28 mai 2019

How to Study Online Courses

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How to Study Online Courses
David Thompson, Saylor.org, 2019/01/17
The recommendations are: create a space, set achievable goals, form a group, get out a calendar, and have fun. All reasonable. So are the bonus tips: take notes, and quiz yourself. But there's one more thing, and it's really important. Do the work. Online learning is very different from traditional learning in that in online learning there's no such thing as 'getting by'. When you're in online learning, you're in it for yourself. Not for the school. Not for the teacher. More...

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Let’s Save Blogging

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Let’s Save Blogging
Ernie Smith, Tedium, 2019/01/17
The message is this: "The independent blog has been in decline for years. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s why you should start a blog in 2019—and host it yourself." It's a longish read, looking at the 'early' days (2009), the impact of social media, the fate of Tumblr, covering your costs, and how federation might move blogging back toward independence. “The fediverse is built in such a way that anyone can create a new tool for it, and each one makes the network more useful to everyone in it,” Baer added. More...

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The replication crisis is killing psychologists’ theory of how the body influences the mind

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The replication crisis is killing psychologists’ theory of how the body influences the mind
Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, 2019/01/17
The 'replication crisis' is the phenomenon afflicting the social sciences whereby research demonstrating significant results can't seem to be replicated by others. We've covered this issue before. The psychological theory called 'embodied cognition', meanwhile, is the idea that our bodies, as well as our brains, are implicated in thought (and learning, and memory). We've covered this as well. More...

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Wikipedia - told you so!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Wikipedia - told you so!
Doug Johnson, Blue Skunk Blog, 2019/01/17
The best part of this article is the list of topics covered by Wikipedia that would never find their way into Britannica. " Wikipedia includes fine entries on Kafka and the War of the Spanish Succession, and also a complete guide to the ships of the U.S. Navy, a definition of Philadelphia cheesesteak, a masterly page on Scrabble, a list of historical cats..." and so on. But it also makes the point that Wikipedia has passed the credibility test. More...

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4 ideas to advance teaching in 2019

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 4 ideas to advance teaching in 2019
Thomas Arnett, Christensen Institute, 2019/01/17
There has to be a term for the placement of a controversial idea in the context of a set of widely accepted truisms (or, at the very least, messages your readers will want to hear, such as "put technology in service of teaching" or "prioritize student-teacher relationships"). The phrase "snake in the grass' comes to mind, but that isn't quite it. Anyhow, that's that we have here with the third idea: "decouple teaching and grading." Now this isn't anything that hasn't been proposed before (indeed, this set of 'disruptive' ideas resembles what you might have read in the 80s or 90s). But here's it's presented as a way to "advance teaching". Now, I don't disagree with separating teaching and grading. But this won't improve existing practice in teaching. More...

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Why You Should NOT Quit Facebook or Twitter

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why You Should NOT Quit Facebook or Twitter
Wesley Fryer, Moving at the Speed of Creativity, 2019/01/17
As most readers know, I quite Facebook about 2.5 years ago, but still use Twitter. Neither is particularly wholesome, but Twitter at least appears to try to be ethical. So why should we stay on these services? Wesley Fryer's list isn't exactly a wholehearted endorsement. Not everyone is a target for trolls, he writes. If we want to change bad corporate behaviour, we need group action, not individual action. The social network platforms, he continues, offer frictionless idea-sharing (I would dispute that, however...). More...

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Printing Delays Present ‘New Normal’ for Academic Books

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Printing Delays Present ‘New Normal’ for Academic Books
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 2019/01/15
While some would like you to believe that “Reports of the death of the book, it seems, have been greatly exaggerated,” the storyline suggests a very different conclusion. It's this: " There’s been a lot of consolidation and now there’s less capacity." In some parts of the publishing industry there have been paper shortages and production is curtailed. More...

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How To Write A Philosophy Paper: Online Guides

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How To Write A Philosophy Paper: Online Guides
Justin Weinberg, Daily Nous, 2019/01/15
These are all pretty good guides and offer a fairly uniform view of what a good philosophy paper should look like. These are very different from what (say) a research paper in the field of education would look like. The latter are often structured to resemble empirical science (like you might find in engineering or physics) but are based on 'instruments' like surveys and polls. I personally think the philosophical approach is more suitable for education, given that there is little agreement on the goals, methods, instruments and outcomes of educational theory. More...

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Learning Electron

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Learning Electron
Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, 2019/01/15
This is a two-part post (Part 1, Part 2) I wrote describing my experiences taking a Udemy course on Electron, which is an application that enables you to create desktop software for Windows, Mac and Linux using only Javascript, CSS and HTML. I made the course my project over the recent holiday break (we all do different things for fun). In these posts I not only describe what I learned and how I leaned it, but also my (not so pleasant) experience taking a course on Udemy.
Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]. More...

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Cursos masivos abiertos en línea: El caso de México

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Cursos masivos abiertos en línea: El caso de México
Ricardo Mercado del Collado, 2019/01/15
Cursos masivos abiertos en línea: El caso de México (MOOCs: The Case of Mexico). 221 page PDF book download, in Spanish. I have a chapter in it: Visiones y rutas: Aprendizaje en línea y MOOC (Visions and pathways: Online Leaning and MOOCs), also in Spanish (my thanks to the translator). More...

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