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xAPI case studies available #xapi yeah!

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Inge de Waard, Ignatia Webs, Jul 02, 2015

Inge de Waard links to this collection of  xAPI case studies - these are "short (average 15 min) videos covering xAPI in a variety of settings.... real stories on how people in EdTech are using Experience API in their context. The videos were taped during the Orlando happening, and they include wonderful experts." See also the Connections Forum.

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Colombian student Diego Gomez is going to trial for sharing a research article online

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Timothy Vollmer, Creative Commons, Jul 02, 2015

This tells me that exactly the wrong people are in charge of knowledge distribution policy: "Gomez is a student in conservation and wildlife management, and for the most part has poor access to many of the resources and databases that would help him conduct his research. He shared an academic paper on Scribd so that he and others could access it for their work. If convicted, Diego could face a prison term of 4-8 years." I mean, seriously?

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Instagrads: What It's Like To Spend All 4 Years Of High School On Instagram

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Sarah Kessler, Fast Company, Jul 02, 2015

I think that the single greatest thing about Instagram - and about the internet generally - is that it breaks through the barriers that would normally keep you apart from other people. "Maybe the jocks don’ t talk to all of the theater and band people," says Kelsey Bageant, another student at Musselman. "They might not know them at all, but they all follow them on Instagram, just because they all go to the same school." We hear sometimes about how the internet pushes people to associate only with their own group (a phenomenon called 'homophily') but my experience is that it's the opposite. People cling together in clans in real life, and cross paths with people of different cultures and beliefs online. P.S. I also identify with the  photo-a-day thing.

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68% of Statistics Are Meaningless, D2L Edition

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Michael Feldstein, e-Literate, Jul 02, 2015

Michael Feldstein takes D2L to task for what he argues are misleading statistics being offered by the LMS company. "The highlights of the analytics announcements... were incredibly disappointing in almost every way possible, and good examples of a really bad pattern of hype and misdirection that we’ ve been seeing from D2L lately," he writes. He cites a couple of posts from Phil Hill in particular, "Phil recently caught John Baker using… questionable retention statistics in a speech he gave. In that case, the problem wasn’ t that the statistic itself was meaningless but rather that there was no reason to believe that D2L had anything to do with the improvement in the case being cited. And then there’ s the slight-of-hand that Phil  just called out regarding their LeaP marketing."

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Online identity, work spaces and folios – a celebration of awareness

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Leigh Blackall, The Teaching Tom Tom, Jul 02, 2015

Our online identity is our identity. "Most people who do a search on their name come to realise that the search result is essentially the first page of their online identity – their folio. It could be personal, it could be professional, often it’ s both." So when this is the case, what it the result of handing this identity over to Google? And what are we committing students two when our institutions use Google as a primary educational tool?  `What about people who have already built themselves an online workspace, a professional identity and folio? Should they stop with that and rebuild another one? Won’ t they dilute their online identities, especially students, casuals, contractors and other transients?

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Upholding the Hidden

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Glen Cochrane, Hybrid Pedagogy, Jul 02, 2015

Post on the relation between language and thought. "Upholding a mindset of taking and using control, rather than the removal of all control, begins with how educators frame the learning space. In choosing language that represents these spaces from a learner’ s perspective, educators communicate the nuance of presence from which the rest of the educational process flows." It brings to mind thoughts about how we think in a world after we've made the transition from text-based language to multimedia.

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In Abundance: Networked Participatory Practices as Scholarship

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Bonnie E Stewart, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), Jul 02, 2015

Bonnie Stewart: " this study investigates networks as sites of scholarship. Its purpose is to situate networked practices within Boyer’ s (1990) four components of scholarship – discovery, integration, application, and teaching – and to explore them as a techno-cultural system of scholarship suited to an era of knowledge abundance."

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Bringing the Social Back to MOOCs

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00
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Todd Bryant, EDUCAUSE Review, Jul 01, 2015

We have known this from the beginning: "For MOOCs to function as the bridge between open content and collaborative learning, they need to include opportunities for social interaction and collaboration, which have consistently proven to be beneficial to learners. Failure to do so would relegate MOOCs to little more than content repositories, which, while still valuable, would be used primarily by the highly educated, mature, and motivated independent learners they currently serve." Eventually this will be 'invented' at MIT or Stanford. Probably with the assistance of Gates funding.

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Reshaping the Educational Environment for Tomorrow’s Workforce

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Richard M. Rhodes, EDUCAUSE Review, Jul 01, 2015

I think that this plan will actually make students less prepared for the workforce: "This public-private partnership is a key aspect of what makes ACC Highland a new model for higher education. By bringing the college's industry partners onsite, ACC Highland can immerse students in their field of choice from the start, enabling real-world experiences to enhance what happens in the classroom." The more you insert particular companies into the management and control of learning, the less you prepare students for work with their competitors, and particularly with disruptive business models and technologies that might upset their current business model. To be prepared for the world of work, it is essential to be able to think more broadly than your current employer.

P.S. in an earlier paragraph there's an interesting reference to adaptive learning software, called ALEKS, to customize coursework for each student. ALEKS is owned by McGraw-Hill and according to the website is "Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn."

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Advice to the Alberta government on Athabasca University’s sustainability report

Stephen Downes' OLDaily - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:00


Tony Bates, online learning and distance education resources, Jul 01, 2015

Tony Bates offers advice to Athabasca University and the government of Alberta on the recent report issued by the university on its dire economic future. I agree with all of it. In particular: "What is really lacking from this report is a clear vision of what AU wants to be in the future, and how that vision  would fit with the rest of the Albertan (and national and international) online and open education world."

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