12 juillet 2019

Apple lays Legal Claim to The Word 'Pod'

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Richard Waters[Edit][Delete]: Apple lays Legal Claim to The Word 'Pod', Financial Times [Edit][Delete] August 15, 2006
Open the pod bay door, HAL. Somebody should explain the meaning of the word 'theft' to these corporations. The word 'pod' was a perfectly good word, usable by all, until Apple came along. And then the company simply snagged it out of the public domain and now claims it as its own. More...

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Ads in Textbooks May Lower Prices

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Justin Pope[Edit][Delete]: Ads in Textbooks May Lower Prices, Associated Press [Edit][Delete] August 15, 2006
The cost of textbooks - now estimated to be $US 900 per year, according to this article - is one thing. But placing advertisements in textbooks is not the answer. In addition to the advertising, "Students, or anyone else who fills out a five-minute survey, can download a PDF file of the book, which they can store on their hard drive and print." The coverage in this article is one-sided and in some cases deceptive - as, for example, in the statement of this falsehood: "so far, the model hasn't spread to college textbooks - partly for fear that faculty would consider ads undignified." It's not dignity that professors are worried about, it's the misleading credibility advertisers get when associated with taught material. More...

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The Art of Complex Problem Solving

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Marshall Clemens[Edit][Delete]: The Art of Complex Problem Solving, Idiagram [Edit][Delete] August 15, 2006
This is a very good presentation of complex problems and how they are addressed. The designer effectively captures many aspects of complex problems and, most importantly, demonstrates how they are different from technical problems (and this is the basis of the argument against measuring instructors and schools by educational outcomes - it is effectively the treating of complex problems as technical problems).
The diagram emphasizes the role of visual imagery in the solving of complex problems, which is not surprising, as the author is an artist. However, it is important to stress that the process is one of pattern recognition, and not merely imagery. Not to sell imagery short - it is a powerful means of facilitating pattern recognition. But it is limited by dimensionality (notice though how nicely the artist moves us through several dimensions in this diagram). Patterns can be extra-dimensional. Consider, for example, the representation of 'will' and 'intent'. For this reason, it is important to remember that the diagram is a representation of a pattern, and not the pattern itself. More...

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Oracle and Unicon, Inc. Unveil Plans to Create Next-Generation Academic Enterprise Environment

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Press Release[Edit][Delete]: Oracle and Unicon, Inc. Unveil Plans to Create Next-Generation Academic Enterprise Environment, Yahoo! [Edit][Delete] August 15, 2006
This came out at the beginning of August but I've just seen it now. In a nutshell: Oracle is backing Sakai, the open source LMS. Now, if we think about that for a second, we have here a pretty clear and unambiguous response from Oracle to the Blackboard patent, which was unveiled just four days before this announcement. And that response - which is actually unprintable in this newsletter - is, I think, more eloquent than anything else I could say here. More...

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The Teaching of Grammar

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Mark Howie[Edit][Delete]: The Teaching of Grammar, (Re)writing English [Edit][Delete] August 15, 2006
I have long been puzzled by the divergence of grammar and logic, expecting (naively, I admit) that logical form and grammatical form would be isomorphic, so that something that is a proposition (such as the 'P' in 'P or Q') in one form would be classified the same way as the same proposition in a logically equivalent form (the 'P' in 'If not P then Q'). Alas, no. More...

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The Edubloggypodlearnonlinosphere - Are We a Field And If So...

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Dave Cormier[Edit][Delete]: The Edubloggypodlearnonlinosphere - Are We a Field And If So..., August 15, 2006
Dave Cormier asked this question in reaction (in part) to a statement on Wikipedia to the effect that I am unremarkable - it's nothing personal, says Cormier, but if I'm not remarkable what does that say about the field as a whole? While I sat and pouted at the Wikipedia dis (doesn't being connected to Adam Curry count for anything?) Cormier set up an Ed Tech Talk segment in which I spent about 45 of a planned 5 minutes talking about propaganda and publicity pre- and post-2.0 style. And while I joke about the Wikipedia thing, I do think the remarks on the Ed Tech Talk show are well worth a listen. More...

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EDU 2.0 Early Beta Launched

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Graham Glass[Edit][Delete]: EDU 2.0 Early Beta Launched, Graham Glass, etc. [Edit][Delete] August 15, 2006
Something to look at: "Teachers: find and share educational materials, assemble courses, manage classes, set and grade assignments. Students: study at your own pace, find educational materials, participate in classes, submit assignments, track grades ...and this is just the beginning..." This early beta only supports Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and above. More...

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The Blackboard Patent Crisis at Two and a Half Weeks

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Michael Feldstein[Edit][Delete]: The Blackboard Patent Crisis at Two and a Half Weeks, E-Literate [Edit][Delete] August 14, 2006
Last Friday, David Jakes defended Blackboard. "Isn't Blackboard, Inc. just taking advantage of what is available to them as a corporation?" And in the comments, Jeff Utecht piles on. "Do I like what blackboard is doing? No. Can they? Yes. And all you can say is God Bless America. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: DROID, The National Archives [Edit][Delete] August 14, 2006
DROID is now open source. What is DROID? "DROID (Digital Record Object Identification) is a software tool developed by The National Archives to perform automated batch identification of file formats." Cool. DROID is a product of PRFONOM, a set of services that support digital preservation functions. More...

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Go Conative - Where There's Will, You're Away!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Marie Jasinski[Edit][Delete]: Go Conative - Where There's Will, You're Away!, Best of the Australian Flexible Learning Community [Edit][Delete] August 14, 2006
Marie Jasinski weighed into a post today with a reference to this article, her explanation (and celebration) of connation. "Conation is derived from the Latin verb conari, meaning to strive! It refers to the act of striving, intentionality, of focusing attention and energy and acting with a purpose to achieve a goal. In other words, conation is about stickability, staying power, strength, stamina and survival." If you haven't seen this item before, it's well worth a look. More...

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