This is a set of slides from a presentation at Elearning Fusion conference in Warsaw a couple of weeks ago that I found useful beginning with the examples starting on slide 19. Inge de Waard looks at Cognii ("enabling personalized deeper learning, intelligent tutoring, open response assessments, and pedagogically rich analytics"), Magpie ("provides learning opportunities based on challenges"), and X5GON ("fully automated creation of OER courses"). She also introduces the InnoEnergy's Digital Education Action Plan (DEAP) Skills 3.0 project.
Another way new technology will impact ed tech in unexpected ways: "if there is a major blind spot in the AR space in 2019, it's the impact that blockchain technology will eventually have on the software distributed in AR clouds." Here's a good example: "In our current, web-based digital life, copying a photograph, for example, is trivial. And determining whether or not a digital photo is an original photo or just a copy of that digital photo can be difficult. Blockchain addresses this issue by allowing developers to create unique digital assets that users and other developers cannot copy." This has an impact for both commercial content (which cannot simply be copied) and also open content (which can restruct commercial uses). There's more, but this is the gist.
More from OER19 in Galway, Ireland. Jim Groom's post describing some of the highlights makes me envious. Among many good bits: "It was during Melanie (Meyers)’s session that I had the epiphany that the OER conference is not so much about textbooks and content as it is about practice and people. Listening to the work she did making WordPress not so much stand-in for the LMS, but rather serve to highlight the intrinsic weakness of the (latter) system. And you do that by creating an open site that has become an resource educating people around the world about the Opioid crisis."
This article summarizes a report (128 page PDF) on digital identity. It's hard to overstate the importance of digital identity. It is key to accessing online resources and services, yet almost half the world's population lack this opportunity. On the other hand, it removes anonymity, potentially putting people at risk. This report attempts to define what constitutes a "good" system of digital identity: verified and authenticated to a high degree of assurance, unique, established with individual consent, and protects user privacy and ensures control over personal data. See this infographic.
This is a longish article with quite a bit of detail on the expanding Chinese educational technology market. The authors first look at TenCent's Smart Campus, which according to its website offers "solutions based on mobile network for such aspects on school campus as student life, educational administration, teaching support services for various kinds of institutions and aims to evolve into China's largest education database and platform." It also looks at Alibaba-DingTalk's new education informatization product Future Campus (no web site yet), which will feed into its recruitment application. It is being provided to schools for free "mainly to prevent schools from being bothered by for-profit organizations."
Geoff Cain is summarizing talks from the Cascadia Open Education Summit. I'll probably like to one or two more summaries. Meanwhile, for today, we have a summary of a table from Michael Dabrowski of Athabasca University on the relation between open pedagogy and open educational resource creation. "OERs are never finished, just continuously improved. There are millions of potential collaborators if you ask."
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