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From technology enhanced learning to technology enhanced learner

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Stephen Downes, Jun 24, 2019

Though its focus is on the current status of technology enhanced learning, the story it tells is of a learner, capable and even eager to use new technologies, accessing and organizing knowledge and learning in new ways, with new media, and as a result, thinking and seeing the world differently, and indeed, becoming a different kind of person.

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Personal Learning Environments: An Interview with EdMedia Keynote Speaker Linda Castaneda

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Allie Alayan, AACE Review, Jun 24, 2019

There isn't a lot to this interview of Linda Castaneda, who teaches at Universidad de Murcia in Spain. There's some cookie-cutter intoductory information about PLEs, and then this: "A vision of PLEs as a posthumanistic proposal: a techno-social reality that embodies the socio-material entanglement with which people learn; and at the same time, an image of PLEs as a practical techno-pedagogical approach that enacts contemporary ideas about how people learn and how the learning must be personal and socially oriented rather than tech-personalised." I also checked out her home page and her most recent blog post, A different exam…, which describes how she required to create a public online video as their final submission.

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User-Generated Content’s Impact on the Sustainability of Open Educational Resources

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Janani Ganapathi, Open Praxis, Jun 24, 2019

This article is a bit less focused than I would like to see, but it's an interesting case study looking at one OER publisher in India and its Storyweaver platform, and has some useful insights. I found myself nodding in agreement reading this: "The problem lies with people judging OERs’ quality based on other products in the market, where quality is determined by the price paid. That being said, where children have poor levels of literacy and limited or no access to education, the mere availability of any resource can be beneficial to their development." The question of sustainability takes centre stage, even with the help of user-generated content and community-based reviewing. But one wonders why basic education is a task being undertaken by private companies and NGOs, when surely it should be one of the primary responsibilities of the community as a whole.

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Proposed governance structure

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Solid, Jun 24, 2019

Some interesting dialogue in Tim Berners-Lee's Social Linked Data (Solid) project. As the community has increased in size, governance has become more of an issue. It doesn't help that aspects of the project have bogged down, with decisions being left unresolved for years, while at the same time there are numerous depreciated and obsolete implementations. This proposal posits three major elements - a development team, a panel, and a decision-making mechanism. Long-time developers aren't exactly happy about the idea of a panel, but it does raise the question, "who represents the users?" See also this issue and this comment in Gitter that drew my attention to the issue.

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Challenges for conceptualising EU MOOC for vulnerable learner groups

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 03:37
Inge de Waard, Michael Sean Gallagher, Ronda Zelezny-Green, Laura Czerniewicz, Stephen Downes, Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Julie Willems, Jun 21, 2019

This exploratory paper picks up elements from the European Commission’s educational vision and philosophy behind Opening up Education, the resulting initiative of the OpenupEd.eu MOOC platform, and takes this as a starting point to look at potential challenges for developing MOOCs that include vulnerable learner groups.

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Learning Decisions Podcasts - Episode 1 Online Now

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 03:37
Elliott Masie, Learning Trends, Jun 21, 2019

Elliott Masie has launched a new podcast. He writes, "Based on feedback from learning colleagues around the world, we have introduced a new open source podcast series for learning and business professionals. The first Episode has two topics: On-The-Job Learning and Why Podcasts.” Episode download is here.

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Tracking Jupyter Newsletter, the Nineteenth...

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 03:37
Tony Hirst, Tracking Jupyter, Jun 21, 2019

I can't really do better than to simply link to Tony Hirst's latest newsletter on Jupyter Notebook. I can't summarize it except to say that there is a lot of current information - MyBinder as a federated service, and epiphany.pub (billed as "Jupyter mixed with Medium"), and much much more. You can subscribe to the email newsletter or follow it on Twitter.

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Digital Media’s Alteration Mechanism for Informal Learning

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 06/20/2019 - 15:37
Otto Petrovic, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Jun 20, 2019

What's interesting about this paper (10 page PDF) is that it covers familiar ground from a quite distinct perspective. The result is that the terminology and approach is different - for example, we have "collaborativism" instead of "connectivism", and we read of "alteration mechanisms" where "Learning can be defined as acquiring new or modify existing knowledge, skills, competencies, and perceptions which lead to alterations in thinking, feeling, and behavior." I'm not sure how much of the unique vocabulary is due to translation and how much to the author's isolation from mainstream terminology. The study consists of "capturing learning episodes in  the field by learners themselves in form of video, pictures, and annotations is based on autovideography and photovoice." The outcome is a useful table of 'alteration mechanisms' divided into three major categories.

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The Economic Value of Digital Identity

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 03:37
Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Jun 18, 2019

This article summarizes and comments on a recent McKinsey report on digital identity (previously covered here). The focus here is on identity as commodity. "McKinsey estimates that over half the economic value of digital ID will accrue to individuals in a variety of roles including consumers, workers, and asset owners.  The remaining economic value flows to the private- and public-sector institutions with which the individuals interact, such as providers of goods and services, employers, and suppliers of government benefits." I think that's very optimistic; we haven't seen half the value of anything accruing to individuals recently.

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Causation in Science and the Methods of Scientific Discovery

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 03:37
Clark Glymour, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Jun 18, 2019

If you think I am sometimes sharp with my criticism you should reas Clark Glymour's scathing review of Rani Lill Anjum and Stephen Mumford's Causation in Science and the Methods of Scientific Discovery to see how it's really done. Clark Glymour, just to be clear, is the real deal - he has a long and well-regarded history in the field. And his review describes what to me sounds like a first-year political science student's misunderstanding of scientific method. So we can look forward to another generation of retorts like "correlation is not causation" and other pseudocriticism. And that, I suggest, is who this book is written for.

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Can Khan Academy Scale to Educate Anyone, Anywhere?

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 03:37
Brian Kenny, Bill Sahlman, Harvard Business Review, Jun 18, 2019

The answer is 'probably not'. But we'll get to that. The article is an interview with Bill Sahlman, who authored a HBS case study of Khan Academy (you have to pay for it, because that's how Harvard rolls, but I wouldn't). The discussion is more or less an annotated history of Khan. But it's sort of funny how it works out. It's also the way the company worked out. It began with Sal Khan making simple videos that anyone could access and that became really popular without any marketing, then along the line, someone convinces him he needs to do adaptive content recommendations, and so now it needs marketing and revenue and a business plan, and I guess this is deemed a success. But from where I sit, 'probably not'.

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jExcel v3

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 03:37
Paul Hodel, Jun 18, 2019

So this is pretty neat: "jExcel is a lightweight vanilla javascript plugin to create amazing web-based interactive tables and spreadsheets compatible with Excel or any other spreadsheet software. You can create an online spreadsheet table from a JS array, JSON, CSV or XSLX files. You can copy from excel and paste straight to your jExcel spreadsheet and vice versa. It is very easy to integrate any third party javascript plugins to create your own custom columns, custom editors, and customize any feature into your application." Free and open source; read the information at the bottom of the jExcel page.

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Exploring The “Uberization” of Tutoring

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 03:37
Alexia Mezzini, EmergingEdTech, Jun 18, 2019

In what has the appearance of a paid-placement post the author extols the benefits of on-demand tutoring. "A student that’s struggling with advanced chemistry can quickly locate someone that’s certified and safe. This provides the tutors with a reliable source of new clients." What it doesn't discuss are the low wages and poor working conditions, nor Uber's penchant for losing money hand-over-fist year after year.

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Facebook to launch new cryptocurrency, called Libra

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 03:37
CBC News, Jun 18, 2019

Oh yeah, there's no way this could go wrong. "Facebook Inc. revealed plans on Tuesday to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra, the latest development in its effort to expand beyond social networking and move into e-commerce and global payments." The plan is to tie your personal finanances - Zuck Bucks, as they're already being known - to your personal Facebook account. Because there's no way any of that data would be misused. By a company everyone trusts to do the right thing.

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Dialectic of open

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 03:37
Heather Morrison, University of Ottawa, Jun 18, 2019

This presentation applies 'critical dialectics' (ie., "logic focusing on contradictions in social context") to analyze the phenomenon where "the word open is used as if the concept were essentially good." It is not hard to think of instances of 'open' which are bad - an 'open wound', for example, or leaving your front door open while you're on a business trip. Heather Morrison focuses on one of those contradictions, where 'open' is reified to the point where it means 'open for business' (ie., open for commercial exploitation). I think that while the presentation may rely too much on the ambiguity of the word 'open' the points raised are nonetheless good ones. Abstract and slides only; no audio or video, unfortunately.

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Toward a Distributed OER Network

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 00:58
[Slides][Audio] This short presentation looks at some of the problems inherent in traditional OER repositories and describes the first steps in the creation of a distributed OER network, called Content Addressable Resources for Education (CARE). ICOE “Smart Education” Webinar , Beijing, via Adobe Connect (Seminar) Jun 11, 2019 [Link] [Slides] [Audio]
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