21 juin 2019

Coming of Age - An Introduction to the New World Wide Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Terry Freedman, ed.[Edit][Delete]: Coming of Age - An Introduction to the New World Wide Web, May 3, 2006
It's nice to see a publication like this made freely available. The book is an overview of Web 2.0 technologies for educators and features contributors from a number of people with expertise in the field. This is one of those projects that is good for everybody - readers get a valuable reference, while the contributors benefit from the exposure and the networking that such a project supports. More information is available here - note that the navigation on this page is to the left and is a bit difficult to use. More...

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Digital Repositories Roadmap: Looking Forward

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Rachel Heery and Andy Powell: Digital Repositories Roadmap: Looking Forward, Ukoln May 3, 2006
An ambitious paper that will challenge your thinking. "This roadmap presents a vision for 2010 in which a high percentage of newly published UK scholarly output is made available on an open access basis and in which there is a growing recognition of the benefits of making research data, learning resources and other academic content freely available for sharing and re-use." That's where it starts, at least, but as you get into the depths of the paper you see more and more discussion of the bundling of complex objects, digital object identifiers, and of digital rights management (see esp. section 6.3). More...

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What if Everything We Think About School is Wrong?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Albert Ip: What if Everything We Think About School is Wrong?, Random Walk in E-Learning [Edit][Delete]Random Walk in E-Learning [Edit][Delete] May 3, 2006
"A wild animal, as opposed to a caged animal, knows chaos and can adapt to it." These words conclude this video, well worth watching, about Fairhaven, an alternative democratic school. A lot of my own thoughts are captured here. For example, "Learning is what happens when you're doing something else." And I like the thoughts, expressed here, about how being forced to learn leads you to allow yourself to be forced into other things later in life. More...

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Emerging Technologies for Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Emerging Technologies for Learning, BECTA [Edit][Delete] May 3, 2006
Released in late April, this booklet, containing short articles on five topics (mobile learning, ambient web, human computer interaction, social networking and the broadband home) offers a good and insightful look at trends in learning technology. I like this: "For today s class we will be building a 3D map of the village. First, we'll collect pictures, sounds and anything else of interest from each street. Split into teams of four and take your camera-phones with you. By mid-day we will have built our own virtual map, and then we can get together to plan which parts to research further." Yeah. Forget math and geography and one-hour classes. More...

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Shrewd University OA Policy Advice from the Antipodes

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Arthur Sale[Edit][Delete]: Shrewd University OA Policy Advice from the Antipodes, BOAI Forum [Edit][Delete] May 2, 2006
This item, a post on the BOAI discussion list, offers a slew of good advice on author support for institutional repositories. Worth noting, as Arthur Sale says, "the vast majority of academics (85%+) are non-participants and will seize any excuse however spurious to avoid doing any extra work." And so, "Don't expend significant amounts of time and money on author-support until you've got the mandate. It is pretty much wasted anyway, like flushing dollar notes down the toilet". More...

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Podcasting on the Cheap

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Alan Levine[Edit][Delete]: Podcasting on the Cheap, CogDogHouse [Edit][Delete] May 2, 2006
I intend to do quite a bit more podcasting in the future as this site ramps up again. In the meantime, this is a wiki version of a presentation outlining the basics of podcasting and, more importantly, listing a number of resources to help you do it yourself for almost no cost at all. Via Darren Kuropatwa, who writes about Vaestro, a tool that allows people to give you audio comments on your blog or website. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Andy Carvin[Edit][Delete]: learning.now, May 2, 2006
Andy Carvin has a new web home, learning.now. "The blog, which I'll be writing and editing for PBS Online, will focus on the intersection of Internet culture and K-12 education. One of the primary goals is to help guide educators through the ins and outs of what's often referred to as 'Web 2.0,' including blogging, podcasting, vlogging, RSS, social software and community networks." This is a great development. More...

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If They Build It, Will We Come?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Michael Feldstein[Edit][Delete]: If They Build It, Will We Come?, E-Literate [Edit][Delete] May 2, 2006
Responding to an idem describing the popularity of Facebook, Michael Feldstein observes, "And yet, we can't seem to get ePortfolios off the ground. Clearly, we're starting from the wrong end of things. Let the students show us how they use online spaces to present themselves, and let us go to them and teach them how to harness what they are already doing for purposes like reflection and job hunting." Quite right. More...

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Informal Learning is Too Important to Leave to Chance

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tony Karrer[Edit][Delete]: Informal Learning is Too Important to Leave to Chance, eLearning Technology [Edit][Delete] May 2, 2006
Of course the presumption in this title, with which I disagree, is that unmanaged learning is simply a matter of chance. But that can't be right; otherwise, informal learning wouldn't be very important even now. Have a look at this - and especially read the comments in George Siemens's piece. And note well that corporate learning is (almost) always about control, which creates an internal tension in any corporate informal learning. To see this point, look at this article. More...

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My Virtual Life

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: My Virtual Life, Business Week [Edit][Delete] May 1, 2006
Article describing Second Life, with an emphasis on the developing economy of the virtual world. Nice spin on the whole free-market aspect of the game. As usual, the best reading is in the comments. For example, Rex Bligh writes: "SL gives people the opportunity to build self esteem and to accomplish things that bring accomplishment and satisfaction that can transfer to their real life. Most of those on SL are extremely supportive and encouraging and willing to help others". More...

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