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Zero pedagogy: A hyperbolic case for curation and creation over education in the age of the MOOC (#moocmooc)

The crazy argument for Zero pedagogy Pedagogy does not matter. It has always been a discipline aimed at making people learn something they don’t particularly want to learn. If we can truly provide open access to all the resources necessary for learning, then it won’t matter what order, format, etc. …

Do researchers need Personal Learning Networks? Yes!

Educational theorist and provocateur Stephen Downes made really persuasive video on the difference between a Virtual Learning Environment and a Personal Learning Environment. This got me thinking about how this difference is relevant to the area of federated, open research. And I think the analogy is pretty much on the money. …

Community research and “knowledge exchange network” for neuroscience

The Royal Society just released a second report on Neuroscience in the Brain Waves policy series this one focusing on its relationship with education: Neuroscience: Implications for Education and Lifelong Learning. While it is a very good overview (I particularly welcome the cautious and sober approach to the results warning against …

JISC Elevator might bring more responsiveness to research funding

Finally, JISC is turning some of the innovation and creativity it has poured into technology into the process of funding itself. The idea of JISC Elevator (see http://blog.ouseful.info/2010/07/28/project-pitching-jisc-elevator-concept/) is modeled on the Mozilla Drumbeat (http://www.drumbeat.org) – a Kickstarter-like project but with more varied  sources of funding.  With Kickstarter people have to …

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