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The City and The City: Reflections on the Cetis 2014 Conference

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:00


Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus, Jul 03, 2014

Summary and reflections on the 2014 CETIS conference that took place in Bolton a couple of weeks ago. Of note, from a talk by Phil Richards, "In the moves towards reducing the range of activities which Jisc works on Phil highlighted a move away from working with standards, and highlighted the NHS as an example of a sector in which large sums of money had been invested in the development of interoperable systems based on open standards which had failed to deliver." Note though that the alternative is not necessarily the employment of proprietary standards. It could be "non-standards based systems, such as “ innovative, successful learning technology without standards” such as "Sugata Mitra's 'hole in the wall' work as an example of successful self-organised learning which we should seek to emulate."

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Passport for learning

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:00
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Alastair Creelman, The corridor of uncertainty, Jul 03, 2014

Interesting proposition: "The holy grail of open learning at the moment is finding a sustainable and reliable model for the validation of non-traditional learning (open courses, MOOCs, practical work experience, self-tuition etc). These forms of learning may be openly documented but have little or no formal credibility when applying to study at a university or applying for a job." I'm not sure I agree. What we want is validation of the person, not validation of the learning.

Anyhow, the point of this post is to introduce "the project VM-Pass which aims to  implement the recognition of virtual mobility and OER-learning through a learning passport." If that sounds a lot like Mozilla badges, it is. But "the key to VM-Pass is the validation process that is based on combination of peer review and crowdsourcing. The passport contains information from the course provider on the certificate the learner has earned with transparent links to all criteria. In addition there is the learner's own profile."

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The Facebook Research

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:00


Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, Jul 03, 2014

Short post in which I discuss the question of whether the Facebook research program is a vioolation of research ethics. My conclusion? It's not.

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