03 février 2020

The Problem of Talking About the New Web: You Have to Do It, Too

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Problem of Talking About the New Web: You Have to Do It, Too
I'm not likely to change my approach to presentations a whole lot (save messing around with recording and backchannels and other interactive play like that) even though I recognize the importance of conversation and local knowledge. Here's why. I do not regard my talk at a conference to be the totality of a person's learning experience. It is partial in two respects. Partial, first, in that it is supported through the very interactive mechanisms of my website and associated resources. And partial, second, in that participants have the entire conference to generate local knowledge, and don't need to do it during my talk. I see myself as playing a role, not delivering the whole package - and that role is to offer a 40 to 50 minute communication of outside ideas to a particular audience. More...

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Reader: Web 2.0 and Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Reader: Web 2.0 and Education
Useful list of references that might be considered the 'basic readings' on web 2.0 and learning. More...

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31 janvier 2020

Web 2.0 Inside D2L - ProtoPage Widgets

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Web 2.0 Inside D2L - ProtoPage Widgets
Lots of talk about widgets these days. Here's a post about using a Widget system called Protopage inside Desire2Learn (presumably this would work for just about any LMS). What people have discovered about widgets is that thy can contain dynamic content. That's why Tony Hirst has been trying things like creating an Open University desktop using a system called PageFlakes. He has also been rolling OU pages using Grazr. More...

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Passive Voice for Web 2.0 Writing

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Passive Voice for Web 2.0 Writing
As with any rule, the recommendation to "use the active voice" has its exceptions. An example is shown in this Jakob Nielsen column, where, when readers read only the first two words, use of the passive voice may actually offer more information. Well, sure. Because what we really need to note is that the subject of our sentence ought to be what we are talking about - and sometimes (usually) the subject does the acting, but sometimes, what is important is that the subject is acted upon. More...

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Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books On Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books On Web
Google and Microsoft have rece ntly launched some high-profile content scanning services. But a number of research libraries have been put off by the restrictions in those services. They are instead joining the open content alliance, which will scan materials for the public good, and not just the good of Google and Mircosoft. "There are two opposed pathways being mapped out," said Paul Duguid, an adjunct professor at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. More...

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Educational Uses of Second Life

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Educational Uses of Second Life
This is a remarkable list of educational applicatiosn in Second Life - easily the most comprehensive I've seen anywhere - with descriptiopns, links and screen shots. You could easily spend the entire day with Second Life and this web page going from place to place (I've gone to a bunch of them). More...

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Web 2.0

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Web 2.0
OK, I like the idea of presenting a long (111 slide) presentation on Web 2.0 in Web 2.0 tools. But it shows me that Google Presentation isn't prime time yet, with awkward page loads (including a 404 sidebar) and sizing (Google's software has been surprisingly unreliable for the last year or so, as though they are stretching their programming resources way too thin - maybe he should have used Zoho). That said, you should keep this resources (which is licensed as open source) on file, as it contains hundreds of useful (and usefully sorted and filtered) resources. More...

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28 janvier 2020

Web Offerings Spread in 'Battle for Desktop'

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Web Offerings Spread in 'Battle for Desktop'
Coverage of the spread of Web 2.0 aplications - in this article described as "software as a service" - in the education sector. The focus is on a new report released by Gartner saying that software as a service (SaaS) will grow "seven times faster than on-premise software deployments during the next three years." E-School news only shows the first page of the story; the rest is behind a subscription wall. But you can listen to a Gartner podcast on software as a service from last June. And here's the actual press release from Gartner about the report, dated from August (you'll still have to pay for the report itself though). And here's some advice about SaaS from Information Week. More...

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High Performance Web Sites

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. High Performance Web Sites
I am always interested in loading web pages more quickly, and Yahoo is certainly a good model to learn from. Video presentation (which is a bit annoying; I really prefer to scan and zero in to things I want to look at). Also a good chance to look at Yahoo's new video service. Better than YouTube and Google. More...

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21 janvier 2020

Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site
Um, this is the place where I say, "We told you so," to the New York Times. According to the article, the subscription met all expectations, and the new policy of openness is the result of projected advertising revenue. But I have to figure that having their 'opinion leaders' locked behind a subscription wall hurt. You can't be "the paper of record" if people are reading or linking to your content. More...

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