April 13, 2012
Learning in a Digital Age: The reality and the myth
Stephen Downes, April 13, 2012,
Learning and Teaching in a Digital Age: Myths and Reality, Tallinn, Estonia
In this presentation I look at the positive side of myths, not focusing on the fact that they are untrue, but finding in them the way we create our own reality, project our own future, and talk to each other.
On Web Thinking
CogDogBlog, April 13, 2012.
URLs are what make or break the web. It's a good test of whether an initiative or institution is trying to support or break the web: are they trying to support or undermine URLs? I like my links pure. Without QR opacity, without utm clutter, without hashbang redirects. Just the location, no SEO, thanks. Alan Levine writes about a Jon Udell talk in which he revisits the idea of the link and the URL. And I'm totally enthused about any work toward syndicating events - the idea that we can't just link to calendar events as thought hey were like web pages (or items in an RSS feed) has long vexed me.
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Academic Publishing: Open Sesame
The Economist, April 13, 2012.
The Economists announces support for open access publications, to the cheers of the OER community on their various mailing lists. "When research is funded by the taxpayer or by charities, the results should be available to all without charge." All I can say is, beware those who join the cause at its moment of success. Not all new bedfellows are benign.
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How participatory cultures in healthcare are transformational
Smart Mobs, April 13, 2012.
This, as opposed to, say, "knowledge mobilization" or "knowledge translation": "The real insight was that the answer to such a complex problem lay in the minds of the many, that the way forward was held collectively in all the stakeholders that worked in the current system – not in the PowerPoint charts of highly paid specialist management consultants."
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