28 mai 2019

OER Survey and Adoption Growth: It pays to check source material

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OER Survey and Adoption Growth: It pays to check source material
Phil Hill, e-Literate, 2019/01/21
I had my own issues with the accuracy of a recent Chronicle's report on an OER study, and Phil Hill does a little fact-checking of his own and finds more problems. "The second paragraph shows a potential drop in adoption over the next three years for all faculty," he writes. "That would be major news showing that the OER movement hit an inflection point." But the study says nothing of the sort. "This survey asks faculty members who are not current users of open educational resources whether they expect to be using OER in the next three years. More...

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Knowledge, Skill and Virtue Epistemology

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Knowlege, Skill and Virtue Epistemology
Duncan Pritchard, Handbook of Skill and Expertise, 2019/01/21
This is just one bit of Duncan Pritchard's voluminous output. It makes me think about the relation between knowledge, on the one hand, and the skill or virtues needed to produce knowledge on the other, in other words, between cognitive success and cognitive agency. "there is a way of thinking about knowledge that takes the idea that knowledge involves cognitive skill or ability as primary," writes Pritchard. More...

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Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials
W3C, 2019/01/18
This probably belongs in the E-Learning 3.0 course (under the 'identity' section) but it's part of educational technology in general (we don't talk about it a lot, but authentication and passwords make up some of the biggest usability issues in ed tech). "This specification defines an API enabling the creation and use of strong, attested, scoped, public key-based credentials by web applications, for the purpose of strongly authenticating users." We are at some point going to get this right (even if the web technology silo companies don't like it). More...

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Why Data Is Never Raw

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why Data Is Never Raw
Nick Barrowman, The New Atlantis, 2019/01/18
There's so much emphasis on things like evidence-based decision-making, or data-driven learning, as though the proponents had never read Kuhn, Lakatos and Laudan. It bears repeating, especially in these days of big data, that "data is never simply given, nor should it be accepted on faith. How data are construed, recorded, and collected is the result of human decisions — decisions about what exactly to measure, when and where to do so, and by what methods". More...

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A Collaborative Way of Learning Project Management with Minecraft

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Collaborative Way of Learning Project Management with Minecraft
Claudia Alcelay, International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, 2019/01/18
This is a short paper (3 page PDF) on the use of Minecraft to support game-based learning for project managers. Minecraft was chosen, writes Claudia Alcelay, because it is collaborative and user actions are traceable. The idea is that students plan their projects, and then enter Minecraft and build according to their project plans. Then they can measure how they performed against what was plan, calculate things like earned value, and essentially emulate the planning and reporting process. More...

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LEGO in the Lab

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. LEGO in the Lab
Charles Rapple, The Scholarly Kitchen, 2019/01/18
This article doesn't have much article to it, but there is a set of links pointing to interesting examples of how Lego is used in the lab and in the classroom (I wish I could see more than just the abstract for the Lego-Github presentation). I have to confess, though - when I was a kid there were two types of people in the world, Lego people, and Meccano people, and I was a Meccano person. More...

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New Issues for OERs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New Issues for OERs
Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, 2019/01/18
There's a new Creative Commons 'Education Platform' discussion of issues related to open educational resources (OERs). This is the next step following the development of a set of principles for the Platform. I think the suggestions came from a discussion list (it's not clear). Anyhow, I've taken the liberty of adding a set of my own 'issues' based on work in new technologies, as well as categorizing and reframing the set of existing 'issues' posted by others. These are reprinted in this blog post, allowing Creative Commons to simply delete my contribution if it's unwelcome.
Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]. More...

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EdTech Journals is Seeking Volunteers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. EdTech Journals is Seeking Volunteers
Jennifer Maddrell, Design for Learning, 2019/01/18
Jennifer Maddrell has passed along a request from Ross Perkins for volunteers to help look at and update this list of academic journals in the field of education. The list ran into difficulty late last year when the WordPress-to-GoogleSheet tool suddenly stopped functioning. More...

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2019: The year MOOC platforms start to die? Adieu Open2Study

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 2019: The year MOOC platforms start to die? Adieu Open2Study
Apostolos K., Multilitteratus Incognitus, 2019/01/18
Courses from Open2Study were being advertised on Class Central as late as this month, but I can confirm this report from Apostolos K. that Open2Study has shut down its free short courses service. The home page now has a notice saying "you can find undergraduate and postgraduate courses taught entirely online through 15 top Australian universities with Open Universities Australia. More...

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Ontario Extend mOOC: the soft opening

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web.Ontario Extend mOOC: the soft opening
Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, 2019/01/18
Alan levine has just announce the 'soft launch' of the Ontario Extend mOOC (which officially starts January 28). "Because eCampusOntario wants to do further research and evaluation, the way inside the mOOC site is a link shared after completing a short online survey (for those who loathe surveys, we have an option to submit nothing and still get the link)." There's a link here to a form. More...

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