by Stephen Downes
Nov 24, 2015
Why WordPress's new Calypso interface is genius
As Ben Werdmuller says, setting up self-hosted web applications is hard. This is one of the major reasons why, say, personal web servers have never become mainstream. The new redesign of WordPress sounds like a step in the right direction. As Werdmuller writes, "we'll start to see more examples of this data-interface separation, where the logic and data will sit wherever you want, and the beautiful apps and interfaces will be powered by centralized services." It's the opposite of the classical content management service model, where the data is managed by a central server, and the interfaces sit wherever you want. It takes a bit to wrap your mind around.
The (open) future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed
So this seems exactly right: "The unfortunate equation of open education w/ free text books has made the movement seem more and more myopic and less and less compelling." It's Jim Groom, and cited within this Cliont Lalonde wrap-up of the recent OpenEd conference in British Columbia. And as Lalonde responds,. "textbooks are so deeply ingrained in our education systems that trying to find others ways of doing education for many is very difficult, especially in an education world where we continually remove capacity for those faculty who DO want to change and experiment and try different things." Image: The Peak.
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