14 juin 2019

The Blackboard Beyond Initiative

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. James Farmer[Edit][Delete]: The Blackboard Beyond Initiative, Incorporated Subversion [Edit][Delete]Incorporated subversion [Edit][Delete] March 3, 2006
James Farmer (and he's not alone) is less than impressed with this week's endorsement of e-learning 2.0 by Blackboard. OK, I agree, the corporate track record is not good. And maybe the 2.0 thing is buzzword bingo. On the other hand, though, maybe the right push at this point of time will see the words result in product. And that would be a good thing. More...

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Classrooms as Studios -- Personal Doing Environments

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Jeremy Hiebert[Edit][Delete]: Classrooms as Studios -- Personal Doing Environments, HeadsPaceJ [Edit][Delete] March 2, 2006
I agree with this: "In an educational mindset, we might think the learning itself is the important thing, but really we're talking about doing, with learning as something that happens in the process of pursuing meaningful goals." Which is why it is unfortunate, as the author points out, that the tools that enable doing are blocked. More...

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When Push Comes to Pull

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Terry Anderson[Edit][Delete]: When Push Comes to Pull, Virtual Canuck [Edit][Delete] March 2, 2006
Hm. If I were ever allowed (I'm not), I would host my own information technology roundtable. Fame would not be a requirement, just a demonstrated engagement in new learning technologies. It would be genuinely international and it would include as many women as men. It's not hard to get such a group together, you just have to want to do it, and be blind to a certain demographic's persistent self-promotion. Oh, and I'd invite Terry Anderson, because he is certainly astute enough. Anyhow, it's nice to see the (demographically challenged) current group of "intellegensia" finally discovering 'pull'. More...

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On the Brink of a Revolution

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Donald MacLeod and Liz Ford[Edit][Delete]: On the Brink of a Revolution, The Guardian [Edit][Delete] March 1, 2006
According to this article, Britain's Manchester University and the Open University have agreed to collaborate in yet another large overseas e-learning initiative. The authors, not surprisingly, linger over the failures of similar attempts in the past. More...

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Biting the WebCT bullet?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Derek Morrison[Edit][Delete]: Biting the WebCT bullet?, Auricle [Edit][Delete] February 15, 2006
With the Blackboard-WebCT merger now approved, the institutions who use WebCT now face a problem: what next? One option is to do nothing, and wait for Blackboard to unveil some new merged application and a migration strategy. Or, as Derek Morrison writes, "Don't be passive and wait for a vendor to determine your future. See this as an opportunity to review your options. Take some risks and don't just stick with the status quo. I've suggested in previous Auricle postings that even if a magic wand was to remove all, what we now call VLEs, from the planet then e-learning would still survive, and may even thrive. More...

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Annoucing Our City Podcast!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tony Vincent[Edit][Delete]: Annoucing Our City Podcast!, Learning in Hand [Edit][Delete] February 15, 2006
Ah, this is the sort of thing I love. "Our City Podcast is an audio program for kids and by kids. Students from around the globe are invited to submit a recording all about the city they live in (with the help of their teachers or parents)." It would be nice to see these evolve from travelogues to recurring reports about live in their city. More...

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Rails' Ridiculous Restrictions, a Rant

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. a Hack[Edit][Delete]: Rails' Ridiculous Restrictions, a Rant, The Joel on Software Discussion Group [Edit][Delete] February 17, 2006
Readers will be aware of my explorations of Ruby on Rails last fall, a project I eventually abandoned. This article nicely illustrates in a manner much better than I could the reasons why. Starting with: "Rails doesn't play well. With anyone. Not even itself." Also, "Rails has no manual. Let me repeat that: Rails has no manual. If you haven't used Rails, you may not believe me. Well, go visit the Rails documentation page. Hmmm ... We have APIs, Tutorials, HowTos, Snippets, but no manuals. More...

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Don't Call it a Northern Voice Wrap-up. Part One - What Worked

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Brian Lamb[Edit][Delete]: Don't Call it a Northern Voice Wrap-up. Part One - What Worked, Abject learning [Edit][Delete]Abject Learning [Edit][Delete] February 13, 2006
Brian Lamb recaps what worked at Northern Voice. Many links, so you can see some of the coverage (there has been a lot, too much to summarize here). Too bad I missed it. More...

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If I Had More Time...

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Alan Levine[Edit][Delete]: If I Had More Time..., Cogdogblog [Edit][Delete]CogDogBlog [Edit][Delete] February 27, 2006
Alan Levine's timing today wasn't a whole lot worse than mine, and like me he has a nice audio recording to show for his efforts, a Podcasting, Schmodcasting demo at GateWay Community College. Oh, and his MP3 files are bigger than mine. Heh. More links and plans for the talk. More...

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Incremental Change

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Chris Lehmann[Edit][Delete]: Incremental Change, Practical Theory [Edit][Delete] February 9, 2006
Tom Hoffman writes that "expecting bloggers to change things quickly is a little unrealistic" and Christian Long observes, "I'm not sure when the rule was laid down that any blogging -- whether it be about education or technology or some wonderful hybrid or about collectors of guinea pigs or whatever your bag of raisins -- that it had to change the world on any level." In this article, Chris Lehmann takes the view that Hoffman and Long are right to recommend patience". More...

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