Stephen Downes works with the Digital Technologies Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada specializing in new instructional media and personal learning technology. He is one of the originators of the first Massive Open Online Course, has published frequently about online and networked learning, has authored learning management and content syndication software, and is the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily. Through a thirty year career Downes has contributed pioneering work in the fields of online learning games, learning objects and metadata, podcasting, open educational resources. Today he is developing gRSShopper, a personal learning environment, offering a course on new e-learning technologies, and supporting research and development in the use of distributed ledger technology in learning applications. He is a popular keynote speaker and has spoken in three dozen countries on six continents.


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Feds launch ‘digital academy’ for public service


This article describes a new initiative at the Canada School of Public Service to launch the Canadian Digital Academy "to improve the 'digital acumen' of all levels of public servants who are working to modernize operations, and to deliver the kind of digital services that Canadians expect." Having worked with CSPS on two projects leading to greater digital capacability over the last year or so I am happy to see this development. As Maryantonett Flumian  says, “The school appears to be going through a renaissance. It has a very dynamic management team, and that team is shopping for who can provide the best service."

Today: 121 Total: 121 Kathryn May, iPolitics, 2018/10/22 [Direct Link]

The History of the Future of High School


Audrey Watters nails it in a sentence. " The problem with American high school education, it seems, is not that students haven’t learned the “right skills.” The problem is that the systemic inequality of the school system has ensured that many students have been unable to participate fully in either the economy or, more fundamentally, in democracy."

Today: 76 Total: 213 Audrey Watters, Vice, 2018/10/22 [Direct Link]

When Will It Just Be Machines Talking to Machines?


If it's just machines talking to machines then I don' see why I should be interested, but of corse the gist of the post revolves around whether these machines are trying to influence us. This may sound like a trivial question - and I like Tony Hirst's examples - but it raises the deeper issue of what constitutes (if anything does) machine autonomy. Because someone, somewhere, created the algorithms that automatically create headlines or autofill forms. At a certain important level it's people influencing people, but those people are well-hidden by the machines.

Today: 22 Total: 305 Tony Hirst, OUseful Info, 2018/10/17 [Direct Link]

The Library is Open: Keynote for the 2018 Pennsylvania Library Association Conference


This is a forward-looking presentation on the sometimes strained relationship between libraries and OER. " Moving to OER is about committing to learning environments that respect the realities of place, that engage with the contexts for learning, that challenge barriers that try to co-opt public channels for private gain, and that see learning as a fundamentally infinite process that benefits from human interaction."

Today: 27 Total: 354 Robin DeRosa, actualham, 2018/10/17 [Direct Link]

Microsoft Is Killing Skype Classic on November 1, and Here’s Why People Are Upset


Skype 8 (which is what Microsoft calls the 'Surface' version of Skype) never worked properly for me. So I always used (what they call) Skype classic, until the audio and video quality declined to the point where it too was unusable. So I had already moved on from Skype (using mostly Google Hangouts). It's not ideal but it's better than the remaining (ie., Facebook) alternatives (which I won't use, because Facebook). That said, the article suggests that Discord and Telegram are pretty popular, though they're both pretty new. There's lots of room for a new market leader here; it won't be Skype 8.

Today: 21 Total: 542 Chris Hoffman, How-To Geek, 2018/10/16 [Direct Link]

The Structure of recent Philosophy


This is actually a set of three posts (one, two, three) and it illustrates several of the themes being discussed in this newsletter recently. The iagram maps the domain of philosopphy over the last 70 years, and it shows the emphasis on epistemology, possible worlds, models, and moral reasoning. More to the point, it shows the interconnectedness between these domains. The three articles also contain embedded code hat illustrates how the disgram was created from publicly available linked data. So this is next-generation e-learning stuff.

Today: 20 Total: 430 Maximilian Noichl, 2018/10/16 [Direct Link]

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