Learnification [...]

Learnification is a term coined by Gert Biesta to described the philosophical and rhetorical shift from "teaching" to "learning" in higher education. Tracing the movement back to the late 1980s, Biesta problematizes this learnification as placing too much focus on the individual student and ignoring other purposes of education beyond learning. Biesta argues that learnification causes us to lose sight of the for whom and for what of education. read this

Blockchain for Education explained by Audrey Watters [...]

We hear constant references to the potential impact of blockchain for education, but what does that mean?

Audrey Watters took on this question in an introductory (but quite comprehensive for something that's introductory) look at blockchain and its uses for education.

After defining and describing blockchain (worth a read because Audrey always follows the history and the money with a much-needed critical lens), Audrey talks about how blockchain is being brought to education:

And to be clear, most of what we’re hearing right now about the blockchain and education is precisely that: marketing. There are only a very, very few organizations currently utilizing the blockchain for educational purposes, although many claim they’re actively exploring the possibility.

Blockchain is currently being heralded for potential in certification of learning:

the video hits on many of the key themes that are echoed across various other education-related blockchain discussions – that is to say, the blockchain could be utilized to better manage assessments, credentials, and transcripts.

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This whole thing reeks of Learnification

Virtual Isolation [...]

Everyone talks about VR’s sensory overload, but the most troubling part for me was the sensory deprivation. It’s a blindfold. You need to clear an area to move around, yet the Rift doesn’t do a very good job of telling you when you’re nearing the edges. Unless we start building adult playpens, teeth will be lost on the sides of coffee tables. Oculus warns users during setup to “allow adequate space all around and above you” and that “loss of balance may occur.”

When I’m on the inside, I also can’t shake a feeling of paranoia. There’s no way to tell what people around you are saying and doing. The Rift needs a button you press to automatically reveal your immediate surroundings. (Oculus designers and engineers are already thinking about this.)

Another big-picture VR problem: It’s boring to be around people who are using it. Remember when you got a Nintendo Wii and invited people over for doubles tennis? Nathan came over to my house to play with the Rift, and we ignored each other for hours while he pawed at the air in silence. You can play Rift games with friends over the Internet but, despite being developed by Facebook, it offers few other ways to connect with people. (Source)


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Labster [...]

Created by MIT this app provides virtual labs: (Visit External Site)

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Using Slack with WordPress [...]

Sean and I have been looking at Slack integrations for WordPress for a couple of projects. Most integrations go from WordPress to Slack, e.g., when you publish a post to WP, something is sent to a Slack channel.

However, we also found an integration that brings Slack into WP (for a cost). One possible use would be if you're running a course on WP but want to do discussions in Slack, this would keep the students from having to navigate between two interfaces. This does not make Slack channels public. Users still have to log in to see the channels that they need to see (at least, that's my understanding).

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