I was drawn to this item (10 page PDF) because I would have expected the opposite, based on what I have heard from people's experiences with online conferencing. The authors argue that "faced with higher fatigue rates and lower performances, the DHH population might be at disadvantage in the several dimensions of academic challenges, leading to further inequalities and constraints that affect well-being and participation opportunities." But the study is, in my view, significantly flawed. The e-learning design employed was, to my view, idiosyncratic, throwing as many different visual elements as possible into a small screen (illustrated). But more significantly, while we would expect the study to compare online and offline learning for DHH students, it in fact studies online learning for DHH and groups of hearing participants. So I would take the results of this study with a very large grain of salt.
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Filipa M. Rodrigues, Ana Maria Abreu, Ingela Holmstr?m, Ana Mineiro,
Scientific Reports, 2022/08/01 [Direct Link]
Using AI to support open educational practices can be a blessing and a curse, write the authors. "A blessing, as AI-based OEP will help provide more adaptive and engaging learning and teaching experiences; while a curse, as researchers and practitioners need to pay an extra eye to the challenges merging from both areas together (i.e. copyright, privacy, and data normalization)." Outlining the topic briefly, this article (9 page PDF) introduces a collection of papers (and includes a call for more papers) on "how responsible AI in open education (i.e. the use of AI with OEP) should be designed and developed." Image: UNESCO.
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Ahmed Tlili, Daniel Burgos,
Interactive Learning Environments, 2022/08/01 [Direct Link]
Bonfire is a decentralized social network application, much like Mastodon. Circles were a way of subdividing your friends or contacts into subcategories, such as 'family', 'work', 'baseball', each with their own permissions. Twitter adopted something similar back in May. The main issue with Circles is that they're a pain to maintain. Who wants to go through their friends list sorting them? "What I'm hoping," says Doug Belshaw, "is that this bridges the gap between social networking as we know it (e.g. Mastodon, Twitter) and group chats (e.g. Signal, Telegram)." I don't think this is it, though I think there is certainly an opportunity for someone somewhere to get online group formation right. I think members need to be more or less self-selected from an eligibility pool, not assigned, and management needs to be fluid and seamless.
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Open Thinkering, 2022/08/01 [Direct Link]
Decentralized Identifiers (DID) are a core part of web3 and with the 1.0 specification being approved by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) companies can now move forward with widespread adoption of supporting services. It's worth noting, though, that the W3C specification allows for centralized decentralized identifiers, a point both Google and Mozilla raised in their objections. It would also have been desirable to see "at least one, interoperable method that works out of the box." Microsoft, as well, raised concerns about compatibility with JSON and JSON-LD. Here's the W3C announcement.
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Decentralized Identity Foundation, 2022/07/29 [Direct Link]
So here's Donald Clark's assessment of MOOC provider FutureLearn: "It is a financial disaster. After ten years, virtually alone in the UK market, it has a whopping £16.1 million loss on £11.3 million revenues. With £15.7 million on salaries, it's drowning, with its nose and lips are barely above water." Notwithstanding the corporate requirements of Open University, my question is this: is education supposed to make buckets of cash? What's wrong with spending money to provide affordable (or even free!) public higher education? Ah - but I don't expect my own idealism to prevail in the brutal numbers game that is higher education in the English-speaking world.
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Donald Clark Plan B, 2022/07/29 [Direct Link]
Stephen Downes works with the Digital Technologies Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada specializing in new instructional media and personal learning technology. His degrees are in Philosophy, specializing in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. He has taught for the University of Alberta, Athabasca University, Grand Prairie Regional College and Assiniboine Community College. His background includes expertise in journalism and media, both as a prominent blogger and as founder of the Moncton Free Press online news cooperative. He is one of the originators of the first Massive Open Online Course, has published frequently about online and networked learning, has authored learning management and content syndication software, and is the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily. Downes is a member of NRC's Research Ethics Board. He is a popular keynote speaker and has spoken in three dozen countries on six continents.