07 mai 2019

The Hidden Power of Who Matters

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Hidden Power of Who Matters
Jay Cross runs through some familiar ground, applying social network analysis to an understanding of workflow. But worth noting is the discussion of the sort of communications that occur in a workplace network - some people are 'energizers' while others are 'toxic workers'. More...

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The Problem of Where to File: Is it Possible to Construct the Perfect Classification System?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Problem of Where to File: Is it Possible to Construct the Perfect Classification System?
If you are still creating hierarchies to organize your data (say it ain't so!) this article pretty much closes the case: you shouldn't. "Because hierarchies has been the designated one size fits all solution to all our organizational needs, we break our semantically pure hierarchies by overstretching their bounds. As a result, we end up with messy hierarchies that are unusable and unmaintainable." What, then. More...

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How To Give A Great Presentation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How To Give A Great Presentation
Not a bad collection of tips, and hence work reading, but won't actually tell you how to give a presentation. I once read a book called Winging It by Keith Spicer that was of vital importance to me. More...

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Connectivism: Learning as Network-Creation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. George Siemens: Connectivism: Learning as Network-Creation, Learning Circuits November 19, 2005

This is a first-rate paper by George Siemens that seems to me to offer a subtle revision to connectivism, one that brings it much closer into alignment with my own views (Siemens's characterization may differ). In particular, Siemens takes pains to define 'network learning' and to contrast it with contemporary theories of learning, such as behaviourism and constructivism. More...

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Seconds Out, Round Two

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen O'Hear: Seconds Out, Round Two, The Guardian November 19, 2005

The article seems OK so far as it goes, though it would have been nice to see some mention of the actual work taking place in what I have been calling e-learning 2.0. It looks at some of the generic applications on the web - web 2.0, folksonomies, the wiki - and overlooks the work in e-learning specifically (which, I might add, has been driving and not merely following these wider web applications). More...

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Bring on the Bling

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Bring on the Bling
I have observed in the past that as their exclusive hold on learning erodes, traditional universities will begin to market themselves based on lifestyle and amenities. In this article we see this happening. More...

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Keeping It Simple - is it too late?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Keeping It Simple
- is it too late? Asks Derek Morrison, "Does what we have now really represent the best we can do?" Even when your virtual learning nenvrionemtn incorporates open source, it merely swallows it whole, making the institution ever more dependent. "We seem to be trapped in a reality of constantly reinforcing the monolith's walls." - if it's not too late?. More...

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06 mai 2019

Freakonomics and Complexity

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Freakonomics and Complexity
Dave Pollard's review of Freakonomics by economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner is worth a read. What I like is the discussion of complex (as opposed to merely complicated) systems and the need for pattern recognition. More...

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Schools Need to Get Up to Speed

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Schools Need to Get Up to Speed
My own view is pretty much in line with this: "we should embrace our confrontation with nudity, sex, drugs, violence, and spam in an institutional context as a positive thing, an opportunity to teach and learn and grow". More...

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The President and the World

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Terry Caesar: The President and the World, Inside Higher Ed September 26, 2005

Unlike the author, I've had numerous dealings with university presidents (mostly of an adversarial nature). But like him, I've had occasion to ponder the qualities that characterize management, especially upper level management. And I've concluded recently that the primary advancement trait is (are you ready for it?): compliance. More...

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