". More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:35 - - Permalien [#]

FLO Facilitation Guide

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. FLO Facilitation Guide
Gina Bennett, Beth Cougler Blom, Sylvia Currie, Sylvia Riessner, BCcampus, 2019/01/31
This guide (181 page PDF) "is a collection of one- to five-week online courses that help participants
develop the skills they need to confidently and effectively facilitate learning online." The purpose is "to help individuals prepare and facilitate these courses as well as any courses that emphasize facilitating in a community of learners and supporting collaboration and reflective practice". More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:34 - - Permalien [#]


Get the PDFs – Google Search to Google Folder

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Get the PDFs – Google Search to Google Folder
Tom Woodward, Bionic Teaching, 2019/01/31
This is the sort of thing that should be easy but that is (for no good reason) hard. "Is there a way to automatically get the links from the search linked (here) into a spreadsheet? Then, from there, is there a way to automagically get the pdf files into a Drive folder?" Why yes, yes there is, which is why I'm passing this along. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:34 - - Permalien [#]

New Message Manual to Improve and Create Consistent Communications in Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New Message Manual to Improve and Create Consistent Communications in Education
Alesha Bishop, Getting Smart, 2019/01/29
According to this article, the Hewlett Foundation recently released Communicating a Shared Vision for Students and Education. I'm always wary of a 'shared vision' because in my experience there is no such thing. I'm also wary because this guide doesn't seem to be available online. The research for the document was gathered in documents by Hattaway Communication, including this one from 2017, and this one and this one from 2018. The documents are interesting because they give us a look behind the scenes of how a foundation's media messages are crafted. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:17 - - Permalien [#]

VR cameras on the space station for your virtual spacewalk

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. VR cameras on the space station for your virtual spacewalk
Emory Craig, Digital Bodies, 2019/01/29
OK, I admit, I'm linking to this because I love the idea of a virtual spacewalk and I want to try it as soon as I can! That said, reading through the article naturally brings to mind additional thoughts. Like: what if I want to move? How would they handle that? In space, you could move in a full 360x360 degree sphere of directions, presumable with some simple jet-pack controls (one of the reasons I like No Man's Sky so much is that it really allows you to move freely and fluidly through the environment). But capturing the video for this kind of movement would create a crazy amount of data! I imagine we would scale up to is, and full-motion VR would be quantified by some sort of 3d movement resolution scale. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:16 - - Permalien [#]

Getting Found, Staying Found

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Getting Found, Staying Found
Public Knowledge Project, 2019/01/29
This is a document published by the Public Knowledge Project (who make Open Journal Systems) to help open access journals publicize themselves. Of course, a lot of the advice is relevant for other open access projects in general. A note on navigation: it isn't obvious when you go to the document - there's no 'next page' or anything like that. I spend several minutes looking for the link to download the document before I realized that the menu on the left hand side is your only navigation. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:15 - - Permalien [#]

Podcasting Can Work in Any Subject

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Podcasting Can Work in Any Subject
John Spencer, 2019/01/29
What makes this post work is that it not only extols the virtues of podcasting and explains how it can help develop skills across a number of disciplines, it also spends a lot of time suggesting really good and grade-appropriate podcasting project ideas for students from grades 3 to 12. Actually, a lot of these would be good podcasting ideas for adults as well. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:15 - - Permalien [#]