I work in the Learning and Performance Support Systems program at the National Research Council, a multi-year effort to develop personal learning technology and learning analytics. I am one of the originators of the Massive Open Online Course, write about online and networked learning, have authored learning management and content syndication software, and am the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily.

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JupyterLab is Ready for Users

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Intended to be the next step in the evolution of Jupyter Notebooks (previously), Jupyter Lab is " an interactive development environment for working with notebooks, code and data...  JupyterLab enables you to use text editors, terminals, data file viewers, and other custom components side by side with notebooks in a tabbed work area." Nice.

Today: 121 Total: 121 Project Jupyter, 2018/02/23 [Direct Link]

The End of the Gatekeeper

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Good article about (what we hope is) the changing role of IT departments in the institution (your mileage may vary). Says the abstract: "The role of IT departments has evolved to one that is increasingly defined by a simple concept: who has control. To be successful in the changing landscape of technologies and user needs, IT will need to become a partner rather than a gatekeeper."

Today: 114 Total: 114 Joshua Singletary, EDUCAUSE Review, 2018/02/23 [Direct Link]

Do Our “Least Restrictive Environments” Help Kids?

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The content in this post is pretty light but I liked the juxtoposition of least restrictibve environment (LRE), co-teaching, Friere's banking model, and teaching learners to understand how thinking works. " All learners deserve to be valued as powerful thinkers, and our students with disabilities need experiences that recognize and communicate to them their potential and abilities – not experiences that force them into a process of learning that is completely detached and only serves to accentuate a deficit view of themselves as learners."

Today: 104 Total: 104 Elizabeth Stein, Middle Web, 2018/02/23 [Direct Link]

“Just an Ass-Backward Tech Company”: How Twitter Lost the Internet War

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This article has one of the best tech put-downs I've ever read: "Twitter’s backend was initially built on Ruby on Rails, a rudimentary web-application framework that made it nearly impossible to find a technical solution to the harassment problem. If Twitter’s co-founders had known what it would become, a third former executive told me, 'you never would have built it on a Fisher-Price infrastructure.'" Oh, ouch! But not wrong, right? beyond this dig, this is a pretty good article as a whole, with some good insights into the last decade of tech innocation.

Today: 110 Total: 110 Maya Kosoff, Vanity Fair, 2018/02/23 [Direct Link]

Space as a tool for analysis: Examining digital learning spaces

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I once gave am presentation on the use of space as an analogy for learning environments, so this article resonates with me. " We will need to develop new methods and frameworks for analysis which takes into consideration how we conceive, perceive and enact our digital spaces and how this impacts on our practices and approaches to teaching and learning within these spaces," writes Michelle Harrison. And " we will also need to go beyond the metaphor of the network to look at the material infrastructures that provide and determine access, asking how these spaces are constructed, who owns them and how they then shape our educational spaces."

Today: 92 Total: 92 Michelle Harrison, Open Praxis, 2018/02/23 [Direct Link]

MOOCs are not dead, but evolving

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“The numbers suggest MOOCs are, in fact, here to stay,” said Arshad Ahmad, vice-provost, teaching and learning, at McMaster University. As Diane Peters notes, " There are more MOOCs than ever, and some courses are indeed massive, with enrolments in the hundreds of thousands." No, they did not replace universities in ten years, but nobody seriously expected that. And MOOCs bring other things to the table. “It’s a collaboration, it’s a partnership. It’s not a colonial model,” said Dr. Ahmad. “When you design a MOOC, it’s all about the audience, that’s how teaching is changing.”

Today: 98 Total: 98 Diane Peters, University Affairs, 2018/02/23 [Direct Link]

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