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by Stephen Downes
February 26, 2014

The Great Facebook Email Experiment Is Over
Mike Isaac, Recorde.net, February 26, 2014

You probably didn't know Facebook had an email service. Don't worry - nobody else did either. That's hwy it's shutting down. "Facebook is retiring its email address system, the company announced on Monday. From now on, any emails sent to a users @facebook.com email address — which all Facebook users could claim upon signing up for the social network — will now be automatically forwarded to the default personal email address used to sign up for the site."

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Ottawa hopes to reap millions from selling ads on Job Bank site
Bill Curry, Globe, Mail, February 26, 2014

I wonder what the people at newbrunswickjobshop.com ("long name, greate results") will say. "The Conservative government is considering a new money-making plan that would allow it to sell private-sector advertising on the government’s Job Bank website. The Globe and Mail has learned that federal officials are examining ways to raise millions from the website, which currently posts more than a million jobs per year." Job advertising is pretty competitive (just ask Monster.com), likes directly to the learning and competence market, and commercializing the national job bank would add a major new variable to the mix.

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Meet the next generation of social-media-savvy graduate students
David Smith, University Affairs, February 26, 2014

I think this is obvious but it needs saying anyways: "Building an online space to highlight your academic work will help you come job search time." It's an article with only one example, really, but it makes the case, and that's a start.

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Cheating students punished by the 1000s, but many more go undetected
Holly Moore, CBC News, February 26, 2014

A CBC survey says that "thousands" of students in Canada were caught cheating (though admittedly that means maybe one percent of theem). Of course, many more people may actually be cheating than get caught. Other studies have found around half of all students admt cheating (a figure that is interestingly consistent with the poll at the bottom of the article). I think that if the system is designed such that cheating helps you get ahead, people will cheat. Without going into the details (which I know are really the sticking point) I would want to design a system where students harm only themselves by cheating, whether or not they are caught.

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MOOC experts surprised by how they're evolving
James Breiner, News Entrepreneurs, February 26, 2014

I would hesitate to call the three commentators in this article 'experts' but I do think their reflections on their initial exposures to MOOCs are interesting. Here's Rosental Alves of the Knight Centre, who has been running MOOCs on Journalism for a year or so: "Our MOOCs are a human experience. This is not a book. It's not a self-directed course. It has a beginning, middle and an end, and it is led by an instructor. These aren't college classes. It's a workshop and a community. We don't expect that everyone who comes will do it. We don't mind if you come, watch a video and go."

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