28 novembre 2019

OER Recommender

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OER Recommender
This is a very nice way to work with things that are not textbooks. "OER Recommender links you to open education resources related to web pages you are browsing." Outstanding! I'd like to see a (paper-based) textbook do that! The only real problem I see with it is that it requires the Greasemonkey Foirefox extension, and then another Firefox extension (these also work in Flock). It's not that I don't like the extensions, it's just that I would prefer the feature to be browser-neutral. More...

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How Software Is Built - Open Source and Closed Source

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How Software Is Built - Open Source and Closed Source
"How is software built in the real world? How are open source and closed source development projects different? How are they the same? How do companies leverage different development styles and ecosystems?" Alfred Thompson suggests readers look at the How Software is Built blog at Microsoft containing mostly interviews with leading software developers. More...

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Open, Digital Scholarly Publishing at AU Press

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open, Digital Scholarly Publishing at AU Press
Congratulations to Athabasca University, which has launched an Open Access Athabasca University Press, "dedicated to disseminating knowledge emanating from scholarly research to a broad audience through open access digital media and in a variety of formats". More...

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OpenID On Stephen's Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OpenID On Stephen's Web
Stephen's Web now supports OpenID logins. This is a bit brand new, and has been accompanied by several web crashes, but I think it's stable now. If it doesn't work for you, please let me know. Don't know what OpenID is? Follow this link to learn more (I'm still writing this so give me a few hours if you don't see it right away). If you have an existing Stephen's Web account and would like to associate it with an OpenID account from some other provider (such as LiveJournal or AOL) then login first with your old Stephen's Web username and password, then select [Options] and log in with your OpenID. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web August 20, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ]. More...

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25 novembre 2019

Open Education… Is Closed

HomeBy Lilah Burke. This year's Open Education Conference had more attendees than ever before. Why is it ending after 16 years, and what does its demise mean for the cause. More...

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24 novembre 2019

MIT Reaffirms Commitment to Open Access

Techno-News BlogThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology has published its final recommendations on how to increase the open sharing of MIT publications, data, software and educational materials. More...

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22 novembre 2019

OpenSocial, Killer Apps and Regular People

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OpenSocial, Killer Apps and Regular People
SixApart (LiveJournal, Movable Type, Vox) announces support for OpenSocial, writing "Honestly, we don't care much about the political battles between big tech companies: We're doing this because this is what it takes for new features, applications, and experiences to happen in the right way for the vast range of communities that we serve." MySpace has joined. Wired also weighs in quoting Jonathon Abrams: "Previous efforts like FOAF [friend of a friend] and OpenID were pretty complicated. For something to be useful from the user's perspective it has to be simple and easy." Meanwhile, view screenshots and screencasts from Marc Andreessen. There's a lot of figuring out to do. And I should also add that as I write there is a huge debate taking place in the open social graph community about whether the Google API is either open or social. More...

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When Educational Resources Are Open

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. When Educational Resources Are Open
Good analysis of what happens when educational resources are open (and, for that matter, why we want them to be open): "When educational resources become open into the natural intertwingularity of the Internet, their hierarchical tree forms, boxing into categories, and ordered sequences quickly break down." Creating open resourcs does not only change the structure of learning, or the structure of society, but it changes the structure of those resources themselves, and hence, of our understanding of what it means to know and to learn. "The only other place I know of where this kind of open connectivity happens is in your brain and mine. Ideas are patterns we connect from all sorts of parts and pieces floating around in memory and observation". More...

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OpenID: Great Idea, Bewildering Consumer Experience

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OpenID: Great Idea, Bewildering Consumer Experience
"It's way, way too hard to get started. All the sites supporting OpenID point curious users to the home page for the OpenID Foundation. From this site, it's actually stunningly difficult to find a link to a place where you can actually get an OpenID." Quite right. And don't even ask about the developer documentation. Things will get better, though. It's a very simple concept, at heart - one of these days I'll write an article giving my view on things, and maybe that will help. More...

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A Thread of Real-World Critique

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Thread of Real-World Critique
I thought this was a great example that combined communication and community, learning, the open market, and collective wisdom - all centered around the design, production and sale of t-shirts. Do take a look - in my view, some of these designs are amazing. Christian Long writes, "Wanna know why it matters that our kids/students 'test' their best ideas on the open market? Because they get legitimate feedback and not a single cute 'atta-boy' pat on the head. It's not about the grade". More...

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