06 décembre 2018

OLDaily Audio

OLDaily Audio
My OLDaily Audio page - MP#s of my talks in proper podcasting form (the RSS is here). I have a few items to add - I set this up a couple months ago in respoinse to a request and forgot about it. Worth a mention in light of the next item. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, October sometime [Refer][Research][Reflect]. More...

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More December Oddness, and a Mystery Link ;)

More December Oddness, and a Mystery Link ;)
So anyhow, I'm in Ottawa. Another odd day - I'm supposed to go to Montreal tomorrow but it's looking ugly and I'll probably cancel. My message light flashed, but my voice mail was empty - if you called me you were deleted. My cell phone is in my office in Moncton. NRC's normally unreliable email isn't working again (which is why I'm including some personal notes in the newsletter - I'm incommunicado otherwise). And my laptop, which has never worked properly since Windows XP was installed, is operating in fits and starts (mostly fits). More...

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Just Another Wacky Day in December

Just Another Wacky Day in December
So anyhow, today started with me missing my 6:30 a.m. flight to Ottawa - so if you're expecting me, I'll be in the city tomorrow. What else? My discussion board continues to emit sparodic, unreplicable errors in which the entire thread is not formed, But happily, it works sometimes - long enough, at least, to get this cogent response from Scott Wilson on Personal Learning Environments and a response from Fen Labalme on i-Names. What else. More...

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Component Frameworks

Component Frameworks
Scott Leslie sent me notice of this very interesting presentation. The key is on the third slide (edited for syntax): "[The] Web Server paradigm fails lifelong learners – How? [The]Stateless browser leaves no trace behind. To manage their learning they need their own records. Lifelong learners attend multiple institutions over time, even at the same time. [They] have to learn a new environment at each. Their record and portfolio is scattered. They need a continuous connection for learning, but, if off-campus, this may be slow, unreliable, expensive. As eLearning becomes more complex, VLEs won’t scale. PLEs [Personal Learning Environments] allow the learner’s system to share the load." The solution proposed is complex, Java-based and Web-Services based. I think it needs to be simple, language neutral, and use appropiate protocols for appropriate tasks. More...

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2004 In The Rear View Mirror

2004 In The Rear View Mirror
Something piqued me last year and I came out with 2004: The Turning Point, a foolhardy foray into short-term prediction. I say a lot of things, and some of them might not be true. And people rely on my projections, perhaps not so much as they rely on astrologers, but enough all the same. So how did I do? Let's look at the article. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, December 19, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]. More...

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A Cup of Connotea: A New del.icio.us Flavor of Social Bookmarking

A Cup of Connotea: A New del.icio.us Flavor of Social Bookmarking
Alan Levine picks up on the reference to Connotea listed here yesterday (and please note the corrected link to the paper in D-Lib). More...

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Speegle

Speegle
A search engine that reads the results out loud to you. A nice demonstration of the technology, but it's a little hard to click on the links. More...

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WebCT Campus > Vista > Future?

WebCT Campus > Vista > Future?
Commentary and discussion of the recent IRRODL on WebCT's future - or lack of same. Note Scott Leslie's commentary. I might add that in the last week I have received replies from people both at Blackboard and WebCT on items I've linked to in this newsletter. But of course they don't want them posted or quoted or anything like that. While I appreciate the clarifications (and they have been in some detail) it really bothers me that they are sent in such a private back-channel fashion. More...

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New Media Research Networks Fund

New Media Research Networks Fund
Canadian Heritage has announced funding for research in new media. "Under this Fund, a group of public and private sector partners organize themselves into a network so that researchers can share knowledge, resources and facilities. This Network will develop a research program centered on a particular theme, which has relevance for the cultural sector and promotes innovation in new media or digital content interactive." A link to the application guidelines is on the site; click on the PDF version, as the HTML link simply takes you on a long aimless tour. More...

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Spreading Like Wildfire

Spreading Like Wildfire
This is a great story. A student is assigned a 'compare and contrast' essay on his exist exam. He compares 'piracy' and 'stealing' music, and concludes that they are different. He is failed on grounds of content. The teacher says he is "splitting hairs". He appeals, posting his essay and the grading sheet to his website. More...

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