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In this presentation I look at the intersection of MOOCs and social learning networks by looking at the various aspects of openness in MOOCs - open admissions, open content, open instruction, open assessment - and considering how they change when applied to networks and to social networks.MOOCs Y Aprendiazaje en Redes Sociales, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (Keynote) Jul 21, 2015 [Comment]
MOOCs meet money in Brazil. Why? It's simple, really: “ There’ s this dynamic where the A (upper) class pays a ton of money for test prep, and ends up occupying all of the public university spots,” Fisbhen explains. In Brazil, the best universities are public and charge zero tuition. “ Seeing as how they’ re the best and they’ re free, it generates a big willingness to pay. So the prep school industry is a really expensive way for the A class to take the free spots. It’ s totally perverse.”[Link] [Comment]
With a title like that, how could I pass this by? Alas, by 're-education' they mean 'observing students use Blackboard in their dorm rooms,' their "natural habitat." And what does this bring? "For starters, when students log into Blackboard Learn, instead of seeing a list of courses, they’ ll see important assignments automatically surfaced based on their due dates." Well, it's something, I guess.[Link] [Comment]
I tend to shun the journal submission process because I'm prone to having arguments with reviewers and editors about what constitutes 'research'. It does seem to me to be arbitrary. For example, here's one wherein "eight instructors participated in telephone interviews about their experiences and perceptions of using social media for teaching and learning." This counts as research! Just so, David Kent writes in University Affairs that "is important to highlight why peer review is so important to get right. It determines the disbursement of billions of dollars internationally, it determines which scientists’ careers progress and which come to an abrupt halt, and it is the theoretical linchpin to maintaining high-quality unbiased research." I think Kent should have gone much further in his thinking.[Link] [Comment]
In hard drive memory, as in life, nothing lasts forever - not even solid state drives. This article is interesting not only because it described how the solid state drives fail ("... the back-and-forth traffic erodes the physical structure of the cell, leading to breaches that can render it useless. Electrons also get stuck in the cell wall, ...") it also tells us how much use you'll get from them before they die. The answer? A lot! "Errors didn't strike the Samsung 840 Series until after 300TB of writes, and it took over 700TB to induce the first failures. The fact that the 840 Pro exceeded 2.4PB is nothing short of amazing, even if that achievement is also kind of academic."[Link] [Comment]
AAEEBL and Campus Technology 2015: Discussions of the Move Away from Traditional Thinking about the Curriculum
Un artículo de Josh Burker con muy buen aspecto: Pasar de bits a átomos: Programación en Turtle Blocks JS y fabricación personal en proyectos hechos por jóvenes
Éste es el resumen:
Going from Bits to Atoms: Programming in Turtle Blocks JS and Personal Fabrication in Youth Maker Projects
Abstract: Software and hardware should be seen as tools in the modern classroom indistinguishable in importance and creative potential as the pencil and paper. Turtle Blocks JS, a Logo-inspired, block-based programming environment that runs in a web browser provides an easy to use microworld in which students may explore geometry, design through iteration, programming and debugging. The designs created in Turtle Blocks can be downloaded as simple vector graphics (SVG) and subsequently processed for 3D printing, transforming the digital design into a tangible, functional tool. Students can use Turtle Blocks in conjunction with a number of fabrication devices, including 3D printers and laser cutters, allowing them to create increasingly complex artifacts. In this paper, I present the work done with Turtle Blocks JS in a summer academy for middle school boys as well as a workshop for 10 - 13 year olds in a maker space
This looks like fun: "a massive open online course (MOOC) on aircraft accident investigation at the end of the summer. Students will have the chance to try out their data collection skills in a virtual crash laboratory." I love the logo on the tail of the crashed airliner: Peak).[Link] [Comment]
I use ad blocking software all the time. I refuse to turn it off - even when 'free' wifi in Madrid airport was conditional on turning off ad blockers, I decided to go without internet rather than turn it on. It's a good choice. At Simon Fraser University researchers found "that the school saved between 25% and 40% of its network bandwidth by implementing the Adblock Plus software." Madrid airport is probably losing money on its policy, because it's spending twice as much for bandwidth. And so long as I'm paying hundreds of dollars for computers and equipment, including wireless and fibre bandwidth, I won't be paying advertisers who freeload off this expense. Full report (7 page PDF). Via Academica.
It looks as though Bart Simpson is having a cup of coffee with Darth Vader (how surreal is that?). Maybe they have been playing a game of chess ala Seventh Seal (the film directed by Ingmar Bergman in which a medieval knight plays a game of chess with Death), and are now taking a break. Coffee or chess anyone?
Drinking coffee with the enemy is less risky than playing chess with him. Generally it's not as formal, and the rules assume less importance. Strategy is still involved in conversation, but its a different kind of strategy, low stakes. Playing chess with the enemy can be very dangerous because ultimately, it results in a winner and a loser. Chess could be a metaphor for formal education where testing separates those who are 'bright' from those who are 'not so bright'. Testing naturally promotes success, but it can also generate failure and stigma. Personally, I prefer the coffee drinking analogy, where everyone participates, and where there are no winners and losers, just a community of people, all interested in the same end. To learn as much as they can, and to share their ideas together, simply for the joy of learning. To me, this is the kind of learning you will see in schools where teachers take a back seat, and where students are assessed on a continuous and formative basis. There is plenty of latitude for improvement, and plenty of opportunities to learn better next time.
Drinking coffee with your enemy may also bring its own rewards. You get to know them better, and the more you discover, the more you are prepared to meet future challenges. That quite easily relates to he deployment (or not) of technology in schools. We should be preparing our students for challenges that are unpredictable, so exposing them to technologies such as the Web or social media at an early age, and in the safe environment of school has to make more sense than banning them completely.
...and what if you don't like coffee? Well you can always eat Bart's shorts.
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Playing chess with the enemy 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