21 mars 2019

Working out Loud and Serendipity

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Working out Loud and Serendipity
Sahana Chattopadhyay, ID, Other Reflections, 2014/11/24
This week (or maybe last week; I don't really keep up on these things) is "work out loud week". What that means is that we should share the work that we're doing as we do it. OLDaily is my tool for this. Though to be honest, my work has shifted in a way OLDaily hasn't, exactly, as for the last year I have been leading the LPSS program, a role that has added a slew of new responsibilities: project planning, budgets and resource planning, marketing and communication strategies, and more. More...

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Why the Unskilled Are Unaware: Further Explorations of (Absent) Self-Insight Among the Incompetent

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why the Unskilled Are Unaware: Further Explorations of (Absent) Self-Insight Among the Incompetent
Joyce Ehrlinger, Kerri Johnson, M. Banner, D.Dunning, Justin Kruger, PubMedGov, 2014/09/29
It is well known that low-skilled people tend to over-estimate their performance. This is typically thought to result from their inability to recognize what poor and good performance looks like. But in this paper, the authors suggest there may be more to it than that. More...

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The Learning Machine, pecking pigeons and the Sending of Being

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Learning Machine, pecking pigeons and the Sending of Being
nick shackleton-jones, aconventional, 2014/09/29
When people interact with each other, the social learning produced is not the replication of content from one mind to the next to the next. It's not even contained in any individual mind at all. Rather, society as a whole develops new learning. More...

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16 reasons why this research will change how you look at news consumption

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. 16 reasons why this research will change how you look at news consumption
Paul Bradshaw, Onloine Journalism Blog, 2014/09/25
This is not a listicle (list-based article) even though the headline suggests it is. The '16' in the title refers to 16 different ways of using news media, and the report compares them across different dimensions: engagement, amount remembered, and the like. So we get suggestions like: "Reading is about depth; listening is barely remembered." Which may be true, but I still love the audio podcasts, because it's not about memory. More...

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A shift toward efficacy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A shift toward efficacy
John Watson, Keeping Pace, 2014/09/23
Discussion of the Pearson report published in 2013 The Incomplete Guide to Delivering Learning Outcomes, which “outlines Pearson’s own efficacy programme and shares the company’s strategy and initiatives in its first phase.” I think 'efficacy' is a nice non-threatening way of saying 'outcomes' (it's like they have writers or something). More...

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I’m Not in Love with the Word Empowerment

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. I’m Not in Love with the Word Empowerment
Bud Hunt, Bud the Teacher, 2014/09/22
I am generally in agreement with Bud Hunt's concern with the word 'empowerment' though I'm probably not going to stop using it. He says, "for me to empower you, especially when I hear the word used by others, I’ve got to have something that you don’t have, and I have to give it to you." In this sense, it is like 'giving freedom' or 'giving choice', as though these things wouldn't exist without your magnificence. More...

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That’s Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. That’s Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man
Rebecca Schuman, Inside Higher Ed, 2014/09/26
Fun read in which Inside Higher Ed and Slate education writer Rebecca Schuman defends herself against a long criticism authored by by Cornell writing lecturer Charles Green. "I think she crafts fundamentally anti-academic arguments, anti-academic in that they rely heavily on unsourced and unsupported generality clothed in hyperbole," he writes. More...

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Balance is an Illusion

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Balance is an Illusion
Tim Klapdor, 2014/09/19
This isn't directly related to educational technology, but it's a point that lies at the foundations of how we thing, and it's important to address a misconception. More...

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Let me Listen to Poetry, Let me See Emotions

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Let me Listen to Poetry, Let me See Emotions
Diana Arellano, Cristina Manresa-Yee, Volker Helzle, Journal of Universal Computer Science, 2014/09/15
In a nutshell, this paper described the devlopment of avatars that read poetry. That may sound simple, but the system analyzes the lines being read and then calculates the appropriate emotional response, then indicates this emotional response using facial characteristics. More...

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Reflecting on reflection

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Reflecting on reflection
Harold Jarche, 2014/09/02
I have often described the 'Downes Theory of Education' (which is not original to me, and which is too simple to be called a theory) as follows: "To teach is to model and demonstrate; to learn is to practice and reflect." So much writing focuses on the first pair of activities; the bulk of educational literature is focused on how to teach. More...

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