16 octobre 2019

Toward a Future Knowledge Society

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Toward a Future Knowledge Society
I like George Siemens and he says a lot of good things, but he is often quite vague, an imprecision that can be frustrating. In this discussion of my work on connective knowledge, for example, his central criticisms of my arguments are not so much wrong as impenetrable. My response is here. More...

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World's Best Presentation Contest

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. World's Best Presentation Contest
Is the World's best presentation found on Slideshares? I don't know,. but that's where they will find the winner of the World's best Presentation Contest. Yeah, another 'best of'. I have a presentation submitted - good luck finding it to vote for it among the hundreds of nominees. Meanwhile Andy Powell notes that you can download the actual presentations through the Slideshares interface, in addition to viewing the Flash presentation. More...

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M.Ed in Informal Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. M.Ed in Informal Learning
The logic is inexorable, that as soon as such a program is created, they should start handing out degrees. I'll take mine with a minor in social networking, thanks (you can find my address on the back of this application). More...

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PLE's in Context

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. PLE's in Context
Cynical cynical cynical - but accurate. "With these four contexts in mind, it possible to comprehend why PLE's has no appeal to most CLO's, appears to be going mainstream, and is getting so much buzz among us eLearning fanatics. More...

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The Future of Online Learning and Personal Learning Environments

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Future of Online Learning and Personal Learning Environments
My presentation here in Bogota, Colombia. A look at some of the recent accomplishments in e-learning, an outline of network learning, and a description of personal learning environments. Click here to go directly to my (latest attempt at a) nice presentation page display work, with embedded slides and audio, plus links to the ppt and MP3 files. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web April 19, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , , ]. More...

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These Proposals Are Echoes When We Need Ideas

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. These Proposals Are Echoes When We Need Ideas
I have stated before that wealth does not confer expertise. Thus with the campaign by Eli Broad and Bill Gates to reform education via "a call for stronger, more consistent curriculum standards nationwide; lengthening the school day and year; and improving teacher quality through merit pay and other measures." My reaction is similar to Judy Breck's: "the above 3-plank education platform would sound perfectly appropriate for the elections of 1988, or 1948, or 1908". More...

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Critical Thinking

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Critical Thinking
I've written quite a bit on critical thinking over the years, including the wayward Guide to the Logical Fallacies. Mostly, I've let that writing drift, but recent events have led me to think I should pull it together. So I've been working on the fallacies website. I was wanting to wait, and present this all as a package, but as usual, events precede intention, and so this article pushes me into this post. Here's the thing: after the cyberbullying episodes recently, and the poor attempt at a code of conduct posted by Tim O'Reilly, I asked myself, what does 'good conduct' actually amount to. And I realized: good conduct is reasonable conduct. OK - so what's that? Well, that is what I've written quite a bit on over the years. If you were to draft 'rules of conduct', it would be the same thing as the 'rules of reason'. Conversely, the list of things you should not do is essentially the same as the list of logical fallacies. So, maybe it's time I rebuilt the fallacies site. Not as a 'code'. More...

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Open Access Learning Environments

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Access Learning Environments
According to the author, "Although there are logical reasons for moving toward closed environments, we may be erring too far on the side of caution. Educators and administrators are encouraged to consider the advantages of alternative models that respect the need for privacy while opening learning opportunities to a wider population." Reasonable. More...

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An MIT OpenCourseWare Course Via an OPML Feed

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An MIT OpenCourseWare Course Via an OPML Feed
Tony Hirst pulls a Peter Shanks and shows MIT how it should be done. I love this commentary: "The download bundle is - I guess(?!) - a standard (?) IMS - err - package? (can you tell I'm not up on educational material interoperability standards?!;-) That is to say, the zip archive file opens into a set of nested directories with an imsmanifest.xml document. The archive file also contained copies of the HTML pages used on the course website as well as the PDF versions of the course lecture notes. What I had been hoping for was a 'clean' XML version of the course webpages (i.e. a single source document from which they had been generated)". More...

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Censorship, Audience, and International Collaboration

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Censorship, Audience, and International Collaboration
Clarence Fisher wrestles with some words and imagery right on the edge (these days) of acceptability. People don't censor only that which is offensive and hurtful, they also from time to time censor messages they don't want to hear. I think these instances fall into that category. It's a concern, though - when a class uses a public video service, like DivShare, to distribute a powerful message, it creates a much greater need for caution. But I think that excess caution is as harmful as excessive expression. Anyhow, I would have allowed the image - it is not inherently offensive and expresses a point of view. More...

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