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Florencia Martinez

Observadores del Mar", un proyecto de ciencia participativa - 6 views

algo similar se organizo en buenos aires cuando hubo cortes de luz el verano pasado. funcionaba como pagina web y como un app, de forma que podias enterarte si al volver a tu casa tenias luz o no p...



Phoning It In: My Year of Teaching Via Skype - 2 views

    This piece is related to the idea of open knowledge in that it deals with one professor's year-long experiment with synchronous teaching over a Skype connection. While the professor felt that it worked better and more seamlessly than anyone could have imagined, he remains unsure as to whether telepedagogy has a place in our traditional academic settings. While a bit different in scope, idea and execution than a mooc, it is another example of new ways in which traditional learning is giving way to 21st technology. Video conferencing is now an every day part of most businesses, and here is an entire semester's class being "phoned in" via Skype. As the article points out, its usefulness in a traditional setting is up in the air. Yet there would seem to be an obvious utility in bringing this give and take classroom setting to remote locations that might have internet access but not easy access to schools or specific professors. Yet another way to make knowledge or the access to knowledge more open.
    Great post .. Well I think it may take time for people to adapt into the digital situations.. And in developing counties situation is even worst than that.. not only with skype , online at all would not work because people think and so use to the didactic pedagogy. All the things are centered with in the teachers presence..

Servants of Power: Higher Education in an Era of Corporate Control - 9 views

    Argues that increasing corporate control is undermining the foundational values of higher education.
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    Good article, thanks for sharing it. I think what trancends in this article is that the those who have power obviously want to maintain that position and therefore it is in their interest to lobby for a "bad", "uncreative" education system, so to say to deliberatly limit thought capacity. There are certainly many interesting aspects to what is written in this article, for example the part about Gramschis thoughts is directed on a discussion of social classes, and how those might lean right or left depending on their composition. But could it also be that the, so called, lower classes (i dont like that expression) are just not there to engage and participate in political discussion that draws the outlines of such things like the education system.
    Here in Spain we have a similar evolution of higher education; private postgraduate private schools give masters that guarantee the access to top jobposts, but they are not focused on analysis, creativity and critical minds, but on pure business. What you need to be on your future job post is what you learn. Public institutions are still on air, but they are struggling with less and less public resources to survive. So I guess this is not only going on in USA.
    Italy is going even worse...i'm an Adjunct Professor for maybe 1000 euro per year ... surviving by scholarships, call center mid term contracts, collaborations where i'm asked to pay for taxes the university should pay, all levels teaching.. I like "Some of the basic principles underlying effective pedagogy, such as small class size, individual attention and the importance of mentoring, are being sacrificed in order to increase head count, limit labor costs and create a one-size-fits-all educational experience." The problem is that universities are to make profits from fees (that's why they hire me instead of employing me) and offer any kind of courses, masters to increase their income! The problem is: how can we expect to increase the quality of learning as far as decisions are taking by political, business, organizational sides instead of scientific and educational ones?
Jamie F

Bill to amend Canadian copyright laws - 2 views

On the Exhange with Amanda Lang (a show about business that airs here in Canada) host Amanda Lang talks about a bill that is in the works to amend the Canadian copyright law in order to give politi...

#module5 #freepress #publishing #copyright

started by Jamie F on 16 Oct 14 no follow-up yet

Influence of Online Social Networks on our Youth - 7 views

    It is great that people are connecting with each other; however, we need to think about the influence of online social network on our Youth.
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    Yes, Social media has both positive and negative results. We need to watch our children how are they using it. We can explain them how to benefit from social media without disturbing our identity and image. We can also explain them use as much as required only not to sit with that hours together. Children completely now on internet and not having outdoor games now a days. There is a requirement of awareness program to them.
    Social media is both an asset and liability…great for connecting with others but too much information can lead to issues between peers…some fresh air away from a device might do better!
    I think this is a valid concern, high schools around the country are permitting cell phone use in classrooms which is opening the doors to more group chat during and after class about everything but academics.
    In a world dominated by technology there is no denying the significant influence of social media on our Youth. That being said, I think there is a critical demand for social media education in the classroom. I would love to see a stronger emphasis placed on employing technology as an instrument of education in the school system. Social media should be taught as a tool for research, collaboration and activism rather than a trivial pastime.
Balthas Seibold

Knowledge Commons .de » What makes people share knowledge? - Question 2 of 10... - 2 views

    Why do peers help peers to share and co-produce knowledge? Research suggests that there is a whole set of motivations that makes people share their knowledge, a mixture between altruistic and self-serving motives
    I agree that the 14 reasons what makes people share knowledge. great learning to share and great sharing to learn. reciprocating just like teaching and learning vis a vis learning with teaching.
Balthas Seibold

Knowledge Commons .de » Peer-producing knowledge: a game-changer for developm... - 4 views

    Learning modes and principles of open, commons-based peer-production therefor have the potential to provide the "gold standard" of enhancing future skills, competencies, connections, capacities of people and their organisations on a global scale. In short: peer-to-peer learning around open, commons-based peer-production is a game changer in international development cooperation.
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