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Remix culture and education

Learning with 'e's - 22 Junio, 2016 - 21:58
In my last blog post I illustrated a new model of digital literacies in the context of age of remix. Since then, several have asked me what I mean by remix culture, and how it applies to education.

Remixing is the act of taking previously created works or artefacts and adapting them in some way. Sometimes several works are combined or 'mashed up' to create new versions. In the digital age, where many have access to the participatory web such as social media, it is easier than ever to remix and mashup content.

Remixing is a human pastime that has existed for millennia. We see or hear something we like, and we try to make our own personal version of it. In popular culture, folk songs and stories, often with no traceable origin, have been sung or told, and then retold across the generations. Often old stories and songs are modified to meet the needs or interests of contemporary society. Parodies and satirical versions of original stories or songs are also considered to fall into this category of remixing.

One of the most widespread examples of digital remix is Wikipedia. The online encyclopaedia relies almost exclusively on members of the public to share their knowledge and update contents. That knowledge is published, and then modified and remixed to the point where it becomes more accurate. The appeal of Wikipedia and also any digital remix is that it is never complete. It is always a work in progress.

The digital age has given us many tools which can be used to easily remix the work of someone else. Garage Band for example, enables the production and reproduction of just about any musical instrument sound, and allows the user to mix these into a musical sequence. Photoshop is software that allows users to do the same thing with images. Vidding, modding, sampling and hacking are all techniques developed in the digital age to modify, remix and repurpose existing content. This article tells us why the remix culture is such an important movement because 'all cultural artefacts are open to re-appropriation' when the meaning ascribed to objects is transient.

Remixing is a creative process. It takes imagination to adapt an existing piece of art or music into something new or apply it in a completely different context. However, in formal education settings, remixing is sometimes seen as undesirable. For example, some students copy and paste content from the web into their own work, and claim that it is their own. This is clearly plagiarism, and is considered an academic offence. If instead they paraphrase the ideas of another and cite the source, it is research and is considered acceptable. There is a fine line between copying and remixing. It is the extent to which you can prove that your own influence, imagination and thought processes have been invested into the work of someone else to make it significantly different to the original piece that assumes importance.

There are many educational applications for remix. Any of the above tools can be used to promote creative thinking. Students can also be encouraged to think more critically about the origin and provenance of content, and how it can be so easily subject to change. Teachers should be aware of existing copyright law, and also how to use licences such as Creative Commons to discover and share content that is specifically created for remixing.

Image from Wikipedia (remixed by Steve Wheeler)

Remix culture and education by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's

Research Suggests Students Learn More When Working Together in Virtual Reality Games

Campus Technology - 22 Junio, 2016 - 21:05
With the help of a virtual reality game their professor created, some students at Cornell University have gathered evidence that interacting with other people in a game-playing atmosphere may help them learn more.

Report: Wearable Shipments to Top 100 Million this year

Campus Technology - 22 Junio, 2016 - 20:12
Global shipments of wearable devices will grow 29 percent over 2015 to hit 101.9 million units this year according to a new forecast from market research firm International Data Corp.

10 amazing ways Blockchain could be used in education

OLDaily - 22 Junio, 2016 - 19:43

Donald Clark, Donald Clark Plan B, Jun 22, 2016

These are all ways blockchain could be used in education (though a lot of detail would have to be added) but I'm not sure I agree with the context. Introducing the piece Donald Clark says he created a Napster like system for learning resources in 2001 but "the public sector organisations just didn’ t like innovation and stuck to their institutional silos." He predicts a similar reaction to blockchain. "The biggest obstacle to its use is cultural. Education is a slow learner and very slow adopter. Despite the obvious advantages, it will be slow to adapt this technology." Why would he expect these new systems to work within traditional institutions? I did the same sort of thing in 2001, but by not waiting for institutional approval helped create the first MOOC. It is only after an idea is demonstrated that it will change culture and be adopted by institutions. The same is true for business and enterprise software. It has nothing to do with education or the public sector, and everything to do with large organizations and culture in general. Image: Cable Green.

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Open Innovation and the Creation of Commons

OLDaily - 22 Junio, 2016 - 19:43

Katja Mayer, Creative Commons, Jun 22, 2016

Interesting article. You can probably skim the first five paragraphs, but slow down when you get to this: "Today, a broader conceptual framework for open innovation is embedded in an integrated approach to openness. It is a vital element of the open movement and should not be taken out of this context. Open innovation is transcending the boundaries of traditional knowledge production and fosters cross-fertilization of knowledge. It can serve both as a trigger for change towards openness and a cross-connector of multiple segments of the open movement."


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How to Succeed at Work When Your Boss Doesn’t Respect You

OLDaily - 22 Junio, 2016 - 19:43

Christine Porath, Harvard Business Review, Jun 22, 2016

Here are the recommendations (all quoted):

  • Identify areas for growth and actively pursue development in those areas.
  • Sleep, exercise, good nutrition, and stress-management help ward off the noxious effects of disrespect.
  • Generate more meaning at work by shaping your activities around your motives, strengths and passions.
  • Seek positive relationships. Positive relationships in and out of work help you thrive.
  • Thriving in non-work activities doubles an individual’ s emotional reserves.

Sounds like a plan. Something everybody could use to more or less a degree.



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Machine Learning for Designers

OLDaily - 22 Junio, 2016 - 19:43

Patrick Hebron, O'Reilly, Jun 22, 2016

Long post that introduces machine learning for designers. It requires a (free) O'Reilly login (sorry). People already expert in machine learning won't find anything new but I think it's worth the effort if you don't have background in the field.

"Conventional programming languages can be thought of as systems that are always correct about mundane things like concrete mathematical operations. Machine learning algorithms, on the other hand, can be thought of as systems that are often correct about more complicated things like identifying human faces in an image." There's a good set of recognition examples that illustrate this. It looks at biological models and deep learning, then discusses processing different types of inputs. Some of the tasks described include creating dialogue, feature discovery, designing, feedback loops, and more. It also looks at open source machine learning toolkits (TensorFlow, Torch, Caffe, cuDNN, Theano, Scikit-learn, Shogun, Spark MLlib, and Deeplearning4j) and machine Learning as a Service (MLaaS) platforms such as IBM Watson, Amazon Machine Learning, Google Prediction API, Microsoft Azure, BigML, and ClarifAI.

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Call for applications: Become a Digital Scholar

OLDaily - 22 Junio, 2016 - 19:43

Press Release, Scholar, Jun 22, 2016

Course announcement from a relatively new provider for 'applications' to "an open access course to support the development of scalable digital learning." The course is free but certification costs extra. I read this as an an announcement for Scholar, a "digital learning environment that models effective learning and knowledge development in complex settings." According to their materials, "in Scholar people focus on co-constructing knowledge (by solving problems, building a case study, developing an implementation plan) that is relevant and applicable to their work." Probably the  diagram makes it most clear. What do you think, should I take the course?

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Daniels: You make your luck

OLDaily - 22 Junio, 2016 - 19:43

Joanne Jacobs, Jun 22, 2016

Mitch Daniels  says "that outside of the extremes it’ s the luck you make not the luck of the world that determines your fate." So summarized Andrew Rotham. Or as Joanne Jacobs says, "except for 'tragically bad luck,' it rarely 'decides a life’ s outcome.'" I think that on that basis we would have to define "tragically bad luck" as "not being born rich." Jacobs also quotes Barack Obama,  speaking at Harvard: "Yes, you’ ve worked hard, but you’ ve also been lucky. That’ s a pet peeve of mine: People who have been successful and don’ t realize they’ ve been lucky." I think Obama's take is more correct. As Rotham says, “ Daniels’ argument  confuses what’ s possible with what’ s probable." Jacobs concludes, "for many born in poverty,  economic mobility is a longshot." I have no illusion that education by itself will change this. For those not born rich, education is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for prosperity.

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Texas Instruments Lab Kits ‘Power’ Hands-On, STEM Learning

Campus Technology - 22 Junio, 2016 - 18:00
The TI Power Management Lab Kit series equips students with tangible experience and expertise on common power solutions used in the power industry.

Very Hungry QR Caterpillars

Pontydysgu - Bridge to Learning - 22 Junio, 2016 - 16:49
The Taccle  project ran workshops at the National Digital Learning Event for Wales last week. One of the many ideas we presented for embedding ICT across the curriculum was using QR codes to enhance books. Here’s a link to download ready made codes for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cut them out and stick them in […]

Keeping Classroom AV Construction on Track

Campus Technology - 22 Junio, 2016 - 13:00
Once the planning, design, documentation and bidding for an audiovisual installation project is complete, it's finally time for construction — and perhaps more than ever, proper coordination and communication are needed to make it to the finish line.

Endicott College Tightens Security in Video Surveillance Expansion

Campus Technology - 22 Junio, 2016 - 13:00
A Boston college has just completed an update to its video surveillance layout, increasing its number of security cameras twentyfold.

Nuestros populistas son los mejores

Cuaderno de campo - 22 Junio, 2016 - 10:49
Se dice (lo he oído como chiste y lo he leído como crónica) que entre los burgueses catalanes de comienzos del siglo XX era habitual vivir en el Eixample, pero poner un pisito a la amante en el Paralelo. Tarde o temprano, esta afloraba, y algunas crónicas aseguran que las esposas legítimas, con independencia de lo que pudieran decir en casa, no dudaban, cuando hablaban entre ellas (según la crónica) o con el marido (según el chiste) en el Liceo, a la hora de defender el estatus familiar: "La nostra és molt més guapa."La irresistible ascensión de Podemos ha roto el monopolio de la legitimidad política de que gozaban los partidos tradicionales (ahora la casta) con la irrupción un discurso que puede parecer más apoyado en el corazón que en la razón, en el deseo que en el cálculo: observe el lector, en los símbolos electorales que acompañan estos días a las representaciones gráficas de las previsiones de voto, y pronto lo harán a las papeletas, la diferencia entre el corazón arcoiris elegido por Unidos Podemos y las cajitas cerradas y geométricas a las que continúan apegados, o en las que siguen encerrados, el PP (azul y circular) y el PSOE (roja y cuadrada) –Ciudadanos se sitúa entremedias, con un globo o bocadillo, como los de las historietas, que sugiere una voz emergente.Cabría recordar aquí aquello de que el corazón tiene razones que la razón no entiende, y algo o mucho de eso hay, pero no se debe caer en el error de subestimar a Podemos. Su razón, simplemente, es en buena parte otra, la razón populistaformulada por el fallecido y brillante politólogo Ernesto Laclau, que ellos mismos reivindican sin ambages (el magnífico documental Política: Manual de instrucciones, de Fernando León de Aranoa, es muy ilustrativo a este respecto). Y sabemos, desde luego, que ayer les gustaba Chaves, pero eso no significa que hoy les guste Maduro ni que no hayan aprendido nada en el camino.Nuestros populistas, para empezar, son de izquierdas, no de derechas. Unos y otros tienen en común ser populistas, pero lo que los separa se me antoja bastante más importante que lo que los asemeja. En la mayor parte de Europa están surgiendo o creciendo rápido los populismos de ultraderecha (Le Pen y el FN en Francia, Farage y el UKIP en el Reino Unido, Petry y la AfD en Alemania, Hofer y el FPÖ en Austria...). Menos preocupantes pero también significativas son las derivas populistas desde el interior de algunos partidos conservadores tradicionales, como el retorno de Sarkozy en la UMP francesa, el giro antieuropeo de Michael Gove y Boris Johnson en el conservadurismo británico o, peor aún, el triunfo de Donald Trump en las primarias republicanas estadounidenses. Creo que incluso conservadores no populistas concederán que hay menos que temer de Tsipras que de Le Pen, a Sanders que a Trump, a Raggi que a Meloni.Nuestros populistas, además, son bastante moderados. No son como los anticapitalistas franceses, sino que se abren o se expanden aceleradamente hacia la socialdemocracia. Es ahí donde buscan sus avales económicos (Navarro, Stiglitz), sus reclamos de sociedad (Escandinavia), su marchamo electoral (como bien sabe y sufre ahora el PSOE) y no pocos de sus fichajes estrella. Eso no ha evitado ni va a evitar en el futuro próximo sonoros patinazos por la izquierda, pero es manifiesto el edulcoramiento e incluso el abandono de sus propuestas más agresivas, desde la renta básica universal hasta el referéndum catalán, y son buenas señales tanto la tranquilidad del empresariado como la creciente irritación de ERC y CiU.Nuestros populistas más destacados no se han formado en los cuarteles venezolanos, ni en los piquetes argentinos, ni en los campos de coca bolivianos, sino en las aulas y los programas de doctorado de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología (y en su zona liberada, todo hay que decirlo). Abundan en ideas bastante sofisticadas, aunque no haya por qué compartirlas. A esto hay que añadir que aprenden muy rápido, lo mismo que otras fuerzas emergentes, algo que no puede decirse, al menos hoy, de las fuerzas políticas tradicionales. Aunque no faltará quien considere que esta expresión es un oxímoron, una contradicción en los términos, creo seriamente que son un producto y un factor de la inteligencia colectiva en política. Aprenden rápido no porque sean listos, ni jóvenes, ni doctores e investigadores muchos de ellos, aunque todo esto ayude, sino porque han sabido apostar (o tal vez no hayan tenido otra opción que hacerlo) por combinar formas de participación estructuradas y fluidas a la vez, de proximidad y virtuales, basadas en la militancia y en la apertura al entorno, así como porque se están viendo llevados a cambiar constantemente de escenario. Por otro lado, esa dependencia de los medios de comunicación de masas y de las redes que tanto se les critica, pero que ellos asumen con desparpajo, es una fuente inagotable de feedback que, hasta ahora, han sabido aprovechar.Nuestros populistas, en fin, han distinguido siempre y distinguen cada vez más entre acudir a las elecciones y gobernar. Actúan con una saludable y asumida dosis de electoralismo, como no han dejado de reprocharles sus competidores, porque su populismo tiene más de estrategia electoral que de modelo de gobierno. Lo que han aprendido de y en América Latina ha sido más cómo ganar unas elecciones que cómo ejercer el poder, aunque ni puedan ellos ni debamos los demás olvidar, en ningún momento, que en lo segundo hay mucho más que aprender de los errores que de los aciertos. De momento, el hecho es que su presencia en gobiernos municipales y autonómicos, aparte de algún pequeño esperpento, ni ha generado sobresaltos ni presenta un mal balance.Y, ahora, mi disclosure. La verdad es que me gustaría poderles votar. Ya lo he hecho alguna vez, a uno y otro de los ahora coaligados, aun cuando considere que bastantes de sus propuestas no son sino simplificaciones perezosas basadas en decir lo contrario que el gobierno o que la mayoría. Por desgracia, yo también tengo una línea roja o casi, como gusta decir ahora: el secesionismo, más aún si es rico y pijo. Aunque sepamos de qué fuentes beben (la candorosa o cínica idea del derecho de los pueblos o las nacionalidades a la autodeterminación, según venga de Wilson o de Stalin), o quizá por ello, no se puede ser de izquierda y de derecha a la vez, es decir, socialdemócrata (y no digamos comunista) e independentista, porque es como ser de izquierda y machista, o imperialista, o racista... de izquierda con los tuyosy de derechas contra el resto –y tanto da que este a la vez se dé dentro de un partido, una coalición electoral, una confluencia...Es posible que Unidos Podemos, que va a ser la primera fuerza en Cataluña y el País Vasco y que cada día añade algo más de ambigüedad al derecho a decidir, sea un factor de desbloqueo y pueda ayudar a desactivar el anunciado choque de trenes, pero no lo es menos que resulte ser el aprendiz de brujo que abra una caja de los truenos que nadie pueda cerrar después. Si, como parece, es posible un gobierno de izquierda; incluso, algo que yo preferiría antes que una exigua y arriesgada victoria de media España contra la otra media, de centro-izquierda, me resulta igual de tentador o más el voto a la vieja socialdemocracia anquilosada, aunque solo sea como contrapeso a la nueva socialdemocracia improvisada. Una disyuntiva, la mía, que ya previó Jean Buridan, y no digo más.
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Temple U CRM Use Helps Boost Applications, Deposits

Campus Technology - 21 Junio, 2016 - 23:39
A cloud-based constituent relationship management system is paying off for Temple University, where its school of business has begun seeing more applications and greater student commitment to attending.

Vernon College Selects New Student Management Platform

Campus Technology - 21 Junio, 2016 - 22:47
Vernon College has selected a new student management platform in an effort to streamline registration across five locations and automate routine tasks.

ProQuest Updates RefWorks with New Organizational Tools

Campus Technology - 21 Junio, 2016 - 21:08
ProQuest has launched a new version of its reference management system, RefWorks, in an effort to simplify and improve research and collaboration workflows.

Digital Learning Research Network Conference 2016

elearnspace - 21 Junio, 2016 - 19:35

As part of the Digital Learning Research Network, we held our first conference at Stanford last year.

The conference focused on making sense of higher education. The discussions and prsentations addressed many of the critical challenges faced by learners, educators, administrators, and others. The schedule and archive are available here.

This year, we are hosting the 2nd dLRN conference in downtown Fort Worth, October 21-22 The conference call for papers is now open. I’m interested in knowledge that exists in the gaps between domains. For dLRN15, we wanted to socialize/narrativize the scope of change that we face as a field.

The framework of changes can’t be understood through traditional research methods. The narrative builds the house. The research methods and approaches furnish it. Last year we started building the house. This year we are outfitting it through more traditional research methods. Please consider a submission (short, relatively pain free). Hope to see you in Fort Worth, in October!

We have updated our dLRN research website with the current projects and related partners…in case you’d like an overview of the type of research being conducted and that will be presented at #dLRN16. The eight projects we are working on:

1. Collaborative Reflection Activities Using Conversational Agents
2. Onboarding and Outcomes
3. Mindset and Affect in Statistical Courses
4. Online Readiness Modules and Student Success
5. Personal Learning Graphs
6. Supporting Team-Based Learning in MOOCs
7. Utilizing Datasets to Collaboratively Create Interventions
8. Using Learning Analytics to Design Tools for Supporting Academic Success in Higher Education

ePortfolio: Changing the Rhetoric of Technology Adoption

Campus Technology - 21 Junio, 2016 - 19:29
Trent Batson explores how a reframing of the notion of 'ePortfolio adoption' may help promote the technology.

Education in Africa

OLDaily - 21 Junio, 2016 - 19:28

Graham Brown-Martin, Medium, Jun 21, 2016

Long, detailed and damning investigation of Bridge International Academies (BIA) on the African continent. Graham Brown-Martin details the corporate and philanthropic connections underpinning the organization. BIA is essentially a commercial enterprise based on providing education to African children (planned to expand to 10 million children within 10 years). This article challenges the claim that BIA offers value for the service it provides, and notes "the United Nations who, in an unprecedented statement made public on 9 June 2016, expressed concerns about the UK 'funding of low-fee, private and informal schools run by for-profit business enterprises'." According to the article, buildings are substandard, teachers are underqualified and underpaid, and academic gains are not proven. At a certain point, people give up on a system that  takes wealth out of an economy but puts nothing back in.

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