Monday, July 28. 2014
I was once a college student. I went to college full time and I worked part time. That's the way it is supposed to be. Right? When I did my graduate work, I was working full time and going part time to classes. That is fairly typical these days. In my case, I was teaching in a public school while I went to grad school.
Monday, July 21. 2014
You hear the term "authentic learning" used, but I can't imagine that everyone using or hearing the term thinks of the same things as examples of learning that is authentic. And does that mean that there is inauthentic learning?
Problem Based Learning (PBL) and "real world" assignments are other terms that often come up in an authentic learning discussion. There are several "reals" that are usually mentioned: learning that has a real purpose, real product, and a real audience.
"What Is Authentic Learning?" by Ken Ronkowitz was originally published on LinkedIn
Friday, July 18. 2014
The edtech company Desire2Learn said on Monday that it was renaming its learning-management system Brightspace and will add new features including game-based learning.
The company also said it was teaming up with IBM to improve the LMS's predictive analytics and partnering with Microsoft to add a Windows 8 mobile app for e-books to their offerings.
Thursday, July 17. 2014
I have waited a few weeks for the Internet to react to the Facebook research that was revealed and caused a big buzz (again) about privacy. The short summary: Facebook manipulated the news feeds of thousands of its users, without their knowing consent, in order to do some research. They wanted to know if they could have an effect on people’s behavior in the network.
Oh wait - that was back in 2010 when they were looking at U.S. voting patterns in the midterm elections. That story was told in 2012 by Nature magazine. Not much of a public reaction. No real outcry about questionable ethics.
But this latest study that Facebook conducted was co-designed by researchers at Cornell University. This research examined how positive or negative language spreads in social networks. If you see more negative comments and news, do you become more negative yourself in your posts?
This time there were two negative reactions by the public and the press. First, in this year following the NSA and Snowden revelations, there was a very vocal outcry of criticism about whether
Internet users should be informed about experiments that test human behavior. (Facebook likes to point out that users did "allow" the study by agreeing to the terms of service.)
The second concern was that a university played a role in the research design.
What were the results of the research? Users who saw fewer positive posts were less likely to post something positive, and vice versa, but the effect was small and faded as days passed. That sounds like common sense, right? Actually, existing research had seemed to indicate that seeing a number of happy, positive news feed items from friends, they felt a negativity about their own lives.
Researchers in academia are used to having research approved first by an Institutional Review Board. Did that happen at Cornell? The data scientist at Facebook conducted the actual research. He collaborated with a Cornell researcher and his former postdoc on the design and subsequent analysis. But, since the Cornell researchers did not participate in the data collection, the university’s IRB concluded that the study did not require oversight as it would usually require with human-subjects research.
The research study was published in early June in the respected journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The revelations about the NSA snooping had a split reaction. Some people saw Snowden as a hero whistle-blower alerting us to wrongdoing and wanted changes to be made in what was allowed. Others saw him as dangerous because he revealed a kind of research that the government needs to do to protect us.
The Facebook/Cornell research certainly doesn't come anywhere near the complexity or seriousness of the NSA case. Nevertheless, some people want to see this kind of research controlled or stopped and our online privacy protected better. A smaller number think that this is part of the price of using the Net and social media.
My conclusion? This kind of social research will continue. BUT - it will be done (with your approval, even if you don;t read the fine print before clicking that AGREE button), but it is unlikely to be public. It will be kept private and will not be published. And colleges will be much more careful about making research collaborations with corporations - especially those that operate online.
33 Ethicists Defend Facebook’s Controversial Mood Study
Sunday, July 13. 2014
Before you start this post, concentrate on trying to identify the main point from cognitive research while you are reading.
Is it true that information is more securely fixed in people’s minds when they read it from paper? Does the visual fatigue of navigating text onscreen interfere with the processing of information? Have we developed superficial reading habits while online or onscreen - and might it be even shallower on a phone screen as compared to a traditional computer monitor?
Did the goal/prompt at the start of this post change your reading or retention at all?
Wednesday, July 2. 2014
You won't be logging into Orkut any more - if you ever did log in.
Remember Orkut? Maybe this post about its demise is also your introduction to Google’s first foray into social networking.
Started in 2004, Orkut saw impressive early growth and has been popular in some countries, but never caught on in English-speaking countries. It didn't help that 2004 was also the year that Facebook started in 2004. Orkut by 2008 was the top social media site in Brazil and India.
Eventually, Facebook overtook Orkut even in Brazil and India. In India, Facebook surpassed Orkut in terms of total registered users in 2010. In Brazil, the same happened in 2012. I have written about Orkut a few times and had created an account to see what it was all about, but never really found it compelling.
Meanwhile, Google launched its current attempt at a social network, Google+, in 2011. Plus has been more successful in the U.S. but is still struggling and user numbers still lag way behind those of Facebook.Google announced it would shut down the service (as it has done with a good number of other services like Buzz and Wave) on September 30, 2014 and is no longer accepting new users.
You can export your profile data, posts and photos using a service called Google Takeout that will be available until September 2016.
Monday, June 30. 2014
The Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI) is being held now at at Harvard and runs for three days (June 30 – July 2).
A global network of LASI-Locals in Hong Kong, Egypt, South Africa, Netherlands, Spain, Latin America, UK, and other regions is in place. If you are interested in learning analytics and how they are being deployed by researchers and students, join this distributed global conversation with a few thousand peers who are exploring data, analytics, and learning.
Tag for the event: #lasi14
Sunday, June 29. 2014
If you have tried to make a comment on a post here at Serendipity35 lately, you will have found that they are turned off. After an attack months ago that left us with many thousands of spam comments, Tim turned off the commenting feature. If you try to comment, it will reject it.
Friday, June 27. 2014
Oregon State University (OSU) will launch a massive open online course (MOOC) for K-12 educators this fall in partnership with Stanford University and the Oregon Department of Education.
Read more at http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/06/17/oregon-state-u-offers-mooc-for-k12-educators.aspx
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