A digest of Teemu Leinonen’s key note

June 22, 2007 at 9:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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To begin with an anecdote: Teemu Leinonen was born in Nokia, Finland.

“Any true understanding is dialogic in nature.” Mikhail Bakhtin

3 metaphors of learning:

_ knowledge as acquisition > internet as content repository, information that is ‘out there’ and can be acquired

_knowledge as participation > formal (school etc.) vs informal learning (with a self-defined goal or need)

_missed the last one… had something to do with cultivation of knowledge (learning as culture?)

TEACHER – creates context
STUDENTS – define their own research questions and devise hypotheses which they evaluate critically
etc etc

Before I recapitulate all: This reminds me a lot of Problem-Based Learning (PBL)… even if not intentionally… I’m going to say a few things about Problem-Based Learning in Language Teaching here, 3-6 July 2007.

Learning environments:

_me and my computer

_we and someone’s virtual world

_we and our world (and the technology in it)

Yrjö Engeström

Ivan Illich: “A good educational system should have three purposes: it should provide all who want to learn with access to available resources at any time in their lives; empower all who want to share what they know to find those who want to learn it from them; and, finally, furnish all who want to present an issue to the public with the opportunity to make their challenge known. Such a system would require the application of constitutional guarantees to education. Learners should not be forced to submit to an obligatory curriculum, or to discrimination based on whether they possess a certificate or a diploma. Nor should the public be forced to support, through a regressive taxation, a huge professional apparatus of educators and buildings which in fact restricts the public’s chances for learning to the services the profession is willing to put on the market. It should use modern technology to make free speech, free assembly, and a free press truly universal and, therefore, fully educational.” [source]

Alan Kay: “Don’t worry about what anybody else is going to do… The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Really smart people with reasonable funding can do just about anything that doesn’t violate too many of Newton’s Laws!”

MobilED initiative designs learning environments that are meaningfully enhanced with mobile technologies and services.

Shedlight concept

Copyright Craze Gone too Far

June 13, 2007 at 11:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I just (don’t ask me how) stumbled over a website where somebody claims copyright for crocheting a circular shape with a hole in it:

SCRUNCHIE



The following pattern is my original design and can only be copied or printed for personal use.

Damn, I almost committed copyright theft. I was just about to crochet 12 napkin rings after this pattern and sell them on the stoop. Hey, but I am safe: She also offers a page with FREE crocheting patterns that ANYBODY may use and probably even for COMMERCIAL purposes. There’s a lot of money in the crocheting industry, I hear.

IS THERE ANYBODY HERE WHO COULD INTRODUCE THE YOUTH OF TODAY TO THE OPEN SOURCE AND COPYLEFT IDEA BEFORE THEY SUCCUMB TO THE PATH OF EVIL AND BEGIN CLAIMING COPYRIGHT ON THE WORD ‘PEACE’ BECAUSE THEY WROTE IT WITH THEIR OWN HAND AND PEN?

Arf.

Slavoj Žižek: Love is Evil

February 7, 2007 at 8:39 am | Posted in Entertainment, Youtube | 9 Comments
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Posting just this cliplet featuring maverick philosopher Slavoj Žižek probably means to discuss him (or whatever he stands for) out of context – but it might be fair if one considers how difficult it is to stay up to scratch with his thinking. I suppose that I don’t really understand any of Žižek’s theories. And even worse, the main reason for that might be that I don’t WANT to understand or think of psychoanalytic theory as anything more than a metaphore (even if it is of the Lacanian denomination). But Žižek is certainly entertaining, I have to give him that.

So even if I fail doing Žižek justice, this piece is still good for explaining why I am fascinated with the public persona Žižek, and at the same time sceptical regarding his coherence as a theoretician. He’s sharp and quick as silver (and in a way a world wonder in his own right), but I sometimes feel that he is missing out a few tiny logical steps in his argument. I saw him “perform” once in Cologne and also had the feeling then that he sometimes got carried away by his own inclination to hog the limelight when confronting an intellectual crowd.

Lest I forget: Johnny Malmedy posted about this two days ago, but I couldn’t find what he wrote about the sexual act in this video.

Deadline extended…

February 1, 2007 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Microlearning | Leave a comment
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How annoying! The Microlearning folks have just announced on their website that they extened the deadline until the 28th of February – meaning I’ll have to wait even longer until I learn whether they’ve accepted the paper or not… 👿 😈 👿 😈 👿 😈 👿 😈 👿 😈 👿 😈 👿 😈 👿 😈 👿 😈 Time for some excessive use of evil smileys 👿 😈 👿 😈 👿 😈 👿 😈 👿 😈 👿 😈 👿 😈

The Dark Side of the Force: The Issue of Microplagiarism in Microlearning

January 31, 2007 at 7:28 pm | Posted in Austria, Friends, Learning English, Microlearning, Plagiarism, Teaching English | 1 Comment
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Surprise! At the end of the day, I manage to crank out another post, as I, even more surprisingly, managed to crank out a paper before the day ended.

It’s a proposal for the Microlearning conference in Innsbruck this summer. An old school mate pointed me to it, and its going to be nice to attend the conference with him. Provided they accept us.

The last conference (no surprise) was fairly male and age-dominated, even if they managed to push the lady on the left into the frame a couple of times.

Microlearning 2006

Anyhow, here is the abstract of my proposal:

The Dark Side of the Force:
The Issue of Microplagiarism in Microlearning

Based on the analysis of authentic examples of plagiarism in student assignments, this article proposes the term ‘microplagiarism’ to describe a new kind of plagiarism which uses relatively short sections of arbitrary sources and combines them to form a bigger, seemingly unified text. The authors examine to which extent learning through plagiarizing may be an effective strategy in some areas of language learning and discuss the difficulties in separating microlearning from microplagiarism. The current gap between the digital and the academic sphere and their methods of circulating and continuing knowledge is identified as a cause for the increase of plagiarism. While the hope is expressed that the Semantic Web will take care of this issue, it is suggested for the time being to minimize the risk by setting students tasks that don’t encourage plagiarism.

The Scholar Ship

January 26, 2007 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Globalization, Learning English, Teaching English | 1 Comment
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A friend sent me a link to the Scholar ship which – pun intended – is indeed a ship, a cruise liner, packed with scholars, students and teaching staff alike. The Scholar ship will depart in September 2007 from Piraeus (Greece) and, via Lisbon, Panama City, Papeete, Suva, Sydney, Shanghai and Okinawa, will arrive in Kobe, Japan, three months later.

The Scholar Ship

But it’s not just a seacruise, it’s a university set afloat, offering undergraduate and graduate courses in Business & Management, Communication & Advertising, International Political Science & History, Conflict, Peace and War Studies, Cultural Studies, Social Anthropology, Sustainable Development, Art History, Fine Arts, Literature and Performing Arts – TO NAME JUST A FEW…. check out their study programme.

The second trip, starting in January 2008, begins in Kobe and goes back to Piraeus, this time via Cape Town and Buenos Aires. They’re still looking for students ($ 20,000 for one trip) and have just announced that they’re giving away 50 scholar ships (meaning that you pay only half the price). Also, they’re looking for ESL (English as a Second Language) staff… Am I tempted? Hmm, I guess I would go nuts if I were trapped on board a ship for three months, above all as a teacher, meaning approachable for all…. but the thought of seeing all those places is rather neat…

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