28 mai 2019

How to Make Wikipedia Better (and Why We Should), Online Journalism Review

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ray Grieselhuber[Edit][Delete]: How to Make Wikipedia Better (and Why We Should), Online Journalism Review [Edit][Delete]Online Journalism review [Edit][Delete] February 2, 2006

[link: 6 Hits] Personally, I don't think the author gets the point. The suggestions he offers - forcing editors to register, demanding references and reasons for changes, clearing copyrights for all materials prior to posting - would only marginally reduce the number of errors (after all, Britannica has almost as many errors) and would create significant barriers to input. Had any of these been in place at the start, Wikipedia would not exist. The point of something like Wikipedia is that it is easy to contribute, and errors are cleared up after the fact by the community. This means that readers will need to be aware that Wikipedia is sometimes wrong. More...

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EdNA Communities Closing Down

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Announcement[Edit][Delete]: EdNA Communities Closing Down, EdNA [Edit][Delete] February 2, 2006

[link: 1 Hits] Not as bad as it sounds, as communities are encoyraged to move to EdNA Groups, the service that was launched last year. "Each Group receives a space in which they can choose from a range of tools to facilitate communication and collaboration. For example, you can set up web forums and live chats; share web-links, files and images; create web pages and wikis; poll or survey members, and add RSS newsfeeds from EdNA Online". More...

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Why Blaze Lonely and Unpopular Trails That Will Become Highways of Tomorrow?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Vicki A. Davis[Edit][Delete]: Why Blaze Lonely and Unpopular Trails That Will Become Highways of Tomorrow?, Cool Cat Teacher Blog [Edit][Delete] February 2, 2006

[link: 4 Hits] Nancy White recommended the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, which in turn impressed me with the first post I read. Excerpted in this post: "'Dr Brand...do you really think it is worth it?' No! The word sprang to Paul's lips. He almost spoke it. But something silenced it. Perhaps it was the memory of reawakening life in the eyes of Krishnamurthy. [His first patient.] Or an older memory of three figures turning hopelessly back down a steep mountain path. Or no memory at all, but that strange imperative which compels some men to blaze lonely and unpopular trails which will be the highways of tomorrow. More...

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Free Market

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Terry Freedman[Edit][Delete]: Free Market, February 2, 2006

[link: 7 Hits] Terry Freedman comments at length on my remark about "doing something good, not greedy." He writes, "why is selling content deemed to be not ok, whilst selling or, more accurately, renting your expertise to an employer is ok?... Why use such patronising and disparaging language about people whose only 'crime' is to try and earn an honest living in a different way than you do? More...

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The Relevance of Textbooks

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Rob Reynolds[Edit][Delete]: The Relevance of Textbooks, XplanaZine [Edit][Delete]XPlanaZine [Edit][Delete]Xplanazine [Edit][Delete] February 2, 2006

[link: 4 Hits] So I'm just about to leave for a short stop in London and a longer one in Malmo, Sweden (if the weather allows me here in blizzard-ridden eastern Canada). Wish me luck! Hence, no issue of OLDaily tomorrow, and the weekly is a day early this week. More...

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DRM: Media Companies' Next Flop?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: DRM: Media Companies' Next Flop?, CNet News.Com [Edit][Delete]CNET News.com [Edit][Delete]CNet News.com [Edit][Delete]CNet news.Com [Edit][Delete] February 1, 2006

[link: Hits] Just another day in the online battles over digital rights management (DRM) and copyright. This article warns of the danger that customers will be lost because of DRM. "A few more incidents like Sony's 'rootkit' flap and consumers may revolt." Signs of that revolt are already evident. Newspapers have handled it so badly they are being called dead. And they are. But still, they continue to misunderstand the market, accusing Google of exploiting their content, and want to be de-indexed. Fine. Let them go, disappear from sight, and die. Movie studios, meanwhile, are busy ending the longstanding tradition of college screenings. We are reaching an end-point in this battle, and the tactics will intensify from here. While the industry is earning some wins in their attacks on consumers, they are losing more and more ground, which artists themselves beginning to understand what's going on. Commercial content is on the verge of being replaced. More...

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On The Inanimate Nature of Learning Objects

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. David Wiley[Edit][Delete]: On The Inanimate Nature of Learning Objects, Iterating Toward Openness [Edit][Delete]Iterating toward openness [Edit][Delete] February 1, 2006

[link: 2 Hits] You can't blame readers, really, for thinking that a post titled "RIP-ping on Learning Objects" might have had something to do with burying them, but David Wiley advises that people should read the text after the title, which I suppose is only reasonable. "Learning objects are neither alive nor dead," he writes. "I'm as firm a believer in the value of reusable educational resources as I ever have been". More...

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iTunes U, Apple

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: iTunes U, Apple [Edit][Delete]Apple [Edit][Delete] February 1, 2006

[link: 6 Hits] OK, this sounds like a good idea: make university classes, seminars and lectures available as audio feeds. Except that it's iTunes, which means you have to take the Apple iTunes pill (or, as the website says, except variable results on other players). There's obviously also a strong commercial component to this as well, which pretty much cuts out the service for those who need it most. Or as Miguel Guhlin says, "iTunes and Windows Media Player: Two sides of the same coin - Tyranny." Don't be lulled into the same fallacy with audio content as so many were with web-based content. There's no golden rainbow out there (except maybe for a select few big name institutions, and even that's iffy). More...

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Comparing Formal, Open and Self-directed Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Terry Anderson[Edit][Delete]: Comparing Formal, Open and Self-directed Learning, Virtual Canuck [Edit][Delete] February 1, 2006

[link: 7 Hits] Terry Anderson bridges the gap between formal learning and informal learning with open learning. He looks at the properties of each, and concludes that open learning offers more advantages than either other alternative. One wonders, though, at the valuations; they seem a little arbitrary, and not entirely accurate. Anderson rates open learning a 3 out of 3, for example, for "Freedom of Pace." Unless things have changed since I was at Athabasca, though, students face time limits (it was six months per course while I was there). Open learning is also offered through paced seminar courses. More...

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Working Draft for ISO/IEC 19788-2 Metadata for Learning Resources

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Working Draft for ISO/IEC 19788-2 Metadata for Learning Resources, ISO [Edit][Delete] February 1, 2006

[link: Hits] The International Standards Organization (ISO) is rewriting learning Object Metadata; this link (to a PDF file) is a draft of the new standard. The draft has been circulating for a few days among the standerati and has received, well, a bit of a rough ride. The standard doesn't resemble what I would do, but there are some good bits - for example, the rights section now allows the document to point to a URL of a rights statement. More...

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