wePapers – Creating the world’s biggest study group
Another source for plagiarists – Amusingly enough when I looked at some of the papers and googled phrases, there were plagiarized elements in the downloadable wePapers “articles” for study purposes. So now there are layers of plagiarism.
It is obviously increasingly difficult to control this kind of dishonesty without changing some of our academic practices. We need approaches like supervised offline writing, and complex screens requiring game-like manipulation to demonstrate knowledge. Or, radical thought, classes small enough that teachers can actually recognize individual student’s work by knowing their knowledge level and writing style.
3 Simple Ways To Send Huge Files Over The Web | MakeUseOf.com
I use YouSendIt regularly because it’s simple and free for one file at a time, and takes very big (audio) files. I’ve also had students use Box.com for “sharing” (handing in) their audio assignments and it works very well too. via makeuseof.com
Dismissing critical pedagogy: Denis Rancourt vs. University of Ottawa | rabble.ca
At M.I.T., Large Lectures Are Going the Way of the Blackboard – NYTimes.com
“The physics department has replaced the traditional large introductory lecture with smaller classes that emphasize hands-on, interactive, collaborative learning. … Already, attendance is up and the failure rate has dropped by more than 50 percent.” An excellent educational move, but the new teacher skills and the technology costs will inevitably slow down adoption.
Micro Persuasion: Why Text Remains King of the Web
“think about just how much of what you consume and share online remains text-based. Twitter – it’s all text. Friendfeed – mostly text, but augmented by images. Facebook – a mix but certainly a ton of text. Even what makes YouTube hot is the metadata and commentary around the vids. So I don’t see any big threat to King Text. “
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