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Three obstacles to getting started with programming [...]

Tony Hirst describes 3 obstacles people have to overcome when thinking about getting started with programming. > I’ve often thought that there are several obstacles to getting started with programming. Firstly, there’s the rationale or context: why bother/what could I possibly use programming for? Secondly, there are the practical difficulties: to write and execut...

 

The New System Will Solve Everything Disease [...]

Eventually when problems with existing organisational information systems became sufficiently troubling for sufficiently important people it is important that it get solved. The [[SET Mindset]] underpinning organisational information systems is based on the assumption that smart people can come design the solution, typically another, better system. The problem is that...

 

Engineering the Right [...]

Why are so many followers of radical strains of Islam engineers? A new work searches for (and finds) some answers. Roughly, the traits of engineers and extremists overlap. > What the book finds is that engineers are also significantly represented among far right groups, while humanities and social sciences graduates dominate the far left; and the authors argue that...

 

Reusability Paradox [...]

David Wiley's identification of the paradox identifying that making a learning object more re-usable, means reducing its pedagogical value > t turns out that reusability and pedagogical effectiveness are completely orthogonal to each other. Therefore, pedagogical effectiveness and potential for reuse are completely at odds with one another, unless the end user is p...

 

OER as a participatory activity | Saylor Academy [...]

If OER is participatory, then the environment should support and encourage participation > But Saylor Academy would absolutely benefit from infrastructure that would encourage us, our students, our partners, and members of the wider open community to really create the open content we need from the open content that we have. - The Moodle open book project is a small s...

 

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