31 janvier 2020

Anaheim 2007

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Anaheim 2007

There was no newsletter yesterday, so you didn't miss it. Today's comes to you from the AECT conference here in Anaheim, where the winds have abated but the smoke still lingers. The photo above was the scene from my hotel room window at 7:30 a.m. as the Sun rose behind the still burning Santiago fire near Santa Ana - you can see the smoke plumes from it. Stephen Downes, Flickr October 25, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , ]. More...

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What Evidence?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What Evidence?
This is a nice post and gets at some of the themes I tried to bring out yesterday. "Multi-ontology sense-making... argues that different ontologies (defined as the nature of systems based on the relationship between cause and effect) require different approaches to evidence, analysis and action... evidence, as data, in the sense that Tom uses it is a feature and a requirement of ordered systems, but it is inappropriate in any complex system; not only inappropriate but down right dangerous." More...

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Misreading the Numbers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Misreading the Numbers
I must say, it is so nice to be able to go from the blog post that identifies an issue to the news report that covers it to the media release that announces it to the actual study itself. It would also be nice to be able to follow the citations, but we're still waiting for the academic press to catch up with the world. The study, by the way, examines the TIMSS and PISA evaluations of student achievement, argues (reasonably) that they have been misinterpreted, and presents alternative explanations for reports of shortages of engineers and scientists. More...

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eLearning07 Conference Centre On Jokaydia!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. eLearning07 Conference Centre On Jokaydia!
Starting in a couple of days is the E-Learning 07 conference (check out their use of protopage to provide a genuinely living and interactive conference web page). This link is to an introduction of the Second Life presence for the conference, hosted in jokaydia. More...

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Comments On a Typology of LORs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Comments On a Typology of LORs
Scott Wilson comments on Rory McGreal's typology of learning object repositories. "I would have liked some other categories, however: for example, which LORs support RSS feeds for new items (called "Alert" in the IMS Digital Repositories Interoperability reference model, which though not referenced actually describes the other functions used in the paper)" [and] "If "Learning Object" is really taken to mean any digital resource used for learning, then clearly they are wonderfully successful as the whole Internet is stuffed with them. On the other hand, if we take "Learning Object" to mean an IMS-packaged, modular, context-free, LOM-described chunk of learning lego, then the picture is very different." Me, I will continue to call RSS 'RSS' and not 'alert' (though I might countenance a new type of RSS feed. More...

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Digital Natives and Immigrants: A Concept Beyond Its Best Before Date

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Digital Natives and Immigrants: A Concept Beyond Its Best Before Date
Reading George Siemens's criticisms of Prensky's concept of the 'digital native', I am reminded of Norm Friesen's criticisms, back before it was popular. Me, I think that the problem was that Prensky didn't evolve - he focused on writing for print media. "I could blog longer essays, but I like to have them published in print [and] goes to an audience, that is, I think, more in need to be influenced than 'the choir' who read blogs in general, and mine in particular," he writes on his blog (which is showing serious lack of attention - don't read the comments). I think the 'choir' is the people who read the print publications. Presnky didn't interact with his readers on the web, and didn't learn from them. More...

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News From the Community

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. News From the Community
The UNESCO Open Educational Resources (OER) community - which very annoyingly and controllingly shuts down its mailing list when it decides it has heard enough from the rabble - has opened up a wiki that (presumably) will be persistent. "If you have information that you wish to share with the community, then this is the page for you. It could be: an upcoming conference, new publication on Open Educational Resources, news about an OER initiative or capacity development activity." More...

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Revision of the Classification of Instructional Programs

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Revision of the Classification of Instructional Programs
Just the sort of obscure stuff you'll find only in OLDaily: Statistics Canada maintains a list of classifications of instructional programs, which it uses when providing census results. It is currently revising this list, which will be used in the census of 2011. The existing classification guide is available online, and Statistics Canada is looking for feedback on the new one. More...

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Call for Papers: Open edX Conference 2020

The Open edX community is heading to Lisbon, Portugal 19 – 22 May 2020 for its annual Open edX Conference. This year’s theme “Shaping the Future of Education Together” encourages developers, instructional designers, university administrators, and professors to think and rethink concepts of education and work to meet tomorrow’s challenges. More...

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[Update: Enrollments are Closed] 40+ Stanford Online Courses that Offer a Free Certificate in 2020

Stanford University offers 69 free online courses through Lagunita, Stanford’s own MOOC platform, which is based on Open edX. Of those 69 courses, 44 offer a free certificate of completion, including courses in computer science, engineering, and medicine. More...

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