So here is the problem: research quality is a nebulous concept and it takes many years to work out whether someone’s output has actually high quality or not.This is especially hard for non-insiders…...
The inadequacy of science textbook accounts abot scientific method is apparent in three general areas: (a) the simple empiricist view of science that tends to predominate; (b) the demarcation between scientific and non-scientific inquiry and (c) the avoidance of controversy—in part the consequence of the tendency toward textbook standardization.
The Open Education 2011 conference brings together a broad diversity of people to discuss the state of the art in open education and facilitate creative conversations across a wide variety of perspectives. Keynote speakers will address topics ranging from major government initiatives to efforts directed toward replacing traditional institutions.
Gee, a linguist and professor of literacy studies at Arizona State University, thinks we should expand the traditional definition of literacy beyond reading and writing because language isn’t the only communication system available in today’s world. And there is no better example of a new form of media that communicates distinctive types of meaning than video games.
Bukvova (2011) presents a study of scientists’ profiles on institutional and private Web pages, social networking services, blogs, and microblogs. The aim of the study was to describe structures within the profile contents. For this purpose, 79 profiles belonging to 15 German scientists were identified and analysed using the constructivist grounded theory method. The result was a framework, suitable for structuring and further analysis of scientists’ profiles
For those that could not make it ... Schedule of the OpenEd 11 programme and abstracts at http://openeducation2011.sched.org/ and videos of the keynotes and sessions (all except the Science Fair) at http://youtube.com/openedconference. Session liveblogging and reports being added at Cloudworks - http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2352 by (fast) Rob Farrow and slooow Chris Pegler (me). [The computer I went with was a tricky but attractive Android transformer which I have yet to learn to love]. An interesting conference indeed, individual reports and recommendations will follow.
Many commentators refer to examples of Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality applications as becoming integral components of Web usage in the near future. The early examples of these appear to have a great deal of potential educationally: though also pose a whole set of new ‘issues’ to overcome.
For schools who’ve been hoping for a vialble Android alternative to the Apple ecosystem, Amazon’s announcement today doesn’t feel like the right one. For all the arguments about Apple being “closed” and Android being “open,” it’s important to reiterate that the Amazon Fire is far from “open.”
What may be the most important thing that has ever happened in human history is that violence has gone down, by dramatic degrees, and in many dimensions all over the world and in many spheres of behavior: genocide, war, human sacrifice, torture, slavery, and the treatment of racial minorities, women, children, and animals.