By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Release the Hounds
Chris Harbeck's presentation at the K12 confrence is a nice mixture of text, video and imagery. He describes three major ways new technology contributes to the classroom experience: scribe posts, growing posts, e-portfolios. It then describes how students learn to create 'unprojects'. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What Do You Believe About Learning? A Special Program From Wharton/U of Penn
So does this form of presentation work for you? Four videos describing four major theoretical approaches to learning: behaviorism, cognitivism, sociocultural, and synopsis. Via Thelwall, Byrne and Goody suggest that the same types of stories you find on CNN are popular with bloggers. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. SWORD APP Profile 1.0
I was snarky with them in a post a while back, so it's only fair that I link to the release of Version 1.0 of the SWORD Profile of the Atom Publishing Protocol (APP). SWORD stands for Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit and is a Jisc-funded project. "The SWORD Profile specifies a subset of elements from the APP for use in depositing content into information systems, such as repositories. The Profile also specifies a number of element extensions to APP, defined to adhere to the extensions mechanism outlined in APP." More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Handheld Learning 2007 Nuggets
A set of 'nuggets' from the Handheld Learning conference in London, with oddments varying from fears about WiFi to the unfortunately named Asus miniBook to yet another Presnky next-generation lecture (it's time to get some new material, Marc) to the Learning Everywhere project. Good stuff. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. CERIF 2006 - 1.1 Full Data Model
The CERIF (Common European Research Information Format) is a model format to manage Research Information designed for the European Current Research Information System. There's some good thinking here - but once again, I have to ask, why build this entirely from scratch, with no real recognition that anything else exists? For example, one of the core entities is 'Person'. Well good - we could use OpenID, FOAF, and the like. But no. It's all set up like a database, so you're working with a person ID (not a URI) and you're up and away (here's the ER diagram that shows what you're in for). I also wonder why the other core CERIF entities are OrganisationUnit, ResultPublication (which sometimes shows up in the diagrams as ResultPatent) and Project. I ask this because I'm wondering whether you want to create a set of (institution-based) core elements. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. GTE's Classroom of the Future (1987)
A set of three videos depicting, um, online learning, as seen through the eyes of GTE. The computer monitor is funny, the voice-commands are quaint, and the keyboard looks exactly like today's. As for the online learning, it seems boring and trivial. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Chalk Assisted Instruction (CAI)
Terry Anderson presents a formal paper on groups and networks (open with MS Word) which draws from my own work on the very topic. The paper resents the concept of the 'collective', as an alternative to groups and networks, though I confess, I have not been satisfied with the account. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Claude Ostyn and Phil Dodds (center).
I didn't know either Claude Ostyn or Phil Dodds, both of whom were pioneers in the e-learning standards movement and both of whom have recently passed away. So what do I say?
I started my day today listening to Jane Siberry:
sail ho heave ho come on let go your time on earth is over
i watch you sleeping on the bed i'm talking to your soul
did you ever think it'd be like this?
did you ever think you'd walk away?
you and me running through the backstreets of the world
like a pack of hounds of two
wanting more and more love and how much is too much?
did you ever think we'd love so hard?
fighting hard and hurting worse
oh...you're sailing away...
put your arms around my neck
hold me tight as we drift out now
while i have the stength of ten men
hold me close as we drift out into the darkness
pigeons rushing up past our heads
people in doorways
i think this is europe somewhere
you're so thin you're so light
don't let go hold me
...are these yours? or mine?
When my time comes, I hope to have lived well, fought well and loved well.
Mourning Claude Ostyn. Also, Chuck Allen on Ostyn. On the passing of Phil Dodds. More from Mark Oehlert. More...
By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Navcon2k7, Fruit Bats, Terrigal Beach and Love Poems
What are we trying to teach when we teach? Probably one of these:
* Socialisation - the challenge of adapting the child to society
* Acculturation - the challenge of conveying the essence of a culture
* Individuation - that educational fostering of autonomy and authenticity
Artichoke writes, "Harpaz argued that we have a contradiction within schools because we have fused these three ideologies and because these ideologies helplessly contradict each other - we never progress." Which is true enough. More...