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16 juin 2019

Delusional in Delhi

Last week, the Modi government in Delhi released a draft National Education Plan (NEP).  This is a big deal because the last new NEP came out over 30 years ago, and the Modi government has been promising a new one ever since it was first elected in 2014. More...

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Policy Stasis in Australia

On the higher education front, the line between the two parties was clear.  The coalition under Abbott tried to cut grants to universities while allowing them to recoup funds through a program of radical de-regulation.  Those plans foundered in the Senate, where the government did not have a majority and could not convince the smaller parties to support the plan. More...

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14 juin 2019

IT Integrator's Conference

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: IT Integrator's Conference, September 15, 2006
I am in North Sydney, as you may have guessed from the song lyrics, and I had fun today giving two talks. The first, my keynote (slides and audio) was on the topic of blogs and learning, and afforded me a nice opportunity to merge some thoughts on the role of blogs in learning with the idea of blog objects as words in a conversation. An hour later I was on the podium again, this time giving a no holds barred address on the subject of copyright, theft, and digital rights management (slides and audio). Note: I'm having trouble uploading the audio - so if it's not there, give it a bit and try again. [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment]. More...

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12 juin 2019

Kuliah menggunakan PowerPoint hanya buat mahasiswa makin bodoh dan dosen makin membosankan: Ayo larang penggunaannya

The ConversationDosen universitas mana yang bisa lupa soal berbagai kegagalan mereka ketika memberikan kuliah. Pada kesempatan seperti itu, sejak awal saya merasa telah kehilangan mahasiswa-mahasiswa sepenuhnya: mereka yang tidak fokus, tampak lesu dan cemas. Tanpa rasa malu, saya lebih fokus pada presentasi PowerPoint saya untuk menyelamatkan muka saya. Bertahun-tahun kemudian, saya masih dapat mendengar diri saya membaca dengan keras poin-poin dari presentasi dan kemudian berpaling pada mahasiswa untuk menyampaikan poin-poin ini kepada mereka. More...

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05 juin 2019

Interactive Learning Fails Reading Test (Or Does It?)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Christopher D. Sessums[Edit][Delete]: Interactive Learning Fails Reading Test (Or Does It?), Christopher D. Sessums : Weblog [Edit][Delete] January 11, 2006

What appears to be an irresponsible study showing that multimedia detracts from literacy education is gaining traction in Australian media (I say 'appears' because the study is behind a subscription wall, and therefore blocked from public scrutiny). In the study, children viewing and manipulating partially irrelevant graphics while listening to and reading a story performed less well than students not using the graphics. Of course, children trying to read while someone banging a drum in their ears would also perform less well, but nobody considers that to be an argument against music education. More...

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28 mai 2019

North Korea and South Australia Agree on Censorship: Web 2 Banned

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Leigh Blackall[Edit][Delete]: North Korea and South Australia Agree on Censorship: Web 2 Banned, Teach and Learn Online [Edit][Delete] January 30, 2006

[link: 9 Hits] The only consolation - if there is any - is that North Korea and South Australia are by no means alone in their dislike for new web technologies. Still. Leigh Blackall comments, "Some might say, 'take it to the media Bill, blow the lid off it' - but from what I've seen and heard on the mainstream media toilet papers, teleblindness and radio monotony, they're buying into the fear frenzy and are not interested in representing a range of views on Internet censorship in schools." Perhaps if we set a better example, we wouldn't be so worried. Related: Judy Breck ,a href="">comments, "What scares me is there is not the least hesitation in the article to assume educators must approve what students study". More...

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24 mai 2019

Democracy, Modernity, and the Indian Child

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Krishna Kumar[Edit][Delete]: Democracy, Modernity, and the Indian Child, The Hindu [Edit][Delete] December 27, 2005

[link: 0 Hits] "I was born in Catherine Booth Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on April 6, 1959, the first son of Bernard and Beverly Downes." Thus begins my biography. I feel fortunate to have grown up in an environment where learning and independence are of value. "The role of education is to make the child reflective and articulate, and to achieve this goal education does not have to start from scratch". More...

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23 mai 2019

A Few Chapters Short

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Deepa A: A Few Chapters Short, India Together December 16, 2005

Discussion of India's new proposed National Curriculum Framework, which while it lauds the fact that it "has put the child firmly at the centre of its proposals," points to problems in providing infrastructure and support to back such a program. "Historian Irfan Habib points out that "almost every proposal it (the NCF 2005) makes is only practical - if at all! - for elite schools". More...

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20 mai 2019

Inde – les leçons d’une campagne législative

Screenshot-2018-4-15 Egypte – des élections présidentielles jouées d’avanceLa campagne électorale qui s’achève en Inde a été d’une longueur proportionnelle au nombre de phases de vote (sept, étalées sur autant de semaines), elles-mêmes fonction de l’ampleur du corps électoral : plus de 900 millions de personnes (un gros dixième de la population mondiale) étaient appelées aux urnes, des urnes réparties en un million de bureaux de vote gardés par 12 millions de "polling officers". Plus...

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18 mai 2019

Malaysia Debates Future of Race-Based Admission

HomeBy Ellie Bothwell for Times Higher Education. Experts question government decision to continue reserving 90 percent of preuniversity program places for Malay majority.
Moves by the Malaysian government to continue with a controversial affirmative action policy for its preuniversity program have reignited a debate over the fairest ways of admitting students to higher education. More...

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