07 mai 2019

Croquet

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Croquet
Tom Abeles sent me this week last week or so and I didn't have a chance to follow it up until today (sorry Tom). And I might add, to follow it up in detail would require much more than a week. Open Croquet is a multi-user software environment that allows users to rewrite the environment while working in the environment. It is similar in this way to a MOO gone mad. More...

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Things I Used to Teach That I No Longer Believe

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Things I Used to Teach That I No Longer Believe
I have roots in journalism and to this day think of myself as partially a journalist. And it is in that role I note my agreement with Jay Rosen when he asserts, "If you teach journalism ethics too near the surface of the practice, you end up with superficial journalists." I don'tg see myself as a non-political truth-teller; far from it, for I know that those who write from such a stance leave themselves open to manipulations of 'the truth'. More...

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Under Pressure

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Under Pressure
Happily, I can ignore the critics. ;) Still, "Pressure groups are gaining power over the media in this age of distrust. The Internet, in particular, is helping them orchestrate intricate campaigns that make them much harder to ignore. Like HRC, these groups often reflect only one side of a complex issue". More...

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Blogs vs Lists

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Blogs vs Lists
I can't really summarize it here, but a fascinating discussion has erupted on ITForum on the subject of using blogs for discussion rather than mailing lists. More...

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Another View of Podcasting

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Another View of Podcasting
Will Brandon points to this article on podcasting and summarizes the shortcomings: "You can't 'skim' or speed-read a podcast. You can't add marginalia. You can't link out of one. If the only thing in the podcast is information, people are going to be bored to tears, they are going to hate being chained to that iPod, they are going to want to take notes (which they can't do if they listen while they drive, jog, wait in the bank line) and then they are back to a piece of paper again. What was the point?". More...

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I Believe the Curriculum Will Be Free, But...

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. I Believe the Curriculum Will Be Free, But...
Rob Reynolds offers a detailed response to my comments from yesterday: "Downes said that my original argument 'is a bit like being skeptical about Wikipedia because Britannica has hired all the encyclopedia authors,' but that was not my meaning at all. I am not skeptical about the possibility of a free curriculum because all the authors already work for publishers, but rather because I know how hard it is to foster widespread, voluntary collaboration on projects among faculty and administrators". More...

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What Can Schools Do? Knowledge, Social Identities and the Changing World

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What Can Schools Do? Knowledge, Social Identities and the Changing World
The author takes note of two enquiries launched by the Australian government. "One is an inquiry into what quality research in universities looks like, and how that can best be measured every year. The second is an inquiry into teacher education and whether it is sufficiently 'evidence-based' and producing competent classroom-ready teachers". More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:21 - - Permalien [#]

Six Degrees of Who Cares?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Six Degrees of Who Cares?
Yeah, OK, we know that LinkedIn (and Friendster, and Orkut - one wonders why the author has it in for LinkedIn) doesn't really deliver the social nirvana advertised. But does this? "The connections we remember the most are the ones we've made in person where we've exchanged cards and conversation - possibly even emotions and ideas." Cards? I lose cards by the dozen - and always seem to forget my own. More...

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Communities of Practice: The Role of Classification Schemes and Taxonomies

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Communities of Practice: The Role of Classification Schemes and Taxonomies
Interesting meander chronicling the trials of an instructor seeking learning materials for use on campus. I like the remark about 'tangental communications'. I disagree with the conclusion - that taxonomies are needed for threaded discussion lists - but I appreciated the journey. More...

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Tags vs. Trusted Sources

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tags vs. Trusted Sources
Will Richardson contrasts the use of tags to find useful information with the use of trusted sources. "I've never felt like what I've subscribed to tag-wise at Technorati or del.icio.us has been all that helpful," he writes. But on the other hand, he gets a lot of good information from people he reads regularly. I am inclined to agree. More...

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