23 mai 2019

Small Company Makes Big Claims on XML Patents

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Martin LaMonica: Small Company Makes Big Claims on XML Patents, ZD Net October 28, 2005

In a claim that strikes me as pretty ridiculous, a small company is claiming to have patented XML and is now seeking royalties on the widely used encoding language. The patents date from 1997. More...

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Lemmings and Similar Phenomena

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. CJ: Lemmings and Similar Phenomena, CJs October 25, 2005

I am in b road sympathy with this post, though I would probably have worded it very differently. The language is inflammatory, the points telling. For example: "With Secondary schooling we have a system which, in my view, is increasingly difficult to justify. It is a form of what might be called organised child abuse which repeats itself over and over again, year in, year out". More...

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Parkin Space: Who Says Learning Should be Fun?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Albert Ip: Parkin Space: Who Says Learning Should be Fun?, Random Walk in E-Learning October 25, 2005

Godfrey Parkin seeks to poke some holes in recent educational theory: "Engagement is intense mental absorption; interactivity is often just busyness or sugar-coating." Well, sure, intently reading a book or a technical manual is of more pedagogical value than idle chit-chat or time-filling ice-breaking activities. But that merely makes the observation that not all interaction is equal. More...

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22 mai 2019

Hypothesized Performance on Complex Tasks as a Function of Scaled Instructional Strategies

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. David Merrill: Hypothesized Performance on Complex Tasks as a Function of Scaled Instructional Strategies, IT Forum October 21, 2005

I really hated the title and wasn't expecting much as a consequence, but this turns out to be a pretty good paper, readable, informative and insightful. David Merrill's quest is for "an integrated body of research that supports... interrelated principles (of learning) as a whole," where the principles consist of five major categories: demonstration, application, task-centered, activation and integration. Whether this works as a taxonomy is open to debate (and I would argue there is some cross-categorization at work here). Still, from these principles Merril advances a set of hypothesized performance inprovements based on testing with specific learning outcomes in complex tasks. More...

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Pop!Tech Day One

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Doug Kaye: Pop!Tech Day One, Blogarithms October 21, 2005

If you're at the EDUCAUSE conference you're missing Pop!Tech, which is also on right now. No worry, you can access the live feed by following this link. If you're at neither - well - never have people who are not at conferences been able to share in so much. More...

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The Era of Omniscience is Over

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Jay Rosen: Andrew Heyward: The Era of Omniscience is Over, PressThink October 19, 2005

A fascinating admission from the president of NBC on the nature of truth. "We have to abandon any claim to omniscience. Walter Cronkite used to end his broadcast with 'That’s the way it is.' Dan Rather pulled that back, appropriately, to 'That’s part of our world tonight.' The digital journalist, if he or she were being honest, would say something like 'That’s some of what we did our best to find out today. More...

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A Network of Weblogs as a Community of Practice

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Wilfred Rubens: A Network of Weblogs as a Community of Practice, Wilfred Rubens TE-learning centrum October 18, 2005

On the one hand, this article makes a good case for treating a network of blogs as a community of practice, observing that while bloggers do not communicate intentionally, while moderaters are not employed, and while they use different platforms, they nonetheless form a community, as evidenced by this diagram. More...

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Rip Mix Learn, A Difference

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Darren Kuropatwa: Rip Mix Learn, A Difference October 14, 2005
Presentation delivered to math teachers in Manitoba today. Instead of using PowerPoint, the presented instead created a blog with the major parts of the talk each as separate entries. Topics covered include blogging, RSS, social networking tools, and more. More...

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Set Your Priorities

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Joel Spolsky: Set Your Priorities, Joel on Softare October 14, 2005
This article is focused on priorizing software improvements, but it seems to me people who design business processes should also take note, taking the point of view of the user. Is following this process going to benefit me? Will filling out this form improve my productivity. More...

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A Question of Principles

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. India Uncut: A Question of Principles, http://indiauncut.blogspot.com/2005/10/question-of-principles.html October 12, 2005
A major controversy is swirling around an Indian school, the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), an article about the Institute published in a college lifestyles magazine, Jam, and Gaurav Sabnis, a popular Indian blogger who linked to the article and added some commentary of his own. IIPM did not respond well to the critical articles, and after publication a series of attack blogs sprang up. In addition Sabnis was served with a legal notice and, more to the point, according to Sabnis, his employer, IBM, was threatened by IIPM (which happens to be one of IBM's major customers). More...

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