15 mai 2019

Moodteller: Estimating Mood Levels in LiveJournal

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unattributed: Moodteller: Estimating Mood Levels in LiveJournal, September 21, 2005

You might this this is pretty useless, except, if you can (accurately) estimate mood based on the content of LiveJournal posts, you can probably estimate any of a wide range of tacit phenomena - how much someone likes you based on email messages, degrees of customer hostility based on product feedback, anger at politicians based on letters to the editor. More...

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A Field Guide to Learning management Systems

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unattributed: A Field Guide to Learning management Systems, Learning Circuits September 21, 2005

George Siemens links to this "short report on learning management system product features, pricing models, implementation, etc." This isn't a guide to specific systems, but to purchaser attitudes and trends. Siemens comments that "the statistics are a bit depressing (and quite indicative of how organizations view an LMS)". More...

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School Walk Out Organized Online

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tom Hoffman: School Walk Out Organized Online, ESchool News September 21, 2005

OK, so 1500 students walked out of class at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. Nothing really unusual. More interesting is that they used an online sevice, Sconex, to organize it. More...

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Still Separate, Still Unequal: America's Educational Apartheid

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Jonathan Kozol: Still Separate, Still Unequal: America's Educational Apartheid, September 21, 2005

Scathing account of the continuing segregation in American schools (you can draw your own parallels on a worldwide basis). The author concludes, "The promulgation of new and expanded inventories of 'what works,' no matter the enthusiasm with which they're elaborated, is not going to change this. The use of hortatory slogans chanted by the students in our segregated schools is not going to change this. More...

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Citizens' Media Gets Richer

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. J.D. Lasica: Citizens' Media Gets Richer, Online Journalism Review September 20, 2005

Citizens' media - that is, media created by citizens, rather than by professional journalists or media specialists - is moving beyond text-based blog posts to include increasingly sophisticated audio and visual content. More...

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The Net Knows More Than You: An Open Letter to the People of CBS News

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Jay Rosen: The Net Knows More Than You: An Open Letter to the People of CBS News, PressThink September 20, 2005

Jay Rosen's open letter could apply as well to professors as to journalists (though the former may be harder to convince). He writes, "I've been listening to journalists say it for fifteen years: the public doesn't understand how we work, we have to explain ourselves more. Public Eye, if it works, is going to reveal when there are no good explanations - or none that make sense beyond newsroom culture. More...

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The Associated Press: IBM to Encourage Employees to be Teachers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Brian Bergstein, The Associated Press: IBM to Encourage Employees to be Teachers, USA Today September 20, 2005

This is not entirely new, but the scale and the formalization make it worth noting. Concerned about declining levels of education in the United States, IBM has declared that it will start funding "employees who want to leave the company to become math and science teachers." Of course, this may also just be a creative way of reducing its American workforce - and making room for those Chinese and Indian students it says it is concerned about. More...

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Permissions, Paperwork, and Other Sordid Details

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Brian Lamb: Permissions, Paperwork, and Other Sordid Details, Abject learning September 20, 2005

Ubuweb is hurting artists, say the lawyers and businesspeople who want to shut the file-sharing site down. "One complaint read 'Kenneth Anger is penniless and living in a shack, yet you are making his films available for free and taking money away from him?' To which we reply: if the current system of avant-garde film distribution was working so well, why would the great artist Kenneth Anger be living in a shack and not a mansion? Is this really a system to hold on to?" meanwhile, Tech BC is no more. More...

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Examples of Instructional Materials on the Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. John Patzman: Examples of Instructional Materials on the Web, September 20, 2005

The author writes, "Many people know that I regularly search the Web for examples of good instructional materials. Because folks often ask me for a list of the good ones that I find, I've decided to keep a web page with these good instructional examples. Please note that every example isn't necessarily wonderful in all respects... but each shows good use of certain types of instructional strategies and interactions." useful list. More...

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Online Higher-Education Market to Exceed $6B in 2005

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Westfair Communications: Online Higher-Education Market to Exceed $6B in 2005, September 20, 2005

The headline tells the story. According to the article, online learning has gained credibility and "will grow 38 percent over 2004, reaching revenues of more than $5 billion." And while for-profit institutions have lept ahead, the article predicts that non-profits will more more strongly into the sector in the coming years. More...

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