21 février 2020

Deep learning 3: teaching to develop students’ mental models – responsive teaching update

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Deep learning 3: teaching to develop students’ mental models – responsive teaching update
Harry Fletcher-Wood, Improving Teaching, 2020/01/22
The focus of this article is on ways to help students develop mental models. As a strategy for remembering, having a model is useful - it's a lot easier to remember things when they're placed into a structure. But must remember this  (this was the whole of my Master's Thesis) the model is not the reality. It's not a 'lens'. It's a aid for remembering, just in the same way the memory palace is a aid. The real skill here is being able to navigate from one model to another (a bit like depicted in the diagram), seeing the subject first from one view, then from another, keeping in mind all along that no view is the 'right' view. More...

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Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow
Tony Wan, EdSurge, 2020/01/22
The lede is about Pearson's acquisition of Sparrow, an adaptive learning company, but the bulk of this article provides a lot of useful background about boat Sparrow's approach and into Pearson's activities in the ed tech space, and in particular, the Global Learning Platform, which is the adaptive-learning engine of the company. More...

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Meet the Humans Behind College Chatbots

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Meet the Humans Behind College Chatbots
Rebecca Koenig, EdSurge, 2020/01/22
This story looks at the people who create scripts to be used by chatbots. The 'chatbot' described in this article is a tool that sends unsolicited text messages to students, though it may respond if texted back. Either way, there's a lot of scripting of the precise interactions to be sent to students. The article is an interesting look at the considerations involved. More...

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Old Ways Are the New Way Forward: How Indigenous pedagogy can benefit everyone

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Old Ways Are the New Way Forward: How Indigenous pedagogy can benefit everyone
Jean-Paul Restoule, Chaw-win-is, Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s IdeaLab, 2020/01/22
I ran across this article (18 page PDF) searching for related materials and find it well worth sharing. As the summary says, the article "argues that traditional Indigenous ways of teaching and learning are relevant not only for Indigenous people, but for the education of all people.' A good portion of the article is devoted to defining indigenous ways of teaching and learning, and many of the tenets will feel familiar to readers of this newsletter. Related: Cindy Peltier on two-eyed seeing "as a guiding approach for researchers offering Indigenous voices and ways of knowing as a means to shift existing qualitative research paradigms". More...

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MOOC Completion...according to whom?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MOOC Completion...according to whom?
Apostolos K., Multilitteratus Incognitus, 2020/01/22
This article addresses a simple but essential question: what constitutes 'completing a MOOC'? After all, I go to lots of websiutes, browse around a bit, and leave when I'm done. I comsider myself to have 'completed' the website. Why would a MOOC be any different? Anyhow. Apostolos K. writes that there are multiple perspectives - the student's perspective, the teacher's perspective, points in between. When MOOCs first started, certificates could have been used as an indicator, but now that you have to pay for them, they signal only willingness to pay. Once all the cruft of the traditional course began to accumulate on MOOCs, "it just didn't feel worthwhile to go above my own learning goals and jump through someone else's hoops". More...

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Connectivism and leadership: harnessing a learning theory for the digital age to redefine leadership in the twenty-first century

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Connectivism and leadership: harnessing a learning theory for the digital age to redefine leadership in the twenty-first century
Frederique Corbett, Elio Spinello, Heliyon, 2020/01/22
The first half of this paper is a relatively by-the-book overview of connectivism, focusing mostly on George Siemens's presentation, but including my own contributions on methodology. The interesting bit begins just past halfway, at 4.2.2., where the connection between connectivism and leadership is discussed. Some bits of note: the authors cite some used bits from an article by Kristina Natt och Dag, both on leadership, and on adult learning (but it's currently locked behind a paywall and thus useless). The authors also suggest that there hasn't really been any research developing connectivism beyond its original formulation, which I'm not sure is true, but I guess it could be seen that way. More...

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LMS – VLE and/or Productivity Tools

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. LMS – VLE and/or Productivity Tools
Michael Sankey, 2020/01/22
The basis for the post is the disconnect between learning amanagement systems, which are used by students, and productivity tools, which are used in the workplace. "Surly we should be transitioning them to the use of these tools while still studying with us, and getting them to work together in this collaborative way, along with the other tools they will use professionally," writes Michael Sankey as he offers a model that describes the transition. Or, the hammer could simplay fall on the LMS. More...

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SPI. Les 4 départements bretons testeront le Service public de l'insertion

Les quatre départements bretons, la Région Bretagne et les métropoles de Brest et Rennes vont pouvoir mettre en place un Service public de l'insertion (SPI). L'Etat a désigné les 14 projets sélectionnés dont le projet breton. Son lancement est prévu dès le mois de mars.
Source : https://www.gref-bretagne.com/Actualites/Revue-de-presse/SPI.-Les-4-departements-bretons-testeront-le-Service-public-de-l-insertion

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Handicap. Up intérim se spécialise pour les travailleurs en situation de handicap

Up intérim, une nouvelle agence basée à Saint-Brieuc, se spécialise dans l'emploi intérimaire pour les personnes en situation de handicap. Cette ouverture est rendue possible par la loi Pénicaud de 2018, qui "a ouvert le travail intérimaire aux entreprises dont la plupart des salariés sont handicapés, dites Entreprises adaptées (EA)".
Source : https://www.gref-bretagne.com/Actualites/Revue-de-presse/Handicap.-Up-interim-se-specialise-pour-les-travailleurs-en-situation-de-handicap

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Opcommerce - Salarié - Echanger avec votre employeur sur votre situation professionnelle

L'entretien professionnel est une occasion de dialoguer avec votre employeur sur votre situation professionnelle, votre devenir et vos aspirations personnelles.
Il instaure un droit à la formation et à l'évolution professionnelle pour tous les salariés dans l'entreprise. Plus...

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