05 juillet 2019

Must Ignore vs. Microformats

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Elliotte Rusty Harold[Edit][Delete]: Must Ignore vs. Microformats, The Cafes [Edit][Delete] July 19, 2006
Article comparing microformats to plain ordinary XML markup and concluding that microformats come out on the short end. "Microformats bring exactly nothing to the table. All they do is complexify the markup and make it far harder to address with XPath and other XML tools." Well, maybe. Browsers mostly read XML (there are some issues) but content creators don't mostly write XML. At least, so the proponents of microformats - who happen to be the people behind Technorati, which reads HTML, and not XML - would argue (Update: and in fact did argue). The concept of structured data is good. More...

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Inquiry-Based Learning: What Does That Mean?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Joan Vinall-Cox[Edit][Delete]: Inquiry-Based Learning: What Does That Mean?, Joan Vinall-Cox : Weblog [Edit][Delete] July 19, 2006
On the day before my hiatus last spring I responded testily to John Clare, who asked, in essence, how we know all this online learning mumbo jumbo actually works.
Over the last couple of days I've linked to some similar questioning from Tony Karrar about informal learning (or as it is sometimes styled, free-range learning (which always leads me to think of that cannibalistic Simpsons Halloween episode - but I digress). And pedagogical scepticism seems all the rage. Witness, for example, the growing popularity of Kirschner, Sweller and Clark's paper in Educational Psychologist, Why minimally guided instruction does not work. The recent study being held to conclude that laptops don't help learning. And meanwhile we have Joan Vinall-Cox wrestling with commentary from Rochelle Mazar questioning the efficacy of inquiry-based learning.
Now I know these criticisms are not all of the same thing, but they all take pretty much the same tack. And it seems to me the correct way to respond is found in Vinall-Cox's response. She writes, "When a theory becomes a phrase, and that phrase is defined differently by various 'experts', watch out!" Quite so - and it seems to me that what is being countered by these arguments is not a theory, but a slogan. As Harold Jarche responds, "there is no single methodology for informal learning." And as he notes, there's no simple outcome either. More...

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Tracking News Ripples in the Public Conversation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Amy Gahran[Edit][Delete]: Tracking News Ripples in the Public Conversation, Poynter Online [Edit][Delete] July 18, 2006
We're beginning to see more structure enter the blogosphere as the idea of tracking blog 'conversations' takes hold. I first worked with this last year in Edu_RSS - click the 'conversation' link on this page (hint: the posts with more asterisks have more conversation). This article looks at a similar initiative from Nielsen's BlogPulse. More...

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Aligning the Ideals of Free Software and Free Knowledge With the South African Freedom Charter

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Bob Jolliffe[Edit][Delete]: Aligning the Ideals of Free Software and Free Knowledge With the South African Freedom Charter, First Monday [Edit][Delete] July 18, 2006
The author observes that while "the free software movement (and related efforts in the fields of science and culture) draws upon a tradition of freedom rooted in an American libertarian tradition," it is important to align "efforts to promote free software and free culture with the rich existing tradition embodied in the South African Freedom Charter". More...

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Synchronous Discussion in Online Courses

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Craig W. Smith[Edit][Delete]: Synchronous Discussion in Online Courses, Learning Circuits [Edit][Delete] July 18, 2006
The article is subtitled "A Pedagogical Strategy for Taming the Chat Beast" and that gives a pretty good sense of his attitude toward chat. No chaos and disorder for him! "The sense of community and connectedness was overshadowed by frustration. I wanted to have the opportunity to interact with the students in a more spontaneous manner while still retaining some semblance of order that would replicate a seminar-type environment." Most of the suggestions have to do with keeping quiet when other people are talking and staying on topic. More...

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Still Head Scracthing at Technorati

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Alan Levine[Edit][Delete]: Still Head Scracthing at Technorati, Cogdogblog [Edit][Delete]CogDogBlog [Edit][Delete] July 18, 2006
The A-List blogosphere has been remarkably quiet about this, and people keep quoting Technorati State of the Blogosphere figures uncritically, but Alan Levine is quite right to question the aggregator's credibility. I also do my own ego-surfing and have wondered about the mysterious changes in ranking, inconsistent numbers of links, and just plain weirdness (like jumping from "19 posts in the last 7 hours" to "19 posts in the last 5 days" as happened as I typed up this item, a span of about 5 minutes). More...

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educationbridges.net - An Elgg for Teacher collaboration

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Dave Cormier[Edit][Delete]: educationbridges.net - An Elgg for Teacher collaboration, July 18, 2006
Another new online learning community. Dave Cormier writes, "Alex and Arvind have set up an elgg at educationbridges.net. Go sign up. Join the party." That's all very fine, but when I see things like that, I always ask, "What's wrong with what I am doing here?" The point is, these communities always want me to go there - but then my comments are spread all over the net under different identities. I want to stay here - if an ELGG wants my comments, why can't it pull them from a (filtered?) RSS feed, and if it wants me to read the comments of it's members, why can't it send (via an API?) a comment. More...

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Evidence of the efficacy of Active Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Mark Morton[Edit][Delete]: Evidence of the efficacy of Active Learning, EDUCAUSE Blogs [Edit][Delete] July 18, 2006
No doubt people will enjoy this. The author writes, "I reviewed a number of studies of the efficacy of Active Learning, extracted the most salient passages, and pulled them together into a single document." Not that many examples, but how many quotes do you need like this. More...

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Better Questions for Learning Professionals

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tony Karrer[Edit][Delete]: Better Questions for Learning Professionals, eLearning Technology [Edit][Delete] July 18, 2006
My online presentation for today was delayed until Thursday due to technical issues, which is just as well, because Tony Karrer has come out with a set of "better questions". For example, "How can I provide a development process, tools and systems that foster informal learning in a way that I know will have impact on the performance that I care about and that is repeatable?" But - again - who is the "I" in this question? The learner? The teacher? The CEO. More...

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Réforme de la formation et nouveaux besoins d'observation : l'ORM vous accompagne - Marseille

carif espace-compétencesL'ORM organise des rendez-vous périodiques, sous forme de rencontres, destinés à apporter des réponses concrètes aux problématiques des acteurs de l`emploi et de la formation en Provence - Alpes - Côte d'Azur.
La première session de ces « Rendez-vous de l'ORM » portera sur les conséquences pratiques de la réforme de la formation professionnelle sur la prise en charge de l`alternance et notamment de l`apprentissage :
Comment mener à bien cette mission pour les nouveaux acteurs en charge de l`apprentissage ?
Quels besoins et quelles solutions opérationnelles ?

Lieu : À la Cité des métiers 4, rue des Consuls – 13002 Marseille
Date : Mardi 9 juillet
Horaire : 14h00

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