by Stephen Downes
Jun 17, 2016
You wouldn't think this would be necessary, but then would wouldn't think we'd see a lot of the things we've seen in this field. "Concerned that dozens of older MOOCs will be forever lost, some have called this move a form of “cultural vandalism.” Others, like the good folks at Class Central, have created a very thorough and handy guide that will show you how to save the course materials (videos, slides, transcripts, etc.) before the June 30th deadline." Sigh.
One of the really important aspects of open access publishing is making the articles easy to find, read and cite. After all, the whole point of academic publishing is that the articles actually be read (contra, say, the oft-repeated line that publications are necessary for promotion and tenure, etc.). So this is good news: the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has now ingested the full metadata from the Public Library of Science (PLoS) - a total of 182,500 articles at the moment, with aggregation of new articles taking place daily. A tip of the hat to DOAJ.
Overview of Moodle cloud hosting. "The only downside that I can see," writes Susan Smith Nash, "is that it is in a beta mode, and it's possible that they may discontinue it. I hope not! But, that said, Moodle is very popular and I think that it's possible that it will be the first-choice solution of many users." See also: Moodle launches Moodle for schools.
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The article includes an expanded discussion of each item. The main problem with this article is the same main problem for any listicle: there's no core theme or focus, no argument or overarching explanation. But the content is generally fine.
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