I work in the Learning and Performance Support Systems program at the National Research Council, a multi-year effort to develop personal learning technology and learning analytics. I am one of the originators of the Massive Open Online Course, write about online and networked learning, have authored learning management and content syndication software, and am the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily.


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Ria #26: Nick Foreman On Archival Research

On this episode, Nick Foreman shares about archival research and the logistics of archival work.

Today: 241 Total: 241 , Ecampus Research Unit | Oregon State University, [Direct Link]

Lights out for shomi symptomatic of streaming video’s larger profitability problem


Shomi foundered on the same shoal that afflicted Netflix - the demands for unsustainable revenues from content producers. There's no incentive for providers to offer Shomi a good rate when they'll ultimately roll out their own service and try to grab all the profits. Meanwhile, Netflix has responded by gutting its offering and producing many of its own shows. The market for streaming video accounts is limited, though, and people won't pay for all of them. Meanwhile, it's a bit ironic for me to be reading "the last jigsaw piece for streaming video to gain widespread acceptance will be live sports" while watching my Blue Jays game on MLB.tv (as I have for several years now). The content providers will never see their pot of gold. The same thing that happened to print media and music is happening to video and is happening to education. 'Live' is just a format now; you don't have to be there, and it doesn't have to be expensive.

Today: 188 Total: 188 Terry Dawes, CanTech Letter, 2016/09/27 [Direct Link]

Doctoral dissertation successfully defended


Worth a look (212 page PDF). "The underlying concept of the study is the open education ecosystem....Firstly, to clarify the design challenges related to the open education ecosystem, this study summarizes a set of design challenges presented in design case studies. Secondly, it identifies and recommends a set of design patterns that address these design challenges. Finally, the study proposes the structure and components that are needed for the open education ecosystem." The dissertation is based on five publications and - what he doesn't tell us here - was the result of 13 years worth of work. Via Teemu Leinonen, who recommended it to me.

Today: 231 Total: 231 Hans Põldoja, hanspoldoja.net, 2016/09/27 [Direct Link]

Watch Disco Demolition Night Turn Into a Disaster in Real Time With This Amazing Footage


Back in the 1970s, when disco became popular, it was all you could listen to (except maybe for the occasional classical music station). That could never happen today. If you don't like what's on the radio, you go to the internet. “This garbage of demolishing a record has turned into a fiasco!” Piersall goes on to make the case that Steve Dahl is a symptom of national decline, telling Bill Gleason, “We have become followers. So many people, insecure, don’t know what to do with themselves and how to have a good time—they follow someone who’s a jerk!” There's also an entire baseball game on this video, so enjoy.

Today: 256 Total: 256 Matthew Dessem, Browbeat, 2016/09/26 [Direct Link]

Determinants of Teachers' Attitudes Towards E-Learning in Tanzanian Higher Learning Institutions


This is a good paper, crisply written (notice, for example, how the literature review is to the point, relevant to the topic, and supports the conceptual design of the study). It's a simple survey, but at least consisted of a random sample (within constraints) and we see the actual questions. Analysis looked at responses across clusters of questions, considering for example a person's attitude to e-learning, and mapped them to demographic and other factors. Positive attitudes toward e-learning are associated with exposure to e-learning (in line with the theory of the mere exposure effect) and "are also in line with the developed conceptual framework of this study adapted from the TAM theoretical model, which explains the relationship between an individual's perceived ease of use (EoU) and attitude (A) towards a stimulus." Meanwhile, "teachers' negative attitudes towards e-learning could be attributed to other external factors that can hinder e-learning adoption."

Today: 294 Total: 294 Dalton H. Kisanga, The International Review of Research in Open, Distributed Learning, 2016/09/26 [Direct Link]

A Far Cry from School History: Massive Online Open Courses as a Generative Source for Historical Research


Good article that takes advantage of the fact that in some MOOCs knowledge is created and not merely transmitted. "Learner participation in MOOCs is a two way process whereby learners are both consumers and producers of knowledge. In these connectivist environments, learners are not only being encouraged to interact with one another, but are also given the facility to share and create content." This paper is a detailed examination of how this can work and reports on a specific case; "The MOOC examined in this research focuses on the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923 in Ireland, and was delivered over six weeks by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and Futurelearn." Good paper in what is a pretty uneven issue of IRRODL.

Today: 251 Total: 251 Silvia Gallagher, Ciaran Wallace, The International Review of Research in Open, Distributed Learning, 2016/09/26 [Direct Link]

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.