14 février 2020

What Is Curriculum Development

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What Is Curriculum Development
Dinant Roode, trenducation, 2020/01/02
This post is from October but I only found this feed today and I felt it would be useful to add a wider perspective to the instructional slash experience design discussion. The post itself is fairly introductory, explaining what curriculum development is, describing why it's important for teachers, and identifying three types of curriculum design: subject-centered, learner-centered, and problem-centered. I would imagine there are more (for example, performance-support-centered or task-centered). More...

Posté par pcassuto à 15:17 - - Permalien [#]


Ten weird tricks for resisting surveillance capitalism in and through the classroom . . . next term!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ten weird tricks for resisting surveillance capitalism in and through the classroom . . . next term!
Erin Glass, HASTAC, 2020/01/02
These are tricks for resisting surveillance in general, and not merely surveillance capitalism (though  probably most surveillance is ethically questionable). The article is written in that snappy sort of meme-aware jargon the well-informed like to use (with the weird tricks meme in the headline leading the way). But some of the information is good (and some of it is loopy). Maybe skip suggestions number 1 and  (which involves using "that wry teacherly snark you have" to "inform students on" various conspiracy theories). But exploring community-driven tools (like Commons in a Box) is a good idea. So is having students read terms of service. Definitely explore downloading your personal data (but maybe don't delete it until you have a back-up). More...

Posté par pcassuto à 15:16 - - Permalien [#]

Lies, Lies and Adobe Spies

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Lies, Lies and Adobe Spies
Keep your eyes on your Adobe applications. They may be phoning home. So says an application called Little Snitch, a nice little piece of software that tracks internet requests being made by applications running on your computer. Thre's some confirmation (unofficial) from Adobe. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:41 - - Permalien [#]

More On the NIH Victory

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. More On the NIH Victory
I don't see this as the huge advance many writers do, but it is nonetheless a step forward. According to a bill signed into law this week, peer-reviewed manuscripts of U.S. government funded health research have to be posted and publicly available at PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:13 - - Permalien [#]

Don't Let DRM Get Between You and a Good Book

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Don't Let DRM Get Between You and a Good Book
Joshua Gay writes, "We want to send a message about DRM on ebooks and ebook readers that everyone will understand with just four simple points":
- They want to put locks on your books.
- It is locked to a single device... when it breaks, you can no longer read your ebook.
- The owners of DRM technology decide what can be put into their DRM formats; DRM allows for digital censorship
- Every few years you will have to buy a new copy of your favorite books. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:05 - - Permalien [#]


What We All Want

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What We All Want
I found this post interesting, not so much because of its advocacy of play - though I certainly support that - but because of the examples offered by young schoolchildren of safety, inclusion, and contribution. None of the distractions they will learn in later life from a media that deliberately misleads. For young children, 'safety' consists of shelter from storms, a place to rest, and a safe feeling. 'Inclusion', for the children, has a lot to do with comfort, love, caring, and taking turns. Think about how these definitions become twisted in our adult lives. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:04 - - Permalien [#]

Makeover: Turn Objectives Into Motivators

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Makeover: Turn Objectives Into Motivators
Good observation on the design of course objectives. If you are describing objectivs to learners, they should be direct and personal. I would also sharpen the objective into a single, salient point ('you will be able to satisfy dissatisfied customers'). The key here (to anticipate another discussion) is that effective learning objectives (properly so-called) satisfy personal, not group, objectives. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 14:01 - - Permalien [#]

Eduspaces Crosses the Pond to Mystery New Home

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Eduspaces Crosses the Pond to Mystery New Home
The EduSpaces debacle is being resolved with the same attention to communications and good public relations as was the original closure: it was announced that the community will be hosed by TakingITGlobal. Graham Attwell comments, "Members of the network are grateful for the support but non-plussed as to who TakingITGlobal are and why they have been chosen as inheritors of eduspaces." After all, numerous others had offered to host the community, but their offers were (apparently) rebuffed. "Longer term this should be a wake up call to the community. A new eduspaces community may arise. But this time the community has to develop forms of organisation. TakingITGlobal can be members of such a community. But they cannot be allowed to 'own' Eduspaces in the way Curverider did. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 13:59 - - Permalien [#]

Travian

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Travian
The sort of thing that threatens to become addicting: "Travian is a browser game with a world full of thousands of users who all begin as the leaders of small villages." The use of dependencies and resources is interesting, as well as the merchants and trade. But most interesting of all, I think, is the dynamics of forming agreements and alliances. The massively multi-player online game is browser-based and required no download and only an email registration. As has become typical for such games, you can pay real money to get in-game gold (which is too bad, really, because it distorts the outcome). More...

Posté par pcassuto à 13:54 - - Permalien [#]

Evolution Is a Blind Watchmaker

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Evolution Is a Blind Watchmaker
Interesting video demonstrating a computer program that emulates the random generation of accurate clocks from a pile of clock components. This was the first time I had seen this particular response to the teleological argument for the existence of God (aka, the argument for God as watchmaker) and what was interesting to me was the way computer programming and video were combined to crate a compelling case in a way that would have been almost impossible in written text. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 09:16 - - Permalien [#]