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November 21, 2013

Copyright Technology, Gangnam Style
Bill Rosenblatt, Copyright, Technology, November 21, 2013


I don't know whether Bill Rosenblatt realized the irony of his own words in this paean to Korean copyright compliance, but I'll reorder a couple of sentences to make it clear: "This is what happens when a government not only pays lip service to copyright but also puts its money where its mouth is... perfectly groomed K-Pop starlets performing on the MTV Korea broadcast." I know Rosenblatt is trying to credit Korea's media "perfect storm" on copyright compliance, but in fact (as we all know) Korean technology and media were successful before any sort of copyright clampdown; stringent copyright protection entrenches existing industries, it doesn't create them. [Image: Infinite, Be Mine]

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Professional Development Modules
Unattributed, Assessment & Teaching of 21st Century Skills, November 21, 2013

"The aim of education is to develop the student." So said Kohlberg and Mayer in 1972, and this marks the point of departure for this resource on assessment methods. It is the first in a series intended to address the assessment of digital literacies. This module outlines the work of Vygotsky, Glaser, and Rasch. "The idea of criterion - or standards - referenced assessment, reported in the form of a progression of emerging skills, is designed to assist teachers target and differentiate instruction to meet the learning needs of all students." Good review material, well worth a look. Also, see their LinkedIn group and Twitter feed.

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Farewell, Sebastian
Matt Reid, Inside Higher Ed, November 21, 2013

Thrun Watch, Day 3: Tressie McMillan Cottom: "Thrun says it wasn’t a failure. It was a lesson. But for the students who invested time and tuition in an experiment foisted on them by the  of stewards public highered trusts, failure is a lesson they didn’t need." The Drucker Institute: "just about all of us want to see universities as we know them transformed into universities as we don’t know them." Rebecca Schuman: "Thrun blames neither the corporatization of the university nor the MOOC’s use of unqualified “student mentors” in assessment. Instead, he blames the students themselves for being so poor." Alan Levine: Pivot MOOC. Udacity blog: App development with Salesforce. Owen Youngman (The Atlantic), "Thousands of people sign up for online classes they never end up taking."

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Canadian universities sacrifice principles in pursuing collaborations: report
Unattributed, Canadian Association of University Teachers, November 21, 2013

From the press release: "In their drive to attract new revenues by collaborating with corporations, donors, and governments, Canadian universities are entering into agreements that place unacceptable limits on academic freedom and sacrifice fundamental academic principles, according to a report released today by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)." Here's the full report. Via Academica.

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