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From Written to Digital: The New Literacy

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 14:00


Phillip Ventimiglia, George L. Pullman, EDUCAUSE Review, Jun 08, 2016

It is not new to observe that with the transition from printed media to digital we will need to develop new literacies. But the actual description of those literacies have eluded most writers (and left me wondering about their comprehension of traditional literacies). This article is a case in point, and I would like to stress that digital literacies are  not simply yraditional literacies with the word 'digital' attached to them, however disguised. Look at the list of six items in the middle of this article, all represented as somehow new. Let me remove the reference to 'digital' in each. Now consider them: find and vet information; see problems from various perspectives; become self-directed learners; find solutions; learn quickly; design and create. Is any of this new? Seriously? 

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1,000+ Learning & Performance Tools

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 14:00


Jane Hart, Learning in the Modern Workplace, Jun 08, 2016

I'm not really sure how to process this, but I have to admit that this list of 1,000 learning and performance tools is impressive.

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How We Trained an Algorithm to Predict What Makes a Beautiful Photo

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 06/08/2016 - 14:00


EyeEm, Medium, Jun 08, 2016

Is it really much of a leap to imagine evaluating people this way? Ask yourself whether this sounds like exam grading: "it’ s extremely difficult and nearly impossible to break down aesthetics as a hard set of rules. Our vocabulary for defining what makes a good photo is very limited." So, what we have here is a tool that evaluates and organizes your photos in order of goodness (sadly, for an Apple environment only, otherwise I'd test it on my Flickr photos). The Medium article itself is a puff piece, but there's a good commentary and discussion by Meri Walker on Facebook. (p.s. why would we need blockchain credentials if we could just assess each person in real time based on their actual work? I ask you!)

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Instagram to third-party developers: drop dead

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 21:00


Jeffrey Zeldman, Zeldman.com, Jun 07, 2016

I've never been an Instagram  fan because the platform always felt too controlling (Pinterest falls into the same category). I don't like square photos. But I understand why other people like it; I remember Dave Cormier telling me he can just shoot photos and have them upload automatically. "Instagram’ s lack of feature depth has not prevented it from serving its core base," says Zeldman, "but clever third-party programmers have made the platform useful and enjoyable for people who wanted more. And now, that’ s over." Instagram's new API restrictions demonstrate once again the risk of depending on third party software and even more so the danger of building a business model based on a single company.

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Cooperation emerges when groups are small and memories are long, study finds

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 14:00


Katherine Unger Baillie, Phys.org, Jun 07, 2016

The headline is probably overstated, but this model does provide a good answer to the 'tragedy of the commons' scenario. For those who are unfamiliar with it: the idea of the tragedy of the commons is that a resoruce held in common is owned by no one, so there is a temptation for people to take and not to give back or care for the resource, which gradually leads to the degradation of the resource. The response here is that if people can remember who the cheaters are, they can take action to protect the commons. "Stewart and Plotkin used computer simulations that allowed the memory capacity of players to evolve alongside the strategies themselves. They found that not only were longer memories favored, but the evolution of longer memories led to an increase in cooperation."

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davidneat

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 14:00


David Neat, davidneat, Jun 07, 2016

I'm not really a model maker, but I know people who are, and in any event David Neat's blog is a classic example of a sustained sharing of open learning. Subjects include where to find premade shapes, making paneled doors out of stencil card, polymer-modified plaster, and much more. I love the detail and the clarity of the posts, and most of all, how this blog is really useful to a wider community. Via Metafilter. Article in Makezine.  Post about  New Blade, the model maker's fair.

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What we learned from designing an academic certificates system on the blockchain

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:00


Juliana Nazaré, Kim Hamilton Duffy, J. Philipp Schmidt, Medium, Jun 07, 2016

Some of the issues: the choice of bitcoin rather than ethereum; using a link to view certificates rather than public-private key pairs; leaving the possibility of certificate revocation in the system; privacy and transparency around blockchain; the right of the user to curate the certificates being shared; and whether the use of certificates can be tracked. There are three repositories: the certificate schema, defining the data structure;   the certificate issuer; and the certificate viewer. The developers have released version 1 of the code  to the community.

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Internet Trends 2016

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 16:00


Mary Meeker, Slideshare, Jun 06, 2016

Is it time for Mary Meeker's internet trends report already? Yes it is, and this year's analysis is full of telling charts and statistics. Ina Fried identifies the major takeaways  from this year's report:

  • The internet itself is seeing slowing growth. 
  • In five years, at least 50 percent of all searches are going to be either images or speech.
  • Messaging apps, with context and time, have a chance to rival the home screen as the go-to place for interaction.

This list would explain why Facebook is attempting to force me to use its messaging app on Android (instead of my web browser, which can be turned off). More: a short video  where Meeker says many online ads are ineffective. Also, interviews and much more from the Recode conference.

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35 Interface Innovations that Rocked Our World

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:00


Xerox, Jun 06, 2016

This list reflects a series of rethinkings of interaction space in (mostly) digital technology. It's interesting to go though the list and ponder not just what the new interfaces allowed, but also what they replaced. For example, the rotary dial on the telephone replaced the need to tell the operator which number you wanted to be connected to. The mourse replaced the need to use arrow keys to move a cursor. 

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Medium acquires Superfeedr

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:00


Julien Genestoux, Medium, Jun 06, 2016

I found this claim interesting, especially from the perspective of my talk today: "We consume the web from mobile devices, we discover content on silo-ed social networks and, more importantly, the base metaphor for  the web is shifting from space to time." It's not unusual, though, to hear this perspective with respect to RSS; it reminds me of Dave Winer's 'river of news' concept. The otbher thing, of course, is the renewed interest in RSS from Medium, which is a rapidly growwing platform in its own right. But with Superfeedr, and especially PubSubHubbub, Medium is acquiring a whole distribution network.

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The Final Frontier: Space

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:00
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I compare two metaphors for learning: first, time, as the dominant metaphor, which is a linear and ordered progression toward a goal; and second, space, which is a non-linear exploration of a domain. I also examine the sort of tools. technologies and learning supports we should be thinking about when think of learning from a space-based perspective.

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Bluemix Essrntials

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:00


IBM, Jun 06, 2016

More on the idea of applications being hosted in a cloud environment and developed  in situ: "Bluemix is an open-standards, cloud platform for building, running, and managing applications. With Bluemix, developers can focus on building excellent user experiences with flexible compute options, choice of DevOps tooling, and a powerful set of IBM and third-party APIs and services." This page links to a course outline the major features and application of Bluemix. You'll need an IBM account  to access the course (sorry, they haven't learned the meaning of 'open' yet).

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A tour of Docker's components: Machine, swarm, compose, and more

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 12:00


Rick Fast', O'Reilly, Jun 04, 2016

More on Docker. "Docker has grown from a convenience wrapper to encompass an entire architecture. Learn how Docker's major components are related to each other." This is a short video highlighting the major elements of the Docker architecture. Really just a set of slides with an audio track.

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Introducing HyperDev

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 12:00


Joel Spolsky, Joel on Software, Jun 04, 2016

So this looks interesting. "HyperDev  is going to be the fastest way to bang out code and get it running on the internet. We want to eliminate 100% of the complicated administrative details around getting code up and running on a website." I've set up a very simple page here. It took me a couple minutes. But I think I could spend a lot of time with this - already someone has coded a Skype Bot  for it. Note that this is a beta release and that there are going tl be interruptions in service.

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Want to Do Corporate Innovation Right? Go Inside Google Brain

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 12:00


Greg Satell, Harvard Business Review, Jun 04, 2016

I imagine some time in the future we'll be reading about why Google's strategy failed and that the sort of thing it did doesn't work any more. But today is not that day, and as this article suggests, Google is currently riding high on an innovation strategy that is hard to implement but which seems to work. "What makes Google special is the way it’ s been able to integrate an entire portfolio of innovation strategies into a seamless whole. Product managers focus on customers needs. Researchers go where the science takes them. Engineers working on 20% time projects follow their passions. Anybody who wants to can adopt one or more of these approaches."

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Creating a CSS Curtain Opening Effect

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 12:00


Geoff Graham, CSS-Tricks, Jun 04, 2016

There are thousands of lessons like this on the internet, not part of any official repository, but widely shared and widely used. This one is shared by a site called CSS-Tricks. But the magic is worked by an application called CodePen, which has been around for several years. Here's the CodePen for this article. CodePen takes the script that was entered by the author and executes it in a window that can be displayed on an HTML page. 

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The Battle Of Multiple Learning Management Systems: A Learning Application Developer’s View On LTI

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 15:00


Dov Friedman, eLearning Industry, Jun 03, 2016

This is some of what we were working with when we developed the Personal Learning course (sadly no more MOOCs until I figure out a way to pay for them). The idea was that we could connect to any LMS using our Arke prototype - this is how we were connecting to the OpenEdX installation using the personal learning environment. Ultimately, of course, we would have connected with the list of LMSs just as this application is - "Rather than building a unique solution for each Learning Management System, learning applications can now be connected with almost all EDU Learning Management Systems using one standard." 

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The OA Interviews: Michaël Bon, Founder of the Self-Journal of Science

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 12:00


Richard Poynder, Open and Shut?, Jun 03, 2016

"Right now," says Richard Poynder, "the open access revolution is stalling, and before it will be able to move forward again it will be necessary to recover territory that OA advocates are currently giving away to publishers." Hence this interview (28 page PDF) with  Michaë l Bon, who launched a new open-access publishing service called the  Self-Journal of Science  (SJS). Bon argues "OA advocates have been trying to do things back to front, and as a result have played into the hands of publishers....  By contrast, says Bon, SJS is focused on exploiting the new environment to reinvent scholarly communication." 

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British-Palestinian schoolgirl expelled from public speaking competition

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Fri, 06/03/2016 - 12:00


Middle East Monitor, Jun 03, 2016

When I was in grade five I won the public speaking competition with a speech about Sir Frederick Banting and the discovery of insulin. It was uplifting and mildly patriotic. But when I was in grade eight I won the same competition with a scathing and powerful speech against the Vietnam War. I won the following three years as well, finishing with "How to be a dictator in give easy steps". The ability to write and deliver a speech is a powerful force, and I'm glad it was developed in me. So I feel for  Leanne Mohamad, a 15-year-old student at Wanstead High School in London, who won a regional final  of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge for a  moving speech about the Palestinians called  ‘ Birds not Bombs’ , but was barred from participating in the  final. She should be allowed to speak.

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39 studies about human perception in 30 minutes

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 10:00


Kennedy Elliott, Medium, Jun 02, 2016

There' some good information about design in this article as well as some insight into how humans perceive (and even some information about how humans perceive as compared to algorithms). The studies look at how humans perceive lines, shapes, objects and colour: what we think they mean, and what insights and interpretations we draw from different types of representations. Worth a look. 

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