01 juillet 2019

Current Thinking On LMS

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Lanny Arvan[Edit][Delete]: Current Thinking On LMS, Lanny on Learning Technology [Edit][Delete] July 6, 2006
Good article on the current state of the learning management system (LMS), perhaps best summarized by the author: "The LMS is an environment for managing course logistics and for promoting learning. Changes in IT that we're all observing can threaten and ultimately defeat the LMS, if LMS vendors don't adapt appropriately to that changing environment. There are some fairly straightforward changes that need to be made on the convenience front that will make information housed in the LMS accessible by student when using their cell phones, which is their preferred mobile device". More...

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EU eLearning Conference 2006

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Teemu Arina[Edit][Delete]: EU eLearning Conference 2006, July 6, 2006
Teemu Arina writes in, "these few links might be of interest to you: a dedicated talk to you and others on informal learning, just trying to steer the policy makers in EU in the right direction (I hope), and a podcast from the BBC guy on how they supported social computing inside their organization. And our conference aggregator, of course." I watched the first item, the screencast, with is a nice statement of the decentralized approach to learning technologies. More...

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Public Access

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Scott McLemee[Edit][Delete]: Public Access, Inside Higher Ed [Edit][Delete] July 5, 2006
This article rekindles in me a project I have been pondering for a while, though if only by catering to some of my more crass motivations. Book publishers, argues the author, tend, at their peril, to ignore the blogosphere as a means of marketing their works. And this is manifest in their reluctance to furnish desk copies to notable bloggers; even well known writers have received only three or four books in as many years. More...

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Washington Business Journal - Blackboard

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various Authors[Edit][Delete]: Washington Business Journal - Blackboard, July 5, 2006
I followed what turned out to be a pretty uninformative link on a new Blackboard community product and ended up at this page - a summary of stories about Blackboard carried by a local Washington D.C. publication. I can't really explain the results ordering (what's so hard about ORDER BY crdate DESC?). The product? Well. More...

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Reasons For Not Adopting FLOSS In Ottawa-Carleton

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Alec Couros[Edit][Delete]: Reasons For Not Adopting FLOSS In Ottawa-Carleton, Couros Blog [Edit][Delete] July 5, 2006
This item caught my eye partially because the Ottawa-Carleton school board is where I went to school, and partially because the response from a superintendent, Laura McAlister, was described in this post as "clueless". Well, I'm always up for a good scandal. Except that, as I read the letter, it didn't seem clueless at all. These are genuine issues: "central authentication, file storage and security, costs of obtaining software, which for the most part today is free to schools courtesy of the OSAPAC program, adapting new applications into existing curriculum, security, staff training, portability, adaptability."
And the letter demonstrated, to me, at least, openness and willingness to listen. More...

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How to Grow Standards

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Michael Feldstein[Edit][Delete]: How to Grow Standards, E-Literate [Edit][Delete] July 4, 2006
Michael Feldstein responds to Scott Wilson's comments on standards mostly by accepting the point and giving an example. Still, I'm not sure he sees the issue here. Begin with his 'Step 1'. "Identify a user problem that you need to solve." Right off the bat we are in a situation where we are solving a problem for them. I would start with 'Step 1'. "Identify a problem users have solved for themselves." Now the solution may not have been implemented, but you can be sure it has been suggested. Why is this important? Because users have different priorities than you do. More...

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Wikipedia: A Note to Students

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. John Ottenhoff[Edit][Delete]: Wikipedia: A Note to Students, Academic Commons [Edit][Delete] July 4, 2006
Link to a proposed policy statement for students on the use of Wikipedia in the preparation of written assignments. Nothing I would particularly object to, though I wonder why similar warnings were not issued when I was a student. For example: "World Book, like other encyclopedias, is out of date from the moment it was published and will therefore contain numerous factual errors. In addition, the language of description and especially the selection of topics for inclusion will reflect a socio-cultural bias that may be inappropriate for a full understanding of some subjects". More...

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Further Reflections on the Personal Learning Environment

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Derek Morrison[Edit][Delete]: Further Reflections on the Personal Learning Environment, Auricle [Edit][Delete] July 3, 2006
All Canadians have most of their medical expenses paid for by our system of public health care. So health is a sensitive issue in this country, because while Canadians strongly support their system, corporations and private interests try constantly to undermine it, to open it up to private enterprise. It is in this context that the electronic patient record (EPR) is discussed in Canada. I have been involved in some of those discussions, the tenor of which has varied from "there has to be room for profit in the EPR system" to "we're going to implement it no matter what the public thinks". More...

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CoSN Launches Web Site to Illustrate Benefits of Open Technologies

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. CoSN[Edit][Delete]: CoSN Launches Web Site to Illustrate Benefits of Open Technologies, Press Release [Edit][Delete] July 3, 2006
Co-sponsored by IMB and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, K12 Open Technologies is a site intended to "raise awareness among K-12 education technology decision makers about the use of open technologies." By 'open technologies' the sponsors mean "an umbrella term that includes open source software, open standards, and open hardware." Sounds good, though as Tom Hoffman cautions, 'open source' has a very specific meaning while 'open technologies' does not. "They should not co-opt the open source name for their own purposes, or dilute its meaning in the minds of educators," he writes. More...

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Communication Genres and the Mediatic Turn

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Norm Friesen[Edit][Delete]: Communication Genres and the Mediatic Turn, Ipseity [Edit][Delete] July 3, 2006
I confess, my first reaction when I read the abstract of a new paper by Norm Friesen is usually, "oh, neat." So it is with this draft, in which he argues that it is increasingly important to employ mediatic terms - such as culture, genre, audience, or convention - when characterizing learning resources. I think he makes his case, but I'm not sure that his use of Altman's account of epistolarity is the way to go; I would have preferred to use more common and useful terms such as 'bridging', 'confessional' or 'reciprocal' forms of communication. More...

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