18 octobre 2019

Actually, Higher Ed is Not That Similar to the Newspaper Industry

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Actually, Higher Ed is Not That Similar to the Newspaper Industry
Steven D. Krause, 2019/02/20
Steven Krause response to a point raised in the Chronicle this week (and a point I've made numerous times over the last two decades) about the similarities between education and news media. First, he says, "while content 'scales,' education and assessment do not."  Second, he writes, "people who make this comparison to journalism... underestimate the depth and breadth of higher education." Third, he says, "while most people seeking news don’t like to pay for it, almost all would-be college students (and their families) are more than willing to pay." I think there are responses to each of those arguments. I  would note, especially, that when I was a young paper carrier, everybody paid for news. More...

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How sharing work can build students’ networks

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How sharing work can build students’ networks
Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute, 2019/02/20
This is mostly a marketing piece focusing on a tool called trovvit, designed to help students forge (and) maintainconnections that help them get by and get ahead... by letting students showcase their skills and store their networks in one place." Or as founder Torrence Robinson says, "Think LinkedIn meets Instagram for students." Why is such a tool needed? "Students haven’t yet had careers.  Their 'work' does not fit into resume format. More...

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Exploring the UX of web-annotations

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Exploring the UX of web-annotations
Tom Critchlow, 2019/02/20
Hypothes.is is "trying very hard to build a robust, long-term utility for the web which is awesome," writes Tom Critchlow. "Except their UI leaves a lot to be desired. Especially on mobile." I have to agree. Like most annotation systems, I find the text boxes way too small. And also, in the case of Hypothes.is they open up on top of the text, which makes reading text along with the annotations almost impossible. Critchlow also evaluates the Genius annotation system, which I haven't used. More...

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Alternative digital credentials will transform higher ed within five years says UC Irvine dean

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Alternative digital credentials will transform higher ed within five years says UC Irvine dean
Betsy Foresman, EdScoop, 2019/02/20
This prediction may be confounded by the non-cooperation of educational institutions. While they will face a lot of pressure to standardize certification, surely they can see what happens if they do. "They 'unbundle' learning acquisition and verification. To earn an ADC, an individual only has to demonstrate mastery of a skill and does not need to satisfy course requirements." But these institutions might not have a choice if alternative digital credentials (ADC) are independently developed and adopted. More...

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Lessons from 6 software rewrite stories

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Lessons from 6 software rewrite stories
Herb Caudill, Medium, 2019/02/20
This was a nice slow read suitable for a train ride (which is where I read it, on the way to Toronto) and it's useful not just a set of lessons about whether to rewrite software from scratch (something I'm thinking of for gRSShopper, because Perl is old and stale) but also a set of origin stories for a number of influential software products (including Firefox, Basecamp, Visal Studio Code, and Trello). It also poses the sort of problem edtech companies are faced with today as they work with legacy softwar, an entrenched user base, and a rapidly evolving internet. More...

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The Web Through a 30 Year Old Lens

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Web Through a 30 Year Old Lens

Ton Zijlstra, Interdependent Thoughts, 2019/02/19

As I write right now the service is overloaded and unresponsive, so you may have to wait a few days before enjoying it. But it's worth the wait, because it's worth keeping in mind that a scant 30 years ago (for me, half a lifetime ago) the web was very different - text-only, filled with hyperlinks to other sites. More...

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Digital Media: What Went Wrong

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Digital Media: What Went Wrong
Edmund Lee, New York Times, Medium, 2019/02/19
The big news in digital media recently has been the waves of layoffs at such stalwarts as BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Vice. These were companies people thought had figured out the news business. It prompted MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes to ask “What if there is literally no profitable model for digital news?” We see the same story in education, but moving at a slower pace.  It's described as a "nightmarish vision" in today's Inside Higher Ed. In today's edition of the Chronicle's The Edge, Scott Carlson outlines the same case with respect to higher education. More...

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Canada OER Group – 2019 update

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Canada OER Group – 2019 update
BC Campus, 2019/02/19
This is a quick set of short updates from the Canada OER Group, a collection of higher education institutions from across the country. It's nice to hear from Grande Prairie Regional College, where I used to teach: " Currently, 37 courses at Grande Prairie Regional College are taught using OERs, but Ed Tech is working toward growing that number. 'We’ve partnered with the Students’ Association to organize events and advertise our services and resources,' said Anna Gillis. More...

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The Quest to Topple Science-Stymying Academic Paywalls

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Quest to Topple Science-Stymying Academic Paywalls
Joi Ito, 2019/02/19
The lede is well and truly buried in this article, but here it is: "We are developing a new open source and modern publishing platform called PubPub and a global, distributed method of understanding public knowledge called Underlay." The PubPub code is open source and available on GitHub and is basically a Node.js-based content management system that looks and feels a lot like WordPress or Medium. Underlay is more interesting - its website says it is "a global, distributed graph of public knowledge... This is an attempt to replicate the richness of private knowledge graphs in a public, decentralized manner... We will work with other protocol layers to define the initial federation model, and decentralize the underlay with IPFS." So anyhow, I used PubPub to create what is now an empty journal (I'll accept submissions, but my approval process is arbitrary and capricious). More...

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“Virtual Learning Environment Faculty Continuing Professional Development - Networked Learning Communities”

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. “Virtual Learning Environment Faculty Continuing Professional Development - Networked Learning Communities” A Critical Literature Review
Chris O Toole, Irish Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2019/02/19
As the abstract says, "This paper presents the results of a small-scale research study examining the professional practice of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) teachers, who are encouraged to network and learn, establish on-going relationships with both their fellow teachers and those in other institutions, share knowledge, experience, resources and foster good practice for continuing professional development (CPD). More...

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