16 octobre 2019

Mobile Instant Messaging Meets Social Networking: Twitter - A Beginner's Guide

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Mobile Instant Messaging Meets Social Networking: Twitter - A Beginner's Guide
Some online goodness from Robin Good that goes beyond merely describing how to use Twitter to describe how people are using Twitter. "Love it or hate it Twitter is a force to be reckoned with, and provides a great many opportunities beyond simply telling the world what you ate for breakfast". More...

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The Truth Vs The RIAA

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Truth Vs The RIAA
Links to a bunch of articles, mostly written by musicians, against the RIAA. Handy fodder the next time someone tells you the RIAA is working for musicians. Related: Michael Geist argues that "World Intellectual Property Day has become little more than a lobbyist day with creators, users, and the facts once again getting lost in the process". More...

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IDRC Launches Intellectual Platform for Developing Countries

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. IDRC Launches Intellectual Platform for Developing Countries
Well now they can't say that it can't be done of that federal law prohibits it. Canada's IDRC - the International Development Research Centre - has launched an open access digital repository of the research it funds. "In addition to making information more freely available, this initiative will enable IDRC-funded researchers to publish and showcase their successes, insights, and expertise. Through the IDRC Digital Library their work will be available, not just to a select few subscribers of journals, but to the entire global research community." Related: this presentation (PDF) summarizes open access policy development in Canada. "Open access policy initiatives are happening around the world. Sherpa Juliet lists more than 20 funding agency policies, from at least 10 countries. More than half the policies are by medical research funders. More...

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The Process of Research Writing: The Web Site

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Process of Research Writing: The Web Site
Intended for students, and therefore in places quite basic (for example, when distinguishing between scholarly and non-scholarly work). The chapters on working with research teams and alternative methods of presenting your research represent a more modern outlook. And, of course, we have to applaud the making of this book freely available on the web. More...

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Enhancing Learning Seminar

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Enhancing Learning Seminar
Summary of a Becta session on simulations and game based learning (hence this survey of teaching practices in Second Life). While noting that we still need more evidence about what students learn from games and simulations, the author mostly focused on examples including Schome (which is focusing mostly on Second Life, it seems), the Neverwinter Nights Aurora Toolset, where students build their own games, and the Brain Training Game, which I'd love to try one day. More...

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An Interview with Morten Flate Paulsen: Focusing On His Theory of Cooperative Freedom in Online Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An Interview with Morten Flate Paulsen: Focusing On His Theory of Cooperative Freedom in Online Education
When Morten Flate Paulsen spoke in Barceloa last October he outlinedwhat I feel was an important distinction between collaborative learning and cooperative learning (one that that is reflected, I think, in the distinction between groups and networks). In this item, a lengthy interview, he discusses this and other aspects of his theory of cooperative freedom. The idea is to preserve autonomy while acquiring the benefits of groups. One technique, for example, is the idea of 'cooperative gating' - you can access a cooperative resource, but only if you have performed a task that contributes to the community resource. More...

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Zude, Engyte

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Zude, Engyte
Some new applications to learn from. Zude hasn't launched yet, but from the demo seems to hit the mix and mash note nicely. See also this article from ZD net. Also, see Engyte, "a Web 2.0 content sharing solution that combines sharing, automatic organization and a... search capability." Explode, meanwhile, has suddenly disappeared. More...

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Are We Destroying Research by Evaluating It?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Are We Destroying Research by Evaluating It?
A topic I think about from time to time, especially as I resist efforts to have my work 'evaluated' by traditional metrics (the NRC criteria are quite broad, which allows a lot of the work that I do to be credited, but there is a constant pressure to narrow the definition of 'work' to include only formal publications, patents and intellectual property). Daniel Lemire points to a paper from Bruno S. Frey and Margit Osterloh, who argue, "path-breaking contributions are exactly those at variance with accepted criteria. Indeed innovative research creates novel criteria which before were unknown or disregarded." Lemire comments (and I agree), "we see a homogenization of research endeavors. All laboratories and departments end up looking the same. Fads are followed religiously". More...

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Cellphone Breakout

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Cellphone Breakout
I was talking with Julie Zilber yesterday about mobile phone networks (and in "the CDMA standard, which is popular in North America and parts of Asia, and used by Bell and Telus in Canada. The other is GSM, which is used by Rogers in Canada and is the most common cellphone standard outside North America, used by more than 2 billion subscribers in most countries around the world" - worth noting that the mobile phone services in Vancouver for the Olympics in 2010 will be CDMA, rendering inoperable most travellers' mobile phones. Anyhow, this article highlights the very anti-competitive practices of CDMA companies, like Telus, who regard 'unlocked' phones to constitute copyright violation. What is an 'unlocked' phone. More...

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New Open-Access Medical Journal, Offshoot of CMAJ Firing Fight, Is Launched

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New Open-Access Medical Journal, Offshoot of CMAJ Firing Fight, Is Launched
This is a long and bitter story regarding the ruin of a prestigious Canadian medical journal because of editorial interference. The result, though, is the launch of a new, open, Canadian journal in medicine, Open Medicine, officially launched Wednesday. "It will be available online only, will have no subscription fees, and no corporate or medical association ownership. It won't accept advertisements for medical devices and drugs - the major advertisers in traditional journals." That's one of the major aspects of open publishing - independence. More...

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