August 17, 2011
gRSShopper, August 17, 2011.
97-minute video describing in quite a bit of detail how gRSShopper is set up and how it works. I discuss the major files, how to set up and publish pages, how to use pages to create an email newsletter, how to fill pages with posts and other content, how to add feeds and how to harvest feeds. Please note that the _only_ place to get the current version of gRSShopper 0.3 is here: http://www.downes.ca/post/55998 If you want to download the large MP4 directly, you can find it here (354 megabytes, sorry).
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Free Learning: Essays on open educational resources and copyright
eBlook, August 17, 2011.
New eBook by Stephen Downes (me!) "There is a story to be told about open source, open content, and open learning from the point of view of the person desiring access to these things, rather than from the point of view of the provider. And it has been my steadfast (if I may say so myself) setting of the priority on access that draws out and clarifies this alternative perspective on free content, free software and free learning."
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Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 Want Course
New York Times, August 17, 2011.
The Stanford 'open' AI course has attracted some 58,000 students and an article in the New York Times. So now the MOOC will be deemed to have been officially 'invented' by Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun. Credit? No, not a chance. "The Stanford scientists said they were focused on going beyond early Internet education efforts, which frequently involved uploading online videos of lectures given by professors and did little to motivate students to do the coursework required to master subjects... 'The idea that you could put up open content at all was risky 10 years ago, and we decided to be very conservative,' he said. 'Now the question is how do you move into something that is more interactive and collaborative, and we will see lots and lots of models over the next four or five years.'"
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