22 octobre 2019

Intersting E-Learning Tools From Arts ISIT

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Intersting E-Learning Tools From Arts ISIT
Some nifty tools distributed by the University of British Columbia. I like the discussion extractor, which will liberate discussion threads from WebCT for use elsewhere. Also interesting is the image annotation tool and language pronunciation platform. And the Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool bears closer examination. More...

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Ready for Prime Time: Open Source Programs for the K-12 Desktop

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ready for Prime Time: Open Source Programs for the K-12 Desktop
Another one of those lists - which are worth running from time to time because the software changes. Anyhow, I mostly agree witht he items posted here - I swear by Audacity and have no trouble recommending Moodle and Ubuntu. Others - such as Open Office - are a bit rougher. More...

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Introduction to Open Educational Resources

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Introduction to Open Educational Resources
An open educational resource (in the form of an online course) on the use of open educational resources. It feels weird reading the content as a course (it feels a bit like reading Shakespeare or some other script from a play, not like ordinary reading). Some of the content is very U.S.-focused (like the stuff on copyright) - a broader focus would have been useful, as most target users of OERs are not Americans. This is very introductory material - if you are new to the idea of OERs this is a good resource. More...

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How To Keep Hostile Jerks From Taking Over Your Online Community

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How To Keep Hostile Jerks From Taking Over Your Online Community
Cory Doctorow discusses the defusing of discussion trolls. Probably the best advice is "Discussion groups are like uranium: a little pile gives off a nice, warm glow, but if the pile gets bigger, it hits critical mass and starts a deadly meltdown." I'm not sure the methods of the "troll whisperer" he describes are really the way to go. More...

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Speaking of Teaching

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Speaking of Teaching
This is kind of neat - PDF back-issues of this twice-annual newsletter published by the Center for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University. Sometimes you want to roll your eyes - such as at the recent newsletter on "Vol. 15, No. 2- Getting more 'Teaching' out of 'Testing' and 'Grading'" and others seem like a blast from the past, such as the 1993 newsletter 'The Meeting of Minds and Machines: Teaching and Multimedia.' And others, like the 2001 newsletter on problem based learning, are well worth reading by everyone. More...

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Measuring Your Blog'S Outcomes and Use of Other Social Media Tools

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Measuring Your Blog'S Outcomes and Use of Other Social Media Tools
Discussion of the idea of evaluating the effectiveness of blogs, and in particular, a set of metrics from Avinesh Kaushik:

  • "Raw Author Contribution (posts and words in post)
  • Unique Blog Readers (content consumption - Unique Visitors and Feed Subscribers)
  • Conversation Rate (measuring success in a social medium)
  • Technorati "Authority" (measuring your impact on the world!)
  • Cost (what!)
  • Return on Investment (what's in it for you/your business)"

Would this newsletter be twice as good if I wrote twice as many posts or wroite them twice as long? If I wrote about a more popular topic - educational policy, say - I would have more readers. Would that be better? Is Will Richardson better than me because he gets more comments? Am I better than you because I have a higher Technorati rank? Would it be better if I made money and spent less on my website?

Measuring "your blog's outcome" is ridiculous. It's like measuring 'friendship'. measuring 'reflective moments'. More...

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Google Timeline and Map Search Results Views

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Google Timeline and Map Search Results Views
I'm back from Winnipeg and my punishment for writing a nice post about Air Canada was a miserable flight on an overcrowded tiny CRJ complete with lost luggage. Though I did get to see the end of Music and Lyrics between Winnipeg and Toronto (I guess Air Canada thinks people in Moncton are tiny and can fit in little tiny spaces while people in Winnipeg are large and need that much more room). Anyhow, this post looking at the use of Google to create timelines and maps raises some interesting educational possibilities - though I'm beginning to think that the lack of things like the lack of an RSS version of these results is indicative of a growing tendency at Google toward proprietary APIs over more standard data feeds. More...

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Why I'M Not Worried About the Microsoft Patent Threats Against Linux

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why I'M Not Worried About the Microsoft Patent Threats Against Linux
This is a common theme in the reactions. "The experts and evidence all suggest that Microsoft is all bark and no bite in this particular case." Look at it more closely: "[Linux] potentially, not definitely, infringes 283 untested patents, while not infringing a single court-validated patent." And Microsoft won't name the patents, because, as Linus Torvalds writes, "Naming them would make it either clear that Linux isn't infringing at all (which is quite possible, especially if the patents are bad), or would make it possible to avoid infringing by coding around whatever silly thing they claim." He adds, "Don't you think that if Microsoft actually had some really foolproof patent, they'd just tell us and go, 'nyaah, nyaah, nyaah!'". More...

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Exciting New Online Citation Generator

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Exciting New Online Citation Generator
This is a service that lets you search for a resource you're citing, and then generates a citation in on e of the major formats, MLA, APA, or Chicago. Cites books, websites, newspaper articles, and more. As well, if the item isn't in their database, you can add it (this really enhances the services, in my view). More...

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Wii Love New Controls

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Wii Love New Controls
I think this could be interesting: making the Wii work with Second Life. Maybe I should Wii-ify my website. You can read the archives by gesturing with your numchuk. More...

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