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December 21, 2011

11 Tech Factors That Changed Education in 2011
Tony Hirst, OUseful.Info, the blog…, December 21, 2011.

I'm not really sure I can wrap my mind around the "consultation-based curricula". Here's how it works: "Assessment recast as a consultation exercise where the aim is to solicit the opinion and knowledge of the candidate about a particular topic. The aim of consultation based curriculum is to develop the knowledge and critical skills of the candidate such that they can provide a meaningful and considered response to the consultation."

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Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, December 21, 2011.

This morning I read a short item from Mashable describing some predictions being made for the next five year by IBM. Among more workaday predictions we've heard elsewhere - that biometrics will become mainstream, for example, or that mobile computing will end the digital divide - is a prediction that demands more attention: that mind reading will become a practical technology. See also this update from Mashable.

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Final Reports from UKOLN’s Evidence, Impact, Metrics Work
Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus, December 21, 2011.

Too much to comprehend in the short time available or summarize in a short post, but probably too important to skip. The UKOLN’s Evidence, Impact, metrics work "was to identify best practices for gathering quantitive evidence and supporting metrics on the use of networked services to support institutional and project activities." The final report on this work has been published. Brian Kelly writes, "As can be seen from the altmetrics manifesto the research community has strong interests in developing metrics which can help to identify evidence of value related to various aspects of research activities. The manifesto highlights the changes in ways in which research activities is being carried out and points out that 'as many as a third of scholars are on Twitter, and a growing number tend scholarly blogs'."

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