Three-year study on #flippedlearning in university chemistry (using the SCALE-UP model as a guide) shows significant improvements in student learning. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00316
Gov't IT decision makers desperately need to learn about the stuff described in Chapter 3 of this rather interesting document from the UK's NHS... https://openuk.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/An-Open-Digital-Approach-for-the-NHS-Part-one-Policies-Principles-Practices-1.0-PUBLISHED.pdf
There's a free and open source software project I'm very keen to see continue: Libravatar.org - see this: https://feeding.cloud.geek.nz/posts/looking-back-on-starting-libravatar/ Which up-and-coming #FOSS contributor would like to work with a few of us to keep this impressive (surprisingly deep and thorough) project thriving?! I can probably find sponsored #FOSS hosting and technical resources, but I don't have time to take it on myself. Do you?
If you're not one of the 0.001% of the population who truly get Git (I'm not), you should watch this if you want your mind gently bent in (not always) pleasant ways: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ffBJ4sVUb4 If nothing else, this offers an amazing metaphor for how the universe can achieve such amazing complexity, beauty, and depravity from a few simple, remarkably elegant rules (and nothing else) :)
Oops - should be OStatus, not OSocial - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OStatus And other references: fediverse - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fediverse, ActivityPub - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ActivityPub, and Matrix - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrix_(communication_protocol), and, of course Mastodon (on which I'm publishing this post, regardless of where you see it): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastodon_(software) - if you're curious, join this Mastodon instance: https://mastodon.nzoss.nz - I maintain it here in NZ & https://catalystcloud.nz generously provides sponsored #FOSS cloud hosting.
Did you know #openstreetmaps allows you to download volunteer GPS activity anywhere in the world? This means architects, urban planners, and you can analyse urban behaviour to make better decisions for the built environment! Read more in my latest article here:
Tempted to issue an NZOSS press release recommending that the Gov't adopt a "commission open source software development" approach for all gov't agency software procurement henceforth. Given the string of utter failures (latest is a $100 million project for the DHBs written off - http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/360927/counties-manukau-dhb-with-rotting-buildings-prioritised-millions-for-it-overhaul), it couldn't possibly be worse than the status quo.
Listening to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCf-PT4VMEA and the sampled "whining" is causing the my relaxing dog to sit up, looking very concerned and puzzled..
Just published this new Docker-based Limesurvey howto: https://tech.oeru.org/installing-limesurvey-docker-ubuntu-1604-nginx-and-mariadb
Limesurvey is a superb #FOSS replacement for SurveyMonkey and Google Forms). If you want a mature full-featured solution, to manage your own data/questions & protect both your survey designers' and respondents' privacy, I highly recommend it.
If you're familiar with #Drupal and have never heard of #Grav, then this is what you need to read: https://www.mikecr.it/ramblings/grav-cms-for-drupal-developers/ This old Drupal nerd is both impressed and intrigued... my first Grav projects are already underway.
Google tries to patent something (a) they don’t own (well, that’s not new for Google) and (b) which the creator already released into the public domain. #evilasfuck http://techrights.org/2018/06/10/stop-swpats-google/
Hat tip to @schestowitz.
I /really/ need to add http://n-gate.com to my rss reader because it’s *so good*. This is the best description I’ve ever seen of the Microsoft acquisition of Github.
I'm referring to things like the "Linux subsystem" for Windows - making a closed platform more palatable by adding some open to it, but in the process just entrenching the grip of closed on people. The better approach is to adopt Linux and then, if you absolutely must run nasty old Windows-only software (ask yourself why it's "Windows-only" and whether that's the *real* problem) do it with an emulation layer (WINE) or a VM (use virtualbox).
No matter which social network you're on, following a diverse group of people helps you taking a peek at the other side of your personal filter bubble.
You don't have to agree with everything and everyone, but please, at least try to listen to people and their opinions.
It will help you appreciate your own life, and may just make you a little wiser.
Open just tastes better. We need to be open by default. We should NOT be trying to make close more palatable by sprinkling a little open sauce on it. We should focus on principle: open first, and then, if necessary, spike it sparingly and temporarily with a bit of closed, but keep the preponderance open to make sure you don't capitulate to the dark side (because, apparently, it's easier to do so).
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