11 octobre 2019

Les « Mooc », ces cours en ligne interactifs, débarquent en France

De l’histoire à la biologie en passant par la physique, la ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur lance une plate-forme nationale comprenant vingt vidéos de cours de haut niveau. Plus...

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La bière étudiée à l’université de Cergy-Pontoise

Cette faculté propose aux professionnels de la restauration et de la brasserie une formation professionnalisante en biérologie. Plus...

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The Future of Music

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Future of Music
I had planned to buy set of keyboards (despite the fact that I can't play a lick of music) but I got Garage Band instead, an application that has derailed my exploration into video editing. So I know exactly the significance of the announcement that Nine Inch Nails (NIN) will be releasing their music in Garage Band format. Now of course I wish it were an open format - Apple is so bad in that respect. But still, as Tony Hirst comments, "Well, you won't be downloading MP3. Instead I'm looking forward to a time when we'll be downloading a Garageband-like mix to our Garageband-like stereos - its audio card will generate sounds using onboard synths and samplers and do a real time audio mix for you. More...

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Get Out Your Snow Shoes-Severe Snowstorms Hitting TV

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Get Out Your Snow Shoes-Severe Snowstorms Hitting TV
What tipped the balance for me was the showshoe metaphor, accompanied by Wayne Hodgins's bold declaration that he's Canadian (nice to see - it always irks to see Alex Trebek turn his back on our country). Anyhow, according to Hodgins, the "'Snowflake Effect' (mass personalization) is deeply affecting TV." Yes, and about time. So long as it doesn't take away my morning news, which is really the only TV of any significance I watch. More...

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Blog Opens On the Learner of the Future

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Blog Opens On the Learner of the Future
Interesting use of a blog. "This year's AoC NILTA national debate focuses on the learner of the future. A debate blog is available online, which discusses the evolving needs of our current and future learners." Can't say much good about the design, though - is the sidebar on the home page just broken. More...

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Future Hope Against Today's Reality

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Future Hope Against Today's Reality
George Siemens tries to find the 'balance' between the future vision and 'practical reality'. But there is no such balance. If you have some model, some vision, some end goal, then for every decision you make, the question becomes, "does this move me closer to my end goal, or not?" When people say something is "impractical" they're trying to say two things at once: that the thing is right, and the thing is wrong. Well, which is it? Me, I think education based on coercion is impractical, because it results in a generation that cannot think for itself. How often we have seen this in the past, with what miserable results. More...

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Study: No Benefit Going High-Tech for Math and Science

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Study: No Benefit Going High-Tech for Math and Science
As always, the story reveals more about the slant taken by the journalist than it does the actual study. One could equally say, "students teaching themselves using math and science software do just as well as those who are taught by a teacher." Same study, right. More...

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Mobile Technology in Medical Education Bibliography

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Mobile Technology in Medical Education Bibliography
This week's most popular file on ITForum: a bibliography (MS-Word Document) of papers describing the use of instructional technologies, and especially PDAs, in medical education. Very comprehensive, though readers of these pages will find nothing really new there (the typical paper: we tried PDAs in such-and-such a class or application, it looks like they have a lot of potential, can increase data input, etc.). The big weakness is that there are no URLs- either these papers are not online or the bibliographer didn't think their location was important. More...

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Cory Doctorow Profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Ed

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Cory Doctorow Profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Ed
I think it is with typical Chronicle irony that this article on Cory Doctorow's anti-copyright course, 'Pwned', is hidden behind a subscription wall, and entirely appropriate that it has been copied and posed in full on Siva Vaidhyanathan's NYU website. More...

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Expressing Dublin Core Metadata Using the Resource Description Framework (RDF)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Expressing Dublin Core Metadata Using the Resource Description Framework (RDF)
The RDF version of Dublin Core is open for comments. I still have a fondness for RDF, despite what I've said about the Semantic Web because, after all, RDF is about relations. Connections. But I sometimes wish I could keep the standards people away from it. Take, for example, the integer '43'. Here's how I express it: 43. RDF-DC? It takes seven lines. We have to stop trying to specify the exact interpretation in the document and let users apply their own interpretation in the context. In programming, this is called Duck Typing. "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck." We need to allow that, if it looks like an integer, it probably is an integer. At most, if we've specified the schemas in the header, we should need to do no more than "age = 43" in the body. Using the appropriate brackets for RDF or JSON or whatever we're working with. More...

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