15 mai 2019

Examples of Instructional Materials on the Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. John Patzman: Examples of Instructional Materials on the Web, September 20, 2005

The author writes, "Many people know that I regularly search the Web for examples of good instructional materials. Because folks often ask me for a list of the good ones that I find, I've decided to keep a web page with these good instructional examples. Please note that every example isn't necessarily wonderful in all respects... but each shows good use of certain types of instructional strategies and interactions." useful list. More...

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Web Site Link Checker

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Scott Crevier: Web Site Link Checker, EDUCAUSE Blogs September 13, 2005

This isn't really a news item, I'm just saving the link because I'll need it later to help someone out. More...

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14 mai 2019

Cultural Similarities and Differences in the Design of University Websites

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ewa Callahan: Cultural Similarities and Differences in the Design of University Websites, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication November 7, 2005

I'm not sure how useful this is, but I nonetheless found this exploration of cultural differences in university websites fascinating. "Certain characteristics occurred more frequently than in other countries: use of photos in Sweden, art depiction in Greece, use of animation in Malaysia and Ecuador, pastel colors in Japan, etc." More...

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Learning from The Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Adam Bosworth: Learning from The Web, ACM Queue November 7, 2005

I think this is a pretty important article, at least, the first half is, because of the advice it gives people who are trying to develop systems and standards. It repeats a mantra I have been known to utter on occasion: learn from the web. What, specifically? Well, things like this: "Simple, relaxed, sloppily extensible text formats and protocols often work better than complex and efficient binary ones." because they're easier to use, and when you want abillion people to use something, it needs to be easy. More...

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07 mai 2019

Companies Dinged on Web Privacy

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Companies Dinged on Web Privacy
From time to time I voice the opinion that corporations are simply not to be trusted to respect such things as personal privacy. I'd like to be able to say that this is merely blind prejudice, but sadly, it is an opinion based on cold hard fact (and, indeed, the myth that corporations can be trusted seems to me to be more like fantasy). More...

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Web 2.0 Checklist 2.0

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Web 2.0 Checklist 2.0
Yesterday afternoon I took part in one of the regular edTech podcasts being aired by the gang from Saskatchewan. During the podcast I mentioned this checklist for Web 2.0 that is being used to evaluate new applications. It's worth spelling out in full (revised for clarity):
- a service should be able to handle structured MicroContent
- the data should be primarily outside; a service should be processing MicroContent and not storing MicroContent
- for each MicroContent Item the user determines the usage license
- a service should have many feeds to which clients can subscribe and which mix and match the processed MicroContent in any way imaginable
- a service should allow its functionality to be integrated in other services
- a service should not only live on the network, but also allow tight integration with the desktop
- a user should not have to create a new identity for each service he or she wishes to use
- a user should be able traverse MicroContent space on the field level and decides for him or her self what is relevant. More...

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The Politics of Web 2.0

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Politics of Web 2.0
Jeff Jarvis writes of web 2.0, "This is a new architecture. It's a dynamic architecture." Susan Crawford adds, insightfully, "It's even more than that — it's political. These meta-informational thingies are letting us see our online environment in ways we can't possibly see the offline world". More...

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We Are the Web

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. We Are the Web
Kevin Kelly looks back on the emergence of the web, the launch of Netscape, and how his magazine - Wired - took it all in. "Wired offered a vision nearly identical to that of Internet wannabes in the broadcast, publishing, software, and movie industries: basically, TV that worked." Something very different happened, though. More...

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06 mai 2019

Principles for Evaluating Websites

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Principles for Evaluating Websites
How do you know whether something you read on the web is true? You can't know, at least, not for sure. This makes it important to read carefully and to evaluate what you read. This guide will tell you how. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, July 16, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]. More...

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Workflow and Web Services

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Workflow and Web Services
Just to keep you up in the rapidly changing world of e-learning frameworks, JISC and DEST have agreed to collaborate, the major result being (naturally) a name change - the E-Learning Framework is now joined by (replaced by?) the The e-Framework for Education and Research - and a new website. More...

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