May 28, 2012
Flickr, May 28, 2012.
This is my first real day off in a while - I'll be in the big city and down to watch a Blue Jays game this evening - and it has given me a chance to catch up on some unfinished business - posting my photos from a brief day-drip across the Gulf of Finland to Helsinki while I was in Estonia in mid-April. Enjoy. And as always, the slideshow version.
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Classroom observation software
learning elearning, May 28, 2012.
I saw some interesting software called StudioCode while I was at the Congress yesterday (the one computer program in a room full of vendors selling boks - I thought I was in the 1980s). It bills itself as "video performance tagging software to assess training effectiveness and best practice competency." It's an elegant product, used by a number of NHL teams (and a wide variety of other clients) and though the price made me gasp I could see how something like this is a real step forward in assessment (and more importantly, improvement). I shared some memories of Roger Nielsen with Simon Reynolds, the booth-jockey. Anyhow, today along comes a post on classroom observation software. "The two are ecove and observe4success. Both require download of specialised software to assist with the archiving and analysis of classroom observations." Of course, the end-point for this sort of software is an algorithm that does the tagging automatically. But this sort of AI is as yet well beyond anyone's capability.
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How revolutionary are MOOCs and their spin-offs? Some tentative predictions
markusmind, May 28, 2012.
Do MOOCs address 'serious learning'? What is 'serious learning'? We write, "You are NOT expected to read and watch everything. Even we, the facilitators, cannot do that. Instead, what you should do is PICK AND CHOOSE content that looks interesting to you and is appropriate for you." Markus Deimann responds, "For me this has more in common with TV-channel switching than with serious learning, which is aimed at a deep understanding. So I think it is important to facilitate deep learning, motivating the student to be persistent in the face of complicated or boring content." I really think this mixes motivation and process. I learned Perl and never took a course in it. Serious? This website is coded in it. Complicated? You bet. But not, according to this account, 'serious'. I can't agree.
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