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  • Well, this is rotten. As the article suggests, the loss of Hangouts and Allo was pretty inevitable, given the large overlap in functionality between them and various Google apps (notably their Messages app), and that Google has a long history of...
  • If you weren't there, these may not mean much! We are currently developing a number of proposals that may (if approved) turn into graduate programs. This is a presentation about two of them (the teams for which I'm chairing): the (both provisionally...
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  • Jon Dron commented on a bookmark Microsoft under GDPR microscope for Office 365 and OneDrive | Alphr November 16, 2018 - 10:48am
    Indeed, Steve. Any bicycle lock can be broken within about 5 minutes with the right tools. Most take seconds. But should we stop using bike locks? Or legislate that anyone can take anyone else's bike? I think we have to start somewhere, and...
  • Jon Dron commented on a bookmark Microsoft under GDPR microscope for Office 365 and OneDrive | Alphr November 15, 2018 - 1:12pm
    I use Google and various other services that harvest and use my data in ways that I dislike, but I am sometimes willing to trade some privacy for some utility. It's my choice, notwithstanding that I may not be sufficiently informed or aware of the...
  • No big surprises here to anyone that has ever so much as glanced at Microsoft's business model and historical abuse of its customers, but definitely a matter of concern for organizations (like Athabasca University) that rent their services from...
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    • I use Google and various other services that harvest and use my data in ways that I dislike, but I am sometimes willing to trade some privacy for some utility. It's my choice, notwithstanding that I may not be sufficiently informed or aware of the consequences. If, however, a company that I work for or that is providing me with an education forces me to do this, it's another matter altogether. Whatever they may feel about their own privacy, they have a legal and moral duty to protect mine.

      An answer that I have repeatedly received on my numerous challenges to this policy (it's not just O365 - a very large number of our systems that contain extremely private data are now in the US cloud, from online exam systems to student support systems to, now, Moodle) is that none of our data are safe anyway, so what does it matter? Words fail me at that point. I accept that we fight a constant and losing battle against those who profit from abuses, but that doesn't mean we should simply give up. It's not helped by the fact that the Albertan government doesn't seem to care much either. In other provinces, such as BC and Nova Scotia, what we do would be illegal but, with some provisos (mainly based on a liberal interpretation of PIPEDA), Alberta still allows it.

      Jon Dron November 15, 2018 - 1:12pm

    • Any computing device connected synchronously or asynchronously to a network can be harvested...and is.  Another Snowden déjà vu.

      The question is no longer why or how could digital data be used, rather its just a matter of when...and soon even that will not be a question....ah too late no longer a question, now 24/7Sealed

      PS. I deleted my LkIn account... at least from my display. Undecided

      Steve Swettenham November 16, 2018 - 9:09am

    • Indeed, Steve.

      Any bicycle lock can be broken within about 5 minutes with the right tools. Most take seconds. But should we stop using bike locks? Or legislate that anyone can take anyone else's bike? I think we have to start somewhere, and legislation (with teeth to bite transgressors in ways that act as a real disincentive) is not a bad place to start. Meanwhile we need to build better locks, or educate ourselves to use them better, or maybe to rethink how we share our data altogether. I'm a bit intrigued by Solid, not because it's a new or radical idea, but because it has TBL behind it. Not an incredibly reliable solution, but really a lot better than what we have today.

      Jon Dron November 16, 2018 - 10:48am

  • Jon Dron commented on the file Normalized_ERDiagram.png November 13, 2018 - 7:31pm
    This is looking good, Liliana. I wonder, though, whether there is another entity lurking in the relationship between an employee and a cash register? Seems to me that a cash register will be used by many employees, and an employee may use many cash...
  • Jon Dron commented on the file Beyond learning outcomes November 2, 2018 - 2:32pm
    Thanks Gerald! Yes, I had an 'aha' moment when I drew the Venn diagram and mapped it to intended outcomes. I've said as much in so many words many times before but, seeing it laid out in front of me, it just seemed so obvious that the only thing we...
  • Jon Dron commented on the file What we teach, what a student learns, what we assess November 1, 2018 - 9:27am
    Interesting point, Mary - I, of all people, should have thought about that! I was aiming the talk at teachers teaching in a conventional (well - as conventional as AU gets) context and so 'us and them' vocabulary seemed appropriate, but a more...
  • Jon Dron commented on the file What we teach, what a student learns, what we assess October 31, 2018 - 4:59pm
    I very sincerely hope not! See https://landing.athabascau.ca/file/view/3646763/beyond-learning-outcomes for the slides from which I took this graphic, and a brief explanation of them. The point of this is to illustrate how there's quite a big...
  • Jon Dron uploaded the file What we teach, what a student learns, what we assess October 31, 2018 - 2:57pm
    A Venn diagram of overlapping but distinct aspects of institutional teaching and learning
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    • Thinking about how this diagram changes when the we is students (with some guidance from the teacher). Stay tuned for more on this :-)

       

      Mary McNabb November 1, 2018 - 7:01am

    • Interesting point, Mary - I, of all people, should have thought about that! I was aiming the talk at teachers teaching in a conventional (well - as conventional as AU gets) context and so 'us and them' vocabulary seemed appropriate, but a more realistic systems diagram of all of this would reveal a very different picture. Even in this diagram, part of my point is exactly that teaching is always, and irreducibly, distributed. I don't think a more accurate rendition would be a Venn diagram any more, though.

      Jon Dron November 1, 2018 - 9:27am

    • I agree about the Venn diagram, Jon, so I madea Doodly (my new toy) to record my very basic interpretation of what you were saying. I'd be interested in your thoughts. 

      Mary McNabb November 1, 2018 - 8:59pm