by Stephen Downes
Jul 12, 2014
Beyond Assessment - Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World
Stephen Downes, Jul 11, 2014,
12th ePortfolio, Open Badges and Identity Conference , University of Greenwich, Greenwich, UK
ePortfolios and Open Badges are only the first wave in what will emerge as a wider network-based form of assessment that makes tests and reviews unnecessary. In this talk I discuss work being done in network-based automated competency development and recognition, the challenges it presents to traditional institutions, and the opportunities created for genuinely autonomous open learning.
Extended Artificial Memory. Toward an integral cognitive theory of memory and technology
Jul 11, 2014
Lars Ludwig wrote to tell me about work he has done on the possibility of extending memory with machines. "This thesis is a contribution toward an integral cognitive theory of memory and technology. It, furthermore, develops a theory and prototype for technologically extending mind (memory and thinking)." I didn't have a chance to read the whole dissertation, clearly, but what I read was enough to pique my interest - for example, his discussion of the various and different meanings we have for the term 'memory'.
Net Neutrality Offensive
Inside Higher Ed,
Jul 11, 2014
Academic groups are (once again) stressing the importance of net neutrality. “I think it’s hard to downplay how important free, open and readily accessible internet is to colleges and universities throughout -- including the students, the faculty, the administrators and staff that have to run the institutions.”
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