28 janvier 2020

Claude Ostyn and Phil Dodds (center)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Claude Ostyn and Phil Dodds (center).

I didn't know either Claude Ostyn or Phil Dodds, both of whom were pioneers in the e-learning standards movement and both of whom have recently passed away. So what do I say?

I started my day today listening to Jane Siberry:

sail ho heave ho come on let go your time on earth is over
i watch you sleeping on the bed i'm talking to your soul

did you ever think it'd be like this?
did you ever think you'd walk away?
you and me running through the backstreets of the world
like a pack of hounds of two
wanting more and more love and how much is too much?
did you ever think we'd love so hard?
fighting hard and hurting worse
oh...you're sailing away...

it's alright
put your arms around my neck
hold me tight as we drift out now
while i have the stength of ten men
hold me close as we drift out into the darkness
pigeons rushing up past our heads
people in doorways
i think this is europe somewhere
you're so thin you're so light
don't let go hold me
...are these yours? or mine?

When my time comes, I hope to have lived well, fought well and loved well.

Mourning Claude Ostyn. Also, Chuck Allen on Ostyn. On the passing of Phil Dodds. More from Mark Oehlert. More...

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Thomas Davenport and Blogging - He Is Wrong!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Thomas Davenport and Blogging - He Is Wrong!
Does blogging hurt productivity? There's two ways to look at it. Blogging most definitely helps you and your career and your learning. So it improves productivity. But it may take away from what your boss wants you to be doing (especially if this has nothing to do with helping your career and your learning). So it may hurt productivity. This is the thing: who defines poductivity. More...

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Inventing the New Boundaries

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Inventing the New Boundaries
Dave Warlick's chatty keynote (yet another "[verb]ing the new [noun]" talk) opens the second K12 Online Conference. Warlick is mostly a storyteller, though I confess the long bit from Ender's Game and the discussion of borders and airports didn't really appeal to me. "You have to create your own borders," Warlick says, to create traction to move forward into the future. The main message - that the best thing we can be teaching students today is how to teach themselves - is pretty common nowadays, don't you think? Julie Lindsay summarizes. More...

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Navcon2k7, Fruit Bats, Terrigal Beach and Love Poems

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Navcon2k7, Fruit Bats, Terrigal Beach and Love Poems
What are we trying to teach when we teach? Probably one of these:
* Socialisation - the challenge of adapting the child to society
* Acculturation - the challenge of conveying the essence of a culture
* Individuation - that educational fostering of autonomy and authenticity
Artichoke writes, "Harpaz argued that we have a contradiction within schools because we have fused these three ideologies and because these ideologies helplessly contradict each other - we never progress." Which is true enough. More...

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FOWA: Enterprise Adoption of Social Software

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. FOWA: Enterprise Adoption of Social Software (Suw Charman)
Summary notes of this presentation from Suw Charman. The content is interesting enough, but what really makes it work is the use of lolcats as slides. Now of course this is something that would only once in a while, for effect. But the design and methodology is something that should not be quickly discounted. More...

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Due Diligence

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Due Diligence
The filtering argument continues. Doug Johnson links to a defense of filtering from Kurt Paccio, who argues, "not one of those who sigh or are critical of filtering decisions has their job on the line should Johnny access inappropriate content. Would those who are frustrated sit beside me in court or defend me in the court of public opinion?" Johnson responds, "If schools are relying on filters (and tech staff) alone to protect students from inappropriate content, I hope the superintendent gets canned rather than the IT director." You can tell common sense has gone out the window when Paccio asserts, "It's sad but we live in a litigious society." The problem is, justice is inaccessible. It costs too much to defend oneself, and the costs of failure are too extreme. Even if the response is reasonable, the bullies win. More...

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FON's Wireless Revolution Starts Now

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. FON's Wireless Revolution Starts Now
This is a remarkable story. FON is a service that allows you to "make a fraction of your Wi-Fi available as a secure public hotspot, and you get unlimited access to everyone else's Wi-Fi who's doing the same thing." Non-members ay a fee to access, and you get a cut. Now British Telecom has signed on. BT takes the resident's cut. But in return, the resident gets free access to what could be a much wider network. It's a good deal all round - except for existing wireless broadband provider. More...

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Facebook Usage

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Facebook Usage
Survey of what people do when they're on Second Life. Which is, mostly, to look at people's profiles and to look at pictures. What this tells me is that people are still in the 'browse' stage of Facebook - similar to the way people used to explore home pages in the early days of the web. This means that Facebook needs to evolve, because the browsing stage will end, and if there isn't something to engage people, they'll go elsewhere. More...

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NMC Publishes Results of Educators in Second Life Survey

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. NMC Publishes Results of Educators in Second Life Survey
Survey of educators associated with Second Life and the New Media Consortium. 100 percent of the respondents use Second Life (question 1) so this survey should be regarded in that light. That's why we see, for example, that 43 percent took a class in Second Life. And 33 percent of them own 'land' in the online environment. You need broadband to use Second Life; that's why only 1 percent use dial-up. But more interestingly, the most popular activity is 'wantering around' followed by 'meeting people'. More...

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DCMI Scholarly Communications Community

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. DCMI Scholarly Communications Community
Just announced, "the all new DCMI Community for Scholarly Communications established at the recent DCMI Advisory Board meeting in Singapore. The aim of the group is to provide a central place for individuals and organisations to exchange information, knowledge and general discussion on issues relating to using Dublin Core for describing items of 'scholarly communications', be they research papers, conference presentations, images, data objects." More...

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