University of Phoenix Online Platform Receives Patent from United States Patent and Trademark Office

Electronic Beats, Feb 04, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This one passed by last week and I just never got the chance to ake note (I spent most of last week quite under the weather). It's the sort of link I need extra energy to writem, because it's another one of those "the U.S. patent system is broken" links. In brief: the University of Phoenix has received a patent for online course activity streams, and specifically, for "the University’s new Academic Activity Stream that will consolidate student activities, engagement, and interaction into one unified learning space." As Phil Hill writes, "The basic idea of the Academic Activity Stream is to rank information in a user’s activity stream based on individual interests, past history, and learning objectives – rather than merely ranking the items chronologically."

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