25 septembre 2019

ePortfolio: EduTools ePortfolio Review

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: ePortfolio: EduTools ePortfolio Review, WCET EduTools [Edit][Delete] December 13, 2006
Helen Barrett reports, "The WCET EduTools study of seven ePortfolio tools has been completed and is online." Pretty good review, with descriptive accounts of the features. The site also has financial profiles of each of the companies (ANGEL ePortfolio, BB ePortfolio, eFolio, ePortfolio.org, LiveText, Open Source Portfolio/rSmart and TaskStream). More...

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Agency of the instructional Designer: Moral Coherence and Transformative Social Practice

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Katy Campbell, Richard A. Schwier and Richard F. Kenny[Edit][Delete]: Agency of the instructional Designer: Moral Coherence and Transformative Social Practice, AJET [Edit][Delete] December 13, 2006
Today the moderator of ITForum linked to an interesting and informative set of posts. First, she linked to Katy Campbell, Richard A. Schwier and Richard F. Kenny, who write, "designers have not necessarily recognised their agency in the development of a knowledge economy that reflects culturally biased views of teaching, learning, and the construction of knowledge." She also linked to a lecture by Clare Brant on the topic of Mi'kmaq Ethics and Principles, interesting to me because his document reflects very closely my own attitudes and beliefs. More...

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Annuaire des universités

L’université est un établissement national d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche pluridisciplinaire qui rassemble des enseignants et des chercheurs de différentes spécialités : lettres, droit, économie, médecine, etc. En France, les universités sont divisées en départements académiques, écoles ou facultés et se distinguent de l’appellation grande école. Les universités sont publiques.
Depuis janvier 2014, la France compte 79 universités. L’Université d’Aix-Marseille est la plus importante en terme de capacité d’accueil (63 000 étudiants), suivie par l’université de Bordeaux (50 000 étudiants), Paris Panthéon-La Sorbonne (50 000 étudiants) et l’université de Strasbourg (43 000 étudiants).
L’Université est accessible aux étudiants bacheliers ou ayant obtenu un diplôme équivalent. 150 000 jeunes font le choix chaque année d’entrer à l’université car l’enseignement qui y est dispensé constitue une référence et un bagage solide et reconnu par les professionnels.
Les diplômes obtenus à l’issue d’un parcours universitaire sont les suivants : licence, master, doctorat auxquelles il faut ajouter les DUT, les formations d’ingénieurs, les études médicales. La durée des études en université va de 2 à 11 ans (pour les cursus de santé). Le spectre des formations est très large : sciences humaines et sociales, sciences et techniques, lettres et langues, sport.
Les étudiants en université peuvent « personnaliser » leur parcours d’études car 30% des enseignements sont optionnels ou transversaux. L’université a développé un large choix de formations professionnelles préparant à un métier ou une fonction : DEUST, DUT, licences pro et masters sont aujourd’hui reconnus par les entreprises et offrent de réels débouchés. Plus...

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Politics of E-Learning Standards

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Wolfgang Greller[Edit][Delete]: Politics of E-Learning Standards, December 12, 2006
Yes: "standards are not pedagogically, culturally, or economically neutral." This is why I advocate a system of specifications that allow multiple vocabularies, multiple ontologies, multiple standards. But it does not follow, as seems to be implied especially in the conclusion of Norm Friesen's and Darryl Cressman's paper, The Politics of E-Learning Standardization (from last summer), that learning is and must always be a cottage industry. Yes, as they say, "the domains of education and learning can be understood as being especially local, heterogeneous and contextual." This makes them resistant to industrialization. But while some people treat thinks like learning objects as industrial artifacts, the bricks used as raw materials by the learning factories, I think of them in a sense that supports mass personalization, as words in a vocabulary, like a common language, that can be used to make something new each time one of them is uttered. More...

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Music Downloads in Downward Trend

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Simon Avery[Edit][Delete]: Music Downloads in Downward Trend, Globe and Mail [Edit][Delete] December 12, 2006
As expected, the digital music market has been saturated as people finish replacing and rounding out their music collection with the new format. The music industry continues to wail and gnash its teeth, however, blaming declining sales on piracy rather than poor marketing, worse technology, and indifferent quality (I mean, a album by Paris Hilton? Come on now). The comments, though, tell a different story, as writer after writer rejects the music industry's plaints, and with it, the marketing disaster that is DRM. It's unlikely that the music industry will listen - but one wonders, will the editors of the Globe and Mail get the message, and change their perspective on this issue. More...

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How to Bring Schools into 21st Century

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: How to Bring Schools into 21st Century, Cnn [Edit][Delete]CNN [Edit][Delete] December 12, 2006
Time magazine has caught the attention of a number of writers (and this article in CNN) with a cover story on how to "build" a student for the 21st century - language that indicates the divide between one generation of thinking about learning, and another, which asserts that learning - and learners - are grown, not built. The article (which you need to pay for, or watch an advertisement, to view) is focused relentlessly on the American perspective, but the questions (if not the answers) are international in scope. people need to think internationally, they need to learn to recognize patterns and perceive more intuitively, they need to acquire new information from new sources, and they need to interact and communicate. More...

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The Eggcorn Database

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Chris Waigl[Edit][Delete]: The Eggcorn Database, [Edit][Delete] December 12, 2006
You never know what you're going to see if you follow a mailing list long enough. Today - after several days of discussion - what showed up on ITForum was this, the 'eggcorn'. Example: saying "a different tact" instead of (the proper) "a different tack." According to the page, "They [eggcorns] tell us something about how ordinary speakers and writers make sense of the language they use." This is the sort of thing about language that both enlightens and confounds: you can use it quite incorrectly, but still be understood, and in a way more subtle and accurate than had you used it correctly. More...

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Rough Crossing

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Rough Crossing, Google Video [Edit][Delete] December 12, 2006
My latest video, this time footage of crossing south from New Zealand's South island to Stewart Island in seas that were described to me as "choppy". Enjoy.

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Social Software, Personal Learning Environments and Lifelong Competence Development

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Graham Attwell[Edit][Delete]: Social Software, Personal Learning Environments and Lifelong Competence Development, The Wales Wide Web [Edit][Delete] December 11, 2006
Good paper that looks at the links between competencies and the personal learning environment (PLE). Attwell notes that while there has been a hostile reaction from the education community to social networking applications, research about SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) shows that people actually learn informally and socially, in communities of practice. Informal learning isn't just some uncredentialed version of formal learning, which is why recognition has been difficult. It is closely tied to practice, and practice varies from community to community. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:08 - - Permalien [#]

Eben Moglen on Free Software and Social Justice

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Geoffrey Glass[Edit][Delete]: Eben Moglen on Free Software and Social Justice, A Whole Minute [Edit][Delete] December 11, 2006
I posted a longish excerpt of this to ITForum today, part of a wider discussion. And I think that Eben Moglen is exactly right to focus not simply on the mechanics of open source but also on the reasons people are working on this, in this way. "We have a very special place in the history of the campaign for social justice. We have some very special infrastructure. We have new means of economic development available to us. We have got proof-of-concept. We have got running code. That's all we ever need." Oh, and the other thing. More...

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