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Stephen Downes
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  • University of Alberta
    Philosophy, 1987 - 1993
  • University of Calgary
    Philosophy, 1981 - 1987
  • SAIT
    Computer Science, 1980 - 1981
  • Algonquin College
    Computer Science, 1979 - 1980
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Stephen Downes
Moncton's most prominent cyber-citizen. See also my main website at http://www.downes.ca
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  • National Research Council
    Researcher, present
  • Athabasca University, Assiniboine Community College, Grande Prairie Regional College, University of Alberta, Texas Instruments, Versa Foods
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Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada - Brandon, Manitoba, Canada - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada - Eaglesham, Alberta, Canada - Montreal, Quebec, Canada - Candiac, Quebec, Canada - Melbourne, Australia - Austin, Texas

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Like pretty much everyone else in the field I've been immensely enjoying Tony Bates's work-in-progress, an online open textbook called Teaching in a Digital Age. Having said that, I think my perspective is very different from...
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There are two types of MOOCs. On the one hand, there is the xMOOC - this is a formal course created in a site like Coursera or EdX. An xMOOC will have regular lessons, videos and assignments, be led by an elite university pro...
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How weird. There was sound.
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I tried to watch before an didn't get the sound. I thought it was my computer or connection acting up
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Simon Pugh-Jones Teacher Writhlington School, (UK) David Crellin Creative Director for the Mendip Studio School Writhlington School, UK David Participate - was a 3 million pound, 3 year project - 2005     - looked at creatin...
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Honourable Liz Sandals Minister of Education Ontario Ministry of Education This is a paraphrase summary, not direct quotes (though often quoted words are used). Sorry about spelling mistakes. Not an official transcript, but j...
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Here's a better version, by me:
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"Jack has tongue is pink"... erm, shouldn't that be the Anglo-Saxon Genitive -'s?
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I've covered work by Audrey Watters a dozen times or more now and she's never had a problem with it - at least, none that ever made it into a column about my coverage. This week, though, I said there was "a certain cynicism" ...
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Well said, Stephen. 
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The province has just announced that it is appointing David W. Campbell it's "chief economist". Campbell discusses the appointment here. Regular readers know I have responded to Campbell frequently in these pages. Just before...
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Renée Filius: [Introduction] So what I see at course evaluations is that teachers say: 'Well, when I teach online I tend to ask brief questions. Or students just give brief answers and leave again. There is not a lot of inter...
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Stephen Downes does the MOOC workshop at Education Technology Strategies conference in Toronto
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Stephen Downes. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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I am interested in creating a MOOC for high school level.
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Jonathan Tepper Executive Director of Information Technology Greenwood College School BYOD - being able to take your personalized device from homee, and use it at work or school Greenwood - small independent school in Toronto...
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I get the sense of "belonging to Jack" but you can't say the apostraphe replaces those missing letters the way it replaces the others like "they have" or "we will". So it's obviously made up, and the dissonance undercuts the message, making it harder to remember.

But the intent and the impact of the graphic can be preserved with a minor invention (and yes, I'm pretty sure it's an invention, but don't tell anyone): Jack's = Jack has

This will intuitively make sense to people struggling with the concept. "Pie's" makes no sense as "Pie has", but "Pie's filling" makes perfect sense as "Pie has filling".

(Yes, "Its" is still an exception, but now it's one that makes sense: we had to choose between abbreviating "it is" and "it has" and we chose the former. Though I would guess that in 100 years, we'll use "it's" for both of them (thus achieving symmetry with "Jack is" and "Jack has").
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The best selling English grammar book of all time is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Grammar_In_Use

Students using it quickly realise that the carefully and concisely written and illustrated "rules" apply to a small fraction of the language it attempts to describe, i.e. intermediate level (CEFR B2) basic interpersonal communication.
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Why Numbers Exist
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Half an Hour: A Conversation on Innovation
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A Conversation on Innovation. This is a summary of theexpert discussion at the conclusion of Day One of the International Monitoring Organization conference

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