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Platforms: A Commons-Based Approach To Global Collaboration
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Alek Tarkowski, Claudio Ruiz, Creative Commons, Apr 25, 2017

Creative Commons is meeting  in Toronto later this week and while I won't be there (I'm not funded for this sort of work any more) I'll be following with interest. This post sets out an ambitious agenda for Creative Commons to devise and deploy a model for collaboration, shared goal-setting, and mobilizing action. These are called 'platforms' and there will be specific sessions  on platforms  related to the  Open Education PlatformCopyright Reform  and  Open GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums). 

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:: -0400

New Bill Seeks To Turn Universities Into Industrial Hubs
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Kudzai Mashininga, University World News, Apr 25, 2017

This is Development Minister Jonathan Moyo speaking to Zimbabwe’ s state media: "We need radical transformation from our institutions of higher learning. They must move from being certificate-giving universities, to industry-creating hubs because universities must be drivers of the economy. It’ s time to rethink our universities and change their role." There are many different strands of this story - Zimbabwe's economic collapse, Mugabe, issues of academic freedom, diploma mills, privatization, etc. It's every issue rolled into one. Image: HIT.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:: -0400

Is Your Edtech Product A Refrigerator Or Washing Machine?
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Julia Fisher, Larry Cuban on School Reform, Classroom Practice, Apr 25, 2017

I like the analogy presented in this post because it makes it clear (in a way the Gartner hype cycle does not) that different technologies are adopted very differently. But  Julia Fisher takes it a step further, suggesting that some technologies are adopted more swiftly because they are a better fit for existing conditions. This analogy, though, presumes that new technologies must 'plug in' to existing consitions: the home, in the case of appliances, or the school, in the case of ed tech. Yet from my perspective ed tech has had its greatest impact  outside school, and doesn't need to be plugged in at all.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:: -0400

Education As Self-Formation
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Stephen Ball, The BERA Blog, Apr 25, 2017

What do you get when you combine education and Foucault? For Stephen Ball, it's a type of learning as self-care. "education, the teacher and pedagogy are articulated not as skills and knowledges but as the formation of moral subjectivity, a form of politics, and a relation to ethics rather than to truth. This is not liberation but activation." I can't say I agree with this perspective, but I do see in it reflections of things like the duty of care and new feminist epistemologies.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:: -0400

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zudensachen, Apr 23, 2017

This post raises the question of whether "what works" really reduces to "what can be measured", and whether the maximization of "cleverness" is replacing other (and possibly more significant) aspects of education. For example, "setting by ability means setting by socio-economic group, and there isn’ t very much mobility between these groups." So maybe the question of  social mobility should be regarded as equally important, even if more difficult to assess. "To ask the question about what our educational aims really are is to raise the possibility that there might be good reasons for preferring and applying mixed ability teaching even if, in terms of the maximisation of cleverness, we had established that it did not ‘ work’ as well as setting." Via Doug Belshaw.

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, 23 Apr 2017 11:: -0400

How We Know
Stephen's Web ~ OLDaily (Stephen Downes), Half an Hour, Apr 23, 2017

It's like recognizing a person. Your mother walks through the train station and you pick her out of the crowd. This recognition is not based on any particular rule or principle, not based on any essential features, not based on any inferential process.

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:: -0400

Spying On Students: School-Issued Devices And Student Privacy
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Frida Alim, Nate Cardozo, Gennie Gebhart, Karen Gullo, Amul Kalia, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Apr 23, 2017

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)  has released a longish (49 page PDF) on student privacy. The report (like the EFF) is mostly focused in the United States. After noting that students and schools "are using technology in the classroom at an unprecedented rate" the EFF reports that "educational technology services often collect far more information on kids than is necessary and store this information indefinitely." Additionally., "We investigated the 152 ed tech services that survey respondents reported were in use in classrooms in their community, and found that their privacy policies were lacking in encryption, data retention, and data sharing policies."

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:: -0400

Net Neutrality Alive And Well In Canada: Crtc Crafts Full Code With Zero Rating Decision
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Michael Geist, Apr 23, 2017

Last week we saw an important ruling  in Canada on net neutrality, and as the headline suggests, it was a good ruling. In essence, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) "has crafted a reasonable, pro-net neutrality framework that provides carriers with guidance and users – whether innovative businesses or consumers – with assurances that net neutrality is the law of the land." 

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:: -0400

Marching For Science Internationally
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Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, Apr 22, 2017

Let's do this thing. "We want to speak out against the muzzling of government scientists, we want to advocate for evidence-based policy making, we want to see better and more inclusive STEM education. We also want to send a message that science is not and must not be mischaracterized as partisan.” My science is not based on my political views. My political views are based on my science.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:: -0400

Novel Initiative Teach Out: Fake News Detecting
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Inge de Waard, Ignatia Webs, Apr 22, 2017

A 'teach out' is a lot like a MOOC except that it is a lot shorter and more concentrated. It is (quoted):

"What is really interesting is the philosophy behind the teach out, and the history behind the teach out events." It reminds me of the 'teach ins' from my activist days. With any luck, Pepsi won;t turn it into a commercial, and learning companies won't turn it into a product.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:: -0400