07 décembre 2019

Strengthening development in the face of the climate crisis and environmental degradation

The climate emergency and broader environmental destruction — from forest devastation to loss of biodiversity to depleted water supplies — are challenging international aid agencies’ collective ability to support sustainable development. More...

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Fighting the climate emergency? Enter national development banks

Developing countries are at the forefront of the ongoing battle to address climate change. Roughly 60% of the new infrastructure built before 2030 will be in the developing world, and it is these investment decisions that will determine our collective ability to address the climate emergency. Developing countries must invest in climate-compatible infrastructure, rather than locking in emissions and creating stranded assets. More...

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Why is the OECD looking at the environment?

During the question and answer session at a conference on sustainable infrastructure last year, a young audience member asked the question: “Why is the OECD, an economic organisation, working on environmental issues?” At first blush, this question might seem to be trivial or provocative or uninformed, depending on one’s mood at the time. More...

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30 novembre 2019

Hundreds of thousands of students join global climate strikes

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "theguardian"Hundreds of thousands of young people have taken to the streets from Manila to Copenhagen as part of the latest student climate strikes to demand radical action on the unfolding ecological emergency. More...

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Air pollution kills five people in Bristol each week, study shows

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "theguardian"Toxic air contributes to health conditions such as asthma, cancer and stroke, say experts. More...

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29 novembre 2019

Network Learning Environments and Hypertext: Constructing Personal and Shared Knowledge Spaces

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Network Learning Environments and Hypertext: Constructing Personal and Shared Knowledge Spaces
This is a very nice paper from 1993 that I found while looking up something else. It just goes to show that the ideas we have been talking about here have been brewing for a long time. Like this, for example: "Network-based information is not a static, fixed 'thing' but rather is dynamic, fluid, and changing." And this: "As networks and information technologies become more wide-spread and integrated into the world of work, the goals of education are shifting from knowing a fixed body of knowledge to knowing how to think independently and how to find information when needed". More...

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My Personal Learning Environment (PLE)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. My Personal Learning Environment (PLE)
Interesting diagram of a personal learning network offered by David Delgado. He writes, in the explanation, "the learner chooses their own personal learning environment, taking whatever tools that help them to achieve their own goals. Different people have different ideas to build their own PLE." Quite so, and this is an important thing to keep in mind. The PLE, though it may seem sometimes to be described as though iot were an application, is in fact a suite of tools - and one that may vary for each user. If I talk about 'building a PLE application' (as I do from time to time) I am talking about building an application that can be either one of those tools, or a tool that helps me manage those tools. The main point here is (a) no one tool is 'the PLE', and (b) the main thing about a PLE is that the tools can communicate with each other. More...

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14 novembre 2019

Implementing Elgg in HE :: Blog :: A Shared Learning Environment?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Implementing Elgg in HE :: Blog :: A Shared Learning Environment?
Does the personal learning environment leed to be supplemented by a 'shared learning environment'? Stan Stanier writes, "I can't help feeling there's something missing or simply something wrong with the terminology? We cannot escape the fact that, in order to learn, we need other people. Both formal and informal learning requires human interaction." To me, it does not follow that because an environment is personal that all other people are shut out; what is it that he thinks all those links are connecting to. More...

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Boundary Characteristics of Game, Simulation, Drama and Role Play Learning Environments

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Boundary Characteristics of Game, Simulation, Drama and Role Play Learning Environments
Article proposing a theoretical framework for understanding pedagogical games. I liked the division of four types of 'space': physical space, virtual space, augmented space, and imaginary space (one wonders what Kant would have said). The list of "Boundary Characteristics" (boundary conditions?) of games is also interesting, through probably incomplete. The idea of these boundary conditions is that they are range-like properties of a game that may have pedagogical implications. Take, for example, the 'permeability' of a game. Does outside wisdom and knowledge impact game performance, the way it does in Jeopardy (and not so much in checkers)? Do existing power structures impact game performance (the way, say, playing golf against your boss is different from playing golf against your best friend). More...

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07 novembre 2019

An Ecological Approach to Repository and Service Interactions

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An Ecological Approach to Repository and Service Interactions
"Ecology is the study of systems that are complex, dynamic, and full of interacting entities and processes... We think that ecology and the ecosystems it studies may offer a useful analogy to inform the task of understanding and articulating the interactions between users, repositories, and services and the information environments in which they take place." I'm inclined to agree, and even if I weren't, the discussion of "why technical architectures need help" on page 3 would convince me. More...

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