06 juillet 2019

What other provinces could learn from Québec classroom design: Let the light in

The ConversationQuébec’s Lab-École project, highly publicized since its launch in 2017, has big ambitions. It aims to transform the province’s schools along three lines: physical environment, healthy lifestyles and nutrition. More...

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01 juillet 2019

Conversations About Learning Design

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Michael Feldstein[Edit][Delete]: Conversations About Learning Design, E-Literate [Edit][Delete] June 22, 2006
The Sakai pedagogy discussion list tends to be, as Michael Feldstein reports, "technologist-heavy and teacher-light." So he posed some questions from the Sakai discussion list on when (and if) learning design is appropriate to the LAMS discussion list. Worth a read, especially for the longish responses from James Dalziel. And where can we read the Sakai discussion. Alas, we can't. More...

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Educational Software and Learning: Subversive Use and Volatile Design

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. David Squires[Edit][Delete]: Educational Software and Learning: Subversive Use and Volatile Design, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences [Edit][Delete] June 20, 2006
Jeremy Hiebert takes us on a welcome trip back to the writings of David Squires. In this item, Squires states the constructivist dilemma quite nicely: "In trying to design effective learning environments we may at the same time constrain the levels of freedom necessary for learners to make decisions about their own learning." His solution, "incorporated subversion," is to build the freedom into the tools. "Rather than design with constraint in mind, design with freedom and flexibility in mind." Hiebert also links us to a Squires interview from 2000 where he describes the Peripatetic Electronic Teachers. More...

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14 juin 2019

Current Research in Learning Design

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Rob Koper[Edit][Delete]: Current Research in Learning Design, Journal of Educational Technology and Society [Edit][Delete] February 8, 2006
In learning design, writes Rob Koper, "The major research issues are at the moment [are]: a) the use of ontologies and semantic web principles&tools related to Learning Design; b) the use of learning design patterns; c) the development of learrning design authoring and content management systems, and d) the development of learning design players, including the issues how to use the integrated set of learning design tools in a variety of settings". More...

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24 mai 2019

Intelligent Design Honors Council Lecture

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Dann Siems[Edit][Delete]: Intelligent Design Honors Council Lecture, Worldview V [Edit][Delete] December 27, 2005

I enjoyed this concept map on intelligent design (be sure to click on the little concept map icons for more maps). What's nice is that the contemporary debate has been placed into a sociological and historical concept, including even a reference to Hume's refutation of the teleological argument (as a long time Hume devotee, this makes me happy). More...

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21 mai 2019

Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Jakob Nielsen: Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005, Alertbox October 4, 2005

Jakob Nielsen is back with his annual list of common errors in web design and this year the usability specialist has a solid line-up. Personally, I think my own site fares pretty well (especially after my having spent the last week on number five). But I want especially to direct this list to the designers of SchoolPlaza, which commits every error on Nielsen's list. More...

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19 mai 2019

10 suggestions for smarter online course design

eCampus NewsFor every pilot flying an aircraft today, there is an instructor who made it happen. Teaching someone to fly an aircraft involves multiple layers of skill and ability, psychological intuition, courage, and logic. Online course design can benefit from what we have learned about teaching someone to fly. More...

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6 lessons about campus redesign

eCampus NewsNew thinking in campus redesign about flexible learning and collaborative campus spaces, as well as smart re-use of space, is helping institutions become flexible and remain change-ready, effectively creating more efficient teaching and better, more cost-effective, long-range development planning. More...

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15 mai 2019

Consistency in Design is the Wrong Approach

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Jared Spool: Consistency in Design is the Wrong Approach, September 16, 2005

This is the key point: "When you think about consistency, you’re thinking about the product. When you’re thinking about current knowledge, you’re thinking about the user. They are two sides of the same coin. We’ve just noticed that the designers who spend more time thinking about the users are the ones that end up with more usable designs." A point with which, in the main, I agree. More...

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Web 2.0 for Designers

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Richard MacManus and Joshua Porter: Web 2.0 for Designers, Digital Web Magazine September 15, 2005

"In Web 1.0," writes the author, "a small number of writers created Web pages for a large number of readers." Enter Web 2.0, however, and this equation changes, "a vision of the Web in which information is broken up into “microcontent” units that can be distributed over dozens of domains. More...

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