31 janvier 2020

Open Ed - Week 8: Economic Models of Open Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Ed - Week 8: Economic Models of Open Education
Good discussion of different models of open education, colour coded (red, yellow, green). Jennifer Maddrell writes, "At the Open Ed conference, I heard a suggestion to hire students (cheap labor) to sit and "convert" professors lecture content and other face to face course materials into a digital format. Why? Do learners want this? Isn't this the same mistake made when online courses first came into being?" More...

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OAuth 1.0 Release May Offer Safer Mashup Opportunities

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OAuth 1.0 Release May Offer Safer Mashup Opportunities
It's sort of in the same spirit as OpenID. OAuth (Open Authentication) is "an open protocol to allow secure API authentication in a simple and standard method from desktop and web applications." The purpose is to make mashups easier and safer, so that you don't send your password around to a whole bunch of different applications. OAuth for Perl. And discussion of OAuth from Six Apart. More...

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28 janvier 2020

ANGEL'S Open Source Move

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. ANGEL'S Open Source Move
This is interesting. Angel is a popular LMS, though mostly over on the corporate side of the house. The company has just incorporated a wiki into their product - but they did it by adapting the open source Tiddly Wiki. They've posted the adapted code as open source on SourceForge and even contributed financially to the Tiddly Wiki project. I agree with Michael feldstein, that they should be given kudos for taking the effort to do this right. More...

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Opensim (and Soon Edugrids) - a Month Later... I Still Love It.

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Opensim (and Soon Edugrids) - a Month Later... I Still Love It.
This is something I'd like to be involved in too - if I can figure out how to find the time and how to be involved in it. Dave Cormier writes, "Edugrids is a concept. I've currently been approached by two teachers who are interested in working alongside the project that we have going on here in PEI. They want to be able to bring their kids in to our opensim world and have them play along with other students. Nice safe environment, nice controlled access, but enough kids participating to have some community type stuff happen". More...

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MOCSL Tools and Focusing On User Empowerment

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOCSL Tools and Focusing On User Empowerment
Continuing coverage of the OpenEd Conference. He notes his regret that the Making Open Content Support Learning (MOCSL) project is not being refunded. "I think these tools and this effort were really promising and important," he writes, "because they focus on individual learner empowerment in the networked world of OER resources." I took a look at the code - not all of the projects are available yet. I think the effort is worthwhile, though documentation consisting of "run RAKE" leaves a lot to be desired. More...

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My OpenEd Demonstrator - Augmenting OER with Client-Side Tools

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. My OpenEd Demonstrator - Augmenting OER with Client-Side Tools
Scott Leslie demonstrates various tools for accessing and using open educational resources (OERs) through the use of client-side tools, partially to show how this is done and partially "to counter what seems to me like the chauvinism that people are going to consume your OER courses on your site, in the way you dictate. More...

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Open Education - Week 4: Overall Reflections On Weeks 2, 3 and 4

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Education - Week 4: Overall Reflections On Weeks 2, 3 and 4
Good post discussing the concept of instruction with respect to open educational resources. The idea (following Gagne) is that "Information which does not include presentation, practice, and learner guidance is information but not instruction." Maddrell looks at the three:
# Presentation - when the thoughts and ideas presented from over 300 edubloggers wind up in my feed reader,
# Practice - when I reflect on the thoughts and ideas of others within my own blog (dare I say, my PLE), and
# Feedback - when I read, receive and participate in the back and forth comments and counter-posts among bloggers help guide my understanding.
The thing is, this still propagates the old notion that the 'instruction' is in the resource. More...

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21 janvier 2020

Open Source and Open Standards

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Source and Open Standards
Four postulates on the role of open source in standards-based and online learning technology. Rob Abel, CEO of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, offers this guest blog post with the intent of enticing people to take part in the IMS community. It's not a very enticing invitation - I mean, let's face it, individuals play virtual no role in IMS; it's an organization dominated by large institutions and corporations. But I joined the 'community' anyways (not the first time I've signed up on the IMS site, by any means) - that way I can see, no, not a discussion board or social network, but rather some articles and reports I can download. More...

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20 janvier 2020

Open Study College and QA partner

By Kerrie Kennedy. Distance learners across the UK can now gain wider access to universities thanks to the new partnership between distance learning provider Open Study College and QA Higher Education. More...

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16 janvier 2020

Open Source Tool as an Alternative to a Monolithic LMS

Techno-News BlogDuke University announced Kits, an open-source, next-generation digital learning environment (NGDLE). More...

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