I work in the Learning and Performance Support Systems program at the National Research Council, a multi-year effort to develop personal learning technology and learning analytics. I am one of the originators of the Massive Open Online Course, write about online and networked learning, have authored learning management and content syndication software, and am the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily.

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The End Of The Internet As We Know It…Could It Happen?

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Over the years news media publishers in Europe have tried repeatedly to end the practice of people linking to their stories. Their reasoning (I think) is that readers should come to the newspaper websites directly. Currently legislation being proposed is the closest yet to accomplishing this. " Article 11 of the proposal would require anyone who wants to share a link, even containing a short line from a news story or headline, from a publisher who provides such content, will need a specific license from the said publisher before doing so." Obviously that's not possible for me with OLDaily. So I'm hoping the legislation is unsuccessful. More: ZDNet explores the impact of the proposelaw on open source.

Today: 81 Total: 81 Deirdre O’Donnell, Evolving Science, 2018/06/25 [Direct Link]

Facial Recognition Technology Has No Place in Schools

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I think that the main problem here is that facial recognition software won't actually solve any problems or prevent any of the things (like armed intrusions) it is intended to prevent. This leaves it with only one real purpose: to track students at school through the school day. Aside from the trivial task of taking attendance, though, this serves no educational purpose at all. It does generate a lot of data, however,. which will eventually be of great interest to data miners and marketers. I don't see facial recognition technology as "potently, uniquely dangerous", though. I reserve that designation for firearms. But it's definitely not helpful.

Today: 127 Total: 263 Doug Levin, EdTech Strategies, 2018/06/22 [Direct Link]

Woolf University: the Airbnb of higher education or a sheep in wolf’s clothing?

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"You are going to hear a lot about Woolf University over the next year or so and possibly much longer," predicts Tony Bates. The reference is to a white paper titled Building the First Blockchain University (58 page PDF), which Bates recommends you read cover to cover. It will generate its own token, rely on smart contracts, and through these "support direct personal, individual apprenticeships in thinking." The model described is basically a distributed corporation similar to the model of the DAO (I wrote about it here). From the instructor's perspective, it really is (as Bates suggests) the Airbnb of learning. "This is in some ways a highly innovative proposal for a new type of university, but in other ways, it is a terribly conservative proposal, an extension of the Platonic dialogue to modern times. It could only have come from Oxford University academics, with its mix of blue sky dreaming, the latest technological buzz, and regression to cloistered academe," writes Bates. See also this article from last week in Forbes.

Today: 120 Total: 246 Tony Bates, Online learning and distance education resources, 2018/06/22 [Direct Link]

The XaaS Economy is Here: How Well Are You Serving Your Customers?

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This is more of a business model change than a technology change, but it is certainly enabled by technology. Everything as a Service (XaaS) refers to an economy where "where products and services are delivered in a continuous relationship with the customer, rather than as a series of discrete individual sales." This article documents the transition to XaaS (describing those not using it as 'lagging behind'). It also describes a 'customer revolution' where "world-class technology and platforms are no longer exclusively the domain of large corporations and organizations" which means "an organization’s success will hinge far less on its access to software and technology, and far more on the most effective use and execution." I'm not sure that latter point is entirely true - the technology and information consumers have access to is a generation or two behind what large corporations can leverage. After all, how many people are running cloud networks in their living rooms?

Today: 119 Total: 228 Stephan Sieber, ReadWrite, 2018/06/22 [Direct Link]

9 ways to use Artificial Intelligence in education

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This isn't an especially deep article but it serves to prompt some thinking about the subject. The uses of AI include things like chat, personalized learning and automatic grading. I think that we could probably cast our imaginative nets more widely to include things like AI-supported performance assist with physical devices (like tennis rackets) and AI-enhanced job preparation and placement services, both of which have been talked about in these pages over the years. I did like the idea of using AI to supoport interval education; that's the first time I

Today: 115 Total: 252 Emily Watts, Big Data Made Simple, 2018/06/22 [Direct Link]

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