12 juillet 2019

Discussion: Stephen Downes

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. George Siemens and Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Discussion: Stephen Downes, Elearnspace [Edit][Delete]ELearnSpace [Edit][Delete] August 7, 2006
George Siemens and I had a nice discussion this afternoon about the changing nature of knowledge. "We started by discussing the need for a new epistemology...explored artificial intelligence, democracy, wikipedia, new models of societal organization, knowledge as a product/process, the nature of learning today, neuroscientific view of cognition, and other light breezy subjects :)." 68 megabytes, but if you give me some time I'll have a lighter version here. Once I download the original. ;) [Tags: ]. More...

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10 Drupal Modules You Can't Live Without

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Nick Lewis[Edit][Delete]: 10 Drupal Modules You Can't Live Without, Nick Lewis: The Blog [Edit][Delete] August 5, 2006
As I get nearer and nearer to actually doing work to adopt Drupal (read: maybe when I get back from circling the globe in September) articles like this are catching my interest. Especially the description of the CCK module, at number 9. More...

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Setting the IFPI Record Straight

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Michael Geist[Edit][Delete]: Setting the IFPI Record Straight, August 5, 2006
Michael Geist does his usual hard-nosed analysis of a music industry public statement, leaving sliced and diced and bleeding on the floor. So he should; "In explaining the situation in Canada, the IFPI resorts to a series of mischaracterizations and omissions." My problem is that the politicians read the IFPI reports, and not the rebuttals. When's the last time a politician ever read these pages, for example. More...

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Desire2Learn Patent Page, Blackboard Violating Australian Law?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Desire2Learn Patent Page, Blackboard Violating Australian Law?, August 5, 2006
The Blackboard story continues non-stop, so I'm throwing together an extra issue today to keep up. While I'm at it, I'm giving you a glimpse of my Saturday reading, a little more geeky than the usual weekday fare - but remember, this is a day off for me, so this is what I'm reading for fun.
Anyhow, first thing this morning came an email from Desire2Learn head John Baker letting me know about the company's patent information page. The text of the message reporduced here a few days ago may be found on the site, along with the full text of the patent and the letter of complaint. It also includes links to 477 pages of communication between Blackboard and the USPTO. More...

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11 juillet 2019

Podcasting Lectures, EDUCAUSE Quarterly

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Sarah Brittain, Pietrek Glowacki, Jared Van Ittersum and Lynn Johnson[Edit][Delete]: Podcasting Lectures, EDUCAUSE Quarterly [Edit][Delete] August 4, 2006
OK, I appreciate the scientific research process, I really do, though I am always leery of attempts to find the 'best' method for doing something (because any empiricist will have discovered long ago that what counts as 'best' varies dramatically according to circumstances). But this article really stretches my appreciation as the authors progress through not one but three separate pilot trials before discovering (ta da!) podcasting (specifically, using MP3 and RSS to syndicate audio). The 'Acquisitions Solutions' part was the (ahem) silliest, as the authors describe wiring the room's microphone system into the iPod to produce audio of "extremely poor quality and almost useless." It does not appear to have occurred to the experimenters to try other devices, such as an iRiver or even a cheap $29.95 MP3 recorder in an instructor's pocket (which might actually have done the job). What bothers me is that what this experimentation shows most of all is that the designers, committed though they were to empirical science, did not do any background reading on the subject, but rather relied on their own intuition and instinct (and on 'focus groups' of students that eventually led them to podcasting). More...

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Jimmy Wales Announces $100 Laptop Partnership

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Andy Carvin[Edit][Delete]: Jimmy Wales Announces $100 Laptop Partnership, Wikiversity, Wikiwyg, August 4, 2006
This is a bit odd, but here's what Andy Carvin is reporting: "Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced that the One Laptop Per Child Project is including Wikipedia as one of the first elements in their content repository. (ac: though they've been talking about this for at least a year.) He also announced a new project called Wikiversity. It will serve as an online center for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities." Wikipedia has also been around for a while; here is my coverage dating from the beginning of last year. Mark Oehlert comments (a bit mysteriously). More...

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Photos from Bogota, Colombia

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Photos from Bogota, Colombia, August 4, 2006
Photos from my week in Bogota. I used Google's Picassa on the photos this time, with generally good results, except for a bug that left some things unsaved. I will be adding captions on the Flickr site over the weekend. There are some really interesting shots here - and a lot of them. I recommend simply starting up the slideshow, sitting back, and enjoying. [Tags: , ]. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Steve Mallett[Edit][Delete]: BarCampMoncton, August 3, 2006
For those of you in the Moncton region, plans are just getting underway for BarCampMoncton, our local installment of BarCampEarth, August 25-27. Visit this wiki page for information on our local event or the BarCampEarth site for information about the event in your local community. More...

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07 juillet 2019

Le retour de la banalisation des Grenelle

Alternatives EconomiquesSur le blog de Michel Abhervé pour Alternatives économiques. Rappelons que le terme Grenelle vient des accords du même nom, négociés entre le Gouvernement, les patrons et les syndicats les 25 et 26 mai 1968, au siège du Ministère du Travail, l'hôtel du Châtelet, rue de Grenelle, et qu'il convient de garder à ce qui référence à Grenelle ce principe du tripartisme, éventuellement élargi en fonction du thème et que son application à toute démarche de concertation n'a guère  de sens. Plus...

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Le CNRS fêtera-t-il ses 100 ans ?

Sur le blog "Histoires d'universités" de Pierre Dubois. Pour ses 80 ans, le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) affiche un bilan flatteur. Par exemple, il abrite le plus grand nombre de projets financés par l’European Research Council (ERC), actuellement considéré comme la référence en Europe en termes d’excellence scientifique. Plus...

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