03 février 2020

From Serious Games to Serious Gaming (Part Six): Common Threads

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. From Serious Games to Serious Gaming (Part Six): Common Threads
Henry Jenkins brings together some threads underlying the concept of serious games. The principles include things like: games occur with specific learning contexts; the games supplement, but do not replace, teachers; games should inspire exploration and experimentation; games promote social and not individual learning; every element of the game is meaningful. I think these principles are problematic, a set of principles that will please existing educators and educational institutions, but which do not point the way forward. If I had to put the distinction in capsule form, I would say that this describes "games in learning" but what we really want to be exploring is "learning in games". More...

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My Advice On Being A More Effective Blogger!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. My Advice On Being A More Effective Blogger!
The advice about reading other blogs and taking part in conversations is spot on. If you think your blog is a 'publication' or a form of 'broadcasting' then it will not be very successful. I also stress the importance of having a blogging routine - I have been in meetings all day today but the day isn't done until the newsletter goes out. Because people expect, want and need consistency. The stylistic advice is generally good as well Especially the bit about publishing full feeds - partial feeds are selfish. More...

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Why Does This Stuff Succeed?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why Does This Stuff Succeed?
It's a rant, but we ned more rants like this. Because while on the one hand there is the scepticism - often expressed in these pages - about standardized instruction and instruction-based learning. But there is the other side of the discussion we need to see: the problem of charlatans who have a 'solution' to sell, that 'improves learning' - though they won't tell you how, nor provide any evidence that it does. And we have in common the objectives of seeing our educational system produce, as the author says, "people who understand through hard study of history and philosophy the challenges of self government." Self-discipline and even self-sacrifice are indeed noble virtues, and we would like to foster them. But students often hear of the need for self-sacrifice from an individual or an institution that will take the fruits of that sacrifice merely to enrich or empower themselves. More...

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The Problem of Talking About the New Web: You Have to Do It, Too

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Problem of Talking About the New Web: You Have to Do It, Too
I'm not likely to change my approach to presentations a whole lot (save messing around with recording and backchannels and other interactive play like that) even though I recognize the importance of conversation and local knowledge. Here's why. I do not regard my talk at a conference to be the totality of a person's learning experience. It is partial in two respects. Partial, first, in that it is supported through the very interactive mechanisms of my website and associated resources. And partial, second, in that participants have the entire conference to generate local knowledge, and don't need to do it during my talk. I see myself as playing a role, not delivering the whole package - and that role is to offer a 40 to 50 minute communication of outside ideas to a particular audience. More...

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Learn Yourself

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Learn Yourself
My presentation online to SMOOT Finland yesterday. Not the greatest video in the world (the quality is OK, but it's just me sitting at my desk and speaking) but it represents a full day's worth of production, as I struggled with my MacBook Pro, Parallels, Windows XP running on Parallels, Adobe Premiere Elements, and various other drivers and support applications, to get the video from the camera to the Google Video site where it now resides. The talk itself is a familiar message, as I talk about how teachers should take control of their own learning and the principles they should use to select technology. Near the end is my latest take on an answer to the old question about whether students need instruction - I know I could answer that question forever and not convince everyone, but I still think it's worth trying to frame that answer in different ways, if only to understand the issue. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web November 22, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , , , ]. More...

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OER Introduction Booklet and Free

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OER Introduction Booklet and Free Webinars
Links to a useful PDF booklet describing 'Open Educational Resources'. There's an accompanying course, but you don't have to take it. The booklet notes, "A resource accessible for free over the Internet does not always signify that it is not protected by a copyright nor forbidden for reuse and reproduction. In fact, most of the time, the content is protected by copyrights not allowing reproduction. Where else an OER is distributed, licensed and shared with the background willingness to enable the user to adapt and use the content freely". More...

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Abandoning Plaxo

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Abandoning Plaxo
"I'm abandoning Plaxo, have canceled my Premium trial subscription, and am not interested in trying your service again." Well that's pretty final. I never trusted Plaxo in the first place - a certain amount of spam will do that - but it would have still been nice if it had worked. More...

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OUNL Learning and Working Environment (Final)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OUNL Learning and Working Environment (Final)
I find it very positive that the Open University of the Netherlands is working on a PLWE (personal learning and working environment). Five posts: VLE of the future, Part 1, Continuing Debate, Part 2, Final. It's still very early in their process, but I think this does signal a bit of a change of direction, and a good one. More...

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Will Richardson and Gary Stager - Live: The Bootleg Video

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Will Richardson and Gary Stager - Live: The Bootleg Video
Funny. Will Richardson and Gary Stager took the main stage - sans technology - at the NYSCATE Conference in Rochester, NY. There was a professional video recorded, and it may one day appear on some website. But David Jakes turned his webcam around and recorded the session using his computer, streaming the session live using UStream.tv. Here is Will Richardspn's response. This is exactly what web 2.0 - and e-learning 2.0 - is about. The sound isn't perfect (and you can hear dishes clacking) but we can easily undersatnd what they're saying, see the video just fine, and enjoy the interesting discussion. More...

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The Use of E-Learning Is Up

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Use of E-Learning Is Up
According to a recently released ASTD report, one third of workplace learning is now e-learning, with about two thirds of that being self-study and one third instructor-led online classes. More...

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