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Vacancy DOAJ Ambassadors

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 17:00


Announcement, Directory of Open Access Journals, Apr 04, 2016

This is a nice opportunity for 8 to 10 individuals living in developing nations to work as open publishing advocates on behalf of DOAJ in a project funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). "The role requires knowledge of academic publishing, in particular online journals, editorial processes, best practices and publishing technology standards."

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An Animated Carl Sagan Talks with Studs Terkel About Finding Extraterrestrial Life (1985)

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 19:00


Dan Colman, Open Culture, Apr 03, 2016

Carl Sagan is one of my heroes, extraterrestrial life would be really cool to find, so of course this item interests me. Not so much you? Oh well. "The conversation touched on some the big questions you might expect: the compatibility between science and religion; the probability we’ ll encounter extraterrestrials  if given enough time; and more."

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6 Reasons Platforms Fail

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 19:00


Marshall W. Van AlstyneGeoffrey G. ParkerSangeet Paul Choudary, Harvard Business Review, Apr 03, 2016

These are some good lessons; here they are, with some comments from me:

  1. "Failure to optimize openness" - I see this a lot; the platform is 'sort of' open, but the developers hang on to key components of it (eg., 'we will only allow pre-approved content') which stifle the value.
  2. "Failure to engage developers" - I always think of that famous Steve Ballmer video. You have to engage the broader developer community to invest in it, otherwise it's a flop.
  3. "Failure to share the surplus" - everybody engaged in the platform has to win. If you favour one side over another in a buyer-seller marketplace, your platform will fail.
  4. "Failure to launch on the right side" - I'm not sure I'd say this the same way the article does. The problem is, if you have a pre-existing content monopoly, you have to find a way to break that monopoly, either by enticing existing producers into the platform (as Netflix did) or by providing viable alternatives.
  5. "Failure to put critical mass ahead of money" - I keep repeating the mantra here - companies don't acquire technologies nearly so much as they acquire audiences. If you're trying to sell a platform with no users, you have a real uphill battle.
  6. "Failure of imagination" - pretty much everyone I talk to is engaged in the existing platforms, and therefore see innovation in terms of those platforms, and as the article notes, fail to see the platform play at all.

Good article, worth the read.

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Microlearning, millennials and successful companies

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 19:00


Natalia Gan, teachlr blog, Apr 03, 2016

People are talking about 'microlearning' again. Today's learners, writes , "are equipped to research what they need to know and learn about it from various sources such as blogs, online courses, websites or YouTube videos." This, mocrolearning. "Microlearning is a method to teach and deliver educational content through short and concise segments that cover focused topics while fulfilling specific objectives." Try to ignore the hype and sensationalism (like, for example, "...has caused the attention span to fall to eight seconds (eight!)" or the broad over-generalizations about "millennials"). The main thing is to take the concept seriously, and maybe follow some of the links for more detail.

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Stacking vs. Replacing LMS; Learner as Content Producer

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 19:00


Elliott Masie, Elliot Masie's Learning Trends, Apr 03, 2016

Some tereminology from Elliott Masie: "we are seeing more 'Stacking', which means accepting the role of the existing LMS as the base system for the organization and then adding Stacks or Layers on top that will create added and more targeted functionality... In other words, some organizations are shifting from replacing their LMS to adding these technologies on top of the LMS. Some may be limited to a specific line of business or segment of learners.  Others are layered in almost as extensions of the LMS." No links, and not much content beyond this (because it's Masie) but I wanted to make sure I shared at least this.

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