Thursday, November 12, 2020

What is Learning?

Greetings from the IEEE Standard for Learning Metadata Meeting (P2881) being held online. This is my third meeting. The group is still working its way through what the new version of the standard needs to do, which other standards about learning don't already do. This can be very frustrating, defining the definition of definitions, and asking questions such as "What is learning?", "Is a competency a learning Object?". But also some more practical questions: "How much are existing metadata standards actually used?". These are important questions, as he world's students have been forced to use e-learning this year due to COVID-19 and there is a need to bring some order to the resulting chaos.

However, the mechanics of the meeting process still cause me some difficulties. With summer time, the meeting has moved from 4:30am to 6:30am in Canberra, which is an improvement. But I am still not at my best with metaphysical questions at this time in the morning. ;-)

The meeting is using WebEx, which I have not used for years and again had to dial in for the audio. There does not appear to be a Linux client, so I am using the web interface. This is far slower and less responsive than Zoom. It is like using video conferencing from ten years ago.

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