24 mai 2019

Hack the System

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Dave Warlick[Edit][Delete]: Hack the System, 2 cents Worth [Edit][Delete]2 Cents Worth [Edit][Delete] January 6, 2006

With a title like that, I had to run this item. Dave Warlick copmpares the "Industrial Model" of learning with the "Knowledge-Age Model," looking at conditions, goals, what we teach, how we teach, and assessment. You might want to contribute your ideas to his hack the system wiki. I like the comparison, so far as it goes, but I would like to see some of the more structural underpinnings examined. It's not just about information, job niches and a changing environment; that's kind of like saying 'the internet will be like television with more channels'. More...

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Synching Social Bookmarking Systems

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A.J. Hirst[Edit][Delete]: Synching Social Bookmarking Systems, OUseful Info [Edit][Delete] January 6, 2006

I think this will prove pretty popular. "Once I've set up a synch-link, it would be handy if I could set up a daily top-up, for example, whereby the service I'm synching into subscribes to my personal RSS feed at the service I'm synching from and grabs all the latest additions and changes". More...

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Reviewing the top-10 Ed-Tech Stories of 2005

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Christian Long[Edit][Delete]: Reviewing the top-10 Ed-Tech Stories of 2005, think:lab [Edit][Delete] January 6, 2006

Christian Long summarizes, in a much more accessible form, the list of top 10 stories from last year, as seen by eSchool News. Their point of view is rather different from my own - they highlight, in my view, events rather than trends, appearances rather than underlying reality. Sure, Katrina was a big story (so was the tsunami recovery, but it didn't make the list), but it would have been more approriate to talk about the changing environment and its impact on schools generally. Or "globalization drives U.S. school reform efforts." Globaization isn't a unidimensional thing: sure, it's the weaving of the global information matrix (the red pill) but it's also the increasing corporatization of governance and finance (the blue pill). More...

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Parables on Learning -- The Basic Principles

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Rob Reynolds[Edit][Delete]: Parables on Learning -- The Basic Principles, XplanaZine [Edit][Delete]XPlanaZine [Edit][Delete]Xplanazine [Edit][Delete] January 6, 2006

Well I think it's a bit sappy but I think people will like it (I've been wrong - and sappy - before). "These ten basic Principles of Learning are really a series of actions that successful people people can take in their daily lives. In fact, since learning is such an integral part of living, these rules might more appropriately be called the basic principles of a good life". More...

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Hard Rain

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. John Pederson[Edit][Delete]: Hard Rain, pedersondesigns [Edit][Delete] January 6, 2006

John Pederson writes about the "week of reinvention," quoting mostly from Bob Dylan.

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin',
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world,
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin',
Heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin',
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin',
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter,
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley,
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Someone sent me this link this week, and I have been thinking about this link (do read the related items) and other things like it". More...

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Another View on The Access Principle

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Thomas Bacher[Edit][Delete]: Another View on The Access Principle, Inside Higher Ed [Edit][Delete] January 4, 2006

It feels reading this article as though the Director of the Purdue University Press would like to support open access but just cannot see how it could work in beyond today's reality. Numerous points I could pick on, but I'll limit myself to this point, which comes up a few times: "In fact, the press would give away all scholarship if it could find a financial backer to allow this. However, the reality is that costs need to be recovered." One wonders, is the university library under the same constraint". More...

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Envisioning a Transformed University

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. James J. Duderstadt, Wm. A. Wulf and Robert Zemsky[Edit][Delete]: Envisioning a Transformed University, Issues [Edit][Delete] January 4, 2006

Forward-looking article that suggests that some of the things being talked about here (though interestingly the authors observe, "there is remarkably little conversation about the major changes occurring...") are beginning to be recognized at the higher administrative levels. What I like about this article is that it points not only to changing technology but also to correspondingly changing practice and pedagogy. "The university may need to reorganize itself quite differently, stressing forms of pedagogy and extracurricular experiences to nurture and teach the art and skill of creativity and innovation. This would probably imply a shift away from highly specialized disciplines and degree programs to programs placing more emphasis on integrating knowledge". More...

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An Introduction to Connective Knowledge - Audio Version

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web.Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: An Introduction to Connective Knowledge - Audio Version, January 4, 2006

Some people, when presented with this grey wall of text, would dive in with relish, but others will say, sensibly, "I'll wait for the movie." It's obviously hard to say, but it seems to me that this may be my most important paper. Right now, certainly, it's the most important to me. Sure, it's a bit loose, and could stand fewer typos, but it is the only drawn-out overview of my philosophy of learning and knowledge. So it seemed to me important to record an audio version of the paper, available here. It runs an hour and 34 minutes, so give yourself some time. Please enjoy this; without you, it could never have been written. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]. More...

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Why I Write

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web.Mark J. Drozdowski[Edit][Delete]: Why I Write, Chronicle of Higher Education [Edit][Delete] January 3, 2006

This resonates: "In addition to articles for The Chronicle, I write essays, reviews, and features for several other publications. I do it because I have to. Don't laugh. Many writers will tell you they write because they have to. I think everyone, deep down, craves some form of creative expression. Painters paint. Landscapers landscape. Writers write. We all need to yawp... Call it ego, call it sharing knowledge and insights, or simply call it doing something for a side income, crass as that may sound. For writers, there's no greater satisfaction than seeing your words in print. Seeing your name alongside them is equally orgiastic". More...

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Effective e-Learning Presentation: NewsU

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Eric Trembley[Edit][Delete]: Effective e-Learning Presentation: NewsU, e-Learning Acupuncture [Edit][Delete] January 3, 2006

Eric Trembley wrote in to have his blog, e-Learning Acupuncture, added to the Edu_RSS list and as I was reviewing the content I ran across this nifty little bit from November, a description and link to a Flash presentation plugging News U, an online school for journalists. It was short, punchy, and engaging (though my mind did wander a bit halfway through the five minutes - it was, after all, a Flash presentation). More...

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