June 14, 2012
Open Educational Resources and Pedagogy
Jenny Connected, June 14, 2012.
Good iceberg graphic of the use and reuse of open educational resources. "We can take the iceberg metaphor and categorise them as
- those above the water-line, visible, above board, properly licensed – the kind of resources produced by an institution to market itself
- or those below the water line – where licensing is not so important.
These below the water line resources are easy access, free and easy to remix and repurpose, without much attribution. This happens a lot below the water line." That's where I live. Below the water line. The slides are from David ('visitors and residents') White - here's the recording on Elluminate.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Audio Chat and Conferencing, Ontologies]
Social Learning Glue
Pontydysgu, June 14, 2012.
This is still way too diffocult. Facebook is still a data sink, and Blackboard is a black box. But this slide show gets at some of the mechanics of creating a real course web (and for those of you who love definitions and laws, here's Downes's law of MOOCS: if it isn't a course web, it isn't a MOOC). RSS is of course central, and this presentation uses dlvr.it the way I use IFTTT. Matthew Leingang's presentation is on a post from Graham Attwell.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Books, Blackboard Inc., RSS]
7 Things You Should Know About ... Badges
EDUCAUSE, June 14, 2012.
The latest in Educause's '7-things' series, this one is about badges and is about what you would expect. "Badges are digital tokens that appear as icons or logos on a web page or other online venue. Awarded by institutions, organizations, groups, or individuals, badges signify accomplishments such as completion of a project, mastery of a skill, or marks of experience."
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Project Based Learning, EDUCAUSE, Experience]
Valve's new employee handbook is chock-full of awesome, read it now
TechSpot, June 14, 2012.
I was quite unhappy when I discovered that Civilization V is run on an online application called Steam. I'm less unhappy now knowing that it still works when I'm offline and that it works just as well on my Macbook as on my Windows PC desktop. Civ V has grown a bit on me over time and yesterday I defeated it at Deity level for the first time ever (now I have a bunch of work to catch up on). But today, my affection for Valve, the company that makes Steam, grew by leaps and bounds with the discovery and reading of this handbook. It describes an organization with no managers, with self-organizing groups, and a workforce that decides for itself what it will do. This is the model of the future I have been describing and it's amazing to see that it not only actually exists but also that it has shipped product that I actually use. Here it is: read for yourself. See also coverage on Kotaku. Item via Flamehaus and Cooperative Catalyst.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Microsoft, Books, Apple Inc.]
The Open Graph protocol
OGP.me, June 14, 2012.
Dave Winer wrote he thought Twitter was playing favorites with special clients. Turns out it is. But he also thought Twitter might be using the open graph protocol, as Bill Seitz suggested. I don't know about that yet. But open graph tags are well worth exploring, just in case they become widely used. I've covered this before. Facebook introduced the open graph last fall. This page describes the protocol in detail, describing a large number of OGP tags.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Twitter, Books, Experience]
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