15 octobre 2019

How would you change education if you could choose?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How would you change education if you could choose?
Alastair Creelman, The corridor of uncertainty, 2019/02/14
Nothing really surprising here (ecosystem, inclusion, distance no barrier), except maybe the obligatory bits saying (but I wouldn't change this, and I wouldn't change that - like "but also oases for reflection and perspective" and "the absence of (technology)"). I once did a drawing called 'School 2.0' - view it here - illustrating as most significant th breaking down of the barrier between the school and the community. This it seems to me would be the big change we want to make. It's not about adapting our current institutions (or even in some way insulating them) to technology. More...

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Playing Games Can Build 21st-Century Skills. Research Explains How.

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Playing Games Can Build 21st-Century Skills. Research Explains How.
Stephen Noonoo, EdSurge, 2019/02/13
This article is based on a research study (8 page PDF) arguing that unique experiences are more pleasurable. It uses this study to explain the effectiveness of games, in certain circumstances, to teach a range of skills. It then references a private school (called Quest to Learn) to expand on the discussion of gaming in learning; this is the advocacy and marketing part of the article. "The most success (i.e., larger effect sizes) incorporated specific game design elements, including collaboration, competition, role playing, and exploration and discovery. More...

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Elderblog Sutra

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Elderblog Sutra
Venkatesh Rao, Ribbonfarm, 2019/02/13
Reflecting on my post from the other day, Doug Belshaw suggests that OLDaily might be classified as an 'elderblog'. This term is adapted from gaming, where an elder game  is "a game where most players have completed a full playthrough and are focusing on second-order play." For me, No Man's Sky fits this - I've completed the main quests in 'Next' and have advanced to the next galaxy, where I spend my time leisurely exploring and hunting pirates. More...

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Opportunities vs. Good Ideas

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Opportunities vs. Good Ideas
Brett D. Christensen, Workplace Performance Consulting, 2019/02/13
This post marks the beginning of a series of posts on Brett Christensen's Performance Improvement Process model (illustrated). It begins with the distinction outlined in the title, expanded as follows: " The key difference between an opportunity and a good idea is its alignment – or not – to the individual, organizational and societal contributions that your organization exists to produce." This distinction is established by a consideration of the outcomes the idea or opportunity produces. It goes without saying that the desired outcomes vary from place to place, time to time. More...

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Future of Work

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Future of Work
Canada Beyond 150, 2019/02/13
This document (11 page PDF) came recommended but I think it misses the mark. It is the report from a committee of Canadian public servants who studies the future of work - how we prepare for it, how we get it, how we benefit from it - and made recommendations on hoiw to adapt. The observations are accurate enough - "the growing skills gap driven by increased automation (and) the weakened social contract between workers, employers, and governments, driven by digital technologies and the constant financialization of business decisions." But the recommendations are not sound: "an Interactive Career Platform that uses technology to help Canadians from all walks of life, and a Workforce Stewardship Policy Suite that uses the unique ability of employers to positively affect their employees’ lives". More...

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the JavaScript

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the JavaScript
Jason Rodriguez, CSS-Tricks, 2019/02/13
This post talks about one developer's journey to learn - or in this case, not learn - Javascript. This is not an easy journey in 2019, as the reference to these developer roadmaps makes clear. These roadmaps are similar to the roadmap to learning Solid I pointed to yesterday (it's interesting to see the developer community independently discover something like the mechanism of learning design for developer roadmaps, albeit without all the overhead (such as roles) that educational institutions introduce). More...

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No, They Are Not Skills?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. No, They Are Not Skills?
Tim Stahmer, Assorted Stuff, 2019/02/13
We're hearing more and more about 'mindsets' - for example, the "innovator's mindset", an "entrepreneurial mindset", and the like. They have a mysterious origin. As Tim Stahmer suggests here, a mindset "is a way of looking at life," and thus distinct from a 'skill' which is... something different? I'm hard-pressed to see the difference. From where I sit, knowledge and skills are (at least in part) ways of looking at the world (or as Lakoff would put it, 'frames'). More...

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LCB April Question - Leave a Clean Corpse

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. LCB April Question - Leave a Clean Corpse
This month's Learning Circuits Big Question is: "ILT and Off-the-Shelf Vendors - What Should They Do?" (For those not familiar with the relentless jargon coming out of LC: ILT stands for Instructor-Led Training - the question seems to address both companies that produce educational software and companies that provide training courses). Anyhow, the best answer by far comes from Tom Haskins: "leave a clean corpse." heh. "Now that we are on a roll of learning from internal blogging or subscribing to RSS feeds, tags and searches -- it seems antiquated to pretend that identified skill gaps from a training needs analyses could have a clue about what can be cooked up today, between us, to get better results than yesterday." More discussion of the corpse response. More...

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Good Teaching with Technology

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Good Teaching with Technology Does Make a Difference
In addition to the really nice redux John left in the comments, the ridiculous Associated press report about the study of technology use in the classroom also gets the treatment from Wesley Fryer (who also informs us that sharp pencils and bright projector bulbs don't improve learning outcomes either). More to the point, Fryer asserts that "Good teaching with technology does make a big difference," citing "Cheryl Lemke [who] discusses the large body of research that does exist which reveals the positive differences that are made when technology is used appropriately by teachers." I don't know why he's so determined to include the 'good teaching' part, though. I think you would find that technology makes a difference even without the teaching. More...

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Freebase Buzz

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Freebase Buzz
For background on just what this is, you need to look up and read about JSON (the official pages aren't very useful, so here's more). For those who didn't follow the links (heh), JSON is basically a way of transporting data from one website to another by using the tag hack to get around browser security rules. It's also the major data format behind AJAX and other Web 2.0 tricks (alas the HTTPDRequestObject that's in all the guides does not get around browser security rules). My late lamented referrer system of a few years ago used this method. Anyhow, it's really simple. Strings go in quotes, lists in square brackets, and associative arrays (hashes) in curly braces. The colon is used for naming. OK fine. Freebase is a user-generated database that supports questions and answers in this format. Think of it as sort of a structured Wikipedia. More...

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