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December 9, 2010

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ds106 as an open and online experiment
Jim Groom, bavatuesdays, December 9, 2010.

Jim Groom is preparing to offer his course 'Digital Storytelling 106' as an open online course. Alan Levine will be working with him on the project. And D'Arcy Norman is along for the ride. Obviously they are following the MOOC course model, but they are also drawing from the 'daily shoot' community, where a group of people contribute one creative act (like, say, a photograph) a day. "This class will try and marry the social to the creative in an entirely online environment, and Daily Shoot is the model." I've signed up and hope to achieve a status somewhat greater than 'MOOC-drop-out' - we'll see how it goes. See also a DS106 Wish List.

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Dave's Videos
Dave Cormier, YouTube, December 9, 2010.

Dave Cormier has uploaded three videos describing aspects of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Don't miss these:

What is a MOOC
Success in a MOOC
Knowledge in a MOOC

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What comes after IPv6 and DNS??
Bill St. Arnaud, Weblog, December 9, 2010.

Bill St. Arnaud taps into some of the scepticism and angst surrounding the need to extend or change the current internet addressing system. This comes because the current system, IPv4, is running out of addresses. But there has been no widespread takeup of the alternative, IPv6. Meanwhile, what about internet security and openness. In the middle of the Wikileaks war, we observe, "those who want to control and restrict the Internet are only creating an environment that insures the exact opposite outcome." Thus, for example, we may see - in order to prevent central government seizure of IP addresses - "a .p2p TLD that is totally decentralized and that does not rely on ICANN or any ISP's DNS service [which] will help insure an Open Internet."

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The Futureof SCORM
Jonathan Poltrack, ADL, December 9, 2010.

This presentation documents a shift in emphasis from learning resources that are distributed and stored locally to resources that are stored remotely and accessed as a service, as diagrammed above. How will SCORM change to accommodate this shift? It won't! "The SCORM works, the SCORM is widely adopted, [and] issues arise from a changing SCORM document set. A new environment requires a new approach." See more on SCORM and new directions from IITSEC2010. Via LTSO.

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Student protests – live coverage
Peter Walker, The Guardian, December 9, 2010.

files/images/uk_student_protest1-300x212.gif, size: 19521 bytes, type:  image/gif More or less live coverage is being provided by the Guardian of student protests in Britain as the government prepares to pass legislation dramatically raising tuition fees. Much better live coverage is being offered via the #demo2010 Twitter hash tag (you may have to scroll through the 'top tweet' spammage to get to the live coverage). I don't follow British politics closely, but this seems right: "it is surely clear that the Lib Dems in general and Nick Clegg in particular have suffered dreadful damage from which it is ­possible they may never recover." The protest website is here.

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