As Ben Werdmuller says, setting up self-hosted web applications is hard. This is one of the major reasons why, say, personal web servers have never become mainstream. The new redesign of WordPress sounds like a step in the right direction. As Werdmuller writes, "we'll start to see more examples of this data-interface separation, where the logic and data will sit wherever you want, and the beautiful apps and interfaces will be powered by centralized services." It's the opposite of the classical content management service model, where the data is managed by a central server, and the interfaces sit wherever you want. It takes a bit to wrap your mind around.
So this seems exactly right: "The unfortunate equation of open education w/ free text books has made the movement seem more and more myopic and less and less compelling." It's Jim Groom, and cited within this Cliont Lalonde wrap-up of the recent OpenEd conference in British Columbia. And as Lalonde responds,. "textbooks are so deeply ingrained in our education systems that trying to find others ways of doing education for many is very difficult, especially in an education world where we continually remove capacity for those faculty who DO want to change and experiment and try different things." Image: The Peak.
The observations in this article will be familiar to most OLDaily readers, but they're put together in a nice way and I like the diagram. And I like the idea that people should be able to create their own path. "More and more third-places (coworking, fab and open labs, hacker and maker spaces) are gathering communities of people who work and learn together/ where the frontier between professional and personal life is fading away. In a way, it enables more authenticity at work." The website as a whole looks pretty interesting too.
In 2004 I was recommending that students take up blogging. But it's 2015 now - should they take up video blogging (aka vlogging?). It's not an automatic - vlogging at its simplest can be a person talking into a camera, and at its most extreme can involve a GoPro and outrageous acts. And everything in between. "Offering tutorials on makeup application, riffing about something seen on the subway, or repeatedly failing at video games: these are all legitimate varieties of content that teens are watching, viewing, and learning about and from. And that’s pretty neat. But it also warrants vigilant viewing and engagement on our parts."
The traditional classroom "allowed introverted students to be invisible during lessons but achieve on tests," writes Alison DeNisco, but Susan Cain "criticizes schools and other institutions for primarily accommodating extroverts, who are more likely to participate in class and to enjoy the stimulation of group work." I see the point in that. I am not an extrovert, and far prefer working on my own (and doggedly formed 'groups of one' throughout grade school). But this isn't something unique to Common Core. A lot of modern pedagogy in general recommends collaborative learning above all else. I don't, though - I think people should be able to choose whether they want to work with others or not.
Interesting. "Axonify is almost leaving the category of eLearning behind and moving into a broader category of workplace knowledge, supported by a patent-pending Learning Model built on principles of brain science, adaptive learning, microlearning and gamification that feeds a spacing algorithm to optimize knowledge growth and retention... With Axonify, every one of our customers can ensure their employees get the individual knowledge they need, right at the point they need it. We sustain it, grow it, allow them to share it, capture how they apply it and we measure the outcomes." There's a lot of overlap here with LPSS.