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  • My advice for aspiring explainer journalists

    My advice for aspiring explainer journalists

    David Roberts, Vox, Dec 13, 2018 There is a cross-over, I think, between what David Roberts calls 'explainer journalism' and the field of online learning. And...

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  • Warrant Canary Frequently Asked Questions

    Warrant Canary Frequently Asked Questions

    Kurt Opsahl, EFF, Dec 13, 2018 The 'warrant canary' is a pretty good idea. When an online service provider receives a demand from the government, this demand is...

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  • Digital Learning: An overview of MOOCS

    Digital Learning: An overview of MOOCS

    Ishfaq Majid, RisingKashmir, Dec 12, 2018 This article looks at open online learning from a Kashmir perspective. It lists a number of learning initiatives important...

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  • Social Media and Political Engagement in Canada

    Social Media and Political Engagement in Canada

    Philip Mai, Jenna Jacobson, Elizabeth Dubois, Anatoliy Gruzd, Ryerson University, Dec 12, 2018 This is a short but ultimately informative post describing recent social media trends in Canada....

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  • School Teaches Students How To Be Bad Workers: 5 Anti-Work Skills Taught In School

    School Teaches Students How To Be Bad Workers: 5 Anti-Work Skills Taught In School

    Bernie Bleske, Medium, Dec 12, 2018 Well, I'm not sure whether I believe all this, but I'm not sure I disbelieve it either. Here's the list of things schools teach us, according to the author...

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  • Mistletoe Offline

    Mistletoe Offline

    Jeremy Keith, 24 ways to impress your friends, Dec 11, 2018 The title makes no sense but the article is definitely worth a read. It is about service workers. These...

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  • The Backlash Against Personalized Learning

    The Backlash Against Personalized Learning

    National Education Policy Center, Dec 11, 2018 This is an archive copy of the NEPC newsletter summarizing recent negative reactions against personalized learning....

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  • With RAD, podcasters can finally learn who's listening

    Ben Werdmuller, Dec 11, 2018 Ben Werdmuller introduces us to Remote Audio Data, "a technology standard for sending podcast audience analytics back to their publishers," introduced by NPR...

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  • Jisc and Eduserv to merge and form UK public sector tech powerhouse

    JISC, Dec 11, 2018 According to this article "the two charities will begin operating as one from 1 January 2019, in a move that will retain existing staff and...

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  • How Long Should a Podcast Be?

    How Long Should a Podcast Be?

    James Cridland, PodNews, Dec 11, 2018 I've had people comment on the length of the videos in my course, and I assume it would apply to podcasts as well. This...

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  • Personality Prostheses

    Personality Prostheses

    Alan Dix, Medium, Dec 10, 2018 The learning style sceptics say there are no learning styles. This is squarely contrary to the idea of 'personality prostheses'...

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  • Creating and Implementing Alternatives to Traditional Textbooks

    Creating and Implementing Alternatives to Traditional Textbooks

    Cathy Bill, SoftChalk Talk Blog, Dec 10, 2018 The impetus for creating digital alternatives to textbooks was "both reducing cost and having control over the...

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  • Teaching and Learning with Jupyter

    et.al., Lorena A. Barba, GitHub, Dec 10, 2018 This is a comprehensive text that covers pretty much everything important about the use of Jupyter Notebooks in...

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  • Is there a RSS revival going on?

    Andy Sylvester, Dec 10, 2018 Short item raising the possibility and linking to some commentary suggesting it might be true. Some of us (ahem) never left RSS at all....

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  • Highlighting passages doesn’t aid my memory, but speaking them does

    Highlighting passages doesn’t aid my memory, but speaking them does

    Jon Udell, Dec 10, 2018 Neither highlighting nor speaking aloud has ever helped me (though if it works for Jon Udell more power to him). For me the secret has...

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  • New Bose AR Glasses give you audio Augmented Reality

    New Bose AR Glasses give you audio Augmented Reality

    Emory Craig, Digital Bodies, Dec 10, 2018 I can't imagine trying to read an AR screen on my glasses (my eyes have enough trouble with the real world) but...

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  • Repl.it Multiplayer

    Repl.it Multiplayer

    Faris & Amjad Masad, Repl.it, Dec 10, 2018 This is a really nice teaching tool, because it's a nice working tool. "Introducing Multiplayer: code with friends in the...

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  • A small blog neighborhood hiding in plain sight

    A small blog neighborhood hiding in plain sight

    Jon Udell, Dec 07, 2018 If a blog post is written, but nobody tweets it, does anyone hear it? I'm going to say, but the 'bog neighbourhood' will be smaller, more...

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  • Benefits and Costs of MOOC - Based Alternative Credentials

    Fiona Hollands, Aasiya Kazi, Columbia University, Dec 07, 2018 This is generally a good study (10 page PDF). "The hypothesis of the current study is that courses...

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  • Defining the Data Stack

    Joe Pilla, IAB Data Center of Excellence, Dec 07, 2018 This report (18 page PDF) looks at data from a marketing and brand perspective, but offers a useful...

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