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October 8, 2013

Mind the gap: 2013 Wiley survey reveals generational differences in authors’ open access views and experience
Verity Warne, Wiley, October 8, 2013

Interesting survey results:"When looking at the full pool, respondents overwhelmingly preferred the more permissive licenses. CC-BY-NC (Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial License) was ranked as a top three choice by 81% of respondents and 70% ranked CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution License) in their top three. However, preferences clearly differed according to age group. Early career professionals were 6% more likely to publish under a Creative Commons (CC) license than more mature researchers, while over half of respondents above the age of 55 preferred not to use CC licenses of any kind." See also the slide presentation. Via Cable Green.

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10 Brilliant videos on the Art of Hosting
Chris Corrigan, Alive in the process arts, October 8, 2013


Nancy White links to this Chris Corrigan post and quotes it in full, as will I: Over the past few years Jerry Nagel and a group of practitioners in Minnesota have been working deeply with the Art of Hosting in the state.  The Bush Foundation, who has supported a lot of this work, helped create 10 fantastic videos on the Art of Hosting and some of the methods of the process.  You could look through these and get a great foundation in what it’s all about.  Enjoy!

  1. Art of Hosting – introduction
  2. AOH Community Conversations for the common good
  3. AOH Four-fold Practice
  4. AOH Harvesting
  5. AOH Collective Story Harvest
  6. AOH Chaordic Path
  7. AOH Chaordic Stepping Stones
  8. AOH Circle Process
  9. AOH Open Space
  10. AOH ProAction Cafe

I will add that the title refers to hosting meetings and gatherings, not hosting web services and websites.

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Michael Zwaagstra and Rodney Clifton
Michael Zwaagstra, Rodney Clifton, Frontier Centre for Public Policy, October 8, 2013

This is clearly a one-sided presentation of the events over five days in a graduate class in educational foundations intended to prove that post-graduate teachers are being taught "edu-babble". According to the author, "Many education schools are criticized for their weak academic standards, irrelevant courses, poorly conducted research, and one-sided indoctrination." I think the author's class would have been much more interesting had be spoken out and challenged the views being presented rather than, as it appears in this article, passively sitting back and reporting on the dialogue. I too would have criticisms of the professor's presentation, though I have to admit I'm a lot more sympathetic with her perspective of the world than his. I do wonder why the Frontier Centre chose to publish this sort report rather than an actual analysis of the class. It does seem to be an example of the same sort of bias the authors are criticizing.

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Has the Left Lost Faith in Upward Mobility?
Mike Petrilli, Bridging Differences, October 7, 2013

If people (not just on the left) have lost faith in the concept of upward mobility, it is probably because of the sort of writing they see in this column from (ostensibly discussing education): "Let's do the math. Today the federal income poverty threshold for a single person is $11,490. If that person works a minimum-wage job for 40 hours a week and for 50 weeks a year, she earns $14,500 per year. Ergo, she's not poor, at least according to the official definition." Leaving aside the equivocation between the terms "poverty" and "poor", the quote represents a deep misunderstanding of what life is like for people working on minimum wage. More on the same issue from Alter-Net.

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October 7, 2013


Telefónica Learning Services has developed a Open source mooc platform wemooc, which is used for a variety of projects:

  • Talentumschools: focused on teaching children to develop programming skills.
  • weprendo: focused on teaching teenagers to develop mobile programing skills. This is an initiative developed in collaboration with Qualcomm.
  • RedUnx: the first entrepreneur  iberoamerican community focused on a network and offering some mooc courses based on challenges.
  • DontKnowschool: focused on selling courses based on a specific live theme and based on a Q&A with some important live themes.

Thanks to Yuma Inzolia Berardi of Telefónica Learning Services for the information. Telefonica is a Spanish broadband and telecommunications provider with a major presence in Latin America.

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