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October 31, 2012

A Look At How Open Source Textbooks May Actually Work
Mike Caulfield, Weblog, October 31, 2012.

Here's the secret to MOOCs: "Once you get past the corporate culture  (“success coaches”) and Valley buzzword  ickiness (“analytics-powered dashboard”) and concentrate on the core structure of the experience, you realize this is how we live right now outside of education." Even the cMOOCs with gRSShopper and all that - they're designed to model the way we learn outside educational institutions. The way, in other words, we really learn. See also: The Red Cross launches a MOOC.

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The Agenda with Steve Paikin: The Classroom of 2030
Steve Paikin, TVO, October 31, 2012.

TVO special focusing some of the leading companies in Canadian educational technology located in Ontario. "The internet, individual tablets, smart screens: will digital technology realize the promise of customized, student-centred education? The first in The Agenda's Learning 2030 series, from the Communitech Hub in Kitchener, Ontario." Guests include Desire2Learn's John Baker and Mark Federman, Academic Vice-President, Adler Graduate Professional School.

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Big Data: Running out of Metric System
Andrew McAfee, Andrew McAfee’s Blog, October 31, 2012.

I thought a gigabyte was big - really big. But now I have several terabyte drives to manage my backups and multimedia storage. And I'm worried I don't have enough space. After 'terabyte' comes 'petabyte'. That's the amoujnt of data processed by Google every 72 minutes. But we're just skimming the surfaxce. After 'petabyte' comes 'exabyte', then 'zettabyte'. Cisco has already published a report called 'The Zettabye Era'. "Annual global IP traffic will pass the zettabyte threshold by the end of 2016. In 2016, global IP traffic will reach 1.3 zettabytes per year or 110.3 exabytes per month." After 'zetabyte' comes 'yottabyte', and then we're out out prefixes. "Only 20+ years ago, we didn’t anticipate needing anything beyond yotta." So we will need a new prefix. I humbly suggest, the 'stephenbyte'.

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Understanding low and discontinued Internet use amongst young people in Britain
Rebecca Eynon and Anne Geniets, Oxford Internet Institute, October 28, 2012.

Interesting and important report on lapsed or non- internet users in Britain. The numbers are small, but it becomes clear that as many as 10 percent of youth do not use the internet. "Some were frustrated that they couldn’t join in; others were resigned about it. Only a few didn’t see the point of the Internet... As more and more services both in and outside the public sector go ‘digital by default’, for example, when supermarkets only accept online applications, the relative disadvantage for this group increases." The full report is here (46 page PDF). Via Seb Schmoller.

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Testing the Finch Hypothesis on Green OA Mandate Ineffectiveness
Yassine Gargouri, University of Southampton, October 28, 2012.

Report on the impact of mandated open access. "The stronger the mandate, the more the deposits. The strongest mandates generate deposit rates of 70%+ within 2 years of adoption, compared to the un-mandated deposit rate of 20%.`So, the lesson is, if institutions want their professors to deposit papers into institutional repositories, they are more likely to get results if they enact an archiving mandate (and more significantly - not very likely to get results if they don`t).

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